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In Memoriam 2015

January 1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up ...

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The disappearance of misc.activism.progressive and the emergence of Thought Crime Radio

Almost four years ago, the articles in the USENET newsgroup misc.activism.progressive ground to a halt, and moderator Rich Winkel has all but disappeared from the USENET, whom I learn resided in Harrisburg (up until 2010, at least), a half hour or so drive from his ...

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Sounding off on the end of CanCon and the CRTC

I guess with the recent decision to axe all cancon requirements for daytime programming in Canada, the CRTC is crawling toward its own irrelevance. Let's not be naive, Canadian culture is that much more weakened without the protection it partially enjoyed from American influence. With ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map ... barely

I've written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km ...

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Zero

Once upon a time, around the year 525 during the reign of Pope John I, a monk named Dionysius invented the idea of Anno Domini by producing a calendar which marked the time since the birth of Christ. The numbering of the years was adopted ...

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Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

You know, I was minding my own business in this classy Chinese restaurant, engorging myself on their copious buffet, had my fill, and was handed the bill with an accompanying fortune cookie. This fortune cookie (the one to the left) really existed, and I never saw ...

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Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Maple is a robust math environment which can graph, solve equations, and solve for the unknown with the aid of its computer algebra solver (CAS), which is capable of computing exact roots of cubic functions, for example. I wanted to demonstrate for myself that Maple could ...

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Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Recently, I've been hit (my website that is) by someone possibly checking his plethora of links from his/her website, and when I back-traced it, I find this cool blog which acts as a convincing historical shrine to the late great 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto. ...

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The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

This is more like a meta-review. I have gone to Canada Computes where nearly the entire Behringer line is sold, and was impressed by the specs. But does it do what I want, the way I want it? I face a number of obstacles, being a ...

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OOC Recipients 08: Rushing to the top

Tweet For the most consecutive gold and platinum albums by a rock band, first place is The Beatles, second is The Rolling Stones, and third place is the Canadian group Rush (24 gold, 14 platinum). The members of Rush have worked hard to reproduce their album sound in their concerts, so Rush concerts have been known […] […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal VI: “Christmas” music

Tweet Only 5 days to Christmas, and you need some music. Let me help out … It’s that time of year again, and here are some musical genres listed at Every Noise at Once that have “Christmas” in the names: celtic christmas This is a good, Irish-influenced way to hear Xmas music: Clannad, The Chieftans, Enya, … christian christmas  As opposed […] […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal V: “Black” music …?

Tweet Music genres with “Black” in the names … atmospheric black metal black death black metal black sludge black thrash blackgaze chaotic black metal dark black metal depressive black metal more symphonic black metal pagan black metal raw black metal symphonic black metal unblack metal […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal IV: names that sound like something else …

Tweet If you thought long enough about these names, they would have other (non-musical) connotations. Just sayin’. And yes, there are people who claim these genres really exist. big room bouncy house catstep charred death corrosion deathgrind deep chill deep house deep liquid experimental psych fake fallen angel full on funeral doom  If it was my funeral, I wouldn’t care future garage goregrind gothic doom guidance hands up hard alternative  Then, is it worth my while? hauntology jerk lowercase microhouse minimal wave nordic house power […] […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal III: Absurdly obtuse genre names

Tweet Whether due to the fusion of too many genres or names which relegate the band to certain obscurity, these are ones I chose which I cannot even imagine what the sound must be like. To know, the website Every Noise at Once gives sound samples of most bands and genres they list. alternative new age ambient psychill  Most […] […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal II: Futile Reinvention

Tweet Here is a list of names of genres that appear as futile attempts at reinvention of existing genres: abstract hip hop chaotic hardcore brutal deathcore deep disco Contradiction in terms deeper house There are a raft of genres preceded by the adjective “deeper” which seem to exist. disco polo folk-prog folk punk geek folk geek rock grave wave A genre that admits that new wave is dead. hard stoner rock math […] […]

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In a world where all noise are created equal I: Genres I know nothing about

Tweet The website everynoise.com deals in some way with plotting the musical classification categories of all music that exists (to which they are aware) on their web page. The next few articles form a small sample of the nearly 1500 genres listed. On that website, if you click on a genre, you are given a sound […] […]

