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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion


Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion is part of Frederic Malle’s Editions de Parfums. Dominique spent 2 years perfecting the formula for this perfume, which reportedly has the highest concentration of tuberose on the market.

So what? The “what” is that tuberose is a really heavy, dark, sexy floral essence. Tuberose flowers are white and light looking but they pack a powerful punch. Dominique’s perfume is not light but it’s not heavy either.


The first notes on my skin were citrus and green but as the hour wore on, the scent evolved to be a dull heady floral (and I mean that in a nice way). Most floral perfumes become really powdery on me but this one smelled a bit smoky and camphorous. It’s a bit like smelling the wrapper of a stick of Juicy Fruit next to a bouquet of tuberose.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Burning with Feedburner: SoMisguided On Fire

As my mother used to say, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

I tell people that they should offer email subscription options as well as RSS because many people still prefer to receive email. That said, I had set up a Feedburner account, then crashed my website, then fixed it (thank you Hop Studios), then noticed the wrong “Sign Up for Email Alerts” was being used.

Alas ... I’m back up on Feedburner, thank you for your patience.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

On Becoming a Sheddie (or Visiting the Bowen Island Eco-Shed)

... a person who enjoys creating a comfortable space within an outbuilding (shed); not only for working on projects but a place to enjoy a pint and some darts as well.
In a sentence: All that sheddie does is drink beer by his woodstove and play darts.

At the beginning of May, James and I ventured over to Bowen Island to visit the Glave family and to stay in their Eco-Shed. (We drank wine instead of beer and, as you’ll see, there were no darts.)

Construction of the Eco-Shed is chronicled in James Glave’s book Almost Green (published in 2008 by Greystone Books). The book is an entertaining examination of the difficulty James went through when designing his eco-friendly, sustainable writing studio.

Having read the book, I knew that I wasn’t going to sleepover in some drafty garden shed, but I had no concept of how lovely the eco-shed really is.

Inside the Eco-Shed
Pretty little stove to heat the place. Kitchenette for toast and jam in the morning.

Inside the Eco-Shed
One of the most comfortable beds on the island.

Inside the Eco-Shed
Little writing nook and view of the mountains.

The Glave Garden
The fourth wall is all windows and looks out on this lovely garden.

And I’m a sucker for a cute bathroom. Think walk in closet but this one is tiled in green, and like a sailboat bathroom, everything is self-contained (toilet, shower). It’s beautiful.

For more news and notes on the Eco-Shed, visit Jame Glave at Glave.com, go to the official Eco-Shed website at Eco-Shed.ca or check out the photos on the Eco-Shed Flickr Pool.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Widgeon Creek with Zee Boris and Rachael

photo credit: BMann

Rachael & Boris

A Study in Symmetry

Rachael & Boris


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Whazamo! Ontario Graphic Novel Month on Open Book Toronto

From the press release

This past weekend, Toronto Comic Arts Festival came to life at the Toronto Reference Library, and Vepo Studios were there to catch it all for Whazamo!:Ontario Graphic Novel Month on Open Book Toronto.

We wanted to share with you this video of highlights from the day starring such comic and graphic novel luminaries as Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), James Turner (Rex Libris), and Mariko Tamaki (Skim) and a surprise appearance from Cory Doctorow (Little Brother/BoingBoing)!

You can check it all out here on you tube:

or at the Open Book Toronto site as part of Whazamo! Ontario Graphic Novel Month:

And if you missed it, you can also catch our behind the scenes story of the photo-web comic A Softer World here:

Whazamo! Ontario Graphic Novel Month is a collaboration between Open Book: Toronto, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the production company Vepo Studios.  Look for daily updates throughout May on the Open Book: Toronto website at: http://www.openbooktoronto.com.


The English Stories by Cynthia Flood Launches Thursday

UPDATE: Launch is Thursday night, in my enthusiasm I thought it was tonight.

Biblioasis’s only Vancouver-area launch of 2009 is happening Thursday, May 14! Come to the launch Cynthia Flood’s The English Stories.  Publisher Dan Wells says “The English Stories is a quiet marvel of a collection, and certainly one of the highlights of our 2009 list. I’m hoping that you’ll consider coming to the Sylvia Hotel and giving it the launch it deserves.”

