In recent years, I’ve longed to compete in Canada Reads, CBC’s annual literary contest, in a manner fit for someone who likes fiction and is not a published author of note or a Canadian celebrity. I’ve endeavoured to read the five shortlisted books before the week-long event so as to fully understand the arguments of each book’s advocate. In 2017, I was in another country … Continue reading Canada Reads 2018: Two memoirs that opened my eyes
Café Amoré is located in an unassuming part of St. Catharines. It’s not on Facer Street – the street that has so many ethnic food choices it feels like a mini-Europe – and it’s not in Port Dalhousie – one of the city’s potential-filled tourist areas. The restaurant is smack dab in the middle of a strip mall in a residential neighbourhood. When I think of great cuisine I never think “strip mall.” That said, Café Amoré defies the situational expectations and offers a delicious experience for anyone who enjoys Mediterranean inspired meals. Continue reading Café Amoré: Review
Every city deserves a quality brewpub. A place that offers delicious food and unique beers in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere can be a haven for locals and visitors alike. So far, I haven’t found many options in Niagara but The Merchant Ale House does offer that experience. Continue reading The Merchant Ale House: A stout brewpub
“Now is the winter of our discontent!” said every Canadian cable TV customer upon seeing the ugly face of the new “skinny” packages. They are riddled with fees, requirements and consumer loathing. Continue reading The skinny on new Canadian TV packages
These messages and subtext are troubling. They are routed in prejudiced thought that often shows itself in uglier ways. I’m sure the author of this piece has a few friends who are nerds, but that doesn’t excuse his dumb and prejudiced characterization of nerds.
No blog post this week because of reasons and such. Instead I thought I would share a video which I think is a great exploration of one of my favourite things: music. Watch the video, I’ll be back with a new post in two weeks.
FIFA has been facing an enormous corruption scandal and they are not handling it well. They are focused on their own interests and not the interests of the beautiful game nor its fans.
The Apple Watch is poised to have a dramatic effect on mass culture as many will want the device. In fact, the predicted number of pre-orders is in the millions. As this happens we need to consider how the Apple Watch might affect our own lives. Technology is usually fairly benign on its own but how we design it and use it can be beneficial or harmful to how we live.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a blog. I really don’t have much of a good reason. Except that I’ve been busy changing. I recently got married, moved provinces* and I’ve sought and acquired temporary employment. So please excuse the lateness of this post. I’m currently thinking of retooling things around here. So it might look, or at least feel a little different … Continue reading A skewed understanding of pumpkins
Recently Google released their Music service in Canada after a few years of Canadians constantly searching for why Google Play Music was unavailable north of the 49th parallel. I was one of them. I love music and I love finding new ways to enjoy and discover a myriad of sounds. With the release of Google Play Music I took it for a test drive and … Continue reading A look at Google Play Music