Three thoughts on D&D. 6

Three thoughts on D&D.
Last summer, I got an email from my friend Wil, asking me if I wanted to join him in playing the latest version of Dungeons and Dragons. Wil and I have known each other for a few years through my friends Russ and Liz. Wil lives in Minnesota, and he had an interesting proposition – ...

Preserving tradition by preserving. 3

Preserving tradition by preserving.
I’m here to talk about pickles and family. Stay with me here, people. At the end of September, my giant, crazy Ukrainian family gathered at my Uncle’s home in Springbank to celebrate my Grandpa’s 90th birthday. As we yelled overtop of one another for four successive hours in a true toast to Walter Michaleski’s love ...

Endings and beginnings.

Endings and beginnings.
When you sit down and do the thing where you try and summarize your year in the Internet Wilderness, it becomes painfully obvious that all of that ’embrace the inevitability of change’ stuff is as clichéd as it is correct. Life consists of a cavalcade of curveballs that you fight off desperately, trying to get ...

Top ten albums of 2013. 5

Top ten albums of 2013.
He everyone! Hope you like the new digs. I decided to complete something on my long-gestating list of things to do and close up Republic of One in favour of colinbrandt.ca. I’ll be posting a lot more often in the next little while, and will be formally shuttering Republic of One beginning Jan. 1. I’ll ...

My favourite albums of 2012.

So by all accounts 2012 had its share of delights, both actual and sarcastic. Rather than dwell on the stuff that makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry softly to myself, I thought I’d do something a little different this year. Part of my 3 things for Calgary initative this year ...

Thank you. 2

Thank you.
I’d normally start writing a new entry by making some smartass comment about not really having an excuse, and admonishing myself to write more, but to be quite honest I haven’t exactly been in the mood to write another breezy piece about how great the Parkdale Farmer’s Market is (though it is great, check that ...

Diamond Rings. 2

Directly from the Diamond Rings website: Although he learned piano, guitar, and saxophone at a young age, John O (as his friends call him) was more into playing dress-up with his cousin Lisa while dreaming of a life beyond the Toronto suburbs where he was born. Of course, being the only kid on the block ...

The last men’s club.* 12

The last men's club.*
I’m a gamer. I’ve been one my entire life; hell, before I finally badgered my parents into getting me the classic grey-and-black Nintendo Entertainment System, I used to play Intellivison at my babysitter’s house (portmanteaus/weird dial controller 4 LIFE). I love card games, board games, sports – I love it all. As a kid who routinely felt ...

Telling the truth. 8

I know this is awkward and I feel ashamed having to do this en masse, but I need to be honest with myself and with everyone about what I need in my life and it is probably better to do this in front of everyone and just get it out of the way. There’s a ...

Sympathy for the derpvil. 2

Sympathy for the derpvil.
Having just come back from a trip to Spain (more on that later), I’d been experiencing some post-trip malaise. I’m sure the feeling is familiar – where you become convinced that life should consist exclusively of sitting around sun-dappled cafes, drinking white wine from tiny glasses and wearing linen shirts. However, Calgary is fully not ...
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