to anyone able to read this, my static IP
address of 188.8.131.52 is going the way
of the dodo as my ISP is transferring all
its accounts to another ISP. i'm not sure
yet what will happen to this site, but
hopefully i'll figure something out.
also today, at the airport, i bid farewell
to my houseguest of the last week. she's
a real sweetheart - i mean, she'd have to
be to be able to hang out in my domain
for a week with a near-barren fridge,
weird waking hours and being forced to
self-amuse while i went about my regular
weekly routines. i wasn't the only one
lucky enough to enjoy her company, tho,
and she left lots of disappointed
northerners in her wake who will all be
pining for her next return.
egadz ! 2 weeks without a post ? what the
heck could i be doing ? perhaps a wee too
much online poker methinks. up and down and
back again - some nites i'm exhilarated and
others i'm so down on myself. the trick is
that you shouldn't really be playing against
the other people, but rather, look at it as
playing against yourself, determining what
your own tendencies are and work to correct
them rather than continuing on oblivious.
i'm still working to get there, tho ...
also got called on to assist with this year's
alianait! festival in the lighting department.
with andrew, simon and eric, we'll be working
the opening ceremonies, the artcirq circus,
the coffee house and the closing ceremonies.
in-between, the white stripes crew will take
as much lighting equipment as they can get
for their show and then return it to the
aqsarniit middle school so that we can carry
on. so the lights i work with will be used
to light the white stripes and i can just
enjoy that show as an audience member rather
than a tech.
the artcirq group astounded the audience at
the opening ceremonies. i was particularly
impressed with the unicycle fellow and the
fellow who climbed a bedsheet up into the
rafters of the school gym. made all the
setup time worthwhile :). i also got a
chance to show off with the spotlight during
the greenlandic dance.
on the weekend, i took in the northern
ramblers farewell gig at the legion and
happily sung along. unfortunately, they
felt the need to get the crowd up and
dancing, so a lot of their originals
(including some of my faves) were left
off of the setlist. as well, i took in
the ajiit film nite at the astro on sunday
nite, including a neat trailer for neil
and tony's 'mahaha' which might be done
in time for next year's festival.
most of the days recently have been
overcast / rainy. normally, i don't
mind that as long as it's fairly warm,
but with the ever-present arctic breezes,
it's as bad as the time i was in halifax
and the rain felt like it was coming in
sideways at me from the bay. i keep
thinking that this would be a nice place
to visit and hike around, but as i'm
actually living here, it's actually
somehow more difficult to motivate myself
to do it. i've been here for 5.5 years
and it still doesn't feel like home.
maybe no place ever will ?
i won a copy of a print from the nunavut
arctic college show at the museum earlier
this month. it happened to be the same
print that friend karrie picked up during
her visit here, so it looks like we're
cornering the market.
so i have a new fixed i.p. address,
which actually doesn't work. however,
i did go and register and new domain
name and url-forwarded it to my blog's
current residence. so, the new url
is short and sweet: http://z01.ca.
i've registered it for 5 years, so as
long as cira doesn't do another putsch,
it should be the home for my blog for
the forseeable future.
iqaluit, the music city ... (white stripes concert review and more !)
the alianait! festival continued tonight
with a coffee house at the aqsarniit middle
school. all the lighting equipment was
already dropped off by the time that simon
and i got there just after lunch. the same
lights had been shone on jack and meg white
the nite before at the AWG arena where they
rocked the city. yes, news reports indicate
that the arena was only 'half-full', but
this wasn't due to a lack of enthusiasm.
rather, it was the fact that the local fire
marshal was enforcing the rules, however
inflexible they may be.
still, even that half-full arena had many
music-lovers young and old, who hopefully
made the white stripes feel good about making
the effort to come and play thru the north.
i think it's great that the band is choosing
to play in every canadian jurisdiction, and
i'm hoping that a canadian band will rise to
the challenge and duplicate their feat soon.
since there was no booze on sale at the venue,
we got to enjoy the music rather than have it
drowned out by drunken louts. a group of us
started a mini-moshpit which lasted for almost
an entire song, while some other friends pogo'd
in a linked snake fashion with uninhibited glee.
one fellow even attempted a crowd surf, but was
only up for about 10 seconds before running out
the available lights were used effectively,
with the deep red backdrop backlit by a
couple of the IBC redcaps and the ungelled
parcan stands were just used for general
lighting, leaving most of the heavy work
to the spotlight. the spotlight stayed
solidly on jack throughout the performance
(good job denis !), save for a single solo
by meg at the mike. the crew even saved 2
of the parcan stands to shine out onto the
audience and each time they lit up, the
crowd signalled its pleasure on cue.
sadly, the 6600 pounds of sound equipment
flown out was swallowed by the cavernous
arena and from where i stood, all i heard
from jack was *mumble, mumble*. jack did
appear to get a bit frustrated when one of
his guitar strings broke during the performance
of 'seven nation army', and he waved meg over
to help him keep the beat going on the keyboard
while the string was being repaired. when the
guitar returned, he brusquely waved meg back
to the drums. hopefully that was just a
with the concert still ringing in my ears, and
the sky still bright outside, i decided to hike
back home by following the creek from the road
to nowhere all the way down to where we picked
up trash earlier in the day down by arctic
ventures. friend joanne had tried to get my
assistance with a streeter, but i was so dazed
post-concert that i fear that i was a waste of
tape. however, she did manage to get a treat
white stripes showed up on her doorstep
this morning to take some video footage of her
anyway, back to the coffee house, with michael
doyle and andrew molloy working sound, everything
sounded crystal clear. of course, the middle
school gym is a smaller space, but
idlout opened for the white stripes last nite
and closed the coffee house, and definitely sounded
much better tonight (not dave's fault). as after
last year's canada day concert, i'm still very much
looking forward to getting a copy of her 2d cd,
which is now slated to come out in the fall. the
lighting re-set with simon went smoothly and we got
a good run-thru for the closing concert on saturday
speaking of michael and andrew, last nite after
the stripes concert, i ended up eating a big meal
and not wanting to go to bed right away, popped
in my copy of their latest northern ramblers cd /
dvd 'jump the gate'. i liked the way that
jimmy arranged their 'making of' documentary by
interweaving the interview bits with the videos,
baby's arms. i was assured by michael today
that the videos used were the actual final
takes used for the cd mix. the slideshow was
also very poignant, and the iminent departure
of both michael and andrew will leave a big
gap in the local scene.
after the coffee house wrapped, i joined a
group of folks at sylvia's place for an
impromptu barbeque of burgers. while emily
mixed in some blue cheese into the ground
beef patties and sylvia got the bbq flaming
hot, i subjected anna and yann the visiting
musician to yet another one of my rambling
rants about various local political issues.
maybe i should just write a book and shut up
after we dropped yann off at the frob, i
headed for home past the inuksuk high school.
suddenly, 2 rcmp trucks went screaming past
on both sides of the school, kicking up dust.
i was a bit surprised, but i just figured
they had gotten a call at the residence.
however, as i turned the corner and began
heading down the steps towards downtown, an
officer hailed me down and demanded some id.
when i pulled out my justice employee card,
he quickly determined that i was unlikely to
be the culprit they were looking for, as a
window had apparently just been broken at the