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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I should check my LJ more often

I keep running into these "is love" graphics.

Here's the one I relate to best. Enjoy.


Star Wars is love
Made By:


That is all.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Bejeezus... I haven't posted in a few days

Nor had I responded to an email sent by my mother, 4500 km away, in well over a week. Upon further reflection, after coming home from work, I have very little energy these days. Then it begins to hit me. In the summer, when I was working 14 hour days, on an average week about 3-4 days, I came home and had loads of energy. It was just my body that refused when Dawn wanted us to go to somewhere like Lynn Canyon or Barnet Marine Park, though the latter became great when I got my sea fishing licence and we went crabbing (though over a month we got two of legal size). But now, only working 8 hours, it a much lower physically demanding position, I come home just spent.

Why? Well, as I emailed a response finally to my worried mother, it DAWNed on me (no pun intended. Okay, maybe there was). I'm just simply not enjoying selling televisions in the same way I enjoy making films. Hell, I felt better coming home from the shit festival that is production on Smallville than I do from Best Buy.

But it's just a retail job, so many say. It's crappy, but it's straightforward, isn't it? Well, to give a bit of insight, Dawn made this post, based loosely on things I've gone through from time to time at the "Big Blue Box". Then one night I came home rather down, having not suggested something on a big sale, that mind you did have an overall good margin for the store. Sure enough though, in my enbittered mood, I stumbled on BestBuySux.org, and started to read the negative comments posted by current, but mostly former employees.

Wow. I really mean it. There's so many parallels amongst all the stores. I'm not going to go into real details here, but if you want some kind of idea, follow the link from above. To the few friends I've shown the site to, they've been shocked.

Anyhow, I do want to make a couple of broad points here. First off, sales associates do NOT get paid commission. Yes, the adverts from TV are true. Non-commission. However, it isn't like a grocery store or Wal-Mart or the like, where the associates just help you find things. We are required to suggest service plans, cables, batteries, etc. They do put a lot of pressure on us to perform. But here's the kicker. We don't make much more than minimum wage. We get paid next to nothing, but are expected to perform like a salesperson making $35,000+ with commissions.

McDonald's isn't looking so bad now, is it?

Secondly, it appears that management and the like are more focused on finding mistakes as opposed to looking at the good people are doing. Having managed a sales force in the past, I know from my experiences that coming from the negative side of things yeilds negative results. Surprise, surprise, surprise. And you wonder why you read so many things at BestBuySux.org.

As for me, I'm just counting the 60 remaining days until April, when a great many films and TV shows will be back in town. I don't have to slice the budget with a razor, and will have my energy back.

That is all.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Another Meh-me I've Been Tagged With

Yup, thanks completely to My Babe.

Here we go...

Seven Things To Do Before I Die:

1. Win an OscarTM some offbeat film, then completely snub the Academy while wearing a Canadian Flag draped over me like a poncho. I am accompanied up the stage with a hockey great, bearing the Stanley Cup. The end of my speech rings to the tone of "Oscars, like the Holy Grail, are now ours.... Bwahahahahaha." Okay, maybe I'm a bit bitter. Meh.
2. Direct one of Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, or Hugh Jackman.
3. Hang with Michael Moore in our old age and piss on George W. Bush's grave.
4. Visit Rome and Palermo with Dawn.
5. Guest voice on Family Guy. Maybe the Simpsons, if they start writing better episodes again.
6. Semi-retire by fifty, and live in the film off-season in Revelstoke, BC.
7. Watch the Canucks win the Stanley Cup.

Seven Things I Cannot Do:

1. Smoke cigarettes. Over one year smoke free and still counting.
2. Teach Dawn HTML.
3. Sing. Though Dawn has delusions that I can at least sing New York, New York at karaoke, I would like to present to the court that both her and I were drunk.
4. Drink coffee without spilling it. Just like anybody who graduated from university, we can drink loads of beer, hit an inebriated state, bounce off walls, and not spill a precious drop of sweet beer. But coffee first thing in the morning, without shaking, and it just jumps out of the cup on your hand.
5. Tolerate utterly retarded drivers.
6. Watch Family Guy without splitting my sides laughing.
7. Live my life without Dawn.

Seven Things That Attract Me To...Blogging:

1. Just plain writing whatever comes to me.
2. It's the best outlet I know of that most closely supports freedom of speech.
3. Occasionally, and just occasionally, this ACTUALLY GETS READ.
4. Flaming ignorant people who leave assinine replies to posts, demonstrating that they really aren't reading the subtext, just misquoting me and getting the soapbox out.
5. Hockey war posts with Peter. Canucks are up 2-1 (gamewise) against the Wings buddy!
6. Occassionally, some friends come out ot the woodwork and reply. You know who you are. And I know it tends to be more convenient than email.
7. A good, free web presence.

Seven Things I Say Most Often:

1. "The thing you have to understand here is..."
2. "Right!"
3. "At the end of the day..."
4. "I have an elegant solution. Why don't you kill Lois?"
5. "Wuv Woo", this one only to Dawn.
6. "Meh."
7. "Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way to save your friends."

Seven Books That I Love:

1. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
2. Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
3. Leading From the Heart - Mike Krzyzewski
4. Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
5. Have A Nice Day - Mick Foley
6. In the Blink of an Eye - Walter Murch
7. Lynch on Lynch - ed. Chris Rodley

Seven Movies That I Watch Over and Over Again:

1. The Star Wars Saga
2. The Godfather Trilogy
3. Mulholland Dr.
4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
5. Blue Velvet
6. Eraserhead
7. Bowling for Columbine

Seven People I Want To Join In Too:

Well, I rarely get a actual result from most of these, so the first seven to do this from reading mine will get some linkage here (and for newer visitors, a linkback).

YES. YOU TOO CAN BE A LINK WHORE.

That is all.

* UPDATE

Seven Bloggers who did this.
1. Peter
2. Your Name and Link Here
3. Your Name and Link Here
4. Your Name and Link Here
5. Your Name and Link Here
6. Your Name and Link Here
7. Your Name and Link Here

That is all.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Link Whoring

Dayum, still bored, still awake. So I'm following this idea from this post.

Death Star.



That is all.
One last Meh-me

HASH(0x8598000)
You are Darth Vader, you are the most powerful
being that the legends speak of and your
destiny will guide you to bring about the
true fate of the galaxy.

Which Sith are you?
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Surprise, surprise, surprise.
I was just wandering

Both doing the last blogthing, and over at dotdotdot reading this post about being beautiful OR smart, I ran into this quiz. So without further adieu, a Meh-me.

You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!
Could You Pass 8th Grade Science?


Can you tell I'm bored yet?

That is all.
Meh. I'm bored.

Therefore, a Meh-me.

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul
What Kind of Soul Are You?


That is all.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
What a 24 hours that it was

Why can't I just have the bad days limited to work? Seeing as I'm not currently working in my chosen field (as current readers can attest, the film industry in Vancouver tends to be a tad seasonal), I tend to take the Red Forman attitude towards work:
Work isn't about fun. It's about work. It's about how much crap you take from the bossman, then, taking some more.
But, nevertheless, the last 24 hours haven't been executed to plan.

The Canucks lost. Twice. To the two worst teams in the Western Conference. St. Louis and Columbus.

Mario Lemieux retired. Again.

Chris Penn died. Farewell Nice Guy Eddie.

And of course, the Liberals were defeated last night in the wake of a Conservative minority government. I'm not going to do a specific link. Learn to use Google.

Yes, Stephen Harper finally became Prime Minister. So what can we expect? Well the good of it is he's determined to lower taxes. Though ethically it may not be the wisest decision as I worry about our valued government programs, such as health care, may have to undergo cuts as well to save us some tax dollars. Is it worth my case of beer I can now buy each month? Probably not.

As for the down side, I worry immensely about the neo-Conservative social agenda which magically was hidden (under muzzle restraint) during the election Campaign. A ban on gay marriage. Reduction in women's rights. Us going to war in Iraq, or any country other than Afghanistan, under the guise of fighting terror, where the real purpose is to trade blood for oil profits, due to the declining indigenous American oil industry. Reduction of minority rights. Thankfully, it is a Conservative MINORITY, and as such, they can't push the envelope too far, less being defeated too soon. Just like the man with no spine, Joe Clark.



With Paul Martin announcing his resignation as Liberal leader, the thought is that Harper won't have any major threats to his minority for over a year. So he's gotta watch his P's and Q's if he wants to be re-elected. If that social agenda comes on too strong, he's in deep deep trouble.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

This is looking too much like two situations. 1968 and 1979. Liberals facing a new leader, with no obvious successor. In both instances, we came out of both situations with Pierre Trudeau, the greatest leader of the 20TH century, Prime Minister with a majority government.

Now we must bide our time, and wait for Harper to fuck up. It's bound to happen. His big fat mouth, attached to his face, ploughed through with a bag of spanners, will open and shock the electorate, mandating a drastic change.

Until then, I shall do my utmost to hold Mr. Harper accountable for the promises I LIKE.

That is all.
It's the end of the world as we know it

But more about that later this morning... gawd it's almost 2am.

As such, a meh-me:

You Are 60% Abnormal

You are at medium risk for being a psychopath. It is somewhat likely that you have no soul.

You are at high risk for having a borderline personality. It is very likely that you are a chaotic mess.

You are at medium risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is somewhat likely that you are in love with your own reflection.

You are at medium risk for having a social phobia. It is somewhat likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom's basement.

You are at medium risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is somewhat likely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer.
How Abnormal Are You?


That is all.
Monday, January 23, 2006
What Type Of Drunk Am I?

It's turning into a Liquid Generation night for me.

So here we go...


Get Your Drunk Personality at LiquidGeneration.com!


Another surprise?

That is all.
How Fucking American Am I?

Found at The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns. Not that this should surprise.



Take the test here.

Surprise, surprise, surprise. I'm definitely not like Samantha. Based on this, I think she may be voting fascist loser erm... umm... Conservative, yeah that's it.

It's funny. Being French, Canadian, and hippie are such bad things down South. I wonder if anyone ever told Bush that Jesus was a Liberal?

That is all.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
One day to go

And this one was inspired by Laura, who felt my recent political posts were just a little bit one sided.

As such, I'm posting here a reasonable cross section of the parties and their stances on the issues. I am, however, restricting my party cross section to just the Liberals, NDP, and Conservatives. The Bloc is not being included as their goal is NOT to form the next government, but rather to be a strong voice for Quebec as the Bloc and Parti Quebecois continue along their sovereign agenda within the oppostition.

I would also like to state I'm staying away from the long debated issue of the economy, as the Gomery Inquiry and the various ecomomic plans have been done to death. Do a google search if you really have to.

So, without further adieu...

ON THE MILITARY

Liberal
Support the military as a peacekeeping force, support rebuilding our forces, but are opposed to American plans such as ballistic missile defence.
My two cents: The Liberals believe our forces are a peacekeeping force first, not a war mongering tribe. However, there may be some pressure from the Conservative to appease the military supportive voters.

NDP
Reorient Canada's defence procurement to support the priorities of peacekeeping, peacemaking, humanitarian and environmental support operations (quoted from the NDP site).
My two cents: The NDP doesn't believe in war, but instead would prefer our force be fighting alongside Greenpeace.

Conservative
A strong Canadian military that has the resources to protect us at home and meet our obligations abroad (quoted from the Conservative site).
My two cents: This should read: "We really wanted to go to war in Iraq, and with us in power we'll be nothing but puppets to the United States, our kings and gods."

Winner: Close between NDP and Liberal, but frankly the Liberals are the better of the two.

ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Liberal
Nothing too specific is posted, though there is a section about Respecting Charter Rights. 26% of MP candidates are women.
My two cents: The Liberals don't see any major threats to women's rights as there are other groups that suffer more discrimination.

NDP
Have outlined a number of initiatives, including support for pay equity, more money invested into child care and child poverty programs, and increasing minimum wage. 35% of MP candidates are women.
My two cents: The most compassionate stance toward women I've seen in some time.

Conservative
No plans are identified throughout the whole site. 12% of MP candidates are women.
My two cents: The Conservatives are under mussel, as gaffs in earlier elections have been fatal blows. Why aren't they saying anything? Let's go back to Rick Mercer's Blog for some words from Conservative hopeful David Sweet:
"There's a particular reason why Jesus called men only. It's not that women aren't co-participators. It's because Jesus knew women would naturally follow. Men, on the other hand, had to be called."

Winner: NDP, hands down.

Now, one last topic:

GAY MARRIAGE

Definitely a touchy point, and a definite gauge as to how "equal" people may be treated in a society. So lets go:

Liberal
As in the previous point, here's the blurb from their website:
Respecting Charter Rights

The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; that respects all, regardless of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation; that demands equality for all, regardless of the color of their skin.

The Civil Marriage Act is an affirmation of our commitment to protecting minority rights and guaranteeing equality for all. Extending the right to civil marriage for same-sex couples protects the rights of minorities but does not take away the rights of anyone else, be they religious communities or opposite-sex couples.
My two cents: You can't fault the Liberals here. They legalized gay marriages, and are not dinosaurs like other nations impeding freedoms because of archaic, ancient religious beliefs rooted in fear, or priests shagging choirboys.

NDP
Nothing that I could find immediately, though with their stance on minority rights and equal rights, they are supportive of gay unions, not against it.
My two cents: They don't want to fight the Conservatives, they feel their major opponent is the Liberals.

Conservative
Again, suprise, surprise, the Conservatives are musseled. From the past, we know this is the one big group, politically, who stands united against gay marriage.
My two cents: While trying to win former, now undecided Liberal supporters, the Conservatives are hiding their real agenda by promising tax breaks to woo the voters. What's surprising is how quickly voters forget. We'll be sold by tax breaks and economic promises, only to unleash a hardcore, racist social agenda. Remember many Reformists (predecessors to the Conservatives) were also KKK members. Those ideologies still are rooted in the current incarnation of the party.

Winner: Tie (Liberal/NDP)

And the grand result: I'm split between the NDP and Liberals. Both have more compassionate views and their programs involve more money up front as opposed to tax breaks which tend to favour mostly wealthy Canadians. I just hope we can see through the whitewash and do what's right for Canada.

That is all.
Friday, January 20, 2006
One of my favourite quotes

"Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen. Could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee. Like this." -Dale Cooper
Ahh, a fine quote from the best show in the history of television, Twin Peaks.

In a related note, Happy Birthday David Lynch.

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Has it been sixty years already?
So 36% of Canada is going to vote Conservative

Yup, at the point of this post, 36% of Canadians are likely to vote for Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.

What can it mean? Well, to keep things simple, Mr. Harper, amongst all the fine print, has outlined the following key issues.

1. Accountability, seeing there is no governmental corruption.
2. Cutting taxes, most specifically, the GST.
3. Being tougher on crime, while reducing restrictions for gun ownership, and developing a DNA registry program.
4. $100 per month for child care for parents of children under six, though the critics claim the money will go to beer.
5. Stand up for communities, which doesn't detail anything and looks like a pile of bullshit being fed to us to make us think they're nice.
6. Stand up for Canada, which really means having more money in the military.

However, where are their stances on other key issues? Rights for minority groups? Rights for women? Health care? The majority of websites are suspiciously silent about such issues, like the party and their candidates have been told to shut their mouth. Maybe the Tories finally figured out about the gaff Harper made last election, when he declared that he'd have supported George W. Bush in the illegal war (well, by United Nations standards) they waged in Iraq, which was supposed to be about nuclear weapons, then freedom. We all know it was about military contract and oil money.

Anyway, back to business. What about the social issues? Well, from my post here, we know they are dead set against gay marriage. Maybe a bunch of the candidates were choir boys, loved by the priests in their churches?

As for other issues, I have to reference this post at Rick Mercer's Blog.

Health Care
"I do support the idea of private health care."
Jason Kenney, Calgary Southeast.
Multiculturalism
"Nelson Mandela is a terrorist."
Rob Anders, Calgary West
Immigration
"Immigrants are choking welfare systems, contributing to high unemployment, and many cannot read."
Art Hanger, Calgary Northeast
I think you get the point. However, do take the time to read the post before you vote Monday. I don't know about you, but this is definitely NOT the Canada I want to live in.

Choose your Canada.

That is all.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
M.C.F.A.T. Episode VI

Ahh, selling service plan at Best Buy has caused me to put off filling this in until now, and it has also reduced my ability to argue with MCF's inconsistency in numbering (well okay, the first wasn't a true MCFAT).

I'm babbling. Here we go.

1) As you all no doubt remember, back in October [MCF] wrote about popular bands picking up former vocalists of other popular bands. If you could choose any one band and any one singer that have never collaborated, and put them together as a new entity, who would you choose? Have fun with this one. You can mix and match styles and eras, and choose artists living or dead. You might even NAME your creation.

Wow. This is interesting. My brain wants to put together a band just on the basis of various artists, both vocal and instrumental. As such, this band would consist of Trent Reznor on vocals and keyboards, David Gilmour and Pete Townshend on Guitar, Roger Waters on Bass, and Neil Peart on drums.

As to properly answer MCF's question though, I would like to see the godfather himself, Mr. Bob Dylan lead sing in front of Kurt Novoselic and David Grohl, singing a cross between folk and grunge.

2) How would you react in a hostage situation?

I am taking it this question is implying that I'm one of the hostages. As such, I would play along with the hostage takers, waiting my time to be able to make a move and defeat them. I'd probably die the tragic hero in the effort.

3) What is your favorite board game?

Well, this is a tie between Monopoly and Risk. Monopoly is a little more fun, and can be enjoyed a bit more easily, win or lose. Risk, however, in my experience, can get so competitive to the point that I've nearly lost friends over the affair. Hence why I've limited my participation to simply online versions.

4) Which is worse, being buried alive or getting locked in a freezer? Include reasons and potential methods of escape.

Buried alive, hands down is worse. If enough dirt/debris is on top of you, there's very little hope you can even move within the dirt on top of yourself, as you suffocate, alive. Locked in a freezer, you still have possible chances of banging on the door to get some attention for help, and perhaps there may be an implement in the freezer you could use to get yourself out of the freezer.

5) In light of by the "Draw Batgirl" meme [MCF] linked to yesterday, what other characters do you think would be appropriate for a similar meme? Hundreds of people with varying artistic abilities have rendered versions of the character. Some have been cartoonish, some amateur, and others professional. There have been countless variations and deviations, and all have been fun. [MCF isn't] asking for drawings(yet), so don't feel intimidated. Just name a comic character and at a later date I may choose one and invite readers to post their interpretations--and stick figures WILL be welcome.

Well, having worked on X-3, I'll say my favourite two mutants: Magneto and Wolverine. The nice thing with the films is now there's a celebrity face attached, so I would add the condition that some of the comic book is used in combination with the actor (Ian McKellan or Hugh Jackman) only if either incarnation forms some basis of the final drawing.
More filler

Bwahahahahahaha

Your Scholastic Strength Is Innovating

You are the master of new ideas, techniques, and ways of looking at things.
You are talented at structuring thoughts, decision making, clarifying, and making deadlines.

You should major in:

Marketing
Psychology
Desgin
Cognitive Science
Economics
Photography
What Should You Major In?


Maybe I should get some writing done. Meh.

That is all.
Post #300

Which in itself, is complete and utter filler.

You's a bounty hunter, bi-yatch!
Which Typical Anti-Hero Are You?

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That is all.
Hidden Agenda's

And this wonderful post was inspired by my best mate, Todd. He emailed me this link.

Ahh, yes, Rondo Thomas. Your true colours shine. And it's a constant reminder of where the Conservative Party really stands. In the midst of the economic scandals, they hide their true values with standard political promises of economic reform.

For the history lesson, the Conservatives are a union of the old Progressive Conservative Party and the neo-Conservative movement from western Canada, the Reform Party. The PC's self destructed after the fall of Mulroney, and never really recovered. The Reform Party suffered mistake after politically incorrect mistake. Having MP's who doubled as KKK members. Slamming gays. Firing MP's because they weren't white. The list goes on.

So the Reform Party renamed themselves the Canadian Alliance. Stockwell Day, the avid water sportsman, was petitioned by Rick Mercer to change his first name to Doris. The name change helped them hide their radical social agenda behind the promise of economic reforms. But tiering Health Care was their Achilles heel.

