Wednesday, 25 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Techno Pop – Kraftwerk

Techno Pop – Kraftwerk

Brilliant. I can still recall how this album, and more specifically, this track techno popped my world in 86. You could grumble about scant and infrequent output from them, but upon hearing some of the sounds and catchy bits and production they put into this, it sated. The part a half minute in...hhmmmhhh.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Rainy Way Back Home – Nujabes

Rainy Way Back Home – Nujabes

Such a hauntingly sweet tune. Just beautiful. (And if you enjoyed this, and I sure hope you did, a kind soul put together this hour long edit.)

Monday, 23 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - A.O.R. – Towa Tei (with Lina Ohta)

A.O.R. – Towa Tei (with Lina Ohta)

groovy little chugger, in the same aloof style of Röyksopp. With a sexy, yet unsexy video.

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer

Inspired by the aromas and flavours more typically found in a cup of Earl Grey tea, this German style Kristallweizen beer has been brewed at a warmer temperature to encourage sweeter, spicier flavours to develop. The brew has been aged over oak and then infused with dried bergamot and blood orange to create a fragrant and refreshing finish.


The Beaches

Was in Toronto for a rare visit last week. Covered 13 kilometers on foot on Sunday and and another 28 on Monday. Both days were beautiful, and I wanted to both hit a few shops and also just to walk for walkings sake. One of the places I went to was the Beaches (although some call it just the Beach.)
On one of the rock breakwaters.
Looking back towards Toronto in the west. When I used to live out here, I came out to the breakwaters almost daily for an evening smoke and listen to tunes on headphones. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Praise The Most Fly (Zuper Remix) – AbJo

Praise The Most Fly (Zuper Remix) – AbJo

Tasty stuff. I prefer this remix more than the original mainly because the drums were too much in the original. I mainly just dug the melody and the swing of the tune. Which this gives.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Tribute To Jb Family – The Last Minister

Tribute To Jb Family – The Last Minister

Not familiar enough with all of James Brown’s stuff to tell you exactly what’s all being sampled here, but what I do know for certain that this Italian artist created a track that is an absolute barnstormer.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Metal Field – SPK

Metal Field – SPK

A long time ago a friend gave me a video tape with a live SPK performance, circa 81 or so. Shocking imagery, and chaotic noise. This track was featured though and it was surprisingly catchy. It always stuck in my head, but only just now did I go on the hunt for it. After sifting through a bunch of chaotic noise, I found out what it was. Yay! Interwebs.

Friday, 6 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Just Move – Uneaq

Just Move – Uneaq

Deep hop. Samples Joints & Jam by the Black Eyed Peas.

Conical Supernumerary Tooth

I know. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Vree, what the unholy hell is that?!’

Well, let me tell you.

It is a conical supernumerary tooth. The medical condition is called Hyperdontia. When I was, not certain any more, 14, 15, I had an extra tooth grow out of the roof of my mouth, behind my normal teeth. I thought it was pretty damn cool. Made me fairly certain I was a vampire, because that sure as hell looks like one of my fangs coming in. My mom insisted I have it removed however. I hissed and spread my cape, but she wasn’t having any of it. Damnit!

All the dentists came to have a look at the freak with the fang. Then it was unceremoniously yanked out. They cracked it and chipped it a bit in doing so. I should have sued for dental malpractice. Damaging my priceless fang like that.

I drilled a hole in it, and made an ear ring out of it.

I know. You’re probably saying to yourself “Vree, you’re unholy, but I consider myself pretty lucky that I know a sideshow freak like you.”

Sunday, 1 November 2015

S.o.t.D. - Kemistry (Grooverider VIP) – Goldie

Kemistry (Grooverider VIP) – Goldie

I’ve featured the Doc Scott remix of this track before. I’ve also seen this track credited to Rufige Kru, who I gather is none other than Goldie.

Bibliophilia: Horrorstör – Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör – Grady Hendrix

Clever, and very fun, take on the haunted house story. A modern take on an old standby, as it’s set in an Ikea like store. And the book is designed with a nod to their catalogues. The illustrations of furniture that precede each chapter become more sinister as the book goes on. From student dorm to torture chamber. I hear there is talk of making it into a TV show. Well suited to it.

An examples from the divider pages.

6° of Russack

Years ago my girlfriend was on a flight to Vancouver to connect with a flight to Australia. Woman sitting next to her. A greeting is exchanged but not much more. A while later a stewardess comes around with a meal.
“Meal for Russack.”
They both answer in the affirmative. Not a very common surname. As they’re both looking at each other with surprise, the stewardess says,
“K. Russack.”
They both answer in the affirmative.
Okay. Now this is getting weird.
“Vegetarian meal for K. Russack.”
And once again, they both raise their hand.
She was a Karen Russack, a vegetarian from Winnipeg. Mine was a Kathryn Russack, a vegetarian from London, Ontario by way of Australia. Seated beside each other.
What are the odds of that?

Hitchcraft: Button Knots

The lace on my Merrell Pulsates broke. 
Good thing I have a bin of parachute cord at my disposal. I had a choice of brown or desert camo. Went with the latter. 
I have no way of adding an aglet (what the little thing at the end of your laces is called - there to help get the lace through the eyelets and prevents the cotton most cheap laces are made from from unravelling.) 
I put a button knot on the end. My main interest was in preventing it from pulling back through the eyelet.
Crafty and jazzes them up a little bit.

Friday, 30 October 2015

S.o.t.D. - Our Time Our Chance (feat. Ian Whitelaw) – Phonique

Our Time Our Chance (feat. Ian Whitelaw) – Phonique

In case the song isn’t sexy enough, the video will remedy that.

