“The music they love, stupid”

, May 8, 2013

Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster have done some of the best writing on the craft of DJing that you’re ever likely to read. Their 1999 book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is an indispensable history of DJing, but for those who want to learn the craft, their 2003 follow-up How to DJ Right […]

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Getting sick is great if it’s for the right reasons

, May 7, 2013

I don’t want to get into the gross, disgusting details of the sickness that kept me in bed yesterday, but it meant I had to miss a show I’d been looking forward to seeing on Sunday night. I was halfway there, to tell you the truth, when I realized it was time to turn back […]

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Sick day (to end all sick days)

, May 7, 2013

I took an entire day off yesterday, and I haven’t really done that in a long time. I’ve had sick days and breaks lately, but this was different. I spent the bulk of the day in bed, and even when I was awake, I accomplished nothing. Today, I’m back at work. I’ve gotten it out […]

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Sure, but what about when your phone company treats you right and solves your problem?

, May 4, 2013

We’ve all had our share of bad customer service experiences, and we all know the small consolation of complaining about those experiences to our friends and loved ones. We’re not often as eager to talk about the times when everything goes right, and since I had a good experience of my own this week, I’d […]

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I’d forgotten all about sleeping in

, April 24, 2013

I don’t sleep late anymore. It just doesn’t happen. If my alarm doesn’t go off, and my wife doesn’t wake me when she gets up, my kid will. It’s a good system, and I usually don’t need it anyway. I like my early mornings, and I only tend to grab a little extra sleep when […]

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Sick day (sort of)

, April 23, 2013

Instead of heading to the office after dropping my kid off at daycare, I headed back home to set up shop at the kitchen table. My wife, meanwhile, hasn’t left the house at all. I’ve spent the morning working, and she’s spent it on the couch. My wife hasn’t had a proper sick day since […]

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Stop the Canada-China FIPA (at least until we’ve given it some thought)

, April 22, 2013

This evening, the federal government will vote on an NDP motion to demand that Canada not ratify an agreement called the Canada-China FIPA. The Green Party wants your help, today, to put this agreement on hold until we’ve had an actual public discussion about it. “On September 9th,” Elizabeth May told her mailing list, “Prime […]

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Airplane mode isn’t just for airplanes

, April 21, 2013

If you’re like me, then you like to keep your phone handy, but not because you want to stay reachable. I use my phone to capture notes and ideas during the day (and to snap a quick photo of my kid whenever she’s doing something cute), so I don’t like to be without it. But […]

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Suddenly it’s almost midnight

, April 20, 2013

Weekends are great when you’re a parent with a day job, because you get to spend a lot more time with your kid than you do on weekdays. And they’re much more exhausting ┬áthan weekdays are, for pretty much the very same reason. I got up at with my kid at 7:00 AM this morning. […]

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The accidental karaoke wedding

, April 18, 2013

These days, whenever I head out to spin live, I take a digital recorder with me. Like the sessions I’ve been recording at home, these recordings give me a better sense of what’s working when I play live, and what could be better. The recording I’m listening to now, though, is a bit of a […]

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