September 08, 2012

A Friday Random Ten

Please ignore the fact that it is the early hours of Saturday...

1) Distant Early Warning, by Rush
2) Silver and Gold, by U2
3) Trinco Dog, by Bedouin Soundclash
4) Big Egos, by Dr. Dre
5) 5 Days in May, by Blue Rodeo
6) Stick To Your Guns, by Bon Jovi
7) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, by Josh Groban and Lili Haydn
8) Heartland, by U2
9) Sleepless, by King Crimson
10) Quando, Quando, Quando, by Michael Bublé

Happy Weekend!

September 03, 2012

Some of my favourite song lyrics...

It's two a.m.,
The fear has gone
I'm sittin' here waitin',
The gun still warm
   -Golden Earring

Cast out from the jungle
With no rations or canteen
For selling faulty rifles
To the thieves in Tanzania
   -Red Rider

Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between what's flesh and what's fantasy
And the poets down here don't write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be
   -Bruce Springsteen

And who can forget...

Wango, wango,
Tango, tango,
Wango, wango, wango, wango
Tango, tango, tango, tango
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
   -Ted Nugent

What are some of your favourite song lyrics?

June 28, 2012

Is it still June 28th?

Because if it is, it's still the eighth anniversary of the creation of Aurora Walking Vacation, back in the heady days of  AOL Journals. That blog still exists in archived form at You could go there, and read, and stuff. Or not. It's no biggie.

May 11, 2012

Friday Random Ten

Been a while since I did one of these: here are the first ten songs selected at random by iTunes when I pressed 'play.'

1) Bruce Cockburn - Vagabondage
2) Genesis - Squonk
3) Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin
4) Triumph - Fingertalking
5) The Devil Wears Prada - Swords, Dragons, and Diet Coke
6) Sting - Desert Rose
7) Sloan - Underwhelmed
8) Our Lady Peace - Under Zenith
9) Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused
10) Colin James - Train Kept a Rollin'

April 20, 2012

Zoom, zoom

I got a new lens for my camera (yay!). At Christmas, my lovely wife bought me a new camera, a Canon Rebel T3i with an 18-55mm wide angle zoom lens. For my birthday, I got some cold hard cash towards a telephoto zoom. Yesterday, I picked up a 70-300mm zoom lens.

My original lens went from here:


to here:


My new lens goes from here:


to here:



April 19, 2012

Ask an Atheist anything...

Apparently, today is "National Ask an Atheist Day." Who knew? Now, most people I know are not under any illusions about my beliefs, and for the most part, they play no part in my day to day life. But, if you happen to have a question about atheists or atheism that you'd like answered, hey, now's the time. Ask away, and I will do my best to provide reasonable, considered answers.

In fact, I don't even care if the question is about or relating to atheism at all. Let's make this one of those "Ask Me Anything" memes that Jaquandor likes to do over at Byzantium's Shores.

March 13, 2012

I can not has Internet now?

As a quick follow-up to my previous - non-photographic - Internet cat post; my wife came home from work to find out she could not access the World Wide Web from her laptop for some unknown reason. After a significant amount of generally ineffectual troubleshooting, we discovered the laptop's internal wi-fi card had been turned off. Apparently, in getting comfortable on the keyboard earlier in the day, Kitteh had managed to simultaneously press the shift key, and the F-whatever key that has the little picture of an antenna on it.

Do you think she's trying to tell us something?

March 07, 2012

I am a bad Internet user

Yeah. So. It's March 7th, and the top article on my blog is still something Christmas themed. I am a bad Internet user.

As an example, I offer you today's event. I am walking through the dining room, and I see the kitten sleeping on the keyboard of my wife's laptop.

Do I:

A) Run and get a camera to take a picture of the kitten on the keyboard, and post it online for all to say, "awwww?"


B) Shoo the cat off the freakin' computer, blow on the keyboard to get any hair and/or dander out of it, and close the laptop?

As there is no graphical component to this entry, you, do doubt, can guess the answer.

I'm sorry.