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November 19th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... Mixed Bag of Thanks.

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November 5th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... Funding Drive 2014: Show #2. (Thanks for donating!)

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October 22nd, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... Six Feet Deep in the Blues. (Halloween Special)

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September 24th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... A Bunch of Tracks from a Stack of Wax.

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September 17th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... Uncertain Kingdom.

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August 28th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms... Boots & Prisms...

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August 13th, 2014:

So and So... and...
                         
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July 23rd, 2014:

ANOTHER WEDNESDAY NIGHT on Roots & Rhythms!

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July 16th, 2014:

Roots & Rhythms "Dusk to Dark," featuring Super Moons and Super Tunes!

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June 18th, 2014:

I hosted Roots & Rhythms again today!  Fun times:

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May 28th, 2014:

Today, I hosted another show on CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa called "Roots & Rhythms."  

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COMING SOON:
More Random things.


and, in the mean time....

Jan. 8. 12

 IT'S 2012... AND
THE WORLD WILL
PROBABLY NOT
END THIS YEAR!!!


DETAILS HERE!!!

Dec. 6. 11

NASA might have found
our home away from home!


READ THE FULL STORY - HERE!

Nov. 24. 11

DEADLY "ICE FINGER" IN ACTION
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY!


This... is a Brinicle!!!

Apr. 1. 11

    
HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!!!

Jan. 20. 11

COOL!


This is about one of those instances where one night you're talking about something

...and then, the next day, it's magically on the Radio.

So... I randomly brought up a concern about the introduction of the electric car: what do all the petroleum producers do then?

I meant, if they're not making gas, won't they just make more plastic?

Electric cars will need to be pretty light, right? So their bodies and frames will inevitably be made with more plastic and carbon-fibre (reinforced plastic) which, for the most part, come from petroleum! By using less gas, we'll just have more plastic!!

That's where I started in on this whole freestyle rant about doing away with cars altogether. Rethink the wheel, and all that...

A long time ago I thought magnets were the answer - because the Earth is like one big magnet - but realize now that most of our information in this "Information Age" exists in a world that magnets can destroy (credit cards, 8-tracks, etc.).

No, I thought, there must be something else... 'think like Tesla,' I told myself.. 'think like Star Trek....'

And then, the next day, while cleaning my parent's basement and listening to Spark on CBC Radio One, Nora Young started talking about tractor beams and... well... that's where we came in.

Could this be that new wheel I was dreaming of???

CHECK IT OUT!!!

The Australian National University: "Tractor Beam One Step Closer to Reality" (click here, or follow the link below)
http://news.anu.edu.au/?p=3631




May 23 2010

Cancer... is curable???

Well folks, with nothing much else going on in my life outside of work and music, I've taken to informing you of some interesting medical findings from the internet and... actual doctors. Let's begin with the cure for cancer, shall we?

There is a team of doctors at the University of Calgary who have successfully used a common (enteric) virus known as the reovirus to shrink and eliminate cancer in lab rats and humans for about 10 years now. Why isn't there more news interest in this???

Here is a video from 2008 (!) that I found on YouTube about it. Crazy that it's over 3 years later now and this is all I've seen covered by the Canadian news channels. How many people do you think have been suffering all this time without having this hope to comfort them?


I thouroughly suggest bugging your local news stations to feature
this kind of  and inspiring news more often!


MORE LINKS: YOU WILL FIND THE FULL STORY IF YOU FOLLOW IT...
~Oncolytics Biotech REOLYSIN webpage
~Matt Coffey, PhD interview
~Science Daily (March 10, 2010)
~Oncolytics Biotech Clinical Trials
~Reovirus-based Reolysin may cure Kras mutant colorectal cancer (May 19, 2010)
~Reolysin FAQ page

LATEST NEWS ABOUT REOLYSIN:
~June 27, 2011 - Just found a new YouTube video explaining a few things. A bit cheesy, but completely worth watching.
~May 20, 2010 - From TopNews.in: 'Reolysin' May Help Fight Untreatable Cancers

And here's some more new news on the subject of cures for cancer
:

There is more coming out of the University of Alberta, where they are using Dichloroacetic acid (or 'DCA') to treat things like Brain Cancer (!!!), etc.. This 'DCA' is apparently great at reviving damaged mitochondria and even shrinking tumors.
Why haven't you heard of it yet???

