An occasional miscellany, including a supposed relationship between zombies, wood windows and freeway fighting superheroes. Also, I admit to occasionally walking – and leading walking tours. And a discourse about apples, gravity and photographs.
- The Vancouver Heritage Foundation on why wood windows are environmentally friendly and promote sustainability.
- An urban planner in Vancouver is researching zombie fighting tools. He is also concerned with non-resident property ownership, housing affordability and the culture of the city.
- Vancouver is justifiably proud of its decision during the early 1970s to not build a freeway through the city. Fourty-five years later, Surrey is at risk of “doubling-down on the high-energy, high-carbon way of life of the 20th century,” in a process that is “shaping up to be more like a War on Transit than on a War on the Car.” Read more about Gordon Price’s neologism, Motordom.
- I submitted the outline for my second annual Jane’s Walk yesterday evening. More details to follow, once it’s approved. I know of at least two other walks planned for the Victoria area, and once they’re posted, I will link to them as well.
- One day last week, I noticed the apple tree in the backyard had some beautiful pink buds. I took out my camera and realized it was still set on a macro setting for taking photos of documents in the archives. So rather than taking a picture of the whole tree, as I had originally intended, I captured the photo above. The close focus has a very nice effect, with the other blossoms and grass gradually fading out of focus. That’s one way in which history and apples are related, but there are others.