The Log for Monday October 31, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cottage cheese pancakes with some additional cottage cheese on them and yogurt, with honey; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: cheddar and salami sandwich with mayo and mustard on whole grain bread, apple Dinner: two bowls of minestrone, pink lemonade What I Did for Exercise nearly 25 minutes 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 the stairs at Pape, walked to the grocery store and then home from Pape What I Did Read More

The Log for Sunday October 30, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Eggs Benedict but with a modified sauce made with dill and avocados; 2 glasses of tea Morning: glass of iced tea Lunch: large bowl of chips, bowl of carrots, homemade sour cream dip with mayo, pickles, green onions, paprika Dinner: mock pad thai After dinner: gelato, banana and blackberry muffin What I Did for Exercise Walked from Spadina and front to Dundas and Spadina and back Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down the stairs at St. Andrew, walked up the stairs at Pape What I Did with My Life Nothing, again. Read More

The Log for Saturday October 29, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 1/2 cottage cheese pancakes with yogurt on top; glass of tea Lunch: fried egg sandwich with tomato; pink lemonade Dinner: fried pork belly with salad, sisig on rice (healthy, I know), mango shake After dinner: mint roibos, small ice cream bar What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands station, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the stairs at St. George, walked up the stairs at Dundas Walked from Dundas and Macaul to Front and Spadina; climbed 19 flights of stairs What I did with My Life Nothing Read More

The Log for Friday October 28, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: blueberry scone; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: Ox tail curry, rice and beans, coleslaw Dinner: Neapolitan-style pizza After dinner: Hot Toddy What I Did for Exercise: Walked up 17 flights of stairs Walked down 18 flights of stairs, walked up to Queen, walked from Shaw to Lansdowne on Queen Walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape though I took an escalator at the end because of two many people coming down, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Read More

The Log for Thursday October 27, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of wheat cereal with sugar in 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: two glasses of tea; chocolate chip cookie Lunch: salami and old cheddar old whole grain bread with mayo and mustard, apple; really weird effervescent vitamin C tang thing (ugh) Dinner: 1 and half small pieces of salmon, 10-15 small sprigs of asparagus, hunk of bread with butter After Dinner: hot toddy What I Did for Exercise Close to 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs Read More

The Log for Wednesday October 26

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of no name wheat cereal with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: bowl of dill pickle chips, multiple glasses of OJ Lunch: eggs benedict, glass of OJ Afternoon: more dill pickle chips, more OJ Dinner: two chicken and bean tacos, remainder of the OJ (2 litres total) After dinner: remainder of the bag of dill pickle chips; hot toddy What I Did for Exercise Maybe over 20 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to and from Danforth What I Did with My Life Nothing, as I am sick Read More

The Log for Tuesday for October 25 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of no name wheat cereal with 1% milk; raspberry muffin; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: salami and cheddar sandwich with mayo and mustard on marble rye; apple Afternoon: Guava and raspberry muffin Dinner: Some kind of vegetarian Thai soup; half a falafel wrap After dinner: Guava and raspberry muffin What I Did for Exercise Nearly 25 minutes 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, up the stairs at Broadview, walked home from Read More

Bliss aka Mutluluk (2007, Abdullah Oguz)

Categories: 2007 and Movies.

This is an affecting film that unfortunately follows a few too many film conventions, including some Hollywood ones that don’t make a whole lot of sense given a) the size of Turkey and b) that they’re on a yacht… But I understand the appeal of a film like this, which tells probably a relatively rare story for a Turkish audience at the time. I just struggle with the way the story is told with the flashbacks and the chase. 6/10 Read More

The Log for Monday October 24, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: apricot jam and peanut butter on baguette; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, macintosh, 2/3 piece of buffalo jerky Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on marble rye, macintosh Dinner: 2 chicken and bean tacos, 4 slices of baguette, litre of beer After dinner: guava and raspberry muffin What I Did for Exercise: 12 lengths front crawl, 10 breast stroke Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What Read More

