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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
And did you get my message / On the People's Radio? I wrote it in Alberta /Across the prairie spine.
— Rheostatics, Northern Wish
June 27, 2012

Paul McCartney: Live and Let Die (in the Studio)

Remember when Paul McCartney was cool? Now he’s sort of just Paul McCartney but in the period immediately following the breakup of that band he was a member of, he released some very cool stuff. Watch it happen.

Posted by skooter at 9:16 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Beatles, Music, Paul McCartney, Videos

June 22, 2012

Every Jump the General Lee Made

I am of an age where this resonates with my childhood. Having pimped out my car with somewhat fancy rims, I may consider installing a General Lee horn.

Posted by skooter at 9:35 PM This entry is filed under Entertainment, Narcicism.
Tags: Cars, Dukes of Hazard, Television

June 21, 2012

Henry Wagons: Positively 4th Street

My friend Henry will be in town again. I’m looking forward to it quite a bit. You should be too. Be at the Railway Club on August 2nd. It’s going to be a good time.

Posted by skooter at 10:02 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Bob Dylan, Henry Wagons, Six Shooter Records

Lego Turing Machine

LEGO Turing Machine from ecalpemos on Vimeo.

On a scale of one to ten, this ranks right up there at awesome.

Posted by skooter at 9:05 PM This entry is filed under Technology.
Tags: Alan Turing, Lego, Videos

June 3, 2012

David Suzuki: Force of Nature

Realeased theatrically a couple of years ago, the David Suzuki documentary Force of Nature is a biography of sorts of an uniquely inspirational Canadian figure. Dr. Suzuki is an internationally renowned scientist, television host and activist. The film is built around the content of a Legacy Lecture presented by Dr. Suzuki as, faced with his own mortality at the age of 75, he begin to consider his permanent legacy.

That legacy is strong and the film does a fine job of describing why. Scenes from the lecture are interspersed with stories and film from his life and it makes it quickly apparent that you’re watching a man whose concerns go so far beyond the personal that’s its hard to see where his concern for himself ends and his concern for all of humanity begins.

I volunteered at the Suzuki Foundation for a while. Those were good days. The work was nothing special, but I enjoyed the people I was working with. I had shifted my full time schedule to four days a week and was at the Foundation most Fridays. Those Fridays were rewarding and always interesting.

The David Suzuki Foundation is under siege these days, as part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s war on charities. Dr. Suzuki has chosen to resign so that he can continue to speak out on issues he cares about without risking the Foundation being declared an activist organization and endangering its charitable status. The Conservative Party of Canada, it seems, considers environmentalism problematic.

In the closing moments of the movies comes one of the most important messages. When discussing the real estate market and the value of his property, Dr. Suzuki says:

“…and that’s our problem: when we measure everything in terms of economic value those things that matter most to us are worthless.”

He’s right, of course. The most important things in our lives are not the things we buy or the relative ease with which we do it. They are the intangibles: the people we share our lives with, the places we consider sacred, the moments we remember for a lifetime.

It’s a film that’s worth seeing, if only to remind yourself of that one very important thing.