Monday, February 6, 2012

Expert living

This has always been one of my favourite structures in Calgary — a vintage auto body shop plunk in the middle of a quiet residential neighbourhood and right next to a park (which is very close to the river and all its wonderful pathways). While out wandering the other day, I discovered it had been put up for sale and sold. I thought: I wonder who purchased it (I wish it were me!) and what they're going to do with it. Wouldn't it be cool to transform it into an open-concept home? Check out those windows — and that fun signage. Oh well. One can dream.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Heading to the Markt

Spring has finally sprung here in Toronto, so that means getting out of the condo and actually doing stuff. This morning I tagged along with a couple of friends (hello Arren and David!) to the Meister Markt Collector Show held at The Markham Fairgrounds, just north of Toronto. Alas, I didn't buy anything, but there were many interesting shots to be had.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's all in the deets

I've been noticing lately that someone in my condo's management has been playing around with clip art.

I like this new turn of events. It gives those important notices a fun, playful touch. After all, why be so serious all the time?

Photos by Laura Muir

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A stroll down the back alley... search of a bit of inspiration and colour.

Photos by Laura Muir

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not seeing this is not an option

Favourite quote from "Inside Job" said by Citigroup chief economist Willem Buiter: "Banking became a pissing contest. 'Mine's bigger than yours.' That kind of stuff. It was all men that ran it, incidentally." 

I admit it. I can be a bit overzealous when it comes to certain documentaries. I see a documentary that outrages me or that is wildly edifying, and I get all riled and wish I could scream from the rooftops (or my soapbox) that it is everybody's absolute duty as a responsible member of this society to see this documentary. Something like, you know, not littering.
That's how I felt when I rented the Oscar-winning doc "Inside Job." It's good because it clearly explains the financial meltdown, how it happened, who was involved. (Here's an interesting interview with filmmaker Charles Ferguson.) It's also good because Ferguson himself is a no-holds-barred interviewer who asks pointed questions that really expose the amorality (aka scumbag-ness) of not only the financial industry and political system, but also the corruption in American academia, something not really covered before.
So, yeah, I do believe it's everyone's duty to see this flick.

Other light-shedding documentaries I think are must-sees:

  • "Taxi to the Dark Side" — directed by Alex Gibney
  • "The Fog of War" — directed by Errol Morris
  • "Food, Inc." — directed by Robert Kenner (I actually haven't watched Food, Inc. because, to tell the truth, I'm afraid that seeing the mistreatment of animals will traumatize me. And I figure I'm already a vegetarian and eat mostly organic, so why put myself through that. But I know a few people who have changed their eating habits since viewing it.)
  • "Capturing the Friedmans" — directed by Andrew Jarecki
  • "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" — directed by Seth Gordon
  • "The Thin Blue Line" — directed by Errol Morris
  • "No End In Sight" — directed by Charles Ferguson

Photo by Laura Muir

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Coming soon

"Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and ... this dude:

Photo by Laura Muir

A brief absence

Sorry for my lack of posts in the last little while. I've felt uninspired — sort of like the view that surrounds me in all its various shades of beige and grey.

Photo by Laura Muir