Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I think about you therefore I am not.

I am so busy I am doubting my own existence. Without all this time for navel gazing I don't even know who i am.

Today's Song of the Day is "Prelude No. 5 in D Major" composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1744, performed by Glenn Gould, from The Well Tempered Clavier.

Crazy Fact: When dude married Anna Magdalena Wilcke, sixteen years his junior, on 3 December 1721, four barrels and thirty-two carafes of wine - almost a hundred litres - were consumed at the wedding. DUDE!


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Green blooded ALIEN!

Ah bones. I loved that guy. he represented all that was human.

You had Spock on one side.
Bones on the other.
and Kirk in the middle.

I wonder who I want to be? If I had to choose.

Kirk is the guy everything happens too and the guy who make the decisions.

Spock is logic without emotion. Just truth, no lying, no pussy-footing, no buffers, pure reality unfiltered.

Bones is all emotion and gut. He shoots from the hip and gets passionate about it. "Goddammit Jim! I'm a doctor!" and Bones has a serious dislike for Spock. If it was logical Spock would have a dislike for Bones and that drives Bones crazy.

I always thought I wanted to be Spock and tried. He was always so collected, controlled and truthful. More recently I fought that and wanted to be Bones, passionate, sensitive and intuitive. I think I never really tried to be Kirk, all action, leadership and Will.

Hamlet had a problem getting into Kirk's shoes too. Hmmm...

Today's Song of the Day is "Concerto a 4 RV 151 "Alle rustica" in G major: 2. Adagio" performed by Herbert Von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, composed by Antonio Vivaldi in 1729.

Crazy Fact: Antonio Vivaldi once boasted that he could compose a concerto faster than a copyist could ready the individual parts for the players in the orchestra.


Friday, September 16, 2005

Copyright is Unethical (Part 5)

I think copyright should be abandoned. Yes, totally abandoned. This is another reason why:

As it stands the world in general has set a arbitrary limit of 70 years after the death of the author on all copyrights. So 70 years after the death of the author all their works go into the Public Domian.

This copyright was extended in 1978 to 70 from 28 years (with a possible renewal of 20 years) What is preventing law makers from extending that copyright again? I can see a lobby group with client list as rich as they come (Sony, Universal, Disney, AOL-Time-Warner, Microsoft, Apple, publishers...) attempting to extend copyright as long as possible. It's in the interest of the copyright holders, they're simply protecting their investments.

So what? So they own it forever, Big deal. Who cares if 'Mickey Mouse' is never Public Domian? or 'Terminator 2'? or 'The Divinci Code'?

Not many people.

Maybe if people looked at a copyright as a Monopoly with a expiry date. Remove the expiry date and you just have a monopoly. What if that person owned a lot of copyrights. What if a company collected a fifth of the rights to all music published since 1923. How come they get to control what I hear, when I hear it and how much it costs? What if they don't want to publish what I want to hear?

Where's my freedom? Where's my choice? Who are these people choosing from what I can choose from? What happened to Porky Pig?

Today's Song of the Day is "Swan Lake, Act II: iv. Allegro moderato" composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1876 and performed by Richard Bonynge and The National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Crazy Fact: In July 1877, Tchaikovsky, despite his homosexuality, foolishly married Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova, an obsessed admirer, their disastrous union lasting just months. The composer attempted suicide in the midst of this episode.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Be at peace, with the terminal.

I really want to know why this happens.

blk-99-217-105:~ pifedwards$ gcc -g as0.c
blk-99-217-105:~ pifedwards$ a.out
-bash: a.out: command not found
blk-99-217-105:~ pifedwards$ ./a.out A B C D E F GO FUCK YOUR SELF
Passed: 2 Valid: 5 Highest: A

I want to know why 'a.out' doesn't work but './a.out' does. I might as well be talking to the toliet because I'm sure no one reading this can tell me why.

Today's Song of the Day is "Spiritus Domini" by The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos off thier 1994 Album "Canto" the composer is unknown but it was composed around 1000 A.D.

Crazy Fact: In 1994 for seemingly no reason this little album went to numbr 5 in the US.


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Horowitz was such a sweetheart

This album breaks my heart.

anyway... I've decided I haven't sent enough classical. That makes it classical shit week for a while. So here.

