Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

I’ve always been a bit of an insomniac.  And with that affliction comes some really odd TV watching.

In middle and high school it was Tom Baker-era Doctor Who reruns on PBS, Dream On and Tales from the Crypt on HBO, and Friday the 13th: The Series (which had nothing to do with Jason Vorhees or Camp Crystal Lake).
One of my favorite late-night discoveries came a few years later in the form of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.  It was essentially a pastiche of low budget British programs, Stephen King-esque storylines, a hospital soap, and behind-the-scenes documentary all in one.  Oddly, it shares some ideas with Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital (based on Lars Von Trier’s Riget/The Kingdom) from the same year (namely a haunted hospital).

It’s hard to describe… it’s a show within a show with the actors reminiscing about their now forgotten work.  It’s gory, purposefully offensive and dumb, and just kind of brilliant.  If the behind the scenes interviews hadn’t been included, I’m not sure it would have worked as well as it did.

Instead of trying to describe it, you can watch the first episode:

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Although I’m posting this as the day draws to close for me, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.  I’ve wanted to write about this topic for a long while and Transgender Awareness Week is as good a time as any.

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A Thousand Miles Behind

I’m headed to see David Gray tonight, who I’ve seen many times. It made me curious. Who are some artists you’ve seen frequently? Also, what was your first concert?

My first concert was to see Partners in Kryme perform Turtle Power from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  Adam Ant also performed and I learned about lip syncing.

Album referenced: A Thousand Miles Behind

Montreal: Show Me the Place

I’m going to be traveling to Montreal for the first time!  My only other trip to Canada was 1600 miles through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton.

I’ll mostly be there for work, but I’ll have some meals free and a little time to explore.  What should I not miss?  Is there anything tourists do that I don’t need to see?

Song referenced: Leonard Cohen Show Me the Place

Ireland: Photos from Cliffs of Moher I

Photos from my first trip to The Cliffs of Moher in August ’99.

Apologies for the color discrepancies, I’m a little out of practice and the scanner is on it’s last legs.