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 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Default)

 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Default)

 Hello! You seem to have found your way to my blog. Pleasure to meet you!

Owing to some internet wierdness (somebody in Russia seemed to think I'm a big lover of totalitarianism...big misread on their part) I've made my blog friends only. Since changing to "Friends Only" has closed off about five years of posting I'm opening up various posts from the past, and will have more public stuff but  unfortunately not everything will be open now.

*Sigh* One bad apple...

Anyway if you'd like to see my other posts feel free to comment and their is a good chance I'll add you. Just to warn you this blog is a mishmash of my interests in alot of different things, such as the guitar, music of all sorts, creative writing, my adventures in India, Canada, and elsewhere, and really anything else I decide to write about.

So, feel free to introduce yourself!

snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Vegas looks like a war zone. I have no words. :(
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
I really have nothing to add to that other than to thank my lucky stars that climate change is a hoax. I mean geeesh. This is brutal. And also not normal weather for this time of year.  :-/
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)


Ah Morbo the Annihilator! The perfect TV host for our time.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
I'm so glad my sister doesn't live in Florida anymore. She and her family would be right in the middle of the hurrican track right now.

Here's hoping it isn't as bad as I'm worried its going to get.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
*looks outside and sees the sun is still there*

Oh well, the world will end soon enough. :-p  Just as seriously though NASA TV did a good job covering the eclipse. I just wish I was able to get some glasses to view it directly and that I could have gotten at least a couple of decent pics. Oh well. Can't have everything. :-)
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
I haven't posted much because frankly I've been a bit down. I know I can't blame all that on the news but when you're walking home from work at night, looking up at the stars above and the first thought you have is "Geesh, if the nukes went off right now my eyeballs would melt instantly" I think it has to have some place in the equation.

Oh well. Civilization has to end eventually. I just never thought it would be by the hand of a failed businessman turned reality tv personality.

However on the plus side at least I got to see The Tea Party live in concert. That was a sweet show actually. Always loved their style of "Morocco 'n' Roll". Its like listening to Jim Morrison fronting Led Zeppelin.

I don't have footage from the show since I just wanted to relax and enjoy it so here's one of their tunes.

Enjoy!

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Just wanted to wish all my Canadian and American friends and family a great First and Fourth Weekend!

May it be most excellent!

Here's some tuneage to start the party off right, especially with it being Camada's Big 150 this year. So, yeah lets throw some Tom Cochrane in the mix. The Rascal Flatts cover of this song is also really good too if that's more your pleasure. ;-)

snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Ok so saying that I'm enjoying an Iron Maiden album is like posting about enjoying comfort food. Not that there is anything wrong with that of course but hey its not earth shattering considering that with the semi-exception of "Somewhere In Time"* I like pretty much their entire discography.

Hey, whatever! Time for the weekend! Let's have a New Wave of British Heavy Metal marathon. Next band...Saxon? Maybe? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




*Not a great album but "Wasted Years* is a great song.

Sore hands

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:20 pm
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Was a busy day today and then I played some more guitar than I should have. Oh well. Never a bad way to end the day.

I also watched the Megyn Kelly/Alex Jones interview and it was what I expected it to be, namely Alex Jones being pulled apart slowly by a former Fox News member trying to rebrand herself as a serious journalist. Nothing surprising there. I mean Piers Morgan beat this guy in a debate on his show and barely opened his mouth, so its not like Megyn Kelly was going to be seriously challenged here. As for the concerns that she was giving a platform for hate, well, that ship sailed a long time ago so no real harm beyond the harm Jones and his ilk always do anyway was going to happen.

Think of it like a boxing trainer giving their fighter an easy fight to build their record. That's all this was for NBC and Megyn Kelly.

So moving on to real news Jesus Murphy can London get a break, please? Preferably one that doesn't involve broken bones, bomb shrapnel, or towering infernos? I trying to remember the last time a city got nailed so hard so repeatedly and while I'm sure something will come to mind right now I"m drawing a blank.

Best Wishes to the Brits. You deserve it.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
First off my condolences to the victims and best wishes for their recovery. While its true I'd never consider voting for a single one of them and actively resist their politics coming to Canada noone, NOONE, deserves to be shot. Liberal democracy and Western civilization hold that we use ballots and not bullets. Regardless of politics and party affliations thats how it is and how it has to stay. Period.

Secondly, I'm glad the police stopped the man and while I don't wish anyone to be killed in the long run I am perfectly fine with mass shooters being immediately terminated with lethal force. If you're armed and shooting people to death then you can immediately surrender to the police or be killed by them.

Third the political temperature in the US has got to come down a bit and quickly. And the party that needs to act on this is...the Republicans. Now hear me out because I'm not looking to blame victims here. As I said in the first paragraph they did not deserve to be shot by a domestic terrorist from the left side of the spectrum. That being said the last decade especially has seen a lot of angry and hateful right wing rhetoric from many different sources, some of which are from groups that espouse or support very frightening views. With Donald Trump taking power those groups feel empowered to say and in some cases do things that threaten people and threatened people eventually lash back.

Again please note I am NOT blaming Republicans or saying this is a false flag operation or any other sort of Alex Jones type idiocy. What I am saying is that when you make people afraid by empowering the hateful on your side you also fuel the lunatics and extremists on the other side. While its never to be condoned its not really that unexpected. Lets just hope the Republicans can do enough to bring balance back before more people, on both sides of the aisle, decide to be inspired by this brutality.

