Latitude 53’s Super Fantastic T-Shirt Extravaganza

Posted in Latitude 53 on November 23rd 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: My friend and colleage, Allison Sivak, is the current President of Latitude 53 in Edmonton. L53 is about to launch its Super Fantastic T-Shirt Extravaganza. Allison writes:

Latitude 53 is an artist-run centre that pays fair artist fees and supports artistic research and experimentation (through visual art, curating, and writing). We create space for artists to show work that is in development, that pushes boundaries of format or content, and that challenges audiences on many levels. We’ve been in Edmonton for 33 years, making it one year younger than me. Over this time, we’ve supported hundreds of artists, writers, curators, and performers in presenting their work, and encouraging deeper and more varied dialogues around contemporary art. We also throw some fun parties, to which Randy can attest (ask him about Led Zeppelin karaoke). Money raised from this t-shirt subscription will create a small L53 army of 100 that wears their belief in contemporary art on their sleeves. Or, chests, rather. It will also support exhibitions, publications, and our performance art festival!”

The parties at Latitude 53 are always a lot of fun, as Allison says, and can sometimes include that special, memorable karaoke moment, in which you and a friend (i.e., Allison and I) try singing the words to Zep’s Immigrant Song at a way too slow speed to do it any justice.  Anyway, do consider buying a set of t-shirts to support a very worthwhile cause, and they make wonderful Christmas gifts!

Snow Too Early

Posted in Food and Dining, Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys, Music, NINT, Snow on November 14th 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: Edmonton received a big dump of snow on Oct 29, and instead of melting a few days later, it has continued to snow. Yesterday another 10cm covered the region, and the temperature hit -10C today. In other words, it’s miserable weather, and based on recent winters, way too soon for my liking. The City of Edmonton hire private contractors to clear snow from the main routes, but in the booming Alberta economy, most do not respond quickly when called to clear Edmonton roads, because their graders and front-end loaders are usually working elsewhere. So predictably, most of main thoroughfares in Edmonton remain covered in snowy oatmeal. I took a few digital photos of the campus as I left work this evening.

.: The saying that you don’t know how much you miss something until it’s gone snuck up on me today. Imagine my surprise then, while shopping for produce at Sobey’s this evening, I saw a fresh bag of this on sale. I was thrilled! I was not aware that border restrictions on imports from the United States had been relaxed somewhat in late October. Now I can make my favorite kind of salad again.

.: On a work-related note, my secondment at NINT has been extended until January 2008. BTW, the new nano-word I learned this week is nanoscratching. Don’t ask.  A friend recently asked me how the “nanobrarian” work was going.  I checked Google, no results.  Well, maybe now there will be! 🙂

.: The band has a gig on Sunday, 26 November 2006, at The Fox. If you’re in town, come on down and enjoy some tunes.

Frito-Lay Angrily Introduces Line Of Healthy Snacks

Posted in Humour on November 7th 2006 by Randy Reichardt

A warning: this is rude but hilariously funny.

Frito-Lay Angrily Introduces Line Of Healthy Snacks

The Onion

Frito-Lay Angrily Introduces Line Of Healthy Snacks

PLANO, TX—”Look at what you’ve reduced us to,” said CEO Al Carey, as he disgustedly held up a bag of Cranberry Spinach Explosion snack chips.

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