Every year on December 6, we think about the 14 young, bright, motivated women who were murdered in their classrooms for pursuing their academic and professional passions. My old friend Anna Humphrey wrote these poems forever ago, and every year, even though we’ve all aged and grown and had related hopes either bolstered or broken, these poems just get right to the heart of everything.

Read all: 14, As More Than Just a Number

The whole suite of poems is amazing and heart-wrenching and insightful, but I’ve chosen one of my favourites to reproduce here.

For Nathalie Croteau, 23
When he spat:
“feminists,”
like a dirty taste
from his mouth
you were the only one who said ‘no’
You said, “We aren’t.
Not the kind who protest
in the streets.”
Probably your last words
Probably not quite true
Not the kind who protest in the streets
But in the classroom.
The kind who would challenge,
the kind who would speak up;
try to save thirteen women
and herself
when everyone else
had lost their words.
Brave Nathalie
in coffin #8.

Dear Wix.

If I were being charitable, I’d say, “The app’s editor is based on the WordPress mobile app’s editor.” If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license. The custom icons, the class names, even the bugs. You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team. Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. — but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.

Read Matt’s letter to Wix here. Big love to open source and the people that prize and protect it.

Music news! I am so pleased to have music news to share this early in my Hamilton time. I was super fortunate to get hooked up with Secretary City, an ex-Toronto band that was in the process of coming back together after a distance-spanning and child-rearing hiatus of a few years. Our first show was a very exclusive backyard birthday party, our second is next Saturday, October 15th with Rae Spoon at Oswalds Gallery in Hamilton. (FB event)

First Hamilton show, backyard birthday party. Sunglasses excuse!

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Mr. Walker, It’s All Over

New favourite, Billie Jo Spears.

“I have no desire to be a pop artist,” she said. “I couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”

It feels like city-moving month is still an ongoing distraction – all my pictures are still on the floor instead of the walls – but I am running out of time to tell people about next week’s shows in Alberta. There is more info about this stuff in a post on the band website, but here’s the quicker version:

Show dates

We’re playing in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Calgary, sharing the Ship & Anchor stage at the Sled Island Festival with The Flatliners, and particularly excited to play with old-hometown Halifax band Heaven for Real in Edmonton.

Check out the listings! Tell your western friends!

New album: Anchor Rights

BKLK-AnchorRights-CoverIn the last month, we put out a new album called Anchor Rights with the help of exciting and generous folks: Dave Draves, Harris NewmanJeremy Gara, Mark Molnar, and Nicole Aline Legault.

You can purchase digital downloads, as well as prints of Nicole Aline Legault’s glorious cover art on the Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.

Videos

We also made some videos! Out of Creative Commons footage. They’re kind of bananas in three totally different ways: A Certain Degree, Brickwork, Christa McAuliffe.

Mine below! Video editing is super fun.