Month: February 2017

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday February 28, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: pancake; bowl of cheerios with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: ham and pea penne; small pint of dark ale What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday February 27, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: two bagels with cream cheese, mango; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; orange Dinner: ham, cheese and jam melts on baguette After dinner: glass of Vermont-style IPA What I did for Exercise: 36 lengths of …

2009, Movies

Bright Star (2009) Jane Campion

Maybe it’s my age, but I had trouble feeling the feelings of the protagonists in this film, which dramatizes John Keats’ final love affair before his death. I feel like I have seen too many of these films which fail to connect with me – seen one historical love affair, seen them all, is how …

1995, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014

Augusta Read Thomas: Selected Works for Orchestra (2014) by Various Artists

This is a compilation of performances of some of Thomas’ writing for orchestra. I got this from the library by accident but decided to listen to it anyway.

2017, Personal

The Log for Sunday February 26, 2017

What I Ate: Brunch: 3 pancakes; glass of tea Afternoon: some dill popcorn Dinner: Club sandwich, fries; pint of Viaduct IPA After dinner: ice cream; 2 bottles of Big Wheel What I did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to and from Gerard Square Walked to Pape, walked …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday February 25, 2017

What I Ate Brunch: eggs, chicken, duck, tomatoes and sprouts on an onion bun with mustard and chili pepper jam Afternoon: pint of Harry Porter; rice milk and cactus flower sorbet float Before dinner: baguette with brie and chili pepper jam; kind of a gin egg nog Dinner: 3 lamb chops, two helpings of whipped …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Friday February 25, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheese sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard Dinner: burrata, steak with fries; BA Manhattan; Lake Effect Dessert: Half a bottle of a Belgian sour porter; peanut butter and chocolate ice …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Thursday February 23, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; bowl of Oatmeal Crisp; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: butter chicken, chicken vindaloo, lentils, rice, salada, naan Dinner: ham, nachos; bottle of Abt 12 What I Did for Exercise 36 lengths of front crawl, 14 breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half …

1981, TV

“Brideshead Revisited” (1981)

This is a nearly unprecedented 700 minute TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. It is about as good as it gets for these British “chamber” TV shows, and is a reminder (when you watch it) that we are seriously missing out because more classic literature isn’t adapted into TV miniseries.

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Wednesday February 22, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter on jam on toast x 2 (they were small); glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 ham and cheddar sandwiches on french bread with mayo, mustard and tomato; apple Dinner: roast chicken and roast carrots; half a bottle of Lupulus After dinner: Dilly bar …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday February 21, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: 2 cheese sandwiches on french bread Afternoon: apple Dinner: homemade poutine and greek salad; sip of ginger ale After dinner: bottle of Double Jack DIPA What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday February 20, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; glass of tea Afternoon: hot chocolate; chips and salsa; half a bottle of Grandma’s Boy Dinner: bonh cuon (or something like that); mango shake After dinner: dill popcorn; couple crown and gingers What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Gerard …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Sunday February 19, 2017

What I Ate Morning: smoothie; glass of tea Brunch: Monte Cristo sandwich; caesar Afternoon: Scotch flight; glass of Sour Dinner: homemade poutine; half bottle of Bourbon BA Milk Stout Dessert: one sliver of a Kit Kat What I Did for Exercise Walked down the stairs at Union, walked up half the stairs at Queen and …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday February 18, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie, pancakes; 2 glasses of chai Afternoon: Pint of Rickards Red (I know, I know) Dinner: Ox Tail Ragu; glass of Saison After dinner: pint of dunkel; 2 pints of Boneshaker What I Did for Exercise Walked down 19 flights of stairs Walked down the stairs at St. Andrew, walked down …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The log for Friday February 17, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: toast with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses green tea Lunch: 1 chicken salad sandwich and 1 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich, both on french bread, apple Dinner: Chicken curry with couscous; bottle of Baltic Porter After dinner: various nibblies, bottle of IIPA, ice cream What …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Thursday February 16, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: Mini Wheats with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: two chicken salad sandwiches on french bread; apple Dinner: two jamaican beef patties, pickerel with yucca fries, cheese cake; cocktail and bottle of IPA After dinner: Creme de menthe What I Did for Exercise Completed 30 …

1983, 1985, 1999, 2001, Music

Higglety Pigglety Pop!; Where the Wild Things Are (2001) by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Oliver Knussen, starring Cynthia Buchan, Lisa Saffer et al

This disc features both of Knussen’s “children’s operas,” based on books by Maurice Sendak.

1975, 1979, 1988, Music

Knussen: Symphonies Nos. 2-3, Trumpets, Ophelia Dances, Coursing, Cantata (1988) by Various

This is a compilation of a few of Knussen’s pieces, which, far as I can figure, are performed by three different ensembles, including an ensemble conducted by Knussen himself.

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Wednesday February 15, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of Mini Wheats with milk, yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on multigrain, apple Dinner: chicken curry with couscous; Winter Beard What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, walked down …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday February 14, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie, peanut butter and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of green tea Lunch: Jerk chicken, beans and rice, coleslaw Dinner: chicken curry with rice; OJ What I Did for Exercise 34 lengths of front crawl, 16 of breast Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down …

2006, Movies

Cocaine Cowboys (2006, Billy Corben)

I have heard about this film from a number of people and wonder if we watched the same movie. This is a poorly made film that absolutely reeks of early digital technology (even if 2006 would suggest it wasn’t made with early digital technology). Why is it that so many people are okay with watching …

1997, Music

Either-Or (1997) by Elliott Smith

The problem with hype is that it makes you have expectations that can never be met. And, for some reason, the the death of someone just makes this so much worse, but in retrospect. Once a beloved musician dies, everything they ever made becomes a masterpiece and must be held up as proof as the …

1997, Music

Brigthen the Corners (1997) by Pavement

A kinder, gentler Pavement. With hindsight I think we can say this is the first record where it really sounds like Malkmus is writing songs for himself, rather than the band. I’m not sure that’s fair, but I sure feel like this has more in common with his solo career than with Slanted and Enchanted. …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday February 13, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of French Toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of green tea; apple Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on multigrain, apple Dinner: pork tenderloin, kale, onion “dip,” baked potato; Lagunitas IPA After dinner: 2 brownies; mint tea What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the …

1992, Music

Vulgar Display of Power (1992) by Pantera

I have not heard Cowboys from Hell but I have a hard time imagining that it’s significantly better than this onslaught of a record. I have no idea if this was is one of the first proper groove metal records (I doubt it) but, listening to it, it’s hard to imagine one that’s more definitive: …

1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, Music

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) by Aphex Twin

I am familiar with electronic music up until a point – that point is somewhere in the very early 80s. I have no idea what happened between then and the music we have today (save for the odd track that gets played too much or turned into stadium music).

1992, Music

Generation Terrorists (1992) by Manic Street Preachers

What do we do with a record like this? It’s called Generation Terrorists but sounds like it was produced by Mutt Lange or Bob Rock or someone like that. (Well, the production is maybe not that bad.) We have the bizarre amalgam of 80s hard rock (or “cock rock” as some call it) with extremely …