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.


Japan, China and Mongolia picture video

Check out my buddy, James A. Foley‘s video An Asian Winter, it’s his pictures from Japan, China and Mongolia.  Well done and pretty cool if you ask me.

Policy and JETAA Ottawa

It’s been more than a week since I’ve posted here, so I figured I should probably write something giving a small update on what I’ve been doing.

About a month ago I was contacted by editors and asked if I would be interested in writing for them.  Obviously, I was and have since written 2 articles, with more in the works.  Both were kind of re-purposed blogs, so, if you look at them and you’ve read my previous posts, they may seem similar, but hey, I was just trying to get it done.  They’re probably a bit better too, seeing as there are legitimate editors reviewing the articles.  I really like how they’ve set up this site.  It’s like a public forum meets a news page.  News is created by users who know about their subjects and then debated and debate is encouraged.

Here’s a youtube video explaining how the site works. Continue reading

Social Media Revolution Statistics in Video

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it,” says Erik Qualman, the man behind Socialnomics has released another video that I came across while perusing the social media section of Mashable.  It has some pretty crazy statistics about social media.

One of the sadder facts I took from the video is that Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Sweden, Israel, Greece, Chile, North Korea and Australia.  That to me is slightly upsetting.  That those three people hold that much influence.  But there are quite a few interesting facts, like that 3 of every 5 gay couples meet online, online gamers will buy more than 6 billion in virtual goods by 2013 and that the Ford Explorer Launch on Facebook generated more traffic than a Super Bowl ad.  Check out the video below, try not to be inspired and awestruck by the Lion King-esque singing and drumming.  SIMBA!!

When No Diggity Escapes

MMMMM, I love me some mash-ups, especially when they consist of R&B from the 90s and modern indie rock.  So, with that, I present, When No Diggity Escapes from YouTube user madden4343.  A mash-up of No Diggity by Blackstreet and When We Escape, an instrumental, by Minus the Bear.  Minus the Bear actually posted this up on their Facebook page, which I think is pretty cool, seeing as at the time of writing the video only has 300 views.

You like?? I like!

Technology wasted on the shittiest generation

The first 3 minutes of this video has become pretty much my sales pitch for cell phones recently…meaning, I’m not selling that many, but I don’t care.  At least it’s spreading awareness that people don’t realize how idiotic they are.  A guy asked me which smartphone was the best today and I told him, they’re all amazing, they communicate with SPACE!!

Hope you enjoyed it.



Really quickly, I’ve been listening to this band for the last 3 hours straight…I have no clue how I came across them, but they’re awesome and indie….also, as I’m searching for the video that I want to post here, I’ve come across a bunch of music from albums other than that one I possess and it is AWESOME.

[UPDATE: k, apparently my youtube links aren’t working for 2 of the songs, so, I’m going to make the song titles links and hopefully they take you to the correct youtube page for the song.]

Spoon – Kill The Moonlight (I have this album)

The way we get by from Kill The Moonlight

You Got Yr Cherry Bomb

A song I found – I turn my camera on