Month: March 2020

Stay The Fuck Home Saturday Morning Horrors Edition

I’m reposting an oldie (from 2017) but a goodie!

As a kid, one of my fondest memories of Saturday mornings was sugar saturated cereal and cartoons. Spiderman, Hercules, Scooby Doo and many others.  Oh hold on… put on the brakes. No…. I actually wasn’t a fan of those cartoons. One of my brothers was obsessed with Spiderman, Rocket Robinhood and Hercules. Not I! Generally, I couldn’t stand those types of cartoons. Those cartoons were unfortunately on first Saturday mornings, then came what was more of the ‘ordinary’ delights in our household. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein and re-runs of The Addams Family, The Munsters and The Twilight Zone. Oh what a delight to hear Rod Serling’s voice first thing in the morning.

Growing up we had three… THREE channels. CKNX, CTV, CBC and eventually a fourth TVO was added. Fortunately, one of them showed more than just the typical Saturday morning fare. I may have lost my mind otherwise. I’m sure one of the programmers was a fan of the darker style of Saturday morning entertainment and somehow convinced the station manager that Morticia Addams and Grimilda were a must on a late Saturday mornings.

Occasionally on an exceptionally clear day, we would be able to get in a few New York stations and when we did… OH BOY!  We were in for a freaky treat! How I would pray for a cloudless Saturday morning.

Recently nostalgia started creeping in and I did a search for some of the shows I loved and to my delight was able to find some YouTube channels that are still showing reruns of the creature style shows such as Son of Svengoolie, Creature Features (which had a House of Frightenstein type host) and others that I was madly obsessed with.

Along with the creepy kids cartoons, there would usually be at least one show that would play vintage horror movies. I was always excited to see what shenanigans the creeptacular hosts would be up to. I loved that they would also rerun shows from the 1950s. One of my all time favourite openings is still Vampira.

We also can’t forget Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Typically a late night show, one of the channels we watched on Saturday mornings still ran her Midnight Madness.

Skip forward to today and we have spooktacular hosts such as Ivanna Cadavar from Macabre Theatre taking over the reign as the new TV Queen of the Underworld.

But…. back to Svengoolie. When we were able to get some of the upper state New York channels, I would literally have to fight my brother for control of the remote. Since we couldn’t get these stations every week, when we did, I had to take the opportuntity to see one of the best things about Saturday morning.

If we were extra lucky we would get reruns of Ghoul A Go Go (http://www.ghoulagogo.com/)

or the Count Orlaf Show.

Lucky for us today we have the internets and YouTube.  I am fortunate that I can still binge on channels and YouTube shows that encompass the need for schlocky themed, low budget, local broadcast style productions. Here are a few of my other favourites.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000

Chiller Night Theatre (this clip showing on of my favourite all time bad horror movies The Manster.

Full Horror (This channel doesn’t have a host, but has an archive of some vintages, b-horror movies.  Though the list isn’t a long one, the movies selected are some of the best, worst b-horror movies.)

Let’s not forget Shock Theatre.

Not to be confused with the original Shock Theatre from the 1970’s/80’s.

http://www.mediaprof.org/shock/

Often I think of starting my own channel. One of my partners in crime and one of my longest friendships (October Young) is also a huge fan of bad horror movies and schlock TV.  Together we have started our own production called Queens of Schlock. We are currently writing horror shorts but have often talked about  starting our own YouTube show. When I spend time watching some of my favourite YouTube channels or when we have bad horror movie nights, the inspiration to create our own show grows.  Stay tuned, you never know, that could be happening soon.

Growing up was a creepy, wondrous time of freaky Saturday morning cartoons. It might be time to restart the tradition.

What are some of your favourite bad movies, horror themed and hosted TV shows?  My next blog post will be about some of my favourite awesomely bad b-horror movies!

Stay The Fuck Home Aliens Edition

Do you believe in aliens? Or do you love the entertainment they have provided us for the last several decades? No, this isn’t a conspiracy theory post. It’s a post about ways to distract ourselves. The last couple days for me have been aliens. Drawing them, watching movies about them. I do love me a good alien movie. I extra love a 1950s alien movie!

Here are a few of my favourite alien movies (both trailers and full movies)! What are yours?

