Saturday, November 29, 2003

With all the commotion caused by the cat, i forgot to update you on my reading activities. On Thursday i finished BEL CANTO by Ann Pachett. I had been looking forward to reading this book for about two years, and i must say, with that much anticipation, it was a bit of a let down. Not to say that it was bad, or boring or anything like that. I just think i may have liked it better if i had only longed for it for about a year. The interesting thing about it is that it was nominated for the Orange Prize, the same prize that FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters won. This is a prize that i am not terribly familiar with. I tend to follow the Booker, GG, Commonwealth, and Whitbread, but not the Orange. Perhaps i should start. The one thing that makes it sort of interesting and unique is that it is limited to women authors and judges.

Last night the Brain and i watched PARSLEY DAYS, another film by Andrea Dorfman of LOVE THAT BOY FAME. It definately felt like a first movie. LOVE THAT BOY was far superior.

Friday, November 28, 2003


Our lives have forever been changed. On Wednesday the Brain and i adopted a cat named Otis. He is two years old and has a white tummy and legs but is tabby on top. When he first arrived he was pretty scared, but now he is slowly warming up to things and exploring his new territory. That means last night at 3 AM he got stuck behind the TV and i had to rescue him, but hopefully he will learn...

I know many of you out there are cat owners, so here are some Friday Five questions developed by me for you to answer.
1. do you use wet food or dry or both?
2. what brands of each do you buy?
3. what kind of cat litter do you recommend?
4. does your cat stay away all night?
5. do you give your cat cat treats? what brand?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Can Con

Tonight the Brain and i saw LOVE THAT BOY. Great Canadian movie set i Halifax. One site describes the premise of the movie as "A sophisticated and adventurous but socially inept overachiever lives by a to-do list that prompts her to embark on an ill-fated quest to find a boyfriend". That pretty much captures it. Both funny and poignant. Some great acting by the leads as well as by the little girl who plays Bug. Go out and support your Canadian film makers today!

Bon Voyage and Felis Navida

The cheekas, Big Bad Dr Red and p-vendi left not-so-sunny Vancouver today. Weekend was a blast, unless you talk to Voice of Reason, and then you say it was really boring. Mostly we just sat around in our pyjamas and talked, but on Friday afternoon we found some engergy lurking under the couch and got up and went to a movie. LOVE, ACTUALLY was lovely. Everything you want in a feel good Christmas classic. Sigh.

We also held a Congress on Realitry TV. The Brain made an appearance as a guest speaker at the Survivor session. We tackled pressing issues like was Lil really drunk on the boat? or was she really, really drunk? Why did Rupert decide not to wear underwear on the reward challenge? Does Christa have serious sinus problems?

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

I am the Walrus

Oooh, i have been falling behind again. Let's see... what is new and interesting? Well, Big Bad Dr. Red and her cohort in crime are coming out to visit tomorrow. Very excited. But it does pose a bit of a reading dilema. I just finished OUR LADY OF THE FOREST by David Guterson, which was quite good, though not as stunning as SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by him, and am now left with nothing to read. Should i push on and read FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters for my bookclub meeting on December 6? Or should i hold out until tomorrow and go to the library and take something out? You see i don't want to finish fINGERSMITH too quickly, because then i will forget what it is about before we meet, and yet i do realize that having house guests this weekend will slow down my normal book intake. What to do? With problems like these it is no wonder that i can't seem to finish my PhD!

I also have some new recommended reading for all Canadaians out there. Actually the Brain was the one that put me on to it, so he deserves full credit. It is a new canadian magazine called THE WALRUS. Yes, go to the link and check it out. It is very well written, in depth reportage on issues that concern us as Canadians and world citizens. Go out and buy a copy. The second issue is on newstands now, though their website still has last months issue.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

80's quiz

The flash sent this out to a bunch of people today, so my apologies if you have done it already. It is a really great 80's music quiz. It is a little time consuming, but well worth it. I did not do well... 52. I just don't test very well. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Date Night

Seeing as tomorrow is a holiday - Rememberance Day - the Brain and i decided to go out for sushi and then catch a double feature at one of our esteemed local repetory theatres.

First up was American Splendor. This movies is about Harvey Pekar, your typical average Joe, who becomes a mildly famous comic book writer. His comic is American Slendor. First, the way the movie was made, incorporating comic book stylings with movie reality and actual reality was brilliant. Switching back and forth, you get my drift. And then, for me the other thing that was interesting is that American Splendor the comic book is not about aliens or super heroes, but just regular people. I never really took 'comic books as an art form' seriously until my reccent discovery of other kinds of comic books and comic novels due to the influence of people like the Flash. And while my level of appreciation doesn't even come close to his, at least now i can sort of see what he sees in all of it.

So of course now i've seen the movie and i want to read the book, so to speak. And i bet everyone else does too. Are AMERICAN SPLENDOR comics now the new hot thing, twenty five years after they were first released? A quick look at Amazon says yes. So am i a sell out if i go out and buy Pekar's work now? Just another trend follower... Sort of like the way all teenage girls were buying Ghost World the comic after Ghost World the movie came out. (FYI - i don't know if that is actually true, but one can wager a guess...)

The second movie we saw was Swimming Pool. This is sort of a drama cum mystery. I must admit, it took me along time to get into it. Not much dialogue and ample character set up and development at the beginning. In this day and age of MTV, everything coming at you in 20 second bites, extensive character development is
not quite what we are used to. But once it gets going it is quuite an interesting story. I was particularly drawn to it because it is about a writer and i like to see how their minds operate.

Whew, that's long enough for tonight. Now get back to work!

