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Broca's Area

Dave and Isabelle, a married couple in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada discuss various topics Dave and Isabelle, a married couple in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada discuss various topics.

Published: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:34:33 -0400

Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:34:33 -0400

Copyright: Dave Brodbeck and Isabelle Michaud, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Some RIghts Reserved

Broken Area - Episode 213 - Forgetting Curve

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:34:25 -0400

As is my new custom, I'm writing this before we go out.  I'll add specific later.  

It's actually spring!  I'm going to guess that by the time we're recording it is 6C.  We'll check on that.

I handed in my last set of marks on Thursday, so that's good.  Isabelle had her final show as a student this past week as well.   The university president came to the show, and was really into it, which we liked a lot.

Isabelle received an award, the first one that honours her dear friend Pat.  Pretty cool.

Hey IT WAS 6 DEGREES.  It is now about 12 as I type this.  Scored some propane, and some steaks. 

I really want to buy a new bike.

Isabelle can't remember things.  Hence the title.


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Broken Area - Episode 212 - Serendipitous Village

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:45:34 -0400

As is my custom, I'm writing this before we go shopping.  So I don't know what we're going to talk about, or what clever title we'll come up with, or what photo to add.  I can say that we're under a HEAVY SNOWFALL WARNING.  What the fuck is up with that?  As we usually start out with the weather, we'll likely get to that.  Other than that, look, I don't know what we'll talk about ok?

Yup, we talked about the weather.

Isabelle went off to Value Village while I shopped and found the picture you see above.  It turns out that there is a family connection there, so much of our conversation was about that.


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Broken Area - Episode 211 - Isabelleanddavebridge Analytica

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:33:36 -0400

So, I'm back from my trip to the states for the annual meeting of the Comparative Cognition Society.  It was a really good time.  I saw some killer talks.  I also chaired my session with an iron fist.  Pus, old friends.  Of course, Air Canada canceled my flight on the way there, because, you know, Air Canada.

Oh yeah, so that's why this one is on a Monday, I was in the USA until yesterday when I returned from deep behind enemy lines.

We're hopeful that a strike at the University can be avoided.  I'm actually cautiously optimistic on this.

We talked a bit about the Cambridge Analytica thing.

Oh and Isabelle did some great impressions of people from France.


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Broken Area - Episode 210 - Easter is When Jesus Pumps Gas For Free

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:51:40 -0400

Travel with us on many many stops.  I had to get US money, because I'm going to a conference next week, plus, we had to return empties, plus we needed gas, plus you know, the regular stuff.

Isabelle's art show was a resounding success.  People loved it.  They should have because it was fucking great.  Probably about 75 people on opening night.  Also, all of my pork buns, which were a little subpar really, got eaten.  The blueberry fritters were also a hit.

Isabelle's Mom was here for the show as was Madeleine, which was great.  Indeed, Isabelle got up super early to drive her Mom to the airport.  Last night we looked at old pictures and made up stories about people.  Good times.

We've finished up ST TOS.  Apparently I have a tendency to talk over the show and make references to other things.  Who knew?

THE GROCERY STORE WAS A FUCKING MADHOUSE.  However, the LCBO was not, which goes to show that my hypothesis about religiosity and shopping is probably correct.


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Broken Area - Episode 209 - The Show of Damocles

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:39:33 -0400

It's two hours before we go shopping, but I'm typing.  This is of course just a way to fill this thing in a bit, but, I'll probably leave this here.

Isabelle's big end of year show is coming up.  We're pretty excited, but it has also gotten her to be quite pensive about stuff in her life.  It turns out that art affects her so deeply sometimes she has these sensory experiences, which is pretty wild.  Or, she's having a  stroke....

The honours students in the psych program spoke at their thesis conference yesterday, and it was great.  Then we went out to dinner, and I had a disappointing steak.  This led us to talk about that, and to Isabelle's half baked 'theory' about men and steaks.  I think she needs to take my evolutionary psych class..

next week we'll have a report on how everything went with her show.


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Broken Area - Episode 208 - The Conductance of My Skull

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:31:59 -0400

Once more I am typing this bit before we go.  

I bet we talk about how the TV show Occupied has returned.  If we don't well, hey you pays your money and you takes your chances.

Hey, we did talk about it!  We also just finished Babylon Berlin, which you should watch too.

Friend of the show Rachel has now also been named a Quora top writer.  Well done!

I talked a bit again about Quora and the kind of questions there are on there.

I made a quip to a guy in the store.

There was a brief power outage in the store, which I didn't record.

Isabelle's big final project show is coming up, very cool!

I can make Isabelle laugh by saying 'Isabelle, I almost fell'.


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Broken Area - Episode 207 - I Don't Have The Energe To Roll My Eyes

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:47:25 -0500

I'm just writing things now in order for me to have a placeholder for after we come back from shopping.

We went to Sudbury last weekend, so maybe we'll talk about that.  Hey, you know, I could actually write all this stuff in advance, and then sort of drive the conversation in the direction of what I've pre typed!  That sounds like effort though.

Hey, we did talk about Sudbury.  Isabelle enjoyed the play she went to and Jon and I enjoyed seeing 'Game Night'.  In fact there's a Jonathan Files review on his podcast.

I'm back in my old office, but my coffee maker broke, so I bought a new one.

If there was an olympic event in money spending, Jonno might medal.  

Isabelle is getting a bit tired of her project, but that makes sense as she's in the tunnel and can see the light at the end of it.


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Broken Area - Episode 206 - Friday Squarecast

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:17:14 -0500

We're busy tomorrow, so why not do a podcast today while shopping?

Why not indeed.

It's springish out!  Like only 0 degrees C, and sunny and melting.

Isabelle saw the movie 'The Square' yesterday, listen for her review.  Sounds like a pretty scathing satire of the art world.

The cashier at the grocery store was concerned that I might have switched stores.  I made a funny funny joke to a woman at the store as well.

At the LCBO I had a lovely interaction with a clerk who was trying to help me select gin.

Isabelle's friend Zenith is sick, get well soon.


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Broken Area - Episode 205 - Men of Technology and Resource Extraction

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:46:34 -0500

Four stops today, as we had empties to return.

Isabelle sometimes feels like she is between two worlds, one of science and technology and the other on where you don't 'make anything' but knowledge or art.  I don't think many people are that self aware, so bravo to her.

Our friend Mike, the virtual yooper is visiting, well visited yesterday and will be back Sunday night as he is at podcamp Toronto.  I only have time in my schedule for one podcasting event per year, and it is MMPR.

OK, for some reason I was named a 'top writer' on the website Quora.  Wild.  I get a subscription to the New York Times out of it, so t that's pretty cool.


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Broken Area - Episode 204 - I'm Aware of Knitting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:25:11 -0500

Come with us, a day early, to shop and all that.

Hey the break is here!  I'm pleased about that.

I made Isabelle laugh on Boundary road, rather than near the train tracks on the way back, weird eh?

There was a recent documentary about the opiate crisis in our city.  It was pretty amazing.  We talked a bit about that.

People in the store were blocking my way again.  They were having a 'debate' about which frozen french fries to buy.  I rendered a decent impression of them.

We ended on a pretty serious note, speaking about the recent school shooting in the US.  We're angry.


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Broken Area - Episode 203 - John

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:41:50 -0500

We lost a very close friend this week, John, who knew Isabelle almost as long as I've known her.  He would hang out at our place in Toronto, he hung out in the lab, indeed he even had a spot in the animal behaviour group's coffee pool.  He came to our wedding etc.  John and I used to get very excited about the PC Insider's Report as well.

Speaking of groceries, we had the worst cashier ever.  Now she's very nice, and I wouldn't like complain to the management or anything, but she makes some, oh, creative bagging choices.


Isabelle is having a visit from a friend at the studio today, should be fun.  She's known Michelle for quite a while, and we got the story of that.

I've got Olympic Fever!


