The Log for Tuesday January 31, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Mini Wheats with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; trail mix Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on white with mayo and mustard, apple Dinner: chicken and roast cauliflower and potatoes; half a bottle of Imperial IPA After dinner: Half a bottle of brown ale, half a chocolate bar What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube Exercise Bike video 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 Read More

Fascism is Alive and Well in the United States of America

Categories: 2017, Personal, Politics, and Society.

I must admit that I have been somewhat of a “Trump optimist” these last few months. I believed in his obvious, demonstrable incompetence at just about everything he does (except branding and self-promotion, obviously). (He’s been abetted in this incompetence by untold numbers of people if you’re wondering why someone who is generally incompetent can be rich; con-men are only good at convincing you they’re good at something.) When others told me he was dangerous, I told them that I would believe it when I saw it but, for the time being, I preferred to believe that he would just Read More

Brave (2012, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell)

Categories: 2012 and Movies.

I’m glad movies like this exist. I can’t imagine how hard it was to be a girl in the past (or present) who had a mother (or a mother and a father) who believed that she should grow up to be a Lady. I think men had their struggles with male archetypes too, but it has always seemed like the pressure on girls to be Ladies has been much worse. So a film like this, about a girl trying to find her own way, is a good thing. Read More

The Log for Monday January 30, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Mini Wheats with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; trail mix Lunch: two ham, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on french bread; apple Afternoon: trail mix Dinner: ham and cheese omelette; Isseki Nicho What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 Minute YouTube Exercise 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 Did some work for a client Read More

The Log for Sunday January 29, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel; London Fog Morning-early afternoon: danish, spruce ginger beer Lunch: falafel on laffa; mango juice Dinner: ham and apple butter sandwich on french bread; bottle of Farmageddon After dinner: bottle of baltic porter; rice crackers What I Did for Exercise Nothing, I am sorry to say. Tomorrow is going to be hard. What I Did with My Life I was on vacation!   Read More

The Log for Saturday January 28, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: glass of tea Brunch: scrambled eggs with gravy and sausage; Chai Latte; pineapple and kiwi Afternoon: butter tart; hot chocolate; half bottle of Jelly King; Lemonade Dinner: half a plate of onion rings, Cubano with fries and coleslaw, lemonade After diner: peppermint tea; half bottles of 2015 and 2o16 Double Tempest; many handfuls of chips What I Did for Exercise Walked along a trail in Sandbanks Provincial Park What I Did with My Life Not much, as I was on vacation Read More

The Log for Friday January 27, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Mini Wheats with a tiny bit of Harvest Crunch with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, apple Lunch: slice of quiche; tomato, arugula and boccocini salad; small glass of cherry juice Afternoon: can of cranberry ginger ale; half bottle of Stone Mocha IPA Dinner: Ruben with fries and coleslaw, pint of Mad Tom After dinner: half bottle of Nickelbrook Cuvee 16   What I Did for Exercise Completed a 20 minute YouTube Exercise Video Walked to Donlads, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs Read More

Brand Upon the Brain (2006, Guy Maddin)

Categories: 2006 and Movies.

I didn’t go see this in theatres, with its live orchestra, and that is now to my eternal regret. Because I feel like that experience might have made this the greatest of all Maddin experiences. On the small screen, it’s just not quite as immersive as I assume it would have been in a theatre somewhere, with a live orchestra, and someone like Crispin Glover narrating (not that I mind Isabella Rossellini). Read More

The Log for Thursday January 26, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cream cheese and jam on toast x 2; glass of tea Morning: chocolate cookie; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 cheddar, ham and tomato sandwiches on french bread with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: 1 1/2 bowls of homemade pea soup with feta cheese for some reason, multiple slices of a bread with butter; wee heavy After dinner: whiskey What I Did for Exercise Completed 30 minute YouTube Exercise Bike video and more (it paused to load 4 or 5 times) Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Read More

The Log for Wednesday January 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: piece of deep-dish pizza; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on french bread with mayo and mustard Dinner: couple slices of ham, two helpings of peas, two helpings of smashed potatoes; English strong ale After dinner: APA, rice krispy square What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube Exercise Bike video Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the first set of stairs at Pape, walked up the Read More

The Boys Are Back (2009, Scott Hicks)

Categories: 2009 and Movies.

