happy birthday robert!


it is my brother robert's 25th birthday (wow). hope he has a good one in vancouver!

 

recooping


so this is my second evening at home after being released from hospital. i lost about ten pounds during my stay, which is really nothing like 'real' weight loss. i ran some errands today for about an hour and ate a legit meal.

i know most people were wondering "oh no, what will happen to the superalbum? should we expect a post humous release of semi complete material?" (ya right)

that morbid thought aside... apart from the obvious no fun found in being in a hospital and ill, it was a good long break from the internet and my computer and deadlines and let me think about what is important to me in this crazy,crazy world. i look to record tomorrow (i should have the house to myself) with increased zeal and with more of a message to express.....stay tuned

 

well, it's been a month!


ok, so blogging has clogged to a halt. i've been very busy. i will try to do a quick recap of events:

1) got a new job in saskatoon with zu.com communications

2) went on a independent roadtrip through Saskatoon-Lloydminster-Edmonton-Calgary where i met with friends and family along the way, including my new niece Berlyn Marie Code. also made living arrangements for the summer.

3) finished working for the chinook school division last friday

4) have been packing the last few days and playing ball hockey the last couple of nights

5) move back to saskatoon on thursday

 

moving, purging, cleansing


moving: no one likes to do it (ok, sadists probably do). but it is a lot of work.

however, there are benefits - the time between jobs, between living arrangements, etc provides the time and change necessary to contemplate on one's past and evaluate how they have been living and what they want to obtain in their life and their future to have in store. it is a reflective time and also the act of packing and choosing what to no longer bring with one can be a sort of letting go with parts of the past that have been clung to or are hurtful.

it is also draining though - no matter how much or little one is looking forward to change, it takes something out of you.

 

goalie commentators


it seems like every ex-goalie is a NHL commentator. here is my list of them in decreasing tolerance:

  • kelly hrudey
  • greg millen
  • darren pang
  • helen keller (go with it - she is the control...i would rather have a deaf, blind commentator than the next two)
  • lisa simpson
  • glenn healy

glenn healy is terrible!!! guh try to watch a game he does without him mentioning: kovalev, 1994 ny rangers, smartening up, kovalev going top corner backhand on a breakaway (he used to do that against me in practice), or a general negative vibe.

Update, 2012 While the cliches of Healy remain the same, he has gotten a lot better. Some games I even make it to the third period before he irks me :P

 

2008 new years resolutions


here are my resolutions...(i'm making them up post jan 1, but who cares really? i'll try to put up more as i think of them)

  1. i know i will always be very ambitious and at the same time very laid back [but not concurrently]...and it drives me nuts sometimes...so maybe, i will try to remain ambitious, but more consistently instead of trying to do something that can't be done and then being lazy the next couple days: try doing less every day....rambling....summary: set goals on a day by day basis
  2. i am tolerant and i stand up for myself when i need be, but i would like to be less tolerant actually, so that i can propel desired change in my life quicker and be happier. i'm not saying that i'm going to be ignorant, just looking more out for number 1 this year. too much patience can be a fault.
  3. be more balanced
  4. consistent sleep cycle (good luck on this one)
  5. less alcohol, more exercise, healthy eating. i did pretty good on this last year and would like to continue this trend.
  6. this item will probably be the hardest for me to fulfill but i think it would be beneficial to practice daily meditation/breathing. (in all seriousness)
 

flashlights of the past and future


an observation: in sci-fi shows, whether made 30 years ago or in the present and whether set in the past or distant future, the technology of flashlights has not evolved at all...don't believe me? watch anything sci-fi...you would think that in the future we would learn to modify the dual nature of light somehow...nope just regular old flashlights down caves and abysses and underwater and in space...

 

Fare ye well, Guitar World Acoustic


i'm disappointed to hear that the only guitar magazine that i respected, Guitar World Acoustic, is no longer producing issues.

most of the issues were great and produced new songs that i had not heard of before and grew to enjoy. the magazine was only released bimonthly, an as such, it was eagerly anticipated and i have every issue of the last seven years (over 40).

on the bright side, now i have time to go back to the old issues and learn the songs that i didn't get around to.

 

doppelgangers


mike fisher and ethan hawke

ethan hawke on the right in street clothes, and in ottawa uniform on the left
tom hanks vs mark recchi

few NHLers have had the longevity of Tom Hanks
four generations

so, i saw "bullitt" for the first time a while ago...and i thought that steve macqueen looked familiar...then it hit me that he could be daniel craig's father...but i was not finished here. i tried to google two similar images, but they were mostly of the old macqueen compared to the younger craig. being hetero, and not wanting to look at too many images of the two, i realized that instead of making macqueen = craig, i could produce macqueen from craig and the simpson's moe szyslaks. further more, hockey great brett hull could be produced from craig and macqueen....

doubt it? take a look at the results...i think they speak for themselves (had i not given the lengthy, lengthy explanation)

 

salsa anecdote


so, last night i was going to snack on some tortillas with salsa while watching some tv. i was adjusting my seating arrangement and inadvertently knocked the jar of salsa from off it's place on my coffee-table-like piece of furniture.

in the slowed down moment that was its fall to the carpet, i had time to think "no problem, it will all fall in one place".

i could not be more wrong, it exploded everywhere, the initial blast radius being the area under my futon. i quickly grabbed some cloths to clean it up. while cleaning, i saw that salsa shrapnel had reached the top of my futon, a blanket on the futon, and pillows. after applying carpet cleaner (handy to have when you're spilly mcgee) i found some more salsa behind one end of the futon (the jar fell at the diametrically [i know big words, and i occasionally like to (mis)use them] opposite end of the futon).

after tv, i was tired and decided to crash on the cleaned up futon. pushing the coffee table away from arms reach (so as not to kick off my laptop in the night) i felt some sticky goo on the coffee table arm. it had been salsanated.

i got up, turned on a light and cleaned it up. while waking this morning, my eyes gazed upwards and saw salsa on the ceiling!! i have a fairly high ceiling, i'll guestimate it at 9.5 feet. using some high school kinematics equations, i can say that despite it's 2 foot freefall, making it have a velocity of about -3.6m/s when it hit the floor, the salsa had to have an initial upward velocity of atleast 7.7m/s. Thus making the "rubber coefficient" - (f%&* it, it's been 6 years since i took a physics course) of the floor fantastic. crazy!

 

Favourite Albums of 2017

Spotlight Album

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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Words of Wisdom

When one teaches, two learn.

Robert Half

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