Selfie is the word of 2013 but for the life of me I can't figure out why; obsessing over self-image isn't anything particularly new. As a teenager, I'd grab my film camera and spend obscene amounts of time taking pictures of myself with the self-timer button; that impulse only increased with the advent of webcams and digital cameras.
But why are selfies a big deal now? I've been struggling to understand why this has become such a phenomenon now in 2013. In just four months, the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000 percent.
The Canadian Olympic team has unveiled its official mascot. As if the goofy red antlers weren't amazing enough, here's Komak's bio:
Komak is a young moose exploring Canada’s beautiful landscape en route to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to support his team.He was born in Ontario’s Algonquin Park; however his family loves travelling and this has allowed Komak to meet many different Canadians accross this great country. He is a proud Canadian Olympic Team member and loves interacting with our athletes. Because he is a moose, he is strong swimmer and excels at open water swimming.
If you're walking down Granville Street, you might notice some new art adorning the City of Vancouver's electrical boxes.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design students have debuted 11 new public art pieces between West Cordova and Drake streets.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association paid the $20,000 cost of the WRAP project.
Anyone interested in learning more about Nelson Mandela might enjoy the video above.
It was taken as he was signing lithographs at his South African home in 2002, and includes many off-the-cuff comments about famous people.
At 12:30 of the video, he calls Queen Elizabeth "remarkable".
"In public, she's very stiff, but when I stayed in Buckingham Palace, she was a totally different person," Mandela said. "She serves tea herself. And she becomes really mothering."
He also revealed that his first meeting with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher lasted for three hours.
Mandela then went to meet then-Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
So last night (December 5), the paparazzi all showed up to click shots of Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), and Emily Hampshire (My Awkard Sexual Adventure), who were being honoured in a special spotlight.
Unfortunately, Leo was delayed after shooting in Vancouver and wasn't able to make it for the red carpet. (She will be making a special appearance today at the WFF screening of Prisoners at 9:30 p.m. instead.)
Liebert and Hampshire did (more on that in a forthcoming report).
While we whittled away our time, here's what waiting for the stars to arrive looks like: lots of cameras. Lots.
Gotta run but more to come soon...
Available from the Etsy shop Knitrocious, this handmade acrylic facehugger from Alien can be yours for only 165 bones.
As temperatures in Vancouver plunge below zero, it's less goofy-looking than a balaclava, while the sensation of an acrylic delivery tube dropping little woollen eggs into your chest becomes almost pleasant eventually.
And anyway, nobody's saying you can only wear it on your face.
Simon Fraser University student Kurt Mehnert captured this self-portrait at the book tower in a Prague library.
Mehnert won the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s third annual photo contest with this shot, taken during a Capilano University field school.
In an SFU news release, Mehnert states: “While the photograph of the Book Tower looks like it is a never-ending hole of books, it is in fact an illusion viewed from the mirror below.”
In any case, it's an impressive selfie.
There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college's futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building.
The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.
It will eventually be home for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and kinesiology, as well as computing-science labs.
Teeple Architects along with Proscenium Architects designed the structure, which is estimated to cost nearly $50 million.
Earlier this week, I blogged about an analysis by Samara of MPs' websites. While the Toronto-based organization found some bright spots, including the sites of local MPs Hedy Fry, Libby Davies, and John Weston, it concluded that MPs tend to "perform poorly at offering ways for Canadians to engage with politics or have input on decisions and policy".
The good news is Samara has put together a list of ways that MPs and other elected politicians can improve their sites. These tips are found in the following infographic:
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Canadian folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat reducing the audience at the Rio Theatre to tears—in a good way. Lise Monique Oakley was there and caught a moment on Twitter. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Basia Bulat at the Rio Theatre on December 5, 2013. Thanks Lise.