Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sunset


One of my favorite times of the day is between 5pm - 9pm.  I love being on a patio or balcony at this time of day. The other night I was sitting on the balcony enjoying a little Chivas when I looked out to see this beautiful sunset.  I decided I would try to snap a quick shot.  There it is, mind you clarity may be a little distorted you can blame it on the Chivas  = ; o

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Forgot to mention

There will be limited posts until the weekend of September 9th.  Bloggin Blodge

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Body check to Netflix

Can google get any bigger?  Apparently it is hostile take over time of your tv viewing experience.  Move over Netflix, Google launches Canadian online movie services

D21


Avenger Short Clips



Calling all Avenger fans, Empire Online has noted on their website that the first in the series of "Marvel One Shots" has been posted online.  The series of mini clips was announced at Comic Con and will focus on tying together any loose ends that may need explaining as we lead up to the big film. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Do you need more time?

Not sure how this movie will do but the concept is interesting.  Have a look...

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Are you from Mississauga?  Have you heard of  21?  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Over kill


Warning movie spoiler..... Warning possible plot details given below....  Don't read any further if you ......Holy Overkill batman.  I am a huge Comic Book Movies (CBM) fan not only of the website but the movies too.  I follow a number of Blogs and websites I never read the plot spoilers to be honest. I also don't pay much attention to the fifty mini trailers that are released the months before each CBM blocker buster.  It is a little overkill if you ask my humble opinion.

What I do find peculiar is the paparazzi's (professional or hardcore fans) new found interest in being present at film shoots in order to gather a picture or camera phone clip of the soon to be speculated on sequence of plot details.  I guess up-skirt pictures of stars getting out of cars, following stars on vacation hoping to get a partial nude shot while at the beach only has so much appeal.  I don't have much respect for so these called photographers. So now we are bombarded with plot spoilers about the the latest actor on set and what ever else they can stir up.

There seems to be another growing trend of casting extras or background production staff members providing similar leaks of speculated information.  Not really a fan of all of these spoilers.  I love going to watch CB movies and I go into them with one simple expectation to be entertained.  I don't care for knowing half of the characters, a few surprise appearances always makes for a better film.  Good plot twists that haven't been reported on or speculated on by every other internet blog or news service makes for good fun too.   Part of the reason why I think half the movies we've seen released this summer weren't received well was for this reason and that too many people try and compare creative rewrites of their favorite characters to their twenty year old counterparts. 

The point of reboots of classic CBM's is to bring the story alive to a new generation.  Expressing a little creativity is exactly why The Dark Knight Rises Series has been doing so well.  Rewriting the story and adapting the characters to take on different tones has been part of the Comic Book genre since comics first began.  We need new plot twists, we need new takes on characters but what we don't really need is to know every detail of the film before it is even finished filming. 




Elementary schools now have uniform


Some parents may be relieved that the Toronto Catholic School Board has now implemented a uniform Policy under the "dress code for pupils policy."  Beginning this school year students will no longer be wearing street clothes.  A welcome move by some as buying new clothes at back to school sales and doing laundry may now be reduced also as a result.  I for one am totally for this.  This will in some ways create a more focused atmosphere for students to learn and will alleviate some of the popularity pressures that have arisen due to the over emphasis on fashion that retailers and the fashion industry have placed on our children. Not to the mention the branding association that leads to bullying.  I have a good friend who is a Chaplain in the Dufferin Peel board and he has even stated on occasion that branding due to the clothing can even go as far as determining where kids sit in the cafeteria.  By branding I am referring to kids only associating with kids who dress in the same clothing style whether its grunge, preppie, rocker vs rap etc.  I remeber in grade 8 even at a uniformed school I attended you were really cool if you had a Raiders jacket and maybe a Guns n Roses, Metallica or Public Enemy T-shirt.  You were semi-cool if you had a Georgetown Hoyas jacket.  I had a lumber jacket which made me semi-nerdy and a Hoyas jacket which made me semi-cool too.  Our kids don't need this pressure they need to learn in a positive environment which is getting harder to provide. This is a great move on the board's part.  Maybe the trustees at Dufferin will relook at this issue again soon.  Read more here


If you're sweating you are a terrorist.


Anyone think this is a little bit of profiling?   So the government has a plan to watch you at the airport and based on your body behavior they may be able to apprehend terrorists.  Signs of detection include sweating.  So if you're late don't run because that morsal of bodily cooling agent may do you in.  I think the government should stop using terrorism as a scapegoat for their "global plan of tyranny" as Alex Jones puts it.  Conspiracy theorists will be having a field day with this article


Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to school chills

Another weekend has come and gone.  The last weekend before the back to school craziness begins.  The construction workers are busy fixing up the streets at some of our major intersections.  The malls are going crazy with Moonlight Madness sales and Walmart along with staples will be areas that you will want to steer clear of over the next weekend.  So the last long weekend of the summer is upon us and the police will be busy setting up their spot checks and strategic plans for ensuring road safety.  The cottagers are finalizing their plans for the weekend and the liquor stores will be stocking up as the crazies line up to ensure they are well stocked for the last blitz of the summer.  The skies are growing cloudier and the chill of the morning breath is echoing the sentiments that the change of seasons is in the air.  As hurricanes and tropical storms brew in the southern eastern seas we feel the warmth of the sun's embrace grow distant earlier each day.  The morning traffic increases as the teachers creep back to work.  Soon our morning sidewalks will be littered with the joyful screams of friends lost and rekindled as the little ones go off to learn.  The traffic volume increases as parents fill their busy summer schedules with back to school fun.  The thrill of the summer freedom is over now and done.  There's something about the last week of August that always give me the back to school chills.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Butter Sage Gnocchi


I was looking for something quick to prepare last night after taking a few pictures in the City Center.  There were a couple of packs of Potato Gnocchi (pasta) kicking around in the fridge so I decided I would try mixing up this recipe. With only 20 minutes of prep and cooking time this dish makes for an easy dinner.  It had an interesting flavor not one that everyone may enjoy.  I did  add a little more garlic and Parmesan than the recipe recommended but personally I found that it could use a little more flavor.  This may simply be because of the variety of spices that I tend to throw in the mix when I am cooking.  Still a good dish and I will be playing with the ingredients more next time. 

New City Center Roundabout

 

I finally made it over to check out the new roundabout at City Center last night.  I was kind of surprised it's actually much smaller than I thought it would be. I was expecting something like in Europe where there are three lanes on each side a pile of cars and some poor sucker stuck going around in loops endlessly.  No such luck. Open just in time for the new school year the roundabout is adjacent to the new Hazel McCallion Campus (Sheridan College) located at Square One Drive and Duke of York Boulevard across from the Zellars' (soon to be Target) parking lot.  Roundabouts will be new to many people with in Mississauga as there really aren't any.   I think they should put one at 10 and Burnhamthorpe that would make for some great entertainment on a Saturday afternoon. So if you're in the area in the coming days take a spin, literally.  And while you're at it have a look at a few pics I snapped on the walk home.




Saturday, August 27, 2011

History Matters and researching for new blog section Mississauga History

There's an old saying "if you don't know where you came from how can you get to where you're going?"

I have always been a lover of arts, culture, religion and history.  Once some one said "you seem like you are very modern but you are very cultured.  A rather interesting contradiction"  I agree but I also believe that we should have a healthy respect for our history, traditions, religion and cultures.  I have never been fond of the ideology that plagues my fellow younglings and the lack of respect for History and yet the obsession with pop culture and modern technology while at the same time having little interest in their own culture. 

This is sad!  I am a full fledged Canadian!   I am a 3rd generation Canadian there's even a little of the Native blood running in these veins if you go back a few generations.  Not sure if that last part is true or one of late Auntie Roe's Fables she told of our relationship to Princess Lily Feather and Chief Shot-in-both-sides.  But on the lighter side I have been thinking of a way to include in this Blog some of the Cultural and Historical aspects of Mississauga.  Not many of the people who now live in Downtown City Center would even remember the Ol man's Farm on Eglinton.    Being a 3rd generation Canadian I envy people who come here and have a cultural tradition.  While some argue that Canada has its own culture and tradition I mean Culture more in the sense of Filipino, Spanish, Indian etc..   It is actually kind of sad that so many young people feel embarrassed that their parents want to incorporate some cultural traditions in their lives.  But thanks to James Dean being cool still seems to plague our young minds, malls, Tim Horton's and School Parking Lots heck even Churches.

