Archive for the ‘film & TV’ Category

Mountain Don’t

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

As a friend pointed out upon seeing this ad, “do we really need Mad Max meets Deliverance”? Then I watched the ad again and fantasized about Tina Turner swaggering in there and knocking something over, a table maybe, or the narrative. Mountain Dew’s new soft drink is Dewshine, (click the link – it’s amazing), which they’re calling a “backwoods original.” I didn’t foresee Mountain Dew™ getting in on the heritage …read more

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city or who are urban or civic politics nerds but may not be acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new developer-funded party, Vision Vancouver. However, lately the NPA seems to be attempting a …read more

Goodbye Mork

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Shazbot. Sad loss of Robin Williams today. Thanks for the many laughs. And Robin before a Senate committee on preventing homelessness

Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu. I guess he he missed it the first time he was in Peru, when …read more

New Edward Snowden interview, conducted by German television

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Pretty interesting interview on German television and now distributed on LiveLeak. Worth watching. He’s very articulate, and Canada’s CSEC is mentioned.

PBS story on income inequality and behaviour: Money on the Mind

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Wow. The effect of money on behaviour, and why BMWs are less likely to stop for you at a crosswalk.