Saturday, December 30, 2006

Hussein Hanged Video(The Real Deal)



I'm posting this because I can. If you don't want to see it then don't play it, but I don't believe in censorship so if want to see here it is as long as Google keeps it up.

I still don't agree with the death penalty for anyone, even Saddam. As a punishment what does it really accomplish? He's no longer a danger and killing him won't prevent other nuts out there. Hell it may even inflame some of his supporters. I'm no pacifist and would kill to defend or an imminent threat, but the death penalty meets neither of these criteria.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

How Painful Is This?!?!



Dear god!!!!!! I had to post this because it's so goddamn bad!!! I know nothing is sacred(as it should be!) but this is just brutal!! Now to purge the memory of ever seeing this!!!



Ahhhhhhh!! Much better!!!

Sun of God??? And Merry Christmas!



Being an atheist, I find the claims in this little presentation interesting. I'm not sure that they are particularly true(some of it does have a conspiracy theory feel to it), but they do raise some interesting points and questions. Just watch and think about the points raised.

Either way it's the spirit of the season, not "the reason for the season" that ultimately matters, so in that spirit, Merry Christmas to everyone out there and please be safe, if not for yourself then for your loved ones who care about you. Cheers!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Pull It Into Hug Harbour"...

...that's all I have to say! Though "hug it out bitch" would have been good!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Rudolph..A Different Telling of The Tale



Pretty funny. This is still my favourite Christmas show, but this version takes the cake! Sorry Diane for scarring you,hehehehe!!

A Charlie Brown Christmas-The Alternate Ending



Stick this in your stocking! Well I found this funny!

Bob Saget Set's The Record Straight!



Apparently most of the world doesn't realize that Bog Saget is one foul mouthed comic. I love it!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Coolest 8 Year Old!



This is a clever promotion by a band called The Bastard Fairies. (They have their album available for free download on their site). The fact that Bill O'Reilly has bitched about this supposed "exploitation" of this 8 year old(she's an actor you idiot!!) has just brought more attention to the band and the points this video makes (check out his take and this idiot lawyer on it below. What a moron!!). Pure genius!!



Gee but it's ok to use a child to promote for political or religious reasons? The more Bill talks, the stupider he looks.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Honda Concept

Check out this Honda concept! Holy cow it looks cool. Here's a link giving some more info. Is it any wonder all I've ever owned is a Honda.

So Very True!!!

This only applies to our American friends since it's not available in Canada(thankfully!) yet. There is a reason the iPod has 85% of the mp3 player market!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Net@Nite Episode Posted

Episode # 2 of Net@Nite has been released. Get it here. Leo mixed my song Satriani Style in a little more underneath the beginning of the show and lets the last 50 seconds of the show ride out with the last 50 seconds of the song. The hits my Audiri music site has gotten since he's used my song had been amazing. I can't thank him enough.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

If You Own A Mac & Understand U.S. Politics...





...you'll definitely find this funny! I know I did.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Satriani Style Now A Netcast Theme

I'm excited to say that my song "Satriani Style" is now the theme music for the TWiT Network's latest weekly netcast, Net@Nite. I submitted it to Leo Laporte (chief TWiT) on a whim, if he ever needed some theme music for any netcasts he would be developing. Lo and behold, he liked and is using it. Check it out here or the link I have on the side to check out the site and download the latest episode. I'm so stoked!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Bananas, Proof That God Exists...Huh???

You got to listen to this yahoo's reasoning. And people wonder why I'm an atheist? By the way, that's Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains fame, beside him. He's one of those hardcore Christian freaks that believe the rapture is nigh I'm sure along with this nut.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Borat On Stern


I swear Sasha Boran Cohen is a comic genius. I got to see this movie. This is even better than Ali G, and he's pretty damn funny.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Tradition Continues!



A highlight reel of the championship season of M&M. Enjoy!!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

For Those Of You Who Still Haven't Switched!

