Friday, October 1

It's Friday...and as the kids would say "Woot woot"

I have no idea what 'woot woot' is, I think it's akin to the Aresenio Hall 'woof woof woof' thing of ages past.

Go check out another great post at Omniverse. I reccommend making this blog a daily read for those of you who don't already. "...insightful commentary of a variety of subjects..." Raves Chip Tijuana of Chiptijuana The Blog.

So, I watched Survivor last night. What a bore. They advertised 'more twists than an entire season', and surpises galore. But that so wasn't the case. The show has gotten so formulaic. They need to find something to spice it up. I think this time they figured they'd go for sex appeal. Throw a bunch of skinny girls with breast implants and some tall thin health club guys onto the island. Mix in some water challenges, mud, and physical activity. Unfortunately it doesn't work so well.

All the challenges are the same as previous years. The rewards are pretty much pre-determined. Try to win fire, try to win pillows, try to win fishing gear. Next will be some doritos and coke, maybe a barbeque. It's all the same crap.

The players are pretty much the same stupid people who think they know everything about how to play a game by copying the previous contestants on other shows. No one has any sort of originality. I watched one season, feels like it was two weeks ago really, where some blond kid named Jon lied about his grand mother being dead to win a challenge. That was pretty crafty.

But I think they have to start getting contestant who'll play the game a little bit differently. Instead of making a bunch of alliances on your first day, and then living in an atmosphere of mistrust and deceit until you merge, they should be trying to bond with all the members of the tribe. Learn team work, do some trust exercises, get to know each other. Then whip the other tribes ass. Make your alliances when everyone merges. Most of the previous alliances are broken up anyway at this point. I think the guys are especially dumb this season. Don't they know that women can't work together? I don't know what it is. But women are more territorial then men most of the time, they just can't seem to get along with each other. Maybe it's just the personality types on this show, or maybe the editing. But I've seen it in other instances. For some reason, when there's a competition, women just go at each others throats. The men should be aware of this. They should have been trying to find ways of learning how to work together so they could win some challenges, use the cattiness of the girls against them.

Oh well, it's a silly show, I've seen some interesting episodes in the past. But this season doesn't seem like it will have any of the appeal of previous Survivors. Maybe they should quit using tropical islands. Put them in the mountains. Or the wilderness in North America.

Thursday, September 30

A New Link...

Go to my Links Page and check out this wicked good (Casey Affleck paraphrase, thanks Seanie D) blog. It's called The Omniverse. Some of the better posts, actually they're all pretty great, include Breasts, Magical Creatures, and The Separation of Sex and Love. I didn't notice a comments section on this blog, but I wish there was. The posts are so well written I feel compelled to add my own insights and views. So I guess it's just as good there's no comments area!

So what're you waiting for? Check it out!

Hogwarts VS The North Pole...

I was reading a post over at The Omniverse called Magical Creatures, you can find the link to the article in the previous post, and it got me thinking. I'm sure these thoughts of mine have been thought before, and well documented on blogs and in the media world wide. But, since I haven't encountered them, they're new to me.

I was thinking about Harry Potter. Not just Harry Potter, but fundamentalist right winger religious people and Harry Potter. You see, I was reading an article in a news paper, probably the Globe and Mail, or maybe The National Post, when the second Harry Potter film was released in theatres. I also read a similar article when the newest Harry Potter book, The Order of the Phoenix, hit bookshelves.

It seems as though several church groups and religious groups, have protested the sale of the Harry Potter books and movies, as they promote witch craft and unholy things of that sort. I've always dismissed the rantings of the overly zealous religious as what they are, rantings and ravings. But then I began to think. What's the difference between Santa Clause, or the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and any other mythical childhood figure, and Harry Potter? I mean, they all use a form of magic in one way or the other. The biggest differences that I can see, are that one; Harry Potter uses his magic to save the world from the evil Voldemort, while these other figures use their powers to bring stuff to spoiled little kids. And two; Harry Potter isn't as powerful as the aformentioned magical beasts. I mean, Harry would have to go through several years of post secondary magic school to make bottomless toy bags, and teach reindeer to fly at a speed that would allow him to traverse the entire planet in one night. He would also be hard pressed to achieve the same feats in the form of a rabbit with a bottomless basket of chocolate. He may not have as much trouble collecting the teeth, but it would take the brains of Hermoine to figure out a system to alert them of a tooth under a pillow. It would take the entrepeneurial skills of Fred and George Weasley to get the money needed to pay for all the teeth as well.

