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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Definitely not the hot cuppa I like in the AM


I must say it took me a bit of time mulling this one over in my head before I could even negotiate a suitable response to these wonderful pieces of propaganda cropping up all over the last bastion of freedom in the world, the internet. To save a rather boring, lengthy history lesson, many of our freedoms we take for granted are depleting rapidly under the dogma of "fighting unknown terrors."

And on that note, brings me to my point. And yes, I promise I will keep this short and sweet. Based on virtually every election I can remember, a certain pattern occurs. Party A makes a set of promises. Party B makes a seperate set of promises. Party C makes a third set. And so on for all the different parties running. The people elect one of these choices based on what policies and promises fit their mood at the time. Once in power, the elected party tends to reneg on some to all of the campaign promises they made. Voters become apathetic. People lose faith in the system. Politicians become more corrupt.

Nothing here should be a shock. If so, then I suggest you LEAVE AMERICA NOW! Anyhow, fast forward to Harper's election campaign. Accountability. Hit the Liberals when they are down, the guilty finger pointed squarely at them in the wake of the Gomery report. Suggest legislation to hold the government more accountable for their actions. Of course, Harper's accountability went flying out of the window only two weeks after being elected. See David Emerson if you have any questions. Or, if you're from the USA and don't know Mr. Emerson, Google him. It is obvious Mr. Harper was not sincere about political accountability, at least beyond using it to make Mr. Martin look bad in comparison. What a fucking shock.

So how can governments be held accountable. Put simply, by us, the electorate. It is not only our right to be able to excersise our right of freedom of speech, it is our responsibility to use it to keep those lying bastards politicians accountable, be they Conservative, Liberal, New Democrat, Bloc, or the like. Only by encouraging an atmosphere of free thought and free voice can we all have the courage to question our elected public SERVANTS, to keep them honest (well, at least relatively honest), and we can progress as a truly free society.

As for the poster and those like it, they simply do one thing. Inspire fear. Fear of questioning authority. Fear of the machine. Just shut the fuck up and you won't get hurt. But consider this. What can be accomplished without any risk?
Post for Jimmy #6

A couple of meh-me's. Enjoy. Hat tip: Clayton.

YOUR TYPE OF GIRL

The Girl Next Door
52% Sexy-Cute, 46% Dark-Light, 40% Artsy-Stylish

Cute, neither Dark nor Light, and neither Artsy nor Stylish. This
sounds like a blah category, right? Oh, my, no. The Girl Next Door has
been the subject of more dirty fantasies than you could possibly count.
She's so sweet, and innocent, and infinitely corruptible. Every
morning you glance out your window hoping she'll have forgotten to draw
the blinds. You may feel bad about it, but you know you'll be doing it
again tomorrow.



If you liked my test, Please rate it highly! Thanks!

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 52% on Sexy-Cute
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 33% on Dark-Light
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 27% on Artsy-Stylish
Link: The Your Type of Girl Test written by dgc20e on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


And number 2:

BEAUTIFUL FACES TEST

Jennifer Garner
42% Eyes, 52% Nose, 51% Mouth, 50% SexyCute

You seem to enjoy bigger noses and lips, but smaller eyes, and a sexy demeanor. Jennifer definitely skews more toward sexy than cute.
Her smaller eyes rest above a more dominant nose and mouth. Jennifer is
successful both on television (Alias) and in the movies (Daredevil,
Elektra).
Similar: Famke Janssen (smaller mouth), Jessica Biel (cuter)
If you liked my test, please remember to give it a decent score, and of course I'm always happy to hear feedback. Thanks!
Also, you could check out my Your Type of Girl Test.
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 12% on Eyes
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 71% on Nose
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 55% on Lips
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 39% on SexyCute
Link: The Beautiful Faces Test written by dgc20e on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Monday, February 27, 2006
Post for Jimmy #5

WHAT KIND OF COFFEE ARE YOU?

You Are a Plain Ole Cup of Joe

But don't think plain - instead think, uncomplicated
You're a low maintenance kind of guy... who can hang with the girls
Down to earth, easy going, and fun! Yup, that's you: the friend everyone invites.
And your dependable too. Both for a laugh and a sympathetic ear.
What Kind of Coffee Are You?


Hat tip: Samantha

[edited slightly as it seems the meh-me was intended for girls, so as such, modified it for my... wait, let me check... yup, still in place... my gender]

That is all.
Don Cherry's Nightmare


Happened early Sunday morning (well Sunday morning to the point of view of us types living on the west coast). Yes, for the second time in olympic history, Sweden won the gold medal in Men's hockey. Maybe I'm showing my age, but I just have this feeling the whole situation is not sitting well with Grapes.

Yes, I can remember when Grapes got big. Back in the late 80's, in my high school days (gawd has it been that long?) Coaches corner was a fixture for Hockey Night in Canada, and the first in many Rock'em Sock'em Hockey volumes (which have now morphed into Don Cherry volumes). Amongst his support for fighting, good hits, and great plays, the other thing that constantly came out of his mouth was the word "Swede". Cherry hated the Swedes. At that point, a much higher percentage of players were born in North America, most in Canada, and some in the USA. And there was a small, but growing faction of European players joining the NHL, with Swedish players being the largest number in the group. As such, all the problems of the league were blamed on the Swedes by Grapes.

But it didn't stop there. If you were from Finland, you were a Swede. If you were from the former Czechoslovakia, you were a Swede. When Russian players started flocking to the NHL, they too were Swedish. With their chippy play and rat-like behaviours (in Grapes' opinion), it was undermining the great game of hockey.

Maybe Cherry has changed his ways. Or maybe he's just cleaned up his act. At 72, it could be a safe bet that the dog can't learn new tricks, and has just been muzzled by the CBC in this age of political correctness.

Though it's a bitter pill that the Canadian Men did not finish with a medal, let alone the gold we were all expecting, it must be an especially bitter pill for Grapes to swallow that Sweden won gold as well. But maybe that's what happens when you sell out all of Canada to support the dollars and Toronto, aka New York Junior.

That is all.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I'm Evil

What a shock...

You Are 62% Evil

You are very evil. And you're too evil to care.
Those who love you probably also fear you. A lot.
How Evil Are You?
Boredom post # one for this night

So a meh-me

You Are Austin

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.
You're totally weird and very proud of it.
Artistic and freaky, you still seem to fit in... in your own strange way.

Famous Austin residents: Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Andy Roddick
What American City Are You?
Hockey Players I Admire Episode I

As you may (or may not, depending on your state of consciousness or sobriety) have guessed, I haven't posted consistently this week (well for the about ten of you that come here somewhat frequently). Being in a funk, for lack of a better way of putting it, I'm literally aching for some film work to return to the lower mainland. Luckily though, working my two days off on a construction site, the General Contracter and I got off on the right foot, seeing as we have the glorious game of hockey and a mutual dislike of the Make Beliefs. Anyhow, our conversation reminded me of something my late Uncle and I always got kicks out of...

Talking about our favourite hockey enforcers, great fights we saw in the NHL, which was topped by fits of laughter, followed by the phrase "God I love hockey!!" As a note for those across the pond, just the tough guys fight. We fans don't riot, we just drink beer in the stands.

Anyhow, one of the names from the past that just keeps coming up is this one.

DAVE "THE HAMMER" SCHULTZ

b. October 14, 1949 in Waldheim, Saskatchewan.

NHL Career Totals:
Games: 535
Goals: 79
Assists: 121
Penalties in Minutes: 2294

God I love hockey! And Uncle Dave, I will always remember our hockey discussions/arguments. And we all still miss you.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Canadian Hockey wins Olympic Gold!!!

Many Canadians will look at that title and say "What the fuck? We didn't even win a medal?" Yes, today, the Canadian Men's Olympic hockey team lost to Russia 2-0 in the quaterfinals. Not even a bronze medal for the boys of hockey from Canada. But yet, Canadian Hockey still won gold. Yes, the Canadian Women's Olympic hockey team. Yet here in Canada we immediately relate hockey success with the men's team only. In a country with such socially liberal values, it seems we are still quite sexist.

