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Blender's 50 Worst Songs Ever

musicBlender has listed the 50 worst songs ever. It's fun to agree with lists like this, but it's even more fun to disagree. Below are seven songs I enjoy that made Blender's list.

  • R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People - C'mon Blender, is this one really so bad? True, it's not the best R.E.M. song out there, but even their crap is better than a worst fifty list.
  • Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Perhaps it's my Canadian bias at play here, but I don't mind this song. Of course, when I hear it, I usually envision Conan singing it.
  • The Doors - The End - I have two words for Blender: Apocalypse Now.
  • Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night - Again, my Canadian bias is outraged that this song made the list. Even worse, they call Hart a one hit wonder. Not on this side of the border!
  • Spin Doctors - Two Princes - Who didn't like this tune? It was huge during my final year of high school. Good times, good times...
  • 4 Non Blondes - What’s Up? - Dare I say this isn't just a decent song but a great song. Sing it with me people, and I SING hey-YEAH-YEA-EAH, EAH HEY YEA YEA...
  • Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Do I really need to explain why I like this song. Frasier will take it from here. "I was listening to a rock and roll station on the way over here, and I think the lyrics to one of those tribal chants applies to this evening: 'Everybody. Have fun tonight. Everybody. Wang Chung tonight.'"

I'm okay with the other 43 selections. What say you?

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Thunder Songs

lightningIt's been raining all week. It rained yesterday, it rained today and it will rain tomorrow. As seen on Breakfast Television, I've already covered the "rain" songs in my collection. Tonight I'm checking out "thunder" songs.

  • Thunderstruck - AC~DC
  • Thundering Hearts - John Mellencamp
  • Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
  • Thunder Kiss '65 - White Zombie
  • The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
  • Dogs and Thunder - Weeping Tile

If this keeps up all weekend, we'll have to visit "lightning" songs. Lucky you.

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Sunday Songs

calendarIt's been a great Sunday so far. James got a bike, I mowed the lawn and fixed the shed and now there's a hockey game to watch. In honour of this fine Sunday, here are "Sunday" songs in my collection.

  • Sunday Sun - Beck
  • Sunday Girl - Blondie
  • Church on Sunday - Green Day
  • Another Sunday - I Mother Earth
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
  • Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) - Moby
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
  • Sunday Morning - No Doubt
  • Gloomy Sunday - Sarah McLachlan
  • Loving You Sunday Morning - The Scorpions
  • Sunday Will Never Be The Same - Spanky and Our Gang
  • Naked Sunday - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sugar On Sunday - Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

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My Last.fm 10

MusicIt's been about two years since I installed the Audioscrobbler plug-in to track the tunes I play on my computer. This thing operates so far under the radar I totally forget about it. My personal Last.fm page has been keeping track of every song I've played since then (42952 total) and it tells an interesting tale.

Below, in order, are the bands I've played on my PC the most often since May 13th, 2004.

  1. Nirvana - 1916 spins
  2. Pearl Jam - 1908 spins
  3. The Tragically Hip - 1613 spins
  4. Public Enemy - 1031 spins
  5. Beastie Boys - 852 spins
  6. Neil Young - 625 spins
  7. Custom - 600 spins
  8. The White Stripes - 586 spins
  9. Radiohead - 485 spins
  10. System of a Down - 458 spins

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Rain

RainAll week long while we worked it was warm and sunny. All weekend long it has been rainy and cool. Here are my favourite "rain" songs. Not "rainy" songs, "raining" songs or "raindrop" songs, but "rain" songs.

  • Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
  • Rain When I Die - Alice In Chains
  • November Rain - Guns N' Roses
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • No Rain - Blind Melon
  • The Naked Rain - The Waltons
  • Rain-O - Chiliwack
  • Rain - The Cult
  • Who'll Stop The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Standing In The Rain - Billy Talent
  • Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
  • Rain Will Fall - I Mother Earth
  • Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
  • Come Rain or Shine - Ray Charles
  • Naked in the Rain - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Rain Street - The Pogues
  • Red Rain - The White Stripes
  • Why Does It Always Rain On Me? - Travis
  • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson
  • Tears In Rain - James Blunt
  • Box of Rain - The Grateful Dead
  • Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
  • Rain King - Counting Crows
  • Robin in the Rain - Raffi
  • A Walk in the Irish Rain - The Irish Descendants
  • I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
  • Rain Man - Eminem
  • Rain - Bob Geldof & the Boomtown Rats

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100 Wedding Songs

WeddingI mentioned I was putting together a wedding playlist for my brother's wedding next month. I wanted 100 songs that were decent, wouldn't offend and had an appropriate theme for such an occasion. This wasn't as easy as it sounds, and to make things a little trickier, I capped the number of songs per artist at two.

