Square Waves hits big(-ish)

“All That’s Left” is tearing up the CBC-Podcast airwaves this week.

Grant Lawrence says: “In the middle of that set was THE SQUARE WAVES, and though they sound like a cross between The Postal Service and The Russian Futurists, are they from Toronto or Seattle or New York? NO! How about LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA? YES!”
To download a file of the show for your own purposes, please click here:

MP3: http://www.cbc.ca/radio3/podcasts/radio3/CBCR3_2007-09-21.mp3


Batman by Dostoyevsky starts the second cold war.

So this blog dedicated to scanning weird comic books puts up a scan of a Batman comic as done by Dostoyevsky (linky). I found it pretty amusing; Russian commenters to the blog do not. A few highlights.

Oh Gods, yankees, what have you done with one of the best books ever?!
Burn that comics!


This is “Crime and Punishment – Edition for morons”. Just a stupid, straight-as-a-stick retelling of just character’s actions. No sense, no philosophy, no beauty of the original.
PS And by the way, he was RASKOLNIKOV


Pizdec… I can not say other word.

and my favourite:

you americans are so stupid. 85% of your nation are retards and that is your own statistic. you think all of you are so dump because of the major evil?
no. you are so dump because you have no culture, only comics.

who is smart in your country?
scientists, medics, lawyers – people who reads a lot of books.
and the world is controled by smart people, not people like your pres. who don’t know diference between opec and apec.

no offense.

None taken.


Watching the tele last night, after a wonderful “magnet making party” (do with those quotations as you please, kind sir), and the news comes on. You know how the news is generally bearable for about 6 minutes before they start getting into how wacky the weather guy is, or how wacky the sportscaster guy is? So the news comes on, the national news (CTV I believe it was), and the headline story: OJ Simpson arrested again.

What. The. Fuck. CTV.


CTV just moves up a spot on my quarterly “shit I hate” guide.

1. Pop Culture in 2007, which has been co-opted by TMZ and Perez, and which has failed to bring us any awesomeness all year.

2. CTV – first you give Ben (long pause) Mulroney a job, and then you put him on Canadian Idol,and then you lead your national newscast with a story on OJ Simpson.  Also: See #1

3. People who talk shit on people who are new, just because they are new (Overheard: “Why do they always have to let in new people?”). Seriously.

4.  Waking up earlier than 6am.

5.  People who wait until the last second to outbid you on ebay.

Picking up myself

I had to come to Calgary today for “incoming student orientation,” which means that I get free lunch, and I would drive twice the distance for that! I pass Claresholm and see this Gerry Garcia look-a-like standing there with a sign that read “CALGARY.” I would have kept going otherwise (dear reader, you must know by now that thou shalt never give a ride to a stranger, especially a stranger with a long gray beard!), but the guy saw me checking him out and gave me a friendly wave. Dear reader, if you knowest anything about your dear author, you know that I am incapable of NOT stopping if a friendly wave is involved.

So I stop, and this guy gets in. 55-ish, long gray beard, shoulder length gray hair; he got in and I caught just the slightest hint of pachouli oil. You get the image. Right away, this guy goes to town in one of the longest monologues I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Here is what I learned.

– He is a musician who makes most of his money busking at the Calgary zoo. He ONLY does originals.

– He has toured ALL OVER THE WORLD, with a band that had the same name as a gun and isn’t .38 special.

– While touring, you are apt to get involved in 1. Drugs 2. Orgies 3. Hell’s Angels bikers.

– This guy has over 500 songs, but not one is recorded. That is going to happen some time. He has written songs specifically for the likes of Paul Brant, Shania Twain, and (I shit you not) DAR MCBOUL (aka the old A Channel Weatherguy. If you catch this reference, you understand the severity of this). However, they haven’t heard these songs and they haven’t been recorded yet.

– He did the biker-bar circuit, with a lead singer who won the crowd over by flashing her breasts.

– He has written 10 novels, none of which are published and are sitting in a box in his apartment. Included: a fantasy novel, a childrens book about vowels (which will have an accompanying CD of his songs), a 12 step addictions recovery guide and some others that “you can’t know about yet.”

– He is a recovering crack addict, and has a concept album “ready to go” about said recovery, and also… Jesus. He is planning to tour the prison systems with his concept album: first Canada, and then the entire US.

– He is writing a jingle for Pepsi that incorporate all of their own jingles into one meta-jingle.  Once they buy his idea, “it’s all going to happen, man.”

– He has fathered children all over the world.

– After he divorced his wife, she immediately got cancer and died, but this wasn’t from him “wishing it on her,” though he has carried around that guilt ever since.

– He HATES Edmonton, and “all the bullshit that it stands for… man, you know?”

Anyways, there is more, and I will try and think of more (I had to write this all down as fast as possible, lest I forget some of the details).