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.