At the Drive-In Live at Rebel, Toronto, March 29, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Music.

When I was young, band reunions were thought of as really awful: just a bunch of washed up musicians trying to make money. But times have changed: reunions are now viewed as normal and often something to be cherished. I think I’ve changed too, I’ve grown up a bit. When I was young, I had no interest in seeing my favourite 70s bands reunited. I thought it was an awful idea. But now I recognize that this is a completely natural thing for people to want to do: to recapture the glory of lost youth. Sometimes it probably doesn’t work Read More

The Log for Wednesday March 29, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancake, bowl of Oatmeal Crisp with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on whole wheat with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: burger and fries; flight of beer After dinner: the 2 most expensive cans of Stella I’ve ever had in my life What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights (always forget to mention this) Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Read More

The Log Tuesday March 28, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of cereal; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on whole wheat with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: giant cookie Dinner: Lasagna; BA Quad 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 stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Purchased mail forwarding Did some work for a client Went Read More

The Log for Monday March 27, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with peanut butter and jam; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: pork, pickle and cheddar sandwich on sourdough with mayo and mustard Dinner: lasagna; barley wine Dessert: ice cream What I Did for Exercise 44 lengths of front crawl, including two sprinting; 6 breast stroke 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 What I Did with My Life Did some work Read More

The Log for Sunday March 26, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pancakes; glass of tea Afternoon: two pints of Stella (only thing I could get) Dinner: brisket sandwich with fries; ginger ale After dinner: half a bottle of sour; ice cream What I Did for Exercise Walked to Pape and Gerard (the long way, I guess) Walked around the floor of a casino What I Did with My Life Absolutely nothing Read More

The Log for Saturday March 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: smoothie; glass of tea Breakfast: poached eggs, bacon, toast; glasses of OJ Lunch: kielbasa and cheddar sandwich on an egg roll with mayo and mustard; lemonade Dinner: steak pie; 2 points of Sierra Nevada After dinner: half a bottle of a Left Field sour What I Did for Exercise Walked down the stairs at Union, walked up half the stairs at Yonge, walked up the stairs at Donlands, walked home from Donlands Walked to and from Danforth Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the stairs at Yonge, walked up the Read More

The Log for Friday March 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Oatmeal Crisp; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on egg rolls with mayo and mustard Afternoon: apple Before dinner: half a dark sour Dinner: much of a gigantic pork chop, small piece of bread, 2 helpings of greek salad; half a can of IPA After dinner: half a can of APA, ice cream, BA Scotch 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 first Read More

Subconcious-Lee (1955) by Lee Konitz

Categories: 1949, 1950, and 1955.

Because it was released half a decade after it was recorded, this album’s revolutionary status gets overlooked or ignored. Instead it’s Birth of the Cool this and Miles Davis’ Nonet that. And that praise is deserved. Those sides went a long way to establishing cool jazz, but this band was doing remarkably similar things at the same time. The one major difference is speed – Konitz and the other soloists play fast on a number of tracks, and that makes it sound more like bop (though if you listen to the rhythm section they sound significantly “cooler”) and so you Read More

The Log for Thursday March 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: egg bun with peanut butter; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich; apple Afternoon: rice krispy square Dinner: lasagna; BA RIS After dinner: probably more booze comping, frankly 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 and escalator at Sherbourne because too many people were coming down the second, higher set of stairs Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home Read More

The Log for Wednesday March 22, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of raisin Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 1 1/2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: rice krispy square Before dinner: flight of beers Dinner: ramen and dumplings; green tea Dessert: ice cream in  some kind of weird rice dough What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube exercise video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherborne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the Read More

The Log for Tuesday March 2

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of raisin Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbassa, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: egg with couscous salad;  lemonade After Dinner: BA Iseki Nicho What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up an escalator at Donlands because I was at the wrong end, walked home from Donlands What I Did with My Read More

Honey’s Dead (1992) by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Categories: 1992 and Music.

I should never read anything before I listen to a record, especially a record by a band I don’t love. I heard why they called it Honey’s Dead and suddenly my head was filled of dreams of reinvention. But no, it’s still very obviously The Jesus and Mary Chain. Only this time they’ve gone Madchester (I think). Read More

Going Blank Again (1992) by Ride

Categories: 1992 and Music.

I thought I was getting shoegaze, and I do.. But there’s a lot of other stuff going on here that isn’t strict shoegaze. One of the things that I don’t love about some shoegaze is the relentless commitment to one particular style. But there’s enough variety here that I’m kept interested. Also, the songs are pretty good so it’s not just the wall of sound that is appealing. 7/10 Read More

The Log for Monday March 20, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cinnamon raisin bagel with cheese and jam; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; rice krispy square Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; rice krispy square Dinner: egg with couscous salad type thing; 2 glasses of lemonade What I Did for Exercise 42 lengths of front crawl, including 2 sprinting; 8 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, jogged up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape Read More

The Log for Sunday March 19, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 4 pancakes; glass of tea Early afternoon: a few tortilla chips Late lunch: club sandwich, fries; 3 pints Dinner: poached eggs, bacon, asparagus, toast After dinner: bottle of Lagunitas, rice krispy square, a few tortilla chips and salsa What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Pape station, walked down the stairs at Pape, walked up the escalator (because I was lazy) and then the stairs at St. Andrew, walked from St Andrew to the Sky Dome (I do this all the time and rarely Read More

RIP Chuck Berry

Categories: 2017, Music, and RIP.

