Clocks

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Clocks by Coldplay from their 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The Old School Freight Train version is from their 2005 album, Pickin’ On Coldplay: A Bluegrass Tribute.

I was just searching for “folk covers” and found this. It seemed fun and cool.

Once in a Lifetime

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads from their 1981 album, Remain in Light. The Kermit the Frog and The Electric Mayhem version is from a 1996 episode of Muppets Tonight.

Founding Fathers

I try not to say too much about American politics. I don’t generally care for Americans or their stuff. But I thought this was apt given the current media climate and its focus on the American presidential contest.

I hear a lot about what the Founding Fathers would do or think, or what they intended I’m suspicious that 240 years later anyone has any idea what the Founding Fathers intended for their republic, beyond the literal words of the Constitution.

Take, for instance, the Second Amendment:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

On the surface, indeed, people should be able to have guns. But it doesn’t say that people should be able to have all the guns. And it doesn’t say that people shouldn’t have to register their guns. Further, the first half of the amendment would suggest that any question of people having guns is in the strict context of maintaining a well regulated militia. To me, carrying a concealed weapon in a classroom doesn’t have much to do with a well regulated militia.

All that aside, I was listening to 99% Invisible episode 227, Public Works: Rethinking America’s Transportation Infrastructure. A large portion focused on public works being almost a four-letter word and rechristened infrastructure in the 1980s. The discussion mentioned that most infrastructure in America is state jurisdiction, not federal. In terms of roads, the federal government has jurisdiction over post roads, roads intended for the efficiency of postal networks.

An example was made noting that in 1817 President James Madison vetoed a bill saying that it was unconstitutional. It was mentioned, but I was already thinking it, that if anyone should be able to say a proposed bill was unconstitutional it would be James Madison, having helped to write the Constitution almost 30 years before. This was a case where the intent of the Founding Fathers was fairly well known. However, in 2016, I doubt that’s the case.

Grace, Too

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Grace, Too by The Tragically Hip from their 1994 album, Day for Night. The Justin Rutledge version is from his 2014 Tragically Hip cover album, Daredevil.

This is the last in the Tragically Hip tribute series. Although, I expect there’ll be more Hip posts in months and years to come.

Markdown

I’ve been loving using Markdown to write my WordPress blog posts. I’ve also been loving using it for a lot of other things too. Without having to use rich-text formatting, which might not be available or efficient depending on the situation, I can present my content clearly using simple syntax.

WordPress and Github parse the text into HTML, but I use it as-is in Evernote rather than using the text formatting that’s available. I find it a lot easier when using the Evernote app on my mobile device.

I use Adam Pritchard’s terrific cheat sheet, but here are the basics:

# A Nice Title

Or a Nice Title
===============

## A section title

**Some text.** Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, _consectetur adipiscing elit._ Vestibulum feugiat finibus elit ac congue. Pellentesque commodo ipsum ligula, a imperdiet nibh auctor sit amet. Praesent ut luctus odio, nec finibus augue.

### A smaller heading

* a list item
* another list item
+ a slightly different list item
- another kind of list item

A [link](http://craigmcn.ca/) to my website.

Which can parse to:

A Nice Title

Or a Nice Title

A section title

Some text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum feugiat finibus elit ac congue. Pellentesque commodo ipsum ligula, a imperdiet nibh auctor sit amet. Praesent ut luctus odio, nec finibus augue.

A smaller heading

  • a list item
  • another list item
  • a slightly different list item (sadly, parses the same)
  • another kind of list item

A link to my website.

Nautical Disaster

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Nautical Disaster by The Tragically Hip from their 1994 album, Day for Night. The J.P. Cormier version is from his 2016 YouTube video.

CBC published a 10 best Tragically Hip covers post that I thought I would share.

Run-Of-The-Mill Weirdo

Not too long ago, I was chatting with a friend about people’s idiosyncrasies and peccadilloes. As she described some of hers, she suggested that I would think she was a weirdo. After hearing about her utter strangeness, I didn’t think that her things were any weirder than anyone else’s. I told her that if she was a weirdo, she was just a run-of-the-mill weirdo.

She argued that, surely, if anything, she was an exceptional weirdo. And being a nice fellow, I agreed that she was exceptional. But afterwards, I realized that, no, really, her things are no weirder than anyone else’s.

As exceptional as individual people are, we’re still just run-of-the-mill weirdos.

Black Day in July

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Black Day in July by Gordon Lightfoot from his 1968 album, Did She Mention My Name?. The Tragically Hip version is from a 2003 tribute album, Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot.

While looking for Tragically Hip covers to share, I thought it would be cool to share something they covered.

Courage

This week’s instalment of Music Monday is Courage by The Tragically Hip from their 1993 album, Fully Completely. The Sarah Polley version is from 1997’s [The Sweet Hereafter](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120255/.

Waiting for the Bus

I once mentioned that this blog is for complaining. Here’s today’s complaint.

I see you waiting for the bus. You get on the bus and then you have to search through your bag for your wallet and then extract your bus pass or ticket or change. What the hell were you waiting for? Why not take some time while you’re waiting for the bus to search through your junk for the thing you need to get on the bus? I get it if you had to run for the bus, and sometimes I see that you’re checking your pockets because the thing you need is not where it ought to be. But there are way too many instances where you seem content to hold up the queue rather than prepare just a little bit. Come on!