What to do? The mistakes of the past still haunt them. So they merged with the PC party. A last ditch hope to shed the shame of the past. And they still couldn't beat Paul Martin's Liberals. But still, the strength of the "new" Conservatives resides in western Canada, old Reform country. So surely, in the fall of 2004, a large push against gay marriage was made.

But now, the Conservatives only talk money. How money was misappropriated by the Liberals. Tax cuts to improve prosperity (though it truly only affects the rich). Tougher on crime. Education in the trades (while ignoring the arts, which fosters independent thought).

So when you vote on the 23rd, remember the cost of these fiscal reforms. They are, in no particular order:

1. Government revoking the rights for gay marriage, which will lead back to the criminalization of homosexuality.
2. A looser stance on ethnic and diversity relations.
3. Tiering of our health care plans to income brackets.
4. Less money invested in Telefilm Canada and the arts in general in Canada, which will make our young artists more dependent on American productions for work.
5. Involvement in American nuclear weapons programs.
6. Fighting in pointless American conquests like Iraq, which was NOT sanctioned by the United Nations.

I could go on, but I hope you get the point. For further reference, review High School (or University) history regarding World War II, and read 1984 by George Orwell.

Choose your Canada.

That is all.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

The Movie Of Your Life Is An Indie Flick

You do things your own way - and it's made for colorful times.
Your life hasn't turned out how anyone expected, thank goodness!

Your best movie matches: Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite
If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I think I might have a fan club

Thanks to the wonderful people at Sitemeter, I can track what refers people to my site. Even though I don't do that much blog surfing, it seems blog referral services constitute the majority of my traffic.

Hence my typical snipe at my own lack of popularity, saying I only have 4 or 5 readers. That should probably read that I have 4-5 consistant readers.

But it seems any time I post anything about X-Men 3, all the X-Men fanatics over at Superhero Hype picked up on this meh-me, where I made it rather clear I'd rather be shooting X-3 than helping explain High Definition to customers at Best Buy.

Well, the last time I posted about X3, it seemed I was barraged by questions asking me to reveal the plot, to which I firmly denied. Now I just find it amusing that my meh-me, which has but one X3 reference, has gotten me several hits already today.

Yippeeeeee. Dawn, I'm catching up!!!

Though what I really found amusing was the response to the "update from crew member" entry, posted by ElectriX, somewhere in the UK, that the film isn't way behind schedule, and there's only a few more shots to do.

Now bear this in mind. X3 was supposed to be wrapped early December, and I believe it wrapped early January, one month later. To make a long story short, I'm sure 20th Century Fox didn't need those millions of dollars for extra cast and crew wages, equipment and truck rental, craft and catering, and so forth. Frankly, a show that's even just a few days over schedule is way over schedule.

It's amusing how the hardcore fans just tend to overlook such details.

That is all.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
What Kind of Fruit Are You?

More meh-me's to fill the void of what should be a good post.

Wait, I don't have good posts...

Anyway...


You are a Pomegranate...unconventional, unique, and
just a little bit tart...you know how to make a
lasting impression and often do so with your
zest for life...


What Kind of Fruit Are You?
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That is all.
Which David Lynch movie are you?

I get the feeling I did this on my Livejournal... but meh... here it is again.

Long live David Lynch!!


you are: twin peaks


Which David Lynch movie are you?
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That is all.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
I shall really try NOT to get political here.

So, as such, we'll start out with what was the beginning of my day. My Sportchek gift cards arrived via post on Friday, and as such, I finally got my long-awaited birthday present. A Vancouver Canucks jersey, which you can see here...



And, as a sidenote, as it stands as I'm posting, Vancouver is decimating the Islanders of New York by a whopping 8-1 mark (sorry Wendy, but you can't mess with the Northwest Division). And, for some extra joy, Phoenix is beating Toronto 4-3 (sorry Laura, and I won't use that wink tonight if Toronto ends up short... though I should).

Anyway, back to my story. After me getting my jersey finally, and Dawn getting a button up top on sale, we went to A&W for lunch. And this A&W is right near the corner of Gilley and Kingsway, which, ironically, is near both the Smallville sets, and also beside incumbent MP Peter Julian's election office. After a filling lunch, and still running our Saturday errands, we passed by a number of young NDP's, very excited, toting handheld signage encouraging drivers by to vote NDP. But, for whatever reason, these same young NDP supporters seemed to be right up to the edge of the curb. Furthermore, when I drove past, they were holding their signage right out over the road, and just barely missed hitting my automobile.

This led me to silently ask myself this poignant question.

HOW THE HELL DOES THE NDP EXPECT TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM CONSTITUENTS OF A RIDING BY CREATING BODY DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLES OF THOSE RESIDENTS WHO ARE INTENDED TO ELECT YOU?

As for some answers, these are just a few that I have managed to brainstorm:

1. That this sidewalk rally is actually an attempt to stop vehicles in order to properly pitch the values of the NDP to motorists while still in their cars before they can get out to asses the vehicular damage.

2. To scare motorists just enough that the sight of Peter Julian's election poster will remain in their subconscious so that come election time he is the only name we can relate to and thusly garner more votes.

3. These young people are just completely ignorant of the works of Sir Isaac Newton and basic principles of physics.

Any which way this discussion may go, I am posting an email to both Jack Layton and Peter Julian as so that I can express my concerns regarding this effort I was a direct witness to today.

So here it is...
To Jack Layton and Peter Julian:

I am a resident of the constituency of Burnaby-New Westminster, and today I was witness to something rather unique. After a lunch at the A&W right near Mr. Julian's office, I drove past his offices to witness dozens of young NDP supporters waving signage showing support for the NDP and for Mr. Julian. Being in my early thirties, I find many of my peers, friends, and acquaintances of my age and lower are somewhat dis-enchanted by the democratic process and are rather cynical about it. As you can then deduce, seeing such enthusiasm is quite refreshing.

However, I feel their enthusiasm went just a little too far. As I drove past them, in the far right lane, I noticed they were holding their signage out over the open road, and as I was beside them, I felt the signage was dangerously close to my vehicle. As such, I am worried about two things.

Firstly, damage to my vehicle. I was always taught respect, and in the matter of automobiles, never to mess with someone's car. This is definitely not an action that I feel would be condusive to encouraging more Canadians, in this case residents of Burnaby-New Westminster to vote for Mr. Julian. The last thing most of us need is an ICBC claim over this.

Secondly, I am curious as to the quality of the science program in British Columbia. Being a transplant from Ontario to work in the film industry, I underwent all my formal education in that province. As such, I wonder if Newtonian Physics is taught in high schools here. If not, I think it may be a wise idea to impress this equation onto your roadside supporters:

E=0.5xMxV2

Where E is energy, M is the mass of the object, and V is it's velocity. Since a car on the road both weighs more than a person and is travelling much faster, the energy emparted from the car to the person is great enough to implement severe physical damage, and possibly death. I surely hope your supporters are aware of this.