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Broken Area - Episode 202 - Moveable Walls

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:07:15 -0500

Isabelle has been watching these odd videos about 'psychology' that cherry pick a lot of data.

She got there by searching on the term 'university' and trying to find ads.  We've talked about our university's ad campaign before, and how incredibly, umm, not good it is.  I'll probably get in trouble for typing that....

Speaking of our university.  We full time faculty have overwhelmingly voted to strike.  It is just a step, and of course nobody hopes for a strike.  They're offering us less money for more work, which doesn't seem rightly fair.....

Isabelle is checking out stuff about how to be a practicing artist with the grants and the spreadsheets and such.


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Broken Area - Episode 201 - Bauhaus Font

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:27:58 -0500

Isabelle is going into her last week of work.  Tonight we're going to a thing with people she works with.  Maybe that will come up next week.

Of course now she has more time to work on her art, which is the important thing.  She's working on an artist's statement, in English and French.  

Anti vaxxers are stupid.  That's simple.

Shoppers who stop and talk in the store are also stupid.

Bag this week, no box, for those of you scoring at home.


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Broken Area - Episode 200 - Tortilla Pillows

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:41:05 -0500

Wow, we've done 200 of these.  Add that to 117 Broca's Areas and you've got a number.

We were saddened this week to hear of the death of Dolores O'Roirdan.  She was the lead singer of the Cranberries.  Perhaps, well to us anyway, more importantly, she worked closely with my brother Dan since 2003,  Forty-six is too young.

Isabelle has a mid term sort of thing tomorrow (which is why we recorded today).  She'll get input from her profs about her final project.

I'm still sick.

We went to the LCBO for the first time this year!


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Broken Area - Episode 199 - Searching For a Title

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:14:23 -0500

So, we've all been a bit sick lately, and I've been very sick.  Damned flu again.  Had we recorded last week it would have just been me moaning and complaining of chills.

I am doing better though, still sick.

Isabelle wants to make some stop motion movies which is a neat thing.  

We've been watching ST Deep Space Nine.  (We've seen it before of course)  We're convinced that, except for TOS, it is both the best and worst series as far as the portrayal of women go.  The sexism is really cringeworthy, that's for sure.

Glad to be back!


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Broken Area - Episode 198 - Happy New Year From the Woman of Leisure

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:52:22 -0500

We thought we'd go shopping a day early to hopefully beat the hordes to shopping for New years'.

Hey it worked!

Isabelle is a woman of leisure.  She's just lucky I'm around.

Christmas was a lot of fun.  Boy did it get cold, -33 the other day.  Plus, it snowed like a son of a bitch, like 50 cm, and no crews to clean it because (understandably) they were on holidays.  Today it was 'warm' 11 C.

Happy New Year from us!


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Broken Area - Episode 197 - We Wish You a Merry Whatever

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 13:11:19 -0500

It is our last episode before Christmas.  So we are on our way to shop, it should be a complete nightmare of nightmarish proportions (this is just a guess, as I am typing this before we go).  If I don't make it back, send out a search party, and I'll pop green smoke.

We made it back, and at the same time that we would normally get back, which should give you an idea about how long it took.

It actually wasn't that bad.  I mean it wasn't that good either.

Groceries were expensive, let's say it is good we had 280 000 PC points and leave it at that.  Then I got double charged at the LCBO, but that got fixed.

Rachel always sends us a nice e card during the Holidays, and it is really appreciated.

Merry Christmas to all of you.


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Broken Area - Episode 196 - People Are Always In My Way In The Grocery Store When All I Want To Do Is Buy Things

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:52:48 -0500

I'm not sure that's the exact title we agreed on but it is close.  When we got home there was a clog in the upstair bathroom sink.  So for the last 45 minutes I've been fixing that.  All fixed.  Boy that ways fun!

Anyway, we went out a tad later today too, so not only are we close to Christmas, we're later in the day.  The store was packed.  Packed with people who don't know how to cook or stoop.  It's kind of cute in a way seeing say a young couple wanting to impress their family by cooking.  Cooking food they have no idea how to cook.  I then told the tale of helping out such a couple.

Isabelle's work is coming along nicely.  She says sometimes her stuff is too painty.  I am not sure what that means, but it makes sense to her and the other art people, so it is just a term I don't understand.

Isabelle's Dad built houses and was a designer and is the inspiration for a lot of her work.


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Broken Area - Episode 195 - I Bought Kale

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:15:31 -0500

No, really I did.  Now, I also bought littleneck clams, shrimp and chorizo.  They will all go together in a soup that will be great.

I've been marking.  Students don't understand what an A is, well some, I shouldn't tar them all with the same brush and all that.

People don't write things down any more.  Which means they use Isabelle as their external hard drive.

People don't write in general, which means they are shitty writers.

I'm still trying to get over the same of the kale.


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Broken Area - Episode 194 - Christmas Tree Special!

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:07:43 -0500

As is our custom, we went and got a Christmas tree today.

As is our custom, we recorded this event for posterity.

As is our custom, Isabelle laughed a lot.

As is our custom, I have nothing left to say but am trying to take up space.



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Broken Area - Episode 193 - Auxiliary

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 15:24:20 -0500

Today we went for an extra stop, at the Jiffy Lube, and we recorded there as well, so this one is extra long.  Is that a good thing?  I don't care.  What did you pay for this anyway?

Isabelle has been on some training stuff for work.  I've been marking essays.  Essays are driving me insane.

We got our bolts torqued.  

Isabelle explains auxiliary verbs while I am tooth chipping angry.

We bought a new washing machine after the show, because, well, because ours is broken sadly.


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Broken Area - Episode 192 - Urban Dave

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:42:47 -0500

Boy the grocery store was full of people today.  As was the LCBO.  You get some bonus coverage of me getting Pernod and gin, as Yooper has said he likes that...

Some people drive like jerks.

Thanks to Jasen with an E for the tip on the blinker.  It is fixed.

We had a quick studio visit to pick up some stuff.  Oh and Isabelle took a picture in front of a wall filled with ridiculous (to me) graffiti.  Hence the title.


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Broken Area - Episode 191 - Snow Shaming

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:31:34 -0500

It is snowy again.  It melted during the week, but it came back.  However, it is melting now.  It's pretty gross out, except the temperature is ok.  

Snow sometimes flies off of cars, you should take pictures of people like that.

Jon in probably going to be on his school's float for today's Santa Claus parade.  Should be fun for him, perhaps there'll be a Jonathan Files about it.

I bought the liquor etc for this year's egg nog!  We definitely needed a box.

Isabelle is a will imposer.  I went to high school with a William Imposer, good guy.


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Broken Area - Episode 190 - Trophy Nuts

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:12:19 -0500

So, it snowed a great deal the other day and there is still quite a bit left on the ground.

It is Remembrance Day today.  Indeed, at 11 am in the grocery store there was a moment of silence.  It was quite moving.

Isabelle's friend Zenith is getting an award, yay her!

THE LCBO IS CLOSED FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY.  This is not the freedom those brave young men fought for.

We have colds.

Maddie is visiting, so that is always nice.


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Broken Area - Episode 189 - Subscribe to Toques on Amazon

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:41:48 -0400

Well, it snowed overnight.  Not a lot as you can see in the picture, but enough that it is annoying.

You get three stops today, as I had to get my prescriptions filled again.  Exciting, indeed riveting.  Eye update, about 99 percent I think, but I can still feel my eye in its socket.  I don't think that is how it is supposed to work.

When are people old now?  What age?  In the past I think younger people looked older, like say people in their twenties looked fortyish.  

Isabelle needed to get old wallpaper and a hat for the boy.  Alas, no hat.

I asked Isabelle if she like making art more than it being finished.  I think she likes making it more than finishing it.


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Broken Area - Episode 188 - My Clamps Are Limited

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:58:56 -0400

So we had an eventful week.

We went down to London to watch Maddie get her MSc.  Stayed with my Mom which was pretty great, and also ordered Chinese food, which I have a thing for.

