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

Tweet 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 former employer, the University of Missouri. He is now a […] […]

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In Memoriam – Part 2

Tweet Here is a link to the start of this series if you haven’t read it yet. Lauren Bacall (12 Aug). She appeared in several movies alongside Humphrey Bogart. She was 89. Oscar de la Renta (20 Oct). Fashion designer, dead at 82. Dr. Ronald Colapinto (3 Jan). Toronto surgeon best known for developing an intervention which spared many […] […]

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In Memoriam 2014 – Part 1

Tweet Well, this post may well need to be broken up into a few parts due to the number of people I had heard about who had passed away this year. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Phil Everly (Jan 3), one half of the influential vocal duo The […] […]

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SJ: New, improved and updated

Tweet This blog has been flaky since an incident happened which caused this blog to be relocated to another server. However, After about two solid days of work trying to fix much of its brokenness (especially the audio/video), things are pretty much all fixed. There are still problems whenever a link to a video for streaming […] […]

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All-time top-10

Tweet This top 10 music list is inspired by a YouTube video. The problem with the video was that it didn’t seem to be going for what was really all-time status; it seemed to be aimed at people whose memories go back no more than 20 years. That is, so long as we trust The Beatles, […] […]

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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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If operating systems were airlines (a compilation)

Tweet If Operating Systems Were Airlines is a popular article that predates the web, and was first seen in Usenet in the 1980s. Over time, it has undergone several revisions all over the internet. Here is a compilation as far as I can do. Most of this is sourced from webaugur.com. But there has been other […] […]

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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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What I liked about Robin Williams

Tweet Robin Williams was a great comedian, whose greatest strengths lay in ad-libbing. It is said that the writers for Mork and Mindy left intentional gaps in the script so that Robin could fill it in with his lightning-fast ad-libbing. He played very funny characters on stage and TV, but he also played very warm, but serious […] […]

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In memoriam 2009 (what the heck)

Tweet I had something else in mind when I compiled this list of people who passed away back in 2009. For the heck of it, I am posting some “interesting” people who died that year (not in any particular order): Les Paul – Guitarist and maker of guitars. Inventor of the electric guitar. Rock wouldn’t have […] […]

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Alex Jones and his nutty ideas

Tweet As you may have known, I have a thing for loonies in that I find their stuff so entertaining. Alex Jones is neither a lefty, nor is he right-wing. He’s nothing more than a conspiracy nutjob, pure and undiluted by rational thought, although there is the occasional flash of bright light which gets quickly clouded […] […]

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Critique of the “Mindblowing Fact” video on income inequality

Tweet The video in question  is quite “mind-blowing” as promised, indeed, at over 13 million hits, it can even be called “viral”, but there are problems in how it presents and handles facts and references. While I don’t have a problem with the facts, and I am quite certain they are based on serious numbers, the […] […]

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The Chances of Winning the Lotto

Tweet Winning the lottery is how many people believe they will become financially secure in their lives. In fact, about one person in 4 believe  this. The chances of winning a lottery like the Massachusetts Megabucks lotto or the Ontario Lotto 6-49 are based in the idea that, out of 49 numbers available, you choose 6 numbers […] […]

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Rob Ford and His Continued Support

Tweet Etobicoke. People in hard times. Yeah, there are good parts of this Toronto borough, but huge parts of it are run-down and filling up with down-and-outers looking to make a buck any way they can. People in hard times, closed shops and factories, low rates of literacy, and not much money to spend. After decades of […] […]

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Rob Ford and his Enablers

Tweet An “Etobicoke resident”, who went by the name of Joy Green, was interviewed twice by the CBC, once for CBC Newsworld, and one more time for As It Happens on CBC Radio One. Etobicoke, a Toronto bourough which is known for shuttered factories and high crime, is known to some (like me) as “the Automotive […] […]

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Rob Ford: A comedy Review

Tweet The Saturday Night Live (SNL) parody of the Toronto Crack-Smoking-Mayor-in-name-only Rob Ford has been roundly declared, from many sources in radio and blogs, and me, to be not funny. A post-mortem is in order as to why SNL, the foremost bastion of coolness-and-funny, dropped the ball bigtime on this one with last Saturday’s show opener […] […]

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