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[Media Monday] The Difficult Listening Moment in Two Words

Tweet MacArthur Park. I didn’t need to say anything else, didn’t I? MacArthur Park is that unlistenable 1968 hit whose only strength lay in the instrumental piece. How often does Jimmy Webb need to remind us that someone left his bloody cake out in the rain, then strech the metaphor until it loses all focus and meaning? […] […]

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Facts About Canada

Tweet I have some things to say in response to Mark Rayner’s article, as personal reflections. BTW, Rayner did the usual good write-up job with these kinds of articles. But you know, I can’t read these kinds of “What is a Canadian” article without making a lot of mental responses. Here are my responses to a […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #315 — Embroideries of crappy album covers

Tweet Here is the second send-up to Tarkus that we have seen here in the CAC blogosphere.  It is one thing to have a crappy album cover like the ugly ELP 1971 LP, but it is quite another to have the armadillo tributed on a piece of embroidery for a wollen pullover. Not much info on this […] […]

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Worst Lyrics: A review of a review

Tweet There was an article that appeared on Friday on MSN.COM, which tried to poke fun at some of “the worst lyrics of all time” by artists who presumably should have known better. I had a problem with the article, just like the lyrics, the smart-aleck comments from the author of the MSN article were not well-thought-out […] […]

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(Images may be disturbing) Crappy Album Covers #138 — Food on Vinyl VII

Tweet This is the last (I promise) of the Herb Alpert parody covers I have. Jabberwocky is an audio montage troupe in the tradition of Negativland and Plunderphonics. All these folks use spliced audio sequences and multi-track audio in order to make social commentary on media, popular culture, sexuality, war, and religion. You can download the whole album […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #137 — Food on Vinyl VI

Tweet Here is the Lawrence Welk organist Bob Ralston, who while trying to be Alpert-esque with the album lettering, has still managed to do this album cover without being covered in food, to his credit. Judging by Ralston’s youthful appearance, this album probably dates to about the same time as “Whipped Cream”. “Sweet Cream and Other Delights” is […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #134 — Still more frickin' sunshine

Tweet Frickin’? Friggin’? I wish they had a dictionary for the correct spelling of expletives. Lillian Southard Robinson looks like a kindly enough elderly woman in the picture. The kind that would give an extra quarter to the paperboy, and who would visit shut-ins twice every week. In the middle ground of the photo is a quote […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #133 — Hicks from the sticks

Tweet Felix Lorentz will sing your requests whether you want him or not. He comes out of his shack near the lagoon to the bar in the nearby village and rips the mike out of the hand of the entertainer that was scheduled to arrive, and yells out “I take requests!”After a few moments of stunned […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #132 — More happiness

Tweet Another album cover which has been fodder for the CAC blogs, “Return to Oz”, from a Leo Sayer wannabe named Dardy. If anyone can tell me something biographical about Dardy, drop me a comment. This dynamic fun machine also produces happiness. Every home should have one. This one has a flat tire, so it can only […] […]

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Brothers In Arms: A belated review of the versions

Tweet Not really having heard the original Dire Straits version of “Brothers in Arms” when it came out (it was one of these things I was planning on “getting around to”), my first experience with the song was through protest singer Joan Baez in 1988, with a radio-only compilation back when I was a university DJ. […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #128 — Channelling the Great Rock Legends

Tweet The design element (there is only one) that John Bayley uses combines all of the most incoherent elements of late-60s album design, hoping it will amount to something, for this 1976 album, “Minstrel of the Morning”. Lessee … what do they throw in? A clay tiger, a kid in a lotus position (who will surely become […] […]

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(May be disturbing) Crappy Album Covers #127 — Plastic Surgery Disasters II

Tweet This is the kind of thing that gives the LGBT community a bad name. Don’t know the artist, album or anything else about this disaster of an album design. This is worse than an album cover, because it is a picture disc. Notice the hole punched in the center, near the price tag? Yeah, you take […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #115 — Trophy animals and trophy women

Tweet First, let’s talk about trophy animals. Kind of reminds me of the 1986 college radio smash hit “All I Got Were Clothes For Christmas” by Happy Flowers. Also, looks like the musician is getting friendly with his trophy deer. There is no info on who this person is or why he has the logo for the American Lung […] […]

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