Photos- Charlottetown, PE

Here are some interesting photos I took with my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in the late summer and the fall of 2011.   For some of them I used Fuji Superia 200 film, for others I used a Kodak BW400 film.  They were all taken in the Charlottetown, PE area.

Outside the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PE

A street performer plays his banjo on the steps of the Confederation Centre, corner of Queen st. and Grafton st.

Another shot of the street performer who was kind enough to let me snap some photos

An interesting building on Water St. in Charlottetown

City Hall in Charlottetown, PE

Multiple exposure taken in Charlottetown, PE

Charlottetown's public transportation

City Hall in Charlottetown, PE

The Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PE

A lamp-post on Grafton St. in Charlottetown, PE

Outside the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PE

Province House, the location of PEI's legislative assembly

Another shot of Province House

 

My New Blog!

Hey folks.  I have an exciting announcement today.  In recent months I have become increasingly aware of the fact that my blog is a little bit cluttered and random.   I feel that this blog should be primarily focused on music, art and life.  That being said, I really enjoy posting about cooking and sharing recipes.  So today I am announcing my new cooking blog wademackskitchen.wordpress.com.  I will still be linking to all of my recipes from this blog, but everyone should head over there and check it out.

Wade

People Worth Listening To- Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery was an Indianapolis born jazz guitarist who is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time.  He influenced not only jazz music, but other forms of popular music as well.  His playing style included a lot of single note lines and octave figures. He played with his thumb instead of a pick, giving his playing a mellow and expressive sound.

I fell in love with his music and his playing when I purchased his 1960 album “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery”, which he recorded with pianist Tommy Flanagan, drummer Albert Heath and bassist Percy Heath.

 

People Worth Listening To- The Protomen

The Protomen are an American indie rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.  I’ve posted about them before.  Their music is loosely based on the “Mega Man” video game series.  However, their 2005 album “The Protomen” (Now entitled Act I) as well as their 2009 followup “Act II: The Father of Death” tell a darker version of events that differs greatly from the existing “official” story line.

I became a fan of this band when I was first introduced to their second album “Act II” by a cousin of mine.  To me it seemed to be highly influenced by the sounds of the 1980s, but still was something completely fresh and new sounding.  From this jumping point I also fell in love with their debut album “The Protomen” (Act I).

The band maintains a certain mystique surrounding their identities.  Little is known about the members other than their creative stage names that are generally pop culture references.  Their live performances are quite theatrical and they like to play cover versions of 70s and 80s songs that go along with the themes present in their own music.

Pan Roasted Apple Pork Chops With Roasted Garlic Baby White Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 pork rib chops 
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 macintosh apple chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • Enough baby white potatoes for 2 people
  • Olive oil
  • Dried thyme
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
Part 1: The Potatoes
  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash, dry and cut your baby potatoes in half.
  • Place potatoes in a glass roasting dish, drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt & black pepper.
  • Place dish in preheated oven and set your timer for 60 minutes.  When there is 20 minutes left on the timer, add roughly chopped garlic and return to oven.  Give the dish a shake every 20 minutes or so to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Potatoes are done when fork tender.  Try adding some chopped up fresh dill to the cooked potatoes.

Part 2: The Pork

  • Leave your oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pre-heat an oven safe skillet on med-high.  When skillet is hot, add some olive oil.
  • Season pork with thyme, kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Place  pork chops in hot skillet and sear first side for 1-2 minutes.  When brown, flip the pork and add your onions and apples.
  • Place skillet in oven and let roast until the pork reaches your desired temperature.  I prefer my pork at medium which is at about 145-150 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you prefer your pork well done (not recommended) 160-165 degrees is more than enough.
  • Remove pork from skillet and set aside.  Tent the pork with tinfoil.
  • Continue to cook the apples and onions on stove top until tender and caramelized, and then serve on top of pork chops.  Be careful if your skillet has a metal handle, second degree burns aren’t fun.

I plated the pork and potatoes and served with some steamed and buttered green beans.  I have a nice idea for pork tenderloin that I’m going to try out this week coming, be sure to subscribe and check back!

Enjoy!

People Worth Listening To- Tom Waits

Tom Waits is certainly among the most unique of singer-songwriters.  His voice is one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices I’ve heard.  While not technically “good” by any means, I’d say his voice carries his music very well.  He may not be a great vocalist, but he’s an amazing singer of songs.  His voice flows with raw emotion.

