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I’m Gladwell Malcolm Is Advocating Working From The Office

August 8th, 2022

Pre-Pandemic working from home was a fantastic concept; the companies who adopted that initiative benefited.
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Hurt Myself Today In 1995

April 17th, 2022

Saw one of those retro rock posts: Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt was released today in 1995 as a Fun Fact. Whatever.
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When The NBA Prey Becomes The NBA Shill

April 16th, 2022

Another NBA Season; Another Jurassic Park Raptors ESPN Commercial. This is one of the strangest NBA traditions.
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The 2022 Purge

March 21st, 2022

Happy Purge Day!
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Poop Things

March 17th, 2022

In John Carpenter’s 82 classic The Thing the Antarctica snow concealed a hideous alien which when freed from its icy tomb spelled doom for humanity.
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Lockdown The Logic

January 13th, 2022

As I write this it’s currently minus 20. Toronto has a naturally built in lockdown season; it’s called January.

Ain’t no need for vapid political machinations to shut down pop culture as an attempt to look they’re doing something. Politically something is always better than nothing, right? That’s like hitting the side of a TV to make it work.
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Noah Who Is The National Champion

January 10th, 2022

This trailer for the National Championship is breathtaking.

“So for the glory of old Georgia; let the Bulldog nation rise and believe…believe in the names on the back.” #GoDawgs (Shout out to Ernie Johnson Jr.!)
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To C-B-C or Not To C-B-C…That’s The Question…

January 4th, 2022

Tara Henley a writer and broadcaster most notably with the CBC has penned: Why I resigned from the CBC and went to Substack. Speaking freely.”

This is a fascinating perspective; obviously freedom is far more valuable than acceptance.

Getting upset because someone is “abusing” free speech is silly; that’s like freaking out over self-driving car accidents. That’s naturally going to happen: that’s the uncomfortable process.  (It’s also extreme thinking…like buying a gun to protect your loved ones from a home invasion. You can just get dog or set up an alarm system if protection was the legit issue.)

In April 2021 Paul Pierce was fired from ESPN; he would no longer be a regular on The Jump. He talked to SI about his frustrating TV experience revealing:

“There’s a lot of stuff over there that you can’t say. And you have to talk about LeBron all the time.” (Ugh I know…some of them on ESPN even refer to him as King. I understand how rating economics work especially for ESPN I just don’t agree with it.)

I get it. I can understand his frustration or similarly a journalist’s frustration with an arduous institution like the CBC which echoes Paul Pierce’s comments.

(How do you balance the classic “that’s not what we do?” with the shifting standards of the internet? I’m not even talking about clickbait; just integrity which is rooted in knowing who you are and what your strengths are.)

So Tara Henley like many other journalists has identified a benefiting outlet that facilitates her freedom; she’s now “free” to pursue different stories; elevate unique voices and have fun. Okay then. Let’s see where all this goes. Without the backing of a large organization her work will rise and fall on timeless principles such as quality and sound journalism.

If you find Tara’s response inspiring then know she isn’t alone…3 fresh folks worth following who mirror her journey are: Ethan Strauss left The Athletic, Bari Weiss left the NY Times and “after a decade as a Forbes senior editor, Zack O’Malley Greenburg now writes exclusively at Substack, where he’s serializing his fifth book We Are All Musicians Now.”

This is an encouraging trend. How will the institutions and news organizations respond? Will they evolve or pimp out clickbait? It’s possible some institutions don’t view any of these defections as feedback.

There’s always the goofy white guy who thinks this isn’t an issue; that it’s all overblown hype (thankfully he’s not as terrible as the goofy white guy who believes people only advocate for free speech so individuals can be politically incorrect. “You just want to be racist!” That guy often makes me laugh…his world like his thinking is so insular.).

Bottom Line? This trend is fantastic. The writers flourish with intellectual freedom and we get quality writing.

Be Free.

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Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.

Dave Chappelle’s Closer Smoking?

October 6th, 2021

I’m slowly working through Dave Chappelle’s The Closer. His latest Netflix comedy special.

Made a strong tea and sat down with the special: as expected dude is one of the smartest people in room. I appreciate his willingness to push his audience around; in that sense he’s Bowie-like in that he demands his audience go down these strange roads with him.

But…how come he’s not smoking?! Does he eventually smoke?! Not smoking…throws his comedy off rhythm.

Woody Allen was one of the best stand ups for that consistent comedy cue. He’d always adjust his glasses on a particular word: you could reverse engineer the joke. Really clever.

So I find Chappelle’s lack of smoking disconcerting. I’m a bit lost.

Fatty Not Phat Because Slang

April 20th, 2021

On my IG I’ll post quotes from various My Summer Lair interviews. One of my guests was talking about his weed movie and smoking a fatty.
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Deep Blue Ignorance

March 26th, 2021

Yo! There’s a Deep Blue Sea…3?! What? How did we get to 3?!
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In League With Fireworks

March 22nd, 2021

Every so often the universe aligns with perfect timing. Yesterday I’d started the day firing up Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Only I had no intention of sitting there for 4 hours.
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The Glass Ceiling of Hate

November 8th, 2020

You know what’s telling?

My Dad and I watched the recent Kamala Harris and Joe Biden victory speeches.

People will cheer wildly cheer for the usual stuff: I’m the first woman: YEAH! We won!: YEAH! (The whole thing was like a victory parade for a sports team: we’re gonna repeat! We’re #1!!)

But whenever either one of them says we have work to do…nobody cheers for the work. Kamala Harris said work 7 times: “…because now is when the real work begins, the hard work, the necessary work, the good work…”

While Biden contributed: “Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now. The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make. And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate.”

There’s still a deep seated hypocrisy that all Trump voters are racist and liberals will continue to reject em as deplorables. As per the the narcissistic image popular on social media I’ve attached here. (Those comments doesn’t even make sense and have little to do with justice. More like just ice.)

Sure some voters are racist but we’re in the social media era this isn’t the 70s or 80s so the proliferation of online misinformation coupled with a crumbling education system where critical thinking is not taught creates enfeebled voters…so I don’t fully blame em. Neither side is particularly well-informed, well-read or righteous.

Just because you know smoking causes cancer doesn’t mean you just stop. And it doesn’t mean that non-smokers won’t start.

In a way, President Biden has to lead the charge to combat that pervasive and insidious hypocrisy. And I hope he can be a successful leader. Though in the end, the president cannot dictate any moral positions because all too often the White House gig has no moral authority. You’re the President of the United State of America you ain’t the Pope.

So it’s great if Biden as President starts but like a wedding DJ it doesn’t matter what song he plays it’s up to us if we want to dance…or not. We gotta do the work.

It won’t be easy: all too often we say the right things but our actions…eek!

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The Glass Ceiling of Hate

November 7th, 2020

You know what’s telling?

My Dad and I watched the recent Kamala Harris and Joe Biden victory speeches.
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My 1950s Submarine Dream

September 10th, 2020

I had the strangest dream.
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August 31st, 2020

Literally anytime Keanu or Alex or Chris or Ed would say anything about Bill and Ted 3 there would just be this little explosion of interest on the internet, kind of culminating to the point where finally Orion and MGM decided, ‘Yeah we’re gonna do this’. We announced that it was possible and there was a huge explosion of interest, and I have to say that made [the studios] feel like, ‘Well, I guess we made a good decision here.’

In a separate interview, producer Scott Kroopf – who’s been a producer on all three movies – said fan interest also went a long way towards convincing the studio that Bill and Ted 3 was worth making.

Whenever a fool opens their dumb mouth to say Zack Snyder’s Justice League was unprecedented to giving in to the fan boys. It’s how it’s always been done.

August 31st, 2020

#TrailerAlert: The Doorman is off-brand Die Hard.

Ruby Rose is not John McClane. I’d be foolish to accept this.

If I was on a long flight I’d watch it but I’m so not investing any money in it: showing this the door.

October 9 doesn’t matter where.
~ Sammy Younan

Lowe: OKC’s jersey patch deal completes sponsorship for all 30 teams

August 30th, 2020

Lowe: OKC’s jersey patch deal completes sponsorship for all 30 teams

August 23rd, 2020

Bruce Lee For The Win!

August 18th, 2020

Today is DC Fandome!

The festivities begin at 1pm EST. (Team EST!!).

Because a large chunk of nerd shindig is so movie-centric (Wonder Woman! The Flash! The Batman! The Suicide Squad! Black Adam!) this feels like a full-court press.

MCU is (literally) on pause so this is the best window for DC Films to strike.
Will this work?
  
What does success look like for DC Films (and no not in comparison to Marvel Movies.).

Let’s do this thing! Attached is some of the schedule; here’s the rest. 

~ Sammy Younan

August 17th, 2020

#TrailerAlert: August 17, 2020

Amazon release this trailer for this documentary on voting and voter suppression in America this afternoon.

Americans are addicted to “vote!!” as an effective solution but voting has no value if the candidates are lousy. When the system forces voters to choose between Trump or Hillary it’s not clearly not good; it’s clearly not working.

You’re really honestly telling me those are the 2 best choices to represent 300 million people?!

The way the candidates are selected (in America and in Canada); the way we present them…the media all of that needs to be overhauled. In everything else we can research reviews…from cities we’re flying to; to a washer…to a book…there are reviews and opinions and recommendations and suggestions so people can avoid mistakes or bad choices. We don’t really do that properly with political candidates.

The debate used to be can you do more good outside the system or should you get elected and attempt to change the system from within. Now it’s obvious no good comes from within the system.

So yeah voter suppression is a major issue and yes it is racist but if the choices suck that’s not good either. So I hope this doc addresses some/all of that.

All In: The Fight For Democracy is on Amazon Prime on September 18. I’m In! I’ll make some tea and chill with this.

~ Sammy Younan

August 17th, 2020

People think it’s the census or something…who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny – I’m interested. You’re not funny – I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that, but everyone else is kind of with their little calculating – ‘Is this the exact right mix?’ – to me, it’s anti-comedy, it’s more about PC nonsense than ‘Are you making us laugh or not?

Jerry Seinfeld

#GOAT 

August 17th, 2020

Trailer Alert: December 25, 2018
This is Us means Peele will whip up that minority on twitter that’ll write thousand of words on Us except if it’s any good or not.

Should make for a cheaper marketing budget. If he is indeed the new M Night well than M Night is posed to complete his comeback with Glass. A parking lot rumble it is then.

August 17th, 2020

Anybody who is any good is different from anybody else.

Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter

Always Be Good At It.

MULTIPLE EISNER AWARD WINNING GIDEON FALLS SERIES WILL KEEP READERS GUESSING UNTIL THE VERY END WITH AN 80-PAGE,…

August 16th, 2020

MULTIPLE EISNER AWARD WINNING GIDEON FALLS SERIES WILL KEEP READERS GUESSING UNTIL THE VERY END WITH AN 80-PAGE,…

Literary world overwhelmed by 600 books to be published on one day

August 16th, 2020

Literary world overwhelmed by 600 books to be published on one day

August 16th, 2020


September 4, 2018
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Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad is decent but not as powerfully potent as 2016’s Come Out of Nowhere NBA campaign: MAKE HISTORY NOT APOLOGIES.

Yo so good; soul good.

Kaepernick’s Nike ad means sneaker culture goes full circle: in 1968 Tommy Smith and John Carlos protested during the anthem police brutality (they held up a Puma shoe.) Exact same template as Colin: ostracized from sports, abused…death threats etc.

None of this is new.

~ Sammy Younan

August 16th, 2020

Hidden Gem for September 4, 2018
Umi Copper – All!

August 16th, 2020

We wanted to really wind it back to the things that inspired the original Star Wars and really get it small in scale and tell simple stories, because part of what you inherit when you’re going to see Star Wars now is this whole history, because the stories have been told for decades, and it was nice, with the new medium, to be able to start with a new set of characters to introduce a new audience,” Favreau, a dedicated fan himself since he was a kid, said of the blueprint for the series. “But we always knew…and this is something I learned from…over at Marvel and working with Kevin Feige, is you always want to keep the core fans in mind, because they have been the ones that’ve been keeping the torch lit for many, many years, but these are also stories for young people and for new audiences. These are myths, and so you always want to have an outstretched hand to people who might not have that background. And so you’re really telling two stories at once. You’re telling the story for the people who are fresh eyes, and you’re telling the story for the people who’ve been there with the property and with the stories and the characters for so many years, and make sure that you’re honoring them, as well.

Jon Favreau

The priority is always the old fans: service them because as Favreau said they’ve “been keeping the torch lit for many, many years.”

TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES: ALAN MOORE’s Never-Published Proposal to Finally Be Released by DC

August 15th, 2020

TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES: ALAN MOORE’s Never-Published Proposal to Finally Be Released by DC

August 15th, 2020

During ESPN’s/Netflix’s broadcast of The Last Dance many people were “offended” by Jordan’s aggressive nature and embarrassingly called him a “bully.”

Which ah…spoke volumes about themselves; those comments had little to do with Jordan. They’re communicating to the world (especially on social media) who they are and…it wasn’t good.

In The Bird Revelation Dave Chappelle spoke about that calling it a brittle spirit. And those are the people you do not want in your life.

Who you want in your life are players and people like Jordan and Jimmy Butler: when people talk about NBA teams and culture: this is exactly what they should be discussing and sharing and encouraging.

Jimmy Butler’s smile when Rachel Nichols points out the Heat are not favoured is fantastic. Yes!!

He and the team are not defined by somebody else’s narrative; it doesn’t matter what somebody with a “brittle-ass spirit” thinks they know about Miami or the players: it only matters what they think and they choose to believe. That’s dope.

I mean why would they accept somebody else’s uninformed narrative about themselves? Just because somebody calls you stupid doesn’t mean you are…stupid. You know?

And really? There’s potential for any team to come out of the East? To win it all? I dunno about that but every East team has a chance to battle. NBA Playoffs start on Monday.

~ Sammy Younan

August 15th, 2020

#TrailerAlert: August 15, 2020

An alien invasion (tell me more!) while transporting a crime boss to a new detention center (yes!). Swat team; guns and…then Richard Grieco and Tara Reid.

What no Bruce Willis?!

So #AttackofTheUnknown is a lie: we “know” Tara Reid is incapable of quality. And Grieco “jumped” the shark not the Street.

I’ll watch this on airplane; second movie on a long flight. Comes out (where and why I dunno) on August 28.

~ Sammy Younan

NBA fires photographer that posted offensive meme about Kamala Harris

August 15th, 2020

NBA fires photographer that posted offensive meme about Kamala Harris

How to open a bookstore during a pandemic: Prepare for delays and lots of cleaning.

August 15th, 2020

How to open a bookstore during a pandemic: Prepare for delays and lots of cleaning.

August 15th, 2020

If you’re Canadian…eh you can enjoy The Booksellers on CBC Gem.

It’s a documentary all “about” New York’s rare book world.

If ya can’t go to bookstores then bring bookstores to you via CBC Docs!

My fav moment is the Library of the History of Human Imagination! I mean look at this place…give me a strong cup of tea and a gloomy rainy day please and thank you!

~ Sammy Younan

DC’s Jim Lee on the Company’s Future: “We Are Still in the Business of Publishing Comics”

August 15th, 2020

DC’s Jim Lee on the Company’s Future: “We Are Still in the Business of Publishing Comics”

August 15th, 2020

Chronicles for August 14, 2020.

Comic Book Lettering!

August 14th, 2020

#TrailerAlert: July 3, 2018

Ugh ChrisPine is in I Am The Night TNT’s latest limited series. Great for tv fans who like actors with limited range and wooden expressions.

Coming January, 2019 this is director Patty Jenkins’ Mindhunter.

~ Sammy Younan

Steve Ditko 1927-2018 |

August 14th, 2020

Steve Ditko 1927-2018 |

August 14th, 2020

Steve Ditko’s famous sequence from Amazing Spider-Man #33 (1966).

Self-Driving Cars Might Kill Auto Insurance as We Know It

August 14th, 2020

Self-Driving Cars Might Kill Auto Insurance as We Know It

August 14th, 2020

On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.


Prof. Dean Simonton

Quantity leads you to quality hence #GOATs like Stephen King.

August 14th, 2020

The Classics Never Die: “I’d Buy That For A Dollar!”

August 13th, 2020

#TrailerAlert: August 13, 2020

I guess this time Robert Pattinson is the country folk Sling Blade? He usually is.

The Devil All The Time while better than The Devil Wears Prada still looks like A River Runs Through It meets A Simple Plan. Meh more than Hee Haw.

(Actually looks like a low rent Tree Of Life.)

September 16 on Netflix. I’ll give it 10 or 15 minutes: decent cast.

~ Sammy Younan

August 13th, 2020

#TrailerAlert August 12, 2020

The Amityville horror franchise’s 11th (11th!!) movie is The Amityville Harvest.

Although by now all they’re “harvesting” is utter crap. We’ve come a long way since 1977’s Fake News haunting.

On “Demand” October 20. I’m 100% GET OUT.

If you care…
1979: The Amityville Horror
1982: Amityville II: The Possession
1983: Amityville 3-D
1989: Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (TV Movie)
1990: The Amityville Curse (Direct-to-video; Canadian production.)
1992: Amityville: It’s About Time (Direct-to-video)
1993: Amityville: A New Generation (Direct-to-video)
1996: Amityville Dollhouse (Direct-to-video)
2005: The Amityville Horror (Remake of The Amityville Horror (1979 film))
2017: Amityville: The Awakening (Limited theatrical release.)
2020: The Amityville Harvest (direct-to-video)

I saw the 79 one…maybe the second or third one? The 2005 remake was disappointing but made bank. Why does this series keep on trucking? Are there Amityville fans? Maybe in Germany?! (There’s also Amityville Vibrator which changed GET OUT to GET OFF. lol!!)

~ Sammy Younan

DC makes the return of Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire official

August 13th, 2020

DC makes the return of Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire official

August 12th, 2020

#TrailerAlert: March 6, 2018

Netflix’s latest tv show…is a #LostInSpace remake. I dunno…hard to tell if this is Sci-fi for Suburbs or we’re gonna get down to business. I suspect it’ll be as muted as a Jurassic Park movie: we’ll get “excitement” not violence. Maybe In.

~ Sammy Younan

The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs

August 12th, 2020

The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs

Bela Lugosi’s Iconic Dracula Returns In Legendary Comics’ New Graphic Novel

August 12th, 2020

Bela Lugosi’s Iconic Dracula Returns In Legendary Comics’ New Graphic Novel

August 12th, 2020

#TrailerAlert for August 12, 2020

And now…a German superhero film! And…it’s about a fry cook named Wendy who discovers she has super strength who finds other super #Freaks. These Germans believe they’re the next evolution. Oh Oh…

Should be exciting if you’re currently reading Hickman’s X-Men run.

September 2nd on Netflix. I’m IN!

~ Sammy Younan

NSFW: Yayoi Kusama Gets A Graphic Novel Exploring Key Dots Of Her Life – DesignTAXI.com

August 12th, 2020

NSFW: Yayoi Kusama Gets A Graphic Novel Exploring Key Dots Of Her Life – DesignTAXI.com

John Ridley Unveils ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’

August 12th, 2020

John Ridley Unveils ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’

August 12th, 2020

From Jenny Holzer in an older issue of A Public Space. #GOAT  

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

August 12th, 2020

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

August 12th, 2020

Chronicles Jul 30, 2018

The cult of self explored in new film Generation Wealth

Photographer and filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, discusses the cult of self and its destructive qualities shown in her new film – Generation Wealth – with journalist Chris Hedges.

August 12th, 2020

Trailer Alert for 
August 17, 2018

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Official Trailer

Comic Book Publishers, Faced With Flagging Sales, Look to Streaming

August 12th, 2020

Comic Book Publishers, Faced With Flagging Sales, Look to Streaming

August 12th, 2020

Trailer Alert July 19 2018

“Writer and director Spencer F. Lee wants to help you celebrate the incredible impact the Science Fiction series Star Trek has had on popular culture. Of course, the movie From the Bridge goes much deeper than simply a love-letter to the famed television and movie series. The documentary film, which includes interviews with legends like Stan Lee and Nichelle Nichols, is a celebration of how richly fandom influences all of our lives.”

Research: http://www.comicsbeat.com/sdcc-18-from-the-bridge-tells-fans-to-embrace-the-world-of-tomorrow/

August 12th, 2020

Hidden Gem for July 30 2018.

Chaka Khan – Like Sugar!

‘It’s my f–king province,’ man yells at Muslim family near Toronto ferry terminal | CBC News

August 12th, 2020

‘It’s my f–king province,’ man yells at Muslim family near Toronto ferry terminal | CBC News

August 12th, 2020

Hidden Gem for July 20, 2018

Nuela Charles – Troublemaker (Official Lyric Video)

August 12th, 2020

Portland, Memphis and Phoenix are not playing tonight.

A rare night off in the bloody battle for 8th. Basically it’s Christmas Eve…tomorrow is the Big Day!

1 More Sleep!!

~ Sammy Younan

The Never-ending Showdown Between Baby Boomers and Millennials

August 12th, 2020

The Never-ending Showdown Between Baby Boomers and Millennials

How Ketchup Chips Became Canada’s National Snack

August 12th, 2020

How Ketchup Chips Became Canada’s National Snack

Michael B. Jordan to Adopt Inclusion Rider on All Future Projects

August 12th, 2020

Michael B. Jordan to Adopt Inclusion Rider on All Future Projects

Trump reopens a seemingly settled video-game debate

August 12th, 2020

Trump reopens a seemingly settled video-game debate

Disney Should Know the Difference Between James Gunn and Roseanne

August 12th, 2020

Disney Should Know the Difference Between James Gunn and Roseanne

With James Gunn’s Firing, Disney Destroyed the Message of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

August 12th, 2020

With James Gunn’s Firing, Disney Destroyed the Message of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Inside Facebook’s Two Years of Hell

August 12th, 2020

Inside Facebook’s Two Years of Hell

August 12th, 2020

Chronicles (July 23, 2018)

Quentin Tarantino and his team has transformed Hollywood to look like it looked in the 1960s for his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Check It Out…it’s groovy.

~ Sammy Younan

August 12th, 2020

Appreciate The Hate!

Haters Seek To Malign but Creators Will Define.

~ Sammy Younan

The intimate art of Michael Stipe – in pictures

August 12th, 2020

The intimate art of Michael Stipe – in pictures

August 12th, 2020

At the end of the day, people respect substance.

The surprising link between your politics and what you buy

August 12th, 2020

The surprising link between your politics and what you buy

Virtual reality has reached a “tipping point.” It’s officially here to stay.

August 12th, 2020

Virtual reality has reached a “tipping point.” It’s officially here to stay.

August 12th, 2020

Trailer Alert: Rock Rubber 45s (Jul 23, 2018)

“DJ, author, filmmaker, TV/radio personality, B-ball player, card-carrying Rock Steady Crew member, and all-around apostle for NYC street culture, Bobbito García aka Kool Bob Love draws in this film on the whole of his life experience.”

The Handwritten First Draft of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing

August 12th, 2020

The Handwritten First Draft of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing

August 12th, 2020

The Necessity To Speak.

~ Sammy Younan

How the Publisher of Simon & Schuster Gets It Done

August 12th, 2020

How the Publisher of Simon & Schuster Gets It Done

How public libraries play a vital role in restoring the economy

August 12th, 2020

How public libraries play a vital role in restoring the economy

That Batman Joke

July 24th, 2020

Since it’s Comic Con (at Home) and I know many people here have attended that or similar cons in person; especially the panels. But ah: not all panels are created equally; some crash and burn huh Mav.
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The Decision: 10 Years Later

July 10th, 2020

On July 8, 2010 ESPN handed LeBron an hour of prime time television. You don’t need a crystal ball to know where this is going…but it helps.

10 years later LeBron James’ Decision has been durably prophetic. He came into Jordan’s NBA house wearing 23 throwing chalk dust into the air and asked to be recognized as a king…in the absence of any significant championship achievements. Umm, yeah not gonna happen.

If an NBA player wants to leave one team for another team that’s great. Free agency has only been around since 1988; this isn’t some ABA afros era CBA clause. Free agency is a modern condition and fans and franchises are used to this turbulent process. And I mean it’s in the name agency means action or intervention, especially such as to produce a particular effect. Athlete empowerment via free agency is good for the NBA and for players and sometimes it’s good for the fans and franchises.

While a cozy narrative The Decision wasn’t athlete empowerment. This was narcissism and selfishness: a Twitter trailer of who we’d all become. Like the way, we justify douchebag Twitter behaviour in the name of justice or a taking moral stance. It’s never been about those things.

As a franchise player from Ohio LeBron could have overhauled the Cavs into a storied franchise on par with the Celtics, Lakers, and the Bulls. He could. He did not. The Last Dance opened and closed with young “hair Jordan” shortly after being drafted—expressing his vision to transform the moribund Bulls into a prime NBA destination. Six championships later Jordan succeeded; he fulfilled his goal and delivered on his destiny.

Michael Jordan did The Work. He could. He did.

Back then LeBron James overestimated his value and his contributions to the NBA and to pop culture. It’s the equivalent of Hanson thinking they’re on par with Prince or Bowie.

Currently, The Decision stands as an ancient media hieroglyph depicting unfulfilled promise; a rejection of potential; arrogance, and ultimately cowardice. It is a systematic failure on par with Apollo 13 (in spite of these failures like those undaunted astronauts LeBron was also able to “go home”).

Look when a president leaves the White House his reputation begins an earnest renovation and ultimately a restoration. He’s slowly classified as “he wasn’t that bad.” A lot of the bad is completely overlooked in favour of emphasizing the good. (W. Bush is currently going through this process and it’s so disturbing: dude started 2 endless wars. 2! There’s not a lot of good to rebut that.)

However no amount of time; no reputation renovation can salvage The Decision’s ongoing fallout. Universal criticism is warranted for LeBron James (and ESPN): past tense and present tense because that’s where we’re at and why we’re forced to acknowledge it 10 years later. We’ve seen what it has become.

The ultimate legacy of The Decision is that it helped LeBron perfect his infomercial executions cleverly deflecting away from his legion of failures on the basketball court. The Decision is LeBron’s version of Jordan’s “getting cut from his high school basketball team” mythology. The failure of that tv special made him better.

LeBron learned how to control his narrative; unable to win he instead learned how to spin. The primary problem with LeBron controlling the narrative is that he cannot (and should not) be trusted. The spectacle should solely be on the court not off the court: after all, it is called a court for a significant reason: you will be judged by how you play.

And leading up to The Decision LeBron James was found wanting; he was considered a failure. He had seven years in Cleveland yet he failed to deliver championships (plural) how could they be considered great years?

This isn’t even about being compared to Michael Jordan rather it is appreciating the one universal standard for all NBA franchise players. That standard is the same for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, etc. the onus and pressure is completely on them to deliver consistent greatness.

It’s no different than when Brad Pitt or Tom Hanks is signed to a movie…are there other actors in the film: sure. If the film becomes a box office failure is it those other actors’ fault? No, it’s the responsibility of Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt to deliver a box office hit. LeBron James had no hits when he left Cleveland to go to Miami. We’re not handing out cookies for self-esteem encouragement or valuing participation awards. One simple wonderful NBA standard—deliver consistent greatness—and it does not deviate from era to era.

The Decision’s cataclysmic failures include shifting narrative production from the mainstream media to the player.

(In the old days the mainstream media shaped the American agenda. The editors and producers dictated the issues. Having grown up with that—recognizing the valid potential for control—I have to say that’s a far better system than social media where there is no accountability or trust of any kind.)

Anytime somebody parrots the benign talking points “LeBron has never been in a scandal” or “he opened up I Promise a school for at risk kids” they’ve bought into the narrative that he has craftily been able to sell. We’ve deviated from on court success which is what should be driving marketing and fashioning the ultimate player narrative. NBA mythology is based on what you’re done, not who you are.

