Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No Worries

In an office building, downtown Toronto...

As the elevator doors close, I notice a young lady running towards me. I'm in no rush to get back to work, so I decide not to let the doors close in her face (which would have brought much laughter if I was 20 years younger).

I now have an elevator ride mate, and I feel she should reward her mad dash, with some Wayne Boothe small talk.

It's a November day in Toronto, so naturally we talk about the weather. You would be surprised how much complaining can be done in the time it takes the elevator to reach the 7th floor.

As the elevator stops and I get my last complaint in, my elevator mate counters with the following remark:

"but hey...we have a black president"

Both of us are now grinning, ear to ear.

I wish her a good day as I depart the elevator, and I can't stop thinking about what she had said.

This quote will now be my personal Hakuna Matata.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Roko

Some are calling him the new Jose. OK, I lied, only one person called him that. I have a friend who's very excited about Roko, which seems consistent with Toronto's love affair with the "little/new guy with heart"

He didn't look too bad.

As long as he's not fouling 3 point shooters, I'm cool with him.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Man Crush



"The male heterosexual crush. The straight guy who loves women, dates women, lays with women, but is capable of displaying platonic affection for another straight male."

GQ editors Jason Gay, Adam Rapoport, Raha Naddaf and Greg Veis, discuss the man crush phenomenon, while opening up about some of their crushes.

A number of my man crushes have been fictional. I also realized that they are great communicators, quite skilled with the English language.

Alan Shore (played by James Spader) has been my biggest man crush. He's lost quite a bit of his mean streak, but still displays intelligence, wit, humor, loyalty and most importantly, lechery, like no other on TV character.

Other crushes (past and present) include Barack Obama, Frank Pembleton (Homicide: Life on the streets) and Balthier from Final Fantasy XII (yes, a video game character).


GQ Radio

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bayonetta

Gaming site 1up.com recently ran an article where writer Scott Sharkey listed some of his favorite nonsexualized, female video game characters. I thought it was a good topic to discuss, as I've also had conversation with my cousin about the lack of fleshed out female characters who display...well...a little less flesh.

A list of these "characters with character" can be found here

While browsing the same site this morning, I came across this video. Bayonetta is the new IP being developed by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Devil May Cry series.



Yes, Sarah Palin is the latest slutty video game heroine.

*edit* If the video is not working, you can watch it here

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wendell Pierce and Andre Royo Interview



"If you're on Law and Order, you're gonna be found guilty, if you're on NYPD Blue, you're gonna confess"

Jesse Thorn from The Sound of Young America, speaks with the actors about The Wire, and their roles in the show.


The Sound of Young America

Questlove: Hollywood Stories



Easily one of the most entertaining message boards posts I've ever read.

Board members are asked to name a celebrity, and Questlove then tells a story involving himself and the celebrity.

One of my favorites involves Bjork and Questlove's former bandmate Malik B.

"she broke my heart in 94. i was her biggest fan and flipped out when i met her.

meanwhile malik roll up and she starts gushing over him and all he says is....

(days later looking for her number)

'damn i lost that oriental bitches number'"


More stories can be found here: Okayplayer

note: It's a large thread so be patient as it loads. Questlove's username is "15", in case you're having trouble navigating the thread.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mega Man 9



This game is archaic in every sense. Graphics, controls, music, and the ability the frustrate the hell out of me.

Seriously, this game has me yelling loudly, and I've had many thoughts of throwing my controller into the television set (i need a new one anyway).

This game is HARD.

And I love it.

Heartsick Tour

"You can either go crazy and kill someone, or learn to play an instrument"

Author Chelsea Cain takes viewers on a tour of Portland, Oregon, with stops at the locations that played a prominent role in her novel, Heartsick, which debuted at number 8 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One Hundred Push Ups



I think I'm gonna try this.

The New Facebook



I haven't been asked to join any "I HATE THE NEW FACEBOOK" groups in a few days, so I guess it's safe to assume that after a week of bitching and protests, the angry mob has decided to give up and return to their quiet lives.

The new Facebook really isn't that bad. It seems now that you're doing more clicking than scrolling, which I have no problem with.

There are two features in particular that I rather enjoy.

1) Applications

No longer do I have to scroll through pages decorated with inane applications. I really don't care what your pirate rating is, nor do I care about which Grey's Anatomy character you most resemble.

2) Less About...