I sincerely hope this issue can be resolve, as I, and many other motorists, do not want damage to their vehicles or the injury or death of a young supporter of yours on their conscience and/or record.

We do share a common goal. I am somewhat impartial to the makeup of the government, lest one true goal. Stephen Harper cannot be allowed to win. His neo-conservative values do not make sense for the majority of working class Canadians, and I do not believe he supports the growth of the arts in Canada. I sincerely hope that more people can be encouraged to not buy into his whitewash.

Regards
Jeff Vickers
And as an update, Toronto lost to Phoenix 4-3, and Vancouver defeated the New York Islanders 8-1. So, as such, no extra goal scoring. Cha Gheill!!

If you would like to email Mr. Layton or Mr. Julian, you may do so via these emails:

jacklayton@ndp.ca
peterjulian@telus.net

That is all.
This just can't be me...

But, I'll let you be the judge.

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (68%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (26%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?
personality tests by similarminds.com


That is all.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Jeff's Top 25 Songs to Start off 2006

Well, not much of a change overall, but a bit of shifting in the ranks.

And here we go...

1. Viva La Raza WWE - Eddie Guerrero (1)
2. Weapon of Choice Fatboy Slim (2)
3. You Were Always on my Mind Pet Shop Boys (4)
4. Romantic Traffic The Spoons (3)
5. The Lonely Shepherd Zamfir (5)
6. Give It Up KC and the Sunshine Band (14)
7. Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag Pig Bag (11)
8. Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots (8)
9. The River The Tea Party (6)
10. Kyle's Mom's A Bitch Eric Cartman (12)
11. Keep On Rocking In The Free World Neil Young (16)
12. Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths (13)
13. The Bazaar The Tea Party (20)
14. Cannonball The Breeders (10)
15. Crazy Train Pat Boone (7)
16. Connection Elastica (9)
17. Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd (21)
18. Sycamore Trees David Lynch & Jimmy Scott (15)
19. The Globe Big Audio Dynamite (17)
20. Killing In The Name Rage Against the Machine (18)
21. There's No Other Way Blur (19)
22. Home For A Rest Spirit of the West (NR)
23. Chemical World Blur (22)
24. Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day (NR)
25. Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers (NR)

That is all.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Pierre, what has happened to this country of ours?



Looking at the election polls out, reading all the commentary, watching the mudslinging ads and rallies to try and draw more support in the dwindling days before we all go to vote, the campaign is looking more and more what our loud, brash neighbors to the south experience as an election.

What the hell happened to Canada? Is this whole campaign designed to amalgomate ourselves even more with our increasingly totalitarian neighbors? Now I don't have any issues against our neighbors to the south, just major fundamental differences with how their country is run. I'm still open to bets as to when Bush and company starts encouraging book burnings in town squares.

Where have leaders like Trudeau gone? Or was Pierre's ideal just too strong even for the majority of Canadians to uphold? All Trudeau wanted was a Canada in which we all respected each other, regardless of all the differences in Canada's rich diversity.

Of Trudeau, John Lennon summed it up best:


If all politicians were like Pierre Trudeau, there would be world peace.
Now, am I wrong, but isn't it pretty much a given that the vast majority of people wish to live peacefully within the world? And given that, wouldn't the main principles that Trudeau guided his life, and that of his children, be a good model for both we people to live by, but also, as a guide for our selection of leaders for the direction of the country.

Now, since the Conservatives are leading the polls, let's pick on them first. The party whose electorial strength resides within western Canada, their platform is based on tax cuts and stronger enforcement against crime. The latter I agree with, in part. But before I get to their platform, I feel the need to bring up a ghost from the past.
We take the position that there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, on the position of decriminalizing homosexuality.
Stephen Harper has played his cards right here. Not too long after the Martin minority government took office, Harper spent millions of dollars on ad campaigns, appealing to religious ethical values, that Canadians unite in banning gay and lesbian marriages. In a fair and peaceful society, Trudeau is right here. What business is it of the governments, or the peoples for that matter, what goes on in a couple's bedroom?

To all you Neo-Conservative-Flanders-Wannabe's out there, GET THE FUCK OVER IT. There is scientific evidence that shows that same sex orientations are in fact biological in nature. And yet you are ready to discriminate against others due to very minor biological differences? That sure as hell isn't my Canada.

As for tax cuts, I'll break it down based on my income. As film work is thin, especially for a permittee such as myself, I'm working at Best Buy, making a sliver above minimum wage. I barely make ends meet. As for the taxes I pay, we'll break it down this way. It's about $100 every two weeks, for income tax. That's $2,600 per year. A 1% tax break would save me, surprise, surprise, $26.00. Wow. I can't even buy a two four for that. Thank you so much Stephen Harper. As for the 1% GST I'll save, because I don't spend much, it will save me around $12.00 extra per month, which works out to $144.00 per year. $170 Total. Thank god I have something to go to in the summer. For the majority of Canadians in this income bracket, they don't have that option. And $170 per year isn't going to help them make significant differences in their lives, Mr. Harper. Mr. Martin was right about that.

Which brings me to the Liberals. Far removed from Trudeau's glory days, Paul Martin is trying to win another election in the aftermath of the findings of the Gomery report, where millions of tax dollars were misappropriated. Though I do generally support the Liberals, there is no ultimate way Liberal minded people can justifiably keep the Liberals accountable without a major comprimise of our basic values. The NDP is truly that other option, though many still consider them like the team that barely missed the playoffs, playing spoiler.

Jack Layton has ressurected a near dead party into a potential threat to our polar view on politics. Unfortunately, very few take him seriously. Do remember it was Tommy Douglas, the Greatest Canadian, as the leader of the NDP, who brought us our prized Health Care plan.

Not to leave the Bloc out, Gilles Duceppe is still the most honest politician on the planet, though he opposes Trudeau's one fundamental goal for Canada. United with Quebec as a whole, not seperated as two halves.

So, after the millions of tax dollars spent on this election, we'll have yet another minority government. And the trend isn't stopping. We need fresh blood now. And we need Canadians to wake up and realize we don't have polarized elections like they have in the States.

That is all.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
I'll say this again...

I am really embittered that whomever was the decision maker for this, that after a lockout cancelled NHL season, that the NHL has the audacity to put some games on a Pay Per View basis.

What a load of bollocks. And I missed the only meeting of the season between the Leafs and the Canucks, to which, I might add, just one thing.

VANCOUVER WON!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!

As for the Leafs, there's always NEXT millenium.

That is all.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Lois finally dies...

Go here and see for yourself... and command Stewie while you're at it...

That is all.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
The World's Smallest Political Quiz

Found at Dawn's site, which she found via Nugget.

And without furhter adieu...



LIBERAL

LIBERALS usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

All I can say is... SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE...

The quiz can be taken here.