For much of its run, this feels like a much more authentic version of the ‘widowed single-parent struggling to raise children’ sub-genre. It has a location and a concept that are not typical of the genre and the whole thing feels more naturalistic (despite talking to dead people). However… (spoilers, if this type of film can be said to have a plot point spoiled) Read More

The Log for Tuesday January 24, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with milk; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: ham, tomato and cheddar sandwich on multigrain with mayo and mustard, apple Evening: 4 3oz samples of various sour beers Dinner: 3 slices of deep dish pizza; pint of Big Wheel (it was all they had) What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 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 Bathurst What I Did with Read More

The Log for Monday January 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: jerk chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw Dinner: two helpings of ham, two helpings of smashed potatoes, two helpings of peas; session IPA After dinner: rice krispy square What I Did for Exercise 28 lengths of front crawl, 14 breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stores of Spadina, 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

Clash of the Titans (2010, Louis Leterrier)

Categories: 2010 and Movies.

I have only ever seen pieces of the 80s Clash of the Titans, but my memory of it was that it was actually based on Greek myths. I emphasize this fact because this remake appears to not care about its sources in the slightest, pulling a creature from Norse mythology as its climactic bad guy, bringing in some Arabic mythology, and generally completely altering the stories of the Greek myths it is ostensibly putting on screen.  (I recognize that a fine film could be made out of the idea that all myths from all cultures are variations of the same Read More

The Log for Sunday January 22, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of cold pizza; glass of tea Morning: rice krispy square Lunch: “strangewhiches” (yes, I fell victim to Hellman’s advertising – not better than butter) with ham, cheese, lingonberry jam and mustard; glass of ginger beer Before dinner: half of a Beaut’s Dark Helmut Dinner: mushroom and Gorgonzola gnocchi, two helpings of pear, apple and dried cranberry salad; half a Beyond the Pale IPA After dinner: chocolate pesto gelato What I Did for Exercise Completed 30 minute YouTube Exercise Bike video Walked down the stairs at College station, up the stairs at St. Andrew Walked Read More

Paul Simon (1972)

Categories: 1972 and Music.

I don’t love Paul Simon as a songwriter. I have been trying and trying but, aside from a brief period in my early teens when I liked Simon and Garfunkel, I just can’t do it. He doesn’t connect with me like so many other of the great song-writers do. But I admit that this – Paul Simon’s sort of debut, sort of second record – is a varied record and its a strong set of songs for him. The things that I don’t like about it are things that I don’t like about Paul Simon and have nothing to do Read More

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013, Harald Zwart

Categories: 2013 and Movies.

This is one of the innumerable young adult fantasy franchises that has seemingly popped up out of nowhere over the last decade and a half. I watched it for the same reasons that I watch all of these – I enjoy bad movies. This one is, at times, better than a lot of the other lower tier of these films, because it has a sense of humour and it has a sense of humour about the cliches of the genre. Yes, I know, this one was a flop. But it’s certainly more entertaining than a lot of these pandering “You Read More

The Rezort (2015, Steve Barker)

Categories: 2015 and Movies.

The world has reached a new low when a Zombie Resort is a movie concept. The opening of this film is one of the most cliched and terrible openings of any film I’ve seen recently, featuring so much of that “static TV” shit as to be almost unbearable. (I almost turned it off.) Signs of the budget are everywhere, none more than the hilariously small boat to The Rezort. But basically this is Jurassic Park Zombies. (Only the park opened.) But, in order for this to happen, the “system” has to break and one of the most ridiculous aspects of Read More

The Log for Saturday January 21, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 slices of cold pizza; glass of tea Afternoon: glass of ginger beer; rice krispy square Dinner: multiple pieces of ham, two helpings of peas, two helpings of smashed potatoes After dinner: rice krispy square What I Did for Exercise Made it through 80% of a 30 minute YouTube exercise bike video Walked down the stairs at St. Andrew, walked down half the stairs at St. George, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life I attended a Meet-Up Read More

Boy (2010, Taika Waititi)

Categories: 2010 and Movies.

This is an engaging an affecting coming of age story set on a Maori reserve in New Zealand. Though we’ve seen movies like this before, I have definitely never seen a coming of a age story set on a Maori reserve. It’s the kind of film that makes me wonder why we don’t have a similar film set in Canada. (Maybe we do and I’m unaware of it.) Read More