In his music he incorporates rock, blues, jazz, experimental, vaudeville along with various other traditional styles and even some pretty experimental techniques.  The result is music that sounds like nothing else, which is an art in itself.  That can’t carry the music by itself, it’s also got to be enjoyable to listen to.  And although Waits can be an acquired taste, I assure you that it’s a taste worth acquiring.

Why Slicing Should be the Preferred Method of Preparing Oranges

This is an orange.

They are delicious and healthy.  What should be a staple in everyone’s diet, unless of course you’re allergic…

These are the peelings of said orange.

The white stuff on the inside is kinda’ gross, and the orange stuff on the outside, the zest, is only good when grated up and put in other things.  Either way undesirable when one is simply eating an orange.

This is what an orange looks like when it has been peeled.

This is a horrible way to prepare an orange for the following reasons:

  • It’s near impossible to get all the white stuff of the pieces of orange.  This can make the pieces of orange tough to chew and swallow.
  • Face it.  It’s a pain in the ass struggling to get that peeling off that orange. This method requires maximum effort.
  • It often requires the use of a spoon.
  • Your hands can get uncomfortably sticky.  This is a bad thing… you know… unless your into that sort of thing.
  • Our studies (two plus decades of orange eating experience) have shown that it can often be a time-consuming process.

This is an orange that has been sliced.

This is an excellent method for orange preparation.  This is the way of the future.  WAY OF THE FUTURE!  Here’s why:

  • Takes very little time.
  • Minimum hand stickiness to orangey satisfaction ratio.
  • Does not require the use of such a blunt and primitive instrument as the spoon.  It does however require the use of a knife.  Knifes are definitely cooler than spoons.
  • It is very easy to eat the delicious flesh without ingesting too much disgusting white stuff.
  • Frustration level practically zero.

The End.

Jamming!

This is a photo of me taken by my cousin and good bud JD at our latest jam session last Sunday.  JD plays drums and he’s kind enough to sit in as me and a bass player named Adam start to work on my next musical endeavor.  More info to come in the near future…

Leap Day Birthdays- A Shout Out to all You Leap Year Babies!

Today I was visiting a local tax establishment to get my tax return completed.  When filling out the paperwork I couldn’t for the life of me remember the date.  I asked the gentlemen what the date was.  He replied “February 29th, my Wife’s birthday.  We always remember to celebrate because she only gets one every four years”.

I was taken aback.  I had never thought of the predicament of someone being born on February 29th.  I will admit I thought about it most of the day.  I had questions that needed to be answered, so I decided to do some reading.

Do people who were born on leap days celebrate a birthday every year?

Apparently some will celebrate on March 1st, or February 28th.  Some will celebrate only on actual leap years.

What about the legality of the situation?  When does said “Leapling” reach the age of majority?

It of course varies by country.  Some laws state February 28th, some state March 1st.  I couldn’t locate anything on my specific country which is Canada, but I’m sure I could with a little more time put into it.

Is someone who was born on February 29th, 1952 60 years old, or 15 years old?

Technically they are 21,916 years old.  21,916/365= 60.04 years.  So technically speaking they are 60 years old.  This is also true legally speaking.  Technically they are celebrating their “15th birthday” though.

Garfield Minus Garfield

A while ago I stumbled upon (or was shown, I can’t quite remember) an website by the name of Garfield minus Garfield.  Now if you’re like me, you always read Garfield when flipping through the news paper.  In fact I rarely read any of the other strips.  As a kid I had a few of Jim Davis’s Garfield books on my shelf, and always enjoyed reading them.  However, I will admit that as I grew older my mind began to numb to much of the humour in your average everyday Garfield strip. This site has reignited the passion that I once had for this comic strip and you should all check it out!

Quite an accurate description is already provided on the main page of the site and I choose not to paraphrase:

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

It is quite an interesting premise.  Jon Arbuckle is already a pretty depressing character who spends most of his days confiding in his pets.  With the pets and other characters taken out of the picture we begin to really understand Mr. Arbuckle, and perhaps we see a little bit of ourselves in those lonely eyes.  It’s both disturbing and comforting at the same time.  Comforting in the fact that we are not alone.

This site is genius.  It reminds us that the human mind can be a vulnerable thing, and all of us could end up in the same state as Mr. Arbuckle.  If we can’t laugh at our own vulnerabilities, then what can we laugh at?