Saturday, December 19, 2009
"Ah ha!" said I. "I know how to spell ridicule."
Etymology wins again. All is well. Hooray.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We took the Tunnel Bus home. As we had left while there were still 2 min left to play we were able to board the first Tunnel Bus. Yay! No tunnel traffic, back across the border in no time!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Good thing it's garbage night, the stuff we're throwing out is already at the curb. The things we're giving away are already in the back of the car. Ahh... There is a floor in there!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
There may have been more activity around the corner, on the side streets. On our street it was pretty quiet. I looked out a few times. I only once saw people in costume. A witch pushing a stroller following behind a warlock(?) on a scooter. How 'bout that.
Today I mowed the lawn for the first time in over a month. I also cleaned the eaves troughs. Tomorrow is yard waste pickup. I wanted to be ready for it. I'm hoping the time change leads to more awakness in the morning, we'll see.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Another co-worker sent home today, much unwellness going around. Hopefully we'll all recover on the weekend. Ah, the weekend. What coffee concoctions can I create this weekend?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
-12/365" or soemthing like that. May be not. Anyway, you can follow the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12112468@N06/sets/72157622467692230/
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In my journal I made no mention of any agreement made whilst we were in line to get in. It is likely though that I told Spaghetti Man I would pay for his admission if our siamese twin scam didn't work. He was also amongst a group who purchased some (illegal) herb from a strange gentleman who was in line but left after selling his wares. (Really, he was strange, more on that later). I suspect that Spaghetti Man had just enough to get in to the show and after the joint purchase (ooh bad unintentional pun) he was a little short. Four dollars short as it turned out. Anyway I have fond memories of the evening and do think it strange to go out to a show/club with only one dollar. Ha ha ha.
Okay, the strange guy. As I recall he was middle aged and had a greying beard. He was wearing a light coloured suit, somewhere between Col Sanders and Matlock. He had loafers and no socks and was at first only willing to part with some of his product. If the evening were a movie I think he would have disappeared in a flash of light once he had rounded the corner. Odd.
I was told afterward that the herb was not good. I cannot confirm or deny this.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Living on Sesame Street? Grover do you have a spare room?
I would get along with Grover, I think... Maybe I'd get annoyed. I was thinking Cookie Monster, but I think we'd fight about cookies...
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Once, in the basement of this church they played a real cover. Still not the whole song but not one of their teaser/tuning up numbers they usually pulled. One guitarist started playing Back In Black, the band joined in, they kept going. They kept on going. The crowd egged Scott Anderson on and he stared singing the song! He kept on singing it, the band made it through a couple of choruses and then it fell apart like a cheap lawn chair. Yes it fell apart but it was fantastic. It was the only cover (excluding Shamrocks and Shenanigans) that I ever heard from them, until I found that video. Well done.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So, who is Ophelia? One of my guitars. The one I learned on actually. For years it had no name. It was my only guitar. I began to be in a state of near disrepair. Mostly problems with the electronics were the issue. Never a big deal, one of the wires would habitually come unsoldered leaving one of the tonepots bypassed and out of the circuit.Finally one day (as I was plugging in the lead and about to play) the plastic jack plate broke and the jack fell out of the guitar along with some wire and whatnot. It was quite the display of failure. Ultimately it resulted in a repair requiring more than just some solder. It meant the guitar was effectively no longer an electric guitar. There was no way to plug it in to an amp. It happened the very day that I put money down on a new guitar. So I named her Ophelia, she killed herself in the despair of betrayal.
For many years she stayed in her coffin, I mean case. Finally this past fall autumn she was reanimated. A new jack-plate, the old jack and some solder and everything was good as new, nearly. 12 year old guitar strings on a guitar that hasn't been played for the same 12 years? Not good. I put up with it until today. I had other guitars I could play. I've even played Ophelia a bit. The sound of the old strings was actually pretty good. The feeling of rusted dirty metal under my fingers was not.
