The Log for Monday September 18, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Pancakes; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on whole grain bread; grapes Dinner: pork; corn, bean and avocado salad; lemonade Dessert: not sure yet, possibly banana bread 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 Bathurst, walked home from Bathurst and Queen What I Did with My Life Went to work for a Read More

The Log for Sunday September 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: eggs Benedict with spinach and peameal; glass of tea Afternoon: ube ice cream Dinner: tomato soup, chorizo and pesto pasta; lemonade Dessert: potato chips; grapes What I Did for Exercise Walked to Scotiabank Theatre Walked to Osgoode, walked down the stairs at Osgoode, walked up half the stairs at St. George, jogged up the stairs at Bathurst, walked home from Bathurst Walked to and from Dufferin Mall, walked up and down the stairs at Dufferin Mall What I Did with My Life Does getting groceries count? Read More

TIFF 2017: One of Us (2017, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady)

Categories: 2017 and Movies.

I have seen a few Ewing-Grady documentaries so far and I have always found they tackle fascinating subjects but I have never loved the way in which they tackle them. Though I appreciate their attempts at breaking outside of documentary norms and customs (to a degree) I also sometimes find their attempts to do so a little too flashy, for lack of a better word. (What I am trying to say is that I find that their style often calls attention to itself, which is not always something I like in documentaries.) One of Us definitely contains stylistic flashes that call Read More

The Log for Saturday September 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes; glass of tea Lunch: pizza Afternoon: pint of Goose Island something or other Dinner: burger, fries, Big Rock IPA Later: half a Scotch flight; a few fried pickles; Rob Roy; pint of IPA What I Did for Exercise Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked from Sherbourne and Bloor to Varsity Stadium Walked from Varsity Stadium to Madison, walked up the  stairs at Madison Mansion Walked down the stairs at Madison mansion, walked down half the stairs at Spadina Walked from King and Spadina to Queen Read More

The Log for Friday September 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: mango; eggs and toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 cheddar and tomato sandwiches on multigrain with mayo and mustard; canteloupe Before: pint of Octopus Wants to fight Dinner: unknown number of slices of pizza (4? 5?); pint of Halo something or other; glass of Peche; pint of Octopus Dessert: teen burger, fries, rootbeer What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs at Shebourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up half the stairs at Spadina Walked home Read More

Secret Chiefs 3 Live at The Great Hall September 14, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Music.

This was my second Secret Chiefs 3 show, in a much better venue than the last time. It was also a very different experience and I’m not sure whether that’s because SC3 are doing something different on this tour (apparently they are here opening for Dead Cross) or whether the venue made them. Read More

The Log for Thursday September 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cheerios and yogurt; pancake; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami or prosciutto and tomato and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat with mayo and mustard Dinner: two peameal and egg sandwiches; lemonad After dinner: too many beers (too many beers!), too many beers What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats 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 Dovercourt Read More

White Privilege

Categories: Society.

Yesterday on Quora, I found perhaps the best short summary of what white privilege is that I, as a white male Canadian, have ever read in my life. I have embedded it here for your perusal because I really do think it captures this concept better than anything else I’ve read on the subject. Also, speaking as a tall person, I can relate in more than one way. Read Omar Ismail‘s answer to I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should Read More

The Log for Wednesday September 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of cereal, bowl of yogurt, figs and berries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on whole wheat with mayo and mustard Dinner: slices of some weird curry pizza; cranberry juice Dessert: square 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 from Sherbourne to Yonge and Bloor, walked up the steps at the Reference Library Walked down the steps at the Reference Library, Read More

TIFF 2017 Racer and the Jailbird (2017, Michaël R. Roskam)

Categories: 2017 and Movies.

This is an entertaining, albeit slight, amalgam of the bank heist genre with one of those romances where the two alpha leads, who do risky things in their professional lives, fall in love with each other, but which is pretty much entirely ruined by an absolutely bonkers left turn (well, a series of left turns) into Crazy with a capital C. MASSIVE SPOILERS! Read More

The Log for Tuesday September 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: crepecakes/pancrepes with yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken pot pie, salad; Naughty Neighbour Dessert: ice cream cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercies bike 10 squats Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up half at the stairs at Yonge, jogged up the stairs at Dundas but took the escalator in the Eaton Centre Walked Read More

Strangeways, Here We Come

Categories: 1987 and Music.

