Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Fwd: it's all gone pete tong...

From: The Chris Biscuit
Date: Jun 27, 2005 10:09 AM
Subject: it's all gone pete tong...

is actually really good. It should have been a disaster. When you hire
a writer, and tell him what the movie has to be called, and that it
needs to be set in Ibiza, then let him go you should have a mess.

It's really dark comedy, some scenes are really depressing, but the
coke badger is hilarious. My favorite scene has the Dj taping
fireworks to his head, then deciding it's a bad idea.

Paul Kaye is awesome as the DJ.
jaysay: muuushrooom mushrooom
Added to huge list of movies I have yet to see which includes batman. i know, shut up.
However, have you TOUCHED the batmobile? didn't think so...score one for the jtron.

Monday, June 27, 2005

2.2GB Portable goodness

If you need a tiny 2.2 GB hard drive that has a USB 2.0 connector and needs no batteries or power cord then the I/O Magic GigaBank 2.2 may be what you need. The standard USB connector folds down into the unit for transport leaving you with a device that's only 2” x 0.5” x 2.5”. The little drive draws all the power it needs from your Windows-based computer's USB port. The capacity of the drive is just enough to carry your digital documents and some MP3s along with you. I don't have confirmation yet but this drive would probably work with Pocket PCs using a USB host port.
Scored the last one from BestBuy. Comes with a stiff side case, keyring and USB extender.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Arcade Fire performance on MMVAs

WMV streaming video below.

For those who didn't catch it (which included me up until today) Montreal's Arcade Fire played the MuchMusic Video Awards a while back, last week I guess. Whatever.
The performance begins with a wash of rumbling noise, cameras panning through a passage of comatose parade musicians. The rest is just inexplicably cool.

The Arcade Fire performance on the 2005 MMVA
Watch the footage here.
WMV format, 5:44, 50ish MB.
it should download while it plays, if it stutters, right click and save

NEW* Click here to view 'Laika' live, in high bandwidth FROM NME.COM
Video for video for Lies: same song performed on MMVA
and finally from bradleysalmanac.com http://www.bradcast.com/files/TheArcadeFire-WakeUp.mov cache in wmv

Sunday, June 19, 2005

What the?...Mos Def @ Harbourfront

Mos Def :: Thursday June 23rd
Doors Open: 6:30 pm - Medina Green: 7:30 pm
Mos Def: 8:30 pm
A rare concert with Brooklynite Mos Def, one of hip hop's most prolific and socially conscious rappers. He’s been changing the face of hip hop for a decade with his introspective and insightful lyrics. From his critically acclaimed debut album Black On Both Sides to his new stellar album The New Danger Mos Def has been pushing the boundaries within hip hop, adding soul and jazz to the mix. This multi-talented performer is also a movie star - with roles in everything from The Italian Job to the more recent The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Mos Def down by the lake, under the stars!
Click here for additional Mos Def information
Tickets: $35 in advance$40 day of concertrain or shine / limited seating / licensed
For tickets or information call: 416 973-4000

Sunday, June 05, 2005

HarbourFront Breaks N' Breaks Festival.

July 8-10
Jaysay: How weird and disjointed it this lineup...
More techno than breaks but happy to have the blissful Harbourfront stage being used for something like this.
I hope like hell the Platinum Pied Pipers show


July 8-10
Toronto's only free outdoor electronic music festival returns with a feast of live performances - from house to hip hop and techno to funk-punk. Want more? Check out the lifestyle - visual projections, graffiti and breakdance competitions!

TRIBE® Photo Chillout Room at the B.B.C. Festival July 8-10

York Quay Centre
Open all Weekend

Rare Photos from raves, nightclubs, and warehouse parties 1993-2005

Thousands and thousands of rare images from the TRIBE MAGAZINE and tribe.ca archives, taken from the beginning of the electronic music scene in 1993 until the present day will be displayed on large TV monitors positioned around the perimeter of the gallery space.

In the center of the room, giant overstuffed beanbag chairs will let people meet, relax and talk, chill and watch, or just take a break between the outdoor shows while images from the scene surround them.

Jaysay see:

Platinum Pied Pipers (USA) Friday July 8th 9:30 pm
This Detroit Hip-hop and Soul act/project is the creation of Wajeed - a founding member of Slum Village and producer to Dwele and Jay Dee. Their self-titled Ubiquity debut dropped in May and features appearances from Spacek, Jay-Dee and more!

