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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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Note – blog switch

I’ve converted over to blogger… trying it out

ryanmmoorephone.blogspot.com

Okay, that depressed me – I’ve dipped below 80% officially.

Ouch.  Next week I know I can’t do 3 days [so that’ll make it 96/125]

Anyways… needing to regroup.  Holy smokes.

Chris left us for Iglusiak.  Steve dropped a bomb on us and is moving to Barrie.

2 solid people that will be missed from band.  That in itself should be enough to give pause.

But I’m starting to be overwhelmed.  And not just because I’m still suffering from the Thanksgiving Day celebrations where I ‘gobbled ’till I wobbled’ [as a good friend put it].

The week for work has been steadily increasing in work to get done.  Just as I was getting content that several of them were finishing up, more are around the corner.

Back to the band, we have 14 new students.  Some more active than others, but in all I had 12 last night.  Thankfully Pete and Al are in and helping, and so is Eric.  Just don’t want to juggle too many things.  And several of the students show real promise, so hopefully in another year I won’t be too upset about the leavings of a member.

On that note, good to see a new face at the Bayfield trip – Wyeth has started to come out.

What else?

Teaching – well, didn’t get that job.  Got some good feedback – will have to go and rethink on some of it.

The next online piping competition has been announced.  I’m kinda stoked as I’m starting to learn a couple piobaireachds, and I’m really excited to get playing more.  Plus I was just asked to play with somebody as another stretch of my playing ability.  Thanks for the recommendation Pierre.

It’s that time of year where we start planning what will our winter be like [in the old days you had to store everything up properly – don’t do it right and you starved by January].  So, I’ve been given some thoughts to where to go from here.  Not that this is a ‘junction’ by any means, but I really have to think about long term implications and the actions done today and how they have ramifications on that.

Nothing is as straightforward as it used to be.  I guess that’s what being ‘grown up’ is all about.  I’m not lamenting, if anything I’m excited by a lot of what’s out there and possibilities and potentials.

[neat point of interest – this is the first post I’ve done via the Blogger… I may just switch from WP]

 

One of the neat features I had liked about my Aztek when I bought it was the air compressor built into the back of the hatch area.  Kinda cool.  Especially handy as I have been able to use it often to fix flats; like that time coming home from the states and inflating just outside the line up for the border.

Well it’s never worked 100%, at least as far as I can tell.  Always seemed weak, the light flashed a lot, and only would run for a minute or so.  But nobody could really say why.

Anyways, my bike was getting pretty low pressure, so I thought I’d go get some air for them, and where the car comes in is that apparently there’s no place that offers free air outside gas stations.  50¢… you gotta be kidding me.  Like when I’m biking I have spare change on me!  So I went home to use the car.

So I uncap the valve stem and plunk the stupid hose on (it’s a really weird one that lets out a lot of air as you put it on) and immediately it starts to measure it at 20psi and dropping (because of the hose), so I turn on the air.  Nothing comes out.  I spend a good amount of time trying to figure it out to no avail.  Meanwhile my tire is now at 10psi (it should be 40-65 it says).

I figure I can just go and run to the WalMart after band and pick up a bike pump (thought I had one too, but can’t find it).  Lo’ and behold, what used to be a 24hr store is now closed at 11.  Grrgh…

So there I was at 730 trying to figure out where to go (someone had tipped me off to a gas station that has free air pumps) and do so in a time that can get me to work.  Then the lazy side kicked in – instead of biking out of my way – today I’ll pay the 50¢, and then pick up a bike pump later and find a new 12V air compressor for the truck (I definitely see value in having one in the vehicle).

Just made for a sucky morning.  Plus it was a lot colder than usual… and a pretty good strength sapping wind.

Oh, for those of you playing the tracking game at home, I’m officially at 19 days out of 25.

True enough I did bike EVERY day this week, but I’m docking myself a day as I biked TO work on Wednesday, but Mandy picked me up, then dropped me off Thursday morning, then I biked FROM work.  So I’m counting each of those days as a half day.

Still haven’t gotten around to weighing myself… would be nice to know what I started at (I have a rough idea) and watch that progress.  But at this point, don’t really care.  As long as I start feeling better (soon right?  I mean I’m still aching after biking) and I feel better about myself a number is meaningless right?

Oh, and gas is now up to 1.439/L… I’ll put up with some leg cramps to save that wallet-ache.

saw this on Facebook, and I’m stealing it

1. Put your iPod on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!

 

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?

house of the rising sun (be good tanya’s cover)

 

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?

hornpipes (royal scots dragoon guards)

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Courage – live

 

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?

Showacho [Medley]

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

We’re Going to Be Friends

 

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

Will Ye Go Lassie, Go?

