“Let them…”

While I’ve never managed to be a fan of her music, I do enjoy the art and adventures she gets up to, and really enjoyed Amanda Palmer’s recent TED talk. Which, I think, applies to communities well beyond the boundaries of evolving the music business.


Since making Ed’s acquaintance, I have watched a lot of Top Gear. I am no hobbyist mechanic, but I do love the aesthetics of high-end cars.

And other things…

I’ve seen this segment several times, and just about choke with laughter every time. Enjoy. 🙂

Ignite Waterloo 5

Has it already been a month since the last Ignite event? Wow.

So it took a little while to sort out some administrative details, but the videos of the talks from the last Ignite event are now online: Ignite Waterloo 5.

Perhaps you’re looking for a great place to get a bite to eat in Waterloo Region, or your soul is on fire and you need the creative outlet of slam poetry, or you’ve had a helluva day and could really go for a shot of tequila… There’s something to get every brain tingling, and plenty of interesting community initiatives and good causes out there.

Our next Ignite event will likely be in June, and we’re still looking for speaker submissions. Everyone’s got five minutes of interesting in them. What’s your passion?

We’ve also been bursting at the seams, venue-wise, so we’re interested in suggestions for a new home for the event.

Right, so… where was I?

I am moved.

After mostly retaining my sanity after “one more load” (which, of course, refused to ever be the last load), finally, one Saturday, it was. That pitiful, awkward, completely unrelated items that don’t actually really fit into tote bins load. (Thank you to Andrew and my brother for their muscles, de- and re-construction skills, and relatively large vehicles for the big stuffs.)

Then I cleaned. Then Sherry came over and we cleaned. Then I finished off the cleaning. (Seriously, I’m not a filthy person. How were there ~15 woman-hours of cleaning to do in that place?) For my own mental state/closure I needed the place to be as clean and in as close to the same state as when I moved in as possible. (And bless Sherry for being the right kind of people and just saying, “Ok, what’s next?”, then doing that, regardless.)

I fixed what I could, and was ok with what I couldn’t. And after a week when I stopped in, there were only fliers in the mailbox, which felt good, since it meant I covered my address change phone calls and such pretty thoroughly.

I held onto the keys for one more week, just in case I forgot something, but I didn’t. Then I stopped by a final time and left them in an envelope on the kitchen counter. And with that, ended a chapter. Movin’ on up and all that.

New place has felt good since I moved in, which is a relief. Anatole has sorted out some cat spaces, which is a relief (though the fact that one of them is the tub continues to confuse and amuse). The place is warm enough that I’m almost always in bare feet, the sounds when the windows are open are pleasant, and the park has turned out to be a vast treasure chest of stories of which I am LOVING being an observer.

Honestly, how can you not come home late and see two people sitting close together, heads down, on a bench beside the lake, or entwined in the gazebo in the Victorian Gardens, and smile and be inspired with potential tales?

The super, Gary, continues to be awesome (what a relief!), and the neighbours are heterogeneous (yes, such a $5 word IS appropriate) and quirky. I continue to slowly gather intel on PI and its people… 🙂

Not going on a massive shopping spree to complete my decor is hard (not buying much until after the Scotland trip), and I’m still curious as to how an apartment of similar size to my old one seems to have so much more floor space. And no, I’m not done unpacking yet. Getting a little closer each day, though. And I have a new drill. Pray for me. 🙂

Let’s see… what else is going on? I really enjoyed listening to this:

And this:

Which also catalyzed me to read this: The Wisdom of Whores.

Reading this: Bite Me, too, as Sherry, Jan, and I will be seeing Mr. Moore for a reading next week.

“The cheese is beautiful here!”

I was laughing so hard at this the guys at work demanded I share teh funnay. 🙂

*The subject line is what Gilles (topless guy) exclaims after Kimmel says he didn’t want to let foreigners into the Club. It’s extra awesome cuz it makes no sense. 🙂

What’s your One Question?

I watched this talk the other evening, and since then the idea of the One Question has been stuck in my head, i.e.: “What’s the one question you’ve been waiting your whole life to be asked?”

I don’t know what my question is, least not yet. What’s yours? (I have a feeling that figuring that out and being able to ask a person would forge an amazing connection.)

Interestingly, the day after I watched that, Chris Brogan’s latest newsletter arrived, and as I started reading, I immediately thought, I TOTALLY have to send him that interview!”… and then a couple paragraphs down he mentioned having watched it. 🙂