Here's my initial stab at it. I've got a bit of time to perfect this before I cut the disc. If there's a song on this list you passionately disagree with, let me know in the comments. Conversely, if there's a song missing that you believe absolutely has to be there, chime in.

Without further ado, here are the Wedding 100, sorted alphabetically by artist.

  1. 311 - Love Song
  2. 54-40 - Nice to Luv You
  3. Al Green - Let's Get Married
  4. Alice Cooper - Be My Lover
  5. Alice in Chains - No Excuses
  6. Arcade Fire - Crown of Love
  7. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
  8. Audioslave - Show Me How To Live
  9. B-52s - Love Shack
  10. Barenaked Ladies - Be My Yoko Ono
  11. Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts - Something to Live For
  12. Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
  13. The Beatles - In My Life
  14. The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
  15. Ben E. King - Stand By Me
  16. Bif Naked - Lucky
  17. Bill Withers - Lean on Me
  18. Billy Idol - White Wedding
  19. Bloc Party - Banquet
  20. Blue Rodeo - Try
  21. Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
  22. Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves
  23. Bruce Cockburn - Lovers In A Dangerous Time
  24. Bush - Comedown
  25. The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
  26. City and Colour - Save Your Scissors
  27. The Clash - Lover's Rock
  28. Collective Soul - Shine
  29. Crowded House - Something So Strong
  30. Custom - Beautiful
  31. Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter
  32. David Gray - This Year's Love
  33. The Dears - Lost in the Plot
  34. Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body
  35. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
  36. Dido - Thank You
  37. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
  38. Fatboy Slim - Praise You
  39. Feist - Mushaboom
  40. The Flys - Got You (Where I Want You)
  41. Foo Fighters - Walking After You (X-Files Version)
  42. Frank Sinatra - Love and Marriage
  43. Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
  44. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
  45. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
  46. Harry Connick Jr. - We Are In Love
  47. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
  48. Jack Johnson - Better Together
  49. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
  50. Jive Bunny - Lover's Mix
  51. Johnny Cash - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  52. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
  53. Kenny Rogers - She Believes In Me
  54. The La's - There She Goes
  55. Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
  56. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
  57. Lou Reed - Perfect Day
  58. Moist - Breathe
  59. Neil Young - Love is a Rose
  60. Neil Young - Act of Love
  61. New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
  62. Nirvana - About A Girl
  63. Oasis - Let There Be Love
  64. Odds - Love Is The Subject
  65. Pearl Jam - State of Love and Trust
  66. Pearl Jam - Throw Your Arms Around Me
  67. The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You
  68. Queen - Somebody to Love
  69. Radiohead - A Punchup at a Wedding
  70. Radiohead - True Love Waits
  71. Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshine
  72. R.E.M. - The One I Love
  73. Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
  74. Sarah Harmer - Open Window (The Wedding Song)
  75. Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
  76. Sinaid O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You
  77. Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
  78. Smashing Pumpkins - Today
  79. Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
  80. Sonic Youth - Superstar
  81. Stars - What the Snowman Learned About Love
  82. Stars - Ageless Beauty (The Most Serene Republic Remix)
  83. Stone Roses - Love Spreads
  84. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
  85. Switchfoot - Meant To Live
  86. Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
  87. Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
  88. The Tragically Hip - Long Time Running
  89. Travis - Sing
  90. Treble Charger - Red
  91. The Turtles - Happy Together
  92. U2 - One
  93. U2 - All I Want Is You
  94. Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately
  95. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
  96. The Verve - Lucky Man
  97. The Watchmen - All Uncovered
  98. Weezer - Perfect Situation
  99. The White Stripes - Fell in Love With A Girl
  100. Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind

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Number Six With A Bullet

CanadaBy now you've heard about the eight men found dead yesterday inside four vehicles left on a tract of farmland about 30 kilometres southwest of London near St. Thomas. The OPP are tight lipped, but I've seen enough episodes of "The Sopraonos" to smell a gang hit. We're probably not talking about the mob here, several motorcycle clubs have been known to populate the area including the Loners, the Bandidos and the Hells Angels.

Eight men out puts the deadly event at number six in Canada's worst single mass-murder countdown. Here are the top ten, courtesy of The Star.

