Archive for April, 2010

Kings of the Street Scene

It was around seventeen that my friends and I developed drinking as a hobby. My character being what it is was, I also decided to talk about drinking with everyone I knew. Incessantly. One of these people was Josh, who had somewhat-recently returned from Australia. It was there that he had encountered the comedy musical group Doug Anthony All Stars. Josh introduced me to “Broad Lic Nic,” a drinking song done as a rough pastiche of the Proclaimers. I promptly memorized the lyrics and ended...
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Robot & Blues

I have, for a number of years now, been very fond of the Canadian musician who goes under the name I Am Robot and Proud. His works are high pitched, whirring, squeaking pieces of very cute electronic music. Imagine if a kinder, gentler Aphex Twin was given free reign to design music boxes and you have the general idea. A few months ago, while coming home from work, I was listening to his album You Make Me This Happy. As it was all mixes – not my favorite sort of compilation – I had never...
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“Replica” Written Down The Side

A while ago, my grandparents handed me a couple of photos from my childhood. They’ve finally been scanned so, let’s play Pattern Recognition: what do these two pictures have in common (outside of atrocious mid-80s Soviet fashion.) Did you guess? That’s right. Lil’ Griph has been rockin’ a piece since he was knee-high to a bowling ball. There’s another photo that may be found one day wherein I am hanging out in a hammock with a big ole toy rifle. Even...
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Companion Piece

After being fully aware of the phenomenon for most of my adult life, and denying myself for the last five years, I have finally started watching Doctor Who. A forum thread regarding the latest story arc and my favorite plot device – hubris – coupled with the series’ availability on Netflix has thrown me head-first into the world of Daleks, sonic screwdrivers, and all the other goodness. One of my favorite aspects of Doctor Who, and one which I discovered long before encountering...
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c:\>

Rather than doing something useful after getting home from school, I spent a bit over an hour with tech support trying to fix some nasty-looking BIOS errors on my new laptop. Now, it could have all been solved quickly if I simply said “oh, update the BIOS, got it,” but no. I put myself in the hands of the bored-sounding tech support guy. Now, I’m not complaining about that, per se. He was very professional and, more importantly, did not treat me as if this was the first time I...
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