The Westing Game (1978) by Ellen Raskin

Categories: 1978, Books, and Fiction.

This is the kind of novel all kids should read. I am far too old for this type of book now but, as a child or tween, this would have been great. It feels like a legitimate game (it’s basically a far more complicated version of Clue with character development) and its humour is rooted in character and well-known stereotypes (in the sense of debunking them). It’s a crime this book wasn’t turned into a kid’s adventure film in the 80s, ala Goonies. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 9 – Saturday June 10, 2017 Regina

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

I didn’t have a great morning as I don’t always sleep in when I’ve been up late drinking (more so now than when I was young) and the condo we stayed in was super bright. Then, shortly after 8, the in-laws called to inform us they would be there shortly for breakfast. We went to bed at 2 something. Oops. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 7 – Thursday June 8, 2017 Manitoba again

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we woke up and ate our Riding Mountain National Park cinnamon buns. They were quite good but not as good as the ones from Saskatoon. Today we were supposed to go for a boat ride. So we got in the car and headed back to Manitoba to Lake of the Prairies. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 6 – Wednesday June 7, 2017 Manitoba

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

We woke up in Manitoba, to a weird situation: we had been informed the night before that our host couldn’t make us breakfast at our bed and breakfast because she had to look after her grandkids due to an emergency. But she left us some farm eggs to microwave and she left us scones and muffins with homemade jams. The scones were fantastic as were the muffins, which sort of tasted like carrot cake. One of the jams was really excellent. We were not sure if she made them. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 4 – Monday June 5, 2017 Yorkton and Melville

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we had the Kuchen (Kowach?) that we bought at the Farmer’s Market, which was pretty great. Then we went for a walk down to the end of the road, and then back to the other end of the road. I was not expecting all the trees as my idea of the farming part of Saskatchewan was based solely on driving the TransCanada through the southern part of the province. I knew there were trees but I had seen them in the north (really central) part of the province, and didn’t think there would be so many this far Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 2 – Saturday June 3, 2017 Saskatoon

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

We woke up pretty damn early on account of the time change and headed over to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market probably not much longer after it opened. We wandered around, looked at the vendors, and had some snacks. We had not very good (too dense) scones and an absolutely amazing croissant. It was so good we went back and bought another for later. Then we headed to a very nice but expensive bakery in the now gentrifying bad part of town for more food and drinks. That afternoon we went to Jenn’s friends place for a drink and then headed Read More

Jason Bourne (2016, Paul Greengrass)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

Why there’s another Bourne movie I don’t know. This one hits all the marks you’d expect: Bourne is mad at the CIA and is taking some kind of action, there’s someone on inside helping him out (actually 2 people, but whatever). The cast is too good for the material, as is usual with these films, and Greengrass does a good job with a plot that gets dumber and dumber as it goes on. SPOILERS! Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 1 – June 2, 2017 in Saskatoon

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

On Friday June 1, I went to Saskatchewan for the third time in my life. Why I went is sort of a long story. The short version of that story is that I was supposed to be in Europe for most of May but had to cancel my trip. Saskatchewan became the alternative because my in-laws live there and because we were going to go in August anyway. So, here goes: my super exciting vacation to Saskatchewan. Read More

The Log for Saturday June 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: eggs, sausages, home fries, toast; tea Morning: butter tart Early dinner: Wok Box singapore noodles Evening: apple; apple juice What I Did for Exercise Walked a few blocks from where I was staying to the Regina casino Walked around downtown Regina for a while Carried a suitcase down the stairs at the Bloor GO Station and again at the Ossington TTC station, walked home from Ossington What I Did with My Life Well, I came home. That’s something. Read More

The Log for Thursday June 1, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Movies.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: gateau basque Dinner: stir fry, pickle soup; OJ What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights 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 Lansdowne, walked to Lansdowne and College, walked home from Lansdowne and College What I Did with My Life Read More

Jung: A Very Short Introduction (1994) by Anthony Stevens

Categories: 1994, Books, and Non-Fiction.

