Friday, June 18, 2021

Tears for tourism


Class act

Is Smartless the #2 comedy podcast because...
The three odd actors who front it are buds?
It boasts a year of A-list mystery guests?
Their riffs, insults and giggles are infectious?
Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett are quick-tongued guys who know each other too well. They have generous friends.
Born in the depths of the pandemic, Smartless easily eclipses the lumbering yak efforts of all but a few ho-ho rivals.
Sure, it's over-loaded with 50 surprise showbiz sorts, but do George Clooney or Paul McCartney book a lot of pod guest shots?
The boss of Netflix or Gustavo Dudamel?
Smartless is one of two pods I make time for.  
Or your alternate app-heavy podcast platforms 


Slavery ended in Canada on Aug​. 1, 1834
Happy Juneteenth, Yanks. 
Top photo of kids: DevinAllen/via



 こっちを見るフクロウ = adorable

Backyard sing-along

This is a very b-u-s-y back yard ...

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Dougie's angels need a trim

Doug Ford says his wife and daughters are pressuring him to reopen salons and barbershops
Hints Covid Step Two coming early?
Reactions at
Sean Skinner
the wife is always right so I bet you should listen to her ford
Like · Reply · 2 · 1h
Omer Quenneville
This is how decisions are made? Did she wake up cranky one day and that's how we ended up in this lock down?
Like · Reply · 2 · 46m
Wayne E. Bear
What happened to that 8 year old kid Arthur that was advising him last month?
Like · Reply · 1 · 33m

Podcasts without an app

Yes Virginia, there is a simple, web-based site to hear podcasts without downloading an app.


As Spotify, Stitcher, itunes, TuneIn all increasingly demand you download their gateway app for access, podbay doesn't.

The fact that podbay's first splash page offers a more attractive and searchable offering of podcasts than rivals is icing on the cake.

You can search by podcast, host, genre, trending, top 50. If you know any detail about a pod, odds are good it's find-able. 

Why would you download a gateway app you only need right now?

How much memory are you willing to tie up on phones, tablets, laptops, multiple devices?

Do you just want to hear or sample a podcast?

Keep it or chuck it?

This has been the most useful find of the week.


Image: The Goofy Guy podcast (Disney deep dives)

Party line


Flight of the Bumble-Bee for two Double Basses

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Common shag

The Common Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) is a species of cormorant.
The Extraordinary Shag ... is extinct. 

Ontario vaccination receipts

You've been vaxxed.
Now prove it.
There's an online website that supplies pdf receipts for where and what you were given.


Toronto-Vancouver $199

You're in stall 4D, next to the white one.
Right, lunch. 


Thundercat - Walkin'

Blog fave Thundercat lives in a very strange neighborhood....

Beauty and the bugs


Nature buff Erik Normark takes a walk.

The mosquitos can hardly wait. 

But he has a new tent! 

Good news

--Dan Chandler 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Great White South

One in five Americans surveyed thinks Niagara Falls is in Iceland.
Only 32% actually know where it is.
Oh Covid, what have you done?
First you magnetize people.
Now this....  

LINK: Big water thing somewhere 

Out of tune

 First, try to sell the piano.

Then, try to give it away.

Finally, pay somebody $200 to take it.


As the Washington Post reports, it will be to a junkyard, where it can be pounded apart, metal for melting, the rest for firewood.

Electronic keyboards doomed acoustic pianos: in a decade, annual sales have plunged from 220,000 to 20,000.

Why such a cruel end for an old friend?

Because we're us.


Buggy here, but seeds in pots are now three inches high on the deck. Black eyed susans, wildflower mixes, ornamental grass.
Time to blow tree poop away and re-fill the hummers.

Rainy Tokyo nightwalk


Every city has its vloggers.

But none glistens and glows like Tokyo, caught in a virtual cloudburst. 

The near-empty streets, Kirin vending machines, see-thru umbrellas and that sweet hiss of ASMR rainfall.

This is a calming hour, a very wet walk....

Monday, June 14, 2021

Ontario weekend


"Wish you were here...."


 “Putin calls Trump ‘colorful’

"Well even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president," Vladimir Putin tells NBC.

"He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. But he didn’t come from the U.S. establishment. He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don’t like it but that is a fact."

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Trump and Vlad.

Still a Fun Couple. 

But what of ... Kim? 

Campfire faves: Put Another Log On The Fire


The summer of fun ...

"Surveillance intermediaries"


New York Times on shocking Justice Department demands on Apple:

More frequently than not, tech companies comply with law enforcement demands. And that underlines an awkward truth: As their products become more central to people’s lives, the world’s largest tech companies have become surveillance intermediaries and crucial partners to authorities, with the power to arbitrate which requests to honor and which to reject.

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Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Google.

Your favorite lookieloo, is watching you. 

Cheap date


Sunday, June 13, 2021

G7: On the beach

We'll sing in the sunshine,
We'll laugh every day .... 


LOST SONGS: Lingus, Snarky Puppy


Over 27 million people have found their way to the clip above--and there's good reason.

This earfood is so rich, you can find new twists in every listen. Michael League's pup has bark, bite and killer instincts. (He's the bass player.)

Dozens of YouTube musicians try and describe what's happening here. The say "dazzle" a lot.

When my next reincarnation occurs, I want to come back as Snarky Puppy's drummer. I could never be the keyboard guy. He's mad.

You hate edgy? Killer chops? Jazz?

No prob, brother. Different strokes.

Perky posties


Blog reader: I go to my favorite little postal outlet and pick up some  John Turner stamps. I love the guy who has been serving the outlet for many years. I told him Turner was my favorite Prime Minister, and he commented so many people said how much they liked Turner. And were buying the stamps. Then he told me I could only buy one small booklet.

Really??! My face obviously fell.

Then he gave me a big smile and asked me how many booklets I wanted.

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I believe there is something in the soul-crushing nature of Canada Post that results in a bevy of very flirty, cute postal folk. 

Or maybe posties are just inclined to view seniors--and at this point I am senior to virtually everybody--as willing prey.

My own postmistress greets me by first name if I appear at the counter. She is always smiley. I am "dunf" to the world. "Gary" to her. It's as close to intimacy as I'm gonna get. And she's always waving stamps, new issues in particular.

If you revisit the Turner blog entry, I added a snarky comment Nancy White made on Facebook about the JT stamp. She wrote several dubious Turner tunes, so I wasn't surprised.

Nancy White: "Oh that tactile guy."
Dunf: Now being cancelled thousands of times a day

I take a dim view of the cancellation culture--be it current, future or just strafing ghosts of Christmas past. 

There. Everybody happy now?