03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Wow. Party last night. Good times. Wuick heads-up from a cottage here. MAYBE able to return to Toronto next wknd. We'll see, eh?
Yesterday I went for a run down to the lake shore. I usually listen to music when I run and yesterday I was listening to The Best of Jimi Hendrix. When "All Along The Watchtower" came on I was sprinting past bewildered pedestrians at the Music Gardens. I felt like I was in some sort of dramatic movie montage, like maybe I'm some inner city kid who fights oppression and becomes a senator or a boxer. Which is funny cause folks with political apsiration get high just listening to Jimi, not something they want being uncovered when the Iowa primaries roll around, no sir.
When it comes to the waterfront the city has made plenty of fucked up decisions, that is when they aren't dithering and wasting tax payer money. The Music Gardens stand out as one of the gems that make the city so great. If you've never been take the time to go this summer. The gardens are on Queens Quay, they stretch from the Queens Quay Community Centre at the foot of Bathurst to the foot of Spadina. The gardens are flowing, colourful and laid out to represent different musical pieces. When I was down there the small grassy ampitheatre was overflowing wtith people listening to a live jazz performance. There are also butterfly gardens and a revitalized wetland.
I just saw an ad for breakfast cereal I've seen a billion times, and I JUST REALIZED that the main guy in the ad is a Catch 23 performer. I didn't recognize him cuz he didn't have a glass in his hand.
Philosophy essays are laborious. Citation is dull.
We're hardly posting these days. For shaaaaaame! Certainly things are occurring in our lives. Oughtn't we post them for posterity?
I have been back to downloading music in a crazy frenzy. I have hardly enough time to listen to it all, I've gotten so much. And it's all good! I feel like I'm doing a disservice to all these bands... well, moreso, seein' as I'm not paying them in the first place. I assure you, the moment I get rich... right now I'm listening to The Most Serene Republic, a band that a dude I know is in. It's really, really good. But he's kind of an asshole. But he's never been a dick to me, so I guess it's okay to like it. I'll stick with that story.
I hung out with a friend of mine from Guatemala yesterday! Truth be told, I had never met her before that night, not in "real life". But it was great fun, we drank a ridiculous amount of beer and ate like monarchy, and the best part was, she paid! She said she had all this money that was reserved for vacationing, and that this was part of the vacation, therefore, she should pay for it. We argued a lot about this, but I couldn't get her to budge. Luckily for me, she's not used to tipping, so I got my bit in there. I'm going to see her again on Saturday, with a couple more people thrown in for good measure. Excellent!
I finished HP6. Much better than whatsit. The last one. The ending still kind of sucked though. Feels like false drama. Smells like teen spirit.
I got back a bunch of photos today that I had been neglecting to develop. Box-- sneakret Unibomber shack photos abound. Also, ex-girlfriend pictures on the same roll as current-girlfriend pictures. I feel like a bit of a slut.
Down in Yorkville at the Hazelton (or something like that) gallery there's this fantastic show going on displaying contemporary Inuit illustration that I biked to see today. I believe it was a woman and her daughter (same surname, and some brief mentions here and there) that draw in a contemporarily classical way. I particularly liked (who I thought was) the daughter, Annie Pootoogook. She drew scenes of Inuit life in ink and pencil crayon that smacked of irony and hope, and mirrored her own cross-generational style in their content-- a young hunter, having bagged his first big kill, giving out candy; a family eating a traditional meal in their house, with ketchup; children watching a tv show about inuit seal hunts. That last one felt kind of sad, actually. Her work is sparse but colourful, simple, though not simplistic in style. I really enjoyed it. Thank you, toronto star, for telling me about a show that NONE of my avant garde art sources made mention of. The assholes.
Real life phone conversation I had yesterday
Dude:Hello my name is Raj Dalip, I'm calling on the behalf of ___________ Market Research...
Me: uh huh
Raj: Are you over the age of 18?
Me: uh huh
Raj: We are doing a survey on home entertainment systems-
Me: I'm sorry we're Amish we don't know what home entertainment systems are.
Raj: Okay well sorry for bothering you and thank you for your time.
Unless you live under a rock you already know that the LCBO had set a srike deadline for 12:01am Thursday. Not to worry my booze-guzzling friends, disaster has been averted, management and union have come to an agreement. I realized this morning that a strike by LCBO workers would have bothered me a lot more than a strike by garbage collectors or TTC workers.
You may have noticed new trash receptical/billboards popping up around town. They are about 4 ft wide, 7 ft tall and a foot deep with openings on the narrow sides for trash and 56 square feet of ad space. They are real eye sores, I think they should have maps of the neighbour hood or something equally useful.
Oh yeah I think the smog is giving me cancer. I want to start wearing a mask, respirator, filter or something. I've seen other cyclists wearing them. Any idea where I could get one?
Awesome weekend (except for my incompetence for a certain incident). We definitely need to do an Ultimate
I saw that Global Frequency show that everyone's talking about. The pilot was made, but never released. However, pranksterish elves leaked a copy on to the interweb, and it spread like mad. The show was okay, but it certainly had potential and if the new fans for the show can get that for it, more power to them. It also illustrates the pigheaded attitute that the media execs have towards filesharing:
"Whether the pilot was picked up or not, it is still the property of Warner Bros. Entertainment and we take the protection of all of our intellectual property seriously," said Craig Hoffman, a company spokesman. "While Warner Bros. Entertainment values feedback from consumers, copyright infringement is not a productive way to try to influence a corporate decision." Hoffman added that the pilot's unauthorized distribution is "unacceptable and illegal ... no matter what the underlying motives" and said the company hasn't ruled out taking legal action "when it comes to stopping the illegal distribution of our copyright material."
Hey man, these people that are trying to ressurect the show you killed will buy your dvds and your merchendise if you bring it back. Seeing your customer as an enemy is never a good way to do business.
Speaking of business, if any of you have contacts with any South Asian club or charity club at U of T or York, drop me a line. I need to talk to them about a fundraiser we've having at work. There were two really awesome studies that I found at work, and I could go to neither because one was too old and one was too young. The too young one (16-17) was $50 and a picture of your brain, the two old one (25+) was just talking and paid out. Oh also you had to be "plus-sized" for that one. Anyway, here's a picture of yours truly @ work: