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I feel like blogging... strange

Okay, this music thing sounds like a gas. Let's ride.

1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn't make sense.

How are you feeling today?
rule by secrecy

How do your friends see you?

Will you get married?
talk show host

What is your best friend's theme song?
i'm still remembering

What is the story of your life?
maybe sparrow

What was high school like?
all the king's horses

How can you get ahead in life?
the state of the union

What is the best thing about your friends?
the trick is to keep breathing

What is tonight going to be like?

What is in store for the remainder of this weekend?
p.s. you rock my world

Hmm... well, that was rather tame, until the very end of course. Blogging is neat, why'd I ever stop?


One, two, three strikes, y'er out...

Hello to everyone from my last day in the office. I was working outside again last week, but the rain has driven me inside to finish a few computer-related projects. Nothing to worry about, I'll be greenifying the world again soon and now our crew will be (mostly) full with the imminent arrivals of Sam Martin and JROD. Neato.

On a different note, we're off to see another Blue Jays game tonight... number 2 of the year for Dan and I. That's a good start, I think. If anyone has Roger's Sportsnet, look for us somewhere behind 1st base. Or... don't.

Oh, and the countdown until Laura's return is now comfortably into the teens of weeks... 15 weeks at last count. It's going to be an exciting August!


The Outsides

Well, sod starts up again tomorrow. So, instead of being in front of a computer, I'll likely be in Mississauga or some such place. Sorry to my daily MSN buddies, you know who you are, but I won't be around so much anymore. I'll be most easily reached by carrier pigeon. If you do not own a carrier pigeon, the telephone may be an acceptable alternative.


And she said I wouldn't do it...

Just to prove Laura wrong, I will indeed make a post today, hopefully the first of many more. As this is my first blog post since I got back from Japan, I just want to say thank you to all of you who sent us nice and fun messages while I was there. I'm off to a stag 'n' doe for Sam and Samantha in a few short minutes, so I won't write too much today.

Oh, baseball season is in full swing, which means two things... baseball and baseball. Anyone who wants to go to a Blue Jays game, email Dan or myself, as we've typically got one or two trips planned at any given time. Also, anyone who wants to play a little baseball on a weekend or after work or whatever, that would be cool. Let's see if we can get something like that organized.


Are you ready for some football?

This week in the NFL, my Indianapolis Colts face a stiff test in their quest to remain undefeated. The 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers come to town in a much anticipated Monday night tilt. I will buy a beer for the first person to submit a solid, pro-Colts cheer or rally cry for the game. Seriously. Leave a comment or email.

Go Colts!


Check this one out

If you get the chance, find a way to listen to The Flaming Lips - In The Morning of The Magicians. It will be 6 of the best minutes of your life.


Picking up where I left off...

Three months ago today I began a post I had intended to be based on the conflict between sacred and secular music. Well, it kinda got left behind. I blame society.

I couldn't help, however, turning my thoughts again to the topic, but with a slightly different focus. I tend to question the definitions of good and bad music. To some people, Nickelback is "good" - or even great. Personal taste aside, I think we can all admit that they're not beginning any music revolutions. What really intrigues me, though, is the difference between morally good or bad music.

The Beatles are (were) musical giants and their mostly mellow song is parent-friendly. But how do we reconcile the fact that half of their songs were written directly about experiences with drugs? Is this okay? I'm not sure myself. I like the Beatles, though I don't love them, but that's not the point. We often have this idea in our heads that one kind of music is okay and another kind is not, based entirely upon the kind and volume of the instruments and rarely on the lyrics or intent.

Classical music is holy, rap is evil. Acoustic is uplifting, electric is just noise. Songs about love warm the heart, songs about lonliness make kids depressed. Is this really the case? Obviously I don't think so or I wouldn't have written it in such a club-footed attempt at wit.

Still, there must be some answers. Is it all just personal preference? I hope not.

As always, feel free to leave opinions. Anyone with bands/artists/groups they know of which may enlighten the topic, please do let me know.

P.S. Nickelback sucks!

P.P.S. Any views expressed in this post are not necessarily those of the Canadian government, the VanDooren family or Ontario Sod Growers and all its subsidiaries.