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I just heard that Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek fame among other things, had passed away at 83 (NY Times).

I am very, very sad upon hearing this. Spock was the first TV character I remembered as a child, even if I knew no English. Those pointed ears and that firm, noble look, as well as calmness of the character, endeared me to him.

It would be ironic to be sad about Mr Nimoy’s death considering the generally emotionally controlled Vulcan character with which I associate with him as one. But sad I am. Actually, I’m feeling something far worse than sadness could convey, though I will try to control it. This is going to be a long, drawn out, sadness, though, because he is synonymous with Star Trek to me so Star Trek will never be the same again. I will always think of him any time I see, hear or think of Star Trek.

As I struggle for what to write regarding Mr Nimoy’s death, a quote from Kirk in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan, that is among my favourite movies, seems appropriate.

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Your soul and spirit will live and prosper forever.

Booker T Rexhall PlaceA mysterious tunnel was recently discovered near a Pan Am Games venue called Rexhall Centre in York, Ontario (CBC). The tunnel was a fair sized structure, measuring 1.93 metres high, 86.4 centimetres wide and 10.1 metres long — with a secondary hole that held a generator.

Toronto Police are puzzled by the presence of the tunnel as well as its purpose. They also have no idea as to who might have done it.

Tonight, though, Digital Citizen has learned through unnamed sources that the famous wrestler named Booker T has been identified a prime suspect.

The reason?

Who goes around repeatedly asking people in public

“Can you dig it, sucka?”

Apparently, it was all just a ruse to find someone to dig this tunnel for whatever reason/s Booker T or some associate of his had. Stay tuned to find out! :)

[Disclaimer: This article is meant for humorous purposes. There is no truth to the claim of suspicion and Booker T, though it is true he does go around sporting that question like he has tunnel verbage.]

I will be embarking on a three week trip to Viet Nam in March, returning for the first time since I left as a refugee in April, 1980. I will also be passing through Vancouver, Canada, where I once lived for about five years, leaving in September, 2000. They are the only two places I have lived aside from Halifax where I am today. During my journey, I will be podcasting to document the stories, reflections, perspectives, feelings, etc. I will experience.

If you would like to listen to them, please go to my T.T. Phone Home podcast page. I just did my first podcast tonight, 5 nights before my journey begins. However, there are already plenty of stories to share of cultural ways, my past, people special to me, etc. that I won’t wait until I start my journey to document.

Look at the idea in the picture below. It’s five pillowcases connected, then stuffed with pillows.

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Chúc mừng năm mới! from your Vietnamese blogger!

It is the Chinese year of the “yang” starting Feb 19 2015 to Feb 7 2016. You’ve probably heard it as the year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat, but that’s because in Mandarin, the word for all three and some other hoofed animals is “yang”. Additional descriptors to “yang” identify them more specifically.

There is an additional descriptor to the Chinese year and that’s an element. This year is the year of the Wooden yang. Things associated with wood are lucky for this year.

So what does this Chinese year hold for fashion?

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