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Beware the iCloud for iTunes Purchases

Published September 17, 2017 - 0 Comments

I've accumulated a lot of music over the years. At last count my library had just over 10,000 songs, although in fairness there are plenty of duplicates and less desirable songs that I am slowly weeding out. Most of that library consists of music ripped from my extensive CD collection, plenty of online trading, and yes... even some legally purchased iTunes tracks.

When Apple began offering their Music Match service a few years ago, it was like a dream come true. For $27/year I could upload my entire collection to their iCloud, even songs I hadn't purchased from iTunes. Those songs would be available to me at all times - as long as I had an internet connection to access them. That $27/year is still one of my best purchases. 

In addition to music songs, I've also accumulated a decent collection of music videos - 354 to be exact. I sometimes like to put music videos on while I'm putting around the house or working on something. I get more value from a $2 music video than any movie I could buy. The fact that everything is stored in the cloud is a bonus. I don't have to load my phone up with these files. I can set the phone in a stand, connect to wifi, and have access to my entire collection.

Or can I?

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They Took My Blood! They Finally Took My Blood!

Published August 11, 2017 - 2 Comments

When I sat down to write this blog post, the title immediately jumped to the screen before anything else did. But it felt familiar somehow. I knew that I had written about trying to donate blood before... I thought I should look at some previous posts.

Et voila!

They Finally Took My Blood! Look at the date... November 5, 2010. I guess it's been awhile since I've given blood! And I was pretty damn excited the last time too! To the point of using essentially the exact same title. Weird.​

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When One Door Closes…

Published July 29, 2017 - 0 Comments

I spend a lot of time here complaining and wallowing in self-pity… It’s my go-to reaction when things don’t exactly work out how I’d like them to.  It’s my way of trying to convince myself that things are the way they are supposed to be.  That there’s some sort of Charlie Brown cloud hanging over my head.

And then something unexpected happens.  And no matter how much you tell yourself that you don’t deserve it… you do.  Together.

Let’s Get Cameron a new Wheelchair Van!

Published July 1, 2017 - 2 Comments

Do you know how much a proper wheelchair van costs?  No? I do. A lot! Do you know how I know this?  My little nephew Cameron has been in a wheelchair all of his life.  He was born with a problem with his chromosome 15. That might not sound like much, but that tiny little chromosome is pretty important! Cameron has seizures, uses a feeding tube, and doesn't speak... although he and his mum communicate in a way most people would never understand.  It's special. 

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Hammock Life 101

Published June 28, 2017 - 2 Comments

Warning: Using this product may result in an uncontrollable desire to nap frequently during the day, leading to a significant decline in personal productivity.

Quite a few years ago I bought myself a hammock. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t last very long. I actually put my hand through it while trying to push myself up. It was woven and once my hand broke one of the weaves, that was it. It was useless after that.

Fast forward to present day, and I decided that enough time had passed… I was going to try another hammock! I figured that Costco would be the obvious choice to pick one up, but then I decided to search Amazon. I’ve been buying a lot of things from Amazon. Why not a hammock?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Not Quite the Soundtrack I’ve Been Waiting For

Published May 28, 2017 - 0 Comments

If you're anything like me (and good luck to you, if you are!) then you probably didn't quite "get" the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  I distinctly remember walking out of the theatre feeling somewhat underwhelmed.  In fact I wrote a very strongly worded blog post about it, calling it "meh".  If you're up late some night because you're having trouble falling asleep, feel free to jump over and take a look-see

But one thing about me is that my opinions of these things tend to evolve over time.  While I was initially less than thrilled ​after that first viewing, I think part of it stemmed from the fact that I was comparing the movie to other Marvel franchise blockbusters and truly did not understand what Guardians was attempting to do.  After watching it a couple more times (Thank you, Netflix!) I've developed a much deeper appreciation for the ragtag group of misfits who seem to save the galaxy almost by accident.  My initial rating of meh translated to a 6.5 ... something that I now think I would easily upgrade to an 8 or 8.5.  It hasn't become my favourite movie, but it's certainly better than I gave it credit for in that review.

​And that brings us to the second instalment ...  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  Let's be clear here... Sometimes I write about movies and leave out spoilers.  Sometimes I spoil the shit out of them.  This is one of the latter.  So please... if you intend to watch this movie, please stop reading.  Maybe bookmark this page and come back to it later.  Or not.  It's up to you.

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What is 10 Years?

Published February 20, 2017 - 0 Comments

A decade. 10 years. 120 months. 3650 days. 87600 hours.

No matter how you think about it, 10 years is a significant amount of time. Enough time to meet new friends, and lose old ones. Enough time to find new love and watch it slip away again. Enough time to heal from the wounds of yesteryear.  But not to forget.  Never to forget.

I recently observed an important milestone.  To say “celebrate” would be completely inaccurate. Rather, “observed”. It came. I reflected. It went. I moved on. Every day I move on a little more.

Here’s to the next 10 years.


Published November 12, 2016 - 0 Comments

Three years ago I wrote a post titled In The Absence of Trust. You’d think that I would have learned my lesson then, but apparently not.

It’s worth repeating. Trust isn’t something that is given simply because you ask for it. It’s similar to respect. Both must be earned. There is a finite supply of both, and once you’ve used them up, it’s pretty tough to get any more.

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