Archive for the ‘North America’ Category

U.S. election map (November 2012)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

US elections map (November 2012)
(Source: BBC website)

At first, I looked at the map and I saw red and blue.

Then when I was done done looking at the colours, I saw the map of the U.S.

And then, I saw a lot more.

If you look carefully, you will see that this colourful map tells us a lot about America today and the people who live there. I can imagine what I would encounter were I to travel across each state. And who.

I find this fascinating.

The Republican elephant

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Republican party elephant

Now that it’s all behind us, the election that is, I can address the one and only important issue which had been troubling me for a little while now.

How does an elephant go about becoming the symbol of the Republican party?

When it is drawn as such by cartoonist Thomas Nast apparently:

“In a cartoon that appeared in Harper’s Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion’s skin, scaring away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled “The Republican Vote.” That’s all it took for the elephant to become associated with the Republican Party.

Democrats today say the donkey is smart and brave, while Republicans say the elephant is strong and dignified.”

Well… there you go.

Elephants are everywhere…

Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy shuts down New York (metro.co.uk, October 2012)
Source: metro.co.uk

They’re shutting down NY.

Wow.

Didn’t see that bear coming!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

La Crescenta, California (April 2012)

Baby Tiger Cubs – San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Not cute. Not cute at all.

Lac Manicouagan, Quebec (Canada)

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Photo, Image et Carte Satellite du Lac Manicouagan, Nord du Québec
(Source: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team)

The Manicouagan impact crater.

One of my colleagues stumbled across it recently on Google and shared the joy.

Wow.

Of course I want to go there!

Saved by a bear

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Man Attacked by Mountain Lion, Saved by Bear.”

Incredible story.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

A cupcake dispensing ATM.

I have checked the date. Today is not 1 April.

This could be true.

OMG.

I wanna try it!

Steve Jobs (24 February 1955 – 5 October 2011)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Steve Jobs (Stanford Commencement Address)

Arctic Film Season at Canada House, London (part 2)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I went back to Canada House last night for the screening of Before Tomorrow.

I knew nothing about the film, apart from the small synopsis which sounded intriguing: “Before Tomorrow is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival”. (Source: http://www.beforetomorrow.ca/)

Adapted from the novel For morgendagen (by the Danish writer Jørn Riel), the story captures what happens when a secluded Inuit tribe comes into contact with Europeans, with catastrophic effects.

It certainly made me aware that we all have a responsibility when visiting other countries and coming into contact with people. Who we are and what we do affects other people and their way of life. And not always in a good way. It also powerfully makes you wonder what you would do when faced with the hardest decision you will have to make for yourself and the ones you love…

Such a sad story. So sad…

Before Tomorrow could almost give Breaking the Waves a run for its money as the saddest film I have ever seen.

The scenery however was astounding and you can tell that these people are proud of where they live and that they don’t take the beauty around them for granted. Yes, it’s stunning… but the conditions there are so harsh.

There’s one more screening at Canada House next week (contact Canada House to register for tickets):
Passage, 20 October 2009

North West Passage is on at the NMM until 3 January 2010.