wmtc: in which i answer the burning question, what will laura binge-watch next?

In response to my help me find a new series to binge-watch post, I got tons of answers both here and on Facebook. I’m keeping the list for future reference. In the category of watching by myself during R&R downtime, I am starting with Hinterland, which has long been in my Netflix list. I’ve watched ...

wmtc: in which i contemplate the personal pros and cons of social media

I’ve been taking a break from social media, and I am feeling the positive effects. But I do miss people. But I feel better…but I miss people…but I feel better. And so on. This is your brain on fibromyalgia I struggle with low concentration and intermittent brain fog. I believe it’s from fibromyalgia, but whatever ...

wmtc: in which old photos make me think things

I’ve been scanning some old photos — some of Allan and me through the years, others with my siblings at various ages — and have been posting them on Facebook. This experience has led to two insights. The thoughts themselves aren’t new, but this walk on memory lane has recalled and reinforced them. Insight number ...

wmtc: authors i keep wanting to read but don’t

My book list is extremely long, so long that I don’t call it a reading list or a to-read list, because I will never read even half the books on the List. It’s more like books I would read. A list to narrow down the universe of books to a smaller universe of books to ...

wmtc: 10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has being attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let’s hope it’s not ...

wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

I spoke to a customer yesterday who was visiting from Denmark. He described himself as a trade-unionist, and he came to the library, looking for me, to learn about our strike! He also said he had read a book he loved, and was looking for more like it. He described the book: “by a Canadian ...

wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist: 1. Hopefulness 2. Persistence, perseverance 3. Reliability 4. Enjoyment of teamwork 5. Willingness to take direction from others 6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause 7. Good listening skills 8. A long view 9. Boundaries 10. Passion for your cause

wmtc: 14 thoughts on watching how i met your mother (first time through so no spoilers please!)

I was watching MASH when Netflix pulled the plug on our VPN. I found a new VPN… but now MASH is gone. One day I hope to finish the end-to-end rewatch. But right then, my comedy-before-bed slot was left hanging. I tried “How I Met Your Mother,” and I was very happily surprised. I have ...

wmtc: 10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

#7: Hold a logo contest! Trying to increase member engagement in your union? Here are some ideas that work. 1. Always make time for your members’ concerns. This is number one through infinity. If you don’t make time for your members’ concerns – if your members don’t know that you’re fighting for them – everything ...

wmtc: we like lists: things we learn from tv detective and murder mystery shows

If you enjoy detective shows, murder mysteries, and legal dramas, you learn a lot of things that don’t necessarily reflect reality. Here are some things you may learn from these shows. 1. Women are crazy and kill people. I have already blogged about and disproportionate percentage of female murderers on TV detective shows. In reality, ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 20: top ten reasons we love our favourite cult show or movie

For those who want the question with no context: Do you love a cult show or movie? What movie and why? List at least 10 reasons. (I wish everyone would reply here and not on Facebook, but I know that is a lost cause…) * * * * Further to my longstanding tradition of watching ...

wmtc: remembrance day: 11 anti-war songs for 11.11

Many artists and bands have recorded anti-war songs, and they’re not always those associated with protest. Here are 11 songs that decry the deceit, corruption, and futility of war. 1. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye 2. Generals and Majors – Andy Partridge (XTC) 3. Welcome to the Occupation – REM 4. The Call Up ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 19: more eponyms, subcategory edition

Eponyms everywhere! Who knew? Our most recent list of eponyms was a smash success. It gave rise to at least three subcategories, as I wrote here: – Inventor/creator/discoverer, not genericized. These are eponyms, but have not entered the vocabulary as a separate noun or descriptor. Example: Alzheimer’s. Compare to pasteurized. – Fictional characters— Mythological names—– ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 18: words that were once people

I really enjoy learning about the origins of words and expressions. (I included this in our last list.) Several words now part of ordinary vocabulary started out as proper names. In 1880, a group of Irish tenant farmers organized a labour ostracism against the agent of an abusive absentee landlord. The agent’s name was Charles ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 16: conformity and its discontents

Allan is in the midst of a giant Stephen King reading and writing project, and in honour of that, I’m reading my first ever book by Stephen King. From this post, I was moved to read the novella The Body (which was adapted into the movie “Stand By Me”). Allan’s description of the novella made ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 15: such stuff as dreams are made on

In a dream, you walk into a room, someplace you have been before. Three people are there: a current celebrity, a historical figure, and someone you associate with your childhood. You ask for something to eat and something to drink. Music is playing in the background. Tell us: 1. What is the room? 2. Who ...

wmtc: wmtc7 is awesome, or, 10 reasons i love hosting a summer potluck

Wmtc7 was last night, and I think it might have been the best wmtc party yet. It was certainly the our biggest turnout, with more than 40 people – and 10 dogs! All week, southern Ontario had been sweltering under brutal heat and humidity. Then on Saturday morning it rained a bit, the skies were ...

wmtc: we like lists: lists of lists of lists

On our DIY top-ten list, M@ made a top-10 list of top-10 lists. David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, takes it up a level, with a top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists! I haven’t read that book yet, but I probably will over the spring-summer. (That’s the wonderful season ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 14: three reasons you like/dislike valentine’s day

Do you like Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it or avoid it? Do you celebrate it and avoid it? Tell us why. Three reasons, please. I don’t do Valentine’s Day. Here’s why. 1. I don’t like being told when to be romantic. If everyone is supposed to be romantic at once, where’s the romance in ...

wmtc: ten reasons i like being a library page

I needed to get a job as a library page in order to be “in the system” at the Mississauga Library. Job openings rarely, if ever, go external. Since after I earn my degree, I want to work as a librarian in Mississauga, and I was advised by several people that a page job is ...

wmtc: songs from beyond the grave (a list in progress)

I was driving around Mississauga listening to Bob Dylan’s Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue, a great live album, when I realized that the narrator of “Romance In Durango” dies at the end of the song. Or does he? The song seems to fall into a small subcategory of ballads – story-songs, not slow songs ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 13: it was the best of lists, it was the worst of lists

Few things in life are all good or all bad. Even though I dislike Christmas, I’m happy to enjoy some paid time off, and this year I reaped the benefits of holiday overtime. Sometimes, the negative so grossly outweighs the positive that there’s no point in searching for a shred of silver lining. Example: Jason ...

wmtc: five items in search of a post (a list of sorts)

This has been a strange winter break. I’ve been working at the library, collaborating with Allan on some paid writing work, taking care of the massive number of appointments and personal chores that pile up while I’m in school, seeing a few friends… but also making sure I spend a fair amount of time on ...

wmtc: annual i hate christmas post: top ten things i hate about christmas

It’s a wmtc tradition: my annual I Hate Christmas post. This year, it’s a continuation of what we started here. Feel free to post your list, too, of any length. Hate only, please. If you love Christmas, go off and enjoy it. 10. “Merry Christmas” 9. “It’s A Wonderful Life” 8. Ads where people are ...

wmtc: we like lists: list # 12: ten best of anything

Lists are back! I was a little disappointed in the turnout for our last list, awesome art. Statcounter and Google Reader tell me that a few hundred people read this blog; I wish more of them would jump in the comment pool. But even if only from the core group of wmtc commenters… we like ...