He’s one of my favorite recent rap musicians and I came across this excellent TED talk by Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) about his challenges from being a young teen & going forward to live his passion and pursuit for happiness… wise words from this 31 year old success story who’s super down to earth.

A must see for my boys (and any other young person)…

and a couple of my favourite music tracks from him (keep in mind, he’s being sarcastic and self-deprecating with his lyrics and visuals … 🙂):

Day n Nite




The Pursuit of Happiness



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While driving around in the car with the boys, I started singing the refrain to “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc, who arguably had/has one of the funkiest raspy voices around. Well, since I’m still working on my “acute” bronchitis, my voice was a bit like his (for the wrong reasons)… anyways, the boys giggled and asked me what I was singing. We then broke in to a discussion about funky vs. hip-hop… and then they said they had almost forgotten the Beastie Boys. I reminded them about the robots in the Intergalactic video, and the b-boys rapping as pseudo-teletubbies in the other video… and their eyes lit up and both wanted to watch it here tomorrow…. :P

The most recent tour (a couple of years ago) by the Beastie Boys

Always in their casual yet tenacious style, the B-boys want to remind all eligible US voters to get out there and exercise their right. To back it up, they’ve announced a “voter awareness tour” called Get out and Vote ‘08 which kicks off in several so-called swing (critical) states including the following shows which were just announced:

October 28 Richmond, VA at Richmond Coliseum
Beastie Boys along with Sheryl Crow / Jack Johnson / Norah Jones / Santogold
(wow what a line-up)

Nov 1 St. Paul, MN at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Tenacious D
(another nice trio of top level artists)

Nov 2 Milwaukee, WI in the U.S. Cellular Arena
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Crosby & Nash / Tenacious D
Again C&N with B-Boys ? Wonder if they’ll do an on-stage mashup ?

I love how Adam, Mike and Adam finished off with “we are very excited about obama. hope you all feel the same.”


Here’s the full PR:

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Hmm, like someone told me a few minutes ago, I may be known as the Master Parker when it comes to finding choice places to park a car, but…..

Lesley was just at an IT event (mainly marketing stuff, not really technical) *but*…. went up when her name was called during drawings and….

John Lennon on the box… and on the rear…. 16GB iPod Touch. Yes, a 16GB 2nd generation iPod touch mp3 (and video, of course) player ….. OK, not sure it it’s black or white but regardless… pretty seriously nice prize booty/swag, considering it’s $280 US + taxes at BestBuy and about $329 in Canada….

Apple iPod touch 16GB* MP3 Player - Black

The irony is that we were both at the Apple Store on St. Catherine street near Crescent (impressive typical glass and minimalist store) admiring the iPhones, Mac AIR, and in particular she was checking out the iPod Nanos (pouah! nano schmano)….

Amazing prize, but sigh…. I’m happy with my HTC Touch device (ok, I don’t even have a 4GB storage card for it yet, and nothing beats the touch interface of Apple iPods or iPhones… so now sour grapes from me. :) 🙂

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Quick lunchtime food and food for thought…

Well, tonight’s the night! The last show I saw at the Bell Centre was the Beastie Boys and man was that a blast. Now granted, I haven’t been a fan of Kanye West since the mid-eighties as is the case with the B-boys but I sure am looking to hearing his words and grooving to his rhythms… as well as those of Rihanna.

I’m in a great seat (in great company mmmm) in the 100 level… and was surprised to see that Kanye tickets are still available … interestingly enough the resale price is about the same for 100-level reserved seats as they are for the floor seats which are general admission. The price for tickets varies between about $140-225 for the good ones (which were about $100 face value)…

Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour Poster

I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like in reserved seating as opposed to being in GA on the floor. I was on the floor for the Beastie Boys and it was amazing… mind you, the arena sound reinforcement systems are designed to throw the sound and therefore a lot of people further back and higher (in the 300, 400 and loge levels) actually felt more bass than I perceived down on the floor.

I sure hope there’s enough low end…

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