This feature is a godsend for those who have friends that like to update their status every minute

...is taking a dump
...is wiping their ass
...is flushing the toilet

Just move your cursor to the status update on your feed. A menu will appear where you can select "less about". You'll soon be spared from the humdrum of your friends lives.

The same sort of thing happened the last time Facebook made changes. I'm sure we'll all get used it soon enough.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I've Seen The Future (and it's very scary)

Have you ever had your picture taken with a HD camera? I have, and let me tell you it's not something I'd like to do again.

No one should have to see me like that. Why would you want my blemishes and imperfections as part of memories?

Maybe I'll invest in some of these items before taking photos in the future.

If not, I may have to resort to this...


Pam loves it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Germaine Greer



"The truth is always more interesting than fiction"

Germaine discusses Stephen Greenblatt, Sheri Blair, James Frey, her hatred of novels, and of course her book, Shakespeare's Wife, which attempts to shed light on the life of Anne Hathaway.

She's funny (among other things).

*Interview starts at 14:00


Q on CBC Radio One

Monday, September 15, 2008

Commercial Break

"Nike Shox, 2002"

If you look closely (at about 17 seconds), you'll see a younger, athletic Wayne Boothe running within the stampede. Yes, commercial extra is one of my (very) few hidden talents.

Boing!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Junot Diaz



Junot Diaz reads from a short story (still in progress) titled Fraka.


From The New Yorker, Diaz reads "How To Date A Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)", from his short story collection titled "Drown".


If you haven't done so yet, pick up The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. It's a fantastic novel, and comes with my highest recommendation (for what it's worth).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10



This winning streak saddens me.

Currently at 10 games, and we're still 8 games back of the wildcard spot.

If we were able to put together a couple of 5 or 6 game streaks earlier in the season, we would be in a much better postion for playoff contention.

Another season of "if only..."

Apple



Wow, Fat Nano's are already outdated.

I'm looking to upgrade to an iPod Touch, but largest model only has 32GBs. I think I would need at least 40GB to effortlessly work with my collection.

Maybe next year.

Apple.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Currently On Repeat

The Isley Brothers - For The Love Of You (Pts. 1 & 2)


From wikipedia:

"For the Love of You Pts. 1 & 2" is a quiet storm soul song by The Isley Brothers, released in 1975 on their T-Neck imprint. Released as the second single off their first No. 1 pop album, The Heat Is On, the song was originally written by brother Rudolph Isley as a poem to his wife Elaine Jasper, sister of Isley Brothers member Chris Jasper. When he originally gave the song to his brothers as a rough draft, they re-wrote the entire song much to Rudolph's chagrin.

Recorded in two takes, one version of the song, to which longtime lead singer Ronald Isley thought he had nailed a perfect take, was accidentally erased and a frustrated and upset Ronald recorded a second version and soon left the studio and walked home. Fortunately for Rudolph and Ronald, the song became a hit single for the Isley Brothers and each brother now has no complaints over the difficulties of the song. The single reached number ten on the R&B singles chart and reached number twenty-two on the pop singles chart and helped their parent album reach multi-platinum status after its November release in '75.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Super Stardust HD Rankings




Current Rank: 5141 (of 211,245)
Score: 94,783,255

Would have been nice to crack the top 5000, but whatever.

I'm officially putting this game down for the rest of the year.

Too much stress.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Beast King GoLion

I wonder if the Japanese kids realized how lucky there were?

Before airing in North America as Voltron, they hacked and slashed all of the hacking and slashing out of the show.

Ahhh...to be a child again.



Beast King GoLion, Collection 1 & 2 in stores now.

Sebastian Horsley - Dandy In The Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography



"I'm flash, brash, trash."

It's only September, but I'm going to declare this title as my book of the year.

There are many reasons to not like Mr. Horsley, but if you look past his faults, you'll find a man who is very honest, funny (great quotes), and understands the value of always looking your best.

Art, drugs, family, prostitutes, clothing, Marc Bolan, sharks, and his crucifixion in the Philippines are all discussed in his memoirs. Shit eating and vegetables up the arse are some of the things that make this a very difficult book for me to recommend. If you can stomach this sort of thing, and are looking for a good laugh, give it a read.

I was introduced to Sebastian Horsley through this interview on Q with Jian Ghomeshi (who's obviously having a good time).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Commercial Break

"I Can't Seem To Find Any Heinz" (1988)

Wikipedia: Random Article



I spend a lot of time on Wikipedia, and I'm quite surprised that I had never (until recently) used the random article feature. What a great way to kill time. Keeps you from doing the 5:37 transit nod at your desk.

