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Get your geek on this weekend at the Wonder Geeks Activate anniversary party

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Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.

They’re everywhere. Learning in our universities, working in our restaurants and bars: some of them have even infiltrated the government and are working on the Hill. You’ve probably passed them in the streets, brushed up against them on the bus, and even shared the intimate confines of an elevator with them. All the while never guessing that beneath their veneer of normalcy lays a secret self… It’s true. Geeks live among us! They come from all walks of life and there are as many different types of geek as there... | Continue reading article

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Canadian Museum of Nature tackles leading-edge science with new interactive series

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Dr. Kamal Khidas. Photo by Mark Lipman. Copyright: Canadian Museum of Nature. Dr. Kamal Khidas. Photo by Mark Lipman. Copyright: Canadian Museum of Nature.

The pilot season of NatureTalks began last month, and continues until April. Now let’s get one thing straight: this is not a lecture series. “There are a lot of similar programs available in Ottawa, with it being a government and university town,” says program coordinator Cynthia Iburg. “We wanted to shake up the idea of a traditional lecture.” Iburg came up with the idea for the series by looking at TED Talks and the international Cafe scientifique movement. TED Talks helps make information about science and technology accessible online, while the... | Continue reading article

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Meet a Gaffer: How a movie theatre job led to a career in film

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All photos provided by Jon Olts.All photos provided by Jon Olts.

When I was 10, my father and I rented Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on VHS. After the film ended, my father insisted we watch the credits. “A lot of people put a lot of work into this,” he said. Ever since that day, whenever I go to a movie, I stay until the end of the credits. And ever since that day, I’ve seen terms like, “gaffer” and “best boy” to describe members of the crew. I’ve always wondered what these people do. If you’d been wondering, too,... | Continue reading article

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Lace up your skates for a good cause

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Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.

What could be more Canadian than a game of ODR? How about a friendly tournament that combines outdoor hockey with fundraising for a socially-conscious good cause? This Saturday at Brewer Park boasts exactly that event: Carleton University’s EWB Winter Classic. Apartment613 got in touch with one of the organizers, Sebastian Mol, to get the skinny on this shinny. Apartment 613: You’re currently one of the presidents (along with Alex Serada) of the Carleton University chapter of Engineers Without Borders. How did you first get involved with this organization? Sebastian Mol:... | Continue reading article

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The humble Library and Archives at the NGC

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All photos by Siu Hong Yu.All photos by Siu Hong Yu.

Post by Siu Hong Yu, volunteer extraordinaire with the Library Association of the National Capital Region. What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think about the National Gallery of Canada? Not the humble Library and Archives, I would guess, which is tucked away at the northeast corner on the second floor opposite to the contemporary art galleries. That’s why I was pretty excited about the special tour organized by the Library Association of the National Capital Region (LANCR) a few weeks ago. Led by the Chief of... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Art Deco delights on Metcalfe Street

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Booth House on Metcalfe Street, circa 1910. Photos from Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise noted.Booth House on Metcalfe Street, circa 1910. Photos from Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise noted.

Like its western cousin O’Connor Street, Metcalfe Street was greatly impacted by Jacques Greber’s urban plans for Ottawa. As I noted last time, in his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to Elgin as grand boulevards. His later studies ruled them out in favour of Elgin. But he didn’t completely abandon tampering with the street patterns. Since the late 1950s, Metcalfe has been a one way-street heading north, while O’Connor has been one way heading south. Since then, all official city plans designate these two... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: “Check out” a human book this Saturday at the OPL

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Photo courtesy of OPL-BPO on Flickr. Photo by: Corinne de Réland.Photo courtesy of OPL-BPO on Flickr. Photo by: Corinne de Réland.

This Saturday marks the third year for the Human Library event being held at the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with CBC Ottawa. Designed for an adult audience, the Human Library will be taking place in the adult areas of the participating branches: Greenboro, Orléans, Main, Carling and Carp. Launched in Denmark in 2000, the Human Library was a way to focus on anti-violence, encourage dialogue and build relations. Readers can meet over 40 different Human Books at the events, including some of the bestsellers from past years with very interesting new... | Continue reading article

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Take the National Gallery’s Bluebeard Challenge

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Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.

Lily Pepper is a project consultant with this National Gallery of Canada initiative . In summer 2014, the National Gallery is hosting a major exhibition on Gustave Doré, jointly organized with the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. In the mid-1800s, Doré worked in high-art forms like painting and sculpture, but was better known for his commercial and populist works, especially book illustrations. The illustrations he made for works like the Bible, Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven have shaped how generations of readers and artists envision these works. One... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: A walk along O’Connor Street, from Somerset northwards

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Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.

When we think of the Greber Plan, we tend to think of the bigger, more obvious things that were done to the city, such as the widening of Elgin Street or the ripping up of the railway lines out of the downtown area, or the creation of the Greenbelt. What is less well-known is Jacques Greber’s influence on what were once quieter north-south streets in the old urban core, and in particular, Metcalfe and O’Connor Streets. In his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The urban hunter

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem is located in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Queen Street and Metcalfe. This may not be the typical place where you would expect to find a hunter armed with a bow-and-arrow taking aim at a deer, but that’s exactly the scene that’s depicted in this sculptural arrangement. The sculptural arrangement is located right across the street from the World Exchange Plaza, and is made up of two separate sculptures of a hunter, and a grazing deer, integrated into the surrounding landscaping.  It’s a very... | Continue reading article

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