Congratulations to my sister and brother-in-law Carolyn and Adam on their adoption referral. Can’t wait to meet little Nathan Leule.


Remixing and Reissuing Reconsidered: Pearl Jam Ten

I’m usually not one for re-released remastered remixed re-issues, despite the allure of alliteration, but the Pearl Jam Ten re-issue is an exception. The original producer, Brendan O’Brien, remixed and remastered the tracks and the result is remarkable (correction: Rick Parashar was the original producer of Ten. Thanks to those who pointed this out.). It sounds like it was recorded yesterday, instead of on the muddy banks of 1990s grunge.

To be clear, these are not remixes as in “m4tr1x RaVe Ed1ti0n”, they are remixed in the true sense of the world. O’Brien mixed down the album as he would if he were to record the album today, with all of the skill, taste, and equipment developed since the original release.

The remixes confirm what I’ve always thought about Pearl Jam. The label of “grunge” described a new variation of modern (at the time) rock music. Nirvana was grunge, Soundgarden was grunge. Pearl Jam was always just plain old Rock ’n Roll®.


Unintended Night Lights

The following things in my house have some kind of light on all the time whether they are in use or not:

  1. Microwave
  2. Camera battery charger
  3. Laptop
  4. Phone
  5. Cell phone
  6. Baby monitor (transmitter and receiver)
  7. Smoke detector (x3)
  8. Alarm clock
  9. Cable modem
  10. Wireless router
  11. Coffee Maker!?

There is also a street light about twenty feet from my front step.


Un-Break Me

The latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer includes a prominent “broken page” button in the toolbar, right up there with Stop and Refresh. In the world of interface design, we like to call this an “unbreak me” button.

This screenshot from the Microsoft website shows it off:

Screenshot of Unbreak Me button in IE8


Truth in Numbers

As usual, a great comic from xkcd. I’ve fallen for this misleading comparison myself:

1000 Times - xkcd comic


Coffee Warms Heart

While waiting in line for a coffee at Robin’s Donuts this morning, I heard one of the employees say to another, “What does the guy with the broken foot take?” I wasn’t sure I had heard this right, but she asked again.

It turns out that a regular customer had broken his foot and wasn’t able to get out of his car and into the shop. They told him he can just pull up outside in his car and they run his coffee out to him.

Heart = warmed (and yes, I sometimes get coffee at Robin’s).


9 of 13 of us at our annual silverorange retreat had digital SLR cameras this year. I was not one of them.


The new Sloan video for Witch’s Wand is a good one and happens to be my favourite song on the album as well.


Shepard Fairey: From Mozilla to Obama

Artist Shepard Fairey has recently become widely known for his iconic Obama posters (featured on the cover of Time magazine). It is much less widely known that he created another iconic image from the tech world.

Sometime in 1998, Shepard Fairey created the lizard artwork that became the logo and mascot for the Mozilla project. Even today, this lizard is still used in the logo for the Mozilla Foundation.

Shepard Fairey Mozilla and Obama artwork


Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33

Six months later, a new session of Acts of Volition Radio with eight great songs.

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33 (43MB Ogg Vorbis) (or 52MB MP3)
Six months and either songs. Recorded Sunday, Feb 15, 2008 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 42min.
  1. Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
  2. Gordie Sampson – Davie Jones
  3. Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen
  4. Mardeen – It’s a Lot to be Loved
  5. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
  6. Kings of Leon – Closer
  7. Eddie Vedder – Rise
  8. Hey Rosetta! – Psalm

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions or subscribe to the Acts of Volition Radio podcast feed.