Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Sunday, July 31, 2016

DesTination: Mega Meet Vintage Motos 2016

On June 30th, 2016 Mega Meet Vintage Motos took place in Sainte-Béatrix, Quebec. Below is a collection of pictures that were taken by folks at the event! If you are thinking of visiting Quebec next year, this is a must for anyone with an affliction for two wheels...

'Comin Home Baby' By Mel Tormé

1963 Mel Tormé sings his 1962 hit R&B song "Comin' Home, Baby" on the Judy Garland show! Great song by a jazz cat who thought rock and roll was three chord manure! Lol! - Heppest of the Hep

Friday, July 8, 2016

Compilation Of The Best Indian Sculptures I Have Come Across By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

This album contains the best ancient Indian sculptures I have yet come across. I have omitted the sculptures of Delwara and Ranakpur Jain temples... Delwara does not allow photography and Ranakpur, I reached too early in the day to take some shots.

Ride to Eran, Sagar District, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

For such an important historical site, eran is hardly mentioned in our history books and even on road sign boards near the village (by the way, for at least 6 kms to this place roads cease to exist, one gets a feeling of travelling back in time when going towards eran on loose gravel tracks). This site is the best and the oldest example of the early Gupta Era temples dating back to 350 CE. I fail to understand why our historians and education boards have conveniently omitted the mention of this historical treasure trove from our curriculum.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ride to Maladevi Temple of Gyaraspur, Vidisha, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Maladevi Temple of Gyaraspur, Vidisha, MP
Being an ardent fan of Dali I think I had already seen the landscape around the Maladevi Temple in one of his paintings (of course Dali did not paint the Maladevi Temple) and other times I often dreamt of such landscapes. But never have I seen a more beauteous ruin placed atop a cliff that overlooks a horseshoe shaped valley...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ride to Pathari Badoh, Vidisha, MP (album II) By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Rajesh rides on water...road to the vishnu temple of badoh.
This album contains the second group of 9th century temples (vishnu) situated beside the 1st group of jain temples at the edge of a lake near the village of Pathari Badoh. a young local lad who is also the asi appointed guard at the 1st group of jain temple was kind enough to show us around all the ruins of this place.

Ride to Pathari Badoh, Vidisha, MP (album I) By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Pathari Badoh Jain Temples
This album contains the first group of 9th century temples (jain) situated beside the sapt matrika cave near the village of pathari badoh. a young local lad who is also the asi appointed guard at the site was kind enough to show us around all the ruins of this place. from kurwai our place of stay, the ride to pathari was smooth, but after here we had to take the dirt track and offroad to all other sites within a radius of 50 kms.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ride to the Neelkanthswar Temple of Udaipur, Vidisha, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Sabya Sachi Ghosh & His Trusted Royal Enfield
Where shall I begin...let me start by emphatically stating that this masterpiece is so far the finest example of temple architecture i have ever laid my eyes upon....it was a humbling experience to view the epitome of sculptural splendour that human hands are capable of crafting....and deep down I do feel sad that I do not know the names or the lives of any of those sculptors that toiled in the sweltering sun of central India to leave behind this poetry in stone.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bike Porn: Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Service Station Manual & Then Some...

Molta Bellissimo!
Over the course of the last year I have come across various documents that may be of interest to anyone who owns or who is thinking of purchasing a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. I have only added those documents that pertain to the V7 Racer up until 2014 (Europe) or 2015 (North America). I did throw in a little bit of bike porn as it relates to the V7II lineup at the end for you to peruse. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Care & Keeping of Mystical Beasts

Photo © Chuck Dillon 
Tales of yonder speak of mythic creatures known generally as students and teachers. Locked in an eternal struggle these two beasts have battled each other, though no one knows for certain why or how it all began. Some say it all started when teacher and student argued about who came first? Fortunately, with a little time and the right snacks, these two species can learn to co-exist. The key to success lies within your ability to determine what kind of teacher or student you are. Perhaps you enjoy the thrill of procrastination or maybe you relish the safety and security of starting things early?! As no two teachers or students are alike, the many labels found on this site will help you navigate the mystery of pedagogy... and no that is not a kind of sausage!

Demystifying The R Score

What is this devilish creation that has turned otherwise respectful, kind and caring students into grade-thirsty, ill-wishing and at times argumentative students? Not least of all when one considers that no other university in any other province in Canada, with the exception of the University of Toronto in Ontario (transfer students), even considers the R-Score in a student's application for admission! Devised by Quebec universities in 1995 to be an objective way to rank applicants by academic achievement, the R Score is a statistical method used to correct the differences in grading systems in colleges. It is used to assess the relative strengths of groups in a college as well as among cohorts in different colleges. The following is a collection of information to help you better understand the R Score and its implications on your academic future as students and for those teachers who are trying to understand why the grade point average (GPA) seems to matter less to students in Quebec.

