July 26, 2007 at 3:32 pm (trivia)

I got this word in my word-of-the-day emails that I get from Merriam Webster.com.

zydeco \ZYE-duh-koh\ noun

: popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues and that features guitar, washboard, and accordion

The part that I found so amusing was the word’s origin:

“You might say that the lively form of music known as zydeco is full of beans, etymologically speaking. Legend has it that the word “zydeco” originated in the lyrics of Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés, a popular Cajun dance tune. Loosely translated, the song’s title means “the beans are not salty,” and when spoken in French Creole, “les haricots” (French for “beans”) sounds something like “zydeco.” “Zydeco” first appeared in print in 1960 and has been used to describe this kind of music ever since.”

The French Creole accent must be a little different than the French accents that I’m used to hearing, because I had to say that one out loud several times before I could believe it. But I think the word is cool… who knows, maybe I’ll use it on a lively horse someday. (I used to ride a horse called “Spill the Beans” who was nicknamed “Full of Beans”… wouldn’t “Zydeco” have been a much more interesting name?)


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Canary Islands, Anyone?

July 24, 2007 at 12:25 am (cool site, travel)

Here I was, planning on having a relaxing summer writing my feature length screenplay for my screenwriting course and finishing up a bit of post-production on a few short films. But now my car’s been smashed and I’ve been dealing with an insurance nightmare and it looks like they won’t be paying up (and Calgary is NOT a transit friendly city), I’ve got two weddings to attend and another wedding where I’m the maid-of-honour, and my health has been going downhill fast. If I ever needed a vacation, it’s now.

Which is why I’m so beguiled by this Alegria site (apparently Alegria means joy in Spanish… I could use a little joy right about now; my own joy, not that of a newlywed couple that I’m not a part of). Anyway, this website is operated by NetReservas, a provider of online reservation system in “real time” to hotels in the Canary Islands. (Interestingly, the Canary Islands are not named after canaries but dogs… I kid you not. It’s from the Latin term Insularia Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs… but I digress.)

So what does this website offer? For starters, you can obviously make a reservation with Alegria.com for hotels on any of the islands. But beyond that, it also provides a lot of great information (and tempting photos) about the various islands themselves. I’m not sure which island I see myself visiting first, but based on the photos I’m leaning towards La Gomera; the Garajonay National Park looks amazing and the whole island just sounds so wonderfully tranquil. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, you know where to look.

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Real Story or Scooby Doo Plot?

July 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm (quizzes, trivia, tv)

Mental Floss has a Scooby Doo quiz with 10 stories, some of which are true, some of which are taken from episodes of Scooby Doo. Can you tell fact from fiction? I got 7 out of 10 right; how did you do?

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Elephants on Parade?

July 13, 2007 at 4:24 pm (funny, weird)

A group of Newmarket residents came across the two elephants, escapees from the circus, around 3 a.m. yesterday, resulting in the following call to 911:

Caller: “Hi. Umm… we’ve found an elephant walking down the street near the community centre, the Ray Twiney.

Operator: “Sorry?”

Caller: “We’ve found an elephant walking down the street. Like the ones from, like, the circus at the Ray Twiney Centre. One of them got loose and it’s walking down the street.”

For the full story or to listen to the 911 call and subsequent police dispatch, head over to the Globe & Mail.

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Driftwood Horse Sculptures

July 3, 2007 at 4:11 pm (art, cool stuff)

I came across this mention of driftwood horse sculptures that caught my eye. I guess some things never change. I collected horse figurines as a little girl and here I am again. But some things definitely do change. These are not your little porcelain unicorns, these are amazing works of art. They remind me of the larger than life metal horse sculpture in downtown Calgary that I covet on a regular basis. And I want one. Desperately. (I know my birthday and Christmas are a long ways away, but friends and family should take note of this post!!!)

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