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  1. > The notice below was sent to me by a colleague. > It is such a worthy cause, > I felt that you should all be given the > opportunity to help out and > participate in it as well. > > > YOUR HELP UGENTLY NEEDED! > > Hundreds of Professional Hockey players in our very own nation are locked > out, living at well below the seven-figure salary level. And > As f that weren't bad enough they could be deprived of their life giving pay > for several months, possibly longer, as a result of the lockout situation. > But you can help! > > For only $20,835 a month, about $694.50 a day (that's less than the cost of > a large screen projection TV) you can help an NHL player remain economically > viable during his time of need. This contribution by no means solves the > problem as it barely covers the annual minimum salary, but it's a start, and > every little bit will help! > > Although $700 may not seem like a lot of money to you, to a hockey player it > could mean the difference between spending the lockout golfing in Florida or > on a Mediterranean cruise. For you, seven hundred dollars is nothing more > than a month's rent, half a mortgage payment, or a month of medical > insurance, but to a hockey player, $700 will partially replace his daily > salary. > > Your commitment of less than $700 a day will enable a player to buy that > home entertainment center, trade in the year-old Lexus for a new > Ferrari, or enjoy a weekend in Rio. > > HOW WILL I KNOW I'M HELPING? > > Each month, you will receive a complete financial report on the player you > sponsor. Detailed information about his stocks, bonds, 401(k), real estate > and other investment holdings will be mailed to your home. > > Plus, upon signing up for this program, you will receive an unsigned photo > of the player lounging during the lockout on a beach somewhere in the > Caribbean for a signed photo, please include an additional $150). > > Put the photo on your refrigerator to remind you of other peoples' > suffering. > > HOW WILL HE KNOW I'M HELPING? > > Your NHL player will be told that he has a SPECIAL FRIEND who just wants to > help in a time of need. Although the player won't know your name, he will be > able to make collect calls to your home via a special operator in case > additional funds are needed for unforeseen expenses. > > YES, I WANT TO HELP! > > I would like to sponsor a locked out NHL player. My preference is (check > below): > > [ ] Forward > [ ] Defenseman > [ ] Goaltender > [ ] Entire team (Please call our 900 number to ask for the cost of a > specific team - $10 per minute) > [ ] Jaromir Jagr (Higher cost: $32,000 per day) > > Please charge the account listed below $694.50 per day for the duration of > the lockout. Please send me a picture of the player I have sponsored, along > with an Jaromir Jagr 2001 Income Statement and my very own Bob Goodenow > (Executive Director of the NHLPA player's Union) pin to wear proudly on my > hat (include $80 for hat). > > Your name: _______________________ > > Telephone number: _______________________ > > Account number: _______________________ Exp. > Date:_______ > > [ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express >
  2. Okay fair enough zero, and you know what, I totally get what you're on about with shaking things up. And personally I think it's fine, but then don't shake on the one hand and then whine on the other hand that you're so misunderstood and not universally revered as the genius you are. It's disingenuous, and it does betray your ego and thereby betrays your self proclaimed raison d'etre of championing "authentic" discourse.
  3. Meh, I'd leave it if I was you bouche, but then I'm all about the bait and switch. - M.
  4. As mentioned in the C'est What thread, Erin Smith is heading to Maui in a couple of months, so I'm guessing this will be her last ride with the Somethings for a while, so another good reason to check it out! Peace, Mr. M.