An Exploration of Animal Culture By Yassine Nassiri

Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology For High School Students
Pic © Adapt & Design.com
Culture in its modern anthropological denotation was first expounded by Edward Burnett Tylor in his two-volume treatise Primitive Culture in 1871. He avers in re the significance of the term, distinguishing himself from his predecessors, those are inter alia Cicero and Immanuel Kant who viewed culture as a form of individual enlightenment: “Culture, or civilization, taken in its broad, ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” (Tylor, 1874) Hereof, culture is observed as the set of human traits, attributes and behaviours (memes, employing Richard Dawkins’ term) that are transmitted socially rather than biologically from antecedents to descendants. Wherefore, Taylor’s approach tackles culture as artificial and as antinomian to natural foundations, i.e. in a biological framework, opposing acquired knowledge or enculturation versus innate knowledge or instinct.

This Shit is Bananas - B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Human Rights Issues on Banana Plantations By Jacqueline Lumley

Pic © Jan Sochor
The banana plantations in South America, specifically located in Ecuador, such as Chiquita and Dole abuses their workers rights, including but not limited to anti-union campaigns, poor working conditions, child labor and low and unfair wages. Thus, the exploitation of workers is staggering. Many of the issues occurring on these plantations today have to do with the use of chemical substances that are being sprayed onto the plants by workers who are unaware of the safety protocols that should take place, and worse still, the effects these dangerous chemicals pose to their health.

A Brief Analysis of Social Class and Play By Lynzey Custeau-Sullivan

Photo © TheTembisan.co.za
Though we may not realize it, children are deeply affected by our social class in every aspect, including the way that they are able to play. The following will be looking at how social and economic status has an effect on a child’s physical play as well as other forms of play. It will also explore the importance of play in a child’s life and development and how they can either be impacted negatively or positively by their parents’ social and economic status.

A Short Analysis of Raymond Carver's Cathedral By Christopher Guay

Raymond Carver
(1938 - 1988)
Our society today has developed certain ways to view others of their own kind. Whether some people are handicapped by some disease or a disability, we judge them through what previous experiences from outer sources tell of their appearance. However, as trust grows between one person and another, judgement from both will change as well. One will never comprehend a stranger on the streets by their look. The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver demonstrates this behavior with his characters that he has used in his short story. Carver’s main idea, portrayed through the story, reflects upon society’s needs and standards with relations between people and how society shapes interactions between people based on their first impressions and appearances. The story’s structure and connections with society’s way of life allows many critical approaches to be used to analyze the story. Some of these are New Critical and Psychological.

Zombies in Popular Culture By Marilyne Trépanier

In our society, many events have created fear among the public. Some of the events include, but are not limited to, the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to ongoing wars between countries like Israel and Palestine, as well as natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Social conventions have led us to fear the day when we will be no more and people are often afraid to lose their loved ones. Zombies in popular culture have been used in many texts as metaphors for the fears felt by society at a given time. They are a part of a widespread phenomenon which reflects some of the worse and at times, best parts of our culture. With reference to Kyle Bishop’s Dead Man Still Walking: Explaining the Zombie Renaissance (2009), I will describe the history of the zombie genre, will then explore how the widespread zombie phenomenon is linked to society’s fears at a given time, and will conclude by explaining why is important to discuss and understand this issue.

Exploring MISS-Representation By Florence Leduc

The Wicked Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 2016

Welcome to Our Second Edition!

Crash! Bash! Boom! Pow! What Was That Sound? ONOMATOPEIA!

How You Can Improve Your Presentation Skills in 8 Easy Steps!

Remember Me?
Photo © Steve Isaacs
Remember acetates? There were two type of professors who used them. The kind who photocopied information onto them and the type who wrote in messy handwriting. Either way, they would be packed with information. So much so that trying to copy everything down frantically often led to students sighing loudly, whimpering sadly or inevitably just giving up on trying to keep up with each change of acetate.  In those days most students had serious callouses on their index and middle fingers from all of the note taking. (a lost art in itself - but I digress) Teacher's notes were akin to the bible, at least, in its immediate importance as students knew that if it was written on an acetate, it would undoubtedly pop up on an exam further down the line. Over the last thirty years we have seen overhead projectors take a back seat to Microsoft PowerPoint and most recently Prezi. Students no longer have callouses on their fingers because they no longer take notes. (Again, I digress...) However, some things never change as many teachers and students alike are still making several faux pas' with their presentations.

Behind Closed Doors: Overcoming Elder Abuse!

Photo © Oakville News
A growing trend in elder abuse is leading provincial governments in Canada to reflect upon the state of elderly citizens. According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec “second to Japan (cited in Maltraitance-Aines) Quebec will see the sharpest rise in population aging within the shortest time span (29 years). In fact, between 1986 and 2009, the elder population aged 65 and over rose from 657,430 (9.8%) to 1.2 million (14.9%), and it is estimated that this number will rise to 2.3 million by 2031.”

The Wicked Journal, Volume 1, Summer/Autumn 2015

Welcome To Our Very First Issue!

