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I can’t quite explain why right now, but for a couple of reasons I am not doing a lot of things I normally do these days.

Frankly I am leading the life of a 19th-century tuberculosis patient, except I’m not in the Swiss Alps and I don’t have tuberculosis. (I think. I hope! Wouldn’t it be awful?)

Don’t worry or anything – I’m not sick or in legal trouble or anything bad, just temporarily not in my normal sphere. I’m just explaining why I haven’t been writing much lately and why I probably won’t for a little while.

Anyway. List of weird/awesome things that you’ve missed out on:
– Gus caught a rat. Well, he may have caught a rat. Either way Ben caught him with a rat corpse in the back yard. It may have died of natural causes and he was just being a scavenger.
– We are starting the Big Home Renovation on Tuesday! I will take pictures and make videos!
– I planted stuff in the garden and so far not all of it has been eaten.
– Still no firm date for Call of Cthulhu: The Opera, but lots of progress.

And last:

The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra returns on Tuesday! The Cameron House, 10 PM!

It’s just one set, opening for Friendly Rich, but still awesome.

So that’s all for now…look for me resuming normal blogging in a month or two. Or maybe inspiration will strike tomorrow. Who knows?


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Check out Ben’s re-design of the PRO website:


Other than that, not much to say today…lots of deep thoughts, but nothing bubbling up to blog level yet.

Off to finish cleaning my house…my mother-in-law is coming tomorrow!


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Upper-class sociopaths are people too!

Quoth John Yoo’s sidekick:

“I have regrets because of the notoriety that this has brought me,” he said. “It has imposed enormous pressures on me both professionally and personally. It has had an impact on my family. And I regret that, as a result of my government service, that that kind of attention has been visited on me and on my family.”

I for one am deeply, deeply ashamed of doing my small part to expose Judge Bybee and Professor Yoo’s chilling disregard for the humanity of their fellow human. It never occured to me as we were making the album that we might, in some tiny way, be part of a critical response that might hurt the feelings of a man who’s happy to authorize torture but finds criticism unacceptably hurtful. I feel SO BAD about it that I’m this close to strapping MYSELF down on the waterboard…

…No, I can’t continue the sarcasm anymore. What a massive dick.

Buy the album!

Via Ed Brayton, Glenn Greenwald

EDITED TO ADD: The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra page is borked, so buy the album here.. Please let us know if we may be of further assistance.

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1:45 PM – Get on bicycle to go to teach. Notice it’s snowing a bit. Considering taking bike on subway to first lesson. Realize I have no money and no time to go take any out. Shrug, get on my bike, go.

2:10 PM – About halfway to my first lesson, snow suddenly gets much heavier and it’s windy. Curse my fate and continue.

2:15 – Bike gears stop working, so am stuck in 3X6 going uphill.

2:15-2:45 Continue to curse my fate.

2:50 Arrive at first lesson five minutes late, very hungry, and completely exhausted.

5:10 – Manage to grab bagel in between lessons.

8:40 – Finish teaching. Bike towards Tranzac for PRO gig.

9:10 – Eat massive falafel.

10 – PRO gig for a small but appreciative audience. Have great time.

1 AM – Ben and I get a ride home from my friend Chris Warren. Bikes are stuffed in the back seat, Ben and I are stuffed in the front seat.

1:30 AM – Get home, realize we’re both starving, make some food.

2 AM – Madeline decides that since we’re up, it must be daytime, and starts howling at Gus to wake him up.

2:01 AM – I calm Madeline down by throwing a blanket over her and speaking in soothing tones.

2:30 – Bedtime.

10 AM (today) – Wake up and contemplate the future.

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You know how I’ve been doing audition after audition for the past year? And while I’ve gotten feedback ranging from very encouraging to completely indifferent, I haven’t gotten a single role?

Not anymore!

On March 28 I’ll be singing Elvira in I Puritani with Opera in Concert. Sweet!

I’m still learning the part, so here’s a glimpse of what I’m up against:

That\'s gonna be me!

Also, the Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra is playing tonight at 10 at the Tranzac. We’re bringing back some songs we haven’t played recently, as well as playing some old favourites and the odd Torture Memo, so come out. PWYC.

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The Torture Memos has been featured on FIRE JOHN YOO!, a blog/organization dedicated to getting John Yoo fired from UC Berkeley, which is a cause I can certainly get behind.

Go say hi.

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Hey!  How are you?  I haven’t been writing lately.  No particular reason, just the usual combination of business and ennui.  And I don’t have much to say now, so I’m going to make some lists.

Good things:

– The EEE is finally running Eeebuntu 3.0.  I know, 4.0 is coming soon.  I don’t know if I have the strength to go through an upgrade right now, but who knows, maybe it’ll be painless.

PRO show tomorrow! Come see it!

– I was actually asked to audition for something!  And the audition was yesterday, and I didn’t suck!

Tank Riot, Episode 85: Joe McCarthy

– I donated to Doctors without Borders for Haiti relief.

– I saw an awesome show with Nilan Pereira and Eve Egoyan on Sunday.

– One of my students makes his operatic debut this week in Frankenstein: The Opera.  No, really.  He’s playing William Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s little brother.  He gets killed by the monster in Act II.  If you’re in Toronto this week, go see it.  http://www.tryptych.org.  It’s kind of expensive, but come on.  Frankenstein: The Opera.

– My bank balance is finally (just barely) positive again, meaning the recovery from Christmas is almost complete.  I also realized yesterday that I actually live within my means now, i.e., I no longer spend more than I earn.  Mostly because I don’t have much available credit, but still a good thing.

And bad things:

– As you know, giant earthquakes in Haiti and Guatemala.  Massive humanitarian disaster.  Give a bit to DWB or the Red Cross.

– In related news, Pat Buchanan and Rush Limbaugh are giant assholes.

– Gus has an eye infection.  $100 vet bill for $10 eyedrops.  The new vet is really nice, though.

– The axle on the rear tire of Ben’s bike snapped, and he’ll probably have to buy a new back tire.

– My bank balance may be positive, but if you look at the sum total of my financial holdings I am worth such a gigantically negative number (because of the mortgage) that it gives me a little shock every time I log into my online banking profile.  Of course, paying a mortgage is good, and we’ve already gained about $1500 in equity just by owning a house for a few months, but holy sh*t is it a big number.  In brackets.

– And I’m about to go out into a cold and damp day to put up posters for the show tomorrow.  Here’s my first one:

Show tomorrow, Tranzac, 10 PM

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