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Mini Disaster Review: Power Outage, Toronto, April 15

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1x1.trans Mini Disaster Review: Power Outage, Toronto, April 15

Power

Like free wi-fi in the states, it’s one of those things you take for granted. One minute it is there

The next it is gone.

One goes through all sorts of emotions when the power goes out. Excitement, fear..bewilderment. I was initially angry because I had just turned on the oven and was marinating a pork tenderloin to have for dinner. Without power or heat, that option was no longer there.

The next feeling, after the initial shock, is the feeling that you need to survive. How long is this power gone for? A question no one can answer.

More importantly, why is the power out?

Sure, it could be just your casual power outage. But what if it wasn’t? What if it was an act of terrorism? What if it was aliens invading and they set off an EMP to disable our communications? One thing is for certain, in this day and age, the first thing to go in an event of war will be our communications.

It’s really when the power goes out do you really assess what you have in your apartment for survival.

Luckily, I had a headlamp so I was quite illuminated. Sadly, I could not find many candles, so light was going to be tricky for a long haul. I had some food. So at the least we could survive for a few days, even if it was only canned food, nuts and cloves of garlic.

I was also wondering how long the fridge could go without the food inside going bad. It might be key to survival. Just as I was contemplating this, my roommate opens it up and grabs a beer. Sigh. We might have lost a few precious hours of temperature with that one move. The only thing I knew for certain was that we could get really really drunk. I think combined we have like thirty bottles of scotch at the apartment.

Deciding to assess our environment for potential external dangers, me and my roommate took a walk.

Stars.

You would never know there was stars in the sky if you just looked up on a casual night, but under the shroud of darkness, there they were. Magnificent little beings that are actually scorching balls of flame. Quite pretty.

Walking around the neighbourhood, it wasn’t quite chaotic as I had envisioned. The po po was out controlling traffic, people were quite civilized and there was no looting. I guess I didn’t need to walk to Long and McQuade after all.

Having surveyed the situation and deciding that we did not need to arm ourselves, we headed home. My roommate started listing off all the things I could eat instead of my pork tenderloin, but I figure I can probably survive the night without it. Worse things have happened to many people.

Just as I was prepared to count my losses, BOOM. power back on.

What a journey.

Happy Chinese New Year! A tribute in images

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1x1.trans Happy Chinese New Year! A tribute in images

The clock just hit midnight over in Asia, where they are in the future and billions of Chinese people celebrated a new year. 2014 is the year of the Horse. Here are some virtues of people born in this cycle – 1978 and 1990 mainly. I don’t think I know anyone born in 2002, that’s probably illegal.

Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much

Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. (ouch)

As I look back at the year that was, I reflect on my own Chinese-ness. I mean, I am from Hong Kong, so I’m not from the mainland. Still I identify as Chinese. How Chinese was I last year? Was I very Chinesey, or just partially?

- Trips to Asia: 0 (fail, although I spent a month in Asia in 2012)
- Days where I played Ping Pong: 2
- Chinese recipe books purchased: 3
- Wok’s purchased: 0 (but still looking)

So overall, pretty good.

Without further delay, here are some images in tribute to Chinese New Year:

Dumplings!
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Yao!
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Pandas!
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Drummer from Bloc Party!
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Pianist from Metallica!
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Cheap shoes!
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The Chinese Dolphin!
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Finally, the best.

Peking Duck.
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Happy New Year!

Music Web Site breaks news of music blog Chromewaves shutting down

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The many readers of Canadian music site Exclaim were delivered a crushing blow on Thursday afternoon, as the site broke news on the immediate shut down of prominent Canadian music blog “Chromewaves

In the article, the Exclaim writer revealed that “Another one of Canada’s most prominent and long-running music blogs is calling it quits.” The writer wrote that “He(Yang) said that his decision to step away from music blogging was a result of “general tiredness, industry fatigue, declining metrics, a lack of interest from within and without.” “. Digging down for further information, he also noted “(Yang) later added, “I am certain that I will miss many, many things about being an active and constant voice in the conversation about new music, but shouting at and over the ever-deafening din of the music hype echo chamber to fewer and fewer ears won’t be one of them. The machine can’t stop, won’t stop, and I need to get off.”"

The article ended off rather hastily in what can only be a symbolic gesture to Frank’s site, with the shared posting of Ride’s Chrome Waves.

You can read the full article here

or just read the original non cliff notes version here: http://www.chromewaves.net/2013/12/the-heat-death-of-a-music-blog/

It should be noted that Frank is a good friend and I am happy for the opportunities that will now arise for him now that he doesn’t have to spend hours a day on his website. Chromewaves will be missed.

