The Synthetics at The Shipyards

What's your experience with free, outdoor, live music venues? Mine is pretty hit and miss. I'm happy to chance across one, but I won't make an effort to go. Most of the time.

I got this email from a friend. A workmate plays in a band yada yada performing in your neighbourhood yada yada join us, it'll be fun. Ummmm. Also, dinner beforehand. OK, good food and company even if the band sucks.

The Synthetics at The Shipyards

The Sythetics start their show at The Shipyards, North Vancouver

The band in question is The Synthetics. They play high energy rock hits from the 80's. And they don't suck! The three hour concert consisted of favourites like White Wedding/Rebel Yell (Billy Idol), Take on Me (a-ha), She Bop (Cyndi Lauper), Space Oddity (David Bowie), Love is a Battle Field (Pat Benatar), and Sweet Dreams (Eurthymics). I loved how they caught the style and sound for each song. Much fun was had singing along to these old favourites and others.

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Have you discovered portable wireless speakers? They're wonderful! If you want to know why, read on. If you're like me you love having audio that's as free to move around as you are. The portable audio player is one of my favourite 21st century innovations and my podcast player is the most used app on my cellphone. I listen while I'm on transit, out for a walk, or puttering in the apartment. But there's a problem with that portability. Earbuds or headphones aren't always the best listening option, especially in the apartment. My answer is wireless speakers!

My job ended Easter Friday. I was laid-off. Or as the British say, made redundant. Made redundant is so much more evocative. Regardless of what you call it ... I'm happy! This is my fourth layoff. Three of the four layoffs -- including this one -- have been welcome. In each case I was ready for a change.

Photo by Marina Antunes The Whistler Film Festival is one of my much anticipated yearly events. It's a four day event that usually runs the first weekend of December. The After the Credits podcast crew and assorted friends get a lodge room in the village from Thursday to Sunday and geek out watching film and socializing.

DrupalCon is in full swing so the time for sightseeing is gone. Although there's a convention related activity happening for almost every waking moment last night and tonight I blew off the organized conference activities to do some things I wanted to do in Chicago. Being a pizza fan I just couldn't leave Chicago without trying deep dish pizza.

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It's the day before the conference starts, the day when everyone, myself included, are arriving and checking in for DrupalCon. After breakfast this morning my Wisconsin friend dropped me off at the Sheraton Chicago, which is both the conference hotel and where I'm staying for the conference. I love it when I can stay in the conference hotel!

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