Hunting for the perfect playlist

I’m going through a phase, I swear. Nah, they’re good tunes.

It’s happened to you – kicking it with some friends and marveling at the most excellent playlist your collective minds have produced, you think ‘I wish I could save this for later…’

The thing about a good playlist is that it’s not only pleasant to listen to, it has the ability to capture a moment in time; giving it another spin can transport us back to that place using our ears, like a photo through eyes.

Those experiences are defined in so many ways and the uniqueness each chapter holds finds its way into the soundtrack of your life. The people around you use their emotions to contribute to the beat just like you do, and our times spent together are every bit as valuable as those spent apart.

So why not try to capture it like you would a photo? The soundtrack of your life, catalogued and committed to some form of permanent media. I tried it before but always to no avail. It was far too difficult to keep burning CDs and if you were away from home, it just made the task more challenging.

But as the world of social media has expanded, it naturally didn’t take long for someone to capture our nascent desire to share tunes, with a website.

So here goes the experiment: using Grooveshark, I started a communal account named MJmuse. Follow along if you wish and you can see if this works.

Or at least, get the chance to share in my incomparable taste in music. Of course.

Group playlists are always saved along with the date they were made. Each contributor to the group creates a new one every month and simply adds all the songs they’re listening to. Everyone posting to it gets to share in the memories and the real gems are those shared by the whole group.

It requires a lot less of a buy-in to complete and my hope is that over time, it will become something really special, so long as I get some customers, that is.

So here’s to finding that perfect playlist and more importantly, making sure it is never lost again.

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Vancouver man involved in SK residential schools sex case: reports

Beauval Residential School in 1924

Beauval Residential School in 1924

An elderly man from Vancouver is facing sex assault charges stemming from his time spent as a dormitory supervisor at a residential school in Beauval, SK.

The reports seem to have conflicting information, such as the vital detail of his age. Anyways, here they are:

Global Saskatoon

Northern Pride (local independent)

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several survivors from the Beauval Residential School and others. It has been a great source of pain for many First Nations people living in northwest Saskatchewan and all over Canada. Here’s an article I wrote last year about a couple of their experiences.

Republicans debate about how none of them are going to get elected

Anyone watch the Ames Debate tonight?

*crickets*

There’s so much talk about how the United States is imploding in its own debt, that funny word which implies owing money in a system where all money is owed.

Let’s cut programs, let’s purposefully not pay back our obligations, let’s obliterate central banking (a western tradition since 1694) – these are the tactics of an American right-wing coming face-to-face with the super-president Obama.

Granted this is a bit of a spiel, but seriously, nobody will defeat Obama in 2012. He’s a wall. The American ship is sinking, this is true, but the holy grail of solutions is as realistic as…well, the holy grail. There are no candidates that can lead a strong challenge against his rule because there are no candidates that have a workable solution to the problem.

Not saying he, or any political figure or group, has one…

Either America continues spending to maintain its power at an unsustainable level, or it bows out and accepts the eclipse of its status as the modern Rome.

But what about us?

Our country’s political figures are scrambling to find new trade relationships, such as Harper’s current venture in Latin America. It’s an effort to distance themselves from the growing reality that our bulwark of economic security to the South is fading. So many times have nations who’ve enjoyed the warm and fuzzy blanket of safety, afforded by a strong ally, had to deal with that friend’s decline.

So many times have the superpowers of the world had to provide such security for their friends at a heavy cost domestically.

Well here we are, with politicians crying ‘witch!’ and lamenting the loss of a time when writing your local representative actually meant something, when politicians could provide something more real than banter, talking points, and shiny hair.

For us here in Canada, the only thing left to do is cling to a hopeful outlook amid these shifts of tectonic political plates. Sure, we’ve always been somewhat polite, standing up against the occasional crime against humanity and maintaining a reasonable international policy during those few opportunities we’ve had the bravery to stand up for something paramount, but our voice has been a quiet one through the years, asking for sanity and truthfully asking, ‘why can’t we equally enjoy the fruits that this world and life have provided us?’

Many accuse us of being in bed with the Americans. Well, this is true. But let me tell you, this nation of ours didn’t marry for love, we married for wealth.

With all these squabbles about how to dig upward from the hole burrowed by the maintenance of a clandestine empire stretching pole-to-pole, our little responsible Canada should invest in its reputation as a quiet voice of reason.

I may be patriotic, but I think we deserve more international recognition for our thoughts of a humanity holding hands with itself and the world.

There seems to be a window emerging, one where one power will vacate and another will move in. It’s a hole that has historically been occupied by those with large bank accounts and militaries begetting a fear to be trifled with. But what if a simple voice of reason, one that echoes the concerns of an evolved human populace, were to fill that void?

At such a remarkable stage in human history and evolution, what is left to do but try?

But more importantly, what do you think?