I was soooo close to not publishing my Top 30 list this year. But after some thought I realized there was a lot of good music this year and future me would kick 2015 me in the ass for not taking a bit of time to acknowledge that. A bit
I’m a bit late publishing my traditional year-end “Top 30 Albums” list this year, but it’s a good one, so I hope you’ll forgive me. I do this more for me — as a way of discovering new music — than for you, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want you to get as […]Continue Reading →
The sixth and final season of Mad Men has started and it’s got me wondering about how the series will end. Here are a few possible ways I can imagine the writers wrapping everything up for Don. Sally Draper follows in her father’s footsteps, becoming a partner at the firm, […]Continue Reading →
It has become my tradition to publish a year-end “Top 30 Albums” list — at least it’s a tradition if three years in a row makes a tradition. Last year I posted my Top 30 Albums of 2011 and the year before I had my Top 30 Albums of 2010. While I
With today’s sad news that Neil Armstrong has died, all the participants in this story are gone and the truth can be revealed. Armstrong didn’t actually say “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. He said, “this is one small step for man, one giant […]Continue Reading →
Reading Fred Wilson’s post about tax rates made me want to share my (incomplete) thoughts on taxation. I’d like to see a Flat Tax on income with only a few tweaks to remove some of the inherent unfairness in that approach. I’m not sure if this is a model already […]Continue Reading →
Last year I published my Top 30 Albums of 2010. I quite enjoyed that project and decided to do the same thing again this year and to make it a bit of a tradition each year. For me 2011 was a fantastic year for music. Tons of new artists and
Lucy and I were watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” tonight and we started talking about movies we were happy to watch repeatedly. Here’s a quick list I made. (500) Days of Summer 24 Hour Party People A Simple Plan Almost Famous American Graffiti Anchorman Back To The Future Close Encounters […]Continue Reading →
There is an old saying, meant to shame those of us working on websites into acknowledging that we really don’t care about other human beings. “The only two industries that call their customers “users” are software developers and drug dealers.” This raises the question of what the appropriate collective noun […]Continue Reading →
When I was young (in the sixties) my parents weren’t really into music. But we had the radio on all the time. We listened to Easy Listening stations. This naturally drove me crazy. But it also embedded these songs in my head. This BBC 4 documentary (below in six parts) […]Continue Reading →
Here we see a very young me (I’m pretty sure I’m four years old) with my sister Karin (who would have been 23). Don’t we look young and happy and (at least in my case) sun-stroked?
I love this John Stossel segment with Michael Shermer. He presents a funny, articulate and relatively non-condescending world-view, arguing that reason, logic, and science will serve us better than superstition and the opinions of the famous. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YJqeTJdRQM
I almost forgot to mention that today is the 15th anniversary of schafer.com. I registered the domain for personal use back in 1996 and it’s had something on it pretty much ever since. It’s been a resume for me, a list of links, a corporate site for while I was […]Continue Reading →
I’ll let you in on a secret: If you’re going to do a “Best of…” list, wait until the year is over so you can see what everybody else thought was the best and add to your own list. This is not cheating. No one can keep up with all […]Continue Reading →
I’ve been really happy with my Hug Bunny experiment and now that I’ve got a better handle on WordPress, I’m moving my personal blog (this one) over to WordPress (hosted at Page.ly) too.
For me the most brilliant punk was also some of the most brilliant pop music. The Buzzcocks had a damn fine sense of what made a song great… https://www.youtube.com/v/jRE79bxfMtY
Not all punks were guys. Siouxsie Sioux was part of the Bromley Contingent along with Sid Vicious and Billy Idol and started a band called Siouxsie and The Banshees very early on. At the start I think the band was more a concept — a desire to be in a band rather […]Continue Reading →
I have a very long commute to Tucows every weekday. I generally spend two and a half to three hours in the car each day. Crazy, I know. But my family loves our little village (as do I) and the commute is just a fact of life. Rather than resign […]Continue Reading →
Punk for me (I was a teen when it all started) was always very much about my generation. At the time I don’t think I noticed how incredibly young we all were. Behold the zit-filled faces of The Undertones, looking like they had to ask their mums if it was […]Continue Reading →
Nestor E. Arellano (the “E” is to avoid him getting confused with all the other Nestor Arellanos out there — sorry Nestor I couldn’t resist) interviewed me on Thursday for an ITBusiness.ca article called “Good Vibes Stem The Tide Of Talent Turnover”. One of the things I’ve learned as a manager is […]Continue Reading →
For most people, the Sex Pistols were punk rock. We loved the Pistols but I never connected with them the way I did with The Ramones, or The Clash or even The Buzzcocks. The Pistols were one of the few influential bands of the time that I didn’t see live […]Continue Reading →
Of all the classic punk songs, I think “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones is probably the most recognized song these days. https://www.youtube.com/v/Be7Nt5qnBsw This footage was taken at CBGBs — the New York City dive where many of the NY punks got started. I never got to see the Ramones at CBGBs but […]Continue Reading →
Dear Young Person: If you’re going to understand Punk, there is no better spot to start than “White Riot” by The Clash. The Clash didn’t invent Punk but to many they are “The Only Matter That Matters”. It was tradition at Clash concerts in the early days that they would […]Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago Lucy and I were in the car when she asked if I had The Clash on my iPod. Turns out she’s really getting into punk these days. We went from The Clash to The Ramones to Iggy Pop in about 10 minutes (all hail the three […]Continue Reading →
That title is entirely aimed at getting my geekier readers to see this joke Zoe and I came up with. Zoe: “I can’t believe Dylan would rather hang out with one sixth grader than three 8th graders.” Dad: “I guess that means that he thinks you’re in Grade Two.” Zoe: […]Continue Reading →
Every now and then you stumble across an entire sub-culture you had no idea existed.
Interestingly enough, you don’t really have to know the original song to find these funny.
Here’s one I particularly liked: