A Natural History of Human Morality (2016) by Michael Tomasello

Categories: 2016, Books, and Non-Fiction.

For the vast majority of recorded human history, we humans have believed that morality comes from somewhere outside of us; from “above,” from the ether, from some kind of benevolent creator, etc. Even as we have learned more and more about how humans evolved from apes who evolved from “lower” animals who evolved from “lower” lifeforms who evolved from, essentially, “ooze” we have still maintained that human morality comes from outside of human beings. The idea is that morality has been bestowed on us by something, or existed before we did, and we access it. When I was growing up 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

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

Hotel California (1976) by Eagles

Categories: 2016 and Music.

Who is this record for? Clearly, it’s for a lot of people, as it sound somewhere between 20 and 30 million copies. But listening to it, I don’t know who it’s for. The rock tracks feel like they appeal to one group of people, and the sappy, over-produced soft rock ballads to another group. It’s amazing that this record, of all records, has become this successful. Read More

In the Dark (2016)

Categories: 2016, Non-Fiction, and Podcasts.

I forgot to review this when I finished listening to it (and I presume I have forgotten to review a bunch of other podcasts I finished). This is a frustrating, devastating and infuriating portrait of a child kidnapping in the 80s, the near-absolute power of country Sheriffs in the US (and their general incompetence) and how badly things can go when something seizes national attention in a democracy. Read More

Marauders (2016, Steven C. Miller)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

Why can’t bank heist movies just be about bank heists and stealing money any more? This film feels like so many other bank heist films I’ve seen recently – there has to be another angle aside from making money. And that’s just so tired. Despite committed performances from Meloni and some other people (and a bizarre performance from Bruce Willis), this film has too much plot to know what to do with. Everyone has a backstory that matters and the one person that doesn’t…well, you can guess why we don’t know his backstory. There’s so much backstory in this movie Read More

The Log for December 31, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal with yogurt and half a banana; glass of tea Lunch: dregs of Thursday’s chicken curry and rice, dregs of a bag of chips with hummus; bottle of homebrew Afternoon: 3 different kinds of cheese, a bunch of different crackers, pate; 2 or 3 small glasses of wine Dinner: 2 pieces of beef, lobster tail, couple pieces of broccoli, spinach salad, piece of bread; slightly less than half a bottle of plum sour ale After dinner: multiple glasses of wine, slightly less than half a bottle of Peche, a couple flutes of cava, flute of brachetto; Read More

The Log for Friday December 30, 2016

Categories: Uncategorized.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes with blueberries and yogurt; tea Morning: rice and vegetables; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: turkey, stuffing and cheddar sandwich on pumpernickel Dinner: untold pieces of sushi and sashimi, at least 3 potstickers, one serving of salad, one serving of pea shoots and mushrooms and tofu, other food I forgot; 2 glasses of red wine After dinner: piece of carrot cake, brownie, small piece of pound cake; 2 glasses of mint tea What I Did for Exercise Made it through 14 minutes of a YouTube exercise video on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked Read More

The Log for Thursday December 29, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: egg bun with peanut butter and jam, smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 3 pieces of beef jerkey Lunch: chicken curry roti Dinner: chicken curry, mixed vegetables and rice, samosa, naan; half a sour fruit ale After dinner: half of two DIPAs, half an RIS, half a barley wine What I Did for Exercise 21-23 lengths of front crawl (I lost count), 9 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 Read More

The Log for Tuesday December 27, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 pieces of toast, half a bowl of yogurt with blueberries and guava paste; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: bowl of chips; wheat dopplebock Dinner: 1/3 of a pork tenderloin, rice with mojo; bottle of winter ale After dinner: cookies What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance grocery shopping What I Did with My Life It was a stat holiday so I took it off Read More

The Log for Monday December 26, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: 3 pancakes, orange; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: samples of 5 different beers; a few chips Dinner: 4 pieces of pork tenderloin, mojo, rice, 2 helpings of salad; half a bottle of double IPA What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike at full resistance Walked to Danforth and Greenwood and back What I Did with My Life Boxing day: I did nothing Read More

