Saturday, February 07, 2004

check this out. you learn something every day (my sister teaches me something every day...thanks heath!!)

this is a letter she wrote to Andy Barrie on CBC after he was encouraging salt use!
Using salt (NaCl) to clear your sidewalk has many problems including:
-environmental: it gets into the storm sewers and causes problems for aquatic life
-damage to your garden, lawn, shrubs
-corrosion to cars

I encourage you to clear your sidewalks using other friendlier methods including:
-Use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) which is considered the most environmentally friendly method of melting the salt, calcium chloride is also preferred to NaCl. These are both easily available at Canadian Tire
-Use sand to reduce the slip factor
-Be proactive. Clear the snow as soon as it falls and regularily shovel the sidewalk during the day when the temperature is warmer and the ice is more likely to be slush.


Wednesday, February 04, 2004

It is truly sad to see the email replace the written letter. I only have a couple friends that write by hand
anymore. I must say, I am lucky to have quite a few friends who will take the time to write a long,
creative, interesting email. (one is a poet, and writes them everday....and ccs them to the world!)

Here is an excerpt from another friend, that has really been lingering in the dark recesses of my brain, not sure
why but ....we were discussing our work as musicians and what the future may hold. (this is his idea for
Man, I would love to hear you distance yourself from your first instrument, and make an electronic album. Not techno or dance music, but electronic music written by composer Tim Posgate, on his laptop or whatever. Even if you made a record using live samples from your shows, or sampled from your jazz collection, it would be bound to bear your stamp yet avoid obvious music references due to its different approach. Or a classical-style piano recording by you, all fucked around with by the computer program. Loads of "laptop" musicians use the program "Max" (think thats it) which is a structural program to use whatever sounds you input; its not unlike luthiering your own instruments and then writing music accordingly for each instrument you configure

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Just had the first rehearsal for the Howard Johnson with Hornband recording. (jeremy trupp subbing in
on tuba)

I am very excited about the new tunes...was nervous only three hours ago!
Cant wait till next rehearsal, nerves are gone, now work on some nuances.

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