The Log for Monday January 16, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Movies.

What I Ate Breakfast: the remainder of the rapini strata; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa and cheddar sandwich on multigrain with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: two helpings of oat groats salad; some sparkling water and club soda What I Did for Exercise I made it through just over 2/3rds of a 30-minute YouTube exercise bike video Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Read More

Immigration

Categories: 2017, Politics, and Society.

A lot of people have being saying a lot of things about immigrants and immigrants these last few years. I have added my two cents. If you are interested, I would appreciate you reading it. If you like it, I would appreciate the social media share on the social network of your choice. Read about why we hate immigrants. And, if you find it interesting, please do check out my other pieces on similar subjects. Thanks. Read More

Hotel California (1976) by Eagles

Categories: 2016 and Music.

Who is this record for? Clearly, it’s for a lot of people, as it sound somewhere between 20 and 30 million copies. But listening to it, I don’t know who it’s for. The rock tracks feel like they appeal to one group of people, and the sappy, over-produced soft rock ballads to another group. It’s amazing that this record, of all records, has become this successful. Read More

In the Dark (2016)

Categories: 2016, Non-Fiction, and Podcasts.

I forgot to review this when I finished listening to it (and I presume I have forgotten to review a bunch of other podcasts I finished). This is a frustrating, devastating and infuriating portrait of a child kidnapping in the 80s, the near-absolute power of country Sheriffs in the US (and their general incompetence) and how badly things can go when something seizes national attention in a democracy. Read More

The Log for Friday January 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: spooky Harvest Crunch with yogurt; eerie tea Morning: 2 glasses of black magic tea; an apple from Satan Lunch: 2 cheddar and kielbasa sandwiches on the devil’s marble rye with mayo and mustard of the poppy; apple from Satan Dinner: quail, fried egg and beancurd on rice; soursop milkshake (is Vietnamese food evil enough on its own?) What I Did for Exercise Sold my soul to a YouTube Exercise Bike video for 20 minutes Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne because I thought I saw Jason Voorhees Read More

The Log for Thursday January 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with milk, yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; nuts Lunch: 1 and 1/2 cheddar and kielbasa sandwiches with mustard and mayo Afternoon: nuts Dinner: fried rice; glasses of OJ After dinner: dried fruits, OJ What I Did for Exercise Completed a YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home What I Did with My Life Did a little bit of work on an article Read More

A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) by Khaled Hosseini

Categories: 2007, Books, and Fiction.

This is, for the most part, a compelling, affecting and, at times, devastating novel of what it was like to live as a woman in Afghanistan for the last quarter century or so of the 20th century. It is particularly effective of giving insight into men who hate women – into a whole society that hates women. Fortunate as I am to have been born in Toronto, and raised by a strong, intelligent career woman, it continues to boggle my mind that there are so many men in the world who blame and punish women for their own faults, failings Read More

The Log for Wednesday January 11, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast, half a kiwi and some strawberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; nuts Lunch: butter chicken, lamb curry, lentils, rice, salad and naan Afternoon: nuts Dinner: lots of sushi; green tea What I Did for Exercise Swam 24 lengths of front crawl and 12 lengths of breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs Walked up some stairs at Union, walked down and up the stairs at Long Branch Walked down the stairs at Kipling, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne What I Did with My Life I went Read More

The Log for Tuesday January 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: yogurt and Harvest Crunch; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 1 1/2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard, apple Dinner: two helpings of ribs, two helpings of carrot salad, two helpings of roasted broccoli; half a bottle of IPA, half a bottle of Cherry sour After dinner: can of IPA, two cookies What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Read More

The Log for Monday January 9, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of Swedish pancake, lingonberries and mustard; glass of tea Morning: glass of tea; apple Lunch: 1 1/2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mustard and mayo; apple Dinner: fried rice with vegetables After dinner: rice pudding; 10 Fiddy; a big bowl of lettuce What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Bay Walked down the stairs at Bay, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, Read More

Licensed to Ill (1986) by The Beastie Boys

Categories: 1986 and Music.

I don’t know anything about hip hop, and even less about 80s hip hop. I have no idea whether or not this was a big deal. But I can guess, and I would guess that the sort of hardcore punk aesthetic was pretty revolutionary (and helped sell records). I can imagine that there wasn’t a lot of hip hop like this out there before this record. So I think this record is probably important. I don’t love it though; not only do I not like hip hop but I often find young bands like this obnoxious. No different here: they Read More

Marauders (2016, Steven C. Miller)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

Why can’t bank heist movies just be about bank heists and stealing money any more? This film feels like so many other bank heist films I’ve seen recently – there has to be another angle aside from making money. And that’s just so tired. Despite committed performances from Meloni and some other people (and a bizarre performance from Bruce Willis), this film has too much plot to know what to do with. Everyone has a backstory that matters and the one person that doesn’t…well, you can guess why we don’t know his backstory. There’s so much backstory in this movie Read More

The Log for Sunday January 8, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: “Swedish pancake” with lingonberries and mustard; glass of tea Afternoon: rice crackers; “winter” IPA Dinner: two helpings of “Drunken Noodles”; too much wine After dinner: 2 honey balls, helping of rice pudding; more of that wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to the mall and back What I Did with My Life Did a little bit of work for a client Read More

Charlie’s Country (2013, Rolf de Heer)

Categories: 2013 and Movies.

This is an affecting portrait of what life is like for an Aboriginal elder living life on a reserve in the Norther Territory. It is extremely well done and it makes me think that we need its equivalent in Canada. (Excuse my ignorance: if such a movie does exist, please do let me know and I’ll watch it as soon as a I can.) The film does an excellent job of portraying the systemic racism of everyday Australia in a way that humanizes the situation of the aboriginal, rather than portraying this clash as just an “old ways are best” Read More

The Log for Saturday January 7, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 poached eggs, two pieces of toast, smoothie; glass of tea Afternoon: butter tart, rice crackers with tzatziki, a honey ball Dinner: 2 helpings of “Drunken Noodles”; half a bottle of Chardonnay-barrel aged Saison After dinner: rice pudding with dried cranberries, figs and apricots, 2 honey balls What I Did for Exercise Walked past Pape and Mortimer and back What I Did with My Life Nothing! Absolutely Nothing! Read More

The Log for Friday January 6, 2016

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Cranberry toast with peanut butt and jam, bowl of blueberries with yogurt; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 1 1/2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard Dinner: pork burrito After dinner: pint of saison, two flights, glass of RIS, pint of APA; Miss Vickies What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up half the stairs at Read More

The Log for Thursday January 5, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 waffles, 1 pancake with blueberries and yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 1 1/2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on pumpernickel with mayo and mustard Dinner: two helpings of “Drunken noodles”; 1/3 or so of some shitty beer, half of an Irish Whiskey barrel-aged Red What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, up the stairs at Pape, home from Pape What I Did Read More

The Log for Wednesday January 4, 2017

Categories: Daily Log and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes with yogurt and blueberries, pieces of pineapple; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on pumpernickel with mayo and mustard, apple Dinner: leftover turkey casserole, salad; “new world” tripel After dinner: cookies; Grand Noirceur What I Did for Exercise Full 20 minute YouTube video on exercise bike Walked to Grenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Did some Read More