The convocation itself was truly excellent.  UWO know how to do this.  Frankly, it is way better than ours at AU  (which is pretty good, but Western's is just better).  The band played them on to the Olympic anthem, which was great.  Oh and they played the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme when they were leaving, then, Sweet Georgia Brown.

Halloween is coming, which means I have to hide candy from Isabelle and Jon....

Isabelle bought some wood for her work (you can see the pic above) and she explained more about her final project.


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Broken Area - Episode 187 - You're Not Being Judgemental, I Am.

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:15:53 -0400

Back to the normal Saturday shopping.

Eye update, no change.

We've got a big week coming up, it's Maddie's MSc convocation, so a mid week trip to London is in order.

Isabelle has been having lots of visits with artists.  They come by her studio space and offer their thoughts on her work.  Some have a sort of ideological approach.  I find that crazy.  Of course, what the hell do I know.

It is way too warm for this time of year.

Hey, Yooper, you can hear me get the Pernod today!


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Broken Area - Episode 186 - Earlierist

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:39:31 -0400

So, tomorrow, which is our normal shopping and recording time, Isabelle is making a drum.  So, we went today, Friday.

I took the bus down to where her studio space is, at 180 Projects.  You can see a picture of her on the left there.  

So, what are the demographics of Friday shopping?  It skews old, and slow.

An artist Isabelle is into is coming to town next week, so that's pretty exciting.

We've been watching The Orville, which we like, Star Trek: Discovery, which we like, and, The Leftovers, which we like but find disturbing.

Jon's a big Greyhounds fan, and can't miss a pregame show.


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Broken Area - Episode 185 - Old Agenog

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:55:59 -0400

First off, eye update.  95 percent.

Our fridge is full of bottles of various sauces.  I culled the herd today.  As an aside, I don't trust people who don't have crowded fridges.

The eggnog is supposed to be there, it is supposed to age.  Really.  That picture there is from an article on Serious Eats where they aged egg nog.  

Hey, it's our Thanksgiving episode!  Hard to know if I'll do the turkey tomorrow or the next day.

Isabelle is getting on fine setting up her studio space.  She has tools, she goes to Home Depot.  I go grocery shopping.  21st century people we are.


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Broken Area - Episode 184 - Chunky Reds

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:34:13 -0400

Now it's winter.  OK, I exaggerate a bit.  However, unlike last week when it was literally over 30, it was 0 when we got up.

Eye update, 80 percent better, I can now read out of my left eye.

Isabelle is building a workbench at her new studio space.  The guy who is helping her is, apparently, Marc Maron.

I wonder why she got all of her messages at once?

Hey, we got a box!

Isabelle is working very hard at her new job, and that's awesome.


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Broken Area - Episode 183 - One Lonely Bagel

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:52:19 -0400

Hey, we're back!

In the 'will these people ever get better' file, Jon is much better and back to school, Isabelle is close to normal, though her ribs still hurt from coughing and me,, well, my eye is getting slowly better.  But, better enough that we could record today!

Hey, Isabelle is getting studio space!  So that's cool.

Isabelle found an LCBO gift card in the car.  So, we used it.

I'm happy to be back teaching, but I really also miss people, especially yelling at my buddy Paul.


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Broken Area - Episode 182 - My Thyroid Medication

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:03:19 -0400

No, my thyroid is fine.  Listen and you'll get the reference.

So, on Tuesday I went to the Dr. and she immediately said 'you should see an ophthalmologist' and she got me an appointment that afternoon.  He is a pretty great guy and prescribed and anti viral drug to stop this eye infection.  That all happened BTW within about 3 hours.  So if you don't like socialized medicine for its supposed inefficiencies, bite me.  Oh and my work drug plan covered the drugs.  Cost out of pocket?  One dollar.  So I'm getting better, though it will take time, and it seems now Isabelle and Jon are getting sick.

Isabelle is off to a sort of giant play today, sounds interesting.

Sometimes people ask questions that really make no sense.  

Isabelle is settling in to her new job, which is exciting as hell.


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Broken Area - Episode 181 - Transitions

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 14:26:27 -0400

So back to the regular schedule this week.  

I'm getting better, though this eye thing is a tad much.

We've asked before why people listen.  Another question is why we do this at all?  Like what do we get out of podcasting?  It's not like we're thinking of stopping or anything, it is just one of those semi annual 'what the hell is this thing that we do' things.

Isabelle has started the new job, which is awesome.  She's insisting on speaking French which makes sense as it is a French services job.

The new term starts Wednesday, so I have that going for me too.

The finale of Twin Peaks is tomorrow, I will bake a cherry pie.


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Broken Area - Episode 180 - Post Ottawapocalypse

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:21:24 -0400

So we went on a trip to Ottawa to look after some friends' dogs, and to hang in Ottawa what with the national capital things and such.

So I got REALLY FUCKING SICK.  Like, bad flu, haven't been this sick in 22 years (yes, I've kept count).  I'm getting over it now.

THEN OUR CAR BROKE DOWN.  Yeah, Broken Area etc.  Look if you need a Motel to stay in in Deep River, I can tell you where not to stay.  I can also say that the guys at Everitt's Service Station were top notch, thanks a lot to them.

ISABELLE GOT THE JOB.  I'm using  a lot of capitals this week.  So it is pretty exciting chez Michaud-Brodbeck.

So this is just a short one, no LCBO run today.

See you Saturday for a regular episode.


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Broken Area - Episode 179 - Aforementioned Bullshit

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:54:59 -0400

Hey, it's a day early!  

We were out to lunch, and Isabelle has a thing tomorrow, so why not shop and record today?

So, Jon has a new iPhone, and I have a new android tablet, which came with an extra gig of data.  That was cheaper than just getting the data.

I'm still biking.

Isabelle has become very interested in dreams and dreaming.  Why do we dream?  What does it mean?  As usual, I ruin everything with science.  Still, a neat artistic inspiration.


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Broken Area - Episode 178 - Chain Lube

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:50:03 -0400

Today's episode is a little longer than usual because we took Maddie back to the airport.  She was supposed to go home yesterday, but many Air Canada flights were cancelled due to lightning in Toronto.  So, they rescheduled for today.

Then I needed chain lube for my bike.  So, we stopped at a very cool bike shop in town and picked some up.  Then we hung out there a bit, you can hear a bit of us being there, the people there at Velorution are great.  They never make you feel like a noob, and they aren't pushy at all.  It is a great store.

Then, it was off to shopping.

Hey, Isabelle has a job interview on Thursday.  Send positive vibes and such.

Jon came with us, but didn't say much really.



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Broken Area - Episode 177 - Your Mother's Poultry Farm

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:40:03 -0400

For reasons that escape me, I referred to this one as 'episode 180'.  That won't be for at least three weeks.

We just got back from another camping trip, which was fun.  Isabelle's friend Alicia came along.  After day one, Isabelle drove Jon and me home and went back to stay another day.  She also tore the trailer down by herself (this is usually my job) and did a splendid job.  

She's very good at trailer parking, and has no idea how.  Implicit knowledge baby!

Isabelle and Alicia went to a beach and painted, that's cool.

Her ideas for her final project are coming along nicely.


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Broken Area - Episode 175 - That's Not the Title

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:52:51 -0400

It's summer.

It's hot.

There are a lot of people in the LCBO parking lot.  That is, perhaps, the finest poem I have every written.

Jon and I just saw Dunkirk, and they used the Sheperd illusion in it.  You'll hear an example in the podcast.

Kyle McLaughlin is in town filming a TV show.  That, frankly, is pretty cool.

Isabelle's Mom likes shoes from the 70s.  However, such shoes are horrible and dangerous and must be stopped.  OK, I'm really exaggerating.

Maddie is coming soon!

Oh there is a little glitch in this one, hope it doesn't bother anyone, but hell, what did you pay for it?


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Broken Area - Episode 175 - Sad Punch of Eyeballs

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:43:16 -0400

Hey, we're back!

We were away camping last weekend, so no podcast. We went camping with Isabelle's sister Julie. She was visiting to help celebrate Isabelle's 50th birthday. It was a pretty casual affair as you can probably imagine. Basically some friends, a fire, and 48 sliders of various types.

The camping trip was fun, though Jon wants internet, always. Our friend David visited us during the trip as well.

So, we're looking after a dog. A dog that looks like Johnny Depp on a bad day, right?

Isabelle is worried about getting dementia, I'm more concerned about living a life worth living.

All that said, not knowing that you own a comforter is odd....

Hopefully the art dept will be back on campus in September, though I have my doubts.


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Broken Area - Episode 174 - Wood, Yoopers and Dairy Queens

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:14:47 -0400

So, I just got back from the Marshall McLuhan Podcaster Roundtables in Hamilton.  It was a really good time.  For the second year in a row I went down with Mike, the virtual Yooper.  He drove in from Copper Harbor MI, and we then flew from Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto, then, on the the GO bus, and we were in Hamilton.

So that was Thursday/Friday, and we came back yesterday.  Isabelle was looking for firewood, and now we have firewood.  Our friend Jody delivered it, and we didn't hear him knock.

Isabelle tried out the Dairy Queen potato skins.  

Isabelle recently took a day trip up to Wawa.  Her brother in law once spent five days there, that he'd like back.  

Isabelle is still thinking about her final project, it's getting exciting.


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Broken Area - Episode 173 - Roughly Handling My Sandwich

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:45:21 -0400

Hey, we're back!  Oh and the LCBO didn't go on strike!

We went to London to visit my family, have a birthday party for me, but, much more importantly, go to the Ontario Miniature Print Exhibition.  It was really good!  Isabelle had a piece in the show, and the people there were really great.  They were really happy Isabelle came all the way from Sault Ste. Marie.  I don't think they cared about me.  The artist who was judged to have the best prints gave a talk, and it was really good.

So there was this guy in the grocery store who was impatient and rushing around.  So, I called him 'pal' condescendingly and he stopped bother me.  He still acted like a twit to others though.

Isabelle got something to eat at the store, but they didn't scan for points, controversy ensued.

I'm off the MMPR next weekend, so I'm not sure when the next one will be out.

Oh, yeah, I'll be on the Damned Fine Podcast (about Twin Peaks) theSunday.


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Broken Area - Episode 172 - Stocking Up

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:06:33 -0400

Isabelle is back from her trip to Montreal and Quebec City.  She was pretty much on the road most of the time, visiting different people.

Yesterday was my birthday.  Isabelle made a great dinner and we had a couple of people over.  She really rocked it.

It is also St. Jean Baptiste Day.  So there's that.

What the heck happened to Dow Beer?

Why does liquor have to be sold by a government agency?  I'm curious what the arguments are.  Oh you can now buy beer in our grocery store.

My brother went to see U2, as the guest of Larry Mullen Jr.  So that's a thing.


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Broken Area - Episode 171 - Devin's Art Heist

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:19:21 -0400

It's a special Tuesday edition of Monday Night Football!

Isabelle had a bunch of her student art collection (her work and her student colleagues' work that is throughout our house) on display this past weekend as it was a convocation open house thing.  It was great to see all of it, but now we had to remove it and take it home.  Sorta felt like we were Ocean's 11.

Isabelle is off to Montreal and Quebec City tomorrow, so we did a quick grocery shopping trip today to pick up a few things.

I paid entirely with points!

I wonder how you get people to realize that they need festivals and art and such in a town?  We figure it has something to do with #awareness.  Indeed, often people don't know they need or want something until you point it out to them.

Have a great trip Isabelle!


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Broken Area - Episode 170 - There Must Be Sunglasses Here Somewhere

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:07:39 -0400

So, we went shopping a day early as I have convocation tomorrow and Isabelle has a thing. 

isabelle is going to be juror for the Ontario arts Council which is pretty great.  Congratulations to her. 

We had a friend over tonight, so we made pasta, it was a first for us.  Sorta kinda worked out.

Oh Jon came along on this one, and even chose one of the songs.  It is getting close to the end of the school year, so they have a lot of oh let's call them 'empty days' so Jon took the day off.  Yup, we got a box at the LCBO.


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Broken Area - Episode 169 - Stuffed Cow Puppets

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:39:11 -0400

Pretty good title right?

So Isabelle has a print in a provincial competition.  Or, maybe it is four of them, anyway, it is awesome and wonderful.  It is a blind juried show, which is also great.  I'm really proud of her.  She however cannot take compliments and makes various noises when complimented.

Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of my Dad's death.  On facebook I posted a series of stories about him as I do every year.  I'm not sure how many there are, but this year was the most.  Isabelle thinks I ought to publish them.

Newspapers are not long for this world, though news organizations seem to be ok.  They're moving to the web exclusively.  Isabelle wants a semi curated news feed to show up in her facebook feed, which would be nice.  

Oh, I have a friend in Russia, he seems really cool.  He's also a psychologist.  We talk all of the time.



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Broken Area - Episode 168 - All Honky

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:40:54 -0400

No, that is not an albino joke, listen and you'll get the title.

So, I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Toronto for the Council of Ontario Universities.  It was pretty good, and it is a great group of people.  I also went for a beer or two with Brent with an E, which was nice.

A special hello to everyone in Kingston celebrating Bob and PAB.

Isabelle is still painting, and still working on grants.

Boy it is getting warm.

Hey, they have a bathroom in the LCBO!


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Broken Area - Episode 167 - Stretching the Hides

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:49:18 -0400

Another fine day for shopping.  Spring is inching its way up north it seems

Isabelle was at a thing, well a class really, yesterday where she helped out stretching cow and deer hides to make drums.  Wow.  That's something I wouldn't do.  I figure it is gross, from all that I have heard.  Especially the smell.  Seemed like a lot of work.

Isabelle likes perennials, not annuals.

Apparently Greg David also had to clean Christmas tree needles out of the car.

Lawns should be replaced with mint.  You mow your lawn, you smell like gum, that'd be great.

Isabelle would paint cows all over the car if she could.

We have several trips coming up, should be hectic.


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Broken Area - Episode 166 - Pickup Truck Guy

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:07:48 -0400

I know I keep mentioning the weather, but it really finally is spring.  Fourteen degrees!

The dandelions are back.  There seem to be more each year, though that is probably because you can't use pesticides any more.  Though the emergence of influence of Native culture probably plays a role too.  Either way, apparently the dandelions are good for the bees.

So, I hate lawns, lawns are dumb.

Pickup truck guy (not the one in this pic, another one) made it so Isabelle couldn't see when we left the liquor store.

We got gas today, so four segments!

Isabelle is losing track of time.


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Broken Area - Episode 165 - The Pop Shoppe

Sat, 06 May 2017 14:29:19 -0400

So, writing this before we go.

Look, I think I have a title already.  It is my hope anyway.  More on that when we get back.

It's spring, really!

The nice weather means that Cow Quest 2017 has begun!  Isabelle went cow painting yesterday, and had a good time doing so.

I had a lot of meetings yesterday.  I invited Isabelle to come to a university Senate meeting, she declined....

The title refers to the Pop Shoppe, a Canadian institution for a while, that just disappeared.   It is back, and it's selling alcoholic pop!  So, yeah, I got some....

We then had some audio issues in the third segment, so we recorded a bit at home.  Looks like Isabelle will be entering some prints in a competition.  You can see them in the pic on this post.

Jon joined us for a bit as well.  Have a good week, see you next Saturday.


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Broken Area - Episode 164 - It's All Just Shoobeebadoo

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:54:08 -0400

First off, sorry for the audio quality last week, I thin kI have the issue resolved.

Back to our normal routine.  Saturday shopping.

Isabelle is involved in a cool project where people from all over the place fill in sketch books, crowd sourced art sorta.

Remember those inter office memo envelopes?  Who makes those now?  Is that company out of business?  Do people read stuff less now than they used to because stuff is quicker?  I dunno.

