Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
In relation to the last post, gasoline is now 80.4 cents/litre. I never ever thought I'd see gas prices so low again. I'm pretty sure they haven't been this low since I started driving (keeping in mind that was only a year and a half ago...)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've always loved music. I grew up listening to Rock'n'Roll with my dad and Country with my mom. Recently I've taken up photography, and it's pretty well consumed my life. Annie Leibovitz's exhibition American Music combines both of these things in a wonderful way. I particularly liked the photos of Johnny and June, Hank III, and The White Stripes, but they're all good photos. Annie Leibowitz has pretty much become my favrit photographer.
And my new favrit webcomic is The Gun Show. It's sweary and blasphemous and not for the faint of heart/sane of mind.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Also, my brand new camera broke and I punched a hole in my closet door. Luckily the place where I bought the camera was awesome enough to just straight up replace it for me. The door is still broke, though, and my fish are still dead, and it was still just a really shitty day.
Oh yeah, and I ran a stop sign yesterday and felt like a tool.
P.S. Yeah I realize it's shitty of me not to post for 2 weeks and then come back with this.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Anyways, many many moons ago I linked to a webcomic called FreakAngels, saying I hadn't formed a real opinion about it yet. Well I think 31 episodes is enough to form an opinion, and I have. A good opinion. I really enjoy the art, and I'm excited to see where the story is leading. So go check it out if you haven't.
If you're interested enough in my life to care what radio station I listen to, it is Rock 97.7 fm (The best new rock and killer classics!) Follow that link and you can have a listen, and even find out what's going on in my new hometown. I've met some of the DJs (Cliff Kriz and Raff Papaianni), and they're a blast. The morning show is prolly the best, but I'm never up before 11:00 anymore.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I Don't have much to say right now, and I've already wasted half of the day doing nothing. So I promise that I will have a new blog post 1 week from today (barring any unforeseen circumstances) with something interesting to show you or tell you.
Until then, please take a moment to browse my other blog, which is unfortunately in a state of disrepair. But at least it updates almost every day.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I don't really have much to give you guys right now. So how about a rant?
Have you heard that song "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock? What the hell is that all about? I know that most of these narrative type songs about the musician's younger days aren't true at all. But at least when the late great J.C. sings about pickin' cotton or going to jail it's plausible. Then again, he did pick cotton and go to jail (if only for a short time). Kid Rock claiming he was camping by the lake in 1989 listening to 'Sweet Home Alabama' and dreading the end of summer, however, seems much less believable. Especially since in 1989, at the age of 17, Kid Rock was signed to a RAP LABEL. I doubt he cared about "when the leaves begin to change" living in Detroit and rapping about performing oral sex.
The girl in the video for the song, supposedly aged 17, looks like a prostitute. In fact all of the 'teenage' girls in the video seem really oversexualized, never mind the boatload of strippers that mysteriously appears in the video. Is there a Kid Rock video that doesn't have strippers in it?
All of this would probably piss me off less if he wasn't taking some seriously good rock songs and butchering them. I don't care if Lynyrd Skynyrd approves, or the estate of Zevon. Those are awesome specimens of PURE rock, and they've been hacked apart to be used by some no-talent jerk. Seriously? Who rhymes "things" with "things"? In the chorus of the fucking song?! GAH!
Okay, cooling off now. Kid Rock, You are not from the south. You are not a Rock & Roll Jesus. I don't care how much Hank Williams Jr. likes you, you aren't a cowboy, or a rebel. In the words of Hank Williams III;
"Just so you know, so it's it's set in stone, Kid Rock don't come from where I come from: Yeah, it's true, he's a Yank, he ain't no son of Hank: If you even thought so, god-damn, you're fucking dumb."
And so I will leave you with a real rock song, as written by one of the best rock bands ever, performed by a real rock band (and a modern rock icon).
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Say you're involved a sword fight. What are you fighting with? Swords, of course. How about a gunfight? Guns seem like the most reasonable answer. A fistfight? Must be fists. So what were these guys fighting with, and how did someone lose a hand?
Hexiom Connect has stolen my soul! I'm not even joking. I see it when I close my eyes at night. Play, but be warned.
I'm sure by now everyone has heard of the Reel Geezers. I found them a few weeks ago but forgot to mention them. I absolutely love their perspective on modern movies, and it's funny how sometimes their opinions echo my own. I particularly enjoyed their critique of Superbad, but all of their stuff is pretty good, so go check 'em out.
And speaking of movies...
Pineapple Express (2008)
I pretty well loved this film. Most of the stuff that Judd Apatow has been involved with is pretty funny stuff, but none of it has made me laugh like the first 40 minutes of this movie. Seth Rogan, appearing here as Dale, is as funny as always. I've never seen James Franco in anything but a serious role, so I was a little worried about his performance in this movie. Thankfully he surprised me and was totally convincing and hilarious as perma-fried dope dealer Saul. My favourite part was probably the fight between Dale, Saul, and Red (played by Danny McBride). As far as plot is concerned, it got a little stupid towards the end, and if you don't like drug humour you're gonna hate this. Also it was a little violent, a lot more than I expected. But It was funny all the way through, and I really recommend that you see this flick.
(My Rating - 4 out of 5)
I'm going to end today's post with a video. Any Canadian should know these guys, but I was shocked to discover I don't actually own anything by them. Here's "Bobcaygeon" by The Tragically Hip. I remember hating this song when I was a kid. Kind of funny how your tastes mature with you... If you like this, and you've never heard it before, check out their song "Ahead By A Century"
P.S. I've uploaded a bunch of pictures on my Flickr account that I'm rather proud of, but won't be appearing on the other blog. Please, go have a look at them. It will make me feel good.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Since I started my daily picture project I've begun to appreciate fine photography (and photography in general) a lot more. Brian has a photoblog called A Bag of Rocks. Brian takes pictures with his cellphone. Some of Brian's cellphone pictures are better than anything I've ever taken. Follow that link to see Brian's work, and maybe drop him an email and tell him to update.
Continuing on the subject of photography, Dark Roasted Blend is full of weird and wonderful things including some amazing photographs, but this collection of spiderwebs in particular caught my attention.
Last but not least in the vein of photography is Sexy People. I think it's inevitable that people will laugh at today's portraits in the future. I already regret my hair/clothes/smile in some of my school pictures. But who cares? That's the future. And god put goofy looking people on this earth to make us laugh.
Actually, one more thing that kind of fits in this category. MSN just did one of those 'Celebrities Then & Now' deals. I really liked the baby picture of John Travolta. And could they have used a more Jail-Bait picture of Brooke Shields? Holy Hell!!!
In the words of the b3tard who posted it, It's Intensely Annoying Japanese Game Time! "This Will Frustrate All!"
Does this belong in the photography category? I'unno. It's fun, at any rate. Cake Wrecks is a blog of cakes made by professionals, all of which are crappe. Look for the one designed by Malki ! though, it's a gooder.
Book review time! I decided I'd better read a book before I forgot how, so I went for the old standby, Stephen King.
Needful Things by Stephen King (1991)
The standard King fare, small-town goings-on and evil-doings, but fun to read, which is why I keep going back to him. Not my favourite novel by far, not even close to my favourite King novel (that title belongs to 'Salem's Lot, one of the only pieces of literature which scared the bajeezus out of me). I suppose the 'main protagonist' would be Sheriff Alan Pangborn (like most of his work the narrative comes from a number of viewpoints) but I didn't particularly like his portion of the narrative. Really, I preferred the Barney Fife-esque deputy Norris Ridgewick. I also enjoyed the character Leland Gaunt, the main antagonist. He had some really great dialogue, much of which was hilarious and totally inappropriate to repeat here. Overall the plot was good, I liked the idea of Mr. Gaunt playing the townspeople against each other, but I think his omnipotence was a little overplayed. I also didn't like how, as soon as he was defeated, the spell was lifted and everything sort of went back to normal. I found that a little bit 'fairy-tale-ish'.
(My Rating - 3 out of 5)
Now how about a movie review?
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The first Hellboy film is one of my favourite movie adaptations of a comic book*, and I was told that the 2nd installment was even better. Frankly, I was disappointed. I actually considered walking out of the theater a few times. I guess I'm glad I didn't, but I still wouldn't say I liked this movie. Some parts were actually good. I liked the scene where Red (as portrayed by Ron Perlman) battled the Forest Elemental. The conflict of emotions (destroy the elemental, the last of its kind, to save both loved ones and strangers) was something you don't usually see in a flick like this. I also enjoyed the Angel of Death, not the scene itself, but the depiction of Death Personified. Visually speaking this movie was actually quite astounding. I liked most of the characters in this movie, including new additions Johann Krauss (whom I just learned was voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Prince Nuada (but whats with the creepy incest vibe regarding his sister Nuala?). However, I wouldn't say that the characters and the handful of good scenes made up for the crappe. Such as the Troll Market. Mos Eisley Cantina anyone? That goblin dude with no legs was ridiculous too.
*(I have decided to no longer use the phrase 'Graphic Novel').
(My Rating 2 out of 5)
Heck, I'm on a roll here. Let's end with an album review.
Bring Me Your Love - City And Colour (2008)
If you've never heard anything by City and Colour, please make an effort to do so. Dallas Green (city and colour, get it?), also of Alexisonfire, has a really awesome voice. He's the only reason my wife agreed to see Alexisonfire in concert. Anyways, I've already listened to this more than Green's last release, Sometimes (2005). A lot of people I've discussed the album with complained about its low production quality, but the fact that it sounds like a basement recording is part of why I find it so endearing. There's not a track on this album I don't like, but I really enjoy "Sleeping Sickness?", featuring Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. "Against The Grain" is also nice, and has a folksy, Bob Dylan-esque vibe. Really, it's all good. This album has a really great, mellow vibe. If you just feel like chilling out, put this CD on and burn some incense and watch your goldfish swim around or something. Keep in mind, it's not exactly a 'pick-me-up' album. My wife made me switch CD's the other day because this was 'too sad'.
(My Rating - 4 out of 5)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
That's all for now. Expect the usual fare next week.
Until then, keep your stick on the ice.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
And it still. Effin'. Rocked.
Here is my ranking of the bands.
Zimmer's Hole - (1 out of 5) No wonder they were the opening band. The lead singer dressed-up like Satan. If Satan was going to start a metal band, wouldn't the rest of the band be demons, instead of dudes in Black Sabbath t-shirts? He also wore a vagina costume at one point, that pretty much sealed the deal.
Priestess - (2.5 out of 5) I'd really like to give these guys a better rating because I love 'em and was eager to see them (and they're Canadian). But the truth is their sound quality sucked hard. I was still pleased that they played their best tunes, though ("Lay Down", "Two Kids", "I Am The Night, Colour Me Black").
3 Inches of Blood - (4 out of 5) Plain awesome. I don't know many tunes by these guys, but I was totally stoked to hear their song 'Deadly Sinners'. They did not disappoint. Their lead singer has a wikkid voice, and we probably pissed off all of our neighbors trying to sing along. Arguably one of the better sets all day. Also, they're Canadian.
Testament - (2.5 out of 5) An okay act, but they didn't really show me anything to separate them from half the bands that sounded the same.
Voivod - (n/a) I didn't actually watch these guys. I was starting to suffer from sunstroke by the time they came on. I really had no interest, so I skipped them to find some shade. Judging by the muffled sounds that drifted towards me, I don't think I really missed much.
Shadows Fall - (3 out of 5) Another decent act that didn't suck but didn't do much to impress me. The lead singer has dreads that reach the floor, though. That's pretty impressive.
Cavalera Conspiracy - (3.5 out of 5) From Brazil, and comprised of former members of Sepultura. Not really that unique when compared to other acts of the day, but they put on a good show. And hey, metal sounds cool when it's sung in Portuguese.
Hatebreed - (4 out of 5) Surprisingly good. Like all modern heavy metal a lot of their songs sounded the same, but they put on a good show. Their lead singer, whose name I'm not interested enough to look up, really got the crowd involved and seemed to be having a good time.
Serj Tankian - (4 out of 5) I've seen Serj before with System of a Down. He has an awesome stage presence, and sang the song I wanted to hear ("Sky Is Over"), so that was good times. Unfortunately, his set was also plagued by sound problems, which is a real bummer with a vocals driven act like this. I will forever remember Serj, decked out in a top hat and Hawaiian shirt, chanting "PRAISE the Lord! Pass the ammunition."
Judas Priest - (4 out of 5) Pioneers of heavy metal, classic rock gods. Why didn't they getter a higher rating? It's partially my fault. The sunstroke was kickin' in pretty good by this point. Combine that with the fact I hadn't slept the night before, and the fact that I don't really know many of their songs, so I spent most of the set sitting down and actually fell asleep at one point. They do, however, have an awesome stage show (at one point including a motorcycle), and know how to get the crowd going. I had to laugh when Rob Halford was encouraging women to take off their tops for the camera (Look him up if you don't see why that's funny).
Ozzy Osbourne - (5 out of 5) How could I give the Ozzman a lower rating and feel good about myself? Besides that, he deserves it. This is the second time I've seen Ozzy in concert, and if anything it was better this time around. I'm still amazed at how much of a showman he is at his age. He could easily get away with standing in one spot and not even pretending to be having have fun (and fans would still probably pay to see him), but he runs and jumps around like a madman. It was a long set as well, which seems unusual in these days. We actually started leaving before the 2nd encore because we honestly though he was done playing.
Zakk Wylde, Ozzy's lead guitarist, is never a disappointment to see live. I know not everyone agrees with me on this, but he is arguably one of the best guitarists ever.
At one point, Ozzy says "You wanna hear a Black Sabbath song?" Crowd goes wild, as if he needed to ask. So I'm expecting "Iron Man" or "Paranoid". No. Even better. "Warpigs". I was so happy I nearly cried. I have now heard the song, as sung by the man.
On top of all that throw in a bunch of half-naked chicks and metal-heads. That, my friends, is a good frikkin' day.
Now for some movie reviews. What, you thought I was done? (beware of spoilers)
The Dark Knight (2008)
One of those movies that actually live up to the hype. Christian Bale, whom I'm sure I mentioned I love before, is probably the best Batman/Bruce Wayne so far. Heath Ledger is absolutely frightening as The Joker. I seriously found him to be disturbing, something that has never happened before with an action movie villain. I was sort of (pleasantly) surprised to see the character of Two-Face/Harvey Dent, as portrayed by Aaron Eckhart. I knew Dent was going to be in the movie, I just figured they were setting him up as Two-Face for a future sequel. Maggie Gyllenhal didn't make me hate the character of Rachel Dawes any less. In fact, she just seems more bitchy, and at one point I loudly exclaimed "God I hope she dies in this movie!". And then she did. And I didn't feel bad about it. Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman all deserve mention for their acting, all of which was top notch. I found Oldman's Jim Gordon a lot easier to like in this flick. My only real complaint is that Batman himself barely seems to be in this movie, but maybe it just seems like that because the Joker pretty well steals the show. Better than Batman Begins (2005), not as good as Iron Man (2008). Actually, in the category of Superhero movies, this is probably in my top 3.
(My Rating - 5 out 0f 5)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
"A second superhero movie!?" You say? Don't worry. This review won't be as long, frankly because the movie wasn't as good. It was better than The Hulk (2003) but that's like saying spaghetti is better than getting punched in the teeth. I liked Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, but then again I like him in anything. Liv Tyler looks like she's getting old don't you think? (what the hell does that have to do with the movie?) She was okay as Betsy Ross, though. Not great, but okay. I was kind of pissed off when she stopped the Hulk from killing the Abomination (as played by Tim Roth, who I also think is pretty awesome). What's with women in movies always stopping the hero from doing cool shit? The story was okay as well, and not too far fetched (as far as a movie about The Hulk is concerned), and at least this one had a Bad Guy.
(My Rating - 3 out of 5)
I'm Not There (2008)
I've never been a huge fan of Bob Dylan. Before I saw this movie I could probably name 10 songs by him, only 3 or 4 of which I liked. But regardless of whether or not you like or know Bob Dylan, this is just a well made flick. I honestly loved Cate Blanchett as Jude Quinn, a representation of young, amphetamine fueled Dylan, and would argue she is the high-point of the film. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale also gave great performances as different versions of Bob. (Honestly, what movie did you see where those guys weren't awesome?) The music was good, which I guess is to be expected in a movie about a music icon. I can't say I have much to complain about in this movie, so go watch it and decide for yourself.
(My Rating - 4 out of 5)
Enough about movies. I recently found, though I don't remember how, a site called Common Ties. It's a little hard to explain, so I think you should go check it out. I sent them a story, but haven't heard from them
Having trouble deciding if you're ready to have sex? Having difficulty explaining to your kids that it's okay to wait until they're ready? Please, have a gander at Boys and Girls: A Short Book About Choosing If and When To Have Sex. Serious, folks. I joke a lot here, but I wish I had a resource like this when I was a kid. Not that I probably would have paid attention. Like I paid attention to my parents.
So that was a pretty long post. I expect a lot of TLDR's in response to that. Well, not really in response because only like 10 people read this blog. But you catch my drift. Anyways, the reason it's so long is for one, because I actually did a lot of stuff recently. For two, I'm moving sometime this week, and don't really know when I'll be getting Internet access again. The same goes for Roundabout Expressway. I'll still be taking pictures, just don't know when I'll be getting them online. That is why I'm still awake at 5:30 AM the day after a rock festival and a 10 hour trip.
So if you don't hear from me before I move, I'll be posting again sometime after. Until then, enjoy this clip from I'm Not There. It's Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket, and members of the band Calexico performing Bob Dylan's "Goin' To Acapulco". Taken out of context, these images probably don't make much sense, and the clip is kind of crappy (whats with that skip at the end?). But it's a seriously good song, and probably one of the more emotionally moving scenes in the film.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Despite my busy schedule, I took some time to check out the Grande Prairie Street Performers Festival, photos of which can be seen at my flickr account. Also went to see the horses, didn't have enough money to make the minimum two dollar bet, but still enjoyed it. Basically, I had more fun in one day, and for free, than I have in a long time.
Speaking of flickr, enjoy this sweet search toy that gives you flickr pictures based on colours you select. Found via b3ta.
Y'all should take some time to see "Electro Gypsy" by Weebl. It takes a while to load and it's kind of long and repetitive, but I likes it.
I think that's all for now. I dunno. Do you have anything to add? Oh. Okay. Next time. Till then enjoy "Loser" by Beck. I know, oldschool right? I forgot how awesome this song was, then I heard it on the radio yesterday.
Edit: Oh yeah, I saw American Gangster. It was awesome. Have you seen it yet? You should. I also watched Casino all the way through for the first time last night. You should see that one too. Both good movies if you're into crime flicks.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Shameless plug for my photo project, Roundabout Expressway...
and then a movie review.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
I read a bunch of reviews for this movie before I saw it. Once I saw it, it pretty much just confirmed that "real" movie critics have no idea what they're talking about. Sure it was hokey and far-fetched. But it's a feel-good, funny, effin' good movie. I may be biased because this was directed by the same fella who directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (one of my all time favourite flicks), but I really don't know how anyone could hate this film. Jack Black is awesome as Jerry, perhaps more awesome than usual. I haven't seen much else with Mos Def, but he seemed to be a pretty decent actor, and Danny Glover is as good as ever (but holy crap is he getting old!). Anyways, hilarious movie, go see it, you will enjoy it. If you don't, there's something wrong with you.
I watched Hellboy again as well, so I'm totally stoked for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I also watched Batman Begins again, so I'm totally stoked for Dark Knight.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Speaking of fireworks, I'm going to attempt to get pictures of them tonight. So if you're paying any attention to Roundabout Expressway, don't expect today's picture until tomorrow.
Until next time, please enjoy this fun little physics game, found via Neatorama.
Also, check out this Canadian Music Mashup. Some parts aren't so great but it's pretty neat. I Particularly enjoyed the end, with Arcade Fire fading into a Metric/Billy Talent combo.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So I guess I'm moving away sooner than I expected. Oh yeah, I was moving after the wedding. Didn't I tell you? Oops.
Everyone should check out Katy Perry. Particularly her songs "I Kissed A Girl" and "Ur So Gay". She's been called 'a skinny Lilly Allen and a Fat Amy Winehouse', which is a shit comparison in my mind because those two artists are nothing alike, and why should we care about the physical when it comes to music? That being said, she's also somewhat attractive.
This fella gave his 3 year old son a camera and loosed him upon the world. A lot of the pictures are what you'd expect from a 3 year old, but a few of them are better than anything I've ever taken. Cool for him, makes me feel like a complete failure. Anyways, go check out My Kid Took These.
tccandler.com has compiled a list of The 100 Best Movie Posters of All Time. I don't agree with some of these picks, nor have I seen all of these movies, but it's a pretty good list I suppose.
And speaking of movies, lets end this with a review. Yes, lets.
Blackbeard (2006 TV)
Starring Mark Umber's teeth as Lt. Robert Maynard, Jessica Chaistain as his love interest, and Angus MacFadyen as the only good part of this made for TV abortion. Holy crap was this bad. Like, seriously. The plot was awful, the effects were awful, and the acting was extremely awful. Even the music was awful. As I mentioned, Angus MacFadyen's portrayal of Blackbeard was the only thing that made this movie worth watching, and makes me wonder why he isn't in more movies these days (Saw III and IV don't count because they're not real movies, even compared to this steaming pile of awful)
(My Rating - 1 out of 5)
P.S. - Play Dinorun
Monday, June 16, 2008
This isn't the 1800's people, it's the modern world. It's not like we're using heroine to make our kids calm down. There are people that safety test this stuff, they don't just throw it on the market for us to use. Until someone I personally know gets cancer from eating a hotdog and talking on their cellphone and showering, I'm going to keep doing all three.
(In my mind I'm arguing with myself 'You don't know anyone who died of falling off a cliff, so are you going to go do jumping jacks near a ravine?' 'SHUT UP BRAIN!')
The video for "Weighty Ghost" by Wintersleep, which I linked a while back, has won an MMVA for Best Independent Video. This pleases me.
Edit: Oh yeah. What's with the president of Afghanistan threatening to invade Pakistan? The only reason he has a damned country is because of the coalition. If he wants to go invading, I say Canada should get the hell out, let them fight their own damn war.
Monday, June 9, 2008
(link to full story)
DES MOINES, Iowa - He spent his entire savings of $12.50 on the 35 mm Argus AF camera in 1939 and for four years documented life in the small Iowa town of Ridgeway. But it wasn't until he was diagnosed with cancer more than 60 years later that Everett Kuntz actually printed the more than 2,000 snapshots
And speaking of photography, have you seen my daily photoblog? You really should check it out, and make me feel good about myself.
I watched some movies yesterday. Let me tell you about them.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
I liked it. It was clean and funny and it had talking animals and kung fu. I had a good time trying to guess which actor was voicing which character. And it made me feel good about being tubby. My only complaint is that the Furious Five didn't get enough screen time. That's... about all I can say about it. Really. That's how good it was. No, I'm serious. Go watch it.
(My Rating - 4.5 out of 5)
The Prestige (2006)
I've seen it before, but you don't know that. And it makes more sense the second time around. This is really a wonderfully made film. I may not have been alive in 1899, but the costumes and sets seriously convinced me that this was taking place at the turn of the century. I love Christian Bale, I love Hugh Jackman, and I love Michael Caine. Um, as actors of course. I was also pleased with The Veloceraptor, ahem, David Bowie's cameo as Tesla. I only had one real problem with this film... how can Michale Caine and Christian Bale, both born in the UK, have such horrible British accents? And as I mentioned, the story can be a bit confusing. Just watch closely, and you'll figure it out.
(My Rating - 4 out of 5)
That's all for now. I always start these posts off thinking I have a million things to tell you, then I either forget it all, or realize there's not much to say anyways. I'm going to start writing down the interesting things I see/think of during the day, and keep a separate folder for interesting websites.
P.S. I couldn't think of a clever title for this weeks post. So I found a random title generator. I wouldn't normally do this, but the post is kind of long and I'm not in the mood for being clever. 'Darkness in the Boy' was one of the titles it gave me. I was amused.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I had a very good weekend, despite getting bit by a dog whose life I was trying to save. I got to ride a donkey, so that pretty well made up for it. All of the pictures from the weekend can be seen at my Flickr Photostream.
I think that's all for now. Join me next week when I discuss the finer points of the Reagan/Thatcher alliance.
Pfft, Yeah right, I don't even discuss current politics here.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sorry about the huge gap between posts, kind of had some personal stuff to deal with. Notice the changes? Like the changes? Let me know.
Been a fair bit of stuff going on in my life since last post, too much to fit in one post. So either I'll tell you about it later, or I'll forget.
I Don't really feel like doing any real reviews, so here's an abridged version. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sucked. No Country For Old Men is awesome, totally deserving of the Oscar. Um... I'm sure I've seen more movies than that in the past month and a half... Oh well. Music! The new-ish album Runnin' Wild by Airbourne has an awesome AC/DC-esque sound that you should enjoy if you like good rock'n'roll
I've started a daily Photoblog called Roundabout Expressway. Make me happy and go check it out.
That's all for now. I thought I had a lot more to say, but I guess not. I leave you with a rather cheesy video for "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast" by Airbourne, and the promise of much photography and bloggery to come.
Edit: P.S. Oh yeah, Iron Man was really frickin' good.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I bought a new CD. Wanna hear about it? Sure you do.
Neverending White Lights - Act II: The Blood and the Life Eternal
Daniel Victor returns with an ensemble cast, and a pretty good followup to Act I: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies. Once again, this isn't your head-bangin' type of music. All songs are pretty chill, definitely something to listen to if you are in a mellow mood and want to relax. Or are feeling in love. Or maybe out of love? My favourite tracks are 'The World is Darker' featuring Auf Der Maur (probably the hardest rocking song on the whole album), and 'Black is the Colour of My True Love's Heart' featuring Lexi Valentine (of Magneta Lane, and whose voice I have absolutely fallen in love with). Is it odd that both of my favourite tracks feature a female singer?
(My rating - 3.5 out of 5)
What else? Oh yes. Movies.
As my good friend Nick put it 'An excuse for Will Farrell to swear a lot'. So true. It was funny, but not great. Will Farrell was his usually sweary, overacting, showboating self (just the way we like him) but to tell the truth he was something of a minor character. I would say Woody Harrelson was the real star of this picture, with Andre Benjamin in a surprisingly well acted supporting roll. Once again I was pleased to see Will Arnett in a supporting roll. Even my fiancee exclaimed "GOB is in this movie!"
(My Rating - 2.5 out of 5)
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
I liked this one better than some Owen Wilson vehicles, but it wasn't as funny as I had hoped. There were some funny parts, some stupid funny parts, and some stupid stupid parts. Not much to say other than that. My main complaint is that the character of Drillbit claimed to hate violence, but at the end of the film ended up beating the shit out of some dude. Not that I didn't enjoy seeing that dude get beat up, he was an asshole through the movie and I just wanted to run up to the screen and headbutt him. But I think they should have followed through on the 'Violence doesn't solve anything' theme.
(My Rating - 2 out of 5)
Um... lemme see. Oh yeah! Zombie Hand!
Zombie Hand, you ask? Well, I decided I wanted to make a plaster cast of my hand. So I bought a kit and was ready to make a perfect replica of my beautiful and dexterous right hand. Turns out I suck. I let the casting material to solidify too much before putting my hand in, so all of the air that went in with my hand never came out. I realized my mistake at once, but decided to go through with it and pour the plaster. Six hours later I attempted to extract the hand. And promptly broke 2 fingers from the casting. And so I am left with a lumpy, 3 fingered hand. But I've decided to keep it, and paint it, and call it Zombie Hand. I considered maybe leaving it sticking out of a fresh grave at the cemetery, but then I remembered it has (most of) my damned fingerprints. Duh. Anyways, that's the story of Zombie Hand.
That's all for now. Next up? A normal cast of my hand.
P.S. I've actually talked to Daniel Victor via message boards. Yeah that's right. I'm bragging about Internet contact with someone who is barely famous, and only in Canada
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Rasputina - Oh Perilous World
Awesome. Awesome, awesome, and awesome. I've always loved the inclusion of classical instruments in modern music, and Rasputina has never disappointed me. Melora Creager is the Queen of Cello-Rock, and she maintains her throne on this album. At first I thought Rasputina had decided to add a guitar player to their line-up, but it was just some insane cello work by Melora. Jonathon TeBeest's drums are super heavy on some tracks, so this album has a seriously wikkid sound. My favourite tracks? "1816, The Year Without a Summer", and "Choose Me For a Champion", which sounds almost like it could be a White Stripes tune. Oh heck, I really liked "Draconian Crackdown" too. My only complaint? Too much Spoken Word. Like all good bands, Rasputina has matured, so those who fell in love with their darker (read: goth) sound of olde may not like this album. Anyone who likes good music will love it.
My rating - (4.5 out of 5)
Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire
Not a bad album. I don't know much about these guys, so I can't ramble about them as much as I did Rasputina, but this is a pretty solid effort in my opinion. Good guitar work, some pretty decent vocals, fast and heavy drums. I particularly enjoyed the title track. The only problem I have with this album is the same problem I have with most heavy metal; it all sounds the same.
(My Rating - 3 out of 5)
I haven't actually done anything worth talking about since last post, sorry. But I promise, I'm working on something quite cool. For now, enjoy Rasputina's "1816, The Year Without a Summer". This is only about a half of the song, with a video made by Dame Darcy.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
And now you are too!
Most who are acquainted with me know I love all things old fashioned. I am a little obsessed with Victoriana. So Madame Talbot's Victorian Lowbrow, coupled with my inability to save money, are something of a bad combination. Bad in that I love her stuff. Go check out her stuff, It's all good. Her posters are my favourite. I bought this one as sort of an engagement present to myself.
That's all for now. I have some plans for fun stuff this weekend, so next post I will maybe have something to talk about.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I haven't gotten anywhere with my comic either. I haven't decided if I want to continue on with Inadvertently Productive, my first webcomic, or try something totally different. I'm also having trouble with my drawing skillz. I can draw something really wikkid, but if I try and repeat it looks like a bucket of horrible.
Aren't you glad you read this blog now? Didn't it make you feel good? Gah. I'm useless.
See this is why I need to do something cool with this blog. No one wants to read about some dude complaining about how he can't draw. Like, seriously, wtf? I dunno. I'll try and have something better for you next week.
For now, go read Beard Revue. If you love having a beard as much as I do, or just love beards, you'll love this blog.
P.S. Holy crap, who else was hungover on Tuesday? Seriously, I'm petitioning to get St. Patrick's day established as a federal holiday. If Newfoundland gets it, why not the rest of Canada?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Movie Review Time!
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
A really good movie for kids, with a few jokes aimed at adults that weren't inappropriate for kids either. The advances in computer animation continue to amaze me. I remember when Toy Story came along and it was the most advanced thing we'd ever seen, but this makes it look like Steamboat Willie. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrel, and Carrol Burnett, were brilliant as the lead characters, but I was particularly pleased that Will Arnett made an appearance as a Slavic vulture. This is an all around good family movie, and I highly recommend you see it.
(My rating - 4 out of 5)
I've decided this blog needs to be more than a diary, or the occasional movie review. I will continue to share things I find, and tell you about my life, and review movies. But if I want to get noticed, I need to have something that will draw people's attention. Like that guy who takes a picture of the sky from his balcony every day, or that blog about the puddle. I haven't any ideas for that yet either, but the decision has been made that something must be done. Any suggestions?
So what's the deal with Tibet?... Yeah I have no idea what's going on over there, sounds like a bunch of madness but I figured I'd better make sure people new I still pay SOME attention to the outside world.
P.S. Really, I don't pay attention to the outside world.
P.P.S. "Dudishly - In the manner of a dude." I found it in the scrabble dictionary last night.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
You may have noticed that my list of Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, and Saints has somewhat expanded. Go visit all of those links. They deserve it. I'll be talking more about some of those people I linked to in future posts as well. Also, "Drunks, Lovers, Sinners, and Saints" is the name of a song by Alexisonfire (probably my 2nd fave Canadian band), and they deserve props.
One of the new links is to Ctrl + Alt + Del by Tim Buckley. If you game, even a little, this comic will appeal to you. If you don't game, the zany humour will probably make you laugh anyways. Oooh, zany.
I also linked to Wondermark by David Malki !. Somewhat similar to Married to the Sea, to which I've linked previously, in that it uses pictures from old publications, but in strip form. I recently pre-ordered David's new book Beards of our Forefathers. It's a collection of Wondermark strips. The title is really what drew me in. There's another collection called The Annotated Wondermark, which I also plan on buying someday.
Julia Wertz, author of The Fart Party is currently out of work, so feel free to go buy some of her stuff. I just ordered the official Fart Party book. Should be a good read.
I'd like to finish this post with a movie review. So I will.
No big surprise that this was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. No Country for Old Men must be damned good to have beat it. I seriously loved this movie. Acting was great, story was great, soundtrack was great. It was visually quite beautiful. There was only one scene I didn't like, which turned out to be like a dream-sequence anyways. Probably the best scene in the movie was the 5-minute-long shot of the Evacuation of Dunkirk. That one took some organization. Seriously, this is just a really well made movie, I don't even want to describe it anymore for fear of spoiling it. Don't go see this movie expecting a happy ending, but please go see it.
(My rating - 4.5 out of 5)
Monday, March 3, 2008
Back to me returning to the webcomic world... I bought a Wacom CTE450K Bamboo drawing tablet off of eBay last night. EBay wasn't my first choice because things I order from eBay shops have a habit of not showing up/showing up damaged. But as it turns out, Amazon.com doesn't want to ship electronics to Canada, and most of the other stores were charging an exorbitant price. So eBay it is. Anyhow, I want to draw again. So somehow I have to fit drawing, writing, working, and becoming a millionaire rock star into my schedule. Be prepared.
I took part in the democratic process today. My party won. Go figure. There's only been a conservative government in Alberta since 1921. Of course people are complaining, but clearly these people are wrong and have no idea what they're talking about. In all seriousness, I don't like to tell people what to believe. I just don't see how anyone in Alberta could vote anything except Progressive Conservative. I know it's sort of like voting for the lesser evil... but why would you WANT to vote for the worse?
That's all I can think of, so have a good night.
P.S. The title? Oh. I just liked the word.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
So apparently, Adolf Hitler made little watercolour paintings of a number of Disney characters. And they just found them. And people are all in a tizzy. And I'm thinking... who the hell cares?
Also, I just started 3 sentences in a row using 'and'. Go on, correct my grammar. Do it. Oh that's right you can't, because I beat you to it.
As you may have noticed, I don't have much to say right now. I've been playing too many video games, or reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series to actually find/do anything interesting to tell you about. But I figured I'd better post since it's been like 2 weeks, and I know the 5 or 6 people who read this blog were worried about me. (I just started a sentence with "but"!)
Oh, I've been looking at funny pictures over at collegehumour.com. That's always a good time, though it makes me regret not going to college. Anyways, if you're bored, go look at funny pictures and have fun.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The first is "What's a Girl to Do?"by Bat for Lashes.
Second, Buck 65's "Devil's Eyes". This is from his album Secret House Against the World, which was more singin' than rappin'.
I wish more videos were like this. I'm more of an "artsy-fartsy music video" than "ass and bling music video" kind of guy.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Whats that? A movie review? Oh, if you insist.
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
If this film had starred anyone but Johnny Depp as Sweeny Todd, and been made by anyone other than Tim Burton, I probably would have hated it. Don't get me wrong, it was a good movie. It was funny and interesting, and I was never once bored while watching it. There wasn't a performance I didn't enjoy, serious props to the casting directors. I even liked Helena Bonham Carter for once, in her roll as Mrs. Lovett. And Sacha Baron Cohen, where did you come from? Even though it wasn't very serious, that guy needs to play more serious rolls.
It was visually stunning, as is to be expected with Mr. Burton's work. But the songs weren't catchy. At all. I can't imagine anyone singing along to them ever. And I do realize that, in a gothic horror, blood is to be expected (especially in a gothic horror about an insane barber). I just feel there may have been a more subtle way to depict a throat being slashed. We don't need to see it, every single time, to know that its been done. Okay, the blood is a contrast with the dark environment, we get it.
(My Rating - 2.5 out of 5)
Also, I watched Cloverfield a while back. I'm not even going to bother with a critique. As far as I'm concerned it was a protest film, against the war in Iraq. The basic message was, if the US continues to send men overseas, there will be no one around to protect the American people from giant 3-legged monsters with pulsating brains.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Hattie McDaniel was born in Wichita, Kansas, on June 1oth, 1896. Her parents were former slaves, and she was the youngest of 13 children.
Hattie dropped out of highschool to enter showbusiness, joining her brothers Otis and Sam in her father's show, The Henry McDaniel Minstrel. In 1910 she won a gold medal for reciting a poem, in a contest in which she was the only black peformer. In 1920, after the death of her brother Otis, she joined Professor George Morrison's Melony Hounds, becoming the first black woman to sing on the radio.
While working as a washroom attendant at Club Madrid in Milwaukee she was overheard singing and, at the request of patrons, soon became a regular performer on the stage there.
She moved to Los Angeles with her brother Sam and sisters Etta and Orlena in 1931 and, with the help of her brother, once again gained employment in radio. She starred as Hi-Hat-Hattie, an outspoken housemaid on the program The Optimistic Do-Nut Hour. Her salary from the show was so low that Hattie had to work as a maid in real life.
Hattie made her big-screen debut in 1932's The Golden West, in the roll of a maid. She followed up with I'm No Angel, starring Mae West, as (you guessed it) a maid. She continued to star in small rolls until the mid-1930s. When she was criticized by the black community for continually taking the roll of a maid, she replied "I'd rather play a maid than be one"
In 1939 Hattie starred as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. She was barred from attending the premier of the film in Atlanta, Georgia, because of segregationist laws (her co-star and good friend Clark Gable refused to attend without her, until she persuaded him to go). She won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work in the film, becoming the first black person to win an Oscar.
Hattie continued to act in movies, still quite often as a maid, until her final film Family Honeymoon in 1949. She appeared on radio and televison programs until she became to ill to do so.
Hattie died of cancer on October 25th, 1952. Unfortunately, prejudice followed her even after death. Hollywood cemetery, where she wished to be buried, did not accept the burial of blacks at that time. Her family instead had her interred in historic Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. The current owners of Hollywood Cemetery offered to have her remains moved in 1999, but her family declined. The owners erected a cenotaph in her honour instead.
Hattie was married 4 times. Her will left exactly $1 to her ex-husband Larry Williams.
In February 2006, Hattie was featured on a United States postage stamp, wearing the dress in which she recieved her Oscar.She two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for her work in radio and one for her work in movies.
"Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests: This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting for one of the awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you." - Hattie McDaniel's Oscar Acceptance Speach
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Girl Next Door (2004)
I won't get into the plot of this one, because it's not that great. It started off okay, but wasn't nearly good enough to be as long as it seemed. I'll admit it had potential, it felt almost like it could have been directed by Sofia Coppola. However, the bare breasts and handfull of juvenile jokes are not enough to make this the Teen Comedy it was (quite erroneously) marketed as. Nor are they enough to save it. Yes, the female lead (Elisha Cuthbert as Danielle) is hot, but I really only like her because she's Albertan. Emile Hirsch's portayal of Matthew was shallow and a little annoying.
(My rating - 2.5 out of 5).
Music & Lyrics (2007)
As far as rom-coms go, this was not half bad. It was funny, which I guess is important. It also wasn't too mushy, which appeals to me. The music was also fun and catchy. I was humming the tune to "Way Back Into Love" all day at work. Hugh Grant, as washed-up pop star Alex, is his usual "charmingly befuddled" self in this flick. I find he basically plays the same character in every film, but it works so I guess thats why he sticks with it. Drew Barrymore, as Sophie, is at her best since 50 First Dates (2004). And both of them are shockingly good singers.
(My Rating - 4 out of 5)
Lady Killer (1933)
Ridiculous over-acting? Check. Melodramatic music? Check. Shakey camera work, crappy cinematography and scratchy film? Check. Blatant racism, depictions of alcohol use and smoking? Check. That settles it, a perfect example of what makes these old-timey black-and-whites so effing awesome. Also a pretty good example of 30's gangster flicks. James Cagney is at his best as Dan Quiggley, a fast talking, small-time hustler with a hankerin' for pretty girls, making money, and smacking people around. Best moment? When Cagney hauls a kicking-and-screaming Mae Clark (as Myra Gale) out of his appartment by her hair. My one complaint about this film is that the leading lady (Margaret Lindsay as Lois Underwood) almost isn't leading at all. There are so many interesting and funny characters that her character is kind of buried under all the other goings-on.
(My Rating - 3.5 out of 5)
Please Believe Me (1950)
Another oldy-but-a-goody black-and-white. The ensamble cast includes Deborah Kerr and Peter Lawford (of Rat Pack and Kennedy-in-law fame). The screwball-comedy plot is simple and funny, and with some tweaking would probably even please today's audiences. To tell the truth, I was painting while I watched this so I only caught about 50% of what was on screen, but I liked what I heard.
(My Rating - 3 out of 5)
So you maybe noticed that two of these pictures are older than your parents. That's because TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is perfect background noise for working on other projects, such as the aforementioned painting. Ain't I just cultural? Watching Alexander Nevsky and painting, it just don't get more artistical. Plus, the dames in these flicks? YOWZA!
Anyways, thats all for now. Next week, a special post for Black History Month. Am I black? Nope.
P.S. The title of this post is from a poem by Walt Whitman. I got it from the 1942 film Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis. How about them eyes?
P.P.S. Still watching TCM, and Peter Lawford just knocked a dude out for taking his picture. Sweet.
Monday, January 28, 2008
On the topic of history, my new favourite video is Washington. Be warned, it's very sweary and full of references to the male anatomy, but it is effing awesome. I'm not sure who it's by, either Cox & Combs or Brad Neely. At any rate, I discovered it through B3ta. B3ta is my favourite website ever, or at least their newsletter is. They pretty much introduced me to the best parts of the Internet. Or the worst?
I don't entirely remember where I found The Do's and Don'ts With Babies, but I do know it made me laugh. Then again, when my family was passing my 4 month-old niece around the dinner table the other night, I made a joke about putting baby shavings on my meal. And that fresh cracked baby is good for your prostate. My family laughed, so I guess we're all pretty messed up.
Candidate for most hauntingly beautiful story ever, L’Inconnue de la Seine.
Candidate for WORST THING I READ TODAY (found via BoingBoing)
Candidate for the Best Google Logo Ever
The great Friends marathon is nearly finished, so maybe someday soon I'll have an album or movie review, but for now I leave you with Primitive Ways. These guys are awesome. They'll learn you how to make a bow and arrow to kill a deer, a knife to dress it, then tan its hide and make boots from the leather. So... go do that.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008
On a happier note, check this shit out! Isn't that fun? I found that at... at... hmm, I forget where. Probably Neatorama or BoingBoing, that's where I usually steal stuff from anyways. But wait, Neatorama linked to Lackadaisy Cats just a few weeks after me. Coincidence? I THINK SO!
Also, check out this collection of Cool Stuff to Stick on Your Blog, from JustSayHi.com, which seems to be an online dating site. Anyways, I figured I'd just link to the list, rather than sticking an "I SCORED THIS MANY ON A QUIZ!" in every post.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Also, check out the Urban Legend ER, by the same folks who made 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot. Warning: swearyness and fake blood. Found via Neatorama.
My life is consumed by wedding plans and Friends on DVD. At least we know who we're inviting and what I'm wearing. To the wedding, not to watch Friends. "She" has yet to find a dress, we have yet to chose wedding rings, we have picked out some songs for the ceremony but need to hire pipers (if we can afford them), invitations actually need to be sent, we're supposed to be getting married in my parent's back yard but they might be moving, we've chosen an MC but haven't even asked her if she wants to yet. Gah.
We've at least chosen our wedding song (like 3 years ago when "wedding" was a bad word). "Hotel Yorba" by The White Stripes from their album White Blood Cells. Which is very good, you should check that out. Actually you should check out all their stuff. It's all good, even Get Behind Me Satan which is very... plonky.
What was I talking about? I have no idea. It's 3:00 AM for for Pete's sake.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
"How is the writer's strike affecting you?" Well, I have to hear about it everyday, which pisses me off, because I don't care about it otherwise. But I just blogged about it, so now you have to read about it!
Well that's all I could come up with this time. So check out this new toy which I found via Neatorama. It takes some figurin', so it should keep you occupied until my next exciting post. Have fun.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So. Um. YOUTUBE COP OUT!
What? Oh. It's Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as performed by Hurra Torpedo of Norway. I've always loved this song, and hearing it performed on kitchen appliances by hairy Norwegian men just affirmed my... love. What the hell is a synonym for love?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So until I regain control of my life, please, enjoy this little toy. Just drag the mouse to draw. You'll figure it out. I found this via Neatorama. Which, by the way is one of my fav'rit sites EVER.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Allow me to introduce Chris Leavins. He has a blog/internet TV show called Cute With Chris. He's a funny, funny man. Please enjoy this video, the first I have ever embeded for any reason, which stars Chris.
Isn't rap music HILARIOUS?! I will never be able to order at the bar again without asking for a draaaank.
Which reminds me. I was introduced to Cute with Chris via Drew and Natalie Dee. He writes the webcomic Toothpaste for Dinner, and she writes... well, Natalie Dee. Together they make Married to the Sea. They are quite awesome.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Questionable Content by Jeph Jaques is my fav'rit webcomic. Indy-music nerd love dramady. I've read every episode twice. You should too, if you're into comics, just to observe the progression of his art. I don't get a lot of the music references, but I do get the toilet humour. Anyone who has read my webcomic will notice I was muchly inspired by QC.
My other favourite webcomic is A Softer World by Emily Horne and Joey Comeau. It's not exactly funny, in the general comic strip sense, but I dig it. I've actually cried over one of these strips before. I believe that she does the pictures, and he does the words.
I'd feel bad posting this without giving props (wtf?) to my favourite Canadian webcomic, Words and Pictures by Jamie Lirette and Graham Mutch. I forget who does the words and who does the pictures.
Lastly, not my favourite webcomic, (but probably the best artistically speaking), Lackadaisy by Tracey J. Butler. Anthropomorphic cats in prohibition era St. Louis. Good stuff.
Anyways, I'm being dragged to the bar to play pool, so go check those out while I lose at 8-Ball.
P.S. I saw Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow for the first time the other day. What the hell were the filmmakers thinking? It wasn't even like, ironically good, or stupid-funny. Just tripe. Utter tripe. Don't even watch it to make fun of it. Ugh. Horrible.