Archive for December, 2009

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Best of 2009

Jaco Putker. Art Maker. Den Haag.

Music.
Isis – Wavering Radiant
The Antlers – Hospice
Clues – Clues
De Anale Fase – Uittocht (song starts at 2:00)
Mocky – Saskamodie
Pan American - White Bird Release

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Best of 2009

Doug Nagy. Comedian.
Kitty Rancher

Books.
Tao Te Ching

Films.
Red Cliff
Ong Bak 2,

Music.
Deertick
God Seed

Television.
Planet Earth
The Nature Of Things

The Internet.
iwasben.com
peopleofwalmart.com
storyofstuff.com

Cult Leader.
thich nhat hahn

Les Concerts á Emporter

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Thanks Internet. These are really good. There are too many good ones to choose from.

I’ve included a few selections below, but this one right here will most certainly be HC Joel’s favorite.

Sigur Ros – Við spilum endalaust – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

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Gin and Sparrow.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Remember Meaghan’s Guest Post from a few days back?

She makes music that is nice and good.

Listen to one of her projects here. (I am easily won over by the banjo)

Watch another one of her projects here:

Photoblogjammin. Film.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Vyn

Chris Vyn! This was taken on a surprisingly warm day just before the snow fell.

It was a Sunday. We rode bikes to The Only and drank coffee on the patio . . . until some drunk lady started puking over the fence into the river. It was gross. We sat inside. It seemed way too early in the day to be that mullered.

Andy gave me an old Nikon lens he found at a yard sale. No working light meter, loads of scratches . . . the photos end up with a nice softness to them.

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Pegs.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

TentPeg

I have a thing for ordinary things which are made into bottle openers.

Link.

Drivers.

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Cliff linked to this in the comments of the post below . . . It needed its own post.

Commuting.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Since my workplace is a mere 1.8km’s from my house (3.6km round trip) I choose to ride my bicycle (because bicycles are the best) or walk (when the snow becomes too much) to work. It’s no big deal. You do what you do and I’ll do what I do. Right?

What I have noticed on my morning and evening commutes, is the increasingly visible lack of patience and respect displayed by a wide variety of motor vehicle drivers. Little regard is not only shown to cyclists and pedestrians, but to other motorists as well.

When you begin to spend enough time outside of a car, you start to realize just how insane car travel can appear . . . even in a small town such as ours.

This week, I have been honked and yelled at simultaneously, on two occasions. Once as a pedestrian (this morning) and once as a cyclist. Both times I was obeying all laws of our land pertaining to mobile pedestrians and cyclists.

I was honked and yelled at simply because each respective honker and yeller was too impatient to wait an extra 3 seconds (literally, there was a difference of seconds at sake).

We can frame this in all kinds of ways. We can debate the issue of shared usage of public roadways and sidewalks . . . but none of that will create an excuse for bad manners and rude behaviour.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Best of 2009

Bryn Bratton-Wall. Mayor of Edmonton.

Music
The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone
The Deep Dark Woods – Winter Hours
The xx – self titled.
Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Best of 2009

Joseph Manafo. Storyteller, Documentarian.

2009 was the year of catching up. My list includes items and experiences that aren’t necessarily new to the world, but in most cases new to me. Here’s what helped fill my space over the last 365 . . .

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