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Pirates, to me! (livejournal edition) Jan. 17th, 2008 @ 04:15 pm
Hi folks,

There's some stuff i haven't been able to find again on the old pc. Mainly, we're talking install/setup files for key pirated software. Anyone feel like hooking me up with a nice, free and hassle-free version of any of the following?

- Adobe Illustrator (a recent one for Windows XP)
- Adobe Photoshop (ditto)
- Cool Edit Pro 2

Lemme know.
Thanks in advance!

The Days of Holly Dec. 16th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm
I will be...

IN FREDERICTON from the 22nd to the... 29th or 30th?


IN HALIFAX from the 29th or 30th until the 2nd.


Gaming Advice Needed Dec. 14th, 2007 @ 04:15 pm
Here's my deal:

I've been putting aside money for a new computer.  So far i've got 1500 smackers put aside, and i hope to get twice as much or nearly before making the purchase (which shouldn't actually take all that long).  I want it to be really nice, with a 22inch HD flatscreen, etc.

Now, i've been assuming that this would be a nice big gaming PC, so as to avoid the Console Wars.  I'm desperate for next-gen games, but there's something wrong with every new system, namely: the Xbox 360 seems to break a lot and isn't that powerful a machine, the PS3 is powerful and reliable but not many games are being made for it, and the Wii has almost no games i'm excited about.  I know, i know: the new Ratchet and Mario games look incredible, but - as much as i want to try them - those are not the games that get me slavering for a system.  Here are the games that have me going apeshit with anticipation:

- Oblivion (Xbox360, PS3, PC)
- Assassin's Creed (Xbox360, PS3, PC)
- Mass Effect (Xbox360 only, so far)
Not yet released:
- GTA IV (Xbox360, PS3, maybe PC eventually)
- Fallout (Xbox360, PS3, PC)

Okay, so now that i look at the list, perhaps a PS3 wouldn't be such a bad choice, though it does eliminate the possibility of Mass Effect, which is supposedly amazing.

Now, i don't have an HDTV and i don't intend to purchase one, though i expect that i could hook-up a console to a nice 22inch HD flatscreen monitor, right?  Would that work?  It's just that i've heard next-gen graphics are kinda lost (even bad) on ol' fashioned teevees.

Anyway, what i'm wondering is this:

Should i get a really sweet gaming computer?  Is it worth it?  Or should i just get a really nice computer that isn't a gaming monster, putting money aside instead for a next-gen console i could then hook-up to a sweet new monitor?  And if i do get a console, should i got PS3 or Xbox360?


NIC NEWS Aug. 11th, 2007 @ 01:06 am


I'm back from my weirdly short trip to Fredericton and Edmundston.

Here are some things i failed to do:

- sleep the night before my early morning flight
- select a flight that wouldn't be delayed by a sudden, raging electrical storm
- see any more than a third of the folks i'd hoped to see
- walk or bike around Fredericton much
- swim more than once ("o hey look that electrical storm followed me here awesome.")

Here are some things i managed to do:

- edit two awesome comicbook scripts for Tom
- see Brendan, Matt Savoie, Becca (briefly) and my cousin Marc-André
- eat some fucking incredible home cooking
- hang out with my folks a bunch and with my Mémère a bit
- read a cute French graphic novel
- sleep through most of the busride back

Here's what i discovered upon arriving:

- Decibelle still remembers and loves me
- 8 or so big flies in the apartment, all but one of which i have by this point tradepaperbacked into oblivion
- a message on the machine from my college, informing me that they'd like me to take on a third 101 class this fall

This last bit of news means i'll have a full courseload this fall (woooooooooooooo!) and still only a single prep (haaaaaaaaaaaahahahahah!), which is all just amazing.  Grading will be a bit rough, and keeping everything straight will be weird, but basically i'll be getting a whole lot more money for not a whole lot more work (basically just more teaching, which i love doing anyway).  In case you've just fallen asleep and missed most of that, allow me to be perfectly clear: THIS IS VERY GOOD NEWS INDEED.

That's all i've got for now.  Em gets back on Monday and i want to make this place sparkle for her return, so you'll have to forgive me if i neglect you and/or our online Scrabble games.

Peace out.

