Casting + friends in dangerous places

November 28, 2008

» Sometimes when I’m on the subway, I cast fellow travellers in imaginary movies. Like the asian kid who was dressed like Run DMC the other day and standing facing the corner. It makes me want to get cards made up that say Ampersand Studios Film Production to hand out to people. With a fake phone number and email address on them naturally. Just my little way of saying, “Being a character in a fake movie – yer doing it right.” Or maybe just my little way of losing my mind. For the record, I’m not getting these cards made.

» Stephen and Carissa were just in Mumbai. That’s pretty damn scary. If Stephen hadn’t sent out a group email from Goa on the 26th, I’d be freaking out right now.

Smelt, RSS feed(back) + respective

November 26, 2008

» This morning I cooked my espresso maker. I always wondered what would happen if I’d forget to put water in it. Well, it seems the handle and the rubber seal-ring melt and smell really bad. Also the filter falls apart and the body discolours. It’s basically toasted. I guess this is the excuse I need to purchase myself a new espresso maker for x-mas. That’s my subconscious working in my favour.

» The amount of positive feedback I’ve been getting on the G’n’R podcast is beginning to freak me out. Plus I want to know which one of my URL seed plantings is paying off. I’m in danger of taking this project too seriously.

» In a few weeks I’m going to a play called Respectacle. It’s a musical, I believe. Starring middle-school students.


November 25, 2008

Initial Set-up for Cupcakes of Catan
Originally uploaded by QuintanaRoo.

» Apparently I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t know about Settlers of Catan. And by "person" I mean "nerd." I guess all those years being an achingly hip music scenester kept me out of the Catan loop. Mandi remedied this last weekend when her friends demanded she introduce me to them. We ate cupcakes (not the ones pictured) stolen from Mandi’s roommates’ wedding and got down to the business of trying to unload ore, trade sheep, stockpile wheat and build really long roads. Now that I have nerds to play games with, I vaguely regret forcing Kai to take my Civilization game when I moved.

» Guns’n’Roses released a new album. I reviewed it on P-Reviews.

Sister Ray

November 20, 2008

Sister Ray
Originally uploaded by Ampersand Photography.

» Two things: 1) Apparently I look really fat in this picture from two and a bit years ago. 2) Apparently Sister Ray are playing at the Dec. 23rd show at the Cambie. Apparently with borrowed equipment and apparently without practicing or even being in the same room together for over a year. And apparently shit-faced as well. Maybe the shit-faced is supposed to come aprés-set. Regardless, I think "half-cut" will be in order at the very least. I have a new kitteh mask to hide behind for the show. That is something.

Splish, epic book win, subscribe + talking about the Weather

November 19, 2008

» The other morning when I was getting ready I felt a sneeze coming on so I turned away from the mirror as to not splatter it with nasal juice. When I sneezed my glasses flew off my head and right into the toilet.

» Walking home the other day I came across a box of free books. Excitingly, in this box was Ice-T‘s The Ice Opinion. I can’t wait to crack it open. Epic book win.

» You can now subscribe to the Ampersand Publishing Podcasts on iTunes. Or add it to your iGoogle. Why not, hey?

» Today’s featured blogster: Weather Station 1. Weathreye and I don’t always see eye-to-eye but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have a fine blog.


November 14, 2008

» I’ve been enjoying the Smodcast lately. Which is a little odd since I’m not the biggest Kevin Smith fan. Well, whatever makes me giggle in my cubicle, I guess.


Selling Books (not really)

November 13, 2008


Selling Books
Originally uploaded by Bill Smith1.

Found this picture of Mandi and I at the Toronto Small Press Affair (November 1st) on Flickr. I was trying to find a picture of Christine the goth MILF for my buddy Glenn (you can see the top of her head as she’s hunched over doodling in her sketchbook). I remember sitting still waiting forever for the photographer totake the picture. My friend Shara won a photoshoot with the photographer in the raffle.  

» Here is the accompanying podcast Mandi and I did.

» Oh look, here’s a video of it too. Thankfully the two seconds we’re in the video is near the beginning. Look for me in a green shirt.

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