Suggestion Saturday: October 25, 2014

Happy (Almost) Halloween! Here is this week’s list of blog posts, comic strips, photo essays,  and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

New England Vampire Panic. There was a time when some people believed vampires really existed, and they were absolutely terrified of them. This article describes what families and communities did to protect themselves from corpses they suspected of feeding on the living late at night.

Why You Should Never Argue with a Fool via Thelittlebod. It’s fun to see how much can be packed into a one-minute story.

The 7 Scariest Ghost Towns in America. The pictures in this post are beautiful. The ones from Seattle were my favourite.

The Gateway to Narnia. Something tells me Aslan would not be pleased with this.

Why Didn’t You Tell Him You AREN’T Blind? via GinaValley. Some stories work better if you have as few preconceptions about them as possible beforehand. (Don’t worry – there’s nothing scary or disturbing here).

Reflections on Respectability. I like this.

The Privileged Immigrant via saritaagerman. My experiences as a white U.S. citizen who moved to Canada almost a decade ago are surprisingly similar.

I’ve been mesmerized by The Girl Who Couldn’t Read this week.

It’s hard to discuss the plot without giving away major spoilers. All I can say is that it’s about a man who goes by the name of Doctor John Shepherd. He arrives at a brand new job at a women’s asylum only to notice some very strange things going on in the hallways late at night.

The atmosphere of this book was an absolutely perfect combination of anticipation, dread, and mystery. Dragging my attention away from it wasn’t easy. It’s definitely something I’d recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest in the premise.

What have you been reading?

A Tale of Momentum and Inertia

This film is very short. It only requires about a minute of your time. I don’t normally share more than one video per week on this blog, but I really loved how this one was put together. It reminded me of all of the stories my parents told us about their childhoods: How mom’s pet goat used…

Rituel

Created by Maéva Gruaz, Amaury Rospars Maxime Couturat, Jean-Baptiste Bellande, Sebastian Durouchoux and Jordane Koessler at Bellecour Entertainment. No, I didn’t misspell the title of this short film. What I find most interesting about it is that the whole story is told without almost no use of dialogue. It takes a lot of creativity to…

The Downside to Living in the Moment

Last weekend my better half and I visited a mall that I like to think of as Toddler Alley. As you might imagine, there are 4391* malls in Toronto. This particular one seems to specialize in giving young families a safe place to walk around in when the weather is uncooperative. The first time I noticed…

Suggestion Saturday: October 18, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, photo essays,  and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. ‘White Canada’ and the Evolution of Racism. This is really interesting stuff. I very briefly lived in Vancouver once and heard a lot of these arguments from the people I met there. How to…

Why Spoilers Are So Terrible

This post is a response to something a friend of mine wrote recently. I’m one of the people he talks about who gets incredibly irritated by spoilers. Now is a good time to talk about why that bothers me so much as well as what I do to people who gleefully reveal every single plot twist 0.25 seconds…

The World Is Blue At Its Edges…

The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water…

Happy Real Thanksgiving

Drew and I jokingly wished my side of the family a Happy Real Thanksgiving earlier this weekend. I hope my Canadian readers are having a great three-day weekend. I hope my American readers realize just how much they’re missing out on by waiting until the end of November to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you celebrate Thanksgiving…

Suggestion Saturday: October 11, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, walking tours, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. A Hobbit’s Guide to Walking. This is fantastic whether you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings or try to walk 10,000 steps a day. I happen to like both of them. My Boobs…

The Point of Gossip

Someone found this blog recently by searching, “What’s the point of gossip?” I’ve talked about gossip before on this blog, but I’ve never shared my theories about why people do it. 1. They assume the worst interpretation is the most honest one. If you sneeze, you have ebola. If you drink one beer, you’re clearly an alcoholic….