I will post this monthly, so that you can have a quick reference if looking for ideas on what to rent on DVD.

I already talked here about Lumet’s Before the devil…

So here’s a few notes on what my movie nights looked like in July 2008.

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I listen to CBC Radio’s morning show, Metro Morning, for the same reason I was listening to Free Europe’s Metronom when I was 14: I like the DJ.

I spend weekday mornings with CBC’s Andy Barrie while driving to work , nights with UK Classic FM‘s Helen Mayhew (online) and long Q107 Psundays with Andy Frost.

Not the content, nor the music come first: it’s the DJ.

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But sometimes a good DJ show delivers quality content, the one that you feel compelled to go back to.

It happened many times in the case of Metro Morning.

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My day-job is software testing. Sometimes more than just a tester, a QA Analyst.

While I surf the Web, for instance, I can’t help but notice bugs of all caliber. My brain works as a website grader in the background!

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Here’s an example that I picked up on the recently delivered (July 14th) My Yahoo beta:

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Episodul 1 – e asta

Episodul 2  – Da’ stii ce bun era malaiu’?

Episodul 3 – Craciun 1977, Lucacesti, Tara Chioarului, Maramures

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TEXT: locuintza de vara la tzara in Maramuresul anilor ’40, povestita de mama.

MUZICA: Daniel Fat – fantastic, spumos, umoristic…Maramuresean!

DURATA: 11 minute si ceva.

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I felt so good at Podcamp Boston 3 last weekend, that I was beginning to wonder: is Murphy asleep?

He wasn’t. Our Toronto flight was cancelled Sunday night, just as it was revving engines ready to take flight.

Back into the airport, American Airlines re-booked us and then gave us taxi vouchers, a night’s stay at the Sheraton in Wakefield (a 30 minute ride away) and also threw in a breakfast voucher. Nice.

A week before I spent a great weekend at the Sheraton in Niagara Falls, so it was appreciated.

It wasn’t to be that much appreciated this time.

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I went to see the CBC-taped, “ethnic” show last night, at Just For Laughs Toronto 2008.

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Just a little detour before commenting the actual show.

I recently found (online) an excellent Toronto writer, freelancer, Caterine Kustanczy. She sparked a lively conversation on her blog on MySpace, along the lines of “ethnic funny or just FUNNY?”

A very refreshing discussion, and necessary too. Let’s forget for a while the commercial appeal of the “ethnic” keyword, and stop throwing it in show-names just to sell tickets.

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The host was George Stroumboulopoulos of the excellent CBC Television show The Hour.

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TEXT: why FM radio in Northern Transylvania circa 1993 was as much about freedom as podcasting is today.

MUSIC: Archie Shepp – Blase (featuring Jeanne Lee)

RUNNING TIME: 13’12”

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