The Pachdyerm App

First off, who would name a social media platform after a long-extinct furry elephant? Second, who creates a platform more difficult to use than the bird app they are trying to better? I signed up on Mastodon or at least one of their server communities and noticed more words to use in their posts, 500, … Continue reading The Pachdyerm App

Playing Armitage Whack-A-Mole

Not a day goes by as somebody claiming to be Richard Armitage follows me on Instagram or tries to slide into my DMs on the platform. It's a game of report-block-delete, depending if it's a message or a follow. I admit to having a certain glee reporting the asshats. First, they believe I am some … Continue reading Playing Armitage Whack-A-Mole

Music Monday: Snow on the Beach by Taylor Swift

https://youtu.be/ycE7bUq3-2k Official Lyric Video It's actually Sunday as I write this first Music Monday in a long time. Outside the snow falls gently, remaining white on my car but turning the pavement wet. It's not the right conditions to remain on the ground, but winter is coming and I have a puffer coat from Torrid … Continue reading Music Monday: Snow on the Beach by Taylor Swift

Forget the Phone Book, Richard Armitage Has to Read This Book

Did I get Geneva? Do cheetahs run fast? Do Leopards have spots? Is the Pope Argentinian? However, I don't want to put it on before bed, set the timer, and fall asleep. It's what happened lately to my other audiobooks and I don't want it to happen to this one, especially not this one. While … Continue reading Forget the Phone Book, Richard Armitage Has to Read This Book

She’s Back!

I started work last week after finishing my leave. My Gradual-Return-to-Work plan began with two days, this week three, next week four, then full-time the week of July 11. I haven't written on this blog in a few months, maybe a comment here and there, occasionally checking to see what's up with the bloke since … Continue reading She’s Back!

Music Monday: Running Up That Hill with Kate Bush

In honour of the extraordinary resurgence of ‘Running of that Hill’ on Stranger Things, I am rerunning this post. I am thrilled a new generation will get to know Kate Bush’s music and 15-year-old me playing the music in my own walkman, punches the air with happiness.

Unpaused Life

While people listened to Top 40 pop or hair metal, Samantha Taylor’s Video hits introduced me to a female solo artist out of Britain with this video:

This video caused me to head to a shop on Portage Avenue downtown, with records on the main floor, then a downstairs section with loads of cassette tapes. I had to take antigen injections for allergies at the Boyd Building nearby, but I had some time to kill and some money to spend. I found the tape, Hounds of Love, and bought it. She belongs to a select group of artists whose tapes I have worn out on that Walkman.

Soon more cinematic videos followed the album. It’s hard to call them ‘music videos’ when they feel like short films with their own score. Cloudbusting comes to mind featuring Bush as the daughter of an inventor played by Donald Sutherland:

Despite taking years between…

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Confort TV in a Medically Mandated Time

Thanks for all the encouraging comments after my last post. It felt like talking from the bottom of a well, and it reminded me of this short based on a Brene Brown Talk: https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw RSA does great animated shorts The first week felt weird. People see a broken arm and go 'okay' while scrutinizing mental … Continue reading Confort TV in a Medically Mandated Time

Coming To A Stop

I ignored the signs. I nearly cried in meetings, felt rage, and couldn't sleep. I still can't sleep through the night as I write this post at 4:40 am. On Friday, January 28, I fell apart. When I booked it in the fall (it feels like a lifetime ago), the two weeks off were breathing … Continue reading Coming To A Stop

First Day Back

Today was my first day back at work, and the timing for these new Richard Armitage pictures proved perfect. Everyone, well, many people, talked about the cream-coloured sweater in a photo spread for a recent article. The one with the plaid shirt and tie was not the look or the book catching my eye in … Continue reading First Day Back

Anniversay Day

I remembered why I set up this blog, originally called 'Stacks and Ranges,' in the first place. I wanted to create a place to write about what I liked, and if others like them, great! Hard to believe a decade has done by.