This Remembrance Day long weekend turned out to be exceptional. Given the variety of topics that will be covered, it’s probably appropriate to make a list in lieu of the introductory paragraph:
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the video game
4. Recipe for salmon natto yukke
5. Car crash at Hastings and Abbott
6. Canzine West
7. My first zine
1. Cannons. Each year Remembrance Day Ceremonies are held in the parking lot beside CRAB Park. As you can tell from the above photo, it isn’t as well attended as it should be, seeing as this event features four live cannons. I have no idea why that little tugboat chose to sit in front of the cannons at the time, but I assume there was a reason for it.
But all jokes aside, listening to the sound of cannon fire and watching hanging smoke dissipate is a solemn affair. The use of these deadly weapons in simple ceremony is sufficient to acutely remind me of the gravity and absurdity of war and human sacrifice.
On a related matter, for the occasion of Remembrance Day, I recorded myself reading In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
2. Rainbows. One of the many perks of living at Woodward’s is that I see rainbows regularly. I suspect it has something to do with the harbour, the mixing of mist, and the angle of the sun at this location, or perhaps there’s just heaps of gold buried in this area.
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This video game came out on November 11, 2011. The last one, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, was released in 2006. I’ve waited five years for this game, and I found out on the day of its release, that it was released. Oh the surprise!
If you do not play video games, then you need to watch this trailer for Skyrim. One should know a little about matters that is of no interest to oneself, don’t you think? I could write a long essay to convince you but instead, I’ll let Skyrim do the task.
4. Recipe for salmon natto yukke. I took a gaming break and made the above as a snack. Here are the ingredients for my version of salmon natto yukke:
- egg yolk
- pickled daikon
- green onion
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
Chop, dice and season accordingly, mix and serve on seaweed. Add fish roe and wasabi if you want to get fancy.
5. Car crash at Hastings and Abbott. On my way to Chinatown for lunch on Sunday, I saw this parking sign partially covered in asphalt on the Southeast corner of Hastings and Abbott. It was a peculiar sight and I wondered about it. Did a city worker purposefully bury a parking sign under asphalt? If so, then why? It struck me as an urban mystery and I tweeted the above photo.
It turns out there was a car crash earlier this morning at Hastings and Abbott. Three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Read about it in the Vancouver Sun here.
(This mystery was solved by @PstTnse who informed me of the article on Twitter)
*Updated November 14, 2011. I was advised by @netvalue on Twitter that this sign has been there at least a couple of months, maybe longer.
6. Canzine West. This afternoon I went to Canzine West which was held at the Ukrainian Hall at 805 E. Pender Street in Strathcona. It’s a gathering of people involved in zines and independent publishing. The Vancouver Public Library had a booth there and while they do not fit in either of those two categories, they have a section in the library for zines which is helpful to the zine community.
These are two excellent VPL magnets. Remember those manila coloured pockets? Yes, I’m sure you do.
I got my fortune told by a typewriter at Anna and Jo’s booth which was called “/&burn”. You are supposed to look at this typewriter diagram, pick a part that speaks to you, and then read the corresponding numbered fortune. I’ll have to keep my fortune a secret as I’ve forgotten it.
7. My first zine. I participated in a zine workshop hosted by Eve Corbel (who is also known as Mary Schendlinger, a well known literary person and instructor). Someone asked Eve, “Why make zines?” Her response was first of all, “Why not?” and then she explained that a zine is a literary form. And I thought, yes, she’s right!
I’ve encountered the zine in an academic setting in a Women’s Studies course at UBC a long time ago. The positioning of the zine in relation to traditional forms such as the essay, novel, poem, etc., is that the zine is an overlooked, marginalized form that is not taken as seriously as the rest, but it has qualities that they do not. These attributes unique to the zine form, such as connecting text with image, alternative means of production and rapid circulation, and so forth, permit and facilitate the recording of experiences that might otherwise never find expression.
The zine form appeals to me and I plan to experiment with it. I find it suitable for recording fleeting thoughts, but perhaps this is because I made my first zine in a workshop which by necessity is limited by time.
Conclusion. If you find yourself ever bored on a weekend, remember to try one of these things:
- Record yourself reading a poem
- Play a video game
- Make salmon natto yukke
- Make a zine