Chew This Over: He orders ice from drive-thru windows and dips into the office ice machine. Sometimes, his tongue gets so numb he can barely talk to clients.
Still, he munches on.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Ladies, gentlemen, start your engines. But only after you've loaded them up with sausages, chicken, crabs, Cajun shrimp and plenty of vegetables.
Read all about cooking great meals with your car engine.
I have a friend who spent an amazing amount of time in her mini van when her three kids were small. Mr Nag used to joke that it woudn't surprise him to find out one day that she had no legs. I bought this book for her birthday one year.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Some of the images displayed are masterpieces of abstract art, created by great artists. The rest were painted by an ape. Can you tell which is which?I scored 100% on this one. Monkey art is my area of expertise.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Honour sought for 'Soldier Bear':
A campaign has been launched to build a permanent memorial to a bear which spent much of its life in Scotland - after fighting in World War II.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I watched the Kubrick doc first and learned that the cinematographer used lenses developed for NASA which Kubrick discovered in his search for a lens that could film in low-light situations. The super-fast lens allowed him to shoot scenes lit with actual candlelight. It was the largest lens aperture in film history. The scenes below show the film's dream-like quality:
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Some, like the one below, will never get my business - or at least not yet.
This room with two cages might have come in handy when I used to travel with the two little nags:
Having managed to keep one step ahead of the law (so far), the simulated jail cell theme holds little appeal for me.
I've eaten at just one of these: Georges at the Pompidou Centre (pictured above). You can read about my visit here.
While we're on the topic, another of my favourite museum restaurants is the Jacquemart Andre, also in Paris (photo, left, from ExGuy). It's like having tea with Tiepolo.
Slideshow via Coudal
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
You can vote for me here for Best Humour Blog and here for Best Entertainment Blog.
My friend, political blogger Uncorrected Proofs is still in the race as well. You can vote for him here, here , here and here if you're inclined and you don't have voting finger fatigue.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Amy Ryan, Tony Gilroy and the object of my virtual affection, Viggo Mortenson are unequivocal in their support of striking writers and will not cross a picket line.
"That's a no-brainer. Actors need writers. You know scripts don't write themselves. I'm here because this part is so well-written." — Supporting actress nominee Amy Ryan, on why she won't attend the ceremony if writers are still on strike.
"I would never cross a picket line ever. I couldn't. I'm a 20-year member of the Writers Guild. I think whatever they work out is going to be one way or the other but, no, I could never cross a picket line. I think there's a lot of people who feel that way." — Tony Gilroy, nominated for best director for "Michael Clayton."
"No, if there's a strike I will not go but I have a feeling they'll solve it. I hope they do. I'm sure my mom would like to see me on TV and so forth, but if there's a strike I'm not crossing the line." —, nominated for best actor for "Eastern Promises."
"Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains." - Winston Churchill. Neither this nor any of its common variations were ever said by Winston Churchill
More interesting misquotes here
The contributions to An Atlas of Radical Cartography wear their politics on their sleeve. This publication includes ten pairs of politically engaged maps and texts from within the growing movement of cultural producers who have parallel or integrated activist practices.
The map above shows Trevor Paglen & John Emerson's Rendition Flights 2001-2006
Monday, January 21, 2008
This fully functional Victorian Laptop would have been perfect for me when I worked at a National Historic Site. Luddites and geeks alike would have appreciated it. Inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. Awesome!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I drink your milkshake, even though I opposed drinking your milkshake four years ago. -Mitt Romney
I drink your milkshake, but only if the Bible says it's allowed. -Mike Huckabee
I may drink your milkshake for another 100 years, if that's what it takes. -John McCain
I drank a milkshake on 9/11. -Rudy Giuliani
I'll drink your milkshake a few months after everyone else does. -Fred Thompson
I drink your milkshake, but I'm paying for it with gold. -Ron Paul
America deserves a new milkshake. -Barack Obama
I will fight the corporations so that you can drink your own milkshake. -John Edwards
I have 35 years of milkshake-drinking experience. *sob* -Hillary Clinton
I peacefully drink your milkshake. -Dennis Kucinich
It depends on what your definition of "milkshake" is. -Bill Clinton
I voted for drinking your milkshake before I voted against it. -John Kerry
Global warming is melting your milkshake. -Al Gore
We're making good progress in the war on milkshakes, and make no mistake: we will prevail. -George W. Bush
Since two-twenty does not really, uh, indulge (save for the rare experiment), we brought in a panel of experts who we felt were more up to the task of providing our readers with only the most comprehensive and scientific information relating to trademark infringement and illegal drug use. They did not hesitate to take the high road, and as choruses of 'Helllooooooooooo, kitty! Helllloooooo!' echoed about our halls, the true scope of our accomplishment was made clear: on the sixth day we had built it, they had come, and we all could see that it was good. Very, very good.
