Monthly Archives: March 2007

Free is better than cheap

Thanks to a comment by Ryan, I was directed to Saskatoon’s Freecycle program.

From its FAQ:

- Freecycle is NOT a charity.
- Freecycle is NOT a lending closet.
- Freecycle is NOT a free-for-all.
- Freecycle is NOT a means to get as much free stuff as you can.
- Freecycle is NOT a way to get more stuff to sell, eBay, or auction.
- Freecycle is NOT a way to keep from taking your broken items to the dump if that’s where they really belong.

So what “IS” Freecycle?

- Freecycle IS about keeping things out of the landfill.
- Freecycle IS about sharing an item that retains usefulness.
- Freecycle IS about clearing out our unused clutter.
- Freecycle IS about COMMUNITY.

I love the idea of this, and I’m looking forward to participating in it. In fact, I’ve already posted an “offer” of some baby clothes that were given to me, that I can no longer use (due to a rapidly-growing little one).

Two other similar sites to check out are Saskatoon CurbCycle (similar to FreeCycle) and Saskatoon Yard Sale (where it isn’t always free, but always cheap).

Everything you wanted to know about the Sopranos

… in less than 8 minutes.

A six-season refresher recap, in preparation for next week’s premiere of the last 9 episodes. Now there’s an offer you cannot refuse! (via)

Incidentially, there’s a great article about the series in this month’s Vanity Fair.

Biblical suicide bomber?

The philharmonic choir in Victoria, BC is presenting Handel’s Samson oratorio as a suicide bomber in 1946 Jerusalem. From the article:

The oratorio has the familiar music written in 1741 by George Frideric Handel with the same words, but the time and setting have been changed.

Samson is an examination of a political and personal struggle, but updated to make it more relevant to modern audiences by drawing parallels with ongoing conflict in the Middle East, he said.

“Samson could be any ‘freedom fighter’,” Capet said.

In this version, Samson doesn’t pull down a temple, but does bomb the King David Hotel, an actual attack by militant Zionists that took place in 1946.

I love it when biblical stories are retold from an entirely different perspective — and I think this one would work well. (that, and part of me loves the fact that this illustrates there’s also passages of war and hate in the Bible — the same as the Quran — so no pointing fingers at who’s religion is less bloodthirsty than others!)

It’s funny how many brutal stories there are in the Bible, and yet these stories aren’t questioned or are simply passed off as harmless Sunday School tales. How many times in my life have I heard these stories and never once thought of the larger implications that each one tells?

Nowadays when I see a nursery decorated in Noah’s Ark, all I can think of is genocide and death — not cute little animals walking up a plank, two by two. And don’t get me started on the 10 plagues or Joshua’s rampage in Canaan.

The perils of maternity leave:

I spent most of this morning convinced that today was Wednesday.

I’m finding that the concept of time means nothing when you’re so caught up with a two-month old and her various needs.

You wouldn’t think someone so little could take up so much of your time — but you’d be wrong.

Emma by Warhol

Emma by Warhol, originally uploaded by becky b..

Our little one is already postmodern!

Original photo here.

PSA of the day:

…and you barely look a day over 99!

Next week the University is celebrating its 100th birthday. There’s a whole day of celebrations planned, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to sneak away to some of them. The itinerary of the week is here, and the two events I’m hoping to attend are:

  • Birthday Kick-off

Kick-off our birthday with President Peter MacKinnon, featuring the passing of the torch with the City of Saskatoon and the unveiling of the University of Saskatchewan commemorative stamp with Canada Post.

Time: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: The Atrium, Agriculture Building
For more information: 966-6607

  • Stephen Lewis

A special lecture by Stephen Lewis, internationally recognized diplomat and humanitarian, author of best seller – “Race Against Time”, chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and former U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Click here for a PDF of the event poster.

Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Physical Activity Complex
Rush seating and admission is FREE.
Sponsored by the RBC Community Development Program at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
For more information: 966-8279

The University is even supplying cake for the whole campus — now there’s an offer you can’t refuse! Seriously, though, Stephen Lewis is one of my humanitarian heroes, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what he has to say.

These are the times where I’m really appreciative of living so close to the University, and for being a part of its environment.