  5. Sorry forgot the Gillmor link: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wemedia/book/index.csp
  6. zero, I've worked in some of the most bureaucratic organizations you can possibly imagine (Ontario Hydro pre- 90s layoffs, Bob Rae-era Ontario government, a couple large universities, etc.) and I understand the culture of ass-covering you're referring to as well or better than anybody, believe me. That's not what we're talking about here. What we're talking about (at least what I'm talking about, but I believe Hux and others are as well) is simple respect, which is always a two-way street. You can speak your mind and express your authentic opinion without belittling the opinions of others, or resorting to personal insults. To wit: why exactly did you bring up my band or musical endevours (such as they are)? It didn't have anything to do with the topic at hand. Me, I'm fairly thick-skinned and I know your style so I can fluff it off, but if you pulled that kind of crap with most people they would have used that as an immediate excuse to dismiss you as an a$$hole and stop hearing you right there. And the sad part is it had NOTHING to do with anything we were talking about, it was just an unrelated cheap shot. Hux talking about meds might have been the same thing if he actually knew you took meds, which it seems he didn't. I still think it was a bit questionable, but it wasn't intended as being personal. If you're being authentic as you say, why try to kick someone's knees out? For the record, if you're interested in the evolution of journalism, check out Dan Gillmor's We The Media. I've not got as far into as I should myself yet, but I've heard Gillmor talk and he has some terrific insights. Some of it is a bit self-evident for those of us who live online, but a lot of the trends he talks about are quite extraordinary. - M.
  7. Yeh thanks for that Scottie, I just want to reinforce the point that I was NOT comparing Green Day to The Beatles in case there was any confusion at all! The real point was about change and trying new things like the Beatles did when then went from being a very good pop band to being the greatest album rock band in history. Green Day's trying something new? Good for them, it's not like they haven't written their share of pop songs. - M.
  8. Yeh you know what, forget what I posted before. What Hux said gets to the point without my nicey-nice bull. I'm such a wussy Libra sometimes...
  9. Well, yes and no. The main seating area directly in front of the stage is wider, and there's no pillar in the middle of the space, and there's no split level type stairs. On the other hand, the distance from the stage to the bar is fairly short (maybe 30 feet... I'm bad at estimating distance so don't take my word for it) and it's a bigger bar than the other side. So if you're not in the front space you're kinda disconnected from the music completely, at least the way it was last night. My wife and I were at the bar, and except for a couple of seats it was hard to hear or see the band, where in the old room you could chill at the back and chat with friends, and still see and hear the band fairly well. I'm probably not describing it very well, I'd suggest go by and check out a show. If nothing else, the beer is always great! - M.
  10. Okay, I'll bite. I think the real problem zero is that you're wilfully blind to the relationship between the message and the manner of delivery, despite your occasional invocation of McLuhan. If you're talking about yourself as a "journalist" which I take it is what you mean here, frankly I think you're being naive by posting stuff on some message board and expecting it to be considered as proper journalism. If you want to deliver a journalistic message and have them read as such, consider a journalistic forum like a 'zine, your own website (gee, didn't you have one of those once upon a time...) or at least a friggin' blog. Otherwise you're down here in the muck with the rest of us normals not up on a pedestal, so expect to be treated as you treat others. If, on the other hand I've misunderstood and you're saying straight-up I don't recognize the importance of the relationship between journalists and musicians, I'm not sure where you're getting that from 'cus it's simply not true. In case you don't know I work for a news organization and I was trained broadcasting. As well my wife is a professional writer and many of my friends are professional creative media types of many sorts. I also regularly tell lots of classic journalist/musician stories like Landau's "I've seen the future of rock and roll" article to the Barenaked Ladies press-getting opportunity when the were banned from Nathan Phillips. And I read Pitchfork and Spin and Exclaim and Magnet and so on, perhaps not as often as I should but I'm a busy guy, but I certainly wouldn't deny their importance. If I've ever given a different impression I'd like to set the record straight here. - M.
  11. Yeh they're okay, but they're no REO Speedwagon.
  12. zero, really, if you need a hug, just ask for a hug. Seriously. If you're actually offended about me taking a bit of a piss in this thread, I'm sincerely sorry. Although I agree maybe the "meds" thing was unnecessary. There are actually people who post here who are on medication for various reasons and might indeed be offended by it as well. What ya say to a little edit there, Huxie? Back to you zero - I think the thread you're probably referring to is this one, right: http://www.jambands.ca/sanctuary/showfla...true#Post173460 Okay, so no one responded to your posting of a setlist or comments... well so what? It's not like there aren't already 4 or 5 other threads about the upcoming Slip shows. You're the one who said elsewhere you don't post here to aggrandize your own ego, and you apparently have distain for "editorial handjobs" so I'm guessing you didn't want people posting "Golly gee zero, you're the greatest, thanks for your great great post!" If they read the setlist and your commentary and went on with their day, what's the fu©king problem man? - M. P.S. For the record, I don't think I've ever represented myself as anything more than weekend warrior musician. And if you really want to ignore my band, better take a number. Line forms around the corner.
