A string

December 3, 2005 at 10:44 pm | In yulelogStories | Comments Off on A string

Some projects I’d like to write:

• why the paintings of Takao Tanabe remind me of Gustave Courbet’s
• why Mowry Baden is a derivative sculptor whose work is internally incoherent
• why early 20th century so-called “heritage” residential Victoria “architecture” should, for the most part, be torched to the ground so that nothing of it is left standing (hint: it has something to do with the fact that it’s a style that hearkens back to pseudo-baronial/medieval fantasies that only the terminally impotent and incompetent marooned in the last outpost of English colonial empire could dream up), and that none of that style should benefit from so-called “heritage” status
• (relative to the previous entry:) why some of our Victoria guardians of “heritage culture” have their heads up their arses
• why the current Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a hideous building not worthy to house a collection of recycled tin cans, and why it will never ever be a decent art gallery, and why it should just be closed for all intents of showing art and Victoria instead should have a completely new building for art gallery
• why Victoria hasn’t changed very much at all in the last 35 years, although it has changed dramatically in becoming more rotten: the number of homeless (including people who are drug-addicted, mentally ill, and “hard to house”) is exponentially higher than it was 3 decades ago, and instead of dealing with the crisis, Victorians (who are largely newcomers) prefer to wring their hands over comparatively insubstantial issues like downtown parking or graffiti problems. Wake up and smell the crystal meth, people…
• why we don’t need any more idiotic “spirit bears” or realistic sculptures (even of Emily Carr) cluttering up the downtown.

On the possible benefits of staying home

December 3, 2005 at 10:43 pm | In yulelogStories | Comments Off on On the possible benefits of staying home

My neighbourhood association’s website links to Victoria Earthquake Maps, a handy compendium of information for the seismically worried. The Composite Relative Earthquake Hazard map is fascinating: I learned that my home sits on ground rated “low” on the hazard scale. I’m in quadrant 47,500 and 536,300 — that little loopy street that looks like a loose knot amongst all those north-south and east-west running lines, that’s mine. That relative safety-rating is of course worth not-much-at-all if a real disaster strikes: all of our drinking water comes from a single pipe laid underwater in the Upper Harbour to the west of downtown: in case of an earthquake, it’s bound to fail, not least for lying under a bridge almost guaranteed to collapse on top of it. The “balkanised” state of regional municipal politics will make living in a post-earthquake disaster environment additionally …fascinating. One hopes it never happens. Apres mois, le deluge…

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