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the blue hour

the chain shot during the blue hour
what is the blue hour? the blue hour is definied by wikipedia as something not too dissimilar to twilight.
for a while i’ve been using it to describe anything i want, in particular that time-warp zone between 11pm – 1 AM. you look at the time at 11ish and it’s like “ok yeah, the night is not over yet but it will be in a bit.” then you look at the time again, and in a span of what you think is minutes, 2 hours has gone by. why is that? is it because this is around when everyone gets home, goes online and shoots you an IM? i don’t know, but time definitely dilates.
now that i settled that up, i should tell you where i first heard the term, or at least, first remember hearing the term: a group by the name Killer Loop (Layo Paskin, Richard West) made this progressive house gem named “the blue hour.” sasha and digweed put it on their “communicate” album and it had this sound. it was really distinct and cool. it gave me some pretty h-core visuals, you know how some songs do that. this one in particular was quite odd. i imagined the flintstones in some sort of trance having a full moon party. i think you gotta hear the track. it’s really that cool.
so if the blue hour is legitimately twilight, particularly the twilight of the summer, then i have to name this time dilation something else. i like the idea of calling two hours one. the blue hour did that. but i can’t do that. it’s taken! frick.
uh oh. it’s happening. stop it!
the time is going by so quickly. aaaah!

what time is the rave?

i just made this entry a photography entry. i think they’re all going to be photography entries. well whatever. i played an excellent game of trivial persuit, pop culture edition #2. though my team was not victorious, i still had a great time and enjoyed knowing about 25% of the questions, as opposed to normal version which i would score much lower at, i am sure.
i am shuffling this and that around. i was scheduled to play on saturday, january the 28th at hush, but now it looks like the show is being postponed til early february, which is a shame because i was looking forward to making a new track with DustinH while he was up here that weekend, and then playing it out that same weekend. can’t win ’em all.
on saturday night past, braeden DJ’d at hush for the first time in a long time. it was really quite good and i forgot how much i enjoy listening to this guy DJ. always good, no exception. like myself, he has a variety of different DJ sounds — a club sound, a party sound, a radio sound, a CD sound .. he’s really quite excellent at each one and they demand in different ways.
shortly after braeden’s set, jim mentioned to me that he had caught wind of a party happening in a certain downtown spot and so off we went to grab my records from my place and go to The Place. we went to The Place after scouting out this awesome pizza place across from logans on cook st. yes it was quite good. don’t remember the name but i quite liked it. so we went to The Place and Joshua swiped us in past the gate as we were amongst the first to arrive with steve and his girly-friend type. within 30 minutes there were over 200 people there, and me, unexpectedly DJing on a rather nice set up of two tech1200’s and a rane mixer, pumping out the tunes ona rather large sound system. the set went from 2 – 4 AM and it was energetic, completely spontaneous and ridiculously gratifying. it’s pretty hard to describe how satisfying this night was. it’s the kind of night you dream about as a young DJ, pretending something terrifically awesome is going to happen out of the blue. at some point you forget about that dream and settle into the reality of the mundane, run-of-the-mill gigs. this was something else. it put the scenes in groove to shame even. we were only short one john digweed.
i got a phone call from kentucky tonight. resonant vibes is going to feature me as a DJ on their site. since pacific front already sells through their store, it makes perfect sense to me to line up with them. i spoke with a friendly fellow named sam who had an english accent. we traded cell digits and we will be txting in florida. which brings me to florida.
i am going to florida! two reasons. going to visit krishen, who i have not visited yet in almost 3 years. yeah slightly overdue. he lives in sarasota. the other reason is in miami. and of course we are going to WMC. was there any doubt? i am assembling my list of folks to hook up with right now. so if you’re going to WMC, be sure to drop me a line and we’ll trade contact info for the conference. other than that i am really looking forward to going to the place where my brother lives and seeing what his life is really like and how different it is from mine and stuff. that kind of thing is always interesting to me.

a library that had books too

i went to seattle in mid december to hang out, make a track with dustin h, and just, in general, get away. okay since this is my first post i should introduce myself. just this once. i am davin. living in victoria. snotty designer. music label co-owner. into photography. known to dj as ariz0na, known to produce as AFK.
the idea of a blog is a fabulous one but it’s also one that needs focus. i had a website before this one called i took it down after a couple years for a variety of reasons; it was cool while it lasted. this website is not going to cover everything that is me — instead, it will be parts of me that i want to share with everyone — commentary on fabulous and tacky design, issues i find to be interesting, nerd factoids, the odd photo, loads of free DJ mixes, and that’s about it really.
i am hosting this website, at this time, on’s servers. they seem like a really good deal when you’re looking at them from their package sheet – however, when you get into it, the servers sometimes fall asleep, the normal packages do not support CGI’s or PERL, and they’ve got this awful thing on it called SBOX which screws up CGI script execution. they also don’t know what to do about it. baddaddy.
if you’re seeing this and my site isn’t quite done yet, chances are you’re one of my friends. hi friends! sorry for dropping off the face of the planet in december. you see, the old website was hosted on my home machine, which has been hosting that site, being my photo-database (60gigs+ of photos), my studio machine for producing, and also my design machine. it’s been working hard with no sleep for a long time and it’s just about done. it sits with the case open because if i close it, it overheats very quickly, stops functioning and eventually crashes when you least want it to. coincidently, i was sick of the look and feel of the site at the same time and i tend to redesign things every year or so anyway.
here’s the deal on this site: 100% CSS. it’s going to be a breeze to redesign because of the way i set it up and the simplicity of the navigation, which is a PHP include with floating list items. that navigation will likely grow, but not by much as i want to keep this site as simple as possible.
you’re probably wondering what this business about the edge of the world is all about. well it so happens that i have an explanation for you that will make your head spin. or maybe it will just make you spin in your chair, technically still making me 100% correct. here is the story:
i was talking to my uncle in vancouver about something. about flying, flying places, visiting people, and how uncommon it is for people to fly over and visit us here on the west coast. so why is that the case? we don’t smell. in fact, we’ve got some great air here, sitting on the coast of the biggest body of water in the world. so why no visitors? it’s quite nice here. i visit people all the time. the reason is quite simply that we are not on the way to anywhere else. you can’t fly from england and come to victoria or vancouver on the way to where you really want to go. it’s the final destination of a long trip for most people. in europe, everything is so close together — it becomes very inexpensive to fly around comparitively speaking. as my uncle put it, we’re on the edge of the world. what’s west of here? japan. so there you have it, that’s the story. hope you’re not disappointed.
the truth part is a play from my previous website that promised “true confessions of a digital ninja.” i don’t think that the confessions were all that great to be perfectly honest (and truthful, see! look at how this website is living up to its promises already! wow yeah.) so off it goes. plus i have not been up to anything worth confessing or that i’ll admit to so you’re on your own on that one.
must go watch the daily show.