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

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Film Screening "High Tech Soul" @ CIRCA CANCELLED

Film Screening "High Tech Soul" @ CIRCA @@CANCELLED@@
126 John Street
Friday June 30th, 2006 9pm SHARP

Afterparty: Derrick May, Adam Marshall, John Kuo,
High Tech Soul: The documentary is told primarily via anecdotal, often humorous interviews with dozens of artists new and old -- including Richie Hawtin, Eddie Fowlkes, the Electrifying Mojo, Kenny Larkin, Jeff Mills, Stacey Pullen, and of course, the much-celebrated Belleville Three (Atkins, May and Saunderson) -- as well as promoters and proponents who helped techno cement its visibility
Circa : As a testament to the unique collaborative nature of Circa, Kidrobot creator Paul Budnitz has designed an exclusive Kidrobot Room on the third floor of the space. A world’s first, the bar and lounge area will feature the colourful world of Kidrobot, including signature creations such as Dunny and Munny, and Frank Kozik’s Smorkin’ Labbit character.
Location: 126 John Street, Toronto, ON -
New York Magazine article.
The space formerly known as Lucid (126 John) certainly has its history. It’s a huge space that’s hard to fill. Thankfully, New York nightclub legend Peter Gatien - best known for running the notorious Limelight and The Tunnel in the ‘90s, which served as the backdrop for the film Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin as killer club kid Michael Alig, Seth Green as James St. James and Dylan McDermott as Gatien. A Canadian citizen, Gatien was deported from America two years ago, after countless police raids on his clubs and charges of evading $1.3 million in taxes. Gatien served 45 days in prison before his deportation to Canada. Gatien has stepped in to pump some life into the 53,000 sq. ft. space. With a tentative opening in late May, “Circa” will feature a live music and DJ space, mixing with art, film, fashion and interactive high-tech design. Still, Gatien will have his hands full (as did Lucid owners), but is soldiering ahead full-force, re-tooling some of his niche effects – a washroom bar, interactive performance art, superstar DJ acts – to lure the masses back.


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Monday, May 22, 2006



I'm pretty militant about what runs n startup. If you have this in your System Configuration, fear not. It's associated with the Linksys Wireless Music Bridge.
Oh ad BTW I got a Linksys Wireless Music Bridge on sale at Dell. The install was a bit tedious, no where as bad as reviews make it out to be. And know that you dont need to do the device config on the same pc you'll be running the software thingy on. I didn't and it worked fine. Sweet Launchcast in my living room.
Oh and if you feel like listening to my Launchcast Radio stream, it's here
Way better than Pandora, mixed full of guilty pleasures and the new hotness.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Noizex 52 Photos

52 Photos
Photos snapped and freaked by Mr.Grimmx.
Artfully done with the added benefit of often telling me where I was the night before.

Random thoughts.

Plugs?, door...door, stairs, Plugs?, stairs, door...door, stairs, Plugs?.....beepbeep. Crap.
Why no plugs on every Go Train car?
Is there a chance the track could bend? .......dental plan.....
Union Station waiting area was a format. It's not even unique
Stand Right. Walk Left.
Why not street elevators?
No one knows how to properly use all the functions of a calculator.
I'd never hide my smell from the dogs with poo.
Original wood beams, although beautiful, creak like my knees.
Big Brother streams used to make me feel like there were people in my apartment.
My last name has 3 different, yet correct pronunciations, depending on your background.
Where'd you get that gum? .......Doggie dropped it?
Woodfoot defines bed purchases. Cooshlin and nuzzle factor define clothing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Google Calendar is F'd

Help me...my whole life is in there now. HELP MEEE

Sonic Bloom!

Sonic Bloom 2006

May 27 , 2006 at 8:00 pm
Roy Thomson Hall $24 through tsoundcheck
-Collective Soul
- jackSoul
-Tomi Swick

Jois us for a Special Fundraising Evening featuring Collective Soul, jacksoul and Tomi Swick in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

Gallery Tickets tsoundcheck

Kyle Campbell & The Steady State Live.

