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George W's recent statements about conserving gas and carpooling have me a little confused. Is he having a change of heart and turning all eco-friendly on us? Not bloody likely.

What's more likely is that a la the Simpsons he's been kidnapped by aliens. I'm just waiting to be enslaved to build a massive inter-planetary alien death ray.
|||112793391312786922|||George W. Bush, Hearthtrob or Alien?9/28/2005 02:41:00 PM|||arts_guy|||
Right around the same time I had my bike accident, I had this piece in the Globe. It's a small Intelligence piece on iPod Subway Maps. Download the PDF here.

Sadly, Bill, the nice guy whose been putting these up got a cease and desist from a few places. C'mon lawyers, play nice.
|||112793311170031078|||Better Really Late Than Never9/28/2005 2:47 PM|||Anonymous|||"You're thoughts have struck a chord in me. I would like to book mark you for future reference."
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I thought long and hard about this but won't be going to Pop Montreal. My injury means I haven't been working for about a month so my funds are ridiculously drained, so I have to get back on the work bandwagon. I also have way too much work to do.

There's also this cold that won't decide whether it wants to show up or not. Oh well Montreal, maybe next time.
|||112783185711346763|||Not Going to Pop Montreal9/27/2005 8:51 PM|||travis|||i will be. in fact i'm there tonight. suckas9/29/2005 11:17 PM|||Jon|||Too bad, too bad.

Oh well, you'll just have to settle for a bunch of concerts around town instead9/23/2005 11:27:00 AM|||arts_guy|||
I've been busy catching up with lots of work now that I'm almost completely recovered from my accident. The Complete New Yorker came in but somehow I haven't actually found the time to plug it into my computer and bask in its frightening glory.

Yesterday was Car Free Day everywhere else in the world except in Toronto. Spacing's blog has a couple of great quotes from various councillors. I'm not surprised about Lindsay Luby's anti-social attitude but I'm a little bothered by councillor Walker completely forgetting what country he happens to be in.

For actual photos of the CarFree Day insurrection check out Tino's blog.

Also, I'd like to wish a happy 10th birthday to Broken Pencil.
|||112748928223512070|||Boy Reporter's Week9/14/2005 01:36:00 PM|||arts_guy|||

Despite a broken wrist I'm still working on a few things.

1) I've promised Amy, the editor at Momentum magazine, that I'd have an article on cycling in Vancouver and I'm not about to let the lady down. I'll be sure to post it here once it gets published.

2) I'm doing more work with the Toronto Public Space Committee. We've got a bunch of events coming up including a bike movie night at the Bloor on the 27th and a human river walk.

3) The Bike Chain launch. A non-profit bike repair/education facility at U of T. It launches next Wed. Sept. 21 at U of T

4) I started a PR course at Ryerson to see how the enemy does things....
|||112671987067080874|||Projects projects projects9/13/2005 02:36:00 PM|||arts_guy|||
Montreal? Nah. Toronto? Not bloody likely.... Vancouver? Yep. VanCity. That's according to Elaine Corden at the Tyee. She cites bands like the New Pornographers, the Organ, Black Mountain as reasons why this is the case.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. The New Pornographers are easily one of the best Canadian bands right now but they've been good for so long (Mass Romantic was a HUGE album by indie rock standards) that citing them as a reason why Vancouver is hot for indie rock is like citing Mordecai Richler as an example of Montreal's status as a hot literary city.

Frankly nothing Vancouver indie rock has put out has compared to the smoking hotness of the Arcade Fire and their rise to fame. There's a lot of good stuff coming out of Vancouver. I love P:ano and Black Mountain but VanCity is still a bit of a ways from indie rock meccadom.
|||112663723059865444|||The New Canadian Indie Rock Mecca is....9/12/2005 12:38:00 PM|||arts_guy|||
It's been about a week since my bike accident and I'm healing up nicely. Sadly my wrist is still in a sling which is radically slowing down my blogging. It's hard to type with one hand. I have been reading like nobody's business.

I bought the new uber-fabulous McSweeney's yesterday. It comes with a, largely superfluous to me, comb! In other McSweeney's like goodness there's AO Scott's article in the NYT on why making magazines is the new hobby for out of work smart people.
|||112654383707917608|||Slowly Recovering9/02/2005 01:17:00 PM|||arts_guy|||
After a dramatic looking bike accident I'll be out of comission and not writing much for foreseeable future. More details when I'm feeling better.
|||112568159847554424|||Boy Reporter Out Of Comission9/02/2005 1:38 PM|||Anonymous|||Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
I have Blog Add Site/Blog. It pretty much covers Blog Add related stuff. Come and check it out if you get time :)9/02/2005 9:06 PM|||Martino|||Ron,

Are you okay? What up? Need help? Lawyer?9/06/2005 10:39 AM|||Steeker|||I can help you out on Sunday's if you need it till you get back on your feet.9/01/2005 12:47:00 PM|||arts_guy|||
One of the things that has always interested me is the intersection of science and pop culture. I have a feeling this is a 20th century phenomena with some roots and early example in the Victorian era. But it was probably the confluence of cheap available technology (radios, electric light, cars, etc.), mass media and the ubiquity of science in everday life that made some scientists celebrities.

The best example of this of course is Albert Einstein. His hair and beard are instantly recognizable even to school age children who'd be hard pressed to explain his contributions to modern science. I went down to a little media event that the Perimeter Institute (a theoretical physics research institute in Waterloo) was holding at Nathan Philip's square for their upcoming EinsteinFest and found myself face-to-face with ordinary people dressed up as the great man of physics himself. It seems that more than 40 years after his death, a Swiss physicist still has the personality to get a bunch of people up at 6:00am to take a bus to Toronto.

Of course Einstein made the popularity of people like Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan possible. Not to mention biologists like Jacques Cousteau, Dian Fossey, and our very own David Suzuki.

But what does it mean to be a scientific celebrity? I know that politics, personalities and petty rivalries exist in science but as a whole science isn't about image, unlike music, or film or most of celebrity in general. Being a celebrity in the sciences, it seems, still requires substance. Does the celebrity ever overshadow the science and the research someone tries to do?
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