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I love dumpsters.

A slight echo of the first post I’ve made on this blog. Some of the best tags and street art I’ve seen on Vancouver have been on dumpsters, where they’re guaranteed to last longer than anywhere else except in skid row. It is also common for dumpsters to be transported throughout the city, reaching an audience rivaled only by train cars.

Orca by Norali?

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Life. quoted.

No one ever won a war by dying for their country- G.S. Patton II

General George Smith Patton Jr., known as “America’s Fightingest General” was best known for his command of the Seventh United States Army and also the Third United States Army during WWII. This famous quote (slightly modified) came from one of his infamous speeches to the Third United States Army:

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. (May 31st, 1944)

The second line I have for you today is not really a quote but more of an existentialist rhetorical question:

Who are you today?

Is it ironic how slightly reshuffling the order of the letters in “who” gives us one of the most common questions we will ever be asked? How do we even begin to answer this question? Who are you today? Who am I?

 

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So who is Phelix?

A picture of the fountain I ranted about in an earlier post about unnecessary construction at the University of British Columbia…

Squeezing a shot through a barbed wire fence. It’s ironic how there’s a crane in the background.

Getting back on track, I finally took a picture of the “Me Gusta Phelix” stencil that has been on campus for at least 5 months, maybe more.

Me gusta Phelix.

Maybe you remember my encounter with Phelix from an earlier post of mine? If not, there is always this tumblr. More central to our discussion, is that supposed to be George Harrison?

Not too far away is a stencil of this set of years:

1942 2012.

These 2 years clearly meant a lot to someone [notice that the hyphen is  missing]. Was it a singular event that had occurred over the duration of the years between 1942-2012, or 2 disparate events that are somehow connected by these 2 years? Building onto the pop culture theme that is Phelix, I looked up a list of famous people who died in the year 2012. Surprisingly, none of them were born in 1942. My first line of investigation however, was whether something had happened at UBC in 2012…and nope. Nothing comes to mind.

If anybody has any idea, drop me a comment!

Edit (2/22/2013): explanation provided by a friend (thanks Gordon!)

1942: Japanese Canadians UBC students forced to enter internment camps. As a result, many couldn’t complete their degrees.
2012: Former students from 1942 are given honorary degrees as an apology from the university.

Location explanation: The UBC Library has been involved archiving the event with a digital collection, although there is nothing specific to Koerner to the best of my knowledge.

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New year, new resolutions

One life no regrets. Image credit: Lillienne Zen, find her on Twitter here.

I love this sticker, the message, and especially the little detail on “I”! Unfortunately, the popular/infamous way to express such a message among the 15-25 demographic nowadays is _ _ _ _. I’ll let you fill in the blanks.

Thanks, Lillienne for the photo!

If anyone would like to send in submissions, you guys can message me at sivfreiheit91 [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure you include an appropriate subject line so I don’t disregard it as spam!

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Getting the pulse of a foreign city

A 13 hr flight away, on another continent, speaking another language, colonized by another people. Macau, a small city a ferry ride away from Hong Kong, populated with hotels and casinos to rival those of Las Vegas. An imitation of an imitation but a good one nonetheless. A city of a vibrant but sometimes highly cynical people, dependent on tourists from mainland China, and yet distrustful and uncomfortable with this relationship. There are so many things I can comment on about this city, a place where I have many memories of since I was a small child. Many of the things I’ve observed here during my recent trip almost made me lose faith in humanity, and yet, there may still be hope.

The symbol at the top of the angel’s head is a tag found in many areas of Macau, as far-flung as the regions of Cotai and Taipa.

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