As you may have noticed I've put on my blog here a nifty little banner for Firefox. For those of you who don't know, Firefox is a web browser that absolutely kicks Explorer's ass! Aside from that it is SAFER than Explorer. (At least until IE7 is released). Explorer has so many security holes in it that it is actually unsafe to surf the web with it(unless you are visiting Microsoft's site). Aside from that it's just a better browser with so many useful features. Best of all, it's FREE! No they are not paying me to put up this banner. Firefox is developed by a programming community that just wants a better and safer web experience for everybody. It cost nothing, is more feature packed, and works on all platforms(Windows, OS X, Linux). And don't worry, it will import all your existing bookmarks so you won't lose anything. It's the preferred browser by those in the tech community. So what have you got to lose? Try it.

Friday, October 20, 2006

In View:The New Tragically Hip Video



This is pretty weird and funny funny for their single "In View" of their new album (it's great, there's my review!) World Container.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Change Is In The Air

I love this time of year! The air is crisper, the changing of the leaves and no more humidity! Now the wife loves the heat, and hates it when it gets cold, but as I have always said, I can always put on layers when it's cold, but I can't strip off my skin when it hot and humid.

Anyway with that in mind, I figured I would change my layout on this here blog o' mine. I was getting tired of the other layout and this one I think is much cleaner looking. Hope you all out there(you are out there, aren't you?) enjoy this one better. 'Till next time.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well it's been a busy and relaxing last long weekend of the year. Washed and waxed my and my mother's car for the winter(Anna's car is next, don't worry!), wrapped up the central air unit outside and gave the lawn it's last (hopefully) cut of the year. Now just have to wait for when the temperature drops and stays consistently below 5-6 degrees C to put on everybody's winter tires(mine, Anna's, my mom's, my sister's..sheesh!).

Yes, good food was consumed over the weekend courtesy of my mother-in-law on Saturday and Sunday, and my mother on Monday. Hope your last long weekend of the year was as good as mine. Cheers!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Thriller(More Or Less) Bollywood Style!



Pretty funny stuff. It's pretty self-explanatory. Gets' the wife dancing though!

Friday, September 29, 2006

New Song Posted

I've posted a new song on my Audiri site. It's called Lazy Evening. It's a laid back jazzy instrumental, hence the title. Check it out and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

U2 & Green Day @ Abbey Road



Can you imagine being a tourist(or a local) and watching this? Surreal! Bet you'll like this Diane!!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Bad Religion

Well first off, my wife called me to tell me to listen to 102.1 The Edge since they were interviewing Greg Graffin from the band. Good thing I did!! Turns out there was venue change and now the show was at The Docks instead of Arrow Hall by the airport. I would have gone there and been screwed!!. Anyway I must say. I think I'm getting old for these punk shows. It wasn't the band; they still rocked and it was like a "best of" show with them playing songs they haven't played in years(Skyscraper and The Handshake for example). Greg even did a solo acoustic encore set of Suffer and Dream of Unity, which was amazing, before the band rejoined him for Sorrow. It was the crowd. Now keep in mind The Dropkick Murphys opened up. They are a punk band that blend a lot of Celtic roots into their music, which sometimes involve alcohol. So some of their crowd are a bit rowdy. But there were plenty of bad Bad Religion fans as well. People just pushing and shoving to get to where they want to go without even a "sorry" or "excuse me". Hell, I 'm not complaining about manners per se, just don't shove me to get to where you want to go! And The Docks! First off, The Dropkick Murphys toward the end of their set ended up busting a hole in the stage, which delayed Bad Religion 45 minutes while the stage was fixed. Plus the layout of the venue, there was no where you could really go to be out of people's way. I don't really like the Kool Haus as a venue where Bad Religion have played the last umpteen times they have been to Toronto, but I'll take the Kool Haus any day over The Docks. At least you can stand in the back, enjoy the show, and not be bothered because you not packed in there. Man do I sound like an old man!! Next time they come to the area, I'll definitely take the venue into consideration. Overall: show good, crowd bad.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Still Here

I'm still here, just lazy in my posting. I'm going to see Bad Religion tonight so I may review the show here. Take it easy!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I've Been Lazy & Sudbury





Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Just to update. I got a few things for my birthday. A Johnny Cash action figure(way cool!) and a Boss RT-20 guitar effects pedal. It simulate the rotating speaker sound(that warble effect you hear sometimes on guitar sounds). I can get a pretty good approximation of the Pink Floyd "Breathe" sound. Way cool!!