~Physorg.com: "DCA research on brain cancer" (May 12, 2010)
~Brain Cancer Success Story



March 17, 2010



St. Patrick was probably not Irish*!
*He was an Irish slave from England!
*He grew up to be a missionary who converted Celts to Christianity (heroic? no)
*He worked for Rome!
*His 'lucky' colour was probably BLUE or RED (being British), not Green!
*The 'snakes' he is famous for driving out of Ireland may have actually been Gypsies!
*He is said to have used the (3-leaf) clover to teach about the "Holy Trinity"... so what's lucky about 4 leaves?
He most likely died in Egypt!?!

Enjoy your green beer. Whatever that symbolizes!...
lol...

 

 

October 30, 2009

This just in: new YouTube Video of William Shatner's "Gonzo Ballet"...

(it speaks for itself)

April 6, 2009

Why Fluorescent Lights Are Freaking Me Out:

So recently, at work, I've been noticing a marked increase in 'near-headaches' and eye-fatigue... You might say, "Gee Lloyd, sounds like a regular day at work for me!", and I'd probably agree if it wasn't for my sinking suspicion that it has something to do with the hundred-odd fluorescent light tubes we have all over the store. I only just came to this conclusion the other day, after I found myself inexplicably drawn to the darker areas of the storage room, in order to 'recharge' and refresh my mind. This sounds crazy, so I thought I'd Google fluorescent light tubes, to see what (if any) health-related articles have been written about them.

Here are some of my findings:

The flickering of the tubes is annoying and draining. But it's not the tubes' fault. It turns out it's what regulates power to the tubes that can alternate in voltage, and has not much to do with the tubes themselves. Regardless, the flicker happens and can lead to increased fatigue, anxiety, unexpected aggravation, 'drained' feelings, headaches, and eye irritations. I'm experiencing all of these symptoms more and more each day. Am I just over-worked? Or is there more to this flicker than meets the eye???

"Although humans cannot see fluorescent lights flicker, the sensory system in some individuals can somehow detect the flicker. Ever since fluorescent lighting was introduced in workplaces, there have been complaints about headaches, eye strain and general eye discomfort. These complaints have been associated with the light flicker from fluorescent lights. When compared to regular fluorescent lights with magnetic ballasts, the use of high frequency electronic ballasts (20,000 Hz or higher) in fluorescent lights resulted in more than a 50% drop in complaints of eye strain and headaches. There tended to be fewer complaints of headaches among workers on higher floors compared to those closer to ground level; that is, workers exposed to more natural light experienced fewer health effects."

[Wilkins, A. J., Nimmo-Smith, I., Slater, A. & Bedocs, L. (1989). Fluorescent lighting, headaches and eye-strain. Lighting Research and Technology, vol. 21, 11-18]

Now, I'm no scientist...
but I don't appear to be alone in my discomfort. If only I could convince my boss that better lighting would ensure the longevity of his worker's chosen employment and thus, a worthwhile investment....



April 04, 2009


Here's something you may or may not have heard about...

ELECTRIC CARS - A REALITY!

Now, I swear this to be true: I was carrying on some kind of usual confrontation-esque debate [the way I do] nearly 2 years ago, over the feasibility of the 'electric car' - that would eliminate vast amounts of carbon being emitted into our collective air supply.

The argument against it was, typically, one of convenience. "Can you imagine how long it would take to recharge the batteries?" This was one of my opposition's presumably rhetorical questions, to which I replied: "Well, I guess you'd have to figure out a way to swap out the batteries… like, instead of going to a gas station, they switch your dead battery for a fresh one." I was rebuked by, "oh ya? Who's paying for these batteries?" To which I answered, "I dunno, maybe some company who owns them? That we rent them from? Like a cell phone provider!"

 

Well, holy crappa'moe'lee, it's happened again. Apparently there's this company called "A Better Place," run by a guy named Shai Aggasi, who was setting this all up AS I WAS THINKING IT (I forget the word for this phenomenon - but I think it explains the development of math and gunpowder somehow as well).

 

Anyway, as this is the "NEWS" page, I thought I'd tip you off to this fantastic development. You may or may not have caught Mr. Aggasi's appearance on CBC Television's "The Hour" with host George Stroumboulopoulos a month or two ago... 


If not, the link to The Hour's interview: IS HERE.

 

HERE IS A YOUTUBE VIDEO I FOUND ABOUT IT - ENJOY!


Sounds great, doesn't it?!!!

Mar. 08. 09

Sasha and I went to see The Watchmen movie last night and... crap. What crap!
It was the most beautiful waste of time I've ever experienced.
Now folks, I rarely voluntarily go to movies that are bad... but this one just kept on sucking.
I don't know if it was the unsuitable soundtrack of late 60s/early70s hits, the horrible acting of the 'bad' good guy, or the 20ft tall glowing blue penis that swung as the guy walked around, slaughtering Vietnamese peasants.

Offensive? Yes. Enlightening, no.

I felt, at some points, that it was merely satire... but it turned out to be a parallel universe... and then turned out to be a parody of that parallel universe... and then... I stopped caring and felt trapped in the theatre, forced to witness the fantastic shit show that is this movie.

Avoid the Watchmen. You will leave angry, confused, or fall asleep in your chair. It is a slow, overly complex, obscure film - with uneven acting and so much bad cheese -- it stinks!!

If you have 10 bucks to blow, go see it so we may begin commiserating. Boooooo!


oscars Feb. 25. 08

~ OSCARS (Academy Awards) coverage... here

~ BEAUTIFUL WEATHER OUTSIDE
- - - If you're unemployed, go outside!!!







Feb. 12. 08
THESE JELLYFISH
CAN KILL YOU!!!


THE DEADLY
IRUKANDJI
WATCH OUT!
TiNY KILLERS OF THE DEEEEEP!!!!

...AND YOU MIGHT
THINK TWICE
ABOUT LEMONS IN YOUR DRINK!
(they're full of poo particles!)


Feb. 11. 08
~The 2008 Grammy Awards
(A LloydSmiley.com exclusive report)

Feb. 3. 08
Created a new "Blogger" blogspot page...
Ahhh.... space savers. ~:)
THE .... BEST.... MOVIE .... EVER :
Remo Williams, The Adventure Begins (1985)


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My favourite childhood song...
"Yellow Bird High Up in Banana Tree"
...sung by mariachis... to a baluga whale.

This Bird is a Snowboarding MACHINE!!

Here's a neat-o auto-tune mash-up featuring
the late-great "Cosmos" host Carl Sagan...
Stephen Hawking also appears
in this wonderful auto-tune fiasco:

 
If you like what you hear, check out Third Man Records' website for release info on the track
HERE

Deathly Brinicle, a.k.a. the
"Ice Finger of Death"
filmed by the BBC!!


CLICK HERE (or the picture) FOR THE FULL STORY!



And now for some...OTHER
VERY IMPORTANT THINGS:

This TED video demonstrates something I've noticed myself
since my days of youthful ignorance: Isn't it a bit alarming
that the 'average' person can't fix household things anymore?
I remember my grandfather could find a piece or part for nearly
anything he owned that broke. Even my dad was pretty handy.
Now though, it's like nobody can fix anything by themselves!
It doesn't help that most things these days are nearly impossible
to fix at all... like toasters. Does yours even have a visible screw
to turn? Take a look! I bet it was sealed in a factory and there
is probably no way you could possibly get into it without bending
or breaking it further. Does this worry you? It worries me....





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