So, my point is, yes I have a point, is that there is no difference between Harry Potter and Santa Clause. Why teach your kids about a fat bearded magician who is so lazy he only works one day of the year, yet scorn others for showing an interest in another fictional wizard who tries to prevent disaster at every turn and provides an incredible fantasy world for children who would take the time to put away their video cassettes, lay down their McCain lunchables, and read a story?



Wednesday, September 29

Shark Tale...

Well, here it is, the ultimate computer animation no-no. Shark Tale. The new computer animated feature from Dreamworks. This is what I've been dreading since they began hiring big name actors to voice characters for 3D films. So far, most of the characters have had only a passing resemblance to the actors portraying them. But in this film they've decided to model each fish to look like the person doing the voice. It's horrible. It limits the range and originality of the character. Why would you want all your fish to look like famouse people? Fish don't look like people! Jeez! Especially Renee Zellweger. She doesn't even move her lips when she talks. And those damn squinty eyes, what is she supposed to be? A blind fish?
Anyway, this film looks like complete garbage. There seems to be no artistic merit to what they're doing, and the joke seem formulaic. It's going to be the computer animated version of Jimmy Fallon's new film Taxi. Daaaammmnn!

Shark Tale...

Well, here it is, the ultimate computer animation no-no. Shark Tale. The new computer animated feature from Dreamworks. This is what I've been dreading since they began hiring big name actors to voice characters for 3D films. So far, most of the characters have had only a passing resemblance to the actors portraying them. But in this film they've decided to model each fish to look like the person doing the voice. It's horrible. It limits the range and originality of the character. Why would you want all your fish to look like famouse people? Fish don't look like people! Jeez! Especially Renee Zellweger. She doesn't even move her lips when she talks. And those damn squinty eyes, what is she supposed to be? A blind fish?
Anyway, this film looks like complete garbage. There seems to be no artistic merit to what they're doing, and the joke seem formulaic. It's going to be the computer animated version of Jimmy Fallon's new film Taxi. Daaaammmnn!

Monday, September 27

Chat room nerds...

I've been playing 8-ball pool at Mini Clips and they have a chat room style lobby where the players can talk to each other while waiting to find a table to play at.
I find that the majority of the people chatting are complete idiots. Most of them cannot spell, have no use for punctuation, and don't have an original though in their heads.
Most of the people are looking for 'any hot f 16-19 from NY or NJ wanna cyber pm me'. The others are starting petty arguements and compensating for security and morality features by misspelling swear words.
Now I know for most of us net-junkies this is old news. But, I'm still not clear as to why these people spend so much of their time pursuing lurid or hostile encounters over the internet. It doesn't bother me most of the time. I can ignore the conversations taking place around me. But sometimes they try to entice me, or antagonize me, into joining their silly arguements, or web-based debauchery. This annoys me. Fortunately the programs provide a feature allowing me to block members who do this, but it's still time consuming. My usual response to an aggressor is to simply correct their spelling and tell them they're wasting their time. This usually solves the problem. Like slowing down when someone is tailgating you on a rural highway, they lose interest and move on to other prey.
But still, I wish people were more interested in sharing experiences and thoughts, rather than having cyber sex, or starting fights.

New links...

If you go to my links page you'll find links to Je suis une porketarienne and Defective Yeti. These are two interesting blogs I checked out today.

Fakers...

It looks like we're getting a new ten dollar bill in Novemeber. It's going to have more security features. I'm assuming they'll be similar to the ones on the twenty and fifty. The CBC has decided to print an article outlining several of these new features. I hope the forgers are reading this. They will see their plans to make fake money are futile. Or...wait, maybe they'll learn how to imitate the security measures. Damn! Why didn't they think of this before they released the info, and printed the article? Oh well. I'm looking forward to the new money. It's so much fun to have Canadian money, it's like real life Monopoly. If only I could drive a thimble.