Hellchild + Charts

June 28, 2008

» Conversation overheard in Alfredo’s Fine Foods…

BOY: I’m a Hellboy mommy. Did you know that? I’m a hellboy.
MOM: Oh?
BOY:  Yeah, I’m a hell-boy. Hell. Boy. What do you think of that?
MOM: Well…
BOY: Does it bother you i’m a hellboy?
MOM:  He is a good guy actually.
BOY: Who is?
MOM: H-hellboy…
BOY:  What’s “hell”?
MOM: It’s a place.
BOY: What kind of place?
MOM: It’s not a nice place.

» I almost forgot, Dreambeat was #9 on the CJSW electronica charts last week.

Visitation + boring movie quiz

June 27, 2008

»My folks came for a visit. Here they are pictured drinking some coffee. It was good to see them. We went to the ROM (worst museum on the planet) and snuck into a staff function and stole their coookies and coffee. Serves them right for not providing any signage to help you navigate the damn building. They don’t make history come alive there so much as kill it and place it in a glass case to gather dust.

» Also, speaking of visitors, spent my lunch break with Elgin yesterday. It was good to see a friendly face from home. Ironically, the first time we’ve actually hung out.

Name a movie that you have seen more than ten times.
Star Wars is the only one I know I’ve seen more than ten times.

Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
Pirates of the Caribean. Only twice. The Bloom does not scare me off.

Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Johnny Depp doesn’t steer me too far wrong. Most of the time.

Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie.
Vin Diesel

Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Big Trouble in Little China

Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Nightmare Before Christmas would be the closest.

Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.

Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
I can’t think of a single movie “everyone” would enjoy. So… Bloodrayne.

Name a movie that you own.
Brain Candy

Name an actor who launched his or her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his or her acting skills.
Marky Mark

Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Ever made out in a movie?

Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
The Godfather.

Ever walked out of a movie?

Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Batman Begins.

Nope. It’s the yellow death. But oh, so tasty. “Topping” scares em though.

How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Not often enough. One every 3 months at this rate… Used to go to matinees weekly.

What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Indy IV. Meh.

What’s your favorite genre of movie?
Big Trouble in Little China.

What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Star Wars in 1977.

What movie do you wish you had never seen?

What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I don’t really notice when movies are “weird” per se.  Probably something like Spirited Away is as good an answer as any.

What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
Pan’s Labyrinth scarred me. But I was expecting something more Tim Burtony. I went in ill-prepared and was blindsided with eyeballs in hands and fairies having their guts sucked out like the pits of cherries.

What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?
The Bank Dick.

Eating, sleeping, breathing, Drinking Water.

June 23, 2008

» The last seven months of my life, in all their design-by-committee glory, are now available online. Not scintillating reading but lots of data about Ontario tap water.

Flicks, snips + pics

June 20, 2008

Run For The Mountain 2008 Poster
Originally uploaded by Ampersand Photography.

» Live Free or Die Hard was suprisingly good. Or if not “good” then “watchable.” It was one of the two movies I watched while Nicole was at the Stevie Nicks concert at Casinorama. The other was Sunshine which I thought I’d been lead to believe was excellent. I can’t see how anyone would have lead me to believe this. It appears someone actually said, “You know what there hasn’t been in a while? A movie like Event Horizon. The world needs more Event Horizons. Because it was so good, people want more.” I didn’t think anyone would have ever said this. But evidently someone did. And they made Sunshine.

» Getting my hair cut this weekend. For sure this time. By Vincenzo the barber. He does a pretty good job. It seems like my hair and fingernails are growing too quickly these days.

Bus people

June 18, 2008

»  The other day on the bus I overheard this conversation between, I assume, a mother and daughter:

Fat Woman: They had the “one day sale” at Shoppers [Drug Mart] the other day.

Old Woman: Don’t never go there.

FW: I go there all the time.

OW: Don’t much care for that place.

FW: Oh, I love it.

OW: Eggs and bread have no place in a store like that!

FW: Oh, I guess they do have some groceries. But I go there for —

OW: No place! Milk and eggs in a store like that? Bah!

FW: I guess it’s not just a pharmacy anymore.

OW: Pharmacy! It’s not a pharmacy is it? With milk and eggs. I don’t like it. I don’t care for it at all.

Airport, Mom, Storms, Tug + Baby shit

June 16, 2008

» Met my mom at the airport on friday night. On the way there, the “Airport Rocket” bus-driver was Otto from the Simpsons. Only with longer hair and more bitter. When waiting in the arrivals lounge there were more characters. Most notably, the woman sitting beside me had a cat. Not a cat in a cage, or a cat on a leash. Just a cat. In her arms. When it inevitably started to lose its marbles, the woman said, “Krissy. Krissy, she’ll be here soon. She’ll be here soon.” So I was expecting a big teary reunion with this “she” who was flying in and must have demanded her cat be there to greet her. I assumed she’d be between 9 and 13 years old. But when she arrived, she was in her 30’s and just sort of glanced at the cat with a shrug, clearly not interested. The other woman, clearly an insane cat lady.

