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Pachelbel Rant

I played the cello when I was young, starting when I was five up until I was 13. In addition to lessons and recitals, I also performed in a string orchestra. As I imagine is the case for many youth string orchestras, Pachelbel’s Canon in D was a staple of our repertoire. Accordingly, this standup routine by comedian Rob Paravonian hit close to home.

I must admit, however, to having fond memories of running home after getting off the school bus, picking up my cello, and playing along with Pachelbel’s Canon on the radio. It was the closing music for one particular program on CBC Radio (which a quick Google search reveals to be Off the Record, hosted by Bob Kerr), and the timing of my arrival generally allowed me about 15 seconds of accompaniment.

To the guy who thinks his username on YouTube is Tweek

Dear Guy Who Thinks His Username On YouTube is Tweek:

Your username is not Tweek. My username is Tweek. Please stop clicking on the “forgot my password” link and typing in my username. I don’t need an email reminding me of what my password is, I already know it.

And YouTube, you’re not blameless in all of this. Why not follow the lead of sites like Flickr, Myspace, and pretty much every other site out there and require a user to enter the email address he signed up with to get his password reminder?

Islands at Legends

I am breaking my blog silence to tell you I just saw Islands perform at Legends, and my face hurts from smiling, they were that damn good. It was one of those shows that reminds me why I want to make music.

This is to be the month of concerts for me. Coming up:

Hey, Sports Racers!

For some time, I’ve been peripherally aware of an individual by the name of Ze Frank and his video podcast, “the show“. Having now watched a few episodes, I’m pretty much hooked. It’s “The Daily Show” meets “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” meets “Max Hedroom”. Ze’s sarcastic, fast-talking, no-rules riffing is by turns hilarious and insightful.

The show has a great user-created component as well, where viewers (aka Sports Racers) are encouraged to comment on the show, transcribe episodes, write their own segments for Ze to perform on so-called “Fabuloso Fridays”, and identify themselves on a map in a section of the site known only as THE ORG.

Go watch the latest episode, check out the wiki and stick a pin in the map. You’ll be glad Ze’s thinking so you don’t have to. What’s your Power Move?

Please excuse the mess

UNDER CONSTRUCTIONI was tired of the Flickr badge breaking validation on my site, so I got rid of it. In it’s place, I’ve installed a WordPress plugin to do the job. Say hello to FAlbum! Not only does it display a random selection of my photos, when you click on the thumbnail it displays the larger version of the photo right within my site. Try it out and see what you think.

Unfortunately, the photo display pages aren’t quite compatible with the theme I’m using. I need to do some tweaking with the stylesheets to get everything displaying properly, but it’s a start.

The cool thing about having a blog is if you break it, you can leave it for a few days and you don’t have to worry about your boss breathing down your neck to get it fixed.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: if you scroll down, way down, you’ll see links to CD Baby for both of Jay Dunphy’s albums, as well as links to find them on iTunes. Go buy one (or three), and help us make another one!