June 29

Posted in Random Thoughts on June 29th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: A day later. Thanks to all for the many birthday wishes I received, by comment, e-mail, card, in person, phone. It’s nice to have good friends and family who care.

I am getting ready for another trip. On Thursday I drive to Winnipeg for six days, then fly to St John’s on July 7 for the Big Wedding. I’ve never been to The Rock, and am looking forward to visiting a new province, and meeting new people. I’ll be playing guitar and – yes – singing at the wedding. Afterwards, I’ll hang out in the Avalon Peninsula for three days, with friends/colleagues, Kenton and Susan, before returning to Winnipeg on July 13th, and visiting there for a few more days. I know now that I’ll need a vacation when this trip is over. 😉

Meanwhile, check out this video of the classic 70’s tune, Afternoon Delight, as sung by Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd, from the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. It’s hilarious. Wonder whatever happened to the members of the Starland Vocal Band. I used to have a crush on one of the singers, Margot Chapman. Bill Danoff, who founded the band, has a web site, and he’s written some well known tunes, including Take Me Home, Country Roads.

June 28

Posted in Random Thoughts on June 28th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: It’s early in the morning, June 28, 2004. I was born on June 28, 1953, at 1:05 am, Central Time, in Winnipeg. I don’t know if daylight savings time was in effect that year. No matter. I celebrate my 51st birthday today. It’s also the day of our federal election, in which Canadians will, most likely, elect a minority government.

Whatever. 51. And I still feel like a kid. Happy Birthday to me! 🙂

Fahrenheit 9/11

Posted in Blogcritics Entry, Film on June 26th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 last night at the local stadium-seat theatre complex. I went to the 9:50 show, having bought a ticket earlier in the day. The show was sold out. I can’t remember the last time a documentary received such a wide release, and then proceeded to sell out on its first night in Canadian theatres. I look forward to reading the weekend US movie grosses. The film has already broken single-day records in at two NYC theatres. One East Villlage theatre showed the film every 45 minutes, and then decided to show it all night long.

Moore is facing a barrage of criticism, and is responding to some of it with Fahrenheit 9/11 Facts. Christopher Hitchens, for example, spares him no quarter. Then again, others aren’t sparing Hitchens much, either. Chris Parry, of Hollywood Bitchslap, rips Hitchens’ comments apart piece by piece.
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Some Peoples’ Kids…

Posted in Miscellaneous on June 24th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: And we wonder why we get so much spam. I hope they nail this guy’s butt to the wall.

AOL EMPLOYEE BUSTED FOR STEALING E-MAIL ADDRESSES

Jason Smathers, a 24-year-old employee of America Online, has been charged with stealing the e-mail addresses of 92 million AOL customers and selling them to spammers. Under a new federal anti-spam law, he faces the prospect of as many as five years in prison plus a fine of $250,000. The stolen information includes not only e-mail addresses but also telephone numbers, ZIP codes and the type of credit card the customers use (though not the actual credit card numbers, which are kept by AOL in a separate database). The company says: “We deeply regret what has taken place and are thoroughly reviewing and strengthening our internal procedures as a result of this investigation and arrest.”(New York Times 24 Jun 2004) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/24/technology/24spam.html

From: Newscan Daily, 24 June 2004.

Day I Forgot – Pete Yorn

Posted in Blogcritics Entry, Music on June 22nd 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: :: It’s been over a year since Day I Forgot, Pete Yorn ‘s second album, was released. It’s a recording I’ve come upon only in the past few months, and it was worth the wait. The follow up to musicforthemorningafter, it is more than a worthy sophomore effort. Rarely does an album grab me after a few listenings, and not let go. It is my favorite album of 2004 so far, even though it’s a 2003 release.

Yorn writes about the fragile nature of relationships, hanging out at 7-11, searching for simple joys, and wondering what to do next. For me, however, a good melody always trumps the lyrics. So many of the songs on this album have superb, understated melodies that resonate for long periods of time. Music is always in my head, and of late, many of the tunes on this album have elbowed their way into my mind.

Day I Forgot has another quality that drew me in the more I listened to it. It has what I can only describe as “cool song parts”. The web site, retrocrush, recently posted a entry called “The 50 Coolest Song Parts“. As subjective as it gets, the 50 choices are often good ones, highlighting that certain moment that grabs you and makes the song memorable. It could be the lyric, the voicing, the instrumentation, or a combination of the above at that moment – it could last for a second, or for half a minute.
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Happy Father’s Day

Posted in Random Thoughts on June 20th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: Today is Father’s Day, and I just finished chatting on the phone with my Dad for about 35 minutes. My Dad was born in Winnipeg on Sept 12, 1926, and worked very hard for 31 years to put food on the table for Mom and us kids when we were growing up in St Boniface, Manitoba, in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. He is 77 years old, and still doing quite well. He is an artist and a photographer, and spend a lot of time online, learning about the computer and the Internet. He also drives cars to Minnesota and North Dakota on a regular basis for a local Winnipeg company. Like my Mom, he has a thirst for learning new things, never content to sit quietly and watch the world pass him by. With my Mom, he is an inspiration, and a hero to me. I am very fortunate that my parents are both alive this late in life, and as well, to be so active and relatively healthy. Check out my Dad’s paintings if you haven’t seen them yet, and he does do commissions!

To my friends who are fathers, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day as well. This would include fellow webloggers Tony, Steve, Robert, and Derryl. And while I’m not a father, I received a wonderful and heartfelt e-Father’s Day card from this beautiful little girl in Lethbridge, Tigana, who is Robert’s daughter. I am also thinking of my foster child in Togo today, Welalo, and my e-mentee at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bradley. I have no children of my own, but I have many who are very special to me, and I consider myself blessed and fortunate because of that.

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