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December 14, 2011

Chad VanGaalen songs, Tom Waits quotes.

“I love beautiful melodies telling me terrible things”.

- a Mr. Tom Waits

I’ve been a Chad fan for a few years now. This is the only Chad of which I am a fan. Chad joke!  Soft Airplane is my standout favourite album of his. The new album Diaper Island is what my high school golf instructor used to call a “good miss”.

My favourite on the new album is Sara.  Very reminiscent of past successes. His M.O. clearly takes after one of my favourite quotes about music from a musician I barely enjoy (please see above). This is Chad’s greatest gift to us all – the scariest stuff set to unassuming, cute indie rock. Enjoy the skinnyboy prettyvoice and all of its opposing glory.


Chad VanGaalenSara

December 2, 2011

Sigur Ros’ new jam space.

kiddddinggg. But totally right?

This is actually a remote Icelandic hunting camp. But totally right?

December 23, 2010

Lunar eclipse and Debussy.

Anything astronomical with sweeping strings is alright by me.  A nice time lapse for the cloudy sleepyheads that didn’t want to muscle through the slowness.

December 18, 2010

Good cooking tip.

Safetyyy !!  Don’t deep fry gnocchi, lovelies.

Frozen gnocchi would be so waterlogged that deep frying would do this exact thing – think of water in a pre-popped popcorn kernel, guessing the same process.

November 23, 2010

How loud is a wind turbine?

Albeit from GE (mind your motives), pretty compelling.  Now onto wind turbine syndrome, shadow flicker, and all other things that Wind Concerns Ontario is concerned about.

October 27, 2010

October links.

Politics/Misc

Science

Environment

Toronto

Food

September 12, 2010

Renewables are enough.

The United States Department of Energy estimates that the solar energy resource in a 100-square-mile (259-square-kilometer) area of Nevada could supply the United States with all its electricity.

We’re talking 800 gigawatts of power, and that’s using modestly efficient commercial PV modules. Break all that down and each state would only need to devote 17 x 17 miles (27 x 27 kilometers) of solar cells.

The estimated 5 million acres (2.02 million hectares) of abandoned industrial sites in the country on their own could supply 90 percent of U.S. electrical consumption.

September 7, 2010

New cloud types!

Alright, budding cloudologists, here’s some fresh meat.

Asperatus clouds, the first cloud “discovery” since 1951.  Thanks to Cloud Appreciation Society and Why Evolution is True.

July 15, 2010

Fun food fact.


Did you know the term “punch” in the sense of a bowl of drink comes from the Indian word for “five,” which is punj, because a true punch has five ingredients.

via JamesChatto.

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July 2, 2010

The billionaire’s pledge.

via The Guardian:

Billionaires plan to put the world to rights following secret supper - Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are among those signing up to the greatest private donation in history

… The meeting was called the “first supper”. There have been, according to Fortune, second and third suppers since then. Finally, a strategy has emerged around a “pledge” whereby billionaires who sign up promise to give away 50% of their net worth. If it works, the group will be the greatest private philanthropic effort in history.

You definitely can’t say these guys aren’t doing something with their money.  More importantly, these lords of lords are exactly the two people that need to lead this movement.   Hmm… almost exactly like China and the US not doing anything about climate change. COUGH.

May 13, 2010

Oil prices vs. driving patterns.

Looks like we’re in a rare reversing trend over the past couple of years… change may be afoot, lovelies.

Metrics c/o New York Times.

May 12, 2010

Oil meets infographic.

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Infographic c/o Visual Economics.

May 9, 2010

I don’t post things like this.

But I outloud laughed.  There are comedians around every corner.  Sometimes I think these Yahoo Answers questions are just staged for killer comebacks.  Or maybe there are just people asking awful questions.

April 22, 2010

New design tweak.

Maybe you didn’t notice, but I think it looks better.  And sometimes change is good.   Was considering a 3 column job, but the posts looked too confusing.  Do you like/not care/virtually no difference?

March 2, 2010

Olympiad.

Yesterday was quite a day, wasn’t it lovelies.  The first day where Torontonians not only tilted their heads away from their shoes, but actually looked you in the eyes, opened their mouths, slapped your hands, and witnessed warm union.

And now for some obvious.

The media made way too much of everything – Own the Podium, waffling on our “sudden” patriotism, hockey analysis, the contrived MTV hosts trying to appeal to young viewers.  Like the real Canadian I am, I was worried that the athletes felt too much pressure to succeed.  But from whom?  Not actual Canadians.  The media acting as a chatty Cathy mouthpiece for Canadians.  Lovelies!  The average Canadian wanted you to have fun and soak in a great moment.  We know you’ve worked your whole life for this, have fun and try hard.  Fun first.  You’ve worked so hard that fun should mean good things.

But we did the right thing without the waffles.  We really enjoyed ourselves.  We feel better about ourselves (needed).   We were inspired and celebrated their tireless hard work.  We made Americans jealous with vibrant hand warming garments.  We won more golds than any other country.  We were able to laugh at ourselves too very easily.  We were able to show the world our awful and popular pop groups.  We just need to explain how Neil Young went before Simple Plan.  And Hedley.  And Theory of a Nickel Creed.  But I know I’m not alone.

Way to go, Van.  You’re still tirelessly cool.  Maybe more family cool than Williamsburg cool, but that’s most likely a good thing all in all.    And you got your wish – Toronto is (still) very jealous.

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