My Brief Encounter With Ms. Taylor By L. Farrell

Astral Travel is not a topic that can be covered in one blog. However, suffice it to say that everybody goes astral when they sleep. Lucid dreaming, knowing you are dreaming, is a good example. In this state we can take control, heal ourselves and so forth. William Buhlman discusses Astral Projection in depth on The Moore Show (see below). However, allow me to share my own experiences with astral projection. My experiences may be helpful to those really interested in delving into the subject.

A Review of Theoren Fleury's Playing With Fire By William Camber

Theo Fleury - Playing With Fire
Photo © HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Professional lives are demanding in every aspect. One must be physically and mentally fit so that they can perform for their team. Many individuals do not acknowledge the psychological dilemmas experienced by these professionals. It may seem like they are living great lives, and they probably are in one sense, when actually they have lived and are living with psychological discomfort. After reading Playing With Fire, co-written by Theo Fleury, one can identify the psychological discomfort and the probable life path chosen. Fleury experienced a life of hardship and sorrow starting from a young age, which is where most psychological problems start. Being a victim can arise anywhere in life and can remain consistent throughout life depending on certain choices. There are clear examples of victimization in this book that can educate society on how to appropriately respond to victimization (molestation/pedophilia), the problems which arise if not identified earlier, and how this can be applied to our own lives. Becoming educated, in terms of victimization, is essential when victimized. Nobody should carry the burden of sexual violation or pedophilia alone.

EARTHLINGS By Shaun Monson & Narrated By Joaquin Phoenix

Written & Directed by: Shaun Monson & Narrated By Joaquin Phoenix 
"EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs." - Earthlings

Student Perspectives On Mere Phantoms: 100 Miles Around Us

Photo © Maya Ersan & Jaimie Robson
It's not every college campus that is fortunate enough to be sharing the grounds with one of Quebec's leading universities. Bishop's University has many goodies that make going to Champlain College Lennoxville an attractive option for Anglophones and Francophones alike. The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University, for instance, is one such attraction that is "committed to art presentation and discourse, as well as the exploration of diversity of culture" (Foreman, 2015). Thus, for students presently enrolled in my course, Rage Against The Machine: Consumerism Leisure and Popular Culture, it came as no surprise when a field trip was planned to visit artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson who worked along side students from Alexander Galt High School in creating Mere Phantoms: 100 Miles Around Us. Thus, students were asked to write a review of the exhibit whilst exploring the concept of space, culture and the body and how we are interwoven with our cultural environments both physically and metaphorically.

SQUAWK By Megan Coles

Squawk by Megan Coles a story about growing up and the difficulties faced by teenagers as they struggle to find who they are and where they belong.  Annie is not your average teenager. She’s feisty. She’s sharp. She’s aboriginal. And she’s aging out of foster care on her next birthday. Annie is coming face to face with the biggest decision of her life and she has no one to rely on except herself. Where should she go? Who should she trust? Should she return to northern Canada and live off the land with her traditional grandmother? Or remain in a southern city where aboriginal girls like her go missing? Lost somewhere between her past, present and future, Annie uses the video game world to fight through her fears and move to the next level in the game and in her life. Can Annie overcome the obstacles to win the day for herself?

How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps By Kelly Williams Brown

Available via Amazon
If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.
- Amazon

Annotate This!

You Sick Bastard, You!
Photo © MGM
If only students knew the truth. That like them, we too find ourselves silently crying inside, or at the very least whimpering, as we bring out the dreaded Assignment That Must Not Be Named. Albeit not for the same reasons. After all, we know how to write an annotated bibliography. But how many of us know how to teach students how to write an annotated bibliography? You may not even remember how you learned yourself; though I suspect it was in the depths of your academic library under bright neon lights as you found yourself cursing the dreaded day your teacher insisted that it be done. Held hostage by the thought of a lower GPA (or R-Score for you Quebecers!) you clung to every period, reviewed every comma as sweat dripped onto every italicized word. All the while you found yourself as a student thinking that one day, when you're all grown up, should you ever find yourself working as a professor that you will not torture your students in this cruel way. After all...

APA Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism Presentation By Jennifer Fawcett

I have created a short presentation on the use of APA referencing for students who may be completely new to writing for academia. It is also aimed at helping them to avoid plagiarism, and to understand the importance of using their own voice in their assignments. I based many of the examples and reminders on very commonly made mistakes, and therefore hope that other teachers will find something of benefit to them. I really believe that helping students to understand the conventions of their discipline is important, and that it needs to be taught at the outset - as a specific skillset they can develop. Teachers are encouraged to use this PowerPoint if applicable. Any and all comments, tips and suggestions are welcome! How do you teach your students about this very important aspect of their writing?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Zen & The Hart of Riding

The Morning Began with a 167 km Ride To Mr. Hart's House!
The day began at 5 am. The promise of a warm and sunny day was only made better by the fact that I would be riding with a very special buddy of mine. Percy is the epitome of zen. He is the kind of guy that inspires you to look past the petty headaches of day to day life and focus on the present. Who better to ride with than. Percy brought me vis a vis some roads that I hadn't ridden since The Snake back in 2013. In honour of the tone set by today's ride, less is more and a picture speaks a thousand words. We hope you enjoy them!