Stuff about things

February 28, 2007

~ I uploaded 4 new songs to the Babel myspace. One from each of the 4 new CD’s I’m releasing. I going to set up some sort of online store for Arachnidiscs too. According to Julia Fartparty, it’s actually quite easy now.

~ My new guitar amp arrived this morning. It’s tiny and solid state. Two things I wanted. It might not be hella loud but I’ll be able to carry it up and down the stairs without feeling it for the rest of the week. Like I did with my huge bass amp after the Legion show. And I won’t have to constantly replace the tubes on it like my crackling Fender tube-eating monster. It was also almost disposably priced so if I blow the speaker out, it’s no big deal. Consumerism! Fun!

~ Yoshihiro Tatsumi is my new obsession. 

~ I thought I weeded out all my Agatha Christie doubles, but I found 4 more on the shelf last night. Her books were reprinted under an obscene amount of alternate titles by various publishers in various countries so when you’re collecting them all, you’re bound to end up with a few duplications. The question is do you keep the clean One, Two, Buckle My Shoe or the beat up, better-titled An Overdose of Death. Anyway, doubles going in the “free” box.

So… tired… sleepy…

February 27, 2007

~ Apparently Science of Sleep is out on DVD now. It has been put on my to-do list.

~ I have come to the conclusion that I picked up a dose of mono from the CHLY microphones. That microphone astringent spray I never use probably is something I should have used. In retrospect. At least I don’t have Norwalk. That sounds hardcore.

~ Urbane Decay is #23 in Calgary (CJSW) this week.

My crayon box


1. Are you currently mad at someone?
I was but I can’t remember who or why… I was probably just grumpy and annoyed at the cat.

2. Which of your family members has the worst temper?
None of us has a temper. We’re, apparently, repressed.

3. Have you ever thrown something at anyone?
Yeah. Frisbees, softballs, packet of ketchup…

4. Is anyone mad at you?
If they are, they should let me know. No, actually, I’d rather be blissfully unaware.

5. Are you usually mad?
I’ve been grumpy lately. But it’s unusual.

6. When you’re mad do you prefer to stare angrily or yell?
Uh, I’d rather just discuss things reasonably. I’ve been told I should yell more. Apparently I’m repressed.


1. Has anyone ever thrown a surprise party for you?
I don’t think so. If someone did, I’m a bastard and don’t remember. I think the one time a party was sort of thrown in my honour it was kind of a disaster.

3. What event is coming up that you’re most excited about?

4. If you won a million dollars, what would be your first thought?
Would it be worth my while to hire a midget butler dressed like a penguin.

5. If you could have anything right now what would it be?
Time off.


1. Name:
This is the dumbest self discovery question ever.

2. Birthday:
I’m aware of when I was born. This is not shedding any light on me at all.

3. What’s your main goal in life?
To stop being a bother to people.

4. Do you want to have children?
I don’t think that’s legal.

5. when do you want to die?
Whenever is good for you. I’m free most anytime.


1. Are you against gay marriage?
I’m against unhappy marriage.

2. Lower the drinking age?
Is that like the ice-age? I think we’re in the drinking-age now.

3. Capital Punishment?
I’m all for lowercase punishment.

4. Abortion?
The Dayglos shouldn’t be allowed to tour anymore.


1. Do you love someone?
Ask Nae. He has some theories about this.

2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I waffle on this point.

3. Do you believe in Love?


Q: how many beds did you lay in today?
Uh… one. What? I didn’t go to a furniture store and try a bunch mattresses out or anything.

Q: What color shirt are you wearing?

Q: Name one thing that you do everyday?

Q: How much cash do you have on you right now?
Huh… in my other pants. I’m cashless today.

Q: Look to your left.
Ok. Now what?

Q: What’s the last piece of clothing you borrowed from someone?
No idea.

Q: What website(s) do you visit the most during the day?
LJ, myspace, funbuddies, allmusic, various emails

Q: Do you have plants in your rooM?
i have plants nowhere. unless you include bathroom mold.

Q: Does anything hurt on your body right now
that finger wound. it’s seeping.

Q: Do you own a picture phone?
i own a camera. i own a phone. i could duct-tape them together.

Q: Recent time you were really upset?
Dinnertime yesterday.


