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CBC’s Q

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

From my northern location I am surprised to discover that I cannot access my usual crack dose of web version TV episodes. Lost, for one, blocks those of us attempting to peek from non-American soil.

Speaking of Lost and obsession – if I wasn’t speaking about it I was certainly thinking about it – check out Lostpedia (spoiler warning).

While surfing to the tune of other distractions, I happily came across CBC radio’s archived Q podcasts, hosted by the smooth-voiced Jian Ghomeshi. Billed as “your daily dose of arts and culture”, Q is a boisterous programme. Contemporary art, music, sports, food, tv, pop-culture, science, books, design, sex – it’s chock full of all the good stuff. I dare you to listen to just one.

Shopping for Jesus

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Here’s one for Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. I’ve never been much of a shopper, but this is enough to make me quit cold turkey.

Today in the loo I noticed that in the bottom seam of the yellow Forever 21 shopping bag I used to tote home bathroom caulking supplies yesterday is printed “John 3:16″ – according to Wikipedia the most oft-quoted bible verse. God is everywhere, or at least his evangelists are, including on the bottom end of a sack that once held low thread count fashion and will eventually hold my forever decomposing household trash.

Finding and Saving America

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I was reading this article today about a recent presentation at The Kitchen by artists inspired by Youtube, which I unfortunately missed, and noticed a banner ad at the top of the page. The left side said this:

bank of america

The right side advertised the Bank of America, Bank of Opportunity.
We can easily bring to mind historical instances of what America has found and whom they have saved. Personally I find this statement really unsettling considering, for one, the treatment of the First Nations people on this continent. And the politicization of the Christian Right. And the persistent war in Iraq. And…

Saving 30 Days of Night

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

30 days of night

This is the least haunting image I can find from the film I started watching last night: the male lead trapped in an attic while bloodthirsty savages (vampires like you haven’t seen them before, see below) claw and pry the windows. I started watching it but quickly realized this was not a film for Jillian to watch alone, at night. So I’ll save it for next week’s trip to Québec City, where no doubt I’ll watch it even more alone, at night.

The snowbound “Alaskan” landscape is stunning, though the darkened town was filmed on a sound stage in New Zealand. Note to self: more footage for Snow Stories. Another snow covered landscape signaling despair, doom, and entrapment. There is no explanation so far for why the townspeople can’t simply drive away.

These vampires are more closely related in demeanor and appearance to the furious and faster frame rate zombies of recent films like 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Land of the Dead etc, than to debonair and handsome Hollywood vampires played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. That’s a relief.

nosferatu

They resemble the original Nosferatu, or even the blind post-human cave dwellers in The Descent – batlike, with razor teeth.

Gone is the slow courtship, the stealth, the dark beauty… these vampires are messy, blood covered, and undeniably inhuman deadly monsters.

pictured above: 30 Days of Night, and Nosferatu.

Capricorn

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

cake

I am officially too old for one box of candles, Yippee! But who wants to ruin a perfectly beautiful cake with gazillions of candles and fire? This may be the only cake I have had with my name and a heart (thank you Beckley), and the Capricorn is eternally practical.
Here is a link to my friend and fellow artist Jo-Anne Balcaen’s website, in Montréal. We were born on the exact same day, in the same year. Happy birthday Jo-Anne!