The Log for Sunday December 25, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: smoothie, peanut butter and jam sandwich, 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: chai latte; carrots and dip Evening: crackers and dip; cranberry and orange juice mocktail Dinner: bowl of roast vegetable soup, 2 helpings of turkey, 2 helpings of stuffing, 3 small potatoes; cranberry and orange mocktail After dinner: 4 cookies What I Did for Exercise Walked from Front and Spadina to Ossington and Dundas and back What I Did with My Life Christmas: so I wen to my other parents’ and ate Read More

The Log for Saturday December 24, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: 2 slices of French Toast with rum-flambeed bananas; 2 glasses of tea Afternoon: way too much charcuterie, two flavoured ginger ales Dinner: two helpings of lobster linguine, two helpings of roasted ham hocks, 2 helpings of roast vegetables, 1 piece of bread, piece of really rich cake (I think that’s it); 1 flavoured ginger ale What I Did for Exercise 20 lengths of front crawl, 10 lengths of breast Walked from Front and Spadina to Ossington and Dundas and back What I Did with My Life Christmas Eve: so I went to my parents’ and ate Read More

The Log for Friday December 23, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of yogurt with honey; glass of tea Morning: rice pudding; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: jerk chicken, rice and beans, the teeniest amount of cole slaw Dinner: 2 enchiladas, side salad; ginger ale   What I Did for Exercise I made it to 20 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance, which I’m disappointed by, but it’s still better than nothing 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 Spadina, walked from Kensington to Read More

The Log for Thursday December 22, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

What I Ate Breakfast: Yogurt with honey; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; rice pudding Lunch: lentils, paneer and spinach, eggplant in a tomato sauce, rice, naan Dinner: homemade macaroni and cheese; glasses of OJ What I Did for Exercise Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, walked up the escalators at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs and then the escalator at Donlands, walked home from Donlands Walked to Danforth because I forgot something, walked home with a 30 pound bag of cat litter What I Did with My Life Read More

The Log for Wednesday for December 21, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes, some mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; soft banana Lunch: red pepper soup, 2 pieces of white bread without crusts; Afternoon: mint tea Dinner: 2 servings of homemade macaroni; glass of OJ After dinner: some yogurt and a banana What I Did for Exercise Still not allowed to exercise strenuously until Friday 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 Broadview, walked home from Broadview Read More

The Log for Tuesday December 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of yogurt with honey and mashed banana; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; cup of rice pudding Lunch: mushroom soup, bread with crusts removed Afternoon: cup of rice pudding Dinner: ramen; cranberry juice After dinner: a bit of ice cream What I Did for Exercise I am not supposed to do strenuous exercise until Friday Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the escalators at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the first set of stairs at Ossington because the escalator line was insane, walked up Read More

The Log for Monday December 19, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Afternoon: bowl of homemade pho; a couple of small packets of rice pudding; orange juice Dinner: honeydew smoothie; homemade macaroni and cheese What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes 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 Bay What I Did with My Life A little bit of work for a client Had a tooth pulled or “extracted” as they say in the business Read More

The Log for Sunday December 18, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 4 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, fruit shake Afternoon: glass of OJ Dinner: 2 bowls of homemade pho; Jelly King brett edition After Dinner: Boogie Monster What I Did for Exercise Walked from Spadina and Front to Ossington and College, and then down Ossington to Queen Walked from Pape and Queen home What I Did with My Life Attempted to fix my internet Worked for a client a little bit Made soup in anticipation of not being able to eat anything tomorrow Read More

The Log for Saturday December 17, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 3 pieces of toast with butter and jam, fried tomatoes; glass of tea Lunch: French fries Dinner: burger with peameal bacon and other stuff; pint of India dark ale After dinner: bottle of Baltic Porter What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Ossington Walked down the stairs at Dufferin, walked up half the stairs at Spadina, walked a few other blocks in between What I Did with My Life I was up till 3 in the morning and I woke up Read More

The Log for Friday December 16, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 tuna salad sandwiches; apple Dinner: fried egg sandwich After dinner: 6 beers (at least), 1 bourbon neat What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike 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 Walked to the Opera House from home Walked home from a Christmas party What I Did with my Life Sent some Read More