Archive for Ideas


I know I haven’t been posting often enough, and it’s entirely my fault, but I’ll try to post more often in the future.

Just wanted to share the latest xkcd comic, which I found rather amusing:

Single Pane. Caption: When I got used to the regular nightmares, my subconscious got creative. A female stick figure is holding a male stick figure's shoulder, and says to him: 'Please don't wake up. I don't want to die.'


Secret Worlds

xkcd 52

Today I decided to go back through the archives of one of my favourite webcomics, xkcd, and re-read everything. This was because:

  1. I had nothing better to do (which is actually untrue; I’ve actually got plenty of overdue work that needs completing, but I’ve been in a slump all week and haven’t been able to put forth the effort to completing them.
  2. I noticed today something that I never noticed before: each comic has a title attribute that holds an extra tidbit of information, and I wanted to find out what all those tidbits were. (My curiosity has always gotten the best of me.)

While browsing back, I happened to stumble upon this one, which really caught my attention. It features a quote by Neil Gaiman that really got to me:

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people in the whole world—I mean everybody—No matter how boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
––Neil Gaiman, Sandman

I love this quote so much mostly because I really believe it. At least for myself this is true. (Some worlds are darker than others.) I can only imagine what other people’s worlds are like. I’m fascinated by other people’s thoughts and ideas. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you were able to delve into someone’s mind and explore their labyrinth of sort of like a Penseive? One can only dream…

I’ve requested a hold on The Sandman: Book of Dreams at the TPL so I can pick it up within the next two weeks. It seems like a really interesting book (at least judging by the excerpt ) and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve still got a huge book backlog, but I hope to catch up on that after I’m set to graduate on the 17th.

Speaking of books, I’ve recently grown a new-found love for them. I used to make weekly (if not more often) trips to the library and had dozens of items on hold at a time (FYI: the maximum hold limit (and checkout limit, for that matter) is 50 items at any given time), but all that changed once I moved. There is a smaller, neighbourhood branch across the street from where I live now, but I rarely frequent that location as it doesn’t quite have the broad selection as other district branches do.

But recently I’ve been reconnecting with books (and actually going out and buying them even — gasp!), which has led me to appreciate them that much more. I’ve always cherished paper, despite how digital my life has become; I carry around a moleskine wherever I go so that I can jot down any notes or ideas I might have. I find that the tangibility of a notebook and pen just make it that much more real, especially in this digital age we live in these days, where it’d be unthinkable to live life without being plugged in to the Internet.


As my Exploring Creativity course draws to a close, only a week remains. It’s been quite a journey, addressing issues such as veganism and newmindspace (which, by the way, I’ve still got to do a post about, as promised. It should probably be up by tomorrow at the latest.)

I have come to the conclusion that even though the course is over, this blog doesn’t have to be. It just wouldn’t be fair to all my readers. Besides, I enjoy writing this blog too much to just suddenly abandon it, and I’m sure many of you enjoy reading it as well (even though parts of this blog have been a bit eccentric I must admit… but who doens’t enjoy a bit of eccentricity once in a while?).

So, the blog lives on. And it’ll be updated more frequently. I’m hoping at least 2-3 times per week. I’m also debating whether or not to combine this blog and my other blog into one, because, as you may have noticed, it’s getting a bit lonely on the other side :(. I figure, why not have a technology and a creative blog in one? It helps add more variety and a different perspective on things, and anyone who’s read my other blog knows that I don’t just pick a random topic out of the blue and blog about it; I only blog about a subject if it’s something worth discussing, and perhaps some alternative insight would be healthy (and of course, I don’t want to just desert my other readers as well, causing them to think that I may have vanished off the face of the Earth or something). What do you guys (and girls) think? Feel free to express your opinions in the comments.

So until next time, I’ll just have to continue multiblogging until I come up with a definite solution.

MyVeganLunchBox ()

Wow. I just had a really great meal. All vegan-friendly, too. Now time for my very own installment of Vegan Lunch Box.

Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo (I’ll have to remember that for next time). I’ve got a part-time job at agrocery store and lunch breaks are oftern boring and unexciting, often consisting of frozen meals :(. But today, I decided to try something different (it’s actually not that different since normally I’m a vegetarian but let’s continue..)

This meal is both apetite-satifying and easy on the wallet, and all you need to do is combine a few eas ingrdients to make a fantastic and delicious meal.

Cedar stuffed zucchini ($2.27) and PC Hummus ($1.27), with a side of mushrooms, sliced beets, and baby corn ($0.63, $0.97, and $0.93, respectively), served with Mr. Pita whole wheat pita bread ($0.99). I also bought an oil and vinegar coleslaw because I wanted something salad-like, but it seems that addition made my meal more than filling. So much, in fact, that I’ve got leftovers to take home with me tonight.

Verdict: Delicious! (Not to be confused with my favourite social bookmarking tool Now that was a meal fit for a king, and all under $7.” 5 Stars.

A Different Kind of Commute

I was up tonight watching CBC‘s ZeD TV (great programming BTW, I should watch it more often. I mean, up until recently, I’ve for the most part been uninterested in the CBC’s programming (except, of course, for the hilarious antics of the Air Farce), but now that I’m watching it more often (and listening to their many appealing radio stations), I’ve come to realize that the CBC is really not that bad. In fact, I would actually say that they’re quite good, as many other CBC viewers and listeners would agree, and I encourage anyone who does not already tune in to give it a listen (here too).)

So, as I was saying, I was watching ZeD, and I saw this cool segment where they showed a creative solution to boring TTC commutes: subway parties. A group of people get together early in the morning or late at night (or any time during at all, really) and turn a predetermined subway car into a self-contained party on rails. This by far is the greatest idea ever conceived. Bringing complete strangers together through fun and enjoyment. Plus, it makes for one hell of an Artist’s Statement.

This all started as an idea of Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner, who together and created newmindspace. Since Easter 2005, they have hosted many cool events, including giant egg hunts, subway parties, and massive games of urban capture the flag.

If you live in Toronto or New York and are looking to add a bit of change to your routine (commuting or otherwise), this is something you should definitely want to check out. Or, if you live somewhere else, start your own subway party with their Subway Party Guide.