Thursday, March 29, 2007

Congrats to Ceci!

I know that the celebration occurs tomorrow but given that my move will interrupt my internet service I thought I would make the announcement early: We have a new Canadian amongst us. All the way from Victoria, Mexico please join me in welcoming Ceci to proper Canadian society. After 20 years she finally worked up the courage to face the infamous Canadian Immigration geography test.

Stephen Colbert : 0 / Librarians: 1

At first I didn't understand this graffiti that we came across last night on the TTC, but a quick google made it all clear to me.

To see the actual interview that spawned this phrase go here.

My new best friend

this chatty cathy wouldn't shut up outside my office window the other day. it's like i'm frikkin' snow white sometimes in here...i'm thinking of starting up a squirrel circus. or maybe a choir.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mean Mommy

The Cat: begging for popcorn.

The Fat: the reason he can't have popcorn.

*credit goes to the BF for the photos.

Friday, March 23, 2007

This one's for you Ed

Even though I don't like to encourage anyone's alcoholic tendencies, when I saw this ad I knew that some of my friends would think it was brilliant. Many of them will probably proclaim "Liquor in my shoe? What took them so long!?".
Just imagine all the brilliant new cocktails you could make...Toe Jam Twist, Plantar Wart Punch, Athletes Foot Straight Up....sorry, I couldn't resist.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

That's my initial, don't wear it out

I may be sad, but I like to capture my first few strokes of paint. And how gorgeous is that colour?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A ray of light

Molly is so glad it's spring :)

Librarians will rule the earth

It's finally happened. No longer will present day cultural representations of the librarian be bound by the performance of Parker Posey...oh we have OUR OWN TELEVISION SHOW. [insert evil cackling laugh here]. Please god don't let them have too many bun & glasses jokes, my heart can't take it.

"The humble suburban library takes on a whole new meaning in the ABC TV's new comedy-drama The Librarians, which starts production in Melbourne on March 5.

The six-part series centres on the trials and tribulations of Frances O'Brien, a devout Catholic and head librarian. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood - now a drug dealer - as the children's librarian. Frances must do all she can to contain her menacing past and concentrate on the biggest event of the library calendar - Book Week.

The Librarians will also star Roz Hammond (The Micallef Programme, Welcher & Welcher), Bob Franklin (BoyTown, The Extra, The Craic), Kim Gyngell (The Comedy Company, Love and Other Catastrophes), Kate Kendall (Stingers), Heidi Arena (Thank God You're Here, Blue Heelers), Stephen Ballantyne (Corpse Bride) and newcomers Josh Lawson (BoyTown, Blue Heelers) and Keith Brockett.

ABC TV's Executive Producer for Drama Miranda Dear added: "It's great to be working with such a dynamic comic team. With this series they bring their acute eye for social satire to bear on the world of the library in the most surprising ways. Borrowing a book may never seem as safe again."

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Kris!

bonne fete to my little brother who turns 28 big ones today :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

10 Reasons Why I Hate Your Boyfriend

**I've edited this post because my bf says that it's unfair for me to hate someone else's bf just because of their culture/race/facial disfigurement and/or body odour. I had to agree somewhat.
With that in mind, here's the revamp.

A series of events both reality and tv-based (particularly after tonight's episode of The Hills) have led to this list of reasons why I'm hating a number of boyfriends right now.

10. he makes sexual propositions to others...and you're in the same room.
9. he makes you cry and worse he makes you feel bad for it.
8. he won't talk about your future.
7. he makes you feel bad for hanging your with your friends.
6. he threatens to punch your face or beat you up in public.
5. he's apologetic and overly-affectionate after threatening to punch your face or beat you up in public.
4. he hits on girls.
3. he hits on boys.
2. he made fun of your pimple.
1. in short...he's an asshole

I would only say this if I loved you, so in the words of Savage Love:

with a rebel yell...

The Radical Remembered: A tribute to John Weinzweig.

The Friday's programme will feature highlights from the composer’s rich chamber music output including Divertimento for Flute & Strings (Robert Cram, flute) selections from Private Collection (Mary Lou Fallis, soprano), Impromptus (Peter Tiefenbach, piano) and choral selections performed by the University of Guelph Chamber Singers.

Click the image to read it properly:

Friday, March 16, 2007

Proud of my geek status

Not sure if this is real or not but I giggled with glee when I saw it. I'm totally making my own out of MARC code. My apologies if you don't know what that means...sucker.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

My belly hurts while my mouth waters

Imagine....a chandelier made entirely of GUMMY BEARS! what could possibly be better?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

One giant leap back for the ladies

I was all set today to write a bit in recognition of International Women's Day. Every year when this day comes around I hang up a poster and hand out some buttons, but this year it got me to thinking about the women that have had the most impact on my life. So I was going to write something about each of them, acknowledging the impact that they've had on me.

