As premiered on Playgirl.com
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
Ms. Jane Elliott’s “brown eyes, blue eyes” experiment in 1970 (the third one after her first in 1968). This “Eye of Storm” documentary was made by William Peters in 1970 for ABC News and later included in the documentary “A Class Divided” (1985), which included a class reunion (of 1984.)
The most telling moment is when Russell used “brown eyes” as a derogatory term to call John name, only a couple of hours through. Though, the experiment was too short to allow it to get to the point when a “brown-eyes” person does so to another fellow “brown-eyes” person.
Feb 11, 2013
Last week I was having a couple cold pops with The Bod & The K-Dogg when Sean got a call that an alarm was going off at the shop so we mounted up and set off to regulate. The alarm was false, fortunately, but it gave us the opportunity to check out the newly renovated Bikes On Wheels (Kensington) which looks amazing!
An awful lot of work went into the place which, despite having the same amount of product as before, looks absolutely huge! Swing by and check ‘er out because my shitty iPhone photos don’t do the space justice.
Feb 8, 2013
The last adoption day at Unleashed was a huge success in that 10 out of 15 pups found new homes – hopefully this time there’ll be a 100% adoption rate because a lot of these pups were just pulled from a situation where they faced a “dog-shoot” in Attawapiskat to control the population.
Unleashed in the City is partnering once again with Moosonee Puppy Rescue to support and promote adoptions of northern Ontario puppies.
This Saturday, February 9th 2013, we will be hosting a Puppy Adoption and Silent Auction event at our Unleashed Centre at 45 Ossington Ave.
All proceeds will go directly to Moosonee Puppy Rescue to assist in all their expenses including vet fees, transportation, dog food, toys, etc.
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
The other night we watched this documentary called Searching For Sugar Man – it’s a beautiful story about an unlikely hero, Sixto Rodriguez… in fact, a man who never never knew how important an influential his music really was until a group of South African fans decided to find out more about the “soundtrack of their youth”.
The film is beautifully shot, edited, titled and it’s a real heart-warmer. Since watching it, I’ve downloaded (and paid for, mind you) two of his records and this music is truly incredible. There is a scene in the film where a producer is talking about this one song, Cause, and how it affected him and it’s definitely become one of my favorites from his collection.
Jan 28, 2013
13 signed & numbered prints
A2 size (594x420mm / 23.4×16.5in) Archival Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 320gsm Pearl paper
100% of profits donated to Combat Stress, a charity dedicated to help veterans recover from psychological trauma received from frontline conflict.
Too bad I have no wall space left.
Jan 23, 2013
Not that it matters at all, but Walter is a handsome and distinctive looking dog and people always ask what breed he is, and although we knew he was largely (or possibly completely) a Siberian Husky, there aren’t very many all black ones so we figured there had to be something else in there – Lab? Border Collie? German Shepherd? Wolf?
See, we got him after some friends were fostering him but when we got him he came with some vet records. In trying to call the vet he’d seen to try to get a little more info on him, I accidentally called his original parents who didn’t know “what” he was either but were able to give me a screenshot of the Kijiji ad he came from which billed him as a Black Siberian Husky.
Because I’m awesome at the internet, although the ad was down, I was able to cross-reference the phone number in the ad with a backyard breeder in Woodbridge and photos of, if not his litter-mates, another litter born around the same time and a picture of what is likely his mom.
Our curiosity ebbed and flowed over the last year but one night last week I got drunk and curious and ordered a DNA test from DNAmydog.com which is based in Toronto and donates a portion of proceeds to Canine Rescue – over $63,000 and counting. I’ve heard and read of varying results from this type of DNA testing but it wasn’t prohibitively expensive so we went for it!
They sent over a sample kit which consisted basically of two cotton swabs and an envelope so we took some cheek swabs, sent it back in and awaited the results which came in today!
Looks like the little guy is anywhere from 37-74% Siberian Husky, 10-20% Collie, and 10-20% Airedale Terrier. What we can surmise from this is that one of his parents was likely a Siberian Husky and the other was likely a Siberian Husky mix of sorts. The test results say that in the 10-20% categorie, the breed characteristics are “usually carried over from previous generations of your dog’s ancestry”. What a world.
One thing is for sure; no matter what his genetic make-up, he’s 100% #1 Good Boy and my best friend in the world…
…even when he destroys our couch, pillows, a macbook power cord, a jacket, a vest, and most recently an HBC throw. Still love the little fucker.
The following comment posted by Matt was too good to not bring up to the forefront:
Right now there’s a German Shepard somewhere doing this:
Jan 18, 2013
Now that shes gone down for the long slumber (well, almost, I took ‘er out when the weather got nice last week) it’s time to get some parts ordered and get my duckies in a row because the spring will be upon us before you know it. I’m taking a lot of the chrome finishes and either replacing them with black ones or having them powdercoated over the winter in cases where replacement doesn’t make sense and/or is cost prohibitive.
The rest of the chrome stuff on the bike is likely going to get stripped of its shiny exterior and “parkerized” – a corrosion resistant treatment that will leave the bike with a raw, dark grey finish – used mostly these days on firearms.
These images, stolen from Matt Olsen’s blog give a pretty good idea of what they’ll look like, although different combinations of chemicals and tempurature can produce different results in terms of how light or dark the finish is.
One of the concerns that I have with going this route is that it can’t be done on materials other than steel, including steel with high nickel content, such as stainless, so I’m going to have to try to figure out what a lot of things are made of. In cases where I can’t run that particular treatment I can go for black oxidation or just powdercoat.
The goal is to have a pretty tough lookin’ mean machine – but maybe a little more practical, dependable and rideable than this one.
See you soon, China White. We’ll be spending some time together soon.
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 9, 2013
Quicksand Tonight! First time in Toronto since 1997(?) – I caught them at the Williamsburg Music Hall this summer and, unless it was just the nostalgia talking, they were even better than they were the first time around.
Opening the show is London, Ontario’s Single Mothers, who recently signed to Dine Alone and will be recording a record this winter at Joby from The Bronx‘s studio in LA. I’ve been listening to their newest record a lot over the last few months and it’s a real banger – raucous, noisy and clever! Reminds me of what it’s like to be young and irreverent – this video certainly lends to that.