Yesterday, I got back from a quick trip to say goodbye to my brother Sasha who is leaving Montreal and to see a piano recital of his there.

Tonight, I am moving my things out of Massey College. On May 9th, I will be moving into Morrison Hall for the summer – just a block away from here.

I am finally done with nearly all my coursework and TA work. I just need to write one more term paper, prepare for my comprehensive exam, and find a source of income for the summer.

William James on war

“History is a bath of blood,” wrote William James, whose 1906 antiwar essay is arguably the best ever written on the subject. “Modern war is so expensive,” he continued, “that we feel trade to be a better avenue to plunder; but modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors. Showing war’s irrationality and horror is of no effect on him. The horrors make the fascination. War is the strong life; it is life in extremis; war taxes are the only ones men never hesitate to pay, as the budgets of all nations show us.” (emphasis in original)

Wilson, E.O. The Social Conquest of Earth. (New York, Norton, 2012) (p.62 hardcover)

Annoying things about off-camera flash photography

1) Keeping masses of batteries charged

2) The incompatibility of various wireless trigger systems (PocketWizard, Paul C. Buff, the proprietary system in the new Canon 600EX flash)

3) Finicky hotshoe adapters, for the majority of flashes lacking miniphone or PC connection ports

4) The ludicrous expense of cables required to connect radio triggers to flashes