Wednesday, 31 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - 2808 – Nero

2808 – Nero

I don’t know if a song that’s just 1½ minutes long can be considered epic, but wow, does it ever sound epic.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Dubskit – Phaeleh

Dubskit – Phaeleh

Showing why Phaeleh is such a consistently great producer. This was apparently just a cast off, not really meant to be a proper track. Warm, dubby bass.

Shooting Range

Chris, one of the tattooists at the shop, brought in a Red Ryder BB gun, and we promptly turned one half of the basement into a shooting range. :-) 
The beer can is strictly for shooting at. No way any of us would combine alcohol and firearms.
 My view as I prepare to deliver copper projectiles down range at 180 metres per second.
Not bad.
 Selection of targets.
 Take that, zombie nazi!
 Shaggy doing some training for the zombie apocalypse.

Bloody Remains

One of the office towers here, several times now, I’ve walked past one particular spot below it and found the remains of the bloody work of the Peregrine falcons who hunt from the top of it.
I’m not sure whether they’re ripped off as they swoop in to grab their prey, or they lose them as they’re ripping them apart after. Either way, it amuses me that they always end up in the same spot. And I don’t even go by there that often. Wonder if this is only part of their detritus.

And something else I contemplate is how important they might be to an entire eco-system with this “discarded” food. Other animals, not as proficient a hunter, might well benefit from
 this fresh meat that they would drop below the cliffs they inhabit.

Signage: Cottage 13

I haven’t been so active on here for a few reasons, one of which is that the tattoo shop has finally moved to its fancy new digs. Long delayed, but we are now in a fantastic new building, with a much better shop. For a good fortnight, I was working almost a full day to get the shop ready, in addition to my job. But, more than happy to do so.

One of the most exciting things about it is the new sign, done by the fantastic Brush Boys. I was already a fan, but after meeting them, I’m an even bigger fan. Scott and his son Matt are super nice guys and gifted artisans.

The centrepiece of the sign – literally.
Carved from an ultra high density polyurethane foam, and mounted on an aluminum plate.
Some closeups.
The foam portion (which has many coats of clear resin sealing it) dismounted from the aluminum backing plate.
The Boys hard at work. The installation was a very involved process. The rest of it was fairly straight forward, but the lotus was the challenge. It was designed with the idea that it would sit away from the rest of the sign, with the possibility of light behind it, radiating out from behind. Given how tough it was to get it on, and that replacing the bulbs would require that much again, the idea was quietly, albeit reluctantly, discarded. (The fact that the two days were blisteringly hot, didn’t help either.)
The first night of our completed sign being up.
The building, at the corner of James and Wilson.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Monday, 22 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Good Life (Magic Juan Mix) – Inner City

Good Life (Magic Juan Mix) – Inner City

I thought at first Magic Juan might have been a guise of Juan Atkins, but apparently not.

An almost text book example of house. The disco influences, the clear vocals, high up in the mix, and the whole hands in the air, warehouse party vibe.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Friday, 19 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Meditation 5 – Melchior Productions Ltd.

Meditation 5 – Melchior Productions Ltd.

I think I’d want to dance to this more than meditate to it. Although, dancing can be meditative in its own way.


For several years I worked for the Aylmer Express. While it was a small town newspaper, it was also a commercial printer. (The division I worked for.) The newspaper was bought by Arthur Hueston, after he came home from the war, and was its publisher for many years and turned it into a thriving printing company. By the point I got there, his son had been running the company for many years, and he was just writing a weekly column, some of which touched on his experiences in WW2. He served with the Essex Scottish Regiment, as a platoon leader, at Dieppe. He was quite open about his experiences and once we sat and talked about it. 

He was on a landing craft with a Churchill tank, that ground to a halt on the potato sized stones on the beach, leaving it half in and half out of the craft. They were meant to follow it, but with no way around it, they had to go over the sides. With no one having come ashore before the landings to ascertain the unsuitability of the beach for tanks, no one had bothered to check that there was a deep drop right at the waters edge, not a gradual incline. His platoon dropped over the edge of the landing craft and he lost about a third to drowning, because they were so laden down or unable to swim. The ones that survived had to ditch most of their gear to come up again. On shore without weapons, ammo, etc. they couldn’t do much. With a whole bunch of men wounded or dead, his superiors yelled at him to get back on a boat and get out. No one would have though any less of him if he had, but he called back “No. I have wounded men I need to look after.” And with that, he languished for years in a POW camp, hungry and bored.

It was a good thing he needed a really powerful magnifying glass to read, so he couldn’t see me wiping away the tears. 

The Germans found documents after the raid, from the Canadians, stating that German prisoners were to be handcuffed until they got them back to England. As a reprisal against the Canadians they forced any that were captured at Dieppe to wear handcuffs all day. At morning roll call they were put on and at nighttime roll call they were removed. Of course, as soon as they got back to their barracks they quickly picked them and as long as they were inside, they went without them.

And the city I currently live in, one of its regiments, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry suffered casualties at Dieppe as well. Of the 582 soldiers who landed that morning, 197 were killed, 174 were captured and 194 wounded (including 85 also captured). Only 102 were not among the casualties.

Never forget.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Kinetic (Tom Middleton 2008 Remix) – Golden Girls

Kinetic (Tom Middleton 2008 Remix) – Golden Girls

Classic early 90’s track, reworked by the always fantastic Tom Middleton. Not entirely sure what the history of this song is. Originally by The Pied Piper, it was then remixed by Orbital....not sure beyond that. But this is just fantastic.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - The Value of Nothing – Flux

The Value of Nothing – Flux

The unmistakeable sound of Adrian Sherwood, and the members of African Head Charge and Dub Syndicate helping to flesh out his ideas.

Friday, 5 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Try Harder – Nordstadt Union

Try Harder – Nordstadt Union

I’ve been trying to find this one for ages, but at this point I’m not sure what the artist name is. This is what I’ve known it as for 15 years.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

S.o.t.D. - Sylph – Ochre

Sylph – Ochre

I recently discovered, and featured a bunch of tracks by Bola. Ochre is to my mind in the same camp. Incredibly sophisticated and evocative electronica.

Monday, 25 July 2016

S.o.t.D. - Poppin’ – Subjam

Poppin’ – Subjam

The image is freaky, but the tune is not.

Street Typography

Recorded by London, England designer Tom Williams in the early hours of the morning outside his apartment.

How much skilled work of this kind goes on in the world unnoticed, unappreciated and likely under-rewarded?


Usually I donate blood in downtown Hamilton, when one of their mobile clinics comes to the Convention Centre.

I’m working in Burlington now, so I decided to go to the permanent clinic there. Pleasantly surprised to see the whole sign in process is now entirely digitized. No more carefully shading square boxes. Quickly zoom through all the “have you had anal sex with intravenous drug users in a Zairean prison” questions. I already donate a pint in about 4 minutes, and this makes the whole process even faster.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

S.ot.D. - No Green Job – Sinob Satosi

No Green Job – Sinob Satosi



Got measured today.
203 cm (80") height
91 cm (36") inseam
198 cm (78") armspan
61 cm (24") head
43 cm (17") neck
117 cm (46") chest
35.5 cm  (14") biceps
30.5 cm (12") forearms
91.5 cm (36") waist
96.5 cm (38") hips
66 cm (26") thighs
43 cm (17") calves

Friday, 22 July 2016

S.o.t.D. - Terminal – S.A.M.

Terminal – S.A.M.

I fetaured a track by this artist a week ago and jokingly said S.A.M. could mean  lot of things. Turns out it’s a Danish producer called Samuel André Madsen.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

S.o.t.D. – Pattycake – Self

Pattycake – Self

Have to thank Roxann for introducing me to this incredibly fun track. 

The terrific LP this is from, Gizmodgery, with the exception of “9 Lives,” was recorded entirely with children’s toy instruments. And the artist behind it, Matt Mahaffey, is an immensely talented guy.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Sunday, 10 July 2016

S.o.t.D. - I Need To Know – F3edo

I Need To Know – F3edo

Reminiscent of the sort of great stuff Synkro does.

Bibliophilia: Monster Motors by Lynch, Roche & O’Grady

Monster Motors by Brian Lynch, Mick Roche & Leonard O’Grady

How could I not like a book that packs this much campy fun into it? The Abominable Snowman, Cadillacula, Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hybrid, Minivan Helsing, Zoombies and Wheelwolf are some of the cast of ... caracters?

Victor Frankenstein moves to Transylvania, Kentucky to become the town mechanic. A wizard with a wrench, he built his assistant, Igor – Interactive Garage Operations Robot. The garage he purchased is more like a fortress, and odd things happen during the night. It turns out Cadillacula has been trapped inside and manages to escape after sucking the gas out of a bunch of vehicles. Soon he is joined by April Van Helsing and her father, Minivan, and they reluctantly team up to fight automotive evil.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

S.o.t.D. - Vegas (GhostChant Re-edit) – Tâches

Vegas (GhostChant Re-edit) – Tâches

Yesterday’s track used some of the same vocal samples.

ERYX Frame

Just to clarify: I don’t consider this a review of the product. I have no real time carrying or using this, so all this is meant as is a photo chronicling of a piece of (by this point) historical Canadian military surplus. This was lent to me by Andrew Kent, because I expressed an interest in it. I have something of an obsession with pack frames, and this one really intrigued me when I saw it. I want to procure one of my own, replace the waist belt and shoulder straps with the offerings of Hill People Gear. The main thing I like about this pack frame is the amazing number of attachment options. In order to strap anything to it though, straps would need to have a loop sewn into one end and the running end put through it. When I get one I’ll go to the trouble to do that, but I didn’t bother for the time I had this to finger fornicate.

These were manufactured in 1998-2001 to carry items for the ERYX anti-tank missile system. And it’s also just a really versatile packboard that anything else imaginable can be mounted on and to. ERYX is being phased out in 2016. Curious whether this will be dumped on the surplus market, whether it already was years ago, or whether they’ll retain it for something else. It is adjustable for any (most – being a giant, it isn’t really sized for me of course – not with the shoulder and waist belt system that’s on it now anyway) body size as the shoulder harness and hip belt system can slide up or down in channels in the frame. They lock into place by 2 screws and a sliding bracket. 
The frame itself has the NATO Stock # 8465-21-920-2064. 
I’m not sure what the specific plastic is, but it is very strong. Measures 25½" x 14¼" x ½". It was manufactured by PAPP Plastics in Windsor, Ontario. This particular one in July 1999.
Closeup of the carry handle and how the shoulder load lifter straps attach.
Closeup of the means of adjusting the height to suit the user.
Closeup of how the bottom of the shoulder straps attaches to the frame. The last photo also shows what I meant earlier of how I would construct straps to allow lashing cargo to the frame.
Hope my fingers give a bit of a sense of how burly the frame is.
The hip belt and shouder straps. The hip belt has the NATO Stock # 8465-21-920-5649, and the shoulder harness has the NATO Stock # 8465-21-920-5637. Both were made by Pacific Safety Products.
Closeups of the top of the right and left shoulder strap and load lifter.
Closeups of the side of the shoulder straps and the load lifter straps. Again, hope my fingers give a sense of how thick they are.
A side view of the shoulder straps and waist belt.
A closeup of the waist belt. After years of using the much thinner Kifaru waist belts, this one just felt weird. And I guess I’ve also gotten used to a belt with PALS webbing. No ability to attach something, also seems weird.
A not very well centred photo of the back pad of the waist belt.
Same spot, just viewed from above, giving a glimpse of the way the waist belt is attached to the pack frame.
I’m not sure if these photos really do justice to trying to depict the quick release on the shoulder strap. (A requirement specific probably only to military usage – the ability to quickly ditch a heavy load.) Two stiffened tabs go through the black shoulder strap connector and OD sternum strap connector. It's held in place by the Velcro you can see at the top of the shoulder strap in the last picture. In between the two is a D-Ring with a bobble. Pull on it and the two are released, allowing the user to ditch the load.
The bobble. (For lack of a better term.)

Very glad to have the opportunity to check this item out. I definitely want one. If and when I get one I will make the afore mentioned modifications, build some straps to go with it, and really do a proper test of its capabilities.

Some more photos can be found here: