Thursday, 17 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Perfect Sky – Ghosts Of Paraguay

Perfect Sky – Ghosts Of Paraguay

How much water is there on planet Earth? Not much.

This image from the U.S. Geological Survey gives you an idea of how much water there is on Earth.

This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere atop the United States, (which would cover a distance from +- Salt Lake City, Utah to +- Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of +- 1,385 kilometers (+- 860 miles) , with a volume of +- 1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers (+- 332,500,000 cubic miles). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in all the flora and fauna, your dog, and your tomato plant.

Some amazing factoids:
• The volume of all water would be about 1,386 million cubic kilometers (km³), or 332.5 million cubic miles (mi³). A cubic kilometer of water is equal to a teralitre (10¹² litres - 1 000 000 000 000 liters). A cubic mile of water equals more than 1.1 trillion gallons.

• About 12,900 km³ (3,100 mi³) of water, mostly in the form of water vapour, is in the atmosphere at any one time. If it all fell as precipitation at once, the Earth would be covered with only about 1 inch of water.

• The 48 contiguous United States receives a total volume of about 17.7 km³ (4 mi³) of precipitation each day.

• Each day, 1,170 km³ (280 mi³)of water evaporate or transpire into the atmosphere.

• If all of the world’s water was poured on the United States, it would cover the land to a depth of 145 kilometers (90 miles).

• Of the freshwater on Earth, much more is stored in the ground than is available in lakes and rivers. More than 8,400,000 km³ (2,000,000 mi³)of freshwater is stored in the Earth, most within one-half mile of the surface. But, if you really want to find freshwater, the most is stored in the 29,200,000 km³ (7,000,000 mi³) of water found in glaciers and icecaps, mainly in the polar regions and in Greenland.

And this is how much fresh water there is, compared to Earth and the total amount of water:
All Earth’s water, liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers
The sphere over the western U.S., (1384 kilometers / 860 miles in diameter) is all the water. The sphere over Kentucky, (273 kilometers / 169.5 miles in diameter) is all the fresh liquid water in the ground, lakes, swamps, and rivers. The sphere over Georgia, (56 kilometers / 34.9 miles in diameter) is all the fresh-water lakes and river.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bibliophilia: Exile to Babylon – David Lapham

Exile to Babylon – David Lapham

In a future dystopia there is a private military contractor, made up not of retired special ops guys, but chicano street hoods arrested and given an option – jail or working for this PMC. Oh gawd.... One of their members has gone rogue and kidnapped a bunch of high level US government officials, and the heros pop star girlfriend. Groan.... And this bad guy also happens to control the last remaining supply of oil and that is where he is holding the hostages. Sigh.... And of course, who are the only people who can rescue the hostages and wrest control of this oil field away from the bad guys? Why, a bunch of just arrested gangsters without any training of course. Jeezus.... And then the plot twist you couldn’t possibly see coming from a mile away....the head of the PMC staged the whole kidnapping for his own ends. Oh come on.....

The art in this was mediocre. The part that bugged me the most being that every character has a shaven head and muddled facial tattoos. Scribbled, nothing very distinguishable, so each character looks much the same. The “good guys”, the “bad guys”. I couldn’t really tell who was who. Even if I had cared, none of these characters was in any way identifiable. Oh and the colour palette is very limited, which also doesn’t help. Combine that with an IQ reducing story, with plot points that made no sense, and I found the graphic novel that I detested more than anything I’ve read in a while.


S.o.t.D. - Wandering Spirits – Bluetech

Wandering Spirits – Bluetech

This is awesome distilled down to the purest essence of awesomeness.

Have I mentioned that Bluetech is quite possibly the greatest producer out there?

Bibliophilia: The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism – Geoff Nicholson

The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism – Geoff Nicholson
I walk a lot. So when I saw this I grabbed it, hoping to maybe gain some insights, get a new appreciation for walking, etc. 