That’d be like memorializing Curry as a great NBA player because post-Warriors championship he refused to go to the White House as long as Trump is President. That’s not a thing. It’s not even cool.

Because it was so poorly executed; clearly not well thought-out or well-organized The Decision remains a cautionary tale in this era of outspoken athletes and having a platform. Having a platform is good; what is not good is issuing a terrible product no matter the stance.

Mediocrity is not inspiring. You gotta be good if not great at the gig. The best narrative is winning. Winning is timeless.

And so here we are 10 years later.

Photo Credit: The Cleveland Plain Dealer. (And if you can’t read the fine print above, it states, “Gone. 7 years in Cleveland. No rings.”)

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From One Volunteer To Another

May 30th, 2020

Shifting a few things around in my garage…I took a break by stretching and walking to the end of the driveway. This older gentleman walking his doggy shouted something at me. What? We were literally the only 2 people around so I’m pretty sure he was talking to me.
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The Terminator’s Last Dance

May 17th, 2020

As I watch The Last Dance I find the parallels between Arnold’s T-800 struggle to be “human” in Terminator 2 (Modern Jordan) vs the deliciously vicious T-1000 (90s Jordan and his baller body count) are fascinating.
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It’s The Force…Again

May 4th, 2020

It’s Star Wars Day…again.
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Before Romance After Sunset

May 3rd, 2020

Aw man. Minding my own business and lazily evaluating tv channels hoping for a slot machine jackpot! movie when I came across Before Sunset. And not just any scene…right before the final scene.
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Beastie Boys Story Is Our Story

April 25th, 2020

Yo sat down with a rum and Coke (actually it was barely Coke…I’m not driving or wearing pants but it’s Saturday night and I’m young, single and armed with disposable income so let’s get down a bit…) to watch the Beastie Boys Story.
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New Book Alert: April 6-10, 2020

April 11th, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Al Capone & My Other High School

April 8th, 2020

Today is warm and amazing.
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That Time The Narrator Was On The Simpsons

April 7th, 2020

Today was such a treat! I got to do a phone interview with adult Kevin Arnold aka Daniel Stern.
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Mailman Mexican Standoff

April 6th, 2020

Startled my mailman by walking outta my front door at the exact moment he was coming up the driveway.
He actually exclaimed: “Oh!!”
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Dad’s Local IT Department

April 5th, 2020

It’s dope and uplifting to witness all the different personal projects people are tackling in some cases even delayed and getting to work during this rare window.
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Zoom For Portrait Photography

April 4th, 2020

A dope photo of moi from yesterday’s entertainment slash social experiment via fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company.
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Nature Is Natural

April 2nd, 2020

Whole lotta nature happening out there: spring sure but the notable lack of human industry.
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Silver Lining Pants

April 1st, 2020

Now that we’ve had some time and distance…it’s time for real talk.
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It Girdle For Seniors

March 27th, 2020

Spent part of the day on the phone with a couple of seniors as IT support.
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Feeling The Heat

March 4th, 2020

As per current fears about the Miami Heat.
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The Good Doctor Is In…

March 3rd, 2020

Man…Oliver Sacks, yo:
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The Horror of American Politics

March 2nd, 2020

Lotta dark ruckus this weekend.
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New Book Alert: February 24-28, 2020

February 29th, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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A Juvenile Response To American Politics

February 28th, 2020

And another has fallen: Tom Steyer has dropped outta the 2020 race. Who?
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Can Raptors Buck The Odds?

February 26th, 2020

Did you end up watching the Bucks-Raptors game last night? Buck won: 108 to 97.
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New Book Alert: February 17-21, 2020

February 22nd, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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William Gibson vs Q

February 20th, 2020

William Gibson a fantastic sci-fi writer was on Q: he’s a bit old man-ish now; some senior qualities as you’ll hear. However his writing remains razor sharp.
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Humanity Is The Best of Both Worlds

February 10th, 2020

Chilling at home today and during lunch came across the Next Gen episode where Captain Picard was abducted by the Borg. (The Best of Both Worlds, Part I originally aired on June 18, 1990.)
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Dollar Store Love

February 8th, 2020

Strolled into the ghetto dollar store still shaking off my nap. (There are classy dollar stores and ghetto dollar stores…what you think all strip clubs are top shelf?! Same principles people.) After I picked up a few things I got in line behind this senior citizen.
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New Book Alert: February 3-7, 2020

February 8th, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

February 5th, 2020

There’s a book that came out this past October: Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson.

Ready for this?
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Goodbye Mary Higgins Clark

February 3rd, 2020

So what we’re not gonna talk at all that Mary Higgins Clark died (on January 31, 2020)?!

She was John Grisham before there was a John Grisham.
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New Book Alert: January 27-31, 2020

February 1st, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Kobe Bryant’s Fadeaway

January 27th, 2020

I’m still processing the Kobe thing. It’s surreal.
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Goodbye Kobe Bryant

January 26th, 2020

This is hard. I wish my mouth was like a ventriloquist dummy and my heart was the puppetmaster and I could articulate all the things without tripping over my thoughts.
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New Book Alert: January 20-24, 2020

January 25th, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Picard’s First Tea

January 24th, 2020

Ok. Are we gonna discuss last night’s Picard debut??! Barely 3 minutes into the first episode Jean-Luc Picard says in that forceful Patrick Stewart way:

“Let’s behave like civilized men.”
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Quality Time is TV’s Love Language

January 23rd, 2020

Star Trek: Picard is a love letter to the back in the day 22…24…even 26 episodes per television season.
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Amityville: Get Out Part 2

January 21st, 2020

The first part of this article is so inspiring: “A family bought a 20,000-square-foot Freemason temple in Indiana for $89,000, and they’re now turning it into their home. Take a look inside.” I’m like yo that’s fresh.

Until you get to this part…
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The Yang & Ying of Crave

January 20th, 2020

In Canada Crave is like the PC brand Netflix…heh but it’s got some decent stuff! (No Frills for real…)

I was shocked to see on January 27 they’ve picked up Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1!!
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New Book Alert: January 13-17, 2020

January 18th, 2020

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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You Do You Music Video Cameo

January 17th, 2020

Happy Friday!!

As promised! I cameoed in Featurette’s latest video: You Do You. All decked out in my finest adidas tracksuit jacket (Sorry…I was bad, wearing a brand label to a video shoot).
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Celebrity Cool Candidates

January 16th, 2020

Oh Snap!! Dave Chappelle endorses Andrew Yang in Democratic primary!
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Can I Have My Politics To Go? My Takeaway

January 15th, 2020

Andrew Yang is out of the next debate because he didn’t meet the threshold in enough “approved polls” and this follows Cory Booker dropping out.
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Together, America, We Will Say Goodbye To Cory Booker

January 14th, 2020

Cory Booker is out!

Darwin is not surprised Cory Booker has dropped outta the 2020 Race: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”

“The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!” Word.
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Don’t Lose Your Head In Five Years

January 9th, 2020

Started 2020 writing about Prince and Bowie and…Mystify: Michael Hutchence a solid documentary on the INXS frontman.
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In Bowie’s Space

January 8th, 2020

A couple of years ago I was so fortunate to get a NASA JPL tour from Krys Blackwood! Just Wow: it was an incredible experience. (is…present tense)
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PSA: Your Grande Insanity

January 7th, 2020

Virtual Insanity is Starbucks’ attempt at atmosphere; it’s not a mid-day invitation for you to suddenly get up and mimic the MC Escher moves of the music video.
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Poop O’clock

January 6th, 2020

Back to the land of people, passwords and ugh…pants. #DownWithPants
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Trial By Trailer: Arabian Alien

January 4th, 2020

So…are we gonna talk about Arabian Alien?!!

“Saad, a Muslim married man, gets over his depression after a space Alien is introduced into his life.”

What?!

Yeah it’s a sci-fi film (I think) from…Saudi Arabia. For all the years I’ve been a nerd I’ve never said that before.

Check out this extremely odd trailer…

They’ve got a gmail address…currently debating if I should reach out for a My Summer Lair interview or just let this go.

I…dunno how to categorize “Saudi Arabia Sci-Fi.” Sundance clearly does; it’s screening at the end of January. So curious to see this; I’ve never seen a sci movie from the middle east before. Yo…

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Elected To Make Excuses

January 3rd, 2020

I read this in the NY Times:
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Purple Freedom

January 2nd, 2020

Prince in Beautiful Ones says: “If I want this book to be about one overarching thing, it’s freedom. And the freedom to create autonomously. Without anyone telling you what to do or how or why. Our consciousness is programmed. We see things a certain way from a young age—we’re programmed to keep doing them that way. Then you have to spend adulthood learning how to overcome it, to read out the programs. Try to create. I want to tell people to create. Just start by creating your day. Then create your life.”
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Here Comes The Future!

January 1st, 2020

To quote Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapons okay-okay-okay. I’ve been saying this since the year 2000 but this year I really mean it: 2020 really does sound like some sort of sci-fi dystopian thriller humans versus Skynet future date.