Mars Attacks trailer

Alien/Aliens trailer

The Day the Earth Stood Still trailer

Forbidden Planet trailer

Assignment Outerspace full movie

Killers From Space full movie

Visitor From Space full movie

The Brain Eaters full movie

Stay The Fuck Home The Move Your Ass Edition

One of the possibilities of self-isolation is we won’t get enough exercise. Self-isolation doesn’t mean sitting on a couch all day binge watching everything on Netflix or gaming until your thumbs off. Exercise will help with your stress levels and hopefully keep you from having a heart attack.

Here is a list of at home work outs and yes, I’ve included YOGA! Did you really think I wouldn’t. Don’t be like that. I’ve also included exercises for kids. They need to keep moving too! Plus, you can do the exercises with them and make it a family workout!

Yoga With Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Self has a great list of at home work outs.
https://www.self.com/gallery/best-at-home-workouts-bodyweight

Nerd Fitness work out!
https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-7-best-at-home-workout-routines-the-ultimate-guide-for-training-without-a-gym/

25 Min Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8YsjljHt2M&list=PLX588G6cM3T40wujWmydqqnzQxQhXTkcm&index=2&t=822s

30 minute fat burning home workout for beginners
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC_L9qAHVJ8&list=PLX588G6cM3T40wujWmydqqnzQxQhXTkcm&index=3&t=0s

Fun, low impact workout for TOTAL beginners
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0c-4nZjIWQ&list=PLX588G6cM3T40wujWmydqqnzQxQhXTkcm&index=4&t=0s

Family Fun Cardio Workout
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5if4cjO5nxo

Home Exercises for Kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHVR2FnTpdk

Stay The Fuck Home The Livestream Edition

Social distancing is preventing us from going to events. Since we can’t go to them, events are coming to us via livestreams! YouTube, Instagram and Facebook are generally the chosen platform, however, theatre and opera are also streaming from venues. I’ve provided a list below.

Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
https://www.timeout.com/news/the-worlds-coolest-theatre-is-streaming-a-play-every-night-for-free-032320?fbclid=IwAR2B-54x6w9jkdkCtRFWq02ZQdaXcTL7K-JuRHqJKqKd0H92HL_JQVT2FQY

RIOT at the Movies is an awesome Toronto group that posts b-movie events as well as listing movie recommendations and commentary. Adam has been doing livestreams via FB.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690165747926557/

Billboard has a great list of music live streams
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

A great article on What theatres are performing online this week across Canada
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/article-what-theatres-are-performing-online-this-week-across-canada/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Nestruck%20on%20Theatre&utm_type=text&utm_content=Theatre&utm_campaign=2020-3-24_16&cu_id=z3ZUmFNE9CRbWhZmqo2LpPff5R6jzfNA

Slow Fizz Soul Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/events/585558542171548/

Write Bloody North
https://www.facebook.com/events/2548626035378780/?event_time_id=2549783858596331

Toronto Poetry Slam (Apr 3)
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPoetrySlam/?hc_location=ufi

National Arts Centre. https://nac-cna.ca/fr/canadaperforms/apply?fbclid=IwAR2qOFN_BqwxCYqb-h3ahtGq9zo21WpUc7koEz8SceCeGXUp2DTRHK3vViU

Stay The Fuck Home Entertain Yourself Edition

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from friends witnessing way too many people out on the streets and in generally populated areas, including lounging in parks. Apparently, there are still people who don’t understand social distancing. The only times you should be going out is for groceries/supplies and exercise.

If you miss interacting with you friends, you can have virtual coffee or a Netflix Party. Platforms like Google Hangouts, Zoom or Facebook allow video conferencing.

As mentioned another fun thing to do is Netflix Party. https://www.netflixparty.com/

You can also live stream from YouTube or Facebook. Get a dance party going!

If you want to do things on your own, you can get caught up on reading or learn something new. Here are a few suggestions.

Open Culture has a TONNE of free ebooks http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Go learn about ancient botany. https://botany.edwardworthlibrary.ie/ancient-botany/ancient-botany-2/

Take a virtual museum tour. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/virtual-tours-canada-museums_ca_5e7275c2c5b6eab77941338d

My friend Diana Coatsworth is teaching you how to do sewing basics such as sew on a button! https://www.facebook.com/diana.coatsworth.7/videos/10163201173745634/

Ask Sarah Has a lot of sewing tutorials and hacks. https://www.asksarah.com.au/

Draw something, even if you haven’t for years.