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Gift Shop

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

She Didn’t Know

 

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Listen

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

I Wanna Be Sedated

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

Magic

 

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

Amazing Grace

 

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

Alasdair Gillies Master Piper

 

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Medley (note it starts with “Up to the Line”)

 

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

Slow Air / Hornpipe & Jig

 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

Speed River

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

Medley [David Urquhart Travel – European Championship 2001]

 

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?

Solo (Stuart Liddell – Blue Cloud / Mason’s Apron)

 

HOW WILL YOU DIE?

When the Weight Comes Down

 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?

Vaccination Scar

 

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Reunion

 

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?

Courage

 

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?

Pride

 

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?

Killed Myself When I Was Young

 

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?

At the Hundredth Meridian

 

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

6/8 Marches

 

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?

Donnie MacGregor/The Clumsy Lover

 

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?

The Resistence

 

Pi(e) day

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Happy pi day everybody

Samsung ‘update’

So, I thought I’d take a second here to write about my recent trials and tribulations with the latest update for Samsung’s Galaxy S on Rogers – i.e. the “Captivate”.

I won’t even get into the whole TBayTel / Rogers fiasco as that really only muddies the waters and makes me madder (a lot of handing off… “well you were a Rogers, so you have to go to Teleco…”, “oh, well you’re a TBayTel customer now, so we can’t do anything for you”, etc…)

Anyways, recently the Captivate has been allowed the upgrade to FROYO.  Which is great because there’s a lot of benefits of updating (tethering will be good).  But I was a little hesitant after hearing about the fiasco Bell had when they updated their version – the Vibrant.  But, then again maybe they learned their lessons.  The Captivate and the Vibrant are essentially the same aren’t they?

So I did the update.  And as always with any time I monkey with updates it’s always nail biting.  In order to do the update you had to use Samsung’s junk software “KIES” in order to apply the update.  There were a few things you had to google before you finally did everything.  But before you knew it the phone had booted up (okay, i lie… it was locked on some screen for a VERY long time – I thought it was dead and after an undeterminable amount of time I decided to pull the battery – at that moment it came to life.. *phew*).

The bonus was that nothing on the phone changed, except that I now had Froyo.  I was on my merry way.

Until I decided to add a few more songs to the memory.  Okay – so the way the phone works is that it has 3 storage banks:  INTERNAL PHONE STORAGE, INTERNAL SD, and EXTERNAL SD.

Internal Phone and the Internal SD are the same thing.  It’s a 16gb card in there, built in, but 2gb goes to the programs and apps, and 14gb for SD storage.  When you take pictures you have the option of saving to the INTERNAL or EXTERNAL SD… you can add files and photos to those, but nothing to the INTERNAL PHONE STORAGE (only apps you install, or if you have root access – that’s another story tho’).

Anyways, normally I kept music and pics on the INTERNAL SD and movies and whatnot on the EXTERNAL.  It was really simple to do.  You grabbed your USB cord, plugged it into your phone and then the phone would ask you:  KIES MODE, MEDIA PLAYER MODE or USB MASS STORAGE MODE.  You would pick the mass storage, and then you can access the data as 2 drives would now pop up (I labelled them INTERNAL and EXTERNAL for ease of identifying).  Copy and delete at will.

That would be what you normally did – as per the manual: 

The  only problem was that I was noticing certain folders I had on the INTERNAL SD weren’t accessible anymore.  Fearing the worst I tried to copy a bunch of files off… still no good, gave me several errors.  So I did a scan, found lots of errors… then I tried to recover as much photos as I could.  unfortunately the software I have doesn’t save 3gp files (my video format), so I lost some pictures and some videos.  Blurg.

So I copied what I could, and then reformatted.  Suddenly the card that was 14gb, now only read as 2gb.  ACK!  I called Samsung and they said to reformat… I did and the same thing that produced only 2gb minutes ago suddenly allowed 14gb.  So I was happy again.

Or so I thought.

I copied files over and things were ok… until I copied my music over – no go.  After much playing around it would seem I could copy as many files as I want of different types until I reached 2gb.  Any more than that magical cap and I would get:  “Error 0x80070057 Parameter Incorrect”.  hrmm.. I really put the scientific method to test on this as I tried a 2gb file, and it wouldn’t go.  Try 2x 1gb files – the first would, the 2nd wouldn’t.  I tried several variations, all showing that 2gb was the max allowed after it was formatted.  Better than not getting any files on I guess as I was having previous to formatting it.

