photos – New Year’s 2005 – Warren

I posted a few of Warren Long’s photos from the New Years weekend at Emma Lake. OPEN icon A fabulous time was had by all!

Warren

ALL of Warren’s photos are posted on his Flickr account (free membership required):

1. New Years Eve partyOPEN icon at Aaron & Twylas.

2. New Year’s Eve bonfire.OPEN icon

3. Spruce River Highlands Ice SkiingOPEN icon on New Year’s Day.

2007 – Year of the Widget ??

What?

Widgets are gimmicky little computer programs that I almost never use.

They are novelties.

If 2006 was the Year of YouTube — and it was — then 2007 is the year of TV delivered on-line.

Of course we already have TV on-line. But in 2007 the general public will finally catch on in numbers.

It will only happen if on-line video and TV are effortlessly delivered to our existing televisions. That will happen in a big way in the coming year.

That big monthly payment you make for crappy cable TV is an attractive target for entrepreneurs.

If for some reason that glad revolution is delayed … then 2007 will be the year when RSS finally starts to catch on with the great unwashed.

Widgets?

Give me a break, Newsweek.

TIME magazine’s man of the year is “You” and if that is the case, then widget is a good way to express yourself. Newsweek is declaring 2007 “Year of the Widget.”

GigaOM » 2007, Year of the Widget

hungover? – HAPPY NEW YEAR

Carpenters in your head? (Norwegian)

Wooden face? (French)

Has your tide gone out? (Portuguese)

The Germans call a hangover a “katzenjammer,” which means “a wailing of cats.”

I gleaned this from Kate who is speaks authoritatively for the party animals of Vancouver. She writes some sort of news column about where wives should go to find — a good drink.

music – best recording of 2006 is …

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

No contest. I listened more to the Monkeys than any other artist in 2006. I love everything about this concept album.

Arctic Monkeys are a four-piece indie rock/post-punk revival band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England. Their first two singles, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “When The Sun Goes Down”, both went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. …

Unlike many of their contemporaries, who were marketed and advertised extensively by record labels, Arctic Monkeys achieved their success through fan-made demo tapes and online file-sharing, with fans singing along at gigs of songs which had never been officially released, leading media commentators to discuss the possibility of a sea change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed.

The band resisted signing to a major record label, even banning talent scouts from gigs. Eventually, the band signed to independent record label Domino Records, releasing their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, which charted at number one and broke the record for the largest first week sales of a debut album in UK history. The band subsequently won several major music prizes for the album, including the 2006 Mercury Prize, “Best New Act” at the 2006 Brit Awards and “Best New Band” and “Best British Band” at the NME Awards.

The overnight success of the band and the gritty, realistic nature of the lyrics of songs such as “When The Sun Goes Down” has led to the band being described as the “yardstick for all that is current and cool”.

Arctic Monkeys – Wikipedia

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Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

lists – year end 2005

BushI have always loved lists, especially around New Years.

I find I can skip entire years — then catch-up by scanning lists of the Best of ____.

For the 237th straight year, Fimoculous.com has posted a lists of lists for 2005.

For example, Roger Ebert’s best movies of the year. (I have seen not one of them.)

Or go straight to America’s Finest News Source, the top 10 stories of the year from Onion.com

books – Anthony Daniels UPDATED

I must be the first to blog Anthony Daniels, an excellent though little-known British travel writer.

  • Coups & Cocaine, South America, 1986
  • Sweet Waist of America: Journeys around Guatemala, 1990
  • His 1992 book on Liberia, Africa is a shocker.

    Daniels interviewed the liberator Prince Y. Johnson, an insomniac psychopath who relished showing visiting Western journalists video footage torturing predecessor Master Sergeant Samuel Doe.

    The picture painted of Africa is searing.

    Yet Liberia is not the worst train wreck in Africa.

    Butchery, genocide, an economy ruined by stupidity, corruption & greed — this I can understand.

    But the biggest surprises came from tales told of well-meaning foreign aid gone horribly wrong. Some of the worst pain inflicted on the simple villagers of Africa was wrought by tall, smiling Scandinavians.

    Bono be warned.

    Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia