Tulip

May 6, 2015

in Photo of the day

Tulip

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A limited effort expended to try to find the comment thread where I explained my preference to be buried in a simple sheet without being embalmed – so as to better return to nature – hasn’t been immediately simple to find.

I really like this idea of making soil from the bodies of the dead. It reinforces the essential point that we are part of the biosphere of the Earth. Putting your remains temporarily in some sealed box is futile and unnatural. The relationship between a particular batch of atoms and molecules with consciousness remains a philosophical and scientific quandary, but it’s surely better to quickly become part of life again rather than be a toxic corpse in a box.

Obviously, any usable organs I possess should be used for transplants or research or practice by doctors, but whatever they don’t want I would like to see composted in the way proposed by the Urban Death Project.

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Too bad they have such a misguided climate and energy policy:

Party leader Rachel Notley has said on the campaign trail that she would withdraw support for the Northern Gateway pipeline, but the NDP is interested in proposals to expand the Trans Mountain line and build the Energy East pipeline to Atlantic Canada.

Of course, it would be hard to be worse than the Alberta PCs or Wildrose on this issue.

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Tulips

May 5, 2015

in Photo of the day

DSCF1904

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One article and one paper

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I have applied for four TA positions at U of T: three in the School of the Environment and one with a methods course.

I am also looking to shoot weddings commercially over the summer. I am working on setting up a website. Since it will mostly be people looking for a last-minute photographer who won’t already have plans for the summer, I will mostly advertise on Craiglist and Kijiji.

I got a second (used) dSLR body, so now I have the basic gear required to book weddings commercially. I also got a robust traveling bag to carry the two 5Ds.

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Spiky plant 2/2

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Spiky plant 1/2

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Trees from the second floor

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Hofstadter’s Law definitely applies to packing, both when it comes to packing up my IT system and in terms of books, clothes, and general possessions.

At least the stress of packing somewhat distracts from the sadness of leaving Massey, which has certainly been the most stimulating place where I have lived.

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