spiderman's blog

Love is..

love is respect
love is a skill
love is choice
love is responsibility
love is hard work
love is all around and also within
love is ill-defined
love is (un)limitless
love is what you make it
love is too often defined
        too little experienced
love is an active process
  (not something that happens to me so much as an expression of will)

December 6, 2009: Remembering 2 decades of violence against women

Tonight I attended the 20th annual vigil held by Women Won't Forget at Philosopher's Walk on University of Toronto campus. The vigil remembers 14 women who were killed 20 years ago today, simply for being women, and calls attention to all those have suffered under all forms of female oppression & patriarchy.

20 years ago, one man took these women's lives, but he acted out an age old drama of patriarchal oppression, a violence based on sexual dichotomy and rendered "natural" by brute force (explicit or otherwise). It saddens me to realize that there is even more violence to remember today, and the need is as urgent as ever for feminist activists to speak up, act out, and organize to stop violence against women in our families & communities.

found fridge poem

my teacher finds the treasure
   in my dream
wakes me up to the stars
   in the trees
swims with me through the woods
the sun comes out
   slowly for me
   in the morning

Book Report: Don't Make Me Think!

Today I finished devouring (honestly, somebody told me my copy looks like it's been through the wars!) Steve Krug's excellent second edition of Don't Make Me Think!.
As an initiate to the world of usability, I have to say that Krug has done an excellent job making the book a fun, easy read, true to its mandate of being quick, digestible, and yes, even usable.

Three striking things about this book occur to me:

Releasing code is fun!

Today I realized that after an incredibly hectic week of work, I needed to permit myself an hour or so to do something "fun". What did I come up with? Hunt around on my various data archive media, looking for a small set of Perl modules that I stopped working actively on way way back in 2004. Clean that code up a bit, install a new module on this site, and publish it!

blogging goes mainstream

well, i've been online fer what seems like my whole life now, and certainly
been thinkin of creative ways to express my presence online through a personal
website that represents somehow what i'm doing out here in cyberspace.

now, back in the day, it was just plain boring to build a "homepage", but i
dutifully built many a variety for myself, never terribly impressive, but just
enough to teach myself the rudiments of html layout. then i went to
university, became a RealCompSciGeek(tm), and forgot all about the "trivial
details" of web design.


boundaries and dreams
spraypaint on beams

writing for nothingness
shouting words into emptiness

madly flirting with life (breath)
calmly dancing with strife (death)


form is emptiness
emptiness is poetry
poetry in form
poetry formed

on the page
out of the head

filled with beauty
creativity-- bursting forth

let it out
do what u need
let it out

find new forms
see new emptiness


loving and tranzforming
into angels into ghosts
into humans and back again

we have opened our hearts
to the painful joy of being fully present
with each other

we share hearts

dancing and singing
learning and teaching
we grow and share our courage

whether parents or politics
we challenge and expand
our understanding and analysis
of relationship or revolution

dreaming and dying
facing our fear
walking in struggle, together

with the wisdom of the great eastern sun
you have taught me about ghosts, fear,

tears for david

and when i close my eyes i can still see
my face
tears for david
who lives now
as a tree and an eagle
planted and released
loving family