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Architect David Jameson completed Barcode House in Washington, DC earlier this year. The project entailed creating a freestanding, modern addition to an existing, vertically-oriented urban row house. The extension is composed of a completely see-through, two-story, glass structure in front of a narrow concrete tower. A lyrical pattern of black steel rods that resemble a barcode run across the two glass façades, hence the name.



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I had a dream about la science des reves. I can recall many images from this film but cannot seem to recall who I saw it with. I switched to gmail and google calendar in December 2006 so I have no documentation whatsoever. Not remembering stuff makes me feel old!!!

October 1, 2006

The Science of Sleep made tiny explosions on my dilated pupils. I know it’s too much of too much (just click on the website) but the word overdose does not exist in that world. It’s about this guy who designs calendars where each month features a great disaster. He falls in love with this girl that makes boats full of trees and gives her a time machine. In conclusion, perfect date movie.

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Winter Market @ Distillery District

  • I’m feeling super super super happy today.
  • A couple days ago, on my way to coffee, I ran into Barry. I consider him my first career mentor. He is the one that convinced me life insurance is more interesting than property casualty insurance. He used to come to Manulife scholar events. I used to send him emails where I refer to him as Gandalf and myself as Frodo. I was a bit sad last year when I found out he will be joining Pacific Life as part of the reinsurance transaction. But the Toronto actuarial world is very small so I don’t think we will lose touch.
  • I was a bit sad last year when Naveed left. But he seems happy with his new (reinsurance/consulting) opportunity so I’m happy for him. I always knew that he was well connected but it’s even more obvious to me now. Gotta work on people skills!
  • I’m starting a new role in two weeks. I will be reporting to Trevor, who I met in 2008 in HK. He has given me tonnes of great advice since then. Also, I will be part of a much bigger team so more people to learn from.
  • I’m starting to send emails to people to thank them for helping me in my current role. Marc responded and told me that I have “a very nice disposition”. I don’t think this is true 100% of the time but being told that I have “a very nice disposition” makes me more nicely disposed.

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  • Love the “Keep Calm & Invest On” campaign.
  • We cooked together a few times. (I did the 50/50 speech on the second date.) But this time he cooked for me. Lemon juice from a bottle. Garlic from a press.
  • He got tickets to see Blue Dragon, Robert Lepage’s new thing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. At first, I found the combination of a modern visual and a Chinese opera soundtrack jarring. Towards the middle of the play, I started enjoying the tension. The ending(s) is/are not particularly satisfying and I’m tired of the Angry Asian Girl archetype but there are lots of interesting elements to ponder over. I love the scene where the Angry Asian Girl turns around and takes a picture of her angry face with her cellphone.
  • Mum + Dad got me green tea cookies for Chinese New Year.
  • Madeleine Peyroux

Pheobe Philo simplifies

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telegraph: Pheobe Philo, creative director at Céline, has announced she is expecting her third child in April and as a result, will be cancelling the brand’s autumn/winter 2012 catwalk show this March. But never fear, those thrown into disappointment by the news will be pleased to know that Céline isn’t leaving the schedule altogether, but will be hosting an informal presentation to a small crowd of journalists in place of the catwalk show, which Philo will attend. “The objective is to simplify.”

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  • I once saw a girl who looked like Francoise Hardy in Lyon. I have been looking for a striped tee ever since. I never found one that worked for me. I can do contrasting colors but I cannot do contrasting stripes. Finally I found this striped tee at Gap. Lack of contrast means I can wear this with navy trousers, black cigarette pants or ultramarine skirt.
  • Shopping at St Lawrence Market with Carl. He bought bread, two kinds of cheese and lamb sausage. I bought lemon, two kinds of mushroom and duck confit. Preceded by coffee at seven grams. He seems much less stressed than other wedding-approaching guys. Me thinks Sharon is taking care of everything!
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  • My neighbourhood made an appearance in TorontoLife. St. Lawrence, because everything an urbanite needs is within a five-minute walk. Bisogno Espresso Bar was mentioned so we tried it out. Blackboard at the entrance: If you expect the unexpected is the unexpected expected? Nutella-cino was interesting but sweet coffee has not taken roots with me yet.
  • He got a bottle of Ladybug Rose before the holidays. I tried it and thought it was okay … for a rose. I tried it again with tilapia and onion confit. It was unexpected … in a good way.
  • Next Stage Theatre Festival: We wanted to see Modern Love and couldn’t get tickets; we got tickets for Tomasso’s Party and missed the show; we showed up for Hypnogogic Logic and loved it … very Waking Life.