Yet it’s here; we’re here!
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You Have the Right to Remain Silent

December 30th, 2019

One of my favourite journalists Matt Taibbi finally articulated a core concept I’ve been circling but haven’t fully been able to express. He’s writing about journalism…in newspapers and on tv and he says in his book Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another (on page 137):
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The End of The Clash

December 22nd, 2019

Searching my email for something else and this raw email from 2002 was included in the search results. On Monday December 23, 2002 I learned about Joe Strummer’s so I reached out to a fellow Clash fan.
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New Book Alert: December 2-6, 2019

December 7th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including…Mel Brooks: Unwrapped

December 6th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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New Book Alert: November 25-29, 2019

November 30th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including…The Last Full Measure

November 29th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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New Book Alert: November 18-22, 2019

November 23rd, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: November 11-15, 2019

November 16th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: November 4-8, 2019

November 9th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including…The Invisible Man

November 8th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: October 28-November 1, 2019

November 2nd, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including…The Mandalorian

November 1st, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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The Current Joe Rogan Experience

October 28th, 2019

Joe Rogan is the new Howard Stern where listeners are shamed. Different host same condemnation.
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New Book Alert: October 21-25, 2019

October 26th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…The Rise of Skywalker

October 25th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: October 14-18, 2019

October 19th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: October 7-11, 2019

October 12th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Zombieland

October 11th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: September 30-October 4, 2019

October 5th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: September 23-27, 2019

September 28th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including….Dark Waters

September 27th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Rap? More Like Crap

September 27th, 2019

All the inspirational fodder we blithely post and share to deeply support and encourage others for the common stressful and successful moments that make up our fantastic Western lives like going in for a job interview; having recently published a novel celebrations or attempting to plant nuclear bombs on a gigantic asteroid hurtling toward Earth:
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New Book Alert: September 16-20, 2019

September 21st, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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New Book Alert: September 9-13, 2019

September 14th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including…Mystify: Michael Hutchence 

September 13th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: September 2-6, 2019

September 7th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…The Rise Of Jordan Peterson

September 6th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Inside Bill’s Brain

August 30th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Western Stars

August 23rd, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: August 12-16, 2019

August 17th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Better Than Us

August 16th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New Book Alert: August 5-9, 2019

August 10th, 2019

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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Trial By Trailer: Including….The Addams Family

August 9th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: including Mindhunter!

August 2nd, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial By Trailer: Including….Zombieland: Double Tap

July 26th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Feeling Feedback

July 12th, 2019

Received some odd feedback today.
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Small Talk: Casting Matrix

July 11th, 2019

Alright…another alternative movie casting. I find these astonishing as casting is what makes or breaks a movie. The better a script is written; the better you should (in theory) be able to cast. So over lunch I was reading about the Matrix…it’s currently on Netflix.
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Calling Stranger Things

July 9th, 2019

Yo…anybody call the Stranger Things phone number?
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

July 5th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…The Current War

June 28th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Stranger Things 3

June 21st, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

New NBA Team: Who Dis?

June 20th, 2019

Following the success of the Raptors a Facebook Friend Marko Orlic in his words “was going through old Raptors rosters after our championship win, and man…it was a trip. Remember all these legends?”
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Ending Traditions

June 18th, 2019

Now that the Raptors parade is over do they really hafta go to the White House? (Think the Blue Jays went during Bush.)
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Doctor Sleep

June 14th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Dark: Season 2

June 7th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Rambo: Last Blood

May 31st, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Black Mirror

May 24th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Famous First Contact

May 24th, 2019

Recently finished a Mel Brooks biography (Funny Man: Mel Brooks). Biographies (slash memoirs) make up a large portion of my reading…before Mel Brooks I finished a bio on Dr. Seuss (Becoming Dr. Seuss)…the next one on my desk is Norma Lear’s autobiography published in 2014.
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A Tool Time Salute To Kindness

May 23rd, 2019

Getting off the subway and exiting through the station’s main doors I noticed an old man shuffling along behind me.
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Fighting Is A Last Resort

May 22nd, 2019

Management emailed us detailed instructions and responses to active attackers/shooters. First response is of course GET OUT. While I may not be a D cup jammed into a tight white tank top I’ve seen enough horror movies to sensibly make a mad dash for the front door. Shout out to the Scream movies!
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Trial By Trailer: Including….Black Mirror: Season 5

May 17th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Mother’s Day 2019

May 12th, 2019

Mother’s Day Shout Outs to all the ladies who got an offer likes this; thought about it and said hell yeah!
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Trial by Trailer: Including…It: Chapter Two

May 10th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
Read on…

Trial by Trailer: Including…Crawl

May 3rd, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Happy Birthday: MCU – Has Left Its Mark

May 2nd, 2019

The Iron Age…
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Always Be My Maybe

April 26th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Golden Wonders

April 22nd, 2019

Couple night ago I attended The Toronto Magic Company show at Super Wonder Gallery in Little Italy. So good!
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Did Perfect Date Live Up To Its Name?

April 14th, 2019

Are we gonna talk about Perfect Date on Netflix?
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Kyle Lowry Is A Short Player Who Generates A Big Hate

April 13th, 2019

Kyle Lowry needs. to. go. Dude has more excuses than shots. I get more ROI from Canada Savings Bonds.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Pavarotti

April 12th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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A Copperhead Road Adventure

April 9th, 2019

Today’s Adventure: I spoke to Steve Earle. Both on the record and off the record he regaled me with stories about the piano he had growing up, Nashville, hanging out with Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and so many old school cats.
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Projector Of The Future

April 7th, 2019

Based on the way people freak out when the movie projector breaks down just as the movie starts I can unequivocally confirm we are doomed.
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Too Much Shazam Punage

April 6th, 2019

I don’t want to steal your thunder…or rain on your parade: if you’re going to Shazam this weekend go enjoy yourself.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Joker

April 5th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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To That 1 Nerd in Alabama

April 3rd, 2019

A happy Tool Time Salute to Alabama!
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Lays Chips To Rage Against The Dying of the Light

April 2nd, 2019

Mad shout out to the inspiring senior in a bright purple scooter: an open bag of regular Lays chips in his front basket carefully angled to face him and…an open tub of onion dip precariously balancing on the scooter’s control console as he powers down Yonge Street cruising with one hand; the other steadily dipping chips: fully enjoying his life.
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Trial By Trailer: Including….Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

March 29th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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My Heritage Minute Shame

March 29th, 2019

Just had the most Toronto experience: got off at Bathurst Station where instantly that warm beef patty smell hits me (one of the best smells in the city!) but…I can’t have any.
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Netflix Is 45 Not 23

March 26th, 2019

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?
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Trial by Trailer: Including…John Wick: Chapter 3

March 22nd, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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We Need A Word For….#3

March 22nd, 2019

There needs to be a word for that devastating moment when you’re out with your girl maybe it’s Friday night; maybe at a party and a song comes on…THAT song comes on and you use your most upbeat sky punching tone to telegram “yes! oh this song yes!”
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He’s Good For A Laugh

March 20th, 2019

Over drinks a friend shares she started seeing a boy. Oh? How is that going? She tells me a bit…seems like it’s going well: the boy is no laughing stock.
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Dynamite Denny

March 17th, 2019

Easily the highlight of my Toronto Comicon experience was my conversations with Denny O’Neil. Who if you don’t know is the creator credited with coining the name Optimus Prime (he’s known as Convoy in other parts of the world) and restoring Batman following the comical 66 tv show…in the late 60s/early 70s Denny along with other his DC Comics collaborators basically established a Batman by nerds for nerds.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Ask Dr. Ruth

March 15th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Gathering Ocean Natives

March 13th, 2019

Earlier tonight I was talking to this cute girl (not like that unfortunately but I enjoyed making her laugh…I was getting better at it which is an encouraging sign the first time you start doing something) and in between laughs we were talking about The Ocean.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Brightburn

March 8th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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The Red Flag of Neverland

March 8th, 2019

You know lost in the whole Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland mess is how utterly arrogant we’ve become.
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Cavalier About Fear

March 7th, 2019

Gimme some time this weekend…I’ve been writing for years long before #MeToo and subpar Michael Jackson documentaries…about that tenuous link between pop culture and morality. I came outta the church where playing cards and rock n roll were evil…so I spent that time writing and sorting out my thinking because what the church was saying wasn’t aligning with my experiences.
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Chapter and Spider-Verse

March 6th, 2019

At the Yonge-Dundas Cinema and the couple in front of me are contemplating date-nerd-night.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Apollo 11

March 1st, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Dating Is Dated

February 25th, 2019

So…tonight I sat down with a large lasagne brick and watched I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye the apology documentary to the Christian bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I’ve got an upcoming My Summer Lair interview with the documentary subject and author of the vexing book: Joshua Harris.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Long Shot

February 22nd, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Trial By Trailer: Including….Tolkien

February 15th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Cherish The Gibberish

February 11th, 2019

Under an ash grey sky I’m walking on Young Street when I stop at the curb waiting for the light to change.
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Tea for Chapter Two

February 9th, 2019

Nothing like a snowy winter Friday night to reflect on what you’ve lost…and what you’ve gained; with the closing of Pacific Junction Hotel bar and Girth Radio.