Let's set the way back machine for, oh, let's say four years ago. Both Women's and Men's hockey teams won Olympic gold. Living in Canada's armpit, being Windsor, Ontario at the time, I remember two distinct responses. After the women's gold medal win, most people I talked to had the response of "Cool. The women won gold. First time. Wow." A few days later, when the men won gold, however, the response was a bit different. As the game was on, the normally bustling streets of that little border city were nearly dead with the vacancy of people and cars, all the residents tucked inside somewhere watching the game. The moment the game was over, horns honked, people started to flood the streets. This culminated into a near 12 hour street party, making it's way to the redundantly named Detroit River. Yes, a definite difference in the overall response.

But isn't hockey Canada's game? I know, officially Lacrosse is our national game, though realistically, most Canucks will bond with hockey more strongly, and in greater numbers than Lacrosse. But bearing this in mind, the response to the genders is far different, the men getting more accolades for success, and in the case of the 2006 Torino games, more criticism for failure. But it doesn't stop there. I've never seen a street party for the World Juniors either. So what is it really about?

It seems this equation is embedded within us. NHL = Hockey. Period. Even after the greed of the players and owners caused us to miss an entire season, we are collectively enslaved by the league. It is really apparent in my former "home", though it never really felt like home. Too many "hockey" fans are just Leaf fans, and complained there was no hockey during the lockout. Not that Toronto has an AHL farm team, three OHL clubs within a very reasonable commute, amongst many other junior leagues.

Lets face it though. Canada did win gold in Torino for hockey. Being a true hockey fan, I shall celebrate the win for Canadian hockey, not just for Women's hockey. It is our sport, which our athletes are world class.

That is all.
How to tell you played too many RPG's in your day

Well, one way is to do a quiz like this.



I am a d8


Take the quiz at dicepool.com



No use trying to fight it, you're an eight-sided die, a d8. A fine example of simple elegance, the d8 is one of the least appreciated types of dice, and is often neglected. You are known to be quiet and shy, outward traits that conceal viscous sarcasm and mean wit. You are very smart, yet wise enough to hide your intelligence the quicker they found out how smart you are, the sooner they'll put you to work, which is something you can do without. People call you dark and pessimistic, or moody and cynical. You find little point in arguing.

Hat tip: Wendy.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
M.C.F.A.T. Episode VIII - Suck my Sith

Yes MCF, boredom is a terrible curse. So here we go.

1) From any television show past or present, which character would you wish to have as a sidekick in real life? Valid answers include but are not limited to talking vehicles, intelligent animals, ghosts, sassy maids and more.

Why, why, why, WHY does this have to be limited to the world of Television, the domain for commercial value, thusly suffocating any and all hopes for artistic merit in this strain of media?

Well that goes for American programming. So, once again, my answer will come from the realm of Canadian Television. And my pick???



Yes, none other than Marg Delahunty, in her recurring role as Marg, Warrior Princess. Yes, the one lady who would march up to Parliament a la Xena (though not in the same physical condition as Lucy Lawless) and question the Prime Minister and other MP's about their various gaffs and blunders. Marg, come back to This Hour Has 22 Minutes already!!

2) Guns 'N Roses might be releasing a new album this year. If you could hear a new CD from a band that's no longer together, possibly with deceased members, what band would that be?

Very simply, the greatest band ever to grace the face of this planet.

PINK FLOYD

Roger Waters reunited with the band for Live 8 last July, now it just makes sense that they release something new.

3) What's the worst thing a person could ask you on a job interview, and how would you respond?

Well, seeing as my career field of choice is not so much about having job interview, but much more about networking, and for the union, dispatch via seniority. As such, anytime I have a job interview, it really is for the day job at the times film work tends to slow down.

So for the worst thing I could be asked, "Why are you leaving the film business?" tops the list. Normally being an honest person, it breaks me to have to lie and say something to the effect that I have an issue with heights, and really am rethinking lighting. Heights do marginally bother me, though I have learned to deal with it. I am not, however, rethinking existencence in film. I wouldn't get hired at McDonalds (and I tried last winter in desperation) being honest saying that my prime motive is employment in film and television. Hence I must be devious in that regard with my employers, else I would not survive the winters, which is the slow season for the film industry here in Canada.

4) What do you consider your greatest weakness, and greatest strength?

My greatest weakness and strength is the same thing. My intellect. I do love my Zen answers about things. It is a weakness because I overthink virtually everything I do, which affects my confidence and response time. It is my greatest strength because in any situation I face, I know I can think my way through things.

