Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Aptly Named Sitcom

After an night of pizza, X-Men, I Heart Huckabees, 3AM Star Wars and what was supposed to be work on our scene for Aminta I feel that I should plug Torren's band again. The Sitcom is pretty cool, as is Mr Sylvain for hosting our "rehearsal".
As if they played a gig in the middle of Value Village!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Down with Love

It's official. I'm in love.
Ewan McGregor plays the guitar.
Nissah informed me tonight that she has seen a video of him playing and singing. Apparently his hair isn't that long, but he has some serious scruff going on.
He now officially occupies spot #1 on the Celebrity crushes list.

You see many people are confused. When he says "I will marry you" a lot of people think he's saying "Sandra Templeton", when in fact he is saying "Liz Buchanan".
We just spell and pronounce our names differently.

I am off to bed now... perchance to dream...

Monday, February 20, 2006

Go Canada Go!

Congradulations to the Canadian Women's Hockey team! It was an exciting game, and they made Canada proud.

Congradulations to the Swedish team as well. They played very hard and held their own.

Maybe with the increased international competition we can see more women's hockey on TV. It's the most fun I've had watching hockey in years, and not just because we won.
The Canadian Women are very fast and agressive and play with a lot of heart, something the NHL has less and less of every day. But that's another post for another day.

Way to go Team Canada!


This wasn't one of those survey-post this on your blog- thingys. As will soon be obvious, this is just the random junk that has burst out of my head tonight... in lists:

Biblical names that don't seem to be as popular for new borns:

Things I tried to do last night (after The Grand with Erica), that I should not do under the influence of Alexandre Keith's:
-blog (thankfully my senses over-powered my temptation to hit the publish button)
-write poetry
-go through my Hamlet script and cross out various lines and replace them with dialogue from Star Wars
-watch "Drop Zone" (actually this shouldn't be done under ANY circumstances)

Thoughts on current events:
-cartoons don't hurt anyone... that's what VPs are for
-seriously though people, they're just cartoons
-am I a bad Canadian? I'm sorry I just can't help but cheer for the underdogs. The Women's Hockey team has my back, but I was kind of pleasantly amused about Switzerland and Finland against the men

The Next 3 songs that are on my WM playlist:

-Cannonball, Damien Rice
-Someday you will be loved, Death Cab for Cutie
-Not a Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco

-I think I am going to follow this up with "The Rainbow Connection" for good measure... and happier dreams

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Trash Heep Has Spoken

As I ran backstage (aka behind some plastic trees into the corner) to change from Hansel and Gretel's mother into the evil witch, because only three and a half performers showed up for our show today, I started to think about what was wrong with children's entertainment these days.

Oh no- I just said "these days".

I think it's too bad that a lot children's entertainers feel the need to talk down to kids. It's great to be big and goofy and dramatic to get your point across, but you don't need to dumb things down. Kids are pretty quick, and I think they learn more if you expect more out of them.

Consider that your wisdom for the day.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Cutest darn Cab of Death

I have recieved a most wonderful of Valentines Day presents:

Thanks Mom! (I also got "Fever to Tell" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

I'm not claiming to have been any more exhausted lately than the rest of the academic community, or even a whole lot more emotionally drained, but it was sure nice to get a Valentines Day present from my Mom. I'm not even that crazy jealous that she's on a cruise ship relaxing right now... mostly. Well she deserves it anyways!
Everyone enjoy your reading week (those of you that actually have one), and try not to "read" too much.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

How to dismantle an atomic blog

Stealing the lyric of the week idea. I guess this is more like a "two verses and chorus of the week", but here it is:

Tough, you think you've got the stuff
You're telling me and anyone
You're hard enough

You don't have to put up a fight
You don't have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Round two

What is Ralph's "pick up line" when he walks Lisa home from school?

Bonus: Which American president served only 30 days of his term before dying in office?

Friday, February 10, 2006

Top 10

I can't believe it took me this long to realize that I could use my blog to post my top 10 Simpson's episode list.

10. Marge vs The Monorail
9. "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) cious"
8. The Boy Who Knew Too Much
7. Das Bus
6. A Star is Burns
5. 22 Short Films About Springfield
4. Cape Feare
3. Lisa the Vegetarian
2. Rosebud
1. Grandpa vs Sexual Inadequesy

Simpson's Trivia challenge:

Who is the famous person for whom Alison creates the anagram "Geniune Class"?

*Bonus: Anyone that can think of an anagram for Jeremy Irons. It has been bugging me for a decade.