Bibliophilia: Shaolin Cowboy; Shemp Buffet – Geof Darrow

Shaolin Cowboy; Shemp Buffet – Geof Darrow

I read this last night...okay I looked at the pictures in this last night. The dialogue is so sparse, you may as well concede it’s non-existent. Utterly demented and completely gonzo. If you’re into zombies and/or really exceptional illustration, this is the book for you. Certainly this is one of the most unique takes on the zombie genre. 4 dozen pages of 2 wide panels stretched across 2 pages of the titular hero twirling two chainsaws attached to the ends of a 5 meter pole through a horde of thousands of naked grey and olive coloured zombies, with the predictable carnage. Then, when his chainsaws run out of gas, we’re treated to a dozen and a half pages of him running across the heads of the zombies, his each step unleashing a bloody, brainy slurry. After several pages of his catching his breath, we get 2 dozen pages of his kicking and punching the shuffling horde of rotting corpses to annihilation.

All of it done in Darrow’s exquisite and hyper detailed illustration style. I thought his work on Frank Miller’s Hard Boiled was completely insane. This is even more unhinged.

Totally absurd and nihilistic, and dare I say, kinda brilliant and hilarious.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

S.o.t.D. - Inner City Life (The Nookie Remix) – Goldie

Inner City Life (The Nookie Remix) – Goldie

I think it’s really nervy to call an album “Timeless”, but this is an album that has stood up very well.

Just learned that the singer on this, Diane Charlemagne, died yesterday at the age of 51 from cancer. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

S.o.t.D. - Adam – Ishome

Adam – Ishome

I’ve featured a track by Ishome called Eva. Now Adam. I see a theme here.

1" Bra G-Hooks rather than ITW G-Hooks

A while back I mentioned Woo-Jin Tension Hooks as an alternative to the expensive and scarce ITW G-Hooks. Only problem....the Tension Hooks I’ve found pretty well impossible to get my mitts on. So I’m right back to square one.

I was down on Ottawa Street yesterday and searching for nylon edge tape. Futile, but I decided to check in to the bra supply store there. Worth a try. I had never been in before, even though my pal Yolanda shops there all the time for corsetry supplies. While they didn’t have any nylon edge tape, I browsed through their hardware, and came across these. 

1" bra hooks. I had only ever seen them in ¼" and ½" sizes. And usually in plastic. I wasn’t even aware these existed. In metal no less. (I’m guessing these are for the lasses with the really big boosums.) For 50¢ no less. Decided to give them a try. Now they might not be as rugged as the ITW variant, but I’m not doing HALO jumps or crawling through urban battlefields. I did my best to wrench one of these apart and didn’t have much luck. For my purposes these should do fine.
I copied the example of Kifaru’s K-Connector.
A scrap of webbing, a needle and thread and a few minutes of work to put in a bartack. I call them Bra’mups.
Made a few more.
Ouch’mups on the YakBakDekPak, front and rear. 
Release the tension on the buckle and detach.
Closeup. These are not nearly as beefy as the G-Hooks, but likely just fine for my needs. I’m still curious whether reefing down on the webbing will cause these to deform. But that is part of the whole design process. Figure out what does and doesn’t work. For the cost, I’m willing to give these a try and see what happens over time.
Ouch’mups and Slurp’mups on the sides of the YakBakDekPak, with the Map’mups on the front.

If you’re interested in these, the store I got these from has them (although they don’t list these on the site, but do feature other metal 1" ones, or the plastic version), or try SewSassy or FabricDepot.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

S.o.t.D. - LotusFlowerBomb – Bahwee

LotusFlowerBomb – Bahwee

Damn that gal is sexy. Song is totally chilled.

Signage: No Parking In Driveway

Dritz Quilting Measuring Gauge

I’ve had a plastic variant of this for a few years now. Undeniably handy, but being plastic meant that the ¼" arm had broken off. Saw this in metal and had to grab it. For $3? Hell yeah.


Interesting design for inter-urban deliveries. As population density in cities increases, and traffic becomes more problematic, our 1950s approach to delivering and collecting goods needs to change. Large vans that are largely empty, clogging roadways, aren’t a sensible solution any more.

Denmark’s Tripl electric cargobike is an interesting attempt to address this challenge. 
Cargo capacity of 750 litres and a load capacity of 200 kg. An 8 hour charge of the 8 kWh battery yields a range of 70-100 km. The box can be alternately heated or refrigerated. Clearly their use is limited in winter time, but that’s still not a reason to not start thinking about ways to relieve traffic congestion.

Friday, 23 October 2015

High Level Bridge Wander

I’ve been heading down to check out the rail bridge construction going down by the Desjardins Canal a few times in the last few months. Received a gift of a hike enhancer and went for a wander.
 Dundas Peak in the distance.
Princess Point.
High Level Bridge.
The view from atop the bridge.
Some views of the ongoing construction as the prepare to put in the bridge.
360° view from atop the bridge before heading down the stairs.
The view across the road.
Cross over again and head down.
Cootes Paradise on the other side.
About halfway down the stairs.
 Looking up. The area in the middle is where the new bridge is going to go. The stone abutment on the right is still the original ones put in in the middle of the 19th century. They were there at the time of the 1857 train disaster.
 A view from one end of the canal, from the Burlington Bay side.
And the view if I turn 180°.
Looking down the canal from the other end, the Cootes Paradise side.
You have been warned.
Views of the Cootes Paradise side of the canal, with the fishway that keeps carp out.
Ground level views of Cootes Paradise.