Friday, March 28, 2008

Bodily Functions...

Why are burps, farts, hiccups, etc. so appealing and hilarious to kids?

I mean, I remember being young and bursting out, rolling on the floor laughing while my friends and I tried to out-do each other by making "outbursts" longer and louder than the other.

My kids seem to be at a stage where the default response / joke to everything seems to be something to do with poop, burp, whatever - and maniacal laughter ensues.

Of course, as a parent, my default response is to try and discourage or re-direct that kind of behaviour into something that's more appropriate. You know, just in case they get into a habit of doing it and blurt something out at school or in front of others and get in trouble or embarrassed... but today, I started thinking about that reaction.

When did it all change? When did letting one go in the elevator with your friends become taboo? In high school? University? First job? No, I can think of a couple of recent times when I or others were purposely "juvenile" with C and/or good friends and we all had a little snicker.

So, the fun in all of this hasn't really gone, it's just a bit more subdued I guess.

With the kids, there's a bit of knee-jerk parental responsibility to teach some restraint, but, I guess it all comes down to a matter of trust with the kids. Trusting that we've taught them appropriate discretion and judgment to know when or when it's not appropriate for expressing themselves in "non-traditional" ways...

i.e. Maybe it's okay a couple of times at home with your brothers/sisters and in small, infrequent doses... It's definitely not okay in the middle of class or in front of your grandparents at Christmas dinner...

In the end, I resolved to show them how it's really done. it was a heck of a lot more fun to join in and be an example for discretion and restraint rather than a broken record spouting off rules and doling out time-outs...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Westward Ho!

Well, the cat is officially out of the bag.

We're going to be moving again ... to Vancouver.

I think the hardest part of the move was telling mom. I phoned her yesterday and there were tears... She was understanding, but sorry for having us and the kids be so far away again.

It all happened so fast. Catherine hit on some "magical formula" for her resume and started getting calls from recruiters and the like from all over - Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. One of the calls was from UBC.

They flew her out for an interview and then shortly after that, offered her a position - with a lot of perks.

Next to telling the family about the move, the most difficult part will be finding a house that fits us! Sure the real estate market in Toronto has been strong, but it definitely pales in comparison to Vancouver!

Catherine's going to be starting mid-April and I'll be taking care of the kids while she commutes back on weekend until probably June...

More to come!


Thursday, March 06, 2008


Just downloaded the new Nine Inch Nails "album" - Ghosts I-IV.

Although there may be no real "hits" on this ... album (I guess that's what you'd call it), it's a pretty darn good thang and how can you argue with $5 for 36 DRM free lossless tracks?

I'm quite impressed with how Trent Reznor keeps up with and helps drive trends in the music industry - especially in the use of technology to produce, distribute and market music.

Much like the Radiohead album "In Rainbows" - NIN is distributing this stuff on their site directly to the consumer. Except it's not "pay what you think" - you can download the first 9 tracks for free and if you want all of them, it's $5.

It's all instrumental and was put together in 10 weeks. From their site:
"This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as... something."
Pretty darn good experiment if you ask me...

I think it's this kind of stuff that is going to slowly going to keep kicking the music industry in the a$$. I don't believe that the record industry is ever going to go away completely, but I think it'll diminish in importance and influence. There are always going to be people who want to be fed their music and will rely on the industry (record companies, radio stations, mass media publications, brick-n-mortar stores) to help choose music.

I think that this generation, and to some extent the previous one, have taken advantage of the resources the Internet provides them and started to bypass the antiquated music distribution/marketing pipeline. Artists and music consumers are more intimately aware of and involved with each other - everything going between the two is from the source and unfiltered.

It's all cool... ;)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Man, I am NOT doing something right these days...

I've got yet ANOTHER cold. I was only able to get back to the gym for one week and then Monday, I was hit hard with another cough/sneeze/stuffed up thing! NOT good.

It'll probably be gone by the time we're out in Vancouver next week, but hopefully by Friday...


I got the gig on the Inside Home Recording Podcast! I sent in a segment that Paul and Derek put in Episode #55. I guess I didn't screw up too much.

We're in the midst of trying to get together while I'm out there on the west coast. It's looking good for next Thursday.

I'm in the slot as the "PC Guy" which is a bit ironic in that I'm now on the Mac, but I do still use the PC's a lot in the studio, so I guess it's not a total sham. :D