Leonard Nimoy, Rest in Peace.

February 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect, to nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015


Vancouver Convention Centre III

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Adjacent to the West building of the Vancouver Convention Centre is the Jack Poole Plaza, named in honour of Jack Poole, who was responsible for securing the bid of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics to Vancouver.

On the Plaza is the 2010 Olympic Flame that, due to cost concerns, only has it’s flame lit on special occasions.

Night Flame

Above is a night version and below the flame lit for the 2010 ParaOlympics.

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And here is a section of the West Building as seen from the Plaza.

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Finally, two more versions of the Olympic Flame.

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Freundliche Vision

February 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

Not in slumber did the dream arise,
But in day’s broad light I saw it all:
Just a meadow full of budding daisies,
And a sunny house half hid in foliage;
Forms divine are lurking in the thicket.
And I walk with her whose love I cherish;
Tranquillity we enjoy the coolness
Of this sheltered cottage, full of beauty,
Full of peace that waiteth on our coming.
And I go with her whom I cherish
To the peace and the beauty.

Constance Bache (1846 – 1903)

“Freundliche Vision,” a song by Richard Strauss, was brought to my attention by the soprano Charlotte Hoather. It came from a poem written by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 – 1910). The poem was one of five works by Bierbaum that Richard Strauss set to music in 1918 for his song cycle Opus 48. This English translation is by Constance Bache (1846-1903).

Vancouver Convention Centre II

February 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

The West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre has 220,500 square feet of convention space and 90,000 square feet of retail space along a public waterfront promenade.

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Here is another view of the West Building from Canada Place.

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Li Bai 2

February 8, 2015 § 2 Comments

Staying the Night at a Mountain Temple


The high tower is a hundred feet tall,
From here one’s hand could pluck the stars.
I do not dare to speak in a loud voice,
I fear to disturb the people in heaven.

Li Bai

Vancouver Convention Centre

February 1, 2015 § 3 Comments

Canada Place is actually the east section of the Vancouver Convention Centre that had its West Building completed in 2009.  Together they combine to make one of the largest convention centres in Canada.  This first photo is of Canada Place as seen from the West Building in the moments before a February sunrise.

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And here is the West Building as seen from Canada Place.

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In the bottom left corner is a sculpture known as “The Drop”.  It is 20 metres high and is shaped like a raindrop as it represents the relationship between Vancouver and the water that surrounds this port city.

Li Bai

February 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

“A pity it is evening, yet
I do love the water of this spring
seeing how clear it is, how clean;
rays of sunset gleam on it,
lighting up its ripples, making it
one with those who travel
the roads; I turn and face
the moon; sing it a song, then
listen to the sound of the wind
amongst the pines.”

Li Bai (701 –762), also known as Li Po

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