Archive for September, 2010

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

Posted in Movies, Music with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Is there anything better than coming home from work to find the package you’ve been waiting weeks for has finally arrived?


It almost makes all the disappointed trips to the mailbox worthwhile!

And now you can kick back on the couch with Belle & Sebastian.



This post is not about Vampires

Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

So, tonight I came across the Facebook fan page for Vampire: The Masquerade.  No, I wasn’t looking for it, someone from my distant past has been a fan since forever – long, long before the current Twilight induced pop fascination with vampires. In fact, the first edition of the game – which was originally not an online game (remember those?)  was published in 1991. Ya, that’s right, 1991.

Moving on.

Normally, finding a fan page is hardly notable. But this fan page is different: aside from a profile picture and the initial “joined Facebook” message, there is only a single entry under the page’s activity list.  This suggests that the creators of the page have literally add no content whatsoever.


Despite the complete lack of content, as of tonight  12,104 people have Liked the page.

There are artists, musicians, actors, jugglers, etc. who post updates to Facebook on a daily basis just to maintain a fan-base half the size.

In this crazy online world we have found ourselves in, it is refreshing to know that people still enjoy offline activities.

I can’t decide if I agree

Posted in Finds, Random, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I stumbled upon this tonight.  And for some reason this thought is sticking in my mind. It won’t go away.

Maybe it’s the 15 year old Glenfiddich I’m sipping – maybe it’s Siamese Twins playing the background.  Or maybe it’s just the total disregard for punctuation.

I don’t know.

Either way, it’s an interesting suggestion.

How many cities have one of Pauta Saila’s dancing bears?

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I lived in Windsor for a long time before coming to Ottawa, and one of my favorite things about Windsor is the Odette Sculpture Park that runs forever along the Detroit River. Actually, most of the sculptures are horrid – it’s the park itself that I like.

Windsor's "Dancing Bear" | Source:

In any case, where the park starts (near the University of Windsor campus) there is a sculpture by Pauta Saila called “Dancing Bear“.  I remember it clearly because I had girlfriend that really liked it.

Fine. Fast forward a whole whack of years and here I am in Ottawa.

Last week, I had the pleasure of walking around the Market on one of the only days that the weather was actually agreeable. And what did I stumble across?

Another “Dancing Bear“!!

And not just any dancing bear, but one apparently created by Pauta Saila!

How many of these bears are there? And do both cities know about the doppelganger bears?

Honestly, I prefer my art to be of the one-of-a-kind variety.  I don’t think it is fair to make copies of a piece that everyone likes, and then shop it around.

House stolen by Internet scammers

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Yes, a whole house.  Apparently, Roger Mildenhall had his house in Perth, Australia stolen while he wasn’t looking, and a second house was in the midst of being sold when he figured out what was going on.

That sucks. Nothing else to say.

Real figs!

Posted in Finds with tags , , , , on September 12, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I just discovered that the Real Canadian Superstore has real, fresh, figs for sale.

Not Fig Newtons, and not those sticky, dried things that you can get anytime – oh no! They have actual figs.

What are you waiting for? They won’t have them forever! Go get some!

Tastey Fig Fruit

A skort public service announcement

Posted in Random, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

Ladies, nobody likes a skort. They are not sexy. They are dishonest.

Wear a skirt, or wear some shorts. But don’t be a skort.

A Loose Skort

A Tight Skort