The Log for Monday June 26, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes with yogurt and syrup; mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on french with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: cold noodle salad with pork; couple glasses of OJ Dessert: remains to be seen What I Did for Exercise Began and then ceased a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike because my exercise bike is getting worse 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, Read More

The Log for Sunday June 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: jam on brioche bun, grapes, lychees; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: brisket sandwich with pickles and coleslaw; Caesar Dinner: West Coast IPA; pint of Stella Artois; hot dog Dessert: hopped saison, probably a sesame roll What I Did for Exercise Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at the Ossington, walked down the stairs at Keele, walked around the Junction Walked from the Junction to Dufferin Mall Walked from the Dufferin entrance to the Ex to BMO field, walked up the stairs at BMO field Walked down and up the bleachers at BMO field Walked down Read More

The Log for Saturday June 24, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes with yogurt and bananas; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: strudel; grilled cheese with various jams and artichokes; OJ Afternoon: Dale’s Pale Ale Dinner: “umami” burger; tall can of Juicy Ass After dinner: samples of three sours and 1 baltic borter Dessert: probably something What I Did for Exercise Walked to Dufferin Mall, walked up the stairs in Dufferin Mall, walked home from Dufferin Mall Walked to St. Clair and Christie Walked home from St. Clair and Christie Walked to and from Grace and College What I Did with My Life Recorded a podcast Read More

The Log for Friday June 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: strudel, peanut butter and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; almond tart Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on two different kinds of bread with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: apple Dinner: pork congee, steak salada, chips and salsa; 2 glasses of sparkling pinot grigio Dessert: pistachio and blueberry basil gelato 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 Read More

The Log for Thursday June 22, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Rice Krispies in 1% milk; mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on french with mayo and mustard Dinner: Fried chicken sandwich; deep fried pickles; half a bottle of Wild Ale with Pinot Noir grapes After dinner: White IPA Dessert: A strudel or something 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/jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs Ossington, walked Read More

Exodus (1977) by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Categories: 1977 and Music.

Though this is something like the Wailers’ ninth record, it is apparently actually more like Marley’s first proper solo record, as the other songwriters and singers in the band had left, leaving him as the primary creative voice. This is my first Marley/Wailers album, so I have no idea if that means any kind of change in musical direction, or any increase or decrease in quality. Read More

I Robot (1977) by The Alan Parsons Project

Categories: 1977 and Music.

When I was young and obsessed with prog rock, people used to make fun of me. They would learn I loved prog and they would be bemused or even a little shocked/outraged. And I was confused because I really liked the stuff. Eventually, I realized that those who made fun of my tastes were often talking about different prog. One day my friend just started ripping on Supertramp and then apologized to me and I finally realized that what my friends thought was prog and what I was listening to were two different types of prog. Based on this record, Read More

The Log for for Wednesday June 21, 2017 Summer Solstice

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast; mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on french bread with mayo and mustard; apple Before dinner: “Northern California” IPA Dinner: Thai steak salad; tortillas and guacamole; half a bottle of Jutsu After dinner: half a bottle of Duplicitous Dessert: mango popsicle What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights (I do this every two days but I forget to mention it) Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs Read More

The Log for Tuesday June 21, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Oatmeal Crisp in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on french bread; apple Dinner: pork congee; weird blackberry, mint and club soda mocktail (or two) Dessert: too much popcorn After dessert: strawberry popsicle (there have been a lot of posicles lately) 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 from Read More

The Log for Monday June 19, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Oatmeal Crisp in 1%; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches; apple Dinner: pork congee; dip with red pepper; lemonade Dessert: 2 glasses of OJ and probably some dessert later What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home from Ossington What I Did with My Life Completed a draft Read More

The Log for Sunday June 18, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: glass of tea; scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese Afternoon: third of a bottle of Elderberry Black Ale Dunch/Linner/Lupper: seafood curry in pineapple bowls with rice; white wine Dessert: ice cream cake; more white wine Later: can of Dale’s Pale Ale; half a can of Doc Perdue’s Bobcat; probably some food at some point What I Did for exercise Walked to Dufferin mall, walked up the stairs at Dufferin mall, walked from Dufferin mall to Lansdowne and College What I Did with My Life I made linner for my father Read More

The Log for Saturday June 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: pineapple “Brunch” ish: Zimbabwean meat pie, Thibetan dumplings, rhubarb tart, cod fritters, probably some other stuff Afternoon: sweet potato fries, caesar salad, chicken wings, nachos (not many of each); 3 pints of Naughty Neighbour Late dinner: chicken burger on toast; london porter After dinner: I don’t know yet as I just finished What I Did for Exercise Walked to and from Wychwood Barns Walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs St. George Walked up and down the stairs in a bar, walked up the stairs at Varsity Walked down the stairs at Varsity, Read More