Isabelle continues her grant writing.

The LCBO might go on strike.  This concerns me.


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Broken Area - Episode 163 - Thermally

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:55:25 -0400

So, I just got back from the Conference on Comparative Cognition, which explains the odd release day for the podcast.

At left you can see how generally evil the Orlando airport is.

The trip was good.  Maddie gave a great talk, and generally the conference itself was great, as it always is.  This year there was the Space Coast March For Science which many conference goers attended.  Maddie included.  I did not, as it umm, well, is in the Florida sun.

That said, many went, and here's a cool video of it.

Debit and credit machines were down at the grocery store, people had to pay with, CASH.  It felt so 1996.  Then again, in the States you still sign for your credit card purchases rather than use a chip card because FREEDOM!!!


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Broken Area - Episode 162 - My Internal GPS Got Hooked Up

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:06:56 -0400

It's spring for sure.  That means rain.  Well, at least you don't have to shovel rain.

Jon came with us today, which is always a plus.  I feel bad, he took literally that we'd get a box, but we didn't need one.  Next time he comes I promise we'll get a box.

It is illegal in Ontario for a minor to even hold a bottle of alcohol in the LCBO, that seems weird.  Even weirder was the two of us trying to translate that into French....

Jon can learn Mandarin right after he masters French.

I'm off to a conference next week, so I'll report on that next episode.

It is Easter weekend, which means there are a lot of people who don't know how to shop shopping.


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Broken Area - Episode 161 - Ancient Japanese Secret Eh?

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:07:51 -0400

Wow, what a nice day. In fact we are about to break a record for a high temperature here for this day.

Isabelle is finishing up her printmaking class and she's using some sort of cool Japanese paper.  Sounds great.

A fellow student presented his final project this morning, and Isabelle attended, which explains why we are getting this out a bit late.  He was pretty good apparently.  I noted that by fourth year they do get good at presenting their own work to a crowd.  It is amazing watching the growth of confidence in students.

THE TERM IS OVER.  I'm doing a lot of marking.  I received 74 essay on Wednesday.  I'm now down to three!

Hopefully Jon will want to go shoot hoops later.

And yes, a bag, not a box.....


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Broken Area - Episode 160 - Tied To the Potholes

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:17:39 -0400

OK, so it really is spring!

Now spring is actually, in its early incarnation, rather ugly.  Brown, smelly etc.  It will get nice soon.

Yesterday the psychology students presented their honours theses to the university community.  That was a lot of fun, and they did very well.  My students bought me some Pernod!

There are potholes, there are lots of them.

Isabelle will soon be starting on her summer art project and she is currently finishing her printmaking project for school.

She's doing her thesis next year, awesome.  I will attend that artist's talk and ask inane questions.


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Broken Area - Episode 159 - The White Clothed Mullet Lady

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:21:32 -0400

Isabelle is off arting. However, Madeleine is in town.  

So, Maddie took me shopping, and we recorded a fine show.

When coming home, sometimes you are more busy with the visiting and such than you would be if you were at work or school.  

A woman all in white (a brave choice on a day that is pretty muddy) was following us.  OK, not following us, indeed, we were probably more following her.

We got a box Jon.


Oh, we released our Sault Ste. Marie mall power rankings.


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Broken Area - Episode 158 - Low Nervous Seething Background

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:57:48 -0400

It's still snowing.

Stop it!

I've been more involved in stuff at work again, it is going well.  I've been involved in reviewing our English department, and it has been fun so far.

It's Jon's birthday coming up, which is great, and Maddie will be visiting, which is great.

In the accompanying picture you can see the cafe where Isabelle hangs out when I shop.

Most people wouldn't realize it but both Isabelle and I are pretty private people and pretty shy.  Yeah ok, so we record our thoughts and put them on the open internet, but still....


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Broken Area - Episode 157 - Don't Forget To Like and Subscribe

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:42:17 -0500

Off again to the various shopping places.

It is cold again, and it snowed again, and daylight saving time starts again.

Isabelle had her thing for those awards this week.  She didn't win, but she met a lot of people.  One of the people she met will help her get volunteers for the arts council, so that's cool.

We talked about instructional videos and how they are often way too detailed and don't get to the big picture.  

The other thing videos do is you get too much intro, too much reminding to like and subscribe and all of that.

Hope you like this one.  Thanks to Rachel and Greg for the comments, and thanks to Michelle for the nice messages to Isabelle.


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Broken Area - Episode 156 - A Constant State of Self Rejection

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:30:33 -0500

Who knows what today's podcast will bring?  I don't.  We haven't started recording yet.  I am, however, warming up the car as I type this.  It is the closest thing I have to driving.

It's still cold out, even after our nice warm stretch.  That said it is sunny today.

We talked more about how Isabelle feels about her award nomination and recognition in general.

I had a senate meeting this week, it was a hellish nightmare.

There was stuff in my Pernod, so they got me a new bottle.

Hopefully now you can see the evil vertigo inducing steps at our grocery store.


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Broken Area - Episode 155 - Michael's Is Full of Smelly Things

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:30:14 -0500

We went shopping a day early because Jon had a dentist appointment this morning and then his class had a tour of Sault College.  The college is right near the grocery store and the LCBO, so we went shopping while Jon's class had their tour.

Anyway, we went to Michael's which is an art and craft supply store.  I have like zero interest in a place like that (though I did find some model planes, sadly no WWII ones).  I felt like I was with my Mom and I was four and we were in a fabric store.

Jon also noted that Michael's smells funny.

Hey, Isabelle has been nominated for an award!  She deserves it, and I am very proud of her.


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Broken Area - Episode 154 - Pointy Snowbanks

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:51:39 -0500

This is exciting placeholder text that I am writing before we go out today.  I figure this beats the crap out of lorem ipsum.

We went to a play last week.  It was decent though it dealt at a point with one of the characters having a brain tumour.  That was a bit much for me.

Jon is taking a class outside his program which is a first.  It is a drama class.  They're working on a radio play, and he's the sound effects guy.

Boy is the weather changing, it's up to 7 degrees today!

I don't think people are any more sensitive now, I think they are louder than they used to be.


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Broken Area - Episode 153 - Your Fancy Pantsy Attitude in the Scientific Pool of Geniuses

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:23:07 -0500

Perhaps our strongest title yet.

Holy mother of things that have mothers, has it ever snowed.  We probably got about 60 cm (maybe more) in the past couple of days.  It snowed for two days straight as well.  Happily a neighbour was nice enough to snowblow our driveway.

Isabelle went to a pretty cool thing last night, she talked about that.

She's also doing lithography with seems exceedingly complicated.

We talked some about 'whataboutism' which is a thing (click the link).


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Broken Area - Episode 152 - You're Listing all of The Things That I Hate

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:28:13 -0500

It's a really nice day, about -9, no wind to speak of, perfect for shop casting.

The Bon Soo winter carnival is on. I hate Sault Ste. Marie spelling things 'Too'. Isabelle dislikes the period after Ste. I generally dislike nicknames of cities, The Six, T Dot, Hogtown, all of the kind of thing. I think I hate using your airport code as a hashtag more though.

It's Super Bowl weekend. I honestly don't care.

Isabelle is still searching for grants. She's really good at that stuff, no matter what she says.


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Broken Area - Episode 151 - My Thing My Thing and My Stuff

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:30:32 -0500

Early shopping! Isabelle is going skiing tomorrow, with a hoop. I've no idea what that means.

Jon came with us because there is a week off between semesters at school.

I'm finally getting used to my schedule, and my students are coming up with some very cool data. My sister made some of the stimuli for one of my students.

We've had a couple of weeks of spring like weather, but it is back to winter.

Jon and I ran into a work colleague. The last time I ran into her at the store was the last time broth was on sale. My memory is a curse.

Isabelle has been doing some printing which is cool.


