Cubs’ fans

By Reid Eccles A computer monitor flips between different angles on what might be a forest floor, if it weren't surrounded by cement blocks. There are logs, a pool of water, a wooden den. The screen flips again and a groggy black bear stands up, its motion having tripped the camera’s sensors. This video feed is the only interaction humans are allowed with these bears at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, BC. Even when workers do have to enter the bear enclosures, no … [Read more...]

Private Function (Part Two)

Sarah is jumping with excitement when we wrap up there. She drags me over to the sandwich table again. The next workshop, she explains, is by the man who runs “Bound2Please” — a Vancouver Island based company that makes floggers and restraints. She works for him, enjoys working with the leather and suede. His name is Gord, and he will walk us through the proper use of various floggers, paddles, whips and canes, with Sarah as his assistant. “I’ll be mostly naked,” she says, not seeming to mind … [Read more...]

Gutenberg 2.0 (Part Two)

For writers reluctant to sell their autographed first edition of Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major to finance their authorial endeavours, a new form of self-publishing has emerged over the last five years. E-publishing is an immensely growing business model, and a big cause of consternation within the industry. But it is also the cause of much delight. Hille calls this the “Golden Age of self-publishing.” With e-publishing, however, you really are going it alone. No editors, no design team, no … [Read more...]