Starbucks

Coffee bean ruminations

While I’m typically a big Starbucks fan, a devoted (some might say slavish) follower of the McDonalds of internationally standardized, excellent coffee-to-go, I never buy their beans or ground coffee for home. I get my home supplies from Whole Foods … [read more]

Tom Waits Franks Wild Years

Rediscovering classic Tom Waits

Maybe I’m in one of those moods, or maybe it’s because Christmas is rolling around and gruff voices and abrasive songs are a welcome antidote to ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ but I’ve been enjoying three classic Tom Waits albums again … [read more]

Listening to: Dave Gunning

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I woke up to CBC Radio 1. That’s what my clock radio is set to play every morning at 6. Even though the hosts’ accents are a bit pompous and there’s a … [read more]

Laptops, laptops everywhere

Recently observed at a Starbucks inside a Chapters (sorry for the crappy Blackberrycam pic). There’s practically nobody in this picture who’s not using a laptop. It’s a little puzzling and disorienting: there used to be a time when I would … [read more]

Roxy Paine sculptures in Madison Square Park

I was in New York in October and ran into these sculptures in Madison Square Park. They’re quite beautiful: life-sized shiny metal trees that oddly blend into the surroundings. I had no idea they were there… it had been one … [read more]

Start

In the age of Twitter and Facebook…

… it seems a little quaint to start a blog. I’m only – what? Two, three, even four years late with this? :) Well, suddenly it feels as if carving out a small space on the web for myself where … [read more]