Thursday, July 29, 2004

Cool Blue Halo Live at Tribeca

My roommate bought this portable electronic media player the other day. It's very cool because it's really small, and plays Ogg Vorbis, my preferred format. Another cool feature is that it can record in realtime to MP3, which means, depending on the quality to which you set it, you can fit many hours of audio in its 256 megs of flash memory.

We put this theory to the test at Tribeca (located on Granville Street next to MEC) on Tuesday night when early 90's Haligonian band Cool Blue Halo re-united to play a show. The device was connected directly to the soundboard with a regular old 1/8" stereo cable and the recording began. After a bit of futzing with the sound with a wav editor, we were pleasantly surprised with the results of our efforts.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Those damn conservatives

This time they've gone too far. Well, maybe not too far, but certainly far enough for me not to like it. Perhaps you've seen the signs they've posted. I've seen them around the Bayers Lake area. "Take Back Canada", they say. From what? From social progress? From women's rights?

I think we should put up signs that say "Free Canada", as in free us from the jesus freaks and good ol' boys who want to try to tell us what we should be doing and how we should be doing it.

Promise Keepers, anyone? Scary.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Eyesores be gone

They are finally tearing down the decrepit, condemned, old parking garage on the corner of Granville and Sackville Streets. It's been a long time coming, some would say. It's stood there for a number of years, useless; a shadow of its former self. Perhaps it yearns for the day when cars drove upon its ramps. Now it has been overrun by pigeons. Pigeons that have called that structure home since before it was decomissioned. Where are those poor pigeons going to live now?

Even as the structure is being dismantled, the poor birds flee from the sounds of the jackhammers and the metal-cutters. Some of you might question my concern for creatures which are annoying to many and hated by some. Well, I ask you, if they aren't free to live in the old parking garage, what will they do? They'll be out shitting on people, that's what. Or picking up stray pieces of donair meat and dropping them on unsuspecting cars.

Fuck pigeons. Fuck them up their stupid asses.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

A contest

I have had a black Simple Plan t-shirt, size large, donated to me by a generous benefactor. It doesn't even come close to fitting me, so I thought I would give it away on the website. I wanted to post a picture of it, but every time I tried to get the picture off my memory card, my computer would reboot. Three reboots later, you're still not getting a picture.

Anyway, this contest is going to be fairly simple. Email me telling me why you want this shirt. The email that does the best job of convincing me wins. I'll even mail it to you if you're not local.

The contest is over whenever the hell I want, so send your emails promptly ;) I'll notify the winner and get their mailing address at that time. I'll even post the picture if I can ever figure out what the hell went wrong.

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Songs for short attention spans

Find modern songs too long to listen to? Can't wait to hear the closing chords and get on to something new? This album may be just the thing for you. It's 100, yes, one hundred songs squeezed onto one 80 minute CD.

By forcing himself to find really, really short songs, the compiler has created an eclectic mix that's not at all unpleasant to listen to. If you have the means, I highly recommend giving it a listen. Even if you don't like a song, it's usually over in less than a minute.