MOAR Jul. 4th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

Deluxe Edition Livejournal Exclusive (Not Really But Whatever) Jul. 4th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

I posted about this on Facebook last night, forgetting that not all of you are on there.  So here's an LJ post about it, this time with MORE PICTURES.

Her name is Decibelle on account of her being surprisingly loud for such a little thing.  She has quieted down considerably since we took her home, but the name has stuck.Collapse )

I can't express to you how well she's fitting in here and what a perfect kitten she has been so far.  Playful without being mean, curious without being stupid, cuddly without being overly needy.  She's not even skittish anymore (at all), though i guess having friends over will be the true test of that.
How am i doing?: ecstaticbeaming from ear to ear
Sounds heard at the time: poppy by tv on the radio

Me.  I watch the watchmen. Jun. 15th, 2007 @ 06:51 pm
I've been meaning to keep you all posted on the ups and downs of my teaching a summer course on the graphic novel (comics!), but i've been way too busy doing it to write about it.  I will take a minute to say the following, though: it's been pretty amazingly positive overall, though there have been a few minor rough patches so far.  It's an intensive course, 60 hours done over 20 consecutive weekdays in three hour chunks, and we just had Class #11 today, so we're already past the halfway mark.  Also, we had the teacher evaluations this morning and - after having looked at the results - the college's curriculum committee has offered me two classes in the fall (two simultaneous 101 courses), which is fantastic.  It's not quite a full courseload, but it'll be enough to live on comfortably and it'll be a good way for me to ease into teaching multiple courses at once.  Plus, it means i probably won't bother signing up for either tutoring work or for classes at that other, less fun college at which i've taught before.  I will be an English teacher at an amazing college.  That is all i will be, professionally speaking, which is awesome.

Anyway, i gotta go eat some food, prepare some essay topics on Watchmen and/or Wanted, and get to work grading the first run of essays (on Maus Vol. I).  I'll give you all a more thorough report in early July, as well as some word of my travel plans for the remainder of the summer.  All i know about the latter so far is that i plan to visit the following places and my favourite people therein: Ottawa, Toronto, Edmundston, Fredericton, Halifax and Cape Breton.  We'll see how that goes.

PS:  Bofinger: BBQ Smokehouse (in NDG on Sherbrooke) is a fucking amazing little restaurant.  Fantastic meat, very good prices, old blues on the PA and an adorably rockabilly waitstaff.  Go give them your money.  There is a serious derth of sweet restos around here, so i wanna keep this one alive.

PPS:  Here is a list of things i hope to buy in the next few months:
-A ukulele
-A kazoo
-A kitten
Wish me luck!
How am i doing?: contentnot bad at all
Sounds heard at the time: brianstorm by artic monkeys

Guess who is faculty!  Me!  I am faculty! May. 5th, 2007 @ 12:17 am
I have been neglectful of you, o ye Internets, and for this i am sorry.  I have ever been among your gleaming multitude of tubes as a wanderer and observer, but it has been some time now since i have properly made my presence felt.  It was not that i was overly busy, or that i had nothing to report.  Rather it was that i was waiting, waiting with the patience of a tiger preparing to blog, waiting for the day i could finally post the following words:

I have been given a real English literature course at a fucking great college.

It's what is known as a 102 or Literary Genre class, the very one i've been fantasizing about getting.  A 102 teacher has some goals and guidelines set by the government and college, of course, but also a tremendous amount of freedom.  They pick a genre (any genre, no matter how narrow or broad) and teach it, using whatever examples they see fit, imparting in-depth knowledge of the genre itself and also using it as an example of how genre works.  Examples i've seen so far include: The Fairytale, Short Fiction, American Short Fiction, Intro to Drama, Tragic Drama, The Social Novel and Creative Non-Fiction.  Here's what i pitched unofficially to the hiring committee, and which i will be pitching officially next week:

The Graphic Novel


If you have any geekish leanings, the pang you're currently experiencing is your mind tearing itself apart in a struggle to decide whether you want to fight me or fuck me.  I can't promise it'll fade anytime soon.  I'd feel bad for you but i am too busy beaming pure joy.