The Steady State Tuesday May 23rd 9pm
The Session - 512 Queen St. W.

TheSteadyState.com Demo - http://giverhard.com/web/g2/demo.php
"it's next tuesday, it's free, and you should go. Cheers. Kyle"

Douglas Coupland - Reading

Douglas Coupland - jPod Reading
May 23rd; 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Walter Hall, UofT Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent (just south of the ROM, behind the planetarium) TORONTO

Douglas Coupland - jPod (Random House Canada)
See Douglas Coupland in the exclusive Toronto event for his newest novel, jPodPresented by Pages Books & Magazines, Random House Canada, and NOW Magazine

tickets $5 @ Pages Books & Magazines - on sale now! (no holds, no phone orders)NOTE: THIS EVENT IS MAY 23RD, NOT MAY 9TH, AS PUBLISHED IN NOW
"How far can you push words until they become something new that you maybe weren't expecting before?" - Douglas CouplandThis Is Not A Reading Series, Random House Canada and NOW Magazine invite you to join Douglas Coupland at the exclusive Toronto event for his new novel jPod. Douglas Coupland will give a reading from jPod and talk about the pop cultural influences behind this new novel, which has been described as Microserfs for the age of Google. Copies of jPod (and other Coupland titles) will be on sale at this event and Douglas Coupland would be delighted to sign one for you.
“I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the loftiest perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle. Prototype turtle sketches were pinned onto a massive cork wall, all of them goofy and teensploitational: sunglasses, baggy pants and (dear God) a terry-cloth sweatband.” -from jPodjPod (Random House Canada): A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, jPod updates Microserfs for the age of Google.Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers whose names start with J are bureaucratically marooned in jPod. jPod is a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company.The six workers daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream. jPod’s universe is amoral and shameless. The characters are products of their era even as they’re creating it.Everybody in Ethan’s life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straight-laced parents or Coupland himself, as readers will see.Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. jPod is Douglas Coupland at the top of his game.Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of Eleanor Rigby, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic, Microserfs and Generation X, among others. He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screenwriter, as well as the author of Souvenir of Canada and its sequel, Souvenir of Canada 2. His most recent book is Terry, the story of Terry Fox. He lives and works in Vancouver. -->

Monday, May 15, 2006



The new, shiny Skype 2.0
Free calls within the US and Canada to all phones until the end of the year.

Holy crap.

Hello. We’re Skype and we’ve got something we would like to share with you.
Skype is a simple bit of software we want to share with you. It lets you make free calls to your Skype-using friends all over the world. It also lets you make free calls within the US and Canada to mobiles and landlines till the end of the year. International calls to landlines and mobile phones can be made with SkypeOut (as long as you call from within the US and Canada). International calls are not free, but they are pretty cheap.
Download Skype: Windows Mac OS X Linux Pocket PC

I've been playing with XLite on my new Ipaq. I think this may be my new cell phone.
Thanks for the heads up STEVEOOOOO

Friday, May 12, 2006

Hey Kids! Coming out tonight?

It has come to my attention that some of you are visiting this site in search of the event details for tonight...
Heres the 411.

Tonight NinjaTunes own Coldcut and DJ Vadim's One Self troup with 200 Hobo's superstar "performance" scratch DJ Signify. This is happening at The OPERA HOUSE and tickets are still available at TicketMaster and probably at the door.

Coldcut: Beats and Breaks, samples from ANYTHING and scratching. Propably some live instrumentation and vocals mixed in for good measure. Probably also featuring their world renoun Video DJ effects. These people worte new tools for the technique that's now being used around the world
In short, every show is diferent. Some clips showing something like Ministry meets KMFDM visuals and others a DJ Shadowish meets PM Dawn.
-Whatever we get tonight, it's going to be rare, and freaking awesome.
WaveJammer: http://www.vjs.net/streaming/wavejammer_big.html (wait for the download)
Timber: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YsWQ0haaaJs
Live Bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxIVJJHrjwg
Coldcut are one of the founding duo's of the Ninjatune empire that I so adore. They've been playing their "Solid Steel" radio program since before I picked up a piece of vinyl. Consult your local P2P for those search terms, or clicky here: http://www.ninjatune.net/solidsteel/

If you're coming out tonight and have a VIDEOPHONE clear your memory. Experiences from the show can be uploaded to Coldcut's "My CCTV competition: http://www.coldcut.net/coldcut/coldcut.php?mycctv

Monday, May 01, 2006

January 5, 2006

Safer Browsing through Technology

Tech Mate
techyJay, a.k.a. “The Cubicle Superhero”, is a self-professed tech junkie with a passion for music and culture Email Jay

With the Internet now accessible from every device we own (including fridges?!) we seem to have all the answers at our finger tips. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can find anything you're looking for, but with a small typo or accidental click, you could end up with more than you bargained for...

It's getting tougher and tougher to protect our children from the harsh realities of the world. The threats of the real world that we desperately try to isolate our children from are easily accessed on the computer services we encourage them to use. Graphic content, bullying, harassment and violence exist online just as they do in the offline world.

Benefits outweigh the risks
However, the benefits of the Internet and online services far outweigh the dangers. Avoiding the Internet would be like asking your child to avoid the museum, because there may be a frightening mummy or skeleton (I have trouble at the ROM). Harnessing the educational and research potential of the Internet is integral for your children's success. With a healthy involvement in your child's online experience and by preparing yourself, and your computer, the risks can be minimized.

Prepare yourself and your kids
Taking a trip to the Family Resource Centre will arm you with the information you need to create a safe browsing experience. This website offers some excellent insight into discussing online threats with your children, and defining rules and strategies. Tips like hitting the back button or only following links on sites you know. More importantly, maintaining a non-judgmental, open dialog with your children will make your child more comfortable coming to you when things happen online that they're not expecting. The Canadian site, "Be Web Aware" also has some fantastic age-specific tips.

Prepare your Computer
Included with the Rogers Yahoo! Online Protection suite is an optional component for Parental Controls. This is a small security and filtering application, downloaded to your computer. After activation, this tool will enable customized profiles specific to each family member.

Setup Profiles and Reports
After creating your child's email address and profile in the Rogers Account Centre, you can define what type of access this email address will be permitted to view. When your child logs in, they will automatically be synchronized to this profile. If you wish, you can also turn on weekly report cards, to see what your child has been accessing and when. If the Internet should only be accessed during certain times, each profile can also be given an online timer. Extra time can easily be approved by parents for those late night study sessions.

For Your Wee Ones
At its youngest age setting (called "kids"), it redirects all addresses to the Yahoo! Kids webpage. This kid-centric portal gives your child pre-screened, age appropriate animation, films, music, sports and a fantastic study zone.

Text Savvy Teens
For your teenagers of varying ages, special pre-defined access levels can be assigned. Within each of these security levels, parents can decide whether they would like to open the restriction to specific types of subject matter. If teachers or textbooks require a specific page, parents can easily add these to an allowed list within that child's profile.

As instant messaging and email become extremely popular in this age category, parents can approve any new contact before they are added to the address book. Within the Yahoo Messenger client, File sharing, video and audio can also be enabled or locked.

Prevention through Education
There are hundreds of cases each month at the Learning Centre in which teens have infected and damaged their computer unknowingly. Beyond the risks associated with viruses, spyware and spam, educating your children on the legal and ethical issues with trading music and films online is extremely important. Your child's formative years will define their opinion of illegal downloading as they age. Music plays an integral part in the life of a teenager, and it's important for them to know that there are safe, inexpensive and legal ways to access music online. Consider the free Rogers Yahoo! LaunchCast Radio Station, or an all-you-can-eat pay subscriptions like the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Service.

With a little patience and preparation, making your computer kid-safe and your kid Internet-safe is a painless and worthwhile effort that will pay off big in the long run.

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