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Monthly Archives: March 2011

You get married, but social scientists have found that a poor marriage may be worse than staying single, and that the state of our unions-in the words of one massive new study-is fragile and weak. You have children, but surveys have discovered more depression and unhappiness in adults with kids than in those without.

Info obtained from Pyschology Today issue Toughen Up! article The American Nightmare by Lauren Sandler


Fantastic Details: Building Materials for the Construction of Other Worlds brings together an array of monsters, mutants and fantastic landscapes from the McIntosh Gallery’s collection of over 3,500 works.

Details opens Friday April 8th at 4:00 P.M. at University College: April 8 to December 16
(Wolf Heads and Dinosaurs)

For info:James Patten at Info obtained from

Researchers will soon be offering a simple test that aims to tell patients how quickly they are aging…Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes, protecting them much as plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces keep the laces from fraying

Telomeres shorten for cell division leading scientists to view telomeres length as a marker of biological aging, a molecular clock ticking off the cell’s life span…telomere length is not diagnosis or a prognosis…helps people make lifestyle decisions.

Info obtained from Scientific American issue Quantum Big Gaps in Big Bang Theory, article My What Long Telomeres You Have by Thea Singer

Starfish don’t have much going on upstairs; in fact they have no brains at all. (Their complex nervous systems do all the work.)

But what sea stars lack in brains, they make up for in stomachs. Not only do some species have two tummies, but one of them can be pushed outside the body, swallowing and digesting food completely externally.

Info obtained from Mental Floss’s issue Conquering The Brain, The Lists by Stacy Conradt

Exhibition runs March 31 – April 16, 2011
UTArt Centre is open Tuesday- F 12-5pm
Saturday 12-4pm Wheelchair accessible

*Location map:
2011 MVS Graduating Exhibition
University of Toronto

“This meditation is itself untimely because it seeks to understand…something which this epoch is quite rightly proud of…that we are all consumed by the fever of history and we should at least realize it.”
Friederich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations 1876.

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Four photos from the excursion I participated in in early March near Algonquin Park; I forgot how much I dislike the freezing temperatures in winter! All of us pushed our limits and had fun in the process 🙂

Register Today for the AGO’s Inuit Modern Symposium on April 2
To mark the opening of Inuit Modern: Saturday, April 2, the Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a day-long symposium. Inuit artists and thinkers will gather to discuss the contemporary realities of Inuit life and culture.

Inuit Modern Symposium
Saturday, April 2, 10 am – 5 pm

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 416 979 6608 or visit
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How imaging a different past increases our appreciation for the present…is it possible that a bit of such thinking might save us from complacency about our circumstances?

Indeed it might be a practical tool for strengthening commitment to country, workplace and relationships. After scientific studies in 2008 the phenomenon they called it the George Bailey effect

Info obtained from Scientifc American’s issue Get Attached!, article The Midnight Ride Effect by Wray Herbert

March 30 – April 23, 2011
Reception: April 2, 2-5pm
Artist Talk: April 9 & 16, 2-3pm

Red Head Gallery
401 Richmond St. W, Suite 115, Toronto

From Scratch, an exhibition of metalpoint drawings by Ram Samocha. Samocha deliberately employs an ancient, neglected drawing technique… His metalpoint series uses recently developed paper made from rock.

For more information about Ram Samocha and his work please visit:

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Exfoliants: little granules that massage you as you bathe..a few use all natural ingredients, the rest have all gone to plastic. They’re selling plastic meant to go right down the drain, into the sewers, into the rivers, right into the ocean. Bite-size pieces of plastic to be swallowed by little sea creatures.

Further reading from Nurdle Nuisance continued, found in the World Without Us by Alan Weisman