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Corner Gas curling episode

Important viewing for those of you with Amazon Prime: the Corner Gas Home curling episode: season 2 episode 11.

“I don’t even know what I’m saying.”
“Then our work here is done.”

And after that, #13 is one of my faaavorites, largely because of Lorne Cardinal‘s poignant performance as a man miserable in new shoes.

https://www.amazon.com/Corner-Gas/dp/B07KWG93XK

Corner Gas

Forty miles from nowhere and way beyond normal, Corner Gas is the International Emmy Award nominated comedy that had critics raving. “Wonderful”…”A knock down winner”…”quirky genius”. It’s Canada’s most popular comedy of all time.

You Don’t Want Hygge. You Want Social Democracy.

“The fact that hygge became an American trend, even in bastardized form, was a sign that we perceived something lacking in our culture and longed for an alternative. But even when we acknowledged the intangible properties of hygge, we still assumed it could be obtained with individual consumer spending.”

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“Everyone has to do activities in the unhappy category in order to keep their affairs in order. But it makes sense that if you take some of those responsibilities off people’s plate and design the economy to give them more time to do activities in the happy category, they will be more content and lead more enriching lives.

“Many working-class Americans don’t have much time for activities in the happy category, because they work multiple jobs or long hours and also have to keep a household in order without much assistance. Many more are afraid that if they take time away from their stressful responsibilities, they will overlook something important and fall behind, and there will be no social safety net to catch them — a pervasive anxiety that creeps up the class hierarchy. This breeds alienation, not intimacy.”

You Don’t Want Hygge. You Want Social Democracy.

Hygge has exploded as a cozy, comforting interior design trend. But the security and intimacy it evokes can’t be achieved by scented candles alone – that requires social democracy. It’s the holidays, and you long to be cozy. You want to curl up in a plush armchair next to a crackling fire.

spirit of the West: Another Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 🎉 😂

My favorite part of this song might be Des singing, “And I could be drunk anywhere/ so what am I doing here?”

Spirit of the West | Another Happy New Year

Spirit of the West perform “Another Happy New Year” for the John Mann: Here and Now concert at CBC Vancouver. Subscribe to our channel! https://youtube.com/cbcmusic CBC Music is your hub for coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian music. Watch exclusive performances, candid interviews, and behind-the-scenes content featuring your favourite artists. Visit http://cbcmusic.ca for the full story!

Irrefutable Proof that Santa is Odin

Discussing with Shelly the things I actually like about Christmas, she made the connection that they were the things clearly of pagan origin.

That made me remember this origin story, that Santa is Odin, the absolute best part being the parallel between Rudolph’s red nose and Slepnir the horse’s “habit of feasting on the entrails of Odin’s enemies,” causing his snout to be bloody and red.

It’s a little different than gettin’ hygge by the fireplace and the Christmas tree in fractal-design sweaters, but with the Nordics you get a pretty wide spectrum, and that’s what I love about it.

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Irrefutable Proof that Santa is Odin

Santa, that jolly fat man known worldwide for spreading Christmas joy to well behaved children, has a dark secret. Santa is in fact, Odin, the deicidal king of the Norse gods. And here is the irrefutable proof.

toska

“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

—Vladimir Nabokov

How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

How the Finnish lifestyle of getting drunk while wearing pants became the new hygge

Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland ‘Pantsdrunk’ has been elevated to an official activity

“Lots of lifestyle trends tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you rather be inside with a glass of wine, working your way through a series of cat videos?”

Smoove and Turrell on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show

Smoove and Turrell on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show earlier this month. Great laughs and a preview of a handful of songs from their upcoming CD.

I dig what I’m hearing so far, but I am kind of an unconditional fan at this point!

Smoove & Turrell on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show 5/5/18 by Vanessa Query

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3%

Season 2 of one of my favorite post-apocalyptic dystopian soap operas, 3% (3 por cento)—and I’m a connoisseur!—is now online.

This might just fill the void left by having finished Santa Clarita Diet. 😭

3% – 3 por cento

3% – 3 por cento. 366K likes. Num futuro talvez não tão distante, só 3% das pessoas conseguem passar pelo Processo e viver no Maralto. 3% é a primeira série brasileira original Netflix.

“Seven Nation Army” NOSTALGIA 77 ft Alice Russell remix by Grant Phabao

DJVQ Song of the Day

THIS REMIX IS KILLER

“Seven Nation Army” NOSTALGIA 77 ft Alice Russell remix by Grant Phabao

Nostalgia 77 Ft. Alice Russell – Seven nation army (Grant Phabao Remix)

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Smoove & Turrell: “I Can’t Give You Up

This has always been one of my favorite Smoove and Turrell songs. The line “Every time I turn around and look at you I just wanna pass out” makes me wanna pass out. These guys rock my world!

I Can’t Give You Up by Smoove & Turrell

origonal 12″ version . the 12″ includes remixes from lack of afro / a skillz/ basement freaks / smoove. taken from the album Antique Soul on jalapeno records 2009

World got you down? Try some laugh therapy!

World got you down? Try some laugh therapy!

I’ve been playing this on a loop and laughing so hard it hurts for 25 years. The sound effects are important, btw.

“I’m fine, I’ve been working on that.”

from “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”

Vanessa Query

World got you down? Try some laugh therapy! I’ve been playing this on a loop and laughing so hard it hurts for 25 years. The sound effects are important, btw. “I’m fine, I’ve been working on that.”…

Sam Raimi-produced vampire film 30 Days of Night

Movie day!

