Category Archives: Things That Are Great!

Bill Nye teaches you how to tie a bowtie

Bill Nye check list:

  • Whimsy ✓
  • Bowtie ✓
  • Seemingly infinite knowledge of the universe ✓

Someone needs to check if Bill Nye has 2 hearts.

Huzzah for the Arcade Fire!

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Last night they won the Grammy for having the best album of the year (The Suburbs), their music speaks for itself.

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

“I have news for this government. There will be lots of amendments to the legislation that they have proposed. There will be lots of discussions and there may from time to time be defeats if they persist in this approach of saying, ‘it’s my way or the highway.’ It is not the way to conduct the public affairs of a country…and it is not the way to conduct the public business of Canada.” – Bob Rae.

H/T Aaron Wherry.

TCAF FTW BBQ

I attended the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) yesterday at the Toronto Reference Library. This was my first time attending the event and it met/exceeded all my expectations/childish fantasies.

The two main highlights of my TCAF experience were:

  • Getting to high-five the creators of “Amazing Superpowers.” This is one of the best webcomics on the internets and the creators of this comic, Wes and Tony, were really funny and easy to talk to. I purchased a print of this comic and got it signed.
  • I got to meet Kate Beaton!!!!!!! Ms. Beaton is the creator of “Hark, a vagrant” (which I have previously blogged on), she is from Novia Scotia, is one of my heroines and is amazing. I purchased a copy of her comic collection “Never Learn Anything From History” and she shook my hand. This was an unreal moment for me as I am a huge fan of her work (h/t to my friend Brent who is responsible for my love of webcomics) and it was fantastic to see how many other people are huge Beaton fans/nerds too (there was a massive line for her autograph that was definitely worth the wait.)

The event ends at 5 pm tonight so there is still time to check it out. Two other notable webcomics in attendance: Overcompensating and The Book of Biff.

Comics and graphic novels are two forms of texts that often get overlooked. ‘Amazing Superpowers’ and ‘Hark a vagrant’ are really intelligent and high-quality works that I highly recommend you make a part of your day. Kate Beaton’s work is especially excellent as her comics often touch on moments in Canadian history, Ms. Beaton is able to breathe new life into Canada’s past while staying true to the very acerbic and silly sensibility that forms the foundation of Canadian humour.

Canada and Hockey: Our fair Dominion Now Extends Around The Globe

Canada 3. USA 2.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

I watched the game with friends from all over this fantastic country. All of our Olympians competed valiantly and it doesn’t matter what who won/lost in the end. When all eyes were on them the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team showed how awesome Canadians can be when they work hard, are willing to make sacrifices and put up a united front. When the game ended we cheered and when the Medals were awarded we all stood up and sang ‘O Canada’ together.

Canada has an awesome hockey team and dominated this Olympics. Now we need a government that is good enough to represent this fantastic land!

TTAG: Cheese

Cheese

Cheese has so many forms, textures, smells and flavours that it is absolutely impossible to not like at least one kind of cheese. Cheese can be soft, gooey, pungent, crumbly, hard, subtle in flavour, creamy, it comes in many colours and can contain spices/herbs to give it a totally different flavour. Cheese is global and local at the same time. Rich people like cheese, poor people like cheese and even vegetarians eat it instead of delicious, delicious meat. The protean cheese provides is an excellent byproduct as you can eat cheese only for its taste as it is so scrumptious. What other food can be made from the coagulation of liquid produced by the cows, sheep, goats or buffalo? The cheese can stand completely alone and satisfy but it can also be melted, shredded, baked, sliced and stuffed into other foods to make them better. Cheese is as comforting as mother’s love with only thrice the fat.

Cheese is GREAT!

TTAG: Stephen Harper’s Flight Suit Photo Op

Stephen Harper’s Flight Suit Photo Op

“Stephen Harper awakes one morning in 24 Sussex Drive to find himself inexplicably transformed overnight into George W. Bush.” – Franz Kafka

A few days ago Prime Minister Harper visited Canada’s arctic. He was transported to HMCS Toronto by helicopter. When the PM got out of the helicopter he was wearing a sexy orange flight suit and manly helmet. The first thing that comes to mind when one sees a picture of the Prime Minister in all his glory is when former President George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” on a battleship while, you guessed it, wearing a flight suit. Like President Bush’s announcement, the Prime Minister’s is also an expensive show piece with little substance. Nunavut’s Newspaper called this “The most expensive photo op you’ll ever see.” Some of Nunavut’s citizens were complaining that the Prime Minister is focusing entirely on the military in the arctic and ignoring the people who live there (and the many challenges they face.

The “Flight Suit Photo Op” is funny for many reasons. It is cheesy, our current Prime Minister Harper is a nerd so it is a fish-out-of-water situation and it is another in the “PM Harper dresses up” series. Canada has had many awkward Prime Ministers but this event may be the most awkward thing any PM has done in the history of our great country. The “Flight Suit Photo Op” is funny on many different levels and it is very public. The nature of the event itself (a choreographed scene that the Prime Minister wanted every Canadian to see) amplifies the funniness by being a shared ever for all Canadians.

Though this arctic adventure is quite awkward noone can deny that it is epic. Even if you are Stephane Dion, if you riding a helicopter to a battleship in the arctic everyone has to agree that, for at least a day after, you are a badass. When you see the pictures of the Prime Minister in the bright orange flight suit you laugh at him but, for a split second, you are laughing with him as it is cheesy but epic.

For years Prime Minister Harper has been George Bush’s soul mate (in terms of policy.) Prime Minister Harper’s economic, environmental, foreign, tax, crime, education, and all other policies are the same as George Bush’s were when he was President. Like the former President, Prime Minister Harper relishes using divisive tactics to scare Canadians and destroy his opponents. Prime Minister Harper and the former President also share a Manichaean worldview. The Prime Minister sees the world as a battle of good versus evil; if a great evil/good disappears another good/evil will fill that void. It makes sense that with Barack Obama being elected President our Prime Minister has decided to fill the void President Bush left by actually become President Bush. When he put on that flight suit and stepped off that helicopter Prime Minister Harper declare loudly “I am George W. Bush!” and “I am sexy!”

Prime Minister Harper’s Flight Suit Photo Op is a massive event that all Canadians can and show revel in. It is simultaneously epic, funny, awkward, cool, meaningless and substanceless. This one event encapsulates the completion of Prime Minister Harper’s transmutation into President George W. Bush.

Stephen Harper’s Flight Suit Photo Op is GREAT!