Sunday, July 31, 2005

Bonnie's Top Five Canadian Novels

In this list, Bonnie, my girlfriend, lists her Top Five favourite Canadian novels. As usual, they are in no particular order (other than alphabetical):

1. A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence
2. Crackpot - Adele Wiseman
3. Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson
4. Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findley
5. The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood

Bonnie, specializing in Canadian literature, is currently finishing her M.A. thesis.

the Homepage of Mr. David Hutton

the Homepage of Mr. David Hutton Here's a website of my good friend Dave Hutton. It's a well-designed site that is informative and engaging. Dave is also participating in the 2005 Canadian Junior Men's Softball Championships right here in Saskatoon. Good luck Dave!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Island rocks

Bonnie and I went to see The Island last night. It was quite enjoyable, though suspension of disbelief is a must. Scarlett Johansson is one of my favourite actresses, and, of course, Ewan McGregor. There's also a good supporting cast with Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou, and Steve Buscemi. Be prepared for director Michael Bay's Pearl Harbour-esque style, which may or may not ruin the movie for some. There's a lot of slow motion, sweeping overhead, weird angle shots, along with some sappy music. But the acting is good and the story is strong enough to hold everything together. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a no-mental-effort-required evening.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Goblet of Fire Excitement

I know that The Half-Blood Prince just came out, but the new excitement is the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which comes out November 18th. It looks good; if you have already read the books then I think you can imagine what I mean. If you haven't read the books, get cracking! Only good things can come of it. If you're excited or just mildly interested, check out these production photos at the Yahoo! Movies site.
Yahoo! Movies

Summertime Blues

Now it's the end of July, but lately it's been more like October. I don't understand summer weather! I suppose it doesn't matter, since I am cooped up working on my thesis. I am doing a study of depression within the poetry of D.H. Lawrence. It's pretty interesting, thank goodness, but stressful, as all academic endeavours invariably are. I am working hard to get this thing done before we leave for Ottawa. Here's a sample of what I am working with:

"The Breath of Life"
D.H. Lawrence

The breath of life is in the sharp winds of change
mingled with the breath of destruction.
But if you want to breathe deep, sumptuous life
breath all alone, in silence, in the dark,
and see nothing.

I won't go too deep into my study, for it is pretty boring, and it has to do with Freud and death. I guess some would see it as "depressing" but I beg to differ. Today is another day of hacking away!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Northern Exposure

Here's a blog by my good friend Scott McCormick. He hails from Saskatchewan, but now calls New Jersey home. He's a political radical compared to me, but we still get along fine. There's always some interesting stuff to read on here; check it out, enjoy! Northern Exposure

Top Five Bob Dylan Songs

So, this is the inaugural list in what should be the "summer of lists". Or half summer, anyway. This one catalogues my favourite Dylan songs, most of which you should have, if you do not already. These lists are usually in no particular order, since how do you choose one Dylan song over another?

1. Tangled Up In Blue (Blood on the Tracks)

2. Chimes of Freedom (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

3. Most of the Time (Oh Mercy)

4. Like a Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited)

5. Just Like a Woman (Blonde on Blonde)

If you have any ideas for lists you'd like to see, by all means let me know. I will graciously consider your request (but I won't promise anything)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I'm a blogger!

Hey! I'm finally a blogger! It feels great.

You're a Blogger

Welcome to You're a Blog! A friend said that I should start a blog: he virtually guaranteed that I would get a high-paying job as a result. Anyhoo, this blog is for anything and everything, though I have a feeling that it will mostly be about music. And books. And other things. Like grammar. I am moving to Ottawa in a month or so, so I figured that this blog would be good for two things: to keep me busy when bored and to keep my friends from far away places informed of my doings and whatnots. So be informed! This blog will also include many, many lists covering many, many things. This site is so easy to use, it will be impossible to keep me from posting all but the most inane lists (believe me, there are some inane ones. Like top five most inane baseball stats). So be a blogger and keep me from being bored.