winter picnic

snow has returned to the capital .. this photo was taken outside of my fav local coffee shop – Picnic II (the sequel).

There are some elements of this that remind me of the Blizzard of 96, but (so far) it’s not as brutal. City is similarly shut down and after a short break, the snow has started to fall again.

I cancelled three plans for the evening and stocked up on groceries. Doing alright and happy to be home (at the moment)…

Davin’s Top 2022

Here are my top tracks of 2022:

  • Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – Mariella
  • Skinshape – I Didn’t Know
  • Sam Evian featuring Hannah Cohen – Dream Free
  • Arlo Parks – Sophie
  • Tosca – Suzuki
  • Lord Echo featuring Lisa Tomlins – I Love Music
  • Royksopp featuring Alison Goldfrapp – Impossible
  • Kurt Vile – Bad Omens
  • INO hidefumi – Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Cannons – Goodbye
  • Fruitbats – Dream Would Breathe
  • Courtesy – Night Journeys I
  • Still Corners – The Trip
  • Tommy Guerrero – Heat in the Streets
  • Divine Matrix – Fast Train to Tokyo
  • Laura Groves – Foolish Game
  • Nilüfer Yanya – midnight sun
  • Hot Chip – Clear Blue Skies
  • Jon Natchez – Once There Was A Boat
  • Slowdive – When the Sun Hits

listen to Davin’s Top 2022 on Apple Music


A vital piece of the home studio arrived and Adam and AJ came over to help me assemble it. It’s a standing desk with 2 tiers – top for monitors, bottom for midi keyboard and computers. I’m pretty excited about this, but it’s going to take a bit more work to get the wiring to cooperate with the movement.

That said, it’s time to get outside and so I am. I’ve noticed that it’s really easy to treat your home as your world, especially when it’s not nice out, but it’s definitely not the same thing.


I woke up to the sounds of the wind this morning, well before my alarm. In another way, it was my alarm. the above is this morning’s breakfast, along with a coffee and ambient music from KEXP’s weekly show Pacific Notions. We used to have this simple breakfast growing up. We even ate from these very egg cups, which are a nice colour. Along with warmth from the fireplace, it’s a nice way to start the day.

Sometimes I skip the morning meal.. but when I miss breakfast, I find that I miss breakfast.

spooky donuts

Scary donuts from Empire Donuts in the CSV

Tennis was rained out this morning. Lame.

However, a fun thing to do in the fall is get a haunted donut in the village. I enjoy that with a coffee too! I recommend trying it with the best of friends. It will redeem any situation regardless of precipitation.

Side note, publishing from your phone to blog has come a long way since I started doing it (on a T9 flip phone no less.)

Walkie Talkie

You may know this as a walkie-talkie. Set it to a channel with at least one other WT and both devices could listen and hold a button to transmit or “call.” Of course, any device used for non-cellular wireless communications in a relatively small radius has a story. This particular one was my link in to the Victoria Electronic Music Festival Operations on-site team for many years.

During the years that I was involved (2004-2011), we would have up to 15,000 people visit the festival grounds in a single weekend. Over that time, we encountered many situations that required rapid response by members of the team. Some were security, some were related to talent, and some were scenarios which necessitated escalation.

If you’ve heard me use the term “roger dodger” or “10-4,” it came from use of this device. We also liked to use code in case someone was listening in on the channel – for example, “We need to go for a coffee run” meant we were going to do a money drop from Market or Centennial Square to another secret location. While DJs were dropping giant tracks and people were having the time of their lives, we kept the event on track with these little devices, some quick thinking and a whole lot of care.

Generally, if you see someone with one of these on at any festival, they know what’s going on, and they are probably working (so be nice to them!) I recycled this on Sunday, but the memories will live on for a long time to come.