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We all have items we can’t do without at work. We surveyed Line 21’s staff to discover what they always have near them. There are the obvious work-related items you’d expect, but there are also lots of unusual…essentials.
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Line 21’s Office Shorthand
Some of us have been doing this captioning job really quite a long time, up to 26 years. Over that time, we’ve developed weird shorthand terminology which we’ve mixed with more accepted film/video and workflow terminology. Some of these things have become common parlance among us, with their origins sometimes forgotten… if you read in between the lines a bit, you’ll get a sense of how we do our jobs around here.

Stripping
An important principle, we feel, for life, is that if something has been done once, there is no sense doing it again. Reformatting text is one of the basics of our workflows, removing information, adding information, reordering columns, swapping terms around… so one of the first things we do when captioning a show is we ask if the client has any kind of script available at all. We then strip the materials we received down to dialogue only. From there, we pull the stripped script into our captioning software and start doing our magic.

Verbatimizing
No matter how good a transcript we receive might be, it will need adjusting to the actual audio. Verbatimizing is a pass through the transcript and media to harmonize the two. You might notice that we have been talking like Dr. Doofenshmirtz for a very long time. Guilty as charged.

Splitting
“Splitting” is the term we use for breaking up dialogue into meaningful segments that will later become captions or subtitles. The goal is to split the words spoken into a line or two at a time, keeping ideas together. We work to avoid leaving words dangling at the end of a line, to avoid splitting infinitives, to reduce suspense for people reading only one title at a time, and to ensure captions neither look silly or confusing. For example, the line “The people of Mars eat lots of cotton candy” would be split like this:

It would never be split as follows:

It may seem like a picky detail until… you try to read carelessly split captions or subtitles.

Hamster hunt
Those who were there will remember the actual occasion when this term was coined for a fairly wild and hilarious transcriber mishearing that got revealed during a timing pass. The actual audio was “You camped out overnight?” but the transcriber heard “Your hamster camped out overnight?” For obvious reasons, the phrase passed into infamy pretty much right away. We see a lot of goofed-up homonyms, but the inspired mishearing is an art form of its own… but these things do not belong in captioning, and must be rooted out. And saved in a clippings file.

Timing
“Timing” to us means pulling the script and media into our captioning software, watching and listening at the same time, and assigning timecodes to each caption. This process comes after stripping (and after verbatimizing, if it’s needed). Captions are positioned appropriately depending on the style of captioning the client has chosen, for instance to make it clear who is speaking, to avoid covering supers, credits, or onscreen action. We also synchronize to shot and scene changes to the frame – this gives a much better look. Depending on the mood of your colleagues at the time, we recommend singing while timing. All editors know that musicality is a big part of this job. Sing quietly if that is the preference of your peers.

Verifying
One thing people may not really know about captions is that they require build time to display. When we are verifying, we are making sure that each caption has adequate build and display time. If not, we adjust timecodes discreetly to ensure that all will display as intended. This is a great time to make sure that no characters are bolded, because for reasons dating back to the very origins of captioning in teletext, a bolded caption will flash when displayed. Not a good look.

Reviewing
Once a file has been stripped, verbatimized, split, timed, and verified, we watch the captions as they will be displayed on broadcast, fine-tuning on every level. We think a dedicated, focused, high quality review is 100% essential. Good captioning needs a personal touch, and the shows we work on deserve that respect. At this point, your caption editor is likely also your fan. Even if the film isn’t one’s favourite genre, by this time, all the work that has gone into finishing it is totally apparent. Kudos!

 


Full Nomad
We’ve got more than one world traveller in our midst! In 2015, Steffani Cameron, one of our caption editors, sold all her belongings and went Full Nomad. In her first 10 months on the road, Croatia, Portugal and its Azores Islands, and Mexico are just some of the stops she’s made. She’s got thoughtful, funny, and absorbing stories about things she’s seen and people she’s met on her journey.

Later this year, she’ll trade Mexican adventures for Eastern Europe! You can follow her on Facebook, too.


New Releases

 I Am JFK Jr.
Airs on Spike TV, August 1 at 9pm
Available for download on iTunes August 2

Paints an intimate portrait of the man who was born into the privileged world of Camelot and raised in the world’s spotlight. Not one to rest on his laurels, he became his own man as he worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, the disabled, and many other charitable causes.

 

 Tempest Storm
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

 

 Ratchet & Clank
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax,” and Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. Together, these two unlikely heroes team up to stop a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.

Last month, we talked about the idea of combining work and travel, and how you can make that happen. This month, learn about the benefits for you and your company, as well as getting some ideas on where to start!


Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

The Benefits of a Workation

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.

Aside from the obvious—you’re out exploring the world, eating fabulous local food, making new friends—there are other benefits to taking some time to travel.

  • A vacation is a stress release for most. It follows that even a vacation where you have to work a bit should help to reduce stress. Less stress leads to fewer sick days.
  • A change of scenery can inspire us, leading to more creative work and better productivity. Who can argue with that?
  • Working remotely from home can be isolating. Working in a cubicle can wear you down. But working poolside, or from a co-working space or from a café (even in your own town!), gives that feeling of being part of the larger world. This is healthy!

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

How to Be a Successful Remote Worker

  • There are certain characteristics of someone who can make working away from the office a successful venture.
  • Previous experience working from home is a great place to start. Perhaps propose the idea to your boss of working a few hours from home every week to prove that you can do a great job… and then do a great job! If you can’t be productive at home, the added distractions of a new locale will probably be even more difficult. A certain amount of discipline is required to be successful.
  • Try to schedule your work vacation during a slow time of year. You don’t want to get away and be working overtime, or be leaving someone back home holding the bag.
  • Before you leave, if possible, take on jobs with flexible deadlines. This gives you some wiggle room for last-minute experiences that might arise that you’d hate to pass up… or for traveller sickness from that Thai food stall.
  • If you’re going someplace with dodgy internet, plan ahead to see if there are any co-working spaces. These are becoming very popular in certain locales (think Bali!) and offer everything from 24/7 lightning-fast internet to meeting rooms, private Skype booths, a mailing address and locker, and some even offer workshops! These sorts of places are also great for someone who needs a more structured work environment. I’m happy to work poolside, but that’s not for everyone.
  • Plan to be responsive to your co-workers/clients. You might be nine time zones away from them, but if they need an answer, you better have a plan for getting them one. Some people choose to work at night, others set up alerts if an important email comes through. I chose to check my emails twice, once in the evening and again when I got up, and I scheduled production work for times I didn’t have an activity planned. If I was taking a few days off, I let everyone know I would be unavailable.

Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Benefits of Being a Nomadic Employee (aka The List to Print Off for Your Boss)

  • By allowing workers to be nomadic, living their dreams, you retain happy workers. Happy workers are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer. Workers that stay longer have more experience and better problem-solving skills, making them more valuable to the organization. It also fosters a tight relationship between staff. They become invested in each other because they’ve known each other for years.
  • As mentioned above, a new location often equals a new outlook and decreased stress, increasing productivity and reducing sick days.
  • Not having to pay for office space for an employee means less overhead for your employer.
  • An employee may opt to have private health insurance, further reducing overhead for the employer.

Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

There are plenty of jobs for working travellers. Work centring around a computer tends to be the easiest to find and the most lucrative, but don’t dismay if you’re not digitally inclined! I travelled for years with my bartending skills when I was young. Where there’s a will…

Jobs for the Digital Nomad

  • Proofreader
  • Transcriber
  • Online Translator
  • Web Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Blogger/Vlogger
  • Internet Researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Travel Writer
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer

And for the Analogue Nomad:

  • Au Pair
  • Language Teacher
  • Musician/Busker
  • Chef
  • Tour Guide
  • Server/Bartender
  • Hostel Front Desk/Cleaner
  • House Sitter/Pet Minder
  • Dance Teacher

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

With some creativity, the desire to shake things up a bit, and a lust to see the world, taking a workation is not as far-fetched as people might think. Sure, you need the right combination of job and employer, if you’re not independent, but you might be surprised what your boss says if you ask. Perhaps try a short stint to see if it’s for you. Or maybe add on to an already-planned work trip and see how that goes. From experience, I can’t recommend it enough! I had a fantastic time in Southeast Asia and am currently planning workations to Scotland, Italy, and Greece! After that? Anywhere there is internet, I’m game!


