Weekly Inspiration: Saying thanks, but no tanks

Stretched across the front lawn of the Wellington County Museum and Archives are hundreds of plaques serving as a tasteful memorial. Started in 2013 317 plaques were placed honouring those who fell in the First World War: http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4193186-war-memorial-unveiled-in-wellington-county/ This year there are 475 memorial markers in tribute to the fallen from the First World War […]

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Weekly Inspiration – Bulk Yarn

Remember 3 years ago when Clr. Gaertner was unwilling to welcome Canada’s largest bulk food retailer to town because she thought that there was a better use of the 22 acres of employment lands that Bulk Barn’s headquarters now occupies? I do: https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/closing-the-bulk-barn-door-before-business-even-arrives/ Clr. Gaertner, being the quintessential hipster she is, will be pleased to […]

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Weekly Inspiration : Wiggly Things

Track #12 on Waylon Jennings album “Losers, Kings, and Things We Don’t Understand” is the instantly recognizable Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard. Among the lyrics is the line: “straightening the curves flattening the hills” It is this human need that Rogier van der Zwaag’s short film explores with great effect here: If you like […]

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Weekly Inspiration : Beak Meter

Where in Aurora a mediocre and innovative stricken club cling to an unsustainable Center as the only way to experience culture Jarbas Agnelli turns to nature. As a professional advertising film director Agnelli used professional sound editing and video effects software to produce “Birds on The Wires” a piece that features nature read as music […]

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Weekly Inspiration : in your face

Canadian artist and novelist Douglas Coupland needs your gum. As part of his "everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” exhibition Coupland is inviting the public to stick their chewing gum to a large sculpture of his head, a piece he has titled "Gumhead". I’m a huge Coupland fan, his approach to writing, art, culture […]

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Weekly Inspiration : Motion is Tranquility

Opening up a dusty paper Oxford Dictionary, or even trying to search using the online version for the term "cinemagraphs" and you’ll come up empty handed: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/spellcheck/all/?q=cinemagraphs Luckily Wikipedia knows what’s what and explains that "Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated […]

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Weekly Inspiration : Woah Canada

As Canada approaches it’s 150th birthday we look forward to the year long celebration of ways we stand apart as a nation. Some ways are more obvious, like say comparing our currency to that of our neighbors to the south. But here’s something exceptional that has been hiding in plain sight; our passports. When held […]

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Weekly Inspiration : kiss and tell

January 12, 2015, is the 7th International Kiss A Ginger Day. Created by Derek Forgie, you can view the facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NKAGD/ Redheads account for one percent of the population on the entire planet and redheads with blue eyes, like myself, are the rarest. Contrary to what you’ve read in the media ( http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/10/redheads-die-out-extinction-ginger-gene-bad-science-red-hair?CMP=fb_gu […]

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Weekly Inspiration : Mobius Trip

Moscow’s Circle of Light Festival ran early last month and to say Aristarkh Chernyshev’s video sculpture threw viewers for a loop would be an understatement. His piece titled Userpic ran interpretation software allowing it to cycle through some of history’s most famous paintings and sculptures shown here: Designboom has a fantastic piece here that delves […]

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