Friday, July 31, 2009

1930s Futuristic Fashion Predictions

Quick Hits

Hi gang!

Nothing new to report these days. Same old stuff, although it's been keeping me very busy. Let's get to the links!

1) CoffeeSeekr is a useful service for coffee junkies and travelers which helps to locate coffee shops anywhere in US. You just need to enter an address or a postcode and in return it will present nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Starbucks coffee locations.

2) Was 1984 the greatest year in movies ever? Personally I think it was 1939.

3) 10 ways that Google is trying to kill Microsoft.

4) How's your sense of pitch? I went 26 for 26. I can hear good!

5) 7 High Tech Products And Their Cheap Ass Ingredients.

6) If you suffered the awkwardness of your parents joining Facebook, then this site is for you.

7) Cartoon characters redesigned.

8) TCM Underground is running The Giant Spider Invasion tonight. Set your TiVos!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

I wrote a comic strip.


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Ludia Announce The Bachelor & The Bachelorette Videogames

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Ludia Inc. today announced a deal to create and distribute videogames based on the hit reality TV dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, from Warner Horizon Television and created by Mike Fleiss. The worldwide licensing and distribution arrangement will launch the videogames across multiple platforms following the conclusion of The Bachelor’s 14th season in 2010 on the ABC Television Network.
"The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are extremely popular on television and we are looking forward to bringing the properties into the videogame space,” said John Quinn, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “These games are meant to engage fans of the show and the wider public beyond television, enriching the overall entertainment experience around the brand.”
“The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are first-rate licenses in reality TV’s dating genre, which is a hugely popular category with television viewers,” said Alex Thabet, Ludia’s founder and CEO. “We see great potential for the segment within the context of video games, and look forward to our collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to deliver a true-to-show game experience on a wide variety of platforms.”
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette videogames will be distributed in retail by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and in digital formats by Ludia.

The Coen Brothers are back!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Quick Hits

Hello all!

It's Saturday night and I'm not doing much so I thought I'd take a break from playing Condemned 2 and watching, that's right, NCIS to post a few links.

1) The Hotel Puerta America is the coolest hotel I've ever seen and boy would I love to stay there.

2) The hottest games yet to come in 2009.

3) If you want to kill a little time online, try the highly acclaimed game Today I Die.

4) I'm obsessed with The History Channel's new show, That's Impossible. Hosted by Jonathan Frakes!

5) Here's an article about how George Lucas completely ruined Jake Lloyd's life.

6) Speaking of obsession, I can't stop watching the cooking videos of Matt, who made the scrumptious looking omelette in the video I posted a few days ago.

7) If you have a blogger page you'll appreciate this. How to remove the blogger navbar.

8) Kazaa is becoming subscription service, so all you sinners/music thieves may have to start obtaining your songs legitimately.

9) 12 of the Most Expensive Foods and Drinks.

10) They now have TV protectors to save your screens from your Wii accidents.

11) 100 easiest, fastest recipes. Ever

12) Redneck cakes!

13) An Amazing Gallery of 15 Impossible Celebrity Couples. This is nifty stuff.

That's it gang. Have a listen to Peaceful by the marvelous Ray Conniff Singers.


Toronto nicknames

TO or T.O. – from Toronto, Ontario, or from Toronto; pronounced "Tee-Oh". Sometimes used as T-dot, T-dot-O, or T-dot O-dot.

The Megacity – referring to the amalgamation of the former Metropolitan Toronto.

The Big Smoke – originally a nickname for London, England.

The Centre of the Universe – A derogatory term used by other Canadians, but adopted fondly by some Torontonians.

Hogtown – Related to the livestock that was processed in Toronto, largely by the city's largest pork processor and packer, the William Davies Company.

Toronto the Good – from its history as a bastion of 19th century Victorian morality. An 1898 book by C.S. Clark was titled Of Toronto the Good. A Social Study. The Queen City of Canada As It Is. Today sometimes used ironically to imply a less-than-great or less-than-moral status.

Queen City – a reference now most commonly used by francophone Quebecers ("La Ville-Reine")

Methodist Rome – an analogy identifying the city as a centre for Canadian methodism, as Rome is for Catholicism.

City of Churches.

