VP Debate Drinking Game

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The website DebateDrink.com has a drinking game created specially for tonight’s U.S. Vice Presidential Debate. Here are their rules:

Take one sip when:

·         Palin says the words “moose,” “Wasilla,” “earmarks” or “maverick,” mentions the Bridge to Nowhere, or talks about someone being able to see Russia from their front porch.

·         Biden says the word “hope” or “change” or gets angry.

·         General: The word “bailout” is said; Palin’s children Willow, Trig, Bristol, Track and Piper or Biden’s son Beau are mentioned; or the moderator interrupts.

Take two sips when:

·         Palin mentions hunting, anyone sells a plane on eBay or the word “sexism” is used.

·         Biden mentions Amtrak.

·         General: The words “Wall Street” and “Main Street” are used together or one of the candidates doesn’t even pretend to answer the question.

Take a shot when:

·         Palin says, “Thanks, but no thanks,” or the words “18 million cracks” or “glass ceiling” or Troopergate is mentioned.

·         Biden mentions Scranton or refers to John McCain as “My friend John.”

·         General: Tina Fey is spotted.

Finish your drink when:

·         Palin claims to have any sort of foreign policy experience or Biden’s mother is seen in the audience.

Sarj the Dog

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Lindsay from the Calgary Humane Society came by the show today with a big lug of a dog named Sarj. He’s 3 years old, and is a friendly, energetic Rottweiler/Lab mix. His owner had to surrender him due to illness. We also talked a little bit about Chinchillas, which are also up for adoption. you can check out Sarj, the Chinchillas, and all sorts of other great pets at The Humane Society.

Cornell in Banff just for X92.9 Listeners

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We just announced today that Chris Cornell would be joining us (and Matt Good) for our One Weekend Only adventure in Banff this November. Friday night it’s Matt Good, then Saturday night at Wild Bill’s, Chris Cornell and his band will take the stage. Small venue, legend of new rock. Pretty amazing. If you were at Cornell’s sold out show at Mac Hall when he was here last, you’d know he plays his solo stuff, Soundgarden, Audioslave, and even some Temple of the Dog.  When he was through town recently, I went by his hotel for a chat. He’s a down-to-earth, thoughtful, well-spoken guy, which made the interview pretty smooth-sailing. Here’s the audio:

Chris Cornell Segment #1

Chris Cornell Segment #2

Chris Cornell Blog-Only Bonus Audio

P.S. If you wanna join us in Banff for this once-in-a-lifetime event, be the 9th caller through at 403-238-X929 when you hear Matt Good, or any of Cornell’s bands. Easy peasy.

Kiwi the Dog

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Kiwi is a sweetheart who likes her cuddles. She’s a 9-year old German Shepard mix looking for a fairly settled home - no crazy kids running around or pulling her tail! She knows the basic commands, and is pretty much ready to go to a loving home. You can see her and all sorts of other great pets at The Calgary Humane Society

MSTRKRFT EP out soon

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MSTRKRFT put on a killer show when they were in town recently at Flames Central. They’re headed back out on a big tour to promote a new EP called Fist of God. The closest they come to Calgary is Winnipeg and Vancouver. Boo! The first single is bounce, and it has a bit of a party theme to it. Listen:

Guitar Hero: World Tour

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Activision announced the final track-listing for the next installment of Guitar Hero. It features 86 songs, has full instumentation, and comes out on October 26th. Here’s a list of the tracks we play on X92.9 that made the cut:

311 — “Beautiful Disaster”
30 Seconds To Mars - “The Kill”
At The Drive-In - “One Armed Scissor”
Beastie Boys - “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Billy Idol - “Rebel Yell”
Blink-182 - “Dammit”
Coldplay - “Shiver”
The Cult - “Love Removal Machine”
Dinosaur Jr. - “Feel The Pain”
Filter - “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
Interpol - “Obstacle 1″
Jane’s Addiction - “Mountain Song”
Jimmy Eat World - “The Middle”
Korn - “Freak On A Leash”
Linkin Park - “What I’ve Done”
Modest Mouse - “Float On”
Muse - “Assassin”
Nirvana - “About a Girl (Unplugged)”
Oasis - “Some Might Say”
R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
Rise Against - “Re-Education Through Labor”
Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant”
Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins - “Today”
The Stone Roses - “Love Spreads”
Sublime - “Santeria”
System of a Down - “B.Y.O.B.”
Tool - “Parabola”
Tool - “Schism”
Tool - “Vicarious”

Music of Your Life

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Fans of heavy metal music are gentle, creative people who are at ease with themselves, which makes them very similar to fans of classical music.

That’s the finding of a new study at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University of the link between peoples’ personalities and their choice of music.

Adrian North, the professor behind the study, said he was surprised at the similarities between fans of classical music and heavy metal, especially their creativity and generally shy natures.

“The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

North suggests that music lovers tend to identify with the characteristics of the music itself.

“We think, what we think the answer is, that both types of music, classical and heavy metal, both have something of the spiritual about them — they’re very dramatic — a lot happens.”

The study of more than 36,000 people from six different countries found that people had more in common with fans of their favourite music in other countries than they had with fellow citizens who preferred different styles of music.

North describes it as a new kind of tribalism, based on musical taste.

“We have always suspected a link between music taste and personality,” North said.

“This is the first time that we’ve been able to look at it in real detail. No one has ever done this on this scale before.”

Jazz fans tend to be creative and outgoing, with high self-esteem, in keeping with the innovative and sociable nature of the music.

Country western fans were found to be hard-working, but introverted, fitting with the blue-collar image of country music.

The research concluded soul music lovers are a well-rounded bunch — creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and with high self-esteem.

Rap fans are outgoing and far from gentle, while indie music lovers lack both self-esteem and the work ethic.

“Researchers have been showing for decades that fans of rock and rap are rebellious, and that fans of opera are wealthy and well-educated,” North said.

He also made a link between income bracket and musical tastes, with more affluent consumers liking more exciting, punchy music while those lower down the pay scale preferring more relaxing sounds.

North said his research might have applications in commercial marketing of music.

Thumper the Bunny

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We have a new friend from the Calgary Humane Society. We get visits every Thursday afternoon around 2:20 PM, and our new Humane Society person is Lindsay. She brought by a 1-year old French Lop bunny named Thumper. Thumper is a she, and is available for adoption, along with a heap of other pets at the Humane Society.

Don LaFontaine

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Don LaFontaine is one of the most familair voices you know. The king of dramatic movie trailers. He passed away Monday (Sept 1) at the age of 68. His voice has been featured in over 5,000 movie trailers and over 350,000 commercials. Here’s a clip of him and a few of the other well-known movie trailer guys poking fun at themselves:

Get Caffeinated

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BuzzIf your idea of breakfast is more along the lines of a jelly donut and a Diet Coke or three, soon you can combine the two. Dr. Robert Bohannon, amolecular scientist who graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine, is the brains behind Encaff, an additive that inserts caffeine into everyday foods while hiding the bitter caffeine taste. Bohannon has already developed Buzzed Donuts and Buzzed Bagels and is working with companies to inject Encaff into gum, breakfast bars and smoothies. Food that has been Encaffienated will contain somewhere between 50 to 100 mg of caffeine, about the same amount as a cup of coffee.

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