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01 January 2020 @ 12:49 pm

 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Rock,folk,metal,classical,jazz,comedy and anything else that catches my ear :)
20 August 2016 @ 08:05 pm
The Tragically Hip's final concert is being broadcast on cbc.ca. Seems like a fitting end to a  band that's become a part of Canadiana the way they have, even if it is such a sad departure.

Oh well, no one lives forever right. At least lead singer Gord Downie is getting to enjoy one last hurray. We all should be so blessed, really.

Anyway here's a few tunes of theirs to enjoy. I didn't put much thought into the choices since their catalogue has been consistently solid:

"Blow at High Dough" from "Up to Here" (1989)

"Grace, Too" from "Day for Night" (1994)

And lastly "Ahead by a Century" from an album whose name I can't remember. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad?

Anyway good night all. I need to get set for the concert.
Current Mood: Hard to define
Current Music: The Hip
So I put 15 kilometres on my Fitbit today (about 9 miles) but I am feeling it. Not so much in the knees but from the brutal humidity. Makes me glad I stayed near the waterfront for the breeze, shade and mall but even then I had to dip my shirt in the river to avoid fainting at one point.

Note to self. Hydrate more. Hydrate more. See previous notes. Repeat.

Ah well it was good to get some exercise in, and the Pokemon Go stampede in the park was hilarious. I guess something rare spawned on one side so at least 20 people charged across the field like a herd of magnificent bison across the purple sage of the ancient west. It was truly magnificent, and hilariously absurd to watch.

Oh well. I have nothing against anything that gets people out socializing, exercising and enjoying themselves on a warm summer day. God knows I have a hard enough time making myself do it that I wouldn't want to crap on anything that has people doing that.

Oh well, time to chill. Take care all.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "Angry Again" by Megadeth
So let me get this straight. A candidate for the leadership of a NATO country wants the RUSSIANS* to conduct damaging espionage against his own country in order to score political points? This being on top of racist demagoguery, vile personal behaviour, a lack of policy specifics, and terrifyingly disasterous policies on major issues affecting the country (NATO, trade, the economy. etc).

Seriously, how is Donald Trump still a political thing? And why aren't those who spent eight years calling Barack Obama "not a true American" or more ominiously, saying he "hates America"**, not crawling over each other to rip Trump for this one?

Look America, the world is watching. If you want to elect the biggest political tire fire since Rob Ford was Mayor of Toronto that is your choice but it will cost your country deeply. That's not a threat, that's just facts. You'll alienate your neighbours (Canada and Mexico), Western Europe, other allies, cause more instability in the Middle East***,  and probably trigger a recession (which could go into a depression), all while ripping the social fabric of the country asunder. With those likely outcomes its not hard to figure out why Putin would probably love to have Trump as president.

Look, I get the blah taste Hillary Clinton leaves in people's mouths. She doesn't inspire me either. I've felt the same way voting for Kathleen Wynne as Premier of Ontario, and to a lesser extent for Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada. But I still voted for them solely because I did my research and their main opponents scared the hell out of me****. The leadership of a country is important, so important it needs to be done with a clear head, rather than from the darker depths of one's heart. When the country in question self anoints its president as "leader of the free world" then that decision has just a touch more gravitas to it. It was fine to laugh at Canada for having Rob Ford but he was a MUNICIPAL leader with specific limitations on the damage he could do to the country and world as a whole.

Trump will not have those limits so again, think carefully please.

After all, the world is watching.

*I have nothing against the Russian people but I don't want the Russian government interfering in a NATO country's internal politics. Historically that doesn't go well. Just ask the Hungarians, Czechs, Poles, Georgians, Ukranians, etc. I get that the Russians are probably attacking those systems already but to actually encourage them? Who does that?

**I get the "he hates America" thing. After all he did withdraw troops from middle eastern quagmires, stabilize a desperately injured economy, kill Osama Bin Laden, create a health care program that decreased the number of uninsured, and cry over innumerable gun slayings, all while respecting his political opponents flat refusal to do anything with him with dignity and grace. Sounds like a totally hateful SOB to me. :-/

***To be fair the Middle East was so screwed up by the Iraq invasion it will never be fixed in my life time. However given Trump's track record only a fool would think he'd improve it.

****Tim Hudak of the Ontario Conservatives economic plan was pure magic math, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was giving Richard Nixon a run for his money with the decisions he had made over his political career. My vote was nothing personal. I actually think he's a solid piano player and singer, and if I was trapped in a snowbank for twelve hours waiting for a tow truck it would be a great hockey conversation. Those are not reasons to vote for someone however.
Current Mood: realizing America is probably in terminal decline
01 July 2016 @ 09:14 am
For everyone in Canada hope your having a great Canada Day full of beer, barbeque, and fireworks. And for those in America enjoy the weekend leading up to your Independence Day.

Have fun everyone!
Current Mood: goodgood
25 June 2016 @ 12:24 pm
It just struck me that in my own life time I've seen Germany get back together, the Soviet Union come apart, Canada almost split, and Yugoslavia decide to just fuck it and kill everybody. Yet in all that time I'd never thought I'd see a scenario where the UK ceases to be the UK. That's just mindblowing and the new petition asking for a do over seems to indicate that I'm not the only one thinking this.

Frankly I figured I'd live to see a nuclear exchange long before the UK dissolved but hey, I've been happily disappointed every time so far in that prediction. 
Current Mood: baffled
24 June 2016 @ 11:15 am
So the pound dove off a cliff, financial markets are deeply uneasy, and its possible that both Northern Ireland and Scotland might leave the UK. Somehow that seems like a loss for both sides in the long term but that's just my take. The decision was for the people of the UK to make and they have made it as they saw fit to do so.

All I can say is good luck and may God be with you. Now hopefully this doesn't inspire Quebec to try to destroy Canada again....
Current Mood: I'm not a psychic. I have no idea what to think
10 June 2016 @ 05:45 pm
I just read that after a long period of ill health Mr. Hockey himself has passed away.

People, we will never see his like again. Not only did they invent the phrase "Gordie Howe Hat Trick*" to honour his particular skill set but the man played 32 professional seasons. Think about that. In a world where 30 is old he was still scoring goals and kicking ass into his 50's. I honestly don't know if that will ever be broken.

Farewell Mr. Hockey. You will be missed.

*A goal, a fight, and an assist all in the same game.
Current Mood: saddened
Current Music: "The Good Ol Hockey Game" by Stompin Tom Connors
Its just a video showing a size comparison of the universe but its so mind warpingly beautiful.

What can I say? I'm a nerd who finds this stuff fascinating.

Current Mood: fascinated
25 May 2016 @ 06:22 pm
Just in case I toss in a spoiler...Collapse )
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: "Eight of Swords" by Huntress