So as I brainstorm keep tuned to the Bat channel for Bloggin Blodgett will be adding a new category to the Blog: Sauga back in the day.  For now if it pleases you have a look at this site Heritage Mississauga   a site I stumbled upon while doing some research on the Villages and Lost Villages of Mississauga.  Stay tuned for the new category in the coming months.

Old Skool Blodgett

Dj Vader Turn the beat up!

After a wild storm came ripping through Mississauga on Wednesday another wild storm was brewing the following Thursday... Thirsty Thursday.  Bloggin Blodgett and DJ Vader met up for another session of The Garage Talk Chronicles.  On the agenda this week was a number of topics but one in particular was music production.  DJ Vader is a producer of Drum and Bass and some hip hop.  Vader has released a few EPs on I tunes you can follow him on Twitter as well as SoundCloud a newer Social Music Community.

Raised in Mississauga he has spent much of the last ten years outside of school and work developing his production skills.  This was one of the topics on the table as we enjoyed a bit of Crest and Remy Ma.  While in his own right DJ Vader is a humble man yet he still recognizes his own growth as a producer.  I have had the privilege of knowing him for about 16 years and we spent much of our high school lunches together  listening to hip hop mix-tape cassettes sharing headphones one ear bud in an ear sharing a little box of french fries.  This is where much of the love for the underground began for F.O.2.d.X .as we have always called him.  It was during the commercialization of the Rave Scene where underground for a short lived time came into the spot light and this is where Vader stumbled upon DNB and in so many words fell in love.  Since the early 2000's he has spent time making mix-tapes and slowly began to throw his own track's in the mix.  Since then he has in many ways begun the road to perfecting his sound.  A few years back Vader launched Sinister Recordings the label which he now releases his EPs under.  A dream of Vader's that dates back to the origin of the term of Sinister Six itself but that's a long story that we'll save for another day.

About four years ago Vader also began experimenting with Hip Hop production and this in some ways ties in with how The Garage Talk Chronicles began as well as Thirsty Thursday's. So this past Thursday we were discussing a little about Classical Hip Hop and the new music which later sparked a discussion about the evolution of music production which in essence sparked the topic of this blog post.

Music production has come a long way.  From records to crackling tapes, to when DJ's were actual DJ's and mixed songs (hence mix-tapes) ... now they just yell words over songs they were given to promote.  A conversation that DJ Vader and I have had and a style that we have criticized relentlessly for some time.  Music now is much different than when we were growing.  Most of it is electronically produced and that's why much of the DNB, Trance, Dub Step and many of the new Rap sounds is mixed in the category of Electronica.  That being said there is a lot of tools that help with the trade.  While the latest pirated apps may assist a producer, Vader has been around long enough to have experimented with a variety of equipment.  His growth as a producer has begun to emerge as his own sound style takes to the streets, the radio and now his own commercial releases.  Keep an ear to SoundCloud for upcoming projects and mix cds.

Look for Part II of Garage Talk Chronicles : Turn the Beat Up  this weekend.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Some more pics from Mississauga Tornado Watch







You can view the rest of the album at BlodgettFreezeFrame

Lego my Eggo

These look really sweet.  Damn I wish I was a kid today!!!  Unimog by Lego thanks to Gizmag

New DOTM Toys: Sergeant Noble Tailpipe & Pinpointer and Sideswipe


I came across these bad boys over at Zellars last week and I couldn't resist. 
I believe the Sideswipe (to the left) has two different versions this being the more colorful of the two.  Tailpipe and Pinpointer are pretty awesome figures too.  Have a look at a few images I snapped real quick.  "BlogginBlodge Roll Out!!!!!!"






Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shoe that generates energy

Want to charge your phone while getting some exercise? Well not quite but this interesting concept of energy generating shoes is being developed and may just be around the corner.... Have a look over at gizmag.