5) Who is your favorite game show host and why? If you don't watch game shows, you can skip this question or choose some random individual you’d enjoy as a host.

Well, I have to go Canadian again here (big shock by this point in the equation) and pick none other than Monty Hall. Nothing beats a man who can convince someone to trade hundreds and thousands of dollars in cash, vacations, or appliances for a tricycle.

That is all.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Yeah, okay, I jumped on the bandwagon...

So here we go. My Johari Window can be found here. Visit and see how much (or how little) we mutually know about me.

That is all.
Post for Jimmy #4

Current iTunes playlist

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 (3)
4. Romantic Traffic The Spoons (4)
5. Give It Up KC and the Sunshine Band (6)
6. The Lonely Shepherd Zamfir (5)
7. Kyle's Mom's A Bitch Eric Cartman (10)
8. Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots (8)
9. Keep On Rocking In The Free World Neil Young (11)
10. Cannonball The Breeders (14)
11. Crazy Train Pat Boone (15)
12. Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag Pig Bag (7)
13. Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd (17)
14. Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths (12)
15. Connection Elastica (16)
16. Killing In The Name Rage Against the Machine (20)
17. The River The Tea Party (9)
18. Chemical World Blur (23)
19. Sycamore Trees David Lynch & Jimmy Scott (18)
20. You May Be Right The Grapes of Wrath (NR)
21. There's No Other Way Blur (21)
22. The Bazaar The Tea Party (13)
23. The Globe Big Audio Dynamite (19)
24. Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day (24)
25. Sin Nine Inch Nails (NR)
Post for Jimmy #3

Right after writer's block weekend (not an official A-Golden-World-a-verse holiday, just a condition of the mind), I need something to break the ice here. As such, a meh-me I found over at Heather's MySpace:

WHAT'S YOUR SLOGAN

Go to this site & enter your name in the box & hit the Sloganize button. DON'T CHEAT, KEEP THE FIRST ONE THEY GIVE YOU.

http://www.thesurrealist.co.uk/slogan.cgi

My result??

How Do You Eat Your Jeff?
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
What really grinds my gears... The work edition

And surprisingly enough, this starts with Best Buy, though isn't directed at them. Well much.

Anyhow, as the major impulse purchase season has come and gone, and sales revenues are down, management has seen fit to cut hours. As such, I'm down to a good 4 days per week, and this coming week another 30 minutes has been trimmed from my schedule. What kind souls.

As such, my name is back in the hat for IATSE. Hopefully next month I can get some calls. It's still too slow to really expect anything in the next few weeks. So, my days off are filled with pure fun at Labour Unlimited. Yes, nothing like spending a day jackhammering and only getting paid for 4 hours worth of it. Why only four hours? Because I'm not returning, and the tightass English foreman, named Colin (Dawn, that was just for you), took it as a personal insult that I had commitments outside of a temp labour agency. Gits. In retrospect, it's only a $3 difference in pay, but what kind of a company is really that cheap (working on a home in Shaugnessy, a very to-do neighborhood) to shortchange a guy working hard labour just to make their budget.

Well, it is the age of Harper. Cut costs and taxes on the backs of the poor. As such, to all the corporations cutting costs by fucking employees, and to Mr. Harper, who is fucking the poor to give tax cuts that really only benefit the rich, I hereby give you



That is all.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
You know what really grinds my gears - Olympic Edition

You know what really grinds my gears? The hippocritical, double standard that exists within sport, as it applies to our neighbour south of the border, the Good Ol' lying twats, the USA. Just check out the remarks made by USA defenceman Angela Ruggiero about Canada's first two matches, which, if you haven't been following, have been won 16-0 over Italy and 12-0.
"I'm upset that Canada has been running up the score, especially against the host nation," Ruggiero was quoted Monday on SI.com, Sports illustrated's website. "There was no need for that. They're trying to pad their stats . . . Canada is running up the score for whatever reasons - personal, short-term."
Source: TSN
Now, I don't know about you, but I've always regarded the Olympics as a showcase where athletes bring their best over 16 days. So guess what? Sometimes the medal calibre athletes defeat rookies and athletes definitely not considered medal hopefuls by large, convincing margins. To this I ask just this question. Is it still not a great honour to be chosen to participate in the games, and to share the world stage in an event ultimately designed to encourage peaceful activity between nations? One where the only international competition is to garner the best score or time, not to wage war. Well, there is one difference to the typical American attitude.

