Thursday, July 31, 2008

Just saying

I like these much better than all those tight jeans girls are wearing.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Indecent proposal


I didn't begin to seriously learn a second language until I was twenty-one or twenty-two, which makes things difficult because my mind isn't quite as limber as it used to be. I grew up in South Florida surrounded by Spanish and Haitian Creole, and I took some Spanish classes in high school, but, as a skateboarder punk, I eschewed anything that figures of authority told me would up my chances of landing that dream job one day. So Spanish was out. Learning a language just didn't hold my attention.

I wish someone had introduced me to Spanish-language erotic fiction when I was going through puberty. Nothing held my attention more than sex, so why not combine language learning with something exciting? My fundamentalist Christian parents would never have caught on, as they would not have been able to understand what I was reading (my dad caught me reading Naked Lunch when I was twelve or thirteen and that didn't go over well at all). I would have learned to read Spanish in no time!

I've taken to reading pulp and erotic fiction in French of late. Much better than forcing myself to slog through Anscombre and Ducrot's L'argumentation dans la langue, which was really dragging me down.

That's what I'll do when I grow up: I'll be a French teacher!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Montreal: Better than TV


Dude, the Mafia's throwing down on the Bloods after the Bloods (in Montreal, les Rouges) tried to move in on the Mafia's territory after the Mafia's big police crackdown a couple years ago.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Train wreck

Nothing brings out the trite, sentimental bullshit than self-righteous liberals talking about the horrors those ultra-nationalist demon-Serbs committed against the multicultural wet dreams that are Croatia and Bosnia. Systematic rape! Death camps! Genocide! Ethnic cleansing! Terror!

Facts?! How can you ask for facts?! But…but…but…death camps! Genocide! RAPE! La la la la I can't hear you la la la.

We know the fate of the demon Karadzic already. He will get a sham trial in a sham court and be imprisoned. Smug liberals everywhere will be so pleased that Justice with a capital J has been served, international law has been upheld.

This whole thing really turns my stomach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

KRS-1 says, "You must learn!"

Being that I am studying geography at university and that I have a soft spot in my heart for Marxism, David Harvey (a Marxist geographer) is, as Danica has termed it, my "geography hero". [ Since I am living in Canada, where British punctuation and spelling standards are followed, I am taking the liberty of placing the period after the quotation mark, where it belongs. ] I have read with pleasure nearly all of his books. Harvey is basically the reason why I chose to study geography. Imagine my delight when I ran across these video lectures of Harvey giving a chapter by chapter reading of Marx's Capital, Volume I. Oh, snap! You should check them out, too.

Friday, July 18, 2008

List #4229: Intake

Books
  • Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud, edited by Richard Feldstein, Bruce Fink and Maire Jaanus
  • The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book I: Freud's Papers on Technique 1953 - 1954 by Jacques Lacan
  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Évangile selon Marc in the Traduction Œcuménique de la Bible (which seems to me to be the French equivalent of the Good News Bible, minus the pictures, plus the Apocrypha).
I think that after I've gotten this psychoanalysis kick out of my system (I've finally gotten around to actually reading Lacan instead of just reading about him) I'm going to take a look at what's been going on in theology lately, especially of the queer and feminist varieties. In anticipation of this I requested these two books from the interlibrary loan folks at my school:



Movies
  • Chungking Express, by Wong Kar-Wai
  • Talk To Her, by Almodovar
  • La Pianiste, by Michael Haneke [ Not a good date movie! ]
  • Scènes de lit, by François Ozon
I found a really kick-ass art house film website the other day where all of my downloading dreams come true. Please don't die, O my premium fantasy!

Music
  • All Is Well, by Samamidon
  • Tout seul dans la forêt en plein jour, by Woelv
  • Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, by Townes Van Zandt
  • Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You, by Josephine Foster
My brother gave me a DVD with four gigs worth of music while we were down in Florida, but I haven't gotten the chance to take a gander at whatall's on there. Hopefully lots of country music, as that's all I seem to listen to these days, except for all the other stuff. I'm craving some Bowie right now.

Food
  • I finally found a falafel recipe that works, so I made and ate about 15 felafel balls, along with some hummus. Not all at once, of course.
  • I'm in the middle of baking a loaf of light wheat bread from Peter Reinhart's book, The Breadbaker's Apprentice. Excellent book, although the light wheat loaf is not a favorite of mine. Danica is a big fan of it, which is why I am making it. The recipe for pain à l'ancienne is supercool, là.
Beer
  • Dogfish Head's Indian brown ale.
  • Corne du diable India pale ale by Dieu du Ciel!
  • Patersbier by me.
Going to the U.S. is always a treat for me for various reasons, and one of those reasons is beer. Quebec doesn't import many beers, especially from the U.S., and the beers that do get imported from the U.S. are shitstink. So going to the U.S. affords me the opportunity to get my hands on some good microbrews. Thus, Dogfish Head's Indian brown ale, which I found at a Publix supermarket for about $8 a six-pack. I've gotten really sick of dark beers as of late, but this beer was an exception. Really fine stuff.

The Corne du diable India pale ale is brewed by a local brewpub called Dieu du Ciel! I had no idea that they bottled their beers until Danica and I were at the Atwater Market and I happened upon this beer at a fromagerie. This is my new favorite beer. Mmmm.

The Patersbier I brewed and bottled a couple weeks before we left for Florida, so it was ready when we returned. I used all pilsner malt, a bit of Hallertauer hops, and some Belgian ale yeast. It's pretty decent. A good summer beer.

I plan on doing some brewing this Sunday. I'm going to make a clone of Bell Brewery's Two-Hearted Ale, which is, like, you know, a perfect beer.

What about you? Been taking in anything good and nice?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Former Beatle not Quebecois enough

From the overflowing "Quebec Sovereigntists Are Nutso" files...

Quebec City is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, and as a part of the ongoing celebrations, Paul McCartney is playing a free concert this weekend. Doesn't seem like anything to get worked up over -- unless you're a crazy Quebec separatist who can't see anything outside of the frame of the rest of Canada holding you down. Then you would certainly see this concert as "Canadianization" and not in the spirit of celebrating a great Quebec city.

Because Paul McCartney just screams Canadian. Don't you think?

Read more here.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Entendu dans la street

Man in a suit talking on a payphone: "Ouais mais, bin, you know, tabarnak, c'est comme fuck me, là."

I want this t-shirt

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fugees and Funions

Today at the hospital I was asked for my Medicare card. I told the lady I didn't have one, and she said, "What? Are you a refugee?"

(For Fugees and Funions, take a gander over here.)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

RadOx swoosh

This by Kotsko is right on target.