My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand

Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories over at www.thebugthatbitme.com. Follow her on instagram. She’s also given us this month’s recipe. Pop over to read Leslie’s post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they made Pad Thai, which she shares with us!

Pad Thai is considered fast food in Thailand, and you can find it at many a street vendor for pennies. There are variations on how it’s prepared in different parts of the country, but I didn’t find one I didn’t like!

Ingredients

8 oz (225 g) of rice noodles

3 T tamarind concentrate

2 T coconut or palm sugar (or use slightly less white sugar)

3 T fish sauce (vegetarian option: soy sauce)

3 T vegetable oil

16 peeled, deveined prawns or 9 oz (250 g) sliced chicken breast (vegetarian: 18 oz tofu)

1 cup firm tofu cut into 1 cm strips

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup dried shrimp

1 t dried chili flakes

1 egg

2 cups of beansprouts

4 spring onions, sliced

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Handful cilantro

1 lime

Directions

Pre-soak noodles in warm water for 2 minutes.

Mix tamarind, sugar and fish sauce together.

Add half of oil to a hot wok or frying pan.

Fry prawns or chicken until it is cooked through, then remove.

Add remaining oil to pan. Add garlic and tofu and fry together until the garlic is fragrant.

Add dried shrimp and chilis and cook for 20 seconds.

Add the noodles and toss well with the ingredients in the pan. Fry for a minute or two until the noodles soften.

Push the noodle mixture to the side. Crack the egg into the wok. Stir rapidly until egg becomes scrambled. Stir it into the noodles.

Add the tamarind, fish sauce and sugar mixture, stirring well to coat noodles.

Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Need salt? Add fish sauce. Too sweet? Add tamarind. Too tart? Add sugar. Not hot enough? Throw in more chilis.

If noodles are still a bit firm, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cook a bit longer.

When the noodles are cooked to your liking, toss in the beansprouts and spring onions.

Garnish with peanuts, cilantro and a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

New Releases

 Tempest Storm
Screens at The Bloor Cinema, June 29 & 30

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

 

 Wedding March
Airs on Lifetime, June 29 at 9pm and July 2 on Hallmark

Original Melrose Place alumni Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett star as Mick and Olivia. After two decades apart, these college sweethearts are reunited when Mick is booked as the singer at Olivia’s wedding to another man.

 

 Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe
Airs on Bravo, June 30 at 9pm

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose.

 

Here’s what some of us at Line 21 are bingeing on:

Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Leslie’s latest binge watch is the unique time travel sci-fi series Outlander. The adventure series has WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back in time to 1743. You can watch it on Shomi.

 Carolyn is watching the escapades of handsome Don Draper and the rest of the gang at the Sterling Cooper ad agency in Mad Men. Set during the turbulent ’60s, this show always manages to deliver a shocker. You can watch it on Netflix.

 If you like British comedies, and you have dealt with computer techs, then Siri’s pick, The IT Crowd, must just be your cup of tea. You can watch it on Netflix.

Dawn likes White Collar, a fun, witty dramedy about an alliance between the FBI and a con man… who might just be conning them too. If you enjoy the cleverness of Suits, you’ll enjoy this one. You can watch it on Netflix.

In Spotless, a police crime-scene cleaner and his brother with a family secret to hide have an even bigger secret to hide when they are blackmailed into cleaning up crime scenes for one of London’s biggest mob bosses. Patricia is watching it on Netflix.

Michelle  is watching the Japanese anime show Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased). It’s a dark drama involving time travel, a murder mystery, and how children perceive events vs. how adults do. You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

Back in 1919, Birmingham was terrorized by a gang called Peaky Blinders. They were known for sewing razor blades into their caps and head-butting victims and rival gangs as a means to get what they wanted.  Steff has been watching this on Shomi.