As to certain logistics of to how the hockey tournament works, tiebreakers can come to goal differential. And seeing as how Canada is a team who is legitimately vying for a medal, we have to win by the largest margin possible to ensure entry into later rounds. Angela, if you can't handle that, then get off the ice and let the real hockey players compete.

And Angela, it might be wise to look at recent history. The pinnacle event that led to pro athletes universally being allowed to participate (yes there was a time when Olympians were required to be Amatuer) was Basketball in 1992. Yes, this allowed you Americans to play your pros, making your world team a literal collection of the best athletes on the planet, head and shoulders above the rest. And here were your results:

USA 116 Angola 48
USA 103 Croatia 70
USA 111 Germany 68
USA 127 Brazil 83
USA 122 Spain 81
USA 115 Puerto Rico 77
USA 127 Lithuania 76
USA 117 Croatia 85

Yet Angela, I'm sure you didn't complain one bit when team USA was pounding the hardwood with the rest of the world. It seems America has a double standard when it comes to running the score. It's okay if they do it, but when America's chances to win gold are comprimised, thus misproving their dominance to everyone, if not use it as a propaganda point to their own populace, point running is then deemed "unsportsmanlike". This is based on an assumption that being American could be akin to sportsmanship. To Angela, I hereby award you



And that's what really grinds my gears.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Torino 2006 - Day 2 Highlights

Well, Canadian women's hockey still shows it's worldwide dominance, as Canada beats Russia 12-0, outshooting the Russians 43-17. I wonder how the USA would stand to such a thrashing. It should make for an interesting final.

As for medals today, unfortunately Beckie Scott, expected by many to win a medal in the Women's 15km Cross Country, fell a bit short and finished 6th. However, on the oval, world record holder Cindy Klassen, expected to win gold, settled for bronze in 3000m speed skating.



As for the medal count, it is as follows:

1 GOLD
0 SILVER
1 BRONZE

Oh Canada!
Torino 2006 - Day 1 Highlights

First off, there was a stunning Women's Hockey game today. Yes, host nation Italy played Canada in the first round. The end result? A 16-0 win for the Canadian Women, who also outshot the Italians 66-5.

YEP. 66-5.

I wonder if we can get more shots against Team USA (if we end up playing them).

Also, in a sport near and dear to me, Freestyle Moguls, the last skier in the medal round, Jennifer Heil, got Canada our first gold in these olympics.



As such, the current medal count for Canada is:

1 GOLD
0 SILVER
0 BRONZE

Oh Canada!
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Post for Jimmy #2

And suprisingly, another meh-me. This one stolen borrowed from Wendy.

Pictures Meme

Instructions: Use the picture you like best from the first (no clicking around for 44 pages) page of the search results on Google Image.

1. The city and province of the town where you grew up, no quotation marks.


2. The town where you currently reside.

Wow, a sunny day here. How odd.

3. Your name, first and last, but no quotes.

Gawd this picture blows big fat goats. I'm a little disappointed that this is the first picture that showed up for me... on the fifth page.


4. Your grandmother's name.

It was rather bizarre that most of the pictures returned were scans of old photos for this one.

5. Your favorite food.

Hey, wasn't this supposed to be food?

6. Your favorite drink.


7. Your favorite smell.


8. Your favorite song.


Okay, it's long, but it's pictures, so it's all good.

That is all.
Conservative Accountability

See Oxymoron. Other examples of an oxymoron?

Jumbo Shrimp
Civil War
Military Intelligence
Defensive Forward (see Frank J. Selke Trophy)
Microsoft Works
President Bush
Canadian Dollar

Well, it seems that the residents of Vancouver Kingsway are definitely showing disdain toward the defection of their re-elected MP David Emerson. Ironically (or maybe not ironically) it seems the entire web presence of the traitor to his people has vanished. How do his constituents contact him?

Well, as such, I have found two petitions calling for his resignation. They are here and here. If you, like I, do not feel that is enough, and want to hold Harper accountable to the values he held true as the opposition leader, email him:

Stephen Harper

And keep at him until something is done. It is our responsibility to keep these fucktards accountable. Don't buy into their propaganda, else we will suffer the same fate as our neighbours to the south.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Canada's 3 signs of the apocalypse (4 to go)

And seeing as both Canada and the USA are electing religious, brain dead morons into power, we are now seeing signs of the apocalypse, which are signposts that we are near the end of the world.