It’s part autobiographical, part historic anecdotes about people engaged in feats of extreme pedestrianism, part lists of the subject of walking showing up in songs or movies or books.

I found it meandering and started skimming over it after a while.

To be very blunt about it, I would have gotten more out of going for a walk.

Bibliophilia: Bandette - Vol. 1: Presto! – Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover

Bandette - Vol. 1: Presto! – Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover
I have to love a book where the author/artist husband/wife team thank Modesty Blaise and “the 1960’s, France, girl detectives and cat burglars”. It has a band dessinee feel to it, and I also just generally like a book that an adult as well as young adult can enjoy. A fun if slightly silly read. The painterly style of Coover is also really cool.

But what I enjoyed even more was the appendix in the back where Colleen Coover explains her illustration process. She does layouts and pencils digitally, turns it all to a non repro blue, prints it out, does ink washes, scans it in and then colours it. Very cool technique, and I appreciate that she helps spread knowledge by sharing her technique. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - I.O.U. – Freeez

I.O.U. – Freeez

Breaking and BMX. Totally corny video, but still a really fun, upbeat track 30 years later.

I'm in love with this woman.

I’m in love with this woman. Or she is at the very least my heroine. And envious of her children. Those kids are rich beyond words. To have a parent who spends quality time with them, showing them how to make things, to use their imagination, to use tools, to repurpose stuff, to solve problems, etc. In an age when so many parents think merely buying something for their kids will suffice, those kids are learning real skills and will have memories they will cherish

If she hasn’t, this mom should be nominated for a super cool mom of the decade award.

Come the Battle of Hoth with ice cream and printable figures?

Fastener Chart

This handy visual overview of fasteners is courtesy of Bolt Depot, who also provide this as a printable PDF.

Fastener Categories
Head Styles
Drive Types
Nut Types
Washer Types

Friday, 11 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Obsession – Djrum

Obsession – Djrum

What does anyone know about spacesuit design?

NASA wants the world to vote on its new spacesuit designs.

You can go here to see what they look like.

Other than the obvious “Buzz Lightyear” reaction most will have about the first suit you see, all I can think is that the average person out there knows nothing about space suit design. Why would the opinion of a yokel like me or you matter? And given that the information given is little more than a cursory look at the appearance of any of these, how could anyone provide an opinion that is worth anything? This is the lowest common denominator of American Idol being applied to something as crucial as the design of a suit meant to protect those going into outer space. This is a shallow popularity contest.

This nonsense is too goofy to be believed: “The third option is called “Trends in Society,” and with a bright color scheme mimicking athletic training gear, it’s supposed to reflect what everyday clothes might look like in the future.”

Bio Diversity Library

A friend contacted me asking about old flower illustrations for a tattoo idea. I knew I had bookmarked this. It took some digging around, but I finally found it again.

Now while the internet has made it really easy to search for images, as someone who works in a tattoo shop, the preponderance of people who come in with a small, low rez image they found on the internet, and think that that will suffice, is driving all of us to despair and drinking. Please go to the goddamn library, or buy some books that have big, clear images. Please.

Failing that, I feel I have to share this almost demented amount (1727 sets) of beautiful old illustrations of natural history of all sorts. You can spend days in here.

Flowers, leaves, animals, insects, birds, bones, eggs, horns, shells, trees, fruits, etc.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - On My Mind – Rui Da Silva (w. Ben Onono)

On My Mind – Rui Da Silva (w. Ben Onono)

Stuff like this and the classic Touch Me, show that Da Silva knows how to craft fun, funky tunes. And he seems to be able to pick vocalists to collaborate with that really complement the track. In this instance, the singer being Ben Onono.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

I post this every year. 

Drowning people don’t look the way movies and television portray them. Not just people with small children should read this, but I think it’s important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs of someone drowning. Far too many people drown every year, just in this province alone. Thank you to Mario Vittone for writing this.

Please read it and share it widely.

S.o.t.D. - Fading Lights – Synkro

Fading Lights – Synkro

Synkro knocks another one out of the park. Atmosphere and breaks.

