Category: This & That

This Not-Quite-Black Saturday, Shop Mussel

Resigning yourself to purchasing yet another sweater for Uncle Earl even though he hasn’t worn the one you got him last year? Terrified of going to the mall with several hundred thousand of your closest friends? You may have survived…

Little Black Rain Clouds

26th November 2008 was not a good day for the arts in Canada. Trouble in Paradise The Vancouver Ballet has laid off all its employees except for a few administrators due to a sharp decline in tickets sales this season….

Conscripting Ye Faithful

Since the weekly quiz has gone the way of the dodo these last few weeks and the festive season will officially be upon us once turkey is consumed south of the border, now seems like a good time to poll…

Conductor Richard Hickox Dies At 60

[This post was updated at 7pm EST to include information that was unavailable at the time of writing and also to correct errors in reporting] The Australian reports that conductor Richard Hickox suffered a heart attack and died yesterday in…

Wunnerful, Wunnerful

This wasn’t one of the things listed on the Seven Things meme from yesterday, but to continue on with sharing facts of a random or weird nature, Miss Mussel feels compelled to reveal that she is a fan of Lawrence…

Meme Fever

A new strain of meme seems to be circulating through our corner of the blogosphere. Most people claim that they hate doing them and are only participating because otherwise their referrers might think that they are now in the doghouse…

Tanglewood 2009 Season Highlights

The first snowfall has made idyllic hours whiled away on the lawn with a picnic and great music seem like a bit of a pipe dream. Nevertheless, shows are being planned, artists booked and marketing machines are gathering steam for…

Christmas The Hamburger Way

Last year Miss Mussel didn’t get around to Christmas shopping until three days before. This year, she appears to have morphed into one of those super cheery early adopters. Lists have been made, plans are in action, items are in…

Tis The Season For A Commercial

Hello rabid OM fans and those that have drifted in via Google! The OM Marketing Department has decided to buy some airtime on the internet to get its message of Christmas cheer out to as many people as possible. Basically,…

TechTalk: Opening Pandora’s Box

Miss Mussel’s alter ego dabbles in web design as part of her ‘bits of this and that” freelance career and has suggested for some time that she share some of her knowledge with OM readers. In the interests of starting…

Boo etc

So, today is that most hallowed of we’ens, a time when we all forget that we are no longer children and turn dressing up into a competitive sport. In honour of this day, Miss Mussel has done some late night…

Clint Eastwood: Cowboy, Cop, Composer

From the Bureau of Breaking News That Everyone Probably Knows Already: Clint Eastwood composes the scores for some of his films. Who knew? According to teh intertubes, Eastwood began writing music for his own films as early as 1980, penning…

A Match Made In Heaven

The photograph would be less horrific if Miss Mussel’s computer had a viewfinder and her landlord had finished the kitchen repairs, but you should get the gist of what went down this afternoon. In case you don’t recognize it, the…

Margaret Atwood: In Defence Of The Arts

We’re having a bit of a to do up here in Northern North America in regards to our Prime Minister deciding that ordinary people don’t really care about the arts. The argument is tired but it does get pulled out…

Quiz #25 Left, Right, Left

This week, Miss Mussel had lined up a treat for those of you with computers hooked up to floor-rumbling speakers. Unfortunately, the only recording she could find was so hideous that a change in plans was the only option. Perhaps…

What’s Your Beethoven Number?

Psychologists have innumerable tests available to try and quantify personality and predict people will interact with each other. What do musicians have? Some people have studied the correlation between instrument type and personality and of course there are hundreds of…

Who Got The Swag?

Daniel J Liss, one of the OM Quiz regulars, was responder number 5 on Friday and has a copy of I Furiosi’s new CD Crazy on the way to his house. Congratulations, Daniel! Giving away free stuff is a fun…

Email Meltdown

Hello folks, A bit of a Murphy’s law situation here. All addresses @theomniscientmussel.com are not working at the moment. If you need to get in touch, please use omniscient.mussel@gmail.com Thanks for your patience and hopefully this will be fixed by…

Friday Swag

Hello all and welcome to the inaugural edition of Friday Swag! Here’s how it’s going down: Be the FIFTH PERSON to write in with the answer to the question and the swag is yours. Simple as that.