Denise Benson (Toronto)
Lakeside Terrace: Friday July 8th 11pm
Programmer and host of Mental Chatter on CKLN 88.1fm, Denise Benson recieved her first turntable at the age of four. Since 1987, Denise has been DJing nu jazz, downtempo, dub, and deep house around the continent and in the last nine years has continuously been voted Toronto's Top DJ by NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly reader’s polls. artist website

LaConnor (Vancouver)
Toronto Star Stage: Saturday July 9th 4:00 pm
Carinet, violin and drums merge with digital sound samples and ambient noise to create a strange and fascinating sound hard to qualify - we think of it as a soundscape. Experimenting with electronica, folk music, classical chamber music, and electoacoustics, this act is a unique decoration of sound. artist website

Jeff Milligan aka Algorithm (Toronto)
Toronto Star Stage: Saturday July 9th 6:30 pm
Trendsetter Jeff Milligan was the first DJ in Canada to use three turntables. His now legendary style of techno and house music has earned him recognition as the most technically talented DJ in the world as he uses his American, German, and British influences to go beyond the limits of genre.

Out Hud (Toronto)
CIBC Stage: Saturday July 9th 8:00 pm
Mixing cello, bass, guitar, drums and decks to create electro-funk with a punk rock attitude! artist website
"Bloops blooping bloopily: Computer World gets renamed Wowwee Zowee; dawn comes creeping at the robot factory; sundry noise flares and techno squiggles hit the pillow like chrome dreams. - Village Voice

The Quantic Soul Orchestra featuring Alice Russel (UK)
CIBC Stage: Saturday July 9th 9:30 pm
Will Holland (aka Quantic) wanted to “put something back” and then “put the funk back in it”! That’s how QSO was born... rough, raw and real, with a deep funk sound, heavy bass lines cracking drums and a full horn section. This is their North American debut and only show on the continent! artist website

Holy F**k (Toronto)
Brigantine Room Saturday July 9th 11:00 pm
Garage sale keyboards provide the electronic sounds for this band - no computers, samplers or drum machines! Scratching is done using a 35 mm film synchronizer - perhaps the only group to use this as an instrument. artist website
“...like you’re standing 2 feet away from a construction site on peyote.” - Anne Sulikowski

Andrew Allsgood (Toronto)
Brigantine Room Saturday July 9th 11:00 pm
Eclectic jazzy dance music that bends genres with broken beats and experimental electronic soul.
‘People always draw on the past... because they're looking to the future’ - Andrew Allsgood

DJ Tim Patrick (Toronto)
Toronto Sar Stage: Saturday July 9th 1:30 pm
Recognized for his contribution to the Toronto rave scene and the famous Industry club, DJ Tim Patrick brings fresh tracks and spins tech-house to get your body moving! artist website

DJ Sara Scruton
Long&McQuade Lounge: Friday July 8th 7:00 pm
DJing since 1995, Sara moved to Detroit in 1996 to be at the centre of the action! Her music is a tasty blend of funky tech-house and Nu-Jazz. She’s toured Europe and played with DJs like Stacy Pullen, Mike Huckaby, Kero and Dylan Drazen.

DJ Steve Yanko (Toronto)
Toronto Star Stage: Saturday July 9th 3:00 pm
Bringing people together with his disco song "Fever" and the Queer as Folk soundtrack, DJ Steve Yanko is influenced by dub, rare groove, jazz, soul and disco. He showcases his skills at Fez Batik on Tuesdays.

Tom Kuo aka task (Toronto)
Toronto Star Stage Saturday July 9th 5:00 pm
A special live performance from one of Toronto's best techno producers. Tom pushes the boundaries of electronic music by creating a flow of futuristic abstract sounds.

Vince Ailey
Long&McQuade Lounge: Saturday July 9th 5:00 pm
Live house and hard funk

Friday, June 03, 2005

May Wa Denki


Maywa Denki products can be divided into three categories: a series of Nonsense Machines titled NAKI which takes fish as its motif and "Who am I ? (search for self)" as its theme; a series called TSUKUBA which consists of humorous, 100VAC-powered musical instruments; and a series named EDELWEISS which searches for "an ideal female" by dealing with subjects such as reproduction, gene, surface and fashion. Although each Nonsense Machine has different function and meaning behind the scene, they are linked tightly together; and taken as a system it stands as a single large Nonsense Machine, just like how our internal organs act in concert with each other.

Bergland's Booze Bash/ Buttaro's Wedding

Friday June 10 K.Berglund fixer of partner tickets and keeper of random tech info is organizing a booze fest for the Technokins on Friday. Ask him for more info.

Say June 11, Mr. Buttaro and wife hold their wedding in beautiful suburbia. This should be seriously insane.

Datemark:Lateral Job Shift

There's somethin' happenen here. What it is ain't exactly clear.
more soon. this info is currently living under a hat.

Hostopia got top spot in the Profit 100. In the same week, I got the bump to Training.
Next gig is training a humungo new partner on the virtues of ecommerce.
Do not be surprised if the Internet breaks on Wednesday afternoon.
That would be me, pee'n on it.
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