Category Archives: PopCulture

FTRW 2017 – Day One – Shit

George Carlin is basically the patron saint of Freedom to Read Week as far as I’m concerned.  I’m technically in Mexico right now but due to the magic of time-delayed posts, I’ll use his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” as inspiration for this week’s posts.

Music Monday – “South of the border, down Mexico way/That’s where I fell in love, when the stars above came out to play/And now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray/South of the border, down Mexico way” (And Our Wedding Slideshow!)

Shea likes to joke that I was the “best bride ever” when we were planning our destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera back in 2002. And it’s true – my natural “anal retentive” librarian personality shone through as I pretty much handled all the arrangements from flowers to writing the entire script for the ceremony […]

Saturday Snap – “Doritos Roulette” Challenge

One fun thing about being on holidays is that Pace and I spontaneously decided to go grab some late night snacks tonight after both Sasha and mom were in bed. He likes regular Doritos but decided to try a flavour that’s mostly regular Doritos but also has some super-hot ones mixed in (even though he’s […]

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds – Three Concerts on the Beach @davetimmexico

It was about a week before we left for the Dominican Republic in February 2015 that I stumbled upon the news that Ringo Starr was performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, not far from the resort we’d be at. After some quick discussion, I ended up buying tickets for my parents, Shea and […]

How Louie CK Tells A Joke

I have so many “mini-interests” in my life and comedy is one things I’ve long loved (I remember going into the Luther College library in undergrad intending to do a paper that was due the next day, stumbling upon a book on the “philosophy of comedy” or some such thing and then ending up doing […]

Music Monday – “Here we are now/Entertain us”

The Rockin’ 1000 bills themselves as “the biggest rock band on earth” and it’s true in volume if not sales or awareness. Started in Italy as a stunt to get the Foo Fighters to play a certain city, the band is made up of 1000 members playing various rock instruments simultaneously. Pretty impressive sight! “Smells […]

Forget 1984: These Five Dystopias Better Reflect Trump’s USA

With the almost unbelievable events in the US since Trump was elected, George Orwell’s classic novel, originally released in 1949, which details a dystopian future society where the government spies on, controls and lies to its citizens, has hit the top of the Amazon bestseller list. But there are other books that even better capture the dread and doom […]

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

  Another thing I’m going to miss about Obama is that, unlike Cheeto Jesus, Obama was actually a reader. For the record… 1. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer 2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez 3. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 4. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston 5. Brown Girl Dreaming, […]

Music Monday – “What do you want your world to look like?/What do you want it to be?/Do you know that a wall has two sides?/And nobody is free?”

Less than a week until Donald Trump is President of the United States.  (How surreal is that sentence?) I’m not a big “trigger warning/NSFW” guy but this video might not be for everyone. Let the resistance begin… “Make America Great Again” – Pussy Riot

Pissident Elect @realdonaldtrump

Lots of great humour about the reports that Donald Trump paid Russian prostitutes to urinate on him. The absolute funniest part to me is that a guy who makes up shit, lies freely, changes his story regularly and was helped greatly by “fake news” is now being undermined by an unsubstantiated rumour. Someone joked that […]