Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's been a good year for Photography

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
There are currently 107 photos in my Most Interesting of 2009 set. These are all pics that have made the top 200 out of all my photos on flickr. Flickr ranks photos by what they call interestingness. By comparison my 2008 set had only 50.

- Peace

Friday, December 18, 2009

Who Said?

Speak up for the people who have no voice,
for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!

Beth has the answer. Honestly I don't know if I would have gotten it right.

- Peace

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas - This is War

Dustin Kensrue - This Is War

Friday, December 11, 2009

Strange Quotes

I think there's these notions out there that people think of infidelity as quote-unquote ‘wrong,' as quote-unquote ‘immoral,' “ he said. “In this day and age, and in this era, creating those morality judgments is not equivalent to a tolerant society.
CEO Noel Biderman, who's company helps people have "afairs", in the Globe and Mail today. The Toronto Transit Commission turned down advertising from his company t with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair."

I wonder what Tiger Woods would say to that?

Many of the skills needed to use computers aren't highly useful in slaying mammoths.
Jakob Nielsen, usability guru from his article: Short-Term Memory and Web Usability. His point is we should keep web sites simple because
After all, your paying customers are only one step out of the cave.
OK I'm all for keeping things simple but I'm not a fan of theory that it's because our brains can't keep up. My grandfather could do math in his head way faster than any of the grand kids because he had to do the fly calculations while working the lumber docs in his youth. Ancient cultures memorized huge sections of text as scrolls where rare and could keep complex stories and characters strait. I think it's modern hubris that thinks our issues with needing simplicity are because we haven't evolved enough.

- Peace

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Alt Christmas Music

'Salvation Is Created’, the new record from Bifrost Arts to be released November 3rd on Great Comfort Records, is a modern-day oratorio that seeks to present the Christmas story stripped of sentimentality in the hopes of revealing afresh the mystery and strangeness of Christmas as it initially emerged. By making the familiar unfamiliar, the listener is reintroduced to the Christmas drama and encounters beauty to be sure, but also blackness, dry desert, strange noises from unknown sources, and the confusion and anxiety so latent in the situation. The quiet and fragile hope provided by a baby born without medical assistance in an unsuitable environment, in an insignificant town and amongst circumstances dangerous both physically and politically, takes on greater poignancy. The outcome of the story is unknown and uncertain, and certainly not the prelude that one would expect to the story of a king or universal triumph.

Found this when I went looking for A Familyre Christmas Vol. 3, no luck but Vol 1 & 2 are there.
We felt that in lieu of creating Volume 3 this year, it would be better to draw attention to a very special release from one of our sister labels, Great Comfort Records. The record is called Salvation Is Created by Bifrost Arts, and is one of the most unusual, beautiful, and surprising Christmas records out there. The album features Sounds Familyre artists Ben + Vesper, Elin K. Smith, and SF Friend Joshua Stamper, along with a whole slew of incredibly gifted artists.

Have a listen to the free mp3 Joy Joy!!! to get a feel for this album. I think I'll be ordering it.

- Peace

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Community Kitchen

Thank You to the Matriarchs.
Wilma and Dorothy have been kind enough to include me in their cooking group with the Community Kitchen. The Community Kitchen provides all the things you need to hold a big cook with a group of people, Wilma and Dorothy provide the leadership and grace to our group. Thanks to Wilma, Dorothy, the rest of the group and the Community Kitchen; I've been able to contribute in a significant way to the cooking of meals at our house. The Community Kitchen is a great way to save time and money. Home made frozen dinners, half the cost - twice the value.

I'll be looking to take the coordinator training through the Community Kitchen as I'd like to see if we can start an other group to spread the advantages of cooking in community. Let me know if you're interested.

- Peace