30 Minutes of Music: Episode 13


30 Minutes of Music – Episode 13
July 14, 2013
*Sounds best with over-the-ear headphones*


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Track List 
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0:00 – Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me (Howlin)
5:47 – Paul and Linda McCartney – Back Seat Of My Car (RAM)
10:13 – Ray Charles – Drown In My Own Tears (“Ray Charles” – retitled “Hallelujah I Love Her So!”)
13:30 – Funkadelic – I’ll Bet You [Single Version] (Funkadelic)
17:55 – James Brown – I’ll Go Crazy (Think!)
20:00 – Mona & Maria – My Sun (My Sun)
24:45 – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood – Some Velvet Morning (Movin’ With Nancy)

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Visualizing Construction in London

Screenshot of google maps

Chances are, if you drive, you’ve driven down a street only to come dead end at a “ROAD CLOSED” sign. It happens! And in the summer, especially in London, it’s roadworkpalooza out there. It seems everywhere is under construction. Well, I put together a Google Maps of all the spots in the city where road work is taking place! And it’s colour coded!

Take a look!

30 Minutes of Music: Episode 12

Hello there. Long time no post. Been doing a lot of…. well, nothing really. But hey! Made a new episode of my music podcast. It’s got a bunch of good stuff in it, take a listen!


30 Minutes of Music – Episode 12
June 2, 2013
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Track List [PDF] [Spotify]

0:00 – T. Rex – Mambo Sun (Electric Warrior)
3:58 – Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey (Modern Vampires Of The City)
9:11 – The National – Demons (Trouble Will Find Me)
12:40 – Air – Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping (Pocket Symphony)
16:42 – David Bowie – Space Oddity (Space Oddity)
21:42 – Blur – The Universal (The Great Escape)
26:09 – Patrick Watson – Quiet Crowd (Adventures In Your Own Backyard)

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For the last few months I’ve been working at digitizing and posting old Kodachromes that were taken in the 1960s by my great-uncle, Jack Cuthbert. So far I’ve scanned about 10 magazines (about 30 slides per magazine) and I’ve uploaded 3 magazines so far to my Flickr page.

Most of them consist of Nova Scotia photographs, but others include some really neat shots of London somewhere in the early-to-mid 1960s. Haven’t gotten that far yet though, still entering metadata and info into the tags re: what the photos are of, where they were taken, etc.

About 70-80 photos are up on my Flickr so far, and there is more to come!


A selection:

Photo of Rockville Notch, Nova Scotia, in 1961. Late afternoon, warm lighting, creek or small river passing through bottom of the frame.
Rockville Notch, Nova Scotia, 1961
Large wide landscape shot from the lookoff near Minas Basin in Nova Scotia. Taken in 1961. Shows road at bottom of the frame with a white car parked to the side of the road next to steep hill. Body of water in the distance. Mid afternoon, sunny day.
Minas Basin from Lookoff, Nova Scotia, 1961
Photo of Halifax Harbour in 1961. Taken on a sunny day in the spring or summer months. Vantage shows buildings below along river and harbour. Bridge crossing river in the background.
Halifax Harbour and Angus Macdonald Bridge from Citadel HIll, Nova Scotia, 1961

I’m also in the process of scanning my Dad’s large transparency collection dating, mostly, from the 1970s. We discovered them not to long ago. He thought he had lost them forever!

Photo of boxed slides, many Kodachrome.
My dads recently found slide collection.

Also, really hoping my long thought-about old-London-photo blog idea comes to fruition, but I’m not holding my breath, mainly because of practicality and time..

Two Stories, One Day

Long time no post. Have been fairly busy this week with tests and assignments and all that good stuff. Managed to get my 2 original stories done in one day (which was my hope, but not what I expected.)

First off, Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday (April 20th) and many record stores in London are doing stuff to mark the day. I spoke to Blair Whatmore of Grooves Records in Downtown London to see what Grooves is doing for Record Store Day.

Second, a piece about the new London smoking bylaw that is going into effect starting May 1st. It prohibits smoking within 9 metres of park recreational areas, and the entrances to municipal buildings. I spoke to Linda Stobo, Program Manager for Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the Middlesex-London Health Unit *whew*, to find out why the bylaw was created and how it will affect children. NOTE: I did a streeter back in October about this very issue, back when it was still being kicked around in City Council.



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