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Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) [mp3]

Awwww crap.  I had lofty goals of writing about last week’s 10 year anniversary of the release of Arcade Fire’s Funeral.  I was going to comment on the importance and influence of the album - both from the perspective of how it provided the tipping point to change the concept of “indie rock” (that was a term used unironically in 2004) from being a description of a business model to a signifier of an aesthetic/genre and from the perspective of how their sound completely influenced every band with a guitar, no matter how big or small - but I ran out of time.  Also, I was going to write about the December 2004 Arcade Fire show at the Commodore in Vancouver and how it was the best show and how it provided a glimpse of the band right as they were poised for greatness. Finally, I was going to write about how despite the fact the band has changed and you, the listener, have changed over the last decade it’s impossible to front on how perfect Funeral is/was.

Instead all you got was an mp3 and a blog post full of run on sentences.

I watched Her on the weekend because I’m a LAGGARD.
I know the film is supposed to be a meditation on the authenticity of relationships, etc, but I can’t stop thinking about the part where he boots up the Operating System for the first time and it scans all of his emails then prioritizes them, files or deletes them, and interprets the context of relevant emails and summarizes what the sender actually wants from the recipient.
Yeah, that capability… I am willing to pay upwards of a BILLION dollars right this second for that.

I watched Her on the weekend because I’m a LAGGARD.

I know the film is supposed to be a meditation on the authenticity of relationships, etc, but I can’t stop thinking about the part where he boots up the Operating System for the first time and it scans all of his emails then prioritizes them, files or deletes them, and interprets the context of relevant emails and summarizes what the sender actually wants from the recipient.

Yeah, that capability… I am willing to pay upwards of a BILLION dollars right this second for that.

U2 Talkin U2 To Me - Songs of Innocence [mp3]

This was a wonderful conclusion to the podcast series (background: The guy from Parks & Rec and the guy from Comedy Bang Bang get their funny banter on roughly through the lens of their long term, geeky love of U2).

It a good listen not just because of the hosts and the jokes, but because they actually, seriously, critic the album… which is so novel because right now all anyone wants to talk about is how slighted they were by having the album auto-downloaded to their device (the horror!).

Spoiler alert: the album gets a very favorable review and they provide a bunch of fair reasons for their conclusion.  Their conclusion may not align with yours, but it’s compelled me to at least download the album and give it a go (Note: I haven’t got around to listening to it yet.)

The elegant art of not giving a shit

Not giving a shit sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this shit-giving is to figure out what you’re actually going to do in response to what happened, and then move on to the action part.

This whole thing is GREAT.

Oh hey, here’s a follow up to my post about dealing with that massive snow storm that hit Calgary on Wednesday.
We live in an older neighborhood and because of that there are were an infinite number of big, 20 - 40 foot, sprawling maple trees.  This ensured our neighborhood got hit hard.  Our house got hit really hard.  Power was down, cars were wrecked, and roads were impassable.  You couldn’t actually get out our door and into our backyard because seven (yes, seven!) 40 year old trees collapsed to the ground. 
This meant that Wednesday was very weird. I ditched work and spent five very cold and very physical hours clearing all of the fallen trees off our tiny property, just so things would be safe and accessible. I hung out with cops, firemen, and drove around begging for power tools. I’m totally bummed about the damage we took on, but am feeling pretty good about how the neighborhood came together to restore and repair things quickly.  Less than 24 hours later everything was in a safe and solid state. With that said, I’m still driving around and I’ll pass certain streets and my jaw will drop because of how mangled things are.
Ironically, some of the new neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city were untouched (flat streets, no trees). I LOL’d pretty good at some unnecessarily distraught people posting pictures of their damaged herb gardens or slightly limp 18 month old aspen trees. 
A few things I learned from this whole ordeal:
How to break down and move trees efficiently.  How to operate chainsaws, pruning saws, etc. How important a good pair of boots are. (duh!)
That neighbors can react and come together quickly in times of crisis but businesses can’t. The staff at Canadian Tire were still unavailable and apathetic as fuck despite the steady stream of people in dire need of tools.  The Safeway staff had literal panic attacks when their terminals stopped working and became worried about losing their jobs when people were just looking for a warm cup of coffee and unable to pay.
That most people - myself included - don’t own enough basic tools to solve problems in times of catastrophe… and if they do, they don’t know how to use them.  Everyone needs an axe, a saw, a shovel, a source of portable heat to cook with, and a generator. Everyone.
Cash is king. Fuck an ATM.
That we’re overdependent on the internet for contact and communication. Power goes out in my house and I’m not worried I can access the web using my cell phone  Cell tower goes down and I’m convinced the sky will begin to fall.