A quick guide to the NBA season for music fans

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1x1.trans A quick guide to the NBA season for music fans

The NBA season starts tonight. For the casual observer, it’s not big news. Here is a little secret though: the NBA is currently blessed with an insane amount of talent. The NBA finals between the Spurs and Heat was easily the best final in all of professional sports in recent memory. It’s a good time to get aboard. For Canadians, it’s even better, as we not only have 2013′s 1st overall pick (Anthony Bennett), we will also have 2014′s 1st overall pick (Andrew Wiggins).

Now as a music blog, the demographic for NBA fan and indie music probably doesn’t cross over too much. Perhaps it should. If you are an indie music fan and want to start to get your basketball, here is a good guide to some teams.

Miami Heat = Arcade Fire

The Miami Heat are the current champions of the world. In fact, they have won twice in a row. Odds are they are probably going to win a third in a row. They are exceptionally good, super famous and have celebrity friends. Still, there are detractors. One of the Heat’s best players, Dwyane Wade (that’s how he spells it) is getting older and his hard nose style of play has resulted in injuries and he might be slowing down, although his ego may not allow it. For all their stardom, they were within 5 seconds of losing to a team with the average age of 43. Are they still the best? Only time will tell.

Similarly, the Arcade Fire are the reigning champions of the world. The Suburbs won every award available and was genuinely beloved. They are also exceptionally good, super famous and as their recent post SNL film suggested, they have celebrity friends. Still, their new record – Reflektor has it’s share of detractors. Regardless of how people treat the album, it is bound to be at the top of every music conversation for the time being, just like the Heat.

Minnesota Timberwolves = CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES is this year’s new and upcoming act that are cute as a button, thanks to lead singer Lauren Mayberry. They are fun to listen to and not something you take very seriously. Minnesota Timberwolves are also young and up and coming thanks to their happy go lucky point guard, Ricky Rubio who loves to throw behind the back or thru the leg passes.

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Also, they aren’t a team you take very seriously, despite housing two franchise level talents in Rubio and Kevin Love (whose uncle is Mike Love).

Golden State Warriors = HAIM

It’s only appropriate that the hottest band going today, HAIM is from the Golden State. The three sisters are on a virtually unstoppable path to super stardom and fame, gaining fans along the way like that ball in the classic PS2 game Katamari Damacy. Their recent debut album, Days are Gone evokes days of yesteryear and has been critically acclaimed. The Golden State Warriors are arguably the hottest thing today after their sizzling playoff performance led by the sharp shooting Stephen Curry. Through in other sexy young talents like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes and you can see why everyone is jumping on their band wagon. Like Haim, they also have throw back elements, which are mostly shown on their jerseys. However, this year they adopted to go with these weird t-shirt jerseys.

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San Antonio Spurs = Travis

Not new,nor exciting to a rabid young demography, both Travis and the San Antonio Spurs are good and have been around for awhile. Manu Ginobli might have been singing “Why Does it Always Rain on Me?” after his game six and seven performance in last years NBA finals. Still, much like Travis’s most recent album Where You Stand, you have to applaud their consistently good output.

New York Knicks = MGMT

Much like how music fans are not quite sure what is going on with MGMT since the initial excitement about them, New York Knick fans are completely mystified at what will be going this season. Is Carmelo leaving? How long before the fans turn on Andrea Bargnani? How many more tattoo’s will JR Smith get? Will A’mare play 5 or 15 minutes? A complete mystery to everyone involved.

Houston Rockets = Miley Cyris

This one is more so about the Rocket’s newest and biggest acquisition- Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was once a darling, smiling all the time while swatting away shots and bricking free throws all in the comforts of Orlando. It was all fun and games, much like Miley when she was just Hannah Montana. It all seemed so… innocent. As both these talents grew up, things changed. Dwight didn’t seem so happy anymore and wanted the bright lights and more control over his career. It resulted in a disastrous move to LA and now a chance to redeem himself in Houston. Along the way, many fans were lost. Miley grew up, dropped the Hannah Montana moniker and wanted more control over her career as well. While her move has been the opposite of disastrous (from a monetary point of view), she has probably lost a lot of fans along the way. Despite their rough journeys, each of them appear to have a bright future ahead of them.

Toronto Raptors = Drake?

They are both from Toronto.. Drake is the global ambassador of the Raptors. One is mega successful while the other is a perpetual failure so I don’t know how many more items I can find in common. Drake “started from the bottom”. The Raptors did too, only they have stayed there. It is probably more accurate to compare the Raptors to Little Jimmy, because they seem to be at a disadvantage wherever they are.

Milwaukee Bucks = Foster the People

Good for a very short period of time. The Bucks had their “Fear the Deer” slogan, Foster the People had “Pumped Up Kicks”.

I could go on and on (I can’t) but basically, the NBA season is here, I am excited and I think you should be too.