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[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 18

In this episode: A short ride on Christmas Eve, voiced on Ukrainian Christmas day wherein I ramble about my new camera, the closing of the local garden shop as a result of the housing crisis in Vancouver and point out the worst of the criminals fuelling it, attempt to use a drive-through bank machine, discover a newly finished bike path to explore later, dodge dogs, do some more exploring, and talk about the very dark place I got to this past December (recovery is not linear.)

[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 17

In this episode: I take advantage of another break in winter rain to get a quick ride in. I had a hard time voicing this one. I babble about Christmas ornaments and why I am not going to decorate my tree this year.

The Daily Colonist, December 31, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today.

This will be the last of my daily updates from 100 years ago, as it was always my plan to stop when news of the Christmas Truce made it to this back-water end of the Empire, which it finally has. It's been too interesting reading history in this as-it-happens kind of way, so I expect to keep reading these century-old papers and will have the odd thing that is too interesting not to share....

The Daily Colonist, December 30, 1914

#dailycolonist1914 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today.

• More news from the raid on Cuxhaven
• The internment and persecution of "alien enemies" in Canada and Britain
• The first small bit of news that the Christmas Truce happened at all...

The Daily Colonist, December 25, 1914

The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today puts as bright a spin as possible on the day.

• Celebration of the a century of peace between Britain and the United States,
• Christmas announcements from the King and the provincial government,
• News of Christmas being celebrated in London and Berlin,
• Christmas dinner for Canadian troops in England,
• Some local news from Vancouver that is unintentionally comical,
• Many, many advertisers wishing people Merry Christmas, and
• Notice that there will be no paper tomorrow due to the holiday.

[Gothic BC] Decemberwe'en

It's December now and the Santa Claus parade has just marched by this ancient brickpile we call home. Valerian has suggested the idea of a Gothic BC float next year playing this:

Christmas Shopping Used to be So Much Simpler

22 vintage Chirstmas cigarette ads ranging for the late 1930's to the 1960's ...and one for a lighter from 1954, because with all those smokes, you have to have a lighter!

(click the images to view larger versions)

111210 Sin City, 2011
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Then and Now

I was listening to the CBC this morning and realizing that no-one is going to wax poetically about video-game hockey like they do for the old slot-hockey tables.

The stars died so that you could be here today.

The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time.


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