But then I was blindsided by this story. Four Mississauga Teens charged in videotaped sex attack. I get nauseous everytime I think about it. I can't even imagine how the 16 year old girl is doing at this point. Usually Intl Women's Day is a time to discuss rape in South Africa and the lack of equality in lands far, far away; but clearly this headline reveals the fact that there is still alot to be done here on home turf. To be sixteen and have a videotape of you naked and being raped available for everyone in your school to see...nothing could be worse.

There was quite a debate being had among the Cawthra students on their Facebook accounts, and several of them cast doubt if it was the appropriate place to have such a discussion. For all of those girls out there in Cawthra and beyond, I say DON'T ever stop talking about this. Talk about it at school, talk about it on your Facebook, talk about it to everyone that will listen and don't EVER stop pointing out the fact that these fucking guys deserve to be locked up for a LONG time. Because if women don't START and KEEP sticking up for themselves then these situations will become all too prevalent; and men will never learn that this behaviour should never, ever happen or be quieted and swept under the rug.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Is there a neurotics anonymous?

Because if so...I really need to attend some meetings. Last week I arrived at work and started cleaning up around my quickly morphed into this scene:

Yah...I pulled out every single piece of paper from my THREE filing cabinets. I looked through every page, booklet and folder and put it either in its relevant pile (on the floor) or into my makeshift recycling box. It was amazing the things that I found in those cabinets. I actually found a Mac users guide from 1982. I also found this nifty little folder which sadly, I found empty:

Imagine, I get to work in a job where there's the distinct possibility that I may need to keep an entire folder dedicated to LIMERICKS! I love it. Here's one to start me off:

There was a young woman from Ealing
Who had a peculiar feeling
She lay on her back
And opened her crack
And pissed all over the ceiling.

(bonus points if you know the cinematic reference there)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Another raincoat for Mr.Johnson

An off topic foray into the design world for a moment where a new condom device has been named the most beautiful design.
I'm all for advances in sexual education and reducing the transmission of diseases....but when, oh when will Mrs. Johnson get HER new raincoat? This type of device is great during a planned sexual encounter but when will something emerge that gives a woman more control?
In a time where too many women are raped on a daily basis it seems unreasonable to put even more control in the hands of men.

All laughs, all the time

Thursday, March 01, 2007

February Book Notes

Ok - so here are my excuses:
February was a short month; the first week was spent at a conference; then I turned 30; the second week I quit my job; the third week I started my new job and the fourth week I was looking for a cardboard box to live in. Given all of that I found time to read only two books. Boo on me.

Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss

I got this book for free at the OLA superconference and thank god for that. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of British people criticizing everyone not born on their tiny land mass. Supernanny, You Are What You Eat, Debbie Travis, that lady from the Weakest Link...enough already! The basic premise of this book is that the world has gone to hell in a handbasket and kids today think that please is a four letter word. Truss goes on and on giving examples of rude people that she's encountered and the plays out different scenarios of rude salespeople. Now, it could be that this critique of the brisk and flip is a little too close to home for me - but we've all experienced the fourteen year old twat at the mall who refuses to get off the phone while she rings you in, and we've all lived to tell the tale. For whatever reason I couldn't get into this book. I read exactly 37 pages and then gave it to the BFs mom - she's British.

Social Studies by Fran Lebowitz
This was a re-read choice. I saw it sitting on the shelf when I was cleaning up one day and had a sudden need for the dry, witty tone of old Franny.
My favorite part of the book discusses rules that parents of small children should follow, the last one goes like this:
"Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth. "
This is one of those books that makes me laugh out loud and look like the crazy person on the subway. I can't help it, she makes me do it.

Library Rights for Gays

I almost spit my diet coke through my nose when I read the story "Nation's Gays Demand Right To Library Cards" - and yes I know it's from January, I'm behind on my Onion reading.

A few gems:

"Perhaps in 10 or 20 years we can talk about full library rights for all," said University of Florida Library and Information Sciences Professor Bruce Seitz, who co-authored the proposal. "If gays are issued cards too quickly, we could see a violent reactionary response, with millions of shocked and offended Americans cutting up their own cards and their children's cards."

"Among U.S. library-cardholders, at least 50 percent are guilty of repeatedly keeping overdue books, and that figure is probably conservative," Thomas said. "Many don't even use their library cards. Seems like straight people do a good enough job demeaning the institution of book-lending by themselves."

Crackhead Willy

Clearly Wiarton Willy has been hotboxing his den this winter...because the shit going on outside my window does not look like spring to me.