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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, January 13 to Saturday, January 19

January 13th, 2019

It’s cold outside so…no need to put on pants. Let’s stay inside, brew some tea and see what’s on tv.
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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, January 6 to Saturday, January 12 2019

January 6th, 2019

Ah January! While the rest of us plan resolutions, sign up for gym memberships, repair relationships…our media doesn’t typically inspire the first month of every year…on television and at the movies. So yeah…if you’re gonna sell the whole this is golden age of television don’t include January.
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Go With The Flow?

December 31st, 2018

Resolve right now to longer be a stool pigeon in 2019 but rather:

Do What You Love

Love What You Do
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#SetTheVCR for Sunday December 30, 2018 to Saturday January 5, 2019

December 30th, 2018

Everything goes back to normal; no more Christmas specials or Lifetime movies about romantic wishes coming true starting Tuesday January 1…so any shows you watch will be back in business as per their regular time slots. I didn’t include any of em here but they are there.
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Safety First Is Killing Me!

December 28th, 2018

Had a unprompted moment of reflection about my life…the direction it’s going and the choices I’ve made.
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The Flash of Ignorance

December 20th, 2018

At lunch and the child at the table beside me is passionately extolling the virtues of The Flash.
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Ice Ice Jingle Bells

December 19th, 2018

That distinct disappointment…
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#SetTheVCR for Sunday December 16, 2018 to Saturday December 22, 2018

December 16th, 2018

This week is bookended by the American Dream and the subtle darkness of capitalism. We start strong with Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special (so worth seeing…his Broadway show is sublime) and then…conclude with a Suge Knight documentary. On the surface it appears like Suge and Bruce are 2 different individuals but really they’re just trying to survive as best as they know how. America ain’t easy.
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A Dick About Christmas Music

December 13th, 2018

At the risk of opening this Pandora’s Box…
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Trailer Alert: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

December 10th, 2018

Monster Fight Club!!
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The Bedazzled Nerd

December 7th, 2018

They mocked us. Said we weren’t cool. Rejected us. They exiled us…probably to what they imagined is a wood-paneled basement.
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Trailer Alert: Captain Marvel

December 6th, 2018

A much better Captain Marvel trailer!

Still conflicted though…

As I didn’t enjoy Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel run and I don’t consider Captain Marvel as a character all that engaging…there’s at least some solid space ruckus…I can get into that and Skrulls are always good for a Freaky Friday laugh or two. Still not opening weekend PantsWorthy though.

(Speaking of pants…at the risk of getting your knickers in a bunch: I’d much rather a Captain Britain Marvel movie than a Captain Marvel movie: never mind her bullocks.)

Ant-Man as an analogy is apt…both Marvel movies Ant and Captain operate at about the same level of expectation. Low stakes for Marvel after the intense pressure of Avengers (the budget and the ROI on Avenger movies alone!). Or I guess one could include the intense pressure we saw recently with Black Panther.

According to the Hollywood Reporter Disney wisely and effectively spent $200 million marketing Black Panther as a “cultural touchstone” even though it was just another Marvel movie.

Granted Marvel’s Captain Marvel is better than DC Comics’ Captain Marvel still cue the hype/predictable tweets and social media white noise…like all our pop culture this’ll be a “referendum” on diversity (which so far has been effective marketing). Thankfully there’s no CONsensus on that. So it’ll be interesting to see the track Disney takes with Captain Marvel…maybe follow up Black Panther with yet another “Momentous Event In Pop Culture History!” jam. Look a woman superhero! (How many times can you play that card?)

Look my issue isn’t with the cheezy marketing or the Captain Marvel movie per say it’s the character…I’m not a fan of Captain Marvel. 2 more hours with her when we don’t get along is like scoring that dude on the airplane who talks the whole flight missing all the valid leave me alone cues. Sigh…I guess we gotta do this.

In comics it’s much easier to skip the tie-ins (they often don’t count or move the story forward). In this space case Captain Marvel is connected in some way to the upcoming Avengers 4 movie that’s why I used the analogy of being stuck with her on a flight. I kinda hafta do this.

Doesn’t help the screenplay credits 4 people which is not always a good sign…still it is a Marvel movie. So…

I better get a pad and a paper and make 2 columns…not sure how this’ll internal debate turn out.

Captain Marvel is out March 8, 2019, far more importantly Avengers 4 is out on May 3, 2019.

Let’s Do This Judas.

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NBA Season 73: Denver Nuggers (106) at Toronto Raptors (103)

December 4th, 2018

My third Raptors game this season…freshtastic opportunity to check out the Denver Nuggets who are one of the top teams in the West. (Yes it’s weird to say that out loud during the Steph Curry Warriors era! Even more strange is the LA Clippers are also up there with Denver. What…yo?!)
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Hidden Gem: DJ Earworm “United State of Pop 2018”

December 3rd, 2018

Awwww yeah! The only true Holiday Tradition I willfully honour (aside from being grumpy because it’s so damn cold) is DJ Earworm’s Annual United State of Pop Mash Up.
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Small Talk: Casting Superman

November 30th, 2018

Recently did an interview connected to Superman’s 40th Anniversary…the 1978 Christopher Reeve movie?
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Gratitude Is Sexy

November 22nd, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Mental Health For The Commonwealth

November 13th, 2018

We’ve added snark to the cycle of reaction to shootings. The horrible event would unfold; a nation expresses grief and shock; eventually we’d demand better “common sense laws” and then…when nothings happens we’d move on.
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Goodbye Stan Lee

November 12th, 2018

Expected but still devastating: Rest In Peace Smiling Stan Lee: December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018.
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My Summer Lair featuring Adnan Ahmed (Altered Skin)

November 5th, 2018


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Endangered Species 8472

November 4th, 2018

Came across this crazy stat/fact.
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Show Stoppers & Popcorn

November 2nd, 2018

It’s November 2nd…the last 2 months of 2018 are a crap carnival coming soon to a cinema near you…
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Those Small Hands Carry Much Candy

November 1st, 2018

Shoutout to all the hard working children who worked last night’s night shift using their small hands to collect all the candy while I sat on the couch watching NBA games.
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Rising The City of Ruins

September 11th, 2018

I see every experience through a pop culture lens: as September 11, 2001 unfolded I expected a fierce album from Bruce Springsteen…maybe Bob Dylan would get back in the ring and put em up. That dark day demanded our best.
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Leaving Is Believing

September 8th, 2018

Do you want the mashed potatoes or the asparagus?
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Bonus Universe

September 5th, 2018

Sometimes you inhabit that magical universe where you eat a spicy pulled pork burrito the size of your head and when all the good stuff splurts outta the burrito’s butt it wonderfully lands on the wax paper wrapper. Bonus?

The good stuff plops right onto your fork…all you gotta do is lift it to your mouth.

Most times you live in that witch like universe where you eat a spicy pulled pork burrito the size of your head and when all the good stuff splurts outta the burrito’s butt it lands on your shirt…still rolling down and onto your jeans. Bonus?

The good stuff plops right onto your shoes not that it matters because heartburn from the spicy pulled pork burrito the size of your head has kicked in.

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Trailer Alert: Halloween

September 5th, 2018

And Summer is done: fall is death’s waiting room as the icy plague creeps across the land; muting hope and freezing life under a bleak barren winter landscape.

Eh…least we get free candy on Halloween plus all that dressing up! And bonus this year we get a Halloween movie.
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TV: The Shop

August 29th, 2018

Only a guy who self-appointed himself as the king before he wins a championship could produce a show where he sits on a throne presiding over a heavily edited ceremony. LeBron James’ latest tv effort The Shop aired on HBO on Thursday August 28 at 11pm.
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RIP: John McCain

August 25th, 2018

So…John McCain. His generic political “maverick” narrative overlooks a fascinating contribution to our pop culture.
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Trailer Alert: The Man in the High Castle Season 3

August 24th, 2018

The One I’ve been waiting for!! The Man in the High Castle Season 3!

The other sci-fi alternative universe show I watch Counterpart (oddly also set in Berlin…) also pulls in no viewers…less than 1 million. We could literally all gather at a con to discuss the episodes.
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Lazy Sunday

August 19th, 2018

There’s some Thing special about lazy Sundays: a comfy couch, a fantastic book…not wearing pants and a rock solid friend.
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Behold The Cosmic Cube

August 15th, 2018

So…Cosmic Cubes: where exactly is the on switch?
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Swears Do Compute

August 13th, 2018

So remember the calculator classic 5318008?
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Host Haiku In Session With…Bend Sinister

August 9th, 2018

 

As inspired by listening to Bend Sinister’s Foolish Games
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Small Talk: Casting A Dead Poets Teacher

August 7th, 2018

Reading a Robin Williams biography by Dave Itzkoff (it’s so-so…really it’s hard to capture Robin’s dynamic energy on a still page) and I’m at Dead Poets Society casting. For the role of John Keating the teacher…
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The Big Butt Out

August 2nd, 2018

The whole “last straw” movement was so weird in the first place…I dunno how it got traction.
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Small Talk: Sammy’s Doppelganger

July 13th, 2018

Today I Learned:
“A doppelgänger or doppelganger is a paranormal double of a living person.”
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A Nerd Prayer

July 11th, 2018

“Please be good, please be good, please be good…” is the prayer of every nerd whenever a movie or tv show adaption is announced.
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Oh That Good Tired

July 10th, 2018

I’m tired.

It’s that good tired…where you stayed up way past your bedtime to read one more chapter, one more page.
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#SetTheVCR: A&E’s Michael Jackson Cultureshock

June 25th, 2018

We lost Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009.

Monday June 25, 2018 at 9pm we get A&E’s Cultureshock: Michael Jackson’s Final Curtain Call which clearly revisits MJ’s final days. Single Tear.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Brooklyn Doran

April 26th, 2018

 

As inspired by listening to Brooklyn Doran’s These Paper Wings
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Host Haiku In Session With…Chelsey Bennett

April 12th, 2018

 

As inspired by listening to Chelsey Bennett’s No End EP
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The Five No Pants Love Languages

February 23rd, 2018

And the days when nothing goes right; when you come home bruised and battle weary those are the days the pants get bunched up by the front door after a frustrated slam. To hell with all y’all.
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Legacy of Michael: An 80s Retrospective

February 17th, 2018

Today in 1963 Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York City. I think about that dude every. single. day. Not as a person…if you think he’s a jerkface or an asshole it doesn’t matter I don’t care. Being a nice guy or a jerk are not deal breakers; s’utterly irrelevant. But as a Gold Standard of total excellence…6 and oh in championships. Utterly imposing his will; ruthlessly making all the necessary sacrifices to be great.
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Legacy of Michael: An 80s Retrospective

February 17th, 2018

Today in 1963 Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York City. I think about that dude every. single. day. Not as a person…if you think he’s a jerkface or an asshole it doesn’t matter I don’t care. Being a nice guy or a jerk are not deal breakers; s’utterly irrelevant. But as a Gold Standard of total excellence…6 and oh in championships. Utterly imposing his will; ruthlessly making all the necessary sacrifices to be great.
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Valentine’s Day Baby

February 14th, 2018

While today is capitalism’s official Day of Atonement it is important to remember not everybody is celebrating love much less has any in their lives.
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#SetTheVCR: Sunday Feb 11 2018 to Saturday Feb 17 2018

February 11th, 2018

#SetTheVCR for this upcoming week…recently a friend asked about my tv habits.

I Set The VCR every Sunday for the upcoming week; kinda stockpiling tv so I have options every night. Some weeks are better than others.
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The Pleasure of Pixels

February 9th, 2018

Leaving high school makes it difficult to pass notes to a girl you fancy. You can’t approach a cute lass in the supermarket with a note that says: WANNA GO TO THE SPRING FLING? above a Yes checkbox and a No checkbox. It…doesn’t work.
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The Horror of Page 666!

February 8th, 2018

Page 666 of Stephen King’s IT is disappointing.
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I Went To A WWE Toronto Live Event!

December 31st, 2017

Last night I attended for the first time ever a WWE home show. Maybe it was a house show? Something like that…there was wrestlers none of whom were either Hulk Hogan or Mr. T and a ring and all these Simpsons style catchphrases the crowd is deeply knowledgeable about. Surreal.
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Down With Pants in 2018

December 29th, 2017

Today’s Helpful PSA: While the 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride takes place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 National No Pants Day is always on the first Friday in May…May 4, 2018.
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TV: Mr. Mercedes

December 28th, 2017

Yo…late last night I wrapped up Season 1 of Mr. Mercedes. Mr. Mercedes is one of the best Stephen King-to-TV adaptations of all time.
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No Pants Countdown!

December 20th, 2017

This time of year it’s fashionable to use an advent calendar. I? I have a No Pants Countdown…I only have to wear pants 3 more times over the next 2 weeks.
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Your Surface Habits

December 15th, 2017

“Is that a good book?”

As there’s no talking on the subway I looked up to the woman standing over me. Seriously? Sigh. I’m reading Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Caren

November 30th, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Caren’s Self-Titled EP
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Trailer Alert: Blood in the Snow Film Festival

November 8th, 2017

Wrapped up day 1 of Horror-Rama…saw a dude who was a perfect Freddy…hat, ratty sweater, that face…knife-glove run into Pennywise the Dancing Clown and they hugged and laughed like they don’t go around murdering children. Gonna have some sweet night terrors tonight.

And I chatted with magician Ryan Brown who performed some close up magic tricks for me! So cool; dude performs illusions in a haunted house…Screamers every year. Yo…

Lastly I attended the packed panel-announcement for the 6th annual Blood in the Snow Film Festival.  BITS is a Toronto film festival “celebrating the best in contemporary Canadian horror, genre and underground film.”

Blood runs (get it?) November 23-26 at the Royal Cinema with after parties at the Monarch Tavern and this year features a poster gallery at Super Wonder Gallery. Hanging at Horror-Rama was a reminder of the dark and lovely aesthetic of horror movie posters. You instantly know a good one when you see it.

The panel-announcement was hosted by BITS programmers Kirk Haviland, Jason Tannis and Carolyn Mauricette. (Girth Radio’s good friend  Jen Gorman who is now the Festival Coordinator was around as well, always fun to talk horror with her…the entire BITS team have a deep and infectious passion for this genre. Five high em when you see em during the festival.)

This years line up is all killer no filler; some movies that stood out:
Red Spring…a post-apocalyptic (I’m already in) world run entirely by vampires and the humans are dwindling. Get them humans!

Buckout Road…about the most haunted road in North America (which is curious…what is the most haunted road in North America?)

Blood Child…this one cuts deep!! “a young woman who resorts to the South East Asian black magic practice of raising her own ghost child in order to get over a devastating miscarriage. But the child wrecks an unspeakable evil upon the household once the woman finds herself pregnant again..” Raising a ghost child!! 100% in.

There’s also Darken which a sci-fi horror movie that takes place in a parallel universe (fascinating…), The Child Remains (lotta kids coming back for revenge this year…) and Kill Order (trailer is not yet ready but the premise sounded fresh…). Plus a short film showcase. Plus cool educational panels.

There’s lots of excellent happenings at this year’s BITS. Expect some Girth Radio interviews, photos and more as we get closer to the festival.

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Host Haiku In Session With…Civil Wray

October 19th, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Civil Wray’s Self-Titled EP
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Hidden Gem: The Photophonics “Easy”

September 5th, 2017

Following a few inspired listens the following stream of consciousnesses…I dunno what any of it means it’s just what came out.

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Close Encounters of Some Kind

July 2nd, 2017

Today…today we have a moment of silence to reflect on the brave souls who perished in the service of exploration. Often we do not know their names but we can celebrate their curiosity which propelled them; fueling their seemingly endless journeys across the stars.
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The Wonder Games

June 26th, 2017

Just had the oddest experience: I stood in line at…the bookstore. It’s 2017 they keep pimping the ease and convince of online books; save space is the same marketing promise as drink this beer and you’ll bed hot girls and yet here we all are in a bookstore line up. The Usual Suspects.
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Better Batman Than Sorry

June 14th, 2017

So…Joel Schumacher apologized for Batman and Robin. Which is nice I guess but ultimately it doesn’t erase them from history. Joel’s Batman movies continue to exist in life and worse in my head…where’s that handy Men In Back eraser thingie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Bat-Mind.
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Over The Hill King: the epilogue of LeBron James

June 13th, 2017

Tonight. Tonight we “witnessed” the epilogue of LeBron James. He was never a goat but he was always an ass. It is done…there is no highlight, no stat, NO THING that permits any comparison to Michael Jordan. Or Kobe. Or Magic. Or Kareem. Or Bird. On and on and on it goes…
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Hidden Gem: U2 “The Little Things That Give You Away”

June 12th, 2017

Yo…finally got around to watching U2’s Kimmel appearance…the new song is strong: The Little Things That Give You Away (clearly Bono is a pre-twitter writer).
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The Heat Is On!!!

June 10th, 2017

At the risk of sounding like Glenn Fry: The Heat Is On! First gloriously hot Summer day: the Sun with all its heat and potential and promises is here.

So beautiful; go outside and collect that warm hug.
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Twilight Zone vs Comfort Zone

June 9th, 2017

I answered the following question honestly but now I’m having second doubts. A Dad asked me if Sausage Party was appropriate viewing for his 7 year old. Think he and the kid were confusing it with various Pixar movies: talking fruit and all that.

(It’s an odd service I provide…recent questions from diligent parents include: Can I take my kids to Guardians of the Galaxy 2? and is there a lot of talking/exposition in Wonder Woman?)

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Hulk and Bruce

June 6th, 2017

In a brazen display of brute strength I’ll Hulk roar tearing apart 2 shopping carts only minutes later I break into a cold Bruce Banner sweat struggling to successfully get my case of Coke onto the cashier’s conveyor belt.
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Come Fourth: The LeBron James Disappearing Act

June 1st, 2017

If you’re gonna continue to embarrass yourself (and soil your good family name) by attempting to compare LeBron to Jordan tonight see for yourself.
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The Big What?

May 23rd, 2017

My immigrant parents from Egypt…they understand the harsh social conditions that facilitate horror scenarios like the Manchester Arena bombing.
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15 Minute Stories

May 19th, 2017

Ran into a friend who had spent some time with Chris Cornell. Rather than the traditional and exuberant Yo! all I could issue was a sorrowful Yo you know with an ellipsis: Yo…
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Goodbye Chris Cornell

May 18th, 2017

Yo…listening to NPR News before Fresh Air and they’re prattling on about Trump before finally revealing Chris Cornell passed on. Like it was a P.S. of some sort. Man: first things first.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Dani Strong

May 18th, 2017

As inspired by listening to Dani Strong’s Time to Breathe
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Small Talk: The Indiana Pacers

May 17th, 2017

So last night…I feel dumb saying this but I learned: “the Pacers, whose team name refers to the pace cars in the Indianapolis 500.”
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Illuminated Chronicles: Why Pop Culture? (TED Talk)

April 28th, 2017

“Why must we be so serious about what divide us and trivialize what bring us together?”
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Trailer Alert: Genius (Albert Einstein)

April 19th, 2017

Premiering on April 25, 2017 at 9pm National Geographic will air its first scripted event: Genius a 10 part mini-series on the inspiring and troubling life of Albert Einstein. So In!
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Freedom Of Breach

April 5th, 2017

I got in trouble for my last post because…I used the word retarded.
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Small Talk: Alternative Universe Casting

April 4th, 2017

So…one of the books I’m currently consuming is Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency…they’re one of the most powerful talent agencies in the world. I picked it up as a business book; curious about the finer points of deal making when millions are on the line (my independence is more valuable than your acceptance). But! One of the book’s surprises is the casting stories.

If you think Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future or Tom Selleck as the Terminator is weird (yo Cameron why would a homicidal robot travel back in time only to grow a moustache?!) try these casting tales:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Catey Shaw

March 23rd, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Catey Shaw’s Music
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Having A March To One’s Madness

March 17th, 2017

Yo…yesterday my sister and I called in sick jumped into her car and hit up March Madness games in Buffalo. (I’m comfortable with regular racism at the border; s’part of life so be it still I wasn’t sure what to expect…it was painless. Pleasant surprise.)

I’ve attended NBA games for over 20 years in a variety of buildings. I’ve never been to an NCAA game let alone a March Madness game.
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Stupidity Is The Father of Innovation

March 12th, 2017

It’s 2017…
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Small Talk: U2’s Joshua Tree Grammy

March 9th, 2017

Today marks the 30th anniversary of U2’s The Joshua Tree…which won a grammy for Album Of The Year.
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The Future of Pee

March 2nd, 2017

Is there such a thing as an interactive-digital-urinal? Like you could download an app connected to those urinals and it would translate your pee…like a Fitbit for your bladder.
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Trailer Alert: Mike Birbiglia – Thank God For Jokes

March 1st, 2017

The next month or so Netflix is all stand up specials…so excited!
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i spy with my little eye…racism

February 28th, 2017

A sad commentary on our times…I shared the following moment on Facebook:
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Why We Share

February 27th, 2017

Some science on why and what we share online…gotta tweet something:

“People’s brains appeared to be gauging the headlines and abstracts of each article to determine how sharing them might create positive personal and social outcomes for them. In other words, when a story more effectively tapped into people’s desire for others to see them favorably, and presented an opportunity to relate to others positively, they were more likely to share it — and possibly make it go viral.”

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Get Your Foot In The Door

February 24th, 2017

Front Door or Back Door…there are 2 ways in:
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White Playhouse Mystery Science

February 22nd, 2017

Obscure Reference Time! One of the set designers for Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival is Wayne White.
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Trailer Alert: I Am Not Your Negro

February 22nd, 2017

It is difficult to convey the profound impact James Baldwin has on other writers…and on the discussions and debates we continue to have about race and racism. He died in 1987; yet we’re still grappling with the complex issues he so eloquently expressed in writing and speaking.

I come from comic books; from sci-fi and all too often encounter nerd-centric click-bait posts on diversity. Not only have we grown comfortable championing facile notions of diversity often to the cheers/likes/retweets of our passionate echo chamber (Yes Men for true) we lazily challenge the numbers not the issues.
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AKA National Nut Up Day

February 19th, 2017

Laziest All-Star Game ever…symbolic of NBA’s weak Get Along Gang mentality: it’s Show Business not show friends.

Break is over…put away your Kit Kat; it’s Crunch time!
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Host Haiku In Session With…The Kents

February 16th, 2017

As inspired by listening to The Kents’ Waking EP
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What The Ross…

February 14th, 2017

Terrence Ross is GONE!! I repeat and celebrate…Terrence Ross is dealt.

I don’t care about scoring, rebounds, assists…if you’re an NBA playa without the Will To Kill you’re useless: Jordan has 6 Rings; Kobe has 5 they’re excellent murderers.

Talk about no love lost…
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Illuminated Chronicles: Tribeca Talks: Directors Series – J.J. Abrams with Chris Rock

February 10th, 2017

I’m a Chris Rock fan…that is when it comes to comedy. His interview skills always leave the viewer wanting. Remember The Chris Rock Show…which wrapped in 2000. (Man time is flying faster than Superman saving Lois!).

And as for J.J. I’ve issues with him. I refer to his Star Trek as Star Wrecked because it was silly and guilty of being unnecessary. Super 8 doesn’t even come up in this talk and the first Cloverfield was an utter piece of crap. So no love lost between me and J.J. So Be It.
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Tinder Shamans

February 10th, 2017

Last night love was in the air!! At Pacific Junction Hotel bar sitting down with supa dupa Girth Radio host Sean to talk half business half chillin. To our right I spy a pretty girl: auburn hair, sweet sweater…alone at a table sipping a beer.

I remark to Sean that’s strange…for such a frigid evening why would she put on pants and come here to sip a beer by herself? We shrug at the unsolved mystery and go back to our conversation. But!
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Trailer Alert: The History of Comedy

February 8th, 2017

I know…it’s a bit weird to check out The History of Comedy on CNN. And no there’s no Trump involved…as funny as that is. This original CNN mini-series exploring the history of comedy and what makes our funny bones sing  premieres on Thursday, February 9, at 10 p.m. EST on…well CNN. Cue James Earl Jones.
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Host Haiku In Session With…4Korners

February 2nd, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to 4Korners’s Music
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Trailer Alert: Abstract: The Art of Design

February 1st, 2017

Tinker Hatfield is featured in Abstract: The Art of Design a Netflix mini-series premiering on February 10. Yo: Tinker Hatfield, son…it’s time for tea. Oh and yes…Jordan is in it as well. Time for tea for true.
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Hidden Gem: More or Les feat Wordburglar “Hate Rap”

January 30th, 2017

Recently featured More or Les as an In Session With Girth… guest; super stoked to get into his fantastic album Blow the Fuck Up But Stay Humble. And we do…eventually; after hobo ramblings about comics and the Doctor. I ah, sorta got all sidetracked; I got distracted by a bright blue police box. My bad.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Kid Koala

January 26th, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Kid Koala’s Music To Draw To: Satellite
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Trailer Alert: Becoming Warren Buffett

January 25th, 2017

This is weird but not really. Big Sean’s well penned verse in Detroit Vs. Everybody reminds me of Warren Buffett. Oh you know saying that out…I guess that is weird. So Be It.
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My New Mr. Miyagi

January 24th, 2017

Walking through College Park food court when I happily witness a senior citizen walk out of the grocery store with a full bbq chicken…you know those hot ones you bring home for dinner to feed your family?
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Hidden Gem: Tom Chaplin “Hardened Heart”

January 23rd, 2017

Damn…the honesty of a junkie!

Tom Chaplin (Keane’s frontman) has returned (in more ways than one) with a solo album The Wave.
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Racism LOL

January 20th, 2017

It’s hard to convey but the racism the media typically reports on isn’t the universal racism visual minorities experience.

A number of my visual minority friends have experienced funny racist encounters. I have a couple. It’s typically somebody so determined to be racist but doesn’t have enough “knowledge” to be properly racist. Talk about ignorance. I understand racism is rooted in ignorance but man be racist properly.

Like put some time and effort into your hate! Have some pride…watch a doc, read a book, brush up on your stereotypes…just don’t go through the motions.
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Trailer Alert: Beware the Slenderman

January 18th, 2017

Fake news is not an issue.

National Enquirer has been around since 1926 serving its loyal readership stories on Elvis sightings, earth’s women serving as Eves by having alien babies, dating impending apocalypses and as times and tastes evolved standard celebrity scandals. All useful for prompting X-Files plot points; not overly impactful in real life.
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Hidden Gem: Kid Koala (featuring Emili?ana Torrini) “Collapser”

January 16th, 2017

Kid Koala (aka Eric San) has generously shared a sublimely ambient track from his fifth studio album Music To Draw To: Satellite, to be released via Arts & Crafts on January 20, 2017. Based on this track alone I cannot wait for this album to drop:

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Illuminated Chronicles: Stop Asking For Easy

January 13th, 2017

In the oval office Obama has a plaque thing that says: “Hard Things Are Hard.” Hashtag No Guff.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Coins

January 12th, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Coins’ Daft Science
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Trailer Alert: Neal Brennan’s 3 Mics

January 11th, 2017

So if you want a fascinating behind the scenes evolution of Neal Brennan’s superb Netflix comedy special 3 Mics track down The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.
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A Major Tom Moment of Silence

January 10th, 2017

On January 10, 2016 David Bowie passed away…
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Pop Culture Habits

January 3rd, 2017

Been approached by a few friends (always better to be approached by friends instead of Jehovah’s Witnesses!) who want to write more…journal more; some listen to music more. Basically they want to more more.
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Illuminated Chronicles: Run The Jewels Visits Portlandia

December 30th, 2016

It’s 2016…practically 2017 so how do you drop an album now? Run The Jewels visits Portlandia for some “helpful” album drop suggestions…let the LOL commence:
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Illuminated Chronicles: Ascension

December 30th, 2016

Over Christmas break I checked out Ascension a 2014 Syfy mini-series on Netflix.

Back in the 60s JFK launched an inter-generational space shuttle…it was going to take 100 years for it to reach its destination: Proxima Centauri. (The show was inspired by the real-life concept of Project Orion which Kennedy ultimately killed). Of course…things don’t go well and it’s all sparked by a murder.

Some of the writing is a bit cheezy, typical tv writing…but there are some fresh moments too. Only lasted 6 episodes then died (don’t ponder the ending too much as Syfy confirmed: “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series.”).

You can knock it off in a lazy winter weekend.

Here’s the trailer:

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Goodbye Carrie Fisher

December 27th, 2016

We lost a fantastic writer today.

Yes I’m aware the great celebrity reduction for Carrie Fisher will always be Princess Leia.
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Patient Zero Caught Christmas Spirit

December 25th, 2016

Merry Christmas!

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Uncle Sammy’s War on Coal

December 23rd, 2016

Talking to a small child in 2016…
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Boutique Bubbles

December 19th, 2016

Man…bubbles are surreal…
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Her Bermuda Triangle

December 17th, 2016

Last night at Girth Radio a couple of lovely ladies who record a sex-in-the-city type show had asked if I knew any sexperts.

Successfully refraining from making the obvious me! joke I brought in a sexpert I’d met recently. I didn’t know her well but she seems knowledgeable.
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One Rogue: A Star Wars Story

December 16th, 2016

So??! Do the Rebels successfully steal the Death Star schematics?! Yes Rogue OneThe Titanic, the Apollo 13 etc. of Star Wars opens today with its expected ending. (Doctor Who calls em fixed points in time).
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Christmas Sneer

December 13th, 2016

Bah! They Got Me!
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Star Wars The Blockbuster…

December 12th, 2016

Since some of you are gonna put on pants and check out Rogue One
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Host Haiku In Session With…Piper Hayes II

December 1st, 2016

As inspired by listening to Piper Hayes’ Goodbye Mister Nice Guy
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November 27th, 2016

I’m constantly surprised and grateful for the fantastic opportunities that come my way. Since high school I’ve set out to be creative (code for I want to play everyday) and not be bound by medium. I’ve recently been offered to co-host Back Issue Bloodbath a Geek Hard podcast focusing on comics. Basically over adult beverages we get into it…talking about issues (in every sense of the word). Magic!!

I got miles to go crafting my audio voice…writing now that I can Fight Club anybody and win. So I’m thankful for this challenge to shine skillz that pay the billz.

If this at all interests you (or other benevolent nerds in your life) subscribe on itunes/google play. This sucker is gonna heat up like Jiffy Pop!

My first episode is below…thanks for reading. As You Were.

In this episode of Back Issue Bloodbath I surprise the gents with a wild and crazy about Black Science! Which is totally different than Weird Science: thankfully (or sadly) we did not have to wear bras on our heads.

Listen NOW!

Check out my earlier appearances on Geek Hard‘s Back Issue Bloodbath as a guest:
Episode #39
Episode #14
Episode #13
Episode #12
Episode #11

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Host Haiku In Session With…The Autumn Stones

November 24th, 2016

As inspired by listening to The Autumn Stones’ Escapists
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Host Haiku In Session With…Neon Dreams

November 17th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Neon Dreams’ To You EP
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Host Haiku In Session With…Conan & the Romantyks

November 10th, 2016

 

As inspired by listening to Conan and the Romantyks’ Out It Comes
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Cubs Win!

November 3rd, 2016

So the red team that everybody (especially online types) thinks is racist was defeated by the blue team who haven’t had a significant victory in over 100 years. That sums up the World Series as much as it does this craptacular current election.
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Host Haiku In Session With…The Tired Flames

November 3rd, 2016

As inspired by listening to The Tired Flames’ Pyrolysis
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Fighting To Be Heard

November 1st, 2016

One of the funniest aspects of hanging out in NYC this past week has been Americans apologizing for the election. Even if I don’t bring it up…soon as they find out I ain’t a local. They’re so embarrassed…lotta we’re not really like this hand wringing.
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Halloween Body Count

October 31st, 2016

Early September I saw Lights Out (couple of sweet moments…check it out). However the body count was low…2 cops (who were collateral damage and not related to the horror at hand and 1 proper killing from the horror-monster (well…and 1 suicide but again mainly collateral damage)).

All the new horrors (the James Wan horrors…Insidious’, Conjurings etc.) low body counts; that seems to be the latest horror trend. It’s like they make you invest in the characters or like the plot.
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TBT: Lou Reed

October 27th, 2016

Graffiti I saw in NYC in 2011:
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Host Haiku In Session With…James Clark Institute

October 27th, 2016

As inspired by listening to James Clark Institute’s Yesterday’s Misadventures
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Host Haiku In Session With…Aiko Tomi

October 20th, 2016

 

As inspired by listening to Aiko Tomi’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…Veronica

October 13th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Veronica’s Music
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The Free-Dumb of Elephant Cognition

October 10th, 2016

Republicans like Paul Ryan are so screwed:

If he endorses Trump the public resort to name calling, labels and harsh slightly witty memes.

If he doesn’t endorse Trump he’s not a team player and he needs the resources of the GOP to further his ambitions.
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A Season With…Sammy?

October 8th, 2016

I’m watching Showtime’s A Season With… which is just fascinating.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Owen Meany’s Batting Stance

October 6th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Owen Meany’s Batting Stance’s Owen Meany’s Batting Stance
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Freakonomics For True

October 3rd, 2016

One sure sign we’re in a rescission is the lack of discarded underwear in 7-11 parking lots…in this economy ain’t nobody leavin underwear behind.
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Birthday Appreciation

September 29th, 2016

THANK YOU for all the
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Host Haiku In Session With…Torero

September 29th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Torero’s Torero
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Birth Year Readings VI

September 28th, 2016

Round 6! I ah…somehow astonishingly read 80 books last year. I kept a list so I clearly did it I just dunno how I did it. That is surreal…although it’s equally surreal how little that actually dents all the fantastic books that get published every year…or have already been published.

Undaunted I press on…I dunno if I can bat 80 books this year but I will continue to let my curiosity dictate my choices while hoping for moments of synchronicity. At times it feels like I’m stockpiling ideas like a redneck stockpiles guns. I’m not yet certain what form all these ideas echoing in my head will become in the real world. They’re gonna be something…they hafta be. But what?
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Dark Tower’s Movie Quest

September 27th, 2016

Heard this last night on Sirius…dude does a good breakdown on where Dark Tower movie is at…includes interviews with Stephen King, Elba and others.
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New Age Astrology

September 27th, 2016

According to science your astrology signs are now incorrect. If that’s upsetting to you in this age of enlightenment and era of reason clearly you’re a witch and should be tossed into the river to see if you float.
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Hillary’s Crooked Path To The White House

September 26th, 2016

Neal Brennan has that fantastic line/observation: “The main reason black people like Hillary is because she dresses like Steve Harvey.” Hah! Amazing. I find some of her outfits are also Doctor Evil-ish. Kinda fitting I suppose…tonight Neal and I were right.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Finger Eleven

September 22nd, 2016

As inspired by listening to Finger Eleven’s Five Crooked Lines
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Late Night 80s Teen Hosts

September 19th, 2016

Turns out the late night tv hosts effortlessly fit neatly into stereotypical 80s/90s teen movie tropes.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Ken Yates

September 15th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Ken Yates’ Huntsville
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Birth Year Readings Status

September 8th, 2016

Sammy Fun Fact: I’ve until September 28 (my birthday) to read 5 books (like with no pictures). If I can do that I’ll have read 80 books (all with no pictures) in a birth-year. I’m currently at 75…mostly non-fiction with some novels tossed into the mix for spice. You can see the whole list via Birth Year Readings V.
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Host Haiku In Session With…May Cheung

September 8th, 2016

As inspired by listening to May Cheung’s Departure
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Out of Place Drivers

September 4th, 2016

Whenever I’m driving and I spot a classic car from the 50s or the 60s I speed up along side em and strain to get a good look at the driver.
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Soar Like A Hawk

August 18th, 2016

Today!!! I finally witnessed one of the last great American superheroes…I saw Tony Hawk live. And it was spectacular; sweeter than Mountain Dew if that’s possible.

To see a man soar, defying gravity and all that threatens to keep us down. I hope the kids who were watching took notice…they’ll be starting school soon and it’s back to colouring in the lines…whatever that’s all about.
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Afternoon Delight

August 17th, 2016

Went to Popeyes for lunch and to my childish delight the disinterested cashier said: “Your order number is 69.” I giggled; she didn’t care.
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Host Haiku In Session With…The Young Novelists

August 17th, 2016

As inspired by listening to The Young Novelists’ Made Us Strangers
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Host Haiku In Session With…J Matthew

August 11th, 2016

As inspired by listening to J Matthew’s Music
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This Heat: A Helpful Guide For Visual Minorities

August 10th, 2016

How to Discuss The Weather with your friends and co-workers…A Helpful Guide For Visual Minorities:
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Transformers Trauma

August 8th, 2016

On August 8, 1986 The Transformers: The Movie opened.

Man just how good was The Transformers: The Movie? Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack and Orson Welles. All that glorious Ruckus.
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Geek Hard Gratitude

August 7th, 2016

Special thanks to the boys (boyz?) running Geek HardAndrew Young &  Mr. Green.
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Suicide Squad Knowledge

August 5th, 2016

If you’re gonna put on pants (DOWN WITH PANTS!!) and check out Suicide Squad this weekend know the following:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Yolanda Ho

August 4th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Yolanda Ho’s Music
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The New 52 Reading List

August 1st, 2016

The New 52 DC’s big bang began on August 31, 2011 following the conclusion of Flashpoint and commencing with Justice League #1 (at the time helmed by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee a fantastic one-two punch that like a Summer romance didn’t last long). On May 25, 2016 the Rebirth one-shot was released signalling the end of The New 52 and the, well rebirth of DC’s universe. Again.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Sonja Seiler

July 21st, 2016

As inspired by listening to Sonja Seiler’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…Pyramid Tropic

July 16th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Pyramid Tropic’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…Kelvin Wetherell

July 14th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Kelvin Wetherell’s The Jackknife Letters
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Shirt Off Update Memo

July 12th, 2016

Saw the new Bourne movie…do I have to provide a Shirt Off Update?
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Found Money

July 12th, 2016

“You find money all the time!” I protest my friend’s observation: that is not true. I mean…doesn’t everybody find money? How much do I find? How much money do you find?
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Host Haiku In Session With…Ghost Caravan

July 9th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Ghost Caravan’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…A.A. Wallace

June 30th, 2016

As inspired by listening to A.A. Wallace’s Waking EP
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burrito

June 28th, 2016

Yammed a spicy pulled pork burrito the size of my head and didn’t drop any of it on my t-shirt: Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta. #ThugLife
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Butt Against LA

June 16th, 2016

Another huge moment from LA…
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Heart-To-Heart Talk

June 15th, 2016

Took Lyft while in LA and this is what happened…
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Trailer Alert: O.J.: Made in America

June 8th, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

“The first eight years of schooling was with all white people. So that helped me to understand how white people think. I think that transition is what helped me bridge the gap, because that’s what my success has really been about: bridging the gap between the black community and the white community.”
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Goodbye Muhammad Ali

June 3rd, 2016

I saw this iconic image as a kid…I dunno where or how. Instantly I recognized this wasn’t a fight: this was a lifestyle.
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Vulcan Nerve Pinch

June 3rd, 2016

Fun Fact: In the original Star Trek series (Kirk, Spock etc.) did you know the Vulcan Nerve Pinch was used 34 different times.
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Nerd Emotions

May 23rd, 2016

Last night found some pants and watched Captain America: Civil War.
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My Eulogy

May 20th, 2016

Last night…interviewing a job applicant.

She’s clearly a meticulous researcher…she had all kinds of impressive dirt on the band I was interviewing later that night. Then she mentions she’d researched me.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Avalanche City

May 19th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Avalanche City’s We Are for the Wild Places
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Host Haiku In Session With…Old Man Canyon

May 19th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Old Man Canyon’s Delirium
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L is for Lobby

May 12th, 2016

BING! Elevators doors open and this old man slowly shuffles in; as Brother Bill says it’s Just the Two of Us.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Leslie Hudson

May 12th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Leslie Hudson’s The Redhead League
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Host Haiku In Session With…No Sinner

May 5th, 2016

As inspired by listening to No Sinner’s Old Habits Die Hard
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TBT: Compelled 2008 Poetry Performance

May 3rd, 2016

On May 3, 2008 I performed at Compelled 2008…a AIDS benefit at Convocation Hall. One of the largest crowds I’d ever spoken in front of…I performed a poem called Mother&Son.

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Magic Money

May 1st, 2016

Last night I had the sublime opportunity to hang out with a number of prominent magicians!! (One of em was Johnny Carson’s favourite magician…I’d never met anybody who met Carson so that was fascinating).
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Code of Silence

April 30th, 2016

You endure the awkward silence on a date so you can get in a relationship with a girl who when she’s upset with you will give you the silent treatment. #ModernRomance
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Pantsworthy: Hot Docs – April 30, 2016

April 30th, 2016

Big Day in Hot Docs land.
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Hidden Gem: Evvy “Collide”

April 25th, 2016

Has this song been in a movie? One of those Jason Sudeikis indies where he seduces a pretty girl who doesn’t have it all together (but thinks she does) with his good hair and refined beard:

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Illuminated Chronicles: Gregg Popovich Video

April 22nd, 2016

The Spurs-under Gregg Popovich-are the NBA’s greatest magic trick: fans wanna know how they do it. How do they pull it off? There’s nothing I can say about Gregg Popovich that hasn’t been said: every superlative is accurate and more importantly he’s going to walk away with at least 5 rings. Well done, good sir.

To understand how the magic is performed FIBA released a video of Pop speaking at a coaching seminar and boy does he drop knowledge. In the first minute he refutes the notion of magic: “it’s about organization, it’s about discipline, it’s about building the blocks; about relationships with your players.” That’s…it?
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Get That Baby

April 20th, 2016

Today in 1889 Hitler was born in present-day Austria.
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He’s Gay?

April 19th, 2016

Playing 80s hits at my desk when a 20 year old intern drops by: “Woah…is that George Boy?”
I look up: “Ah…Boy George but yeah.”
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Hidden Gem: Astronauts, etc. “Odessa”

April 18th, 2016

Extraordinary. Strongly moody, deeply impressionistic…this is what’ll sound like if you could take a dj into outer space:


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Hidden Gem: Wild Belle “It’s Too Late”

April 11th, 2016

The lyrics:
I’m not asking for lots of fancy toys
I don’t need a lot of fancy toys
Someone to keep me warm at night

I’ve a friend who basically prayed this…she’s been married and warm for the past 5 years. It’s not too late for you…
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My First Comic Book

April 10th, 2016

As an avid nerd I’m often asked what’s My First Comic Book. Here ya go…posted on its 33rd anniversary. Ack! We’re all getting older…
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Where No Woman Has Gone Before

April 9th, 2016

Whenever a girl says she needs “space and time” she sounds like she’s going to board the Starship Enterprise for a 5 year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations.

Well at least you look fantastic in red…

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Illuminated Chronicles: Kobe….Don’t Love me. Hate me.

April 8th, 2016

This Wednesday Kobe will play his final NBA game. No other player since Jordan has defined Sinatra’s My Way:
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
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Black Panther: The Potential of Patience

April 7th, 2016

How is Black Panther an icon? Same thing with Wonder Woman…iconic without any storytelling substance. I can’t grasp that flimsy and ultimately foolish premise.

Black Panther has been around since the 60s and done (to quote Stupid Flanders) diddly-squat. Black Panther debuted in 1966; Spider-Man in 1962. Who’s had more impact on the culture?
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Hidden Gem: Maggie Szabo “Tidal Waves and Hurricanes”

April 4th, 2016

Take thumping drums, a voice rich in soul and toss in a scorned woman and you have the Tidal Waves & Hurricanes video. I feel bad for the guy, not sure what he did but he did something wrong. And boy is he paying a hefty price. Glad it’s not me and I can pantslessly enjoy this video as part of Maggie’s monumental journey.
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80s Goals

April 1st, 2016

I’m only working this hard so that one day…one special day I’ll be famous enough to dress up in my best 80s pastel coloured outfit and be forever immortalized in a Reading is FUNdamental poster.
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Hidden Gem: Catey Shaw “The Ransom”

March 28th, 2016

This is a quintessential Hidden Gem. That voice…that rhythm…the playfulness in the song: oh yeah:
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Everything Is Coming Up Stupid

March 28th, 2016

With a heavy sigh my friend bravely shared he and his wife have agreed to divorce.
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“Good” Friday…Happy Easter!

March 25th, 2016

Got caught “stealing” chocolate Easter eggs from a child’s massive stash by the 6 year old child and her 3 year old brother.
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Hidden Gem: Fadaul Et Les Privilèges “Sid Redad”

March 21st, 2016

The Youtube description of this song sums it up perfectly: “Middle East & North Africa’s own James Brown!!!” (They added the 3 !s not me).

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Sixty-Nine 101

March 16th, 2016

There are 2 phases of life we all go through…
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Hidden Gem: Emma-Lee “Worst Enemy”

March 14th, 2016

Always a sucker for that big brassy female voice.
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This Happened…

March 14th, 2016

Dear Diary:
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Illuminated Chronicles: O Pioneers! (Levi’s Commercial)

March 11th, 2016

This 2009 Levi’s commercial stays with me…I’m always on the hunt for creative and visual ways to communicate poetry. I’m a poet as much as I am a prophet…the free verse poem is my weapon of choice to confront a cold calculating culture. Yet in this modern society of guns and rough violence it’s almost like I am walking around with a sword. En Garde isn’t Avant-garde. Or is it?
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Nicknames Affection

March 8th, 2016

Ladies…Cuddle Bugs…Kittens…Babes…Honey Bunnies…Sweethearts…Queens…Angels…Hot Mamas…Cupcakes…Better Halfs…Peaches…Hot Stuff…Main Squeezes…Girls…Sugars…Buttercups…Little Ladies…Firecrackers…Beloveds…Women…
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Hidden Gem: Lucius “Madness”

March 7th, 2016

How I discovered Lucius…

In early 2013 Mike from PledgeMusic emailed to say “got this amazing band Lucius to play at 6pm.” Dude’s got a fantastic ear so I dutifully located my pants and headed to Tequila Bookworm to check out their CMW industry set.
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Rules of Engagement

March 7th, 2016

Over at my friend’s house when she disciplined her small child by asking him to stand in the corner.
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Tonight: Darcy Oake

March 5th, 2016

So excited I can wet myself…may have to wear astronaut diapers. Tonight I’m going to see Darcy Oake a real life Magician performing in real life!
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TBT – Last Night’s Culture Snap: Hangin with Henry Rollins

March 3rd, 2016

Chillin with Henry Rollins! I umm, forgot who he is, that’s why I am smiling. So fired…
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Host Haiku In Session With…Eternia

March 3rd, 2016

 

As inspired by listening to Eternia’s Day & Night
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Hidden Gem: French Montana feat Kanye West & Nas “Figure It Out”

February 29th, 2016

Kanye is making everybody with a website who monitors metrics over quality rich; his nickname should be money (all due respect to Jordan). What with his insightful twitter diatribes and “journalists” playing Web MD constantly diagnosing his “mental health issues” websites are churning out content and “analysis.” Overlooked in the superfluous parroting “Kanye is a douche-bag” rhetoric is his musical gifts:

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The End of the LeBron James era

February 28th, 2016

If (when???) the Warriors win a championship this year it’ll officially mark the end of the LeBron James era.
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Out of Nowhere: Steph Curry vs Batman

February 27th, 2016

Steph Curry’s jaw-dropping 32/35 footer to win the game and hearts of NBA fans while stabbing OKC in the front has now established him as a Premier Player.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

February 25th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Michael Bernard Fitzgerald’s Waking EP
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Hidden Gem: Sarah Neufeld “The Ridge”

February 22nd, 2016

An Arcade Fire solo project! Sweet:

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Host Haiku In Session With…Featurette

February 18th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Featurette’s Crave Vol.1 & 2
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Garbage Time: 2015-2016 NBA Season Report Card

February 17th, 2016

All-Star Weekend has come and gone. It was freezing and for reasons nobody can properly articulate Sting performed. The coolest aspect of All-Star Weekend was the Jordan store at Yonge-Dundas. S’gone now without a note on the dresser. Damn.

Last half of the 70th NBA season…let’s get down to business. Some of the storylines I was following when the season started are unfolding…
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Science vs Hiccups

February 16th, 2016

All this technological progress, human advancements in science, the radical evolution of medicine and psychology…it’s 2016 and yet that all goes out the window soon as you get hiccups: you just get bombarded with old wives’ tales.
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Hidden Gem: Reuben And The Dark “Heart in Two”

February 15th, 2016

So…how was your Valentines?
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Host Haiku In Session With…Merival

February 11th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Merival’s Lovers
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Trailer Alert: All Things Must Pass

February 10th, 2016

All Things Must Pass (a documentary on the rise and fall of Tower Records) is a cautionary documentary with 2 key takeaways:
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Modern Political Platforms

February 9th, 2016

At what point…
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Hidden Gem: Basia Bulat “Infamous”

February 8th, 2016

A friend of mine…she likes to sing in the car picked me up one day to get some tea. She had Basia Bulat’s fantastic Oh, My Darling totally cranked. Wow, who is this? She wasn’t sure how to pronounce her name but she passed her on to me, along…generously with the cd we were listening too. Tea and tunes does it for me every single time.

Since then we’ve seen Basia Bulat live (she did not disappoint!) and I’ve continued with her (the singer and my friend; they’re both lovely). Basia followed Oh, My Darling with Heart of My Own and her biggest release yet in 2013 she dropped Tall Tall Shadow. And now: we get new music from her in 2016! Ah-maz-ing!
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Canadian Reactions to the Superbowl…

February 7th, 2016

The following are some basic Canadian Reactions to the classic American spectacular known as the Superbowl…
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Illuminated Chronicles: Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video)”

February 5th, 2016

Just in time for Black History Month…Sam Cooke’s estate released a lyric video for the powerful and prophetic civil rights anthem A Change Is Gonna Come. If you ah…don’t know much about history this video should catch you up:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Ivana Santilli

February 4th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Ivana Santilli’s Late Night Light
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Trailer Alert: Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall

February 3rd, 2016

Your opinions on Michael Jackson are entirely irrelevant. I’m sure you have them; I’m sure you’re passionate about them…comments are below: go nuts but they’re totally irrelevant.

MJ’s powerful contributions to our culture (beyond the standard pop culture contributions like the music and fashion) easily overshadow your thoughts: his actions speak louder than your words.

Spike Lee’s latest MJ doc…his follow up to Bad 25 is an opportunity to properly and authentically document Jackson’s crucial cultural contributions: Let The Record Show!

Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall premiered at Sundance at January’s end will now air on Showtime on February 5th at 9:00PM.

MJ’s journey from Motown to Off The Wall is crucial for him as an Artist and especially for us as culture. This is what I mean I say your MJ opinions are irrelevant:

In 1981 MTV refused to air Super Freak Rick James’ biggest hit; MTV focused on (white) rock and rejected videos by black performers (primarily R&B as rap was still in its formation…Blondie’s Rapture (often credited for giving rap it’s genre name) was released in 1981 several months before Super Freak. Rapture aired on MTV…white rock for the win.

That was the state of the union MJ recognized as he prepared to release Thriller in 1982 his eagerly anticipated follow up to Off The Wall. Fortunately he was already battle-tested courtesy of Off The Wall.

Before MTV and its racist ban on music/videos by black performers like Rick James came Disco Demolition Night aka the day disco died: July 12, 1979. An anti-disco demonstration held during a baseball double-header in Chicago’s Comiskey Park celebrated rock by literally crushing disco: Disco Sucks. It was (is?) a rejection of gay culture and black culture Trojan horsed as an emphatic rejection of disco…one loud hedonistic rock celebration. (The standard ongoing tensions that permeate American culture…Disco Demolition Night concluded with a riot, of course. How far have we come since 1979…30 seconds on social media reveals progress hardly worth celebrating…)

“On July 21, 1979, the top six records on the U.S. music charts were disco songs; by September 22 there were no disco songs in the US Top 10 chart.” Disco Sucks!

(By the way how amazing is it to look back and realize that KISS the very epitome of rock n roll (can’t get more rock n roll than Love Gun!) was on Casablanca Records which featured records by Donna Summer, Lipps Inc., Village People plus many more disco types…the more successful KISS became the more rock fans were indirectly supporting disco! Pop culture makes us all hypocrites).

Disco died on July 21, 1979 and Michael Jackson (with the talented Quincy Jones) delivered the eulogy on August 10, 1979 via Off The Wall. Creatively separated from the Motown Jackson 5 era MJ wanted to make a emphatic statement: a sonic manifesto to put listeners on notice. Off The Wall was extremely effective at establishing MJ’s adult and musical identity, further cementing Quincy’s reputation as a genius and putting listeners on notice.

(Popular 1979 hits include but are not limited too: Rod Stewart’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Tragedy by The Bee Gees and the never out of style classic You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond!)

Critical acclaim, American Music, Grammy and Billboard awards,  successful sales…the third best selling album of 1980…even establishing a bold record: Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 all amazing but…not enough; not even close, not for MJ.

Proving once again how you define success is irrelevant (I told you from the start your opinions on MJ are entirely irrelevant) Jackson was disappointed Off The Wall was not bigger. This disappointment was the fertile ground from which the seeds for Thriller grew.

Thriller brings us back full circle to MTV and their ban on videos by black performers. MJ affectionally became the  Jackie Robinson of pop music. His Thriller work could not be ignored and helped desegregate MTV but also many rock stations. That’s huge: we still live in that ripple effect.

MJ had to experience Motown to get to Off The Wall which lead to the end of disco and the start of Thriller the birth of short films disguised as music videos and most importantly the desegregation of our music media like MTV and rock stations.

MJ man…MJ.

Sammy’s Status: Considering how we just lost Bowie this is another sobering reminder of all that we’ve had…and lost.

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Hidden Gem: Sia “Unstoppable”

February 1st, 2016

Sia is back…with the infectious confidence and strut of a bold lion. 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear is her best work yet; early indications This Is Acting her 2016 album extends her winning streak.

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Illuminated Chronicles: Pusha T Vice Autobiographies

January 29th, 2016

Early indications were 2015 belonged to Big Sean with the noise Dark Sky Paradise was making. That album is fantastic and doesn’t disappoint. This year…2016 Pusha T is putting the free market on notice with King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude to…King Push. Which should be out sometime this year.

As such you have to let the people who you are before they can give you a thumbs up or thumbs down in the Show Business arena.

Vice launched Autobiographies a new series that wants to know more about the magic trick than the magic.

Upcoming guests include Vince Staples, Cillian Murphy, Empress Of, Jackie Cruz, Ty Dolla $ign, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex G, A$AP Ferg, Wilson Tang, Bully, Bubba Wallace, D.R.A.M., Venus X

Not a lot there for me; I’m happy Pusha’s episode kicks it off…doubtful I’ll be back.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Laila Biali

January 28th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Laila Biali & The Radiance Project’s House of Many Rooms
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Hidden Gem: Saul Williams “The Noise Came From Here”

January 25th, 2016

2016 starts with an emphatic and fantastic bang with the release of Saul Williams’ MartyrLoserKing on January 29. Here is The Noise Came From Here one of 3 or 4 singles he’s released online to promote the album:

Did you see Saul Williams when he opened for k-os on November 20, 2015?
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Trailer Alert: The X-Files Returns!

January 24th, 2016

Tonight…set your VCR (#SetTheVCR) for 10:00-11:00 PM EST for X-Files returns! Cue the undead hand punching its way out of the grave: may God have mercy on our souls. Like using Tinder as a dating app…oh how I want to believe this will be good.

I fear revivals like a monster of the week and yet like a Lone Gunman I’m compelled to check it out and get to the truth. Problem is I trust no one. Hopefully it’s not a Fluke…man. (That was the last one, I’m done now).
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Netflix’s Comic Book Guy

January 23rd, 2016

Like the way you increase/decrease your security settings with a pop up blocker Netflix should allow viewers to increase their movie recommending algorithm up to video store clerk snobbery status…just like having The Simpson’s Comic Book Guy in your ipad:

from

Mild Disgust Setting: “Really?” when you select a “guilty pleasure”

to…

Belligerent Contempt Setting: “Did your mother drop you a lot as a small child? You idiot: if you watch this they’ll think it’s popular and make a sequel. Is that what you want? You want to ruin society because you have lousy taste?”
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Affiliations: 80s Synth

January 22nd, 2016

New Pet Shop Boys today…Inner Sanctum.

Bit meh, we’ll see how the rest of the album is; hope they tour too…they put on a freshtastic live show. Course as an 80s child it’s expected I get amped when I hear synth beats.
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Snoop Dogg’s adidas Talk Show: Turf’d Up

January 22nd, 2016

We’ve lived through the East Coast-West Coast rivalry, the Cola Wars, a couple of battles for Late Night and now it appears in 2016 we’re in the early stages of The Sneaker Wars: adidas vs Nike. Which for the most part has been a cold war:
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You Win This Round…

January 21st, 2016

Last night at the Raptors game…in the line up for the post-game pee a dude covered head to toe in Celtics gear (hat, jacket, t-shirt etc.) is exiting the bathroom when a Raptors fan gloats: “Sorry about your loss tonight!”
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Trailer Alert: Legends of Tomorrow – Tonight!

January 21st, 2016

Alright let’s get into it:

1) My Philosophy: I don’t drink the kool-aid this is the golden era of television…there’s a lot more tv options for true but most of it is not golden.

2) My Legacy: I dropped Smallville around the second or third episode, same with Arrow. Shield…barely lasted the first episode. Jessica Jones got stuck at episode 5, probably won’t go back. Haven’t checked out Flash (though the bits I’ve seen already put it ahead of Arrow).

All this to say Legends of Tomorrow has an uphill climb. It premieres tonight at 8:00pm on CW.
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Host Haiku In Session With…For Esmé

January 21st, 2016

As inspired by listening to Esmé’s Sugar
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Hidden Gem: Hillsong United “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

January 18th, 2016

This is out of character for me, posting a Hillsong. So much so my sister asked, as I was writing this…what’s wrong with you? Ha.
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Illuminated Chronicles: adidas – Your Future Is Not Mine

January 15th, 2016

In 1925 Al Capone at 26 became the new Boss of a sprawling criminal network. At the height of his seven year mob-reign Capone seemed untouchable. Keyword: seemed. A lot can happen between today and tomorrow.

As a modern Eliot Ness adidas’ is facing their untouchable Al Capone in Nike. Nike is…well, Nike and they own about half of the market share of fresh kicks. adidas is facing a daunting task: Nike seems untouchable.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Jon Corbin

January 14th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Jon Corbin A Few Words More & Good Times Part 4
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Trailer Alert: Day Job Documentary

January 13th, 2016

What defines you…your 9 to 5 or…your 5 to 9? What do you tell people you do at parties (assuming you go)?
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Hot Sauce Safeword

January 12th, 2016

Need a better hot sauce safeword for my burrito joint:
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Hidden Gem: Babe Parade “Swims”

January 11th, 2016

I can’t articulate what it is about bands from California they have this Sun-soaked sound that makes my east coast living heart happy.

It’s easy to name bands from California, just as easy it is to name bands from New York City. Still add Babe Parade to your Cali list with this deft entry:


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Bowie: January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

January 11th, 2016

Far too early and way too raw to begin articulating Bowie’s infectious value and courageous contributions. I dunno that anybody can: his life and his work defy orderly summary. He was and is a large stone thrown into planet Earth and the size of the ripple effect is staggering: I’ve always had affection for the weirdos.
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Tim Burton vs Edward Scissorhands

January 9th, 2016

Following the success of Batman in 1990 Tim Burton began working on Edward Scissorhands…I’m reading Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind (no spoilers I don’t wanna know how the book ends) by Gavin Edwards.
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Illuminated Chronicles: Conan’s Ride Along Gang

January 8th, 2016

Another classic Conan remote…though this one surpasses the cheerfully awkward Steven Yeun & Conan Visit A Korean Spa and the excellent Dave Franco & Conan Join Tinder: That one was my favourite until today…
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AKA Rocky 7: My Creed

January 7th, 2016

Made the mistake of watching Rocky 7 aka Creed…so dumb: it’s Rocky’s Hilary Swank Karate Kid. (Least that had Michael Ironside).
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Celebrity Sex Tapes Award Season

January 6th, 2016

Celebrity sex tapes should have an Academy Award category.
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Coming Soon…Summer 2016 Movies Status: Jan-June

January 5th, 2016

So for the kids keeping score, based on all these recently issued trailers, the hype and the hustle…here’s where I stand with many of the upcoming 2016 movies from January to June (the nice Hollywood people are scrambling; blockbusters are released all over the place now, though January is still the black hole of death):
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Hidden Gem: Radiohead “Spectre”

January 4th, 2016

Radiohead and James Bond…the game is afoot!

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No Permission Slip

January 2nd, 2016

“We never just thought we were supposed to wait our turn,” Kevin Durant said. “We always wanted to go and take everything.”

These are Kevin Durant quotes from 2012. They didn’t win that year but the philosophy is sound.
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10:55 A-Musings (2016)

January 1st, 2016

Good times, good grief! I’m still trucking with these pithy observations…such as they are. Look you didn’t pay cover, so where’s the harm! Missed a 10:55 am observation posted via @mypalsammy never no worries I got you covered like a snuggie:
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Illuminated Chronicles: Kevin Smith…Why vs Why Not?

January 1st, 2016

Kevin Smith…yeah, Kevin Smith: our generation’s Spalding Gray. He drops some fantastic and inspiring dimes in this video:
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That’s a Wrap 2015!

December 31st, 2015

Smell Ya Later 2015! Let’s Get It On 2016: The Game Is Afoot!
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This Sad Kreskin End

December 31st, 2015

Last Day Of The Year!
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The Force Awakens…In Me!

December 18th, 2015

The Force moves in mysterious ways…or whatever it is you May the 4th nerds say.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Tennyson King

December 10th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Tennyson King’s Tennyson King EP
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RE: The Terminator Franchise…

December 9th, 2015

Terminator is serviceable
T2 is formidable
Terminator 3 is despicable
Salvation is forgettable
Genisys was regrettable
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Is This The Droid You’re Looking For?

December 8th, 2015

I’m tired—
tired, tired, tired, tired:
Tired of being your flesh receptacle for your Star Wars hopes and dreams.

I am not
George Lucas
a Disney employee
a crew member on any of the Star Wars movies (past, present or future).
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LL Cool App Love

November 27th, 2015

LL Cool J is leaving a lot of money on the table by not creating an Around the Way Girl dating app to compete with Tinder:
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My Thanksgiving Services

November 26th, 2015

Happy American Thanksgiving!

As a Canadian free from family obligations I am available this weekend for the following services:
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The Path of Patience

November 24th, 2015

Anybody have any spare patience? I’ve run out of my mine…
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The Internet Is Forever

November 23rd, 2015

Cleaning up my Evernote files and I found this…did I write this or did I cut and paste it from a comedian or something? Maybe a tv show? No idea:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Christina Martin

November 19th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Christina Martin’s It’ll Be Alright
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Grafton X Rage

November 8th, 2015

Angrily started one of the Summer books I’ve been impatiently awaiting. (Lotta issues wrapped up in that short statement!).
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Rainbow Puke

November 2nd, 2015

Q: If one was to eat rotten Skittles…would that give you food poisoning?
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Automatonophobia

October 31st, 2015

Cutting through the Eaton Centre I witness a retail clerk manhandling a mannequin. Roughly jerking her clothes down, gripping her swimsuit areas…the clerk is neither efficient or gentle.
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Halloween: I’m That Guy

October 29th, 2015

Going to a Halloween party on Saturday and I’ve no costume so:
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Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

October 16th, 2015

Small child talking to me when they got stuck trying to communicate…
“My-my-my-my…”

Trying to be helpful I instantly finished their thought: “music makes me so hard makes me say oh my Lord thank you for blessing me with a mind to rhyme and 2 hype feet!”
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Gettin Infographic

October 15th, 2015

Is there an accurate and helpful infographic between smoothly turning on channel 175 “The Fireplace Channel” for when she comes over and getting some?
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Ten Forward Is Still Backwards…

October 14th, 2015

One of the fascinating aspects of hanging out with kids is recognizing what they’ll be missing. No kid will ever declare “I’m bored!” unless they’re dragged to grandma’s Luddite home. Netflix, the internet, mobile devices…look at video games!
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My Reality Umbrage

October 10th, 2015

I finally identified my ongoing issue with reality tv. Or rather I can articulate a core annoyance.
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Mental Spring Cleaning #1: The Old System

October 5th, 2015

If you grew up in the earth was flat paradigm era…you get to the edge of the sea and fall off or worse face monsters transitioning to the the earth is actually round is not easy much less smooth. That the day started out Sunny and now it is raining and requires an umbrella; that’s easy to adapt too. Unpacking/rejecting paradigms, spitting up kool-aid, facts from fiction…so much emotional and intellectual work. Yet I cannot continue to carry earth is flat ideas into my future. This is my mental spring cleaning…

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Growing up——pre-internet, pre-social media——The Plan was to make an excellent living writing. Yes: despite the odds, maybe in spite of the odds.

Books at first then work my way into Hollywood and later Marvel Comics: The Plan was simple and fun. The ongoing fuel of this powerful trajectory was of course bestsellers: that’s how you make Big Money. The Stephen King way to fame, fortune, storytelling, Hollywood and comics. This was a viable plan with built in naps!

The Old School method to publish a book was to secure an agent who would then peddle your books and pimp your talents to publishers.

I didn’t like this system: I didn’t agree with it nor did it make sense.

You’re adding a middleman who is going to take a cut of your small pie. Financially this makes no sense. Even if you factor in how well an effective agent executes and is the reason I have a pie in the first place.

But first you had to work to get to an agent, some sort of nebulous qualifications of being published, marketable and I dunno what else. Same silly paradox as you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience if you don’t get a job. Remember that one? So annoying!

Hustle to secure an agent or hustle for myself and spend that time marketing myself, writing, making contacts etc. I can’t do both; not well. It’s not easy to be drafted by the NBA but at least the path is clear as is the work and sacrifice involved.

Then finally when your agent gets you into a publisher the publisher may not be keen on supporting your book; you may be on the guest list and you can pass the velvet rope but don’t expect bottle service!

I’ve no issue marketing my book but a little help would be…well; helpful considering I’m marketing a book that’s the exact size and format of every other book in Borders/Chapters. What an idiotic system.

Why would I subject myself to that…to all that frustration and failure? And it’s not that I am special or I believe I am Steven Above The Law Seagal. Rather like high school calculus I wasn’t presented with a compelling reason to justify committing to this system. This all felt and came across like a “Because I said so!” parental command. (Also acceptable: “As long as you’re under my roof you’ll live by my rules!”)