Kelly recommends a binge of BC documentaries! There are always tons to see streaming on Knowledge Network. Here’s a short list to get you started!

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

I would take a gamble and bet that “more travel” is pretty high on most everyone’s bucket list, but with a full-time job and only a couple of weeks of vacation a year, it can seem like an unrealistic dream. I believe it’s possible to make “more travel” a real possibility. With a little advance planning, some discipline, and a small leap of faith, here’s how I’m making it work.


Rice Paddies in Bali, Indonesia

Damnoen Saduk Floating Market in Thailand

Whether you call me a “digital nomad”, “location-independent entrepreneur”, or the more straightforward moniker “working traveller”, my travelling work life started long before I even knew that I was setting myself up for it. I had always been an explorer. The first time in my life I was free to do as I pleased was at the naïve age of 18. I had worked like a dog for over a year, then took myself on a 6-month journey to Europe and Africa. I was hooked! There was so much to see out there. I continued like this, working hard/travelling, for three years until I decided it was time to further my education. Through my studies I continued to travel. I was broke, but I was young and full of energy.

 

Then life interrupted. Kid, mortgage, real job. Travel was still a part of my life, but not like it used to be, and I missed it. Before I knew it, my boy had grown up. I still had the mortgage, and the real job turned into one I loved and was not willing to walk away from, so I tried an experiment: 10 weeks travelling through Southeast Asia, working 2 days per week.


A Cave in Ao Nang, Thailand.

The Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

As I mentioned, my years leading up to becoming a working vagabond set me up quite nicely. When my son was young, I worked from home in the evening, which later turned into full-time work. I had a sick relative in Ontario and flew back and forth several times, working late in the evening in the hospital, hitting production deadlines on pure adrenaline and coffee. Then in 2010, I moved from Vancouver to Ontario. Working remotely was my new way of life. I was regularly dealing with a three-hour time zone difference. I was already living the life of a remote worker, just not with the nomadic up-sides one imagines.


Georgetown Street Art in Penang, Malaysia.

When I decided to hit the road, I approached my employers. Working at Line 21, I’m uniquely lucky to work for a company that not only values travel, but more importantly, recognizes the benefits of having happy, healthy staff. In doing so, they’ve built a staff of loyal, life-work balanced people. In a world where few people work with a company for life, we have several staff members that have been around for well over 10 years, some closer to 20. When they said, “Go for it,” I was off and running.


Wild Monkeys Roam the Streets of Lopburi, Thailand.

While you can run off with your carry-on and laptop on the next flight to Bora Bora, a bit of pre-planning is recommended before you board the plane:

  • Beware of time zone differences. If you’re travelling around a lot and hopeless with the math, try using a helpful app like Every Time Zone or World Time Buddy.
  • Make sure you have a plan to communicate with clients or the office. For audio and video, try Skype or Google Hangout, or Hipchat for group chat and instant messaging.
  • Download Dropbox or something similar so you can save and share files on the cloud. This is important so documents are available to those who need them in your off hours, and backing up will come in handy if your equipment gets stolen.
  • Speaking of stolen equipment, insurance is a must. And it doesn’t hurt to encrypt your hard drive to protect your data.
  • And speaking of insurance, make sure you’re covered for any health-related expenses while you’re at it. One of the most popular companies is World Nomads. Typical employee packages max you out at 30 days and may have limitations. Credit card coverage typically limits you to 14 days and the scope of coverage isn’t usually very broad.
  • If you’ll be needing large files transferred and don’t use an FTP client like FileZilla, make sure you have file transfer software. Try Hightail or WeTransfer.
  • My work laptop is heavy. If you can get away with it, why not consider purchasing a smaller, lighter travel computer? I did and loved it. It had a few limitations, but I was able to work around them, and I really appreciated being able to toss my tiny laptop in my bag and cart it around all day if I wanted to.
  • When you get to your destination, get a local SIM card right away. You can often find them at the airport. The most I paid for a month of data on my iPhone was $12 in Indonesia. Thailand and Malaysia were even cheaper. Alternatively, you could opt for a voice/text/data package for a bit more money. Use Wi-Fi when you can to save even more.

Office for the day at the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Office on the Island of Gili Air in Indonesia.

Join us next month for practical tips on how to make a work/travel life a reality, and how it can benefit you and the company you work for!

 

 Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories at thebugthatbitme.com! Follow her on Instagram. See her staff profile here. This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Don’t miss part 2!


New Releases

 My Floating Home
Airs on HGTV, Wednesday at 10pm

This series explores stunning design features created uniquely for floating homes – from underwater windows to view the fish to wraparound sundecks and huge picture windows to take in the 360-degree views.

 Spotless
Streaming now on Netflix

Jean Bastiere’s life is turned upside-down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash-lands into his world. Set against the backdrop of Jean’s crime scene cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present.

 Emergency
Streaming now on Slice

Jann Arden narrates this factual series which interweaves the personal stories of three patients each facing their own harrowing medical emergency. Viewers get to understand the patients on a personal level and see the developing relationships with the medical staff who work tirelessly to unravel the mysterious illness or injury that brought the patient to the ER.

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

 


Line 21 is fortunate to employ some extremely talented people. Last month, we introduced you to the impressive abilities of half of our staff. This month, we round out the list with the talents/skills/credentials with which the rest of our staff are gifted, beyond those you are already familiar with from their work.

 


MAKEUP ARTIST.
Film school graduate.
Speaks Polish.
Has written screenplays and poems, and ghostwrites for blogs. (Read one of Patricia’s poems.)
Jewellery maker.
Explorer of every nook and cranny of the world.
Unsolicited interior decorator & fashion stylist intern to close friends.
Manic connoisseur of co-worker Dawn’s “anything muffins.”

 


BA in… more.

 

Here’s what some of us are bingeing on:

 

Leslie learned all about the wicked history of the Italian family The Borgias. You can catch this one on CraveTV.
Soo is intrigued by the dark serial killer show Criminal Minds. She balances it all out watching music videos on YouTube. You can get caught up on Criminal Minds using CTVGo.
Will has been spending his free time watching the Canadian series Schitt’s Creek. You can stream this comedy from CBC’s website.
Carolyn pulled out her DVD collection and finished re-watching five glorious seasons of, Six Feet Under. She says it was just as amazing the second time around. The series finale of this one is legendary!
Siri has been watching the hilarious Brooklyn 99. Great comedic writing and characters on this one! On Netflix.
Dawn has been learning about prison life by watching Netflix’s dramedy Orange is the New Black.
Michelle has managed to catch up on all five seasons of Game of Thrones. She says “It has fantastic acting and a great story that subverts a lot of heroic fantasy tales.” HBO Canada.
Kelly never misses an episode of the Vancouver-based crime drama Motive. This show is in its final season, and we can’t recommend this one enough! On CraveTV.
Shelley couldn’t stop wondering what Dr. Mindy Lahiri was going to do next on The Mindy Project. On Netflix.
Patricia discovered the Australian thriller The Code on Netflix. She admits it was difficult to tear herself away from this series about two brothers who become entangled in a government cover-up.
While on vacation, Steff managed to find time to relax and watch The Great British Baking show via BBC iPlayer.

 


New Releases


Hot Docs
April 28 – May 8 in Toronto

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences. Tons to see, and audiences every year of over 200,000!

 


Koneline (our land beautiful)
Screens at Hot Docs, April 29, May 1, & May 7

Nettie Wild captures the majestic beauty of the Tahltan territory in northwestern BC. Tahltan people, geologists, big game outfitters, and others express their thoughts and feelings in their own eloquent words on the industrial developments taking place in this once pristinely desolate land.

 


Spirit Unforgettable
Screens at Hot Docs, April 30, May 2, & May 8

After a 30-plus-year career as the captivating front man for multi-platinum Canadian folk-rock band Spirit of the West, John Mann at 52 years old faces the challenges of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. From the opening line–“You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best”–to the climactic refrain of “take me home,” the lyrics to the band’s greatest hit, “Home for a Rest,” have taken on new meaning.

