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Rx: Fun -- Entertainment with No Educational Value -- Plus a Healthy Dose of Moral Outrage

Monday, July 28, 2008
The podcasts area of iTunes is a very dangerous place to hang out if you're an information junkie, a short films junkie, or both -- in other words, if you're someone like me. My iPod tells me I have 700+ hours of material waiting to be viewed in my spare time. Good thing it doesn't tell me how many hours I've already spent tuning into video and audio podcasts since I first got addicted to CBC-everything, misc iTunes University, and a smorgasbord of short films (both free and pay-by-the-hit).

If you're looking for something fun and entertaining to download which has no educational value whatsoever, I highly recommend either of the following series of video shorts. (You can download them from iTunes or watch them online via the following links.)

Erik the Librarian (about an unusual librarian named Erik who becomes obsessed with a library patron, who finds him totally freaky, to say the least). For the slightly twisted mind.

The Retributioners (a mockumentary about a revenge-obsessed anti-heroine named Stephanie: language may offend). For the totally twisted mind. Quality varies from episode to episode. I highly recommend the show intro, episode 1 (revenge on ex-boyfriend), and episode 6 (revenge on person who stole taxi).

If you want to tap into my more serious side, you'll find it over at ParentCentral.ca and at Yahoo! Canada.

And if you want to feel healthy outrage about something in addition to things I've been blogging about recently over there, get mad about the fact that the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (which opened up last month) is actually considering substituting showers for the bathtubs which were supposed to be part of the brand new maternity ward. (I was out of town when this hit the papers last week, so my daughter just brought me up to speed. Can you believe it? Maybe I should let Stephanie of The Retributioners know about this!)

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| posted by Ann D @ 2:09 PM

Parenting, writing, and coffee

Sunday, July 20, 2008
I know a lot of my regular readers are writers, so I thought I'd draw your attention to my most recent blog post @ ParentCentral.ca. It's about parents who love to write.

Parenting and writing: my two loves. I even managed to toss in a mention of coffee. Am I hot today or what?

PS
I now have two friends who have their own free trade organic coffee companies (and both roast on the premises). One is based in Peterborough (Canada) and one is in the U.S. Suspicious minds might think I cultivate friendships on the basis of access to coffee, but that is not the case. Nonetheless, it's great to be able to buy from friends and do the right thing, coffee-wise.

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| posted by Ann D @ 12:53 PM

One Thousand

Thursday, July 03, 2008
This is my 1000th post. It kind of snuck up on me, I have to confess, so I don't have a big speech planned or anything like that. (As if.) I do, however, want to take a moment to thank the patron saint of blogging, if there is such a being, for the many gifts that have come my way as a result of blogging:

- fabulous friendships that went offline a long time ago
- the freedom to experiment with new types of writing, which has led me down some exciting new paths as a writer
- the opportunity to forge new ground creatively, politically, and personally.

Thank you to anyone who has shared even a small piece of this blogging journey with me.

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| posted by Ann D @ 9:11 PM

Happy Canada Day

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Here is a link to a YouTube video montage of Canadian images set to Gordon Lightfoot's timeless Canadian Railroad Trilogy [ Note: This was originally embedded in the page but it seems to be having trouble loading -- no doubt due to high traffic on the video -- so I'm substituting a link. If you enjoyed this, you may want to subscribe to other Gordon Lightfoot tribute videos created by the same artist, jthomas.]

More about the Canadian Railroad Trilogy:
Wikipedia: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

| posted by Ann D @ 7:15 PM