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

The Log for Wednesday September 6, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on raisin bread; glass of tea; watermelon Morning: glass of tea; apple Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato and sandwich on marble rye; blondie Aftenroon: apple Dinner: stir fry; lemonade Dessert: blondie, ice cream cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute on a 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, walked up the Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did some work with a client Read More

The Log for the Tuesday September 5, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: apple pancake; glass of tea; watermelon Morning: apple; cookie Lunch: kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard Afternoon: rice rispy square Dinner: stir fry; apple cider Dessert: probably some salted caramel cashew chart 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, walked up the stairs at Ossington, walked home Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Edited Went to work for a client Read More

The Log for Monday September 4, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: raisin bread french toast; glass of tea; glass of OJ Afternoon: halves of three samples of beer Lunch: Portuguese chicken sandwich; half of a bottle of peach Peche Mortel Dinner: chicken burger, sausage, potato salad, spinach dip in pumpernickel; half a bottle of Saison Brett Dessert: salted caramel cashew tart, probably an elderflower royale What I Did for Exercise 10 squats Walked to Dupont and Dufferin Walked to Dundas and Howard Park, walked to Sterling and something, walked home What I Did with My Life I turned 36 years of age Read More

The Log for Sunday August , 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: raisin bread with cream cheese and jam; smoothie; glass of tea Lunch: cheese, tomato and pickel sandwich; half a can of Naughty Neighbour Afternoon: beers, liquor, chips, dips, etc Dinner: two chicken burgers; more beer Dessert: salted caramel cashew tart After dessert: sausage, more beer What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to and from Dufferin Mall, walked up and down two sets of stairs at the mall What I Did with My Life Had a super belated housewarming part Read More

The Log for Saturday September 2, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: German apple pancake with yogurt; glass of tea; glass or two of cider Lunch: bottle of Ghost Orchid Dinner: chicken and fries; mojiot After dinner: half a bottle of Enjoy After Dessert: probably some ice cream What I Did for Exercise 10 squats Walked to and from Lansdowne and Queen What I Did with My Life Recorded a podcast Read More

The Log for Friday September 1, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1%; poppyseed roll; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: lamb meatballs with spaghetti; apple cider After dinner; half a bottle of Monogamy Dessert: probably some ice cream or something 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 and Read More

The Log for Thursday August 31, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poppyseed roll; Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken tortilla soup; bottle of pineapple Sculpin Dessert: not sure yet, either ice cream or poppyseed roll 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 What I Did with My Life Read More

The Log for Wednesday August 30, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: nectarine and raspberries in yogurth with honey; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; grapes; apple Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken tortilla soup; rose After dinner: Elderflower liqueur Dessert: tonic, probably some soursop 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 Ossington, walked home Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Read More