I know I give a lot of credit to the bar and it was indeed our secret weapon; it was how I was able to have fish and chips with Maestro Fresh Wes…which was cool and fun. I never thought I’d get to do stuff like that. How could I?
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Trial By Trailer: Including…Avengers: Endgame

February 8th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Settle Sauce

February 5th, 2019

This post is for that group of dynamic individuals Beyoncé affectionately labels as all the single ladies…
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Admirations of Administrations

February 4th, 2019

Watching Project Blue Book (it’s like a light-beer X-Files you know?) and it’s got all the good stuff…aliens and unexplained phenomena and government conspiracies and men in trench coats and fedoras “cleaning up messes” like patriotic janitors except reality keeps intruding…President Trump’s so bad you know nothing’s getting covered up.
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RE: Super Bowl LIII

February 3rd, 2019

So I watched the second half of the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is 6 for 9 in the Super Bowl.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Barry Season 2

February 1st, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Project Time Travel Guards

January 31st, 2019

Yo…I’m digging Project Blue Book. The writing could be tighter and the atmosphere creepier (the characters never feel like they’re in danger and even Batman gets licks you know?) but here’s something I’ve been thinking about.
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Polar Vortex Is A Sign Hell Has Frozen Over

January 30th, 2019

There’s a polar bear outside my office window and they ain’t shooting Coke Christmas commercials: Hit-Girl’s cold assessment of the weather is accurate…

(Art by Eduardo Risso from (ironically) Hit-Girl In Canada)

Honestly?
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Umbrella Academy

January 25th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Here’s The Real Deal…

January 25th, 2019

Some positive Michael Jackson news: “a documentary series which will expose media and showbiz corruption.”
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Seeking Stars in 2019

January 24th, 2019

Checking in as a new year prompts reflection…life adjustments and wholesome goals. Here’s where I’m at after an 80s decade consuming movies, tv shows and comics…what I’ve left to achieve and a sweet humblebrag!
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Trial by Trailer: Including…Ask Dr. Ruth

January 18th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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The Final…Final Destination?

January 17th, 2019

Woah! According to EW, We’re getting another Final Destination?! In some ways, I’m good…in other ways…I guess so?

Like Star Trek’s Odd/Even Movie Law the Odd Final Destination movies (1, 3 and 5) are the strongest ones. 2 was weaker than the top of a newborn’s head.
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Reading is FUNdamental: Hater: On the Virtues of Utter Disagreeability

January 16th, 2019

I recently finished reading Hater: On the Virtues of Utter Disagreeability by John Semley you can plop that into Amazon…Toronto writer actually so it should be in the Toronto library. (Our library is extrodinary!!)

I’m debating if I should email him and like getting into it for an upcoming My Summer Lair episode. Sigh.
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Reading is FUNdamental: Mr. Rogers The Good Neighbor

January 15th, 2019

Yo I am wrapping up the Mr. Rogers bio…The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King. Almost 500 pages hardcover and I get 400 pages in when dude drops that Mr. Rogers had a long standing friendship with…Henri Nouwen!! What?! Did we know this?
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Trial by Trailer: Including…IO

January 11th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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You Could Be My Judgment Day

January 11th, 2019

So Turn This Rude Mother up…Guns N’ Roses You Could Be Mine from the Terminator 2 soundtrack.
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Girth Radio Next Steps Pitch

January 9th, 2019

So I dunno what to do now.
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Project Space Case

January 8th, 2019

Yo…on History Channel have you started watching Project Blue Book? I watched the first episode last night…I really dug it. Fills the X-Files hole in my heart.
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Trial by Trailer: Including…The Prodigy

January 4th, 2019

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.
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Trailer Alert: The Circus (Season 4 Tease)

January 4th, 2019

Oh! I didn’t know this…season four of The Circus premieres on Showtime on January 27 at 8 p.m.

I wasn’t sure if it was coming back or not.
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First Things First: A Space Tea Reflection

January 3rd, 2019

So January 1st I continued my avid pop culture consumption and fired up the first episode of…The First.

Absolutely nobody is watching this…this is another tv show they made just for me. Thanks. (The show has 1,500 twitter followers! A Raptors game is 20K!! Their IMBD rating is based on less than five thousand votes. And they spent $60 million on the first season…it’s so not getting a second season. $60 million so some dumb kid in Scarborough not wearing pants can watch something while he eats Lucky Charms on his Christmas Break is lousy economics.)
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Ball or Fall: Lowry’s Bad Back?

January 2nd, 2019

I’m surprised Kyle Lowry has a bad back…when he’s clearly never carried the Raptors in the playoffs.
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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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Elvis vs Chicken Nuggets

December 30th, 2018

Sad to hear via email my friend’s little monkey is not feeling well. That sucks. I can sympathize with the ailing child as my tummy hurts a bit too…today I made 20 chicken nuggets and sat down with them to watch HBO’s 4 hour Elvis documentary: The Searcher.
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The Prime Directive Vacation

December 29th, 2018

THANK YOU for taking the time to listen to My Pal Sammy Episode 1. This is a short podcast mini-series to keep me occupied during the Christmas break. An experiment if you will.

The second episode is up. Wanted to get the 3rd up before 2018 expired but it doesn’t appear like that’ll happen. Emphasis on break…as in Christmas break. The series is meant to capture some of my thoughts about what I’ve been consuming since this is my prime TV watching time.

What will not make the cut, however, is the following observation…
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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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Trailer Alert: My Brexit Feelings!

December 27th, 2018

But not the Brexit feelings you’re thinking off. They’re still modern feelings though.
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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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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.

-28-

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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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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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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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Vote or Else!

October 23rd, 2018

The Toronto municipal election is (mercifully) over while the American midterm elections on November 6 are upcoming. This is the political eye of the storm.
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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.

-28-

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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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Nick Cannon’s Turban Game Show

August 15th, 2018

Red…
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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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Big Time At Big 3

July 28th, 2018

So last night I checked out The Big 3 (thanks for the tickets Michael Rapaport!).
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The Losers Club Doesn’t Have It

July 25th, 2018

Today In History…in 1958 the Losers’ Club confronted IT for the first time…and failed.
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National Nostalgia Night

July 15th, 2018

I’m currently in United States of America but I’d remiss if I didn’t remind you to #SetTheVCR tomorrow night aka National Nostalgia Night.
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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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A Father’s Day Ode To Chicken Wings & Booty

June 17th, 2018

A Father and Son moment on Father’s Day…
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A Pearl Of A Human

May 2nd, 2018

Every now and then in this hectic modern life you encounter somebody who does not look like their name.

I just met a Pearl.
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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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10% More Biting

March 29th, 2018

Crossed paths with a young lady on her mobile. As she walked past all I caught was: “Oh I know! So many people in my department have been bitten.”
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A Bloodbath of Feelings

March 21st, 2018

Can I get personal for a moment? Typically I share feelings face to face not in this space.
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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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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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Feeling Ghosted

January 18th, 2018

Nothing provokes a rehash of criticisms I’ve received from women quite like waving my hand under a sensor tap and failing to generate water: maybe I am cold and indifferent.
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#NewBookAlert: January 2018

January 13th, 2018

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
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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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The Alternative Universe Blueprint

December 27th, 2017

Yesterday I finished reading Jason Lloyd’s The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland’s Deliverance, and the Making of the Modern NBA which offers fascinating insights into the salary cap, contract clauses and how trades work. However one Fun Fact was world altering crazy.
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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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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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Bloodsport: Story vs Narrative

October 6th, 2017

So this is a slightly odd post; just file it away under The More You Know. As epic events unfold…the Vegas shooting, the recent hurricanes…pick any gut-punch from the past 5 years one element they all have in common is they produce lots of social media documents typically videos and photos.
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Movie: The Dark Tower

August 3rd, 2017

So…The Dark Tower movie…Idris does not remove his shirt (which’ll probably the harm box office).
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How The Emotional Sausage Gets Made

July 21st, 2017

On the street so I decided to buy some meat.
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Back Issue Bloodbath 90: Steve Trevor

July 19th, 2017

Steve Trevor is one of the lamest most worthless comic book characters (anyone who saw the recent Wonder Woman can attest to this fact; and Steve impressively sucks in a DC world filled with losers like Jimmy Olsen, Cyborg, Lois Lane…Spoiler etc.).

75 years and he’s accomplished…well nothing.
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Evolution of Apes In Pants

July 14th, 2017

So War for the Planet of the Apes opens today…which is great as it means the end of humanity and with that…the happy end of pants!
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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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Host Haiku In Session With…Sun K

June 30th, 2017

 

As inspired by listening to Sun K’s Bleeding Hearts
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#CouchWorthy: Baby Driver

June 29th, 2017

Yo…if you go see Baby Driver this weekend, prepare to pay attention.
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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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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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TO WebFest: Podcast Power Panel!

May 27th, 2017

If you’ve ever nursed a podcast dream (because let’s be honest that lure of fame and riches and celebrity is hard to resist) then take heart!
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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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Uncovered: The Thing Artbook

May 5th, 2017

Heads Up…debuting at San Diego Comic-Con is The Thing Artbook (via Printed In Blood).
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The People vs. George Lucas On Star Wars Day

May 4th, 2017

Happy Star Wars Day! My contribution is having lunch with Alexandre Philippe director of The People vs. George Lucas.
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Pantsworthy: CMW – April 22, 2017

April 22nd, 2017

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Last day of CMW. (The hint is in the festival name…Canadian Music Week! Man I’d so clean up on a American game shows). But before you rip off your wristband and expose the pale skin underneath to the light there are 3 final #Pantsworthy shows that you should check out:
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Pantsworthy: CMW – April 21, 2017

April 21st, 2017

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Because last night’s CMW activities required mucho rolling in the deep (don’t feel like I am using that phrase correctly) tonight is just 1 show recommendation.
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Pantsworthy: CMW – April 20, 2017

April 20th, 2017

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

This is the Biggest Day at CMW!! So much amazing is happening; as it’s 2017 if you can use a home cloning kit to make party-duplicates of yourself, I strong advise it. Even at Girth Radio we’re hosting 2 bands. Visit Pacific Junction Hotel bar (234 King St E) and bring your single friends!