Today's Song of the Day is "Prelude for piano No.16 in G major, Op. 32/5" Performed by Vladimir Horowitz, recorded in 1986, off his 1988 album "Horowitz in Moscow" composed by Sergei Rachmaninov in 1903.

Crazy Fact: This album won a Grammy in 1988.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Satan Doesn't Notice Me.

Thinking your behind the eight-ball is scaryer than actually being behind said ball.

I was in a panic when I realized I missed a day of courses. I'll NEVER catch up. NEVER! I'm FUCKING-FUCKED! It was with this ego-melting panic I walked into my Discrete Math class today. I sat waiting, silently doubting. Throat tightening, I sat, as fear crawled over my self-worth and began to consume it like swarm of methodical army ants eating a stinky rotten cheese version of me. I didn't have the right Edition of the Text, I missed the first class, I haven't completed Calculas yet... i'm FUCKED FUCKEDFUCKEDFUCKED. I tried not to show fear in front of the other, more deserving students. The shame of it began to work at me from the inside. I was moments away from puking, the stress of it has risen my guts up to the back of my throat.

By this point the entrance to the professor is akin to Lucifer himself entering the room and with an uncompromising vengence and hatred, flaying off my skin while he and the other students laughed at my tears, shame and plea's for forgiveness. I'm sure I can smell the sulfur. Now clearly I can hear his menacing hoofs march toward the classroom of my doom. The heat of hottest Hell comes for me, my fearful sweating is sloppy and uncontrollable.

The professor comes in. I know this isn't Satan because clearly this man has never been laid. Not to mention, the Dark One would never take the form of Martin Short and this human is a dead-ringer for Martin Short. Martin Short really took the bite out of my fear. The irrational fear really subsided when he reviewed what he did last class, which was nothing. And as far as my self-worth is concerned, well the those army ants had to put that stinky cheese me back together when I realized how easy it was. And I'll tell you a few dumb-ass questions from my 'peers' peppered through-out the hour and a half class made my future in this course much more appetizing.

Thank Jesus, Mary 'n' Joseph for dumb-ass students in my hour of need. They will never fail. And the universe keeps churning them out, ever-distancing me (and you) from that ego-melting bottom rung. Oh students, usually you have not but my ire, but today, feast upon my gratitude little ones!

Today's Song of the Day is "Kissing a Fool " by George Micheal off his 1987 album "Faith."

Crazy Fact: His real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. wow.


Monday, September 12, 2005

Nobody Home.

You know what's a shitty feeling?

When your walking home, thinking about all the things your going to tell the people or person you live with when you get home. Then when you get home there is no one there.

Hey Baby, I Luuuuuuv you!
You know what HAPPended!?

Never for a moment did you expect the house to be empty. It's all my own fault I don't know why I thought she'd be home. no ones' fault jus'a crappy feeling. hrrumph.

Today's Song of the Day is "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel off their 1966 Album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme."

Crazy Fact: After recording their first album in 1964, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. they broke up and Paul Simon moved to England.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Let Your Student Flag Fly

Saturday 11:00 AM I'm walking to Sobey's to get some groceries. There is a guy in a bowler hat (I have no idea if that is how it's spelleded) a t-shirt and underwear tip toeing around on the sidewalk if front of a naked guy kinda wrapped in a blanket giggling out of control on their front step. Oh look students still on acid from the night before. It must be September in Halifax.

Today's Song of the Day is "If 6 was 9" by Jimi Hendrix off his 1967 album "Axis: Bold as Love."

Crazy Fact: During the early and mid-'60s, he worked with such R&B/soul greats as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, and King Curtis as a backup guitarist.


Thursday, September 08, 2005


Walking to school there was a Motorcycle Cop pulling over a cyclist for not wearing a helmet, while he is doing that he is yells at another to pull over and put on a helmet. He was a busy guy 'cause in the time it took me to walk down the street to my class I saw him stop 4 people. All cyclists for no helmets. I feel safer. Thank you officer. When I get shot again, two blocks from my house in the north-end, I'll remember the comfort you gave me in South-end and die with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my belly.

Today's Song of the Day is "Spirits in the Material World" by The Police off their 1981 album "Ghost in the Machine."

Crazy Fact: I think Stink and McCartney are the same person.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Times of Yore

Bongos?! Do I hear BONGos?!

As if there weren't enough tell-tale signs the students are back I have a Frontstep bongo playing hippie house across the Street. Not only do I have to go to School with them But I Also Have to live across from them. This is not Montreal I do Not live on a mountain. please please please stop. And take the Lute and Nose-whistle musicians with you.