That is all.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Blogwards 2005 Episode VII - The Sith Reborn

Well, here we are. The end of the week. And time for the Final Blogward of the year. To all those who didn't get one, I have this to say.

'Dems da brakes. Meh.

Here we go...

BLOG WITH THE MOST REBORN SPIRIT

Well, with firsthand experience from last year, I can only think of one whose spirit was rekindled from dust in the last year.

Me. Maybe I'm self promoting, but meh, you will ALL get over it. To avoid completely re-uttering myself, backtrack through various posts here or on my LJ, or a brief summary can be reached here.

As such, I won't indulge myself in praise, but rather, award myself a button, with one of my favorite movie characters in a reborn state.



That is all. May the force be with you all.
Okay we're a few weeks late for this...

But here we go




Your Birthdate: December 19



You are resilient, and no doubt your resilience has already been tested.

You've had some difficult experiences in your life, but you are wise from them.

Having had to grow up quickly, you tend to discount the advice of others.

You tend to be a loner, having learned that the only person you can depend on is yourself.



Your strength: Well developed stability and confidence



Your weakness: Suspicion of others



Your power color: Eggplant



Your power symbol: Spade



Your power month: October

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?


That is all.
Friday, January 06, 2006
It appears I am "It"

Cuz Dawn tagged me with this meme. So here we go...

FOUR THINGS MEME

Four jobs you've had in your life

1. Park Attendant/Lifeguard. The job I definitely have the most experience doing. See, my dad runs a private recreation park, and as such, took pity on the young Star Wars geek and employed him, trying to make me more "normal" by making sure there was more CH3CH2OH in my system than blood. This concept, however, had one intrinsic flaw. By the time University rolled around, I discovered Clark Hall Pub, where all that drinking skill just made me dorkier, allowing me to understand fluid mechanics extremely well.

2. Sales Rep/Associate. The job with my second highest level of experience. I've sold almost everything under the sun, and am currently still doing it right now to make my way through the slow winter here in British Columbia.

3. Mechanical Engineer. Yup, for two years, I put my first, overvalued letters and education to practical use. Too bad I liked the academic aspect, but hated the work side of the equation.

4. Film Lighting Technician. My current job (well in the summers, when Vancouver has enough shows to employ the lot of us). I've loved film all my life, yet it took nearly 30 years to realize that it was what I should do with the rest of my life. Or it took too long for all the booze I drank as a kid to wear off.

Four movies you would watch over and over

1. The Star Wars Saga. The original I saw on opening day in 1977, and I became hooked. Since then, I've seen all six (including re-releases of the original three) on all their opening days. God I'm sad, but alas, this one is strong with the Dark Side of the Force.

2. The Godfather Trilogy. I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. Again. And again. And again. Plus Pacino just plain kicks ass.

3. Mulholland Drive. David Lynch is a sheer genius, as it is clearly shown in this surrealistic film.

4. The Breakfast Club. Getting high, in school, on Saturday, while serving detention? What else do you need? Okay, the phrase "eat my shorts" was also coined in this film.

Four places you have lived

1. Montreal, PQ, Canada. My hometown. 'Nuff said.

2. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Let's put things this way. Comparing Montreal to Toronto is like comparing heaven to hell. I'm so glad to be away from there.

3. Ocala, Florida, USA. I liked the warmer winters, but the summers were so humid you couldn't go outside without losing 20 lbs of bodymass due to sweat. And I'm thin. I don't have the weight to spare.

4. Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Nowhere since Montreal has a place felt like home.

Four TV shows you love to watch

1. Family Guy. I honestly believe Seth MacFarlane used me as a model to develop the character of Stewart Gilligan Griffin. Or Snake. I quite like that. Snake Griffin.

2. Trailer Park Boys. Only on Canadian television can you see a father and 10 year old daughter doing the patch together to try to quit smoking.

3. WWE Raw and Smackdown. It's fake, the outcomes are pre-written, but at times, wrestling has some great moments.

4. The Rick Mercer Report. Rick's humourous take on Canadian and World news and events is heads and shoulders better journalism than we experience here in Canada, and is light years ahead of the propaganda "news" networks they have down south.

Four places you have been on vacation

1. Los Angeles, California, USA. What a fun, exciting yet laid back kind of city. What's really funny is during a 60 degree winter night, bar patios have propane heaters. No wonder Hollywood types don't shoot films in the winter here in Vancouver.

2. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. I've seen my fair share of Indians games, plus, Sandusky is not too far away, as so to ride the coasters at Cedar Point.

3. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Ahh, nothing like skiing, winter Carnival, le Bonhomme de Carnival, est chaud Cariboooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

4. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Great skiing in the late autumn, winter, and through the spring. Along with British Columbia, it's the prettiest part of Canada (especially after driving through Saskatchewan the day before).

Four websites you visit daily [not including my blog!]

1. The Derringher Portal. Though Will has been low on the posting side of things for a while, it's great for sheer random conversation.

2. The Majority of my Blogroll. Well, at bare minimum, the ones that show some level of an update. It's weird. I have more energy to check posts while working 14-16 hour days on film sets.

3. Sportsnet.ca. I'm on two remaining online free pools, and the third, for the NFL, aka the National American Rugby League (as football is a term more apt to what North Americans call Soccer) just wrapped up, and I finished second place overall in the final week with a 14-2 standing.

4. StarWars.com. Yes. I'm a sad Star Wars fan. But deal with it, before I get Sith on your ass.

Four of your favourite foods

1. Pasta. Any shape of noodle. It doesn't matter. I just miss homemade sauce. Mom, send me some. PPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEEE!!!

2. Yorkshire Puddings. But only the way Dawn makes them. She's from Yorkshire, you know.

3. Chicken. Especially from Swiss Chalet. With their special dipping sauce. But dammit, I can't find any in the grocery stores anymore. Gits. Stock it back up again already.

4. Pancakes with real Maple Syrup. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Maple Syrup. I just wish Dawn let me have it with more than just pancakes.

*Update*
Four places you'd rather be:
Well, I am rather happy being here in Vancouver, BC, though it rains nearly every day here during the winter. I know I can deal with it, because it is both so beautiful here, and also there is so much work in film here. Though there is a subset I'll make to give four answers. Where would I rather be than Best Buy.

1. Vancouver Film Studios. Shooting X-Men 3, which typically is way behind schedule.

2. Whistler Blackcomb. Only two hours away, and world class skiing. Though getting Dawn to ski the extreme areas may take some convincing and a whole load of lessons first. Thank god I used to instruct skiing.

3. Quesnel, BC. To spend time with my sis Jana.

4. Revelstoke, BC. On our way out here, we spent the night there. I don't know why, but it was a really cool little town along the way. Feels like somewhere we may retire.

Four albums you can't live without:
Well, as it seems, we're here in BC without my hundreds of CD's, so it appears we can live without all our actual albums. But for actual individual songs, I can't live without these four.

1. Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim. BEST. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. PERIOD.