Monday, November 10, 2003

Great big shout out to all my homies in ED! Yesterday was a day dedicated to you. Since it was so nice and sunny and not too cold (no snow to contend with here), the Brain and i did a little discing. We hit (with an audiable gong) the Quilchena course in Vancouver. I was our first time there and i think it was a pretty good course. Some longer holes. Some tricky stuff involving trees. Only problem was we never found the tee off for hole #4, so we just made it up as we went along.

The one thing we have to think through more thuroughly is our disc colour choice. My disc was given t me by the Flash and he will probably accuse me of being un grateful, but in the fall red, orange and yellow discs are not recommended. They blend in too much with the leaves and are sort of hard to find. Perhaps blue would be a good colour.

Also, the Shroom in Ed sent a book out to me with the Brain - BLANKETS by Craig Thompson . It is a truly great graphic novel. Iread the whole thing in one sitting - couldn't put it down. The Brain likes the artwork, which is pretty cool, but i liked the story. Thumbs up for sure. Thanks for the read Shroomy!

Saturday, November 08, 2003

out of this world

I just calculated my ecological footprint. Basically, it estimates how much productive land and water you need to support what you use and what you discard by answer a few easy questions.
My footprint is 7.6 hectares. Not great. This means that if everyone lived as i did we would need 4.2 worlds to sustain us. On the other hand, Canada's national average is 8.8, so at least i am a little ahead of the game. However, worldwide there is only 1.8 biologically productive global hectares per person.
Take the test, see what size your footprint is, then think of ways to reduce it.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Beware of Learned Rabbits

This little story cam across my desk earlier today.

One sunny day a rabbit came out of the hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she became careless and a fox snuck up behind her and caught her.

I am going to eat you for lunch! said the fox.

Wait! replied the rabbit, You should at least wait a few days.

Oh yeah? Why should I wait?

Well, I am just finishing my dissertation on The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.

Are you crazy? I should eat you right now! Everybody knows that a fox will always win over a rabbit.

Not really, not according to my research. If you like, you can come into my hole and read it for yourself. If you are not convinced, you can go ahead and have me for lunch.

You really are crazy! But since the fox was curious and had nothing to lose, it went with the rabbit. The fox never came out.

A few days later the rabbit was again taking a break from writing and sure enough, a wolf came out of the bushes and was ready to set upon her.

Wait! yelled the rabbit, You can't eat me right now.

And why might that be, my furry appetizer?

I am almost finished writing my dissertation on The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.

The wolf laughed so hard that it almost lost its grip on the rabbit.

Maybe I shouldn't eat you; you really are sick & in the head. You might have something contagious.

Come and read it for yourself; you can eat me afterward if you disagree with my conclusions. So the wolf went down into the rabbit's hole & and never came out.

The rabbit finished her dissertation and was out celebrating in the local lettuce patch. Another rabbit came along and asked, What's up? You seem very happy.

Yup, I just finished my dissertation.

Congratulations. What's it about?

The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.

Are you sure? That doesn't sound right.

Oh yes. Come and read it for yourself.

So together they went down into the rabbits hole. As they entered, the friend saw the typical graduate abode, albeit a rather messy one after writing a dissertation. The computer with the controversial work was in one corner. And to the right, there was a pile of fox bones, and the left a pile of wolf bones. And in the middle was a large, well-fed lion.

The moral of the story:

The title of your dissertation doesn't matter.

The subject doesn't matter.

The research doesn't matter.

All that matters is who your advisor is.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

More than just onions make me cry

The things i publically admit to on this blog are truly mind b(l)oggling. But it is true, i have to admit that ihave a history of crying during particularly poignant television commercials. There used to be this Folgers coffee commerical that would get me regularly, and then there is cell phone one that they put out at Christmas, when the father (stereotypically unable to express his emotions) gives his daughter a wrapped present before she leaves the house. While she is driving it rings and the father just calls to say he loves her. Wow, gets me every time.

So now there is a new one to add to the roster of tear jerking advertisments. Again it is for some phone company or another. They seem to have cornered the market on sap. Anyways, a backpacking young man calls his grandfather from Europe. Grandfather says, where are you calling from? Young man answers France. The long and the short of it is that he is calling from Dieppe (cue tears now) just to say thanks, war memorials bedecking the background. Let the flood gates open!

The problem is this. I truly do find the commercial moving. So many Canadians sacrificed so much in the two world wars. It is truly astounding. Someday i want to go to France and visit the war memorials. And yet, these commercials are vaguely manipulating. I feel used. Although, on their part i would have to say that i wasn't used very well since i don't even remember the name of the phone company. But do these large multinationals even give a second thought to prostituting important cultural memories? Yes, that question is going out to dear sweet brother Blackberry.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

say anything...

I was just talk ing to the Voice of Reason, telling her about all the movies i have seen lately, when she asked the freaded question - so how's the writing coming along? And just because she said that i will not tell y ou about all the movies i have been seeing - just the highlights.

On the weekend i was moved by the spirit of the 80's and decided to rent TRUE COLORS (1991)(colours spelt the american way!), starring John Cussack and James Spader. I think this is the only movie in James Spader's career where he did not play a complete ass! In fact, his character was even admirable. The flip side of course was that John Cussack played a real jerk, ready to sell over his friend in an instant just to get ahead. The story was actually pretty good, but i like high powered Washington stories. But what was even better was the hairstyles sported by the female lead. God, hairspray sales must have peaked in the 80's!

On a more distressing note, i also heard this weekend that in real life John Cussak is dating Brittney Spears. Hard to believe, i know, but i heard it from reliable sources such as Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment Extra, so you know it has got to be true. What has happened to poor sweet Lloyd from SAY ANYTHING. If i knew how to get music to play on my blog i would have "in Your Eyes" start up now.