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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!

Probably not as great as I think

I’ve never been able to draw to save my life. I can’t complain too much, I’ve got other talents, but yesterday I had a great idea for a cartoon, à la The Far Side. Perhaps someone else can do something with this.

Scene: Two Native Americans, a man and a woman, stand in front of their teepee. The man holds a blanket over a fire, making smoke signals. The woman has her arms crossed and looks unimpressed.

Man: I’m sorry honey, I have to take this…

Any idea-starved cartoonists out there?

What’s so great about sliced bread?

Here’s an expression that needs to die: “It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” I can think of a million inventions that are better than sliced bread. Say, for example, toilet paper. Whatever people were doing before toilet paper was invented, I can pretty much guarantee it was worse than slicing bread.

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

If you haven’t checked out the new Neko Case album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, I highly recommend you do so. This is her fourth solo studio album, though you may also know her from her work with The New Pornographers. I picked this up on the recommendation of an email from Amazon.ca, despite not having heard any of her previous albums. This album has an alluring combination of lush instrumentation, cryptic yet emotive lyrics, and finely crafted songs. And Case’s amazing voice soars over it all like… uh, something that soars. Whatever, I can’t write reviews. Just buy the damn album, it’s really good. Here’s an MP3.

In a dream I saw you walkin’

Well, I promised a final update about the tour, but I don’t really have much else to say. We made it there and back, the van never broke down, nothing got stolen, only one show got cancelled (and even then it wasn’t really cancelled). Parts of the tour were somewhat trying, but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re stuck in a van with three other people for 8 or 10 hours every day. Would I do it again? Maybe.

I’ve uploaded the rest of the pictures.

Oh, and if you’re in the Victoria area on May 5, come down to Steamers to see the first band that Ron the furnace repair assistant from Spanish, Ontario has ever met.