» Friday night, we sat on the porch with my mom watching the thunder storm that night. Couldn’t find my camera to catch a video of a girl at the bus stop getting her umbrella wrapped around her by the wind. On sunday night, the storm wasn’t as fun to watch so Nicole and I watched the rub’n’tug across the street. We finally saw a guy go in there. Nicole was impressed by the sense of purpse with which he strode in. They have some kind of security camera in the lobby he had to stand in front of before they buzzed him through. Nicole wanted to time how long he was in there, but I got cold after half an hour.

» Went to Katherine and Matt’s baby shower on Sunday. They make crazy-ass shit for babies these days. The Diaper Genie II blew my mind. It’s basically a vacuum sealer for diapers (to cut down on the smell). Because daipers aren’t wasteful enough already that they clearly need to be wrapped in plastic before being chucked into the landfill. But then, I imagine people stuff them in plastic grocery bags or something anyway, so… I guess that’s neither hear nor there. Stil. Baby stuff. Crazy.


Sigur + Yogurt

June 12, 2008

» Sigur Ros’s með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust reviewed based not on 30-second iTunes previews but the streaming audio from their site. 

It’s too hard to decipher the track names so I’m not going to bother with a track-by-track. Overall the first few songs are exuberantly happy and sound a bit like Arcade Fire (the listener can decide if that’s a good or bad thing). Then they get sad again and sound like a more organic version of their previous albums. Pretty much the same as the unplugged versions of their “hits” from hvarf-heim. Oddly, it  doesn’t sound overly stagnant. Despite being really more of their standard formula (i.e. quiet and sad – a building sense of defiance – a triumphant  climax – a light and melancholy denouement). Perhaps because they’ve somehow managed to make their music even prettier yet slightly less otherworldly. It’s a little more human and less the product of aliens and angels. Though the trademark faerieland falsetto still shows up in almost every track. The final third of the album strips itself down to voice and a few accompanying instruments (piano or guitar and a few strings) ending on the nearly comatose track “All Alright” which is sung in english, actually. And the lyrics about as bleak as you always assumed their icelandic lyrics are. But you might as well just listen to it at the above link. Why did I bother reviewing this?

» At some point Yogurt Girl stopped eating yogurt. Just noticed this now. I think it’s been months since I’ve heard her slurping away. She is, though, re-capping last night’s So You Think You Can Dance? Loudly.


Depart, AC + bins

June 11, 2008

»  Nothing bad happened during my uncle‘s stay with us. Don’t know how the concert was because he didn’t leave us a note. We assume he got home okay. We think he may have eaten a piece of toast before he left, we’re not sure. 

» We got to try out the air-conditioner this weekend. It didn’t make the apartment cool, but did make it not baking hot. Which is good enough for me.

» Every week there seems to be a new, even larger, recycling bin left on our stoop. None of which anyone in the house appear to be using. The last is nearly as tall as me and is now sitting in the backyard. I’m not sure what was wrong with the old normal size bins. I guess most normal households create absolutely insane amounts of waste.

Tea, dreams, robot, weather + distro

June 5, 2008

» Drinking more tea these days.

» Had a series of dreams within dreams within dreams the other night that kept waking me up. Each time I woke I had think hard to figure out which was the reality was I’d awoken into . It would only take a few seconds but it was disconcerting.

» Reading I, Robot at the moment. It’s very quaint and charming. Asimov has more of a sense of humour than I expected. Certainly a better sense of humour than Will Smith. If the movie had followed the book it could have been quite entertaining.

» Not a fan of this humid yet cold weather. Partly because I need a cardigan.

» PLOG 005: SELF(ish) is available in Toronto at Pages Books and Magazines, Soundscapes, and for loan at The Toronto Zine Library. Not Rotate This this time around because they moved down the street. And I was too lazy to find them and wanted to catch the next streetcar. Will do mailouts soon.

PLOG 005 + guests

June 3, 2008

PLOG 005
Originally uploaded by Ampersand Photography.

» The June issue of PLOG is about ready to be released. Somewhere between tomorrow and this weekend. Probably in stages. Probably closer to the weekend. Free! Next issue is going to be September. I continue to urge people to submit things they implied they were going to submit.

» My uncle is staying with us this weekend as he’s going to see Leonard Cohen. That should be interesting times. My mom is coming the next weekend. Busy month, this june.

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