It's a summer session course and therefore intensive.  I'll be teaching three hours every weekday in June.  Add up the day-to-day prep and grading and i will be one busy bitch.  But i will be busy doing just about the best thing i can imagine doing for good, steady money, and i think i'll be able to afford to take the rest of the summer off afterwards.  Also, this will give me some seniority at Marianopolis, a fantastic anglophone college that is currently in the process of moving to its new campus up the dang street from my house.  Even this teensy bit of seniority means i don't need to interview there anymore.  I'm at the bottom of the English faculty list, but i am on the list now.  If there are courses that need teaching next year, i'd have to turn them down before the college could start interviewing new folks.

O and also: the college's head librarian has asked me to go comicbook shopping on behalf of the library on the college's tab.  If they're gonna have a graphic novel class, well by gum they'll need a bigger graphic novel collection, won't they?  Rock awesome.

Now, since i've been relatively free of disposable income recently, i have been borrowing WAY more comics than i buy.  As a result, i could use a hand getting prepared in the next two weeks (after which i'll have chosen the course list and had the college buy me my own copies of all the titles i need).  Click here to lend a hand.Collapse )
How am i doing?: ecstaticindescribably well

A Celebration of Life Apr. 22nd, 2007 @ 10:43 am
My Pépére's funeral went really well, all things considered.  My Mémére is incredibly tough.  My ladyfriend is wonderful and supportive.  My dad delivered an amazing eulogy.    You could tell all the old stuffy priests were jealous, which was extra awesome.  My family is pretty great.

Speaking of things worth celebrating...


-i will go see Hot Fuzz (so. fucking. excited.)
-i will go see El-P perform on May 2nd with Audra, Jesse D and Sam Vipondt
-i will go see Artic Monkeys on May 12th with Em and we will dance, i promise

Life is good.
How am i doing?: excitedpleased and excited
Sounds heard at the time: favourite worst nightmare by artic monkeys

gone for a minute Apr. 17th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm
In case any of you were thinking of contacting me in the next few days, you should know that i'll be out of town.  My pépére (Gérard Carrier, my dad's dad) died last night and i'm leaving early tomorrow for the funeral.  I won't be back until sometime this weekend, Friday night at the earliest.  Em and Mim are coming too, obviously.

Pépére was in his mid-eighties and healthy enough to enjoy life until late last week, remarkably healthy for a man his age until roughly a year ago when one of his lungs got pretty bad.  He never lost his mind or his dignity; not many are so lucky when they near the end.  Dad tells me he looked pretty bad the past few days (respirator, tubes, etc.), but he was too heavily medicated to have felt any of it past the initial scare.  Plus that whole ordeal was over quick - less than a week - and even that had it's good moments, i'm told.

He had a great life - a long one, too - a big family that loved him and a pretty good death, all things considered.  I'm glad he's survived by my mémére and not the other way around; she's more resilient and resourceful than he was, i think (she has lived through four heart attacks after all, barely missing a beat).  It's going to be hard seeing her and my dad this week.  It's never easy seeing either of them vulnerable.  I don't know how to console them, exactly, but i'll try.  I'm having a hard time even thinking about what they must be going through right now.

Thursday morning i'll be a pall-bearer for the first time.
I hate funerals, especially large catholic affairs.
Wish me luck.
How am i doing?: sadfuneral
Sounds heard at the time: party by el perro del mar

Et pi encore de la crisse de sloche... Apr. 16th, 2007 @ 07:27 pm
Ah, April!  You can tell it's my birth month because even the weather thinks it's funny, clearly of a mind that April Fool's is a month-long affair.  I dunno what it's like where you are, but you would not fucking believe the puddles here: sloppy half-snow forming deep, wide, amorphous bassins on street corners, ice water disguised as snow, sucking at the boots of the unwary with the sticky consistency of fresh mud.  The wind is cold and wet and crazed, mangling umbrellas, whipping at faces and sneaking through clothes.  I expect there'll be some flash-freezing tonight.  The ambulances have already been blaring their sirens all day.  Enter Spring in Montreal.

