The Log for Wednesday April 26, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal and strawberries in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches on multigrain; apple Dinner: hoisin beef lettuce wraps; more than half a bottle of wine Dessert: lemon curd What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights (I do this every two days but always forget to mention it) Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the escalator at Dufferin because Read More

Glee (1997) by Bran Van 3000

Categories: 1997 and Music.

I love genre-bending. A number of my most favourite bands are bands that can play a wide variety of genres well, and make these genres sound like their own (or, alternatively, convince you they are an entirely different band). So I should like this. I should like this even though it is based in music I don’t personally love (electronic, hip hop). Read More

Full Circle (1997) by Pennywise

Categories: 1997 and Music.

I don’t love 90s punk, I generally find it too polished and too formulaic for my tastes. I’m not sure what it adds to the legacy of hardcore and frankly it’s all too one note. You can get away with one-note when you’re doing something brand new, but when you are doing a slightly more polished version of something that is, at this point, nearly two decades old, it’s kind of tiresome (to me). Read More

The Log for Tuesday April 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of cereal in 1% with strawberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on multigrain with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: Papa Burger, onion rings; saison Dessert: gelato in a cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the escalator at St Andrew for the usual reason, walked up the remaining stairs Walked from Spadina Read More

Dig Me Out (1997) by Sleater-Kinney

Categories: 1997 and Music.

The songwriting has improved here – the arrangements feel tighter and the hooks are  arguably stronger. This is only the second record of theirs I’ve heard, so I’m not sure I can argue that it is their best (I believe it has that reputation) but if you are looking for 90s punk that still feels like punk (as opposed to some bleached, broish imitation of punk), this is where you should go looking for it. Good stuff. 8/10 Read More

Diva (1992) by Annie Lennox

Categories: 1992 and Music.

I am generally opposed to albums dominated by “modern” (read: contemporary) instrumentation. I hate bad 80s (and 90s!) synthesizers and generally do not like music that is made primarily by these instruments. Things that sound modern once do not normally sound modern later and that is a huge issue with so much of the pop music that was made between the late 70s and early 90s. Read More

The Log for Monday April 24, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Pancakes with yogurt and maple syrup; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple; chocolate prune Afternoon: chocolate prune Dinner: tomato soup, lamb tagine; OJ Dessert: gelato in a cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossingont, walked home What I Did with My Life Wrote Did some Read More

The Log for Saturday April 22, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes with yogurt and maple syrup; tea Linner/Lupper/Dunch/Sunch: “California” sandwich, caesar salad; pint of Canuck Evening: pint of APA, smaller glass of dubbel, pint of Octopus Wants to Fight; large slice of pizza Later: 2 pints of Octopus Wants to Fight; tortilla chips and salsa What I Did for Exercise Walked to Metro Hall Walked from Metro Hall to the Sky Dome Walked from the Sky Dome to Queen and Niagara Walked home from Queen and Niagara Walked to Dundas Walked from Dupont and Dufferin home What I Did with My Life Presented my presentation to a Read More

The Log for Friday April 21, 2017

Categories: Daily Log and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple; chocolate with plum Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato sandwich on marble rye with mayo and mustard; piece of cheese; chocolate with plum; apple Afternoon: couple of chocolate plums Dinner: half a steak tartar with poached egg; duck confit with a very different interpretation of cassoulet; cocktail; caesar Dessert: Cake What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down Read More

The Log for Thursday April 20, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1%; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 1.5 salami, cheddar and tomatoes sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: chocolate coated plums Dinner: lamb tagine with couscous; half a bottle of Winy Bastard After dinner: who knows? Probably more beer because the Raptors are down 32 What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up Read More

The Log for Wednesday April 20, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 1.5 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: giant piece of cheese cake Dinner: beyti; ayran Dessert: plum-stuffed chocolate What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs and the escalator at Ossington for the usual reasons, walked home from Ossington Walked Read More

Her Point of View (1997) by Olga Konkova

Categories: 1997 and Music.

Konkova takes aim at a number of jazz standards and reinvents them and makes them her own. She makes them sound of a piece with her own compositions. And this is what I like about jazz: fresh interpretations of old music so that it sounds more modern, with plenty of improvisation to go around. (As one critic noted, Konkova doesn’t introduce the melody and then improvise – she starts improvising on these standards from the get go.) Read More

The Log for Tuesday April 18, 2017 Easter Tuesday

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: lamb tagine with couscous; single hop pale ale Dessert: can of Robohop; ice cream (not at the same time) What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the first set of stairs at Ossington, then the escalator, for Read More

The Log for Monday April 17, 2017 Easter Monday

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: asparagus and pancetta pasta; way too many tortilla chips, guacamole; can of Robohop After dinner: more tortilla chips with guacamole; white wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked up to Dufferin and Read More

