Embracing Canada

Thinking about moving to Canada rather than face four more years of Bush? You and me both!

As someone who has spent a lot of time in our neighbor to the north and briefly considered moving there about 10 years ago, this election has made me think again about moving somewhere less moronic. It turns out that I’m not alone as this article on news.com mentions. There are some other cool sites too, like Immigration Canada, The Canadian Government’s Citizenship and Immigration website, this Harper’s article, and this Bushwatch site. Here’s a great top ten reasons to switch to Canada site which includes a link to download John Bender’s excellent Apple switch ad parody.

Moby’s thoughts and Cascadia

I like most of what Moby’s been saying. I’m thinking about secession.

My friend Heather pointed me over to Moby’s Website. His journal articles are doing a good job explaining how a lot of us feel. (I’m more pissed off than him, but thats ok). I’ve been thinking about secession a lot. There is that book, Cascadia, that I read a few years ago. It’s about how northern California, Oregon and Washington split off from the US and form their own country. It was written in the 60s, the new country of Cascadia is like one large Burning Man Festival except without the frat boys and with more free love. The hippy parts didn’t make too fond of it, but I’m thinking more and more how that might not be a bad idea.

Take California from San Jose northward, Oregon and the western half of Washington and you’ve got a pretty awesome country with abundant natural resources, a thriving tech economy, agriculture, manufacturing, ports and tourism. I think I’d be much happier in Cascadia, and I think those Southern states would be happier without us “freaks” making them have to go vote every four years to make sure they get another good ‘ol boy in the white house. Plus, we wouldn’t have to be supporting their asses with our taxes while getting so little back from D.C.

Anyone with me?

Hey podcasters!

a few tips for the podcasters of the world

I’ve been checking out a bunch of podcasts and am enjoying many, there are a few things that are driving me insane however. I realize that podcasts are an excellent DIY technology enabling the rest of us to add our voices to the mix. Yet nothing annoys me more than having to ride the volume knob while listening. There a couple simple tricks that the amateurs can learn from the pros.

1) EDITING: Edit out your coughs, wheezes, long pauses, etc… There are a million freeware audio editors in the world, pick one and spend a couple minutes fixing this kind of stuff. It will make me, your audience, A LOT happier.

2) COMPRESSION: You talk quiet, you talk loud. I strain to hear and then I pull the headphones off my head in pain. Your freeware editor has compression, I’m sure. If not, there are excellent free VST, DirectX or Audio Unit plug-ins for you to use. Spend the 5 minutes it takes to learn about compression and then USE IT. It will help you get a consistent level for your content, it will help you avoid compression artifacts, it will make the compression more efficient and I won’t hate you for hurting my ears.

Posted: Wed – November 3, 2004 at 01:27 PM

Wow am I pissed off

What the hell happened? What is wrong with this country?

My fellow Americans, at least 51% of you are idiots. I can’t believe you people. You’ve been suckered and now all of us are going to pay for your stupidity. You voted for a man who doesn’t care about you, your job, your family. You’ve voted to increase crime, increase terrorism, and make this country hated by both terrorist and free states. You voted for a man who looks you straight in the eye and lies to your face. A man who feigns faith without showing any understanding of what he claims to believe in. A man who will deny a woman’s right to choose but will willingly kill thousands and thousands of children in Iraq without compunction. You chose to vote for this evil asshole because you believed him to be moral, or Christian or a strong military leader. You’ve given him a mandate to pollute the world, invade your privacy and create a country that grows weaker not stronger as it continues to slide into chaos and poverty. You’ve voted to turn us into a third world nation with peasants working in the Wall Marts with no insurance or hope of ever living a comfortable life and corporate barons living in their luxury hill-top bunkers surrounded by walls and guards.

Welcome to the decline of a once great nation. We the people have chosen mediocrity and we will be forced to endure the spoiled fruits of our mistaken trust beyond the rule of this smug autocratic joke as his policies will ruin this country for decades to come.