Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pass the Popcorn

Original from Clipartlord
A little while back I decided to make a Lifesongs-style list, only on the films I’ve loved the most over the years. I found it difficult, so to help me out in the meantime I instead made a list of every movie I’ve ever seen in a theatre or drive-in. Not easy, of course, my brain being what it is. Luckily I had Wikipedia to help me.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Love it: Call of the West

This weekend, I had a conversation with a friend of mine regarding significant albums (for his podcast Deeper Cuts). He wanted me to tell him about an album that held a special place in my heart, and it took me a while to narrow it down to just one, as there are so many for so many different reasons. I decided on Wall of Voodoo’s Call of the West from 1982.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Emergency alert in the night


There was an amber alert lastnight at 11:36pm regarding the abduction of an 11 year old girl by her father. Woke me up. Not complaining about that, that's how it works.

A second emergency alert came in at 12:21am to cancel the amber alert saying 'child has been located.' Oh good, I thought, the little girl is safe. Not sure I needed to be woken up again, but then again it's good to know the emergency is over, and it meant anyone actively involved in searching for her could stand down, so it makes sense.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Detritus


Conversation we had on vacation last week: what word were you pronouncing wrong in your head for years before finally hearing someone else say it?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sorry

Yes, Canadians say 'sorry' for a lot of things. This is a form of 'social lubricant' - a nicety we perform to keep everything ticking over nicely and avoid friction. Some non-Canadians see it as a weakness, like we're trying to belittle ourselves before others to make a less likely target of aggression, but we see it as just how you let people know they matter. We were raised to be nice people and think of others.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

On being female at a bar

public signage via
This Japanese Life
So lastnight at darts we played a team of lovely people we always enjoy (they take way too long smoking between games, but that's a minor thing). We were at their pub.

There was a rather obnoxious drunkard at the bar who kept throwing coasters at us while we were playing - he was throwing them specifically at one of the other team's players and obviously thought he was being cute. I'd had enough and shouted across the bar at him to cut it out, he took offense and shouted he wasn't throwing them at me, I replied that I didn't care and would appreciate it if he'd just stop.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What’s your take?

My brother asked me: What's your take on this whole "Dr Hooters" thing?.....is Santa Claus now a woman?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Loved it: Bohemian Rhapsody - and a response to an open letter

Photograph: Allstar/New Regency Pictures
This week I went - twice - to see Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic mostly about Freddie Mercury. It was simply amazing, the casting was so spot on I had to keep telling myself that it wasn't actually Brian May up on the screen, but an actor (Gwilym Lee, btw).

While most of my friends who have seen it loved it too, I've seen some bad reviews - mostly people complaining about the inaccuracy of the timelines, a bit of hokeyness regarding the 'tour date montage' (agreed), but I don't let the reviews of others get in the way of my enjoyment.

However, there was an 'open letter' recently on the CBC site, written by someone who not only didn't like it, but had concerns. I felt like I wanted to address it.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Let’s talk


Was just reminded that we don't know when our situation is weird if we don't talk to others.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Choose your superpower

If I could choose one superpower, it would be the ability to make people feel the consequences of their own actions immediately. Instant Karma.

Monday, October 01, 2018

JFL42 2018

JFL42 is over again for another year and it was amazing. Taking the time off work, and with the goal of seeing 30 shows, in the end I saw 40 shows - 99 separate performers/presenters - in 10 days.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Tarot: a current list

Photo by Sergi Viladesau
on Unsplash

Thought I'd better make a central list. Some of these descriptions are ones I wrote on this blog previously.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tattoo for Dad

I will be getting a tattoo for Dad soon. I was originally thinking I'd get it on the back of my right shoulder, to mirror the one I got for Mum, but now I'm thinking I might put it with Mum's tattoo, and then have one each for my two brothers - but that means I have to figure out what would be best for them, and how it would all go together.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Terrible bargain

Woman Crying (Comic) #2
Photo by Anne Collier
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery
This was every day with the Seven Year Jerk:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pretentious awakening

“We’re all pawns in this abhorrent game of Nathaniel’s bookdeath.”

- last line spoken to me in a dream this morning, so pretentious it woke me from a sound sleep.

Next fiction I write, it’s going in.