How To Build An Igloo

Another great short film from the treasure that is the National Film Board of Canada.

From 1949, this ten minute film directed by Douglas Wilkinson shows how two Inuit men build a shelter in an hour and a half. I’ve expressed my admiration for the Inuit’s ability to harness what’s around them and use it in a harmonious way. And it also shows how magical the spiral is.

I’ve always harboured a dream about wanting to build an igloo and spend some time in one. But I’ve never lived anywhere that had the type of snow this requires. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Estrange – Shed

Estrange – Shed

Love that incredible echoing, booming sound René Pawlowitz manages to get on those kick drums.

Artspiration – Predators by Maxim Shkret

Young Russian artist called Maxim Shkret who creates these 3D paintings inspired by vector images.

More at the link.

FalconWatch is back

The falcon cameras are back up and running again in Crackson Square. At least one egg has been hatched. 

But you don’t even have to be there to be able to watch the falcons. Sometimes they’re terribly inconsiderate and go off flying, so there’s not much to look at. But check back.

How To Forecast Weather Without Gadgets

I don’t know the source for this, but thought it was worth sharing. As neat as all the weather predicting high tech gadgets that are out there are, people are way too caught up in the gee whiz factor of them all. Don’t become unwilling or incapable of looking around you at your environment and observing the information it presents to you.

I already knew most of these, but there were a few I didn’t know. You’re never too old to learn something new.
(Click for a larger version.)

Monday, 7 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Different Reality (Tripswitch Remix) – Liquid Soul and Symbolic

Different Reality (Tripswitch Remix) – Liquid Soul and Symbolic

I had a shorter version of this, a teaser of the full track. Despite not being the whole song, I played it on repeat, many, many, many times. I kept periodically punching it into YT to see if it was up. Finally. Holy moly is this ever a goose bump inducing slice of smooth grooviness.

Below The Boat – Wooden Contour Maps

Discovered this recently. US company called Below The Boat, which offers wooden contour maps of various bodies of water. Various locales are offered – west coast, east coast and interior bodies of water.

The contours are crafted from laser-cut layers of Baltic birch, hand coloured and glued together. Sizes seem to be around the 3 foot by 2 foot range. It’s ready to hang, pre-framed in a custom, solid-wood frame. Prices aren’t too bad – about $250.

A few examples:
Great Lakes
Chesapeake Bay
San Francisco Bay

I’m keen on these two.
Lake Erie
Lake Huron

Just wish there was one for Lake Ontario.

Me on reality TV? Ha!

I received a message recently from a producer in New York, working on a reality TV show for A&E based on a British version called The Sewing Bee. The usual format - 8, 10, 12 contestants, and each episode they have some kind of a challenge they have to complete, and if not, off they go. I guess they’re trying to find a man / some men that sew. Looking around on the internet, she came across my blog and wanted to know if I had any interest in being on the show. I’m grotesquely hideous and have an atrocious personality. So I don’t think I should be on a TV show. But mainly, it’s all clothing. And while I’m certainly interested in making clothes, I don’t think I know nearly enough to even contemplate it. Too many other activities competing for my time and money have seen to it that that interest hasn’t received the attention it deserves.

But I sent her a message, gave her some info, some sights to check out, told her I know men that sew, but it’s often very specialized sewing they do - upholstery, parachute rigging, sail making, saddlery, outdoor gear making, etc. - and not the typical sewing on the show, ie clothing.

So if you’re a man, know something about sewing clothing and want to be on TV, get in touch and I’ll put you in touch with her.

A Tour of Accents Across the British Isles

A while back I posted something that touched on the languages in my homeland and the surprising number of accents and dialectic variation in a place so small and flat.

Old English in Friesland

Just came across this short video, that demonstrates the variety of accents to be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Bad One – Bass City Rollaz

Bad One – Bass City Rollaz

Spent a fun evening tonight with a friend as he dug through his crates playing a set of old garage tunes from about a dozen years ago. This track has a mind meltingly great bass line. Surprising to me how unknown / unappreciated a lot of this stuff is. 

AustriAlpin Cobra Buckle versus ADF Raptor Buckle

I’m a big fan of what the fine folks at CTOMS do.

They have just posted the testing they had done on two buckles. And I thought their findings were important enough to pass on.

The buckles in question are AustriAlpin’s Cobra Buckle:
And the ADF Raptor Buckle:
While there are some hipster bag makers out there using them in an absurdly overkill manner, the idea behind these buckles is to use them in critical applications – fall arrest harnesses, rappelling gear, parachuting rigs. Not only are they designed to withstand tremendous forces, but more importantly, to not open under load.

They tend to be a more expensive option, (another reason why hipster bag makers using a $25 buckle when a 25¢ buckle will suffice is so laughable), but if your life depends on it, that price is perfectly acceptable.

AustriAlpin’s offerings, as the name alludes to, come from Austria. American Direct Fabrication came along and offered a made in the U.S.A. option.

CTOMS did some tests last year on Raptor Buckles, that showed them breaking at a rating less than what is stamped on the buckle itself.

Raptor™ Buckle – Put to the Test

They just posted the results of some testing they had done of both buckles by an independent testing facility. Again, the results show Raptor Buckles breaking at a rating less than what is stamped on the buckle itself.

Cobra vs. Raptor – Head to Head

At this point in my life I have no real need for buckles like this. Sure I could use them in something I make, but truly, they would be overkill. But like I said, if you really do do things that require a buckle like this, you want to make absolutely certain that they perform as promised.

The last paragraph in the most recent article sums it up well.

“Some will argue that the Raptor Buckle is still ‘strong enough’, but I think this has become a question of integrity and accountability. If it was simply a head-to-head, one product is almost always going to be better than the other and, in this case, that appears to be so. In a free and open market, competition is a good thing and that difference in quality might be offset by price, location of manufacture, and other preferred criteria when making purchase decisions. The problem though is that pesky stamped rating that is the same between the two buckles/companies, except that the Raptor Buckle seems to have trouble meeting it, except in questionable test configurations. My question is, if you were a company, why wouldn’t you do exhaustive testing on your product in proper configuration?”

Friday, 4 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Let The Music Play – Shannon

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Another 30 year old track that still sounds as good today as it did when it first came out. Damn are those drums sounds ever punchy.

This was one of the first tracks to sync together a Roland TR-808 (with a reverb placed across the kick and snare and then hard gated) and a Roland TB-303 bassline, which years later would become one of the predominant features of the whole acid techno sound.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang

Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang

Crazy I haven’t posted this classic. And where the hell did rap go so terribly astray from stuff this fun.

I was always under the impression that one of my favourite musical crews ever (Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald and Keith LeBlanc - aka Tackhead, aka the dudes who played on countless On-U-Sound records) were the musicians on this. It was actually a group called Positive Force. They did however play on “Apache” by the Sugar Hill Gang. (What I never knew is that they also did the music for “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel, “New York, New York” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

S.o.t.D. - The Whistle Song – Frankie Knuckles

The Whistle Song – Frankie Knuckles

Damn. Just heard that this legend of house music has passed away. Fortunate to have had the chance to see him twice back in the day. 

Bibliophilia: How To Wrap Five Eggs - Traditional Japanese Packaging – Hideyuki Oka

How To Wrap Five Eggs - Traditional Japanese Packaging – Hideyuki Oka

Something I’ve always found fascinating and admirable about Japan is their painstaking attention to detail. I don’t think there is anything, any craft or art, they do in half measures.

Packaging was no exception.

First published in 1965 (with an English version 2 years later), Japanese graphic artist Hideyuki Oka, set out to chronicle older, and by that point disappearing, forms of packaging foodstuffs.

The items encased range from sake to miso to sushi to confectionaries and...eggs. Many of these would have been the efforts of simple merchants. Both to protect and transport the goods they sold, but also to give it a distinct visual presence. Very early, not quite corporate branding – market stall branding maybe. And the material used was often bamboo, rice straw, hemp twine, paper, and leaves. Beautiful examples of using the natural resources available. But, cloth and also more sophisticated pottery, baskets, and wooden boxes were used.
Bamboo is split to form the sticks that candies unique to Sendai are stuck on to. The holder is also bamboo.
Box made of Paulownia wood, with a polished bamboo knob, containing candies from Nagoya.
Oh come on! Sugarcoated beans from Mamemasa confectionery in Kyoto arranged in tiers in a diagonally cut cardboard box pasted over with decorative printed paper.
A wooden box containing a 15 inch sponge cake called kasutera. But check out that ribbon.
Dried flying fish from Miyagi Prefecture in northern Honshu. Strung together with straw, this allowed them to both dry and be conveniently stored, and then used as needed.

​Anyone with an interest in packaging, basketry, box making, ceramics and pottery, Japanese arts and crafts, inventive uses of natural resources, and anyone with a sense of wonder, will find this book very appealing.

If I have a criticism of the book it’s that I wish the photos were in colour (but given that the photos date back more than fifty years, maybe not so surprising) and also that the descriptions were on the same page, rather than grouped together at the back. But in all, minor quibbles. Oh and there is no description of how to wrap five eggs. No how to of any kind. But again, many of the items photographed were by that time already artifacts of a by gone age. Oka was a chronicler of a historical practice, not an expert practitioner of these crafts.

(I originally enjoyed this book when I found it more than 25 years ago in the library of the city I grew up in. The memory of it had faded in that time and I was thrilled to find it again in the library of the city I now live in.)
If you were traveling by train in Japan, you could purchase tea at a train station, and this is how it would be served. The lid serves as a cup.
Now if someone could make something like this, about a liter in size, with a larger screw off cup on the top, and a nestled pot on the bottom, in aluminum, stainless steel or titanium, I would buy one and die a happy man.

Monday, 31 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - The Great Divide – Portion Control

The Great Divide – Portion Control

Freaky to think this track is getting on to 30 years old. Loved this driving beat when I first heard it, and it still sounds great to me all these years later.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

3D Terrain Maps for 3D Printing

At the Dundas Valley Trail Centre is a very large and very impressive diorama of the whole valley. I covet it. Way too big for my space, but if I buy that huge mansion one day, I might make something similar.

I know I’m nerd, but I’ve thought that it would be neat to have a 3 dimensional representation of favoured areas. A mountain you’ve climbed, a trail you’ve hiked, a park you’ve canoed, even just an area you’ve lived in, etc. A sculpture to remind of good times. Or, a SAR team might benefit from a model they could use to brief their team members with. Use topo maps enough and you learn to be able to visualize the terrain, but there is something to be said for a physical, visual representation. 

Well, the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, their national mapping and surveying authority, offers a free web-based three-dimensional topographical map of Japan that can be used for 3D printing.

Uhm....yummy. Given that Canada has largely given up on updating their topographical maps, it might be a bit much to assume that our government will offer anything similar soon, but one can hope.

S.o.t.D. - Grace (Synkro Remix) – Indigo

Grace (Synkro Remix) – Indigo

Thursday, 27 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - A Certain Something – Taxi

A Certain Something – Taxi

There may have been a time when giving your band a name like Japan or Taxi wasn’t such a bad idea. With the advent of the internet, a search on a band with a name like Taxi proves to be a frustrating experience. All I know about them is that it is producers Paul Cullen and Simon Lovejoy with studio vocalist Jo Laundy, and they formed in 1996 in Norwich, England. They released a few records on INFRAcom!, but I think they are now defunct. But, I don’t know for sure, because trying to find out anything about them requires more work than I want to bother with.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - Amtrack – Trace & Nico

Amtrack – Trace & Nico

Uh, yeah, harder!

I want a new razor

I shaved off my beard today. I’ve always been clean shaven, and I’ve only ever made two efforts to grow a beard. Just a weird sensation, and not sure I can get used to it. Then I get a wild hair up my butt and there it goes. Don’t think I’ve ever been able to get past the 2 month mark. One day I might persevere, but for now I think I will remain a shaver.

I’m embarrassed that I usually use some crappy disposables. There are a lot of things to say against them, and one of them is that on two occasions the razor has broken in my travel toiletry kit. The head has snapped off the handle. And at that point it’s pretty much unusable.

I’ve tried a few different ones over the years, but at the end of the day, they’re still plastic that clogs up landfills. And I’m not buying expensive 5 blade vibrating head razors.

I’ve looked around in antique stores on a few occasions without any luck for an old razor that I could use double sided razor blades in. Yes, those are also a disposable item, but much less so. The other thing I would really like is a head that screws off. Mainly for the sake of making it a little bit less bulky for packing.

I’ve thought of straight razors, since they fold up nicely and can be stropped with just the leather belt you have on. But straight razors make me a bit squidgy.

Looked around and found Standard Razors

Made in the USA of aluminum, and the reviews I read were all very favourable.

I think I will order one soonish and see for my self.

Vintage Dutch Safety Posters

Maybe I’m biased, but I love Dutch graphic art.

Stumbled across these safety posters, spanning from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

A small selection.
From 1972 – Look Out - Sharp
From the 1950’s – Protect Your Eyes - They’re Worth It
From 1969

Many more examples:

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime – The Korgis

Kevin Crompton recently made me aware of this. From 1980, and it was apparently something of a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.....but I had never even heard of it.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - The Loophole – Garfunkel and Oates

The Loophole – Garfunkel and Oates

I rarely, come to think of it, never, post any comedy songs, but this one made me laugh out loud. Avoid if you’re easily offended or religious. Which often seems to be the same people.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - For Real (AtJazz Remix) – AtJazz

For Real (AtJazz Remix) – AtJazz

Is it kosher for an artist to do a remix of their own stuff? When it’s someone whose stuff is as consistently good as AtJazz, what the hell.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - Bronchusevenmx24 – Autechre

Bronchusevenmx24 – Autechre

I’m not a very big fan of Autechre, but this track is exceptional. And a good example of what made Warp Records such a great label.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - Quincy – Utah Jazz

Quincy – Utah Jazz

I have to wonder if the Mormons actually even allow jazz in Utah. And I suspect this Summer In The City by Quincy Jones sampling track makes them uncomfortable too.

Monday, 10 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - March – Trampique

March – Trampique

Trampique is a new guise for Volor Flex. Same quality - different name. Nice imagery too.

Sosoetry – Brycely

Wrote this about the shop apprentice, Bryce. Well, to be honest, I don’t think it took too long for him to outpace the term “apprentice”. Given how quickly he was knocking them out of the park, and where he’s at now, I think it’s fair to call him a full fledged tattooist. 

guys think that he’s disarming
find him a total hoot
gals regard him as charming
giggle that he’s cute
that the lad has some talent
is quite readily apparent
clearly evident was a strong work ethic 
his prodigious output was tremendous
not to mention his very unique aesthetic
he was asked to become the shop apprentice
he proved to be one of those quick studies
rapidly grasping the art of dermography
with the trust of some uninked buddies
that didn’t end in multi-hued catastrophe
he has a distinctive style all his own
his skills by leagues they’ve grown
but he gets dirty handprints on the door
and drops ink splatters all over the floor
gets to watch a hot young thing get stripped
before etching into her flesh some silly script
there isn’t much he hasn’t depicted
no style to which he’s restricted
whether sea monsters from the briny deep
or skeletal remains that from crypts creep
from a cybernetic cricket skull
to barnacles on a frigate hull
from the characters of Lewis Carroll
to snarling badgers on a large mural
he can render on a young lass a delicate bird
or a comic book super hero sleeve on a nerd
he can wax poetic about fossilized whale poop
while tattooing a plesiosaur in ectoplasmic goop
studies up on cryptozoological pathology
while painting scenes of future mythology
reads books on Pleistocene megafauna
while snuggled up with his pet iguana
even though his name is Huffman
he absolutely refuses to puff one
at one of our safety meets
he defers the tasty treats
Bryce will tell you he likes beers
but on this point he is clearly fibbin’
anything with flavour or body he fears
preferring instead Pabst Blue Ribbon
he’s very slack about pop can recycling
and isn’t visible enough while bicycling
too consumed painting zombie snails
to answer his many unread emails
too busy drawing a musk ox
to deal with his stuffed inbox
Bryce fails to update his blog
his talents he refuses to flog
on the goodness of his co-workers he’s hopin’
always leaving his email and Facebook open
regrettably he listens to whiny screamo bands
“oh...turn that shit off!” everyone commands