So, as a result of some helpful online tips from the likes of you, gentle readers, i got me some new videogames.  I picked up Timesplitters 2 used for 15$ (couldn't find Future Perfect for less than 35) and Heroes of the Pacific new for $20.  The first is a super accessible, super fun first-person shooter with lots of wacky multiplayer options.  The second is a cool dogfighting airplane game.  It's pretty awesome and has multiplayer but - noobs beware - it has a fairly steep learning curve.  So!  I will get to work unlocking as much content as i can on these suckers, slogging through the story modes and so on.  Your job is simple: if you live in Montreal and enjoy videogames, you should attempt to invite yourself over for some light-hearted pwnage.  We can trade off playing single player stuff and/or get some cooperative/competitive multiplayer action going.  And of course Tekken and Katamari are still here, awaiting your most violent urges with great-big, pleading puppydog eyes.  Who is IN?

hyperallergina is done the school year!  Wooooo!  Congratulate the lady!  She did really well, making some amazing art and writing some great papers.  And now she has recovered her free time, so let's all take advantage of that ME FIRST NO SHOVING.

moneycashhoes totally visited us and it was awesome.  Come back soon, Matt!  You're always welcome for nerdy hangouts here!

Okay, seriously: Apr. 12th, 2007 @ 09:31 am
Look at what my special lady did.

I gotta tell you, it rocks pretty hard dating someone that talented and brilliant. My very own stealthy crochet assassin...

Sweet New Sequential Art Blog o' Mine Apr. 9th, 2007 @ 02:04 am
Check out woodnot.  It's a brand new thing i'm doing: posting a pic a day from a series of pictures i took from 2000 to 2002.  The pics are neat and plentiful and they tell a story, sorta.

Friend the journal to follow along!
Post in the comments section to volunteer narration!
Get somebody to give me money for having done such a neat thing!
Daddy needs more sweatervests!

See you there.
How am i doing?: nostalgici took such pretty photos once
Sounds heard at the time: el perro del mar

Recommendations Needed Apr. 8th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm
I have a PS2.  It's the only console i have and my PC can't run anything more recent than Morrowind.  I can't afford a new pc or a new console.  Hell, at the moment i can't even afford a used Xbox.  I do want new games, though.  Badly.  Here's what i'm craving:

A) Some sort of dogfighting flying game.  I've never actually had one of these, i've just always enjoyed flying/dogfighting in other games (GTA: San Andreas, Sly 3, etc.).  Are there any good fighter plane games for the PS2?

B) Some sort of shootery game that i could play multiplayer with people at my house.  Again: what is there like that on a PS2?  Anything... Halo-ish?  I'm not particularly interested in single-player, just party-pwnage.

C) Something that combines open-endedness with RPG-like character upgradability/customization.
Any suggestions?


Anybody wanna just gimme an Xbox?
How am i doing?: frustratedfrustrated

The Next Album Apr. 6th, 2007 @ 05:56 pm
I've finally settled on a tracklist for my next album.  I've talked about this thing before, but lemme just recap:

This is a short concept album that will tell - with every song - the full story of the Dread Captain Louis Garoux, a space pirate who also happens to be a werewolf.  Garoux was the subject of a track on my first album, but that track only told a small portion of the story, focussing on the more static end of his life.  This new album will pull back to his origins and cover the events and people that made him who/what he is.

And so here is the tentative list of track titles for this ridiculous thing:

1.  Ballad of the Dread Captain Louis Garoux (remixed by Ruby Jean & the Thoughtful Bees)
        [spoken interlude - a flashback]
2.  His Origins
3.  His Transformations
4.  His Roma Bride's Life and Death
5.  His Deepest Madness - At the Silver Barstool
6.  His Engineer's Rousing Speech
7.  His Zombie Doctor's Heavy Heart
8.  His Crew's Failed Mutiny
9.  His Loyal Pilot's Dying Thoughts
10. His New Solitude and Robot Crew
They will have two titles like number 5 does already: one descriptive, the other more... impressionistic?  These second titles will be inspired by each track's completed lyrics.  So far, only number 5 is done, though i have started work on the music for all but one of them, and obviously i know what each of them will be about.
How am i doing?: excitedexcited

Ouch. Mar. 30th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm
In a very roundabout way - so much so that they almost definitely did not realize they did it - my two very hottest students described me in the following ways today:

Student A: Old
Student B: Chubby

So, uh, if any of you find my balls anywhere, please help me stitch them back on.

Maybe give them a little kiss.

Okay, thanks.
How am i doing?: crushednot great
Sounds heard at the time: amy winehouse on fucking repeat

Faint Signs of Life Feb. 12th, 2007 @ 12:56 am
I'm still here.  I still exist.  I blog therefore i am.

