Saturday, December 13, 2014

Download Windows 7 ISO – Official Direct Download Links

 "There are many valid and legal reasons one might have to feel the need to download Windows 7. For instance, you might be needed to reinstall or recover Windows 7 but not find the original Windows 7 setup DVD, or your netbook doesn’t come with a DVD drive. In such cases, downloading Windows 7 should help you out, assuming you have bought a legal and valid key from Microsoft."

Friday, December 12, 2014

Concerts 2014

01 16 January - Neil Young - Concert Hall
02 24 January - It's All In The Mind CD release - Loft Gastropub
03 26 March - Yes - Pantages Theatre
04 16 April  - Black Sabbath - MTS Centre
05 12 May - Ice Earth/ Sabbaton - Park Theatre
06 17 May - Neko Case / Dodo Birds - Burton Cummings Theatre
07 18 May - Merzbow - Pyramid Cabaret
08 25 May - Steve Kirby's Oceanic Orchestra - Park Theatre
09 16 June - Curtis Nowosad Quartet - Manitoba Theatre Centre
10 17 June - James Cotton - Manitoba Theatre Centre
11 18 June - Gregory Porter - Manitoba Theatre Centre
12 28 July - Modest Mouse - Burton Cummings Theatre
13 4 August - Broken Bells - Burton Cummings Theatre
14 8 August - Rod Steward/ Santana - MTS Centre
15 14 August - Arcade Fire - MTS Centre
16 21 August - Tom Petty - MTS Centre
17 19 September - Sonata Arctica - Park Theatre
18 23 September - Chick Corea - Burton Cummings Theatre
19 18 October - Low - West End Cultural Centre
20 1 November - The Wailin' Jennys - Burton Cummings Theatre
22 1 November - Arch Enemy - Garrick Theatre
23 3 November - Sarah McLaughlin - Concert Hall
24 22 November - David Lindley - Park Theatre
25 23 November - Death, Obituary, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil, Untimely Demise - Park Theatre
26 24 November - Devin Townsend Project/ Animals As Leaders - Garrick Theatre
27 2 December - The Tea Party - Burton Cummings Theatre

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New CDs
 Neil Watson - Move!  Winnipeg saxophonist.
 Germ - Grief.  A project by Australian Tim Yatras.
Untimely Demise - Systematic Eradication.  A band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with the drummer from Winnipeg.
Amber Epp - Inside Out.  Jazz singer from Winnipeg.
Artists in Healthcare Manitoba.  Artists include Ron Halldorson, Lois Gillespie, Tim Cummings, Aaron Shorr, Kris Ulrich and Keith Price, among others.

New books in the collection.
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal.

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates.

From the TED blog, 100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!)


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Concerts 2013

01 15 January - Gojira w/ Devin Townsend - Garrick Theatre
02 9 February - Mark Stallard - Joe Black's
03 17 February - Enslaved/Pallbearer/Ancient VVisdom - The Zoo
04 1 March - Marduk/ Moonspell / Inquisition / The Foreshadowing
05 28 March - Soilwork w/ Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, Wretched and Destiny Potato - Park Theatre
06 29 March - Mark Stallard - Joe Black's
07 31 March - Amber Epp - Park Theatre
08 10 April - Billy Bragg - Garrick Theatre
09 12 April - Chantal Kreviaziuk - WECC
10 4 May - Mark Stallard - Loft Gastropub
11 31 May - Primus - Burton Cummings Theatre
12 17 June - Rudresh Mahanthappa - WECC
13 3 July - Counting Crows/ The Wallflowers - Concert Hall
14 13 July - Winnipeg Folk Festival
15 16 July - CD Release Farewell 274 - Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre
16 18 July - KISS - MTS Centre
17 22 July - Megadeth - MTS Centre
18 9 August - Loreena McKennitt - Concert Hall
19 12 August - Paul McCartney - Investors Group Field
20 18 August - Wintersun/Fleshgod Apocalypse/Arsis/Starkill - Park Theatre
21 14 September - It's All In The Mind - Loft Gastropub
22 14 October - Joe Satriani - Burton Cummings Theatre
23 22 October - Ian Anderson - Concert Hall
24 8 November - Destroyer - Park Theatre
25 17 November - Bryn Roberts - WECC
26 2 December - High On Fire - WECC

