Monday, November 03, 2008

Forwarding Address

Looks like future lack-of-posting is going to happen at:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

One More Day

I think the posting hiatus will probably continue for another couple weeks, but this was too good to miss:

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Hey, what's this!!?!?

... well, it’s something I’ve set up for a project I’m trying to work on this month. Depending how much I like it, I may decide to relocate over there. But for now, I’ll just continue not posting here!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday is YouTube Day

No real theme this week except for ‘things that I’ve been listening to recently’. First up, Willie Nelson’s collaboration with Wynton Marsalis’ band, Two Men With The Blues. It’s a really interesting album, that works a lot better than I thought it would at first. Here’s “Georgia On My Mind”:

Next up is a band I had convinced myself that I didn’t like for some reason or another, but actually realized I did like once I sat down and actually listened to them. Here’s Wolf Parade’s “Kissing The Beehive”:

Finally, I couldn’t go too long without something from PJ/MMJ/The Who, so here’s Eddie Vedder and Pete Townshend performing “Heart To Hang Onto”:

There's a bit of backstory for that last one here if you're interested.

A Quick One For Christie

I promised someone I’d put something up here since there’s been so much nothing lately, so here’s something I think she’d enjoy: Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog. That link might only work until tomorrow.

Monday, July 07, 2008

No One's Ever Hacked the Internet Before

I wasn’t crazy about the recent Transformers movie, though a lot of my friends loved it. I think a lot of it had to do with the script’s relentless exploitation of every cheesy action movie cliché: the beautiful blonde who’s also the world’s foremost computer hacker, the no-nonsense soldier who doesn’t have time for some bureaucrat’s regulations, etc., etc. This parody script, imagining if Michael Bay (the director of Transformers) wrote The Dark Knight gets it pretty well, and is pretty funny to boot:

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, RIP

Saw this quote floating around:

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm. -- George Carlin

EDIT: Turns out it's not actually his.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cello Cello Cello Cello Cello Cello (Cello Cello)

I think, since we’ve had videos by The Who, My Morning Jacket, and Pearl Jam on here, I’m somewhat obligated to post this clip of My Morning Jacket with Eddie Vedder performing “A Quick One While He’s Away”:

I think it captures a lot of what’s awesome about MMJ: huge amounts of rocking out coupled with quite a bit of silliness. Their new album Evil Urges came out a few days ago, and is also pretty awesome.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

On To November

What to say? A huge, important moment for America and the rest of the world.

Monday, May 26, 2008


I don’t seem to have much to say these days! I’ve seen this in a lot of places though, and it really is pretty cool:

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Friday, May 09, 2008


You’ll rue the day.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Another Year...

Five years ago today...

Saturday, April 26, 2008


The playoffs are here in Montreal, and there’s tons of energy in the streets. I’ve abandoned (for now) my beloved Canucks and hopped on the Habs bandwagon. All that’s just an excuse to post one of my favourite clips from Slapshot...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Thomas Dolby remixing Radiohead - how cool is that?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday is YouTube Day

...Special ‘Vancouver or associated-with-Vancouver artists only’ day. Alright! Here’s the New Pornographers...

And Black Mountain...

And Devin Townsend!

p.s. Today is Record Store Day. I think I'll wander over to Zulu Records.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


The view from the entrance of the new apartment:

Apparently Diploidy Is The Way To Go

I’d wondered a few times over the last few years what had happened to the research project I worked on back as an undergrad. It being a very small world, I ended up meeting the person who took over the project and found out that it eventually got published in PLoS Genetics - and I’m even in the acknowledgments. Cool!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

D.R.Adams Films Inc.

Ryan Adams is now blogging from the perspective of his computer over at D.R. Adams Films Inc. The blog itself is kinda interesting if you’re into his work, but it’s mostly just pictures of him hanging around in his apartment, half-done songs, puppet theatre, etc.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sunday is Not YouTube Day

...but I was away yesterday, so I thought I’d write this today instead.

I’ve been working a fair bit recently getting a bit better at fingerstyle guitar. I’ve always loved the sound of it - at first it sounds so complex, notes coming from all over the place. But after a bit of listening, the patterns emerge.

One of the most predominant styles is called ‘Travis Picking’, after the late Merle Travis. The defining characteristics of the style are the alternating bass (played with the thumb), and the melody and accompaniment played on the upper strings with the other fingers.

Here’s a compilation of Merle Travis songs:

And here’s an absolutely stunning tribute to Townes Van Zandt, called “Ft. Worth Blues”, written and performed by Steve Earle:

And finally, Josh Ritter’s “The Temptation of Adam”:

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

His Name Is Jonas!?!?!

Welcome to the world Jonas Hendrix Smith, born to my good friends Clarke and Leanne on March 31st! He joins his big brother Julian Bowie in having a great, rock-inspired name. Here’s Weezer’s “My Name Is Jonas”:

Monday, March 31, 2008

Mucking Things Up

There’s a new site called Muxtape that lets you make online mixtapes to share with your friends and random strangers - seems like a cool idea!

I put together a quick mix to try it out - it’s definitely fun to think of different themes to organize a tape around. My first muxtape can be found at , and, if you’re RSS-savvy, you can get updates here.

This first set of songs has the boring theme of ‘My Favourite Artists Who Are Still Active (or Who Are Recently Deceased)’. Here we go:

• Wilco - ‘Misunderstood’ (from Being There)
• Pearl Jam - ‘Marker In The Sand’ (from Pearl Jam)
• Band of Horses - ‘Monsters’ (from Everything All The Time)
• Josh Ritter - ‘To The Dogs Or Whoever’ (from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter)
• The Decemberists - ‘After The Bombs’ (from The Crane Wife - b-sides)
• Iron & Wine / Calexico - ‘History Of Lovers’ (from In The Reins)
• Elliott Smith - ‘Whatever (Folk Song in C)’ (from New Moon)
• Queens of the Stone Age - ‘Regular John’ (from Queens of the Stone Age)
• Radiohead - ‘Reckoner’ (from In Rainbows)
• Neko Case - ‘Star Witness’ (from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood)
• M. Ward - ‘Radio Campaign’ (from Transistor Radio)
• Gillian Welch - ‘I Made A Lover’s Prayer’ (from Soul Journey)

I’ll probably leave this one up for a week or two, then replace it with the next theme: Songs About Space. Or a different theme, if anyone has a strong opinion!