Archive for May, 2008

The Trews – Paranoid Freak

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Look at this video I just saw that features both my friend Levi and the outside of my house!!

Flight of the Conchords – Mutha Uckers

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Cyclists Needed! (and musicians too)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This looks super cool:

New Music Arts Projects
Track field, King Edward PS, 112 Lippincott St., Toronto

Sometimes, interesting means simple, and a bicycle with a bell is more useful than a graduate degree in making music. Case in point – Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise for 111 cyclists. This musical work may have been intended as a two-page testament to conceptual art, but mere technicalities cannot stop the two-wheeled artistic soul. A critical mass of cyclists will ride around the audience in formation, creating a web of sonic undulation. It could sound wonderful, it could sound awful, but in truth we’ll have no idea until the actual performance!

If you have a bike with a bell or horn, are not too ashamed to make strange noises, can ride in formation at a comfortably moderate speed, and are interested in “riding” some Kagel, go here to find more details on how to join in the fun:

Also, anyone and everyone is invited to bring an instrument, or just their voice, and participate in an open performance of Terry Riley’s In C. All are welcome to perform. If you’ve never played this work, be brave and find out how fun and easy it is; if you have, you won’t need any encouragement! You can check out and download the music here:

On the same program, former Dancemaker Julia Aplin choreographs an ensemble of teenaged cyclists/dancers in her Bicycle Ballet, set to music by John Gzowski. Going far beyond obvious functionality, Aplin helps us to find new things to love and adore about our Mieles, Treks and Norcos, and the people who ride them
Please ride with us!  Instructions on how to register to ride in the Kagel at

Questions:  6008spokes at gregoryoh dot com or call me 416.856.5795


Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Being the new kid is a bit overwhelming. I’m starting my third week and settling in so I have gained some perspective. Also, I’ve been getting some good advice from people. Also, this isn’t really my first job, so I do have some experience to speak from. Honest, you can trust me. Also if you think of more stuff, feel free to add in the comments. I get so few comments, I wouldn’t mind you telling me a thing or two…

  • Have your head in the game fully completely. Always be eager to take on things and attentive to your job tasks and your coworkers and nothing else. You don’t want to miss anything or make any needless mistakes. Speak directly to everyone who talks to you, take notes, remember names and details. Check your facebook and make personal calls on your own time. You don’t want to look unprofessional.
  • Be on time and never leave early. For the first little while it may be a good idea to overdo it and come a bit early and leave a bit later. Never be eager to leave or seem like you want to at the end of the day, even if you have had a long day and you’re tired, because you probably will be. I’m serious, fake it if you have to. Try to clear up your schedule so you don’t have any commitments right after after work or late at night to give you some breathing room and nothing else to worry about beside doing a good job (see # 1).
  • Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t know anything. Starting a new job is always a learning process. You want to impress everyone and pick things up right away, but it is impossible to know everything right away. I still feel like a bit like an alien after all this time, but I can tell it’s much better already… Be patient with yourself and don’t get frustrated or feel overwhelmed when you don’t get it all at once or when you have to ask questions. The people around you will understand and be happy to accommodate you while you’re training. They’ve been through it before too. One of my mentors who is awesome at her job told me it took her 6 months in her current job to just feel human.
  • Communication is key. Let your supervisors know what you’re doing. This serves multiple purposes: if you screw up you will know right away and not do it again, they will know you are doing your work and a brilliant job, and I don’t know about you but getting things out and going over duties helps to solidify them in my head so it helps me learn and keep track of things. Ask a lot of questions, it’s expected of you, it’s really helpful, and makes you look keen.
  • Pay attention to everything. When you first start at a new job, there are protocols and politics that you probably have never encountered before already in place. Take your time, watch, learn, and be sensitive to this. Don’t say too much and don’t get personal. I’m not advising you to be suspicious or paranoid, but feel things out and figure out the details before jumping into a situation you are unfamiliar with.
  • Be straightforward, confident, and positive. They like you so much they decided they want to see you everyday over everyone else they met. You can do this job better than anyone else who applied, they could tell, and so now you just have to do it. They thought long and hard about who to hire and picked you. Try your very best, obviously, but know that it’s not really a question about if you will be good at your job or not, you already know you are awesome, it’s just a matter of deciding to be good at your job. It’s kind of a no-brainer decision there, right?

What’s a Girl To Do?

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I think I’ll start a collection of cool videos with bikes in them.

This one is Bat for Lashes – “What’s a Girl to Do” directed by Dougal Wilson. Apparently it is screening at NYC’s BFF

Smelling burnt toast and other childhood memories

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Sorry was down for a bit there over the weekend. There was a mix up with the hosting company. We’re back though. I’m also very busy with my new job, but I’ll get caught up with the rest of life soon.

Here are a few special finds on YouTube:

I was trying to post Rick Astley’s “Never Going to Give You Up” but Sony/BMG won’t let you embed for whatever reason:

Graduating with no experience? No problem!

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Look at the very excellent, charming and well-written article I just happened to come across for new grads on starting their career search. Yess… coincidentally…

You’ve just spent the last four years reading, partying, studying, partying, writing essays, going on dates, writing exams, and partying. Suddenly, it’s over, you’re done school and an uncertain future is staring you right in the face.

Click here for more at the ever helpful TalentEgg website, where they hatch graduate careers!

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I got this link from my friend’s facebook status and now I’m hooked:

Not just a clever name, it’s a site where you type race, literally, with other users online. You type excerpts from movies or books and the clever profit-making tie-in is they have a link to buy it after you race. I don’t really understand why it’s so fun, considering typing is boring and you’re supposed to hate it, but there it is. Quite addictive, but I don’t expect my fascination to last too long. I’m pretty fast too, if I do say so myself.

New rule

Friday, May 9th, 2008

If I am ever on a guest list, I will make a video and post it. At least one, but maybe three if I am inspired. Let that be incentive for all you guest list writers out there.

Andrew Austin (official site and myspace)

Donovan Woods (official site and myspace)

Keeping it under wraps

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I haven’t updated you on the job search recently because things have really blown up and I don’t want to say anything until the dust settles. I’ve had an unbelievable amount of interviews lately. I won’t tell you how many because you will be shocked… and possibly appalled. I will tell you this though: perseverance, making good contacts, patience, and selectiveness pays off… I hope.

In the meantime, I’m excited about my mom’s wedding on the 24th of May, branching out with, the “exciting and innovative” research project I’m working on (exploring the business risks and best practices of online social networks!!), the Interaccess vlog, and the Bicycle Film Festival. There’s still lots to look forward to no matter what.

I’m off to another interview in an hour and I’m relaxed and positive about everything. At the front of my mind is this wonderful white chocolate mocha that I made for myself. My mom buys me cannisters of hot chocolate powder every year for Christmas thinking I am an avid hot chocolate drinker, though I’m not really and never had the heart to tell her… But now I’ve found an excellent use for all of it and lately I’m wasting through those accumulated cans like it is going out of style!