Thursday, August 28, 2014

RADIO-RELATED STUFF

Glad "The Ongoing History of New Music" is coming back. Don't know how well it will be received by today's audience, though.

Brent Seltzer and Meg McDonald seem like jerks.

Lots of format changes In Canadian radio in the past week.

Also, lots of American talk show hosts leaving to start their own online ventures.

The following were the CBC Radio summer shows I enjoyed over the past couple months: "What a Waste", "Live Through This", "Head to Toe", "The Bugle and the Passing Bell", "How to do It", and "Newshounds."

Jim Wright kind of seemed to be phoning it in last Sunday.

Some of the Radio Monaco programs CBC has been broadcasting overnight seem interesting.

Was listening to Premier Radio, a Christian station from the UK, a few weeks ago. Seems kind of derivative and commercial in some ways, but it still has some interesting programs and features from what I could tell.

Am enjoying Michael Herzog on RBN. Hopefully, Michael Rivero's switching networks works out well for him.

The reception on 9475 has been bad the last little while.

Glad WWCR's stream doesn't drop out every fifteen minutes like it used to.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TRICKSTER'S QUEEN BY TAMORA PIERCE


Prologue

 

The brown-skinned raka are preparing to fight the white-skinned luarin. Throughout the winter, the raka have been kidnapping tax collectors, destroying fields, bridges and food stores, and killing officials. This is reminiscent of Communist-led revolutions in Africa, although it seems, due to the presence of rice patties, the world in which this series is set is meant to be more of an Asian setting.

 

The gods of the Copper Isles are Mithros (a thinly vailed attempt to disguise the name of the ancient god of the mystery religions Mythrus) and the Great Mother Goddess, also present in all the ancient mystery religions and the pagan version of Christianity known as Catholicism.

 

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Stormwings, metal birdlike creatures patrol Rajmuat Harbour. This could be suggestive of some transhumanist war machine. Stormwings live on human pain and fear, much like the children of the devil in real life.

 

When the citizens of this world die, they go to the Black God, similar to the god Hades of Greek mythology.

 

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Darkings are tiny creatures that come from the Dragon (symbolic of Satan) and help out humans. Could this be an illusion to certain New Age philosophies that it’s all right to ask the devil to help you?

 

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A character makes a remark about the Luarin being foolish for expecting gods to be rational and says they would be better to worship the trickster gods. Could this be saying that white people should worship the capricious and unreasonable Eastern gods rather than the God of the Bible.

 

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The Stormwings prey upon children, much like the children of the devil.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don't Miss Rökkurró's new single + video "The Backbone"


The album will be their first partially English-language album.

 

Rökkurró are:

Axel Ingi Jónsson - guitar

Árni Þór Árnason - guitar

Björn Pálmi Pálmason - drums, piano

Helga Ragnarsdóttir, keyboard

Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir - vocals, keyboard Skúli Agnarr Einarsson - bass

 

In 2010 Rökkurró released the studio album Í Annan Heim (produced by Alex Somers of Jónsi fame) to an unexpected wave of critical acclaim - not just within their native Iceland but internationally. The album spent a staggering 100 weeks in the Icelandic chart’s Top 30, while international media such as NME, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, CMU Daily and KEXP Radio championing the band.

The fade-in of this song is just incredible. The song also has a relaxing, mystical quality, mixed with just the right amount of aggression.
 
The album will be available in October.
 
Check out the video for The Backbone here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x3wO3Ul0fg 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TRULY CANADIAN

Now, for the first time in a long while, here's Gillie!

  Perceptions

When most folks think of Canadian's they often think of the kindly person who is humble to a fault, but is that true?

  Fact

Although some are fundamentally the stereotype, many fall way short.  Example in the spring of 2005 I was standing at a crowded bus stop after working at a sheltered workshop, when some random stranger pushed me head first in to a light standard.  I assumed that I would immediately be helped, however I was shocked to hear one of the bystanders say, "she's handicapped.` Other members of the crowd chuckled and made comments about me being with out a worker.

  Too Many Hall Passes

Recently supposedly Christian youngster Justin Bieber was seen in two videos using the N word.  It was dismissed, because he has mostly black friends.  In my opinion, however they gave him a pass because he was Canadian.

  It's Your Call

Whether or not Canadian's need an image overhaul, or you think Canadian's are the original idea of the unassuming people say what you think.

Ms. Gillie heading off again

Friday, August 8, 2014

STREAMING TV

Have started to get into watching television on the internet. Unfortunately you can't stream much TV in Canada, I assume due to copyright restrictions and the like. You can stream Global if you are a subscriber to Shaw Cable or Shaw Direct satilite service, which I am not. You can stream my two local CBC affiliates, CKWS and CHEX, but only during the evening newscast. I tried to stream Star Ray TV from Toronto once but it didn't work.

I can't of course stream American TV networks due to certain restrictions.

However, I can stream many foreign broadcasts. Just the other day I was watching UCB Television from the UK via Christian Tuner. Via the same platform, I have streamed Australian Christian Channel as well.

Reportedly, you can also stream Kenya's public television broadcaster.

There is of course Jump TV, a site which I have been to a few times but have never explored in depth.

There are other ways of streaming television broadcasts but I haven't looked into them yet.

Update: After checking the websites of both CKWS and CHEX just now, you can stream CKWS's evening newscast but apparently CHEX's is not available.

GOOD DX TODAY

Caught a few of my favourites on FM today.

This morning around 8:30 I picked up WDCX Buffalo with Keylife, Discover The Word and into Alistaire Begg.

Then I went flipping around and landed on what I believe was WEAR. The station on this frequency used to be a Family Radio afiliate, but it would seem that station has been sold to the Family Life Network.

Next, I picked up WRUR Rochester and listened to it for a few hours. The signal was fairly weak but audible. I listened to this station while working on the computer. I didn't care I couldn't make out most of the music and talks; I just felt good knowing it was on in the background. At one point, though, I think they were playing blues music.

Finally, I caught Jazz 90.1 Rochester with Michael Buble, male anncr and then into old jazz recordings. Something else I'm glad I tuned into.

JOHN PIPER-GOD'S RESPONSE TO HYPOCRISY

In the King James, the word used in verse 4 is "despisest." When we condemn others while doing the same thing as those we are judging, we despise those characteristics of God mentioned in this verse.