Phronk in London Ontario


Phronk bannerPhronk is an innovator and has been since June 2000.  He’s friends with Dead Robot, Mod Superstar and Raymi the Minx; these four bloggers are the Southern Ontario social club. They link to each other in their blogrolls, and comment on each other’s posts, and share unflattering pictures of Stephen Harper…

But Phronk has the most colourful and compelling voice. His blog is surprisingly original, and very readable, and most of the art on display is his own. It’s true Raymi and Dead Robot sometimes borrow his artwork to spice up their posts.

Mike PhronkPhronk writes this about himself,  “I’m a guy who lives in London, Ontario, doing various things, such as going to school (I’m a graduate student in psychology), going to work (I teach people and do science) and many other things. I really enjoy doing activities that are fun and eating things that taste good. I have a wonderful family, friends, and a dog. Bees make me nervous. That’s all there is to me.”

Actually there’s a whole lot more to Phronk than that. A quick scan of his domain shows that he has boundless passion in multiple genres. For example,  last fall he detailed the London Zombie Walk and his comment box was full after profiling the most listened to albums of 2008,

Google superconductorPhronk is good for funny cat photos, and ‘ugly cakes’ especially ‘toilet cakes’ which are edible cakes shaped like toilets (with yellow jello and candy bars in the center). And let’s not forget about the vanilla chocolate cake that looks like overflowing cat litter boxes (my personal favourite).

Phronk documents lobster flavoured potato chips and good Google daily logos, exceptional movies that went straight to video, or straight to awesome as he puts it,  and look at this early masterpiece Halifax Holiday photo post. Here he writes, ‘I snap a random vacation picture, post it on my blog, and one of the people in the picture manages to find it. It’s made even more incredible by the fact that everyone involved is as anonymous as can be.’

You get the feeling he’s just goofing around, but writers know its a lot of hard work. Pretty much everyday this author explores something new. Most frequent topics include “life, music, movies, TV, psychology, philosophy, science, parapsychology, skepticism, technology, video games, horror, books, writing, news, stupid internet stuff, and whatever else comes into my head. It’s all pretty self-indulgent, really.”

There’s a lot of Phronk to read – visitors should journey back to the year 2000 just to see how it all began. Phronk artAfter a post listing his favourite movies, and another promising to make his new blog the repository for all his best stories, readers are treated to a very unusual sasquatch thriller wherein the monster appears on the highway and rear ends the car Phronk is test driving with a car salesman…

Some final wisdom from Phronk

Contemporaneously should not be a real word.

Only semi-retarded emo kids post their crappy art to their blogs. Do you like the art? Check out Phronk’s scrapbook,

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  1. Phronk on January 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words. It means a lot.

    I love what you’re doing here. I’m going back through the archives and discovering some awesome blogs. It’s great to see you going back through other blogs’ archives too, and pointing out the highlights; older posts are something you usually don’t see with frequently updated blogs (I don’t even know where you got that old picture of me :).

    Thanks again!

  2. Dead Robot on January 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    You get the feeling he’s just goofing around, but writers know its a lot of hard work. Pretty much everyday this author explores something new.

    Truer words… I may not comment on everything but I do have you on RSS.

  3. Rob on January 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Truthfully I was always a little scared of Phronk.

  4. Wendi Galczik on January 28, 2009 at 4:18 am

    So I checked out your blog and for the most part I found it exceptional-with the possible exception of your little movie-way too much information-and your choice of movies in your Profile-c’mon!
    I’m usually the serious type of Capricorn unlike you but I will definitely be back for some intelligent comic relief. If you need to get seriously pissed off,return the favour…

  5. Phronk on January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Haha thank you Wendi. I hadn’t looked at my profile in years…I guess my movie selection is a little outdated (but they’re still awesome).

    I’d love to be pissed off by your blog, but your link didn’t seem to go anywhere.

    Oh and Rob, I scare myself sometimes too.
    (not really…me scary? I’m about as frightening as a puppy made of rainbows)

  6. Rebellious Arab Girl on January 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    That’s a pretty awesome review! It gives us a bit more insight on Phronk! 🙂

  7. Coldprairie on April 23, 2009 at 9:52 pm


    Just wanted to let you know that it’s a pretty cool site you’ve got here. There’s no way I’d have found any of these blogs myself. Also check out from Van, and from Montreal. Niche blogs, but good. Also, can someone tell me what’s with the prevalence of blogspot/blogger for Can. bloggers? WordPress seems wa more user-friendly.