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Broken Area - Episode 150 - Dirty Melting Snow

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:30:13 -0500

Why don't people take criticism well, when it is given honestly? I just don't get it. I mean you don't attack the person, but the thing they've done.

We have a friend coming by tonight, you've heard him on a much earlier Broken Area, We'll have dinner, and then we'll watch the Great Escape!

I told the cashier about sous vide cooking. I'm a sousvideangelist.

It's a brave new world, let's hope it doesn't become a Brave New World.

Boy is it gross out, 1 C and raining. Makes it look lovely. That said, it allowed Isabelle to make a great plate tectonics pull.....

Enjoy our sesquicentennial.


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Broken Area - Episode 149 - The Book

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:44:23 -0500

Hey, Isabelle has a kids' book out about the Cow and the Zebra she's talked about many times. I don't know if we are going to talk about hit, but, here is a link for you to buy it. Look you don't have to, but if you want to get a copy before it becomes a major motion picture and all, feel free.

Four stops today, as it is empty day. We haven't brought empties back in about a month, and Christmas and New Years' were in there, so , umm, yeah there are lots of empties. Plus, we had left some out back since late November.

You know what? Isabelle has been asked to sign her book, indeed she's even doing a reading this coming week, cool.

There were a couple of audio glitches in this one, including the final song being cut off, damn you Bossjock....


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Broken Area - Episode 148 - The Aftermath

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:44:34 -0500

Our holidays are over. Well almost over. I mean it is the weekend so I guess technically, man, I dunno.

Mom was on the podcast last week to much acclaim, her visit was fun too.

We had a lot of talk in this one about how and why we podcast. You know it seems that people want to turn everything into a 'seven steps to increase your podcastness' or something. We, on the other hand, just do it because it is fun. We've met a lot of great people this way.

Oh right, we got gas today, so an extra stop, at no extra cost to you, the listener.

Isabelle and Mom watched a bunch of Bob Ross when Mom visited. So that got us talking a bit about Bob Ross and his particular style.



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Broken Area - Episode 147 - Velorutions for Jesus

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:43:06 -0500

Hey, my Mom is here! So, she joined us in the grocery cast which is pretty great.

On the way to the store we talked about Christmas lights. What the hell is the deal with people overdoing Christmas lights? Mom said that there is a guy in London who has a pretty ridiculous setup. It turns out that there are even competitions about Christmas lights.

Isabelle got a special edition of Life magazine about Bob Dylan.

What's the deal on Jews for Jesus? Rachel? Anyone?


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Broken Area - Episode 146 - Windshield Wiper Acceptance

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:03:57 -0500

We didn't do a grocery cast last week as things were hectic, but in a good way.

But, today we needed a new windshield wiper! So, why not record. Isabelle installed it and she is now officially I think a mechanic, so for your automotive questions ask Isabelle.....

We recounted our experience with our 1970s Christmas Eve dinner, which included pineapple glazed ham, aspic, Buffalo wings and chocolate fondue. (Each year on Christmas Eve we make a meal where each of us cooks something). The aspic was more a prop really.

Canned vegetables? Who buys them? Why do they buy them?

Oh then we heard a guy yell like me.


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Broken Area - Episode 145 - Heathens With Biblical Names

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:43:30 -0500

So we had a snow day. Holy crap did we have a snow day. Really it was a snow couple of days, though only one day involved the city shutting down. Snow is common here but not snow days. To put it in some perspective we have lived here, on and off for 14 years. We've had one snow day.

If you'd like to see a video of the storm, here's one.

So we got 55 cm of snow over a couple of days, and that wasn't really the issue as much as the wind which caused severe drifting.

Isabelle spent the week in Jon's classes, shadowing him. It was exhausting.

Remember those grants Isabelle wrote back in the summer? Well, one of them came through.

Have you ever noticed that nobody is named 'Jesus' in English? It is common in Spanish. I wonder why not in English, or French for that matter.


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Broken Area - Episode 144 - Christmas Tree Special!

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:22:17 -0500

It is that time of year.

The time when we go get a Christmas tree during a blizzard and strap it to our car. But, not this time! No, this time we put it in the back, I mean we have an SUV, why in Christ haven't we thought of this before? It's a Christmas miracle!

We talked a little about a couple of other things during the episode too.

Amazon video is in Canada.

Isabelle is doing cool projects with Jon's class.

Plus, we can fit a Christmas tree in our car!


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Broken Area - Episode 143 - Not Illustrative

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:03:09 -0500

Today we have FOUR stops, as we're returning empties! We also got gas.

It is the end of term, this pleases both of us.

Isabelle will be devoting her time to her art, and another thing we can't yet talk about. She also is looking in to making her series on the cow and the zebra into a kids book. Very exciting that. The thing is that the story came from the painting rather than the pictures coming from the story.

It's getting cold in norther Ontario, -9 today.

We hope you like this one.

Oh, and, one more thing......


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Broken Area - Episode 142 - Invasion of the Philistines

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:30:42 -0500

So, I had a work trip to Toronto for the Council of Ontario Universities, and, there was a show at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Plus, Porter had a deal on cheap flights, so why not all of us go to Toronto? So, well, so we did.

It was Jon's first flight since he was a baby, and it went well.

I worked, and then instead of coming back to a hotel room that was empty, I came back to see Isabelle and Jon! This pleased me.

We also met up with old friends we hadn't seen in 18 years, which was great.

We went to the show at the AGO, there was some good stuff. Also, there was stuff by hacks...

We went through the drive through on the way home, in honour of Jason Reese.


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Broken Area - Episode 141 - Firenaversary

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:55:20 -0500

Four years ago today we had our fire. The one referenced in our tag line 'We're back, and our dryer is on fire'. In retrospect it is sort of funny, and I am still very cautious about the lint trap.

12-3 was an inside job man, wake up Sheeple!

Hey, the term is over. Well, basically over anyway, so we have that going for us as well.

Weird thing yesterday, while I was in a meeting our university president resigned. A former president, and French department colleague of Isabelle's will take over.

I think Isabelle should get a smock. I also quite like saying the word 'smock'.

I googled where Hawaiian shirts come from!

Jon did the music at a school basketball game to much acclaim.

I'm going to make eggnog.

Isabelle likes beetles but didn't want to hear the Beatles.


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Broken Area - Episode 140 - A 14A Television Show

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:45:06 -0500

So we went shopping a day early as Isabelle has a thing tomorrow.

Yesterday she went to an art exhibit that was all video. It doesn't sound like something I would have liked much, though the story of the cow that fell down the hole is compelling. The shite and black lines, not so much.

I saw a box of water for sale at the grocery store. Western Civilization is nearly dead.

The thing she is off to is an art show. She made a bunch of small paintings for it and some other stuff. She'll be at a table selling stuff with friends and that is the important thing really.

Oh, Jon came along on this one as he had a PD Day today. Indeed every kid in town was off school. Jon gave us our title today.


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Broken Area - Episode 139 - Soundscapes From the Deep, What Does That Mean? We Don't Know

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:37:05 -0500

Great title eh? It has literally nothing to do with this episode.

Hey, it's snowing. Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Still, it is supposed to warm up again, so no worries as of yet.

MADDIE IS VISITING. This is outstanding.

We talked about what food we would eat only by ourselves because of embarrassment. This is inspired by a thread over at AVClub. Pickle juice, logos and entire frozen pizzas come to mind. For Jon, it is lamb....

Isabelle has some cool ideas for art projects with Jon's class, I look forward to hearing about how it goes.

We ended by talking about podcasting in general and of course our recently departed friend Bob. If you would like to give to the fund for his son's education, click here.


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Broken Area - Episode 138 - Bob

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:56:54 -0500

I'm not sure how much we're going to go into this (I am typing this an hour or so before we go shopping) but many of you know that we lost a dear friend two days ago, Bob Goyetche. Bob was one of my co hosts on Best Episode Ever and the Marshall McLuhan Variety Hour, and he was really one of the original Canadian podcasters. More importantly though he was our friend, and you have likely heard us speak of him before.

