July 2008


You know what I’m really tired of? Seeing crimes such as sexual assault equated with sex. Witness one recent example I came across among CBC’s hockey news. The title of the article is:

Former hockey agent Frost loses bid to have sex charges dismissed

Well I have news for CBC. Frost is not facing “sex charges”. The second paragraph indicates what he’s actually being charged with:

Frost faces six charges of sexual exploitation involving four teenagers dating from his days as a hockey coach in neighbouring Deseronto, in the early 1990s.

Indeed, read on and discover additional details:

He was charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation and one count of assault of four males and three females. Police said they were between the ages of 14 and 16 at the time of the alleged assaults, which reportedly took place between 1995 and 2001 in the Deseronto and Napanee area of eastern Ontario.

In March 2007, the Crown dropped six sex exploitation charges and one assault charge against Frost, citing insufficient evidence.

Adults assaulting and exploiting teenagers is not “sex”. “Sex” is consensual. Welcome to the linguistic tools by which rape culture perpetuates itself. Sigh.

I’ve installed WordPress for iPhone and am testing it out!

This was a strange movie – it’s giving me writer’s block. Sort of. I have lots of thoughts jumbled around in my head that don’t connect with one another. Resorting to bullets:

  • very sweet, very human story of an overweight male comedian in Chicago dealing with weight loss and relationships
  • nice to watch an offbeat story that isn’t overly crammed with Big Smash Action or Emotional Journeys
  • good use of sound – lots of scenes without a soundtrack mucking them up, specific music used to good effect elsewhere
  • main actor was very unselfish – lots of room for every character to be funny – notable for its generosity to female comedians
  • does Sarah Silverman play the same persona in everything she does? how many copies does she own of that long-sleeved blue shirt with the yellow shoulders?

So, I liked it.

People are probably never going to get tired of remaking Shakespeare. I have an okay tolerance for modernized versions and had been meaning to check out O, a retelling of Othello, for a while now. I’ve only got minimal familiarity with the original source material though.

O was gripping and pretty intense. Early on I got a quiet sense of dread, like, “Oh boy this is not going to end well” – which could have just been because it’s Shakespeare, DUH. But I think a lot of it was due to the mood of the picture. The actors were all very appealing too. And it made me want to read Othello, so that feels like a sign of a successful remake.

For a few years I feel like I’ve been hearing that ground buffalo is a healthier alternative to ground beef but had never gotten around to trying it. I finally picked some up and we made burgers out of it – and liked them. They were tenderer than traditional hamburgers, and a little milder I think. Different. Pretty good stuff.

My ongoing fruit soup investigations turned up a recipe for chilled minted honeydew-cucumber soup. I didn’t have a honeydew but I did have a Temptation melon on hand so I subbed that. I made it with the proportions in the recipe and it tasted too cucumber-y so I added more melon. I probably could have added even more and it would have been better. The color was a bit of a problem, though, because the Temptation melon flesh is cantaloupe-colored instead of pale green like honeydew, so the final product looked a little muddy instead of cool green. But, yummy and interesting!

Unlike the recent strawberry soup, it wasn’t so overtly sweet as to be dessert-esque. I did try putting the strawberry stuff over vanilla ice cream and liked it very much that way. However, theCultFigure preferred it as a soup. So, the verdict is mixed.

For fun, I used my new iPhone camera to take before-and-after pix of the soup. They’re posted after the jump.

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I queued up a few posts, but posting may be light here for a bit because I’m heading out for a 10-day trip back east. What possessed me to pick JULY as a good time to head into an area of the country that is sickeningly hot and humid? I just hope we don’t miss too many good local raspberries while we’re gone.

Specifically, theCultFigure and I will visit my family for a few days, including taking in some Philly science museums and at least one day trip down the shore. Then he heads back west, while I take a day trip to NYC and then take an approximately 8-hr train ride to Pittsburgh to visit my college roommate for a few days. Yay!

Don’t burn the place down while I’m gone :-)

I have not been following much of the off-season NHL news, but this caught my eye immediately when I finally took a peek:

NHL to hold Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

A pair of Original Six teams will square off outdoors as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day 2009, a game to be broadcast by Hockey Night in Canada.

These are not particularly two of my favorite teams, but who cares! Woo! Another outdoor NHL game is on its way!

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