This month sure has a way of making time disappear; it seems like just yesterday it was my birthday. The calendar-spinning days aren’t up yet. A brief visit with my family, a string of work, New Year’s Eve and jury selection await me in the next few weeks. The appeal of running off to become a monastic wanderer has seldom been so great.
Sunday night was the Christmas party for my place of work. I was given an honourable mention for the employee of the quarter and thus have a night’s stay at Marriot Residence Inn, both very pleasant surprises. I had a nice time even though I had to work before the party ended and on through the night and morning. Drama never ceases around there, though, which is sad.
Recaps of the year are all the rage at the moment, so I’ll share with you the first portion from the first entry I wrote each month this year.
January: I have to open with an exciting bit from Stuart Davis’ blog before I get to the mundane happenings in my life. He recently shared news that Ken Wilber (only the greatest philosopher we have and, as Stu says, “the World’s foremost benefactor and genuis when it comes to perspectives”) has developed a revolutionary Semiotics. – “Mundane Happenings“
February: Monday afternoon I met with Pegah at the HSC and then spent the rest of the day with her. We’d been talking often, but hadn’t spent more than a few minutes on the 13th together. We watched Mirrormask and played with Mithra for a while before deciding to walk to Sir Sanford A. Fleming Park. – “Warm and Cold“
March: My friend Mark recently launched an ingenious new project called DomainBrain. – “Of Brains, Cat Attacks and Soda“
April: Last night was incredible, absolutely incredible. I haven’t had a more wonderful concert experience in all my life, and I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the finest performers to grace the stage. – “Broken Social Scene!“
May: I spent the afternoon darting around the city with my friend Sara. She had initially asked me to play football, but we also ended up walking, talking philosophy, bowling, eating candy apples and having the most spontaneous and purely fun day I’ve had in a long while. – “Filled Time & Mystics“
June: First, sorry to any of you who misunderstood my last post as a blogging denouement. Before you send spiders to the wake, let me clarify. – “I’m Not Dead, Just Very, Very Broken“
July: There have been few books I’ve read that have moved me so deeply that I have to recommend them to everyone I meet. In recent years it has been Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Now Ken Wilber’s Grace and Grit : Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber is the one book I’ll be insisting you all read. – “Grace and Grit“
August: A while ago my sister Ilea took a photo of me with a bottle of Jones Soda, the finest soft drink you can find. Against my cringing disapproval, she posted it online. – “Yours Truly, Happenings, Consciousness“
September: I’ve moved into my fantastic new apartment and have nearly unpacked everything that needs unpacking. I couldn’t be happier with my new place, really. My bedroom has a large loft that I really enjoy. – “Movement and Alarm“
October: On the other side of 9 days straight of working and a lone day off, I’m looking forward to my two weeks off in November. Finances will keep me close to home for that period, but I intend to make good use of the time away from the hotel. – “Polishing Stars“
November: Last.fm has been one of my favourite sites for several years now. It keeps track of all the music you listen to (through plugins for every major music player), introduces you to new artists and is creating a genuine “social music revolution”. – “Last.fm“
December: Last night I discovered StyleFeeder, a hip new shopping and product recommendation site that aims to offer relevant suggestions. With capitalistmas on the way, it seems like a site worth checking out. – “Revealing Aesthetic“