Eighteenth entry in the Blue in the City project: Eric and Emily having fun with the pedalo while at our family week at the chalet near Lac Saint-François-Xavier.Read More
99 days ago, an idea came to me in the sauna. Let’s write 100 blog posts in a 100 days! Get to show off my writing skills! Get to use this fancy Squarespace account that I’ve paid for but never used! I’m a writer, aren’t I? How hard could it be?Read More
In October 2015, eleven year old Shristi Sharma broke the Guiness world record for “Lowest limbo skating over 25 meters”, going under a series of bars placed 17 cm (6.69 inches) above the ground.Read More
As you go through life, your mind will collect experiences and memories. Over time, these experiences will shape your personality, and become the basis for your hopes, fears, and ambitions. But as psychologist Rick Hanson explains, these experiences are not collected equally.Read More
I remember the first time I saw Maxim Kozhevnikov and Yulia Zagoruychenko. It was at La Coupe du Défi, a small dance competition in Sainte Julie, around 2006. I had not heard of either of them before, but from the moment Yulia stepped on the dance floor in her gold fringes, you knew there was something special about this couple. And then the dancing started.Read More
If you love baseball, but just don’t have the athletic skills to look good on the field, what do you do? If you had the athletic skills, but have been slowed down by injuries, how do you still stay close to the game? One option is to be an umpire. Slate’s Seth Stevenson went to the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires to see if he had what it takes.Read More
Even if you’re not actually obese, it’s easy to think you are. There are the fashion magazines showing us anorexic models, and sports contests featuring athletes with hardly any body fat. Everyone feels like they could lose some weight, and there are a huge variety of diet plans out there to help you do so.
Do any of them work?Read More
July 3–5, 2015, Palais des Congrès, Montreal
As usual, the cosplayers were out in force, and some of the costumes were incredibly intricate, not to mention impractical. It’s clear some of these fans love their characters and have too much free time.
I was too young during the Apollo missions, and the space shuttle never made the news unless they didn’t go well. Since the shuttle program was retired in 2010, it seemed like space travel no longer had the sense of wonder of past generations.
But there is a glimmer of hope.Read More
Maria Popova recently gave a commencement speech for her alma mater, University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and she talked about how we all have the capability to do good as well as bad, and what is important are the choices that we make.Read More
Another one of my favourite So You Think You Can Dance routines is the Top 12 group formation from Season 8. It begins with Jordan Casanova wearing a huge skirt that billows out everywhere, and then… vanishes. And it just got better from there.Read More