Must Have Snowboarding Tracks

You always want a wicked mix to snowboard to. Everyone wants to rock down the hill to the latest Kanye or Jay-Z track. As I’m headed out to the hills of Ontario tomorrow (yes, hills, not mountains, yawn) for the first time in my adult and “decent ability at navigating down a mountain or hill” based life; I figured I’d share the music that has stuck with me since the beginning and ending of epic mountains for me in Fukushima. These are those quintessential tracks that get it done. My playlists in the past have included everything from Me and Mrs Jones and Green Onions to System of a Down’s BYOBImmortal Technique’s Peruvian Cocaine, and Freaky Flow’s Let Me Know. So, hopefully it’s a well rounded group that I present below.

1) Gearing up – Cake – Comfort Eagle/Arco Arena

These are the ultimate songs to gear up to. You’re sorting out your board, throwing on the gear you didn’t wear on the drive to the hill. These are the songs you prep to. Not too hardcore, but they say, I’m getting in the zone and “I’m in it to win it” if that’s actually something you say in your head.

2) Get Going – Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack / House of Pain – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

You hit the top of the hill, and are going to rock a warm up run. You’re pumped to be there and want to smash out, but not too hard, because that could get embarrassing if you push too hard on your first run. Boom, these tracks.

3) Pumped UP – Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter / 2pac featuring Big Pun – I’m a Rider / Kasabian – Club Foot

Yes these are old school, but they get the job done for the “I’m about to crush the park out type rider.”

4) Just riding, chilled out. Tellsion – Gallery (anything by these guys) / Minus the Bear – I lost all my money at the cockfights / Pinback – Prog (anything by Pinback really).

Going for some flatland tricks, waiting for friends because they’re slow? These ones.

5) Random others

I could include about a thousand other songs that I feel are essential to any snowboarding list at this point, but hey, here are just a few others that didn’t fit into the categories above, but are awesome none the less.

Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire

Cast of Cheers – Human Elevator (anything by the guys)

Nada Surf – Blankest Year

Maps & Atlases – Artichokes

 

In an effort to not overload anyone’s browser I’m going to cut this, but be aware, I could go on.

Happy Boarding.

My Movember Email

The following is an email I sent out to family, friends, lovers and other random people that gave me their contact info.  Have a look and consider donating to Fukushimo or myself.

Dear Family, Friends, In-Common-Laws and Randoms that I added to this email…

Movember is once again upon us, and I have shaved my illustrious beard in the name of awareness for Men’s health and prostate cancer.  Myself along with the gentlemen of Fukushima-present and Fukushima-past have banded together again as Fukushimo (think Megazord)!
Seven days in, I have a decent Mo (as a girlfriend and as one growing on my face, so 2 Mos).
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But a stellar & ridiculous Mo is not enough!  The machine that is Movember operates off of donations and the more we get, the more magnificent of a collective Mo we can grow, it’s a scientific fact!
So, with that said, I’m emailing all of you in hopes of gaining a donation from you for either myself, or Fukushimo as a team! Anything from a dollar to a million dollars is acceptable.  For donations over a million, just send them directly to my bank account and I’ll make sure it gets to the right people 😉
If you do donate to the team, please share it amongst all of the team members, as we get more stuff that way! Now, as an alternative, you could donate to Drew, but his Mo is far less photoshopped and I’ve already donated to him, so it’s cool, just move on.
What’s in it for you, you may be asking yourself?  Fear not, random friend, in-common-law, girlfriend, family member or other (you categorize yourself accordingly).  For any donation, I will create and send to you a Movember Duck Face Photo, that is the perfect size to be hung in a den, placed on a mantle piece or saved to a hard drive never to be viewed again.  Have a look and tell me you don’t want one of these bad boys…
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Note the personalization there!  It’s a nice touch that you won’t get from other Movember groups!
If all of this isn’t enough for you, check out my epic and sad Movember Shave video on YouTube!  It’s 2 minutes of your life you’ll never get back, but it’s set to some pretty intense music, thank you Requiem for a Dream! (If you’re too lazy to click the link, have no fear, it’s embedded below)
With all of that, I’ll leave you.  Regardless of if you donate or not, I’ll still love/like/include you on mass email blasts in the future, so no worries.  Feel free to share this email around or like Fukushimo on Facebook for the impending Mo-toshop war I am bound to have with Steve Paugh (It is coming sir, oh you wait!).
For those of you that can donate, thank you in advance.  Your thank you will be posted to my Facebook page or Twitter account in the near future.

