Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Urban Wildlife

Finally got some new photography done. It was an idea I've had for a while. I bought some miniature wildlife figurines and placed them around the city and took some macro shots, then added some layers in photoshop. I think some of em turned out decently. I'll probably explore the idea further in the future.

Click the photo to see the whole set.

Monday, July 28, 2008

More Music

Some more music I've been listening to lately.

Kwoon - Tales & Dreams:
Saw a video for their song I Lived On The Moon which was really cool. It was on youtube and I found the song quite catchy so downloaded the cd on a whim. A very atmospheric album, great for putting on while I go to sleep. Good stuff!

Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust:
Not their best effort, in my opinion, but Sigur Ros is great even when they're not their greatest. Don't start with this CD if you've never heard them though, start with Takk.

Nine Inch Nails - The Slip:
Trent Reznor is finally free of his record label. In recent news Trent was making a scene by telling people he did not agree with his record label for gouging people for his music in countries that had to import the CD. At several concerts in said countries he would yell at people to download his music for free instead of buying it. While he put his money where his mouth is with this one. Out of nowhere, on his site, the words "Two Weeks..." came up. Two weeks later this CD was available for download for free, not even an option to pay. "This one's on me" he signed off. An awesome CD, made that much better by the cool back story.

You can hear some samples at my recently updated Muxtape!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

+2 to Happiness

I like life these days. I like myself these days. Funny how trivial the changes I had to make were, and how big a difference they make.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Would you?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dark Knight

Seeing Dark Knight tonight, pretty pumped!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Time For Change

Some major changes coming. I've finally found the right ingredients and I'm getting my shit together. This should be interesting.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Child Beater

Sometimes we get annoying kids at work. Sometimes I want to do this.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cell Phone Drummer

Ok, this really makes me want to learn how to use the drums. This guy uses every Nokia ringtone and adds drums to each one, really cool!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Human Zoo

Went to the zoo with Andi and Tim on Sunday. Was good fun. Second year in a row, so I guess it's becoming a tradition!

I am in a good mood these days. So I say sunshine and happiness for all.

Also, I found out all people with blue eyes have a common ancestor about 6000 years ago. Through sequencing DNA they narrowed it down to a single genetic mutation about 6000 years ago. So if 2 blue eyed people are in a relationship, they share a great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandparent! Ew.

Monday, July 14, 2008

You Are Winner, HAHAHA!

So my luck is really turning around. I visited a lyrics website today and a banner told me I was the 10,000th visitor and I win a free Ipod!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I've Been Here!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Recipe For Disaster

So today at work we watched The Never Ending Story. A classic. I was telling Julie how when I was a kid whenever the rock-biter would earn his name (by biting rocks) it actually made rocks look tasty to me. They looked crunchy and crumbly.

It kind of reminds me of when I drink tea. I like almost every kind of tea, and I never add cream or sugar because I like to pretend it's a potion with some sort of mystical powers.

Today after work I came home and looked in my fridge, and even though I'd just gone shopping and it was full with goodness, all I could think was "Damn, no rocks."

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I don't wanna work. I just wanna bang on my drum all day.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War

So I just realized the Stars album I've been listening to isn't their most recent, so I got the latest one but haven't had a chance to really hear it out. So tonight, after a particularly surreal day I laid in bed with my headphones on and gave it a listen. It knocked me on my ass. I love this cd.

The combination of a male and female lead is used to perfection, and each song feels like a miracle. The cd manages to string along a single idea, so it might be considered a concept album, but each song is very unique. It's like a collection of human moments, both separate and connected.

For the moment, this CD is perfect to me.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kiss My White Ass, BALL!

Went to the golf dome with Chad and Jeff. Katrina dropped by later too. Spent a few hours on the driving range. At first I was awful, but by the end I actually improved a lot! Hit one of the targets at the end of the range! I think I may have a new hobby!

Funny thing is, I'm not even a huge Star Wars fan, but this is the second Darth Vader video in a week.


Moved my blog over to my actual site. Address is now http://blog.dalefurutani.net/ Old site should properly redirect. Nothing can move faster than the speed of light.

Monday, July 7, 2008

It's Official, Tom Cruise And I Can Never Be Friends

I'm not gunna lie. I love fashion. If I had infinite money I'd buy so much clothes. As it is I have the opposite of infinite money and buy too much clothes.
But I'm gunna try to be smart this week and buy food instead. You know, cause it helps me survive.

Today is my one day off out of 11 so I've crammed a bunch of stuff I've been putting off into this one day. I'd kinda like to do something I enjoy, so that it doesn't just end up being another day of work. Gunna try to either go catch a movie with someone with the VIP card Craig is letting me use (in exchange for repeated use of my CAA card, lol), or go to the golf dome and work on my non-existent game with either Chad or Jeff.

And lastly, last night I had a dream the popular guy from my high school was hitting on me. I guess I'm gay now.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


God Speed, Craig Bailey

Bailey, I hardly knew thee.
Well, I know thee, quite well actually.
Have fun in Germany!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Darth Vader Has The Blues

And in other news, I think I might like golf!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Canada Day

I spent the last few minutes of Canada day on a deserted road somewhere outside Ste. Agathe with my good friend Andi and a random dog.

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Music Is For Ears

So I decided to make a list of my favorite albums of the year. Even though it's July. And the albums didn't necessarily come from this year either, I just found them this year. What of it?

No particular order?

The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
An English friend I worked with whom I shall leave unnamed told me about this band and told me to start with this CD as it's their newest. Really good stuff. I then proceeded to download their previous stuff, all good. Englishman who's name rhymes with Farcus also told me about this old old silent movie that had been revolutionary to film at the time which The Cinematic Orchestra wrote a new score for. I got the album and even found the video online. It was surreal to watch, and the music goes with it great. So good find.

