In university I took a fascinating course called “War, Peace and Society.” We always used to joke that the class should just be called “War,” as we never made it through the “war” part to talk much about “peace and society.” In retrospect I realize the thing about peace is that it can’t really exist without … More War, Peace, Society, and Space Robots
If you’re not from Canada, you may have heard we had an election recently, if for no other reason than John Oliver – Canadian election calling our “short” election period “adorable” and imploring us not to re-elect Stephen Harper, with the help of Mike Myers dressed in a mountie outfit driving a snow plow. In any case Canadian … More Canadian Election Haiku
Nope, it’s not Viagra. Someone has finally gone and invented the Birth Control Pill for men. And who? America, and its progressive, forward-thinking scientists? Germany, with all its brilliant minds? Switzerland, with its groundbreaking work at the scientific mecca of CERN? Japan, with all of its futuristic inventions?
I recently attended a talk by writer/artist/designer Douglas Coupland where he mentioned offhand – as though it were common knowledge – that Google is becoming sentient. As he describes, Google the company is currently sending out its minions to collect information on anything from anywhere to add to “Google” the online entity, because it apparently expects “Google” to … More The Google Heart
“Tis the reason…” quipped the cover of a shopping guide for a retail establishment that should have known better. As if the insanity of Boxing Day shopping wasn’t enough in Canada, I’ve returned after 4 years living in Japan to discover the tendrils of America’s notorious Black Friday sales creeping north of the border as well. It is clear that … More Rethinking the “Reason”
The cop car that just blasted up the street outside my office window must have been going over 200 km an hour, and even as I reflect on this, the phone rings urgently: “Something is happening downtown. I don’t know what but it’s something very serious.” As my colleague speaks, more sirens, police trucks this time, blaze … More Rethinking Remembrance: Ottawa Shooting Afterthoughts
Reverse culture shock is an interesting beast. It’s been six weeks that I’ve been back in Canada after living in Japan for four years, and I am in a weird headspace. People ask how the adjustment is going; it is certainly bewildering. I feel that I have not actually adjusted a single bit, but that I have … More So This Is Canada: 12 Unguarded Observations of a Returning Canadian