Saturday, April 19, 2008

Great Lake Swimmers

There's obviously a million better things to be doing right at this moment (Current Conditions: Partly Cloudy, 23°C): getting groceries, tuning up my bike, going for a bike ride, getting my skates sharpened, cutting up that large log that landed on our lawn, planting something? Instead, I'm inside writing this. Why? Because a recent series of Boston Pizza ads have been driving me nuts. They use this great snippet music in these advertisements that are meant to serve up a little piece of a Canadiana along with some pizza. I recognized the music – but from where?

It occurred to me when discussing Angela's Fishnet Project and I mentioned she should invite the Great Lake Swimmers to the opening. The Great Lake Swimmers isn't as the name suggests, a group of swimming enthusiasts dedicated to propelling themselves through Lake Ontario et al, but are an indie Folk trio from Ontario. Upon uttering their name I realized it was a Great Lake Swimmers' tune used in the ads. A little iTunes sniffing and I found the song which I've posted in its entirety. The song is "Imaginary Bars" from the album "Bodies and Minds". Listen by clicking below. Enjoy.

Listen Here

Mentioned in this post:
The Great Lakes Swimmers
Boston Pizza Ads
Project Fishnet: the Great Craft and Release Project

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Thursday, April 17, 2008


Finally. A warm day here in the Country's jerk capital (jerk patties that is). I broke out the bike and rode to work today, or as I like to call it, "ruining a good pair of pants", or "riding the rubber", or "staring into the maw of death" or, well... I could go on but why bore you. I've already tried BBQ'ing. Got as far as some decent sear marks on one side of a piece of beef, then ran out of propane. WHY? Why must the gods of liquid gas taunt me so?

Because they're jealous of my awesome grill, that's why. Better days to come, no doubt.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Douglas Adams U/X

Recently, I saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on television. Not the BBC series, but the feature film. I have to say, I really enjoyed it more the second time than when I first saw it. I don't know why. Lately, I've been referring to the Guide in my work. I just love the whimsy of the animations and well, the "flatness" of the interface. Say a word, get a description (even if the description is only two words; "Mostly harmless"). In any case I've decided to collect fun movie application interfaces for handy reference. This scene shows Guide entries for both the Vogons and the Babelfish:

This 9.1 MB QT movie may take a moment to load
aka H2G2

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