Having spent the past 12 years stringing a guitar with slotted machine heads, and only restringing the 12-string (a guitar with non-slotted machine heads) after breaking a string, I was a little unpracticed with "modern" machine heads. It turns out I have become very accustomed to slotted Klusons. I struggled with the low E, I overwound the high E (I always alternate when restringing. One low, one high, etc) and cut my right pinky. Broken strings are deadly! I discovered later that I had cut my left pinky too. I dunno... I got the hang of it by the time I strung up the D string. It's amazing how it came back to me. Sort of like riding a bike I suppose. I used to think slotted tuners on every guitar would be beneficial. Maybe that's a little extravagant or superfluous. Maybe that sentence was a little redundant and unnecessary. ;)
Anyway, I got her tuned up and played Naima and a George Van Eps excerpt from an old issue of Guitar Player. Nice. The pleasant sonority of new strings. -sigh-
Why didn't I restring sooner?
I. Don't. Know.
I do know those jazz voicing were difficlut to finger with heavy guage "jazz" strings and are much easier with lighter guage "rock" strings. Ironic?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
What got me thinking about this enough to write it all down was my coming across, on YouTube, Los Straitjackets doing My Heart Will Go On. Quite something. Also, arrangements were on my mind anyway as I've been working on turning Weezer's Pork n Beans into an all guitar instrumental....
Last week I heard Crying by Honeymoon Suite and thought it might sound good as Rockabilly. I'm not sure where I'm going with all of this......
I guess it comes down to this: Do you want to listen to the song, the arrangment or the performer? :-)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I could spend some time thinking about this and weighing usefulness, but I'll go with the first thing that pops in my head.
The most useless thing in our house is the coffee maker that's missing a carafe. You could make some coffee, but it would end up in a puddle on the floor. I suppose that's a use....
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Coffee & Collectibles
Once upon a time I would daydream of collecting coffee-makers. Mostly of Moka pots. Pots of various sizes and function. Various colours and finishes. Various price points... Anyway, It didn't come to fruition. Mostly because of money, but partly because of redunancy. However, inadvertantly, I ended up with a coffee maker collection anyway. A french press, a Moka pot (a real one, a Bialetti), a single cup drip brewer, another "moka" pot (not a real one, but still Italian), a large drip brewer (a BrewStation from Hamilton Beach), another single cup drip brewer slightly smaller than the first, another large drip brewer, (a Bunn with a carafe, missing one carafe - more on that later), and finally an Ibrik. The Ibrik and the small single cup were both acquired as ancilliary tools. The small single cup was purchased so that the metal filter could be pillaged for the larger brewer. The Ibrik was purchased as a means of transporting water from the water cooler or the sink to the brewer on my desk. This week I finally put the Ibrik to proper use. It makes very nice coffee. Possibly nicer than the Moka, possibly easier than the other brewers, possibly less messy. Hmm, why did the world stop using this method? So, there you have it. A mish-mash collection of coffee-makers. I still need a syphon, an espresso maker, a ... what else? :-)
Okay, so I was resistant to Plinky. I realise that most of my most recent blogs have been fueled by Plinky. Maybe I changed my mind. Maybe the questions got better. Who can say?
It's possible to connect Plinky to social network sites as well as blogs. It is also possible to connect updates from social network sites to updates on other social networks sites. I wonder if it's possible to connect everything in a big chain and make ones Internet presence explode in some sort of feedback loop? Probably not. ;)
More On That Later
The carafe brewer was a cast-off from my office. The carafe was accidentally broken one day. The brewer had long been a dust collector, so no one made any fuss about it. It came to pass that I acquired the brewer. I have looked online, I could replace the carafe with an authentic one for between $10 and $15. We haven't bothered. With all the other options for coffee, can you blame us? A Bunn does make good coffee though....
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
This got me thinking about information sharing. If the information someone is trying to give to me is not accessible, does that information have any value? If someone gave me a book that was unreadable, or a photo that was not developed or a broken light bulb I would not want those things. So, why would Iwant information I cannot retrieve? Hmmm.....
"You should check out this television programme, you'd really enjoy it. Oh? You don't get that channel? Too bad."
Monday, March 30, 2009
I think the zombies are already here. It's a metaphor for modern man, right? Isn't that what the zombie movies are really telling us? It's not that they're horror movies, they're social commentary. They're political critique. Existential ruminations about the loss of self. About the sameness,about powerlessness, about carelessness. The undead aren't coming to actually eat our brains. Our brains are being eaten by modern distractions (read b.s.). We have to take our metaphorical shotguns and torches and fend them off! Forget about "montée hors de la merde." Fight the zombies!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I'm not sure what I was really expecting, but I know I'm disappointed.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Anyway, spring is here and my wrist is getting back to normal. Didn't I ever tell you about my wrist? Someday.......
