I attended the latest St. John's tweetup tonight, as a panelist set up as part of Culture Days by Dale Jarvis. For fun, I had Dale - that's him in the middle - and my fellow panelists Jennifer Barnable and Elling Lien engage in a little social media catch-up time. Don't worry; it's a set-up. We actually did talk together, although a tweetup is one of those times when it's quite normal to see people in the crowd unapologetically tap on their phones while they listen!
Carving a pumpkin or two is something two of the three of us are good at. (Hint: I'm not one of them.) We bought a pumpkin the other day. It's early, and I'm not sure how well it will last until Halloween, but then again Nick wants to have a zombie pumpkin. We'll keep you posted.
Martha incidentally is a dab hand with pumpkin puree. That's another thing to look forward, too!
The leaders' debate in the provincial election was held tonight. At CBC, we livestreamed the video and added a moderated chatroom alongside. It was a lot of fun; my main role was to chip in with some context of what the leaders were saying. The chat is archived here; feel free to have a look.
The Police song was re-introduced to pop culture on Sunday night, as Homer Simpson sang a modified version of it ("Giant steps are what I take/ Sneaking in at noon/ Just in time for my lunch break/ With my fork and spoon/ Time the cameras just right/ Duck in the bathroom/ I'm still drunk from last night/ Got driven home, I don't know by whom") in the opening episode of the new season.
An excuse to play the original, or at least a performance from a 1982 tour.
What do you say about a backpack that a kid uses every day for six years straight? Not bad ... and it's still in not-that-bad shape. The straps are still fully attached, the seams are in place, and apart from some wear and tear, it's still ready to be used from time to time.
The thing is, Nick had outgrown the previous one, and so we shelled out for a new one. I wonder how much mileage he'll get out of it.
Of the shows that have started airing this fall, Person of Interest is the one that has caught my interest the most.
It has a few things going for it, like Jesus and Benjamin Linus, for starters. That is, the stars are James Cavaziel and Michael Emerson. In this iteration, they are, respectively, a former hitman for the CIA and a billionaire with roots in intelligence, surveillance and software.
The debut episode sets things up, although the plot doesn't seem as important as the tones (surveillance, paranoia, technology) and the atmosphere, and most importantly the characters. It's only one episode, but it has some stickiness. I'll be following it to see where things go next.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.