The Log for Tuesday February 28, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancake; bowl of cheerios with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: ham and pea penne; small pint of dark ale 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 Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Worked on a presentation Read More

The Log for Monday February 27, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: two bagels with cream cheese, mango; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; orange Dinner: ham, cheese and jam melts on baguette After dinner: glass of Vermont-style IPA What I did for Exercise: 36 lengths of front crawl, 14 breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape Lifted weights (I always forget to Read More

The Log for Sunday February 26, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Personal.

What I Ate: Brunch: 3 pancakes; glass of tea Afternoon: some dill popcorn Dinner: Club sandwich, fries; pint of Viaduct IPA After dinner: ice cream; 2 bottles of Big Wheel What I did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to and from Gerard Square Walked to Pape, walked down the stairs at Pape, walked up the stairs at Coxwell Walked down the stairs at Coxwell, walked up half the stairs at Spadina Walked from Front to Queen, walked up the stairs at The Great Hall Walked down the stairs at the Great Hall, Read More

The Log for Saturday February 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: eggs, chicken, duck, tomatoes and sprouts on an onion bun with mustard and chili pepper jam Afternoon: pint of Harry Porter; rice milk and cactus flower sorbet float Before dinner: baguette with brie and chili pepper jam; kind of a gin egg nog Dinner: 3 lamb chops, two helpings of whipped potatoes, 2 helpings of roasted vegetables; small glass of wine Dessert: apple and cranberry crisp; wee glass of rhubarb wine What I Did for Exercise Walked from Front and Spadina to Queen and Ossington to Kesington to Front and Spadina What I did with My Read More

The Log for Friday February 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheese sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard Dinner: burrata, steak with fries; BA Manhattan; Lake Effect Dessert: Half a bottle of a Belgian sour porter; peanut butter and chocolate ice cream 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 Ossington Walked from Read More

The Log for Thursday February 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; bowl of Oatmeal Crisp; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, lentils, rice, salada, naan Dinner: ham, nachos; bottle of Abt 12 What I Did for Exercise 36 lengths of front crawl, 14 breast 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 I Did with My Life Went to work…for a client! Cleaned my apartment for the first time in Read More

The Log for Wednesday February 22, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter on jam on toast x 2 (they were small); glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on french bread with mayo, mustard and tomato; apple Dinner: roast chicken and roast carrots; half a bottle of Lupulus After dinner: Dilly bar 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, jogged up the escalator at St Andrew because too Read More

The Log for Tuesday February 21, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 cheese sandwiches on french bread Afternoon: apple Dinner: homemade poutine and greek salad; sip of ginger ale After dinner: bottle of Double Jack DIPA What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands station, 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 Life Went to work…for a client! Sent Read More

The Log for Monday February 20, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; glass of tea Afternoon: hot chocolate; chips and salsa; half a bottle of Grandma’s Boy Dinner: bonh cuon (or something like that); mango shake After dinner: dill popcorn; couple crown and gingers What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Gerard and Broadview and back What I did with My Life Did some work for a client Read More

The Log for Sunday February 19, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: smoothie; glass of tea Brunch: Monte Cristo sandwich; caesar Afternoon: Scotch flight; glass of Sour Dinner: homemade poutine; half bottle of Bourbon BA Milk Stout Dessert: one sliver of a Kit Kat What I Did for Exercise Walked down the stairs at Union, walked up half the stairs at Queen and then rode the escalator because I didn’t see where the stairs were and it was one of those narrow escalators where you cannot pass Walked from Logan and Queen home Walked to Queen and Boulton Walked from Queen and Boulton to Gerard and Broadview, walked Read More

The Log for Saturday February 18, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie, pancakes; 2 glasses of chai Afternoon: Pint of Rickards Red (I know, I know) Dinner: Ox Tail Ragu; glass of Saison After dinner: pint of dunkel; 2 pints of Boneshaker What I Did for Exercise Walked down 19 flights of stairs Walked down the stairs at St. Andrew, walked down half the stairs at St. George Walked up the stairs and up an escalator at Jane Walked down the stairs at Jane, walked up the stairs at Dufferin   What I Did with My Life Attended a meetup for WordPress Agreed to do a presentation Read More