1. Person you saw:
Pentti. It’s a continuing event actually. Until one of us leaves this room.

3. Movie watched in cinema:
Ghostrider, motorcycle hero.

4. Song you listened to:
This Sufjan Stevens song that’s playing.

5. Person you talked on the phone with:
Some telemarketer I shut-down.

6. Did you notice that the question 2 was gone:
Uh… no… so it is.


1.What are you doing tonight:
Recording a Babel drum track. Maybe updating the Babel myspace page. Feeding the cat. Maybe working on a short story. Staring at the bedroom ceiling.

2. What are you going to eat?
A wrap.


1. Is:
Hump day. Horoscopes come out.

2. Are you Looking forward to it?
Not at all.

3. Are you going to laugh?
I laugh everyday. No matter how shitey it is.

Flatbed T-Shirt

February 26, 2007

Flatbed T-Shirt
Originally uploaded by Ampersand Photography.

~ Here’s the FLATBED t-shirt I designed for Elle J and Thibs. It’s one of my favourite pieces of design work. From concept to execution, it came together really well — in my own humble opinion. I got paid in copious amounts of chipotle. It was also really cool to see people wearing it at the end of the night.

~ Pins of Light took on a weird tone last night. That new studio board is strange. It’s got a wicked bad vibe to it. Like it had been used for dubbing porn films (a la Boogie Nights) in a previous life or something. It’s got some nice features though. It seems amazing something so ancient can trigger Winamp.

~ The book I’m reading, The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch, is freaking me out. She has somehow rendered my 58-year old self perfectly. At least a possible 58 year old version of myself. His flailing, deluded, overly romantic, repressed mania is shaking me to the core. It’s strange to read a character that angers you with their dysfunctional, irrational behaviour and yet know that’s exactly how you’d play the same situation. If she was still alive, I might have to write her a letter. I’m transfixed by the book yet I’m not sure I want to read anymore of it. I think I will view it as a text-book on how not to follow the same road as that character.

~ DWE are #27 in Lethbridge (CKXU) this week.

War wounds

February 25, 2007

~ Rawked-out for Benson on Friday night which took it’s toll on my hand. Drank-out at the punk rock party last night which took its toll on the rest of my body. My Costello costume didn’t work out so well. I looked more like an off-duty banker trying to pick up teenagers at a new wave club. I think this my first hang-over since Christmas.

The first 6 episodes of God, Inc.

February 23, 2007

“The law requires allCanadian publishers to deposit, at their expense, copies of their works…”

February 23, 2007

~ Something I was really impressed with at the Shack Records night was Erin‘s ability to memorize notebooks upons notebooks worth of lyrics. Myself, I can’t even remember my 3 rhyming stanzas songs. I might have to resort to some improv freestyling tonight. Gah. Actually, everyone’s songs last night were really enjoyable. 2 hours at the Mermaids’ Mug, though, puts you in a state of utter dementia. 

~ The National Library sent Arachnidiscs a letter/package yesterday demanding I submit copies of Urbane Decay, Babel, dr. pong and DWE cd’s to the National Archives for posterity. Apparently I am legally required to do so, but it’s not clear if there’s a penalty for simply ignoring the letter. Seems absurd tax dollars are being spent cataloging and storing cd-r’s and zines from every small town in Canada.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
“In fact, you can control light so successfully that it is possible to grow robust plants in the complete absence of sunlight.”

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What’s there?
My inbox

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
A terrible “who’s gunna win” Oscars thing on some American morning news show while I ate my All-Bran. The whole Oscars hoopla continues to become more baffling to me every year.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is:

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Justina being exasperated.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Half an hour ago, getting out of my car.

8.Before this survey what were you looking at?
My email.

9. What are you wearing?
That’s not an appropriate question, survey. I don’t think we know each other well enough to engage in that kind of internet chat.

10. Did you dream last night?
I did. Forgotten what it’s about though.

11. When did you last laugh?
Last night at our late-night band practice.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Two whiteboard calendars one with February’s production stuff on it and one with March’s.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
The Mermaids Mug.

14. What do you think of this quiz?
Meh. At least it hasn’t asked me what my fears are, if I have a crush on anyone, how many kids I want, what my ringtone is, if I have tattoos/piercings, when I last drove a car, etc…

15. What is the last film you saw?
Long Riders. I have a thing for Walter Hill movies, but this was one of his many misses. In fact, one of the most pointless westernstenialist 1970’s movies. Still, that knife fight with James Remar and David Caradine was gold.

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
How many millions? A house. I’d buy Ken a proper guitar.