Via Blame It On The Voices
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Scared to take your kids to the flicks in case they have to sit through naked cartoon animals and rude words like 'ass'? Fear not! A variety of parental and religious websites have sprung up, telling you exactly what offensive material you will encounter.
Can you guess which orgy of filth this is:
Some wooden puppets wear plumber's pants, exposing painted bottom cleavage. A female dragon falls in love with a donkey. We see a gingerbread cookie shaped like a man being tortured by being dunked into a glass of milk. An ogre showers with mud, jumps into a pond and passes gas (we see bubbles emerging from the water, and we see his relieved look and dead fish float to the surface). www.kids-in-mind.com
Friday, January 18, 2008
Meyer lemons are in season
IF Cézanne had lived not in France but in Southern California, his still lifes would have overflowed with Meyer lemons. Plump, smooth-skinned, colored an unmistakable dark yellow -- canary yellow, the color of egg yolks or the sun at noon -- they're sweeter than other lemons, with an intoxicating aroma that has hints of honey and thyme.
In December I preserved some Meyer lemons and recently used them in a Moroccan chicken recipe - no one complained so it must have been good. I used the leftover lemony broth as a soup stock with rice and greens. There are some great ideas in this article among them letting the dog use a lemon as a chew toy to improve Alpo breath.
Link via Grow a Brain
The sign in front of Heart Lake United Church on Sandalwood Parkway East usually has inspirational messages on it, according to resident Nicole Cedrone.
So she did a double take when she saw the most recent message: 'Lying in bed shouting Oh God doesn't constitute going to church.'
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I think I look like someone who who has more fun than a barrel of monkeys - not the good clean kind either.
Done with HairMixer via Presurfer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Via Blog On AToothpick
HOW TO WRITE WELL
Use semicolons freely; most readers will credit your erudition.
PLANNING A PARTY
One toilet per keg of beer.
COMPARING A DOG'S AGE TO A HUMAN'S AGE
The old rule--multiplying a dog's age by 7 to find the equivalent human age--is fallacious. A dog is able to reproduce at 1 year and has reached full growth by 2 years. To calculate a dog's age in human terms, count the first year as 15, the second year as 10, and each year after that as 5.
The advice on semi-colons seems sound. I remember changing my opinion of someone I'd considered illiterate when I saw him use a semi-colon. Yes, the way to a Nag's heart is through fancy punctuation.
Read more at RulesofThumb.org
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Lawrence O'Donnell writes :
If John Edwards stays in the race, he might, in the end, become nothing other than the Southern white man who stood in the way of the black man. And for that, he would deserve a lifetime of liberal condemnation.
To which Jane Smiley, one of my favourite novelists, responds:
O'Donnell attacks the only candidate in the race with explicitly progressive policy positions, and the only candidate in the race who hasn't accepted corporate money, and the only candidate in the race who understands how corporations are poisoning American politics and American life with their unrestrained power and influence.Being Canadian, my endorsement of a candidate in a US race is not on the radar but, if it weren't for Edwards' unfortunate support of the death penalty, he'd be my choice.
But I thank him for one thing -- he persuaded me to send a nice fat donation to John Edwards.
Many people seem to be writing Edwards off but J-Walk posted this chart showing poll results for various Dem/Rep election match-ups.
Since Giuliani's chances of winning the nomination are getting slimmer all the time, perhaps it's time the Democrats gave Edwards a more serious look.
(I found O'Donnell's piece on Grow a Brain.)
“We did some learnings this year,” said Ken Weir, president of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
I think he's been taking grammar lessons from George W. This quote reminds me of "Is our children learning?"
*** I just had to add this one - also from the Standard Classifieds:
New & Used Salespeople Wanted
The photographs are made using the 150 year old collodion wet plate process - the same process that was used to document much of the period (and many of the soldiers) of the Civil War.
Find out more about the Soldier Portraits Project
Monday, January 14, 2008
I am thrilled to learn that one of my Paris photos - the Lapin Agile above- has been selected for inclusion in the newly released edition of the Flickr Schmap Paris Guide .
I was surprised to receive an email from Flickr before Christmas saying that my photo had been shortlisted and asking for permission to use it if it were chosen. I'm not sure how they came upon one of my photos among the millions of really excellent photos they had to choose from, but I'm pleased they did.
