Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day!

On Australia's National Day, I just want to take a quick moment to salute our Commonwealth cousins who live Down Under. So, up here in the Great White North, what do we REALLY know about Australia?

First of all, they talk funnier than us Canuckians, EH?

And EVERYTHING in their part of the world is dangerous and deadly.

But Australians always keep their, shall we say, WHIMSICAL sense of humour --

So now, what are the three main things that immediately leap to mind about Australia? Yes, you're right --




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But seriously, Australia is SO much more than our tired stereotypes about it! I sincerely hope to visit Australia one day and see this magnificent country for myself. Until then . . .


Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's Robbie Burns Day!

Och aye, lassies and laddies, 'tis time once again to celebrate the birthday of Scotland's greatest poet. So in the spirit of the Bard hisself, here's my wee annual collection of Scottish LOLs to tickle yer haggis.

It goes without saying that EVERYBODY is Scottish on Robbie Burns Day --

And it's the one day of the year that men can safely wear a skirt in even the most macho of cultures --

Now, WHY are Scots such badasses? Surely the answer is obvious. It's their take-no-prisoners approach to life --

A few months ago, Scotland held a referendum on independence from the U.K. Let's just say the results were not QUITE as expected.

Well, at least they saved the Union Jack.

The referendum demonstrated that there's always hard lessons to be learned in this life.

Now be off with ye or I swear to God I'll start singing "Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon" in my best fake Scottish accent. And none of us wants that.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Lost, Naked and Afraid in IKEA

I spent more time at IKEA this autumn than any person in their right mind ought to. But I did finally decide on the book shelves and sideboard that I needed for my apartment. For the first time in my life, though, I had IKEA deliver and assemble the furniture for me. My days of personally wrasslin' with an allen key are SO over.

You can get damn near anything at IKEA, it's true.

I must have walked a million miles inside that bloody store. The sheer size of it is the main reason I never go to IKEA unless I absolutely have to.

Their furniture looks good even though it's not solid wood. Or solid anything, really.

But putting it together? No wonder people want to murder someone once they've finished assembling IKEA furniture . . . .

Even Santa's gone IKEA. Saves him a bundle on labour costs.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Starry, Starry Night

One of my favourite songs has always been Don McLean's 1972 hit Vincent (Starry, Starry Night). And Van Gogh's masterpiece "Starry Night" has always been my favourite of his paintings.

So okay now, in contrast to McLean's sensitive and profound meditation on Van Gogh's life, here's some internet LOLs on the same subject!

It's probably a good thing that Vincent didn't live today because modern pop culture might have affected his painting style.

Not everyone's a fan of his though.

While Grumpy Cat may do a good Vincent imitation . . . look at THIS awesome Vincent cosplay!

And this!

Though I suspect their parents had more than a hand in it!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Brassiere Purse

Ladies, do you ever carry things in your bra? I mean apart from The Girls. If I don't have a purse with me or have no pockets in my clothes, I will often carry my keys in my "brassiere purse." No big deal, right?

But then I saw this gif and my life changed.

Now I want a bazooka in my bra too! Wouldn't it be great? Imagine all the scenarios in which someone pisses you off and you could just whip that bazooka out of your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder and KABOOM!

Steal my parking space at the mall? Cut ahead of me in line? Block the grocery aisle with your cart?

Go ahead, punk.




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Legal Disclaimer -- No, no, no, no. Violence never solves anything. This post should not be taken as advocating the weaponization of brassieres. All disputes should be settled by peaceful means. Bras should only ever be used for good, not evil. And if it's cat-related good, then so much the better.

Friday, January 9, 2015

How to Make Shakespeare Popular Again

Poor old Bill. Who's interested in his plays anymore?

No one can understand Shakespearean language these days. So there's no point in trying to be hip about it. Rap lyrics, for example, just aren't the same when rendered in ye olde Englysshe.

Nor does it work the other way. Shakespeare in text-speak, for example, loses something in the translation.

Sometimes staging an old Shakespearean play in a modern setting can enjoy a bit of success, like this Canadian version of Romeo and Juliet --

But the BEST way to make Shakespeare popular again is to stick Tom Hiddleston in a nice tight pair of jeans and have him play Coriolanus. No matter what incomprehensible Shakespearean folderol comes out of his mouth, the enraptured audience will understand what's really being said --

Yeah, baby, yeah, that's the ticket.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Sins Revealed

Oh, don't get your hopes up -- it's a meme about BOOKS that I saw last month over at Tammy Theriault's blog and that I thought might be fun to do.

WRATH: With which author do you have a love/hate relationship?

For obvious reasons, I'd have to say Herman Melville at the moment, that long-winded circuitous bastard.

GLUTTONY: What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

I re-read The Lord of the Rings three times. I'm pretty sure I re-read Watership Down at least as many times, if not more. Alas, these days I have no time to re-read any books. I do have time, however, to fart around on the internet for hours. Hmmm.

GREED: What is your most inexpensive book?

Is this a cagey way of asking if I've ever stolen a book? No, I never have. I'm a good girl, you know.

ENVY: What book would you like to receive most as a gift?

A Shakespeare First Folio so I could sell it for a gazillion bucks. What?

LUST: What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

I don't tend to lust after written characters but once they're portrayed by movie heart throbs, then my interest is piqued. Guess I'm just shallow that way. Of course, all of you already know of my inexplicable fascination with Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth which for years has been causing The Lesbian Nation to demand the return of my membership card. So I won't elaborate further.

SLOTH: What books have you neglected to read due to laziness?

Don't think I can't hear you all saying "Moby-Dick" in unison, you Judgy McJudges.

PRIDE: What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I guess mentioning the latest issue of Marvel's comic book Loki, Agent of Asgard isn't going to cut it, eh? You're all friggin snobs, you know that?