17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know:
Who are you? This is creepy.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
How about regardless of physics? I’d make the world zero gravity.

19. Do you like to dance?
When I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown, I like to get hammered and cut a rug.

20. George Bush:
Is not a question.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
In Iceland.

24. What do you want to say to God when you reach the pearly gates?
Isn’t that St. Peter’s job? I like to think God had better things to do than greet the 150,000 people who die everyday. 75,000 if we assume half are going to the other place. If Jehov is spending all his time hanging out at the pearlies, that explains a lot about the state of the world. I’d say, “Put down that cucumber sandwich and get back to work you fat fuck.”

1.Does anyone know your password to your Livejournal besides you?
Yes. Someone’s been posting as me for months.

2. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonalds?
I would assume fries. I does luuuurve Ronald’s fries.

3. Are you an emotional person?
Quietly so. Outwardly I’m stoic, inwardly I’m a dramaball of frantic emotional panic.

4. Do you like your name?
I’ve grown to enjoy it. Changing the spelling helped.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Why not.

6. Have you ever felt jealous of a friend?
Romantically jealous? No. Covetous of talent or success? Perhaps.

7. What was the last thing you did?
Stripped France of articles.

8. Ever been hurt by someone you love?
Been hurt by every person I loved. See question #3.

9. Who was the last person you sang to?
About 20 people in my red room. One on one? Jamie, I guess, teaching her songs… but that doesn’t count. Chelsea over a year ago, I would think, in the spirit of the question.

10. What song are you listening to right now?
“Trash” by Urbane Decay, trying in vain to learn the words.

11. How’s the weather right now?
Looks like it’s sunny out.

12. Who was the last lie you told to?
Huh? Who did I last lie to? Someone I work with I assume. Who can keep track?

13. What was the lie?
Probably “I’m doing alright.”

14. Last song you sang?

15. Do you like anyone?
It’s more significant I don’t dislike anyone right now.

16. Lost a friendship over something stupid?
No friendships I regret losing were lost over stupid things.

17. Last thing you drank?
Coffeenated water.

18. Last thing you ate?

20. Faked being sick to miss school?
More like fudged the severity of the sickness.

21. What time did you wake up today?
I think I’m still asleep.

22. Last person you talked to?

23. Last person you made fun of?
My bosses.

24. What are you wearing right now?

26. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
I refuse to answer this question anymore.

27. Where are you right now?
Sort of a holding pattern.

28. What month is it?

29. Did you go anywhere today?
Just to work.

30. Did you go anywhere yesterday?
I went to Mermaids Mug for the first time. What a crazy-aunt’s recroom of random head-exploding kitch that is.

31. Where are you going today?
Branch 10 Legion, Harewood.

32. Are you watching TV?
I think this place would make a fine reality show.

33. Do immature people annoy you?
Not as much as ubermature people.

34. Are you closer to your mom or dad?

37. Whats the most annoying thing people say to you?
“How goes the battle?”

38. Do you like music?
It might be the only thing I like.

39. Do you want to get married?
Shemp was telling to have babies last night. A “little Jake.” I accused him of being oin cahoots with my mom. Then he told me now that I am heading into my late twenties (ha!) it was time I started thinking about these things.

41. Where are you going on vacation this spring?
Va…cation? Sounds nice… I hope to take a day or two off in March.

42. Would you bungee jump?
I might jump over some pork bung.

43. Do you like roller coasters?
Can’t remember.

44. Is there anything you wish for every summer?
Santa comes in summer now?

45. Do you use chopsticks?
Really, really poorly. I try to pass it off as endearing ineptitude.

46. What’s your favorite time of day?

47. Thinking of someone right now?
More or less.

48. Concerned about life right now?
Life is nothing to be concerned about. Nor is death.

49. Have you ever tripped going up the stairs?
Anyone who claims otherwise is lying or some kind of balletcrobatic alien.

50. What is one thing you really want to do this spring?
Kick some serious ass.

Why I don’t shop at Value Village

February 22, 2007

~ I wanted a new, perhaps wackily brightly coloured, sport-coat for the Mount Benson / Legion show tomorrow night. So I went to Value Village. They only had jackets similar to the jackets I already own (and a bunch of unwearable atrocities) so I went to the books hoping for a Chandler or a Hammet. 