The Log for Sunday April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 waffles; fruit salad; glass of tea Morning: OJ Before dinner: cheese, pate, stuffed olives, crackers; half a bottle of Motley Cru Dinner: ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, carrots, salad, roll; 2 glasses of red wine Dessert: easter egg cheese cake After dinner: white wine What I Did for Exercise Walked to College and Crawford, walked to Christie station, walked down the stairs at Christie station, walked down and up the stairs at Kipling Move a heavy table from a garage indoors What I Did with My Life Some cleaning but not much else Read More

The Log for Saturday April 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1%; glass of tea Lunch: burrito, pupusa; guava and pineapple juice Before dinner: half bottle of White Lies Dinner: asparagus, pancetta and shitake penne; half bottle of white stout Dessert: half bottle of BA Imperial Black Saison; “gelato” What I Did for Exercise Walked from home to Spadina station Does putting up painting tape count as exercise? What I Did with My Life Upgraded my interwebs speed “Helped” the GF paint her condo Read More

The Log for Friday April 14, 2017; Good Friday

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poached eggs, toast; smoothie; glass of tea Lunch: asparagus chowder; OJ Afternoon: tortilla chips Before dinner: guacamole and tortilla chips; negroni Dinner: a few pieces of lamb, whipped potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad; couple small glasses of Beajulais Dessert: sorbet; small glass of rhubard wine Night: DIPA, IPA Latet night: Tonic water What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs at Runnymede Walked down the stairs at Runnymede, walked up the stairs at Lansdowne, walked from Lansdowne Read More

The Log for Thursday April 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; Bowl of Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; half a cookie, half a portuguese tart of some kind Lunch: salami, gruyere and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard Dinner: herring and sides, chicken pulpety and sides; boring Polish amber beer What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the first escalator at Dufferin because I got off on the Read More

The Log for Wednesday April 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Harvest of Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: salami and gruyere sandwich with mustard and mayo; apple Dinner: ramen; boneshaker What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs to Sherbourne Walked from work to Maple Leaf Gardens, walked up some of the stairs at Maple Leaf Gardens and stood on some escalators Walked down some of the stairs at Maple Leafs Gardens and stood on some Read More

The Lee Konitz Duets (1968)

Categories: 1968 and Music.

Konitz presents a series of duets, plus some brief solo playing a one full band track, that explore a wide variety of jazz styles available in 1968. Konitz is excellent throughout and the guests are all great (even though not all of them are as famous). It works really well as a survey of jazz right at the dawn of fusion – the possibilities of what could be accomplished in the music before electrification (and with only a touch of editing) but with very few instruments. Really great stuff. 9/10 Read More

Shit Town (2017)

Categories: 2017 and Podcasts.

Shit Town, known as S Town in its marketing because the US is a country full of prudes whose heads will explode if they hear the word “shit” in public, is a remarkable new podcast from This American Life. It is unlike any other podcast I’ve heard so far, in fact. If you were one of the many people put off by the second season of Serial and have decided to pass on Shit Town (I mean S Town) I strongly suggest you give this one at least two episodes. Some mild SPOILERS are coming. I suggest not reading any further until you’ve listened to Read More

The Log for Tuesday April 11, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: salami, gruyere and tomato sandwich on sourdough with mayo and mustard, greek salad Dinner: Asparagus and potato chowder; half a bottle of double red ale What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the first set of stairs at Ossington, walked up the escalator at Ossington for the usual reasons, Read More

The Log for Monday April 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1%; pancake Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, tomato and cheddar/gruyere sandwiches on different types of bread with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: asparagus, gruyere and egg pizza, greek salad; OJ Dessert: oatmeal cookie What I Did for Exercise Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Bay Walked from Avenue Road to Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the first set of stairs at Ossington, walked up the escalator for the usual reasons, walked to College, walked home What Read More

The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage (1974) by Peter Hammill

Categories: 1974 and Music.

This is a weird combination of what sounds like super eccentric singer-songwriter solo stuff and music that is basically Van Der Graaf Generator. It’s an odd mix that I would find less appealing if I didn’t like Hammill or VDGG so much. It’s great that Hammill wrote so much so that even when the band was on hiatus he just had so much material. But one of the things I struggle with while listening to solo albums from the frontmen or songwriters of bands is when their solo music sounds too much like their band. That’s a weird problem to Read More

The Log for Sunday April 9, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pancakes with maple syrup; glass of tea; glass of OJ? Afternoon: half of 6 samples of beer Dinner: asparagus, gruyere and egg pizza; half a bottle of wine Dessert: ice cream What I Did for Exercise Walked to Dufferin and Dupont, walked to Dufferin Mall, walked home via College What I Did with My Life Nothing unless you count groceries Read More

The Log for Saturday April 8, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bagel with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Lunch: leftover roasted vegetables, egg, chutney, few slices of of bread, OJ Afternoon: bottle of IPA Dinner: badeja paisa; sangria After dinner: milk tart, 2/3 of a bottle of triple IPA What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights (I do this every other day but nearly always forget to mention it) Walked home from Ossington station What I Did with My Life Worked on my presentation Started by tax return Tried and failed to get cable Recorded a podcast Read More