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Experiencing Hospital Music

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 — 9:33pm PDT
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John and I visited our friend Matt today and listened to some great tunes. The songs are from his upcoming album, Hospital Music, and we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

img_0419.jpgHospital Music is heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. I’m no music critic, but I have been a Matt Good fan for 10 years. His solo work is his best and Hospital Music will make you feel the most. You’ll get angry, and probably sad, but it will also make you want to dance cause it’s just great rock and roll.

We’ve been lucky enough to hear bits and pieces of the new album over the last couple of months, from the living room show in August, to various visits and studio time. Even sitting there with a snuggly Benji on my lap I had to echo Dan‘s sentiments, and remark that I’ll never forget where I was when he first heard these songs.

Canada's National IQ Test

Saturday, March 17th, 2007 — 11:12pm PDT
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nationsiq.jpgWhen our friend tonight told me about this I thought he was joking, or making fun of me, or a little bit of both. He was being rather serious and described to me what was going to take place tomorrow on the CBC, Canada’s National IQ Test tomorrow at 8:00pm.

Test the Nation will be the biggest survey ever conducted to see just how smart Canadians are. In this live two-hour special, the whole country can participate in a real-time interactive IQ test. Viewers can take the test in the comfort of their own home, on the internet or with pen and paper, while our seven teams – Tattoo Artists, Millionaires, Fitness Instructors, Surgeons, Mayors, Talk Jocks and Celebrities – are exercising their grey matter in our Toronto studio.[CBC]

There was a “play along at home” card in the National Post today, and there is also a copy you can download from the show’s website. The thing that scares me is that it’s multiple choice – and lord knows in high school (although I was a pretty good student) I never did as well on multiple choice tests. Don’t even get me STARTED on Scantron… I swear I had a Scantron allergy. [How to Play].

scantron.jpgSo what’s to stop you from Googling the answers? I’m pretty quick to the draw with the good ol’ search engine. Then again I’m sure the questions are not Google-able, and yes, that defeats the whole purpose of the “test”. But, isn’t it a plus if you’re able to use tools to accomplish a task? Eh?

On another note, what if someone wants to just really screw with the “Nation” and the “CBC” and they purposely log on to answer falsely thus bringing Canada’s IQ down, eh? Oh but people in Toronto were probably already going to be completing the test so… yeah.

I am a true sucker for trivia but it seems like the CBC is on a big “greatest” and “smartest” stint lately. We had the “Greatest Canadian” then the “Greatest Canadian Invention” followed by the upcoming “Next Great Prime Minister“. Or course tonight, they featured the greatest team in the NHL, beating Detroit 4-1.

Update: The results are in for Teams, National, and the TOP 20 people in the country.

That Extra Makeup

Friday, March 16th, 2007 — 9:33pm PDT
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Something for the ladies. I try to clean out my makeup collection as need be, although I’m sure you’re supposed to switch things up a lot more often e.g. there’s a max amount of time you should be using one tube of mascara. I have never been a big make up person. I actually didn’t wear any til I was 18 and then it was just mascara. I’ve become more of a “girl” since I suppose… but I thought I would pose this question: do you have any makeup in your collection that you just NEVER wear but won’t throw away?

tackymakeup.jpgI don’t mean that brand new eyeliner pencil that you just haven’t sharpened yet for use. I’m talking about those gaudy colours and shades that you wouldn’t be caught dead in but for some reason you have a full untouched supply in your makeup bag. I currently have such a pallet.

After dinner, and after some wine, I went into the bathroom tonight and found my ‘stash’ of eyeshadow. I got this one multi-coloured kit from my mom for Christmas and I only use the burgundy shade although this has about 16 other colours that I’ve never touched. Tonight, I decided to give them a test drive.

Turquoise on the lid, light azure below the brow line and some nice fuchsia for the lips – yeah I forgot this kit actually has a little pocket on the side that holds lipstick (which it came with as well). I’m not going to throw it away because I do use some of the shades, but a dozen of them will never see my face – at least not when I’m planning on leaving the house. It’s fun for a laugh on a night like tonight but I’m afraid my husband doesn’t want to touch me – he’s afraid I’ll stain his face 😐

RadioZoom Interview – Sparta

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 — 12:19pm PDT
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Last November we had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Ward from Sparta for our podcast, RadioZoom [Episode #118][Blog Post].

You can check out the archived episode and if you like what you hear, either Jim’s point of view, his like of sushi or yes – the tunes – then you’re in luck. Sparta is coming back to Vancouver on March 30th, playing the Commodore [HOB]. I know a lot of people were upset that the last show at Richards on Richards sold out so quickly so here’s your chance.

Friday March 30th, 2007 @ The Commodore Ballroom – Tickets $17.50 – with guests, Moneen and Attack in Black.

To listen to our interview with Jim Ward of Sparta, click the following link [MP3]

The Crazy Canucks – Episode #25

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 — 8:00am PDT
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A special night on the podcast for Episode 25, not only did we have EVERY member of The Crazy Canucks on the line, we also had Paul Kukla from Kukla’s Korner join us as a special guest. Paul’s got great insight and knowledge about the game, and it was great to get the perspective of Wings fan. Visit website for Episode 25 show notes and links.

Playing with iMovie

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 — 10:49pm PDT
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We’re so dead tired but I thought I would post a little something I made, for the simple fact that I figured out how to make it. The program is pretty straightforward although the content we created (below) isn’t the most interesting. It’s just fun to experiment and try out new things, eh.

Next thing ya know I’ll be doing my own podcasts in Garageband – I’ve already used Ubercaster on RadioZoom but really, who wants to hear Miss 604’s voice on another podcast.

Update: Uhh… there might not be audio on this but I’m going to bed… will fix in morning.

Update: Okay the learning experience isn’t over. I encoded this to a Quicktime file, which plays nicely (sound and all) but it seems to lose audio when uploaded to YouTube. We should just go back to making video podcasts with our cell phones but I don’t think some people would like that… you know who you are 😛