MOtoshop War for #Movember

What started out as an innocent little bit of photoshop work to promote my Movember Team Fukushimo, a play on Fukushima, Japan, as the team is made up of current and former residents with a few others sprinkled in, has turned into a game of “Which barely literate idiot can click enough filters on photoshop to best the other.”  It has been a decent bit of entertainment or dare I say, Brentertainment over the last couple days for the masses on facebook and twitter, and by masses, I mean, me, my mother and probably Steve, my worthy advesary.  My last Movember update featured a few of these pics, but I’m going to use this post to update all of them as I’m sure there will be a few more added throughout the month, so feel free to check back later for more.

If you’re feeling generous, head to my Movember Page and donate to me, my team or any other team really and if you want to see what our merry band of Mo Misfits looks like, here are all of our social media hubs of glory.

Now to the MOtoshop! Obviously in chronological order.

It all started so innocently, look at Steve’s face, he just looks like he should be the girl in this right??  I on the other hand, well, look at my rippling abs!

Done by Brent

That little ditty, was followed by 2 pictures from Steve… Continue reading

A brief Movember/Fukushimo Update

Well, our team is almost at $800 by mid month, but for some reason everything has slowed down quite a bit in the last little while.  Here’s hoping that some of the horribly bad photoshopping I’ve been doing over the last little while creates a spark of some sort.  If you’re wondering what why November and Fukushima have been spelled incorrectly in the title.  I refer you to my previous blog.  For those in the know, click to behold my photoshopping skillz.

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Fukushima + Movember = Fukushimo

Dear friends, family, and people of the internet,

Each year, the Fukushima community comes together in November to take part in Movember.  Former and current international residents of Fukushima prefecture, Japan, combine to make Fukushimo.  Chapters are created in different countries all over the world in order to raise awareness of men’s health and funds are directed to Prostate Cancer societies.  This year I have joined our Canadian team in hopes to raise funds and awareness, as well as to grow a ridiculous moustache.  I have shaved the beard that I have been sporting for the last 5 years, to the probable delight of my mother and the dislike of my girlfriend.  To see me, sans beard, is by itself worthy of your money, as I look ridiculous.

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I ask that you please show your support and donate to our worthy cause.  If donating is beyond your means at this time.  I will allow you to forward this post to at least 5 people as your get out of jail free card.  Please check in on our team and my page from time to time in order to witness the ridiculousness that is grown men competing to grow the most ridiculous moustache.
Thank you,
Brent Stirling
Movember.com – Fukushimo Team (or donate here) (*note, if you are going to donate to the team, please spread it across all members, so we all feel the love)
Here’s our team picture.  Still missing a few members, but it’s a scary sight nonetheless.
Check out this blog post by The Stevolution about Fukushimo as well.  He’s a funny guy.

CBC Radio One – Ottawa Morning Interview

While I continue to procrastinate about writing the blogs detailing my trip back to Fukushima (sidebar: it’s actually less about procrastination and more about the fact that I’ve talked about it so much already with media, friends and family that I’m on a bit of an overload), I figured I’d at least share some of my words in audio format.  Here is my interview with the CBC Radio One show Ottawa Morning.  They were nice enough to send it my way.  I’m pretty sure it’s the best interview I’ve done to date.  Although, I was a little thrown off by the first question.  I didn’t think we were going to dive into Soma that quickly.

Ottawa Morning Interview – Tuesday October 11th – Brent Stirling

Thanks again to Ottawa Morning for having me on.

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Image via Wikimedia Commons

Still alive, just really busy.

So, it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted and I’m crazy busy. I’m halfway through a blog about the process of being accepted to the Return to Tohoku Initiative put together by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Tourism Board. I’ll be leaving on September 21st. While you wait with bated breath, please enjoy the following articles and interviews I’ve done recently.

First up, Ottawa Citizen. I’ve learned, these sites don’t archive all of their stuff, so I’ll be reproducing entire articles below for future reference so that there aren’t dead links later on. Click the link if you want to go to the actual article. Continue reading