hm looks like a load of potential cone cows to me…
Charlottetown’s big anniversary is coming up! The 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, that is. That means there is a whole lot of celebrating Canadian Confederation history this year, in the nation’s wee-ist province. Fitting for “the Cradle of Confederation.”
Jeff Alward is running a blog about creating a graphic novel for the occasion! You can follow it here, and even if this piece of history isn’t what will keep you there, having an inside look at the making of an ambitious graphic novel should.
Excited about this project! PEI was my cradle as well as Confederation’s (however contested the latter statement, the former is surely beyond reproach) and all three of the folks involved are some of my Knuckleheads from The Day. Congrats to them for getting funding to make a cool thing!
I should probably just stop apologizing for how late this always is, right? Asterisks mark re-reads. Here’s last year’s list, and here’s this year’s:
01 Mercury; Hope Larson - Parallel teen stories set in Nova Scotia. This occasionally felt too young for me, as the stories start to weave together. But a great YA read, for sure.
02 Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace; DT Max - This was a pretty straight-forward book about DFW’s life, which I think helped me to flesh out the feelings I already had about his work. It did start rushing headlong to the end of Wallace’s life towards the second half, but holds back from feeling exploitative.
03 Balloon Pop Outlaw Black; Patricia Lockwood - the only twitter-famous poet I am aware of? Vivid and strange and occasionally funny.
04 The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - people have always been obsessed with the Good Old Days, since at least, oh, the 1850s.
05 To Be or Not To Be; Ryan North - I helped my pal Ryan edit his choose-your-own-adventure expansion of Hamlet. All in all, I got through the whole thing at least 3 times, including following every single path to its end. I hope all of his readers are as thorough!
06 * A Short History of Progress; Ronald Wright - I was impressed enough with this book to buy it after I read it the first time (and charmed by Wright’s obvious disregard of Jared Diamond, who I also hate for essentially no reason) so I thought I should give it a re-read. Just the thing to make you want to commit ritual suicide.Read more
OK here we go, it’s the movie list for 2013! Asterisk means a re-watch, and the number in parentheses is the release date. Here’s last year’s list.
01 - Cool Runnings (93) - i dare you to find a better way to start the year.
02 - Comes a Bright Day (11)
03 - Meatballs (79)
04 - The Wrong Guy (97)
05 - Almost Famous (00)
06 - The Ghost and Mrs Muir (47)
07 - Mr Deeds Goes to Town (36)Read more
But in the past, greens — including me — have intuitively opposed all GMOs. Because those insect-resistant crops are part of an industrial complex that we dislike, it’s hard to get excited about the fact that they reduce insecticide applications. We oppose GMOs because we oppose the unsustainable agricultural system they serve.
I soured to this argument after realizing that it shares the same reasoning used by those opposed to contraception and sex ed. The argument supposes that you can throttle back an institution you dislike (monoculture, premarital sex) by denying it the technologies that reduce its risks (Bt corn, condoms). But, just as teens are going to keep having sex, our unsustainable food system is going to keep on chugging along whether we allow the use of mitigating technology or not. I think it makes sense to support the GMO uses that give us small environmental improvements. Insisting on abstinence-only farming is a non-starter."
Grist has a really long and impressively in-depth look at GMOs. This is a topic I’ve been going back and forth on for years, and Johnson’s six months of research is illuminating, if faintly depressing (cf the name of the first piece linked below).
The above quote is taken from his concluding article, but if you want to start somewhere, I’d suggest this one, which gives short versions of the pieces in the series, and links back to each one for more detail.