Wednesday, October 31, 2007

If You Are Who You Say You Are...

Let's continue with new & beloved music week at the Tribune. Kanye, my favourite new(-to-me) blogger, introduced me to Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar." With rhymes like these, why resist? It's like ha ha hahaha....

So just take me home where the mood is mellow
And the roses are thrown
M&M's are yellow
And the light bulbs around my mirror don't flicker
Everybody gets a nice autograph picture
One for you and one for your sister
Who had to work tonight but is an avid listener
Every song's a favorite song
And mikes don't feed back
All the reviewers say you need to go and see that
And everybody claps cuz everybody is pleased
Then they all take the stage and start performing for me
Like ha ha hahaha
Ha ha hahaha ha

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You Wanna A Piece of Me?

Well, hello.

I am listening to Britney's new album
Blackout — so far, so f'n good.

Thankfully they've finally launched her new website, with a spot for everyone's favourite part of fandom.

How happy am I that after her well-documented private-life fiascos, Brit's album is a winner? Very happy.

Makes me hopeful that one day I may attend Britney #8, and she sure does put on a good live (if mostly lip-synched) show.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

"Tell 'em all Daisy's change' her mine."

Kerry on books in the bath and baths in books here. The only bath scene I remember is Daisy in The Great Gatsby with Gatsby's letter. Funny — just looked it up and it's barely a scene, more a moment:

She began to cry—she cried and cried. I rushed out and found her mother's maid and we locked the door and got her into a cold bath. She wouldn't let go of the letter. She took it into the tub with her and squeezed it up into a wet ball and only let me leave it in the soap dish when she saw that it was coming to pieces like snow.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


who hates the google chat donk noise? i do. i do.

i thought up quite a few things I wanted to tell you about and now that I'm ready to type 'em up, my mind has gone blank.


oh. Tori Amos concert on tuesday at the hummingbird centre. the set list is here and maybe you'll note that it's entirely great songs that I love. Including three from From the Choirgirl Hotel -- one of my most treasured perfect albums of all time. There was a wonderful moment (in "winter") where she was singing a quiet bit and the audience was all hushed and enraptured -- then some jackass completely ruins it yelling out, "I love you Tori!" And his buddy yells, "Jason loves you too!" To which Tori replies, in a whisper, "Eat me." It was glorious. Erin bought the official bootleg (i know, oxymoron, right?) and I'm listening to that song right now. Brills. I'm going to bootleg it from her. So it earns its name proper.

That was my fourth Tori A. concert. She's still shy of my 7 Britneys, tied with U2 (but I'm done with them so she'll lap 'em soon), nearly at the 5 Rolling Stones, already far past the 2 Paula Abduls.

Time to clean up. Our 25-year-old dishwasher is broken so for the time being, the 28-year-old dishwasher is being put to work.

Also: I think it's time to name the raccoons that watch me watch TV. Suggestions? They're pretty cute for destructive garbage eating vermin, so keep that in mind.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Makes Me So Holy

(thanks Clairey. you made my day times a million.)

Say I'll Be There

Holler! Erino, S'rain and I will be spicing it up here in Toronto. Doesn't seem right without Clazza, does it?, so I'll make a dolly version of her and bring it along. I wonder if they'll do "Wannabe."

And as Erin said, I hope Geri doesn't break up the band before February.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Not Bad, Britters

I know all of y'all are supporters of our dear Britney, so I thought I'd let you know you can preview the new album, Blackout, here. Ecouter tous les titres.

No crappy ballad (no ballads at all it seems), no cover song, and no filler as far as I can tell -- a first in Brit album history. Now all we need is to improve on the videos. Higher concept than "stripper."

found: homework

found on the way home, on king just before church, dirty run over homework, some answers starred, who knows why. my favourite is #37.

*23. like I like to go to the movies.
*24. love I love to go to operas.
25. manage She managed to finish her work early.
26. mean I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.
27. need I need to have your opinion.
28. offer They offered to help us.
29. plan I am planning to have a party.
*30. prefer Ann prefers to walk to work.
31. prepare We prepared to welcome them.
32. pretend He pretends not to understand.
33. promise I promise not to be late.
34. refuse I refuse to believe his story.
*35. regret I regret to tell you that you failed.
*36. remember I remembered to lock the door.
37. seem That cat seems to be friendly.
*38. can't stand I can't stand to wait in long lines.
*39. start It started to rain.
40. struggle I struggled to stay awake.
41. swear She swore to tell the truth.
42. threaten She threaten to tell my parents.
*43. try I'm trying to learn English.
44. He volunteered to help us.

Friday, October 19, 2007


All they sell in Edmonton grocery stores:
1. Butter
2. Beef
Combine 1 and 2 to frighten S & C.

home again

i miss edmonton.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Live from Alberta

I'm in Edmonton! For the very first time. Lovely. I ate beef already! It tasted tasty. Wanna know something weird about steakhouses in Edmonton? And maybe other places too but S'rain & I had never heard of this before: they put a giant slab of BUTTER on your meat. My plate arrived and there was (what I thought was) a nice sizeable piece of bocconcini atop the steak, with some herb artfully stuck in like a Chrimbo tree.

Not cheese. Butter. I managed to deftly and swiftly remove it so I have not yet scheduled my exploratory heart surgery. Mother of God, says I.

So far I've taken a bunch of pictures but with my cell phone for y'all. I have to do some bluetoothing somewheres to show them to you. So expect a photo heavy blog entry; its thesis question is, Pearson Airport Terminal 1: Better than Nuit Blanche?

