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Oh hai LGays it's been a while since I contributed some original content. Rest assured that I'm a busy beaver IRL both working for cash money and for pleasure.

Currently I'm furnishing a podcast for a monthly alternative relating to one of our arts districts as well as issues of urbanism, heritage and whatever else. It's an exciting proposition as the gallery has a storefront and undoubted interest from a variety of demographics. This may be the first instance I've been involved with if a podcast that actually already knows it's niche audience personally. The challenge here is a heavy boomer audience that needs podcasting to be simple and seamless. I may be getting comfortable learning to screen cast tutorials. We have lots of 20-something cool kids who should be able to subscribe and participate seamlessly so I'm not too worried about that.

After launch I suspect the goal is to engage the most core audience I realtime. Be it a hosted discussion, call-in show or otherwise. The brilliance of working this on James St. North is that the real world community connections via Art Crawl are already well established and covered both locally and nationally thanks to the papers.

You're not from here so why would you care? )

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Let me preface this by saying more than two people i care about and my own mother have lost their jobs due to the "economic downturn" (read: recession). But I still have some nagging polyanna type thoughts in my head regarding the issue.

First of all is entertainment. I've read that during hard economic times people turn to booze and invariably live entertainment. I think this is awesome and am frankly a little disgusted when otherwise interesting people reveal their homes packed with DVDs, consoles, huge TVs and generally few books. It's not that I don't understand that some people leading fascinating social lives and in fact have large enough incomes to amass such status symbol level collections of personal entertainment. But I'm not entirely upset to see these things go from my own life if need be. And I've known a few people who cave in on themselves like this until they get diabetes, bankrupt, a really bad hernia or arrested for selling more than just a few 20 bags to friends.

Apparently Netflix is doing really well to this day and nobody is being deprived of an irreplaceable life experience by having to rent or borrow the complete 3rd season of Bewitched. You may even want to check your local public library where you can indeed borrow popular DVDs and CDs for free.

Online gaming seems to be a good value and will continue to stick around. Sorry WoW widows.

When it comes to our aspirations in life maybe it's not so horrible that one could make a living repairing appliances or shoes or making alterations to clothes again? Instead of selling shoes for somebody else for minimum wage. Realistically the professional world is for professionals and you'd best be both wicked smart and one of the hardest workers out there if you want that life. I know very few highly paid people who don't endure incredibly long work hours, public ridicule, lack or social life, an ulcer and a crisis or two for what they get. Realistically not all of us are that disciplined nor need to be it seems. Until now, for many of us, the pressure to succeed was solely ethical.

Love/family economies, DIY and living local. It's actually not just for foodie hipsters! At the grocery store that I work at there are several ethnic communities who's group actions I enjoy decoding. For instance Italians and Portuguese buy bussels of Roma tomatoes come august and make preserved sauces and antipesto. Everyone seems to buy whole hog shoulders and lamb in big plastic bags that are bought during the slaughter at ridiculously low prices. Young girls I work with, some even single Moms themselves, scoff and make disgusted faces. But they could learn from these folks. Aside from the really good chefs out there who here knows how to butcher a pig? Is there a more powerful message to the ConAgras, Altrius/Kraft and even Hain-Celestials of the world than taking the time to preserve your own soups, sauces, jams and meats?

Maybe it's a romantic vision and I am pretty realistic about the deductive nature of human beings. When credit and labour are cheap we can hire people to pick the blueberries that go in the smoothie that somebody else makes for our after gym snack. And I don't disagree that for some that's a great quality of life. But somebody help you if you find yourself on the other side of that equation. More and more of us will and are finding ourselves there.

Maybe it's my priviledged semi-socialist Canadian upbringing. But I don't fear living closer to the edge of poverty if it means I have greater control over my own well being. If banks never see a lick of interest because they won't loan to me or many others. I hope we find a hybrid system that can grant more of us less luxury for debt and more financial autonomy based on the quality of our work. More security through the resolve of our stewardship to the people around us, the things we need and what little we truly want.