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Question 1What does this say?????
1. a bird in the bush
2. a bird in the tree
3. a bird in my bush
4. a bird in the the bush (Correct Answer)
5. a bush in the tree
Question 2what is the word hidden in this picture???????
5. jet (Correct Answer)
Question 3Stare at the centre of the pinwheel for about 30 seconds then look at the back of your hand. You should see a scary flesh creep effect. Ych a fi!
1. what that makes no sence
3. it worked
4. no it didnt work (Correct Answer)
Question 4what does this say
2. wordillusion (Correct Answer)
Question 5do u see a young lady or an old lady.
1. Old lady
3. young lady
4. both (Correct Answer)
5. young man
Question 6does this really move or is it your imagination??????
1. it moves
2. imagination (Correct Answer)
Question 7These scary fellows don't always appear as they seem. Obviously Dr. Angry appears on the left and Mr. Smiles on the right. But if you back away from your computer screen a few feet, the effect will switch around; Mr. Smiles will change places with Dr. Angry. The effect works at different distances for some people. I had to move back about 15 feet before the switch occurred.
1. wow it really works (Correct Answer)
2. nope doesnt change
Question 8Something appears very wrong with this picture. Can you find it
3. railing (Correct Answer)
5. none of the above (Your Answer)
Question 9If there was a rooster sitting on a roof, and it laid an egg which way would the egg roll.
2. it wouldnt roll
4. roosters dont lay eggs (Correct Answer)
Question 10Mr and Mrs Smith were going to get married but they had to go over the river, how did they get over the river.
3. they were already married (Correct Answer)
4. they didnt want to get married anymore
Your Answer: Skipped
Question 11If you went into a dark room with one match, and there was a fire place,a gas lanton and a lamp whic would you light first???
2. match (Correct Answer)
Furthermore, question 10 doesn't say that Mr and Mrs Smith are getting married to each other. Nor is there a stipulation that it is not a second marriage/renewal. There just isn't enough information in the question to properly draw a conclusion.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
1) Why does our mayor work as a server at her husband's restaurant?
2) Why did I see her buying a baby shower gift at Dollarama?
3) Did her husband really think he could escape the OPP whilst on foot?
4) Can't the mayor afford a reliable automobile?
Okay, so none of that is actually about politics. There is, however, always some political controversy in London. Why must the latest controversy be about the mayor's drunk husband?
Friday, January 23, 2009
We live on the north side of our street. We work in the east part of the city. We travel west to get home. So, we make a right turn when we get home. There is only one wetsbound lane in front of our house. There are two westbound lanes further east. The road is still wide enough for two vehicles (barely) just before our driveway. Rest assured dear reader that there is only one lane. There is one lane and it is also not possible to pull into the driveway when one's vehicle is close to the curb. One must be closer to the centre line. This is especially true in the winter. Not only is there much snow piled up on the boolavard, there is much snow piled up on the street just before our driveway. This is caused by the plow. The plow also truncates the aperature at the end of our driveway. So, in the winter you must make an even wider right turn to get into our driveway. Tonight I made such a turn. I had my right turn signal on in plenty of time, I was also braking. Two good signs a vehicle is about to make a right turn. For some reason the driver behind my tried to pass me. On the right! Really. Along the curb/snow-mound where there is no longer a lane, nor has there been one for nearly 100ft, he/she tried to pass. Whilst I was slowing down, about to turn, signalling that I was about to turn, about to turn into the path of this vehicle, whilst all of that was happening he/she tried to pass me. Honestly! Who throws a shoe? If ever there is a collision at the end of my driveway I imagine it will be difficult to bite my tongue. I don't think I've ever publicly berated anyone, but there's a first time for everything.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The new ordering procedure will take some getting used to. In the past you wrote down the item number of the dish you wanted (all items in the menu have a number*) on an order form that was provided with the menus. Then, once you had filled out the form and closed your menus a server would come and pick up the form, read back to you the names of the items that had been ordered (prompted only by the item numbers) and Bob's your uncle. Now you just order like in any other restaurant. Oh well.
*for example, non deep fried bbq pork rolls are item 504