Find a cooking video on YouTube.

Do Yoga or some other form of exercise.

Dig out that copy of Macbeth you’ve had since High School and start acting out scenes.

Go through your closet and have a fashion show. This also helps you purge items you don’t need and someone else could use!

Learn how to do the CanCan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL2g1WuuqKU

Adult Colouring http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR1exfo2aaUsahjbaGwue9yeJL9jhkPFVDkQFpGFCBspII4HMqHet0wyDg4

There are soooooo many things you could be doing at home. You don’t need to be out with your friends or meeting up in parks! Be responsible!!!

Stay The Fuck Home The Cooking Edition

Thanks to all of the people who did panic shopping when this all went down a little over a week ago, many of us are struggling to find staples on the grocery shelves and are resorting to making meals with what ever is in our cupboard, fridge and freezer. This isn’t completely a bad thing, you finally get to use that can of heart of palm you bought a year ago. Why did I buy that again?

I’ve always had to be resourceful when it comes to cooking. I’ve been on my own since I was 18 and money has been hard to come by on many occasions, so I’ve had to be creative with food. I always managed and never went hungry thankfully. There have been a few times in our history where we were going through wars or The Great Depression and putting food in your cupboards was beyond desperate times. During those times, homemakers had to make due with what they could get their hands on. I’ve been researching some of these recipes and below is some of what I found.

If you have kids, this might be a fun thing to do with them!

This one has a recipe for poor man’s stew. Sounds like something I ate as a kid.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/85597/8-curious-recipes-depression-era

Most of these look ok. Not too sure about the grape pie. https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/depression-era-recipes/

I’ve watched quite a few videos from this channel.

I’m pretty sure I remember my Grandma making Hot Water Pie. https://soyummy.com/great-depression-food/

Glen and Friends does a lot of Depression Era Cooking.

This website has quite a few WW2 recipes. Another time in our history were there was food rationing.
http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/index-20-world-war-2.html

More WW2 recipes. A lot of these look pretty ok! I’m going to see if I can Veganize a few.
https://the1940sexperiment.com/100-wartime-recipes/

Here are a bunch of Canadian Wartime recipe books you can download. https://wartimecanada.ca/archive-categories/recipes

Stay The Fuck Home The Virtual Tours Edition

Being stuck at home, a lot of us will being going stir crazy, if you haven’t already. Many are used to regular social gatherings or the freedom to go to a gallery, museum, theatre, movie theatre, or restaurant at will. When this is suddenly taken away, it can be depressing and make you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. Though this isn’t quite the same as physically going there, and being there is always better, several places have created virtual tours. It is a great way to spend an hour and an amazing way to distract your mind for a while.

Google Earth launches virtual tours of 31 of the world’s most incredible national parks
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/travel-ideas/abroad/a31891488/google-earth-virtual-tours-31-national-parks/?fbclid=IwAR2yvH6VFPxlz72h-t2eKPxtUqGmK15plHi43qhVINVhIkIQe-S_EamXtik

Canada’s Wonderland Roller-coaster
https://www.canadaswonderland.com/blog/2020/march-2020/heres-how-to-take-a-virtual-ride-on-all-the-rides-at-canadas-wonderland-in-your-own-home

AGO
http://lodzghetto.ago.ca/start?t:state:flow=25866551-8cb1-42a3-8ceb-73c569f44eae

ROM
https://collections.rom.on.ca/?_ga=2.44462948.1396545685.1584450489-329250888.1584450489

Dundurn Castle
https://museumshamilton.com/#/pano/dundurn-main-frontentrance

National Gallery Of Canada
https://www.gallery.ca/collection/search-the-collection#

Casa Loma
https://casaloma.ca/experience-the-castle/

The Louvre
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

Good Housekeeping has an extensive list of virtual tours.
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

Travel Japan has a few virtual tours of Japan.
https://en.japantravel.com/article/virtual-japan-tours/61611

Explore the Catacombs of Paris
https://boingboing.net/2020/03/24/explore-the-catacombs-of-paris.html?fbclid=IwAR0QW-okTfscCoQ3Xk7ZRJJGG3y-wunr5jLJvFxqyqMIoxaI9soeKGhclZw