Spent the Labour Day weekend in the Nickel Capital of Canada, Sudbury. It's a pretty cool place with a rich history. It's one of those places that if you live in Canada, you should check out once in your life. The landscape is weird and very moonrock like. Going down into a mine for a tour was cool as was Science North. And of course you can't leave without a picture of the Big Nickel!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Letterman Pokes Some Fun At Bill Gates

Tell me, you Windows users that it's not funny because it's true!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

This Is A Cool Cover!!

I always liked Outkast's Hey Ya, but this cover version is amazing and highlights how beautiful the lyrics are. I guess Andre used the upbeat music in Hey Ya to downplay how heavy the lyrics really are. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me!!

So today I turn 32. Yeah me! No real reason to share just needing something to post:) I'll update on any goodies I may receive. Cheers!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Your Next Computer?!!??





Check out this concept for the next iMac. HOLY CRAP!!! Mind you it's just a concept. Can you imagine if they were to actually produce this? The beige box is dead! And you wonder why I'm an Apple fanboy? More info here.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

What Do People See In This Idiot??

Goes to show millions of albums sold don't mean your more than just a white trash girl.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Update

Sorry I haven't posted in the last week but we had a passing in our family , so my posting took a backseat as it should have. Thankfully this past long weekend was the opposite of the previous with us just hanging out with the family and having a real good time just appreciating each other.(It involved myself, my brother-in-law, 2 guitars and a bunch of drunkenly sung Croatian folk and pop songs with everyone having a good laugh. Don't ask!). Hopefully I'll be back in the swing of things this week. Take care.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

That's It, No More Mr. Nice Guy!!


Guess PC got tired of being picked on. I always thought he was wound way too tight!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Get A Mac:This Is Funny!!

If any of you have seen the new Get a Mac ads on tv(Mac:"Hi, I'm a Mac" PC:"And I'm a PC"...) This a funny spoof on those referencing the new Macbook notebook computer and the fact there is now a black model available with "slightly" more "features"!! Enjoy!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Lebanon And Stephen Harper "Really Helping"

So Stephen Harper emptied out his Canadian Forces jet to aid in the evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon. Goodbye media and most of his staff to make room for evacuees. But wait! His communication staff and official photographer didn't stay behind. What an opportunist! "Look at me helping these Canadians evacuate. I'm such a good Prime Minister. Never mind I could have evacuated a few more people if I had given my communication staff and photographer seats up as well. We need them to record this great moment on film and then to pass it along to the Canadian people" BULLSHIT!! This is nothing more than a personal photo-op!! At least some good is coming out of it but it make the original good intention now seem so contrived. Way to go Harper. Too bad some building Toronto wasn't attacked so you can go and throw your arm around a rescue worker and tell them how "the people who did this are going to hear us". Wait that already happened to your buddy W. Worked for him.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Creationism vs. Evolution

This is a very interesting and very funny video, since it's delivered by Penn & Teller.(Click on the READ MORE link at the bottom of post) It's factual even though it's delivered by two of the funniest guys around. This is about 30 minutes long and has some swearing, so you've been warned!!

It 's funny how these Creationists try to pass off their beliefs as science by throwing around fancy words like "Intelligent Design". These people take the Bible at face value, word for word. Now, yes I'm an Atheist and evolution makes the most sense to me but it also make sense to people of a lot of faiths as well. If you believe in God, evolution does not actually contradict that. You can also believe the earth is just 6000 years old and that the Great Flood of Noah is what actually cut out The Grand Canyon(watch the video and you'll understand), but that is belief, not scientific fact and should not be taught in science classes along with evolution as an alternative explanation, since there is no science to back it up!! Let the debate begin!!!!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Definition Of A Loser

YouTube - Balloon Prank

This guy is wound WAY too tight.  No sense of humour.  I mean if it was something dirty I might be pissed, but ballons????  Buddy needs a life.  Or at least get laid!!

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Another World Cup Is Over!!

And I wish I could congratulate the Italians...but I CAN"T!!!! Sorry, no offence to my Italian friends but I just can't do it!!!

Yes Portugal finished fourth and it hurts a little but to keep it in perspective, the players go back to being millionaires and we go back to work. So my sadness is fleeting. Also it's so sad to see Zidane leave the international stage the way he did. I've always respected him and his playing. They guy was amazing but that head but was very unsportsman like. I got to wonder what the Italian said to provoke him because these players hear a lot of trash talk while playing to throw them off. You figure Zidane would be used to it. Having said that, if it was something about his wife, children, or parents, it's tough to keep your cool with stuff like that. And after watching his usual playing style, maybe he finally got what he deserved! And at the risk of offending (though I don't mean to) some of those Italian players aren't the most sportmens like when it comes to crucial games. I'm not going to claim Portugal is any better, but remember the Italian spitting incident?

All in all, a very entertaining tournament and we'll have to wait until Euro 2008 in Austria=Switzerland and 2010 South Africa.

Friday, July 07, 2006

There's Always Euro 2008!!

Well what can be said? Portugal eliminated by Les Bleus. I probably would not mind if we lost by a good goal or after full-time, extra time and then by penalty kicks. But to lose because of Patrick Henry's dive in the box is just a damn shame. No matter how many times you look at the replay, there is no real foul there. Now Portugal did miss some great opportunities, and France was very effective at shutting down Portugal's offence so they did earn their way to the final in that respect, but that penalty will always piss me off. FIFA has got to crack down on all the diving from everyone!!! Portugal included!! Lets hope Sunday's final is not decided by a dive. Now let's see if we can secure third place and embarrass the Germans at home like Greece embarrassed us in Euro 2004!!

Friday, June 30, 2006

I Had A Hunch It Was Stronger Than It Looks!!



If it wasn't, then I'm sure Transport Canada would have never approved The Smart Car to sell in Canada. It goes to show that it'a not the size but the quality of the design that makes something stronger.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

If You Thought I Could Play Guitar...

The Simpsons Theme -Unplugged- Video

This guy makes me look like a beginner!!!! I can't stretch my fingers that far!!! Click on the link and see what I mean!!

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Go Big, Or Go Home!!

Well, as I write this, there is just one day, and 4 matches left to determine the final 16 of The World Cup 2006. Portugal and Brazil have guaranteed their spots, but alas, Croatia is going home after one hell of a match against Australia. It was probably the most nail biting match yet. And the cards just flew in this one!!!! Both teams were playing pretty hard so the number of yellows were expected, and both sides were reduced to just 10 due to red cards. But the frustration eventually got the better of the Croats. One of them even got in the referee's face and pulled at him. He got an instant yellow for that, which he should be thankful because that probably should have been a red!! So the Aussies advance with a tie against Croatia and Brazil solidify their first place position in the group with a 4-1 beating of Japan. It's gonna be a fun weekend!! Forca Portugal!!!!! Viva Brasil!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

World Cup Musings, Caledonia Standoff

Well, so far aside from Germany, most of the top teams have been less than impressive. Portugal's win was a struggle and they know it. I was very impressed with Croatia and how they held Brazil back. Brazil had to sweat for that 1-0 final. The Croatians have nothing to be ashamed about that result, bravo!!
Hopefully Portugal will play better this Saturday. At least they need to make it out of the group!

Now to the native standoff. After last Friday's incidents the natives are losing any credibility real fast. If they expect us to respect their "Great Law", they should respect Canadian law. They would do well to hand over those suspects to the OPP if they want to gain some respect and credibility in their land claim. And the less said about the OPP, the better, after what transpired last Friday. My heart goes out to Caledonians.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Beautiful Game!!!!

So it begins today, the one tournament even non-sports fans (such as myself) wait for every 4 years...and it ain't the Olympics!! It's World Cup Time!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again. Nothing looks better on a TV than a Futebol match! Myself being of Portuguese blood, I will be supporting Portugal. And yes if Portugal is knocked out, I will throw my support to Brazil, and I will not make any apologies for it, so quit your whining!! But let me state for the record, that since I am Canadian born and raised, if Canada were in the tournament, I would support them ahead of Portugal. I fully realize I would be in the minority among other first and second generation Canadians who would still support their "heritage" team over their own nation.

Here's the fun part. My wife is of Croatian background, so it will be fun!! Their group includes Brazil, and their first game is against Brazil. I've already gave her my condolences!!! You gotta believe the Croatian coaching staff are having the team try to play for the 0-0 tie just to survive, and I can't blame them!!

Anyway, whatever team you are supporting, here's hoping everyone enjoys the games and see ya on James St. when ever SOMEBODY wins!!1 GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

A Pretty Crappy Week

Well, we finally have out first good heat wave...and I come down with a FLU!!! I had to stay home Tuesday because I had a hell of a fever. Sweating profusely in an air conditioned house. If I had gone in, I probably would have collapsed from heat stroke, between the fever and the heat and humidity. Then it turns into a throat infection in which I lose my voice(insert your punchline here). I didn't do a full 8 hour day until Friday. I'm on anti-biotics so this should clear up soon. Overall, not a good week for me and mine. Hopefully things will get better in the short term.

The one bright note. We have finally paid our last wedding expense(pictures were finally ready). Only took 8 months!!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

I've Finally Caved In

I now have a MySpace page. I did it mostly for my music and I possibly will copy future posts here, to my MySpace blog. There's a permanent link on the right to get there or click here Check it out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

And You Thought Driving In Toronto Was Bad!!!



Hey at least we have traffic lights to control traffic. Great example of the chaos theory, no?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Now On Two Sites!

My music is now also available to listen and/or download on another independant music site. It's called Soundclick.com and I've also posted a link to the right in the link panel(soundclick.com/moniz). Check it out and the rest of the site for more undiscovered great music.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Three Posts In One Day!?! I'm On Fire!!!!

There you go Luis, hope this format is easier to read!!! What can I say, change is good.

Two Posts In One Day!! Whoa!



With me it's either feast or famine with my posting. Here's a clip of my friends house league soccer team winning their championship. It was four years in the making. Congratulations boys!!!! (Warning! There is a little bit of swearing so if your offended...tough!!! LOL)

I Really Got To Keep Up With This Thing!!

I know, I know!! Hey I get busy and so many things are talked about so much that blogging it seems redundant. Take for instance the Caledonia native stand-off. What can be said that hasn't been said already? Residents are pissed and feeling abandoned by their political leaders, and natives are as indignant as ever. This may be politically incorrect but the Europeans have won and conquered!!! Is it right? Is it fair? Of course not!! But this is the reality. They can choose to work with the system to improve it to their benefit, or they can "rage against the machine". I know they have legitmate greivances when dealing with the "white system" and they are very true, but think about it. Would it not be better to find a way to beat the system at it's own game? It's my understanding that reserve natives can receive a Canadian university education for free. (Well at tax payers expense really). Can you imagine if all these young native people took up this offer, become lawyers, and fight the system from within and made their point? In essence we would be funding their fight! That would get respect rather than hold a town of people, 5-7 generations removed from the "oppressors" that did this to the natives, and innocent bystanders, hostage to their demands. If you can't beat them, join them, THEN beat them at their own game!

In other news, Apple released their iBook replacement, The Macbook. All I can say is I WANT ONE!!!!!!!! Cheers!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Neil Young:Living With War

I'm posting a link here and in the side bar to listen to the upcoming Neil Young "metal folk protest" cd as he has called it. You can listen to the whole album for free being streamed in a dedicated player. It's a phenomanal album and raisng quite a hue and cry in the U.S. because of his criticizing of George W Bush and the war in Iraq(and maybe soon Iran?). He even has a song called "Let's Impeach The President". Here's a link to his site with clips of some of the news media response. It's pretty intense. Gotta love Neil Young. He's proof just because your getting older, who says you can't still stir sh@#$ up! Keep on rocking...in the FREE world!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Addressing The Caledonia Native Standoff

Those of you who still read my blog(anyone still out here?) may be wondering why I haven't addressed the Native standoff in Caledonia. Considering how damn opinionated I am, aside from a letter to the editor to The Spectator, I've really held back because it is a very complicated issue. The Natives, I believe do have some sort of claim but so does the Government. It gets very confusing when you throw in century old treaties and mis-interpretation on both sides.

The main problems I see here are two-fold. One, the Natives can and should protest but their method is not going to really win them any general support which is what they really need. Holding a town hostage kind of pisses the average person off. I understand their frustration but this method can very easily blow up in there face. Two, is the in-action on both levels of Government, especially from the Federal Government! Where the hell is the Indian Affairs Minister in all this? This idiot has barely said two freaking words about the situation. What do they need to get involved, another Oka? The people of Caledonia feel like they've been abandoned by the leaders and representatives. Hopefully a peaceful resolution will come about, but the Provincial and Federal Governments better really get involved before anger and frustration on both sides boil over.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

New Song Added

I've added a new song to my artist page at Audiri.com. It's not my usual stuff. It's an instrumental in the vein of Joe Satriani. So much so that I called it "Satriani Stlye". I'm no guitar "shredder" but I pretty impressed by my performance. You can be the judge by clicking here or the link on the side to go the the page and check it out. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Wheels Are A Changin'

It's really starting to warm up for real this time. I think winter is finally done! I took the wife's car into Honda for an oil change on Saturday. Turns out one of my dearest friend's brother (I consider him a friend too, but just to point out how I met/know him) now works there in the sales department now, so I bugged him for a Fit test drive. I took out a black Sport model with the automatic/F1 shift paddles. The thing is a blast to drive! It feels like more than 109hp when you drive it. It throttle by wire so it's really responsive. Shifting with the F1 style paddles was interesting since you have control of the gearing like you would in a manual transmission, but it is idiot proof so the engine won't over-rev and it gears down to first when you come to a complete stop. A real fun car to drive. And don't let the size fool you. Once your inside it is a real roomy interior, not cramped at all. The stereo for me would still need to be improved with a sub and better speakers but it is plenty loud. When the wife's car is paid for I may be getting the Fit. Now which colour...

Anyway in reference to the post title I pulled the wife's winter tires off her EL and put her factory alloys back on. Her car now looks respectable again. The 1.6 EL has always had the nicest factory alloy rims to my mind, of any car. I'll probably put mine on sometime this week. Can't wait, since I love that sticky V rubber.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Apple Turns 30, Honda Release's The Fit

This post may sound like an ad but these are about companies and products I own (or hope to own soon!) and enjoy.

Apple turned 30 years old April 1. Having switched just under a year ago, I can honestly say, I now understand the passion people have for Apple and particularly the Mac. It seems more than a computer. It feels like a creative outlet/tool. Yes I guess the same can be said about PC's, but show me anyone who holds a PC maker or Microsoft as close to their hearts as Mac fanatics do(I now count myself as one). Sure you can chalk it up to clever marketing, I mean after all it is just a computer. But I think it goes right back to the philosphy held by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak about how a personal computer should be, and from there the marketing followed. Using a Mac just feels intuitive for digital photos, making movies, organizing my music, and especially making music. My iMac IS my home recording studio. It just works. Sure there is the odd crash here and there(it IS a computer after all!) but a Mac crash just doesn't seem to be as devasting as a Windows crash. Anyway that's my 2 cents about Apple

Next up, Honda released the Honda Fit to North America April 1. I think it's my next car. As much as I love the Civic, the Fit makes more sense to me. It has 5 doors, 1.5L 4 cylinder engine, 109hp, 105lbs/ft of torque and just looks plain cool. Plus it's cheaper! Anyone who knows me, knows I love my Hondas. The Fit will be cheap on gas, peppy enough to feel sporty(my first Civic Si had 108hp and was about the same weight as the Fit and a blast to drive), more functional with 4 doors and a hatchback and cheaper to buy, even in the Sport model with all the goodies I want, than the Civic Si. Kudos to Honda for finally bringing this car to Canada.(It's been in Europe and Japan for the last 3 years as the Honda Jazz. The Jazz in North America is Honda's Scooter)

Anyway that is my 2 cent product endorsements. BELIEVE ME!!! I have NOT been paid for these glowing "reviews", but don't let that stop you Apple and Honda!!!;)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Crash

I watched Crash this weekend and I can honestly say I understand why this movie won the Best Picture Oscar. This movie is powerful. Forget the Oscar hype(which I never really pay attention to anyway) and rent or buy this movie(I picked up my copy used from Blockbuster for $6.99). It takes a long and disturbing look at the racist tendancies and stereotypes we all are guilty of having. And I mean all people, including minorities own racist views of white people and other minorities. Heavy, heavy movie a must watch. This is education and entertainment.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Not Much To Say...Again

