Blue Valentines - Tom Waits

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dumb Ways to Die - GoT Edition

Monday, April 13, 2015

From the people who gave us Dumb Ways to Die, here is the Game of Thrones edition.

Tautology is my favourite "ology"

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Defined as the "needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.” Does "salsa sauce" count?

Wouldn't it be better if it was spelled: Tauttaulogy? Just for fun?

You Gotta Eat Here - Roy's Place

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Good and honest on the outside, good, honest food inside [photo]

Continuing the series on eating at the places my sister tells me I gotta eat at after she watches Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here", here is Roy's Place, Claresholm, Alberta. Recently featured with John Catucci. Owner and Chef, Kieth Carlson, was a Chopped Canada runner-up and he shows why just because you didn't win a competition doesn't mean you aren't a serious and worthy contender.

This is a one pound sticky bun with a scoop of kaluha cream cheese frosting [photo]


I had the dill pickle soup (bottom right in the above picture) with the steak sandwich. Perfection! Everything was generously portioned, which is wonderful when you're traveling with a gigantor son who's low on blood sugar. The flavours were layered and complex but not pretentious.

It was a bit of a drive but worth it and I'd go back just for the sticky bun. Our server told us they've gone from making a dozen a week to 120. One bun is family sized even if one of those family members is a gigantor son.

Check out Kieth Carlson on Twitter @roysplacerest, catch him on Facebook here and this is his website. Even better, if you're in the area, drop by.

Photo by Sean Emmett

DIY Carrot Clarinet

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Always wanted to play the clarinet but never had one hanging around the house? You're in luck.

Linsey Pollak crafts a clarinet using a carrot, a kitchen funnel, some power tools, a veggie peeler and brings the whole project in under five minutes

Then the magic happens.


This is Linsey Pollak's website where you can see and hear what other unusual instruments he's made, like a contra bass clarinet made with a garden hose.

This is his YouTube channel.

Who Will Save Beth - Walking Dead (S5E4)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

So, I'm a long time Walking Dead fan and I confess I have never liked Beth Greene. Every scene she's in is a waste of my time and I usually go and find something else to do while she's on. She sings. So what.

So this last episode addressed the yawning story line of what happened to Beth. I really hoped she had been disappeared forever in favour of more interesting characters and their story lines. I know I wouldn't have given her another thought. What may have happened to Beth didn't even occupy one of my brain cells. 

Imagine my disappointment when virtually an entire episode was devoted to a story line involving a person I had hoped I'd seen the last of. Will she turn out to be a bad ass? Don't care. I walked out after forty minutes even though the possibility existed that there might have been a scene with Daryl in it. I rejected that so I wouldn't have to see one more second of Beth!!! That is messed up, Walking Dead writers. Messed up!

As my friend Dan wrote here at Fansided LightlyBuzzed, at least we got to see her annoying face slapped. Twice. He made GIF's. They're gratifying. Oh and I don't want to hear from people trolling because they think I'm advocating physical violence against women. If she were a guy and he was this annoying I'd feel exactly the same way.

Cool cheek caterpillar, but look at that otherwise bland face. There's no room in this story for bland people.

As this article on Yahoo TV said:

Instead of a normal episode of The Walking Dead this week, we got Beth starring in some B-movie zombie flick with wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and barely any zombies. If this was called Zombie Hospital and airing at 2 a.m. on Syfy, we would've changed the channel -  Dave Nemetz
We would've changed the channel, AMC!!!

Is the Hospital story line even in the comic? The writers said they were following the comics a little more closely this season.

Meanwhile, who will save Beth? Who the hell cares.

And The Waltz Goes On by Anthony Hopkins

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Before SAH was established in acting, he says he fiddled around with composing. The piece in the video was written November 7, 1964. A gloomy, cold, rainy day. I'm no classical music expert but I think it's a really lovely piece.

French Word of the Day - Torréfaction Foncée

Monday, September 1, 2014

It means "dark roast". As in coffee. I have no idea how to pronounce it but the torréfaction foncée blend has a rich flavour profile.

Here's how Tim Horton's rolled out their new blend.