At 6pm Sean Sirianni takes over In Session… and hosts Cat Clyde for an acoustic performance and interview.

At 7pm I’m hanging out with Hillsburn for an acoustic performance and interview.

After my work is done I’m gonna check out what the Bucks-Raptors score is at (Game 3 starts at 8pm!) then I’m off to see what the evening has for me and my posse.

It’s all happening!
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A Nerd Gets Attention From Booger

April 19th, 2017

Today’s #HumbleBrag: Getting retweeted by Revenge Of The Nerds’ Booger. Another excellent Fun Fact to pad the ol eulogy. (Well really you can say whatever you want; I’m dead: nothing defines me.)
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Pantsworthy: CMW – April 19, 2017

April 19th, 2017

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Oh man…you hafta, you must, you really should see The Balconies live. If I had their dense sonic energy oh the things I could accomplish. Good Gravy! Also on tonight’s CMW 2017 bill is Ivory Hours: yo a fantastic double bill. If that’s not your cup of tea there is also Look Vibrant. CMW is always about choices.
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Questions…for NASA!

April 11th, 2017

For all years (decades?) I’ve been successfully emailing I just received one of my top 5 favourite subject lines: Questions…for NASA!

Amazing. I’ve so many!
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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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Mom’s Moody Movies

March 25th, 2017

Every now and then one of your parents will say something that’s horrifying; you can’t help but wonder how they were entrusted with your own well-being and assisted your growth.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Major Tom Moment of Silence

January 10th, 2017

On January 10, 2016 David Bowie passed away…
“I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?”

The sheer brilliance of David Bowie: “Tell my wife I love her very much she knows” as the final utterance of Major Tom.

All in a pop song no less…there are entire movies not as eloquent or as memorable.

No wonder the papers want to know whose shirts he wears…

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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Jack White On Inspiration

January 6th, 2017

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Well now…so far 2017 smells like 2016. Still…New Year, New Hope and most important: New Work! When it comes to work Jack White is an ideal source of inspiration.

From the documentary Under Great White Northern Lights this is how hard Jack works:

Which of course prompts the question: How Hard Are You Working?

2017…let’s do this thing!!

Gonna start Nick Hasted’s bio Jack White: How He Built an Empire From the Blues soon.

Sammy Younan @ W • T • F

Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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Illuminated Chronicles: Santanormal Activity Trailer

December 16th, 2016

It’s that time of year when the jolly man returns. Philistine I ain’t talking about Santa!

I’m talking about Grant Cermak. He and his “elves” release a horror trailer every Christmas. (Horrible trailer? Yeah that too…check out the last year’s winner: The Xmas-Men Trailer!
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Heritage Minute: Viola Desmond

December 9th, 2016

Canada’s currency is getting a face-lift. Best pun I can do under the circumstances.

Viola Desmond will grace Canada’s $10 bill starting in late-2018.

(And that’s not all. According to the Globe and Mail: “Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, will move from the $10 to a higher denomination, as will Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who is currently on the $5. Another Canadian will be chosen for the $5 note in a similar manner to Ms. Desmond. Former prime ministers Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon Mackenzie King will be dropped from the $100 and the $50. The $20 bill, which has long featured the Queen, will remain unchanged.)

That’s great, right? Wait who is Viola Desmond?

Historica Canada’s 82nd Heritage Minute depicts Viola Desmond’s spark that ignited an effective civil rights struggle:

Bonus: If you dug that here is the Behind The Scenes of that Hertiage Minute:

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Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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RTZ: Under President Trump Reading is Fundamental: A Non-Fiction Action List

November 14th, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

One of the primary storylines from the past week is how the mainstream media sucks (truthfully media never recovered going online…the news wasn’t gonna slow down long enough for them to figure out an online business strategy. Anybody who has madcap dashed through a busy airport to catch their departing flight understands that stress.)

There’s a handful of writers who’ve got fantastic non-fiction books that deal with many of the tough topics and trendy themes people are grappling with. And for the most part I haven’t seen these writer interviewed or quoted which is painfully sloppy journalism. Again.
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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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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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Illuminated Chronicles: DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels “Nobody Speak”

August 26th, 2016

Now this is how you create a fantastic music video!
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Illuminated Chronicles: Talking Funny

August 19th, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Back in 2011 HBO aired a Ricky Gervais produced comedy special: 49 minutes of Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. analyzing comedy and breaking down stand up. If you’ve seen Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee it’s sorta like that only stationary. (You know…Comedians in Cars aired in 2012 and I can’t help but wonder if Talking Funny sparked or even influenced Seinfeld’s new show).
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Commander Chakotay’s Pitch

August 12th, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Considering the dearth in leadership and the ongoing lack of integrity dominating this current US election…it’s a hard sell to suggest the candidates are different…I’m reminded of this stark moment in Star Trek Voyager:
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: The Simpsons: Trump v Hilary

August 5th, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

The Simpsons are on Summer vacation however they’ve released a comment on the current election now that the 2 nominees have been confirmed:
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: You Are Not A Storyteller

July 22nd, 2016

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Short and sweet: “I think by now, in our space, meaning the space of design, it sort of took on the mantle of bullshit…now everyone’s a storyteller.” Hah! Yes…I’m not familiar with Stefan Sagmeister’s work (am I…the name rings a bell…) but I dig his sentiment:

Though I don’t agree with his fallacy: “There is this fallacy out there. I don’t think I fell for it, but somehow maybe unconsciously I did, you know I’ve seen a number of films so I must be able to do one. Of course this is the most stupidest thought ever.”

You can make a film; you can write a novel but you can’t do it…the way somebody else did it.

Asking Gary Vaynerchuk how he did it and then following his step by step process that’s where people get lost. I decide if something can be done and then I do it…the odds for success or even achievement are crazy intimidating. That’s fine…as long as I’m not following a formula: magic is more fun.

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Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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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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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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A Bronco Chasing Youth

May 28th, 2016

All set to slip into clean Jordans and hit the town. Warm Saturday night…let’s go swimming among the skirts and the flirts when I just found out the 22nd anniversary of OJ’s Bronco chase is coming up: Friday, June 17. 22 years. Damn. When did I decide to get old?
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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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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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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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He’s Gay?

April 19th, 2016

Playing 80s hits at my desk via YouTube 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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Unleash The Children

April 16th, 2016

Inspired Child Labour: when a set on a movie/TV show needs to appear ransacked unleash several small children hopped up on sugar.
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The Next Kobe Chapter

April 14th, 2016

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 Points Against Jazz In Career Finale!
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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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Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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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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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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Sixty-Nine 101

March 16th, 2016

There are 2 phases of life we all go through…
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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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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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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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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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Host Haiku In Session With…Featurette

February 18th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Featurette’s Crave Vol.1 & 2
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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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Host Haiku In Session With…Merival

February 11th, 2016

As inspired by listening to Merival’s Lovers
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Modern Political Platforms

February 9th, 2016

At what point…
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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:

Bonus Background: This New Yorker article describes The Unlikely Story of A Change Is Gonna Come.

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Ziggy Was Here January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Xmas-Men Trailer

December 25th, 2015

It’s that time of year again…well, Christmas I suppose but also for Grant Cermak and friends to release their annual Christmas trailer. You know how every Halloween the Simpsons do that Treehouse of Horror special?
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Talking Shop With Bernie Sanders

December 15th, 2015

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Ladies and Gentlemen…the next President of the United States of America…Bernie Sanders!
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Illuminated Chronicles: SNL-Close Encounter

December 11th, 2015

Hey Girl…do you like comedy sketches about alien abductions?
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Imitators

November 20th, 2015

The return of a fresh NBA season brings with it the fist pumping joy of…commercials.

Surprisingly it’s not all about the Superbowl; throughout the NBA season viewers will chuckle, marvel and even gasp at some of the marvelous ads. The commercials are as much a fun part of the entertainment package as the actual games and household name players.
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Lisa Hanawalt – XOXO Festival

November 6th, 2015

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

I can’t remember how Portland’s XOXO Festival came into my life…it’s only a couple of years old. Maybe twitter? I wanna go one year…SXSW in many ways has jumped the shark. And we don’t have anything like this in Toronto (maybe start one? Complain or Create can’t do both…). The conference feels like Portland, s’what I’d expect that city to be like: bit like Seattle with more Nike.
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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…Head of The Herd

October 1st, 2015

 

As inspired by listening to Head of The Herd’s Birds on the Roof
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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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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Artist Unknown-Mr. Hydde

September 11th, 2015

From their About page on their YouTube channel:
“Artist Unknown premiered May 15th, 2014 turning the spotlight on the emerging Artists of Toronto.” Nice like rice!

This episode of Artist Unknown is special to us at Girth Radio as it features Mr. Hydde!
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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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Pantsworthy: Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali

August 27th, 2015

(Note: This was written before Gary Taxali visited My Summer Lair)

Two of the best words in the English language: Road Trip!

My friend and I hoped into my laser blue Dart and road tripped to…Cambridge, Ontario. Ours was a cultural mission, our prime directive to enjoy a day trip into the fabulous world of Gary Taxali and later in Stratford a play.

I know…a gallery exhibition and a Stratford play all in one arty day…classy! (Not to worry I kept the class at bay with my Spider-Man seatbelt belt).

Stepping into the Idea Exchange | Design at Riverside gallery is like a fantastical Disney meets Warhol trip into Gary Taxali’s head. Wow. So cool.
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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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On Tenacity

August 12th, 2015

Sipping French Breakfast tea in the slowly fading Sunshine and watching a handful of skateboarders navigate the downtown landscape.
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: The Alpacing Dead

July 24th, 2015

Half of Seal 6 Radio Jaren Hayman stepped out of the Girth Radio booth to write and produce a clever Walking Dead spoof. Only this time instead of zombies it’s…alpacas.

The Horror!!
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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 18th, 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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Illuminated Chronicles: Words by Rakim

July 17th, 2015

There’s a great irony in rap music. The lyrics in rap are supposed to spring forth as a kind of rough street poetry. Poetry by any standard demands proficient articulation, profound thought and pleasurable connection.

Yet despite the surge of rappers and rap music many of these specific elements are missing, either in action or just RSVPed but didn’t bother to show up.

You can clearly understand what I mean when you hear a rapper being interviewed, often times, he’s not articulate. The cohesion of thought just isn’t there. And it’s understandable, rap is driven by the beat, the sample is destiny.

A solid infectious 808 beat can instantly triumph where lyrics falter. (And to be fair this happens in rock music, though not on the same level, a rock song can unfold many different ways, if a rap song has found a fresh beat it sticks with it, all the way to the top of the charts).

That irony of making a living off poetry and not being articulate ends with Rakim. He remains a lyrical grandmaster, deftly wielding words with the reverence a samurai saves for his sword. Like Chuck D, he needs no introduction, the work is that quality, only sometimes, we foolishly forget.

Director Matt Bieler offers this short yet insightful documentary on Rakim.

Appropriately and succinctly entitled Words:

Host Haiku In Session With…Five Alarm Funk

July 14th, 2015

 

As inspired by listening to Five Alarm Funk’s Abandon Earth
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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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Summer Commandments

July 12th, 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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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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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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Google Search Fun Fact

July 4th, 2015

If it’s free you’re the product…
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Illuminated Chronicles: Shad Live at Massey Hall

July 3rd, 2015

On March 27, 2015 Shad had his Massey Hall debut. Sadly I could not attend and thanks to the nice people at Massey Hall that’s sort of ok.
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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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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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A Julia Roberts High Five

June 28th, 2015

Not sure what I ate right before bed…skipped my customary cereal 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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RE: James Clarke talks digital and his new PepsiCo gig

June 27th, 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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Illuminated Chronicles: Honda Buddy Holly Commercial

June 26th, 2015

What…the crack?

A family (including a hip and not rapping grandpa) combat road trip boredom by Gleeing Weezer’s Buddy Holly.
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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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Our Era

June 19th, 2015

On a Queen St rooftop…
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Illuminated Chronicles: The Neptunes In The Studio

June 19th, 2015

It is surreal but the classic love ballad Rump Shaker Wreckx-N-Effect’s 1992 hit gave the world a significant ode to booty and birthed Pharrell Williams. It’s Heating Up…
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Illuminated Chronicles: Percussive Maintenance

June 12th, 2015

We’ve all been there, slapping, slamming, cursing our tech. And the results…are often effective. Take that IT department. Duncan Robson plundered tv shows and movies to find dozens of effective tech slaps, cuffs, beats all tightly edited into the hypnotic Percussive Maintenance. Outstanding!

Special bonus points for including Small Wonder, crazy deep reference. Well played sir.

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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Illuminated Chronicles: Gravity: A Falling Montage

June 5th, 2015

And to think all this time most movies were about characters just falling in love. Turns out they’re often jumping, leaping off buildings, falling, escaping and more. Gravity shows up in the movies more often that we realize. All the classic leaps are here: Die Hard (YES GUY!), Aliens, Verigo…Iron Man and more. Enjoy this, I found the video deeply hypnotic.
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Illuminated Chronicles: Font Men

May 29th, 2015

As children our journey imitates human evolution: we start out drawing on walls.

It’s one of our first artistic risks crushed by an ardent no. If we can successfully maintain our Artistic impulses through the limited faculties of education and many more nos we arrive to eventually professionally begin…writing on walls.

Only this time wall writing is consider advertising. As the Font Men in this documentary short confirm a font isn’t alive until it “joins the culture.”

In 6 minutes this sublime documentary short explores Hoefler & Frere-Jones a distinguished type foundry with classy clients including The New York Times and Nike. Like a magician on Fox they reveal several font designing secrets.

Save yourself the Art School tuition, make tea and relish this short.

“Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form.”
Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style

Host Haiku In Session With…Oh Land

May 21st, 2015

 

As inspired by listening to Oh Land’s Earth Sick
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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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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Visualing Poetry With 1960s Computer Graphics

April 3rd, 2015

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

So April is National Poetry Month! The goal of course is to increase awareness and deepen appreciate of poetry. As such here is visualing poetry with 1960s computer graphics…yup.
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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 Doherty Encounter

March 15th, 2015

Met Shannen Doherty, guess that’s on my record now.
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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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Illuminated Chronicles: Skateboarding in India Episode 3 (by Levi’s)

March 6th, 2015

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Levi’s has released the third and final installment of their Skateboarding In India series, for which they linked up with the local Holystoked skateboarding team in Bangalore to help the build the first free public skate park in the country. You can view Episode 1 and Episode 2.

In this episode we view the finished concrete park, which professional skate park builder Daryl Nobbs says is better than most parks available in the UK (burn!).

Skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith skate the finished project to prove just how well it rides which is about as smooth as this video:

Sammy Baltic Web

Sammy Younan @ W • T • F

“Never Forget: Somebody Somewhere Is Doing Something Fresh. Is It You?”

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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Illuminated Chronicles: Skateboarding in India Episode 1 (by Levi’s)

February 20th, 2015

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

First of all I didn’t know Levi’s did this whole skateboarding thing. Did you? If so you are wiser and cooler than I.

Directed and filmed by Simon Weyhe & Mathias Nyholm…this is inspirational work. I found myself fist pumping often! Everybody involved from the filmmakers to the skaters to Levi’s should get a high five.

To inject a diverse and infectious culture like skateboarding into the rich Indian civilization is powerful. A whole group of youth will discover a unique voice equipped with a liberating perspective. These are the humble building blocks to dissent…not careless teenagers rebel without a cause that anger is fleeting. Rather a genuine and authentic questioning of the dominate culture’s values.
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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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Magic via Mirrors

January 16th, 2015

Yo…just read about an old timey superstition that is ridiculously creepy.
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And God Gave Us Zombies

January 15th, 2015

Zombies to depict colonization of First Nations (in Canada) in new movie…this has potential if it’s done well.
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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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Canadian MKUltra

January 13th, 2015

This is all kinds of amazing…yet utterly racist but so cool!
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In The Zone of Twilight

January 10th, 2015

Last month I bought a new car and it came with a year of SiriusXM. One of the channels is 24/7 radio plays it’s called Radio Classics!
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The Star Wars Footprint

January 2nd, 2015

Yo can we get into it?

Oh and Happy 2015: Let’s Mash It Up!

Now. Star Wars.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Teasing Space Strangers

May 27th, 2014

In our society where fear is the 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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Facebook Wants To Hear You…

May 22nd, 2014

PSA: For any of my Facebook friends who enjoy the darker Darth Vader side of the internet…you know nude midget wrestling (Mexican or traditional…), would you rather lick it or smell it and other assorted seedy sites that require a history deletion please be aware that the Facebook app will pick up the sounds of those sites and broadcast it to us, your Facebook friends.
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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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A Rocky Dream

May 4th, 2014

For all the time I spend engaging pop culture I rarely dream about it.
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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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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.
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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.
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Hidden Gem: Vibonics “Set Sail”

February 11th, 2014

From the Someone Not There Soundtrack comes…Set Sail, one of my favourite tracks from Vibonics’ Kitchen Sink EP.
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Hip Hop Proverbs #6

February 10th, 2014

Who knew Vanilla Ice could be so inspirational? This Hip Hop Proverb is like after-school-special gold! In the school of life…not everyone deserves a participation award:
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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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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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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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Borg Teachers Struggling With Individuality

January 26th, 2014

Earlier today I read Chapter 2 of Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants; so much Hulk rage.

At one point I had to get up and pace on the subway, burn off some of the anger. So annoyed.
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Your TK Is Not OK

January 25th, 2014

TMN (The Movie Network) is running Carrie ads, that new remake…meh, might just ff to the prom mayhem.
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Modernity’s Progressss

January 23rd, 2014

Over tea this morning I was reading how the US Military (DARPA) is experimenting with eliminating sleep from its solders but not like sleeplessness where you mentally breakdown and start seeing things. Their goal is to eliminate the need for sleep while keeping solders awake and fully alert, with all their faculties intact for 7 full days.

Madness.
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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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Searching for Time Travellers In Their Spare Time

January 21st, 2014

Yo…have you seen this report on Time Travellers?
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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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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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Harry’s Magic

January 12th, 2014

Harry’s Magic
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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.
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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

Said: “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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We Were Never Cool

January 5th, 2014

Catching up today with an ex-nerd.
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4 Foods Worthy of Theme Songs

January 2nd, 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 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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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?
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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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