Reblog: North Korea’s Internet

I’m reblogging a pair of articles about North Korea’s internet:

It’s fascinating to glimpse what information is available and what isn’t for North Koreans. You can even visit North Korea’s intranet; it’s free to view for anyone with internet access.

Information, access and power are inherently tied to technology.

I have been reading a bit about the country and I highly recommend the following:

The Art of Cartography

I went to the Art of Cartography exhibit hosted at the Toronto Reference Library. It was fascinating to see how cartography and its practices have changed throughout the ages.

Highlights included:

Frislanda, a fictional island that had been included in maps for over a century
-The politically charged ‘beaver maps’

Below are the images I took.

Short Story Publication

I’m happy to announce that my short story ‘Making the Myth’ has been published in Existere: Journal of Arts & Literature (vol. 35, no. 2). You can obtain a copy of the issue by purchasing a subscription or visiting a bookstore that sells the journal.

Creative writing was and always will be my first passion. Seeing one’s work in a bookstore is surreal and a dream come true, to say the least. Below are photos of the issue.

Reblog: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

I’m sharing a great article about Pokemon GO and libraries. It covers topics on how the game can be used by the library and its issues.

It’s exciting to see the societal impact of a single game.

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Source: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

The Manga Library at Anime North

While attending Anime North, I visited the Manga Library. The library had a wide selection, as seen in this list.

The Manga Library was run entirely by volunteers, set up for three days and open 24/7.

I personally checked out volume 7 of The Story of Saiunkoku.

I have various considerations to note about the existence of such a library. Libraries are made to serve their community. They also stay relevant by providing needed resources to their patrons. The Manga Library’s specialized collection makes accessible hundreds of titles that are out of print and unavailable at other libraries. This library provides a venue for patrons to read manga they otherwise would be unable to obtain. Volunteers can also recommend titles to patrons, which is an aspect of readers’ advisory; such conversations connect readers to potentially new materials.

See below for pictures of the Manga Library, including a few acrobats.

The Festival of Literary Diversity (#FOLD2016)

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in downtown Brampton. This festival provided an outlet for readers, authors and publishers to connect with one another and promote diverse Canadian literature.

Some panels focused on the writing and publishing process. Other panels discussed the current state of the publishing industry and the issues surrounding it. It was an engaging and enlightening experience. It has inspired me to seek out and support diverse Canadian authors.

A huge congratulations to Jael Richardson, the other organizers and volunteers who made the FOLD possible. The festival has come at a time when diversity has come to the forefront of issues in literature. Providing a Canadian outlet has contributed to addressing the issue of diversity in fiction.

I look forward to attending the next FOLD.

See above for the photos I took at the FOLD. I also took photos of Brampton and art housed in the Peel Art Gallery Museum.

My book haul included the following:

  • The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • The Girl who was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
  • even this page is white by Vivek Shraya
  • The Room, issue 39.1 (featuring only women of colour)