Archive for April, 2009

The usual summer in the city stuff

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Summer is coming. Can you feel it?

I’m so excited for hanging out in parks doing nothing or participating in picnics and jam sessions, biking around the city each time farther than I’ve ever gone before, laying around in my house in the dark being sweaty and listening to Sublime, Blue Jays games, people watching all the weirdos who come out of the woodwork in the nice weather (like the people who suntan in their bikinis on their tiny front lawns beside the sidewalk or the people on the crowded street car who shout angry and random obscenities to no one), climbing trees and then sitting in their branches and reading books for hours, crashing various community swimming pools, and going to other peoples’ cottages on the weekends.

I spend the majority of my time in the winter trying to endear myself to people with cottages for that very reason. There’s no shame in that. I mean, I try to endear myself to all the people I meet of course, but after I ascertain that they do in fact have cottage access, I turn on just a little extra bit of charm and let them know in small, subtle ways I am a cottage person, the type of person they’d like to have around their dock by the lake/boathouse/hot tub/cooler/deck/bbq/etc. just a few short hours drive outside the city. I really am. In case you were looking for someone like that.

Paintings by Julia Deakin

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin can do everything! She is a flame artist, illustrator, painter, and director. I’m a fan of her work and sensibilities. Looking forward to the video she is directing and animating for the Hylozoists.

You can check out this article in Boards and/or her website to see more.

Goldfrapp – Happiness

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Dougal Wilson is so good at directing music videos. Just awesome.

Very crappy guy on a bike

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Yesterday, I was crossing Queen West of Bathurst at the legal crosswalk where the light was green for me and red for cars when some crappy person almost ran me over on a bike while running the red.

That fact alone doesn’t make him a crappy person. What makes him a crappy person is when he turned his head after passing me and called me an idiot. Mean eh? Totally unprovoked. I wasn’t mad and didn’t mouth off when he almost hit me when I had the right of way and he didn’t stop AND THEN he turns around and calls me a mean name? Like, what the heck? Tough guy almost hits a small girl on his bike and it’s his fault and then he’s a jerk about it.

Anyway, I figure he was probably not good at riding his brand new fix gear and was worried he would get his tire caught in the street car tracks and fall and look dumb and his stupid skinny jeans were too tight and he was taking it out on me. Meanie. I bet he has no friends because he’s so disrespectful and not nice to look at.

I called after him to eff off in my high pitched defenseless girl voice but he kept riding of course. Wimp. Made me feel so small. I looked out for him for a little while after that so I could give him a piece of my mind and I imagined him feeling very bad about his meanness after I got through to him, but of course I never saw him again. I didn’t feel bad about it for long though, because that is probably what he wanted.

Bizounce

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

One of the goofiest songs I thought I had forgotten from my past randomly popped into my head tonight. “I’m about to bizounce…” Enjoy!

Strictly biz, she don’t play around

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Watch Andrew play a cover of No Diggity. So goooooood!

April is Autism Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

My cousin sent me a really fascinating story over the weekend that I haven’t been able to post until now:

There is an austic girl named Carly who has a very interesting and inspirational story. She is non-verbal but after years of intervention – she began to type and communicate via her computer. She has a blog  here:

http://carlysvoice.com/

 

Carly’s Voice

 

You can even follow her on twitter: http://twitter.com/CarlysVoice

The coolest thing is that she just decided last week that she wanted to be on Larry King Live – so she started an online petition and Larry got word and had her on his show that very thursday via skype with Jenny Mccarthy!

Here is footage from CNN:

My cousin runs an amazing site called Autism Zeitgeist. It’s a website for families and parents in Ontario that provides information on some of the complexities within an IBI program and the standards that apply to the ministry funded ABA program. Check out the site to find out all about it.

Kanye is a gay fish

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is going to be a movie SOON!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I just read this Torontoist article about the movie adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a graphic novel that many people and I think is wonderful, that is making me very excited by such associations (some speculative) as Michael Cera, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Jason Schwartzman, Quentin Tarantino, Lee’s Palace, Sneaky Dees and Dufferin Mall.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

lights for your bike spokes

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Spoke POV 1Spoke POV 2

Whoa! It’s called Spoke POV. This is so cool eh? I wouldn’t put it on my bike because of weather, clean/simple line and budgetary concerns and also I’m not technically up to the challenge, but whoa it’s neato.

Got these from flickr where people are doing some cool things with these if you want to peruse more.

This guy has a ton of cool ones and he includes animated gifs:

Oil rig and well on spokes!

Bike spokes can be political:

Obama spokes!