I feel Todd’s pain.
A lot of us know him as Jung from the Canadian TV series Kim’s Convenience (which you can find on Netflix), which in turn is based on a play that debuted in the Toronto Fringe Festival back in 2011. Kim’s Convenience has come a long way in ten years, and so has Simu.
Karim Kanji is a third handsome gentleman from Toronto, whom I know from my time as a developer evangelist at large in Toronto (we met during my Microsoft years). Back in 2017, when Kim’s Convenience was still in its first season, Karim interviewed Simu for his podcast, and you can find it here. Give it a listen, and find out about Simu not just before his hitting the big time!
(There are a lot of very “Toronto” references in the interview. Got questions? Need context? Let me know in the comments.)
In a Zoom conversation earlier today, one of us asked for the English word for “noun that refers to people who live in a certain place, such as a city, or state, or country.” That word is demonym.
In the process of looking up the word, I stumbled across the map above, which shows the demonyms for a number of midwestern U.S. states. The ones that grabbed my attention were:
- Stubtoes (people from Montana)
- Bugeaters (people from Nebraska)
- Pukes (people from Missouri, and I suspect someone from outside the state came up with that one)
- and my personal favorite, Goober Grabbers, which sounds like people who should be on some kind of registry and banned from living near schools, but actually refers to people from Arkansas. “Goober” is a slang term for peanut, and a goober grabber is someone who harvests them.
You may think of box wine — or as I like to call it, Cardboardeaux — as cheap, terrible and something you had at parties in your university years to feel more grown-up, but:
- Box wine is more environmentally friendly than bottled wine.:
- Producing cardboard uses less energy than producing glass.
- Cardboard is easier to recycle than glass.
- Transporting box wine uses less energy and effort than bottled wine.
- Box wine has also improved in leaps and bounds:
This is from June 12, 2017, but:
- It’s new to me
- It might be new to you
- It’s a brilliant idea
- It’s what I’m doing if and when the opportunity presents itself
I’m sprucing up my home office, starting with a little wall decor, as you can see in the photo above. I’m now working under the watchful eye — and arms — of “El Pulpo” (Spanish for “the octopus”).
Here’s a closer look at El Pulpo:
If you like beach themes and artwork you’re not going to find anywhere else, contact Maykel (the gallery is by appointment only)!
He’s got a lot of gorgeous stuff, and he was very friendly and helpful, making sure that El Pulpo was safely wrapped up for us to take it home. I’m sure that El Pulpo won’t be our last purchase there.