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Vancouver, Canada
Marketer. Mystery. Legend.
Interests: social media, branding, e-marketing, reading, blogging, user experience design, ritual theory, information design, information architecture, new technology
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So excited for Jon Stewart's new movie, Rosewater. It looks incredible! Check out the trailer! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
The interview with Ron Suskind last night was fantastic! Suskind has written a book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heros and Autism, about his son, Owen. Owen is autistic, but has found a way to communicate using lines from Disney movies - his particular affinity. But an autistic child's... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
You can also browse by cover Week of November 10, 2014 11.13.14 - Jennifer Lawrence, actor - Mockingjay - Part 1 (movie) 11.12.14 - Terence Tao, Professor at the Department of Mathematics, UCLA 11.11.14 - Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer - The Woman I Wanted to Be (book) 11.10.14 -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on the Colbert Report
John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show as a correspondent and will be hosting his own show on HBO. Oliver's last show was December 19. He got a little teary (awwwww .... ). So Jon tried to perk it up with Oliver's signature Carlos Danger Dance. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
You can also browse by cover Week of November 10, 2014 11.13.14 - Maziar Bahari, author of Rosewater (previously published as Then They Came for Me) & Gael Garcia Bernal, actor - Rosewater (movie) 11.12.14 - Steve Carell, actor - Foxcatcher (movie) 11.11.14 - Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
Well it's our final cocktail today. Can you flipping believe it? We can't believe this is the end. Thanks to all of you for following along with us as we went about this project. Hopefully, you enjoyed the journey as well as found inspiration and a little mirth. And with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Tradition holds that Balthazar was the name of one of the Biblical wise men. Thought to be a Arabian scholar, Balthazar presented Jesus and his family with a gift of myrrh, a tree resin traditionally used in the embalming of the dead. But enough of that depressing crap...let's make a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
We're down to the final three of our calendar, and we wanted to finish with a flourish. So we're invoking the legend of the Three Wise Men of the East, aka The Magi, as the theme for our remaining cocktails. According to the Bible, wise men visited the Baby Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
The final spirit to visit Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Hooded and mute, the ghost arrives in a phantasmal mist and shows Scrooge a number of individuals rejoicing and pilfering belongings from a recently deceased individual. The revelation that the man who died and of whom... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
For the next three days, we’re focusing on the three main spirits (no pun intended!) of A Christmas Carol, those being the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. We thought it would be fun to take one type of cocktail and make three versions of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Bob Cratchit doesn’t have the easiest life. He’s poor, his kid is sick and his boss is a jerk. Like the jerkiest jerk in Jerktown. But somehow, he pushes through. And if anyone needs a drink after work, it’s him! To come up with Bob’s cocktail, we put ourselves in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
How do you solve a problem like Hermey? You know, Hermey. The misfit elf from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?’s a man, er, elf who doesn’t like his job and clearly cares more about his hair than his fellow elves do. And haven’t we all been in his shoes?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Elizabeth has Mr. Darcy. Ron has Hermoine. Katniss has both Peeta and Gale. And Rudolph has Clarice (and we're not talking about Jody Foster in Silence of the Lambs either!). Clarice is the fetching doe who doesn’t care that Rudolph’s honker is bright red beacon. She even defies her parents'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Meet Virginia. A young girl with a question. A question for a newspaper. (Remember newspapers?) Virginia O'Hanlon asked her father if Santa Claus really existed. He famously replied, “if you see it in the [New York] Sun, it's so.” Taking her father at his word, she wrote a letter to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Prancer, in our minds, is Santa’s gayest reindeer. He’s there, working the sleigh like a champ, holding his own with all those straight reindeer. That’s just one of the reasons he’s on Santa’s Nice list. In fact, he’s beyond Nice. He’s Fabulous. For Prancer, we wanted something fruity, sparkly and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Kate has a special place in her heart for Karen, the heroine of Frosty the Snowman (the classic animated special). Back in the day, Kate was known as Karin and she thought it was pretty awesome to have the hero of a story a) be a girl and b) have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
The premise of The Nutcracker has got to be every child’s fantasy. What kid doesn’t want their favorite toy to come to life? Of course, today it would be Transformers, Barbie and He-Man action figures. Wait, do kids still play with action figures? Does anyone out there know what Transformers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
First in our advent calendar, we explored some characters who were definitely on Santa’s Naughty list. Next, we had a group of four endearing doofuses (doofusi?) that we dubbed the Loveable Lugs. This next trio of cocktails is based one of the most popular pieces of holiday music and dance,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch...For over 50 years, the story of the Grinch has been a part of Christmas. Jealous of the Whos, the Grinch (with his loyal dog Max in tow) set about stealing their Christmas. But Christmas morning, as the presentless Whos joyfully sing, the Grinch realizes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
One of our newest family Christmas traditions is the viewing of A Christmas Story, a story about nine year old Ralphie and the Christmas he longs for a Red Ryder BB Gun. Like many of us, Ralphie has an annoying younger sibling, Randy. Dressed in a red, overstuffed snowsuit, Randy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
All I can say, Gary, is I'm glad we have universal health care in Canada :)
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National Lampoon’s Vacation movies introduced the world to the Griswolds, a typical American family lead by their bumbling father, Clark. Nearly everyone knows a guy like Clark (if they aren't a Clark themselves). He be the best father he can. But whether it's planning a family vacation at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Halloween at Christmas? An odd enough combo, but it seems to work when Tim Burton gets involved. In his movie, A Nightmare before Christmas, we’re introduced to Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town, who is suffering from a bad case of ennui. Jack accidentally makes his way to Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
Winter holidays mean winter weather - whether we're talking about Buffalo or Vancouver. It only seems right to pay homage to one of winter's naughty boys, Jack Frost. All that nipping of noses and whatnot. As you would expect, there are several versions of Jack and his story (including a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit
What character in literature personifies the lack of Christmas spirit more than Ebenezer Scrooge? Seriously, the spirit world ultimately had to send four (FOUR!) ghosts to get him to see the error of his ways and to turn him into a decent human being. Yet for most of A Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at A Bitter Spirit