2. Give it Up - KC and the Sunshine Band. For all the Queen's plumbers out there, I'm sure we all remember the Bus Stop Dance.

3. Sycamore Trees - David Lynch and Jimmy Scott. A chilling reminder to the end of the best television show ever, Twin Peaks.

4. You May Be Right - The Grapes of Wrath. The best song from the band from Kelowna, BC.
*End of update*

Four bloggers you are tagging

1. Laura. She likes memes (I think).
2. Todd. Though I bet he won't do it.
3. Wendy. I'm interested to see her answers.
4. Jimmy Rock. Who knows which blog this will really show up on though.

That is all.
What Element is Your Love?

Your Love Element Is Metal

In love, you inspire and respect your partner.
For you, love is all about fusing together for one incredible life experience.

You attract others with wit and a bit of flash.
Your flirting style is defined by making others want and value you.

Greatness and optimism are the cornerstones of your love life.
You may let go too easily, but you never get weighed down by your past.

You connect best with: Earth

Avoid: Fire

You and another Metal element: will control and smother each other
What Element Is Your Love?


Hmm... I wonder if I connect best with Dawn?

That is all.
Blogwards 2005 Episode VI - Return of My Babe

Ahh, the joys of not working on a Friday. That being having time to really do a good job on this Blogward.

BLOGGING BABE OF THE YEAR

One would think that this would be a very difficult one to pick. One can only fathom the sheer delight horror that Maxim, Stuff, FHM (and the like) staffers in narrowing down the list to just 100.

Well, I had no problem widdling this list down to just one. My babe, my partner, my one and only Dawn. You may say that I am blinded by love. Well, frankly, I am, and SO BE IT. I'm sure anyone reading this will get over it. If not, here's some advice:

GET OVER IT.

As such, for my Dawn, for having a wide array of subjects, for her creativity and passion, I hereby award you this button:



That is all. Until tomorrow. Now you may say that Lucas isn't intending to make any more Star Wars films, which the titles have been following, but alas, there's enough fiction extending beyond Episode VI to justify just one more chapter. Which will be tomorrow.

[mechanized breathing]Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha[mechanized breathing]
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Blogwards 2005 Episode V - The Meh-me Strikes Back

Ahh yes, my new spelling for the more commonly spelled meme. My "new" spelling comes from the often coined word Meh, which, to my knowledge, is the sound of the first two letters in meme.

Hence, Meh-me.

As such, here's tonight's Blogward:

MOST INTERESTING MEME'S POSTED

Now, for those of you who have been following this holy saga (or those of you fully capable of scrolling down), Laura has volunteered to be my next victim recipient of the not so coveted Blogward.

Now Laura, instead of being bored and posting a Meh-mes just to fill space, filling some self induced requirement to post daily, actually posts the Meh-mes that she actually likes or relates to, not just modifying stupid chain emails into posts. For your perusal, I give you

The Ultimate Canadian Test
Inside the Actor's Studio
My Loser Score
My Weird Quotient

Now, for being a good sport, and actually volunteering, I hereby present Laura with this award and Blog Button



Only two more to go.

That is all.

Until tomorrow.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
M.C.F.A.T. Episode V

Well, okay, he says Volume V, but being the Star Wars freak job that I am, I prefer Episode to volume. Also, with the confusion between 5th or 6th incarnation (yes I know it's the fifth one named the M.C.F.A.T.) and I missed number 4, I have no beefs now complying with MCF's numbering system.

As such, here we go.

1) I'm not on DVD, and I may never be on DVD as much as you wish I was. What am I?
Well, up until Fall 2004, I would have said the Star Wars original trilogy. Now, with all films available on DVD, I have to say this. One, the original trilogy far outdoes the new prequels, with the exception of Episode III, which is what we wanted out of all three prequels.

As to now answer the question without any more rambling, I would have to say the second season of David Lynch's television classic, Twin Peaks, along with the pilot episode. Due to several mergers and takeovers in the Hollywood film studio world, the second season, the strange but enlightening season, still remains, to this day, unreleased. Yet drivel like SeaQuest DSV is getting released to DVD.

2) It's going to be cold and gray for some months to come. There are no good movies playing. You don't want to venture far or spend a lot of money, but sometimes the four walls of your home conspire to drive you mad and you just need to go SOMEWHERE. What do you do?
This is almost identical to the situation right now. We're in Vancouver, land of eternal rain, which makes the skies grey. There are just a few good films out there, but with film work dried up, ventures to the cinema are few and far between. Aside from watching hockey on the TV, our big outs are to spend some time up at Mount Seymour Provincial Park or at Cypress Provincial Park.

3) If you had to give up one of your senses, which would it be?
Probably taste. I don't have much left after having eaten too much spicy food already. Hence it wouldn't be losing much.

4) This sitcom will NEVER be made into a major motion picture, not in a million years. Then again, it wouldn't be that unprecedented. What's the WORST case scenario, from sitcom choice to casting, that you could imagine?
Wow, this is a toughie. There's not too many sitcoms that I'd watch to begin with. I'd like to say Trailer Park Boys, but the movie is coming out, though, in the tradition of the X-Files, the movie is just part of the ongoing series, not a spin-off.

I guess to avoid clickish, I'll go with Made in Canada. Nobody should fuck with the funniest man in Canada, Rick Mercer. As for the worst possible cast, here it goes:

Richard Strong - Jack Black (he's really not that funny)
Alan Roy - Tom Cruise ('Nuff Said)
Victor Sela - Will Ferrell (he's even less funny than Mr. Black)
Veronica - Jennifer Lopez (uuuuggghhhhhh)

5) Now you're a supervillain. Why? What has motivated you to use your powers for evil, what are your powers, and what are your methods and goals?
Why am I a supervillain? Plain and simple. For being outcast, because I'm different, because I pose a threat, because I'm misunderstood, and due to people's fear of my natural abilities, I am segregated from the normal. Well, my methods are pure and simple. To quote Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, "let the hate flow through you." Focused amounts of rage combined with my mental prowess will leave my enemies begging for mercy. To which I will demand of them they treat all as equals, to end this oppression.

6) Name one artist, in any discipline, who has affected your life in some way.
David Lynch. Though Lucas and Spielberg fostered my love for film, Lynch inspired my drive to create my own films. I love the way he leaves open ends, how he creates intrigue by mere implication, and the sheer depth of the story and the many subtexts.

That is all.
Which Celebrity Do You Look Like?

As per stolen from my babe Dawn at this post, I have been asked kindly, yet bludgingly, to follow suit, and do the photo comparison at the site here.

Having done the test repeatedly, I ended up with a consistant result. David "Mr. Posh Spice" Beckham. For fuck sakes, he played for the evil empire enemy worst team in football, Manchester United. What a twat. However, there was a better result. Look at the scree capture:



And to zoom in a bit, here's me:



And here's my celebrity look alike:



And it's a wonder my nickname was Mulder in the 90's.

