Archive for January, 2010

Urban Vinyl

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I stumbled into a store on Main Street called Voltage here in Vancouver awhile ago, and ever since that first visit I kept getting drawn back into it for reasons I don’t really understand yet.  The place is filled with these little vinyl and plush figurines, among other things, and at first looks either like child’s dream playhouse or a psychopath’s lair.

Yesterday I bought this guy.  And I want more.  Lots more.

This is odd for me though, I’m not into this sort of stuff.  I don’t read comic books, I hate anime and most cartoons, I don’t collect anything other than way too much camping gear and computer parts.

I won’t pretend to know enough about the subject to tell you what this culture is all about, but it isn’t aimed at kid and lots of the things aren’t cute.  Wikipedia can probably give you a better idea:

I really, really want this now:

Here are a heap of websites I found with more stuff:


Old School Rap Channel

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I’ve been listening to the last couple of days, specifically the Old School Rap Channel.  I thought I had all the great oldies from my youth in my collection, but at least half the songs they play are reminding me of yet another song that slipped my mind.  Rap was just better back then.

7 out of 7 celebrities agree

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

7 out of 7 celebrities agree, you gotta be here.

Summer Solstice

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

152 Days to Summer Soltice.  The longest day of the year.  The shortest night.

On that night, just like last summer, I’ll be in Papineau-Labelle Provincial Park with my homeboy Brent sipping spirits looking up at the UFOs.

It also happens to be Go Skateboarding Day.


24 robotic chickens

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I tried to record the season premier of The Jack Bauer Power Hour aka 24 last night, but somehow Windows Media Center decided to record Robot Chicken instead.

Now usually I love Robot Chicken, but because the damned computer didn’t do what I told it to do I was cursing up a storm (well, pretend cursing since Erik was underfoot), and he thought the idea of a robotic chicken was hilarious.

He demonstrated for me what it would look like with a bok-bok here and a bok-bok there, here a bok there a bok everywhere a bok-bok.

Right now I’m downloading it through the usual underground means, which is better anyways since it’ll be in high-def and commercial free.  Robot Chicken is already commercial free, and since its a cartoon the recorded quality on my HTPC is good anyways!

So it looks like Windows knew what to do after all.

Dance Dance Revolution

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I love the way my kid dances, arms all a flailing and spinning around and hand goes this way, leg goes that way, Elaine would be so proud.  Then he flops on the ground and does something, not sure what, but he calls it breakdancing.

I’m so proud.

Taking after his grandfather’s footsteps.

I’m trying to teach him The Robot but he doesn’t have the motor skills yet.

Exciting new Technica Systems website

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Thrilling!  Exciting!  Awesome!

Free.  Easy.  Simple.


Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Shaw doesn’t know what “Digital” means

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I wrote Shaw Customer Service an email:

A Shaw salesperson called us the other night and convinced us to try ‘digital TV’ for free, so we said OK.

Yesterday I received a Motorola DCT 700, and I’m trying to understand why this is considered ‘digital’.

From Shaw to the DCT700 it is digital, sure, but from the DCT700 to my TV, analog only. Analog audio, analog video, analog everything.

The connection from this Motorola box to my TV is not using HDMI, which is digital.

It can only connect via RCA or coax. Both are analog. I don’t understand the point of calling this ‘digital TV’ when it is not, cannot be, doesn’t even approach being digital TV.

No matter how I connect this thing to my TV, no matter what TV I have, no matter how hard I try, the connection will be analog.

The year is 2010. Why on EARTH would I want to push an ANALOG video signal to my HDTV-compliant TV?

Surely you sent us the wrong box.

I’m expecting digital TV. Digital means digital.

If you can replace this useless analog-out-only box with something that actually sends out a digital signal, then I’ll be interested.

Lead Paint in my Kid’s Toys

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Yeesh, how did the wife and I miss this one.  We’re huge media hounds and read everything.  We’ll even surprise each other once in awhile, having both learned something stupid and trivial that day, separately, independently, usually completely random from anything.  Like that certain millipedes give off cyanide gas.

Anyways, it must have been because the news came out just after Erik was born, neither one of us spent a lot of time online with the breastfeeding and diapers and whatever else.

Oh right, I’m rambling.

RC2 Corp. Recalls Various Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard