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Back to the Grind

Published May 31, 2010 - 0 Comments

It’s amazing how quickly 12 days flies by.  I don’t feel like I was away from the office at all!  But looking back, I guess that I was able to recharge the batteries and refocus on things.  To make things even better, when I looked at the schedule, I see that I’m on vacation again NEXT week too!  I had completely forgotten about that.

Sweet!

Down With Webster – Your Man

Published May 28, 2010 - 0 Comments

Geeze I love some of the new Canadian music content that’s been coming out lately.  Some of the songs at the top of my play list are by Canadian artists that I’d never even heard of until fairly recently.  Groups like Down With Webster, Hedley, and Mariana’s Trench are putting out some great songs… and some damn funny videos!

I love the cheesy game show host in this video for Your Man.  My only complaint with the song is that it’s just not long enough.  At 2:49, that seems too short.  A good song length should be around 3:30, not that you want the lyrics to repeat simply for the sake of making it longer.  But a song that’s not even a full 3 minutes?  I wish that they had added a little bit more to it.  Maybe that’s why it’s such a fast climber on my iPod.. it’s just so short that I keep pressing the play button to make it seem longer!

Smashing Pumpkins… err iPhones…

Published May 27, 2010 - 7 Comments

Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morrissette would say… only last night I was commenting how much I love my iPhone, how I wish that I had bought it sooner, and how I would cry if the day came that it broke…

That was less than 12 hours ago…

WHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!

I’ve known about the protective covers that you can get for these things. Not the gaudy cases, but the ultra thin, see-through, don’t even know that it’s there, impenetrable bullet-stopping coverings like InvisibleShield. Hell, I even looked into their affiliate program a full 2 years BEFORE I bought my iPhone because of all the hype that they were getting.  I considered selling these things!

So you know where I’m going with this… oh yes…

Driving by the bank today, and I thought “I’ll do something nice, and stop and pick something up that I know is waiting there.. I’ll save someone the trouble of having to do it.  It’s not my responsibility, but I’m right here.  I’ll be the nice guy.”

Remember what they say about nice guys?

I took one step out of the car, and heard something fall.  I looked down.  The iPhone was laying perfectly face down on the pavement.  It’s like when you drop your piece of toast in the kitchen and it somehow always manages to fall with the peanut butter and jam side down.  Never up.  You can never just pick it up, marvel at how lucky you were, wipe off whatever might be on it (5 second rule!) and go on with your breakfast… no, it always lands face down, and you have to throw it out, and wipe peanut butter and jam goo off the floor.  Same thing today.  Face down.

Ever see a grown man start to bawl in the parking lot when he slowly turns over his brand new, overly-priced cellphone and sees nothing but sharp-edged cracks covering its once beautiful surface?  It’s not a pretty sight.

It is still functioning, although it’s only a matter of time before I slice my finger open, especially during the “Slide to Unlock” phase of usage.  My finger has to go right across several raised edges.  Can’t wait for that to happen.

So what are my options?  In the short-term, I’m considering putting some form of adhesive cover over it, but I haven’t looked yet to see what’s out there.  At the very least I am going to have to get one of those gaudy cases that I talked about at the beginning of this post.

And maybe try to hold onto my phone a little better!

Kartoen.be (A rare gem in a pile of useless distraction)

Published May 27, 2010 - 0 Comments

I was looking for something specific the other night… a graphic that would give some sort of visual representation to the feeling of “moving on”.  It’s not an easy task trying to find a single picture that conveys a bag of mixed emotions.  I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for.  Or if I’d even recognize it if I managed to stumble upon it.

I have to give Google Images credit.  It did a decent job of throwing pictures at me that may or may not have been what I was looking for.  Many of them dealt with footwear and the physical act of moving.  Some were closer to what I thought I wanted… book covers, or depictions of poems or other words of comfort.  But then I saw something that caught my eye… a tiny thumbnail of a crudely drawn cartoon, very similar to the stick men that I sometimes create when I’m bored.  This was not what I was expecting to find…

I clicked on the thumbnail and read the cartoon carefully.  I was blown away by its simplicity and the personal feeling of familiarity.  It looked like something that I could have created…  if I had any ability whatsoever.  I knew instantly that this was exactly what I wanted.

Then I started to read through the rest of the blog.  The cartoon is called HappySad, and that’s exactly what it is.  It’s not fancy, but it’s very insightful.  I’ll admit, I had to  look up what domain extension .be was.  Turns out that it’s Belgium!  I’ve never run into any websites from Belgium before, but I’m very happy that I discovered this one!

If you have a moment, try taking a look at HappySad.  It’s probably not for everyone, but I found it quite interesting.  Certainly many of the cartoons there hit close to home.  Maybe even click on a Google ad, or two.  It doesn’t hurt, and I’m sure that the artist would appreciate it.

And… in case you’re wondering… I present to you…

Moving On

movingon

Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart

Published May 26, 2010 - 0 Comments

Summer is quickly approaching… time to roll down the windows, and crank the tunes..  and with that we need some tunes worthy of ear-splitting levels.  My summer ’10 playlist is slowly taking form, with this one being featured prominently.  I’ve never heard of Taio Cruz before, but that’s fine.  The more I listen to it, the more I love it.  And the video works perfectly.

I love love love the girl in this video, and not really for the reasons that you’d think.  She’s not an obvious choice to fit “my type” (whatever the hell that means) so it’s more than just a physical thing.  For starters, they actually allow her to speak.  Then there are the little looks, smiles, etc… I actually believe that there is something there between the two of them, rather than just some aspiring model/actress who beat out 2000 other women for the video shoot… which is probably exactly what happened, but hey.. I like to think that there really IS some chemistry between them.

And the addition of Ludacris is…. well…      is there ANYTHING coming out that he’s not connected to?  But it works for me.

Enjoy!

A Little Housecleaning is in Order

Published May 26, 2010 - 1 Comment

I’ve noticed that the blog is starting to get a little unwieldly in its structure.  When I switched to WordPress in June 2009, I really had no idea what I was doing.  (Hmm…. some might say that hasn’t changed much in that time)  I decided to go back to the beginning and re-read my posts and try to categorize them a little better.  Most of my readers are only interested in the current posts, but there are still people who stop by and read some of the older ones.  It’s probably not a bad idea to clean things up a little.

Plus, it’s an interesting read to see where I’ve come from, where I am now… and hopefully where I’m going next…

Blip Me, Baby

Published May 25, 2010 - 0 Comments

I’ve been using Blip.fm now for awhile now and I have to say that it’s growing on me.

Blip.fm is an online music service that probably does a lot more than I give it credit for… since about all I use it for is to broastcast what I’m currently listening to across my Twitter account.  I know that I could just simply send a tweet about what I’m listening to (not that anyone cares; I realize that) but I like how Blip.fm creates a short URL and posts it within my blipped tweet.  Someone can then click on the link, and either listen to the song, or watch the video, depending on what I’ve linked it to.  Is it overly useful?  Nah, probably not.  But for someone like me, who listens to music on a somewhat frequent basis (ie all the freakin’ time) it can be fun.

I liked it so much that I actually shelled out $3 for the iPhone app, so I can blip when I’m on the move too!  How exciting is that?  :cool:

Domain Renewal Time? Oops!

Published May 24, 2010 - 0 Comments

So I’m sitting here checking the blog logs (just try saying THAT 5 times fast.. blog logs, blog logs.. I can’t even  type it without going back and correcting it!) and when I did a refresh, suddenly I had a big GoDaddy logo on the screen, and some message about my domain name having expired.

Crap.

I knew that it was right around this time.  This blog was essentially a birthday present to myself, so I knew that it should be coming up.  I also knew that GoDaddy would send me a reminder notice that the date was getting close.  Right?  Sure they would.  So where the hell was my reminder notice?

After playing “What’s my password?” on the GoDaddy admin screen for awhile (note to self: learn to write these things down, or invest in Roboform) I finally got logged in, and realized WHY my domain name had expired without me having received any forewarning.

I changed my email address last year and forgot to tell them.

Doh!

So I guess that I can’t be too upset with them, considering that it was entirely my fault.  I also noticed that I have several domains expiring soon… most of which I registered and didn’t do a damn thing with.  I think that it’s time to sit down and do a self-assessment again.  Determine whether these domains are worth renewing, and if so, how I am going to incorporate them into the big scheme of things.  I certainly have ideas floating around in my head, but ideas don’t pay the bills unless they are turned into something tangible.

But that’s the explanation as to why you may have popped over here earlier today and been greeted with the evil GoDaddy dude, rather than my humbled rantings.

Happy Victoria Day, Canada!

Who’s Cyndi Lauper?

Published May 24, 2010 - 2 Comments

Date Night... It's a Date!I went to see a movie recently. Date Night.  It’s not going to win any Academy awards, but it’s not a bad little movie if you’re looking for a night out… maybe even a date, perhaps!?

I was easily the most… ahem.. senior… person in the movie theatre that night.  I can say that because I think that there were no more than 10-12 people in there.. almost entirely teenagers, which I thought was strange because this is a movie that isn’t geared for teenagers.  That’s not to say that it’s not appropriate for them.  It’s a romantic comedy, and quite suitable for all ages.  But unless you’ve been married, or at the very least in a long term committed relationship, I’m not sure that you’re going to fully appreciate some of the humour that this film has to offer.

But this post isn’t really about the movie.  It’s about the comment that I heard during the movie.  There was a scene where Cyndi Lauper was referenced.  I don’t even remember how, or why, or anything about the scene.  It’s what happened in the seat directly behind me that sticks out.

“Who’s Cyndi Lauper?”

Yes… a group of three teenage boys sat directly behind me, and one of them said to his friends “Who’s Cyndi Lauper?”  I started to laugh even more.  Seriously?  Are you THAT young that you don’t know who Cyndi Lauper is?? Go… get out of this movie, and go watch The Last Song with Miley Cyrus, which is playing in the theatre beside this one.

The worst part is… I’m not sure if either of his buddies was able to give him the answer!  If they did, they were very quiet about it.  I’d put money on the fact that they probably just shrugged and tried to figure out why the old guy in front of them was laughing so hard at something that obviously went over their heads.

I’m getting old…

*sigh*

Oh.. and as a really freaky side-note, when I went to Miley Cyrus’ IMDB page to make sure that I got the proper link for The Last Song… look at what is listed as the first project in development…  Girls Just Want to Have Fun If you fail to see why that is ironic in this situation, well…

There’s an App For That!

Published May 23, 2010 - 0 Comments

A few months ago I posted my thoughts on getting a new phone, and asked people their opinions on the Blackberry and iPhone.  At the time, I was using a Motorola Q, which is a fine-enough phone, except that it uses Windows Mobile and crashes frequently.  I had just about enough, and was eager to find a suitable replacement before I smashed the Q against a wall.

I was very happy with the reader interest in that post.  The poll and comments were pretty much evenly split, with half recommending a Blackberry, and most of the others recommending an iPhone.  While there was some initial interest in Google’s Android-powered phones, I wasn’t willing to explore that possibility quite yet.  Perhaps when the operating system becomes a little more entrenched.  As for Windows Mobile, I thought that the platform was dead, until I heard that there is a Windows Mobile 7 available.  After my experience with the Q, never again will I go anywhere near Windows Mobile.  I wouldn’t wish that pain upon my worst enemy.  (well, maybe one)

So after careful consideration of my handheld usage needs, I finally opted to go with the Apple iPhone 3GS.  And all I can really say is “What took me so long?”…

It’s not perfect by any means, but I think that it’s a near-perfect fit for me.  For the most part, I’ve been able to figure out how to type coherently on the flatscreen, although there are times when I repeatedly hit the wrong key and back up, only to hit the same wrong key, and back up, and again… you get the idea.  I get a little frustrated at times, but I’m getting better.  Not to mention, the phone seems to be learning what words I like to use most often, and correcting my spelling as I go along.  Generally, this is a good thing.. but there are times when I really DO mean to type an acronym, and don’t want the phone to automatically change it to something else.

But the positives far outweigh the negatives.  For music lovers like me, the integration with iTunes and the iTunes Store is remarkable.  This isn’t anything new.  It was one of the things that people told me that I would enjoy the most… and they were right.  Whether I’m connected to the Internet through my cell account, or a Wifi connection, I can easily download a new song and have it playing within minutes.  And my music videos look fantastic on it. I’m not at the point where I want to replace my iPod completely, but the iPhone is generally all I need most days.

But how is it as a phone?  I’ve seen some pretty bad things written about the overall phone quality of the iPhone 3GS, and I have to say that I don’t agree at all.  I’m not sure what all the fuss is about because I have never had any problems.  Maybe it’s the US carrier that is the problem, but here I talk regularly on my iPhone without any problems, and no one has ever mentioned not being able to understand me.  So I’d say that it works perfectly fine as a phone.

And of course, there’s the whole “App” discussion, but I think that I will leave that for another day.

So far, so good… very pleased!  Maybe my biggest concern is that Apple is expected to release the 4th generation of the iPhone this summer, so I may have purchased mine at the wrong time.