Monday, January 31, 2011


Oh my - I didn't even know this subway exit existed and now I find out it has a TRAP DOOR?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Good Food!

The Good Food Box! It's like having the farmers' market come right to your door! And by the farmers' market, I mean 10 pounds of frozen Saskatoonberries.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Rushes

Pud and the Ling Club asked me to play a boring professor in their promotional video, and obviously I accepted. It's a bit part, because the star of the film is an anthropomorphic superhero desk with an IPA-symbol cape. Obviously. I can't wait to show this in class.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Signs of the End of the World

It was weird enough when it was January and things outdoors were actually warm enough to be _wet_. Now there's some kind of something making bubbles and ripples in the water, and when I took this picture my camera kept getting wet from the sky.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rockin' with the Hoc

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get together with Mary after Christmas. She makes a fine tofu curry, has a solid jazz collection and, um, let me watch season 1 of, ah, Cougar Town. As a token of my appreciation, I payed forward this bit of wisdom from Andrew: Community is actually a good show.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Man oh man, mainstream dance forms, so swank. To a Lindy Hopper, the idea that you get live accompaniment every week for a class you're paying at most $8/hr for is just.... it's.... I have no words.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Serious Business

Cam Neufeld brought together a bunch of musicians and dancers to celebrate Django Reinhardt's 101st birthday tonight. The result was a riDICulously good time. I would have taken a better picture, but I was either too busy being mesmerized by the dancer or too busy dancing.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Guest Hook

This is my guest hook. Theoretically, it's a hook where my guests put their coats. Practically, it's a hook where you can see how long it's been since I had guests by counting the blazers like tree rings.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Public Relations

The danger in teaching a packed class of 151 undergraduates is that when you come across someone out in the real world and you think you kind of recognize them from somewhere, you definitely, definitely, definitely, definitely can't flirt with them.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Need some Asprin and Juice

I just digitized the only extant live recording (and maybe the only recording of any kind) of my high-school band, Palo Alto. The recording quality is shit. It sounds like the band is occasionally closes into an airtight plastic bucket for about 30 seconds at a time. I blame the ravages of time rather than the sound engineer, who also happens to have made the print that you can see in the background.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Scenes from Hoth

That's a pretty good icy tunnel of mystery right there.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Um, no.

Yeah, this doesn't really count as a bus stop, Edmonton.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tryin'a make an iron-clad leave to yourself from a three-rail billiard shot

We have to go and watch this. It is the best musical of the 20th century. Here is how you can prove this: Have someone else name a musical that they think is better, then reply "Barbershop Quartet." QED

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I think Chick Tracts are genuinely evil, but sometimes they get pretty exciting:
Money quote from the above link: "I could have become a lesbian -- or worse -- and dying from AIDS just like you are now". Or maybe "lusting after strange flesh", which, I think, is a movie that I would probably watch.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shit just got real

This is a sidewalk. With snow plugged in to other snow by extension cord.

Local Colour

Edmonton is often cold, often dark, and always far away from oldest friends and family, but the friends you make here tend to be pretty great, and you get to see one of the seven wonders of Canada every single day.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcoming Committee


Also, for Jo and Toshia, another staircase covered in snow:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Holidays from Holidays

Sometimes when I'm walking across a street I wish I would accidentally get hit by a car so that I could just lie in a hospital bed for a few days not feeling guilty about anything. Then I got home to Edmonton and realized that most of my friends were out of town, so I could probably do the lying around part as much as I wanted, without the worrying about constant pain and lost limbs part. So, I became a troll. I lay around watching the first season of Community and the second and third seasons of The Mentalist at least twice each, watched Tron (1982) but with the soundtrack replaced by the Tron: Legacy (2010) soundtrack, read a few thrillers, and developed a foul, foul smell about my person. This is probably the first time I've left the house in days. As you can see, there isn't much encouragement to do so again soon.