Category: This & That

Canada Wins The Olympics

This afternoon Miss Mussel legged it from a Baroque dance concert to one of the dodgiest bars in downtown Kitchener to catch the last 10 minutes of the third period. As she opened the door, the heads of all 13…

Oh T-Rex

Add some awesome in the form of a static Canadian dinosaur to your feed reader today kids! (Also suitable for grownups)

La Neige En Fevrier

Up here in Canadia, also known as The Best Olympic Host In The History Of The Universe, we were sort of hoping that the unusually clement weather might just melt into spring without incident. Wrong. Two nights ago, whoever is…

Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

“I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I…

Earworms

AC Douglas has been temporarily overcome by a dodgy computer (time for a Mac *ahem*) but is keeping busy by trying to purge himself of a Bach keyboard partita ear worm. His solution is to play the pieces for 26…

How To Win At Blogging Part 2

Chris Clarke dissects the anatomy of a blog post with alarming and hilarious accuracy in Sunday’s Boston Globe. “This sentence contains the thesis of the blog post, a trite and obvious statement cast as a dazzling and controversial insight. This…

Pour Votre Valentin(e)

From the 1992 film Peter’s Friends with Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Imelda Staunton and Kenneth Branaugh. And the Fred & Ginger original from the 1936 film Swingtime

Je Voudrais Un Croissant

Or why the Internet is the best thing ever. Last night Miss Mussel was embroiled in an epic battle with MS Word and its sinister, shape-shifting army of advanced formatting commands. Reaching a wall, she appealed to Twitter for some…

Choosing Sides

Things are heating up a bit in the “are classical music record sales in the toilet” debate. In the blue corner, we have Anne Midgette and Norman Lebrecht on the offensive. Fighting back, in red, with some insider facts is…

Sliver

The Plain Dealer has a short interview with Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes. The strip ended fifteen years ago (seriously? 15 years?) and Miss Mussel still misses it. “I just tried to write honestly, and I tried…

Best Spam Ever

Akisment has kept the most egregious specimens out the OM comment well but every so often one rogue message manages to swim the moat. The following missive was caught trying to append itself to an 18-month old post about Clint…

Cast Change For The Canadian Opera Company’s Carmen

The Canadian Opera Company announced today that the American mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, who was scheduled to perform Carmen starting January 27th has withdrawn due to health reasons. In her place for the first six performances will be Israeli mezzo Rinat…

Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dead At Age 63

A press release from the National Arts Centre brings the sad news that Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle died Monday night from cancer at age 63. According to a Globe & Mail report, McGarrigle died at home surrounded by her…

La Musique

Miss Mussel has been toying with an audio feature for quite some time but as of yet has not settled on a format, installment plan or indeed what exactly the content should be. So, in tried and true 21st-century fashion,…

Back…Sort Of

It seems that 10 days of 2010 have slipped by without so much as a peep from the OM. Rather bizarrely, the world still seems to be spinning on its axis and life is proceeding as normal for more than…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol. 3

Now that you are on the verge of being fired for having impure thoughts towards a certain someone, there’s no harm in mindlessly wandering the Intertubes in search of the wacky and wonderful things that make it such an interesting…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol. 2

A few hours on, the books reviews from Vol. 1 are admittedly looking a little arduous. Don’t worry, Miss Mussel has got you covered. First thing is a wee trip in the way back machine. Click if you dare. For…

2009 Salute To Idleness Vol.1

It’s the last day of 2009, folks! To be honest, it doesn’t feel all that exciting since for Miss Mussel (and, she suspects, most of you) the year begins in September when concert season starts up again. Nevertheless, it seems…