This where I ran into the ex-girlfriend of my old highschool friend A. About ten years ago, they moved to Vancouver and became junkies. When he came back, the one time I had coffee with him, he implied she’d become a junkie prostitute when he wouldn’t let her use his supply anymore. That was a nice story. Then he tried to get me to drive him somewhere to “meet some guy” and I figured it was time to not spend anymore time re-initiating this friendship. Anyway, that was about eight years ago and since then I hear he’s cleaned up his act a bit — sells pot in Parksville for a living. 

So, his ex is talking to me at V V. She looks like she’s probably not a junkie anymore but you can tell she used to be from her still near-skeletal frame and raspy voice. She tells me about her 3 year old kid, and how she’s painting murals in Ladysmith but I’m thinking about how weird it is junkies/ex-junkies all have this same strange body language. Strange that it’s always the same. It’s not like a twitchy-shiftiness you might associate with someone who’s “cracked-out” but a lot of exaggerated movements and an almost unnatural exuberance. I can’t really describe it. Seems like it would be an interesting topic for a sociologist to study. 

After about ten awkward minutes of prying questions, I’m only half paying attention to because I’m trying to devise an escape, she asks if I want to have coffee sometime.  To which I stammer, “Er, well…” and she says, “I shouldn’t be so blunt. I don’t know, you could be married.” To which I say, “Yeah. Well, uh, nice seeing you.” And we left it at that. And I got the hell out of there.

Sagittarius Horoscope for week of February 22, 2007
In a couple of weeks it will make sense to aggressively insert your vivid presence into the thick of the action. There will be dizzying opportunities to chase down and intoxicating connections to forge. But it’s premature to get riled up about all that yet. For the foreseeable future, Sagittarius, take your inspiration from Franz Kafka, who gave the following advice in his book *The Great Wall of China*: “You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still, and solitary. And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

Retail opportunies

February 21, 2007

~ Someone in nanaimo should open a stationary store that sells crazy fun correspondence worthy paper that’s better than the Staples/Michaels lame crap. They should put it beside the Tea Emporium maybe. Unless there’s something like that at Woodgrove now. I wouldn’t know. They should also open a musical instrument store in where the Liquidators is in the old Co-op building on Bowen. Because I can walk there in a few minutes at lunch. Maybe they should also sell stationary. Just throwing these ideas out there.

~ “Mind Transferal” by Davie Allen and The Arrows may be the hottest two minutes, fifty-one seconds ever recorded.

America, america is killing its youth.

February 19, 2007

~ So apparently Britney Spears actually did shave her head. I may be kind of in love with her now.

~ Pins of Light was canceled, as far as hosting went, this week due to the refitting of the CHLY studio. Which sucked because Stephen found, under a library table or something, this insane dude from Duncan who claims to have found scriptural evidence that manna from heaven is a metaphor for magic mushrooms or something. Anyway, Stephen interviewed him and that’ll be played on next week’s show.

~ So Instead of radio chaos, Kai and I went to Ghost Rider. There were some classic Nick Cage weirdness moments that were pure gold and whole lot of straight-to-video feel as well — but not in any kind of cheesy B-movie goodness way. Also, though it was “cool” to have Peter Fonda in there for some kind of ironic purpose, a good Satan he does not make. He’s like the retired banker of movie devils. He seemed more like he was making business deals on the 9th green than binding peoples’ souls for eternity. I guess it’s all in a day’s work when you’re the prince of darkness. Or prince of a slightly overcast afternoon, at least.

~ Yesterday, since the sun actually came out when I wasn’t at work, I went for a nice walk along the seawall. They seem to have decided there was too much nature along the seawall because they tore out all the blackberry bushes and plants on the hill. So now there is brown desolation where there once was green chaos.

~ Deep Purple In Rock is really good.


February 16, 2007

jeff & rhiannon
Originally uploaded by black_maria.

~ So this Jeff guy Fink knows is seriously zoinking my schtick. I think anyways. Right down the eye luggage and forehead glare. Of course he is thinner and has more hair which is redder. But still. Creeps me the fuck out. Does this not look a picture of me and J-Sco circa 1999? Get your own look , people. Get your own look.

~ Apparently my bosses’ kid stole over 13 grand out of their home safe. I always kind of liked him but now he’s my fucking hero. Assuming this doesn’t impact their ability to pay me, of course. And the bosses get less grumpy in the near future. Also, having that much cash on hand proves my suspicions they’re up to something fishy.

~ This dude kind of makes me soursplash. Talented though.

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