What can I say? There really isn't much out there for me to blog about. At least nothing worth blogging. Hopefully something worthwhile comes along soon because you all out there are probably getting bored with this blog. (too late?)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Not Much To Say

Not much for me to post lately. Watched the East Coast Music Awards last night and saw some cool bands such as The Novaks. What made watching the show worthwile, was that The Trailer Park Boys (in character) were hosting which made for a very funny show, especially when they started in on Stephen Harper who was right in front of them in the audience! All in all, not much to report.

Monday, February 20, 2006

New Song Posted

Just to let everyone know, I've posted a new song to my music page at Audiri.com. It's called "40 High", and an explaination of the song and title is there as well. Enjoy!!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Here She Is!!!


Here is my cute as a button niece. My wife is relieved to see that we Moniz's have cute yet not so hairy genes!!! Now to make sure she never listens to crappy music or uses Windows!!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hello Joelle Antonia Leclerc!!!!!

Just to announce that my wife and myself are an aunt and uncle to my sister's brand new daughter, Joelle Antonia Leclerc, 7lbs.2oz., born February 15 at 7:01pm. We are now a Ti and Tia!!! Will post pics as soon as I have them.

Friday, February 10, 2006

My Music

Well, I've finally posted some of my music on line. You can either get there by www.audiri.com/moniz or clicking on the link in the sidebar menu. Audiri is and independant music website that allows 200mb of free song hosting and artist bio/info. Hopefully I will have more music to post in the future. I've also enabled downloading of the songs. I know I'm not going to make any real money in today's music business , barring some miracle, so I think it's only right I should share it and hope somebody get's some enjoyment out of it. And if anyone plans to leave any reviews, please be factual, whether you like the songs or not, with no joking please. This is a credible musicians web service, so music industry people may view this! Thanks and enjoy!!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss. Also, Mason Messina

Stephen Harper is Prime Minister barely 24 hours, and already he is no different than all the rest. For all his raising a hue and cry over patronage apointments, and M.P's crossing the floor and switching parties out of convienience, who does he post to his cabinet? An M.P. that was elected as a Liberal during THIS election, but decided AFTER he has won his riding, to switch to the Conservatives. Kind of makes him look like an idiot after complaining about the Belinda Stronach incident. If I were in David Emerson's riding(the M.P. in question) I would be raising hell over this. Makes the voters of that riding fell like dupes! Then Harper goes and appoints someone who was not even elected, to a cabinet position. How does he get around that? Simple. he will APOINT him to the senate. The same Senate that Harper has said should be elected to avoid patronage appointments. As Matthew Good once wrote "The drug of power is stronger than good intentions"

On another topic. Mason Messina is a little boy in Hamilton, with very serious medical problems. He is diagnosed with a condition so rare, there have only been 18 reported cases in the WORLD. Because it is so rare, and the only treatments are experimental, OHIP covers nothing! They are giving him chemotherapy, but because it is not for cancer and considered experimental for his condition, OHIP will not cover the costs. Never mind the thousands in drugs as well the parents must pay. This is all in an effort to keep him alive. She is a former Stering Honda employee, which is how I came to learn about their situation, through my friend Fern who works there. As well apparently, the Messina family is ready to sell their house to help pay for Mason's care. If you would be interested in helping this family out, go and see Fern(or anyone at Sterling Honda) and purchase a raffle ticket to support this family in their fight to save their son's life. Sterling Honda is trying to raise $6000 through this raffle, to tell you the truth, I don't really care what the prizes are, I just handed over my $20 and was glad to help. Also an account has been set up at the Royal Bank to help raise money. You can go into any branch in the Hamilton area to donate. Just mention it is for Mason Messina. Keep fighting Mason!!!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Back From Austria




I flew in Saturday afternoon. The flights weren't bad but being in a tin can for more than 4 hours in economy class is just brutal. I think if I have ever take another trans-atlantic flight, I'll upgrade to first class. Also the descent on approach to Pearson was brutal on the sinus'. The pilot must have dropped altitude faster than usual because it felt like someone was tightening my sinus' with a vise grip! I noticed I wasn't the only one because I saw a lot a people around me also wincing in pain. But the landing was one of the smoothest I've ever felt. (By the way if you are planning any international flights, get there the 3 hours early because most of those flights are leaving from the temporary infield terminal they built while they expand Terminal 1. They have to bus you across the tarmac to get you there, so your dodging planes and work trucks.)