1. Subway Sandwich Artist
2. Tim Horton's Coffee Hostess
3. SARS Screener
4. Easter Seals Camp Counsellor

1. The Iron Giant
2. All 3 Monty Python movies
3. Star Wars Episodes 3-6
4. Big Fish
(alright, that was definatly cheating)

1. Hamilton
2. York
3. Peterborough
4. Sudbury

1. The Daily Show
2. South Park
3. Clone High
4. Hockey Night in Canada (for non-betting purposes)

1. Vegetarian Quesidillas
2. Quizno's Veggie sub
3. Egg Plant Lasagna
4. the Cauliflower and Cheese stuff my mom makes+Dad's Ceasar Salad

1. Hawaii
2. Australia
3. Mexico
4. Pretty much anywhere warm

1. "Duffman can't die, only the actors who play him!"-Duffman
2. I was trying not to do any repeats, but this one HAS to go in:
"Mom! Mom! I got gum in my hair!"
"Are you sure it's not shampoo? Because that washes right out." - Lisa & Marge Simpson
3. "Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog."
"Really?" "Actually, replace 'accidentally' with 'repeatedly' and replace 'dog' with 'son'"- Lionel Hutz and Marge
4. "Lets just say it moved me. To a bigger house! Oh crap, I said the loud part quiet and the quiet part loud." -Krusty the Clown

OK- I have changed this list 3 times now. I must stop or I will be here all night... wait a moment... that give me an idea...

"Go Away"
"Here's a Better Sign Dad" ("See the Elephant $2 Ride the Elephant $5")
"I don't have time to read it, just give me the general gist of it"

Thursday, February 09, 2006

In the Noh

I'm trying to contain myself. We are doing a workshop production of Tasso's Aminta, an Italian Renaissance pastoral play, and we are using different styles for each scene. One of my scenes is being done in the style of Japanese Noh Theatre. I am getting a fan and a kimono and everything! I will have to repeat this mantra of happiness to get me through today. Now off to the cafeteria to find vegetarian food, or more likely a lack thereof :(

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I would not could not kill a king, I would not poison anything

Froid's Edible complex: Realizing that you can't eat Hamlet because the play is rotten.

Seems as logical as anything we do in Shakespeare class. The articles we're using to discuss theories about the plays all have essentially the same theme, none of which have brought me any closer to understanding the stories, characters or language of Shakespeare than I was before I started the class.

Hmmm, should I make this one a new historical work, or a pycho-sexual feminist play?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Hot Chocolate and Ifs

There's a cold breeze in my apt, and I can't figure out where it's coming from.
#$%&! it's cold! I'm off to grab some hot chocolate.

In the meantime...

If I were a month I would be: March
If I were a day of the week I would be: Wednesday
If I were a time of day I would be: 1:37 (anyone that gets that reference gets 10000 bonus points)
If I were a planet I would be: Mars ("to get more chocolate bars")
If I were a sea animal I would be: a manitee (I used to sponsor a manitee in Florida)
If I were a direction I would be: east
If I were a piece of furniture I would be: a big comfy chair
If I were a sin I would be: Gluttony (incidently a part I won an award at the Sears drama festival)
If I were an historical figure I would be: Socrates
If I were a liquid I would be: green tea
If I were a tree, I would be: A maple tree. (Go Leafs Go!)
If I were a flower/plant: an orchid
If I were a kind of weather, I would be: right before it rains
If I were a musical instrument, I would be: a xylophone
If I were an animal, I would be: a Lizard
If I were a color, I would be: red
If I were a vegetable, I would be: a brussel sprout
If I were a sound, I would be: a B-min chord on an accoustic guitar
If I were an element, I would be: Germanium. Ask me to tell you about Germanium sometime, using sock puppets.
If I were a car, I would be: a 1964 Ford T-Bird
If I were a song, I would be: "The Rainbow Connection"
If I were a movie, I would be directed by: Terry Gilliam
If I were a book, I would be written by: John Irving
If I were a food, I would be: a strawberry
If I were a place, I would be: Greece
If I were a material, I would be: polyester
If I were a taste, I would be: bitter sweet
If I were a scent, I would be: vanilla
If I were a word, I would be: perplexed
If I were an object, I would be: a garden gnome
If I were a body part I would be: just above the cheek bone in the outer corner of the eye
If I were a facial _expression I would be: amused
If I were a cartoon character I would be: Joan from Clone High
If I were a shape I would be a: square
If I were a number I would be: 14
If I were a disease I would be: a gold rush era disease. Like dysentary

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A Budding Physicist

Now some will claim that I overheard the answer from Michael Emond at rehearsal this evening, but to be clear, I had not attempted the riddle yet and I pursued the riddle from a totally logic based stand-point: thus I did not rule out certain possibilities on the basis that I knew what the final answer was. I managed to work out the owner of each house and each owner's characteristics, and thus I would have been able to solve the riddle without Emond's help. Having the mental capacity to do so apparently classifies me as one of the top 2% smartest people in the world.

I would like to say that if this is true... the world is screwed. Totally screwed.

Albert Einstein’s Riddle

Are you in the top 2% of intelligent people in the world? Solve the riddle and find out.

There are no tricks, just pure logic, so good luck and don’t give up.

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality.
3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

The question: Who owns the fish?


1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

Albert Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said that 98% of the world’s population would not be able to solve it.