Today's Song of the Day is "La Mi La Sol" performed by Convivium Musicum, Ensemble Villanella and Sven Berger, off the 1992 album "Tugend Und Untugend, German Secular Music From The Time Of Luther" which was originally composed by Heinrich Isaac in 1498.

Crazy Fact: Heinrich Isaac was known to have been in Florence in the service of Lorenzo the Magnificent, a member of the powerful ruling Medici family. HAHAHAHA Lorenzo the Magnificent! "Tonight at the Ramada Inn, the Magical illusions of Lorenzo the Magnificent!" It makes Pif the Mighty sound like Poetry! I guess I was born 500 Years too late.


Saturday, September 03, 2005

good day

I love those good days that sneak up on you. You sleep in. You have tea and yak for a bit, get the house cleaned up and check the mail you chat and act stupid, have some afternoon sex then head out to get stuff done and actually get it all done then sit on a patio, enjoy the weather and have more good chat walk home chat 'n' yak more, eat in, and kinda fall asleep watching a movie.

A nothing special, but totally awesome. No need to win the lottery to have a good day. A good day is a day that goes at your pace. A day without a slave driver, that slave driver is usually myself, giving a shit about something that doesn't fucking matter. so fuck it, take you time and have a good day. "He who rushes, has only to wait for himself to catch up." That's probably as much an Ancient chinese proverb as "He who go to bed with itchy bum, wake up with stinky finger."

Today's Song of the Day is "good feeling" by the violent femmes off their 1982 debut "violent femmes."

Crazy Fact: Bassist Brian Ritchie originated the band's oxymoronic name, adopting the word "femme" from the Milwaukee area's slang for wimps.


Friday, September 02, 2005

ACME Instant Conversation

I have something to say to people I didn't have anything to say before. Sarah pointed this out. Does this look familiar?

A: Hey.
B: Hey.
A: What's new?
B: Not much.
C: Hey.
B: hey...
C: I didn't know you guys knew each other.
A: Yeah.
B: Small town.
C: sure is.
B: yup that is it.
A: very small
B: 'cause I didn't know YOU guys...
C: yeah well, you know..
B: Pfft... yeah I know alright.
A: good good

At this point most of your brain has falls away into an ocean of boredom and there exists only in a storm of aborted exit strategies. BUT Now that I'm getting married I can say,

A: "We're getting MARRIED!"
A: Yes sir!
B: "Wow cool! I just got back from a wedding.
A: Really! where?
B: actually they did it in the Oxford Theatre
A: FUCK that's Cool!
B: Yeah they photoshoped all there childhood photos together like they've always been together in the slideshow thing.
B: very.


A: We're getting married!
B: really... I just did.
A: WOW! How was it.
B: Elope. just elope.
A: Eeek!

It's Crazy. I have so many aquaintences and it's Instant Conversation (with Real Cheese in the Mix) I love it. and still it's a blast seeing everyones faces. It really is an honest moment. The masks just fall away when they find out. It's great.

Today's Song of the Day is "New York Telephone Conversation" by Lou Reed off his 1972 album "Transformer."

Crazy Fact: In 1974 he decided to play up to the cartoon junkie role that some in his audience seemed eager to assign to him. On-stage, that meant shocking bleached hair, painted fingernails, and simulated drug injections. CRAZY!


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Telling the Folks

I'm not sure what I'm more worried about her parents or mine. I think they are totally different kinds of ill-at-ease. I think they are all going to accept us, and be happy about it, but still. I guess I'm worried about to what degree. And the difference between the parents is who. Her's accept me. Mine accept her.

Sarah's Parents all guessed, I guess that's a good sign. I don't think mine have guessed, but they've been bugging me for months about it, "So do you have any news? he he he."

Anyway... I think the thing that's freaked me out the most so far is Sarah's Sister saying "Well, he's family now." in a matter of fact sort of way. eek.

Anyway in that same 'break a leg' kind of thinking, the 'say the worst then it not going to happen' sorta voodoo. I'll send out this song. Which is Funny as hell by the way.

Today's Song of the Day is "No Children" by The Mountain Goats off their 2002 album "Tallahasse."

Crazy Fact: Most of the songs recorded by the Mountain Goats are recorded (by choice) on a department-store boom box.