Archive for April, 2010

Friday With Bruuks. Eight or Better.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

*Friday With Bruuks is a regular weekly feature. Written by David Bruuks and posted on Fridays. This is the latest one. Tell 100 Friends.

I love a good beer. It’s one of my favorite things. Sitting with a few friends, enjoying a really good beer and a really good conversation, at any time of the year. Over the past couple of years I’ve been really enjoying the dark, full flavored, character rich beers.

Last night involved sharing in a couple of different craft beers available here in Peterborough. First, for dinner we shared a growler of ’8 or better’, which is available from the Publican House Brewery in Peterborough for the next month or so.

They describe it as “a Belgium style trippel made with Abbey Malt and two row malted barley. Hops include Sazz, EKG and Perle all of which are sourced from Europe. The yeast was acquired from White Labs and is used by two traditional Trappist Breweries. 8.1%” I describe it as “delicious,” and “so good I’ll have another”.

Following a quick planning meeting for Ride for Africycle 4.0 — we’re still accepting new riders so sign up now — and a plate full of warm freshly baked cookies, we headed downtown for a pint(s) at the Olde Stone. If you’ve never been there, you must go.

They make fine beers on site, with a variety which would appeal to anyone in attendance. Last night I sampled their seasonal — Anniversary Ale, and the old standby, the Or Dubh Stout. So good.

These are just a couple more reasons why I love Peterborough.


Friday, April 30th, 2010

As someone who generates income from books and the printed page, I am really into Dave Eggers’ words regarding the place of print media in culture.

Read it all here.

Photography + BMX.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010


I am rather into the cover of the new issue of Dig Magazine . . . A can-can handplant on a Dinosaur head? I’ll take that.

Photographer Jared Souney posted a nice behind the scenes write up on his blog, chronicling what it took to get this photo. If you are at all into photography — and fun stories — it is well worth your time. Read it here.

While you are on Jared Souney’s site, you may as well check out this edit. I had pictures of over half of these dudes on my bedroom walls when I was a kid.


I can recall a GT demo rolling through Hamilton sometime around 1989-90-ish, they set up a portable half pipe in the parking lot behind Cyclepath on Concession St. — which was a shop that barely supported BMX — Joe Johnson was there and was trying double tailwhips. He didn’t pull any that day, but it was still craziest thing any of us had seen attempted on a bicycle.

Just yesterday I heard about a kid breaking his foot trying to land a 720 double whip. In the event you have no idea what that means, let me walk you through it: Rotating 720 degrees in the air whilst simultaneously whipping the back half of your bicycle around twice. Of course, before breaking his foot on said trick, the same kid pulled this:

Which doesn’t even seem as crazy as what this other kid does here:

What the hell is happening here?

Friends are Friends Forever.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

After conspiring to commit the murder of a chicken sometime ago . . . It would appear that my dog has started to make friends with all chickens.

This Dog of Mine. from The Dude Abides on Vimeo.

Get Awesome This Summer. #2

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


Go Find.
While I prefer doing this on a bicycle, a car can be rather handy for such an exercise. Travel in a number of different directions and see what you find. Locate that small crossroads town with the weird name and see what’s there.

Maybe you’ll find:
a sweet swimming spot.
A massive Cold War relic
A diner filled with locals who will first give you a crooked glance, but then be happy to tell you a story about their town (best case scenario)
Ghosts of the Gold Rush
A rad skate/bike shop

There is probably something so good around the corner, we can’t even talking about it digital print. Go find!

Moving Day.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I’m sticking this post up here all week.


Andy Guthrie is moving this Saturday at 9am, and the fellow needs help.

Would you be into carting his shit from one place to another? I will be there — but that probably isn’t much incentive for you . . . or is it . . . you want to see me shirtless, don’t you?

Since his six year old sucks at carrying heavy things for distances greater than 3 feet, Andy and his family need all the help they can get.

Email Andy to confirm: andy AT pagedesign DOT ca

Steve Holt!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Steve Holt


Friday With Bruuks. USS Ent.

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

*Friday With Bruuks is a regular weekly feature. Written by David Bruuks and posted on Fridays. This is the latest one. Tell 100 Friends.

I love Peterborough. It’s a great town. I was born here. Aside from a few years of post secondary education and a year abroad, this place has been the only home I’ve known. Sometimes though, I get the urge to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Today, if I could fire up my transporter, I’d want to go to a little town in Alberta named Vulcan.

The residents are hosting a parade to welcome home Leonard Nemoy, who is making his first visit to the town. The amount of geekery involved in such an occasion would be off the charts.

Live long and prosper.

More Baseball.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

To be sure, Major League Baseball has more nicknames ‘than Rod Carew has hits’ (that was a loose paraphrase of a good Beastie Boys metaphor). . . But this is probably the best nickname in the history of the game. If you know of a better one, let me know.

oil can boyd

Get Awesome This Summer. #1

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Play Catch
This is a simple exercise accessible to any persons who want to Get Awesome This Summer. Grab a baseball mitt, a ball and a friend. Find a yard or park and have a catch.

The experience of playing catch is enhanced greatly by the addition of beer — but it is also known to be good with coffee.

Summer afternoons and evenings, having a catch in the yard, it is a highly rewarding.