Wire Tap

From the cbc radio website blurb:

You lift the receiver to your ear and realize that it is already in use. Over the line you hear two people speaking. There is a story being told, and you know that you should not be listening in yet you are mesmerized, unable to put the phone down. Each week, Wire Tap brings you that thrill.

I'm sure you will be as weirded out by the excellent self-examination in this weekly radio programme.


ha ha LOL, PWN3D1!!!!11 one one


okay, i'm tired and this seems funny right now.


later that night...

Hokay, here is the earth… um, no. So, I was really good today, I awoke had time to wander my Colin’s Stuff™ strewn mess-of-a-condo while doing the normal morning things and managing to get to work sort-of-on-time for once. My day was replete with the usual trimmings of a day job. But it was fun. I sorted myself out and got ready to do my going home thing, and the got a great idea whilst Radiohead’s “Lozenge of Love” played for what seemed to be the first time ever (for me anyway)…

So, then I pull out the pd150 and get its oh-so-cute rain cover out – cause it is all raining and stuff, which is perfect for shooting a short clip about what my corner of the universe is like this fourteenth of February. I’m not being down or maudlin, I can state categorically that any dp would decree this is perfect (or almost) for shooting at night – light rain for the wet down, and the rain to show up in the headlights of the automobiles zooming by… so it’s perfect. It would be more perfect if I had a crew, some actors and a cute craft girl, but hey, that is what dreams are for.

So, I go out and my enthusiasm for the wet and cold and the rest of it sticks around long enough to get what I think will make a pretty good 45 seconds or so. I arrive at Lettieri after shooting a bit on Queen St. and get my ‘puter out, the cables out. Oh, the cables – where’s that one essential cable? Well, I transferred my laptop to the camera bag and somehow forgot the accessory bag – the bag that I put together so that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen!

So, my ‘brilliant’ Idea of shooting and editing the anti-valentine’s night clip for distance traveled is ultimately stymied, which is okay. It is a simple thing to do it tomorrow and post it then, but that isn’t the point. I wanted it done tonight, in one beautiful smooth premeditated movement. This desire for completeness, simple continuity and grace is what causes me to fail – often times before actual failure arrives. I simply give up and move on, leaving the project undone.

Well, I’m going to rebel against myself. I’m tire of this everything has to be perfect. Most people need to work and revise things – this is clearly something that I Just Don’t Get. I never have, but if I don’t I will be miserable for the rest of my life.

Anyway. Opened an entry on 43 things to do. Determined to start priming my condo this weekend. Before that I have to clear off the horizontal surfaces which are 85% covered by the above mentioned Colin’s Stuff.

Here is my favorite playlist on my iPod right now – called On-The-Go 5 (original, eh?)

Amelie Theme – Yann Tiersen – Amelie Soundtrack

another root – midori hirano – (bought off website)

Aisha – Che Khaled – not sure of the album
Dragostea Din Tei – O-zone (yup, the “Numa Numa Song”)

The Hardest Road – Peirson Ross - Peirson Ross - Promo/Demo CD (This is better than awesome.
Email me if you would like a copy – I need to ask him if it okay to distribute this.)

Working Man - Men of the Deep w/ Rita McNeil – (I can’t seem to find a Men of the Deep only version of this, but I am looking. This is the song that I would hear in my head every day when I was coming home from a long day of shoveling crap or Paing in the good old days.)

The Good Times Are Killing Me (Live)– Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Anyone who knows my secret name will know an additional reason why I love this song)

Float On – Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Lozenge of Love – Radiohead – Towering Above the Rest (also apparently on the Dutch "My Iron Lung" EP)

Butterflies - Peirson Ross - Promo/Demo CD

It isn’t the ultimate play list – but it may be a start.

For later, ask me about wasting my life playing “N.”



"Bring Them On"

This is the MPAA's best G.W. impression. I say that they need some sort attitude adjustment. Read about the show in progress at BoingBoing.net.


The Lesser Evil

I've been spending less time than I normally feel is adequate listening to the 7-11pm CBC Radio 1 line up. When I do keep up my listening habits, I feel that the empty container on my shoulders (head) is filled up with the brains of many-many other smart people, and over the course of a normal day it drains out of my mouth in the form of witty remarks about current events and bits and pieces of sometimes useful arcana.

But, like I said, I've not been attending to my intellectual care and feeding, my mind is sluggish - I've lost track of the top 10 world affairs that are on-going - why are all those Ukrainians wearing orange? But, like all things there is an ebb and flow to this as well, and so I've started to work my way through a book titled The Lesser Evil by Michael Ignatieff.

Tangentially related was a discussion about Canadian Foreign Policy on Ideas (CBC1, 9pm EST) that took these themes to a direct and personal level. One of the speakers featured (who?) made the point that we have a strange disconnect when it comes to ethics and what we will tolerate on a personal level vs. that of a political level. This exact point is also brought up by Ignatieff - I guess it is a pretty cool meme floating around the Political Scientist memepool right now. It's understandable that people like to poke and prod the delineation between me and us.
Anyway, this is all a work in progress.


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Here is my story:

One day, not very long ago, while very busy going about my business, decided to lose my phone in a taxi cab. After a frantic day of trying to trace the misplaced handset, I forgot about the poor thing, and with that I went and bought a spiffy new phone, the Motorola v710.

I was sold on buying the *MOST EXPENSIVE* phone that Telus offered because (and only because) it had Bluetooth. Finally, I had a reason to upgrade my phone - and an excuse to double my phonebill too!

Sadly, this was not to be so. Alas, Telus had decided that after over TWO YEARS of waiting to bring out a Bluetooth phone, it would render it useless. COMPLETELY USELESS. The best reason to jump on the Bluetooth bandwagon is to transfer data - you could use it to synch up your calendar and phonebook for instance, or anything really. It also enable you to do some spiffy things like use a wireless headset or wireless data calls routed through the handset, but those are not of the same utility of syncing data automagically.

After a few phone calls I've discovered that the limits were placed on the phone to increase the use of multimedia messaging. WTF?!!?! that is crazy. You don't go about purchasing a handset for five hundred dollars for the privilege of sending you friends little ten second movies! No, you by the handset because it has Bluetooth. What the handset has is Crippled Bluetooth™ which I'm sure is some form of trademark infringement. 50% Bluetooth™ or Bluetooth-Lite™ might be a better choice.


But that isn't the end of my story. Nope. I found my brother's ancient handset from 2001 and switched my service to it. I use it for all of the things that I used all of my other handsets for... and now I am counting the days to when my contract expires with Telus.

Telus doesn't get it, and they prob. never will. Think a little long term, kids. Look down the road a little bit further than your next f'ing financial quarter. See that? That is the future, and you are not in it.


BTW, I'm blogging this.


I don't know what else to say. That is what I sent them. I'm sure that it won't end up on this page. I like really love the story involving the crushed leg. You really get a sense for how the brand is strong with the one called "TELUS".

Brought a tear to my eye, it did.

I failed to mention in the above rant to Telus that after buying their flagship phone, if you do want to synch files you need to purchase a $90.00 cable. So not only do you not have wireless connectivity, you have a costly extra cable to constantly remind you that you are with a pathetically backward telco. And then you will lose it - subconsciously on purpose.

Telus offers only ONE phone with Some-call-it-Bluetooth-Like™ (and another one on the way, they say). At the Eaton Centre in TO you can step out of the Telus store and walk ten metres in any direction and ask the vendor, "Which of these phones has Bluetooth?" and they will point to one or two phones in response, "Those two, they don't have Bluetooth."