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Some say life is the dream and the afterlife is the awakening

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Books!

Books! via Flickr

Nothing too special. Just a shot I took not too long ago. Someday books like this will be a memory. Probably not too far away.


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Reelin’ in the Years – 2006

It’s 2006 and I’m 44 years old. 44 is an unlucky number for the Chinese. At least, for those who believe in the I Ching. Hexagram 44 is a time where temptation and darkness can cause real danger.

I Ching hexagrams 0 to 64

I Ching hexagrams 0 to 64 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I used to consult the I Ching pretty much daily when I was a lot younger. By 2006 I don’t take it too seriously. Basically, I got bored of it never really coming true.

It dawned on me that I was just projecting my own desires onto the hexagrams. And I also believe the Holy Spirit is of a different order than the order talked about in the I Ching. However, I admit, I still notice when I see the #44.

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve been watching the news you’ll know that 2006 is the year Stormy Daniels claims to have had unprotected sex with President Trump.

I guess someone had a bad day…

I recall hearing this song and not thinking too much of it until the extremely catchy chorus. It’s by a Canadian artist who did better in other countries than in his own native land.

That happens sometimes.

Stone Path, The I Ching Trail, Autumn Is Not

Reelin’ in ALL the Years


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What Went Wrong?

Barefoot Justine

SimonGarfunkelI’ve had this problem, one that started early into adulthood. The problem is that there is music I love that I cannot bear. Be it in the background at a supermarket, on the radio, with friends, on my own, this music always brings me to tears. Not tears due to the content, it’s something else, something that is so deep in me I never could quite pinpoint it. It’s not a feeling I have about anything else, no matter how much I love, have loved, or how terribly important it has been in my life. It’s Simon and Garfunkel. I have not even owned any of their albums on CD, as the music they made began stirring me to tears way back in the days of vinyl. Why?

I missed the sixties, they were before my time, but I did not miss the aftermath, the music was still in the…

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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.