… is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” – Khalil Gibran
The photo is of a commemorative plaque and sculpture on the Simon Fraser University campus, dedicated to Khalil Gibran. Incredibly wise words (located approximately halfway up the plaque above).
The architecture at SFU is evocative. It inspires double-takes and depression. Yeah, you heard me. Depression. It’s probably because it’s mostly concrete, which is grey, and at the top of a mountain, so it’s often covered in clouds that only exacerbate the grey-ness.
But it also inspires those double-takes. The “tunnel” above is a walkway leading from the Academic Quadrangle, featured in a photo two days ago, to the W.A.C. Bennett Library, featured in yesterday’s photo. During a sunny day, it is lit in all kids of angled lines and the light keeps shifting as the sun moves through the day. The entire Convocation Mall, the area you can see ahead through the tunnel, is lit in strange angles. At the right time of day, the shadows and light look like they were designed by M.C. Escher. Awe-inspiring.
I am a bibliophile.
I like books. No. I love books. I have books in my collection that I’ve not read yet. There are a few books that I’m really proud of owning: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a copy from the first printing with dust jacket; the Philip Pullman trilogy, much to the chagrin of some of my friends at church; the entire Bone collection; a former estate collection (donated to the MCC) of hardcover Harvard Classics that include Don Quixote and Crime and Punishment.
I love the smell of old books. I love the smell of libraries. I love sitting in the stacks and perusing, not glancing, through books to see if I’m interested. I could lose hours in bookstores and libraries.
I am a bibliophile.
There’s nothing like a bit of rest and reflection to get ready. I don’t know for what you need to get ready, but this would be a pretty nice place to rest and reflect.
Oh, and the reflecting? There was no pun intended.
This is what it looks like when I arrived at SFU yesterday morning. I have to arrive, to mark exams, between 7:30 and 7:45 in the morning, as we start marking at 8:00. With the incredible weather we’re currently enjoying here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, the sunrises are gorgeous.
Well, I guess you might have already guessed that.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Okay. I know. Yesterday I wrote about how much I hate the depression caused by all the concrete on the SFU campus. But I am large enough to contain contradictions. But there are introductions to be made, so…here goes.
Everyone, this is the AQ. AQ, this is everyone. Well, not everyone, but a bunch of people who are nice enough to read my blog.
AQ stands for the Academic Quadrangle. On the left, you’ll notice there is some water. That water extends all along the west end of the AQ. In that water live a school (pun intended) of koi fish. Also, there are some chairs and a safety cone, but those are probably not supposed to be there. To the right is a bronze statue of Terry Fox, a Canadian hero. The two stories of the AQ you can see in this photo are classrooms. The all have a great view of the quadrangle itself, except for the corner classrooms, which have an outside view. What you can’t see are the two floors of classrooms, lecture halls, theaters and museums that are underground in roughly the same shape as the quadrangle you see here. It’s pretty cool.
One bit of personal trivia: you’re looking north toward the Education department, which is where I spent the summer of 1999 while attending class in my PDP year. Pretty cool, I know.
BTW, if you click on the photo above (a panorama made up of three individual frames) you’ll get a larger view that might add some details.
When I mark exams in February I have to get up when it’s dark, drive to SFU when it’s dark, and often (because SFU has its own weather patterns) work hard to stay dry and warm as I travel from the parking lot to the Maggie Benston Centre. This year the sun would chase me up the mountain and bounce off the campus in weird places.
This is Terry Fox Field and the gym and pool complex at SFU as dawn breaks.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f10; ISO 100; 1/25 sec.
This is from Sunday at Monday at SFU. The shot is from the walkway above Convocation Mall, but facing south toward the Highland Pub.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 100; 1/4000 sec.
Apologies for the absence for the last few days. I’ve been at SFU marking English 12 Provincial Exams, and before that, I was sick and crazy busy. I love the start of a new semester.
So this is what lunchtime at SFU looked like today.
Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f8; ISO 100; 1/500 sec.