With guitar-based rock music decidedly out of fashion it is possible – probable? – that many people don’t understand how important Chuck Berry was to the music of the second half of the 20th century. But just because the electric guitar isn’t currently popular doesn’t mean it wasn’t the central vehicle for musical expression of the last 60 years, as it was: from the 1950s till very recently, if you wanted to form a band, someone in your band had to learn how to play guitar. That is because of Chuck Berry. Read More

The Log for Saturday March 18, 2018

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: four pancakes; glass of tea Dinner: fried chicken; pint of some kind of Great Lakes Brett IPA which I can’t remember the name of After dinner: pint of Blood Brothers IPA; bowl of 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, walked up the escalator at St. Andrew because too many people were coming down the stairs, walked up and down multiple sets of stairs between St. Andrew and Metro Hall in the path Walked from Metro Hall Read More

The Log for Friday March, 17 2017 St Patrick’s Day

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of raisin Harvest Crunch with 1% milk, pineapple; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: 2 hot dogs; small pint of porter/stout Afternoon: chips, way too many small pints of porter/stout Dinner: 3 hot dogs (I watched an Anthony Bourdain episode the other day where he hate like 10 hot dogs in 48 hours and I’m trying it out); glass of wine After dinner: much more wine, probably some ice cream What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked Read More

The Log for Thursday March 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: raisin Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Lunch: Fried egg sandwich, small pint of brown ale/porter/stout Afternoon: too many chips, too many small pints of brown beer Dinner: fajitas, more small pints of brown beer After dinner: nachos, lemonade with Guava “tequila,” probably will have some ice cream before it’s all over What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Kennedy, walked down the stairs at Scarborough Centre Walked up the escalator at Macowan, walked down an escalator and the stairs at Kennedy, Read More

The Log for Wednesday March 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with peanut butter and jam; kefir smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; Lunch: lentils, small salad, lamb curry, butter chicken, rice, naan Dinner: 3 fajitas; Grand Noirceur After dinner: Guava “tequila” What I Did for Exercise 40 lengths front crawl (including a 2 length spring at the end), 19 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 Read More

The Log for Tuesday March 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of cereal, toast with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches, apple Dinner: herring, pickle, and salad things; “hunter’s stew”; couple glasses of wine After dinner: mint tea 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 Shoveled a bit Walked to from work to Yonge and Bloor, walked down the stairs at Yonge station, walked up the stairs at Read More

The Log for Monday March 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Did Ate Breakfast: bowl and a 1/4 of cheerios with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches; apple Dinner: barley mixture from last week with sun-dried tomatoes; lemonade 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 Edited an article Went to work Read More

The Log for Sunday March 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pancakes, fruit with kefir; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: chicken curry pasta; IPA Afternoon: Barley Wine Dinner: squash stuffed with barley; Saison After dinner: glass of whiskey What I Did for Exercise Walked from Front and Spadina to College and Spadina, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape Read More

Bronson (2008, Nicholas Winding Refn)

Categories: 2008 and Movies.

There are probably two types of people: people who think Winding Refn is a genius and people who think he is ponderous, boring and way too interested in style over substance. You can count me among the latter. Despite all the praise over Valhalla Rising and Drive, I found both movies to be flawed. I wanted to like the former more than I actually did, for example. Anyway, I appreciate someone who is trying to chart their own course, even if I don’t like his aesthetic, so I still watch his movies. And, for once, watching Bronson, I think maybe Read More

The Log for Saturday March 11, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancetta hash and poached egg; glass of tea Afternoon: sample of saison, sample of IPA, glass of RIS; olives Dinner: tuna patties with fish sauce, cucumber and avocado salad; can of DIPA After dinner: ice cream, couple small pieces of chocolate What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the Exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the stairs at Spadina Walked from Spadina and Front to Ossington and Dundas Walked from Ossington and Dundas to Kensington Walked from Kensington to Front and Spadina What Read More

The Log for Friday March 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl and a quarter of cheerios; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasas, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on rye with mustard and mayo; apple Dinner: chicken curry pasta; small pint of brown ale; After dinner: bottle of BA brown 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 Shebourne, stood on one escalator at Donlands (bad Riley!), walked up remaining (longer) stairs, walked Read More

The Log for Thursday March 9, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with jam and cheese, cantaloupe; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: rice and beans, jerk chicken, coleslaw Before dinner: small pint of brown ale Dinner: half an acorn squash stuffed with barley and pancetta; Iseki Nicho What I Did for Exercise 38 lengths of front crawl, 12 breast Walked down half the stairs at Spadina, 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 Went to work for a client Read More