12 publishers passed on Harry Potter. 12. 12 publishers who failed to spot talent…maybe they had a bad day or perhaps a wise editor recognized the value and pushed for it but was unsuccessful. These stories don’t inspire or deepen my confidence in The Old System.

It doesn’t matter how successful or rich Harry Potter became after finding a proper home it still had to endure The 12. I’m frustrated and I’m not submitting the book!

Today I’m using a blogging platform with a Publish button…how utterly cool is that! The desperation, the frustration of attracting attention…that made The Old System feel like a beauty pageant while not entirely eliminated is much reduced. Happily so. Uber hasn’t totally replaced cabs…it’s just another option along with public transportation. To have that many options now…to reach the destination is freshtastic.

It’s like clicking on Google maps…do you want to reach your destination by public transportation, walking, car? How do you want to get there. The Old System remains; even if the gatekeepers have far less influence and status.

I recognized I couldn’t embrace the future until I’d released the old way I was brought up. I had to let go of the earth is flat, there is only one way to get published. That freedom of thought, of business makes me so nimble. It’s incredible and intoxicating. This new perspective presents the future as a wide open expanse…like when you move into a brand new home and the future isn’t in the rooms. The rooms can feel so large yet full of potential: you can do anything, paint the walls any colour, arrange the furniture. Amazing.

I want to do more mental spring cleaning!

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Sammies

October 1st, 2015

What are the qualifications to getting a sandwich named after you?
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Host Haiku In Session With…RUN

October 1st, 2015

As inspired by listening to RUN’s Music
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Birth Year Readings V

September 28th, 2015

Round 5! I’ve no interest in a Fitbit so reading is pretty much the only aspect of my life I’m curious about tracking. Since September 28, 2011 I’ve read 199 books! Which is mildly impressive (“Hello Ladies!”)…and yet it doesn’t dent all that is constantly published, what else I’d like to consume and the dark and strange corners my curiosity pushes me into…asking better questions is far more fun than getting answers: I’m born in the wrong era I’d totally fit in on a Star Trek 5 year mission. Onward, forever forward I go.

To Recap:
Year 4: September 28, 2014 to September 27, 2015 I read:
360 comic books

56 books

100 comic book trades/graphic novels

Year 3: September 28, 2013 to September 27, 2014 I read:

442 comics

65 books

115 comic book trades/graphic novels

Year 2: September 28, 2012 to September 27, 2013 I read:

466 comics

43 books

100 comic book trades/graphic novels

Year 1: September 28, 2011 to September 27, 2012 I read:
486 comic books

35 books

99 comic book trades/graphic novels

And now…here’s where I’m at with Year 5:
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Spider, Man!

September 13th, 2015

Walked outta my front door and into…a spider web. What kind of dumb-stupid-spider builds a web by the front door? You idiot-spider I use the front door all the time! Yo butthead that’s why it’s called the front door. You did all that overnight work for nothing. I hope Bob Seger finds you and ridicules your Night Moves.
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RE: Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

September 12th, 2015

Yes! From page 41 of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky:
“Trentway-Wagar was arguing that because carpooling used to be inconvenient, it should always be inconvenient…Curiously, an organization that commits to helping society manage a problem also commits itself to the preservation of that same problem, as its institutional existence hinges on society’s continued need for its management. Bus companies provide a critical service—public transportation—but they also commit themselves, as Trentway-Wagar did, to fending off competition from alternative ways of moving people from one place to another.”
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Sequel Lust

September 9th, 2015

We had our big nerdfest over the weekend…nerd b.o. and hot girls in cosplay. I’m sharing because this occurred during the Mr. Robot panel: Q&A moderator Jonathan Dekel brought up a text message he received from Pump Up the Volume director Allan Moyle asking Christian Slater if he’d be willing to play Hard Harry again.
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Movie: Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All

September 5th, 2015

Spent the day dozing, reading comics and consuming Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All a 4 hour HBO retrospective on the man and the legend.

What a life. Dude needed a 4 hour doc because he defied the typical celebrity reduction. Whenever a celebrity passes away they get reduced to this one movie or these handful of songs. Not Frank Sinatra.

As a musician and Artist he basically issued concept albums. He recognized the contributions blacks had made to popular music.

Sinatra rejected the status quo…he believed bigotry was a disease. Try speaking out against that in the 50s. And didn’t just hang out with Sammy…Miles Davis, Belenfote and others. That’s like Entourage history!

He created Reprise records where Artists could keep their own masters: astonishing business idea.

He mashed Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner etc. (granted some of that was while he was married so he loses some points for being a crappy husband still you gotta admire his taste).

Yet the aspect I find the most utterly fascinating…he was on his own! Sinatra became popular in the late 40s, as the depression and World War II were ending. Who was popular at the time…Glen Miller? You think kids had Glen Miller posters on their wall?!

Youth culture didn’t properly flourish until the 1950s that post-war boom where suddenly everybody had money and Happy Days. So Sinatra basically had nobody on his walls, he had no guides no idea how this would all turn out or what his fame would be like.

He got famous…without a Sherpa. Now that is inspirational.

Greatest Of All Time. We don’t have celebrities like Frank Sinatra anymore…overflowing with talent; thoroughly uncompromising: fashioning a legacy not just a career and some worthless tweets. Just because the times change doesn’t mean we hafta as well.

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Be Curious

September 4th, 2015

Be Curious
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Shepard Fairey Obey Toronto

August 30th, 2015

Slapped onto the back of the Gladstone Hotel is an inspiring message from Shepard Fairey:
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Sammy’s Rituals

August 29th, 2015

Saturday “morning” ritual: I go around collecting all my errant tea mugs. When I tea I think when I think I wander aimlessly.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Junia

August 20th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Junia’s My Favourite People
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Host Haiku In Session With…The New Electric

August 13th, 2015

As inspired by listening to The New Electric’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…Brews Willis

August 6th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Brews Willis’ Party’s Over
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Sonic Bastards

August 5th, 2015

I wonder what happened to the Papa Don’t Preach Kid

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Hospital Cooking

August 3rd, 2015

My Dad and I went to visit Chef in the hospital. We walk into his room just in time to witness a classic senior moment unfolding…his hand shaking like a booty in a rap video struggling to bring his cup of tea to his lips.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Look Vibrant

July 23rd, 2015

As inspired by listening to Look Vibrant’s Music
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This Amazing Alan Moore Quote

July 19th, 2015

I never know how I find stuff online or where I mentally wander about…often online it seems like I’m just window shopping.

Anyways I stumbled onto this cool Alan Moore interview which ofters this outstanding insight…100% YES!
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The Sound of 80s Love

July 19th, 2015

When you play the following ballads in this order I Want To Know What Love Is, Waiting for a Girl Like You, Hello, Lady In Red, Careless Whisper, Keep On Lovin’ You they actually form 1 connected 80s love story like the Marvel movies.
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Last Night’s Dream…

July 13th, 2015

Not sure what I ate right before bed…skipped my customary cereal (currently Honeycomb) still I had a dream Julia Roberts and I went on a road trip. I dunno how to interpret something like that…I ain’t a fan: it’s Closer and Notting Hill from her and that’s that…not even Pretty Woman.

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A Streetcar Named Desire…A Modern Romance

July 11th, 2015

On the streetcar is a girl (kinda) standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

Behind me she says on the phone: “Chris I just saw somebody wearing a Keith Richards t-shirt and it just got me even more excited for the Stones concert. I can’t wait to experience this moment with you…will you come with me?”

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Summer Commandments

July 11th, 2015

These are the days of our youth, loaded with boldness blessed with fortune.

Celebrate all these endless days of Summer in peace, wonderment and ruckus!

Never look back, surge forward.

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Host Haiku In Session With…Daniel Wesley

July 9th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Daniel Wesley’s I Am Your Man
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Host Haiku In Session With…Black Lips

July 9th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Black Lips’ Underneath the Rainbow
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Seeing You Too

July 7th, 2015

Last night at U2…the band pulled up out of the crowd Acrobat a local tribute band.

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Host Haiku In Session With…Little Junior

July 2nd, 2015

As inspired by listening to Little Junior’s Music
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Movie: Terminator Genisys

July 1st, 2015

1 short meeting, cigars are already done…then Terminator Genisys…I wanna see the Arnold vs Arnold fight. Better be balls to the wall ruckus.
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Documentary: R.E.M. By MTV

June 30th, 2015

Watched this and I highly recommend it…God my heart aches, I miss R.E.M.

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RE: James Clarke talks digital and his new PepsiCo gig

June 29th, 2015

Still trying to figure out how to build Girth Radio and engage corporations…the companies who can hand over money in a dollar sign sack. I’ll even take a pillowcase really…

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My Final Confession

June 29th, 2015

Confession: I haven’t watched the final Letterman episode. I will just…when I am ready. Had the same issue with R.E.M.’s final album…took months to finally get into it.

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Host Haiku In Session With…Fiona Bevan

June 25th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Fiona Bevan’s Talk to Strangers
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At Girth Radio

June 23rd, 2015

Got my Coke…
Got my mic…

I can’t wait to get this Girth Radio Party started!
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My Summer Lair featuring Andrew Keen

June 23rd, 2015

My Summer Lair Chapter #9: You know when you see a movie trailer and think: “Man that looks funny, I so gotta see that!” and you put on pants and go and…it’s not funny: it’s cancer serious or the movie is not what you expected. The trailer let you down…it lied to you.

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Our Era

June 19th, 2015

On a Queen St rooftop…
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Host Haiku In Session With…Ivory Hours

June 11th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Ivory Hours’ Morning Light
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Shad & Sammy

June 8th, 2015

Last night at Field Trip checking out Interpol, Darcys and other good time bands. Ran into Shad and we got to talk about NBA Playoffs and his upcoming “hobo tour.” Think I came up with that expression; I tend to employ the word hobo more often than Shad.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Twin Forks

May 14th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Twin Forks’ Twin Forks
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Keys To The Future

May 13th, 2015

As per my custom this morning I got off the subway a few stops earlier: I emerged outside to absorb some delicious Sunshine before being trapped indoors all day.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Demi Louise

May 7th, 2015

 

As inspired by listening to Demi Louise’s Songs From My Bedroom
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Host Haiku In Session With…Tom West

May 3rd, 2015

As inspired by listening to Tom West’s Oncoming Clouds
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Host Haiku In Session With…The Autumn Portrait

May 3rd, 2015

As inspired by listening to The Autumn Portrait’s Tired Love
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Host Haiku In Session With…Marta Pacek

April 30th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Marta Pacek’s Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms
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Host Haiku In Session With…Sarah Burton

April 30th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Sarah Burton’s Make Your Own Bed
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Host Haiku In Session With…ACR

April 23rd, 2015

As inspired by listening to The Addington County Revue’s The Addington County Revue EP
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Host Haiku In Session With…Midday Swim

April 16th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Midday Swim’s Midday Swim
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TV: Daredevil

April 10th, 2015

I watched the first episode of Netflix’s Daredevil. Whew: they got lots of it right!
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Host Haiku In Session With…Sam Cash

April 9th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Sam Cash’s Stand Together, Fall Together
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Host Haiku In Session With…Century Thief

April 2nd, 2015

As inspired by listening to Century Thief’s Reverie
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Sherlock’s Greatest Challenge

March 28th, 2015

This Moffat quote is phenomenal:
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The Real NBA Season

March 27th, 2015

Final NBA game of the season (for me). Tonight against the Lakers.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Whitney Rose

March 26th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Whitney Rose’s Heartbreaker of the Year
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Your Nerd Friends

March 21st, 2015

At our big nerdfest…
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Host Haiku In Session With…Lydia Persaud

March 19th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Lydia Persaud’s Lost and Found EP
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A Star Wars Tourist

March 7th, 2015

My Comic Book Dealer tossed in Darth Vader #1 and #2 into the monthly mix since I enjoyed Jason Aaron’s Star Wars. Sigh. On it goes…
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Host Haiku In Session With…LYON

March 5th, 2015

As inspired by listening to LYON’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…K.I.D

February 26th, 2015

As inspired by listening to K.I.D’s K.I.D (Kids In Despair) – EP
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Smell Ya Later!

February 23rd, 2015

Prologue:
This tale occurred in June 2006 while I was working at a University. You see every graduation, would be held on immaculate grass, with ice cream sandwiches for the happy educated families following the diploma ceremony. Not one to let a sweet Summer day pass–especially with free ice cream, yo–I’d leave my desk to join the festivities. Hey your company has perks these were my perks.

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Host Haiku In Session With…Robyn Dell’Unto

February 19th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Robyn Dell’Unto’s Little Lines
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Illuminated Chronicles: Drake ~ Jungle

February 13th, 2015

Drake’s short film, Jungle, is now online…directed by Swiss newcomer Karim Huu Do and scored by Drake’s regular producer, 40. Clearly the best way to influence your mythology is clearly to create it:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Jerry Leger

February 12th, 2015

As inspired by listening to Jerry Leger’s Early Riser
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The Girth Radio Mystery

February 11th, 2015

My latest (and greatest?) adventure? What kind of adventure you ask? Driving around in a van solving mysteries perhaps? (I wish! Does anybody do that anymore…)

I’m running a radio station actually: Girth Radio!
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Outta Compton & Outta Documentaries

February 10th, 2015

Busy hip hop day…we got the Straight Outta Compton trailer…the N.W.A biopic and news that 2 Live Crew have reunited. Wonder if the tour is called as Old as They Wanna Be. #RimShot
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Normal Sleep

February 8th, 2015

Lately I’ve been noticing in movies/tv shows actors sleep on their backs. Is that a cinematic thing so the audience can see the actor’s face or is that how “normal” people sleep?
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Host Haiku In Session With…HotKid

February 5th, 2015

As inspired by listening to HotKid’s Music
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Host Haiku In Session With…CAIRO

January 29th, 2015

As inspired by listening to CAIRO’s A History of Reasons
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Host Haiku In Session With…The Lovelocks

January 22nd, 2015

As inspired by listening to The Lovelocks The Lovelocks – EP
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Reading is FUNdamental…The Unwritten Volume 9: The Unwritten Fables

January 14th, 2015

How does Mike Carey & Peter Gross’ Unwritten keep the quality so high and yet delightfully complex with every trade? Magic? Voodoo? Talent?

Unwritten is the Scotch of comic books…it’ll just improve with age. Crazy how good and smart this series is, panel for panel. I dunno how people read Unwritten monthly. I “need” the trades to absorb all the depth of the story, it’s so dense. (Morning Glories another excellent dense comic book series is the same…way too dense for monthlys!)
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10:55 A-Musings (2015)

January 1st, 2015

I figure things out by doing; I’d rather figure out how to swim by jumping into the pool. Like every strategy that comes with advantages and disadvantages. It does mean I work more slowly.

Talking with an Artist recently the penny dropped…I never went to art school; clearly…when I draw something I still have to explain what it is like a small child: it’s a turtle. What do you mean turtles aren’t purple?!
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The Imitation Game

January 1st, 2015

As per tradition I went to check out a movie on January 1st. This is probably the last time I do that. January 1st used to be still life like an ancient painting. Everybody was out. Rude! It’s a byproduct of the 24/7 capitalist lifestyle: what we’ve reaped from sowing. Sigh. One tradition ends, another begins?

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May We 2015 Well…

December 31st, 2014

So 2015…
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My Gravy Song

December 27th, 2014

It’s after 11pm on a Saturday night and my Mom just caught me in the kitchen not only making gravy but singing to it.
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Hidden Hoochie

December 17th, 2014

“Ok I’m going in…I’ma talk to her.”
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Real Life Spoilers

December 2nd, 2014

So…I suggested to one of the more cheezier ladies in the office check out The Theory of Everything.
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Our December Sun…

December 1st, 2014

December is National How The Hell Did We Get Here? Month.
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How To Say Good-Bye on Facebook

November 30th, 2014

So Strange: on Facebook I have 2 dead friends. And every so often somebody will write on their walls and they’ll appear in my feed.

It’s startling. It’s like you’re back…and I just got used to our silence. In between all this Facebook life of babies, relationships beginning and ending, memes and cutting edge sarcasm creeps this unsettling subtle death.

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Shoulda Seen It Coming…

November 7th, 2014

Know what scares me?
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Canadian Satan

October 31st, 2014

Friend of mine recently became a Canadian citizen. He had to master that whole thing…learn about the history, how a bill becomes a law, the divinity of maple syrup etc. All useful information required to be an effective Canadian.
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Jukebox Hero

October 23rd, 2014

At the radio station bar. I’m putting quarters into the jukebox when this brother comes up to me…dressed like a rap video. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by the cover but there it is.
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Host Haiku In Session With…Turbo Street Funk

October 23rd, 2014

As inspired by listening to Turbo Street Funk’s To The Street
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I Was Predestined To See Predestination

October 22nd, 2014

So last night I saw a super cool MESSED up movie. My friend J Rock and I hashed out the end…we think we understood how it ended…or do we?
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Kobe & I Have Contradictions In Common

October 21st, 2014

This ESPN Kobe Article:
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Racism Feels Like…

October 21st, 2014

You ever been dumped and a friend foolishly tries to convince you that you have worth and you’re utterly special?
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Sonic Highways First Impression

October 18th, 2014

So Sonic Highways…that new Foo show on HBO? Skipped my usual Saturday morning cartoons and fired that up instead.
2 things:
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Happy Turkey Day (In Canada)

October 13th, 2014

Happy Turkey Day: I’m grateful for all the conventional jazz: my health, family, that I don’t live in a refrigerator box etc. Those don’t need a special day, s’kinda like Valentine’s Day nonsense: if you ain’t putting in daily time at the gym you ain’t gonna be healthy.
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Birth Year Readings IV

September 28th, 2014

Round 4! Since I’ve started tracking most of what I read I find it fascinating: I might be the only one. Heh…So Be It. Some adventures are smaller than others. In Round 3 I hit my one and only goal: more than 52 books in 1 year. I’m satisfied now, not sure that I could top that or keep going at that intense level: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop!

To Recap:
Season 3: September 28, 2013 to September 27, 2014 I read:

442 comics

65 books

115 comic book trades/graphic novels

Season 2: September 28, 2012 to September 27, 2013 I read:

466 comics

43 books

100 comic book trades

Season 1: September 28, 2011 to September 27, 2012 I read:
486 comic books

35 books

99 comic book trades

Currently I am reading:
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Host Haiku In Session With…Piper Hayes

September 24th, 2014

As inspired by listening to Piper Hayes’s Ain’t Nothin’ Like
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The Samuel L. Jackson Memo

September 13th, 2014

Saw Big Game today! Samuel L. Jackson in a Finland/UK production. Kinda odd but overall it worked.
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My Summer Lair featuring Pat Mills

September 9th, 2014

My Summer Lair Chapter #4: Pat Mills is on the rise! Proof: this talented writer, director and actor’s feature film Guidance sold out both TIFF screenings! That’s more amazing than Duckie showing up to the prom with Andie.

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5 Ways I Add Danger To My Suburban Life…

September 8th, 2014

1) Wait for the street crossing countdown to reach 3 then I dart across the road trying to get to the safe curb before it reaches 0.

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How To Crash TIFF Parties

September 5th, 2014

Alright look if you want to get into Film Festival parties/events etc. the weakest point of security is smokers.
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My Nerd Adventures

August 31st, 2014

At Nerd-Fest! So much good times!
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That Time I Met Batgirl

August 30th, 2014

At the nerdfest…trying to figure out the map so I can visit a friend’s booth. This little girl totally decked out as Batgirl slides next to me…”Hi! I’m Batgirl.”
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She’s A Pro (S’not What You Think…)

August 29th, 2014

Comic Con To English…
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Started Sherlock…

August 17th, 2014

Ok so I just sat down with 2 falafel sangwiches and fired up Sherlock.
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Miss Manners’ Belly

August 12th, 2014

Dear Miss Manners:
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My Summer Lair featuring Owen Craig of Panel Culture

August 12th, 2014

My Summer Lair Chapter #3: Owen Craig is 1 of 3 Panel Culture hosts…a Toronto podcast that “brings you the latest comics news and reviews.”


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Finished X-Files

August 4th, 2014

On a dark and cold January evening, the 10th…I started re-watching X-Files. And I just finished. 9 Seasons or 202 episodes. Plus 1 feature film. Whew. What a long ruckus filled journey.
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Go Guardians of the Galaxy!

August 1st, 2014

Going to Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend? Go, you’ll have all kinds of clothes on fun. But!!!
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My Summer Lair featuring Dan Page

July 29th, 2014

My Summer Lair Chapter #2: Dan Page is the Director, Programming and Content Acquisitions at TELUS. Trying getting all that on a business card. He flew to LA to screen over 40 TV pilots in 6 days.

Extreme couch potatoing!

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My Summer Lair featuring Lucas Siegel of Newsarama

July 22nd, 2014

My Summer Lair Chapter #1: Face Front True Believers…

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Host Haiku In Session With…Young Doctors In Love

July 21st, 2014

As inspired by listening to Young Doctors In Love’s World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band
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Mind The Gap: On The Quest for Love & Conversation

July 12th, 2014

What’s the evolution of the interview? The conversation?

What’s the next iteration in how we celebrate, authenticate, legitimatize and authorize our favourite Cultural Contributors?

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Violent Truth

July 6th, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I…finally saw live and in person The Violent Femmes!
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The…Joker?

July 6th, 2014

So late last night, near Queen St. I ran into the Joker…60s Batman tv show Joker. Purple coat tales and all. It was a solid effort.
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Canadian Patriotism

July 4th, 2014

To all my Americans…
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Host Haiku In Session With…Shawn William Clarke

July 2nd, 2014

 

As inspired by listening to Shawn William Clarke’s William
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Father’s Day

June 15th, 2014

August 2001…first time I visited London.
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Happy National Doomed Day

June 13th, 2014

Happy Friday the 13th!

Let’s celebrate our endless invincible youth by camping at Crystal Lake with big boobed blondes while enjoying unwieldy premarital sex in the woods and smoking copious amounts of weed. What’s the worst that can happen…right guys?

