Interior of the top of the line 2011 Wrangler.

Tacky leather seats, needless steering wheel controls, and ugly as shit interior chrome accents, other than that it looks more “refreshed” and cool.

For 2011 there are just a couple new colors (including different hard top hues), this vehicle is now in it’s 4th model year and there are NO OTHER CHANGES planned.  Same shitty V6 engine, no diesel and no cheap base model “no electronic frills” option.  Too bad.

The little storage “nets” on the doors are way less practical than the cubby holders on my ride, what the hell are they thinking??

Miley Cyrus – ‘Party In the USA’ Lyrics.

SONG OF THE SUMMER

I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan
Welcome to the land of fame, excess, whoa am I gotta fit in?
Jumped in the cab, here I am for the first time
Look to my right, and I see the Hollywood sign

This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous
My tummy’s turnin’ and I’m feelin’ kinda homesick
Too much pressure and I’m nervous
That’s when the taxi man turned on the radio

And the Jay-Z song was on
And the Jay-Z song was on
And the Jay-Z song was on

So I put my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
The butterflies fly away
I’m noddin’ my head like “Yeah!”
Movin’ my hips like “Yeah!”

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

Get to the club in my taxi cab
Everybody’s lookin’ at me now
Like “Who’s that chick that’s rockin’ kicks
She’s gotta be from out of town”

So hard with my girls not around me
It’s definitely not a Nashville party
‘Cause all I see are stilettos
I guess I never got the memo

My tummy’s turnin’ and I’m feelin’ kinda homesick
Too much pressure and I’m nervous
That’s when the DJ dropped my favorite tune

And the Britney song was on
And the Britney song was on
And the Britney song was on

So I put my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
The butterflies fly away
I’m noddin’ my head like “Yeah!”
Movin’ my hips like “Yeah!”

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

Feel like hoppin’ on a flight, on a flight
Back to my hometown tonight, town tonight
Something stops me every time, every time
The DJ plays my song and I feel alright

So I put my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
The butterflies fly away
I’m noddin’ my head like “Yeah!”
Movin’ my hips like “Yeah!”

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

So I put my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
The butterflies fly away
I’m noddin’ my head like “Yeah!”
Movin’ my hips like “Yeah!”

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song
And now I’m gonna be okay
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!
Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

Sorry for the lack of interesting updates.

Things have been quite fun and exciting but I really haven’t been taking many pictures.  Summer is in full swing, the wine is flowing and the drama is more dramatic than ever (in a good way of course).  Work is a wee bit slow but my bills are paid, excited for the weekend, lots of fun stuff already planned.

Stew from last night.

Left the roast in the slow cooker for an extra 3 hours on low last night, after it came out of the fridge this morning it was about 400X more tasty and excellent.  A glass of red wine and a few slices of pumpernickel to soak up the beefy-garlic sauce and I’ve got the best lunch ever.

VEMF is tomorrow.

Victoria’s Electronic Music Festival starts tomorrow.  The two day event is being held at Centennial square, pretty much 2 blocks away from my place.  I’m slightly excited and will definitely check out some of the acts, workshops and the beer gardens.  The highlight of the event will be the huge booking of Christopher Lawrence, he’s on at 10PM on Sunday.

More than 20 hours of electronic music plus countless club and afterhours events are only a sleep away.  All the bills are paid, booze is fridging in the fridge and it’s the long weekend….LET’S GO!!

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Commodore Amiga.

Ahh, childhood memories.  Never owned the original 1000 pictured below.  The 500 which came out shortly after was an all-in-one unit and was exponentially more popular, it was my 1st Amiga.  She was my entertainment center, my friend, my sidekick, my love and passion for as long as I can remember.  This computer was the center of my life when I was growing up.

Amiga 1000.

The Amiga 500

Coupled with the 1084S (S stood for stereo) Hi Res monitor this thing was a beast of a machine, it was a multimedia powerhouse capable of displaying 4096 colors, stereo sound, multitasking and games that even today remain unmatched.