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

 

 

We hope you’ve been impressed by the mad skills that Line 21ers routinely display at work. What you may not be as familiar with are the host of talents/skills/credentials that staff are called upon to use less often at work. Here-in alphabetical order-a small sampling…


Fluent in French.
Basic Spanish.
Survival and camping experience from years of being a Boy Scout.
Avid traveller (10 countries and counting).
Makes YouTube “Let’s Play” videos. Sample.
He’s been told he’s a GREAT STORYTELLER

 


BA in French and German, minor in English (UBC).
MA in Germanic Studies (UBC). Much more!

 

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch. Email us now!

 


New Releases


Cabin Truckers
Airs on Cottage Life, Mondays at 8pm ET/8:30pm PT

Cabin Truckers follows the complicated business of hauling colossal cabins across rocky, mountainous terrain delivering precious cargo to families who want a remote, picturesque retreat.

 


Motive
Season four premieres on CTV, March 22

This unconventional crime drama poses the question of “whydunit” rather than “whodunit.” Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim but the killer as well. A team of investigators try to piece together the clues. Viewers navigate a complicated maze of clues themselves as they get a glimpse of the killer before and after the crime is committed.

 


Broke Down Dawson Town
Screens at the Dawson Film Festival, March 25 and 27

A funny drama-comedy about two young broke Atlantic Canadians who arrive in Dawson City hoping to find gold and the answers to all their problems. Instead, they encounter a strange town with stranger people.

 

Going Green

 

We all know the basics of going green by now. They’ve been around for ages: consume less, consume locally, reduce energy use, reduce water use, etc. So I’m not going to bore you once again with generalities. Instead, here are 11 concrete ways to help change patterns in a positive way.

 

Hint –  Number 11 is the most important!

Get rid of paper towels in your kitchen.
Use a washable cloth instead. Packages of bar towels are cheap. More.

Use a dryer towel.
Putting a dry towel in with your wet laundry can reduce drying time (but do remember to take the towel out 15-20 minutes into the drying cycle). More.

Dry your hands differently.
Nix the paper and… read the rest of the list.

 

 

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch.  Email us now.

…Line 21 Staff Abroad
If you’ve emailed Leslie Foster lately, you may have noticed her reply came from Bali. Following in the footsteps of other globe-trotting Line 21ers, Leslie has taken her job on the road.
You can enjoy tales of her travels in her beautifully written and illustrated blog.

 

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Yukon Gold
Airs on History Channel, Wednesdays at 10pm

History Channel’s fan-favourite Canadian docu-series Yukon Gold returns for a fortune-seeking fourth season where tempers are tested, time is ticking, and the pressure to strike gold runs high.

 


Chi
Airs on The Knowledge Network, February 23 at 9pm and February 24 at 12am

Filmmaker Anne Wheeler travels with her friend, Vancouver actress Babz Chula, to an Ayurvedic clinic in India, where Babz seeks healing from her aggressive cancer. The treatment is ultimately unsuccessful; back home, the irrepressible Babz invites Anne to continue bearing witness to her journey into the unknown.

 


Everything Will Be
Airs on The Knowledge Network, March 1 at 9pm

Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood-Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown-in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory, and legacy.

6 Ways to Boost Productivity

It’s January, and virtually every website seems to be full of lists for “how to improve X” or “how to change Y.” Allow us to jump on that bandwagon! Want some simple, achievable ways to boost your productivity this year? We have six suggestions for you.
 
Hint: number six is the most important
 
Make a list
Take a minute (or, more likely 30 seconds) at the start of each day to make a list of two or three things you want to accomplish that day.
Keeping your list short adds focus and allows time for unexpected tasks.
Make sure the items are actually achievable within your work day, or your list will become nothing but a source of frustration and… more.

 

 

Tell us your air/release dates! We’ll tell people through our newsletter and on our blog… because everyone should know when to watch.  Email us now!