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RSVPed A Tea Party

June 9th, 2014

Oh. Wow! I’d only read about them in magazines, seen some things on tv but I’d never encountered one in real life. I finally got to meet a real life, 100% genuine American tea partier!
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The Admiral’s Neighbourhood

May 31st, 2014

Caught the end of this, I dunno what special on NBA TV. They had amazing footage of David Robinson.
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Goodbye Maya Angelou

May 28th, 2014

Awww man. I didn’t grow up with grandparents so I let people like Maya Angelou adopt me. That sucks.
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Ops Tea

May 15th, 2014

Had a short business meeting in Starbucks; they had ads all over the store for Oprah Chai Tea.
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this is what it sounds like…

May 14th, 2014

We used to gaze up at the stars with awe and wonder….
We struggled to reach the moon and paid in full the high cost to befriend the cosmos.
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Moms, Mothers

May 11th, 2014

It’s utterly fantastic that we have a day to pause and reflect on the extraordinary strong and beautiful women in our lives.

The first person we ever meet and the only person in our lives who ends conversations with “because I said so.”
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Last Night’s Culture Snap: Wordburglar at Hard Luck Bar

May 9th, 2014

Following a dynamic CMW performance last night at the NewMusic Ten showcase this is Wordburglar and myself! My brother from another mother. Please contain your jealously!
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Hire & Fire

April 26th, 2014

So this is exciting…my company NewMusic Ten is growing and I get to hire some new faces. Only…I’ve never hired anybody before. The talented people I work with are all Super Friends. So this is the first time I have to like, post the job, read resumes and do, like job interviews. And so far, this entire process is utter bullshit.
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NBA Playoffs 2014!

April 18th, 2014

Tonight is my Christmas Eve as I eagerly await the start of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
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Model Dreams

April 10th, 2014

Sweet moment on the streetcar:
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Hip Hop Proverbs #13

April 7th, 2014

According to Rihanna the parking lot is a metaphor for friendship. It’s in the parking lot that we search for our car and where we yearn for love and friendship. Knowing what you want is only the first step–of many–towards achievement. In the parking lot of life Rihanna has your back:
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Google Jokes

April 1st, 2014

Considering Google’s penchant for April Fools jokes, I’m disappointed that today of all days Google Maps won’t divulge the location of Paradise City where, I’m told, the grass is green and the girls are pretty.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #12

March 31st, 2014

In business, as in life, it’s better to be pessimistic when planning and optimistic when working. No matter how intimidating the odds are, Ice Cube’s Hip Hop Proverb reminds us that gumption and elbow grease are always free:
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The Great Lava Debate

March 25th, 2014

Talking to a 4 year old…
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Hip Hop Proverbs #11

March 24th, 2014

Challenges can be intimidating but it’s only because we don’t have perspective. Climbing a hill isn’t a big deal when it’s next to a mountain, right? Next time you’re faced with a challenge, never no worries, today’s Hip Hop Proverb offers you the inspiring perspective to get’er done.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #10

March 17th, 2014

Great advice is timeless. Carpe Diem for the Urban Jet Set via this timeless Hip Hop Proverb:
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Someone Not There Episode #4: Video

March 12th, 2014

Confession: I’ve never understood binge watching.

We’ve entered into this newfangled era of pop culture where it’s become essential to absorb tv shows as rapidly as possible. A sort of Millennium Falcon hyperdrive version of keeping up the Joneses. Netflix is adding new stresses to relationships, when one partner brazenly jumps ahead in a series, leaving the other behind. It’s all too hectic and the antithesis of entertainment.

Work is, understandably a valid source of stress, tv watching should be a shelter from that stress. A moment of No Pants Time. (Neil Postman would probably disagree but he’s not around so let’s just go with that belief).

Hence I applaud the courage of the Someone Not There Team for releasing each of the 5 episodes weekly. It gives the fortunate viewers time, you can chill in that world properly. Anybody who’s been a tourist knows how awful it feels to rush through all the major sites. To be able to breathe and lounge is a rare luxury. And like being a tourist, you eventually have to go home, every trip no matter how funtastic comes to its appointed end.

Someone Not There is also coming to its appointed end…Episode #5 drops this Friday at 1pm. And what will happen to E and Roland…Brad who through all of this remains dreamy will be revealed like a magician’s trick. Ta-Da!

It’s been a special journey, assembling the soundtrack, connecting with viewers, working with the Someone Not There Team. And who knows…Episode #5 may not be the end. If comic books have taught us one thing, it’s that death isn’t final, it’s just a phase.

For now…you can prepare for #5 by watching #4, the beginning of the end:

See you Friday at 1pm!

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Hip Hop Proverbs #9

March 10th, 2014

Abracadabra: just let this Hip Hop Proverb work its Magic…
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Salty Friends

March 6th, 2014

Eating with a friend who remarked: “This is the first time I’ve made this. So I only used a bit of salt. If you need some” pointing “salt and pepper are here.”
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Shrimp Confession

February 27th, 2014

Confession: At tonight’s software demo event it was ME who ate all the shrimp.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #8

February 24th, 2014

Of course constructive criticism isn’t always appreciated and yet, hindsight reveals a profound Hip Hop Proverb…truth:
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Hip Hop Proverbs #7

February 17th, 2014

Existential questions include: Who Am I? Why do I feel so alone in this world? And…what does this Hip Hop Proverb even mean?
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RE: U2 “Invisible” (RED) Edit Version

February 14th, 2014

You pay attention when Mark Romanek issues a new music video.

This is the mad-visionary behind Cash’s “Hurt” video. And of course Jay-Z’s stark “99 Problems,” and the Thunderdome styled “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz. (Shame he’s not worked with Bowie often, just imagine what those 2 brainiacs could cook up!).

Mark Romanek knows how to forge engaging music videos (which makes his feature film work so utterly disappointing, it’s charged with being boring, one of the more grievous Artistic sins to commit). Happily Mark is back in the Director’s Chair with U2’s Invisible. (An edited version of which aired during ye old Super Bowl).

Smartly and simply designed the illuminated countdown kicks off the sonic party. Smoothly rolling into a black and white light show bathing an intimate U2 gathering. Maybe it’s because I’m immature and still attracted to shiny objects but the projected firework sparks draw my eye. That just looks…warm. And inviting, like a fireplace at a cabin.

I dig the ending: what should have been a simple rock band video shot in a Santa Monica airport hangar, Mark gives voice to the crowd who chant: “There is no them, there’s only us.” A kind of a reverse Occupy gathering.

Nice. Well done Mr. Romanek.

Pop Culture Tangent: Cash’s Hurt video was like, the last time we all agreed on something…like everybody: critics, fans, casual observers…we could point to that visceral video and admit: that’s fresh. Cash’s Hurt works because it’s a bonfire of images, we watch his iconic life goes up in flames. U2 also have an empire of images and depending on how their story ends…they too have a Hurt slash bonfire of images video in them.

They’re one of the few bands that could pull off a final bonfire poignant video. Radiohead, Dylan, Stones maybe. If Romanek is not available for the end of U2 then hopefully there will be an enterprising and engaging director so that we can gather together around the YouTube and watch it all burn. Together.

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My RoboCop Elevator Pitch

February 6th, 2014

Granted we’re stuck with this RoboCop remake, sure but that doesn’t mean the sequels have to suck right?
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Illuminated Chronicles: Someone Not There

February 5th, 2014

Below is a trailer for the new web series Someone Not There. I’m amazed at the invitations I receive to collaborate and create. Those I happily and instantly RSVP.

My designing pal, DC arranged a meeting with the director/creator Sherren Lee. Over a bowl of tea we got into what she had planned for the web series, her enthusiasm totally contagious. That tea talk culminated in an offer…if I could help put together the soundtrack for Someone Not There. Yo…crazy. Once again kids, the moral of the story is tea.

Working with Sherren and producer Elizabeth May has been good times, which helped balanced the challenge of getting our song wishlist jig saw puzzled into the series. More on that to come!

Someone Not There will air, Valentine’s Day (February 14, come on man!) at 1pm.

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Zorro’s Hacienda

February 5th, 2014

Finally found a few moments to share one of last night’s dreams.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #5

February 3rd, 2014

I know, it’s Monday. Last thing you’re thinking is Carpe Diem. Well MC Hammer disagrees, with all the fervor of a “stay in school special” he offers this rousing Hip Hop Proverb:
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“Slipped In The Shower…”

February 1st, 2014

On January 22, 2014 I witnessed a fateful television vision:
I am gonna bite the bullet and start X-Files soon. 9 seasons! And 2 movies. Whew. I’m wrapping up Star Trek: Next Gen soon. (Next Gen is dated, for sure but still lots of fun. I wish they’d done more with Lore and his army of unhived Borgs.)
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California Sunshine

January 31st, 2014

Sunshine

Fresh Fridays: Wordburglar “Croque Monsieur”

January 31st, 2014

From the NewMusic Ten Archives…a Fresh Friday with Wordburglar:
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Illuminated Chronicles: The Year Of Pharrell

January 29th, 2014

2014 continues to heat up like Jiffy Pop with music related documentaries!
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Hip Hop Proverbs #4

January 27th, 2014

The Hip Hop Proverb version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Gold Digger edition:

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Photo: Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Cans”

January 24th, 2014

Warhol Soup

Lies, Limits, Prestige & Publishing

January 22nd, 2014

Ah yes, this is it! Page 36 of Gladwell’s David and Goliath he writes:

“We spend a lot of time thinking about the ways that prestige and resources and belonging to elite institutions make us better off. We don’t spend enough time thinking about the ways in which those kinds of material advantages limit our options.”

YES! YES! YES!

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Hip Hop Proverbs #3

January 20th, 2014

And to think this whole time you were taking fashion cues from Vogue and GQ, turns out all you required was this honest Hip Hop Proverb (sing the rest if you know it and I know you know it):

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Internet Freedom Day Gratitude

January 16th, 2014

On January 18, 2012 the Internet went on strike to protest SOPA and PIPA.

I’m so grateful they did.
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Name Game

January 15th, 2014

I’ll be Frank:
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Harry’s Magic

January 14th, 2014

HarryA signal, a cue
Harry
we wait for you.
Tricks tried and true
objects outta the blue.
Howz he do
what he does do?
Slight of hand
A wisp of light
Disappearance.
Reappearance.
An ink black cape,
Death’s escape.
He continues to amaze
in a dark magic haze.
My eyes a glitter
mind a flutter
Harry’s done it once again.

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Free Candy!

January 14th, 2014

Was on a film set today (please, no pictures, no pictures!) and I stole a Brinks truck worth of Mike and Ikes.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #2

January 13th, 2014

Ironically today’s Hip Hop Proverb comes from Jay-Z’s Public Service Announcement:

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Quantum Leap: Season 1

January 11th, 2014

On January 2nd, 2014…a proper way to embrace a new year with a time travelling tv show from from the early 90s! Channel 293 Dejaview TV started their Quantum Leap marathon. I fired up the VCR. And the kettle for a spot of tea.
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Damn The Fridge: A Scribble Manifesto

January 10th, 2014

Say goodbye to Artistic Freedom.

Soon as you hit Grade 2 your turtle had better damn well look like a turtle, not this scribble crap that you have to interpret for well meaning but dense adults. If somebody says “Turtles are not pink and blue!” you don’t need them in your life. You can find new parents: celebrities adopt children all the time!

Scribbles don’t earn the fridge anymore, that’s how they put you on notice. They call it growing up but you can call it what it is: the game has changed.

Fight the shame of not making the fridge!

You don’t need the fridge, your scribbles are great because it’s your Art. If you make your Art authentically and openly you don’t need the fridge, the fridge is for suckers! It’s a trap like 9 to 5 jobs, McDonalds and reality tv. So yes your turtle can be pink and blue. Your scribble doesn’t even have to look like a turtle! Set yourself free. Don’t be institutionalized by fridge.

Burn the fridge down with all of its precious and colourful magnets and let your scribbles no matter how strange be enough. No. Matter. What.

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The Hard Work of Where I Work

January 9th, 2014

So January 7th was my Office Anniversary.

Traditionally I’m not an anniversary type of guy, I’d much rather face the future then dwell in the past. Still milestones like birthdays and the end of a tv series do provide a pause and prompt reflection. What just happened? And where are my pants?

One Room, My Room: In my office I’ve recorded podcasts, had meetings, ate Wendy’s, daydreamed which lead to dozing, designed t-shirts, read comics which lead to dozing, listened to music, did lots of writing…which lead to dozing, muttered out loud and yes…even worked…whatever that means to you.

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The Exhibit

January 8th, 2014

The Exhibit Sammy YounanSaid: “Come—Closer so you may see,
Prepare yourselves for The Sight:
It’ll affect how you’ll be,
And will give you quite a fright!
We are proud to present this
Hush now—Silence!—no more din.
The Sight is removed from bliss:
Get ready to see the Sin!
For the image prepare zeal:
Physically it will express
—quickly like a flashing eel—
Mentally, try to depress
What’s inside your mind pent:

Dread & terror of the scene
Forever from the moment.
Brace for the gross & obscene!
Incline & consume The Sight
That repeals & attracts…fright!

The faded purple Curtain is raised—
the public gasps in shock and dismay:
The scene unfolding before them is too much—
for some to grasp—to comprehend.
The poet lay naked, huddled
and humiliated in the corner of his cage.
Gripped in a blaze of inspiration
his pen scrawls across the page
leaving behind moving poetic notions.
His hair is wild and the chains on
his wrists and ankles, rub him raw, drawing fresh blood.
He endures the suffering—only—by
knowing there will be a pause soon—soon
in another minute—a second more:
The Curtain will drop and it will
be over for the audience. But
the poet’s tale remains without end.
Forced in the grip of some unseen muse to write—
The Curtain hangs one final moment…
The poet retreats into himself further.

The Curtain drops—pause for the poet,
the spectators shudder as they recall
The Sight. As they are ushered to the
Next Exhibit they compare notes and
once again their attention is gained:
The audience leans in with eager
expectations for yet another
Exhibit on this strange and odd tour.

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My Office Anniversary

January 7th, 2014

Today in 2008 a plucky writer decided to have a room of one’s own and signed a lease for an office near College Park.

I know, Hallmark doesn’t make cards for office anniversaries. And we’re all grateful for that, one less thing to celebrate. Still I figured I should pause and hip hop hooray my office: part Man Cave, part Bat Cave, All Room.

So then here are 6 utterly useless Fun Facts about my office:

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Hip Hop Proverbs #1

January 6th, 2014

An insightful Hip Hop Proverb from Bell Biv DeVoe to set the tone for your week!

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4 Foods Worthy of Theme Songs

January 6th, 2014

I wish certain foods had theme songs. That way you have something powerful to sing or even hum while you wait for them to get into your belly.

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10:55 A-Musings (2014)

January 1st, 2014

It’s been a month since I started sharing my 10:55 am pop culture amusings. Clearly I don’t have the Mother Teresa touch: I haven’t made the world a better place. Undaunted I press on, everyday at 10:55am via @mypalsammy:
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Smell Ya Later 2013

December 31st, 2013

So that’s pretty much it for 2013. How was it?
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Tony & Angela

December 29th, 2013

Just watched the Who’s The Boss? episode where Tony “accidentally” sees Angela naked. Still Holds Up. Unlike Growing Pains…

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My John Hughes Marathon

December 26th, 2013

Hope Santa was good to all you beautiful people (even though let’s be honest, being on the naughty list is way more fun, better stories! Coal be damned). I’m pantslessly enjoying a John Hughes marathon (not really sure why, just kinda happened).

Kicked it off with Breakfast Club, just wrapped Sixteen Candles (always forget Bowie’s on that soundtrack, Bowie in teen movies is amazing).

3 observations so far:

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My 3 John Hughes Marathon Observations

December 26th, 2013

Hope Santa was good to all you beautiful people (even though let’s be honest, being on the naughty list is way more fun, better stories! Coal be damned). I’m pantslessly enjoying a John Hughes marathon (not really sure why, just kinda happened).
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Family Grudge Match

December 24th, 2013

Back from Christmas dinner with my family. Good Times, I’m grateful.
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My 2 Types of People

December 14th, 2013

I hang out with 2 types of people: Nerds and Civilians.

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Fallback To Normal

December 12th, 2013

You know how right before you drift into dreams this one profound definitive conclusion will suddenly reveal itself, kinda like the Invisible Man who as it turns out was there the whole time? Sometimes it feels like the Wonder Years Narrator only this time, you can hear his insights! (That sure would have saved Kevin and Winnie lots of heartache while also developing any number of fascinating paradoxes in the space–time continuum). That’s…an embarrassing amount of nerd references in just a couple of lines. Right, moving on then…

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From The Mailbox: Q: “What drives you?”

December 7th, 2013

Time to open the mailbox yet again!
Greg from Texas (where I’ve been assured everything is bigger) asked: “What drives you?”
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From The Mailbox: Q: “Have you stopped wearing women’s clothes?”

December 6th, 2013

From The Mailbox…Lori wrote in to ask: “Have you stopped wearing women’s clothes?”
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A Cheater’s Declaration

December 6th, 2013

With alarming frequency I can’t buy anything without being asked about that store’s loyalty program/card thingie or being offered some random way to collect points to redeem for more crap. Look…I’ma say this once to every single store: I cheat on all of you. Regularly and out in the open.

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From The Mailbox: Q: “Why are Canadians so sexy?

December 5th, 2013

Alright so Maria from Cincy has a question and a comment: “Why are Canadians so sexy? I think it’s all that flannel.”
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From The Mailbox: Q: “If you had lime in a coconut but couldn’t shake it all up, how upset would you be?”

December 5th, 2013

Nicole wrote in to ask: “If you had lime in a coconut but couldn’t shake it all up, how upset would you be?”
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From The Mailbox: Q: “What Do You Want To Know?”

December 4th, 2013

Hey! Is there something you wanna know about me?
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From The Mailbox: Q: “Do Egyptians walk like a Bangle?”

December 4th, 2013

Alright to answer your questions…Mike P. axed me: “Do Egyptians walk like a Bangle?”
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Christmas Uncheer!

November 29th, 2013

So far…so good: it’s November 29 and I haven’t encountered Do They Know It’s Christmas?…yet.
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RE: Your Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to you wacky Americans!!!
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You Are Capable.

November 27th, 2013

You are capable of making art.

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Recommended Reading: Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

November 26th, 2013

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much
By Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir
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Freedom vs Gym Class

November 18th, 2013

Remember that infamous book from years back All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Yeah well the truth is if we could all write a book together, Wikipedia style it’d be All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Gym Class. It’s Gym Class where you get saddled with inferior paradigms like Shirts vs Skins (really us vs them…I coulda gone for this had it been no pants vs pants, though), winners and losers etc. That’s great for sports because there are clearly defined rules and somebody’s keeping score…in the real world, it’s far to messy for such naive simplicity.

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Attitude of Gratitude

November 16th, 2013

Yo! Just want to tip my cap in thanks for you reading my strange status updates…hobo like mumblings.
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Better Than The Space Race

November 15th, 2013

It’s that time of year where JFK shows up in all kinds of tv specials. I’m always struck by the Space Race…the quest for the Moon. Out of that whole race we got all kinds of technology and a Tom Hanks movie with pithy inspirations.
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Father & Son Crack

November 14th, 2013

One overlooked positive of having a mayor on crack? Sweet father and son moments.
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Ramones Startup

November 11th, 2013

When my startup makes embarrassing gobs of money-take that GNP of small African nations–every Monday morning, over the entire office’s PA I’ll bring in famous drummers to tap their sticks and count off a beat “1-2-3-4!” Ramones style like we’re all gonna launch into an epic tune brimming with seriously serious shredding and explosive pyro: this…this is the fun and only way to not only start the work week but it effectively banishes any case of the Mondays.
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We Need A Word For….#2

November 9th, 2013

We Need A Word For…
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Steady Productivity

November 8th, 2013

Does Jay-Z record a song every day?

Bowie has always been considered prolific: yet does he go to the studio every single day to bang out hits?

U2…Bruce Springsteen…you name any large band and they have the means to record. Doesn’t matter if it’s on a laptop in a hotel room or a professional recording studio. They have the means. Means is not the same as productivity.

Fireman have the means, though not necessarily always rescuing cats or putting out fires every single day. Do we pay them any less for fire-less days or issue poor performance reviews for just “sitting around?”

What about Spider-Man does he save New York City from Doc Ock every day? Batman rescues Gotham…actually ignore the Batman example. Arkham Asylum is a sieve…I dunno how they keep anybody there.

As I wrestle through productivity I’m seeing with fresh eyes just how absurd that notion of productivity is now. It doesn’t equate to Artistic output as I’m not making a product…I am not a factory. I don’t strive for productivity which sounds so lazy in a capitalist society.

It’s like being sweet on a girl and counting only proper dates as productivity. All the texts, emails and phone calls, sure while they propel and allow the relationship to build momentum yet those activities “don’t count” because nothing is “accomplished.” But dates…dates are metrics, it’s how we measure everything in relationships. “Don’t sleep with him on the first date.” “How many dates until or before…” well you can pick: have sex, move in together, meet his parents etc. How many dates until we are are a couple (going steady!)? The dating metrics of going steady.

Means without a system is not productivity. And I can live with that.

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Bowie On The Frontlines of Productivity

November 7th, 2013

Yo!

How are your adventures? Mine are beyond fantastical.

It’s been one whole week into my Day Job sabbatical. And it’s just amazing. Freedom to think and tea and listen to music and not wear pants and nap and meet cool people and of course…work. Whatever that means.

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It’s Not Over Until…

November 5th, 2013

That song…you know how you have a favourite or an important song you just have to listen to the very end…to the very last note?

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Alarm Clock Silence

November 2nd, 2013

One of the first joys of being a freelancer after working so long for a company is…the ability to erase the alarm clock. Good-bye 6:30am. Snooze button you’re outta commission.
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The End of The Day Job

November 1st, 2013

Traditionally somebody leaving the office with a bankers box is not a positive sign (which I never fully understood…ok sure you can’t pay your bills, least you don’t have to wear pants anymore, don’t focus on what you’re losing unless it’s your pants).

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Hellboy Reading

October 28th, 2013

This morning I was reading a Hellboy trade and the intro was written by Guacamole del Toro. He talked about shooting Mimic in Toronto and when the set was rough going to Silver Snail comics and buying Hellboy. I fist pumped even though it was on the subway, that’s what I do too!
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Lou Reed: The Last of the Factory People

October 27th, 2013

Today: Lou Reed, 71, passed away in Long Island, NY.

Sad news, sad to lose another of Warhol’s Factory People. What’s bizarre is I’m reading a Bowie biography (David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka) and of course before I heard this news I was reading the early 70s section…with Lou Reed. Iggy’s coming up soon. Crazy synchronicity.

Think it was Lou Reed on Inside The Actors Studio, I can’t find the clip online and the memory gets hazy with age.