  1. Fourteen women were killed by anti-feminist Marc Lepine at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique engineering school in December 1989. Lepine wounded another nine women and four men and fatally shot himself.
  2. Thirteen people died after being herded into a storage room in Montreal's Gargantua nightclub in 1975. Some were shot, but most suffocated when the building was set on fire in what was believed to be an underworld contract hit.
  3. Nine people gunned down by Mark Chahal, a spurned son-in-law in Vernon, B.C., who killed his estranged wife, her bride-to-be-sister and seven other relatives before killing himself in April 1996.
  4. Nine people slain in 1967 in Shell Lake, Sask., by Robert Hoffman, later sent to a mental institution.
  5. Nine miners killed by deliberately set blast in Yellowknife's Giant Mine in September 1992. Roger Warren, a striking miner, sentenced to life in prison for setting the bomb during a bitter strike-lockout.
  6. The bodies of eight men found yesterday in southwestern Ontario.
  7. Seven people, including six children, killed in 1965 by ex-Vancouver police constable Leonard Hogue, who then killed himself.
  8. Bodies of six campers found in burned-out car in Wells Gray Provincial Park north of Kamloops, B.C., in 1982. David Shearing of Clearwater, B.C., confesses.
  9. Bodies of four adults and a baby associated with the doomsday cult Order of the Solar Temple found in the burned-out remains of a chalet in Morin Heights, Que., in 1994. The couple believed responsible fled to Switzerland where they were among 53 cultists who were killed or committed suicide.
  10. Five people found dead on a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., in September 1996. Police believed the killings were related to the drug trade.

There's a 10:00 news conference today. Hopefully the OPP will shed a little more light on this dark discover then.

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My Firefox Extensions

FirefoxThere are many things I love about Firefox, but a big part of the allure are the many extensions I use daily to enrich my web experience. I can't imagine life without many of the sixteen extensions I currently have installed.

Here are my sweet sixteen:

  • DOM Inspector - Inspect the DOM of HTML, XUL, and XML pages
  • Adblock - Filters ads from web pages
  • Adblock Filterset.G Updater - Synchronizes Adblock with Filterset.G
  • Tabbrowser Preferences - Enhances control over some aspects of tabbed browsing
  • Download Statusbar - View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
  • Web Developer - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools
  • IE View - Open pages in IE via Firefox menus
  • Forecastfox - Get weather forecasts and display it in any toolbar or statusbar
  • LinkChecker - Check the validity of links on any webpage
  • Gmail Notifier - A notifier for Gmail accounts
  • PDF Download - Allows you to choose what you want to do with a PDF file
  • del.icio.us - Keep, share and discover all your favourite things
  • Copy Plain Text - Copies text without formatting
  • Wizz RSS News Reader - A handy RSS reader
  • Image Zoom - Adds zoom funcitonality for images
  • Google Toolbar for Firefox - Take the power of Google with you anywhere on the web

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April Songs

MusicIt's April, but you probably already knew that. Here's something you didn't know. There are four songs in my collection with the word "April" in the title.

  • April 29, 1992 - Sublime
  • April Fool - Soul Asylum
  • April in Paris - Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
  • Pieces of April - Three Dog Night

Now ya know.

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Done

MusicWe're done. In my heart of hearts I thought there might be a chance had we upset Ottawa last night and Montreal lost to Tampa Bay, but neither happened and now I'm certain we're done. I haven't been this disappointed in a team's effort since Turin. I'm sure there's a common denominator between our Olympic team and club team... hmmmmm..

Now that I'm certain we're done like dinner, it's time to begin the healing process. This is where music comes in, always therapeutic and always there when you need it. We'll begin with songs in my collection that contain the word "done" in the title.

  • So Hard Done By - The Tragically Hip
  • Coming Undone - Korn
  • Look What You Done For Me - Al Green
  • A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done - Sonny & Cher
  • The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done - Woody Guthrie
  • Undone - The Sweater Song - Weezer
  • Threat (Undone - The Sweater Song) - Jay-Zeezer
  • Been There Done That - Dr. Dre
  • All These Things That I've Done - The Killers
  • Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
  • Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma - Ray Charles
  • What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys
  • Undone - Pearl Jam
  • Done With You - Papa Roach
  • Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
  • Almost Done - Morcheeba
  • I'm Done - Korn
  • What Has To Be Done? - Kish
  • Show 'Em How It's Done - Kid N' Play
  • Look What You've Done - Jet
  • What Have You Done For Me Lately? - Janet Jackson
  • Undone - I Mother Earth
  • Done Laid Around - Harry Belafonte
  • Look What You've Done - Bread
  • It's All Been Done - Barenaked Ladies

I'm done. If you have "done" songs in your collection that aren't in mine, throw them in the comments.

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