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Updated: 2007-03-26T15:30:08Z

 



Retro… whooosh!

2007-03-26T15:30:08Z

This clip is older than many of the people I deal with on a day to day basis. Where does the time go? And, today, do young fans show up to Christina Aguilera concerts dressed as little clones?

This clip is older than many of the people I deal with on a day to day basis.

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Where does the time go? And, today, do young fans show up to Christina Aguilera concerts dressed as little clones?




Reminds me of a certain hockey non-goal

2006-08-13T03:13:55Z

I had been reading about the 2006 Community Sheild match between Liverpool and Chelsea and was reminded about their 2005 Champions League semi final encouter last year. So, to remind myself of that result I turned to youtube and came across this bit of computer jiggery-pokery about the only goal in that match that sent … Continue reading Reminds me of a certain hockey non-goal

I had been reading about the 2006 Community Sheild match between Liverpool and Chelsea and was reminded about their 2005 Champions League semi final encouter last year. So, to remind myself of that result I turned to youtube and came across this bit of computer jiggery-pokery about the only goal in that match that sent Liverpool to the final (which they won in penalty kicks in extra-dramatic fashion):

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Well now, if only they had such “technology” in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. Martin Gelinas put one netward (with his skate, and inadvertandly, mind) in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It wasn’t called a goal but replays showed that it was at least worth of a review by replay. The non-reviewed replays suggested inconclusivity due to the angles available but employing the computer jiggery-pokery in the Liverpool clip perhaps would have solved that query.

As it was, the Flames didn’t score that goal with 6 or so minutes left, lost that game in double OT, and then lost game 7 on the road. Spookliy enough, Gelinas had scored the winning goal in each of the three series the Flames won on their way to the Cup. Perhaps he was denied and extra-spooky conclusion to that playoff run.




See. This. Movie.

2006-07-30T21:36:49Z

Caught a screening of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon last night at the Fantasia film fest. Wow, everything you’d want out of a movie. It should be instantly elevated into the pantheon of, say, comedy-horror movies alongside An American Werewolf in London, Shaun of the Dead, and Evil Dead (and/or Evil Dead … Continue reading See. This. Movie.

Caught a screening of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon last night at the Fantasia film fest.

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Wow, everything you’d want out of a movie.

It should be instantly elevated into the pantheon of, say, comedy-horror movies alongside An American Werewolf in London, Shaun of the Dead, and Evil Dead (and/or Evil Dead II) and Young Frankenstein.

The spiel about the movie on the Fantasia website does a good job of whetting your apetite and the film certainly delivered. It is clever, funny, and sticks close to what makes typical slasher pictures so loved.

The director was in attendance and suggested that they were on the verge of signing an American distribution deal for a small February 2007 release. If he keeps the name the film will be unrated (because there is another film, about Hanibal Lecter, already registered with the MPAA that uses the Behind the Mask name) which will likely severly limited the number of theatres that would show the film. SO, I think it is likely going to have a small theatrical run. Keep your eyes open for the DVD then.




Camera Obscura – Hey Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken

2006-07-30T21:37:07Z

Check out the new Camera Obscura video. I just noticed that they are headed this way. We’ll have to go check them out. They even have a blog and the obligatory myspace page.

Check out the new Camera Obscura video.

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I just noticed that they are headed this way. We’ll have to go check them out. They even have a blog and the obligatory myspace page.




Posting with intent

2006-07-30T21:35:32Z

One of my favourite English soccer (football) announcing-isms in the phrase “lurking with intent”. I was delighted to see a clip in the following (vague) Top 10 Premier League Goals included the assessment “lurking with major intent”. I had no idea that “lurking with intent” had degrees. Delightful!

One of my favourite English soccer (football) announcing-isms in the phrase “lurking with intent”.

I was delighted to see a clip in the following (vague) Top 10 Premier League Goals included the assessment “lurking with major intent”.

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I had no idea that “lurking with intent” had degrees. Delightful!




I’m With Stupid

2006-07-30T21:37:29Z

New Pet Shop Boys single. Sounds pretty solid. Playing to their strengths, for sure. And the video… … features the Little Britain duo. Nice.

New Pet Shop Boys single. Sounds pretty solid. Playing to their strengths, for sure. And the video…

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… features the Little Britain duo. Nice.




Windows windows windows

2006-07-30T21:37:48Z

This view of Complexe Desjardins on Ste Catherine caught my eye. It’s like a checker board. Of concrete and glass.

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This view of Complexe Desjardins on Ste Catherine caught my eye. It’s like a checker board. Of concrete and glass.




