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Sigma Derby: The Beloved Mechanical Horse-Race Game That’s Running Out Of Time

2013 Sigma Derby Tournament

One of Sarah’s favourite things in not only Las Vegas, but perhaps the whole world, is a busted old mechanical horse racing gambling game called Sigma Derby.

Unfortunately, over the years these games have slowly broken down and disappeared until the point where there’s only one known working one left situated at The D Las Vegas casino.

Sarah wrote about the game and the culture that’s developed around it in a piece for Atlas Obscura.

To read it go here.


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Polaris Podcast Went To Hamilton For EP15

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

For episode 15 of the Polaris Podcast we went on the road and recorded a house show of sorts in Hamilton, Ontario.

The event, which was held at Jillard Guitars, featured jurors Jamie Tennant (CFMU), J.C. Villamere (villamere.com) and Biljana Njegovan (Cut From Steel).

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

Or if you can’t be bothered to go that far you can listen to it right here:

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Titanic Is Mine, Not James Cameron’s



One of Sarah’s deepest and most enduring interests is the Titanic.

Not the movie, the actual doomed ocean liner.

This vessel/subject of much imaginative speculation is also an interest for filmmaker James Cameron and Sarah is having none of it.

She explained why in a personal essay for Electric Lit.

To read the full thing go here.

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I Went To The Island Where They Filmed ‘The Prisoner’

Sarah in Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed.

Sarah in Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed.

The Cold War spy television show The Prisoner and its complicated man vs. himself storyline had a profound impact on Sarah.

So much so, that this past summer she made a pilgrimage to Pormeirion, Wales, the unique island where the show was filmed.

Sarah wrote about her experience — and what it means when you feel your special interest so deeply — in a feature story for Catapult.

To read the story go here.

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The Trauma Of Losing Your Luggage

Sarah's missing luggage, not shown.

Sarah’s missing luggage, not shown.

Five years ago Sarah lost her luggage on a trip to Vegas.

It was very traumatic for her at the time and it still burns even to this day.

She wrote about this feeling in a new essay for Racked.

To read it go here.

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British Chocolate Bars, Graded

British chocolate

British chocolate

This summer I went to England to help the Polaris Music Prize curate a big Canada 150 concert in London’s Trafalgar Square.

On this whirlwind trip I tried as many stereotypical English delights as possible — pies, late night curries, pints, etc — but the thing I hit with the most crushing frequency were the chocolate bars.

Any time I had too much change jingling in my pockets it was straight to the hotel vending machine or the local shop to buy another bar to try.

I graded these chocolate experiences along the way.

Here’s what I got:

Galaxy Caramel Collection, Smooth Caramel

“Smooth and creamy Galaxy chocolate with luscious caramel.”


Cadbury Wispa Gold

“A delightful rush of tonnes of tiny chocolatey bubbles, layered with golden caramel and covered in smooth Cadbury milk chocolate!”



“The lighter way to enjoy chocolate.”



“Real Milk Chocolate, Light Tasting Crispy Wafers, Quality in Every Bite. Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat.”



“Two fingers of indulgent chocolatey swirls, wrapped in smooth Cadbury milk chocolate that melt in your mouth as the twirling ribbons unfold!”


Dairy Milk

“Our classic bar of deliciously creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate, made with fresh milk from the British Isles and Ireland. A mouthful of ‘mmmm’ in every piece!”


Shortcake Snack

“Snackable squares of delicious shortcake biscuit, covered with smooth Cadbury milk chocolate for a perfect biscuity bite!”


Kinder Bueno Milk & Hazelnut

“Bueno is a delicate chocolate bar with an indulgent taste. Each melt-in-the-mouth piece promises creamy hazelnut, smooth chocolate and crispy wafer for you to enjoy.”



“Discover the chocolate world Revels, enjoy everything from the ‘fun stuff’ to whats is in the range.”



“It’s not for girls”


Toffee Crisp

“The delicious combination of biscuit, crispy cereal and caramel all covered in chocolate makes Toffee Crisp a biscuit your family will love.”

GRADE: inconclusive, forgot to write it down

Double Decker

“A contrasting combination of crispy cereal and soft, pillowy nougat, layered up and coated in smooth Cadbury milk chocolate, giving you two bars in one!”

GRADE: inconclusive, forgot to write it down

So there you go. Twirl is the best British chocolate bar. Feel free to pick me up a few if you’re ever in the U.K.



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12 Things We Learned At Psycho Fest Las Vegas

Things got intergalactic when Oresund Space Collective performed.

Things got intergalactic when Oresund Space Collective performed.

Last week Team Risky Fuel went on an adventure to Las Vegas to attend the mindbending stoner rock festival Psycho Fest, being held at the Hard Rock Casino.

We watched four days of doom-y and psych-y rock, executed a few Vegas lifehacks and took in the following bands:

Thursday, August 25
Mothership @ Paradise Pool
Mac Sabbath @ Paradise Pool
Mudhoney @ Paradise Pool

Friday, August 26
Black Heart Procession @ The Joint
Yob @ The Joint
Wovenhand @ The Joint
Down @ The Joint
Beelzefuzz @ Vinyl
Drive Like Jehu @ The Joint
Brian Posehn @ The Joint
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown @ The Joint

Saturday, August 27
Has A Shadow @ Vinyl
The Budos Band @ The Joint
A Place To Bury Strangers @ The Joint
Beezlebong @ Vinyl
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats @ The Joint
Blue Oyster Cult @ The Joint

Sunday, August 28
Oresund Space Collective @ Vinyl
Truth And Janey @ The Joint
Danava @ The Joint
Hornss @ Vinyl
Fu Manchu @ The Joint
Candlemass @ The Joint
Fireball Ministry @ Paradise Pool
Tales Of Murder & Dust @ Paradise Pool
Alice Cooper @ The Joint

I wrote about our travels for AUX TV. To read about all the best and/or weirdest bits (Mac Sabbath, the Black Sabbath McDonald’s-themed parody band!) in handy itemized list form, click here.

Arthur Brown performs “Fire”

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