Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Them were the days...

Remember the sheer innocence of the Pop Shoppe dream? I'm sure those media whores 'The Hanson Brothers'(?) do.

On a side note, Cafe May has fallen on hard times. "Keiko, the vintage japanese woman who runs the place, had been pretty much closed for a while due to a nasty spill down the stairs and a hit and run accident." It seems that the local joint is relegated to hosting the odd gig and office party for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Makes me long for the Penetang

A stunning photo gallery from a motorcycle trip through present-day Chernobyl, and neighbouring Ghost Town.

I hate mushroom

I hate this flash movie. The beat pounds me into submission. It feels like a message from an otherworldly mother brain, for the purposes of mind control. A snake, a snake, oh it's a snake.

One pockmarked ass I didn't need to see belongs to Chris Cooper.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Yes guy!

I Axed Mefi and look what they told me! That boat hostel is a must. Also, we are going here regardless of our timetable. Not to mention Christiania, the "social experiment".

Sunday, April 18, 2004


My favourite ranks as 'Evil Landlord of Doom'.

It reminds of my second year. From Kosovar refugees handing me my mail personally in bed to the six month construction next to my room, my memories are always fond of dear old 4 Glasgow Street in Kitchener. This property featured a breathchoaking view of the striking Plastic plant, missing walls and an angry old European man who sat on our porch and beat his grandchildren. Hey, I went a full eight months at $205 a month!

But I digress.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

I am Scand-ily Clad!

So it's jutting fjörds, foghorns, and folks named Bjarne. We've chosen Scandinavia as our tenative destination for Aug 2004. Rick Steves is all "buy my book", but there are certainly other thoughtful resources on the Interweb, including blogs, travel tales, purveyors (including snus and the ever-tasty glögg), and Clay Shirky's epic screed on lutefisk. And of course the important stuff (according to this, 1.7 saunas in Finland for 5.1 million people).

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Appalling indeed.

This is going in the Kitchen.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Maximalism at its best.

Well friends, spring is in the air. The famous Iron Workers local 721 and their associates are putting the final touches on the new Sharp Centre at OCAD and soon the doors will be flung open to the masses. Doors open could potentially correspond with the GO WEST exhibition which involves over 30 galleries around Queen West on April 23, 24 and 25th.

Please note that a yearly favourite - the 2004 Graduate Show - is also scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9.

The Sharp Centre's greatest triumph is that it has evoked even the most minute of response in a city famous for indifference. Hell, even EmilyJP and Accordion Guy are willing to weigh in on the subject. In an ironic twist, local curmudgeon and infamous angry man John Sewell seems to be the most ambivalent of the lot.

While it's a good start, it's going to take a long while for alternate building forms to make the jump from institutional to conservative residential Toronto.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Broke, but my perspective is fixed!

In honour of the Worst Column of the Month award affixed to our refrigerator (usu. authored by a certain blonde twentysomething), behold: Dissecting Leah McLaren. While closed for business nowadays, the archives are a hoot.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

'Gentrification' and other whims of urban life.

Is the rapid influx of immigrants from the suburbs of Toronto displacing the local low-income population... or is it 'increasing the tax base, bringing middle-class energy... and introducing economic variety'? Left and Right face off in a heated debate which degenerates to name calling.

Whatever your view, us 'gentrifiers' should take a little notice concerning how our economic might affects established communities. But shouldn't neighbourhoods continually change? You be the judge.

Check out your neighbourhood here.

Monday, April 05, 2004

You say Gallstone?!?!

Talk about kitschy! Nothing like the good ol' dollar to sooth the soul. God bless Andy. His demise in 1987 hastened in a period of mourning and reflection. Leading the era of ultra-modernism, did he spark the alternative movement in the end?