Watch the Sam Raimi-produced vampire film 30 Days of Night, which Roger Ebert called “better than it needs to be” (on Netflix).

Seriously, this is some quality filmmaking here, that happens to also be terrifying. Even my mom likes it.

Some reasons it is awesome:

  • The shots and culture of Utqiaġvik/Barrow, Alaska.
  • The vampires are unlike other vampires. They are almost alien and have their own language. “[A] fictional vampire language, with click consonants, was constructed with the help of a professor of linguistics and the nearby University of Auckland. [Director David] Slade explained, ‘We designed this really simple language that didn’t sound like any particular accent that you would be aware of.'”
  • The graphic novels are also beautiful and horrifying.

DJVQ: Quick & Dirty (Playlist)

New DJVQ playlist—it’s been a while!

Like it says—a quick-and-dirty of the songs I’ve been listening to again and again and again and again and again and again (yes, that was a hint!).

Featuring much of the usual and some new ones:
Niteshifters
Lack of Afro ft. Joss Stone
John Turrell / Basement Freaks
Baby Charles
Lyn Collins
Kylie Auldist
Izo FitzRoy / Moods
Smoove and Turrell

With inspiration from The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show / Freestyle Records, Jalapeno Records, and DJ Fern

Quick & Dirty (Playlist) by Vanessa Query

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Albums of the day/month/year

Albums of the day/month/year… From The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show and Jalapeno Records… As usual… At least until Smoove and Turrell’s new one (feat Izo FitzRoy) comes out! 😃🕺

Fellow Americans: Get them:

CCFS5:

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 5, by Various Artists

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 5 by Various Artists, released 08 December 2017 1. The Traffic – Super Freak 2. The Allergies – Love That I’m In (feat. Andy Cooper) 3. The Andy Tolman Cartel – You What! 4. Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra – (Everybody) Do the Watusi 5.

or iTunes or Amazon

JF9:

Jalapeno Funk, Vol. 9 by Various Artists

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George Clooney to Lead ‘Catch-22’ Series for Hulu

George Clooney to Lead ‘Catch-22’ Series for Hulu

George Clooney will direct and star in a six-part limited series based on Joseph Heller’s landmark novel Catch-22 for Hulu, the streaming service announced Sunday. Clooney, who will play the role of Colonel Cathcart for the adaptation, will also executive produce the series about the book that gave birth to the paradoxical “Catch-22.”

Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

I happen to be rereading the book right now. Let’s relive some beautiful moments, shall we?

from the book:

“They were the most depressing group of people Yossarian had ever been with. They were always in high spirits. They laughed at everything. They called him ‘Yo-Yo’ jocularly and came in tipsy late at night and woke him up with their clumsy, bumping, giggling efforts to be quiet, then bombarded him with asinine shouts of hilarious good-fellowship when he sat up cursing to complain. He wanted to massacre them each time they did. They reminded him of Donald Duck’s nephews. They were afraid of Yossarian and persecuted him incessantly with nagging generosity and with their exasperating insistence on doing small favors for him. They were reckless. puerile, congenial, naïve, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious. They were dumb; they had no complaints. They admired Colonel Cathcart and they found Colonel Korn witty. They were afraid of Yossarian, but they were not the least bit afraid of Colonel Cathcart’s seventy missions. They were four clean-cut kids who were having lots of fun, and they were driving Yossarian nuts.”

from the 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin (also yes):

Dobbs: You don’t really love her. You only think you love her.
Yossarian: How can you tell the difference between loving her and thinking he’s in love?
Dobbs: You have to be objective.
Yossarian: Who’s objective?
Dobbs: I am.
Yossarian: Why?
Dobbs: ‘Cause I’m not in love with her.
Yossarian: You mean you think you’re not.
Dobbs: That’s right.
Yossarian: So how can you tell the difference?

Smoove and Turrell ft. Izo FitzRoy: “You’re Gone”

Rick Hall Tribute, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6 Music

Tonight we’ll be paying tribute to the legendary producer Rick Hall.

DJVQ Song of the Day:

Smoove and Turrell ft. Izo FitzRoy: “You’re Gone”

I’ve been waiting for this beauty since I heard the news!! Smoove and Turrell’s upcoming album features a John Turrell–Izo FitzRoy duet. 😍

THANK YOU for indulging in my own personal Fantasy Funk Band!

This sneak peek is only available via our beloved The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show.

Tunage starts around 2:37:45.

Happy New Year! 😝😂🎉💃

Spirit of the West | Another Happy New Year

Spirit of the West perform “Another Happy New Year” for the John Mann: Here and Now concert at CBC Vancouver. Subscribe to our channel! https://youtube.com/cbcmusic CBC Music is your hub for coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian music. Watch exclusive performances, candid interviews, and behind-the-scenes content featuring your favourite artists. Visit http://cbcmusic.ca for the full story!

Happy New Year! 😝😂🎉💃

Petition for Netflix to stream Northern Exposure

Sign the Petition

Netflix : For Netflix to stream Northern Exposure

Sign the petition! This came from Darren Burrows himself so it’s legit. 🙂

“Northern Exposure was a beloved show with a mega fan base. After the series ended, where’d it go? It’s like it never existed. No reruns? No streaming? Who even owns the rights to it is a mystery. WELL, we the fans, would love to relive the show we once loved and perhaps binge watch on a rainy day on a streaming platform such as Netflix.”