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The Log for Tuesday July 18, 2-17

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: buttermilk biscuits with cream cheese and jam; half a mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with may and mustard; apple Dinner: tomato soup; pulled pork on a cheese bun with broccoli salad; virgin caesar Dessert: virgin caesar; probably some ice cream 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 Christie, walked to Read More

The Log for Monday July 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: homemade buttermilk biscuits with cream cheese with jam; half a mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 3 pieces of pizza Afternoon: apple Dinner: pulled pork with broccoli salad on a cheese bun 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 from Ossington What I Did with My Life Did a little work for Read More

The Existence of God

Categories: Religion and Science.

To the best of our knowledge, the universe is 13,799,000,000 years old, plus or minus 21,000,000 years and, at the very least, 154,000,0000,000 light years wide (though many believe it to be much larger) and, to the best of our knowledge, it took this long to get this big. To the best of our knowledge, the Milky Way, our galaxy, formed about 12,500,000,000 year ago (or approximately 1.299 billion years into the history of the universe), or thereabouts, when the universe was quite young and (relatively) tiny. To the best of our knowledge, our solar system formed about 9,200,000,000 years Read More

The Log for Sunday July 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: homemade buttermilk biscuits with cream cheese and jam; glass of tea; cherries, blueberries and yogurt Lunch: half a sausage with mint pesto spaghetti; OJ Dinner: pizza; pint of Octopus Wants to Fight Dessert: half a bottle of BA saison with grapes; chips and salsa What I Did for Exercise Walked to Queen and Niagara Walked home from Queen and Niagara What I Did with My Life I did laundry and cleaned, if that counts Read More

The Log for Saturday July 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poached eggs, toast, blueberries and yogurt; glass of tea Lunch: arepa sandwich with chicken; mango juice Dinner: fish congee; half a can of IPA Dessert: half a bottle of Cucumber gose, probably something else What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to Metro Hall Walked from Metro Hall to Kensington Walked from Kensington to Scotiabank theatre Walked from Scotiabank to Spadina What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Did a presentation Read More

The Log for Friday July 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: mint pesto spaghetti; sausage; caesar Dessert: caesar; chips and salsa 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 half the stairs at Spadina, walked home from Spadina and college What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Wrote Read More

The Log for Thursday July 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomatoes and cheddar; apple Dinner: mint pesto pasta, sausage, salad; 2 glasses of wine Dessert: probably ice cream 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 to Yonge station, walked down the stairs at Yonge, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Wrote Went Read More

Screaming for Vengeance (1982) by Judas Priest

Categories: 1982 and Music.

Every time I listen to Priest I get a different feeling than I do with their NWOBHM contemporaries (I am not saying Priest is NWOBHM), and that is that they are a little more concerned with selling records. Maybe that’s because Priest were always interested in doing that (I have never heard any of their early albums) but Priest always strikes me as more accessible than Maiden or some of the other bands of this era. There’s just something about them. Read More

Imperial Bedroom (1982) by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Categories: 1982 and Music.

Though I haven’t heard the couple previous albums to this one, this still feels like a pretty big stylistic left turn for Costello. The production and arrangements are both noticeably different from the first Attractions record (or his first few solo albums). It’s a brave move (if it is indeed a move) as he could easily have just put out a new set of songs without deliberate messing with his style. Read More

Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972) by Van Morrison

Categories: 1972 and Music.

When Morrison is on he is like few other performers and songwriters – he creates this seemingly effortless blend of so many things that we never would have expected would go together and he makes it all sound organic, as if his genre-blending was the most normal (and obvious) thing in the world. Read More

All Directions (1972) by The Temptations

Categories: 1972 and Music.

I don’t know what to do with vocal groups. Most of my music-listening life I have been more impressed with the ability to play an instrument well than sing well. So when I listen to a record where the vocalists are all credited but the players aren’t really, I already get muddled, regardless of the music I’m listening to. I just don’t understand the obsession with vocals above all other things. Read More

The Log for Wednesday July 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Cereal with strawberries; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; cookie Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard; cookie Afternoon: cookies Before dinner: small glass of BA RIS; small glass of DIPA Dinner: tapanade; egg and tuna sandwich; date and avocado milkshake Dessert: glass of tomato juice, I don’t know what else What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the Read More

The Log for Tuesday July 11, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cream cheese and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: muffin; apple; glass of tea Lunch: avocado and black bean salad; apple Dinner: “indian” chicken burger, fries; pint of Beau’s IPA 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 and Front to Jarvis and Front and then to the Distillery Walked from the Distillery to King What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Went to work Read More

Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel (part of The History of the Village of Small Huts) Live at Soulpepper Tuesday July 11, 2017

Categories: 2017 and Theatre.

This is the second staging of a 1988 set of two 1-act plays which are part of the 21 1-act play cycle, The History of the Village of Small Huts, performed by Video Cabaret, a troupe that uses tableau and total darkness to give essentially soundbite snippets of Canadian history. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it. Read More

The Log for Monday July 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cheerios with cherries; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on french bread; apple Dinner: lamb meatballs with spaghetti; avocado and black bean salad; half a bottle of Monogamy Dessert: probably 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 What I Did with My Life Did some Read More

What We Do in the Shadows (2014, Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi)