Sunday, September 23, 2007

Family Guy season premiere: chock full of the Schwartz

I'm still laughing after the season premiere of Family Guy.
  • eventually got over my inner nerd's problem with the "casting" of Herbert as Obi-Wan*
  • loved the Airplane references
  • the scene with Lois/Leia and Cleveland/R2-D2 trying to shoot an mpeg is absolutely brilliant
  • kept wondering when Meg was going to show up. When she appeared as the monster in the Death Star's trash compactor, I totally lost it.

* Obi-Wan is such a reverent character... there is almost something disrespectful about Herbert the Pervert in the role. But I realize the show spares no one, and skewers all. That's why I love it.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

container-grown carrots

This spring, I received a free package of carrot seeds as a promotion from a mayonnaise company. I'm an apartment-dweller, and although I'm in a bit of an urban canyon, I have a western exposure and can usually rely on a couple of full-sun hours every day. I've had success in the past growing morning glories, petunias, geraniums, and hibiscus in containers. I had a deep clay pot that I wasn't using, so I planted the seeds in May.

The pot is 13" deep and 14½" in diameter at the top:

So the question is begged: can carrots be container-grown?

Answer: not on my balcony!

I probably didn't water them enough. Of the entire seed packet, I only had two plants make it. Containers are quick to dry out on a balcony -- particularly in an urban environment, with winds whipping around buildings.

Revel in my bountiful carrot harvest!


Wednesday, September 12, 2007


In Toronto -- a city that is often choked by smog -- there are motorized billboards trolling the streets. I saw one tonight on the way home from work. For a moment, I had to breathe its exhaust. In a world with limited petroleum resources -- and, arguably, a world whose survival is threatened by the continued burning of said resources -- using them to power a moving advertisement is the height of arrogance and environmental short-sightedness.

In fairness, the company that runs the billboard I saw tonight claims that some of its fleet is powered by biodiesel. They point out that biodiesel can be made from soybean oil, canola oil, or recycled cooking oil. What they don't mention is that biodiesel often contains regular diesel in a blended format. And I don't care if the truck I was behind tonight was burning 100% biodiesel or 20% biodiesel / 80% diesel... it still stank, it still needs petrochemicals for its lubrication/construction/distribution, and it still takes up valuable space on downtown streets. Until you can power a truck with rainbows and pixie dust, there will always be an environmental impact.

Save the biodiesel for public transportation.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

second date rules

  • when waiting for a guy to call, the frequency of trivial/annoying phonecalls from your mother increases
  • your apartment is never cleaner than when you are expecting a second date
  • "I would really like to see you again" translates into "I am going to ignore you for a week"
  • "maybe we could get together on Labour Day for coffee" means "you're a monster; fuck off and die"
  • it's all your fault for proactively following up with a phonecall on the tentative second date day
  • the gods will punish you for viewing the world through refreshed, "I have a second date" eyes
  • there is no such thing as a second date in your reality, so this list is shit