To say I dislike The Smiths would be an understatement. I don’t hate them so much as I hate the aura around them and this idea that they somehow saved British music from itself (and synthesizers! don’t forget the synthesizers), almost like a younger, hipper Bruce Springsteen (because Springsteen saved rock music from disco, don’t you know). Read More

Music for the Masses (1987) by Depeche Mode

Categories: 1987 and Music.

I agree with the general consensus that Martin Gore is perhaps synthpop’s best songwriter. At least at this “mature” stage of the band’s career Depeche Mode sound most like the band willing to leave the confines of their genre to serve his songs. I find his lyrics to be, on average, significantly better than the average synthpop lyrics. And he has strong melodies – though Depche Mode are sort of positioned as the least commercial of synthpop bands, they have always had catchy songs. Read More

The Log for Monday September 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with blackberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa/salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches Dinner: prosciutto, fig, burrata, tomato and spinach salad; lemonade Dessert: pistachio gelato 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 Ossington, walked home Walked to TIFF Bell Lightbox Walked down the stairs at St Andrew, walked up half the stairs at Read More

Earth Sun Moon (1987) by Love and Rockets

Categories: 1987 and Music.

I love Bauhaus and, initially, I think I found it hard to get into these guys simply because they are not Bauhaus, which is unfair. It’s unfair because these guys are very much their own band, particularly with the wind instruments. (By the way, that flute solo is hilariously Ian Anderson, who I would have thought was super uncool in 1987.) Read More

Ice Cream for Crow (1982) by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Categories: 1982 and Music.

If you have come at the Captain through his earliest works, this record might feel like not much or a man settling into his mid life. It’s far less radical than his most radical work of the early ’70s, wherein he basically pioneered the intersection of blues and free jazz and other things. Read More

Forever Now (1982) by The Psychedelic Furs

Categories: 1982 and Music.

This is my first Furs record so I cannot comment on whether or not it’s some kind of sell out (doesn’t sound like it!) or some kind of compromise of their earlier sound, which I have never heard. I can comment on the music and try to comment on the context, as I am an avid British post punk listener. Read More

Under the Blade (1982) by Twisted Sister

Categories: 1982 and Music.

If you grew up in the 80s as I did, you were inundated by certain music videos and two of them were “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take it.” And through my entire life this is all I’ve known of this band, aside from Dee Snyder testifying before congress, which definitely upped my respect level. Read More

The Log for Sunday September 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poached eggs, peameal bacon, toast, glass of tea Lunch: pork, cheese and tomato sandwich; gin and tonic Dinner: Bulgogi with vegetables; Bretted Dubel After dinner: creme de menthe on the rocks, pineapple IPA, glass of wine Dessert: ice cream, maybe something else What I Did for Exercise Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Jane Walked down the stairs at Jane, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Read More

The Log for Saturday September 9, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

Whate I Ate Breakfast: crepe-cakes or pan-crepes with yogurt; glass of tea; glass of apple cider Lunch: fish sandwich with fries; sour saison Dinner: nachos, pork chops, mushrooms; half a coffee Quad After dinner: half a bottle of BA Peche Mortel What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to and from TIFF Bell Lightbox More walking tonight, after I post this: walking to Ossington, down the stairs at Ossington, up half the stairs at St. George, up the stairs at Osgoode, to Scotibank, and then who knows what What I Did with My Life Well, it’s TIFF. Read More

Tiff 2017: The Death of Stalin (2017, Armando Iannucci)

Categories: 2017 and Movies.

Iannucci’s new film is, as I understand it, a bit of a left turn for him: it’s an adaptation of a graphic novel based upon the real event of the title. Though I had no such fears, one could be understandably trepidacious about Iannucci turning his satirical eye to something historically accurate. Read More

The Log for Friday September 8, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie, Harvest Crunch, honeydew; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich; honeydew Dinner: smoked salmon chowder; 4 types of herring with sides; cocktail Dessert: half a cheesecake; 2/3 of a honey cake; plum brandy Later: elderflower liqueur 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 escalator and stairs at Dufferin Walked from Dufferin and Bloor to Argyle Read More

The Log for Thursday September 7, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch, watermelon, honeydew; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: tomato, cheddar and salami sanwich on marble rye with mayo and mustard, pickles; apple Afternoon: apple Dinner: nachos; pilsner After dinner: half a bottle of Barn Owl Dessert: Probably some ice cream or salted caramel and cashew 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 home Read More