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The Perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail: The East Indian

Thanksgiving is easily my favourite Holiday. A time for pumpkin pie, deviled eggs, turkey, and canned cranberry jelly (That’s right, you can keep your damn fresh cranberry sauce!). But, what do we drink with all of this amazing food? Trust me, the East Indian cocktail is exactly what you need.

Mid-Month Mixtape for September 2012

Mid-Month Mixtape – September 2012

Let’s get real for a second; Summer is over. There I said it, now let’s move on. But fall and winter’s not so bad, right? I mean… well it’s cooler… Yeah, let’s run with that. Grab a hot beverage, throw some rum in it, press play, and think about pumpkin pie or something. Cheers

And as always, remember to support these artists and buy their music.

Highlights this month:

  • Don’t Say Nothing – The Heavy
  • The Struggle – Scroobius Pip
  • Down At the Café – C.R. Avery
  • I Can Only Give You Everything – Nick Waterhouse
  • Edward the Confessor – Bretón
  • Cut My Wings – Seasick Steve
Mid-Month Mixtape – August 2012

Mid-Month Mixtape – August 2012

Well… It’s August and fall is in our sights. It’s a time for reflection, a time to squeeze the last bits out of summer, and a time to prepare for the Vitamin D drought called winter. Here are some tunes to lose yourself in as things begin to cool down.

And as always, remember to support these artists and buy their music.

Highlights this month:

  • The Letter (ft. Black Sifichi) – Versus
  • For Malena – Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
  • Gabriel – Lamb
  • Survival – Nightmares On Wax
  • Short Change Hero – The Heavy
  • Where Do I Begin (Away Team Mix) – Shirley Bassey
  • Tonight, Downtown – Aloe Blacc
  • Heavy – Chase & Status & Dizzee Rascal
  • Seven Nation Army – The BossHoss
  • Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal
Mid-Month Mixtape - July 2012

Mid-Month Mixtape – July 2012

You feel the temperature out there? It’s like 40 degrees in the shade — Ridiculous. This is the kind of weather that makes me want to bring misinformed Americans up here and show them what the “Great Frozen North” is all about. These tracks may not cool you down, but they are chill none the less. Press play, grab a cold drink, and melt away.

Oh, and remember to support these artists and buy their music.

Highlights this month:

  • The Seed – The Roots
  • What’s My Name – Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Spoon – Cibo Matto
  • Culture of Fear – Thievery Corporation
  • Honey Trap Aftermath – Diablo Swing Orchestra
  • NY Excuse – Soulwax
  • Borneo – Firewater
  • Get it together – Dynamo Production
  • Buena – Morphine
  • Connected – Stereo MCs
  • Goin’ Down (ft. Terryman) – The Q4
  • Sally – Gogol Bordello
  • Banger – G. Love & Special Sauce
  • L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) – Kasabian

Get Angry — The Elliot Lake Mall collapse

As most of you have heard, a mall in Elliot Lake collapsed Saturday around 2:20 pm trapping dozens under the rubble. Many have been pulled from the crippled building, and more may remain under the concrete waiting for a rescue that will never happen.

At this time, the rescue effort has shifted to a recovery effort.

What I plead to the people of Canada is: Don’t let these people die for nothing, let their tragic deaths light a fire under Canada. Let that uncomfortable heat remind us that we are still human, and that the importance of life should untangle bureaucratic messes like this.

Album covers for June's Mid-Month Mixtape

Mid-Month Mixtape – June 2012

The Mid-Month Mixtape is made up of songs found at random in the course of a month. Genre doesn’t matter; there is just one rule: The music must be good.
Enjoy, and remember to support these artists and buy their music.

Highlights this month:

  • One in a million remix – Degiheugi & Andrre (Soundcloud)
  • Against All Odds (Feat. Kano) – Chase & Status
  • Uncle Sam Goddamn – Brother Ali
  • Under Fire – Belleruche
  • Verbal (Feat. MC Decimal R) – Amon Tobin
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A Nice Cuppa: David’s Tea VS Teaopia

About a year ago, I was introduced to a company that introduced me to a world that I had neglected to pay any attention to. That company helped to open my eyes to something that would become both a love and an obsession. That obsession: Tea. The Company: David’s Tea. To even suggest to me that there is a better tea company conjures up all sorts of spiteful feelings from deep within my tea tank. However, with the recent opening of Teaopia in Sault Ste. Marie, well… I have to consider that I may not need to have my tea shipped to me; perhaps I can find the same high quality tea with just a quick trip to the mall.

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#alightinthedark

15 second exposure with a light behind a stencil. Taken for an Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project. Right-click and “Save As” here to download the wallpaper version.

Fixing Photoshop’s “View Print Size” Feature

Photo of a ruler showing that the Print Size on the screen is not correctIf you’ve ever worked with photoshop, chances are you’ve run into this issue: You want to view your image at the exact size that it will print, so logically, you go to View > Print Size and notice that it’s no where near the size it should be. If you’re like most designers, you just accept this as a flaw in Photoshop and work around it. But to hell with that, why is the feature even there if it doesn’t work? Well, the short answer to that question is that it does work.

Dzama Guide to Grand Cayman

Dzama Guide to Grand Cayman: Snuggling with Stingrays

Morning Mai Tai fuel tanks full (it’s alright, your on vacation), you step onto the solid ground of the hurricane ravaged heaven known as Grand Cayman. The subtle sound of the sea and gentle rustle of the palm trees is every so often interrupted by the welcome bellow of a Sailor Jerry type character chopping coconuts in the square. Known only as the Coconut Man, he sits serving fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut while hollering one of three phrases:

“Have a good day mon, have a good day!”
“Small island, small pop-oo-lat-ion!”
“Beautiful morning mon, welcome to da island!”

That’s one of the first things you’ll notice about Grand Cayman that sets it apart: No one is trying to sell you overpriced touristy junk. You get a genuine feeling that they just want you to have fun.

Hop in a taxi, and you’ll see that a lot of the island is still rebuilding from hurricane Ivan. Deserted resorts and rubble still line the streets serving as a reminder that Grand Cayman is a two sided coin: on one side, opulent resorts for the rich, royal, and famous; and on the other, the struggle of the people of the island to survive and rebuild.