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?

Nope!

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

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

Ah….

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.

But…

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: http://www.citywindsor.ca/000356.asp?artist=saila

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

Sebastian Errazuriz: Death stats and fashion

Posted in Finds, sex, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I just came across this piece by Sebastian Errazuriz.  I think that the statistics are what’s important here, so I’ll keep my thoughts on the piece’s validity as art. It’s certainly a striking comparison.

Apparently, Errazuriz gathered the statistics on his own and created this on the wall outside his own studio in Brooklyn.

In case you are wondering, Errazuriz is indeed the same man who brought us last year’s Zipper Dress.

Gmail is a pretty good phone

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

So yesterday, I’m minding my own business, checking my email, when Gmail decides to point out a new menu option labeled “Call Phone“.  If you missed it, it’s listed under the Chat menu on the left hand side of the screen.

I didn’t have the time, or a mic, so I just logged the incident in the recesses of my mind and went about my business.  But tonight, I was using my netbook which coincidentally has a mic built in…

So I hit the link.  It makes you install a browser plugin, and restart your browser, but then … oh, then you have a full on telephone built into your computer – without any need for an external application.  The thing runs straight through the regular Gmail interface.

And it really works.  Well.

Apparently, it will do video chat too – but I’ve only tried it with actual telephones, so I don’t know how well that works.

And the best part? Free calling to Canada and the US in 2010.  It wasn’t explicit, but I’m betting that means it will cost something in 2011.  But who cares? It’s free now, and totally awesome!

The homeless man had what?

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I don’t know anything about what it is like in Portland Oregon, much less the Beaverton suburb of it. But they must have a very different kind of homelessness problem there.

I’m not surprised that a homeless guy would call 911 from a hot tub that he had trespassed in.  Nor am I surprised that he would refer to himself as the “Sheriff of Washington” and ask for a towel, hot chocolate and a hug.

No, I’m surprised because he reportedly made the call using his own cellphone.  What kind of world do we live in when a man can’t afford a home but he can be reached by phone 24 hour/day anyway?  And don’t even get me started on homeless people with pets.

We all have priorities… some of us just refuse to prioritize them.