Turn that old VCR into awesome!!

So while making my daily rounds I came across this gem of a video.

So remember, don’t just throw away those “worthless” VCR’s

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Project 365: Day 6

Project 365: Day 6, originally uploaded by JamesLRR.

Haven’t posted a picture from my 365 project in a week or so. I decided to share this picture which is probably one of my favorite pictures I have taken yet.

Located on the Corner of Bay and Government I can only assume if you have lived in this city for any decent amount of time you will know which building I am talking about.

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I haven’t done much in the way of linking to other blogs I read but I enjoyed this entry to much not to let it slip by. It is in regards to her daughters first birthday and it’s a beautiful piece of writing.

http://coraljean.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/this-day/

20 Defining Albums

So my friend Jeremy posted a neat blog entry about “20 Special Records”  today that got me thinking. Listing my all time FAVORITE 20 albums would be pretty hard. I have a lot of music I love, and to try and figure out the top 20 would take some time. So instead I went another direction and have listed a bunch of albums that have stood out over the years. There are albums here that wouldn’t make my top 20 but there are a couple (I will mark the ones I know 100% would be in my top 20) that would. These are records that have played major roles in my life and what I listen to today. I will be posting them in alphabetical order, no favorites, just music that has made me who I am. I will do a write up with some but not all.

*1. Barenaked Ladies – Gordon
One of the first records I ever owned. They were (at the time) all that was Canadian when it came to our music scene (Them and The Tragically Hip). A couple of guys from Ontario that made it big.  It had THE song, “If I had a 1000000 dollars” which will always be a goodie but I think the song that I love the most from this album is “What a good boy”. This album HAS to be in my top 20, it was the first band I ever really loved. I got to finally see them when they were in Victoria a couple years ago, it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. 

2. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and ever Amen
This is an album my friend Jer introduced me to back in grade 10. Grade 9/10 was a big year for me and music. This was just one of the many bands i was introduced to during those years.  It’s one of the few albums I can sing every word of. Nothing to do with me but “Song for the dumped” got played a lot for part of that year. With my favs being Smoke and Battle of Who Could care less.

3. Blur – 13
I have no idea how I cam across this album, or even the band for that matter. I seem to recall Blur and Oasis batteling it out in the mid 90’s trying to win the prize of the best of brit pop. But this album holds a song that I fell in love with the moment I heard it, “Coffee and TV”. I recall listening to this album a lot in grade 11 I believe. Another “High School Album” (There were lots)

4. Cave In – Antenna
This album came out just before the summer of 2003 I think. I remember Chris coming over to Bill and Allens place over on Beachwood with this album and played it for us. I love it. It became the soundtrack to that summer.

5. Fatboy Slim – You’ve come along way, baby
Another classic high school album. I was a electronic freak for the better part of my teens. To be honest it’s still a bit of a guilty pleasure. This is one of the more mainstream loves I had for the genre. Along with The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk they were generally more accepted amoung the general populas so I had no issue enjoying these albums in public.  And of course it had “Praise you” on it, and who doesn’t love that music video.

*6. Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
I don’t feel I need to justify this, Foo Fighters are and will always be one of my favorite bands to listen to.

7. Smash Mouth – FUSH YU MANG
This is the album that most people question, or don’t even know exsists. I got this when I first signed up for Columbia Records back in the day. I love this album. Its such a fun listen. If you haven’t ever listened to it, please do so. I feel the world would be a better place if everyone did 😛

*8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
No album has ever gotten so much play in my life. To this day I can still sit down and listen to it from front to back and love every minute of it. If I had to pick a “Soundtrack to High School” it would have to be this album.

*9. Reel Big Fish – Turn off the Radio
Another grade 10 album. Listened to the hell out of this at the back porch (anyone from Oakbay will get that refrence… I was cool)  Started my lifelong love affair with these guys. I have now seen them twice and its not enough. 

10. Elvis Costello – Get Happy
This is another one that I can’t remember where I was introduced to it. But its a fantastic album and I love Elvis, hes awesome.

11.  Stars – Set yourself on Fire

*12. Crystal Method – Vegas
This is the album that I make sure I always have on any music player I own. I love this album. I think Angelle introduced it to me back in grade 9 and I have this vivid memory of us sitting in the cafeteria listening to this album talking about whatever grade 9’s talk about. 

13. The Who – Tommy
Classic The Who, pretty sure my Dad use to listen to this, and I have enjoyed it ever since. PINBALL WIZARD!

14. Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
Yet another high school record. Allen wouldn’t stop listening to this album. And in turn I heard it alot.