Mississauga Tornado Watch Photos

As promised here are few photos from last nights storm.  You can find more pictures at BlodgettFreezeFrame.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tornado watch

The round about shoot had to wait tonight.  Still on the agenda but the big lightning show was in focus for BlodgettFreezeFrame.  That was an awesome storm I must say big ups to mother nature.  My Henry's gift cards which I received for my birthday last weekend are going towards a nice tripod.  My arms are tired to say the least after 3 hours of shooting.  I'm off for some r&r so the uploads will have to wait for the morning.  Snoozing Blodgett signing off.   Zzzzzz

Taste of streetsville

Streetsville cuisine is doing it up big next month. From September 15th to October 7th the little village in western Mississauga will hold their third annual Taste of Streetsville event.   Read more here

Round n R ound we go.....

Tonight weather pending Freezeframeblodgett will be heading over to the city center to shoot the new round about.  Look for pictures later today....

Monday, August 22, 2011

An opinion

The Gospel reading from last Sunday (Mt 16:13-20) has always been a point of contention for many people.  It is a hard hitting statement of faith.  The story centers on the time when  Jesus asks the disciples "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 

The answers given are various and full of different opinions.  Much like the approach that people have today, Jesus is viewed as an opinion.  Some people believe he was a nice guy.  Others think He is a Prophet.  Some believe He was a fable. Some people believe He was a heretic.  To some He is The Truth the living Son of God.  In many ways Jesus is still looked upon as someone to have an opinion about.  But there are those who hold a very different belief, a belief which often the world has a hard time grasping.  Catholics believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  They also believe that the Catholic Church which this reading further touches upon was founded by Jesus Christ and was entrusted to Saint Peter in the Papal Office.  There are many people who have difficulty with this and it mainly boils down to misunderstanding what these scripture passages mean.  It is also one of the many reasons why there is so much division between Christians and even Catholics.  Today you still will hear all kinds of arguing on why the Catholic Church should ordain woman, change its teachings on sexuality, and allow divorce amongst other things.  What people often do not understand is that the Church proclaims that Jesus is Truth.  What this means to Catholics is that all the teachings that come from Jesus are true for all time periods.  As Catholics we believe that Jesus is the Eternal Truth unchanging and unchangeable.  This essentially means that because a particular opinion or world view is popular today that doesn't change what is fundamentally true.  In the eyes of the Catholic Faith Jesus' teachings are not opinions and I think that is where the most confusion about what the Catholic Faith is comes in.  This is why the Church cannot change its teachings because according to the premise of whose message they are proclaiming it is unchangeable.  So are the laws and traditions that Jesus established in His Church unchangeable.  It is no different than trying to change the name of a monkey.  The name or way of understanding what to call the monkey may evolve but the fundamental element of what the monkey is does not change.  And it can't be changed.  It is the same with the Church. 

Birthday dinner

















Bloggin Blodgett celebrated his 30th birthday for the third time yesterday.  It was a fun filled evening with the family.  Instead of going out for a buffet which we've done for the last few years I decided to have a mini buffet of some of my favorite foods.  With just under 3 hours of prep time and cooking it turned out to be a great meal that the whole family enjoyed.  On the menu was Jerk Chicken, Couscous Stuffed Peppers, Greek Rice, Grilled Lamb, Chez Blodge's Spinach Salad and a few home made appetizers.  Of Course birthday dinner is never complete without a little Cheesecake and Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake.  I may just post a few of these recipes in the coming week. 

Also some new pics of Ultimate Optimus who my brother and brother in law spent some time transforming while hanging out over some Pina Coladas.