It was Nag On The Lake's good buddy, Uncorrected Proofs, who nominated me for these awards - thanks Larry. He has been nominated in Best Political, Best Progressive, Best New Blog and
Best Blog Post Series categories. Since we're not in direct competition I encourage you to vote for him as well, otherwise I'd say screw him.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
A sucker for political kitsch, I set out to photograph my 5-month-old daughter, Dahlia, in the arms of every candidate with a prayer of making it to the White House.
An entertaining slideshow of politicians with a baby.
The offensive segment was part of a show called “Fair Game with Faith Salie,” broadcast on Utah National Public radio station KCPW.
In the skit, a woman’s voice announces a “Huckabee family recipe” supposedly leaked by his opponents.
A man’s voice then says:
“Tired of bland unsatisfying Eucharists? Try this Huckabee family favorite. Deep-Fried Body of Christ--boring holy wafers no more. Take one Eucharist. Preferably post transubstantiation. Deep-fry in fat, not vegetable oil, ladies, until crispy. Serve piping hot. Mike likes to top his Christ with whipped cream and sprinkles. But his wife Janet and the boys like theirs with heavy gravy and cream puffs. It goes great with red wine.”
The woman’s voice responds: “Now that is just ridiculous. Everyone knows evangelicals don’t believe in transubstantiation.”
Being an irreverent blasphemer myself, I laughed so hard at this that I nearly choked on my breakfast of Crispy Christ Cereal.
You can find it here along with a wide variety of other Safety Gear for Small Animals. In my view though, if your tiny pet requires a bullet proof vest for his neighbourhood walks, it might be wise to move.
Via Dark Roasted Blend
This 1872 Currier and Ives print is titled The Puzzled Fox: Find the Horse, Lamb, Wild Boar, Men's and Women's Faces. There are eight human and animal faces hidden in the scene. Can you find them?
Ironically, the birds in the upper left have now disappeared — they're passenger pigeons.
Menagerie via Futility Closet where you can find all sorts of puzzles and other neat stuff.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
In 1998 I decided to focus my artistic research mainly about a 'fashion-fiction' visual story regarding an old passion of mine: weapons - objects full of symbolic senses. I want to mix, in an artistic way, traditional 'female stuff' like fashion with very traditional 'male stuff' like guns. It consists in a restyling of real military weapons into fashion items for ladies'.
George Petros has compiled druggy and/or exotic Pop songs reinterpreted by contemporaneous Easy Listening artists, from 1966 through 1971. Download music by The Soulful Strings, Herbie Mann, Percy Faith and all your favourite performers of elevator music. I've never been fond of that genre but perhaps I might be if my mind were altered...
Here's a selection from Petros' comprehensive list:
Via 3 Quarks Daily
Friday, January 11, 2008
Left: Alice Waters On Nino Mancari's arm, Alice Waters trumps Mom. ''I wanted to do a tribute to American food,'' said the chef at Fish On! in Lewes, Del. ''Eventually I'll get James and Julia, and with Alice it'll be the holy trinity.''
See the Slide Show
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Prior to Christmas, there was advertising up in the subways for a new video game designed for girls. The posters showed a girl training and riding a horse, with the caption, “Your horse. Your friend. Your champion.” During a meeting in a senior partner’s office, I tried explaining in French why I was sure it would be a successful campaign, but my translation of the selling points was a little off: “Your horse. Your boyfriend. Your mushroom.” more
I don't think I'd read this book, much less be it.
You're Anarchy, State, and Utopia!
by Robert Nozick
If it were up to you, there would probably be no government at all.
But then you'd have to deal with there being no government, and nobody likes that. So
you've decided that hiring a few security guards is okay. Getting rid of that nasty
tax collector would sure be nice, though. He keeps getting in the way of you making
the money you so richly deserve! Everyone who believes in you happens to be fairly
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Why? Because canned fruit from countries like China with lax environmental standards and non-existent labour laws is cheaper. We don't want our kids playing with lead-laced toys or our dogs and cats eating lethal pet food made in China. I don't want to eat their toxic pear halves either. Would you trust products from a country where lax regulation and a weak legal system have allowed unscrupulous manufacturers to blend industrial fluids into alcoholic beverages and to sell fake baby formula?
Bear in mind that this closure is taking place in one of the best growing zones in Canada.
What is the federal government prepared to do? The St. Catharines Standard reports that Rob Nicholson, MP for the area, has been incommunicado on the issue.