Anyway, Austria itself was a very beautiful place, as you can see from the pictures. But I was there for business, so sightseeing was very limited. We were in the middle of Austria, about 200km from Vienna and 50km from Linz. The area where we stayed was beautiful, with the mountains in the background(since they weren't the alps, the locals refer to them as more of hills. They should see what we in Hamilton call a "mountain"!! They'd have a good laugh!). As well our training finished at 4:30pm, and pretty much everything, aside from some local pubs, closes at 5pm!! At least we were given a company car to drive ourselves around and take in some of the local sights. Also we were lucky enough to have the driver who was driving us to the airport hotel for our one night in Vienna to give us a bit of a driving tour of the city. You want beauty and history? A week isn't enough to take the city all in! I got some pics (that beige building is where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending the First World War).

But one thing. It was bloody cold!!! We got there and Europe was going through a deep freeze! I spent about an hour walking around Vienna, and then I had to head back because I was freezing!!

Well it's good to be home... in Conservative minority Canada! We'll see what the future brings!! Cheers

Friday, January 20, 2006

Off To Austria

I won't be able to post for at least a week, as I am off to Austria for training on a new machine that will be installed in our shop at work at the end of February. It should be interesting with my great (lack of) knowledge of the German language! We're flying into Vienna, which I'm told English won't be a problem, because of its' cosmopoliton nature. The real bummer for me is that I won't be here for election night. I already cast my vote at the advance polls last Satutday. Some guys enjoy watching sports, I like election coverage. More than which party will form the government, I really want to know who wins my riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek. Will Tony Valeri survive, considering all the bad press he's been getting about his land deal(more than DOUBLED his money in 3 months!!). Oh well, I hope can get acces to the net over in Austria to find out. Maybe I'll even be able to post.

Anyway, it looks like we're on our way to a Conservative minority. As long as we have a decent amount of NDP memebers elected, I can live that, because they can keep them in check. It's funny watching the latest Liberal ads with Paul Martin pretty much pleading for his job. "We've made mistakes" Well d'uhhhh. Desparation never wins you an election and besides, 12 years as the governing party, they've gotten too comfortable. Let's just hope the Conservatives don't screw us any further than the Liberals!!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Fun With Cars!!!


Let's see, where shall I begin? Started back to work last Wednesday, to help get things set up in the shop for when everyone else came back from Christmas break. The fact that I Could use the extra money certainly doesn't hurt! Everything is going great until Friday after work. I figure I'll stop at the mall to pick up some things before heading home. Well thank goodness I did, because I don't want to think about what could've happened, if this happened, going 120 km/h. I just crossing the intersection of Arrowhead, on Centennial Parkway, when my car dies! Begin panic attack!! I got semis coming up my ass and I dead on the road, thankfully in the right lane. I try pushing the car into the Pioneer/Tim Hortons on the corner, but it's an incline entrance. Thankfully a good samaritan, helps me push and even offers to keep pushing to help me pop the clutch. It still won't start. Now I had put in a new battery a week earlier so I know it's not dead. Panic call my bud Fern at Sterling Honda for help. I also have another good samaritan, who happens to be a diesel mechanic offer his help. Well between the both of them(Fern on the phone and the good samaritan there with me) we figure out the igintion coil is dead. No spark, no go. Did I mention it was also freaking cold and getting darker by the minute? I gotta leave my baby in the lot overnight and hope nothing happens to it. Go down the road to Image Honda, pick up the replacement and thanks to Fern's excelllent instruction, I replace the coil the next day myself and save the labour charges. Thankfully it was not as cold as the evening before. Nothing like doing automobile repair in sub zero temperatures!! Ahh the joys of owning and old car. I still love her though and she still has a lot more clicks left in her. Or at least she has to until the wife's car is paid for!