From the bottoms of our hearts


Sometimes I go on Twitter or other social media to get the scoop-pun intended-on the play. I have fond memories of studying Miller’s work in high school, and even saw a production of A View From the Bridge at Manitoba Theatre Centre. (Now renamed The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. )
Hearing about rehearsals, the previews, and the stage door provided a buffer of sorts to my day. Hopefully the streaming will happen soon at my local movie theatre. Then again maybe, just maybe, I can see him on stage for once. I already decided I will skip stage door. Seeing the performance is enough for me.

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After Getting Up to My Eyeballs

Sometimes my brain looks like this:

Last night I attended a mayoral debate on downtown Winnipeg. The top 5 candidates talked about safety, drawing residents, businesses among other issues. For those in other parts of the world political rhetoric, like music, is universal. I got home feeling a little wiped, and woke up to a day of tired students and techno-boinks. (My word for everything from printer issues to software.) Like I once tweeted, I enjoy the job. I just had new responsibilities in collection development added to my work day, and a Library Orientation will happen on the 19th for a group of students in a program. Today proved one of those days my brain feels like that gif. It’s usually a sign to step back.


I love that teacup

In the afternoon my hamster brain kept on its wheel to say why not make a pot of tea when I get home? The cold dampened my appetite, and brewed a pot . It felt so English I nearly wanted to put on Endeavor on Netflix. Instead I put on Wreck It Ralph, lit my LED candles, and tweeted a few thoughts about the debate. Still multitasking, yes, but something about the  movie proved a little soothing. I guess from time to time I want a little whimsical and funny. I like Frozen, but I really enjoy Wreck It Ralph. For the children of the 80’s, the pre-PS4 games will bring back plenty of memories.

I checked my calendar to put down an appointment, and realized National Novel Writing Month will happen in a month. I decided to not blog or tweet at all. (Once again see hamster wheel gif.) I like technology, but I always said I control it and not the other way around. I have to remember NaNo resembles a marathon. Nobody sprints over 26 miles, and this from a person running half that amount. It’s slow and steady, with preparation. I have 50, 000 words of a first draft in me. It’s as simple as  getting out of my way.

Up to My Eyeballs

Tweeting my head off regarding the upcoming mayoral elections here in Winnipeg. School returned to session, complete with beginning-of-the-year techno-glitches, and all I want is chocolate…and Richard Armitage. Perhaps for Richard Armitage to buy me chocolate.

This will pass and I will write something coherent.  Hang in there dear readers.

Blow off the steam and refocus

Coffee Sunday

It started with a post last week titled Coffee At Gene-O’s.  The coffee posts began after reading a series of such posts from Part Time Monster’s blog, usually called If We Were Having Coffee.  It later moved as a sort-of link up over at Just Gene-O’s. It’s simply, really, just write about a day as if talking with someone over coffee.

Saying a True Farewell to True Blood

My Sunday started with a bit of coffee before moving to hosting an afternoon showing of True Blood‘s final season. I record the episodes, my friend comes over for a little wine, a little nosh, and binge-watching in tiny doses. It’s possible to binge a bit at a time. In True Blood’s case, it became more of an obligation to finish the season then anxiously watching a new episode. I have no idea about the show’s ratings, but after last year’s Lilith debacle, it’s time for the show to finish. The novel series finished, and it made sense for the show to follow. At least the show’s producers had enough good sense things as opposed to other shows matching their decline with a ratings drop.

In the end, True Blood ends the latest vampire wave begun with Twilight. We can argue chicken-and-egg style regarding who came first, but I still remember seeing Twilight and feeling something seemed missing. Fast forward to hearing HBO took a chance on a show about vampires in the Louisiana, also based on a series of novels, and seeing the DVD on the new releases shelf at Roger’s video.  (Why did it seem like so long ago writing that last sentence?)

It started here:


I just remember the deep-voiced way he said ‘Sookie’, and binge-watched the rest of the videos. I did remember saying to V to watch this show, from HBO, and saying “we have a vampire that can brood properly. Never send a boy (Pattinson) to do a man’s job.” The rest has now passed into history.