That is all.
Blogwards 2005 Episode IV - A New Hope

Yeah, yeah, so Lucas can sue me for that one.

Meh.

As such, on to tonights Blogward:

STRANGEST FORM OF BLOG PROMOTION

Well, we have Blogs Canada, Blog Explosion, Blogazoo, Blogwise, Blog blah blah blah. What an absolutely boring listing for many people's exciting (maybe) lives. Enter Teh Blogfather. Eric, the man who runs the free blog promotion, has a rather askew view of the world, which is, in itself, refreshing. Check out his review of A Golden World:
Yeeeee-haaaaah! And we are off, ladies and gents, with another totally shway, totally blogadelic round, huzzaaaah! Now, no self-respecting Star Wars fanatic can call himself a jedi until he has met Neooolithiiiic "Tha Dark Lord" Sidiuuuuus! [And the ladies go: helloooooo jedi!] I battled Tha Dark Lord in the smoky peaks of mount Doom so I could reclaim my preciooouussssss! Hmmmmm...that may have been another movie. Anyway, his dark lair attempts to be funny and promises a golden new world where ketchup and mayonaisse shall dwell in harmony, forever and ever, amen. Show him looove!


What the duece? To re-quote what Stewie said to 50 Cent on MTV, LAY OFF THE DOOBIE. And while we're at it, I have an elegant solution to things, why don't we just kill Lois?

Oh wait, the Blogward. Well, for being wacky, and original, I hereby award Eric with the following button:



And remember, being strange is good. It's the so-called normal people who are really frightening.

That is all. Until tomorrow, with Laura, our first "volunteer" award recipient.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!
Resolution Meh-me

As per Dawn's relentless whinging, here is my first meh-me post of the year.

The 2006 New Year's Resolution Generator



In the year 2006 I resolve to:

Cause more road rage.



Get your resolution here




That is all.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Blogwards 2005 Episode III - Revenge of the Jimmy

Has it been 24 hours already? Well, actually, it feels longer. Our dear friend Jimmy wasn't at work today :(

As such, this is the next award:

MOST COMPLETELY RANDOM BLOG

And, in case you haven't guessed, this award goes to the same Jimmy I work with, for his completely random yet hilarious blog, Jimmy Rules the World. To give some highlights of his entries, he includes the following topics:

His review of Dance 360, which in itself looks more like wanting to watch booty based on the pic.

A combination of Linux with S&M.

A Klingon Christmas card, along with some commonly (well okay, not so commonly) used Klingon phrases.

And the best yet, a self revealing look at what Jimmy is like drunk.

This blog is so random, it has several incarnations elsewhere in the blogosphere. But, for being a good sport and a ton of fun to work with, I hereby award Jimmy with this button:



But, for not updating hyperlinks to his other blogs, I hereby award Jimmy



That is all. Until tomorrow.

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Monday, January 02, 2006
Blogwards 2005 Episode II - Attack of the Posts

Yes, round two of seven. Tonight's category:

FEWEST BLOG POSTS IN THE YEAR

Well, as for my almost daily reads, you are definitely exempt, as you update very regularly. And if you follow those clique types who want to impose rules to qualify for the status of a blogger, by posting once a day (or whatever other daft value they put in just to make themselves proud of their own drivel), you too do not qualify for this award.

2005's winner of this prestigious award is my best friend, Todd, who at his blog, made a grand total of seven posts for the year. As such Todd, I hereby award you with this buttonTM



No yellow cards or red cards though, as Todd hasn't changed his addy or his hosting a dozen times over the year.

That is all. Until tomorrow.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006
Blogwards 2005 Episode I - The Phantom Blog

Well, as it seems that many blogs are doing various best of lists to bring in the New Year, I am going to issue "awards" celebrating the various quirks that exist out here in the blog-o-sphere. As such, here we go:

MOST BLOG ADDRESS CHANGES IN THE YEAR

Yes, this species is absolutely the most FRUSTRATING of all bloggers, as this annoying beast of burden, unhappy with the state of his or her address, needs to constantly change their look. I wonder if those types of people ever heard of the phrase, the grass is greener on the other side. This year's winner is one Mr. Will Derringher, whom changed his blog url and hosting a good five times since I started reading his posts. Five. And he doesn't seem to lose readers either. Somewhere, the math does not make sense. As such, Mr. Derringher has earned the award, along with this button.



And, for being annoying, and because I can, a yellow card



for dirty play irritating readers changing addresses, but not a red card because he's funny.

Runner up: My babe Dawn, who has deleted her blog twice, in anger, and is now on it's third blogspot incarnation.

That is all, until tomorrow.
So this is 2006

Well, it's still not a milestone New Year, but meh. Along with birthdays, it's another sign to let us know that time marches on, and is another excuse to overindulge and drink. Now keeping in mind the notion of time moving on, I can remember (well, kinda) the New Years past, where going to a club and partying until the sun rose was the standard. Maybe age, maybe lack of funds in the film offseason, maybe the increasing distance between me and my friends from the past. Who knows really.

2005 was definitely a year for transition. At the start of the year that has now passed, things could not have been worse. Graduated from film school, unemployed, living in downtown Toronto, and fighting to get Employment Insurance from the government, who likes to take their sweet-ass time, Dawn and I wondered where our next meal would come from. Not only was it so incredibly difficult to get a job in film or television, it was equally difficult to get an ordinary job to boot.

By the time April hit, the plug fell out of the bottom, and Dawn and I did the unthinkable to survive. We moved back in with my parents, under the demand that I find some form of work immediately. Well, my lack of luck continued, and my only option was to work with one of my father's best friends. Oops. That was a big mistake. For the month this lasted, I endured more verbal abuse than my whole existence as a high school nerd/dork/geek/whatever other name you can think of. I've had jobs where I hated going in, but when I was frightened to show up, well, something had to be wrong there.

Then some terrible news. My father's cousin (which I think is a second cousin to me), Freddy, passed on due to a stroke. There still isn't a day I don't miss him. His nickname was "Fearless", and frankly, I think I get my crazy streak from him. Sad as it was, it led to the most incredible change. I found out I had family out here, WORKING IN FILM. Less than two months later, Dawn and I packed our belongings (where she'd whinge that I packed way too much, but meh) and crossed the country to Vancouver.

Since then, I've been able to make about 1/2 the days I need to be fully accepted into IATSE as a Lighting Technician, having worked on Smallville, Like Mike 2, The Dead Zone, Intelligence, John Tucker Must Die, Dungeon Seige, Stargate Atlantis, X-Men 3, Scary Movie 4, Supernatural, DaVinci's City Hall, and Killer Instinct.

Looking back, the change is unbelieveable. I am very thankful that Dawn has been with me every step of the way, and also thank the help of my parents, where we may disagree on a consistant basis, stood behind me and believed in me when I was in doubt.

Now, to see what 2006 brings...