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Reelin’ in the Years – 1963

Continuing on with my “most representative” tune of the year since I was born, 1963 sees a change in pop music. Production is becoming a bit more complex and calculated. This #1 top single is a good example of carefully crafted production.

There are many good tunes in the top 100 for this year. It wasn’t easy settling on this one. I chose Sugar Shack not because it was #1 but because I dig its clever parsimony. We hear a lot of that today in pop music.

Reelin’ in ALL the Years

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I remember when the web was young… me and suzie had so much fun

earth sunrise via deviant art

I signed up for deviant art many years ago. After retrieving my PW I’m good to go. This time I’m just testing to see if you can hyperlink to images like you can at, say, Flickr.

It’s fun to do new things on the web. This isn’t actually new but going back to deviant art reminds me of the early days when every website was an adventure, an exploration. These days it’s more about “Will I Tweet this or post it on Facebook?”

A lot of smaller sites have bitten the dust as a handful of megalomaniac CEOs take over the internet and the world. I’m glad deviant art is still around. Probably owned by Google or something like that. But at least I had a few moments where I felt that wonder that was the early days of the web.

Igloo, a Jive-style enterprise collaboration platform, raises $47M(feedproxy.google.com)

Doing a Low-Budget Photo Shoot with DIY Props for Less Than $75(petapixel.com)

Google’s next big Chrome update will make internet browsing less annoying(businessinsider.com)

Women In Tech: Up & Coming Female Entrepreneurs(grasshopper.com)

Germany’s New Social Media Hate Speech Law is Now Being Enforced(gizmodo.co.uk)

Still living under the tyranny of the password in 2017(techcrunch.com)

Is Your Time Online Time Well Spent?(cmswire.com)

Twitter Says 677,775 People Touched by Russia-Based Organizations(247wallst.com)


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Christmas is for kids

Image via Flickr

Taken today at one of the more economically disadvantaged parishes in Toronto (area-wise). Seems these amazing people are doing the most for kids this Xmas.

And isn’t that usually the way?

Those with a lot grasp on to it and are often cheap and miserly. Those with a little know what it means to be in want, so tend to share whatever they have to help others avoid that unpleasant feeling.


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Watch “Roman Catholic Chant – Crusades” on YouTube


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Analog Phasers

Here’s a funny one from my past. The pic was taken sometime in the 1970s. I used to ski at this place almost every winter weekend, and during March Break.

I was also a huge Trek fan, back when there was only one Trek, and maybe the cartoon. So here’s my childhood attempt to add some FX. I remember so well getting out the felt-tipped markers and using either a ruler or tape for the straight line. Probably a ruler as tape would have damaged the slide. But it was a long time ago and I’m not sure.


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Santa reads the NEWS! – Playing around with Pixlr app (Android)

Santa reads the NEWS!

The background is an opml file for my RSS news feeds. Click on image for the thrilling details! 🙂