In some sick way I feel the economy can't get worse enough.

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I, Too

Jan. 21st, 2009 03:49 pm
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I, too, sing America
I am the dark brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh
And eat well.
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table.
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen"
Then.
Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed -
I, too, am American.

Langston Hughes
1902 - 1967

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The giggle girls are the hottest girls in the hammer. Hot as hell yo. Check dems out yo. [gang signs made out oh emoticons] >}* •+=¥=+* *}>]

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Beards Plz

Nov. 27th, 2008 03:55 pm
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Justice

Nov. 19th, 2008 08:56 pm
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Check it out! It's awesome French electronic duo "Justice" rocking hard and fast and... Oh look:

That midi controller doesn't have power... Or midi... or anything plugged in.

I mean surely by now we all know electronic music is mainly just a performance in suspension of disbelieve when done in public. Just like theatre the actors aren't actually the characters they play. Look at Daft Punk and their costumes and giant video pyramid. So really Justice lose points for being too lax on bringing the drama.

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Google has bought Paperofrecord.com. A valuable resource for researchers everywhere it's one of the largest digitized and indexed archives of newspapers.

Maybe sometime in the near future your RSS feed for your favourite paper will go back as far as the 19th century.

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Challenge! Find a similar GWB photo. You've got 8 years of his office to look through...

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I always say the wrong thing the day after. I fudged 9/11 and I think the 2nd Bush term too. It's like I have some sort of Internet enabled disability. So I pour out the passion hoping old friends will notice what I have to say. And of course it comes out all white hot and people get totally angry. Which actually makes me sick to my stomach to think I did that. It feels like a bad performance because that's what this is to me. That's the attraction. Get up there and play.

People who call "comment whore" I guess sorta get it. I'm more of a discussion whore really. I've been saying this for like 8-years now and if this site were searchable I'd back that statement up.

But I'm starting to figure out that I don't really factor into this conversation. All I got is the Internet and cable news. I need to just shut up and cheer or be angry too. I want to participate but sometimes I got nothing. I need to realize that and know when to be mum.

What I respect most is our friendships and I feel horrible when what I say strains those. It hurts the most when I don't hear from people I really like for months until it's a square kick in the teeth when I say something dumb. That kinda negative attention is not what I'm looking for.

I never felt better about our neighbours to the mostly-south than I did last night. It was an inspiring and profound moment in my life and all of ours. When you read between my poorly written lines I swear you can see that intention.

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Last night was only what I could imagine as the Apollo moon landing of my life time. The tube television now a giant projected screen. The FM waves of the television signal now a global data netwok.

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Gay people comparing their unequal marriage rights to the black civil rights movement are being utterly outrageous. Get the hell over the semantic tug-of-war over a word for a moment and revel in one of the most momentous elections in quite some time.

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Gou-let!

Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:42 pm
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We were donated a buncha photos at work today. We've got everything from Tommy Douglas, father of Canadian socialized health care and grandfather of Keifer Sutherland, to Robert Goulet so far.

All the images are numerically index not by subject. So we get to go through every negative, slide and print. It's like Christmas came early!!

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Le weekend

Oct. 27th, 2008 08:16 pm
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Spent the weekend partying with roller girls after recording with jelly. Got a wicked case of the shits from too much beer and a bad hemp smoothie. Then I chain smoked with Paul until 1am complaining about our workplace.

Good times!

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See I could stay home and pack for moving on Saturday. But then if somebody asked me if I played scrabble and drank pints this week I'd have to let out a disappointed sigh.

Nobody likes to sigh disappointedly. That's just sad.

So locals, scrabble at the winking judge on Augusta tonight.

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Prop 8

Oct. 24th, 2008 04:01 pm
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Just a reminder that life will be just about the same as it ever was after you get equal Marriage rights. No fire nor brimstone. Gays will still be big sluts. Some of your friends are about to have their first gay divorce too!

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