For your approval, I submit the following signs:

1. Stephen Harper, the man who has about as much personality as a brick wall, gets elected as Canada's 22nd (shudder again... my number in hockey was 22) Prime Minister, on a platform that guarantees accountability in the government. Do keep in mind that the Conservatives (well, the old Progressive Conservatives) last held office some 13 years ago. Here's a hint Canada. None of these guys have experience running the country. How on earth can they be accountable. Funnily, this theme will continue.

2. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, now in power, defy their pledge of accountability right off the bat (not that this is a shocker) by luring David Emerson of the riding of Vancouver-Kingsway from the Liberal opposition to the official government, allowing him to hold his post as Minister of International Trade. Some say this was in spite of Belinda Stronach's defection to the Liberals late last spring. However, Stephen harshly criticized the change, demanding she go back to the electorate to get a mandate from the people. Simply put, have a bi-election. That's what they are there for. To replace MP's who step down or make changes. But surprise, surprise, in the eye for an eye philosophy, Harper now endorses such actions. Will Emerson go back to his voters? Probably not. He knows he'll lose. But Harper now won't force the issue. Accountability is not his priority. Accountability made the Liberals look bad. Haper's true priority: his conservative social agenda: banning gay marriage, reducing arts funding, militarization, and being a doormat to the USA are his true priorities. Not that any of this should be a surprise now.

3. Sadly, Wayne Gretzky has been linked to Rick Tocchet's alleged involvement in a gambling ring in New Jersey. To paraphrase a cliche from 1920, involving the Chicago White Sox and Shoeless Joe Jackson, "Say it ain't so Wayne. Say it ain't so!"

Well, three down, four to go.

That is all.
On the eve of the Olympics

A meh-me (okay a cheap cut and paste quiz) on winter sports:

You Are Hockey

Tough, athletic, and not afraid of a fight.
You don't mind putting your body on the line!
What Winter Sport Are You?


And cheers to Canada kicking America's ass in hockey. Yet again.

That is all.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Post for Jimmy #1

Well, my dear work colleague and friend Jimmy Rock said he didn't read my blog that often because my posts tend to become to long (and in the writing process, to long to easily). As such, and to attract readers who like smaller posts, I'm starting posts for Jimmy.

The first one, a quiz from Blogthings:

Your Job Dissatisfaction Level is 94%

Your job is a disaster - it's surprising you've lasted this long.
You need to quit if you can, even if you don't have another job lined up.
As far as stressful work situations go, yours is off the scale brutal.
Almost any job would be better than what you've got!
Should You Quit Your Job?


Well Jimmy, ScienceTM has now dictated I need to leave Best Buy. Should you?

That is all.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
M.C.F.A.T. Episode VII

Well, one attempt and one loss has taught me one thing. On such a long post, save as draft numerous times. D'oh! Anyway, here we go...

1) On Friday, [MCF] wrote about The Physics of Superheroes, and cited the example of Schrodinger's cat. What do you think of that theoretical example? Does lack of an observer allow for the simultaneous existence of contrary realities? In other words, if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it both make a sound and not make a sound?

As to the example of Schrodinger's cat, I do not think the lack of an observer constitutes the existence of contrary realities. I think his theory proves applicable in systems in which transition between the two contrary realities is mutual, not unilateral. Excluding the argument of wether or not the cat is aware of it's own mortality, and if the cat is aware of the impending doom that could be impaled upon it by the "macabre" device, the cat cannot exists within both realities as death is ultimately irreversible. As such, the eventual observer is left with the question if the cat is dead or alive, with a 50% chance of either result. The cat's mortality does not bounce back and forth like a solution in a state of equilibrium. And due to our own knowledge of mortality, it would take someone with extreme ignorance of the nature of life and death to truly believe that the cat could simultaneously be both dead and alive.

The example that comes to mind that more accurately defines this apparent paradox of reality is the theory of duality between matter and energy, initially developed by Albert Einstein, and his famous equation, E=mc2. One of the more current models of the atom defines the space in which an electron exists around it is not a fixed orbit, but in fact a probability space termed an orbital. Even the electron in many instances is described not as a spherical particle, but rather a standing wave of electromagnetic energy, that at times exhibits properties of matter, most importantly, mass. This equilibrium of duality can suggest that matter at instances exhibit properties of energy, and energy, contrarily, can exibit properties of matter. Thusly, matter can allow for the simultaneous existence of contrary realities, as can matter.

As for the tree falling in the forest, I feel this example is irrelevant due to the simple difference between physical sound and percieved sound. Physical sound is simply the compression and expansion of air molecules, which occurs every time a tree falls (provided there is the presence of an atmosphere). Percieved sound, however, is the effect on the observer (well okay, listener) who is present while the vibration is produced and radiated. If the observer is in the forest, there is percieved sound. If the observer is absent, there is no perceived sound. Since the two concepts of sound are distinctly different, they are therefore not contrary forms, and do not create the discussed paradox.

Q.E.D.

2) What is your favorite color? Why?

Erm... black maybe? For the longest time, I thought it was because of my love of industrial music back in my university and post university days, being a gigantic fan of Nine Inch Nails, and dressing very consistently in all black, even while working professionally. I can still remember that "little talk" where I was asked in not so polite a fashion not to look like a depressed soul when GM and Chrysler were in shop to visit. However, upon further self reflection, it really boils back to one date. May 25th 1977. When I first saw this figure on the big screen.

Yes, you can say obsessed at any time now. But still, looking at all six movies, I see too many character similarities. Creepy.

3) Choose an actor or actress whose work you enjoy. What is the first project you recall him or her starring in? Next, check IMDB. What was their first starring role, and have you seen it?

Well, to be increasingly awkward, I'm going to pick an actor I have actually worked on set with. As such, I shall pick Hugh Jackman. Sorry Tom Welling, I just can't pick you with a clean conscience. Besides, I don't like your roles. Or acting. Or lack thereof. As for the first role I recall him working in, it was the original film which spawned the sequel I worked on, X-Men, the sequel being X3. As for the IMDB result, I shall post two. Television and Film. As for television, it was Correlli, an Australian prison/romance drama. He had one small role on television previously, but as it isn't starring, it's not mentioned. For feature film, the first was Paperback Hero, an Australian feature. It seems I need to brush up on my cinematic viewing from down under. However, I shall still avoid Crocodile Dundee like the plague.

4) Who is your favourite corporate mascot? Who is your least favourite?

Well, I definitely have not sold my soul to the coporate world. I'm sure reading this blog can attest to most of that. As such, unlike the Simpsons, my soundtrack is not the Oscar Mayer hot dog theme. So what corporate mascot could I like? Hmmm. Being Canadian, hockey is a high priority, and the most corporate version of hockey would be the NHL. So wouldn't a team mascot be a corporate mascot then? As such, my favourite corporate mascot would be....













Yup, none other than Fin.

As for my least favourite mascot, it's a toss up between two. One for personal reasons, one for professional reasons. Personally, the Burger King King

creeps the living shit outta me. As for the professional, it has to be the idiotic Best Buy Price Tag

What an unimaginative, unnamed mascot. It represents the same creativity existing in the higher ups.

5) How would you deal with being a superhero? Would you maintain a secret identity, lying to even those closest to you to protect them, or would you operate publicly as a full-time hero?

There's only one faulty assumption here. That I would naturally use my powers completely for the cause of good, on the basis of that old cliche, circa 1950's American values represent true good. My perspective on good and evil is unique to my personal point of view, and how I act on good may not be politically correct to the majorities viewpoint. As such, I wouldn't have the secret identitiy thing going. Rather, I'd probably operate with an association not afraid to hide their prowess, such as the Brotherhood of Mutants, which ironically is led by my all time favourite comic book character, Magneto.


That is all.
One of my all time favorite "live action" pictures



Just brings back memories of a better time. Here's to a short lived Harper government.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Hell is slowly freezing over

Yes, today is a confirmation that a nightmare is starting. But not a nightmare in a sleep like state. A nightmare existing in plain reality. Stephen Harper officially got sworn in as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister earlier this day. Excuse me while I vomit. This is a double edged sword, as I wore the number 22 in hockey.

