Archive for September, 2020

No ICE

Several former students of mine work (or have worked) for Vancouver-based Hootsuite. I’ve used Hootsuite Academy materials in my digital-marketing classes at Kwantlen. So I’m very glad the company has terminated its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I imagine social-media managers around the globe would have dropped the platform otherwise – and that some of my students might have abandoned ship as well.

How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead

Your muse must enjoy you

Photographer Edouard Boubat: “Let us recall the painter who shares the secrets of his art with his students: ‘All of the advice that I can give you will be of little use if no angel is holding your hand.’ An angel is a fire within you – your soul’s way of being.”

Artists must give their muses a place to visit, keeping it congenial for them. Don’t taint this place, not even once.

“Me, to my second grader: yes don’t condescend to the adults in your life, as a rule”

God bless Linda Tirado. This thread made my day.

Y’all. My child. Has just told me. She can’t write an apology because she doesn’t know “what to write besides fuck you” I have never been prouder and I can’t laugh because this is Very Serious Imagine in ten years when she’s protesting tho …

Kwantlen beer

My university’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program, which offers “the only brewing diploma of its kind in BC and [is] the first brewing program in Canada to be recognized by the Master Brewers Association,” seems to have a masterful PR operation going on. I get more news alerts about Kwantlen beer than I do about any other part of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (our horticulture initiatives are right up there, though). Anyways, here’s our new brew (4.2% abv):

Class Act uses boysenberry purée, a new version of Amarillo hop called Lemon Candy, and a brand new hop blend, HS-1228, to create a dry-hopped kettle sour that is loaded with flavour. The massive HS-1228 and Amarillo dry hop additions provide deep pineapple, mango and lemon aromas, while the boysenberry adds a bright red hue and juicy fruit flavour.