The Log for Sunday October 23, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: glass of tea Brunch: curried lentils with a poached egg, small sausage and naan Afternoon: poppyseed roll, 2 guava and raspberry muffins (I think they’re the first muffins I’ve ever made, but I can’t remember) Dinner: about 1/3 of a very large steak, a bunch of pieces of charred broccoli with cheese, a bunch of small potatoes, glass of wine After dinner: raspberry and pineapple fruit salad What I Did for Exercise Walked to and from Leslie and Queen Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the stairs at Spadina Walked Read More

The Log for Saturday August 23, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: two pieces of apple pancake; glass of tea Lunch: two slices of peameal bacon and one regular slice of peameal bacon, and a fried egg, and BBQ sauce or something like that, on two too small pieces of bread Afternoon: 10 half-samples (seriously of) different types of beer (i.e. two flights shared between two people) Dinner: three chicken and white bean tacos, with tomatoes, avocado, yellow pepper, spiced sour cream; bottle of Eastern European ale After dinner: cocktail, 2 pints of beer What I Did for Exercise 12 lengths of front crawl, 8 breast stroke Walked Read More

The Log for Friday October 21, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; macintosh apple Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on marble rye, macintosh, 1 and 1/3 sticks of buffalo jerkey Dinner: 5 meat and vegetable dumplings, a large bowl of cold buckwheat noodles (who knew that was a thing?), kimchi and other assorted Korean side dishes After dinner: two hot toddys with rum What I Did for Exercise 20 ish minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Pape station, walked down the stairs at Pape, walked up Read More

The Log for Thursday October 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Large bowl of two different types of serial with 1% milk with strawberries; glass of tea Lunch: mushroom stroganoff and greek salad; macintosh apple Dinner: chicken breast, smashed potatoes with carrots; large bottle of IPA After dinner: some grapes What I Did for Exercise 12 lengths of front crawl, 6 of breast stroke Walked down 19 flights of stairs Walked down half the stairs at Spadina, up all 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 Created a Read More

The Log for Wednesday October 19, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple syrup and 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: macintosh; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on marble rye, macintosh, stick of buffalo jerkey Dinner: two helpings of mushroom stroganoff, two helpings of Greek salad; glass of wine After dinner: small pint of IPA, smaller glass of Saison; 2/3rds of a bowl of dill pop corn What I Did for Exercise Over 20 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, down the stairs at Greenwood, up the stairs at Sherbourne Down the stairs at Sherbourne, up the Read More

The Log for Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Mini Wheats with 1% milk; 1 glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, macintosh Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on marble rye, stick of beef jerkey, macintosh Afternoon: stick of beef jerkey Dinner: chicken breast, smashed potatoes with carrots After dinner: hot toddy with rum What I Did for Exercise Close to 25 minutes on the excise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, 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 Read More

Black and White (1999, James Toback)

Categories: 1999 and Movies.

This overly self-serious film combines the sanctimonious air of a Hollywood message movie with the production values of a late ’90s independent film (real locations, often very woody acting) with the ambition of Paul Thomas Anderson. And it’s a mess. An annoying, sometimes embarrassing, sometimes cringe-inducing, hilariously inauthentic film. Read More

Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003) by Kid Koala

Categories: 2003 and Music.

I think I like this record even more than the debut. It’s roughly the same kind of idea – collages of music and voice samples, created for musical or humourous effect – but this record feels more “musical” to me, more indicative of his clear musical talent. This is particularly true in how he uses samples of solo instruments to solo over his track, such as on the opening track, which is basically his version of an old jazz ballad. It’s pretty cool. Not my thing usually, but it’s pretty cool stuff. 8/10 Read More

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2000) by Kid Koala

Categories: 2000 and Music.

