retiredad

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Congratulations to my dad who enjoyed his first official day of retirement today – I don’t think the weekend counts since he wouldn’t normally be working on a weekend anyway. Also he would not be working in the summer holidays either, so I guess his retirement could really start in September.
Hmmm. Anyway.
My dad has been working my whole life. I am sure that supporting a family of 6 on one income is no small feat, and he did it. At age 64, he has retired from teaching grades 3 and 4 at Oaklands Elementary for well over 2 decades. Before that, he was supporting the family on a substitute teacher income. I don’t know how that is even possible. He deserves a bit of a rest, though I am sure he will not be idle for very long, if at all.

RIP michael jackson

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I thought it would be somewhat appropriate to give this mid 80’s Michael Jackson a newspaper-esque halftone treatment. As everyone’s probably already told you, Michael Jackson died this afternoon.
I confess that I am not the biggest Michael Jackson fan. I own zero of his albums, but that is kind of why I am posting this. Even though I would not consider myself a big fan, or even a medium size one, this still seems significant. Maybe it would seem less significant if I read it in the paper the next day, but this just happened. Earlier today he was alive.
Not too many pop artists were able to create the widespread excitement that MJ did through his focus on entertainment. Video link from Keith:

You’ll notice that this video’s title is “BILLIE JEANS BEST EVER MOONWALK” – as Adam and Graham pointed out, this video shows him doing the Backslide. It’s a popular misconception that I shared until this afternoon, as shown in this video – How Michael Jackson Learned the Backslide and Mislabeled it the Moonwalk. I would embed it but the amount of advertising done on the 5min video service is totally over the top .. but I digress. It is a fascinating video with some good commentary on the before and after of a pretty significant night for MJ in 1983.

townie

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Adam just made an awesome post on biking, which contains a well articulated overview of different bike options for anyone considering a new bike. I am guessing from his description that the bike I took a photo of, above, is probably a townie hiding out behind the basket. I don’t know for sure. Found on Quadra outside of Floyds.
At this point I am leaning towards a Hybrid.

AFK – Pacific Front Sessions: June 2009

Starts off atmospheric and breaky, quickly moves to four on the floor. This mix is one of layering and programming, every track building on the one before it in some way. It ends, literally, the same way it began with only one semitone of difference and some bpm shift. The tracks on here were selected for their summer-time feel and the parties and festivals that happen during the next few months. Hope you like it.

Tracklisting:

  1. DJ Remy – Unplugged (Original mix – intro) [Audio Therapy]
  2. David West – Illectronics (Original mix) [Tolerant Recordings]
  3. Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union – Glitter (Original mix) [Lowbit]
  4. Orkidea – Metaverse (Jody Wisternoff remix) [AVA Recordings]
  5. Somnus Corp and Emjay – Across the Border (Electrobios and Interplay remix) [Discoteca Music]
  6. Claes Rosen – Eighties 09 (Original dub) [Dumbest]
  7. Beatman and Ludmilla – Couldn’t Sleep (Shiloh remix) [Aurium Recordings]
  8. Max Graham – Smack (Original mix) [Re-Brand records]
  9. Claes Rosen – Mystify (Original mix) [Discoteca Music]
  10. Oliver Smith – Restless (Original mix) [Anjuna beats]
  11. DJ Remy – Unplugged (Original mix – outro) [Audio Therapy]
Download: AFK – Pacific Front Sessions: June 2009 (mp3)

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queen pipes

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Some pipes on the Queen of Vancouver.
Maybe some wires too.
I have been working away on various papers, a new mix – which is now done and will air on Proton Radio next Wednesday along with a guest mix from Dub Gnostic on Pacific Front Sessions – and a bit of photography here and there. I have been having fairly productive nights with considerable setbacks to even it out, leaving me close to where I started, but I am – along with a few others – battling through it. I will leave it at that!
I’m hitting the Stadacona tennis courts at 6 PM this evening for some more tennis. We played 2 sets last week and it was great to get back into the rhythm of sets. Hitting the ball around is fun but there is a lot to be said for playing with some structure – you get a fuller variety of shots because the structure of the game forces you do hit the ball in certain ways and in certain angles. And, if there was any doubt that tennis is good exercise, there isn’t any more for me – I was sore for days after those two sets. Thank you to all those who contributed to the bicycle conversation from the last entry. The feedback has definitely helped my information gathering process.
This weekend will consist of a significant amount of planning, writing, more planning, and then more writing. Between blogging on three sites and all this extra-curricular writing I’ve been doing, there’s never been more demand for me to articulate myself. To do this effectively, I’ve been reading more to keep my writing style informed, current, and inspired. Currently I am reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” – full of mini stories about those who fit outside of the norm – which is a fantastic read after having recently finished a 500 page book on consumer behaviour theory.
What are you reading out of interest?

cook street bicycle

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While I was taking this photo on Cook Street last night, a girl came up from behind and started talking to me. At least I think she was talking to me – I wasn’t really listening because I didn’t think she was talking to me. But when I turned around to see what was going on, she had her helmet on and b-lined for this bicycle. So I guess she was talking to me, but I’m still not sure what she was saying. Something to the effect of “my bike is cooler than I am.” That’s what I picked up, at least.
What kind of bike is this? Is it good for city riding? With this spring already being better than the entirety of last summer, I am thinking of picking up a bike for evening rides.
I got out and played tennis tonight for the first time this year and it felt great. I’ve been managing to get exercise in the evening every day so far this week and I don’t plan on bucking the trend so long as the weather lasts. It’s almost 1 AM, and I’m sitting in shorts and a t-shirt on the deck outside – it is 21 degrees celsius. This would be ideal camping weather.
Tomorrow night I have some project work to do, then I am hoping to go for a walk and come back and perhaps do some writing for gdc.net. Canada has a new design magazine which I might talk about, but I’d also like to cover some of those topics that I discussed in my first post so we’ll see what comes to mind over the next day.