Events of note

My post about socialism has been enjoying vastly increased exposure in the last few days, courtesy of Roger Ebert:

I actually grew up in Poland and not the USSR, but I’m not going to complain. In any case, between this and that thought-provoking discussion on education, I’m working on a follow-up post. With a 2-week reading break coming up, it might even get finished reasonably soon.

But as fascinating as my Internet adventures might be, you may be more interested in the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Did I say winter?

It’s the warmest one we’ve had since I moved here 10 years ago. Needless to say, the warm temperatures are causing concerns. The large mountain in the photo below is Cypress Mountain, the freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue. We’re told that the snow is being trucked in from afar and that efforts are being made to keep it from melting.

The City of Vancouver offers a warm welcome to all visitors. Traffic is being rerouted, with lane closures along the main thoroughfares and street closures downtown and around the Olympic venues. A more positive development has been the miraculous completion of various construction projects around town that I had thought would never end.

Those of us less interested in sports have the Cultural Olympiad to console us. I saw Robert Lepage’s The Blue Dragon the other day and recommend it very highly: a thoughtful and well developed meditation on the convergence of, and friction between, Western and Eastern cultures. I loved it.

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