After the official ceremonies appointing the new government, broadcast live (and repeated throughout the day ad naseum) on CPAC, there was a veritable plethora of press interviews with various newly appointed cabinet ministers. Amongst the ones that sparked my interest were:


1. Gordon O'Connor, Minister of Defence. The first question asked of him by the press was regarding his past as a lobbyist, and how it related to part of the Conservative platform in the election campaign not to give into lobby groups, thus creating government accountability by staying true to issues and concerns for the whole. Well, Gordon failed miserably in his first grilling by the press. When the heat of questions rose, and believe me, it was quick, Gordon's trump card was saying "why don't you just read my records?" In the words of Michael Kelso... BURN!!!! God Gordon, you just can't hide your back doors in the military contracting industry, can you?


2. David Emerson, Minister of international trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. The winning candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway, who in the most recent election ran for the Liberals. Yes, David Emerson can now officially be compared to an American Patriot traitor named Benedict Arnold. Nothing like sticking to your guns through thick and thin, standing by your beliefs. When Emerson was at the podium, he was assaulted with more questions than all the former 21 Prime Ministers faced through the duration of their careers. David became flustered immediately, sticking by the "constituents voted for me, not the party" line of bullshit he was prompted to relay by mandate of his party. I don't think David will be welcome back in Vancouver for quite some time.


3. Last but not least, the face smashed in by a bag of spanners, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister. Even the recently cool and collected Mr. Harper was rather flustered amongst the barrage of questions, challenging his stance of accountability in the context of his apparent failure to meet certain campaign promises. In a weakened state, it seems that disallowing same sex marriage will hit his agenda fairly early, dropping the GST from 7 to 6%, as well as instituting their new child care program, paying parents $1200 per year per child under the age of six. Wow, abolishing a child care system for an automatic payout. This one is a cheap shot at the lowest common denominator.

Think about it. Without child care, many parents will now have to stay at home with their children. In essence, let's say a parent making $20,000 per year before their blessing came along. Now they essentially have to take a pay cut of $18,800 under Mr. Harper's new plan. What a nice guy you have voted into power Canada. Kudos.

What wonderful accountability to Canadians. Excuse me while I vomit. Again. As for this whole Conservative Cabinet, I hereby award them



As for me, I just hope the Conservatives raise the same sex issue early. They still need a vote to get it past. Layton and the NDP will not bend in favour of the Conservatives under issues of civil or equality rights, the Liberals who brought legislation approving same sex marriages will definitely not vote in favour. Ahh, what a short lived minority government this may be.

That is all.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Dumb Question of the Day

Oh boy. Today in hell Best Buy, for Home Theatre, it's touted as one of the busiest days short of boxing day. Why, you may ask? Simply put in two words. Super Bowl. Though these days, there's nothing super about it. Most matches I remember were rather lop-sided, it really sits as a stage for commercialism, and to trump it all, the game played is so incorrectly named football. The game bears more resemblance to rugby than football, though to aggrivate North American "Rugby" supporters, I like to tell them they should rename their sport "Soccer". And for the Canadians, why aren't you passionate about the CFL (or should that be CRL) in the same way you are about the NARL?

But that's just my pet peeve.

As our joyous day of non-commission though buy all the accessories because we have to encourage you to and acheive results sales began, the phone started ringing off the hook. The very first caller (which was perfectly in sync with the front door opening, I might add), simply had a technical question.

"I bought a Toshiba LCD television, and I looked at the back, but there's nowhere on the TV to plug my cables into? What do I do?"

Well, after a good fit of laughter, while the customer was on hold (okay I'm not as mean as I make myself out... well always) I picked the line back up and informed the customer there is a panel that covers it up, and needs to be removed. The customer followed my instructions and then remarked, in some last ditch attempt to save face that "I thought I'd break the panel if I did that."

I would just naturally assume this is what she ended up seeing after removing the cosmetic, cable tidying panel:



So, just as a note, be sure brain is in gear before assembling television.

As a sidenote, the day got exponentially worse from that point on. I'm just curious as to how many people on Monday take advantage of the 30 day return policy and not actually have to pay for the big TV they probably dirtied, in some cases broke, while watching "the Big Game." My comment to those? The big football game that day is at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea plays host to Liverpool.

Go Reds!!!