1.  The new Battlestar Galactica is in fact a fantastic show.  I was skeptical about it and am now eating my hat with steaksauce.
2.  I am puzzled by the widespread warm welcome the new Bloc Party album has received.  Am i the only one who noticed that it is actually pretty lame?
3.  The Good, the Bad and the Queen album is amazingly addictive.  It's not the type of record to jump right out and grab you, but it lingers real well.  Shame about their band name.  Ah well.
4.  The latest Brother Ali album (The Undisputed Truth) is awesome.  Fucking hell can that guy ever rap.
5.  I've been working on a new EP, every last song of which will relates back to Ballad of the Dread Captain Louis Garoux, the song off my last record about a werewolf in space.  Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees have agreed to remix Ballad for the project, which is really exciting.  I've already made a fair bit of progress on the other tracks - making extensive use of some new instruments i should really post about - and i've almost got the lyrics done for one of the songs.  The result will be 20 minutes or so of music about a werewolf who is also a space pirate.  Are you excited?
6.  I've become completely obsessed with comics.  They're practically all i read anymore.  Brian K. Vaughn, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis and some others.  I want to teach a course on them.  Heck, i want to be writing the damn things.  I've started talking to my ol' buddy Pete about a possible collaboration in the latter area, which would be fantastic.  In the meantime, i'm practicing writing in the medium by making a comic all on my own.  I've found an innovative solution to my whole not-being-able-to-draw problem, but it's pretty weird and also a secret for the moment.  Oh ho!
7.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman is a fuckdamn gorgeous book.  Why aren't you reading it right now?
8.  Psychonauts is a pretty great game, but the bugginess and difficulty go on a frightening upswing right at the end.  I am nearly certain i'm on the final level, but it made me so mad today that i may never finish the game.
9.  I'm not teaching this term, but i'm tutoring a lot and liking it ok.  Still beats just about any other kind of work, though i feel like a bit of a failure for not landing a course.  I hope i get some this summer.  Good ones.
10.  Everybody jumped onto Facebook simultaneously sometime last week.  It was super weird.  Here i am:

11.  I have been uncommonly social lately, and in person at that.  I'm pretty lucky to have such wonderful and geeky friends living nearby and eager to hang out, and that their friends are willing and able to head this way for hangouts.
12.  I'm currently creating a pen-&-paper role playing game, being inspired by the geekiness i've been immersed in lately.  I'm building it from the ground up, creating the world and rules, getting more experienced friends to help me with the mechanics and fine-tuning.  I'll post about it some other time.  I'm sure some of y'all would be happy to give me some feedback.  What i will say for now is that it's largely inspired by Victorian gothic, detective and sensation fiction and golden age scifi.
13.  I keep daydreaming about becoming spontaneously wealthy.  I have too many awesome things on the go and never enough time to dedicate to them.  I feel like i'm being pulled in several directions and - as a result - going absolutely nowhere.  Also, worrying about money is getting pretty fucking tiring.
14.  I'm going to bed now.
How am i doing?: tiredtired
Sounds heard at the time: history song by the good, the bad and the queen

I, uh... fuck.  Wow. Jan. 30th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm
This is...  This is amazing.  I'm actually getting a little bit of the happy-weepies.  I hope it's for real.

Thanks for Tom for the links and info.  The post i'm linking you to is his.
How am i doing?: enthralledcautiously thrilled
Sounds heard at the time: the good the bad and the queen

Jan. 1st, 2007 @ 06:43 pm
Happy 2007 everyone!

from megaGAMERZ31337

That's all i've got.

Rock Awesome.  Courtesy of the stegasaur Dec. 14th, 2006 @ 11:08 am
On the twelfth day of Christmas, loopfrog sent to me...
Twelve superpowers problematizing
Eleven vocals singing
Ten comics a-songwriting
Nine boobs fucking
Eight multiclass a-beatboxing
Seven videogames a-writing
Six jokes a-doodling
Five pla-a-a-ays
Four webcomics
Three multisyllabic rhymes
Two pet rats
...and an alliteration in an irony.
Get your own Twelve Days:

TWO SOLD ALREADY, ONE TO A STRANGER! Nov. 29th, 2006 @ 11:54 pm
I've been pestering dozens of artists who've made the mistake of friending me on myspace, posting ads in their comments section, hoping to get their attention and the attention of their friends and/or fans.  I'm also in the process of posting a myspace bulletin.  And as soon as i figure out how to send out a general event invitation over myspace, i'll do that too.  It's all pretty fun, but kinda fleeting as far as advertizing goes.  Do any of you have any suggestions as to what else i could do?  I mean, yeah: of course i should play some shows in the city, but i'm still kinda clueless as to how to get a gig here.  What else could i do?  Where else on the worldwidewerbs could i advertize?