 













Thanks to everyone for the birthday greets as well.
Older Blodgett

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lack of posts

I've been slacking on posts for the last few days.  Actually I haven't been home much for the last few days due to work and social events.  I'm still hoping to get down to the Buskerfest in Portcredit.  That's all pending how much time I spend parousing through Henrys' Tent Sale.  FreezeFrameBlodgett needs some more gear for his upcoming photoshoots.  Then its off to the market for some goods for the big dinner I'm making for yours truly's birthday.  Look out for some food photo posts.  
BlogginB

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Street theater


Always makes for a good picture anyhow.  So this weekend I will be traveling down to Port Credit for the Buskerfest.  The what fest?  Buskerfest.  This is first I've heard of this event too.  But since I'm new to the community events scene that's my excuse.  The Buskerfest is simply put Street Theater.  According to the Port Credit website 'Buskers are gutsy street performers'  Please do not hesitate to correct me if I'm wrong but I am assuming since this BuskerFest has a 6 next to it that this will be the sixth time that they have held this event.  Sounds very interesting to me and therefore Bloggin Blodgett along with Freeze FrameBlodgett (they may be the same people) will be there to photograph, video and blog. I came across this event thanks to the wonderful people over  at Mississauga Life Magazine.


Here's a quick map from the Port Credit website which shows some locations of events
Check out the video below as well


Robots in disguise

Maybe someone could explain to me the purpose of Robots?  Quite frankly I don't get it.   I mean other than the rich who need to be waited on tooth and nail why do we need Robots?   For me this question stems from the countless articles I read in mostly technology blogs and ezines.  I still believe in going to the Cashier at grocery stores and using tellars at banks.  Old school maybe but I find the world robotic enough as it is without actual robots running around.  I'm sorry but what can a Robot really do that a person who has a starving determination and will to live can't do?  The only answer is live without a conscience.  Robots would make for great killing machines (forgive the pun).  But other than that I spend enough time conversating with computers having one way discussions about  'what is wrong with you?'.... 'will you hurry up'.... 'come on come let's go. I don't have all day.'  I have no desire to come home to a pile of metal wandering around my home.  But some people do some people even want to have sex with robots.  I have read that a few companies have even taken blowup dolls to a mechanical level. Literally!  So the shy recluse can now order his custom brunette dream girl who will please at will, converse with and comfort those who are incapable of human interaction.   Maybe if us civilized people were a little friendlier or kinder they wouldn't have these issues.   Another debate though.

But nevertheless now we are on the dawn of a new age.  An age where countless people die of diseases, famine and poverty.... yada yada yada same ol story people have been dying for thousands of years.... the rich get richer... Machines replace human jobs... The weak are allowed to die off because 'only the strong survive. Survival of the fittest.'  as Spencer and Darwin said... Last time I checked Spencer and Darwin were dead but hey.  So what is my point.  My point is this... It's the same point I made to a bunch of people when some scientists thought it was good fun to waste a gazillion dollars trying to recreate 'the big bang theory'....  Why do we continue to waste all this money and research  for something that really doesn't matter at the end of the day when we could use that time, energy, and resources to help develop actual people.  I know even the time spent writing this blog could be used for better purposes than the self glorification and nimble satisfaction I could receive from knowing someone read my measly opinion.  But I will let others speak of the little good I have done.  So off with the Robots head I say.  Power to the people.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Baaaah!!!!!!

Lamb that is!
















Greek was on the menu tonight.  Metro had a sale last weekend on Lamb Shoulder.  If you are not with familiar with lamb it can be very pricey and rarely is marked down.  There are a few packs in the freezer for the coming drought of lamb that is... won't be buying again for a while.  Now this wasn't a truly authentic greek dish as it would have had a few more ingredients on my part but for a quick whip up it suffices.

So Chef Blodgett Marinated the beast for about an hour at room temperature.  If you have time then I recommend that you marinade the beast for 6 hours in the fridge.  You don't want it too long though because the Lemon in the mixture will start to brown the meat. 

The marinade was a combo of  Dijon mustard, Rosemary, Lemon Juice (fresh is always better), Garlic, Salt (you can use regular or Kosher), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Greek Oil would give a nice touch), Fresh Ground Pepper (I never use packaged ground pepper).

1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons of Rosemary
2 Teaspoons of Salt
4 Cloves of Minced Garlic
1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
1-2 Tablespoons of Salt
4-6 Lamb Shoulders

Mix the ingredients together adding the Oil Olive gradually at the end.  Marinate as noted  Once you are ready to cook them in order to avoid burning the outside, since we are grilling them, please wipe them down almost dry.  While drying them set your grill to a medium-high temperature.  After the grill has heated throw those bad boys on there.  Let them cook for about 6 minutes per side or until desired rareness.  Remember lamb is not suppose to be well done and will continue to cook for a minute or two after being removed from heat.  

