Funny, I heard a band on the radio (turned out to be Gob) and I thought of the Doughboys and looked up some of the songs I used to listen to on YouTube. Most of them were off of “Crush”; Neighbourhood Villain, Shine and Melt stood out.

I noted the date… 1993.

Holy shit! 18 years ago?! Where’d the fucken time go? I don’t think one of our raid tanks was even alive at that time!

I feel old.


Musical Interlude: Metric

I don’t know if I pimped them before so if I have, then it’s still worth mentioning again. I’m usually not a big fan of female vocalists because I don’t usually associate with what they tend to sing about but I find Metric’s music isn’t the typical stuff. It’s got a good beat and pace which is uplifting and somewhat relaxing – at least for me.

At the moment I’m stressing and this music is lessening that to some degree.

Look them up: Metric.

Personal favorites?

Stadium Love
Sick Muse
Help I’m Alive
Gimme Sympathy
Gold Guns Girls
Dead Disco
Combat Baby
Poster of a Girl
Monster Hospital


A few grumpy things I thought I’d share:

Good grumpy music in my iPod playlist.

.. The Exies
.. Filter
.. Alice in Chains
.. Nine Inch Nails


Oh, my son had an urge to create a Dwarf named “Grumpy” in WoW the other day. Unfortunately, that name was taken as were the variations of it so we settled on, “Grumpers”.


Yes, I am grumpy. Now fuck off.

UPDATE 3:45pm: I’m not feeling as grumpy now so…. fuck on.

Muscial Interlude: Ride the Cliche…

In dedication to the wedding I was at this weekend. Ever notice how many cliches are thrown around during weddings? After going to them for awhile they all seem sort of the same. I suspect I’ll end up spouting some cliches when my boys get married, but that’s a ways off. WAY WAY OFF.

It was a nice wedding, up in resort north of Toronto. Lots of trees all over the mountains/hills changing colors. Food was pretty good, though expensive when we ate in the restaurant – 150$ expensive just for us two. I think the only night I went to bed sober was… okay, so I didn’t go to bed sober at all that weekend.

The kids stayed with their aunt and uncle while we were away. Apparently they were perfect angels which changed as soon as they saw us. It was a nice break, but I definitely missed them both. That’s the first time we’ve been away from them (overnight) in about 4 years. We were really nervous because of Little Big Ogre’s allergies to egg and most animals (his aunt and uncle have two dogs) but he was fine while there, even played around with one of the dogs. Poor guy, he’d love to have a dog but between his allergies and his mother’s allergies, it isn’t likely to happen any time soon.

One more wedding to go this year then I should be good for a few years.

The Thought That Counts and Musical Interlude: OLP…

Here’s a newer Our Lady Peace song. Be warned, this is Canadian content so you might find yourself craving maple goods or bacon.

LiveNot Live There is something to be said about using proper recording tools to record someone.

On to the thoughts that count.

This weekend we had my youngest son’s ‘friend’ birthday party. He’s just turned four (closer to the beginning of the month) but he hasn’t been in school long enough for him to make friends, but being four his whole class are his best buddies. Anyway, it turned out to be mostly really close friends and his cousins. A good time was had by all.

One of our close friends bought him and incredibly thoughtful and inciteful gift; a MP3 player. Now the LittleLittleOgre really loves music. LOVES IT. He is constantly borrowing my iPod Touch and surfing iTunes (I don’t have purchasing credentials locked in there) or listening to stuff I have on there. So it was a great gift for him.

The downside?

As I mentioned, I have a lot of stuff ordered from iTunes and I’m not sure this MP3 player supports that format. I’ll have to look into things a little more because I don’t want to purchase all the music again in a different format just so he can have it as a MP3 or WMA format.

Anyone who knows me should know I won’t resort to piracy.

Great idea though it’s actually something we were planning on getting both of them for Christmas because they both really like music.


I listen to all sorts of different music. About the only thing I can’t get into is country and folk types. I find I listen to certain types of music when doing certain things.

At work? When automating I find myself listening to techno or industrial types. I find it keeps me typing and thinking logic for some reason. If I’m not listening to music (or I’m listening to the wrong music) I tend to stumble a  bit.

When writing test plans, test cases, reading design specs, learning something I need for the job or when manually testing I listen to heavy stuff. There is no trick here, the loud stuff  helps keep me awake.

When reading other things, I prefer non-intrusive rock. Something that is in the background and doesn’t get me singing along or thinking about the music instead of the text in front of me.

When having sex… well, I don’t listen to music because I don’t want to wake the kids or I have to make sure I can hear them getting out of bed so we (as parents) don’t traumatize them. (Yes, we lock the door) When I was younger, it was things like Red Hot Chile Peppers and a certain Nine Inch Nails song… but who hasn’t had sex to that one?

Okay, I can probably think of a few people… oh crap… eew.

Songs in Your Head…

While I was dropping the kids off at their daycare, this song was on the radio and it was cut short because I had arrived. That’s a recipe for having a song in your head for the rest of the day. Fortunately, YouTube saved the day and I could listen to it in its entirety so it won’t be in my head all day.