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Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes, 1973

One of the legendary races.  He goes head-to-head with the favourite, both of them keeping a dangerous, impossible pace over the first mile.  When Sham flags and falls off, Secretariat picks up the pace even more.  Wins by 31 lengths, picks up the triple crown, and sets an unbeatable track record for 1.5 miles.

how did I not know about this? Motörhead having some fun


a guilty pleasure


I Say a Little Prayer -- Aretha


One of my alltime favourite singers

more of my favorite 70s retro: Shawn Phillips


Authentically Canadian -- Charlie Panigoniak


gratuitous vulgarity ... for your amusement

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Marty Robbins -- white sport coat and a pink carnation

  • dunno why, i've had this one stuck in my mind lately

Against a Tide of Evil -- Mukesh Kapila on the Darfur genocide

Mukesh Kapila was the head of the UN mission in Darfur.  He did a painful interview with CBC this week, describing some of his experiences in Darfur, and watching helplessly as the UN failed, *again*  to act.   

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Long Tall Glasses/I can Dance -- Leo Sayer

I got this old relic stuck in my brain this week.  No idea why.

rock and roll badboy -- Rumble, Link Wray


You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Love After Love

The time will come 
when, with elation 
you will greet yourself arriving 
at your own door, in your own mirror 
and each will smile at the other's welcome, 

and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart 
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you 

all your life, whom you ignored 
for another, who knows you by heart. 
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 

the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. Feast on your life. 

Derek Walcott

Kim Rosen, authour of Saved by a Poem, recited this in an interview I heard recently.


the first robin of the spring

i always look forward to seeing the first robin every year.  it's one of those signs that winter is nearly finished.
we seem to be having our spring thaw now, and i had been hoping they would be back soon.
today was the day.  i saw one this morning!

video: Man of Constant Sorrow -- Elage Diouf

A transplanted Senegalese, now living in Montreal.  I'll have to see him if he ever plays Toronto.


my new diagnosis: sleep apnea

Just before X-mass, my shrink referred me to a sleep lab for a sleep study. 
I had it done in the middle of January.  It was kinda interesting:  they hooked me up to a polysomnograph, which is like a fancy polygraph, with about 24 electrodes attached, and bands around my chest and abdomen.  As well, there was an infrared camera, so they could see my position. 
I was surprised that I was even able to sleep with all that gear attached.  As it turned out, I nodded off after 30 minutes and slept all through the night.
I got my results a few days ago.  I have a moderate case of sleep apnea.  Overall, it's at the low end of the scale, but much higher when I'm dreaming or on my back.
So, this is one of the big reasons I've been so tired and dopey.  Now I know that it wasn't entirely from the depression or from the meds.
The doctor has given me a prescription for a machine to treat it.  I've picked up a loaner, and I'm supposed to go back to the lab in a few weeks to get it calibrated for my needs.
It looks really awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient in the pictures online.  I wasn't looking forward to using one.  However, it's not as bad as it looks, and I'm getting used to it.
After four nights with the machine, still not completely used to it, and even with the default settings, I'm feeling a huge improvement over the way I felt even a week ago.  I'm looking forward to the results after it's been set up specifically for me.

Spirit in the Dark, Aretha (at the Filmore)



i usual play q/a online here.  i'm gonna start posting the frequent answers here, just to save repeating myself

  1. what would you do if you found out you were about to die?  take up smoking and start going to all-you-can-eat buffets
  2. at what age did you lose your virginity?  i don't feel like saying.  the answer is out there, if you're willing to search for it.
  3. have you ever dated outside your race?  yes
  4.  what languages do you speak?  english is my first language, my french isn't bad, i can have limited conversations in mandarin, and i have survival spanish

are they laughing at us or with us?


Seeking Faith

An awesome episode of CBC Radio's Ideas.  Three wonderful speakers from Moses Znaimer's Ideacity conference, each offering his or her perspective on the search for meaning.  Safe for most audiences, though some might consider it heresy.

Do yourself a favour and put this on your mp3 player.  It should be about 60 minutes.

Hank Williams -- Lost Highway


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Previous Posts
Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes, 1973, posted January 5th, 2014
how did I not know about this? Motörhead having some fun, posted December 7th, 2013, 1 comment
a guilty pleasure, posted November 29th, 2013
I Say a Little Prayer -- Aretha, posted November 16th, 2013
more of my favorite 70s retro: Shawn Phillips, posted November 6th, 2013
Authentically Canadian -- Charlie Panigoniak, posted September 27th, 2013
gratuitous vulgarity ... for your amusement, posted May 20th, 2013
Marty Robbins -- white sport coat and a pink carnation, posted May 18th, 2013
Against a Tide of Evil -- Mukesh Kapila on the Darfur genocide, posted May 17th, 2013
Long Tall Glasses/I can Dance -- Leo Sayer, posted May 3rd, 2013
rock and roll badboy -- Rumble, Link Wray, posted April 25th, 2013
You will love again the stranger who was your self., posted March 19th, 2013
the first robin of the spring, posted March 13th, 2013
video: Man of Constant Sorrow -- Elage Diouf, posted February 19th, 2013
my new diagnosis: sleep apnea, posted February 10th, 2013
Spirit in the Dark, Aretha (at the Filmore), posted January 21st, 2013
F.A.Q., posted January 11th, 2013
are they laughing at us or with us?, posted December 2nd, 2012
Seeking Faith, posted September 15th, 2012
Hank Williams -- Lost Highway, posted September 1st, 2012
People Keep Blocking me!, posted August 17th, 2012
Elvis: Peace in the Valley, posted August 11th, 2012
Louise Erdrich "Advice To Myself", posted July 28th, 2012
more music, posted July 22nd, 2012
vonda sheppard: walk away renee, posted July 20th, 2012
Wake up and smell the coffee! Sometimes, it's the little things., posted July 15th, 2012
Motherhood, Interrupted, posted July 5th, 2012
a story about what we used to do with mentally retarded people, posted July 2nd, 2012
maybe you can't go back...looking for a comfy new church, posted July 2nd, 2012
Be Thou my Vision, Van Morrison ... one of the oldest surviving hymns, posted June 20th, 2012
Every 40-50 years, the Beach Boys record something new and good., posted June 20th, 2012
I love Patti Smith, posted June 17th, 2012
Oasis as a cover band., posted May 26th, 2012
So I just joined a gym, posted December 19th, 2011
What if Someone Needs Help Online?, posted November 21st, 2011
Playing on EP, posted October 29th, 2011

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