Archive | November, 2016

Weekly Vinyl – Mission

18 Nov

The Mission
Ennio Morricone
This is a soundtrack of the movie The Mission. I know nothing about this movie and I am resisting the urge to look it up on the Internet. All I know is that it was directed by Rolland Joffe and stars Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
The cover of the album, and I assume the poster for the movie, depict a man, tied to a cross, going over a waterfall.
So is the music.
This ain’t spaghetti western music. No heroic themes or mysterious interludes. There is some quasi-religious themed passages but nothing that really grabs you.
And the problem is that all the musical bits are short and never have time to develop. The longest one is 4:25 and most clock in at about two minutes.
That’s fine for some intense punk dirges but I really want to hear the music develop… into something.

Weekly Wine – Sawmill Shiraz

16 Nov

1116smcshiSawmill Creek Shiraz
Year: N/A
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Edmonton bottle shop)

This just made it under the wire for a ten buck wine. With taxes it was about 50 cents more. But who’s counting. I bought this in Edmonton and it was one of the few wines under a sawbuck. Wine in Alberta is more expensive than in Ontario. Go figure.
This wine is one of those hybrid blends that mixes domestic and imported wines. So you don’t really know if it is really wine from BC. It could be Ontario wine mixed with Argentinean wine. It can have Australian, South African or even European wine. Who knows?
The art here, with these hybrids, is in the blend. What comes out of this melange.
This blend is rather bland. It is not that bad because it does not display any bad characteristics. It has a medium body and a bit of flavour. Cherries? Perhaps. Grapes? Yeah, they are there.
The wine is quite uninspiring. It’s a wine you take to a picnic so as not to offend anybody who does not like flavour. It is passable in the terms that I would pass on it and buy something much better for the same price, or even less, in Ontario.

Animal communications

14 Nov

Different animals communicate differently. Humans tend to speak like humans. Sure there are different languages but it is not impossible for anyone to learn a new language. Even the thickest individual, when immersed in a culture with a different language will pick up some sense of the language. You need to consciously refuse to learn a language.

But I digress.

Dogs somehow can communicate with other dogs, fish with fish etc. no one really knows if there is cross species communications – can a cat speak with a dog, can a bird communicate with a squirrel, do barnyard animals have bull sessions. We know for a fact that we can train some animals to obey simple commands but no one can seriously claim that they can reason with their pets.Human communication has really morphed into something else these past years, with all sorts of “social media” supplanting some “traditional” forms of communication.

I use Skype, FaceTime and Facebook Messenger video chats quite often to communicate with distant friends and relatives.

I recently spoke with a good friend in Ukraine and he mentioned that he recently was blessed with some kittens. My daughter needed too see one of the kittens and she took out her two Guinea Pigs to meet this Ukrainian kitten.

    Canadian Guinea Pigs squeaking while a Ukrainian kitten purred or meowed.

    What communication.

    Thank you Facebook Messenger Video. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg. I’m sure you had that in mind when you came up with Facebook.

    Thank you … animal communications. 

    Nice Beach Bar

    13 Nov

    Driving to Negril, we spotted this funky Bar&Lounge.
    We would have loved to patronise this establishment, but the bus was moving at about 90 km/h and we were quite a distance away before we realised what we missed. I understand and recognize the needs for hygine and regulations in the food industry but I’m sure that the food at this and similar roadside stands in Jamaica is on par with anything served at the resorts.

    Weekly Vinyl – Animal

    11 Nov

    Rock n Roll Animal
    Lou Reed
    I met a man who met this man – Lour Reed that is. The man I met explained what a huge fan he was of Lou Reed and how that meeting broke his spirit.
    What I understood from that conversation is that you should never meet your heroes, or, you should not have any heroes, or, you should not hold your heroes (role model) in such very high esteem.
    I choose the latter because I really like Lou Reed’s music and lyrics and, as David Byrne once commented about Lou Reed’s abrupt manner – “He’s from New York. What do you expect.”
    This album is brief and intense and captures the performance well – I gather, as I was not there. There are but five songs here and only a bit more that 40 minutes of music. But it is intense – when listened at an appropriate volume. Four of these songs are pieces that were done by the Velvet Underground but these new arrangements are striking. None more so, to me, than Heroin. This sparse dreamy drone of a song has been transformed into an almost anthem like song. Still good – but different.

    Weekly Wine – Santa Shiraz

    9 Nov

    1109scshSanta Carolina Shiraz
    13% ABV
    $8.55 (LCBO)

    Santa Carolina is a well-known and established wine company that makes economical wines. They tend to be good.
    This one is no exception.
    It is nicely bodied. It is well flavoured and rather sharp and tangy.
    I like it – you will probably like it too.
    The only issue I could possibly have with this wine is that it doesn’t have a very well refined sensation when drinking it. It does not have the complexities of more expensive shirazes. It is rather flat in ins flavour.
    It is an inexpensive wine so that should be expected.
    And treasured.

    This wine is a winner.

    God gets requests

    7 Nov

    I was watching a bit of game seven of the world series a few days ago.
    It was top of the 10th (extra innings – overtime for clarity sakes). Chicago was leading Cleveland 8-6 and it was a tense game.
    The TV panned to the crowd and everybody in the crowd, whatever team allegiance, was praying to the Lord. Everyone in Chicago was praying one way and in Cleveland the other way. In the United States of America most were praying one way or the other way. (Incidentally, the game got even more intense as Chicago won 8-7 … Cleveland got close.)
    Many people in America pray as a matter of course. In America most are praying to the Lord one way or the other way to have their side, their candidate, triumph in the election.
    God has a lot of American prayers to sort through lately.
    I pity the Lord.