Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

Steps

The Butchart Gardens

We expect all steps to lead somewhere.

These steps, near a parking lot at Butchart Gardens, lead to two flower pots.

The gardener meets our expectations.

Monday Jul 09, 2007

Early July

This first week of July, I spent about three days in Vancouver Island, including the ferry trips. It was very warm and pleasant--a good place to relax and spend some vacation days. I know I should have used a few more days and explored the island some more towards its northern tip but I also had the ambition to drive the Oregon coastline and see some of its vast, although windy, public beaches.

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

If one day you journey away ...

A French Canadian has produced an interesting rendition of Faramarz Aslani's "If One Day You Journey Away ..." (Agheh Ye Rooz Beri Safar) song in the original Persian. Her next goal should probably be works by Dr. Mohammad Esfahani, say the ones in his recent album Barakat.

The only problem is we cannot hear her play her guitar here. For that, we may consult the young duo of brothers playing the song:

 

Saturday Jan 20, 2007

Little Canadian Comedy on the Prairie


Zarqa Nawaz

U.S. TV broadcasters continue to debate the desirability of Zarqa Nawaz' Little Mosque on the Prairie before showing it to their American audience. 

In the meantime, you can find torrents for Little Mosque here. To load these torrents, consider Azureus which has a great Java torrent client fit for various platforms.

Last time I checked, the "swarms" for these torrents were quite large, composed of several hundreds. Most peers were complete and sharing, and download rates were very high. So, the whole thing can probably be down-loaded in less than 1 hour, perhaps in 1/2 an hour if the number of peers continue to be large.

I've included YouTube renditions of the first episode below. Apparently, this first episode of Nawaz' little sitcom has become the most watched Canadian sitcom episode ever. The ads are mixed in. (The second and third episodes seem to have been broadcast in Canada but cannot yet be found on YouTube.) 

InsideCBC.Com, the official blog of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covers the show. CBS carries an interview with Ms. Nawaz.

 


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