Bob had a great impact on our lives, even though we both never spent that much time in the same room with him.

Then we ran into Sgt. Wilson's Army Show.

Finally we had what I think was a pretty interesting discussion of art and manga/anime.


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Broken Area - Episode 137 - Moccasins and Fudge

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 14:05:02 -0400

Jon came along today as he didn't feel like hanging out with his friends today. It was nice having him along for a change, as he hasn't come shopping since the summer.

It's still crazy warm, very odd. I'm not mowing the lawn, no matter what.

I'm a boring boring boring jerk.

Isabelle is nominating one of her profs for a prestigious art award, which I really hope she gets because she deserves it.


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Broken Area - Episode 136 - Ismism

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:15:56 -0400

It's getting close to Halloween, though, this is not a scary episode. Look, maybe it is, I'm writing this before we go out.

I dunno, maybe we talked about emails or something.

OK, we did get a pumpkin, and candy of course, who knows how many kids will come over, I honestly don't know, it varies so much year to year. We have enough candy for 90, which ought to be enough.

We wondered whatever happened to UNICEF boxes at Halloween in Canada, it turns out that collecting for UNICEF at Halloween in the US is still a thing, but now in Canada it isn't. We both have fond memories of collecting money for kids from afar.

We then got into what may be our oddest discussion ever. We listed every 'ism' you could think of (though I think we missed 'fascism' oddly).


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Broken Area - Episode 135 - Colder

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:21:07 -0400

You know, it is cold today. In a month this will seem warm, but 2C seems pretty cold today. Indeed, our car claimed it was 18, but eventually the car figured things out.

Isabelle and I both had weird dreams last night, and we shared them, I think mine is more disturbing....

Isabelle did a workshop on using an app called Pixlr to make cool art. I'm really impressed with the work she has done with it.

Are you as tired as I am of people adding unnecessary padding to videos and blog posts? Let's do something about it. What? I have no idea......

Isabelle saw a movie that sounded like it came from her life. I have to agree, it sounded pretty close to how she described her life as a teenager.

Zebras and cows, their saga continues.


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Broken Area - Episode 134 - Echo Chambers

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:06:06 -0400

Well it has been a somewhat eventful reading week. I went to Toronto for 24 hours for a series of meetings at the Council of Ontario Universities, and then we went to see a band last night. Yup, we actually went out!

The band we saw was 'Whitehorse'. They were pretty good. They reminded Isabelle of The Handsome Family (of True Detective Season 1 fame) and last night in the car when she said that I was happy as the whole time they were playing I was thinking 'they remind me of someone.....'

We then talked about the end of the fall break and what students get out of university. A lot of times they don't even know what skills they do get, which oddly was one of the themes of the meeting I was at in Toronto.


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Broken Area - Episode 133 - About Friendship

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:29:00 -0400

You know, as usual I'm typing part of this before we go shopping (fourth wall, broken) and I don't know if this will come up, but Donald Trump is a vile, horrible person and is not fit to run, well, to run anything. OK, got that out of the way. Some of Isabelle's students believe there are gangs of rogue clowns walking the streets and attacking people. Of course this is a hoax, covered on a recent Illuminati Social Club, but still, people are actually believing this junk. Isabelle and one of her profs and a bunch of other students made prints with, wait for it, a steamroller. Tell me that isn't cool? Oh the friendship? It is between a cow and a zebra. If anyone knows how to do that whole thing with replacing mic and a speaker on a little recording chip like those used in a card, Isabelle would love your help. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 132 - Isabelle In The Land of Chalk Drawings

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:26:18 -0400

We went out an hour early, so you get it an hour early, we've passed the savings on to you, the home listener.

The reason we went out early is because Isabelle has a thing today where one of her classmates is doing a chalk drawing workshop in front of the university. I imagine security will shut it down like U2 in LA in 87...

Last night Isabelle thought Don Draper was in the movie Red 2. Turns out she had fallen asleep then woke up and I was watching Mad Men.

We speculate on our friend and longtime listener Rachel. She wished us a happy Rosh Hashanah and we did the same to her. We each have a picture in our mind about her, and hope to actually meet her in person some day.


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Broken Area - Episode 131 - I No Longer Have The Suckage

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:59:39 -0400

I have no idea what to type next as I am typing this before we go, as usual.

Oh an extra stop today, we've got empty bottles to return, so you have that for your listening pleasure. We also had to get gas.

Isabelle has a neat exhibit coming up, it is about a day in her life, we picked up a package that had a banner in it for the show. Then Isabelle made herself laugh, a lot.....

I ran into a friend in the grocery store who also just got back from sabbatical. We'd both have liked them not not end, just saying....

I'm not watching the Clinton v Trump debate. I'm also rather angry at the sexism I'e seen displayed during the campaign.


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Broken Area - Episode 130 - This Zebra and This Cow Walk In to a Bar

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:36:14 -0400

Well, here we go again, with me writing this thing before we go. This text is the Jimmy Buffet of Lorem Ipsums.

Isabelle is doing a course where she gets asked really deep complicated questions about painting. I have a class where I ask the students to write me a paper entitled 'What is Psychology?'

Isabelle is painting a series about a zebra and a cow. Where would the two hang out? I think there are cold weather zebras, so maybe import a few....

Hey it was a great PC Points week!


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Broken Area - Episode 129 - First Semester Freedom Fighter

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:53:38 -0400

OK, it's real, my sabbatical, while officially over since July 1, is really over. I taught two classes this week. OK, well I handed out course outlines. Isabelle is back to teaching a class and is taking two as well.

Being back at it led to a discussion of getting a list of student names along with their pictures. It would help all of us remember their names. Indeed, the original face books, not Facebook, did just that.

Isabelle talked a bit about her 'That's Not Art' podcast and a bit about wanting to put her videos on youtube. Best to turn off comments we think.

I've been biking to work, which is great, good exercise and I'm not stuck on depending on the bus.


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Broken Area - Episode 128 - The Doily People

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:56:22 -0400

We went a day early, as Isabelle has a grant writing working breakfast thing tomorrow. I'm back to using Bossjock as my phone suddenly has a lot of free space due to an update.

Isabelle is still doing stuff with the Arts Council which is great. There seem to be two different types of art people, some that are making art for its own sake, and others who are trying to sell stuff. I realize that's pretty simplistic, but, I'm a simpleton.

The term is coming, run for your lives!

We talked some about doing our personal podcasts and how it is difficult to talk about something for an extended period of time....


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Broken Area - Episode 127 - Chi Cheemaun et al

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:21:09 -0400

We're back on the Saturday schedule, but, we have special bonus coverage of our trip to the Bruce Peninsula, London, Gundy Lake etc. We took the Chi Cheemaun ferry in there, and those of you who want more ferry coverage should check out the most recent episode of the Jonathan Files. We picked up Maddie in London, she's home for a visit. We camped a bit, and of course as noted visited London. In London Isabelle bought Maddie and Ross a table. Listen to the tale of the table and my ability to do arithmetic in my head! Isabelle has a friend who would like to start a repertory theatre. I hope it works out, good luck to him. There was a funny guy in the LCBO, I don't think he meant to be.... Overall the Saturdays I think are better than the Tuesdays. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 126 - Maybe I Won't Talk To You For a Month

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:41:05 -0400

Many stops this week, so many bonus tracks! (One of which was elected by Jonathan, even though he wasn't with us).

Isabelle and a friend are playing tonight, and we talked a bit about that. Her brother came over as well, and he asked why we didn't do video. I don't think video would add much to this podcast, plus, well, plus I think it smacks of work.

Isabelle has been watching a show from the UK, 'Dancing on the Edge'. John Goodman is in it, so that makes it by definition great.

I've been riding my bike a lot, which scares Isabelle. It doesn't scare me, so I think it all washes out.


