support the Canadian music creators coalition

The evolving dynamic of “illegal” file sharing on the internet is a very complicated issue.

Coalition of artists fights music industry over file sharing

One thing is clear, however — the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) in panic mode is handling the issue badly. Not as badly as in the USA, but badly.

The voice of reason is the Canadian music creators coalition.

A few of the CMCC Members:

Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Broken Social Scene, Sloan, Andrew Cash, Bob Wiseman (cofounder of Blue Rodeo), Sam Roberts, Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), Bob Ezrin, Feist, Arlen Thompson (Wolf Parade), Randy Bachman, Metric, The New Pornographers, Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Ronnie King (The Stampeders), Lionel Dean Jarvis (Music Director/Bassist for Nelly Furtado), Ashwin Sood, Lighthouse, Luke Doucet, Blair Packham, Chris Tate, Craig Sheppard (Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra), Chris Hogan, Golden Seals, Aaron Soloman, Dennis Ellsworth (The Little Pilgrims), Likewater, Neil Layton, The Johnny V Trio, Oneeyedjacks, Moneyshot.

I urge everyone to buy music from these artists. They are the ones looking out for the best interests of music fans, not the labels represented by CRIA.

working hard on the computer

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer since getting back from Central America. My newest laptop accessory makes me much more efficient!


Project #1 is — a website with an actual (future) business plan. : )

But the site that is catching-on quickest is a blog for gymnastics coaches. A search for “gymnastics” in makes it look like mine is the most popular in the blogosphere.

At least today.


The Career Break Book

Lonely Planet Career Break Book (General Reference Series)

Live your dream. … ditch the nine to five, say ciao to the rat race.

They call it a “gap” year in the UK.

Greg and Lori Chartier took off with two teenage boys through New Zealand and Australia. And loved it.

I thought the book would be filled with dream travel itineraries. The Lonely Planet Planet Earth that I have long been anticipating.

Actually, most of it deals with practicalities: house, pets, finances, vehicle, job. Where to kennel the kids.

video –

In December 2005, YouTube launched. Today they show well over 40 million videos a day including some on this blog.

YouTube is much more popular than Google Video & Yahoo Video Search and growing faster.

I’m sold. Video has been a hassle on the internet since the beginning. The clips on Comedy Central are very frustrating, for example. YouTube is successful because it WORKS. Good job.

Interview with the YouTube founders – May 15, 2006

Now, does put out higher quality video?