Live Fast Die Young! http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com Words of wisdom from the word go! Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:21:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Small Books, But Big Reads http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/small-books-but-big-reads/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/small-books-but-big-reads/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2015 16:21:20 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=55 In a trend befitting an age of diminished attention spans, publishers are beginning to invest in the notion that good things sometimes come in small packages. For years, most of the books found in any large bookstore have been restricted to one of three formats: book rack-sized mass-market paperbacks; larger, more expsmallbooksensive trade paperbacks; and hardcovers. But a mini-revolution in miniature books has challenged the dominance of these categories, as publishers have flooded the market with books that are shorter, slimmer and cheaper.

“Small things have always had a fascination for people,” says Penguin editor in chief Katheryn Court. In 1995, the Penguin 60’s–a line of novellas, short stories, essays and poems by authors ranging from Dorothy Parker to Dostoyevsky–racked up international sales of more …

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In a trend befitting an age of diminished attention spans, publishers are beginning to invest in the notion that good things sometimes come in small packages. For years, most of the books found in any large bookstore have been restricted to one of three formats: book rack-sized mass-market paperbacks; larger, more expsmallbooksensive trade paperbacks; and hardcovers. But a mini-revolution in miniature books has challenged the dominance of these categories, as publishers have flooded the market with books that are shorter, slimmer and cheaper.

“Small things have always had a fascination for people,” says Penguin editor in chief Katheryn Court. In 1995, the Penguin 60’s–a line of novellas, short stories, essays and poems by authors ranging from Dorothy Parker to Dostoyevsky–racked up international sales of more …

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Clear Originality Makes Your Script Pop http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/clear-originality-makes-your-script-pop/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/clear-originality-makes-your-script-pop/#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:33:17 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=60 Know how to make your script memorable? The answer may surprise you.

ultraviolentI use soap operas as the ultimate example of bad screenwriting. Why? Because in a soap opera a character named Tiffany will say, “I am so furious at Todd. I’m going to go over there and give him a piece of my mind!” Cut to Todd’s. The doorbell rings, Todd answers it and, guess what? That’s right. It’s Tiffany. And, that’s tight, she comes in and yells at Todd.

There are no surprises in soaps. In fact, the events that do occur do so after months of painstakingly unsuspenseful buildup. When the Writers Guild goes on strike, the soaps are the only series that aren’t affected much. Actors have told me how the fans …

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Know how to make your script memorable? The answer may surprise you.

ultraviolentI use soap operas as the ultimate example of bad screenwriting. Why? Because in a soap opera a character named Tiffany will say, “I am so furious at Todd. I’m going to go over there and give him a piece of my mind!” Cut to Todd’s. The doorbell rings, Todd answers it and, guess what? That’s right. It’s Tiffany. And, that’s tight, she comes in and yells at Todd.

There are no surprises in soaps. In fact, the events that do occur do so after months of painstakingly unsuspenseful buildup. When the Writers Guild goes on strike, the soaps are the only series that aren’t affected much. Actors have told me how the fans come in and write the scripts during the strike, the actors improvise a bit, and no one complains about loss of quality. Because there are no surprises. The fans know what’s going to happen as well as the writers themselves.

“It’s maddening, what some writers do when it comes to wasting opportunities for surprise,” says Lisa Fonti, screenwriter and part time webmaster for snoringmouthpiecereview.org. “I watch so many films that could have written things with so much more craftiness, and yet, they don’t.”

The best practice for us, as writers, is, as Lisa says, to surprise the audience. It is the magic of sleight of hand. It is why Pulp Fiction was such a hit. It gave us setups that we have seen many times and made us expect certain events to follow others, and then took wildly unpredictable left turns. Pulp Fiction is raunchy and raw and ultra-violent, too much for many viewers. But looking beyond that to the story, it was one surprise after another.

Example: Bruce Willis, a boxer, takes money to throw a fight, doesn’t throw it and goes on the lam. We all know with complete certainty that this guy is going to end up dead or beaten to a pulp. But no. He ends up saving the life of the guy who’s trying to kill him. And in the most shockingly surprising way.

Two hit men shoot a man in the backseat of their car. The problem turns out not to be that they may get caught or killed themselves, but that the wife of the killer who owns the car will find it trashed and bloody and will divorce him. The whole frenzied clean-up action is to try to save the guy’s marriage. The setups are movie cliches–but with wildly original consequences.

The Power of Surprises

Big surprises are so rare in movies that when they work they can make a hit out of a movie that is otherwise only fairly good. The Crying Game was a pretty good little story, with a surprise so total and so skillfully played out (and so well kept by people who had seen it) that it turned a little film into an Oscar contender. Likewise The Usual Suspects had a great punch line, which was shown visually instead of told in dialogue, making it even stronger.

Last year Good Will Hunting, for me, was kind of sophomoric predictable psychology, but it had one great scene in a bar where the smart street kid tells off a cocky Joe College jock in the ultimate runs-circles-around-him speech that everyone wishes they could have delivered just once in real life. It never happens in real life, of course. It’s a speech that probably took three days to write and three minutes to deliver. And we loved it. And it helped the boys (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) win an Oscar for their screenplay.

For me, however, As Good as It Gets was a far better piece of writing. It was surprising all the way through, with lines that were simultaneously stunningly true emotionally and completely unexpected. We almost never get this in a movie. It took a new writer, Mark Andrus, outside the insulated Hollywood culture, to conceive the idea. He summarizes the concept as “a movie about the worst man in New York City.” Who would’ve thought that premise would make a great movie? Surprise!

After Andrus wrote the original screen play and sold it, it took a writer as brilliant as James L. Brooks to revise and polish it for a full year to get the final version. The effort shows. A script that beautifully crafted doesn’t get tossed off in a couple of weeks. My favorite line is from Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) to a bartender: “And such a woman … if she laughs, you got a life.” You know this is the truth for this guy, and about as economically phrased as a Japanese haiku.

On the other end of the spectrum is the action-adventure genre, which has gotten locked into obligatory endings with no surprises. It almost always has to be either a shoot-out, or a bomb defused or exploding. (For bomb, substitute the natural disaster of your choice: comet, volcano, tidal wave, etc.) That’s about it. Two choices. To swipe a cliche, they run the gamut from A to B. It’s gotten so bad that the only difference in climaxes in these movies is where they’re set. The good guy shoots or punches it out with the bad guy on top of a speeding train (Broken Arrow, Mission: Impossible), on a speeding boat (Face/Off), in a factory (Terminator II), in a shipyard (Eraser), etc. It’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, just with a different corral. When an action movie finds a new and different ending, we are delighted. But it almost never happens.

The Fugitive, while it still had the punching match atop a mil building, was fun because the two guys who had been pitted against each other throughout were suddenly both on the same side. It was a breath of fresh air.

The ending of Gallipoli was stunning because the setup was one that always turns out right in movies. The handsome young hero (Mel Gibson) is racing to save the day. In movies he always arrives in the nick of time. Always. But in Gallipoli, he arrives seconds too late and hundreds of boys are slaughtered by blunder, by mistake, right before our eyes, shocking us back into the realization that it’s not just a movie. The story was true. Those boys were real and they were pointlessly slaughtered and we feel the shock and disbelief of that.

Character Surprises

Another type of wonderful writing surprise comes when we think we know who a character is and then a whole new and surprising layer of character is revealed.

One of my favorite examples is from Five Easy Pieces. Jack Nicholson is set up as a blue-collar, crass oil field worker, the type who thinks it’s funny to pull a straw wrapper out of his nose. He and his equally grease-stained, hard-hat buddy get stuck in a traffic jam on the highway in their pickup. The traffic is at a standstill. No amount of drunken yelling helps. So Jack climbs up onto an open truck in front of them to try to see what’s going on up ahead.

The truck is carrying furniture hidden under blankets, and a piano plinks as Jack steps on the covered keyboard. He pulls the blanket off and sits down at the old upright piano. We expect chopsticks or at best boogie-woogie. But this guy starts playing Chopin and damn well. He gets so into it that when the truck starts moving he doesn’t even notice. His buddy yells at him to no avail as the truck carrying Jack and the piano takes an exit and heads off to God knows where.

Who is this guy and why is he working in an oil field? We don’t have any idea, but we sure want to stick around and find out. We are surprised, delighted, energized by what we don’t expect.

It is similar to the moment in Shine when schizophrenic David Helfgott sits down at the piano in a restaurant, and though we in the audience know he is a brilliant pianist, we hold our breaths, thrilled at how surprised those people are going to be when they hear this shuffling-and-drooling crazy rip into it. And the surprise, even vicariously, does not disappoint. For my money that is the best moment in Shine.

The opening scene in Harold and Maude is another classic. A young man comes into a room, lights candies, pins a suicide note to his lapel and hangs himself. Then his mother comes in, unimpressed. She comments, “I suppose you think that’s very funny, Harold.” And we’re hooked. (Of course he hasn’t killed himself at all, but is just trying to get attention.) And we are ready for a wild ride exploring the conversion of a young man from being infatuated with death to falling in love with life. (Via the most surprising of love stories, between an 18-year-old boy and an 80-year-old Ruth Gordon.)

Years ago in a movie called Rancho Deluxe a young Native American cowboy makes a pile of money rustling cattle and drives home in a brand-new pickup truck to see his father. His old man, played by Chief Dan George, takes one look at that shiny new truck, and we’re sure he’s going to jump his son for his life of crime. Instead he launches into a hilarious diatribe about how the pickup truck has been the downfall of their people. We’re delighted.

This is what we aspire to. The unexpected, original turn of story line or character. It is the surprises that keep writing endlessly interesting. So let’s all get back to our keyboards and pull an eagle out of a hat.

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Use Your Vacation To Write For Dollars! http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/use-your-vacation-to-write-for-dollars/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/use-your-vacation-to-write-for-dollars/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:04:26 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=50 writefordollarsThe last time I took a vacation, I ended up at the Santa Fe, New Mexico Police Department after spending time in a hospital emergency room. I spent another pleasure trip checking out hookers holding up lampposts on one of Washington, DC’s many traffic circles. These weren’t your typical family outings. They were writer’s vacations.

The downside of a writer’s vacation is convincing those vacationing with you that they’re having fun. My experience has been that traveling companions can be less than enthusiastic (way less) about touring hospital emergency rooms, interviewing cops and otherwise veering off the tourist track for the sake of research.

Not to worry. With proper preparation, you can have your vacation and eat the fruits of a bountiful research trip, too.…

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writefordollarsThe last time I took a vacation, I ended up at the Santa Fe, New Mexico Police Department after spending time in a hospital emergency room. I spent another pleasure trip checking out hookers holding up lampposts on one of Washington, DC’s many traffic circles. These weren’t your typical family outings. They were writer’s vacations.

The downside of a writer’s vacation is convincing those vacationing with you that they’re having fun. My experience has been that traveling companions can be less than enthusiastic (way less) about touring hospital emergency rooms, interviewing cops and otherwise veering off the tourist track for the sake of research.

Not to worry. With proper preparation, you can have your vacation and eat the fruits of a bountiful research trip, too.…

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Slice And Dice For The Win http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/slice-and-dice-for-the-win/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/slice-and-dice-for-the-win/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:57:10 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=45 removalcreamsHave you ever looked in the mirror only to see a little piece of skin peeking out in the folds of your neck? Or maybe you went to shave your armpits in the shower only to find out you razed off more than just hair? Skin tags are a very common and natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere between one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. They like to make camp in areas of the body like the armpits, groin area, folds in the neck or under breasts. They are very commonly found on newborns and the elderly and they don’t discriminate. They tend not to grow larger than 3mm across and can be removed with a variety …

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removalcreamsHave you ever looked in the mirror only to see a little piece of skin peeking out in the folds of your neck? Or maybe you went to shave your armpits in the shower only to find out you razed off more than just hair? Skin tags are a very common and natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere between one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. They like to make camp in areas of the body like the armpits, groin area, folds in the neck or under breasts. They are very commonly found on newborns and the elderly and they don’t discriminate. They tend not to grow larger than 3mm across and can be removed with a variety …

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If You Don’t Have The Time, Don’t Write! http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/if-you-dont-have-the-time-dont-write/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/if-you-dont-have-the-time-dont-write/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:54:16 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=40 dontwriteStraight talk from a bestselling novelist: If you’re still saying you don’t have the time to write, maybe it’s time to decide if you really want to.

Someday when I have the time, I’ll write a book.”

I hear that phrase often. At writers’ workshops it is intoned wistfully by silver-haired ladies whose children are the age of my husband. These women assure me they are so busy that there is simply no time to write, though they want to, of course–more than anything else in the world.

Professors of my acquaintance plead a lack of writing time with annoyance in their voices, as if the faculty senate meetings and those term papers to grade were all that had prevented them from writing Cold Mountain, achieving …

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dontwriteStraight talk from a bestselling novelist: If you’re still saying you don’t have the time to write, maybe it’s time to decide if you really want to.

Someday when I have the time, I’ll write a book.”

I hear that phrase often. At writers’ workshops it is intoned wistfully by silver-haired ladies whose children are the age of my husband. These women assure me they are so busy that there is simply no time to write, though they want to, of course–more than anything else in the world.

Professors of my acquaintance plead a lack of writing time with annoyance in their voices, as if the faculty senate meetings and those term papers to grade were all that had prevented them from writing Cold Mountain, achieving …

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My Muse, Dylan And Wales http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/my-muse-dylan-and-wales/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/my-muse-dylan-and-wales/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:40:31 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=35 mernaidhotelMy muse stood me up at the Mermaid Hotel.

It wasn’t her fault. She didn’t know I was coming to Wales. She didn’t know I’d confused her with Dylan Thomas.

Poet and playwright, drunkard and delinquent, Dylan Thomas is my favorite writer. So when my writing died, I went to Wales to retrace his life. I was convinced Thomas’s ghost (with some anatomical editing) was my muse. (Er, might have been what I was smoking, or perhaps just the glass pipes I used)

Off I went, from Los Angeles to London to Cardiff to a seaside town called The Mumbles. I thought I’d find my muse in Dylan’s Cafe Bar in the Mermaid Hotel.

There it was, the destination of my dreams … burned …

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mernaidhotelMy muse stood me up at the Mermaid Hotel.

It wasn’t her fault. She didn’t know I was coming to Wales. She didn’t know I’d confused her with Dylan Thomas.

Poet and playwright, drunkard and delinquent, Dylan Thomas is my favorite writer. So when my writing died, I went to Wales to retrace his life. I was convinced Thomas’s ghost (with some anatomical editing) was my muse. (Er, might have been what I was smoking, or perhaps just the glass pipes I used)

Off I went, from Los Angeles to London to Cardiff to a seaside town called The Mumbles. I thought I’d find my muse in Dylan’s Cafe Bar in the Mermaid Hotel.

There it was, the destination of my dreams … burned …

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Rejuvenating Edmonton: Great City http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/rejuvenating-edmonton-great-city/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/rejuvenating-edmonton-great-city/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 06:12:26 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=31 rejedmontonDuring the day, the south-side Edmonton neighbourhood of Whyte Avenue’s knick-knack stores, cafes and upscale restaurants are populated with young families, students, seniors and other shoppers. When festivals come to town, the artsy Whyte is often a locus of activity; pot-smoking protesters and pro-gay marchers favour it. But at night, the street’s many bars turn loose a flood of drunken ravers, frat boys and bikers. That is why the Whyte Avenue Land Use Planning Study, to be presented to city council December 15, will inject a larger state presence into the street’s class-transcending social mix.