And finally, maybe, just maybe the US can finally get some simple, common sense steps for gun control in the states. You don't need handguns and assault rifles everywhere. Background checks should be mandatory and if you have convictions for violence you shouldn't have a gun. The members of the Republican party have never struck me as particularly caring about the suffering the constant gun violence causes its citizens but maybe now that they've experienced such a horrible event there might be some empathy here?
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
I know I said a long time ago when Agent Orange's foreign scandal broke that Ronald Reagan was spinning in his grave so fast he was generating his own magnetic field. After watching that cringe inducing cabinet meeting/Dear Leader love in/shameless bootlicking session I'm expanding that to every signer of the Declaration of Independence.

If this is the new normal for the Executive Branch then American democracy, at least as its generally existed for almost 250 years, is pretty much done.  Really only one question now remains.

Where did I put my popcorn? This is some seriously entertaining shit to watch, in a plane crash/mass casualty sort of way.
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
So first off congrats to the Pens for winning their fifth Stanley Cup, and congratulations to Nashville for having a truly great playoffs. There's no shame in losing a series in six games especially against such a talented team like Pittsburgh.

Now about the refereeing. Sit down NHL. We need to have a talk. Look, I understand the rule that states that when a referee loses sight of the puck they are to blow the play dead. I understand the rationale behind it, namely to keep players from shish kabobbing their opponents in the goal crease or corner when the puck is clearly underneath a player. And yes, I agree with the rationale there. However Nashville tonight was clearly robbed of a good goal and as I'm understanding it three referees, every camera angle, and every player on the ice can see that the puck was nowhere near Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray when it was poked into the net yet it can't be awarded as a good goal?

Really? You do realize that you now allow coaches to challenge goalie interference and offsides now. Not only that you've allowed goalies to be sat on MMA style for goals that counted this playoff but that one can't be immediately ruled good? Lets just say that I know I'm missing something here and hope you do too. :-p

Ok. I"m just going to file that under "More Bad NHL Refereeing" and move on. In the final tally Pittsburgh won the series because they were the better team overall and that's the truth.  Still....
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
Ok, ok. I surrender. Nashville's crowd's energy is winning me over. I mean seriously at this point in the game I think Pittsburgh just wants to score to shut them up a bit. Add in the crowd thanking the announcer for his last minute of play announcements and the intermission bands and you've got a hockey town right now.

I like it. :-)

Although what is it with ice hockey and seafood?
snowywolfowl: (Senators)
1. If you told me my team would come within a seventh game, sudden death overtime of eliminating the defending champs and going to the Stanley Cup final I'd have called you unforgivably optimistic. Well done on your season, Senators. Well done. :-) And good on you Craig Anderson on your upcoming Bill Masterson Trophy win. If you don't win then call the cops and report the robbery. :-)

2. Are there ANY members of Donald Trump's administration that aren't being investigated by the FBI or skewered by SNL? If I didn't know better I'd think they weren't very good at running the USA. At the risk of acronym overload this whole situation is a SNAFU of epic proportions that is becoming more FUBAR'd by the minute.

Ah for the good old days when a president giving the Russians classified intel from the Israeli's would cause the entire Republican party and its base to have a collective rage aneurysm. I miss you, Obama! :-)

3. The Ontario election is coming up and I'm voting NDP this time. I voted for Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals last time which wasn't a mistake per se in that it helped keep the Conservatives from power but....well, lets just say I held my nose, was proven correct in my concerns, and will vote for the NDP this time as a result. Assuming of course I don't get robo calls from the Conservatives misdirecting me to the wrong polling station so I don't vote. Such mischevious scamps, Conservatives. :-)

And for anyone who wants to ask "Why not just try the Conservatives" I'll just direct you to this article from Maclean's by Scott Gilmore, a Conservative Party of Canada member entitled "Confessions of a Self-Loathing Tory" http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/confessions-of-a-self-loathing-tory/ that pretty accurately explains why I have given up on ever voting for the Conservatives, at least in their current configuration. It's a good read and articulates the big problems the Right Wing in North America has that prevent it from being palatable to moderate centrist swing voters like me.

4. I read a story about a postal worker who refused to give a comatose woman CPR and considering their reason was "I believed she had fentanyl on her shirt" I don't blame them one bit. After reading about the horror stories, the stats for abuse in my area, and the lethality of fentanyl if I found someone passed out I honestly wouldn't touch them either. I may be for legalization of drugs with proper regulation but when the substance in question is so lethal it can kill people through incidental skin contact then that's well outside the spirit of that concept.

I wish I had an answer but that is one problem that is going to get much worse before it gets better.

5. I wish I had something interesting about me to say but I never do. That's probably never going to change.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
*Closes web browser after reading about Agent Orange's latest exploits*

Seriously, I have nothing. Ball is in your court American People.
snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
All credit to [livejournal.com profile] bubblesbrnaid for inspiring me to do another of these. Since I'm on call for tomorrow I'm going to do Days 1 and 2 because, well, just because. :-)

Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title

Really, when it comes to musicians are their really any on the planet who are greater than Neil Young? Yes! Too many to count, actually. :-) But I love the fact he just DOES. I'd like to have a little more of that back in my life, frankly.




Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title

Completely irrelevant and unnecessary personal fact - I used to do a fairly reasonable version of this song back in high school. Let me just say the hardest part is getting through the final third without your right arm cramping up and/or falling off.

More relevant trivia fact. The song and video were inspired by the book "Johnny Got his Gun". The dialogue parts are from the film version.


snowywolfowl: (Senators)
Look I personally think Don Cherry of "Hockey Night in Canada"s entire fashion philosophy is based on a dare but yikes! That most recent suit that's blowing up Twitter? I literally snorted beer when I saw that fashion crime scene during the first intermission of the hockey game.

Note that when I say crime scene I mean it literally.

Behold! The suit of death!



I love the look on Ron Maclean's face here too. I mean sure its a vidcap so its only capturing a single instant of a five plus minute long tv session but it just seems like he's begging the viewers to call 911 here.

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