With a few clicks, I was able to learn about...

Avia Swidnik (Polish Football Club)
Angelina National Forest
Flowering Plants
John Joseph Henry (Revolutionary War Soldier)
Fauna of New Guinea

Fascinating.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Favorite Survivor?

The girls aren't looking too cute this season, so I'm gonna go ahead and select Ken "The Gamer" Hoang as my contestant to root for.



KEN HOANG AGE: 22
OCCUPATION: Pro video gamer
HOMETOWN: Westminster, CA
KEN SAYS: ''Gaming will help me because I do well under pressure. I always come through. I rarely choke. I'm the underdog, I think all the fans will root for me to win. I would root for myself if I was watching TV.''
JEFF PROBST SAYS: ''Ken the gamer is one of my favorite people who has been on the show in a long time. He is convinced his gaming expertise is absolutely in line with what it takes to win, that he knows this game backward and forward simply because he's a gamer. But Ken is a true nerd. I think when the show began he weighed less than [China's] Courtney did.''

Meet the cast here or here

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Fighter Pilot, A First Officer, And A Pop Star

Or: My First Soap Opera



Though I was exposed to a lot of The Young and the Restless as a child, the citizens of Genoa had nothing on the good people of Macross City. Robotech: The Macross Saga (a localization of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross) arrived in North America in 1985. . I recall my brothers and cousins ignoring this show (they still do), due to its mature subject matter and slow pace. In particular, I remember their disgust when watching the kissing scene. I was probably a bit shocked myself, but the show had already hooked me. There was no way gross kissing would stop me from tuning in every week. I loved every bit of this show. Well...almost every bit.

I'm about to start another Robotech Macross marathon, because I haven't watched the series in years, but to this day I am still bothered by the way the love triangle was resolved. The Reader's Digest version of the story goes like this.



  • Rick meets Minmei (I'm using the Japanese spelling because it looks cooler).
  • Rick saves Minmei's life, then falls in love with her.
  • Minmei begins working for her family's restaurant, becoming too busy for Rick.
  • Rick joins the "army" as suggested by Minmei.
  • Minmei enters (and wins) a beauty pageant, which naturally leads to a career as a pop star and a movie star (imagine that).
  • Minmei has even less time for Rick.
  • Rick sad :-(
  • Tension starts to develop between Rick and "sour puss" first officer Lisa Hayes (booo).
  • Rick and Lisa are captured by the enemy, and are forced to kiss (to save their lives of course).
  • Rick and Lisa begin to develop feelings for each other.
  • Rick is in love with two women.



Finally episode 35 comes around. Minmei is tired of the responsibilities of being a star and ends up at Rick's doorstep. They spend Christmas Eve together and the episode ends with them sharing a kiss. Finally! The moment I had waited for since episode one. At 9 years old, this thing called love finally made sense to me. If you're just patient, the girl who you love, who you're supposed to be with will eventually come around (on Christmas Eve). Everything was right in the world. Or so I thought.

Rick was called back to war and despite Minmei's pleas, he could not turn his back on his duty (or some crap like that). He also comes to the conclusion that he should be with Lisa (boo). Having the military thing in common apparently makes them better suited for each other. Minmei soon concedes. My heart breaks.

Why would Rick Hunter choose the older, sour puss, military woman, over the cute, pop star celebrity?

From that moment on, love would never make sense to me.

Friday, August 22, 2008

American Apparel

My end of week routine includes picking up a copy of Now Magazine, and immediately flipping to the back cover. This week was no different, except for this...



A tasteful American Apparel ad?

It just didn't seem right to me, so upon arriving at work, I spent a few minutes on their site.

The universe makes sense again.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mirror's Edge - Gameplay Video

Run, jump, climb, swing, tumble, balance, button punch, wall flip, stomp fools...



Have Faith

Got Art?



OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Lab Sessions 4.0
“Deconstructing Hip”

Labspace Studio invites cultural producers, critics, academics, artists and collectives to present their work(s) as part of the fourth installment of The Lab Sessions, a series of themed multi-media, interactive art parties produced by Labspace Studio.

“Deconstructing Hip” is a sociological investigation and cultural excavation, a romp into the lineage of hip culture from Ginsberg to Williamsburg, scene to mainstream, hepcats to hipsters. The show will examine the barrage of trends and icons that have shaped, shifted and defined hip as we know it.

What We’re Looking For
Work that addresses, analyzes, deconstructs or reconstructs the hipster phenomenon throughout the past and into the present.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
-Painting, Collage, Photography, Drawing
-Video, New Media-Writing, Spoken Word, Text
-Performance
-Dance-Installation
-Music, Sound
-Advertising/Commercial Media

Please submit work or project proposals via email, with a brief description of your proposed piece(s) as well as supporting/portfolio material of the described work or other work recently completed in a similar medium.

Submissions can be sent to info@labspacestudio.com

The deadline for submissions is September 19, 2008.

Artists are required to financially support their projects. Labspace Studio will facilitate required technologies and assist in the installation process to the best of our ability. **Keep in mind that The Lab Sessions is a party environment! Artwork may need to be tailored to suit the atmosphere.

The Lab Sessions 4.0 will be held on October 25th at Labspace Studio in Toronto's east end.

For more information, please contact Labspace Studio at:
Labspace Studio
2A Pape Ave
Toronto, ON, M4M 2V6
info@labspacestudio.com
416-836-1516

Super Stardust HD Rankings

Current Rank: 7301
Score: 74,026,185

I met my goal in less than a week.

I bet there's so much more I can do, if I put my mind to it.

:-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Deus Ex Machina: The Wearable Motorcycle




It's not exactly a Mospeada/Cyclone, but it looks fun.

I wonder how comfortable it is?

Wired

Future Reading

I had so much fun reading History of My Life, I will soon take on another extended reading project. Not quite as many pages as Casanova's memoirs, but probably enough to keep me reading for at least a month.



"Greed, gold-digging and deception sit at the heart of "Vanity Fair." It's no joke that it's subtitled "a novel without a hero" -- William Makepeace Thackeray mercilessly skewered the pretentions and flaws of the upper class all throughout it. The result is a gloriously witty social satire."

Now that's my kind of story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The One With The Prom Video

Some of the best situation comedy you'll ever see on television. They did so many things right during the last 6 minutes of this episode. (1:18 - 7:11)

- Making the girls a little less pretty (fat suits, and fake noses)
- Chandler's greatest zing
- The pan and zoom in to Ross aka Mr. Kotter
- Ross trying to be cool around Rachel ("Just gonna hang out...work on my music")
- Axel F
- Roy getting pissed at Chip
- The heartbroken look on Ross' face
- The Happy Ending (a long time coming)
- Phoebe (she's so damn cute)

Super Pii Pii Brothers

From ThinkGeek.com

"According to the Japanese text on the box "Super Pii Pii Brothers promotes good bathroom skills and allows women to experience for the first time the pleasure of urinating while standing." What we say is that virtual peeing is damn fun!"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Toronto's Best Dressed



Toronto Life's September issue is currently on the stands, and within its pages you will find a list of the best dressed residents of Toronto (according to Leah Rumack). Natalie Lecomte (she cute, yo), Tanya Kim (eheh), the Jacob Brothers , and Kenneth Montague were among those chosen for their gift of garb.

I've decided that one day, I will chosen as one of the best dressed in Toronto. "Smitch" was included in the list and for the most part, he's only wearing suits (nice ones I should add). I look good in a suit, so I don't see why I can't appear in the pages of Toronto Life.

A man should have goals, yes?

Yes.

Super Stardust HD Rankings

I'm currently ranked 15,149 in the world, with a high score of 41,524,050.

I will not rest until I'm in the top 10,000.



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Not Sexy




I'm definitely not a fan of Gladiator Sandals. I can't look at them without having the theme to The Mighty Hercules play in my head.

Theme songs and footwear are a bad combination.

Winter can not come soon enough.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Blame Sarah (An Introduction)

She tells me that I'm too much into my head. That I need to share more of myself and thoughts.

"What's the point of speaking unless you can improve on silence?" - Sebastian Horsley (more on him later)

The thing is, I hate talking about myself. I've had to live with myself for almost 33 years, and the subject of me gets boring quick. My thoughts? Well, if you've had a chance to talk to me in person, and I happen to join in the conversation, you'll know that I'm either completely off topic, too much on topic, quick to change the subject, slow to drop a subject (if it makes me laugh), very honest when asked about others, completely silent when asked about myself, often logical, but also illogical (when it suits my purpose)...wait, I'm talking about myself. I guess I should also add that I'm condtradictory.

Still want to read this blog? To be honest, it's not going to be much different than my style of posting on Facebook; quick and to the point (often without one). Most posts will be about my interests, but I will do my best to add some musings every now and then.

Welcome to All Things All Things.

I apologize in advance.