  13. Well, I guess I'll be on the veranda since you're already on the cross.
  14. That's right zero, it's always about you...
  15. Hey folks! For those that are interested, I was at C'est What last night for the re-opening of music at the bar. They've moved the stage from the old "Nia" room (which appears to be completely unused now) to the main bar room. The stage is essentially immediately east of where it had been before. Ladybird Sideshow put on a great set, and Crispin Giles did his usual stellar job on sound. Not much on details for future acts etc. but there should be stuff posted at www.cestwhat.com soon. As an aside, at once exciting and somewhat sad news - Ladybird member the wonderful Erin Smith is moving to Maui in a few months! I talked to her for a bit after the set, she said it's a trial thing for her and her husband Ross to see how they like it. Anyway, I know a lot of folks here have dug Erin in Erin Smith Band and Mr. Something Something over the years, and would join me in wishing her and Ross all the best! Peace, Mr. M.
  16. You know, a funny thought struck me... do you think anyone said "why do all the songs run together, why can't they go back to writing 3 minute pop songs?!?" when this album came out: Peace, - Mr. M.
  17. The Warr guitar is neat. Trey Gunn from King Crimson switched from Chapman Stick to that. It's an interesting instrument 'cus you can either strum/pick it like a regular guitar or tap it like a Stick. For unusual instruments, the best place I've been in the last while is a store called Lark in the Morning in Seattle. They have a great website: http://larkinthemorning.com/ I was playing a bunch of neat things when I was there in the summer. Almost bought a Theremin kit - we could have had a duel ahess. - M.
  18. Ohmygawd, that was awesome! I used to play that Kangeroo game all the time. Thanks CH. - M.
  19. Actually I looked at that link, and it looks like the majority of the polling data they are using is pre-Friday i.e. pre-second debate. FYI, although they aren't broken down by states here's the latest USA Today poll: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/polls/usatodaypolls.htm - M.
  20. Hey CB, yeh I second the motion on the glissentar. They had one at L&M on Bloor in Toronto for quite a while in the acoustic department upstairs - not sure if it's still there. Anyway I played around with one for a bit and it was indeed great fun! I think it would be one of those instruments where if you knew a bit of guitar or another stringed instrument you could do some cool stuff immediately, but you could spend a lifetime mastering. But I could see how it could fit into all sorts of music. Price was a bit steep thou, around $1200 if I remember right? - M.
  21. Yeh that's what I thought too. An interesting thing I heard I believe on CBC Radio's science show Quirks & Quarks is that one theory on the reason that women in groups will eventually have their cycles "sync up" is as a defensive mechanism, so that the community as a whole is essentially forced to defend all their females at one time of the month, which makes for a more effective use of resources. Peace, Mr. M.
  22. I'd go with "Steve" - just 'cus who the hell would name a rabbit "Steve". Stu is pretty classic thou. - M.
  23. Apparently you don't need to practice your guitar as much as you need to practice your hyperbole bouche. Thanks for the link. Peace, Mr. M.
  24. I thought the column in the Star this morning was a great tribute: http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Content...ol=968793972154 RIP Supes. - M.
  25. I had some childhood friends over, and we ate quite well: (Heh-heh, I never get tired of that image!) Seriously, my wife and I had a nice meal with all our parents. It's a way better and easier deal for us to do that than what we used to do, which was run around to both houses and have TWO Thanksgiving dinners. Sounds like fun, but two turkey dinners in one night makes for an uncomfortable situation later, believe me. Peace, - Mr. M.
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