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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
sundays are just way too short ...
slept from 6 in the morning until
around 4 in the afternoon. the
sunlight was just fading into a
golden shimmer over the horizon.
i started by making a list of all
the things that i needed to do -
and then promptly disregarded it
completely to do a bunch of other
things, beginning with another
hours-long session of diablo II.
this was followed by doing the dishes,
cooking supper and re-watching my
favourite movie of last year,
'shimotsuma monogatari' (kamikaze girls).
the mish-mash of teenage friendship,
outrageous fashion, motorcycle gangs,
pachinko parlours and manga, all
wrapped up in an excellent soundtrack,
was just as good the second time
around. plus did i mention hot young
japanese babes ?!
then it was laundry duty and a round of
online poker to try to recover some of
the coin that i dumped into 2 overnight
tourneys online. at the same time, i
previewed the tracklist for tomorrow
night's radio show to see if i could
put together some thematic sets.
aur.oral exposures setlist for 13mar2006:
got a phone call during the radio
show right after the monologue and
was worried that someone was calling
to complain about the risqué content.
however, it was just a station
staffer who was worried that the
satellite switching system had gone
on the blink and pulled in an
english-language signal from the
satellite instead of the french.
here i am inviting controversy and
instead i get mistaken for a system
malfunction - what a horrible blow
to my ego !
- may it be - enya
- outlaws - luke doucet
- shadowland - steve earle
- double life - jack de keyzer
- if love was a gun - divinyls
- scream - echobelly
- precious pain - melissa etheridge
- frying pan - evan dando
- how can our love be gone
- joe dolce featuring lyn van hecke
- learning how to smile - everclear
- everybody come down - the delgados
- how i came to love my vagina - eve ensler
- i'm on fire - electrelane
- here with me - dido
- mr. blue sky - electric light orchestra
- love grows (where my rosemary goes)
- edison lighthouse
- all around me - educated guess
- good for nothin' - dance hall crashers
- play me the waltz of an angel - the derailers
- hey suburbia - even in blackouts
to the show, good for one week
or 25 downloads, whichever comes
pressed for time
anna's book club in town is talking
about reading 'anna karenina' (no
relation) next month. i'm not sure
that i'm up for reading a 'long'
novel, neal stephenson doorstops
notwithstanding. my current style
is more along the lines of
book a minute.
- ip idiocy link of the day:
terry mcbride details
why he is funding a file-sharer
against the RIAA lawsuit.
The music market is down not due
to P2P "piracy," but for four
a) stiff competition for the
entertainment dollar with formats
like video games and movies, both
have much larger marketing spends;
b) the replacement cycle is over -
digital music does not scratch or
wear out like past formats;
c) one now has the ability to
purchase and listen only to the
great songs without filler; and
d) mass-merchant retailers today
carry only the current hits, with
little to no catalog.
a hat trick of hat tricks
iqaluit broomball chronicle
team white: mark, marco, christian, me, JFra (1st half)
team black: dan, jacques, JFre, julian, JFra (2d half)
team black went ahead first with a
couple of goals by JFre. however,
team white struck back as marco
assisted goals by both christian and
JFra. mark popped one in as well,
to put team white ahead. it was
all downhill from there, tho.
first dan scored a single and then
jacques got one to make it 4-3.
it was then that JFra switched
sides, to the woe of team white.
JFra completed his hat trick, with
2 goals for team black, jacques
rounded off his own hat trick and
JFre finally notched his as well.
the final score ended up 9-3 - a
deluge of goals that kind of makes
up for the dearth of goals in the
search for the alien inside
- link of the day: the
future will demonstrate the
triumph of chemical imperialism
over human-centric concepts of
3 laws of nanobotics:
- nanobiotechnology will result in the
complete elimination of the [carbon]
barrier between living and nonliving
- it is not possible to ensure that
devices created using the techniques
of nanobiotechnology will only
transmit molecular information [in
one direction] to the target system
- the carbon barrier will be eliminated
when humans create the first synthetic
molecular device capable of changing the
state of a living system via direct,
intentional transfer of specific chemical
information from one to the other
the article is a disjointed mess
but does discuss some ideas that
i think will become increasingly
significant. you just have to use
your own imagination instead of the
searching for symmetry
joined a few BMFF volunteers for
lunch at wizard's with demetri, the
BMFF host flown up for our show.
the curry chicken wrap that i had
was fine except that they didn't
leave out the onions as i had asked.
from there, i walked down the block
to the motor vehicles office to
pick up a copy of my drivers'
abstract from wade so i can be
added to the list of folks approved
to drive the truck at work.
after work, i joined laura at the
BMFF ticket table at the northmart.
there was one couple that were very
keen on buying tickets, but admitted
that they had only been in town for
a few hours. however, i knew that i
had seen the fellow before. turns
out he had been in iqaluit for a
short stint in the summer, and had
been called out the same night i was
after the museum break-in.
after that, i grabbed a cab to head
over to andrew's for a poker tourney.
while we were waiting for more people
to show up, 7 of us played a quick
preliminary game. i busted out in 3d
when cyndi caught a flush after both
of us matched hole cards with K-10's.
this was even more astonishing seeing
as we had just split a pot with A-7's
for the main tourney, there were 15
of us to start with and cyndi and i
again rose towards the top of the
heap. i was a bit choked when the
payout regime changed partway thru
the tourney without any notification
or debate. however, i did finish in
the money in 3d place after getting
tired of facing off against cyndi
and jeff, who was actually sitting
in to play lena's hand. my 3d place
finish basically just returned my
buy-ins to me.
however, in the 5-hander side game
right afterwards, i took down the top
prize, so my wallet ended the night
at least a few bills thicker than it
had started. of course, i lost most
of it again online :(
- link of the day:
ok cupid test
thanks (?) to wrenagade
i stumbled across this personal info
hoover disguised as a romantic
personality profile quiz. of course,
it's not an earth-shattering
realization that the results merely
tell you what you want to hear - if it
were otherwise, you would have answered
the questions differently, right ?
here's what popped up for me:
The Slow Dancer
Deliberate Gentle Love Dreamer (DGLDm)
Steady, reliable, and cradling her
tenderly. Take a deep breath, and
let it out real easy...you are The
Your focus is love, not sex, and
for your age, you have average
experience. But you're a great,
thoughtful guy, and your love life
improves every year. There's also
a powerful elimination process
working in your favor: most Playboy
types get stuck raising unwanted
kids before you even begin settling
down. The women left over will be
hot and yours. Your ideal woman is
someone intimate, intelligent, and
While you're not exactly the life of
the party, you do thrive in small
groups of smart people. Your circle
of friends is extra tight and it's
HIGHLY likely they're just like you.
You appreciate symmetry in
sadly, this profile was not comforting
at all - what came to mind was an old
rich codger who stumbles around a
retirement home dance floor, still
vainly searching for 'the one' ...
banff mountain film festival returns to iqaluit
after staying up late playing poker,
it was quite a task to get up for
an AGM that started before noon.
however, the prospect of being fed
on-site did make the concept more
palatable to body, if not mind.
after surviving over 3 hours with
no end in sight, i gave up my chair
to head down the hall to the astro.
demetri was already waiting for me
by the door and we lingered there
until mauricio came by with the
keys to let us in. poesie showed
up a few minutes later and we began
to prepare for the technical
run-thru to make sure all the
equipment worked together properly.
after the pain of last year, this
year's prep went much more smoothly.
my fave film was actually one that
our group didn't select for the
program. since we had to test out
the colour saturation and subtitles
anyway, we grabbed a disc at random
to put in the machine and poesie
picked 'off road to athens'.
road to athens' followed a
group of top u.s. mountain cyclists
as they competed with each other for
the limited number of open positions
on the u.s. olympic team. only 3
men and 1 woman would be named to
represent their country. at our
film selection meeting, we were
worried that it would be 'rah-rah
america' and that was enough for it
to be overlooked. however, the
film mostly featured personal
stories of the cyclists, and all of
the races shown were world cup races
set outside of the u.s. - madrid,
houffalize (where trailside
spectators would pat riders on the
bum as they went by), mont-saint-anne
in quebec and calgary. a summer
rainstorm kicked in partway thru the
calgary race and it was gruesome to
watch the trail turn to muck. only
30 some cyclists from a field of over
100 actually finished the race.
'person as projectile' was an audience
hit as the film featured a skier who
took leaps off of very high ridges,
landing flat on his back in the snow
before sliding down onto his skis. we
were amazed to see him get up from some
of the dives.
'becoming a man in siberia' was also a
crowd favourite as it featured 3 young
men attempting to show that they are
capable of living the traditional
nomadic animal breeding lifestyle passed
down to them by their ancestors.
'balancing point' was a very fun film,
and involved filming a bunch of sequences
of rock sculpture destruction with the
intention of reversing the film and
playing it backwards. a very neat effect.
'baffin island b.a.s.e. jump adventure'
featured some of the world's most
experienced BASE jumpers, taking off
from cliffs outside of clyde river.
these guys were *crazy*, with one even
commemorating his 200th dive by going
in the buff. the music in this film
was the best of the evening.
'the lost people of mountain village'
was a brilliant satire of both the
excesses of mountain ski lodges and
the overly-breathy docs that attempt
to sensationalize anthropology.
after the films, we went down the
hall to the frob to take in the
reception sponsored by northwestel.
unlike last year, the food just kept
coming and i was glad to gorge myself
after my day's exertions. i didn't
win anything in the raffle draw this
year, but quite a few of my co-workers
will receive congratulatory calls come
- ip idiocy link of the day:
results contradicts its position
... the survey also asked why people
bought less. Only 10% of respondents
cited the availability of music
downloads. Instead, people cited a
long list of alternatives that have
nothing to do with downloading
- price (16%),
- nothing of interest (14%),
- lack of time (13%),
- collection is big enough (9%),
- don't buy (7%),
- listen to radio (7%),
- change in tastes (6%),
- no CD player (3%),
- have an MP3 player (2%),
- lack of opportunity to buy (2%),
- watch more tv (2%),
- age (1%),
- only buy what I like (1%).
Simply put, P2P simply is not a major
factor behind decisions to buy less music.
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