The 2014 Winnipeg Civic Elections, Or Nobody Needs to Get High to Have Crazy Ideas

While I have not written posts, my Twitter feed has lit on fire over the Mayoral Election in Winnipeg. We have 9 candidates for Mayor. No, none of them seem to have a drug problem. Although you might think someone does with stuff like this:

Gord Steeves Dumb Idea


I hyper-linked the image to the full article, but it’s only the proverbial tip of the iceberg in this election. How about this one from candidate Brian Bowman:

Mr. Bowman later accused Judy Wasylycia-Leis of being a ‘professional politician’. His power of the quip, after all he’s a lawyer, doesn’t just stop at left-of-centre candidates:

The election is on October 22nd. Something tells me Winnipeg will go from the sublime to the ridiculous pretty quickly.

One More Thing

Regarding review/fan girl diatribe over this guy in his latest movie:

Image: Armitage Agonistes Blog

It’s coming. Right now I research Mayoral candidates as a way to put one foot . I may need to plant my other foot in something a little fantastical in short order.

An Interesting Read: The Silent Spiral and Social Media

I still have a half-completed post on Into the Storm to finish, but this proved too good not to share.  I originally got the summary from Tech Crunch, but I wanted people to have a good look at the actual link below. I admit to doing my fair share of shying away. I do it in the name of being ‘nice’. I forget sometimes being nice and doing the right thing diverge from one another. I can still share an opinion, and I will also share a counter opinion if I have to as well.

I do remember the times people flamed me online. When people say “I am getting off social media for a while” they feel tired of dealing with the trolls, or fanatics, or even trollish fanatics.  It’s not just politics. I see it with fandom from time to time as early adopters look down noses at the ‘noobs’. It doesn’t matter if the early adopter starting adopting a fandom in a later season, or later in an performer’s career. It makes people scared to share an option, or ask a simple question. It actually saddens me if people have to qualify something with ‘please don’t send me hate mail in my ask box’ on Tumblr.

That’s only over an English actor.  Can you imagine heavy issues like abortion, gun control, and stem cell research?

Have a look below, or check out Tech Crunch’s own summary with a link to the full report as well.



Coffee at Gene-O’s

I went over to Just Gene-O to have coffee in the cyber-sense of the word. Before I opened my blog to write, I made some coffee. On Friday I had every intention to finish my Into the Storm post, but I simply felt tired. I just wanted to sleep, feeling like a cranky toddler as I talked to my mother. I looked over at my clock, the clocked glowed 7:30 as I pulled the covers over me. BOOM! I fell into a series of tense dreams as my brain tried to process the week.

I have a half-completed post about Intro the Storm complete with an actual storm over Winnipeg this past Thursday. Currently, I battle through another posting block. Every time I write something down, I stop, then its a few days before I write again. As a person with verb-tense problems in my writing, leaving things for a few days makes it worse. Other than waiting for a friend of mine to cover over to watch True Blood, my weekend has remained on the quiet side.

Richard Armitage Tornado Movie Here I Come

It’s 4:54 pm as I use my thumbs to bang out a post before the 5:05 showing of Into the Storm. I felt like Fred Flintstone as I left the college to catch an express bus to Polo Park. It’s the only way to close the tight time gap for a movie I wanted to see.

Right now, the theatre has 6 people counting myself. I hazard a guess the people behind me wonder why the crazy woman, with a row to herself,  has to furiously text on her phone? Well, movies provide a way to escape life for moment.  I had a good week at work. Winnipeg, on the other hand, did not have a good week. I tried to write about it. I can’t do it without rage or tears.

So I took my gift card for the gift of time and escape. Last year,  I had idiots from a car yell insults at me as I went to see the Bourne Legacy.  I sat in the theatre with a quiet plea Jeremy, darling, beat some people up for me. For today the plea goes like this Richard,  sweetheart, show what heroism looks like without a wig and dwarf make up.

And now to turn off my phone. The pre-show tells me so.

SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes ‘Pro’ Features Like Analytics Free


I have a slideshare account, and mulled over going premium as a way to express content on the blog. This is great news for Librarians, Library Techs, or anyone using this service.

Thank you Slideshare!

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SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers, once priced at $19/month and $49/month, and making extra features like analytics, which used to come at a price, free for all.

The premium tiers were introduced in 2010 before SlideShare was acquired by LinkedIn for $119 million. At the time of the freemium introduction, then-SlideShare CEO Rashmi Sinha was optimistic on pricing, telling us, “Subscriptions are sexy.”

You may have had a hint of this coming if you visited SlideShare recently and tried to sign up for the Pro tiers, where you would have been greeted with a shaded window and this message:

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Now, LinkedIn has made the change more explicit. “All our existing PRO users will continue to have…

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