And feel free to treat my last post as a meme, if you like.  If you don't have a newly released album of your own to advertize, you can just go ahead and post about mine in your journal.  I won't be angry, i promise.
How am i doing?: contemplativecontemplative
Sounds heard at the time: still. yes, still.

IT'S ON!!!
o man people should so buy this thing...
Tell your friends!
Sorry about the ad!

Click here for the details!

PS: i've also upped a new track!
How am i doing?: pleasedpleased
Sounds heard at the time: guess. o come on, guess!

o and hey this is what we look like now Nov. 23rd, 2006 @ 11:58 pm
We clean up nice.

the time has come... Nov. 23rd, 2006 @ 09:52 pm
I've been thinking about what to ask my folks to get me for xmas, and - so far - i'm leaning in the direction of a musical instrument.  A real one.  Sure, i wanna get myself a kazoo and maybe a new ukulele to add to my current clown car of an arsenal,* but i've been fantasizing more and more lately about learning to play music for real, and i'd like an instrument that isn't some variety of bell or whistle on which to learn.  The trick now is picking the right one, and then the right brand, etc.  Here are some of my criteria:

- I'd like it to be something i can (eventually) play while singing, so nothing i need to put my mouth to.
- Something in or below the $200-$250 price-range.  This is my first real instrument, after all.  Baby steps.  Plus, i don't wanna be too greedy.
- Something i can rock out on, but that i can also practice on quietly.
- Something not too difficult to learn.  And common enough that i could get lessons on it once i have the time/cash.

Now, i know the obvious choice is guitar, but, well...  i'd get a serious mental rash going in that predictable a direction.  As much as i love it in the hands of countless others, i don't wanna be a guy who plays guitar.  I just don't.  So i was thinking maybe a bass guitar (either acoustic, electric or electric-acoustic) or some kind of keyboard (preferably one that doesn't sound cheezy as ass).  I've been poking around the Steve's Music website and some stuff looks pretty interesting, but i'm a long way from making any kind of decision.

Do any of you have any suggestions, comments or tips?  Many of you know a fuck of a lot more about music and instruments than i do, so i'd really appreciate your advice.

* A broken four-string guitelele, five harmonicas, three kalimbas, a thundermaker,  a melodica, a toy accordion, a woodblock in the shape of a frog, and a very old, very worn Japanese accordion named Zombo.
How am i doing?: pensivepensive
Sounds heard at the time: bombay the hard way by dan the automator and dj shadow

Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 09:19 pm

Panels two and three perfectly reflect how i feel like talking to the HR departments to a few colleges in Montreal.



How am i doing?: annoyedprehistoric motherfuckers...
Sounds heard at the time: yes they love me by jesse d and the sad girl snuggle party

new song, o yes Nov. 18th, 2006 @ 08:55 pm
Long time no blog.

I've been super busy lately, but my life has been fun and interesting, despite being a touch on the stressful side at times.  Today i took a break from workstuff to make some music, finishing up a track i've been working on since finishing my last (first) album.  I'll likely put this track up on myspace soon, but not quite yet.  I wanna wait until i've figured out my album shipping thing.  That way i can be all: "Come hear the new track!  Also: albums for sale on the internet!"  Anyway, i wanted to share it with you now regardless, so here it is:

How am i doing?: accomplishedaccomplished
Sounds heard at the time: see post

fuck yes Nov. 10th, 2006 @ 04:57 pm

This is old news, i know, but even though i'd heard of it long ago, this is the first time i've actually seen it. It's Jon Stewart on CNN's Crossfire. If you haven't seen this yet, you should probably hit play. It is both amazing, hilarious and a bit sad.

