Monday, April 30, 2007
CBC radio just did a story about high school students on PEI getting into pre-arranged fights and putting them up on YouTube.
I think these kids need to do evolution a favour and fight to the death.
Then the crowd needs to get involved and pummel the winner to a lifeless pulp as well.
The gentle island.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Sorry for being out of the blogsphere as of late. I'm losin the urge to post as I get older it seems. I ain't hip or with it no mo'. Social networking and Web 2.0 (god I hate that name) have left me behind. Anyhoo.
Onward to updates!
- got a Wii in March; completing the holy trinity for this generation.
- working on buying (or building) a house for the summer, probably in Dieppe
- enrolled Trang in English classes
- paring down the mighty Transformers collection *sigh* growing up sucks :)
- been tinkering with my new cellphone, Bluetooth only works for transferring contacts. So I had to go on eBay and get a USB cable. Paying for ringtones is simply wrong. :D
I missed the VT discussion (if there was one). I'm assuming ya'll made the Wong Danny connection. I gotta buck the Angry Asian Male stereotype.
...Sunshine, Lollypops and Rainbows
Friday, April 27, 2007
It was, of course, too good to last. But for two shining, hopeful minutes on Thursday, Michael Hlinka almost made sense.
Karen Mare must have been embarrassed to have to let this guy on her program. Her being the one who has actually travelled to Africa and talked to farmers who all had an intimate knowledge of how the World Bank operates, and him being just some twerp who as far as I can tell isn't even a working economist.
Hlinka is taking the classic American right wing line that because there are problems in some institution that was meant to serve some public good that clearly the whole idea was a mistake in the first place and it should be scrapped. Funny, though, that the Enron scandal didn't cause him and others like him to call for the end of corporate-friendly capitalism.
And yeah, I'm as familiar as any sheltered first-worlder can be expected to be with how rotten the World Bank and IMF are and how their policies are to the detriment of the countries they are meant to be helping. However, if Mr. Hlinka were to -- God forbid -- get on a plane and go talk to an African farmer about it, and suggest that the ideal solution would be to completely pull out and wait for private banks to roll in and start doing business there, the farmer would simply laugh in his pasty little face. Private Western economic interests already tell the World Bank what to do, letting them have at their victims directly is not any kind of solution.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I didn't realize this this afternoon but CBC has used this mediocre host vehicle, Q, to not only kill off the lovely and quirky Freestyle, but is using this same dull club to kill their respectable arts show that aired in the evenings, The Arts Tonight. Labels: CBC
CBC's evening schedule is now nothing but re-runs after Ideas.
Let's review - Shows that CBC has decided to kill:
Brave New Waves
The Arts Tonight
The CBC Radio 3 broadcast on Saturday evenings
And they've also replaced the classical music show in the late evening with.. more reruns.
Shows that CBC is keeping:
Go with Brent Bamburry (At least Arthur Black could punch up a string of pointless interviews with nitwits with a witty and well-written rant at the end.)
Shows that they're completely gutted of original and interesting content:
DNTO (Also now known as 'what SYL found on YouTube that week.)
Some of the short run series like the Age of Persuasion have been decent but I get the feeling that this is the end-result of the process of outsourcing content to independent producers, bringing them on for a short while and then letting them go, rather than having a staff of talented generalists who can regularly produce good content for CBC's regular shows.
These recent changes have been more drastic than the ones that resulted from Paul Martin's budget cuts a few years back, yet there's no financial necessity this time like there was back then. Which makes these changes look more like meddling and incompetence rather than necessary cutbacks.
Also, teh NPR-voice-trained guy on Sunday afternoon has worn out his premise. Somebody tell him, please.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Within 5 seconds of me tuning in to CBC's new show, notfreestyle, Gian Ghomeshi made a Snakes on a Plane joke. Bad sign. Labels: CBC
Gian's selling point is supposedly that he's funny, unfortunately when he's just by himself in a studio, or if he's interviewing someone who isn't also funny themselves, then he comes off as completely dry.
They're interviewing a conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the recording had hisses and gaps, which make it sound like it was done using some kind of digital recording device that compressed just a little too much.
Making a big deal out of the letter Q is going to get really tiresome really fast. Ugh.
I miss Freestyle.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Finally got some ice time in Moncton! After a horrible time with injuries and still no luck getting ice in Moncton all winter, I finally get a call to play. Thanks Tuan, I owe you one buddy.
So, two hockey tournaments in the next two weeks. Some regular ice time all Summer. Hopefully Jamie recovers from surgery and starts his regular ice time back up. Then I'd be all set. Right now, I'm more excited about hockey than the upcoming autoslalom season.
Yeah, I'm going to Vegas. Going there to meet with a third party equipment provider to do some collaboration work. Should be fun, a bit work during the day and then we should have time in the evening to check out the strip. I'll try to remember to take pictures :-p
Things are pretty hectic for the next couple of weeks. Before I leave, I got a hockey tournament this weekend. My mom's also leaving for Hong Kong and probably expecting me to spend time with her even though I have guests at the house. Then up early Monday to catch the flight to Las Vegas. Back late Thursday night so I can play in another hockey tournament the day after, and try to find time to work security at the Moncton car show for the club.
Upgraded the firmware on the Linksys router in the basement. I've been cursing that thing lately, it's been performing extremely horrible the past few weeks. Hopefully that fixes the problems I've been having. I've been cursing at the damn thing ever since I bought it a couple of years ago.
"We had a memorial service for Isaac [Asimov] a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, 'Isaac is up in heaven now.' It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in heaven now.' That's my favorite joke."
"As I read the Book of Genesis, God didn't give Adam and Eve a whole planet.
He gave them a manageable piece of property, for the sake of discussion let's say 200 acres.
I suggest to you Adams and Eves that you set as your goals the putting of some small part of the planet into something like safe and sane and decent order."
So it goes.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Just a few thoughts about CBC radio..
The internet is making so many CBC producers very lazy and is sucking away their creativity. Perhaps they should be banned from surfing at work.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I went to the stand-up comedy show at the Guild yesterday. Overall I was really impressed. Margie Carmichael sang a few songs and read a bit from her book. I always really enjoy bits that are written with poetic precision. Putting words together artfully to me is even more of an art than making fun of the instructions on shampoo bottles.
Taylor did a good job in the first act, he didn't make any effort to speed up his pace, which is actually a good thing. Half the funny in watching Taylor is his little asides and pauses. There was a sketch comedy group as well, but honestly I didn't find them very funny at all. The first bit they did was the 'freeze tag' game, where one member shouts 'freeze' and takes the physical position of someone else and resumes the sketch. I found they switched up far too frequently, so there was never a chance to really develop a dialog beyond just the initial gag. Next they did a bit where they had to make up lyrics to a song on the fly. And frankly it blew. To pull off that game really well requires a lot of practise, and the kind of word power that the members of this group just didn't seem to have to come up with rhymes or at least lines that flowed well quickly enough.
The last two comedians were Patrick Ledwell, who's about to go to the Halifax Comedy Festival, and was definitely the most polished of the night. He did a bit that I enjoy of his about having conflicting goals in life while trying to be 'goal oriented' to please prospective employers. Richard Shroeter also performed, and he did a great job, too. Overall Patrick was the best in terms of what you expect from a typical stand-up act, but there's something unique about how Taylor throws so much of his human-ness out there that makes it a lot more memorable
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Just because it's beige and mushy doesn't mean it's potato salad.
Monday, April 02, 2007
I love this little guy. Normally with my el cheapo Dell laptop that work makes me use, when you plug in earphones you are bombarded with noise from the computer's electic-field heavy devices. When the hard drive was accessed you'd hear clicking noises, when the CD was spinning you just heard a constant buzzing sound. Now the iMic puts the sound hardware outside of all the noise and interference from the computer itself, and sound is crystal clear. For $20 on Ebay I get the sound improvement you wouldn't see without paying another few hundred dollars for a higher-end laptop.
I'll talk about the recording capabilities later, but I imagine it will make podcasting a much simpler affair, since you can patch in your own sound cables etc. As long as Audacity cooperates, anyway.