Skipped shows:
23 Feburary - Rik Emmmet and the WSO - Concert Hall
9 March - Anat Cohen - Berney Theatre
20 April - Bill Charplap Trio - Berney Theatre
19 September - Iron & Wine - Pantages Theatre
7 November - Matthew Good - Burton Cummings Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Television not the same since the end of Breaking Bad

I was a late comer to Breaking Bad.  After reading about how Bryan Cranston was winning award after award, I decided to finally check out the show.  I started with Season 1, episode 1, and within no time, I was hooked.  Never before had I seen a show with so much tension and unpredictability.

Thankfully, the show has ended rather than linger on and on too long, like many other shows have done, like Lost and X-Files.

Nothing has appeared on my radar, however, to replace the excitement.  We're into Season 3 of another show that I was nuts about, Homeland, but it's off to a slow start and I do hope that they also have a plan to end it rather than keep it going indefinitely, so long as the ratings are decent.

The Walking Dead is now into it's fourth season and it's beginning to lose some of its appeal.  It's becoming too familiar with not a lot new.  Please make this the last year.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D looked like another attempt to capitalize on the super-hero craze that, particularly with the success of Marvel's super-hero movies.   After a few episodes, the media is reporting that they are attracting fewer viewers with each episode.  The writing is hum drum.  When you're dealing with super-hero characters, they tend to shine better in one-off movies than in weekly shows where you know there's minimal risk and endings that are predictable.

Hostages is about a surgeon who was selected to operate on the President.  Her family is taken hostage by a group of well-organized operatives in an attempt to have her botch the operation and kill the President.  The President's own Chief of Staff is on in it, but he also reports to higher powers.  This might work as a one season show, but I am already thinking of dropping it.

Dropped recently that I used to follow are Burn Notice and The Glades. 

Probably the two best new shows that I have seen recently, however are The Americans and House of Cards.  Set in the Reagan era, The Americans is about a couple of Soviet spies who move the U.S. and start a family in order to blend in as a typical couple.  An FBI agent moves in across the street and they become friends with him and his wife, all the while, this is the couple that the agent is also pursuing without realizing that he's after his neighbors.  It's a serial and it's an engrossing thrill ride.  The show is on the cable network FX.

House of Cards is a addictive serial, full of political conspiracy and manoeuvrings that at times seem like they could be realistic.  Kevin Spacey is bound to win awards that Bryan Cranston used to win as lead actor.  It's a Netflix series and while season 1 has ended, it's far better than anything on major network television. 

It's been said recently that television is now the stronger medium for quality drama, overtaking the film industry.  I tend to agree.  What's even more interesting is that the best dramas are from smaller networks, rather than the ones that have the history and big budgets.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus

World Wide Wins - Tiger 88, Jack 79.
PGA Tour Wins- Tiger 77, Jack 73.
European Tour Wins- Tiger 8, Jack 0.
Player of the Year- Tiger 10, Jack 5.
PGA Tour Money Titles- Tiger 9, Jack 8.
Vardon Trophy Scoring Titles- Tiger 8, Jack 0!
Most Wins per Season Titles- Tiger 11, Jack 5.
Most Wins in a Season - Tiger 9, Jack 7.
Most Consecutive Cuts Made in a Row- Tiger 142, Jack 109.
Missed Cuts- Tiger 10, Jack 88
Career Scoring Avg- Tiger 68.75, Jack 70.28 (Thru age 36 for Both)
Major Championships- Tiger 14 of 60, Jack 18 of 112 (thru age 49 only)
World Golf Championships- Tiger 18 of 45. Jack Nothing Comparable at all.
And Tiger Woods has done all of this by Spotting Jack Nicklaus THIRTEEN YEARS!
It Took Jack 453 Professional Tournamets to Win 73 Times. A 16.1% Winning %.
It Took Tiger 271 Professional Tournaments to Win 74 Times. A 27.4% Winning %.

Friday, February 22, 2013

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