Monday, 22 February 2016

Odd Couple of Things



You know what's odd? Odd is Canada's two all news channels rebranding themselves and building zippy sets to appeal to younger viewers some years back only to attract advertisers to the over 60 set. If I see one more add for a stair lift, a walk-in bath, I've fallen and I can't get up alarm or a Chip flip mortgage I'm going to throw something at my 50" Panasonic. That'd be odd.

Although maybe I'll soon need a stairlift to get me upstairs to my walk-in bath all bought with proceeds from my Chip flip mortgage! Now that would be odd.

You know what else I find odd? Those ad strips across the bottom third of You Tube videos. It's not enough most videos now start with an unstoppable 30 second ad. No. And TV networks have picked up on the idea and it's very distracting when you're watching something, especially sports, when it blocks out the puck, the basketball or the golf ball. Oh, I hate when that happens. Now that's odd.

You know, I bet soon there'll be ad strips across ads. That'd be really odd.

While we're on the matter of media you know what else is odd? The letting go of reporters and editors from newspapers, television and radio news operations - sometimes the shutting down of papers and stations themselves.That's really odd. Why? Because who the hell's going to hold big government and big business to account?

I for one would be willing to put up with stair lift ads in bands across the bottom of my screen if only we could retain decent investigative journalists. Isn't that odd?

Over at Studio30+ the prompt is quirky/odd this week, hence the quirky post.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Don't Walk This Way


Thump-bubba-thump bubba-thump-da-bump
Here's something new
Never done this for you
or me it's all about a rap
Though I'd just as soon take a nap

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I'll wake you up when I'm said and done
Might just as well point a gun
at me no that's not right
Can't force me to do this without a fight

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Now we're almost at the last verse
Made it through without a curse
being made upon little old me
For rapping like a homie don't you see

that Thump-bubba-thump bubba-thump-ad-bump
Is just the thing for Drake, Kanye or the Bieb
But I'm no fan it's certainly not for me
I'm not greedy, needy or rapacious
This rapping thing's hellacious.

Those smarty-pants folks over at Studio30+ came up with rapacious/greedy as the prompt this week. I don't know why but I went in a whole different direction this time and I think you get a sense of how I feel about rap. But who knew I could write it. Maybe there's a whole new career direction for me. Thump-Bubba-Thump my homies!


Saturday, 13 February 2016

20 Bookish Questions

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So my book blogger buddy Bryan G. Robinson over at Still Unfinished ran this thing called 20 Bookish Questions. I found it interesting so I thought I'd run it here.

What is your favorite fictional food or drink? I'm into hard-boiled detective novels and in the ones I read they often drink either whiskey or a Guinness. These guys don't seem to eat so I can't come up with a fictional food.

How long did it take to finish your last book? I just finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen and it took me just under 2 weeks. But it was a pick it up put it down kinda read. Sometimes I'll zip through a can't put it down book in a couple of days but that's rare.

How many times do you stare at your book or bookshelves each day? I don't. The majority of my books are on iBooks or Kindle.

How many Goodreads friends and books do you have? 42 friends and 388 books on Goodreads.

Do you ever quote books in public? No I never have because it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Do you ever re-read books? Rarely. I re-read sentences and paragraphs when I get distracted.

Do you judge a book by its cover? There are times, yes.

Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr? Twitter.

Which genre takes you the longest to read? Some novels. I have to learn to determine the length of books before I read them. Kindle often won't indicate page numbers.

Who are your favorite BookTubers or book bloggers? Damned if I know what a Book Tuber is but I'd have to say Brian Robinson is my favourite book blogger. In fact, he's the only one I know.

How often do you pre-order books? Often if it's an anticipated work by a favourite author or the next book in a series I've been reading.

Are you a shopaholic? I can be.

How many times have you re-read your favorite book? I haven't. I always move on to something new.

Do you own a lot of books? Yes.

Do you take pictures of your books before you read them? Why would I do that? They're to be read not photographed.

Do you read every day? Usually, yes.

How do you choose a new book? Usually through reviews or references from friends.

Do you always have a book with you? Usually, yes.

What are your biggest distractions from reading? Decent television series and movies

What is your favourite place to buy books? It's usually either Amazon/Kindle or Apple iBooks. I do miss spending time in a bookstore but these days I find the print in hard-bound books too small to read.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Maybe I'm A Maze



Never before had Tom felt so bewildered. If you had have asked him how so he would have told you he must have just won the lottery on convolution. Moments ago he'd entered this 200 acre corn field and immediately found himself in six and seven foot entanglements. They were a hodgepodge - no wait - an imbroglio of such intricacy he was directionless.

He looked this way and that but had no idea which way to go in this jungle of ears of corn. And the knots of stalks blocked out the sun as he meandered through the meshy morass of the maze's muddle of roots. He had to be careful not to trip as he navigated the perplexing network.

It was quite the quandary. A giant path full of snarls and tangles full of uncertainty at every twist. An ever winding web, a puzzling skein, indeed - even dare he say it - a miserable miscellany of long and winding roads.

When all was said and done and Tom finally stumbled from the corn field he was truly amazed.

The Studio30+ prompt this week was labyrinth/maze and I think I've managed to use every synonym for maze that exists. Corny, eh?



Friday, 5 February 2016

Done Like Dinner





She'd poured her heart into this. How?

She got up early and cleaned the apartment. Really cleaned the place from top to bottom including special effort in both the bathroom and the kitchen. For different reasons of course. It's not like she used the two rooms interchangeably. It's just that they were both equally messy. Living alone gave her the luxury to make a mess and to leave a mess. However, her special anticipated caller later that day moved her into action. It was going to be a special day that she anticipated would end in a special way. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink she thought merrily to herself.

She then spent the rest of the morning at the market. She had planned a special meal with her special someone and she was going to go all out with the most delicious hors d'oeuvres, freshest vegetables, chicken and fruit. She chuckled to herself over Archie Bunker calling them"horse ovaries" in that 70s TV show.

She got back to her apartment in the early afternoon and set to work preparing her grandmother's special chicken recipe, simple really, a slow cooker chicken stroganoff. Once that was underway she started work on her "horse ovaries". Marinated calamari with fennel, wild rice pancakes with smoked trout salad and some simple corn fritters ought to impress him.

About mid-afternoon she was ready to prepare dessert. This was to be her piece de resistance if the way to a man's heart was through his stomach. She carefully pulled together a grand raspberry and blueberry trifle, quite patriotic she thought with its red, white and blue layers.

When all was done and the kitchen cleaned once more she had just enough time for a quick shower and change of clothes, not to mention a dab of make-up. And she didn't need much more than a dab of make-up because the radiance from her all-day efforts still beamed from her cheeks and forehead.

Sooner than she realized 6:00 rolled around, the front door bell rang and there he was. And there were three other guys standing in the hallway with him.

"Hey, babe, I invited Dick, Frank and Leonard over to watch the Superbowl with us on your new 56 inch flat-screen TV you told me about. I hope you don't mind if things get a little rowdy."

Spurned, she sank slowly into a living room chair her elbows on her knees, her face in her hands aware of the male-induced noise level rising around her and thought "talk about un-re-quieted love!"

The prompts from Studio30+ this week were unrequited/spurned with which I of course took some liberties - and not with just the trifle.


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