107 – Vanquished Malware at N45.113 W75.347

201010_05_02 - Mushrooms in the Field

201010_05_04 - Photo Op

201010_05_21 - Jason Mraz XIII

201010_12_04 - Glancing Upwards

201010_17_01 - Gum Post

201010_17_04 - New Trick

Much has happened in the past month. I’ve been to two concerts, tried Geocaching, got an iPhone, cleaned my website, and got into following the municipal election.

Concerts:
Jason Mraz and Stars. Both were fantastic in their own way. I met Mr. A-Z (do people call him that? Shoulda asked), and fell in love with a few of his new songs, most notable What Mama Say. First concert at Scotiabank Place, to! Stars had fantastic lighting and a great crowd, and are really good live. Very impressed.

iPhone:
iPhone4. Is there more to say? It’s perhaps the best device I’ve ever owned.

Website:
It was attacked somehow recently, and unwanted script ended up on every page. So I cleaned it out old school, and now there shouldn’t be any malware warnings when people visit. Check it out: BenjaminWood.Net! My blog, as part of the site, had also been flagged, so I hadn’t updated it just because of that headache. Maybe I’ll write more often now.

Geocaching:
One of the results of having an iPhone. Now I can know exactly where I am (within 5 metres, or sometimes 10)… which means I can find caches! I’ve found 17 so far, with Jen, Susma, Grace, Jon, and Leo. Leo is so awesome by the way! I’ve never seen a dog do a handstand before. Just knowing that peole have hidden things all over really renews my sense of the world around me. the Geocaching App is the best app investment I’ve made so far (Cut the Rope being a close second).

Election:
Mayor, councillor… the bus strike really showed me how important this municipal thing is! I’ve been following websites, news, blogs, etc, trying to figure out who will hold my interests in transit and transit and, well, that’s mainly what I’m concerned about. I’ll write more tomorrow probably.

040 – Maple Music is the Simon Wilcox to my Tulip Festival

I love Maple Music. For the uninitiated, is a little online music retailer – one that specializes, or at the very least exclusively distributes Canadian music. Arrogant Worms, Billy Talent, Jill Barber, Sarah Slean <3. On top of music, they also have some merch: hoodies, posters, autographs, and even concert tickets.

I also love how my spell check doesn’t know the words Slean, merch, nor hoodies.

Anyway, I’ve made two orders with them so far, and they’re just awesome! The prices are what I’d call reasonable, at least prices that would sway me to buy stuff if I were at HMV or something like that. I bought Simon Wilcox’s newest, The Charm and the Strange and Kinnie Starr’s Anything. A few years back, I bought Simon Wilcox’s second cd, Smart Function, in part because the listening station had it and I was impressed (and in part because it’d give me something to see at Tulipfest). So a follow-up cd was a no brainer for me. Smart Function is a work of art. A slightly dark, highly-energized, low energy (if that makes sense) work of art. Kinnie Starr, I had heard a couple of tracks that I love (including the La Le La La that I had already purchased through iTunes), so I figure I’ll like the rest.

Sorry for all those brackets.

Anyway, I bought the cds thinking they’d take a good week to arrive (as indicated by my shipping method). I got them two days later. W00t!

And so far, I’m loving the Simon Wilcox. It’s actually pretty rare for me to buy a cd that I don’t like, even if I haven’t heard it before. Kinnie Starr is still in the shrink wrapping, but I guarantee that’ll change soon. Funny story about Simon Wilcox – after I bought her cd a few years back, I saw her at the Tulip Festival. She was wonderful! I remember Vivi thinking all of her songs sounded the same. I digress! After she performed, she went to the signing tent. And I hadn’t brought my cd jacket! I went in line anyway to meet her, and she was so nice, and enjoyed my little story of having bought her cd, but not having the jacket. I need to get it signed someday.

MyMusic.com is another Canadian music retailer, but they have all kinds of artists – it’s CD Warehouse’s online store (or at least they’re affiliated somehow, I think). I haven’t bought anything from it; while there’s lots that separates it from Maple Music, I prefer Maple. Though the idea of having a Desert 5 list is pretty awesome.

So yes, the whole point of this entry: Maple Music, brackets bad – at least for those who buy music and read, respectively. But seriously, who buys music and reads these days?

I miss the concert series at the Tulip Festival.

023 – Philosophy Builds Confidence

200710_26_02 - Thank You for Not Smoking

200710_26_03 - Seat

200710_26_04 - Pocket Things

200710_26_05 - USB

200710_26_06 - Vie Morte

200710_26_07 - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

200710_26_09 - Shimmer

200710_26_12 - Road Closed II

200710_26_13 - Philosophy Brings Confidence

Photos: Waiting at a bus stop for a bus that never came, pocket devices, usb, vie morte, renewing health card, downtown Ottawa, philosophy builds confidence.

Where does time go? The year is almost over, the month is almost over, the day is winding down, and I can’t say that I’ve had any time to do that which I need: school assignments, mostly. What I want? I want to watch the Heroes episode that I missed, I want to play DDR and Super Metroid and Metroid Prime 3. Instead, my gaming is relegated to portable bliss in 10-minute intervals. Guess I can’t complain because the new Phoenix Wright is… well, like the previous two. And I love it. Zelda Phantom Hourglass was a mixed bag for me. Loved the controls, not so much the lack of game. Maybe it was just too short.

On the plus side, I did work more than was expected over the past few days. It’s a fun time to be doing shipment because we are still getting in all the new stuff for the holidays. I must have moved 300 snow globes easy. Why? Come spend $75 at Disney Store and find out… And I love kids. As you can imagine all kinds of kids end up at the Disney Store.

However, the best encounter this past week took place at another store. This little girl was walking all funny in an aisle that I had just entered, and she half walked into me, half pushed me. Her mom told her to watch where she was going and whatnot, when the girl said, “hey you!” I responded with an enthusiastic, “hi!” She began a conversation. So I conversed. We talked about Halloween mostly, and how she’s going to be a pumpkin. Cutest kid ever.

Oh, and I spent 10 minutes trying to sing Barenaked Ladies’ Another Postcard karaoke-style. It’s not easy.

017 – K-OTIC

200709_12_01 - Shimmering Canal
200709_12_03 - Lioness I

200709_12_04 - Lioness II

200709_12_05 - Lioness III

200709_12_10 - You Say Party (yspwsd) II

200709_12_14 - You Say Party (yspwsd) VI

200709_12_17 - K-OS III

200709_12_22 - K-OS VII

Pictures: Ottawa Rideau Canal at night, in concert: Lioness, You Say Party We Say Die, K-OS.

I had never been to a concert quite like this one. Usually there’s a singer with a set list of songs and a word here and there, smaller, less exciting opening acts with a similar music style… This concert had two opening acts, both of which were very good. Their style was nothing if not tangibly in the same spectrum of what K-Os is all about; their music was a mix of electronic/house/dance/punk/everything else. And they were very energetic and interesting; they had everyone’s attention, unlike some acts where nobody ends up paying attention. I actually wanted longer sets from both Lioness and YSP WSD (check out their music).

Then, of course, there was K-OS. He just came out with his sonic crew and started playing and singing. Songs and beats just kinda blended into one another until it was time for a break, for him to talk to the audience, and for get us to wish one of his band mates a happy birthday. It was all very energetic. One woman spent the whole time dancing between the security gate and the stage.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay for the whole thing! Being a Wednesday night and me having to get up in the morning (an early start to what would be a looooong day) – plus being all the way downtown, I decided to duck out after the performance of Sunday Morning. I like concerts!

A thanks goes out to Karen for getting tickets for Dan and I!