Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana, BATMAN!

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This lovely bit of bat-artwork is by Dave Collinson, and you can buy a print from him for just under fifteen bucks!

In case you’re not familiar with the theme from the 1960s Batman show, which you need to know to get the joke, here it is:

And for those of you who say that there should be eight, and not just four, nanas in the picture, someone on Reddit’s already taken care of that:

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What to say and do when you’re stopped by the cops: an infographic

im going to kick your assIt’s the first Saturday night of the new year, so it’s only appropriate for me to post this infographic that explains quite simply what to say and do when stopped by the cops. Most avoidable arrests, as the infographic quite nicely points out, occur from police trickery and intimidation leading to an individual’s consenting to a search or admitting guilt, both when they didn’t have to. The general rule is “Be polite, ask if you’re free to leave often, and say as little as possible”.

The material on the infographic is consistent with other material that I’ve read, but keep in mind that:

  • I am not a lawyer, and this shouldn’t be considered to be legal advice from Yours Truly,
  • The material is mainly applicable to the United States. Here in Canada, the laws are similar, but not exactly the same. Can any Canadian legal experts comment on what’s applicable here?

Here it is — You Have the Right to Remain Out of Prison (click it to see it at full size):

you have the right to remain out of prison

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Creative Commons inforgraphic created by Robert Couse-Baker.


The best songs of 2013, as selected by “Said the Gramophone” and Rollo & Grady

best songs of 2013

A new year is a good excuse to freshen up your music collection, and these two “best of 2013” lists are excellent — and better still, free — ways to do so. If your tastes run towards the alternative and indie, you’ll enjoy these picks; if they don’t, they might not work for you.

  • Said the Gramophone’s best songs of 2013: Said the Gramophone is a blog with writers based in both Toronto and Montreal, and it’s one of the oldest still-running music blogs around. Their blog is about two things and two things only: finding good tunes, and writing about them. This collection features 100 songs, and while mostly indie and alt rock, they’re not afraid to throw in some top 40 as well.
  • Rollo and Grady’s best songs of 2013: The L.A.-based music licensing, management and production company known as Rollo and Grady have also put together a “top 100 songs of 2013” list, which leans mostly towards guitar-based indie and alt rock.

Not only can you listen to these “best of 2013” selections online, you can also download and add them to your collections! I don’t know how long the songs will be available online, so give them a listen soon, and if you like them, download them immediately.


Happy 2014!

Steven Baker noted my absence from Twitter over the past few days:

I’ve been busy, but not hung over. Although, I should be…

pear schnapps with hebrew label

“Ah,” I said, picking up the bottle and looking at the label filled with Hebrew characters I couldn’t understand, “the drink of the people whom my people clean up after.”

“It’s supposed to be pear schnapps,” said my friend Paul, who pointed at the pear icon located dead-centre on the label. “But it’s much, much worse.”

“That,” I said in reply while pouring a couple of ounces into a red Solo cup, “sounds like an invitation or a challenge. Either way, it’s worth a try. New year, new things and all that.”

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

I took a sniff of the clear liquid in my cup. It smelled like pear-infused cleaning solvent.

L’chaim,” I said, raising my glass to Paul. I took a swig. It tasted like pear-infused cleaning solvent.

“I’ve had worse,” I said, finishing the drink. I’m a firm believer in that Irish myth that when you die, all the liquor you’ve ever spilled or wasted is collected in a barrel. You’re judged by being held upside-down in that barrel, and if you drown as a result, you go to Hell.

“Okay, I need a palate cleanser,” I said after finishing. I spotted the bottle of Jack Daniels that I brought to the party. “Perfect.”

It tasted fantastic.

joey devilla at grand canyon

It’s been a shade over three years since the “Great Reset” that changed just about everything in my life, and for the most part, it’s been quite good.

There’ve been rough moments, from the week nearly three years ago when I spent in the ICU shortly after my separation — dying of a broken heart is no longer an abstract concept to me — to the more recent challenges presented in my last business venture. However, the good outweighed the bad as it generally does for me, what with the travelling I’ve done all this time, the things I’ve been able to do, and the people I’ve been able to meet, especially Anitra. I’ve seen people turned into bitter, empty shells by their divorces, and I’m grateful that I didn’t undergo that transformation. I’m fortunate enough to wake up each morning and jokingly say “Best! Midlife crisis! Ever!”

sunshine skyway bridge

2014 promises to be…interesting.

I’ve got some king-size changes coming up, and they’re equal parts scary and good. I’ll let you know as they happen, and I hope that you’ll find this blog to be rather interesting reading over the next couple of months. Stick around, because I think I can take you on an interesting ride.

Happy 2014! I salute all of you with a filet mignon on a flaming sword, in the hopes that your New Year goes well.