Lou’s good friend Julian Schnabel tossing back a drink from a tumbler, sat beside him, both across from beardy James Lipton and they proceeded to share this strange story like an old married couple.

Think it was Schnabel’s dad who passed away, right there in the living room on an easy chair, an old man, natural causes. Schnabel called up Lou Reed who didn’t live far away, this is New York City, the term is relative and the rocker came over. And they both held the hands of Schnabel’s dad, the warmth fading rapidly. Quietly observing death, the moment…this man, a father. Shortly after that Schnabel broke the silence, saying he has to call an ambulance, Lou Reed sat on the couch to wait with his friend.

The story is so strange is stuck with me. Wish I could find the clip online. Anyways this is my favourite Lou Reed song, Perfect Day, great performance on Elvis Costello’s sublime tv show Spectacle:

N.E.R.D.

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The T-Shirt Won

October 22nd, 2013

“By 2008, annual ties sales in the U.S. had dropped to $677.7 million dollars from a record high of $1.3 billion in 1995, according to market research firm NPD Group. And since 2009, the number of men who acquire more than one tie a year has slowly but steadily dropped, reported research group Packaged Facts.” {Source: Wall Street Journal}

Bloody hell can’t we just kill the tie already? Thanks to the tech industry the t-shirt won.
Easily at that.
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Thanksgiving 2013

October 14th, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013:
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My Day Job Interview

October 11th, 2013

Rather strange surreal to see and meet the individuals who are interviewing for my Day Job. Good luck filling in my Jordans…
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Brand vs Medium: David Bowie

October 9th, 2013

bubbleFrom the man who penned “we can be heroes,” prophecy more profound than an Amazing Kreskin clairvoyance comes this staggering insight:
“After a couple of false starts, he launched his first brand called…David Bowie.

Some time later, in a BBC interview, he rationalised what had been instinctive: “I thought, well here I am. I’m a bit sort of mixed up creatively.

“I’ve got all sorts of things going on, that I’m doing on stage or whatever. I’m not quite sure if I’m a mime or a songwriter or a singer – or do I want to go back to painting again. Why am I doing these things anyway? And I realised it was because I wanted to be well known, basically.

“And that I wanted to be thought of as someone who was very much a trendy person, rather than a trend. I didn’t want to be a trend, I wanted to be the instigator of new ideas. I wanted to turn people on to new ideas and new perspectives. And so I had to govern everything around that.

“So I pulled myself in, and decided to use the easiest medium to start off with – which was rock and roll – and to add bits and pieces to it over the years, so that by the end of it, I was my own medium. That’s why I do it, to become a medium.”

Source

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Thank you for reading!

Work vs Hustle: Detroit An American Autopsy

October 7th, 2013

bubble“What our generation failed to learn was the nobility of work. An honest day’s labor. Instead of working, we figured we could be hustlers and salesmen and gamblers and partiers. Work was for suckers. If anybody had told us such a thing existed, we probably would have tired to become New York bankers and stockbrokers. And I have no doubt we would have been good at it too.” ~Charlie LeDuff {Detroit: An American Autopsy pages 32-33}
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Can’t Hold Down Gravity

October 4th, 2013

Gravity is ridiculous. The force but especially the movie. I mean, come on man, Sandra Bullock as an astronaut? Really? NASA astronauts go through twenty months of training, if not more at Starfleet Academy.
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Search Engines From a Rich Person’s POV

September 30th, 2013

The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, Consumer Electronics Association, regarding a study released by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) purporting search engines aid in consumer infringement of online content:

bubble“This is a Hollywood formula as familiar as a rom-com: Blame the technology instead of providing your customers with the experiences and products they want. Yesterday, it was the VCR and the MP3 player. Today, it’s search engines, Aereo and the Dish Hopper.

“Search engines don’t ‘introduce’ consumers to infringing content – most consumers simply want legal, conveniently accessed digital content at a reasonable price. Indeed, studies show that unauthorized downloading decreases as legal alternatives proliferate.

“Commercial piracy is wrong and illegal. Violators should be prosecuted under existing laws. But the answer is not restrictions on search engines or the ability of Internet users to access information.

“The fact is that today, due to the Internet, artists can create, distribute, and monetize more content more easily than ever before. Rather than assailing innovators, we urge the content community to work with the tech industry to provide new, exciting and authorized distribution platforms to consumers.”

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Birth Year Readings III

September 28th, 2013

Saturday September 28, 2013 was my birthday.

Since my 2011 birthday I track, each birth year what I’ve been reading. Only comic books, comic book trades and books. If I tossed in blogs, magazines and cereal boxes this would be a horribly long and boring blog post.

So recently I wrapped Season 2 and now, sans drum roll here are the results…

Season 2: September 28, 2012 to September 27, 2013 I read:

466 comics(monthlys, annuals and one shots)

43 books (still mostly non-fiction but I’ve been rediscovering the novel)

100 comic book trades

And for fun…

Season 1: September 28, 2011 to September 27, 2012 I read:
486 comic books (monthlys and one shots)

35 books (non-fiction mostly)

99 comic book trades (dagnabbit, had I known I was so close I’d have pushed for 1 more)

Whew. Sad thing is, though that may seem like a lot of reading I am not even denting all that’s been written and all that’s been published. Combined this reading would barely stock a small book store. Madness.

Still undaunted I read on! Well, at least until Season 3 concludes on Sunday September 28, 2014.

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Pretty Tea

September 26th, 2013

Alright I’ma say it…sexism be damned. There’s comments below if you want to call me a pig. But it’s how I feel and I don’t care.
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Chilly Writing

September 23rd, 2013

The copywriter for Body Rock a 1984 Lorenzo Lamas movie about break dancing is outstanding:
“Chilly is just a guy from the streets with a talent for break-dancing. When his wicked moves catch the eye of an industry pro, Chilly finds his dreams of fame and fortune coming true, for better or for worse.”
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Workplace Nipples

September 16th, 2013

In the workplace one elephant in the room is nipples.

Nothing’s more disruptive to workflow then the sudden appearance of nipples. Dudes get distracted, dames seem embarrassed.
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Who Is Neil Gaiman?!

August 25th, 2013

Explain this one to me.
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Cosplay Accuracy

August 24th, 2013

So FanExpo…our giant comic con is on this weekend:
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Ben Affleck is not Batman

August 23rd, 2013

No. No. No. Ben Affleck is not Batman. Not even close.

And no I absolutely refuse to drink the kool-aid that just because he made Argo we can now forgive him for decades of crap and swill. Argo doesn’t even come close to erasing his pretty IMDB waterfall of tripe. How does that even make sense?
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Roman Fun

August 21st, 2013

Despite being chronically single I took my bad self to see Roman Holiday at the park.
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Theme Park Visionary

August 20th, 2013

It’s typical to visit a theme park and ride rides thinly tied to popular movies. Transformers, Back to the Future etc. Boring: that’s played out!

I’d much rather parks ditch the obvious movie/rides and setup funner stuff…the stuff we secretly all want to do anyways.
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Stuck Or…The Time I Tried To Navigate Life Without a Compass…

August 6th, 2013

Black and white thinking is the easy hot tub of those marred in despair. This isn’t that.

I simply can’t decide which is more important:

Where I’ve been or where I am going?

What I’ve done or what I will do?

Who I am or who I could become?

Understanding the experiences which have shaped me or controlling the experiences that will mold me?

The journey or the destination?

This or that or both?

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Picasso Baby Is Not A Love Child

August 5th, 2013

On Wednesday July 10 a still hyphenated Jay-Z showed up at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea to rap Picasso Baby for 6 hours. (There’s a supa pretty lass who works at the Pace…can’t remember her name, now…though I suppose it’s more important to recall the Art and not the Beauty). The event was a hip hop Bat signal invitation for fans, friends and the famous to join in the fun, the final crucial element to make successful performance art.

Those 6 hours were reduced into an 11 minute polished cameo heavy clip collection video directed by Mark Romanek. Observe:

The Picasso Baby video begins and ends with an unexpected contradiction.

Packaged and sold as hip hop performance art clearly inspired by Marina Abramovic it’s the opening moments with Jay-Z sharing philosophical observations (similar to his recent Samssung ads…dude’s in a contemplative mood these days) and the final famous people cameo shots before the credits roll where Jay Z’s Picasso Baby generates currency.

(The middle…the actual performance art had already been heavily Vined and videoed by those present…I wonder why Jay bothered with a director and an editor when the public already captured the performance and documented the presence, similar to Beastie Boys’ Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!).

Jay’s opening salvo was to engage the audience–“feel the energy of the people” via “the concert as performance art” yet this intimate and immediate connection was tempered by the predominantly celebrity cameos as it fades out.

It’s not the people, the fans who are celebrated and framed for their contributions to this performance art, rather the rich and famous.

The kid with the gold chain credited as Superhero, the Ballerina (who danced and entertained the crowd when the speakers blew) are some of the weakly presented stories in the video. New York City is filled with characters and art, the cool and the crazy…give them a platform and let em shine.

It would have been an honest and authentic New York City represent from a rapper who “made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.”

From the same rapper who in the same song said: “Eight million stories out there…” yet Jay missed an outstanding opportunity to document more than a sliver of some of those stories. You can’t love New York without loving New Yorkers. It’s the fans that make this work possible and it’s their backgrounds and their stories that make them fans.

From the start hip hop was fueled by block parties, not just the energy of the gathered but also by the commonality. Hip Hop became an experience that translated our story, our culture. Unlike rock it was a people’s medium and artistic expression, a whole new type of campfire for storytelling. Even now with our laser like focus ability to target on social media bands, writers, filmmakers and other creatives can’t effectively select their fans. They can however use these new platforms to share their stories so it’s less monologue and more dialogue. Listening is still communication.

Romanek offer 2 freshtastic shots: the first at 1:32 a close of up Jay’s hands behind his back, perhaps a nervous anticipation tell…the other at 6:04 where, the performance art is finished and suddenly Jay is surrounded by 6 burly guards in ominous grey suits.

It’s over.

Surrounded by guards Jay’s been sealed back into this rarefied status and elevated level, like a heroic action figure a nerd won’t remove from the box because it’ll lose value.

We’re back to standard art gallery etiquette: look but don’t touch the art.

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Visiting The Adam Yauch Park

August 2nd, 2013

On May 4, 2012 we lost Adam Yauch AKA MCA. That’s cold: Death taking one of the Beastie Boys. A significant loss to hip hop, music, movies and most importantly shenanigans. Happily horseplay was quickly restored on May 3, 2013 when Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn was renamed the Adam Yauch Park.

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Compelling Neon Affirmation

August 1st, 2013

Location: Soho House New York

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Hunger…

July 26th, 2013

We get together on Friday to plot, plan and to scheme.

It’s fascinating when people are on the same page, when it’s working, when we’ve all collectively and individually decided to move forward.

To recognize and give permission to move forward, to let and give others the freedom to do so as well.

Grow, not just in stature but in vision in desire and in hunger. Spark that fire deep in your bones, especially with the dawn of winter.

Choose now to not be satisfied but to long and reach for what could be quite unattainable. No more: the ol is it the destination or the journey quandary. Now it’s both!

Why not this time, with this group of people, why can’t we decide to make it both? Let’s make this road trip exciting right to the end. S’why road trip movies are so anticlimactic, once you get there, well that’s that.  Now what?  The momentum of the journey has been halted, the planing the scheming, the overcoming all and every obstacle to get here ceases almost immediately.  Like when a band stops after a long hard tour and just…goes home.

This time…let’s keep going!  Journey and Destination, we want both, let’s reach for both, we’re due.  We’re owed.  Right?  Right…

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Reading is FUNdamental…The Unwritten Volume 7: The Wound

July 25th, 2013

This weekend’s plans include going HAM on my To Read Pile…I still haven’t touched Joseph Anton Salman Rushdie’s on-the-run memoir or…and I’m so fired…Morning Glories Volume 4 which has been sitting on my desk for weeks now. No pants time badly needed.

(Similarly I can’t stand that forever-time between new comics and pants removal to begin reading. Proclivities aside I’m keeping this short, want to get my nose back into Unwritten Volume 7).

I’ve about 2 more issues to go in this equally impressive Unwritten trade. Previously I thought Ho Lee Chow…Unwritten Volume 6 was a phenomenal way to kick off 2013. So much delicious and nutritious ruckus. Now as I’ve gone deeper into Volume 7 my 2013 is flourishing and I’m convinced #MikeCareyIsBoss should be trending on twitter.

Stories…that’s the one of the thickest most common threads expertly connecting humanity across time and history. When we used to gather round the campfire now we huddle around the glow of a warm monitor.

Unwritten celebrates stories…an inspired exploration of what it means to be well read. There’s also vampires, an evil cabal, bizarre Harry Potter references, magic, comic books and more.

This is an incredibly astonishing series, a perpetual magic act that has me scratching my head trying to figure out how Mike Carey & Peter Gross pulled it off.

Want to treat yourself today? Alright have a pants-off nap but before you do…buy Unwritten Volume 1 (yes you need this in your life and on your bookshelf) and start on the sweetest part of every single story: Page 1.

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My Jeff Garlin Moment

July 24th, 2013

So here’s the story. The lovely and talented Whitney Matheson is the writer and supreme pop cultural goddess of Pop Candy, a freshtastic blog at USA Today. Being that we’re modern folk she and I will talk via the magic of email and the wonder of twitter. Now I happened to be in the Big Apple at the same time as she was interviewing comedian and filmmaker Jeff Garlin…one of those fancy pants Apple store events. (You following? It’s basically like Inception I’m in the Apple store in the Big Apple).

You can read Whitney’s interview with the always full of mirth Jeff Garlin or…if you want to be all modern and hip cruise your Segway to iTunes and listen and watch the chat. Now…it’s at the 27:30 mark where–following his conversation with Whitney the audience got to grill Jeff–you’ll hear me ask Jeff: “What’s the difference between raw funny and like stand up funny?”

The question came outta a recent debate slash discussion with some comedian friends prior to jetting to NYC. Seemed rather fitting to inquire of a gent who is equally raw funny and also able to do the whole stand up bit thing. I really dug his answer which you know was going to be wise because he started with “Here’s the thing…”

Oh and yeah, once the event concluded I got to meet Jeff and finally Whitney…to sum: “Perfect teeth. Nice smell. A class act all the way.” (That evening was all kinds of Coming Up Milhouse: since I was in SoHo I shuffled my Jordans over to Rocket Joe’s a supa delicious pizza joint on Delancey. Like it was Cheers I strolled in just as they were pulling out a fresh bbq chicken pie outta the oven. Oh snap! Couldn’t get my bib on fast enough.)

Jeff Garlin and I (Sammy Younan)

Jeff Garlin and I (Sammy Younan)

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Eliot’s Future

July 22nd, 2013

Keys in hand, left shoelace undone like so many previous schemes, gripping my jacket at the shoulders trying to get it properly on my thin frame, gotta go, gotta go, rush out lest I be late.  Places to be people to see false purpose.

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Mr. Saturday Night

July 17th, 2013

Alright so…in New York City there are these fantastic Brooklyn house parties hosted by Mr. Saturday Night. The dude is an Artist and rather than pay apartment rent and studio rent he got one large place and throws parties to make ends meet. Every Saturday he moves all the furniture to one side of the apartment and everybody shows up and has a good time.
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Times Square Luke

July 16th, 2013

In a diner not far from Times Square. Couple beside me wrapping up their meal/date. Dude pays and says he has to take off. Girl says thanks! That was fun let’s do this again. Sweet smile. Dude jets.
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NYC Tears

July 15th, 2013

Finally found a few moments…been spending the last few days running around The Big Apple. And here is how the trip started.
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Affiliations: Game Shows

July 15th, 2013

Some of my current and Game Show Affiliations:
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The Big Apple Stink

July 11th, 2013

Flying to New York City later today. And like most brown people it’s a pain to deal with ignorant TSA agents. That they’re often racist compounds general annoyance. Thus I’m going to the airport with my tried and true passive aggressive response (patent pending) when crossing the border:
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Share The Cool & Skip The Small

July 8th, 2013

At the risk of being all grumpy cat on a Monday…today’s PSA is about small talk.
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Cool Doritos Run

July 1st, 2013

Decided to make a chip run, woke up hankering for Cool Ranch Doritos…on Canada Day (also woke up using words like hankering).
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Complain or Create: Can’t Do Both

June 22nd, 2013

I am visual minority, granted a man but still not white. And I take my browness into creative industries typically dominated by white men. And I could care less.
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Game 7 Considerations

June 20th, 2013

Game 7 of the NBA Finals is a sobering and humble reminder that everything in this life is the byproduct of several million seemingly insignificant small decisions:
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Meeting Bruce Wayne

June 18th, 2013

So went to this gaming Toshiba Pop Up shop event tonight; over on Queen Street and got to meet…Bruce Wayne. Yup, his name is actually Bruce Wayne.
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Man of Steel: My Kryptonite Confessions

June 13th, 2013

On Friday June 14, 2013 the newest Superman movie opens: Man of Steel. At the risk of losing my nerd street cred I will not be viewing Man of Steel during its theatrical run. Here are my whys and my confessions.
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My American Life Quandary

June 11th, 2013

I recently contacted a friend over at USA Today…I keep getting people asking me how to start on This American Life.

And I’ve never seen a handy “guide” to get people rollin.
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Thanks NSA!

June 10th, 2013

Is there a way to convert all the data the NSA has collected spying on each of us into a helpful personalized app? If so that app should be called Thanks NSA.
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The One I Love

June 9th, 2013

Feels like we start out, over Coke and other sweet pop believing in soul mates…The One. Course all the FM pop songs, happily ever after movie endings all help enforce that notion.
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Must Feel TV

May 22nd, 2013

TV is infinitely better when I watch with my hand down my pants. Honestly.
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Star Wrecked: Into Darkness We All Go

May 16th, 2013

I wish the Westboro Church’s hate and protestingness could be harnessed for good. Like organizing an effective boycott against “Star Trek” 2 for failing to be cannon for example.
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Shrinking Attention Span

April 1st, 2013

Trapped in a conversation…well, really a lecture as one co-worker extols the many virtues of Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Hated that movie.
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The Pampers Big Baby Award Idea

March 28th, 2013

Out of all the heavily branded awards and associations in the NBA I wish Pampers would sponsor a Big Baby Award.
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Charting Risk via Game Shows

March 26th, 2013

Watching the Game Show Network last night (look it was Monday night, my choices were slimmer than Kate Moss). As a strange study not based on any sort of science or theory I wonder if you could chart the evolution of risk through game show contests.

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Hype-Free Living

February 25th, 2013

Today is one of the best days of 2013!
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Uncle Poutine

February 24th, 2013

At this Fancy Pants event…this 3 year old tugged on my pants asking for french fries. Do I look like a French Fry Pimp? I asked her if she wanted one fry, 272.6 fries or 1001 fries. Without hesitating she demanded 1001 fries. Sigh: Women.
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Pink Nostalgia

February 10th, 2013

Q: When it comes to nostalgia is there a difference among the genders ?
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Evel Knievel Dreams

January 29th, 2013

In 2011 a long awaited (well long awaited for me…) Evel Knievel bio arrived in book stores. Yes! Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend by Leigh Montville.

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In Case of Apocalypse… (Part II)

January 22nd, 2013

Continued from In Case of Apocalypse…Part I…

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In Case of Apocalypse… (Part I)

January 22nd, 2013

My Honest Truth: whenever I board an airplane I suvey it’s length identifying all the emergency exits locations measured in distance from my seat. Then I evaluate the people sitting next to those emergency exits.

Can I trust that person? Will they panic? Or react swiftly and smartly? Hmmm he’s got breakfast burrito stains on his shirt, if the wings fall off this sucker I’m on my own. So Be It. See…I am Boy Scout prepared.

Look: we live in a world of impending doom. And the only way to successfully avoid succumbing to the fear and paranoia is to armed a game plan.

So in the event of the following Apocalypses I’ve devised a game plan.

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The Great Movie Poll of 2013: Results!

January 9th, 2013

Alright so The Great Movie Poll of 2013 has closed. The results are in!

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The Great Movie Poll of 2013

January 8th, 2013

New year, same old pressures.

At ye olde cinema next to my office I have a coupon expiring January 9 2013. Pressure’s on…I gotta see something tomorrow night (I can’t go tonight). None of them justify putting on pants so I need help…your help! (Clearly I’m desperate).

So, please help me:

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Blinded 911

January 7th, 2013

What’s the style with helping blind strangers?
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This Is 40 Review

January 5th, 2013

Made the tragic and awful mistake of seeing This is 40:
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10:55 A-Musings (2013)

January 3rd, 2013

Chaos and mayhem, that’s what I provide now and at 10:55 am via @mypalsammy.
Actually…
Not entirely sure why…I tend to slow down during Christmas so maybe I started to see things “clearly.” Pop culture is funnier when you ignore the wizard and focus on the old man. If Toto could pull the curtain back on my pop culture thoughts as posted @mypalsammy at 10:55 am this is what’d he see:

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Cheezy Thanks!

January 2nd, 2013

Thanks to everyone who dropped by the bar known as my Facebook status box/visited this site…you beautiful people pulled up a chair, liked something, shared something, debated something and yes even thanks to the people who disagreed with me and throat punched me. Moral Courage, yo!
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But They Promised!

January 1st, 2013

So…this is 2013, huh?
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Yo Joe! Drinking Game

December 27th, 2012

So it’s almost 3am. For the last week or so…every day I’ve been watching G.I. Joe episodes on Teletoon Retro at 2:30am.

I try to see how many characters I can remember without looking it up online. I’ve been killing it…so sad. So much nonsense in my head.
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Christmas Validation: A Die Hard Life Lesson

December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I watched Die Hard last night.
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Coming Soon…Summer 2013 Movies Status

December 11th, 2012

So for the kids keeping score at home, based on all these recently issued trailers, here’s where I stand:

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The Hope of Magic!

December 10th, 2012

So…magic. I don’t often talk about magic but I’m a huge magic nerd…I watch all kinds of specials on tv, youtube, I go to as many shows as I can…it’s magic! (One of the reasons I adore NYC is they constantly have magic shows on…I don’t have to go to Vegas, you know? We have no magic in Toronto).
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Christmas Spirit vs Heartburn

December 9th, 2012

Christmas tree decorating with 3 small children when suddenly…I felt this strange warm sensation near my heart.