Thursday, May 14
7-9 pm
Bistro Bar at the Sylvia Hotel
1154 Gilford St

Biblioasis blog post…

More about the book ...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Yip Yip: Sesame Street

Hey kids this is what we called a rotary dial telephone. It was used to make and receive phone calls. Weird, I know.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Salome: Step by Step

Oh the curtains will be coming up on Salome tonight at the Vancouver Opera.

It is an opera in one act so it’s hard for me to gauge when things will be happening timewise so I’ll tell you a little about it.

Salome, the opera, is by Richard Strauss, the libretto by Hedwig Lachmann, and it’s based on Oscar Wilde’s stage poem of the same name.

We start on the roof-top terrace. Narraboth, the young captain of the guard, watches the stepdaughter of Herod, Salome, at a banquet in the palace. He is besotted.

Salome’s father, Herod, has imprisoned John the Baptist. Amidst the sound of bickering banquet guests is the sound of John the Baptist prophesying the coming of the Messiah. John is usually portrayed as a strange man, think homeless with crazy hair. I’ll be interested in how this John is costumed.

The banquet is a bore. Salome leaves, hears the prophet, and decided to seek him out. He’s cursing her mother’s poor lifestyle choices (marrying the brother who killed her husband, you know how it is in these operas).

John is brought before Salome, who is reacts with a teenager reaction of freaky fascination. She wants to touch his skin, his hair, his lips. She’s obsessed. It’s rude. It’s weird. Then she wants a kiss. The prophet curses her.

Oh that besotted captain dies at some point here, which sets off Herod’s series of bizarre hallucinations. Depending on the staging, this is one of those stories that might be comprehensible if seen stoned. It’s a bit of a trip.

All of this leads up to the Dance of the Seven Veils.

This is where the nudity happens. Salome does a bit of a strip tease dance, and her reward is the execution of any of her heart’s desires, which happens to be the head of the prophet on a silver platter. Take a toke.

Her father freaks out and offers jewels, peacocks, half his kingdom, even the sacred veil of the Temple of the Jews, but Salome is determined.

There’s a bit of a necrophilia kissing of the severed head, which disgusted everyone and leads to Salome’s own death.

As I said, it’s a controversial and wildly seductive and erotic opera. I’ve seen it as a play, read it as a poem and watched it as a film. I would very much like to hear it as an opera because I bet the voices are powerful and strong.

Salome: Opening Night

He rejects her. She demands his head. There’s nudity and the famous “dance of the seven veils” (listen throughout the opera for the tambourine sound every time Salome’s dance is mentioned).

Vancouver Opera’s 2008/2009 season finale is Richard Strauss’ shocking drama of lust and prophecy in Judea.

Here is SALOME.

Live blogging and twittering the Opera tonight is @trishussey @NetChick @Miss604 @Kimli @hummingbird604

I am in Victoria and can’t make it back in time for the opera, but Salome is one of my favourites so I wish that clone was ready to deploy. If I can fit it into my schedule, next performances are Tuesday, May 5, Thursday, May 7 and Saturday, May 9.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Georgia and Hamilton in Vancouver.
7:30 pm.
Tickets are available exclusively at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca or by telephone (604-683-0222).

Richard Strauss’ Salome is based on Oscar Wilde’s French play of the same name, which borrows from the gospels of Matthew and Mark.

Salome rocks because it’s Biblical, erotic, macabre and sensational.

Salome is also controversial. According to the materials Selina sent along:

  • At the Berlin Court Opera, the Kaiser would allow it to be performed only if a Star of Bethlehem was shown in the sky, even though the action of the opera takes place 30 years after the birth of Christ.
  • In London, Salome was banned by the Lord Chamberlain’s office until 1907.
  • That same year, at its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, there was such an outcry from wealthy patrons that the production was cancelled after the first night.
  • Viennese censors would not allow it to be performed until 1918.

Opera Facts
Is there a coat check? And a bar? 
Yes and yes!