The Commodore Amiga 501 expansion.

This little add-in card that fit into a “bay door” below the computer would double the computer’s RAM from 512 to a whopping 1MB RAM, it was the 1st hardware purchase after the unit itself.  It would enable richer content in games, speech synthesis, allow for running more applications at once and sped up the machine considerably.  Since the computer, at first, did not have a hard disk all of the information was loaded from 880kB floppy diskettes, certain games and applications required the tedious swapping of multiple diskettes, at times more than 20.  Workbench, the operating system, was fully graphical and required a mouse,  it was eons ahead of what the PC and the “black DOS screen”  used at that time.  The machine used the Motorola 68K series microprocessor (the 500 used the original 6800 running at 7.14MHz) with subsequent models getting upgraded and faster chips.

More fascinating info on the Amiga 500 here, and it’s other popular cousin the Amiga 2000 here, well worth the nerdy read.

CF-18 crashed at an Alberta airport today.

The pilot ejected safely, no one yet knows what happened.  I have been reading quite a bit about Canada’s upcoming purchase of a flock of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.  The Canadian government is planning to spend about 9 Billion dollars on the airplanes which could go as high as 18 Billion when you include the service contract.  This would be one of the largest equipment purchases in Canada’s history and would replace the aging fleet of CF-18’s purchased ages ago.  I’m all for cool new toys but do we really need them?  I don’t think so, this money could be better spent in my opinion.  I think the future is in unmanned vehicles as they would be better suited for protecting our great white north from a non-existent enemy.

Andy Moor’s Trance Nation 2010 CD release is days away.

Ministry Of Sound’s famous Trance Nation series is back, this time with no other than Mr. Andy Moor.  Here is the track listing. I’m actually thinking of buying this, my first CD purchase in about 8+ years.  Three days to go.

Straight from the Moor Room.

CD 01
01. Melodia – The Way (Clarks & Setrise Remix)
02. Yuri Kane – Whirlpool
03. The Thrillseekers – Savanna
04. Reeves – Call Of Loneliness (Mat Zo Remix)
05. Temple One Feat. Hannah Ray – Autumn Leaves (Estiva Remix)
06. Ben Nicky Feat. Linnea Schossow – Tears –
07. Markus Schulz Feat. Khaz – Dark Heart Waiting (Jochen Miller Remix)
08. Super8 & Tab – Black Is The New Yellow
09. Matt Darey Presents Urban Astronauts Feat. Kate Louise Smith – See The Sun (Aurosonic Mix)
10. Trilucid – Departures (Skytech Remix)
11. Mat Zo – Near The End
12. Delerium Feat. Miranda Lee Richards – Send Me An Angel (Andy Moor Remix)
13. Bent – As You Fall (Kyau & Albert Remix)
14. Pulstate & Juventa – Somnia (Yuri Kane Remix)

CD 02
01. Susana Feat. Omnia & The Blizzard – Closer
02. Andy Moor Feat. Carrie Skipper – She Moves
03. Lange Feat. Emma Hewitt – Live Forever
04. Mike Shiver Vs Fandy – Sique
05. Mark Eteson – Blackboard
06. DJ Eco Presents Pacheco – Staring At The Sea (Masoud Remix)
07. Yenn – Monzen (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
08. Nitrous Oxide Feat. Aneym – Far Away (Ronski Speed Remix)
09. Guiseppe Ottaviani Feat. Faith – Angel (Mark Eteson & Ben Nicky Remix)
10. Max Graham Feat. Neev Kennedy – Sun In The Winter
11. Motionchild & Will Holland Feat. Tiff Lacey – Arctic Kiss (Andy Blueman Remix)
12. DJ Eco – People (Rafaël Frost Remix)
13. Ben Preston Feat. Susie – Remember Me
14. Ben Gold – Sapphire
15. Rafaël Frost – Flashback

#8  When I heard that track at the Above and Beyond show @Commodore I thought I was going to die.
#14  I played as my closing track at Sunset Room last weekend.  Yarrrr.