Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Perfect is...

Perfection is boring. By definition it implies that a thing is done. It is finished. It cannot be improved on. Hence, there is no room for growth, for improvement.

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept based on the concept 'nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect'. It's a spiritual concept in which imperfection, decay and disorder are embraced to the extent that they underscore the beauty of an object.

"It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind" to quote from an unknown source.

Perhaps it is because in contemplating the imperfection we must contemplate the whole of the object in which it is embedded which in turn leads us to find all that is right with the object.

My wife -- a beautiful woman in my eyes -- has a jawline that is slightly off centre. Rather that being a distraction though it emphasizes all the other features that make her attractive -- her striking blue eyes and her fine bone structure.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The happiest ship on earth

This year Victoria will be hosting a total of 210 cruise ship calls and more than 464,000 passengers during the 2013 cruise ship season. These ships tie up at Ogden Point, part of Victoria's waterfront. Among them is this ship, the Disney Wonder, traveling between San Francisco and Vancouver.

About two years ago, a crew member disappeared from the ship under strange circumstances.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Creepy crawlies

Alien-esque critter at Victoria's Bug Zoo...Eight legs or six... either way it's creepy looking...Be careful handling this guy/gal at the Victoria Bug Zoo...
Recently some family came to visit from Ontario. They have a 4-year-old daughter so I took them to Victoria's Bug Zoo. It's a popular tourist attraction but, despite the fact that it has been around for years, I had never been to see it before.

The exhibit is essentially just two rooms with all sorts of six- and eight-legged critters to see in plexiglass containers. Our guide was pretty knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting bug trivia. If you're brave enough you can even handle some of the critters -- among other bugs I handled a scorpion.

One interesting fact: As a general rule, the larger the pincers on a scorpion the less deadly the venom in their tail. So if you ever find a scorpion with big claws in your sleeping bag -- don't freak out and scream like a little girl relax!

For an entire family to visit, it's probably a bit pricey, but I would recommend it for a least one visit.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Unclear on the concept...

super-fast hero...
riding a motorcycle?
it serves no purpose

Seen in the toy section of a local thrift shop...

It's The Flash, the superhero known as 'The Fastest Man Alive'... the guy who once outraced Superman around the earth.

Why would he need a motorcycle?


Monday, June 3, 2013

Midway

My cousin pointed out this powerful film to me. This intense 4-minute short film is part of a larger project that photographer Chris Jordan started about four years ago. In haunting images it reveals the damage that our throwaway society is causing to even the most remote parts of this blue planet.

A followup to this film is this moving TED-series talk by Jordan.