Check out this wonderful WireTap animation by Stephen Evans and James Braithwaite. It’s truly spectacular. And if you’re inspired, submit your own animation to WireTap’s Animation Tournament of Champions! You could win an iPad. Please tell all your friends.
My colleagues over at Canada Writes came up with a super fun twitter challenge yesterday to see just how short a short story can be. Hemingway threw down the gauntlet back in the 20s with this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” While that’s pretty tough to beat, check out the #canadawrites hashtag for some worthy entries.
As a CBC employee, I may not be eligible for the iPod prize, but I had fun coming up with some short-shorts nonetheless:
- He said his name was Jason, but she entered him as “Douchey Blonde” in her phone so she’d remember not to answer if he called.
- Sitting on the counter in her pjs, she sifted through the grapes, gently picking out the moldy ones to stir into his smoothie.
- “It’s not you, it’s me,” she said, knowing full well it was actually her busty new secretary.
Too many friends on Facebook? Tired of reading their updates about their cat’s latest spell of gout or how they put too much salt on their burrito? Go ahead. Unfriend them. I won’t tell.
Step 1: See this movie.
Step 2: Try not to barf at the criminal greed of the oil and gas industry.
Step 3: Do something to stop the drilling for Natural Gas in a neighbourhood near you. Or far from you. Or anywhere at all. Otherwise, one day your water will be flammable.
A while back, WireTap featured a young vigilante rap artist by the name of Rap Master Maurice. I since have become addicted to his rap service, in which he’ll call someone up at your request and rap at them about how they’ve done you wrong. For instance, my roommate Stef, seen here on the right, can be pretty loud when she comes into our apartment late at night, so she received this earful. [Being the versatile rapper that he is, Maurice also offers friendly raps (for an extra fee), like this one he sent to my friend Allie, seen here on the left]. In any case, I highly recommend his services if you’ve got a bone to pick with someone. It can be quite satisfying.
You can listen to the Rap Master on WireTap here:
On a completely unrelated, non-secret-identity-revealed kind of note, a certain Derek Erdman recently interviewed me for his website about the foods I dislike. Answer: Hearts of Palm, aka. “Swamp Cabbage”.
We shot it when I was just a wee young thing of 19, so it’s pretty embarrassing but if you’re curious, come check it out! I’d love some company.
Thursday Oct 8 at 3:15 pm
Friday Oct 16 at 7:15 pm
Cinema du Parc
Sunday Oct 18 at 2:45 pm
And please pass this invite along to any and all documentary fans you know!
Also, check out some of my thoughts on the FNC and a review of pilgrIMAGE by John Griffin in The Gazette.
It’s official. After 5 seasons of sitting beside the radio with your finger on the record button, WireTap has finally left the stone ages. Subscribe to our brand new podcast and listen at your convenience!
But whether you’re tuning in old school or new school, be sure to check out the premiere of Season 6, this Saturday at 1:30pm on CBC Radio One.
WireTap is finally streaming its episodes online! We will be uploading the back log of shows over the course of the next month, so soon you’ll be able to listen to all your favourites directly from our site. Check out the archive to get started… or check out some of my personal favourites below:
Never Say I Love You
This week on WireTap, tune in for advice from Starlee Kine on how to get over a bad break up. Plus, Jonathan reads his story "You call that Love", Howard confesses his true feelings for Jonathan, and a selection of short notes to people we have loved from dearoldlove.com.
Where Do Babies Come From and Where Do Babies Go?
Ever wondered if you were delivered by a stork as a baby, or dug up from a cabbage patch? On WireTap this week, a lesson in human reproduction as award-winning author Heather O’Neill reads her short story "Where Babies Come From". Plus, Howard takes house sitting to a whole new level.