Roses and Bluejays

I’m a lot like my dad
I would have to say
He’s been wearing a beard ever since mum passed away
She would’a hated it
Inspiring, he likes to go to church
To hear the choir sing ‘Roses and Bluejays’
Winter comes, game over
He’s in the driveway removing snow with a flamethrower
Drives a hard bargain
Knows how to get the deals
Spring fever hits, he needs a new set of wheels
Every year it never fails
Roaming around in his hometown beach
Combing ‘Roses and Bluejays’
I’m a lot like my father
He knows he should go to work
But sometimes he doesn’t bother
Reads books of every sort
Gets all the news he needs from the weather report
The door stays open a few days and closes
What’s more important than Bluejays and Roses?

Son of a gun
The old man is something else
In addition to being a bull-fighter and magician
He’s a lazy river, Slow moving train
Future hall-of-famer, playing through the pain
He’s a Grizzly Bear
And do you know one time he even saw a UFO?
My dad’s favorite things are Roses and Bluejays
I would say we’re the same, in more than a few ways

Full of beans and big ideas
‘Cause I can’t sleep
I’m not sure why he is
Wide awake and off to the races
Out of gas and lost in space
Full of beans and big ideas
‘Cause I can’t sleep
I’m not sure why he is
Wide awake and off to the races
Out of gas and lost in space

The lyrics are by Buck 65. Not sure if you’ve heard his music before but it is oddly entertaining. The songs are mostly spoken word set to a background melody. The words are his focus. He has another song you might enjoy, there are links to both below.

Buck 65 – Roses and Bluejays (MP3)

Buck 65 – Wicked and Weird (MP3)


Windows Vista Shortcuts

I was browsing around, getting aquainted with the new features and bumped into a site which has some shortcuts for the neat features of Vista.

  • Win + Space – this shows the
  • Win + D – to show the desktop
  • Win + Tab – Switch between windows using Vista’s 3D interface
  • Ctrl + Win + Tab – Flip 3D but one that stays on the desktop, you can then scroll with up, down, left and right keys
  • Win + E – to open an explorer window
  • Win + R – to open the run dialogue box
  • Win + T – this tabs between running applications onto the taskbar
  • Win + Q – this appears to launch Office communicator
  • Win + G – pushes focus to the the sidebar the focus and when you press this key combination again it tabs between the gadgets on the sidebar
  • Win + M – Minimizes all windows and just shows the desktop
  • Shift + Win + M – Undoes minimize windows
  • Win + Number – Press the Win key and then choose a number of the applications that are in the quick launch task bar. An example the third icon on the taskbar (starting from left) is IE so to run IE press Win-3 and it will launch IE.

You might also be interested in this list of features and tweaks of Vista.

Part 1: Windows Vista Review

Vista Screenshot

Through my University’s MSDNAA program I was able to obtain a copy of Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows Vista. The download was a chunky 2.4 GB and turned out to be the Business flavour of the operating system. I was sort of moved by the experience of installation and I decided to post a personal review. I realize that there are quite a few Vista reviews, but take my word for it, mine will be better.

I currently run Windows XP and have all my daily programs installed on it. I ventured to install Vista only because I wanted to see what all the hype is about. Chances are you’ve heard two types of hype. One side is that Vista will be a great product which probably should have come out earlier but we won’t complain. The other side can be summarized by one word “Linux” or perhaps “Mac” or maybe even a combination of both. I always believed in Microsoft’s ability to produce quality software. Software that “Just Works” and is easy to use and so I’d like to believe that this Vista branch is their step in that direction.

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Red Line


Red Line

Just got out of a meeting, another FS review. I definitely enjoy working here. But this post isn’t about that. This post is about that line.

You’re probably rather confused which line I’m refering to. I’m sure most of us are familar with the feeling of “If I do nothing I’m just being lazy and not trying but when do I stop trying to reach the ideal”. At least for me I know I’m not always sure when to settle with something and when to keep reaching for the stars. Reaching for the starts is inevitably a long journey but why settle for something less? So then that is a predicament, when is it time to stop dreaming about the ideal possiblity and give up.

Maybe if you still have it in you to reach, to improve, to grow towards a goal, a dream, an ideal that you are not ready to settle for something less. My mom says it’s because I’ve been like this since I was a kid, only being happy with what I set out to get and nothing less. At what cost does this restless strive come?

So I ask you, where do you draw the line between dreams and possibility?

Will Murai

I haven’t been very faithful to some categories of my blog. Yesterday I by accident bumped into an illustrator’s page that really captures the imagination. His name is Will Murai, and that’s one of his images right there. He has a lot of really awesome art work. I personally wish his art was available in wallpaper form since it is so unique it would definitely go well with a clean desktop.

If you know anything more about him or know where high res versions (I suspect nowhere) are available, let me know!

Underwear goes inside your pants

Why is marijuana not legal? Why is marijuana not legal? It’s a natural plant that grows in the dirt. Do you know what’s not natural? 80 year old dudes with hard-ons. That’s not natural. But we got pills for that. We’re dedicating all our medical resources to keeping the old guys erect, but we’re putting people in jail for something that grows in the dirt? You know we have more prescription drugs now. Every commercial that comes on TV is a prescription drug ad. I can’t watch TV for four minutes without thinking I have five serious diseases. Like: “Do you ever wake up tired in the morning?” Oh my god I have this, write this down. Whatever it is, I have it. Half the time I don’t even know what the commercial is: people running in fields or flying kites or swimming in the ocean. I’m like that is the greatest disease ever. How do you get that? That disease comes with a hot chick and a puppy.

The schools now: It is all about self-esteem in the schools now. Build the kids’ self-esteem, make them feel good about themselves. If everybody grows up with high self-esteem, who is going to dance in our strip clubs? What’s going to happen to our porno industry? These women don’t just grown on trees. It takes lots of drunk dads missing dance recitals before you decide to blow a goat on the internet for fifty bucks. And if that disappears, where does that leave me on a Friday night with my new high speed connection?

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Stealing from University students 101

I gotta say, Universities sure know how to steal the optimum amount of money from a student. Thanks to some lucky career opportunities the situation I face is debt free, however I’m still no stranger to University “scams” as I call them.

Sure there is nothing illegal about their tactics but the whole higher education system is just a business, and if I’ve learned anything about business it’s that their interests lie in money not in us, students. Let me explain.

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