Go Without

I encountered an interesting statistic today with regards to the consumption of the average Canadian, compared to a person from a developing country.

According to Peter Menzel’s Hungry Planet, from birth to 6 months a Canadian baby will use the equivalent amount of resources as a citizen of a developing nation would use in her entire lifetime.

If that is the case, then there are many, MANY people in the world who are living their lives with a whole lot less stuff than me. I wonder if they are living with a whole lot less stress.

I wonder.

What is the minimum I need to live a fulfilling life? What can I do without? What can I stop buying? Stop buying into? What activities, expenses, ideas am I deluded into thinking are essential to my happiness? When really, they are clogging my attention from the truly important things.

This deserves additional thought.

Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree

I made an album with my friends Nick and Taes! (Splash’N Boots)

We rented a ton of gear for a month, set it all up in their house. I put microphones in front of them. We had many friends come visit and play. A lot of laughter, “a few hours” polishing, and here is the result. This is my first time working as producer of an album, and I’m pleased with what we made. Have a listen.

Emaline

I recognize that I have yet to comment here about the most massive change in my life in 2012. We had a little girl. That was way back in March, which makes her 7 and a fraction months old now. I was testing out a Flip video camera that I borrowed, and I made this little video.

She’s growing up: washing her own tongue now.

Louis CK vs Uniform Motion

While browsing Twitter, I often find myself opening several tabs of videos, bands, soundcloud pages, etc. And then I work my way through them. I just sat through a hilarious juxtaposition of 2 different pieces playing simultaneously. I’d like to try to recreate this moment for you now.

First, the soundtrack

I Was Crushed by a Forty-Foot man by Uniform Motion

Now, the visuals

[Note: I don't think Soundcloud renders in Google Reader, so you might have to hit ye old "v". And, I think virtually 98% of my friends who read this site, are reading this in Reader. Hence.... etc.]