Tuesday, 30 December 2008
I happened into it when I moved back to Brandon after a two month radio stint in Cranbrook, BC. Here's a picture of one my personal greatest moments of all time.
If you don't see me in the photo it's because I cleverly disguised myself as a giant bee.
So I moved back to Brandon after finding this house on eBrandon.com. I moved in with Brandon's premiere musician/student-who-works-for-The-Quill, and the rest is history.
Goodbye ridiculously cold staircase! I always enjoyed nearly wiping out on you when you were even the slightest bit damp. In the coldest weather you were sure to be only a few degrees warmer than the outside.
Goodbye old-timey wooden frame window. Remember that time you were cracked and then JM Limoges went pretty much right through you and then proceeded to yell at my roommate? That sure was fun! And you only cost $60 to fix too.
I'll definitely miss you Giant Living Room. You're so gigantic that I could only photograph half you! You sure did have some sweet floors and wallpaper. Not only that, but you were furnished to look like someone's grandmother's house. Good times!
You sure were a kooky bathroom! Remember that door you have that you couldn't actually close? And remember how you had see-through shower curtains, and that bathroom door that was also deceptively transparent? We sure did have some good times with that one. Not to mention that wacky floor you have. I don't know how you did it, but it was f*cking cool!
Who could forget the tiny kitchen? Man that thing was tiny. That oldschool stove didn't work very well either. Oh well, you had ample cupboard space and that cool counter for my coffee maker. Also, you had convenient access to the...
...Back porch! Good for smoking and storing of empty beer bottles. This photo doesn't do justice to the massive stack of empties I had in here just a week ago. You couldn't even see that window, or much of the floor either for that matter.
You radiators get special mention too. I've never lived in a house so old that it actually had steam radiators. This one sometimes actually sprays water. It was like a free sprinkler you could enjoy at any time.
I don't even know what the fuck this thing is.
Goodbye Noisy Bedroom Ceiling Fan! I didn't like you very much because you were so noisy, but you were always an efficient lighting source.
See you later Celtic Poster! This was a leftover from my old roommate. This thing was pretty cool to look at, and it had lots of purdy colours!
So that's pretty much it. If anyone wants anything from my house chances are you'll be able to do some sweet dumpster diving in the alley of the 400-block of 12th street.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Yup, you saw it here. Be black and your kids will have a better life. Na, just kidding! The message is pretty obvious: don't smoke around your children. Anyone who has been by my house has most likely been introduced to this particular piece of literature. That and a picture of two cats doing it.
I found this particular gem in a dusty folder a few summers ago when I happened to have nothing better to do than clean the Melita Town Office's filing cabinets. This was just one of a few really cool finds. I'll have to show off a few of the other things later, but right now let's discuss whats going on here.
This is an anti-smoking brochure from 1977 published by the Canadian Lung Association. According to what I can find online, 1977 was a mixed year for the people who fight big tobacco companies. Finland passed major anti smoking laws that year, and the anti-smoking movement was on the rise. But meanwhile, scientists proved connections between pregnant mothers smoking and unhealthy newborn babies to be inconclusive.
Being that this brochure is from 1977, you have to wonder what influences from around the globe and the media factored in on the decision to design the brochure the way it is. Some of my friends have called it 'Semi-racist propaganda.' I can see where they're getting that, but its not really there unless you're looking for it. That said, it's pretty obvious that the white family DOES smoke, while the black one DOES NOT.
Sunday, 21 December 2008
This week I'm going to cover an even bigger issue.
Here's a picture of kitty cat!
Looks like this little guy got himself into daddy's sleep-time pills!
Uh-oh, Somebody was up to no good
Okay, so by now you're probably thinking to yourself "Jake, these animals are really cute, by why are you showing me this?"
Well you see, the real reason I'm talking about this is to discuss how much chicks love animals. Its wild! I hang out with a lot of ladies and whenever a dog goes walking by or they see some kittens they start cooing and go all crazy. It's seriously an inch short of making them melt in a manner similar to the murder of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
Dogs and kittens obviously exude some sort of "Love me" pheromone that drives women wild.
I encourage any man to stop reading this blog post right now and show the pictures above to a lady. Seriously, go do it right now, return to reading after you observe the results.
Okay guys, how did it go? By now you should have melted the hearts of many ladies. So what I propose we do is harness this pheromone and use it in some dubious manner. I haven't thought that far into the plan, but I'm sure we can do something with this power. In the meantime though...
Friday, 12 December 2008
image courtesy of: theworldsbestever.com
Good book though.
It was lent to me by a friend who I happened to be chatting with while I was drunk one evening. She happened to remember that I said something about how wonderful it would be to read this book she owned and brought it over at least 2 months later. It really made my day when she lent it to me. But that point is irrelevant. If I wanted to talk about things that made me happy this post would include more pictures of kittens.
image courtesy of: kitten-pictures.com
It basically discusses what, in theory, would happen to Earth if humans all just disappeared one day. Within a week the city of New York would be flooded, the Panama Canal would collapse, and in time huge explosions from oil refineries would erupt. It would be chaos! In ten thousand years the Earth might return to it's state of pre-human rape....almost.
What I really took away from this book is that humans screwed the world up and plastic is a bad bad thing. In today's modern age we couldn't do without it in some way shape or form, but its really nasty stuff. That fact is nothing new though, but nothing on the planet eats it, and even if you think it finally broke down and disappeared you're wrong, it just broke down to a point where microorganisms have to deal with it. Maybe some day we'll breed plastic eating bacteria, which we are in sore need of, to clean up the oceans. Did you know that there is a spot in the Pacific Ocean where all the plastic refuse just floats and collects? Its disgusting and really really depressing.
Also, forget about the coral reefs. They're fucked. End of story.
I don't really believe in most recycling, especially plastic, because we burn more fuels breaking it down and trying to reuse it than we do making new plastic. But bear in mind there are three parts to recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The first two are by far the best thing you could do. If you reduce how much waste you make, there's that much less going into landfills. If you reuse you take even more trash out of the system (now though, old plastic containers give you cancer, we all suspected it, scientists now are just confirming it). But recycling is not a viable plan. I think we should change gears and repurpose the plastic or something. Rather than break a substance down and remanufacture it, there's got to be something simpler we can do with it.
But anyway, this book was fantastic and gave me a good idea of what kind of world Earth would become if most of all the humans died off. Best of all, like a good book should, it really got me thinking about my actions as a human, how humans could make a better world together, and how we really fucked the planet up big time.
I rate this book:
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video of the week: Rebel meets Rebel - Nothin' to Lose
Monday, 8 December 2008
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