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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ruth Roach Pierson

Doors open at 7:30pm tonight: featured reader Ruth Roach Pierson at the Tree Reading Series. Royal Oak II Pub, 161 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa

Ruth Roach Pierson reading from her second book of poetry, Aide-mémoire, in front of an Ottawa audience at the Tree Reading Series. Upcoming Tree readers include Steven Price (March 13th) and Don McKay (March 27th where this reading will be held at the National Library and Archives on Wellington Street in Ottawa.) My first experience reading Pierson's work was about 18 or 19 years ago at Concordia University where I read her academic text, They're Still Women After All: The Second World War and Canadian Womanhood for a undergrad history class. It was interesting read as I remember.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Anarchists are a tough interview

One of my all time favourite photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, appeared on the venerable Charlie Rose show a few years back. Normally, I love each and every Charlie Rose interview I watch. Not quite so with this Cartier-Bresson session. Most of the interview was like pulling teeth. The photgrapher was so self-effacing and modest it made for an interesting yet awkward interview at times. Still, it is worth to watch in case you missed it the first time around when it aired in 2000. See for yourself:

(interview runs nearly 1 hour) via

Little pleasant splashes


Thursday, February 22, 2007

A New Queen Crowned

'Vocab' aka DJ Morales was de-throned last evening from CBC's annual slam poetry all-star face off. CBC's Alan Neal relishes in the moment while wresting the crown from Vocab, the 2006 winner.

Q the Romantic Revolutionary aka Queeverne Kirk the newly crowned queen (again) for 2007. She won the prize originally in 2005 in Ottawa.

Q the Romantic Revolutionary muses on this year's poetic theme of Made in Canada.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

CBC Poetry Face Off All Star Edition 2007

Wednesday night at 6:30 at the NAC Fourth Stage
Come hear the "best of the best" Ottawa winners from the past five years:
Matt Peake, Jim Larwill, Q The Romantic Revolutionary, DJ Morales, and John Akpata

(nice to see my headshot photo on the CBC site for Jim Larwill. He looks so moody, but he's a heck of a nice guy who's going to be a grandfather shortly. Congrats, Jim!)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Baby Matthew

Matthew posing for a glamour baby magazine.

Not really.

He's eating oatmeal and rice mush now. He had some steamed acorn squash the other day, too. He's a good kid and we loves him to bits.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Four Horsemen Project

coming to Ottawa March 13 - April 1, 2007!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Love-Song by John W. MacDonald
Love-Song, originally uploaded by johnwmacdonald.

Love-Song is dedicated to my wife, Julie. On this day, a decade ago, I proposed to her. It is also dedicated to all the wives and fiances who are fighting overseas in the Canadian and American Forces. (Thankfully, my wife is not one of them.)

You may have seen a similar photo online before and mine is just a copy of this same technique. As I did not have a red filter I de-saturated the outline leaving the colour as photographed with a high kelvin white balance. When you click on the photo, be sure to view photo at its largest size.

Strobist info: item is lit by one strobe. SB-800 without diffuser on Manual x 1/32 from above and behind angled down to cast the shadow on the Compact Oxford English Dictionary.

Learn how to light at Strobist.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Surreal Cereal Serial

My little story takes place at a tropical villa.
I fell in love with a flavour, yes it was vanilla
Mi-ni wheats wheats wheats I wanted vanilla for so long
Mini wheats wheats wheats it's high in fiber you can't go wrong
Vanilla flavour mixed with wheat put it together it can't be beat
Vanilla flavour mixed with wheat tastes so good, what a treat
New vanilla-flavoured mini wheats cereal
Tastes so good, good, good

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Conejo Muerto

Conejo muerto en Ottawa en una caminata de domingo.

Tony Fouhse’s Lens

Just followed a link from Fouhse's blog to a recent profile article written on him by Erin Letson of Capital Arts Online.

Friday, February 09, 2007

A Million Penguins

Interesting developments across the pond. Jeremy Ettinghausen of Penguin Publishing has created a wiki style collaborative project where practically anyone can work together on creating their novel in progress.

One of the first questions in their blog: "Can a million penguins sitting at a million keyboards together write a novel? Let’s find out."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

All Fecund In Its Nuttiness

This salty youtube vid is a must view for fans of Samuel Beckett and James Joyce.

Pitch 'n' Putt with Joyce 'n' Beckett

Where's Amanda Congdon?

Oh, here she is. Amanda appears online at ABC News. A bit of a career upgrade from her former days on's vlog.

daily monster via rocketboom

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Christmas Card Favourite

Little-Matthew-as-Santa-in-the-buff didn't make the card cut last Christmas. As you may remember we chose another photo for the 2006 Christmas card from "the MacDonald's of Greely". Looking back at some of the *thousands* of photos of Matthew, I really like this one. It's the hint o'cheek factor that I find so cute.

Archiving the Blog

Yet another blog title that sounds dirty but really isn't.

Spent the majority of tonight working out the kinks and pains of archiving when you're clueless about file names and paths in directories and sub-directories. FTP vs. SFTP, etc. Anyhoo, I've decided on a black background for my weblog. I might switch back to white later. But let's give this a go for now. There still are a few tweaks left to be done, but I'll save these headaches for later. I want to make the page wider to accommodate wide photos without wrapping over the right side of the page.

*Hopefully*, the page will be somewhat faster to load for you. Sorry about that if you didn't have high-speed Internet access. I have enabled automatic archiving on a monthly schedule. This sounds reasonable, right? Also, there will be only seven days worth of posts at any given time on this page. Also, very reasonable. Now I'll have to get some sort of blog links entered on the page to the right to make it look like I have friends.

Who am I kidding? Ta for now.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Lacing Up

Part of the skating activity is waiting: waiting for a bench to sit on, waiting with a hot chocolate to warm your hands, waiting for others to don their skates, waiting to catch your breath after 7 km of skating, waiting for your toes to thaw out, waiting in line to return rented skates, and waiting for the right moment to snap a photo.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

2007 Skating Season of Rideau Canal Opens

It's official - the green flags are raised. The world's longest skateway (7km) on the Rideau Canal opens fully, anyway, tomorrow at 6:30 am. Just in time for Ottawa's Winterlude. Come to Ottawa and eat Beaver Tails! I am thinking of heading down to snap a few pics but we'll see if I am awake or not at 6:30am.

FYI, Get your ice condition updates here on the NCC website. Or call 613-239-5234 for skateway conditions (updated daily) or go to the Capital Infocentre, 90 Wellington Street, Ottawa (across from Parliament Hill). Conditions are currently good to very good for skating today.