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.

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.”


“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.

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.

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?”


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.

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.

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:


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


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?

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.”

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987): 10 Things You Didn’t Know

I knew probably most of these… but not all!

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987): 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Bruce Campbell has been killing it as the iconic Ash Williams on the Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. But before the TV show, there was the Evil Dead trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi. Today, we’re talking about 10 random facts you may not know about the second Evil Dead film, starting with…

Stephen King’s It


First trailer for Stephen King’s It: the child-devouring clown is back

The first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King’s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown. It’s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children.

The Continuous Story In The Background Of Many Horror Films + Sam Raimi video

The Continuous Story In The Background Of Many Horror Films

Being a horror fan isn’t easy. You fall in love with a no-bullshit, nightmare-inducing killer, then the next thing you know he’s in Manhattan, going to hell, or bumbling around in space. It was probably never John Carpenter’s intention to have the ultimate opponent of Michael Myers be Mr. Break Ya Neck, either.

This is a fascinating and almost entirely well-researched piece with a huge error.

I hate to be the pedant here (though really I love it) but it did NOT start with Nightmare (however it did start with Wes Craven).

Sam Raimi explains the true origins here, in this video I’ve seen just once or twice, starting at 4:14:

Sam Raimi Rules Of Horror

Sam Raimi Rules Of Horror with Stephen King intro from “This Is Horror”

Tumblr Staff: News!

Tumblr Staff: News!

Generation Catalano: The generation stuck between Gen X and the Millennials. – Slate Magazine

Generation Catalano: The generation stuck between Gen X and the Millennials. – Slate Magazine

Margins of Thought: (Anti?) Feminism

Margins of Thought: (Anti?) Feminism

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

Virago Press: Fifty Shades of Feminism needs you!

Virago Press: Fifty Shades of Feminism needs you!

Vanessa Query is here

Vanessa Query is here

Primally Rhode Island

Primally Rhode Island

Eating grains could be “tearing holes” in your gut

Eating grains could be “tearing holes” in your gut

Natural Weaning Age for Humans

Natural Weaning Age for Humans