Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

On Sunday afternoon, I drove Highway 97C from Merritt to Kelowna to see a dear old friend. It was a gorgeous day and the highway was empty. Having not been in the interior of the province for several years, I was stunned by its beauty. The terrain is this gorgeous earth tone impressionist painting, and the country rolls along in these lazy hills that seem to go on forever.

I need a digital camera. Or a camera phone. Or both.

On Saturday, I went hiking in Mount Seymour Park. This was the first time I'd been in the rain forest since returning from Ireland, and I've missed it. Its verdant growth is so familiar to me. When we got to Dog Mountain, we had a fantastic view of the entire lower mainland.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that, halfway down from Merritt, I stopped in for some food. There was a shop across the street with a great sign in the window. It read:


Of course, I was in the town of Hope, but it got me thinking...what does a hope machine look like? And does it make hope or consume it? 

2:59:19 PM        Vancouver

FOUND Magazine collects found stuff:

love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. anything goes...

This is actually a published magazine. I know, I couldn't believe it either, but way to go for trying, guys. Vancouverites, you can buy it at the Granville Book Company, Magpie, Pulp Fiction and Zulu Records. Sierra Leonites, you can buy it at Sheriff Sanusi Store. Everybody else, look here.

Thankfully, they've also got a great database of online finds. Check out the finds of the week. After browsing a few, these are my favourites. The first is a sort of foul-mouted call all to arms, the second's lack of punctuation makes it wonderfully ambiguous, and the third is just plain bizarre.

2:49:05 PM        Mixed Bag The Arts

My friend John pointed me to this wicked resource of naugty paperback covers (pretty safe for work) from the sixties. These are a couple of my favourites:


The first one is written by Don King...I didn't know he worked outside of boxing promotion. And the tag line on the second one is fantastic: 'He looked for courage in the arena of sin.'

The page also pointed me to Retrocrush's Worst Superhero Costumes of All Time. I quote from a passage about Cyborg's costume:

If I die and you have to enhance my corpse with cybernetics to bring me back to life, could you at least make me robot pants that will keep my balls from falling out?

Is that really too much to ask? There's also a reminder that certain superheros weren't always decked out in black, bulbous rubber.

2:37:25 PM        Internet Mixed Bag Movies

Play a game of twenty questions against a computer. What freaked me out was that it correctly guessed what I was thinking for both 'cup of tea' and 'panda bear'. Then I went with something tricky--curlew--and it got pretty close, guessing both 'grouse' and 'ptarmigan'. I know this is just a straight forward program, but it's eerily perceptive.

2:29:31 PM        Internet Mixed Bag