So while you are marinating the lamb I recommend preparing a little rice dish.  The original recipe I had found online but decided to tweak it a little.  You are going to need Onions, Carrots, Garlic Cloves, Pepper, Salt, Lemon Juice, Rice (Jasmine is my preference), Fresh Rosemary, Fresh Parsley, Chicken Broth (If you know how to make a home made broth do it up).  If you want to get creative you can also add Broad Beans (I recommend reading up on how to properly prepare it is easy to overcook).  

Chop up 1 onion and fry in Olive Oil.  Cook for about 2-4 minutes.  Do not let the Onions brown.  Prepare your Chicken Broth at this time.  You will need about 4 cups. Chop up finely (I use a processor to save time) 1-2 Carrots.  Throw it in the pot and cook for 3 minutes. Add your minced garlic, 3 Tablespoons of Parsly, and 1 Tablespoon of Pepper, Salt and Rosemary.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Add a little more oil to keep from drying.  Add a teaspoon of Lemon Juice and then mix in your chicken broth.  Bring to a light boil.  Throw in 1 1/2 cups of white rice.  Let boil for about 2 minutes and then reduce to low heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15-20 minutes to fully cook.  Let Cool and Serve.

Kali Orexi
Chez Blodge
 

The Morning Mist


The cool breeze blows like the morning mist that travels across the still water at the dusk of dawn, reminding us that the change of seasons are near. The cold morning brisk reminds me of an Autumn day. So the battle of the seasons begins as cold and warm fronts meet hurricanes and tropical storms battle over land and seas.  The pagans of ol days would have said the gods were at war.  But us photographers and fishers will rejoice as the summer clings on and the Autumn leafs show all their glory.  As the leafs fall the lenses will change and as the salmon swim the credit the lures will wait.  The crisp coolness of Autumn's chill just spoke this morning letting us know I am coming!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

A short story

I have always enjoyed various forms of writing. I have been writing here and there since about grade 5 which was a few years ago... OK many years ago. Nevertheless I have always enjoyed writing. My fidelity to writing hasn't always been the most faithful either. While doing some research for an upcoming project I came across this site which seems to be dedicated to freelance writings, poets etc... and you guessed it... Bloggin Blodgett signed himself up. Now I just setup a profile to get the wheels a churning so there is nada available for your reading pleasure. However not to disappoint I have decided that I shall upload a monthly story... most likely a short story but there may be the odd poem as well. It shall be swell! Writing.com is where the story's shall dwell Bloggin Blodgett has a new mission to make you smile with stories that I tell.... lol. See poetry Bloggin Blodgett can dig it.

Be persistent

So this week at Mass the reading was rather interesting. It's not your typical story of Jesus that we're accustom to. In the Gospel reading (Mt 15:21-28) there is a woman pestering the disciples and Jesus is blatantly ignoring her. Not your typical image of the loving, caring, savior Jesus that we are familiar with. It isn't till the woman makes a bold declaration of faith that Jesus actually turns to her and as per her request heals her daughter who was being tormented by demons.

I myself had never really thought about this all that much but after listening to the Priest's Homily and looking at this reading it dawned upon me that there are some things that we really have to pester the Man for. Many people have the notion that God doesn't answer prayers and this can be quite true. There are many prayers or things we request from God throughout our life that we don't seem to be blessed with. They may not be what's best for us either though. And that's why many people firmly believe that God doesn't answer prayers. But this passage from the Gospel got me thinking that there are somethings we have to consistently ask the Lord for. This may also just be one reason that we don't get what we want.

I remember one time a friend said to me 'that there are some blessings that we are just given,some blessings that we don't receive and then there are some blessings that we must ask for'. And I think that's what the main context of this reading.. that just like in life we have to be persistent with the Lord and have a firm faith that He will give us those things that we need.

On the Menu this week


Gnocchi with Sage-Butter Sauce and Spinach Walnut Salad

















Cheese, nut & Cranberry Penne



















Bruschetta
















And Lamb Shoulder

Watch out for recipes and pics