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The Old Supermodel

December 4th, 2012

Today I got to be a model for a photo shoot with Product Magazine. (Turns out they’re interviewing me for NewMusic Ten and my writing…time to dust off the A-Material).

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On Being The Food Boyfriend

November 21st, 2012

So in the office is a lovely brunette. And until recently her food boyfriend was a guy on the third floor.

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Hello My Name Is Useless

November 14th, 2012

So in talking to two contractors in NYC working on a brownstone I realized…how useless I am.
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Crossing The Streams

November 3rd, 2012

I weep for this generation:
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My 2012 NBA Storylines

October 31st, 2012

Happy NBA Season!

Tonight I’m going to my first game of the season, yeah! In my city the home team Raptors suck so I don’t expect greatness. Tonight’s game is against the Pacers, who I do expect big things.

(And…ack! I am going to the game even though, sigh George Romero is presenting a Night of the Living Dead screening. Had to make a choice!).
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Late Night Flicks

October 19th, 2012

Ok my pal Stephanie and I were chatting (well, I was probably rambling like a hype alien abductee, meh semantics) about movies that should be on late night tv but are not. What do you got?
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Overheard at Indie Week 2012: Day 2

October 14th, 2012

Overheard last night during Indie Week ruckus:
Dude on the phone: “So what happened with that emotionally unstable chick…you make out with her?” Pause…listening to his friend. “Oh. Well, did she cry the whole night?”
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Overheard at Indie Week 2012: Day 1

October 13th, 2012

Overheard last night during Indie Week ruckus:
Leggy blonde: “I dunno what happened…I used to be so popular.” Boyfriend just shrugged, meh.
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Because Thursdays Are Garbage Day

October 7th, 2012

I put regret on the curb today
because Thursday is Garbage Day.
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i miss…books as doorknobs

October 5th, 2012

i miss…books as doorknobs:
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Birth Year Readings II

September 28th, 2012

Friday September 28, 2012 was my birthday.

Not a particular milestone, another notch on the belt of time. Though one year ago I started Birth Year Readings…from birthday to birthday I was curious to see how much I read. I did not include all the various articles, blogs I tend to chew on, rather focusing on my three primary food groups: comics books (monthlys and one shots), books (like with no picture…novels to non-fiction) and comic book trades (collections anywhere from 4 issues to 10 or more).

And it turned out to be a crazy experiment.

From September 28, 2011 to September 27, 2012 I read:
486 comic books (monthlys and one shots)

35 books (non-fiction mostly)

99 comic book trades (dagnabbit, had I known I was so close I’d have pushed for 1 more)

Nuty nuts that is. Still let’s do it all over again and see how much I complete by Friday September 27, 2013.

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The Birds: Learn To Look Up

September 11th, 2012

Obviously Birds don’t keep calendars like us hectic humans do instead they sense shifting seasons and take appropriate action.

They have mastered a skill we haven’t possessed for generations: the ability to read the sky. We hardly ever look up.

And though Birds don’t mark occasions like birthdays, anniversaries…there is one day the Birds talk about often.

It was the one day when none of man’s noisy polluting air machines thundered across the sky, shattering silence and disrupting the calm snail’s pace of clouds. It was a warm day, still on the heels of Summer, a great clear day for flying.

Birds have become so used to seeing the noisy metal creatures that to not see them, hear them, feel the warmth of their engines’ wake…what a shock. The humans’ calendar called that day September 11, 2001 but to the Birds, it was a rare day of opportunity.

They once again reclaimed the sky, (didn’t the air seem cleaner?) in fact for many days. Uncertain how long it would last they unfurled wings and coasted on soft breezes, ecstatic to not have to share the sky. Eventually that time, no matter how sweet came to an end.

The metal birds once again populated and dominated the sky. The Birds had to learn how to begrudgingly share…again. Seasons came and went, yet another day like that never came again.

And yet The Birds refuse to forget.

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Self-Expression Punk

September 2nd, 2012

bubble“Punk gave the pop cultural seal of approval to my efforts at self-expression. We were being told we could do anything, so we did. I still had no girlfriend, but I was learning how to make my fantasies into reality and that was a start.”~Grant Morrison {Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being page 172}

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Stephen King Avengers

August 25th, 2012

Walking by the Carrie (remake) set. Like most people I don’t see the value in making this movie (or the Carrie musical). (Are they doing a remake of a remake or the original movie or just adapting the book…again?)

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Dare You To Define Me

August 16th, 2012

Our society has the strangest definitions…
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We Need A Word For…#1

August 3rd, 2012

We Need A Word For…
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i miss…credit card b&e

July 14th, 2012

I miss…credit card B & E:
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Movie Teasers

July 12th, 2012

In our society where fear is part of a complete daily diet, where we shallowly use the Internet for Gotcha! games for celebrities with minor transgressions, I am deeply encouraged by the bright light of hope illuminated by teasers at the end of superhero movies.
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i miss…rock n roll

July 10th, 2012

I miss…rock n roll:
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Overheard at Pride 2012

June 30th, 2012

Just cut through Pride to snag some bbq corn (I am a simple man in complex times). Here’s some of the PG things I overheard:
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We All Scream For Ice Cream!

June 22nd, 2012

Generally we enter and exit 2 phases of modern life:
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Ticket Prices Are Final in the NBA

June 15th, 2012

The current NBA Finals are tied at 1. I, of course…are cheering for OKC. However I was curious about NBA Finals ticket prices…I’ve never been to a playoff game let alone a Finals game.
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Mom Grows Up

June 10th, 2012

I encouraged my Mom to watch Hereafter the Matt Damon movie. 15 or 20 minutes in she remarked Matt’s “superpowers are kinda like Dead Zone.” Woah, that’s a really astute reference. Brought a tear to me eye you know?
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i miss…deathtraps

June 1st, 2012

i miss…deathtraps:
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S’up Cuz Podcast #2

May 25th, 2012

DC and myself return for another engaging S’up Cuz podcast. The topic is 2012’s Summer Movies.

With such an extravaganza of spectacle there’s lots to debate, cross arms, count down the days to opening screening and more. Plus: female celebrities, who is accessible? Who you think you could successfully close? Things that make you go hmmmm….

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7 Excellent Cigar Smoking Tunes

May 20th, 2012

I smoke cigars. Not because it’s cool, not because I’m trying to impress you and not because I have a beef with my health. A cigar is a forced slowdown, a break from the ordinary rush, the difference between scanning and reading. A cigar is chilling. I can’t imagine how Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson smokes cigars at work. Why equate something designed for chilling with working? That’d be like using a hot tub to hold business meetings. (Actually this isn’t a bad idea, will file away this one to explore later…).

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Nerd Rage Podcast #1

May 12th, 2012

“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

Fear the wrath of an angry nerd! Now with even more bad puns…comes the Nerd Rage Rage Podcast. Hosted by myself (Sammy) and a fellow nerd Brian, we’re 2 nerds who hulk out! (Purple pants not required. Especially because all pants are unnecessary. But I digress…)

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S’up Cuz Podcast #1

May 11th, 2012

S’up Cuz is a t-shirt company featuring over 20 freshtastic designs by myself and DC. It’s basically another creative playground we frolic in, truly a t-shirt is a limitless canvas. So to celebrate all matters Summer…for 2012 we’re offering a free S’up Cuz podcast.

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Earth Day Business

April 22nd, 2012

(Originally published April 22, 2009 on S’up Cuz website…)

April is Earth month as much as April 22 is Earth Day.
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I Dig…

April 19th, 2012

David Samuels’ recent Kanye West article: American Mozart.

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Reading is FUNdamental…Gotham Central

April 14th, 2012

Tell me, tell me, tell me you’ve read Gotham Central!
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Amazing Youth

April 9th, 2012

It’s amazing to be young and out downtown until the early morning. It’s amazing to hang out with bands, met some beautiful people doing beautiful things. It’s amazing to yam something greasy…a midnight snack that sort of becomes a meal.
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App Sad

April 8th, 2012

So we have an app that identifies constellations in the night sky but we don’t have an app that searches nearby stores for the cheapest and best post-Easter chocolate deals? What?
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Reading is FUNdamental…New Deadwardians

April 8th, 2012

Hey…just in case you don’t know…head on over to ye old comic book shop today and pick up issue #1 of New Deadwardians:
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Drinking With The Stars

March 22nd, 2012

Dancing With The Stars is sooooo boring. Instead I wish there was a show called Drinking With The Stars.
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Dating Blurbs

March 15th, 2012

You know online dating sites would greatly benefit if they offered movie style blurbs from ex’s; like the kind you see splashed in big font on movie posters:
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Affiliations: Random

March 7th, 2012

Some of my current and random Affiliations:
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Comic Book Staples

February 22nd, 2012

Lemme run something by you. There are two staples to comic books:
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Men In Black Kickstarter

February 14th, 2012

The best thing about recommending a book/movie/comic book/band etc. is you know the amazing journey your friend is about to embark on.
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Oh No to Uh-Oh

February 5th, 2012

At the urinal next to me a small boy, about 6 or 8 years old muttered: “uh-oh.”
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The LIE in Believing

January 6th, 2012

Old School thinking hasn’t changed in 2011 because that’s what we grew up believing:

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That Guy…Spielberg…

January 6th, 2012

So I’ve decided to “understand” Spielberg. Checked out a bunch of books from the library: interviews, quotes, methods, whole deal.

And now? I sort of have a better handle on him; I kinda get it. I didn’t before, just didn’t make sense. I couldn’t comprehend why his movies are successful: what was the appeal? What was I missing?

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West Goes South

January 5th, 2012

Last night Kanye West went OFF on twitter…for 3 hours. I was online when it started…kept up with him for the first hour then I had to stop and go back to my work. (You could tell something special was about to go down–I instantly scrambled my brown butt upstairs to hastily make some tea, I didn’t even let it brew properly I wanted to get back to the scene. It’s like being a Gotham citizen and looking up one dark night…cloudy sky…and seeing the Bat Signal blazing the darkness: awww yeah! you just want to fist pump).
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The Weight Of Influence

January 4th, 2012

It’s a maze this digital world we currently inhabit. I didn’t get my first email address until I hit University. And even then most of my friends didn’t have one either. I had to…like call them, all the while hoping they were home. So I know I’m too old for these kid games. Tonight I brewed a pot of Red Rocket Tea and am attempting to finalize/understand The SampleBank’s Social Media Strategy. Less than 30 minutes in I already have a headache and it’s debatable how much more smarter on the topic I am. I do have a question however:

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Brian Eno Says…

January 2nd, 2012

“And then another crop of questions:

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Alfonzo The Wonder Ninja: Origin!

January 1st, 2012

While I’m open to any edge I can get with the ladies…I never set out to create a comic strip.

Especially one about a ninja. It just sort of happened.

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Flirting With Failure

January 1st, 2012

It’s not like I enjoy failing. But it’s a part of the game.

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2011 In Review/2012 In Preview

December 30th, 2011

What a year it’s been for this blog: All Things Sammy!

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Consistently Inconsistent: I Am

December 27th, 2011

Consistency is my archnemesis.

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Surrender Is For The Foolish

December 26th, 2011

So much fun to watch the opening (finally!!!) of the 2011 NBA campaign last night. Think everybody wanted to put the lockout behind them and get down to business. And it was business as usual…the start of the season brings the standard debates of who will win it all this year.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2011

Ah Christmas! Interrupting the momentum of artists for over 2000 years.

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These Days

December 19th, 2011

So: 6 sleeps until Christmas.
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Insert That Sound Velcro Makes

December 14th, 2011

Just finished hanging out with a Little Dude whose 3 months old:
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Pssst: Pass It On!

December 8th, 2011

So this is frustrating.

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ABCs of Cussing

December 6th, 2011

Been meaning to drop this story for a bit…anyhoo.
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Mad Scientist Experiments!

December 5th, 2011

Made a recent decision.

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Our Long Journey To The Middle

December 2nd, 2011

I’ve been meeting with bands lately. Sometimes in bars, sometimes in their homes.

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Intimidation Of The Heart

December 1st, 2011

Ever been to Clinton’s Tavern? It’s a vital Toronto intersection as sooner or later your creative path will draw you there. I’ve performed there a couple of times as a spoken artist. Black turtlenecks and all. (No bongo drums).

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Pretty Much Dead Already: The Walking Dead

November 28th, 2011

Considering how well the Sign Guy is doing during the Zombie Apocalypse of The Walking Dead Keira Knightley was clearly not wise in rejecting his love. Damn Girl.

What you don’t know is more important than your opinion on what you think you know.

Hindsight is always so bright it makes me squint.
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The Fate of the NBA

November 27th, 2011

Been reading a lot about Jordan and watching what clips I can find during his Tar Heels days since I have to make some key business decisions in the next few months. (Jordan just makes sense to me).
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Trust Issues

November 16th, 2011

Stuck on public transit…suck city. Where are all the jetpacks and teleportation devices and ultra fast human conveyor belts they promised us!
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We Lost Ida

November 14th, 2011

Normally I’m not comfortable expressing vulnerability. Which admittedly is odd for a writer who makes a living slinging emotions.

Still…here goes:

My Dad’s in Egypt caring for his ill sister; my aunt. Sadly she passed away. Which in a way is a blessing, as she’s no longer suffering. On the phone she didn’t sound good at all. Still sad: she was a cool and classy lady.
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i miss…spider-man

November 11th, 2011

I miss…Spider-Man:
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Design Thinkers from Scarborough

November 2nd, 2011

Happily had the opportunity to attend the Design Thinkers conference today: I went to 2 sessions by guys who did work at Nike. (Eh, don’t ask for names…I focused on the work not the Artist).

One designer went on to work with big time companies like Starbucks and Lego and yet you can still hear the utter awe in his voice from what Nike demanded. That’s Fresh. That’s How You Do It.
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Friendship Zone Escape

October 12th, 2011

Good gravy!
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1 White Rose…A French Film

October 11th, 2011

Yo I’ll have to save this memory/moment for a music video or maybe a French Film: it was a totally French Film moment.

Last night, still in NYC and I put aside my differences with Cameron Crowe and saw Pearl Jam 20. (I actually have beef with the band so this was a real growth moment in terms of maturity. Another story for another day).

Anyways I came out of the cinema, it was like 11:30 or midnight…the evening had this strange energy, Sunday night of a long weekend coupled with a full moon.
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i miss…siren slaps

October 5th, 2011

i miss…siren slaps:
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Birth Year Readings I

September 28th, 2011

Wednesday September 28, 2011 is my birthday.

Not a particular milestone, just watching my youth flee like a prison break. I got curious, wondering if I listed everything I read in a birth year how much I actually consumed. I was going to list articles but thanks to twitter and google I…can’t. I go through tons of articles and it’d just be too much, compounded by my avid laziness. So here is what I’ve been reading since Wednesday September 28 2011 (with occasional commentary) to Thursday September 27, 2012. {Special thanks to Brian E for facilitating my crack like connection to comic books.}

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The Money Shot

September 14th, 2011

Tonight I’m going to see Moneyball.
Folks (ok ladies) want to know if Brad Pitt takes off his shirt in the movie.
Conversely the same people are hoping Jonah Hill does not remove his shirt.

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 8

September 11th, 2011

Endings Are Important

Endings are important.

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Dreamers Notebook

September 10th, 2011

Ok as per my routine I had a several ideas roll through my head as I drifted off to sleep.

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 7

September 4th, 2011

Work Life Balance

Last week I wrote about choice. This week I’m writing about choice’s bastard cousin: balance.

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DC’s New 52 Countup

August 31st, 2011

On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 DC Comics launched a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues.
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Porn Puns

August 30th, 2011

Breaking News…
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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 6

August 28th, 2011

Choice

I didn’t enjoy school. Yeah I was one of those kids, left many a crying or frustrated teacher. So Be It. I didn’t enjoy the structure, the time demands, the lessons…everything sucked about school. Work is not much better. It’s 2011 we’re way past the Industrial Revolution and a farming society. So why hasn’t everything else changed? We may party like it’s 1999 but we work like it’s 1799.

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 5

August 21st, 2011

Fail Harder

To boldly step out of that limiting comfort zone.

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80s Celebration: Madonna!

August 16th, 2011

Couple of years back I had the notion to celebrate the 80s in poetry. Occasionally in this space I’ll post a poem celebrating something or someone gloriously 80s.

Today is Madonna’s 53rd birthday, crazy I know. Take that Lady Gaga!

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 4

August 14th, 2011

Family First

When Big Money comes rolling in it’s important to keep it in the family.

It’s why growing up we play Monopoly with family members. You learn which members are ruthless, which ones handle their money well and which ones just flame out. S’the way the dice rolls sometimes.

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 3

August 7th, 2011

compromise

Rock music has the 27 Club a fateful sad collection of typically talented musicians who only got to 27 felled by drugs or alcohol, meh just name any vice really. Hollywood doesn’t have a club but it does offer its share of cautionary tales.

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80s Celebration: MTV!

August 1st, 2011

Couple of years back I had the notion to celebrate the 80s in poetry. Occasionally in this space I’ll post a poem celebrating something or someone gloriously 80s.

Today is MTV’s 30th Birthday, crazy I know. We’ve come a long way from those “I Want My MTV” ads.

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 2

July 31st, 2011

No Pants

Am I the only one who thought the entire notion of going to school at 8:30am every single morning ridiculous? I’m a night owl…I only get to work, real work by 11pm or so. I suppose the logic was to prepare you for “the real world” and yet many businesses allow employees to work from home, flexhours and other similar perks. So: school is out of touch with reality. No matter. What school did get right was Summer. Yes Guy!

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8 Truths I Learned From Entourage: No. 1

July 24th, 2011

Location Location Location

Few years back sociologist and speaker Richard Florida wrote a book called Who’s Your City? One of the book’s central tenants was the concept of finding the ideal location carefully balancing notions of work, play and other similar social activities.

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Goodbye Amy Winehouse

July 23rd, 2011

Amy Winehouse

September 14 1983 – July 23 2011

Stronger Than Me is the first Amy Winehouse song I “discovered.”

And with that song: I was sold. I instantly picked up Frank, at the time her only album out.

That voice…that jazzy fresh style. It was like a sonic time machine back to 60s girl groups. That sound…it was like generations were packed between each note…from the 50s all the way to our current hip hop head bopping.

We all listen to a lot of music. Lots of bands and artists will come and go, on a playlist one day…gone a few weeks later. Every now and then you’re given an artist, a genuine talent that is utterly remarkable. Michael Jackson was like that…more of a force than a pop singer.

Amy renewed my interest and devotion to music…all kinds of music. She inflamed passions that had simmered down to orange coals. We’ve gone from the gatekeepers who controlled music to busting the dam wide open (thank you Napster), able to consume, sample and listen to any music we want. Open buffets sound like a good idea but really, if we’re being honest…the kind of honest when it’s the middle of the night, you’re tossing and turning…excess is never a good thing. Sadly Amy confirmed that as well.

Back To Black came out and had I been a cartoon my jaw would have hit the ground. That’s what I hear in my head. I am not a musician. I subscribe so wholly to music that at times I’ll wake up with melodies in my head. Sometimes I’ll dismiss them, probably from some random song I heard in a club or something. Certainly not a Sammy original. Other times, when the Sun is bright and life feels good, I’ll bop my head to the sounds only I can hear. And life does feel good.

Back To Black was it. That’s the sounds I hear. My friend Lana in Van City would smile when talking about Amy and her music. Lana was the one who turned me onto Mark Ronson’s astonishing album Version.

Later that day in Vancouver–I was there on tour with a rock band–another story for another day–I purchased the album from HMV and we piled into the car and put on Version utterly struck down by Amy’s version of Valerie. So good; soul good. We turned it up as we drove around Sunny Vancouver.

(During the tour Rehab became an ongoing joke…not for drug or alcohol consumption but rather lines like “no, no, no.” You’d ask something ridiculous to set it up and the response would be an echo of Amy’s “no, no, no.” Alright, whatever…you had to be there).

Rock sucks sometimes. As much music as it’s given me–us–it’s a supreme sacrifice for the artists. You pay a heavy toll to be successful. I’m not angry at Rock…or Amy. I’m resigned: some stars shine last longer than others. That’s an old school fact, hard to grapple with like life isn’t fair. They’re both true and ultimatly have to accepted.

Amy was an addict. As much as success opened many doors for her…it couldn’t sooth or even ease the pain that pushed her down those dark roads. I never met her so I can’t say much more…we all have our secrets and our hurts and our secret hurts. We all cope with them in ways we foolishly believe are unique.

The hardest part about love isn’t loving somebody. That’ll always be hard. No. The hardest part of love is fully, completely, totally admitting you are lovable. You are worth the love you receive. Accepting love is hard: when you say I love you which of the 3 words has more emphasis?

Could love have saved Amy? I’m too old, seen too many things to be so flippant. And yet, if I’m forced to accept the notion life isn’t fair then I want to hold onto the belief that love can save. But it’ll be a bigger love…not the cheeze peddled in romantic comedies and FM pop songs. A genuine life affirming love.

The saddest part of Amy’s death is not the death itself but that it was expected. It was avoidable. Like starving children in Africa, homelessness here…these tragedies are avoidable. Amy reminds me of that now…she stirs my compassion, prompts my understanding almost asking I funnel my energy into something of true value.

Amy’s death is a reminder to hold tight onto the music that stirs my heart while also reaching out to those in my life with hurt. Who could use a bit more love and less solutions.

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The Art of Getting By (Movie…Not Advice!)

June 27th, 2011

Ok let’s talk about last night’s film The Art of Getting By. I was the only person in the cinema…50 seats all to myself. Normally I go to the movies every Sunday on my own but until I got to my friend’s place following the screening for tea I didn’t fully realize how tender I’d been the last few days. Sitting by myself in a dark room was both great and sad.

So…here we go…
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The Grand Celestial Jailbreak

June 22nd, 2011

Everything in this world conspires to keep you down.

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Overheard at NXNE 2011

June 17th, 2011

#1:
“I only go to the fun parties.”
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Smashing T-Shirt

June 10th, 2011

Every time I wear my Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt people always feel the need to comment about the band.

Some positive, some negative.