My sister says hi and I'm about to eat room service (of which I am taking a picture). Oh for a laugh, go to the website for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (not where we went for steak) and turn on your speakers. Listen to the sizzle.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

How strangers find my blog. A sample.

A U.K. resident did a google search for "hate the abbreviation crimbo." Poor soul was led here, where I lovingly use the word "crimbo," and later hated some other abbreviation. (also just noticed, I've taken to spelling it with an H now. i wonder which is correct. must consult my Georgia Nicholson.)

I'm not even on the first pages of results (I gave up after 12) but eventually you will find the Tribune whilst googling the very excellent topic,
"Office Haikus."

Oh you Brits. Another U.K. resident (or I suppose it could be the same one) arrived
here by searching for the phrase, "i took a lude." Brilliant to the max and past the limit.
Yikes-o-rama. Someone with different interests arrived here (I assume) doing a google blog search for "boy piss." I am not, not surprisingly, one of the top search results. Glance at the photo evidence for some indication of what comes up.

lude! This one from Canada. I wonder if people searching the phrase, "I took a lude," have in fact just taken a lude and are at home googling, searching for a discussion board or chattyroom. Hello future lude-takers! Warmest greetings from the Calhouninator. Your comments are welcome — why are you googling "I took a lude"? Inquiring minds want to know.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

when the tv is off

things have been very tv-centric here at the Tribune. i also do other things sometimes (not often) and enjoy them (for the most part).

Now reading: The Outlander by Gil Adamson
I gleefully announce that I actually know this mighty fine wordsmith as she is a longtime superstar freelance editor for ECW. However, until picking up The Outlander, all I had read of her writing were emails and funny post-its stuck to manuscripts (they get vair funny; Jen often has to share Gil's brilliance with me). Now I'm only 96 pages in but lemme tell ya what I know so far: I like it. A lot. The tiny details and the big picture — all captivating. You know when you read a sentence and you're like, "That's just right and I've felt that & known it but never thought to phrase it just like that, perfectly"? That plus the story just compels you forward, to find out about our main girl.

And the latest issue of Shameless arrived in the mail the other day. So double bonus bells for me.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

judging the chart: B+

just seconds after ANTM finished, the wikipedia chart was updated! mere seconds! however, when i first went to the page the colour coding of challenge winner & cover girl of the week was not yet there. i had to refresh the page.

so a B+ for the chart this week. be fiercer next week.

tvesday night

through the power of time-shifting, i managed to watch FOUR hours of quality programming. here is my tvesday night report.

7 p.m. GOSSIP GIRL This show continues to be excellent. Thank you again trashy teen novels for providing such fodder. Last night, we learned that even if you're handed your shiny future on a silver platter, life is tough and totes not fair. You don't want to go to your dad's alma mater, you wanna go to USC. Boooo. The scene at the end with Blair and Serena in Central Park, in the rain, with a big floppy hat on the blonde one (who dresses this girl?) was sad rich-girl friendship at its glorious best. I got misty. For reals.

Here's where I got tricksy and watched the Maritime feed. The Tudors = vair good and not just for looking at Henry VIII. But that is a good part. Some Canadians in that show — including one guy who I see 'round town and Henry Czerny, who totally went to the same high school as me and the teachers always made a big whoop about it.

9 p.m. HOUSE
Better than the season premiere, I'd say. I liked the gang of potentials and really don't miss House's regular crew. Glad to see he was back to popping his Vicodin and that the writers could make more than just one joke per episode. Wilson is still getting on my nerves though. But better than anything else is FAN ART. Thank you dedicated


Yay for the new show. Great narration. Beautiful super-colour-saturation. Charming leads. Excellent character (Charlotte "Chuck" Charles) and place names (The Pie Hole). Morbid and romantic. Two of my favourite things. With the added bonus of the aunts' former profession: synchronized swimmers. Please watch this show so it doesn't get cancelled. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Lunch Break.

Guess what time of the year it is at ECW? Books comin' back from the printer time of year. They are sooooo pretty and new. Finding Lost: Season 3 just arrived mere half-hours ago and it's just perfect. Last week we got our two fall poetry titles and the paper is tres beauteous (oh and the words inside). And of course, Erin's cover design worked out just right for our Heroes book.

In other news, I am testdriving some new tv shows this fall. One I tried to resist but it's so bad it's good and I can't look away. That one is Gossip Girl. Oops. I know it's awful. But wickedly watchable. It's on tonight and I cannot wait. Oops. I tried Journeyman last night and found that I really don't care about people helping people through time travel adventures. Unless your name is Dr. Who. While I was cooking some delicious ratatouille last night (which I am eating this very second), I decided to watch a seriously crap show called Big Shots. It's a show about four asshole CEOs. They have problems. With women. We can be such stereotypical pests all the time, can't we ladies? The pilot featured a running joke about one guy getting caught with a transvestite prostitute. Ohmigod. Can you even believe such hilarity and risque saucy talk? AHHHH. I vote for cancellation. Immediately.

Heroes was better last night than the week before. It featured such excellent moments as: Claire cutting off her own toe; Peter greased up and beat up (shirtless and someone sure spent their hiatus at the gym); a cool transition effect with Mohinder going from Haiti to that annoying guy's office in one shot; a brief moment when I thought the annoying Kensei was actually killed off; no Niki/Jessica — second week in a row! Boo on: the two new plots of tracing the mysterious spreading virus and tracking down the other 7 (8?) paintings. I want more Sylar and brain snatching! And when does everyone's favourite girl detective, Veronica Mars, show up? Soon I hope. (In the meantime I get my VMars from Gossip Girl.)

My earrings are little zebra heads. And they come all the way from Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Zebras.