Archive for January, 2005

Radio Revolution


Attended a great lecture last night all about the radio broadcasting industry in Canada. A screening of the Radio Revolution documentary was followed by a great discussion about the CRTC and future trends in radio.

I had heard of The Big 8 before; however, the film really opened my mind to a new perspective of Canada/US relations.

Two things:

1) I now have another reason to visit Windsor.

2) If ANYONE wants to start up a CKLW ish station in the Ottawa market, SIGN ME UP!

Let’s use technology as a tool to track logs, and index LPs — not to voice tracks or cut “overhead”.

Cool Stamps.


Thought these were pretty neat, they don’t do much for educating the user but they do make you think!

Bought a Tambourine, Broke a Tambourine


Well, the title pretty much says it all. Whilst in Stratford on the weekend, I decided it was time to purchase the next instrument to add to my small collection. Knowing full well that the next instrument was to be a tambourine, it was only a matter of choosing one from the rather large selection.

My choice was a rather traditional wood tambourine. Nice size, smooth finish and spectacular resonance. It accompanied a few of Judson’s sets back at the suite, and it was in perfect condition that morning when I packed it away for the trip back to Ottawa.

It certainly isn’t in perfect condition any more… …it makes more noise than music. Perhaps I can sell it for parts or something…

It was only a matter of time…


Well, it’s happened. I knew it was coming with all of the Genetically Modified food debates of years-gone-by…

You can now purchase and cultivate your own Genetically Modified weeds!

That’s right, many companies, governments and farmers think all these “Genetically Modified Pants” are great stuff (so long as they continue to decrease costs and increase profits), but many are quick to downplay the environmental effects that GM crops could have on other plants.

What’s dangerous about the Do-It-Yourself GM Superweed kit, is that it puts the seeds of the super weeds into the hands of the general public. That can’t be a good thing if you’re a farmer spreading manure into the back yard of some uneducated urban sprawlers who have nothing better to do with their time than surf on the internet, reading about dangerous stuff like this:

Changing Chambers.


Surviving my first Chamber of Commerce meeting ever, I attempted my second on the same day. There was less meeting content (boo) but more meeting attendance (yae). Met a plethora of great people working to improve South Dundas County and was left with a positive feeling that something good IS being done in these smaller rural Ontario communities.

So I wonder how business is coming along in the states? Are the Reds still happy they’re Red? Are the blues still depressed? Maybe this will help:

Off-Season Networking Not Working.


The good news is that the day is more than half over… unfortunately

it started far too early. ;) Met up with Ron and drove to the annual

general meeting for the Chamber of Commerce in Renfrew. It was a

breakfast affair the day after heavy ice rain, so our trip started much

earlier than intended.

We were hopping to meet some key players in the area’s tourism industry. Instead we sat with bankers & insurance brokers to listen to the guest

speaker’s presentation on Federal policies that effect local tourism.

Tonight I’m off to another Chamber meeting in my home town

(approximately the same distance in the opposite direction).

Hope the coffee is free!

Not a moment too soon…


Jumped in my car after economics and drove to the country to sit in on a meeting with the local Ontario Federation of Agriculture members. Just by chance, I happened to be sitting beside the county’s Economic Development Officer (EDO)! Thought that was pretty funning considering the day’s events… (read the previous post). The EDO asked me for my email address since I was interested the newsletter she distributes. This has left me wondering just how quickly I can make some positive changes to the townships economy…

First, however, I’m going to invest a bit more time researching Gencore. In short, Canada has a lot of beef cattle that it ships it to the United States where it is slaughtered, turned into steaks or pepperoni and then the food is shipped back to Canadian stores. Since the U.S. has stopped accepting Canadian Beef cattle across it’s boarder Farmers have nowhere to send their animals to be slaughtered. Gencore has opened a slaughterhouse in Kitchener and there are two things I want to find out: what happens to the meat it produces and how much profit has it made to date.

Economics meet J.G.


I can’t believe I’ve made it through 27 years of my life without being forced to have a thorough understanding of economics. Today that streak has come to an end. I spent the morning reading my glossy new textbook and gobbling up the theories like a kid in a candy store. So THIS is what I’ve been reading about in Adbusters! Sure, I have understood most of the concepts before, but what I’ve been trying to figure out on my own is how to get everyone ELSE to understand the relationship between limited resources and infinite demands….

I arrived to class almost excited to jump into economics — only to sit through a half hour introduction by our professor all about his experiences at London School of Economics (a school that’s becoming quite familiar to me as of late). Stories about him, McJagger and his other classmates. I’m always glad to hear any news from LSE students — especially Jessica — but never thought I’d get a 30 minute LSE history session from my Prof. Luckily, he seems to be pretty cool and I’m ever so thankful that his opinions sway towards goodwill, not corporate greed.

I’ll be back to write more later, ceteris paribus.


It’s all who you know…


Early this morning (1:45am to be exact) I was just about to shut down my computer when an email popped into my inbox. A good friend of mine from the greater Toronto area made my day by sending me an invite to Gmail! Woo hoo! Lydia, you’re awesome!!! What’s even better is that I was able to get a choice alias… …no more of those stupid email addresses like jason23341200773. Phew!

Catch ya later,


Ahead of Time


The new year has arrived sooner than we thought (by a few millionths of a second or so), and apart from compassion there is certainly no reason to be unhappy should all your family and friends be safe and in good health.

It is quite amazing how proximity to those we care about can provide such comfort. I suppose it depends on how you define proximity, or perhaps on how much faith you have in the technologies available to get us to those people should it be necessary.

For instance, I trust that my health, energy and legs can get me to most family and friends should it be required. I also love driving and am familiar enough with a vehicle & gas engine that getting to anyone over land certainly doesn’t worry me (especially since I know some people who are willing to kill for oil to keep the motor running). Sailing or flying does not bother me either, but sails and jets are just a bit less familiar so I worry a bit more when they are my only tools to decrease the aforementioned proximity and thus increase my own personal comfort.

Is this proximity issue solved when you own a jet? I know that getting around San Andreas is a lot easier when you have a jet and parachute…

For me, the weirdest part about all of this is that I don’t have to be in line-of-site to be comforted by these people. During the Christmas holidays I spent one evening at home alone and was thrilled that so many people I admire were nearby. Tonight may be another quiet night, but for some strange reason I cannot rest as easy — even though the same people are just as safe and happy (if not safer and happier) now that they’ve returned to their homes.

-Blammo- that’s a lot to handle after a long night of ringing in the New Year. Right now I’m sitting down flipping between “Suzuki Speaks” (a documentary about the future of our planet and our interconnectedness) and “The Rose Bowl Parade” (grow flowers, cut flowers and build a pretty float for your sponsors). I wonder how many Rose Bowlers know that air pollution helps preserve fresh cut roses? (PDF, 360KB)

Lastly, all this writing about jets during David’s kick-ass show made me think of something I read a while ago about how the exhaust from planes (contrails) effects the atmosphere by crystallizing and shading some areas (lowering temperatures) or rising and blocking uv rays and heat in others (raising temperatures)



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