Only band t-shirt I have that prompts comments…strange…

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Smith’s Opus

May 8th, 2011

Picked up Barry Windsor Smith: Opus Volume 1 from the library on Saturday. A more detailed examination of his work that heavily reminds me of William Blake’s works…particularly Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.
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On Advertising…

May 6th, 2011

Advertising is ads.
Ads are just that.
They want to ad things
material products to your life.
They want to ad
more maintenance
more upkeep to your life.
They want to ad plastic hope
more foolish solutions in your life.
Your life is incomplete
it is ok; we have it if you want to ad it
Smelling Good
Looking Good
Feeling Good
Success
Sex
No matter what it is
you can ad it
we have it

and your need it.

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Nostalgia For A Childhood I Never Really Had

May 2nd, 2011

I can’t remember the last time I played.

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Do The Right Thing…

May 1st, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead, by actions the US government are calling justice.  Violent execution passes for justice from a country that has intricate laws and a multi-tiered court system all flowing from a rich constitution.

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NBA Playoffs Round 1: Look Back

April 30th, 2011

Everybody enjoys doing those predictions about what’s gonna happen before each round but year I’ll look back at each round.

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Goodbye Sidney Lumet

April 9th, 2011

“For everyone else, I’ll try to tell you as best I can how movies are made. It’s a complex technical and emotional process. It’s art. It’s commerce. It’s heartbreaking and it’s fun. It’s a great way to live.”

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Manifestoes In Play

April 4th, 2011

Man I miss the days when artists would form collectives and write up ballsy manifestos!

Ok granted I wasn’t around for a lot of them but still…the principle of it all is cool.

Really I wish I had a manifesto. And an art collective slash gang. Just seems like a New York thing to do.
I think I need a Manifesto! Bet if I had a Manifesto! I could attract sexy chicks: guys with mottos gets no play.

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Just Got Stronger

March 24th, 2011

Sometime today a treacherous teacher or a monotony manager will conclude to Somebody: “you’ll never amount to anything.” And that Somebody…Just. Got. Stronger.

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Overheard at SXSW 2011

March 11th, 2011

#1:
Last night on 6th street, around 1am there was a giant robot. Ummm, yup.

“I like to party with Bacardi,” said the robot.

“That robot is kinda hot, I’d have sex with him. It?” very drunk girl

“Dude! That’s like totally like, a robot. Robots are real??” a dude who is not Keanu.

#2:
2 girls in ill-fitting tanktops: “See I told you we don’t need no black guys.”

Girl clearly in a band: “I only have enough money for food or for drugs. So…what do I do?”

Girl in the shop I buy glass bottle Cokes: “I only have enough money for gas or food.”

Girl on her mobile: “You want me to insert that where??!” Pause as she listens. “Well I can’t do that right now I’m out in public.”

#3:
Small child to his dad: “Papa…are we in Hollywood?”

2 girls walking past me: “As a boyfriend he’s good enough so I decided to give up drugs.”

Dude on a mobile: “I just spilled Starbucks on my lap, think I burned my wang, what should I do?”

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SXSW: Preview

March 11th, 2011

Alright so time to SXSW!

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Shape Up

February 24th, 2011

I am bent out of shape.

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Start Fresh

February 8th, 2011

Somebody somewhere is starting fresh, not starting over. And this time it will stick. Not out of sheer will or the stress must brings but because it’s time & it’s right. Those timid first steps will eventually evolve into a run. Go. Go. Go.

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The Swan Is So Black: A Movie Review

February 7th, 2011

I finally sat down to watch Black Swan. What a train wreck, that was a horrible movie. I ended up having to fast forward huge chunks just to move what little plot was there and shut it off after an hour and a half.
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The Sanctum Breakup

February 3rd, 2011

Memo to James Cameron:
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Heart of Hush On The Subway

February 2nd, 2011

Ran into a friend on the subway…well he saw me. I’m usually gone on the subway when I’m reading: I’m in that world not this world. I’ve gotten in trouble from old people and 1 pregnant lady for not giving up my seat but when I read I’m “not here.” I don’t notice anything.

I’m currently the fourth Hush book: Batman: Heart of Hush. The first book Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee is extraordinary. One of Batman’s best tales. That was followed by Hush Returns a bit meh, not terribly inspired. Payback is book number 3 and I dunno anything about it. They brought in Dini for this fourth book one so it should be a good run. Bad guys like Hush and Ra’s al Ghul should be used sparingly but epically.

I hope on The Dark Knight Rises dvd Nolan explains why he didn’t go with Hush as the movie villain. Hardy would also have been a perfect Black Mask. (I said Mask not Black Glove, ugh).

By the way you know in the comics Bruce Wayne is openly funding Batman? It’s part of the Batman: Incorporated as Dick (first Robin) and Bruce’s son are Batman and Robin (in Gotham) while Bruce travels the world recruiting Batmen. I’m not enjoying the series at all but ah…I’m on my own. Sales are way up and it’s critically lauded. Sigh.

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Arab Spring has Sprung!

January 28th, 2011

First Tunisia, then Egypt & now Yemen. It has begun.
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Burning Bush Privilege

January 26th, 2011

Overwhelming. That’s my life lately.

This winter is not helping, my strength just gets sapped so quickly.
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The Passing Of The Torch

January 25th, 2011

This is a eulogy for a fictional comic book character Johnny Storm: The Human Torch, a member of the Fantastic Four. In Issue 587 he passed away and those events prompted the following. Yes I know he’s a fictional character. Yes I can tell the difference between real life and comic book world. But as any avid reader will tell you a death of a major character, one you’ve emotionally invested in is devastating. Good writing does that.

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The 6 VS Country Strong

January 7th, 2011

Ugh. Country Strong opens today.

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On Your Nose Means

January 6th, 2011

OnYourNose.com is slowly growing, with all the Christmas/holiday stuff out of the way we’re going to start doing media, forums etc. so hopefully it’ll take off. Sites of this type like fmylife, texts from last night etc. all hit critical mass in about 4 months or so…which puts at basically April. By then (if not sooner) we’ll know if we’re DOA or number 1 with a bullet. This might take a bit longer since On Your Nose is not a common phrase in the population.
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I’m the I in IFC

January 4th, 2011

This week the American IFC (the good version really…the Canadian version always leave something to be desired) is going to be airing The Ben Stiller show.

It would be so fun to go back to that. Is there any hope Canadian IFC (Independent Film Channel) will pick that up as well?

Canadian IFC has been a real bust over the years. Dinner for Five was great…then gone.

The Henry Rollins Show was great too…then cancelled! Sigh. At least Henry they continue to air, I wish they’d dust off Dinner and re-run that. I know the entire series is out on dvd but I’m not really gonna track that down and watch the entire thing in one block.

And why the entire Dinner for Five series out on dvd and Iconoclasts (on the Sundance channel) is not is something I’ll never grasp.

Based on this post I have weird niche tv taste: I’m the I in IFC.

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The Starbucks Scientist

December 28th, 2010

At Starbucks sipping Awake tea when Coldplay’s Scientist comes on.

When this phenomenal brunette comes in: literally stunning my raised cup freezes halfway to my mouth.

She’s weighed down by boxing sale bags and the sad small lie she’s not beautiful.

Orders her hot drink when somebody calls her mobile exacerbating her mood. The standard tone of the familiar when talking to the dense.
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My Turkeys My Gang

December 24th, 2010

Sitting down to Christmas dinner you can’t help but observe just how strange these people you call family are.
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Joe’s Missed

December 22nd, 2010

Mr. Joe Strummer…you remain missed.

Thank you for always making sure I don’t take any freedoms for granted, for pushing me to never stay silent and how to add up the costs of a good fight.
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Awesome & Single

December 18th, 2010

Honestly?
Being single at this time of year is AWESOME!
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Out There

December 12th, 2010

Over & Out
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Magical Beaver Time

December 6th, 2010

It’s the magical time of year. Snow on the ground, garish Christmas crap strung up on the walls of malls and peeing in your pants watching a friend wipe out on ice.
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My Light and My Dark

November 22nd, 2010

The Dark Side:
Got mashed over by busy city streets and craptacular drivers. I need some new driving swears, does anybody have some favourites that can help embolden my road rage?
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Free Lunch?

November 21st, 2010

One of the best feelings in the world is putting on jeans you haven’t worn for a while and finding money in the pockets.
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Music and Me

November 17th, 2010

S’Great To Be Me!
Time to ignite cigars and brew some seriously serious tea: just got Decoded Jay-Z’s new book. Phone is off the hook, pants off my legs and all due respect to my employers, but, yo I’m off the grind till this tome is done.
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Small Talk: The Trickster Effect

November 16th, 2010

What the crazy: “some clowns in Montreal founded a project called the Trickster Effect.”
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Tuesdays With Playas

November 15th, 2010

Over orange juice my senior lady friend tells me about her “boyfriend” who is 86 years old. During lunch he leaned forward and whispered: “My Dear: your presence fills a void in my life.”
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Side to Side

November 11th, 2010

“Look Dad: no hands AND side to side,” said the little boy at the urinal next to me, which is why I have fresh piss on my right shoe.
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Zombies Struggle With Doors & Irony

November 10th, 2010

When (not if) the Zombie Apocalypse occurs I wonder if the irony will be lost on Vegetarians who’ve turned.
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The Maneater

November 9th, 2010

I wish peopleok fine…girlswere like movies and came with trailers.
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Z Beef

November 8th, 2010

Just finished watching the second episode of The Walking Dead. Rest assured if you get bit I will put you down. Immediately. No hesitation no compassion.
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Band Tease

November 5th, 2010

To the lovely brunette at Hermosa Beach Cold Stone Creamery: I didn’t let you cut out of chivalry or because I didn’t know my flavour.

No: I wish to read your babydoll t-shirt THE DUKE SPIRIT.
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LA Man. LA.

November 1st, 2010

Yo…I’m in Los Angeles. Great trip so far…I got to go a Lakers game, sat not too far from Jack too. I’ve never seen anything like that…I’ve been to Madison Square, Cavs (before LeBron) and a good handful of Pistons games (saw Jordan play) and I never ever could imagine half the things I saw. It went beyond entertainment; far beyond a simple NBA contest between millionaires. It was Man Walking On The Moon spectacle. Crazy. And transcendent. LA man. LA.
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The City of Angels

October 31st, 2010

On October 30, 2010 I traveled to Los Angeles; staying until November 7, 2010:

I.
The Sinner has touched down in the City of Angels. It’s so glorious to be out and about with the Sun richly blessing every step this late in October; guys are still in shorts girls rocking flip flops and tank tops. Wonderful. Swimming with the pimps, players and phonies. Where have all the prophets gone? Perhaps exchanged for profits and power.
Cue: Kanye West – Power

II.
The Sinner sips tea by the surfer walk of fame & in a rare moment silent & still contemplates you, what was, what could have been but knows like surfing the hardest part of today is getting up & staying up.
Cue: Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A.

III.
The Sinner has seen the future and can smell the false prophecies which abound like leftover Halloween candy. That and the Laker girls say hi.
Cue: David Lee Roth – California Girls

IV.
Under a pool water blue sky The Sinner pours out the contents of his heart to Mr. Showtime. There’s hope in a soft touch, intelligence with vision and a past so fertile it grows fruit to this day.
Cue: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Magic Johnson

V.
The Sinner returns (though no journey is as long as coming home or leaving home) to face a future of possibilities, what ifs and the soothing serenade of a fresh cup of tea. What we let go is more powerful than what we keep.
Cue: Frou Frou – Let Go

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Rally For Better, Rally For Me

October 30th, 2010

I’m Torrance right now, about 18 scant miles from MacArthur Park where a simulcast of Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Insanity is being hosted.

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X-ceptional Blessings

October 9th, 2010

Oh speaking of Uncanny the current X-Men issues (X-Men Legacy 238-241) are taking place in Mumbai. One of the X-Men is Indian, Indra and has to honour an arranged marriage. Course it’s a comic book so nothing unfolds smoothly and they’ve run into The Children of the Vault.
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War, Inc. (Unpublished)

October 1st, 2010

(Originally written April 2, 2008)

We’re such a strange society.

Almost every day I see something that makes Fight Club—book or movie you pickless absurd and more literal. Ok maybe not literal…since we’re talking about it but real for true.

Just came back from a screening of War, Inc. and a Q & A with John Cusack and Mark Leyner (I know…who? He’s the co-writer of the flick but that don’t mean a whole lot when you sit next to Cusack).

The film is a savage critique, an apt satire of the current administration’s Iraq bungling and America’s relaxed permission allowing to be whored by corporate interests. Which if anyone’s read Cusack’s open and often repetitive criticism of the war in blogs and in newspapers doesn’t come as a surprise.

I just don’t see the point of making a movie that only the same old people will see.

If you know and read Naomi Klein you will end up seeing this movie.
If you know and read Noam Chomsky you will end up seeing this movie.

If you despise Fox News you will end up seeing this movie.
If you read Fast Food Nation you will end up seeing this movie.

We’re comfortable doing what Cusack has done with this movie and preaching to the choir because it’s easier and safer to earn: “I know what you mean!” than to deal with the blanket of stupidity that covers a big chunk of Americans.

As this film branches out from the centre of the media concentration (I’m supposed to count LA but come on when has anything come out of LA that wasn’t artificial) so really I mean NYC the dumber people get so good luck getting em to see this flick. If dumber doesn’t sit well with you you can pick ignorant truth is in era of high speed internet and CNN not one bloody person has a reason to be ignorant. Stupid yes, that’ll always happen, but ignorant, is just not allowed.

So we preach to the choir, like minded gangs exclaiming familiar as your own home phrases: “I know what you mean!” “That’s so wrong!” till eventually somebody says: “Well good gravy we gotta do something about all this.” And that’s when you hear crickets and silence and see tumbleweed drift by.

We’re stuck…the old ways are not going to work or be effective.

If signing a petition allows you to feel you’ve helped usher in change, good for you, keep signing. You won’t ever see my name on one of those.

If voting is your way, electing somebody who represents what you consider your ideals, awesome, have at it, vote away and bring your friends and family. Voting solves nothing.

Maybe protesting is the way to go, signs, chants, make some noise, gather in numbers, get on tv (“Hi Mom!”). Cool…you’ve seen the track record you know how often protesting works and how it makes politicians and corporate bastards change their minds. Just don’t ever ask me to participate.

We’re out of effective ideas. Please note the word effective in front of ideas. We got ideas. Now we just need effective ones.

Look this whole rant is an old saw for me, if this is the first time you’ve heard it, trust it won’t be the last. Sorry for it all coming out, it’s all happening, it wasn’t my intent.

What I thought was absurd was that we turned to John Cusack for help. For effective ideas. “Celebrities will tell us what to do.” Sadly not this time.

Cusack had no ideas, he didn’t know how to affect positive and long lasting change. Instead we get this movie. This movie is his 2 cents. And it still don’t come with solutions.

Celebrities will not tell us what to do or how to be effective.

In the end it’s as simple as leadership. We require leaders.

Individuals who will give up their rights to accept responsibility. Leaders with a profound staggering infectious vision. It cannot come from government or from Nike. It must come from within us, from within our group.

When at night over the murky sky of Gotham City the Bat Signal is illuminated only one man can answer: Batman.
When the alarms begin to ring at the fire house firemen know their services are urgently requested so they dash off to save the house if not the day.

Quoting Cusack from his best work: This is a dare to be great situation. Lloyd knew he had to step up. This period, this time, these circumstances and this society…this is our dare to be great situation.

Spoken Word: Est Appear

September 25th, 2010

Movie: The Social Network

September 22nd, 2010

Welcome to the Long Tail of greed.

The Social Network is a modern parable and a flawed tragedy, easily Fincher’s most mainstream film. Yet in many ways a sequel to Fight Club…think what would happen if you took Project Mayhem online.

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The Social Network: A Modern Parable

September 22nd, 2010

So…The Social Network:
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Moment & Observation

September 13th, 2010

So I’m at this TIFF party right, fantastic party too, beautiful people having a beautiful time when I spot a well know radio host (not Strombo).
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Q&A: Anna Silk (Unpublished)

September 11th, 2010

(The following interview with Anna Silk was never published so I present it here):

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Q&A: Ksenia Solo (Unpublished)

September 11th, 2010

(The following interview with Ksenia Solo was never published so I present it here):

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Later Lunch Boy

September 10th, 2010

Today is a sad day: one of those every end is a beginning days.

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About I’m Still Here

September 9th, 2010

By the way about the Casey Affleck movie I’m Still Here, I had a friend who worked on the project.

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The New Jordan Rules: No. 1

September 7th, 2010

The Jordan Rules of Success & Achieving Greatness

Rule 1: Clearly Communicate Your Ambition

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Pop Poetry #3

August 31st, 2010

Now this is innovative. This is how it should be done. The ol if you can’t bring people to poetry bring poetry to the people. Yes Guy!

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Pop Poetry #2

August 23rd, 2010

The Return of Spike Lee! Woot.

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Concert: Sweet Thing

August 18th, 2010

Went to the Sweet Thing show at the Mod Club. My goodness, wish they handed out seatbelts, what a ride!

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Growing Up Hulk

August 16th, 2010

I envy kids.

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Better Left Unsaid

August 13th, 2010

What do Ned Flanders, David Byrne, Angelina Jolie and myself all have in common?

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Pop Poetry #1

August 12th, 2010

Poetry is in everyday life. Just like beauty it’s in the eye of the beholder. Every now and then in this space I’ll celebrate pop poetry in all its wonderful, ridiculous bright colours and profound power. If you have any suggestions please email away.

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Nothing’s Dying.

July 12th, 2010

Nothing’s Dying.

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Solar Powered Inspiration

July 11th, 2010

These are the days of our youth, loaded with boldness blessed with fortune. Celebrate all these endless days of Summer in peace, wonderment and ruckus! Never look back, surge forward.

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The App Trap

July 5th, 2010

Even my app-less stance isn’t luddite based…it’s safety!
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Roswell Fallen

July 2nd, 2010

In between Canada Day and the 4th of July is an equally important day worth celebrating: World UFO Day July 2nd.
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Michael Jackson’s Kite

June 25th, 2010

Hard to believe it’s been a year since we lost Michael Jackson. Although in some ways we’d lost him way before June 25, 2009.
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Q&A: Gregory Smith (Unpublished)

June 24th, 2010

(The following interview with Gregory Smith was never published so I present it here):

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Q&A: Missy Peregrym (Unpublished)

June 24th, 2010

(The following interview with Missy Peregrym was never published so I present it here):

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G20: The Swift & Brutal Rise of the Creative Class

June 20th, 2010

Welcome. With the recent antagonistic actions prompted by the G20 being hosted in Toronto I felt enough was enough. This is beyond adolescent us vs them concepts. We’ve all grown past that: I hope.

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Lights & Nights

June 18th, 2010

Crashed a singles party just as the power went out downtown. ooooo  no!
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The Final Countdown!

June 15th, 2010

Countdown to what maybe the final NBA game this season. Awesome.
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Stuck

June 14th, 2010

I can’t decide which is more important:

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Hunger: Don’t Let This Fire, Not Alone

June 4th, 2010

We get together on Friday to plot, plan and to scheme.

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Color Me Badd

June 1st, 2010

For lunch I drank grape juice than had a cherry popsicle. If I stick my tongue out will you be a good friend and tell me what colour it is?

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A Boy, His Cars and His Dreams

May 18th, 2010

A recently purchased lottery ticket prompted the discussion which tv or movie car from childhood I’d purchase. After some tea and no pants time here’s my list:

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During The Nooner

May 11th, 2010

Originally published on 4/28/2006 11:01 AM:
Josie Dye asked I write some words to describe the 228 Yonge Street shenanigans. Which makes sense since this isn’t my day job, always a bridesmaid never…yeah I’ll stop there. I’m Lunch Boy—obviously not the name my parents selected but rather the moniker I received simply by showing up and having…lunch. And being a boy.

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Attractions

May 10th, 2010

It’s a strange comfort to think of someone else other than yourself all the time.  People in Love do it all the time, people who aren’t probably should do it more often.

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Moms

May 9th, 2010

Moms are the best superheroes.
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8 Fun Activities To Celebrate National No Pants Day!

May 7th, 2010

The first Friday in May is officially No Pants Day. Yes! This is better than Christmas and my birthday combined.

To celebrate No Pants Day here is a list of 8 fun activities that don’t require pants:

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My May Movies

May 6th, 2010

Iron Man kicks off an odd Summer mix. Superheros, an SNL movie and documentaries. Utterly Delicious.  However only one movie is MUST SEE this month.

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NBA Playoffs 2010 Predictions: Round 2

May 2nd, 2010

Yes! Things are heating up! He’s on fire! This really is the most magical time of year. Here’s what I see going on for Round 2.

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Adidas Celebration

May 1st, 2010

Today’s Sunshine made me long to live in those recent Awesome Adidas ads Celebrating The Street. Beautiful People Having A Beautiful Time. Think tonight we’ll all have to go out dancin. Gentlemen gather your cigars & Lovers.
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National Poetry Month: Khalil Gibran (by Paul Allardyce)

April 30th, 2010

Today we have a guest blogger!

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National Poetry Month: Sammy Younan

April 29th, 2010

This is from my book Red Letter Nights.  I’m not posting this to say I’m on the same level as everyone else I posted this month. Rather the take away is that poetry is for everybody…go, write, create, sing…whatever form you want, whatever topic you want. This isn’t school, you don’t have to get an A or worry about an F. Take the words and mold them, mangle them…they belong to you. Sing and speak loudly as only your voice allows.

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National Poetry Month: Lupe Fiasco

April 28th, 2010

The wow opening track to Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. I’m just gonna get out of the way and let this do all the work.

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National Poetry Month: Alicia Keys

April 27th, 2010

Let’s switch it up and go with a youtube clip today!

Alicia Keys POW (Prisoner of Words)

Alicia Keys Details:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_keys

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National Poetry Month: Ms. Ruby Dee

April 26th, 2010

85 years young and still she embodies beauty, strength, resilience and a fierce determination for change. Her and husband Ossie Davis were friends to MLK and Malcolm X. She is civil rights. She is a link to our past and a clue to our future. There’s an old cliche that they don’t make them like they used to…Ms. Ruby Dee is evidence of that.

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National Poetry Month: Robert Pinsky

April 25th, 2010

If you’ve seen the Simpsons Pinksy is great on it! This is the dynamic poem he read. It’s long but rewarding. Brew some tea and work your way to the bottom. Please not he dedicated it to those folks listed below.

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National Poetry Month: Walt Whitman

April 24th, 2010

If you’ve seen Dead Poets Society you’re familiar with this poem. Robin Williams aside it’s got guts and heart, boldness and bravery. Though not with a truly happy ending.

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