 

 

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Call of the Baby Beluga

Call of the Baby Beluga

Airs on CBC, January 28 at 8pm

The story of a baby beluga whale leads us on a journey through the amazing world of the St. Lawrence beluga and of the scientists who have worked for decades against long odds to help them.

 

Nerds and Monsters

Nerds and Monsters
New Season 2 episodes air on YTV, Saturdays at 10am

Nerdy castaways must survive relentless attacks by hideous monsters. Lucky for the nerds, these dim-witted monsters don’t have any smarts!

 

Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required
New Season 3 episodes air on YTV, Mondays at 7pm

When 14-year-old Jarvis Raines’ house is nearly destroyed by a defective toy, he sues the company and ends up owning it.

 

 

 

 

It’s the holiday season—when friends gather to enjoy each other’s company, make merry, and lift a glass in celebration. If you’re wondering what beverage to serve, we have a suggestion or two, based on Line 21 staff’s favourite libations…and not a drop of eggnog in the mix!

In  no particular order:

Kelly: French 75.

CarolynKir Royale. Because it’s festive, sparkly, and fun!

Siri:  I’m not much of a cocktail person, but I was handed a warm brandy last winter, and it was kind of magical to sip.

Dawn: Most often I’m Perrier with lots of lime, but I also enjoy a Bellini or Amaretto on the rocks with a twist.

PatriciaBellini.

Leslie: Appletini (specifically the one made by Glowbal). Note, this Appletini recipe is not from Glowbal, but it’s pretty good.

Soo: I like beer—Red Truck is pretty good.

Steffani: Easy to please, Steffani prefers wine.

Will: Manhattan. No special occasion required.

Rachel: Chai. Although I drink it year-round, in December, chai says “Christmas” to me.

 

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

The Nature of Things: Planet Hunters
Airs on the Documentary Channel, December 19

A documentary that unveils just how close mankind is to discovering other planets that are capable of sustaining life.

Becoming Santa
Airs on Lifetime Network Canada, December 20

Holly has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend, Conner, to her family, and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer, and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Conner is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Lost and Found Music Studios
Airs on Family Channel, December 21

Lost and Found Music Studios follows the lives of a group of musicians who are members of an after-school music program where they explore and discover their musical identities. At the end of every year, the standout members get to participate in a live tour.

Bob’s Broken Sleigh
Airs on Family Channel, December 22

A young magic-less elf named Bob finds himself on a wild sleigh ride after being ambushed by the evil puffin Fishface. Stranded in the middle of a magical forest, it’s up to him and the friends he makes along the way to bring the sleigh back home in time for Christmas – if the puffins don’t get it first!

When Calls The Heart
Holiday special premieres on Hallmark, December 26

The sweeping frontier drama “When Calls the Heart” returns for a special two-hour television event! With universal themes of faith, hope, and community for the holiday season.

 

Timber Kings
Season 2 Premieres on HGTV, January 4 at 10pm

Season 2 returns with more stories of the men and women of Pioneer Log Homes making amazing creations, which in turn become someone’s retreat around the world.

It’s November and the cold, rainy weather has us in the mood for comfort food. This twist on the classic grilled cheese takes ooey-gooey goodness to a new level.

Ingredients

whole eggplant
1 clove garlic
olive oil
salt & pepper
fresh bread
cheese
butter

Directions

Wash eggplant and cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch round slices.
Brush exposed sides with olive oil.
Cut garlic in half; rub exposed garlic clove over oiled eggplant.
Spread slices on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or Silpat.
Roast at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or until eggplant is golden brown.
Remove eggplant from oven. Set aside as much as you need for your sandwiches.

If you are not going to use all of the eggplant right away, place unused portion in an airtight container immediately (allowing the eggplant to cool in the container retains the steam and keeps your eggplant moist). Allow container to cool on counter before refrigerating. The leftover eggplant can be used for more sandwiches, or turned into Baba ghanoush.

Make your grilled cheese as usual, adding a layer of eggplant, gently sprinkled with salt and pepper. Pair with your favourite soup.