Oh hey, here’s a follow up to my post about dealing with that massive snow storm that hit Calgary on Wednesday.

We live in an older neighborhood and because of that there are were an infinite number of big, 20 - 40 foot, sprawling maple trees.  This ensured our neighborhood got hit hard.  Our house got hit really hard.  Power was down, cars were wrecked, and roads were impassable.  You couldn’t actually get out our door and into our backyard because seven (yes, seven!) 40 year old trees collapsed to the ground.

This meant that Wednesday was very weird. I ditched work and spent five very cold and very physical hours clearing all of the fallen trees off our tiny property, just so things would be safe and accessible. I hung out with cops, firemen, and drove around begging for power tools. I’m totally bummed about the damage we took on, but am feeling pretty good about how the neighborhood came together to restore and repair things quickly.  Less than 24 hours later everything was in a safe and solid state. With that said, I’m still driving around and I’ll pass certain streets and my jaw will drop because of how mangled things are.

Ironically, some of the new neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city were untouched (flat streets, no trees). I LOL’d pretty good at some unnecessarily distraught people posting pictures of their damaged herb gardens or slightly limp 18 month old aspen trees.

A few things I learned from this whole ordeal:

  • How to break down and move trees efficiently.  How to operate chainsaws, pruning saws, etc. How important a good pair of boots are. (duh!)
  • That neighbors can react and come together quickly in times of crisis but businesses can’t. The staff at Canadian Tire were still unavailable and apathetic as fuck despite the steady stream of people in dire need of tools.  The Safeway staff had literal panic attacks when their terminals stopped working and became worried about losing their jobs when people were just looking for a warm cup of coffee and unable to pay.
  • That most people - myself included - don’t own enough basic tools to solve problems in times of catastrophe… and if they do, they don’t know how to use them.  Everyone needs an axe, a saw, a shovel, a source of portable heat to cook with, and a generator. Everyone.
  • Cash is king. Fuck an ATM.
  • That we’re overdependent on the internet for contact and communication. Power goes out in my house and I’m not worried I can access the web using my cell phone  Cell tower goes down and I’m convinced the sky will begin to fall.

earwolf:

Adam Scott Aukerman are back to talk Songs of Innocence!

YES! U Talkin U2 To Me is back, even if only for 2 hours and 33 minutes.

This has made my day.

Hi from Calgary.  It’s a straight up war zone here!
The power is out for 100,000 people.
Trains and buses are barely running.
Big, old trees are collapsing all over the place and leaving a massive trail of destruction in the process.
This is a pic of my backyard.  Up until 4 hours ago, all the trees on ground were happily sitting up 20 feet in the sky. Now it’s impossible to get around them.  Pretty much the same out front.
Now thinking about doing crimes in order to get a warm cup of coffee.

Hi from Calgary.  It’s a straight up war zone here!

The power is out for 100,000 people.

Trains and buses are barely running.

Big, old trees are collapsing all over the place and leaving a massive trail of destruction in the process.

This is a pic of my backyard.  Up until 4 hours ago, all the trees on ground were happily sitting up 20 feet in the sky. Now it’s impossible to get around them.  Pretty much the same out front.

Now thinking about doing crimes in order to get a warm cup of coffee.

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs 
Yoooo… I made these on the weekend.  First time I’d actually played around with short ribs in the kitchen.  It was actually really easy, there’s just a long cook time start to finish.
There’s most likely too much beef broth called for in the recipe.  Too much broth mutes the reduced red wine and makes it more of a stew (maybe that’s not a terrible thing?).  Either way, I’d half the broth next time.
Ok, good talk guys.  Back to waiting for iWatches.

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Yoooo… I made these on the weekend.  First time I’d actually played around with short ribs in the kitchen.  It was actually really easy, there’s just a long cook time start to finish.

There’s most likely too much beef broth called for in the recipe.  Too much broth mutes the reduced red wine and makes it more of a stew (maybe that’s not a terrible thing?).  Either way, I’d half the broth next time.

Ok, good talk guys.  Back to waiting for iWatches.

Vanilla - Sweet Talk [mp3]

A really nice throw-back sounding instrumental hip hop track.  Helping me get over the mid-afternoon hump.  From the album of the same name.

My F/W 2014 style identity summed up in 140 characters or less.

My F/W 2014 style identity summed up in 140 characters or less.