wow, over a month since my last posting.
i had gotten some notes together to post on
march 8th, but somehow got too tired or too
wrapped up in some online game. here's a
couple of the links that went awol:
/ mashup demonstrating how hillary
clinton could be mistaken for a grown-up
version of tracy flick (played with gumption
by reese witherspoon) in the movie 'election'.
let's see, what else can i catch you up with ...
oh, right, i assisted with the lighting for the
alianait! fundraiser last weekend which featured
aaju peter opening for nathan rogers (spawn of
stan). i managed to time an 'effects' disco
ball effect right when nathan was doing a bit
of himalayan throat singing, which went over
well with the crowd. simon took care of the
spotlight to cover up the mistakes that i made
with the board during the rest of the show.
oh, and renovations at the office have been a
huge pain. we ended up moving our division back
to the building that i had spent 5 years planning
my escape from, just to let the construction
folks do their thing without our bellyaching.
productivity nose-dived and it was hard to get
motivated. we're supposed to move back into our
'new' offices this week, but i won't hold my
i finally got off my patooie and submitted my
application to selkirk college's
film program this week. the program director
indicated that i should hear back within a
couple of weeks, as they are limiting the class
size to under 15 students. the fact that there
was a film symposium in town this week likely
gave me the final impetus, but unfortunately i
wasn't able to make an appearance at many of
their functions due to being sick in bed on
tuesday and friday. i did make it to their
thursday nite gala, where i was treated to a
smattering of films (marred by technical
difficulties due to broadband incapacity), some
award presentations, and best of all, some
jazzy crooning by the lovely emily.
spent saturday afternoon in bed to recover
from my evening online poker tourney win
(2d of 90 for $45) and missed this year's
first game of outdoor broomball as a result.
todd called up to reserve my evening, and
we stayed up until 6 a.m. playing 3 tourneys
and a cash game. i broke even after the 3
tourneys, but dropped back into the red after
the cash game. ah well, at least i went home
in-between tourneys to make myself some
salmon-rice for supper so i didn't indulge in
the snack and saved some dough that way.
sunday afternoon looked magnificent outside,
and i couldn't bear to stay in bed past 3.
instead, i pulled out the crazy carpet from
the dusty corner of the closet (where it had
lain dormant for, umm, a couple of years ?),
pumped up my bike tires, and pedalled on
down federal road past BCC before heading up
into the tundra to my favourite sliding spot.
my first attempt was a bit dodgy as i
sideswiped a rock that i had specifically
been aiming to avoid. my next attempt went
too far the other way and i ran into a 4-foot
deep drift that i had to scramble out of
before continuing on down the hill. my 3d
attempt was right down the middle - oh baby !
i spent the next hour going down that stretch
until one perfect run that took me way past
the line of power poles. i was going to
stop on that high note, but decided to take
one last trip down. a wipeout halfway down
gouged out a big pit and i gladly called an
end to the day's sledding adventure.
as far as online games go, knighthood has
gone to craphood, as the strategic elements
have been hulled out of the game in favour
of spam attacks. even i don't have the
gumption to sit in front of my computer 24-7
to guard an imaginary kingdom. replacing
it has been a game that
elvis turned me on to:
my first impression, was 'oh, this is just
a neo-con brainwashing application', but
then i realized that even if i disagreed
with the modelling assumptions, having a
nation with a political skew right up my
alley would be an interesting little
curio. we'll see how it goes.
finally, here's another replay from battle
stations, featuring their new interface,
which you can see has a much more pleasant
aesthetic quality - i think the colour of
the sky actually changes depending on the
time on your clock ;)
so, we had our 3d annual (4th awards, 3d with
voting) iqaluit broomball awards ceremony on
saturday nite at the francophone association
which we had rented for the occasion. 22
awards were handed out, including ones for the
most stylish, 'drama queen', and 'ben johnson'
award for suspicious speed, along with a whole
bunch of skill awards. me, i grabbed hold of
the trophy in ties for most stylish male (only
due to massive splitting of the vote) with JFB,
while splitting for best defensive player with
gord. my sole solo catch was best shot-blocker,
and i have the bruises to show for it.
at the end of the regular ceremonies, 2
additional awards were handed out. the first
was for chris d's 'thrust' goal earlier that
day on the outdoor broomball ice. please
understand that a hand or foot-directed ball
will be disallowed as a goal, but chris d.
somehow managed to use his *groin* and
there's nothing in the rules against that.
the 2d additional award surprised me as
the broomball club exec also provided me
with a hall of fame award and trophy. here
are some pix featuring the 2 signed broomball
balls that came with the trophy:
apparently, i had been reticent about my
upcoming plans for the fall, so some of
those in attendance were caught by surprise.
however, i've already bought my ticket out
for july, and am in the initial stages of
deciding what to keep with me and what to
shed here in the arctic.
week before last, i also stayed up til 5
a.m. working on a mix that i just threw
together on a whim that evening. i played it
all day at work the next day and it held up
without becoming annoying, so i've posted it
up at artofthemix - it's called
the world in 23 songs. i hadn't posted
a mix in months, but the regulars still
welcomed me with positive comments. the
dload link has since expired, but if
anyone really wants to sample it, just send
me a note and i'll re-upload it.
on either side of the mix-making, i assisted
david s. with the lights for the opening and
closing cermonies of toonik tyme. i got to
use the chair lift for the first time and
i won't lie and say that my knees weren't
shaking as i was reaching over my head just
under the rafters of the AWG arena. the
shows went smoothly, tho, and nothing
fell on the audience, so it was all
good. the lightshow designed by david was
fantabulous, as was the sound by juno-award
winning diego. sylvia knows all sorts of
interesting people ...