The Log for Friday June 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Oatmeal Crisp in 1%; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich with mayo and mustard Before dinner: pint of something that may have been an APA Dinner: Roman style fig and prosciutto pizza; ginger ale After dinner: who knows? What I Did for Exercise Completed 3/4 of 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 Ossington, took the escalator at Spadina because the stairs were full Walked Read More

The Log for Thursday June 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Oatmeal Crisp in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on two different kinds of bread with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: fish and chips, coleslaw, 2 ribs; pint of Black IPA After dinner: Pint of IPA What I Did for Exercise Completed 3/4 of 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 from Sherbourne to past Greenwood Walked down the stairs at Greenwood, jogged up the stairs at Read More

The Log for June 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch and Oatmeal Crisp in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on whole grain with mayo and mustard; pickle; apple Dinner: mushroom and corn galetta; cucumber and avocado salada; Dale’s Pale Ale Dessert: Dale’s Pale Ale; piece of marshmallow peanut butter square thing What I Did for Exercise Completed 5/8ths of 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 Read More

Alternative Facts Are Older Than Facts

Categories: Philosophy and Society.

aka Western Philosophy Caused Alternative Facts We are told that so-called “alternative facts” are a new threat to us as a society; to how we view and understand the world and how we make decisions about the world (policies etc). But I think the idea of an “alternative” fact is far older and, worse, rooted in the very basic ideas most of us who’ve grown up with Christianity and Western philosophy believe to be true. I blame Plato for alternative facts. Okay, I don’t just blame Plato for alternative facts, I blame Western normative philosophy. But, as the saying goes, Read More

The Log for Tuesday June 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich on french with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: corn, pancetta and mushroom gallette with an ineffectual yogurt sauce; vegetable soup; half a Dead Elephant Dessert: improvised cocktail; probably something else What I Did for Exercise Completed 5/8ths of a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Sherbourne and Bloor Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home from Ossington What I Did with My Life Did Read More

Kooper Session (1970) by Al Kooper, Shuggie Otis

Categories: 1970 and Music.

Al Kooper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again, replicating the old Super Session format this time with Shuggie Otis and a complementary change in sound. Both halves have their hits and misses but, for me, there is enough here to enjoy, even if this isn’t anything revelatory. The two halves definitely appeal to different tastes too, so that’s something that might put some people off, though I find the gospel and R&B stuff a refreshing change of pace for Kooper. 7/10 Read More

Easy Does it (1970) by Al Kooper

Categories: 1970 and Music.

By the time Kooper released this double album in 1970 he had put out 6 albums (including this one) in something like 2 years. Yes, two of those were partially improvised, but Kooper was the prime creative force of all of them. So it should come as no surprise that this record feels like it doesn’t have enough content for its length. Some of the covers are good (and sometimes they are quite idiosyncratic) but Kooper’s songs themselves are not great. He’s pulled back on his artsiness on this record but he doesn’t have enough good songs and just seems Read More

The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper (1969)

Categories: 1968, 1969, and Music.

Much like Super Session (the studio version of this record), this album suffers a little from happenstance: Mike Bloomfield had a habit of wearing himself out and he’s not present on all tracks (much like on Super Session where he was replaced for half of it by Stephen Stills). But he’s present on most (and Carlos Santana is one of his replacements). Read More

I Stand Alone (1968) by Al Kooper

Categories: 1968 and Music.

When I was younger, I was utterly fascinated by Kooper’s career: how he went from a successful songwriter to a less successful session guitarist to one of the best rock keyboardists of his era (or, perhaps, ever) and the major creative force behind some interesting ventures in the late 60s. But, for whatever reason, it took me ages to get around to his solo stuff. Read More

The Log for Monday June 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich on french bread with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken marsala on too many raviolis; ginger ale Dessert: TBD What I Did for Exercise Completed 1/2 (by sprints) or 2/3 (by total length) of a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike because it’s been 10 days since I did it 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 Read More

The Log for Sunday June 11, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with jam and peanut butter; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: small bowl of chips Before dinner: more chips Dinner: chicken marsala; DIPA After dinner: Rose, probably some dessert What I Did for Exercise Walked to Dundas and Ossington, to Grace and Ossington and home Lifted weights for the first time in 10 days What I Did with My Life Does laundry and groceries count? Read More

Passengers (2016, Morten Tyldum)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

I feel like every single time I watch one of these legendary blockbuster bombs I find myself asking the same question: did I watch the same movie as everyone else? Make no mistake: this is not a good film. But once you’ve been told something is The Worst over and over again, your expectations get so low that you end up seeing positives, I guess. Passengers is a mediocre sci fi film – really it’s two sci fi films stuck together – but it is not the worst movie of the year. If you think it is, I suggest you go Read More