Leafs vs. Habs

It’s the torch, le flambeau, that is tangibly passed from generation to generation of Habs greats, theirs to hold high. It works both literally and figuratively.

While Leaf front office types have grumbled for years that the Habs hijacked In Flanders Fields to get their hands on that torch, the Leafs have tried various copy-cat approaches. Most recently, they placed a boulder from the Canadian Shield outside their locker room to make the team feel “rock solid.” Get it?

Take Vincent Damphousse, the first French-Canadian draft pick by the Maple Leafs. The Montreal native came to the Leafs in 1986, a witness to the end of the Harold Ballard era, a time when captains were ridiculed by ownership, past Leaf greats were told to buy tickets if they wanted to see a game and the team was severed from its glorious past.

“The Ballard years were very tough,” says Damphousse. “The team was in a shambles when I played there. We had a committee of three general managers, a lot of different coaches. You could feel in the dressing room that you had no feel what direction the team wanted to go. There were no ex-players around the dressing room. There was no connection to the past. That’s very important. You’ve got to know where you come from.

“In Montreal, I used to see Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur all the time. They would come in and say hi. The kids that come from Europe don’t have a clue what being a Montreal Canadien means, but they feel it when they get there.”

via The Leafs vs. Habs rivalry is over — and Montreal has won | Toronto Star.

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Work it Baby


Perfect. - Imgur

Perfect. – Imgur.

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How to paint Easter eggs

A link to creating natural dyes for Easter eggs like these.

How to paint Easter eggs | Russia Beyond The Headlines

How to paint Easter eggs | Russia Beyond The Headlines.

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Art is Everywhere

This lovely Matisse-like image is actually an electron micrograph of the ebola virus.  Something awful can be surprisingly beautiful.

File:Ebola virus virion.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File:Ebola virus virion.jpg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Modernizing Monuments

Love how this Soviet monument in Bulgaria is updated for every protest.

BBC News – Bulgaria Soviet monument in Sofia gets Ukraine twist.

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Robert Gleadow

I got to see Cosi fan Tutte last night, and was immediately impressed by the singer performing Guglielmo.  His charisma and long hair seemed familiar, and when I researched my suspicions today I was correct in remembering him from the COC’s La Boheme 10 years ago, where he stole the show as Colline.  Nice surprise to see he’s a local boy.  I’ve remembered his name so as to find him in future Toronto productions.  He’s one to watch.

At an age where most singers are still in search of career prospects, Gleadow is carefully deciding which opera engagements to accept, and which ones to postpone.

“I’ve been offered Don Giovanni three times now,” says the charismatic baritone. “But it’s not time yet. After all, if I sing Don Giovanni now, what do I do next?”

With the guidance of his agents at IMG Artists and trusted confidantes like Toronto vocal coach Roxolana Roslak, with whom he started studying at age 16, Gleadow wants to make sure he is a still a going international concern at age 50.

via He cuts a fine figure of a Figaro | Toronto Star.

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Criterion’s How-To

Fantastic documentary showing how Criterion creates those magnificent restorations of classic films.


Coolness: Watch how Criterion restores its movies / The Dissolve.

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A coworker brings his dog in, and her expression when she’s allowed to “free range” reminded me of this lovely poem.


Freedom (Louis Dudek)

My two dogs

tied to a tree

by a ten-foot leash

kept whining and howling for an hour

till I let them off.


Now they are lying quietly on the grass

a few feet further from the tree

and they haven’t moved since I let them go.


Freedom may be

only an idea

but it’s a matter of principle

even to a dog.

via compendium of universal human situations, louis dudek.

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Timeline of Nuclear Tests

This video is nothing but computer noises and dots on a screen, but it’s gripping: A timeline and map of all nuclear detonations since 1945.

▶ nuclear testing.wmv – YouTube.

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Mike Duffy claims Harper told him to repay money

“The prime minister wasnt interested in explanations or the truth,” says man who wasn’t interested in explanations or the truth.  Sheesh.  Why Shakespeare wanted rid of lawyers when there were perfectly disposable politicians around is beyond me.

via Mike Duffy claims Harper told him to repay expense money – Politics – CBC News.

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