In the News It Happened to Me

Thank You!

Photo: Cover of the November 25, 2004 issue of 'eye' Magazine, featuring the 2004 Readers' Choice Awards.

eye Magazine is one of Toronto’s “alternative” weekly magazines.

Last Thursday afternoon, I was in a small town outside Boston, eating Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres

at my future in-laws’ place. During that time, I noticed that I’d

received a phone message. I checked it later that evening and got a

rather excited voice mail from Meryle telling me that The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century had won “Best Local Blog” in eye Magazine’s 2004 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Photo: 'eye' magazine's 'Toronto's Best' 2004 logo.

I didn’t even know that they were taking nominations, so my thanks to eye Magazine and all of you who voted for me!

In the News

The Ultimate "People Who live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones" Example

Here’s a hilarious-yet-sad story

about a father who tried to scare his kids off drunk and disorderly

behaviour by calling the cops on them, only have the tables turned on


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A father’s attempt to teach

his daughter a lesson about drinking backfired when the teen led police

to a stash of drugs and weapons inside their home.

Kevin Winston, 46, called police at 2:45 a.m.

Friday after his 16-year-old daughter came home drunk and unruly. When

police arrived, however, the girl told them she feared for her safety

because her father stored drugs and weapons in the home.

The girl led officers to a crawl space above the

ceiling where they found four semiautomatic guns and more than 600

vials of cocaine.

Winston was charged with numerous weapons and drug charges. His five daughters were placed in the custody of a relative.

“He called us on her and ended up getting locked up himself,” said Newark Police Director Anthony Ambrose.

It Happened to Me

Hello Again, Lupo!

Low job satisfaction. Click the picture to view the movie — warning: ridiculous cartoon gore, over-the-top swearing.

Lupo the Butcher is a hilarious short animated film and one of

my happy memories from my university days. They used to show it on the

big screen at the Diamond Club (it’s now called The Phoenix) during

last call. My friend Ryan Murphy gave me a QuickTime copy of the film,

and it became a regular feature whenever people came over to visit.

Unfortunately, Lupo was one of those files that I failed to transfer to

later computers and I’d forgotten all about it until Darryl Wiggers

(program director for Scream, Canada’s horror movie channel and all

’round ace dude) sent me a copy. Here it is, for your enjoyment [2.9MB QuickTime — Warning: Cartoon gore, loads of swearing].

International Rocketship, the animation company that made Lupo the Butcher, went on to make the funny and disturbing Far Side animated special. If anyone know how to acquire a copy of that little gem, please let me know!

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods It Happened to Me

I’m Back!

Photo: Thanksgiving turkey.

I was so rushed and so busy last Wednesday that I didn’t get time to

mention that the blog would be a little silent while I flew to Boston

forAmerican Thanksgiving, an engagement party thrown by my future in-laws and

to pick up the accordion that Wendy found for me (and bring in back in the super-cool nigh-indestructible accordion case that Wendy gave me for my birthday). I’ll update throughout the rest of the day.


Rejected Wedding Song #1

Photo: Bruce Lee.


I thought it would be really cool if we played Lalo Schifrin’s excellent Theme from “Enter the Dragon” [2.9MB MP3] as either the wedding march or when the wedding party enters the dining room. I suspect that it will get voted down by everybody but me, even if I use my most compelling argument: “But dude, it’s Bruce!


Another Reason to Go to Catholic School (aside from the schoolgirls and high standards)

Back in the ’80s, when I was a high school student at De La Salle College “Oaklands”,

I got a great computer science education thanks to my teachers Messrs.

Clarkson and Etele, who taught Waterloo Structured Basic, Pascal, and

6502 Assembler on a well equipped lab of Commodore PETs, Apple ][s and ICONs.

(Yes, they taught evolution at “Del”, and said that the creation account in Genesis was poetic, not literal. Nobody’s parents screamed, as far as I recall.)

 In the present day, a Catholic School, St. Ignatius, is doing one

better: they’re teaching object-oriented programming by writing interactive fiction. I have more about it on The Farm.

In the News

Textbook Disclaimer Stickers

[via MetaFilter] You may be aware of this stickers being put into science textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia — they look like this:

Photo: Cobb County book sticker on book that teach evolution.

Colin Purrington, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Swarthmore College has come up with his own disclaimer stickers.

I suspect that if I were a high school student in Cobb County, I’d

being doing detention for applying these stickers to my classmates’


Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

Photo: Parody of Cobb County book sticker.

I refer you to the first verse of M.C. Hawking’s Fuck the Creationists:

Verse 1

Fuck the damn creationists, those bunch of dumb-ass bitches,

every time I think of them my trigger finger itches.

They want to have their bullshit, taught in public class,

Stephen J. Gould should put his foot right up their ass.

Noah and his ark, Adam and his Eve,

straight up fairy stories even children don’t believe.

I’m not saying there’s no god, that’s not for me to say,

all I’m saying is the Earth was not made in a day.

For my take on the whole thing, read my one-act play, Sacrelicious!