I know nothing about electronic music and even less about turntabilism. My only exposure to the latter comes through an obscure Canadian jazz record that features some. So I have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m told this record is a landmark in the genre, because before it, turntabilists just showed off their instrumental skills over some generic beats. If that’s true, then this must seem like it’s from another planet. Instead of generic beats, we get a collage of sounds and voice samples, manipulated by Kid Koala, often to humourous effect, and often acting as a statement about Read More

The Log for Monday October 17, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: two pieces of that omelette from the weekend, some pineapple; glass of tea Morning: macintosh apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: a small bag of Klusters, chicken salad sandwich on marble rye; macintosh Dinner: pork chop, smashed potatoes with carrots, half pint or so of Outside the Bocks’ second IPA Evening: peanut butter and celery sandwich on marble rye, glass of milk, glass of mint tea What I Did for Exercise Somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes on the exercise bike, I hope Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs Read More

The Log for Sunday October 16, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: two poaches eggs, three pieces of sourdough toast, glass of tea Lunch: two small pieces of yesterday’s omelette, bowl of grapes, glass of pink lemonade Dinner: pork chop, smashed potatoes with carrots; hot toddy with rum After dinner: 2 large beers (I had my fantasy draft!) What I Did for Exercise I did not swim, ostensibly because I woke up at 8:40 (late for me) and the pool is cleaned from 9 until 10 All I did is: walked down the stairs at Union, walked up the stairs at College, walked back down the stairs at Read More

The Log for Saturday October 15, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Two pieces of an olive, artichoke and salami omelette with cheddar cheese, piece of whole wheat rye toast; glass of tea Lunch: two slices of beef jerky Afternoon: half a large bowl of carrots, bowl of chips, cream cheese dip, tall can of dark ale Dinner: 3 spring rolls, two helpings of Thai curry, two helpings of rice, two helpings of Broccoli and mushrooms with garlic; two hot toddys, one with rum and one with Polish honey liqueur What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the Read More

The Log for Friday October 14, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate: Breakfast: two pieces of sourdough toast with apricot jam; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, a little bit of Indian-style chickpeas Lunch: a small serving of lamb curry, a small serving, of chickpeas, a small serving of lentils, too much rice, a small salad (I, uh, ate out…) Dinner: small bowl of chili, two pieces of cornbread, 1 pint of IPA, 1 tall can of Belgian rye ale, 1 tall can of IPA After dinner: 2 beef jerky sticks What I did for Exercise: 10 lengths of front crawl, 6 of breaststroke Walked down 19 Read More

King of the Blues Guitar (1969) by Alberta King

Categories: 1967, 1969, and Music.

This si a reissue of Born Under a Bad Sign (released only two years before), with the addition of a few more tracks (at least the version I am listening to, which has 17 tracks compared to the 11 listed for the original LP). Born Under a Bad Sign was itself a compilation, this time of singles King had recorded when he moved to Stax. One of the reasons the record is so well regarded is because so many blues albums back then apparently lacked strong material. Born Under a Bad Sign is considered to be the first “modern” blues Read More

The Log for Thursday October 13, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Mini Wheats with 1% milk, glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, macintosh Lunch: two salami and cheddar sandwiches, with mayo and mustard, on whole grain rye bread, macintosh Dinner: many small pieces of pork tenderloin, two servings of cranberry, broccoli, almond and onion salad with a cream dressing, two helpings of spaghetti squash with garlic and lemon; bottle of APA After dinner: 6 4 oz beer tastings of 6 different beers, too many handfuls of dill popcorn, half a bowl of plum tart and vanilla ice cream What I Did for Exercise Read More

The Log for Wednesday October 12, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Mini Wheats in 1 %1 milk; glass of tea Morning: small apple; two glasses of tea Lunch: two sandwiches on whole grain rye bread, one with tomatoes, turkey and stuffing and one with salami, cheese and tomatoes (mayo and mustard on both) Afternoon: mint tea, very small piece of chocolate Dinner: cod/potato/marscapone concoction with a pistachio vinaigrette; lamb confit in pastry with a lamb gravy; chocolate tartlette with berries; a few glasses of red wine (belated birthday dinner at a French restaurant…) After dinner: an ounce or so of creme de menthe as I Read More

Kicking Against the Pricks (1986) by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Categories: 1986 and Music.

This is a diverse album of covers, from blues songs to folk and country songs to more mainstream pop songs to a Velvet Underground cover. And the performances are equally diverse, including some really out there versions of some of these songs (see “Hey Joe.” for instance) The problem for me is that sometimes they really alter the song and sometimes they do a fairly faithful version. It feels schizophrenic to my ears and I wish they had committed to radical versions of all of the songs, not just some of them. This is the least essential Bad Seeds album Read More