Recipe: Apricot Baked Haddock & Noodle Salad

Some days I meal plan, shop deliberately, and execute recipes with tactical strike precision.

Other days I plant myself in front of the fridge to rank veggies by their HP and nuke the squishiest among them.

This new culinary creation is of the latter variety, and it was an absolute triumph!

And bonus points, it contains minimal salt and oil making it super healthy.

Iron Chef challenge: haddock!

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DIY Gel Nail Extensions

It’s been a while since I’ve written a solid DIY guide. It’s tough to follow up on the wildly popular DIY Wool Dreads; to this day my most retweeted, linked and shared post. Fake hair truly is luff.

Supposing you’ve now completed the finger-scalding, hair pulling ritual that is developing your fake mane, it’s time to tend to those hard working hands.

Afterall, what’s a kitty cat without her claws?

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And so I give you this new guide to full gel nail tip extension manicures, complete with step by step instructions and links to all the products and supplies you need to stock your own mini home salon.

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This guide is fairly lengthy so I’ve broken it down into four steps. You can quick jump from here to help you navigate:

Step 1: Precautions

Step 2: Materials

Step 3: Process

Step 4: Care

Let’s begin:

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README: Cyberpunk edition

I was raised by readers.

My grandparents had a prodigious collection of classics, but it was my father’s science fiction library that captivated my interest. The first novel I read cover to cover was a Crichton.

Then something wonderful happened.

I mutated into a angsty teenager and between sneaking cigarettes and tattoos, I discovered this perfectly obscure niche of sci-fi called cyberpunk.

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To this day, cyberpunk is the most important concept in my lexicon. It encompasses all my greatest literary and aesthetic passions. It is the foundation of everything I love. It defines me.

If you’re a novice to the genre, a cursory search will reveal the most accessible titles.

These six titles are… different.

They are some of the most important novels I have ever read because they eschew convention in a genre that is radical by definition.

They are punker than the punks that punked the world of science fiction.

See the list here:

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The Mason Jar Experiment Part 2: Noodling around with new flavours

It’s a while since I published the Mason Jar Salad Experiment and it has bred disciples in the break room.

As much as I love the giant colourful bowls of fresh veggies, however it’s time for something new, and with how cold the winter has been, what better way to get cozy than with a delicious noodle soup.

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I’m in love with these already!

It’s given me the opportunity to explore some fun new flavours and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before.

Check out the breakdown here:

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DOS game nostalgia @ Bazaar of the Bizarre: FrostBite Edition 2017

The itty bitty DOS game canvases have been wildly successful.

I’ve received such amazing feedback on them and many commissions throughout the year.

A new set will be ready for your viewing (and pawing) pleasure at the upcoming Bazaar of the Bizarre: FrostBite edition 2017.

Scroll down for a preview of new DOS Gamer Nostalgia canvases!

Plus come see many new original watercolour pieces and prints of older collections including the Live Wire Series!

I love this arts and crafts show so much!

It’s a wonderful community event, where many local designers, jewellers, artists, tinkerers and makers gather to network and share their wares. The December edition is the perfect time to score unique gifts and get inspired for the holiday season.

Join us December 10th at 6 Noble Street, on Queen Street West just west of Dufferin.

Free admission all day!

The Bazaar of the Bizarre is brought to you by premier community supporter Plastik Wrap.

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Album Review: IAMX – Unfall

At the heart of all revolutions is a seed of madness, a frustrated intelligence that cries for transformation. In a time when electronic music was just entering the mainstream, Chris Corner was that chaotic force that catapulted Sneaker Pimps into indelible stardom. He was the mystery ingredient in Becoming X, his influence a catalyst for a new school of daring musical experimentation for the band.

But it didn’t end there. Before Chris could proclaim IAMX, he had to come to terms with the darkest side of his genius, the fear, hatred and self-abuse that have marked his lifelong journey. The result of his soul-searching is one of the most unique musical catalogues in UK electronica history. As eclectic as IAMX albums have been, they share one common characteristic: passion. The artist bears his soul with every title and every lyric is a fearless confessional exposition. Chris Corner’s voice is absolutely unique and his style a multi-genre chimerical delight.

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This new album is yet another deliriously successful experiment. Unfall is a purely instrumental production. Filled with obscure sighs and whispers, the album is governed by distorted, clipped samples and a stochastic structure that give it a raw, underground IDM white-label feel.

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Album review: Laibach – Also Sprach Zarathustra

Let me make a confession:

I don’t like writing negative reviews. 

With the sheer volume of live shows I see, and massive quantities of music I browse, you bet I’m not like super stoked and stuff about every artist, but I try to focus on the positive aspects of what each one offers because the alternative electronic music scene matters to me and I want people to get excited and tune into it.

It simply won’t do anyone good to sling mud at every artist that fails to measure up to my ridiculous expectations for each obscure genre. Like one of my closest friends often tells me: “you’re a noisehead, what the hell do you know about actual music?”.

So rather than bash a band that’s still producing something more meaningful than 99.9% of pop culture’s swill, I pull out my thesaurus, find some gloriously euphemistic adjectives to describe their sound and send em along with a short and polite review that is my equivalent of a patronizing pat on the head.

You can thus imagine how heavy my heart is as I give this last Laibach album my lowest rating yet.

I want people to listen to Laibach. I want people to understand why Laibach is culturally relevant. I need people to read history, and art history and be aware of international politics and political art around the world. I want you to appreciate Laibach if you don’t already.

But I am pissed off at them right now. This new album really pissed me off. The Laibach of the last few years, in fact, has been systematically pissing me off.

Here’s why:

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