Opeth - Watershed
I'm not into metal like I used to be, but I'll always have a place for it my COLD DARK HEART!!! Opeth was always great at progressive metal, with some truly beautiful acoustic sections leading almost seamlessly into some of the most brutal noises ever recorded. Great stuff, with the added benefit of nostalgia.

Final Fantasy - Has a Good Home / Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
Ya, both his albums. I'd had many people tell me about this guy for quite a while but somehow I got it in my head he was techno, which I'm not too into these days. Finally I gave it a shot and realized he's awesome. Just him and his violin and some really quirky but frustratingly catchy tunes with lyrics that are really fun to dissect. He won the Polaris Music Prize, which is a music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

Patrick Watson - Close To Paradise
This was a great find. This guy is like Peter Gabriel meets Coldplay. Some unique vocals and the songs are piano heavy, which is always A-OK with me! Just some solid well written semi-experimental music, I suggest giving it a listen! I found it when I searched up other winners of the Polaris Music Prize, which this album also won.

Jim Guthrie - Now, More Than Ever
Sort of folk-y with a cool addition of strings. This album took quite a while to grow on me, but once it did I realized it's a solid album all the way through. This album was nominated for a Juno back in 2003. This cd was perfect for my long drives on my road-trip.

The Stars - Set Yourself On Fire / Do You Trust Your Friends
Linda told me about this band that she had heard and thought was really cool but was having trouble downloading it, so I did some torrent searching and found Set Yourself on Fire by them, and also Do You Trust Your Friends which is essentially the same album but each song is covered by a different artist. It was really cool getting to know the album by listening to 2 versions of every song. "Your Ex Lover Is Dead" covered by Final Fantasy is my favorite. Was listening to that song at work once and had a customer have me write down the song and band name for him. Hard to describe the sound. It has moments of pure 80's pop, but then goes into a very jazzy/bluesy duet between the male and female singers. Many members from Broken Social Scene are in this band.

The Lightning Bug Situation - A Leaf, A Stream
This album can ONLY be listened to as a whole album. It feels like a collective meditation of several of life's milestones. It drifts from one beautiful progression into a conversation of people about their memories, into a new song completely. It's effect is quite haunting. I kept bumping into this band on "similar artists" and "If you liked so&so you might like..." parts of my music sites. I couldn't find it anywhere to download, so I actually paid money (*GASP*) to download the album from the official site. Only like $5. A great introspective album. No particular song leaves a huge impression, but the album on a whole really does!

VAST - April 2.0
Always been a fan of VAST since I stumbled onto their first CD back in '99. I don't think I've ever shown someone that first CD of theirs who didn't fall in love with it, and subsequently them. But every album since the first has been much less memorable. This CD at first didn't blow me away, but I find myself coming back to it whenever life gets a little too complicated. Their first CD without use of distortion, almost entirely clean guitar. Their best CD since their first.

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
A progressive Pink-Floyd guitar driven experiment in music. Very cool. Start with "And You Lied To Me".

Yeasayer - All Hours Cymbals
Lauren at work told me about these guys after seeing them on Take-Away Shows. Their song 2080 seems to be best way to start, but it's another solid album all the way through. A really cool energy to the band that just gets you excited, pumped up. Maybe the Take-Away Show video influenced me, but the band in general makes me think of flash mobs. The good side of flash mobs. Not the looting and violence.

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
When I first stumbled across this band I really felt like I'd found some hidden gem and couldn't wait to show it off. Within a few days I realized I was probably the last person to hear this band. Still, a great CD. The songs all sort of sound the same, but it's a good sound so it's forgivable. This CD is pretty solid the whole way through, though it should be mentioned my favorite Beirut song, Scenic World (both versions), isn't on it.

Alaska In Winter - Dance Party In The Balkans
This album was so up my alley. It's Sigur Ros meets Wall-E. 'Nuf said. Impossible to find though, so I just bought it after hearing only one song.

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Love this album. Love it. Not gunna lie, it's not a party album or a great sunshiney day album. It's not emo or super dark or anything, but it's definitely for those nights when nothing makes sense. Very unique sound. He layers his voice with subtle to severe differences to each layer, so that his voice(s) sound like a second guitar with loose string playing along. Hard to describe.

Honorable Mentions
The Notwist - Neon Golden, Wilco Sky Blue Sky (only album of theirs I like), VHS or BETA - Bring On The Comets (pure 80's revival), Vampire Weekend, The Speakers - Yeats (this is pretty much the same band as The Lightning Bug Situation and is awesome for the same reasons), NIN - Ghosts, M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (more 80's goodness), Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara, Fort Minor - Rising Tied (first rap CD I've ever really liked), Foo Fighters - Echoes Silence Patience and Grace, Filter - Anthems For The Damned, The Decemberists - Castaways and Cut-Outs, Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs, Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, City & Colour - Bring Me Your Love, Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K., Dresden Dolls - No Virginia (The guy I stayed with in Toronto showed me this band, very cool!)

It's been a good year for new music and expanding my musical tastes. It's a shame, as long as the list is it got cut very short, almost every album in the honorable mentions deserves its own write-up. But there you have it. If you're looking for some new music, all above is strongly recommended!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A new blog.

Yup. The title says it all. Keeping a blog on my road-trip was fun so I'm gonna keep one for my every day boring life, documenting menial tasks and my thoughts on said menial tasks.
Read it if you want, or not, you know... It's not like I care. Hmmph.