When I was a teenager, some adult told me about Jung’s collective unconscious. I didn’t read a thing about it, but took whatever they told me and created my own elaborate theory about our thoughts influencing others (which has nothing to do with Jung). Ultimately, that theory was a responsible for a lot of mental stress on my part. Years later, it feels like a lot of wasted energy. Read More

The Log for Wednesday May 31, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: mango; Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on sourdough with mayo and mustard Dinner: chicken stir-fry; half a bottle of “champagne” saison After dinner: rye and ginger, probably something else What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, ran up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did a Read More

The Log for May 30, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on sourdough with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: korean bbq; Sapporo After dinner: rose What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington station, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked from work to Koreatown Walked home from Koreatown What I Did with My Life Did a bit of work for two clients Went to work for a client Read More

Congotronics (2005) by Konono No. 1

Categories: 2005 and Music.

It’s easy to see why electronic music fans flocked to this record, as it has all the danceable repetition of dance music but also enough exoticism to appeal to people who don’t just want to listen to middle of the road, safe dance music. It almost feels like music has come full circle: electronic composers and musicians took inspiration from tribal rhythms from all around the world and now these guys have taken inspiration from electronic dance music. Read More

The Log for Monday May 29, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on whole wheat with mayo and horseradish; apple Dinner: dill pickle soup; bread and butter; OJ Dessert: probably some ice cream 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, 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 Did a little Read More

The Log for Sunday May 28, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Eggs Newberg, potato salad, triffle; glass of tea; glass of OJ Morning: can of sweet tea Dinner: chorizo and potato sandwich; tamale; guava juice After dinner: half a bottle of Raspberry saison What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to and from Bloor and Lansdowne What I Did with My Life Assisted in putting up 3 shelves and one rack because I am super not handy and need supervision Read More

The Log for Saturday May 27, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles, yogurt, strawberries; glass of tea; glass of OJ Lunch: steak, spaetzle, broccoli; glass of OJ Dinner: many different salads, celery bread, perch, french fries; bottle of very malty “IPA” Dessert: strawberry rhubarb pie Later: half a bottle of BA Equinoxe prinptemps (2014!), small glass of wine What I Did for Exercise Walked to Bellwoods, walked to Crawford and College, walked home Walked around Port Dover What I Did with My Life I left the city for the evening, if that counts Read More

The Log for Friday May 26, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast x 2; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasas, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with lingonberry jam and horseradish; apple Dinner: philly cheese steak; minestrone; Octopus Wants to Fight x 2 Dessert: TBD What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights 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 Bathurst, walked from Bathurst and Queen to Trinity Bellwoods Walked Read More

Roxy Music (1972)

Categories: 1972 and Music.

On their debut, Roxy Music appear to have stumbled upon a unique take on art rock: it’s borderline prog at times but Ferry’s songs and croon are just way too rooted in popular music conventions (whether they subtly overturn them or not) for this to be mistaken as King Crimson or some Canterbury scene band or what have you. Read More

There It Is (1972) by James Brown

Categories: 1972 and Music.

This is the first studio album of Brown’s that wasn’t a compilation that I’ve ever heard and I have no idea what to do with it. This is Brown’s 38th studio album, which is insane. Brown’s output is just insane which is why most of us are just better off with the boxed set of singles. How does one view this record without having listening to at least some of those 37 previous records? how does one view this without a deep knowledge of where funk was in June of 1972. I don’t have the knowledge of the genre (beyond Read More

The Log for Thursday May 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Shreddies in 1% with strawberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken burger with chips and tomato avocado salad; “Vermont” blonde Dessert: doctored “Doctor” cocktail; likely something else 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 up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did some Read More

The Log for Wednesday May 224, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Shreddies in 1%; watermelon; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches; apple Dinner: chicken burger on a kaiser with cucumber blue cheese salad; OJ with ginger ale Dessert: a Portuguese tart 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 to Dovercourt, walked home What I Did with My Life Did some work Read More

The Log for Tuesday May 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: scones with butter and jam; mango; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard Dinner: steak, broccoli, homemade spätzle; OJ and ginger ale Dessert: ice cream with raspberries; OJ and ginger ale 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 to Shaw and College, walked home What I Did Read More

The Log for Sunday May 21, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: scones with butter and jam; watermelon; glass of tea Lunch: pot pie; OJ Afternoon: a few chips Dinner: roast beer, potatoes au gratin, roasted green onions, garlic and beets, risotto; bottle of Witchshark, bottle of session APA Dessert: Portuguese Aguardente; BA Isseki Nicho; rice krispy squares; Earl Grey ice cream What I Did for Exercise Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Spadina, walked from Spadina to Casa Loma Walked from Casa Loma to Spadina, rode down the escalator at Spadina (boo!) but then walked down the remaining stairs, jogged Read More