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Broken Area - Episode 125 - Chicken Nuggets Cooked In Orange Juice

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:21:31 -0400

More groceries and liquor, more podcasting. Jon came with us again today. He even chose two of the songs for today, you can probably guess which two. Jon's musical tastes are varied as you can tell from his choices. Mine are two, I like all of the U2 albums. Isabelle likes something called 'world music' which I think is some sort of plot to stop America Being Great™ but I think if we put up a wall we'll be fine. Isabelle went swimming this morning, and her friend got what might have been spider bites, that doesn't sound good. Generally, stay away from stagnant water really. We talked about the best stuff Isabelle had to eat in Morocco and Algeria. She was not a fan of the curdled milk. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 124 - Groceryumentary

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:50:05 -0400

Hey I'm on holidays! Yes, I know, I was on sabbatical, but I still had work, just not teaching work. OK, in the summer I wouldn't teach either and then there'd be emails I would ignore. So maybe my month of holidays is not that different.

We had a power outage last night. Our UPS works!

It was Civic Holiday weekend, the most generic of the holidays.

I'm great at everything.

I got alcoholic root beer!

Our friend Pat died just the other day, we dedicate this podcast to her and her family. She meant a great deal to us, and was very close with Isabelle.


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Broken Area - Episode 123 - A Little Later Than Usual

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:14:10 -0400

Isabelle has been grant writing and such, so we went shopping a little later than we normally do. I really shouldn't be saying 'went' because i am typing this before we go. I've been cycling a lot. I'm also thinking of slowly restoring my old (30 year old) bike. Yesterday Jon and I went on a 10 km ride (there and back) to the pet store and to Subway. We had an interesting thing happen to us. It's crazy season in US politics, so perhaps that will come up. Like I said, I really have no idea, we haven't recorded yet...... OK, so now we have recorded and I made a few good guesses there. Hey, Isabelle won second prize in an art show, for a cool thing she did on her phone! You can see it in this post. We're gonna eat fajitas and drink blender drinks tonight, as it is 33 degrees out, but, we still want to see Bill Clinton tonight. Oh we got stopped for a bit by a train, which Jon said he would 'take down'. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 122 - A Beautiful Day

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:04:37 -0400

So, we went shopping a day early as Isabelle's birthday is tomorrow, and, well, she hates shopping. So it seemed to make sense to not have her do something she dislikes on her birthday. Today is also the 12th anniversary of our arrival back here in Sault Ste. Marie from Corner Brook. Isabelle has been visiting our friend Pat a lot. You've probably heard her talk about that. Good looking people do better in life, it's a thing. Indeed, people probably base some of their vote on looks. I don't think they do it on purpose but they do. I talked a bit about honest signalling and looks and bird plumage and symmetry and beauty and man I felt like I was teaching. I've been working on my upcoming courses and Isabelle will be soon too. Everyone wish Isabelle a happy birthday. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 121 - Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:32:41 -0400

So, off we went today, along with Jonathan, to do some shopping. I just got back from MMPR, and I had a great time. I saw a few people, many of them listeners, and recorded a bit. There ended up being a running theme throughout, though it was not planned that way. It is probably the case that that happens each year. We got some new tables, I put them together yesterday, this was the opposite of fun, though I think I kept my cool pretty well. While I was gone Isabelle and Jon had some good Mom and son time, so that is a good thing. THEY HAVE PERNOD AGAIN. I repeat, THEY HAVE PERNOD AGAIN. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 120 - That's One Sirioos Bonfire

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:48:10 -0400

sabelle is back from her trip to Quebec City and Montreal to visit family and I'll soon be off to #MMPR2016. We brought Jon along this time to the scene of a Jonathan Files restaurant review, Stackburger. While this never made it to the recording I want to mention that someone in my fb feed the other day called their food 'salty'. It's not, and if you don't put salt on the outside of a burger you don't get that nice crust, I'm just saying. While Isabelle was away we tore down, or cut down, a tree that was growing at a ridiculous rate. It is a poplar I think. Five years ago it didn't exist. Today, it was 40-50 feet high. It had to go. We were going to go camping, but the weather looks shitty, so no to that. Staying in the trailer is one thing, staying in it all day is quite another. I'll have some post MMPR thoughts next week. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 119 - Zero Units Available

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:42:12 -0400

The post nuclear hellscape continues on this episode. Jon joined us again on this one, he didn't say much, but he did claim that the city was full of Russian and Chinese tourists. I don't think that's true... Isabelle has been working at the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie for the past few weeks and that is pretty great. I fixed the DC pump in the trailer, by tightening a valve, so really, that isn't much to be proud of, but I did it myself damnit! Isa is off on a trip to visit family tomorrow, then we're off camping, then I'm off to MMPR 2016. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 118 - The Culmination of Dave Week

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:52:29 -0400

I jokingly refer to this week in June as 'Dave Week' because it starts with Father's Day and then morphs into my birthday, which is today. I'm old. We're off camping soon, so we did our groceries and all of that early this week. You never know this might become more common as after our camping trip Isabelle is off to Quebec City, and then we're going camping again, and then I'm off to MMPR. Oh we also may do some recording while camping, those camp casts are always a crowd pleaser. Isabelle finished her course and did very well, as expected. I never in my life had any success with women, so we talked a bit about that. I think it had something to do with me having absolutely no self confidence. (I think chicks pick up on that.....) Oh, today was also the last day of the school year for Jon, which is pretty great. He had a great year. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 117 - What Kind of Post-Nuclear Hellscape Is This?

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:32:10 -0400

Yeah, a day late, but there's a good reason. Isabelle just got back from London where she visited a bit and picked up Madeleine. Maddie is home until Thursday which is great! Hey, last night Maddie and I drank Scotch by a backyard bonfire. So, does it bug you when people make grammatical errors and spelling mistakes on the internet? Do you tell people when they have made mistakes? I do, well, depending, I mean if it is a typo, no, but if someone spells definitely as 'definately' (man that even hurts to type) I tell them. THE LCBO IS OUT OF PERNOD, how can I go on? Isabelle saw some cool art in London, ON. I noted the art gallery there, Museum London, used to be called the London Regional Art Gallery, which led to the unfortunate acronym 'LRAG'. It was controversial when it was built because people are idiots. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 116 - A Lot of People Around Here Can't Read

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:38:32 -0400

Hey, here we go again. By here we go again I mean I am typing this before we record. It's convocation day, so that will probably come up, as will other things, plus, I thin we're going to return empties today! Isabelle went for a run during my shopping trip, turns out a gym she belongs to is actually across the street from the grocery store. Oh you know it is much easier to exercise if you integrate it into your daily routine. Isabelle is getting closer to finishing her art degree, that's awesome. Just because you are an expert in one thing it does not mean you are an expert in everything. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 115 - It's a Family Eatery

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 16:31:00 -0400

Apparently Isabelle's work is winning the bidding war at the art show. This is how I view art, it is possible to win or lose. Jon came shopping with us and we had a bit of a conversation about visiting our friend Ken and having a nice time over at his place. Jon held a baby, lots. The title has literally nothing to do with the podcast, but, Jon came up with it.... We talked a bit about Bruno Bettelheim, a 'psychologist' (he probably didn't have a PhD in psych, indeed, he probably only ever took three intro courses) and his views on autism. Isabelle is reading his stuff for an art project/grant she is putting together. [...]

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Broken Area - Episode 114 - Dude, Spoilers

Sat, 28 May 2016 13:20:51 -0400

We're back, and I'm back typing this stuff before we go out for today's errands. Isabelle went to Sudbury yesterday for some art dealio, so I imagine that will come up. Aha, told you, indeed it did. Weirdly there is a teeny screw up at the beginning, I've no idea what happened there, but it isn't your player, it's my phone. (Apparently we had a title there, but I can't remember it, and that is where the recording messed up for about like 30 seconds). Isabelle may be going camping with some friends soon, with our trailer, so i will have to give her a trailer setup course. It is easy. Why do people get so upset about spoilers? I mean I understand really big things, but man, people seem to thing everything is a spoiler. Even that we won WW2. [...]

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