15. Weezer – Blue

*16. Radiohead – Kid A
Raidohead is my band, its my go to for anytime I want to listen to great music. This album blew me away when i first heard it. I had been a fan since  OK computer and I had always thought that was as good as they could get, I was proved wrong and then wrong again when In Rainbows came out last year. 

17. Jimmy Eat World – Clarity/*Bleed America

Thats all I got. I am sure there are many more albums that i just can’t think of this second but thats a pretty good list. Again these aren’t my all time favs (some of them are) maybe one day i will get around to making such a list. 

* = In my top 20

EDIT – It occurs to me that this didn’t quite work out in alphabetical order. Oh well.

Project 365 – Day 2



Project 365 – Day 2, originally uploaded by JamesLRR.

I was bored on my lunch break today and when I was looking around my desk I noticed a stack of LRR cards. The picture, technically speaking, is nothing special but this isn’t what 365 is about, and as long as I keep reminding myself about that fact I am sure i will have a great deal of fun photos to look at in one years time.

Project 365: Day 1



Project 365: Day 1, originally uploaded by JamesLRR.

Over on the LoadingReadyRun forums about a dozen of us are trying our hands at Project 365. The idea being you take your camera with you as often as possible and post a picture a day (you don’t NEED to post EVERY day, but at least take a picture each day, and then post them all together at a later date)

So day 1 is from a Scrabble game that was played during our (myself, Ashley, Adam and Michelle) trip to Salt Spring. It was pretty close between me and Michelle until I was able to add that ‘y’ to the end of ‘Stormy’ and then spell out ‘Yawn’

Not sure if I will post EVERY picture from this project on my blog, so if you want to keep following the adventures of me taking pictures, check out my Flickr account:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameslrr/

OUT

Sunset



Sunset., originally uploaded by JamesLRR.

This was our view everyday during my vacation to Mexico.

I won’t lie, I am not a huge fan of the heat. However sunsets alone made up for the fact that I was so freaking hot everyday.

String to somewhere.



String to somewhere., originally uploaded by JamesLRR.

I was up in Summit Park for a little walk this afternoon when I happened upon a very random piece of string tied to a tree a good 20′ up. I tried to think of all the reasons as to why someone might tie a small piece of string to a tree 20 feet up and leave it a good 6 feet from the ground. I came up with the following

1. It’s a marker to remember where treasure is buried.
2. Its the entrance to a race of tiny little people who are able to jump high enough to grab on to the rope and climb up.
3. Aliens did it.

So as you can see I didn’t get far, but I did take a picture that after a little tweaking turned into something I quite like.

Dixon Ticonderoga 1388-2/HB

Sorry for the lack of posts to the 25 people who seems to keep coming back. My goal of getting 2000 readers a month is a long ways off. Oh well, worse things have happend.

So my new little bit of information for you all today is that I have finally singed up and started my flickr page.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameslrr

I am going to be trying to participate in the 365 challange. Basically I take a picture every day (hopefully more) and post them on flickr (and in turn here probably) and hopefully you guys will tell me how much you either hate/like my picture. I plan on starting this coming Monday. I have a nice weekend away on Saltspring so hopefully I can take some great photos.

Pictures!!!!!

So I have a couple pictures to share with you today. The first is of a garbage disposal. You be the judge, great name or greatest name for a garbage disposal?

And the second picture is of a remote. I wish every remote was like this.

My favorite things Jan9/2009

This is going to be a new and hopefully continuing series on my blog. Fun things I have come across on the Internet on my daily travels.

First off I need to throw out my fav. quote for the day:
“But please feel free to boycott all of Fox’s 2009 releases on general principle. Not that “avoiding predictably awful movies” counts as much of a boycott.”

That is in reaction to Fox’s poor handling of all that is the “Watchmen” saga. If you don’t know whats going on here is a very abridged version

  • Fox had the rights to this movie in the early 90’s, they got rid of the rights soon after.
  • WB picked those rights up and made what is suppose to be a fucking rad movie
  • Fox, in there infinite fucking intelligence, now says they didn’t REALLY sell off that property
  • Now they want to delay the release of the movie.

Its all very stupid and had led to a lot of hardcore movie geeks instate a year long boycott on all Fox produced flicks. Good times

NEXT ITEM!!!

BEST OF BOOTIE 2008

Click the above picture to be taken to the download site.

This is something that i discovered back in 2006 and have been loving every year since. If you like mash-ups you will enjoy this album.

And along the lines of mash-ups I would also encourage all of you to hop over to http://www.jaydiohead.com and check that out, also pretty damn cool.

Thats all for today folks, ENJOY!