Here There Be Dragons

I was going to write a blog today. But then I read this: Here There Be Dragons It made me laugh, so I wanted to share it with you. The Byronic Man wants to know what movies you think would be better with the addition of a dragon. Personally, I can think of all sorts of […]

Will Canadian Zombies Be More Polite Than Other Zombies?

Because, you know, Canadians are always so darned polite. And cheerful and clean too! And good looking. See? Oh, wait. I’m getting distracted again, aren’t I? So why my interest in Canadian zombies today, you ask? Because The Girls’ Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse reports that the Canadian government is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. […]

Book in a Minute: When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished reading WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead. It’s aimed at middle-grade and possibly high school aged readers, but I loved it. This is a wonderfully moving coming-of-age tale, as well as a clever, inventive take on the whole Time […]

The Syd Barrett Moment

We had one of our Syd Barrett moments this weekend. The inspiration for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is a biographical note I think most of us would feel better not having. And yet, in the end, that was Syd’s greatest claim to fame. But why he inspired that dark masterpiece is what concerns us here today. It’s because he was pretty much crazy.

Cast out of Pink Floyd, the band he’d help create, Syd recorded a couple of haunting solo albums, and then did serious time in mental institutions. It’s said that a visit to him when he was in one of those institutions reduced his bandmate Roger Waters to tears, and that Roger never went back. Some people think that sounds weak, but that’s only because they don’t have a Syd in their own lives. We do. Our Syd is a girl. Read more…