This freakin' weekend Nov. 3rd, 2006 @ 08:11 am
+ Supper with my parents tonight and tomorrow, plus maybe some brunch at some point
+ Seeing The Decemberists with the missus and John Miller on Sunday night
- Gotta prepare for four tutoring sessions, all of which happen Monday, two of them in the morning
- Gotta grade fourteen essays for Tuesday, all of them short but needing extensive correction
- Gotta prepare class for Tuesday, which includes either finding or writing a good example essay

I have a friend teaching four cegep classes at the moment, dating two women, and dividing his time between Montreal and Lennoxville, so i feel kinda bad complaining about how busy i am.  Then again, i'm pretty sure this friend of mine is magic.  Or a robot.  He seems to have time to participate in sports tournaments and doesn't seem particularly overwhelmed.  I'd hate him if he wasn't such a great guy.

Where the fuck do people find their time?  Y'know that feeling you get when you look at your bank balance and panic a little because it's way lower than you expected, and so part of you starts wondering right away whether maybe someone has been stealing from you.  After all, you don't know how you could have spent all that money yourself.  I feel like that a lot, except about time.

Anyway, here are some new(ish) things that are awesome.

Loved Ones by Thesis Sahib
The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
World Container by The Tragically Hip
We Are The Pipettes by The Pipettes
Whatever People Say We Are, That's What We're Not by Artic Monkeys
Burglaritis by The Wordburglar

Myspace friends:
Toronto's Mr. Quibble
Halifax's Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees

Rockstar Games' Bully
Capcom's Okami


Caramel-Apple suckers, of which Em has bought me FOUR BAGS

Sounds heard at the time: the kids don't get it by the tragically hip

Oct. 20th, 2006 @ 03:10 am

Happy (somewhat belated) birthday, Jesse!!!

You're super old now, but i'm sure you're still pretty awesome.

On the ferry back from Tadoussac Oct. 16th, 2006 @ 05:54 pm
How am i doing?: curiousUhhhhh, HUH.
Sounds heard at the time: war with god by ludacris

Photos for the Folks Oct. 14th, 2006 @ 01:23 am
I've been meaning to give my folks some photos for a bit now.  I figured the easiest thing to do would be to up them and gather them all into one place.  So here they are:

How am i doing?: accomplishedaccomplished
Sounds heard at the time: thesis sahib, the decemberists and ludacris (NEW SHIT!)

Okay, it looks like most people are fine with the tentative plans, so let's upgrade them to "official" status.

Tomorrow (Saturday), we'll meet at the entrance to the Jardins Botaniques at 4pm.  We'll wander and explore in there until roughly 6, at which point we'll head over to the Chinese Garden to see the lanterns.

Click here if you want to figure out how to get there and how much it costs to get in, etc.

I don't know what we'll do if it rains, which looks pretty likely.  Chances are i'll make some calls and see what people would rather do.  A drizzle would probably be fine, but Em says she'd rather not do the garden tour thing if it's pissing out.  Bring an umbrella either way, just in case.

So far, i've heard back from Lisa, Ros, Jesse B, Mimi and Megan S.  Megan, will you be able to come for at least some of it?  Alice, Kelly, are you coming at all?

Let me know.
-The Boyfriend
How am i doing?: contenthopeful
Sounds heard at the time: the crane wife by the decemberists

Baaaaarrrgg! Oct. 12th, 2006 @ 07:14 pm


Do any of you know of a nice, uncomplicated and actually free piece of software i could use to convert AVIs into DVD and VCD formats?  I've done the google thing and come up with a few that look ok and then end up putting watermarks on everything unless i give them money.  I'm getting more than a little sick of the whole install-uninstall-install game.  It is not a good game.

So please: someone recommend one that they've actually used FOR FREE FOR REAL and liked.  Gimme a name, send me a link, whatevers.

How am i doing?: annoyedo look brick wall OUCH
Sounds heard at the time: loved ones by thesis sahib

Birthday Time for Em! Oct. 12th, 2006 @ 12:08 am

Emily May Cassandra Comeau (our beloved hyperallergina) is turning 25 years old pretty much right this minute.  If you care, you probably knew this already.  What you might not know is what she wants to do to celebrate her birthday this year.  Lemme break it down for you.

Em would love to get together will all her Montreal friends at the Botanical Gardens to check out the lanterns and the pumpkins.  She'd also like to just plain explore the place a little with you.

We're thinking Saturday would be the day to do it (it only looks like it might rain, unlike Sunday).  The lanterns (and perhaps the pumpkins) would be best seen in the dark, whereas the rest would benefit from some daylight.  Sunset has been happening around 6pm these days, so we figure we'd meet up at the park itself around 4ish, explore whatever fraction of the park we can cover before the sun goes down, and then head to the halloween attractions.