The log for Friday February 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses green tea Lunch: 1 chicken salad sandwich and 1 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich, both on french bread, apple Dinner: Chicken curry with couscous; bottle of Baltic Porter After dinner: various nibblies, bottle of IIPA, ice cream What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Sent off an article for editing Went to work…for a client Read More

The Log for Thursday February 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Mini Wheats with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: two chicken salad sandwiches on french bread; apple Dinner: two jamaican beef patties, pickerel with yucca fries, cheese cake; cocktail and bottle of IPA After dinner: Creme de menthe What I Did for Exercise Completed 30 minute YouTube video on 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 Greenwood, walked home from Greenwood What I Did with My Life Wrote a Read More

The Log for Wednesday February 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Mini Wheats with milk, yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on multigrain, apple Dinner: chicken curry with couscous; Winter Beard What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, jogged up the stairs Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with my Life Wrote a bit Read More

The Log for Tuesday February 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie, peanut butter and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: Jerk chicken, beans and rice, coleslaw Dinner: chicken curry with rice; OJ What I Did for Exercise 34 lengths of front crawl, 16 of breast 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 escalator and then the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Went to work…for a client so I tell Read More

Cocaine Cowboys (2006, Billy Corben)

Categories: 2006 and Movies.

I have heard about this film from a number of people and wonder if we watched the same movie. This is a poorly made film that absolutely reeks of early digital technology (even if 2006 would suggest it wasn’t made with early digital technology). Why is it that so many people are okay with watching movies that look like they were assembled in somebody’s basement? Read More

Either-Or (1997) by Elliott Smith

Categories: 1997 and Music.

The problem with hype is that it makes you have expectations that can never be met. And, for some reason, the the death of someone just makes this so much worse, but in retrospect. Once a beloved musician dies, everything they ever made becomes a masterpiece and must be held up as proof as the dead musician’s genius that was cut short by their death. Etc. I have been hearing about how amazing Elliott Smith is for probably 15 years. Fortunately for my expectations, I have been hearing less of that in the last 5-10 than in the first 5. Read More

Brigthen the Corners (1997) by Pavement

Categories: 1997 and Music.

A kinder, gentler Pavement. With hindsight I think we can say this is the first record where it really sounds like Malkmus is writing songs for himself, rather than the band. I’m not sure that’s fair, but I sure feel like this has more in common with his solo career than with Slanted and Enchanted. It’s still recognizably Pavement, but a far mellower one. Read More

The Log for Monday February 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of French Toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on multigrain, apple Dinner: pork tenderloin, kale, onion “dip,” baked potato; Lagunitas IPA After dinner: 2 brownies; mint tea What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights (I always forget to mention this!) 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 St. George, walked up the stairs at St. Read More

Vulgar Display of Power (1992) by Pantera

Categories: 1992 and Music.

I have not heard Cowboys from Hell but I have a hard time imagining that it’s significantly better than this onslaught of a record. I have no idea if this was is one of the first proper groove metal records (I doubt it) but, listening to it, it’s hard to imagine one that’s more definitive: with the exception of two semi-ballads that briefly suggest we’re in for a break (and then pummel us), this is wall to wall thrash metal with a groove (at times it actually sounds like Metallica with a groove). Also, I hear so many echoes of Read More

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) by Aphex Twin

Categories: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and Music.

I am familiar with electronic music up until a point – that point is somewhere in the very early 80s. I have no idea what happened between then and the music we have today (save for the odd track that gets played too much or turned into stadium music). Read More

Generation Terrorists (1992) by Manic Street Preachers

Categories: 1992 and Music.

What do we do with a record like this? It’s called Generation Terrorists but sounds like it was produced by Mutt Lange or Bob Rock or someone like that. (Well, the production is maybe not that bad.) We have the bizarre amalgam of 80s hard rock (or “cock rock” as some call it) with extremely political lyrics that belong in punk songs. Is the idea to make super accessible and conventional music but to sneak in the lyrics so that young, impressionable youth are converted? I mean, if that’s the goal here, I’m not sure how much it succeeds. How Read More