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My Official Seal

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Saw this link over on 43 folders and just HAD to go see what it was all about.

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December 30, 2006 at 9:26 am

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Adventures in Head(phone) Hunting

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As some of you may know, I’m a music nut and a really big fan of my iPod. When I bought it, I tried the stock headphones for a while. I soon discovered that they hurt my ears (they also didn’t sound very good – particularly in noisy environments).

So, the hunt began for a new pair of headphones. After lots and lots of research, I decided to try “earplug” style headphones. The idea is that these actually go into the ear canal. This serves two purposes: 1) blocking out a fair amount of external noise, and 2) much improved sound quality (paricularly increased response across a wider range of frequencies). I finally settled on a pair, bought them, and after some fiddling to get them to fit propoerly in my ears, fell in love with them. They sounded great, they were comfortable, and I didn’t have to listen to 62 other conversations while I was on the train, or go crazy listening to white noise while I was testing rats.

Last week, however, my beloved headphones decided to stop functioning at an optimal level. The right side worked fine, but the left seemed to be operating at only half-power (making everything I listened to off-balance (a very annoying experience). I could live with the fact that the headphones weren’t working properly. They’re designed for a portable device, they get  banged around and beat up, I shouldn’t (and didn’t) expect them to last forever.

So the hunt was on for newER headphones. I read several reviews and narrowed it down to 3 models. Yesterday on my lunch hour, I went to the nearrest big box retailer and was met with a big, fat surpise. Said big box retailer had closed up shop and moved 5km down the road. Even though I was quite annoyed, I wasn’t about to get on a bus and go all that way when there was a big, giant shopping mall across the road. Over to the mall, into the Sony Store to procure one of the 3 models on my list. Sure, I had to pay the Sony Store Premium, but I got my new headphones.

How do they sound, you ask? Pretty darn good, says me. While they do go into the ear canal like my previous pair, they don’t quite seal it up like earplugs (as the previous pair did). Overall, I’m pleased with the sound, the fit, and the comfort level.

All’s well that ends well, I guess.

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December 22, 2006 at 11:46 am

Will it work? Of course not.

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I don’t think it will work. In fact, I don’t think it will even happen. I do think it’s a good idea, though.

When I went to sign in (to write a completely different post), this article about a proposed walk-out of this Sunday’s Lion’ game was the “blog of the minute” post on the main wordpress page. If you don’t want to follow the link and read the original post, I’ve pasted the text of the press release calling for the walk-out below.

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Herbert Nicholl Jr FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Email: lionsfan40@yahoo.com | 9 A.M. EDT, December 11, 2006

Walk-Out Announced for Detroit Lions Game

Detroit, Michigan December 11, 2006: Numerous Lions forumite Herbert Nicholl Jr (www.geocities.com/lionsfan40/page5.html) has officially announced an “Walk-Out” as a means of protest of the Detroit Lions December 24, 2006 football game against the Chicago Bears. This protest is in direct response to the refusal of Team Owner and Chairman William Clay Ford to fire President and CEO Matt Millen. The Detroit Lions under President and CEO Matt Millen have failed to live up to the standards of a professional football team and have the worst record of any team in the National Football League since his hire on January 9, 2001.

As a means of protest, Honolulublue is asking fans to walk out or no show the December 24, 2006 Detroit Lions’ home game. Walking out serves the following purposes.

Send the message that enough is enough and that change at the top is needed. President and CEO Matt Millen has had six seasons to turn the team around and promised that he wanted to win and wanted to win now, he has failed to do so. Has drafted multiple busts every season since taking over as President and CEO. Has hired/fired three different coaches, and none have shown success. The Detroit Lions under President and CEO Matt Millen are 23-70 overall and are 5-41 on the road. No General Manager in NFL history has been able to keep his job this long with a record of such futility as Millen has.

This protest calls for the fans of the Detroit Lions to “walk-out” of the Christmas Eve game with eight minutes and fifty seven seconds remaining in the second quarter. Everyone should meet in the main atrium by “The Roar and More” and with three minutes and fifty seven seconds remaining, everyone that is there start chanting in unison our rallying cry, “Fire Millen!” Then at halftime, everyone involved, orderly and politely walk out of the stadium to show Team Owner and Chairman William Clay Ford their disgust with his inaction. This action is directed at the management of the team and not the players on the field which I will continue to support.

For more information on the “Walk-Out,” please contact me at lionsfan40@yahoo.com

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December 22, 2006 at 10:40 am

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No kidding

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No kidding

Originally uploaded by baldguy.

We were at Ikea on Saturday and this was one of those things that just screamed “get out the phone and take a picture!!”

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December 19, 2006 at 12:11 pm

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I’d like to register a complaint

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a music fan. A HUGE music fan (the music library on my computer currently contains approximately 11,000 songs). When I was living in Toronto I spent entirely too much time (and money) at the large record stores downtown (and at some of the better independent and used shops looking for more obscure things).

When I left Toronto my acquisition of new music slowed somewhat because I didn’t have ready access to a large, well-stocked record shop. Along came broadband access to the internet and later, the iTunes Store and I once again had ready access to a large, well-stocked record shop.

To be honest, I haven’t gone bat-sh*t crazy on the store (unlike this guy who spent $8000 in ONE MONTH), but I’ve made some purchases that I’m very happy with (both full albums and individual songs). Overall, I’m very happy with the service.

However, in recent weeks I’ve been hearing a lot of positive news about subscription-based music services (like Rhapsody, Urge, Napster, etc). The basic premise is simple: you pay a flat fee (usually somewhere around $10-%15 a month) and you have unlimited access to the store’s complete catalog. As long as your account is maintained in good standing, you can continue to listen to all of the songs that you’ve downloaded.  I think it’s a great way to be able to sample music. Sometimes I hear a song on the radio, or read about a “great new album”, but am reluctant to purchase said song or album because, well, I’ve been burned many, many times in the past. With the subscription service, I can download said song or album, listen to it, and if I don’t like it I just delete it. Simple.

The problem is that I can’t access ANY of these services. They’re either restricted to US residents only or the ones that are available to Canadian customers require that I be using a Windows.

I know that there are licensing issues and that these companies have to negotiate deals with the various Canadian record companies and music publishing houses before they can start offering the service to Canadians. As far as I can tell, however, they haven’t even begun to negotiate. I find it hard to believe that I am the only person (out of 33 million Canadians) who would happily sign up for such a service (in fact, I’d gladly pay $20 a month).

Grumble.

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December 19, 2006 at 10:39 am

It’s been a loooooooooooong time

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I know it’s been MONTHS since my last post, and for that I do apologise. That being said, a lot has been going on during that time (and if you’re reading this, odds are you know what’s been going on and will understand the lack of posts). For those of you that don’t know the details, let me just say that I had some far more important things on my plate than writing blog posts.

That being said, I’m going to try and get back into a regular routine.

Stay tuned.

Written by The Canuck

December 5, 2006 at 11:59 am

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