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Living with the Zoom H24 24-channel digital recorder

Recently one of my colleagues at the University of Victoria loaned me one of his studio tools that he was thinking of parting with – The Zoom H24 24-channel digital portable recorder. Now for the record, way back when I first started recording multi-track style I was using a cassette tape based TASCAM 244 – […]

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A little bit of CBC radio history fades away

If you are much under the age of 40, the concept of “radio, the medium that reaches the masses” is probably not a thing that resonates with you. But for many residents of British Columbia, over the last 70 years, if you lived in an out of the way place, CBC Shortwave on 6160 Khz […]

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Local artisan series chapter one – Alfons Furniture

When we first moved into our new house, one of the first neighbours to pop by was Alfons. He lives on the street parallel to our and shares part of a back fence. An enthusiastic gardener and outdoorsman, Alfons represents all the good things about good neighbours – engaged, good humoured and genuinely interested in […]

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Long lost Gibson Guitar Les Paul Gold top stolen from ago

A very long time (1985) I was a Gibson guitar player – they are awesome for Rock, Blues, Jazz, pretty much whatever you want to play. And I played it in a few pick-up bands and a couple of outfits that played a few shows… in a life a long time ago. That said, I […]

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Working on a music project – that is all.

Andrea asked me to cook up something Latin while I was working on a “special” music project. I have just completed assembling my current home recording studio and have been working on a couple of special projects to see how everything sounds – a shake down as it were. My small basement “grotto” sound work-shop […]

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Tommy Emmanuel launches Pan-Canadian Tour

This week, my nephew William (an aspiring guitar player), and I (a guitar slinger since the mid-70’s) had the pleasure of seeing finger style guitar player Tommy Emmanuel – in person at the Mcpherson Playhouse in Victoria, B.C. Arguably one of the hardest working solo acts in the business, Tommy has been touring for over […]

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Starbucks on the recruitment drive

Starbucks is dedicated to hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. Organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to “enlist” the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills most veterans and their families already have. Quoting a recent L.A. […]

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Living in a wireless world – safe yes or no

Podcast – In an era of great technological advance, the question always arises – how good are these advances, conveniences and marvels of technology for us… in general? You know, our health… mental and physical. I, for one, am typing this blog entry on a Macbook Pro connected through a secure wireless network – and […]

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Toshiba Netbook NB555D quick look

Having acquiesced to pressure from my chief significant other (she) having grown tired of watching me hover over my Asus Eee PC 4G (and its 7” screen) like a microbiologist examining a specimen… I finally departed mid-2007 and came into the modern times with a Toshiba Netbook model NB555D. In good time too – we […]

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The decline of the American small business empire part one

My buddy Chris, and I, sit over coffee most mornings at the University of Victoria’s Finnerty Express – it is my morning hang out. We are often in the company of retired or working Math professors, economists, technicians and even gardeners. There is always a lively discussion on topics as widely varied as politics, religion […]

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