Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman

Thursday, June 12, 2003

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald is all pleased with themselves over publishing a photo of two men kissing on their front page. So pleased, in fact, that they published a letter from the editor justifying their decision. I wrote them this missive in reply:

I applaud your decision to published a photo of two men kissing. It saddens me, though, that you felt you had to write a letter explaining why you did so. Frankly, if you'd really stood solely for 'the freedom to express and exchange ideas', you wouldn't have published a letter at all. Though it may not cater to the homophobes among your readers, that's a more powerful statement.

From the good folks at MetaPop.

4:33:49 PM        Canada Censorship

Because of my prediliction for (often gay) female singer/songwriters, I've been accused of having the musical tastes of the average attendee of an Indigo Girls concert. While several of my friends found great mirth in this fact, I'm very comfortable with it. After all, it's really true. I pretty much liked all the artists on Lilith Fair. Give me a slight, pale, acoustic guitar-wielding girl and I'm there every time.

Ireland's Gemma Hayes (warning: lousy Web site ahead) fits the bill. She's got an extraordinary voice, and her debut album is fantastic. I saw her at Whelan's, a small but legendary club in Dublin, and was pretty underwhelmed. Her stage presence left a lot to be desired. Still, she's very young, so I'm sure she'll grow into the on-stage thing.

I was reminded of Ms. Hayes thanks to Jay at MetaPop.

10:44:06 AM        Music

My friend Tom coined a new term for Canadians: 'moose tickler'. I like it, so I'm trying to introduce it into popular Canadian culture. So, I laughed extra hard the other day when I saw a trailer for Disney's forthcoming Brother Bear. It must be seen to be believed, but amongst the supporting cast are two moose (named Tuke and Rutt) who are, for all intents and purposes, Bob and Doug Mckenzie with antlers.

After a bit of investigation, it turns out that the moose are actually played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, the actors who played Bob and Doug. What a couple of hosers, eh?

In truth, compared to Finding Nemo, the film looks craptastic. But I may go just to hear the moose(s).

10:14:28 AM        Canada Movies