This summer’s burning questions…

August 18th, 2009


Robert Novak – miss him or piss on his grave?

Why do I think of Lincoln’s observation,You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” when I listen to the U.S. health care debate? Read the rest of this entry »

Glenn Beck the human wreck…

July 28th, 2009

Glenn Beck, not exactly as shownFaux News commentator Glenn Beck appears to be off his meds once again.  Famous for screaming like a little girl at any caller who offends his rather skewed sense of reality, Glenn has gone completely off the deep end as of late. Read the rest of this entry »

The New York Guide

July 26th, 2009

Baffled By Travel New York Guide

I am just about finished writing Baffled By Travel’s New York Guide which is much cause for celebration around our house.

However, it is like birthing a baby and I tend to suffer from mild post partum depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Books, books and more books…

July 1st, 2009

Baffled By Travel Guide to Toronto and Niagara Falls

The Toronto Guide I wrote is now in the stores and I have been busy finishing up the New York guide which is being published next month. There’s an online preview of the guide right here.  If youwant your very own copy it is available at better bookstores everywhere or online at Read the rest of this entry »

Joe blow…

May 6th, 2009

Plumbers for 'mericaI’m afraid that our old friend Joe the Plumber aka Samuel Wurzelbacher is a little past his “best before” date.  Since John McCain hailed him as “my hero” during last fall’s Presidential election Joe has managed to keep himself front and centre in the media with his regular knuckle-headed pronouncements. Read the rest of this entry »

Wake Up…

April 30th, 2009

Robert J. Sawyer WakeWe went  down to the launch of our friend Rob Sawyer’s new book Wake.  Rob just got off the plane at noon from an 18 day book tour across the U.S. and Canada, but that didn’t slow him down as he gave a spirited reading from the book. Read the rest of this entry »

Baffled By Travel Toronto Guide…

April 24th, 2009

Over the past few months I have been working with the Baffled By Travel team helping to create an entirely new type of city guide.

In my position as Senior Writer on the guide I got to discover new places in Toronto.  I also got to rediscover many of the attractions that make the city so great. Read the rest of this entry »

And the old theme is repaired and back in action again…

April 24th, 2009

Finally, after much research and some trial and error I have finally restored the original look of Sparkplug. 

I looked at a number of different themes and finally decided that I wanted to repair the one I had.

And there’s no place like home…

Silent Rider…

April 22nd, 2009

Today is Earth Day and to mark the occasion I am considering buying an electric scooter.  No, not the type the morbidly obese drive in the supermarket, these are traditional motor-scooters of the Vespa variety with an electric motor instead of a gas one. Read the rest of this entry »

My Big Circus DVD has arrived…

April 20th, 2009

bigcircuslc2.jpgWarner Brothers sent along a copy of The Big Circus under their new Archive banner.  With shaking hands I inserted it into my DVD player fully expecting, even though the box graphics and the label said The Big Circus, that it would be some cruel joke or another movie altogether.

But, be still my beating heart, it was the real deal, in glorious widescreen.  Sure the menu was pared down to just a “Play” option, but after all these years that is good enough.  It plays and it looks great, best of all it is a legitimate copy.

Bravo, Warner Brothers and keep the Archive titles coming.

Another week another new theme…

April 20th, 2009

In my ongoing quest to find a new template for Sparkplug I am trying out yet another new theme.  Let me know what you think of this three column format.

Notice the new style…

April 15th, 2009

Ah the wonders of technology…

I locked myself out of the site for a couple of weeks by eliminating a piece of code on a style sheet that I thought I had backed up but hadn’t.  The result?  My sidebar disappeared for a couple of weeks along with with Admin login.  I finally found a way in and selected this theme so that I could repair the damage.

But now I am not sure.  I kind of like this theme.

I may try it for a couple of weeks while I decide.

The Big Circus on DVD at last…

March 22nd, 2009

It worked.  Enough of you out there sent enough letters to Warners to convince them to release it on their exclusive Warners Archive collection which is only available to American customers on their website.

They provide a preview on their site which shows that The Big Circus is in its original widescreen format and is a decent print.  To get your copy follow this link to Warners site.

As a Canadian I will have to find another way to get a copy, Ebay perhaps.

Thanks to reader Simon Howson for the heads up on this release.

Still it is finally out there in full widescreen glory.

Let Go Of That Naked Gold Man…

February 22nd, 2009

Yes, it’s Oscar night again.  If I sound less than enthusiastic it’s because I am.  Again, like last year the Best Picture line up is a collection of quality films, but I am still in a snit because The Dark Knight did not make the cut.

So here are my picks. Read the rest of this entry »

The discipline of brevity…

January 6th, 2009

“If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.” 

–David Belasco

During the past year I have been helping to write several travel guides for a publisher.  One of the guidelines from the Editor is that no single review can be longer than 60 words due to the constraints of the page design. Read the rest of this entry »