• what she says:I'm fine
  • What she means:How long has Jurassic World been open? How did they reclaim the island from the rogue dinos from the first movie? Are any of the dinos in Jurassic World the ones that have been there all along, just recaptured? Why didn't they clean up the ruins of the original community centre? How did those kids manage to get a Jeep that's been sitting unused for 22 years into working condition at all let alone so fast? How do you even sell an idea like Jurassic World after the events of the first three movies? How was the T Rex in California from the third one spun in the media? What do animal rights activists think of the park? What about conservationists when they're literally feeding endangered sharks to that water thing for entertainment? Do the employees live on-site or are they ferried in every day? Why is a park in Costa Rica staffed exclusively by Americans? How does Costa Rica feel about having an island full of murder-lizards close by? Are the scientists using this gene splicing and cloning tech to save other endangered species? To fight disease? What are the scientific ramifications of the Jurassic World universe? Is 22,000 people a good visitor turnout for a park that size because I feel like they could do better? What does admission cost? Do they have tacky themed resorts like Disney? Why are people literally no longer impressed by fucking DINOSAURS that they need something bigger and scarier? How did they get everyone off the island when the T Rex was still loose? What were they even trying to accomplish with that thing who thought that was a good idea? Dr. Wu you were there in the first one WHY DID YOU THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? HOW THE FUCK DID CLAIRE OUTRUN A T-REX IN THOSE HEELS?!??

Every City Needs a Trans Awareness Campaign Like this One 

Hillcrest Community Centre, built during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, became host this week to a series of posters raising awareness about the trans community and issues facing trans people. The program was developed after a 2014 report from the city’s Trans* and Gender Variant Working Group offered suggestions for ways to make public spaces more inclusive and accessible to trans and gender-variant folks.

Said Park Board chair John Coupar, “At its heart it’s about making everyone feel comfortable and welcome at our community centers.”

Alongside the posters, the community center has unveiled new restroom signage that features trans-inclusive imagery—no “woman in triangle-shaped dress” or “man in pants” here.  Said Jazmine Khan, who is featured in the city’s posters,

“It feels fulfilling to know I finally have a place. I don’t have to be shamed and ridiculed for going into women’s change rooms just because I don’t have the parts.”

The city also began offering a trans-inclusive swim at another community center earlier this year, and will continue implementing longer-term recommendations from the 2014 report with input from a new Trans* and Gender-Variant Implementation Steering Committee.”


Nice job Vancouver!

No one is saying it’s not great when a police officer gives a homeless guy a pair of shoes, plays basketball instead of warning kids about keeping it down, or buys chips and soda for a community centre.

What people are saying is that those gestures are largely meaningless unless coupled with active dissent against the larger issues of corruption and racism within the police force itself.

My friend brought work to me from clients who requested design services. I never actually met or spoke to this client; my friend was the middle-man.

To make a long story short, the client had a gym and he wanted a logo and some illustrations for a children’s martial arts class. The client gave clear direction and the concepts were straight forward - he even provided his own version as reference.

The client decided to go with my work instead of the work he provided as reference. I was paid in full and I quickly forgot about the job.

Months later, my partner and I brought our son to his playgroup at the local community centre. We talked to other parents while our son played with the other kids. There were a pair of parents there for the first time, so we introduced ourselves and chatted them up. The dad and I got along great; we ended up talking about what we did for a living, and naturally, this guy brings up the gym he runs. At that point he hands me his card.

It had the logo I had made month’s earlier, and the back featured both of my illustrations. I remarked that the design work was quite well done. He responded:

Client: Thanks mate! I designed the logos and cartoons myself - start to finish!

The Community Homophile Association of Toronto (CHAT), formed in 1971, was an organization “dedicated to achieving full civil rights for homosexuals and to helping any homosexual individual in any and every way possible.”

CHAT provided a community centre, a bar, a newsletter, a distress and information hotline, public education, and a platform for political action. CHAT also organized dances and events, including the first Pride Week in Toronto in 1972. 

Earlier that year, a firebomb thrown by radical right-wing group, Western Guard, caused minor damage to CHAT’s community centre. While external resistance from a homophobic society was great, CHAT also struggled with infighting among its members as it tried to serve as an umbrella organization for the gay movement. 

George Hislop, CHAT’s director, actively engaged in trying to change public opinion about homosexuality, serving as a media spokesperson. Hislop would later seek election for Toronto City Council, the first openly gay municipal candidate in Canada.

This then-and-now photo shows CHAT’s 201 Church Street location in 1976. The organization ended shortly after. The building is currently occupied by a seller and restorer of fine violins.


Plastic bottles have the joint honour of being both an environmental disaster, and a very useful material for DIY freecycling projects in the garden: whether they be used for sub-irrigated planters, vertical gardens, simple cloches, underground water reservoirs, makeshift hydroponics components, or in these cases, an entire greenhouse.

Photos: Sustainable Community Initiatives Scotland, Columbia Centre for Science and Environmental Awareness, SKPPRA UK, Essex Community Rehabilitation Centre

#garden hacks

On May 24th and 25th, I’ll be at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! I was also lucky enough to be invited to design this year’s poster, as seen above. This is super exciting!

Anyway, come by and check it out. It’s held at Vancouver’s beautiful Roundhouse community centre, and it’s 100% free admission. I look forward to seeing you there! Full information is right over here.