So I do a lot of research and see several others are in the same predicament.  Samsung’s facebook page, the XDA forums had a specific thread over it… and many others show similar issues.  I call TBayTel, the tech immediately sees that there’s some issue after googling a little bit and says he wouldn’t know how to fix, so I’d have to send it in to get repaired.  My fear would be I would get a 2.1 phone, do the update and then be in the same scenario.  So, I go to the source again and call Samsung.  This guy now says “I’ve never heard of this, and I’m doing a search on the internet right now and I see nothing”.  Well, he obviously doesn’t follow their own twitter or get the complaints off their fb page, etc… or he’s trying to belittle the issue.  Anyhow, he says he’ll send something to the engineers.  He even admits it COULD be the same issue they had with the Vibrant, but wouldn’t know for sure.

So what do I do?  I research some more.  Some smart people at XDA are talking and what it sounds like is the FROYO drivers they’ve put in are some how monkeying the way the phone executes MASS STORAGE mode.  So we try a few things – and what do you know… if I put it into MEDIA PLAYER MODE when I plug the USB cord in, I get the same 2 new drives pop up and I can copy files with no 2gb limit.  Awesome.  Well… not really.  It’s agonizingly slow to copy over that way.  And you ‘multi-copy’ files over (copy files to the music folder, then while it’s working, copy files to the DCIM folder at the same time) as it’ll tell you the ‘device is busy’.

Well, there you have it… that’s been my struggle.  I’ve reformatted everything in every which way to make this work – I even sacrificed my ANGRY BIRDS completed levels to do it.  In the end I have a ‘work around’ for it – it’s painful.  But it beats having to send it in to get repaired, and find out I’d have the same issue when it came back.

So – SAMSUNG – you have an issue with your FROYO updates (2 updates so far in canada, 2 problems – count yourselves lucky US).  This sounds like it’s a simple fix in the software driver for how the phone releases the INTERNAL SD when in MASS STORAGE mode.  Please send us a fix.

Pi / Pie?

So, on the radio this morning with Khalil Akhtar, they were talking about what the next best thing is going to be in food next year.

One of the items they suggested would be big (amongst veggies… c’mon…) would be PIE.

Now that will play big on Pi day I hope – you know pi (3.1415926535894626738…), and the day to celebrate it is 3.14 or March 14th.

Anyways.  I just wanted to say that I hope this resurgence in the interest in pies would be for ABC to bring back Pushing Daisies.

That show was definitely way cool, and I was very sad to see it go.  To show how cool they were, they had called this new trend almost 2 years in advance!  Take that Khalil

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist PosterSo I just watched this flick, and I must say I enjoyed it.  Several things came to me as I watched it and I felt I wanted to share these thoughts with you, my reading audience (of which I think the population is … can you have negative numbers in viewing audience sizes?).

Anyways, I felt there was some great parallels in this movie and another recent Michael Cera hit (Scott Pilgram vs. the World – which I still have yet to read the comics of) that I felt it required me writing out a formula:

 

 +  +  = Michael’s future career

Has he been type cast so quickly?  I also thought it might be worth mentioning that there were some gay characters around for both flicks as well (Michael plays in a band with 2 other gay guys in NNIP, and room with a gay guy in SPVW… also there’s a lesbian too in SPVW), but I didn’t want to really bring up the gay card – too controversial a topic for me.

Just found it interesting that both great movies had him dealing with being in a band (playing the bass no less), dealing with breakup.  Maybe I just look for patterns too hard.  But it doesn’t make me lose the forest for the trees, as the saying goes.


One other thing that came to my attention while watching the movie (coupled with a recent trip to Toronto with friends and the other movie mentioned above) was that there must be an ENORMOUS amount of great music out there, just outside my grasp.  I enjoyed not only the cinematography of NNIP, but also the soundtrack.  It’s rare that I do like soundtracks, it’s just something I notice (another favourite soundtrack was for another Michael Cera movie – Juno… it’s almost like Zach Braff using good music in his movies/shows – using mass media to further good music).

When I went to Toronto with work, Devon dragged us to this band called “Tin Star Orphans” and they were… well a joke at first.  But by the end of a few days, I was finding myself on their myspace page to listen to their music online (doing so right now as I haven’t bought their CD yet).

Was a bit of  a wake up to me that “I’m getting” old, and I haven’t been keeping up with the music scene.  Not that I was ever bleeding edge for music.  But I liked indie stuff.

Music was also predominant in SPVW, and I’ve been meaning to download it’s soundtrack.

So, my point of this is that I think there’s a great amount of ‘culture’ just below me, and my radar is totally off in terms of being able to find it.  So – anybody out there, in my large reading audience, please recommend to me some good music to listen to.  My playlists lately consist of:  Collective Soul / Jeff Martin / Tragically Hip and Pipeband; it could use some varying.


Oh, and I also wanted an excuse to use this clip as it’s something that Adam and I recently talked about.

The Bass Player (Kids in the Hall)