This site has been gradually moving to WordPress.com … the process isn’t entirely complete, but I will notify when it is and then close the blog.
New address – http://dubesor.wordpress.com
As promised, I am beginning to post the videoclips and photos taken by me and my friends at Sasquatch. Here is my video of The Arcade Fire‘s “The Well and the Lighthouse” (off their new album, “Neon Bible”). They played this on May 26, 2006 at the Gorge Amphitheatre at Sasquatch Music Festival 2007. You can also see it on Facebook by clicking HERE. + Some cool videos of Arcade Fire at this festival were uploaded by others to YouTube. Have a look at “No Cars Go”, “Rebellion” and “Intervention” (click on the thumbnails below to view YouTube clips):
Free WordPress blog hosting – reviews, ratings of services: Blogetery, WordPress.com, Blogsome and othersJune 4th, 2007
As others have surely done, I went looking for places to start experimenting with this platform before shelling out for full-on paid WordPress hosting [still my preferred option: I'm looking into a Canadian host - details in an upcoming post]. Here are the results, reviews and ratings of my research into free WordPress blog hosting services:
First off, let’s mention defunct blog hosting sites – blogthing.com and wpblogs.net are either inactive or no longer accept new blog registration. Another service I found, letsblogit.net, puts ads on their users’ pages. Yet another site, iblog365.com, does not allow plugins, which hinders your blogging options quite a bit, although they do have a nice choice of themes for your blog.
The only hosts that remained after ruling out the above were: Blogsome.com, WordPress.com and Blogetery.com. Read on to find out how they fare in my rating on a scale of 10. Read the rest of this entry »
[PHOTOS/VIDEOS to follow]
As promised, I am blathering on about my recent festival roadtrip from Vancouver to The Gorge in Washington State. It was a savvy choice to head down to Sasquatch Music Festival. I love these kinds of things + who ever needs an excuse to camp, tune in and have a few beers in an otherworldly setting? Although my little car-ful was late getting there, we still saw Manu Chao, The Arcade Fire and Bjork at the main stage that first night.
Already fueled by great vibes from his Commodre show back home in Canada the night before [see my posts below], we were a very receptive audience for Manu Chao‘s cool stoner fusion mixed with upbeat pseudo-punk. The sun began to set behind the canyon and then Manu asked Bobby Marley to ‘sing something good to me’. If you know the song, you’ll understand it was a memorable moment.
However, it was The Arcade Fire that totally stole the show … Read the rest of this entry »
I found another video clip from the Manu Chao concert I went to recently [my earlier video and clip can be found right here]. This one is from some random person from YouTube. Unfortunately, he or she was a little further back. Though I was right up at the stage, I only caught the tail end of ‘Mala Vida’. Oh well … Enjoy it!
Manu Chao played a live show at the cool & intimate Commodore Ballroom here in VanCity before heading down (tomorrow) to The Gorge in Washington State for the Sasquatch Music Festival. I was lucky enough to be practically front-row and will be on hand for the Sasquatch craziness too … For now, here’s a little video from tonight’s show:
(or see a better version on Facebook if you have an account there):
[Above: Abruzzo in June 2006. Photo courtesy of marc_l'esperance on flickr]
Today, in the spirit of savouring what might be the last week of being unencumbered by work, I headed to Commercial Drive (that’s a cool neighborhood here in Vancouver) to watch some footbal, or soccer if you will.
The match was the big final of this Champions League season, with Liverpool FC again taking on AC Milan, as they had done only two years prior in Istanbul. This year, the game was played in Athens’ cool new Olympic Stadium and Milan was hoping to regain some cool points by making up for losing that last game despite being up 3-0. I was wearing my Milan jerseys one over top of the other, hoping for some of the same.
I chose Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar (1321 Commercial Drive) since it has the best atmosphere and always gets packed for big events in the football world. It did not disappoint – pretty much standing room only by the time the whistle blew for the start of the match. Other Rossoneri (Milan) fans were clearly on hand + a handful of Scousers. After nervously gobbling down some espresso and chinotto, I finally scored a seat at halftime as Milan went up 1-0 thanks to a lucky deflected free kick. Fillipo Inzaghi’s second goal for Milan was more skillful and seemed set to seal Liverpool’s fate. Of course, the game got its necessary dose of theatrics when Liverpool’s Kuyt pulled off a late header to bring the score within one. It was a nail-biter, but Milan thankfully came out on top.
Here are some thoughts I’d had during the game:
- I thought it very strange that Rafael Benitez (Liverpool’s manager) chose to field Jermaine Pennant and keep some of his offensive firepower safely mothballed on the bench. None of Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy, or Robbie Fowler were brought on until only 15 minutes remained. By then, Crouch had little chance to contribute to any sort of meaningful comeback.
- Even stranger were Milan’s defensive tactics. The above-mentioned Jermaine Pennant had the run of what seemed like half the field, with nobody bothering to defend him. Milan’s Czech defender Jankulovski probably should have stayed on the bench or at least replaced by more experienced Kaladze or Cafu earlier than he was.
- Milan did not seem to want the trophy until quite late in the game and were lucky to come out on top. They were clearly outshot and outrun by Liverpool, who were unfortunate not to get many bounces their way.
- The game was played fairly cleanly and professionall, with very little overt diving and dirty physical tricks.
And some hypothetical “what-if”s:
- I have to wonder whether, if Milan still had the services of Jon Dahl Tomasson, Rui Costa, Hernan Crespo and Andriy Shevchenko (all gone since these teams last met in 2005), Liverpool would not have been buried much earlier on. Of course, the English club also no longer have Milan Baros and Djibril Cisse. Looking forward to next year, having the Brazilian Ronaldo back from injuries and [just maybe] Sheva back might put Milan clearly back on top as the odds-on Champions League favourite. Shevchenko is currently being speculated about as contemplating a return from Chelsea to AC Milan, where he had been far more successful. Interestingly, Milan stand to gain GBP 18 million on such a transaction – the rumoured price for him is 12 million, whereas Chelsea paid an amazing 30 million to secure him.
- If Jerzy Dudek was still Liverpool’s starting goalkeeper, he might have made the same astounding Oliver Kahn -like saves that gave them the trophy two years ago. He has been playing high-level football for over 10 years, whereas the younger Reina has far less experience in such important matches.
One of the coolest moments of the afternoon was the presence of a photographer on assignment from The Province (a big daily newspaper in Vancouver). He tried to capture the important moments of the game and the fans’ reactions. [UPDATE: I ended up in the sports section the next day - see my scan of the page above; you can also click through to a larger version].
There was also a fan there who was blind – he was intently listening to the game and asked me something to clarify the second goal. It’s only too bad that the TSN/ESPN commentary he got here in these Northern climes is quite weak. We could really use Sky Sports or ITN here.