#TBT – Crashing Blue – “Triumph and Insolence”

I’m taking a look back at my band’s album, released in 2004, as a series of #TBT posts. Track 3 is called “Triumph and Insolence.” There were lots of jokes in the studio around the title and I think one was “Treason and Petulance.” It’s about a relationship that went south, but more specifically about that wonderfully confusing situation where someone says they don’t want a relationship and things are just casual… and then they get upset when the other person sees someone else. In this case, that person attempted to pit her friends and others against our protagonist and tarnish their reputation. The main riff / chord progression was something I made a little demo of in my dorm room. It was literally just the same little ditty over and over again. I gave it to Chris and he started playing with it. I then came up with the chorus bit and showed him. A few days later he gave me a recording he did in the echoey, brick/glass/cement stairwell of Chase Court. The song was ready to roll. Scott jumped on the bass, Dwayne played some cool ringing, off-the-beat acoustic guitar, and I added some lead lines. In the studio, we did the whole track with just a hand drum. Then we did it again with a full drum set. In the mix, we start with just the hand drum and we stay that way until the end of the first verse, when the full drum kit comes in. I love that moment! The lead lines were played on this gorgeous hollow-bodied electric that I believe belonged to Darren Arsenault. This is the shortest tune on the record. Even with a hand drum intro, it’s only 2:33. When we played it live, we’d let the last chord ring and then we would come back in with the same chord progression, but in 4/4 time. Then we’d do some soloing and noodling and Chris would go all Gord Downie/Eddie Vedder and ramble off some lines before repeating the first couple of lines of the song and we’d end it. It’s a 3/4 waltz ditty, so when they played it on CKBW in Bridgewater it was quite fitting. Definitely the most East Coast tune we had. It’s simple, but effective, and I like how it builds to the last verse. Instead of building up to a big chorus repeat, it builds to an amped-up version of the verse with lots of stuff going on, including Dwayne singing really, really high in the background. This is one of my favourite tunes we wrote, and I still play it on acoustic...

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iCloud Gets An Automatic Boost in Storage… and Price
Sep15

iCloud Gets An Automatic Boost in Storage… and Price

I just received an e-mail from Apple indicating that, as they announced at the last keynote, the top tier of iCloud storage is doubling from 500gb to 1tb. I have that 500gb plan, so they kindly e-mailed to tell me my plan would be upgraded to 1tb. However, there’s a catch – the price is increasing from $9.99 to $12.99 per month (CAD). That sounds fine on the surface – I’m getting twice the space for only $3/month more. However, there is no option to just keep my 500gb plan. The only option is to downgrade to the 200gb plan, but I can’t do that because I already use more than 200gb between iCloud Photo Library and the documents in my iCloud Drive. At first I was excited about the increase in storage, but now I’m miffed that I am going to have to pay more money each...

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What the 5D MKIV Needs to Have For Me to Buy It
Jul28

What the 5D MKIV Needs to Have For Me to Buy It

I’ve been shooting with a Canon 5D MKIII since its release, and while I love the camera, I feel like next year I will be ready for an upgrade. Here’s what the 5D MKIV will need to have for me to consider buying it:

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Weather on the Apple Watch
Jul19

Weather on the Apple Watch

One of the first apps many people seek out on their new device is a good weather app. I tried out seven weather apps for the  Watch:

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The Most Rewarding Moment
Jul17

The Most Rewarding Moment

Several years ago, I was a Client Trainer for GBS Communications/TELUS. During my last week in that position, I had an incredibly rewarding experience. I posted the following on my now-defunct personal blog soon after: I had a training session with a client who had purchased a new iPhone. I noticed from his account information that the phone was for his construction business. I always like to tailor the training to the clients needs and interests, especially if they own their own business as there are many ways a smartphone can help in that regard. Halfway through the session, I asked him if he still worked on the “front lines” or if he was in more of a management position. He told me he ran the company. Four years ago he realized family is what is most important and that he decided he needed to be home more and have a better life/work balance. “That’s something my daughter taught me. She passed away four years ago.” I told him I was sorry to hear, and asked him about her and how she died. “She was eighteen years old. She had a heart defect.” He went on to tell me that they had filed a medical malpractice suit because they had known what was wrong with her for some time, but the doctors ignored them. The main doctor complained about parents doing self-diagnosis, and told them that the condition they thought she had was very rare and that they shouldn’t worry about it. She was fine. It came out in court that tests the doctors eventually begrudgingly ran did show she was a candidate for the condition, but that these test results were left unread by some and ignored by others. There was a settlement in the end, but the whole process was exhausting and none of it would bring her back. He pulled out a photo and slid it across my desk. “I always have to show everyone her picture.” I stared at the snapshot of a beautiful girl whose life was cut short. I looked across my desk at a man still hurting, a man who would be haunted by the circumstances of her death for the rest of his life. He was also a man who was immensely proud of his daughter, and one who was now completely committed to his family. We agreed that it sometimes takes these horrible happenings for us to wake up and realize what is important in life. We got back on track and I passed him my laptop so that he could sign in to his webmail. We needed to get some server information...

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