Are you in Montreal?  Are you available?  Are you interested?

Let us know.
-The Boyfriend

PS: if this is a very bad time for several of you, we could pick another.

PPS: suggestions for an alternative activity - in case of heavy rain - would be appreciated.
How am i doing?: giddyfestive
Sounds heard at the time: the crane wife by the decemberists

Oct. 5th, 2006 @ 09:12 am




How am i doing?: embarrassedO COME ON.
Sounds heard at the time: THE PIPETTES APPARENTLY

Pull Shapes by The Pipettes Sep. 28th, 2006 @ 01:14 am
I've tried four times to post this from youtube and i've had zero success so far.  Let's hope it works if i just embed it into a regular post.

If it does work, i think i can safely speak for most of us in saying: "i seriously need to bone all three Pipettes right this instant."

Fuckdamnit, this video goes a long way to improving my mood.

How am i doing?: chipperpipette
Sounds heard at the time: see video

Awesome Apple video and a link to download the better version of the song Sep. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

I love this video. I guess the dude is Fiona's brother and the director of the video. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

Here is the original (better) version of the song, which Sony refused to release until they could have a professional take it from being breathtaking to being just plain good.

EDIT: Ok, i guess maybe his name is actually Zach Galifianakis and he is a comedian? CAN YOU SOLVE THIS MYSTERY?

Sep. 18th, 2006 @ 11:48 am
I need a new CD/DVD drive...

How does this one look?

It looks good to me.  Decent price, nice features, etc.  And it's external, which i like.  But i'm no expert and some of you are, at least when compared to me.

Whaddya think?

Bear in mind, my PC's stats are:

Pentium 4 CPU 2.00GHz
256MB of RAM
60 gigs Hard Drive
How am i doing?: optimisticcautiously optimistic
Sounds heard at the time: artic monkey - perhaps vampires is too strong a word but

Suddenly Strong with the Force Sep. 9th, 2006 @ 01:38 am
Today - roughly one week after having given up hope for the semester - i was given a class to teach.  I start Tuesday.  This wonderful bit of news came roughly twenty minutes after i got off the phone with the HR person from a different college, this one wanting me for an interview early next week.  And so, as of next week i will definitely be teaching a class at Marie-Victorin and quite possibly another at Marianopolis.  Both campuses are on my metro line and only a few stops away.

The course i'm teaching for sure involves teaching English communication and composition to recently immigrated business students, most of them from China.  It'll be geared specifically to their area of expertise (rather than mine), which is not terribly exciting in itself, but i'm looking forward to the challenge.  At the very least, this is an upper-level course for them, so it won't be a matter of rudimentary ESL teaching.

The course i might be teaching will be directed at regular college-age kids from around here.  The subject matter is still kinda up in the air, though.  A prof with a full course load (three courses) called in sick for the semester and the faculty isn't sure yet how to divide up the courses.  Likely only one of them will go to The New Person.  I've been told, however, that one of those courses may be Children's Lit, the teaching of which would rock so hard everything around it would go all dim, quiet, fuzzy and slowmo.  I.  WANT.  THAT.  COURSE.  I'll take whatever they give me, but I.  WANT.  THAT.  COURSE.

The scheduling guy at Babel (the videogame testing place) managed to get me switched to evenings next week and for all subsequent weeks until the evening shift gets phased out (the workload there goes up and down based on contracts).  This will free me up to go to an interview next week and teach for the rest of the semester, all the while keeping the safety net that is the testing job.  Once the night shift dries up, scheduling will get a little trickier.  Babel wants me for a minimum of three shifts a week.  That isn't a problem with the one course i have for sure, but it might become a problem if i get the second course, depending on its schedule.  We'll see how that goes.  Luckily, the scheduling guy at Babel seems to have taken an immediate liking to me.  He gets a huge kick out of the Néo-Brunswickois accent i have in French.  I think he's the first Québecois to notice it, certainly the first to point it out.

So that's my deal this term.  Teaching one class and testing videogames for sure.  Maybe teaching a second class on top of that.

Pretty fucking sweet.
How am i doing?: ecstaticbest i've been in some time
Sounds heard at the time: riot van by Artic Monkeys
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