Arctic Monkeys gig

2006-07-30T21:38:11Z

Under crushing hype the latest UK buzz band the Arctic Monkeys rolled into the Spectrum for a gig. Now we were on top of this and bought the tickets to the show when it was originally scheduled for a much smaller venue. No problem though, the bigger venue was just fine (first time I’ve been … Continue reading Arctic Monkeys gig

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Under crushing hype the latest UK buzz band the Arctic Monkeys rolled into the Spectrum for a gig.

Now we were on top of this and bought the tickets to the show when it was originally scheduled for a much smaller venue. No problem though, the bigger venue was just fine (first time I’ve been there) seeing as we could get as close as we wanted to (pretty much the view presented in the flickr pic above) despite wandering in long after the doors opened.

Openers Spinto Band were interesting. Seemed a big studenty and the sound mix meant that the vocals were hard to discern. But they had loads of energy and a decent sound.

The Arctic Monkeys didn’t disappoint despite a few critical wobbles in their first North American appearances. Their tunes were catchy and whipped the crowd near the stage into a frenzy. Loads of people sang along to the songs. Only about a 40 minute set and no encore though. But a good showing by the lads.

AAAAAND kudos to Montreal (only the third gig I have attended here) for not making a night of music take forever. I was home by 11:30. First band was on at 9ish, headliners at 10:15 or so. I remember going to shows in Toronto where the openers wouldn’t appear until 10:30 and the headliners wouldn’t go on until almost midnight. Ugh.




CUBE

2006-07-30T21:38:32Z

I see that a new world record for solving a Rubik’s cube has been set – 11.15 seconds. That is surely some pretty hardcore cubing. At one point in high school I found the old first-gen Rubik’s cube we had and a small book (bought around the time when Rubik’s cubes were their Sudoku of … Continue reading CUBE

I see that a new world record for solving a Rubik’s cube has been set – 11.15 seconds. That is surely some pretty hardcore cubing.

At one point in high school I found the old first-gen Rubik’s cube we had and a small book (bought around the time when Rubik’s cubes were their Sudoku of the day) detailing how to solve it. When you are about 9 the book is complex. When you are about 17 the book is full of algorithms. And memorizing those means that solving the cube is more of a mechanical exercise of doing what needs to be done to flip the cubes at the middle of the sides or rotate the corner piece. I think at my best I could solve the cube in about a minute.

So then in about 1997 I bought another Rubik’s cube to use as an idle diversion knowing that solving it is relatively straightforward. However, that cube (the official one and not some dollar store knock off) was A PLASTIC CUBE OF CRAP for one reason – the coloured faces on the cubes, the stickers, wore off and faded with use. So by the time I had the cube anywhere near being “worked in” so that it could be solved quickly I was unable to tell the difference between the red side and the orange side. Crap crap crap.

At some point a few years later I bought a dollar store cube but I didn’t even take that one out of the package. I bought it for the package. It had some funny Japanglish on it. Or maybe Chineglish. So seeing news of a new record makes me wonder what sort of cubes they had? Certainly not the crappy “stickers wear off” version.




….Jones…….. Enema Bag… Jones

2006-07-30T21:38:59Z

Here’s a movie tip The Wrong Guy. Available cheap (I picked it up for $9 at amazon.ca but chatter on the related imdb forum suggests it appears in Walmart bargin bins for less). It has to be one of my favourite movies ever. I think I have seen it three times now, riotous each time. … Continue reading ….Jones…….. Enema Bag… Jones

Here’s a movie tip The Wrong Guy. Available cheap (I picked it up for $9 at amazon.ca but chatter on the related imdb forum suggests it appears in Walmart bargin bins for less). It has to be one of my favourite movies ever.

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I think I have seen it three times now, riotous each time. Not wall to wall laughter, mind, but still, a solid 90 minutes of entertainment. It stars one-time Kids in the Haller Dave Foley and poker star Jennifer Tilley.

Reading the imdb forum I now realize that the movie does fit together as a number of funny set pieces rather than a smooth narrative but I am not an easy customer when it comes to prompting to state of that crazy kind of laughter where no sound comes out. But I think there are a good three or four incredible moments in this film. And the imdb forum is pretty much united in praise for the movie and wonderment why more people don’t dig it.

It kind of riffs on Hitchcock and maybe a touch of The Usual Suspects. And it is under a tenner. So, if you are ordering something from Amazon.ca and need to bump up your order a bit more so that you qualify for free shipping then I heartily recommend that you pick this flick up. Well, I recommend it otherwise, too.