The two-year study is the product of consultations among the merchants and residents who belong to the Old Strathcona Area Community Council. OSACC’s recommendations include increasing the number of police …

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rejedmontonDuring the day, the south-side Edmonton neighbourhood of Whyte Avenue’s knick-knack stores, cafes and upscale restaurants are populated with young families, students, seniors and other shoppers. When festivals come to town, the artsy Whyte is often a locus of activity; pot-smoking protesters and pro-gay marchers favour it. But at night, the street’s many bars turn loose a flood of drunken ravers, frat boys and bikers. That is why the Whyte Avenue Land Use Planning Study, to be presented to city council December 15, will inject a larger state presence into the street’s class-transcending social mix.

The two-year study is the product of consultations among the merchants and residents who belong to the Old Strathcona Area Community Council. OSACC’s recommendations include increasing the number of police …

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Life In The City Can Be Brutal http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/life-in-the-city-can-be-brutal/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/life-in-the-city-can-be-brutal/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:59:36 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=26 likeitcbEven though cities are getting steadily bigger, they are also becoming more chaotic, untrusting and ungovernable. Formation of the stabilizing cultural values upon which societies depend has been passed by default to the smaller centres and rural areas. No longer are these dismissed as backward, ignorant and uncouth. Small communities have become our last line of defence against cultural collapse.

To which all us country-dwellers can only say Amen. We have been aware of Mr. Spengler’s insight for a long time. If urbanites are becoming aware of it too, that’s a step forward.

The most striking thing about city life to us hicks is how anonymous it is. You can live your whole life without anyone knowing or caring who you are or what you do. …

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likeitcbEven though cities are getting steadily bigger, they are also becoming more chaotic, untrusting and ungovernable. Formation of the stabilizing cultural values upon which societies depend has been passed by default to the smaller centres and rural areas. No longer are these dismissed as backward, ignorant and uncouth. Small communities have become our last line of defence against cultural collapse.

To which all us country-dwellers can only say Amen. We have been aware of Mr. Spengler’s insight for a long time. If urbanites are becoming aware of it too, that’s a step forward.

The most striking thing about city life to us hicks is how anonymous it is. You can live your whole life without anyone knowing or caring who you are or what you do. …

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Singing From Deep Within http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/singing-from-deep-within/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/singing-from-deep-within/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:41:20 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=21 misicaltacaI learned to sing by singing often–that’s all, I sing in the shower all the time, and I sang with my favourite records and stuff. It’s just like your voice is a muscle, there are muscles in there and they just get stronger over time. You can sort of hone it, and perfect the little movements that you have to make so it doesn’t hurt you or you have more stamina. I think it just takes time and singing a lot.

Did you ever take singing lessons?

[A very coy] Nope.

Do you have a particular writing process for your vocal lines, or songs in general? Do you start with lyrics or a piano line?

Sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s the other. I don’t really pay …

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misicaltacaI learned to sing by singing often–that’s all, I sing in the shower all the time, and I sang with my favourite records and stuff. It’s just like your voice is a muscle, there are muscles in there and they just get stronger over time. You can sort of hone it, and perfect the little movements that you have to make so it doesn’t hurt you or you have more stamina. I think it just takes time and singing a lot.

Did you ever take singing lessons?

[A very coy] Nope.

Do you have a particular writing process for your vocal lines, or songs in general? Do you start with lyrics or a piano line?

Sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s the other. I don’t really pay …

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Swan Hills Remains A Dump Of Horrendous Death http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/swan-hills-remains-a-dump-of-horrendous-death/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/swan-hills-remains-a-dump-of-horrendous-death/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:32:05 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=16 horenddWhen the Alberta government helped build the hazardous waste treatment plant at Swan Hills a decade ago, taxpayers were told the facility would help protect the environment from toxic waste. But a university professor and some residents of Swan Hills, 115 miles northwest of Edmonton, claim the leaky plant is doing the opposite. The owner, Bovar Inc., is defending itself against alarming reports that toxic chemical leaks are endangering wildlife and residents who live near the plant. So far, the province’s $441-million investment in the plant has produced only a nominal financial return, and critics say that if further tests show the plant is a health threat, it could be shut down altogether, leaving taxpayers on the hook to clean up the mess.

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horenddWhen the Alberta government helped build the hazardous waste treatment plant at Swan Hills a decade ago, taxpayers were told the facility would help protect the environment from toxic waste. But a university professor and some residents of Swan Hills, 115 miles northwest of Edmonton, claim the leaky plant is doing the opposite. The owner, Bovar Inc., is defending itself against alarming reports that toxic chemical leaks are endangering wildlife and residents who live near the plant. So far, the province’s $441-million investment in the plant has produced only a nominal financial return, and critics say that if further tests show the plant is a health threat, it could be shut down altogether, leaving taxpayers on the hook to clean up the mess.

To date, there …

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Global Warming Is Fake” Has Been A Narrative Forever http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/global-warming-is-fake-has-been-a-narrative-forever/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/global-warming-is-fake-has-been-a-narrative-forever/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:22:09 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=11 globalwAlthough nothing decided at meetings between the 18-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) club is binding, Mr. Goodale’s comments represent hints of the position Ottawa is developing for a key conference at Kyoto, Japan, in December. There, governments which subscribe to the theory that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are heating the earth’s atmosphere will attempt to force an international treaty requiring steep cuts in CO2emissions by 2010. That would wreak havoc on energy-intensive economies, none moreso than Canada’s.

“The APEC gathering was supposed to be about trade,” objects Roger Soucy, president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. “But a bare handful of the 97 people there were from business. Environment became the number-one topic, and our energy minister spent a huge amount of time talking …

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globalwAlthough nothing decided at meetings between the 18-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) club is binding, Mr. Goodale’s comments represent hints of the position Ottawa is developing for a key conference at Kyoto, Japan, in December. There, governments which subscribe to the theory that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are heating the earth’s atmosphere will attempt to force an international treaty requiring steep cuts in CO2emissions by 2010. That would wreak havoc on energy-intensive economies, none moreso than Canada’s.

“The APEC gathering was supposed to be about trade,” objects Roger Soucy, president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. “But a bare handful of the 97 people there were from business. Environment became the number-one topic, and our energy minister spent a huge amount of time talking …

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A New Synthesizer? Yep. You Need One http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/a-new-synthesizer-yep-you-need-one/ http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/a-new-synthesizer-yep-you-need-one/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:59:18 +0000 http://www.livefastdieyoungbook.com/?p=6 metallicpianoThink about how many years it takes to master an acoustic instrument. A synthesizer studio is a group of instruments, each one with a whole new set of freedoms and restrictions. The freedom is that any instrument is capable of hundreds of unique and exciting sounds. The restriction is that the technical and sonic structure of each synthesizer has nothing in common with another one. You’ll have to learn each synthesizer in your studio, one at a time before you can take it into battle on your next project. If this were a live player that you’d never heard of, would you trust him or her with a solo at your next recording date without even an audition? Same thing.

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metallicpianoThink about how many years it takes to master an acoustic instrument. A synthesizer studio is a group of instruments, each one with a whole new set of freedoms and restrictions. The freedom is that any instrument is capable of hundreds of unique and exciting sounds. The restriction is that the technical and sonic structure of each synthesizer has nothing in common with another one. You’ll have to learn each synthesizer in your studio, one at a time before you can take it into battle on your next project. If this were a live player that you’d never heard of, would you trust him or her with a solo at your next recording date without even an audition? Same thing.

And yes you should read the …

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