Saturday, 1 March 2014

S.o.t.D. - All For You – Tom Day

All For You – Tom Day

I’d like to watch whatever movie this beautiful track should score, although the gorgeous nature scenes that accompany this track are also entirely appropriate.

Monday, 17 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - The Race – Yello

The Race – Yello

Never featured Yello before? What?

A video of scenes from the only motor-sport I could ever be interested in.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Mind/Body/Light/Sound – Swans

Mind/Body/Light/Sound – Swans

Swans are so timelessly great because they manage to meld beauty and power. I miss what Jarboe added to their sound in their recent re-incarnated form. Her voice was a great counter-point to Gira’s sonorous voice.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Waterwalker by Bill Mason

Arguably the best movie ever made about canoeing. (No, Deliverance doesn’t count.) From the National Film Board of Canada, of course. I can watch it for the umpteenth time, and recall canoe trips that have been and dream about canoe trips to come. Pretty much sums up what Ontario and canoeing means for me. Released in 1984, although some of the imagery was recorded more than a decade earlier. With a fitting soundtrack by Bruce Cockburn. (Also worth checking out is Song of the Paddle and Paddle to the Sea.)

S.o.t.D. - Over And Over – Cabaret Voltaire

Over And Over – Cabaret Voltaire

Off of The Crackdown, which had a huge impact on me when I first heard it. These guys were a big influence on me, and remain so.

Friday, 14 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Com’era Dov’era – He Said

Com’era Dov’era – He Said

Yesterdays inclusion of Dome led me to thinking about Graham Lewis’ solo project, He Said, and this track off 1986’s Hail LP.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Cruel When Complete – Dome

Cruel When Complete – Dome

When Wire went on hiatus from 1980 - 1984, Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert collaborated as Dome, putting out several albums. Assisted here on vocals by Angela Conway, aka A. C. Marias.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Sixteen Days / Gathering Dust – This Mortal Coil

Sixteen Days / Gathering Dust – This Mortal Coil

Originally 2 Modern English songs that they would close out their shows with. Ivo Watts-Russell brought together M.E.’s Gary McDowell on guitar and Michael Conroy on bass, Colourbox’ Martyn Young on keyboards, Cocteau Twins’ Elisabeth Fraser on vocals and Robin Guthrie on guitar and Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp on vocals, to record this cover.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - We Fall Like Love – Christian Death

We Fall Like Love – Christian Death

I had some friends who were really into this band long ago, but I never felt the same way about this band. They had an okay track or two, this being a case in point, but I couldn’t get that excited about them. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

Classic song.

How A Firearm Works

The title on the vid is slightly misleading. 1940’s film explaining how a firearm works. A bit quaint in some regards, but very impressive due to the large models they built to demonstrate the principles of how they operate. Slightly out of date style wise, but still perfectly current as far as an educational tool to explain the inner workings of a rifle.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Cherry Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins

Cherry Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins

Off of 1990’s Heaven or Las Vegas, their last for 4AD. Still a great album, even if I think they reached their peak a few years before.