Hollywood North – a nickname shared with Vancouver, referring to the film industry.

The 416 – 416 is the original telephone area code for much of the city (the other area code in Toronto is 647); the surrounding GTA suburbs, now using area codes 905 and 289, are similarly "the 905".


Friday, July 24, 2009


Five reasons why this is the greatest moment in Happy Days history.

1) It stars Tom Hanks. And I'm talking about the real Tom Hanks. The friggin' awesome Tom Hanks. Not the wig wearing, Oscar toting, obsessed-with-the-ruddy-moon Tom Hanks.

2) Arthur Fonzerelli gets taken down a peg. I love the Fonz, but I think we can all agree that this was long overdue.

3) Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips. His presence tells us that this show, which is clearly a mere shell of it's former self, will mercifully come to an end soon.

4) The fashion. At this point the producers of the show have completely abandoned the idea that Happy Days takes place in the 1950s.

5) No GD Joannie and Chachi.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Great NCIS Conditioning Experiment of 2009.

About two months ago I realized that I had run out of TV shows to watch. My love affair with Monk seemed to have run it's course, I was on a down cycle for the various Law & Order franchises and primetime television from the big four networks had absolutely no appeal for me. I had tried to watch the show NCIS a few times but for some reason it just didn't take. It felt trite and even silly at times even though it was supposed to be an action/drama. For some reason though, I kept going back to it and trying it over and over. I think the reason that I focused on NCIS is because it airs three times daily down here, and if I could tap into that resource of television viewing, simply by volume, I would be set for a very long time. So finally, with nothing to watch, I decided to try an experiment. Could a person, simply through subjecting themselves to a barrage of exposure to a TV program that they don't like, condition themselves to enjoy said program? Would it be possible for me to Stockholm Syndrome myself into liking NCIS? I didn't know, but I was determined to find out.

Now I want to be perfectly clear about this. I had no intention of subjecting myself to anything unpleasant ala Alex in A Clockwork Orange. What I decided to do was have NCIS on in the background at all times possible. I began by setting my TiVo to record any and all things NCIS. I even chose to record it over Pardon The Interruption a favorite program of mine which conflicts time wise with one of the three daily NCIS episodes (not that much a sacrifice really... the sports world is dead right now). Once I accumulated a few eps, I began playing them constantly. It would play while I would surf the web or make phone calls; I would pause the program when it was time to go out, and then when I returned it went right back on the tube. At first I didn't pay much attention to it, but every once in awhile I would hear a gunshot or some raised voices and I would glance up from the computer screen to see what all the hubbub was about.

After a few days of this I found my interest developing into more than just the occasional peek. The characters started to become more familiar. Instead of just a bunch of chatter and noise I started to single out specific people. There was the chatty one, the zippy goth, the dork from MIT and the Jewish killing machine. The triteness/silliness that once so annoyed me became somewhat endearing, and at times quite amusing. As time continued I found myself watching entire episodes, enjoying them, and even putting time lines together.

At this point I can safely conclude that the great NCIS conditioning experiment is a resounding success. NCIS is now my favorite show (I s*** you not), and I love the fact that I have three of them in my TiVo inbox at the end of the day. My friends Tony, McGee, Ziva, Ducky and Abby are all there waiting to entertain me and be my wonderful, dependable little companions. I am the Patty Hearst of mediocre television drama and I'm pleased as punch about it.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Keeping it clean.

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?

Sexy 70s Advertising

Facial Recognition

According to the facial recognition software, these are the celebrities that I most resemble. With the exception of that little turd Muniz, this is a pretty good list. T-Brade!

Saturday Morning Quick Hits

Hello all,

We are just three weeks shy of the first NFL Preseason game and I'm really quite pleased about that. This is the sports dead zone we're suffering through right now. No NFL, NBA, NHL or College. Ugh. I guess I'll just continue with my Half Life 2 obsession and maybe I'll pick up a good book. Time for the links.

1) The release date for Bioshock 2 has been pushed back to 2010. You know what? I have no problem with that. I want 2K to take as much time as they need to make the best game they can. If there's a game out there that shouldn't be rushed, it's this one.

2) Top 15 Horror Films Of The 2000s. This is a VERY good list and I was surprised that they out the wildly underrated Inside on there.

3) Here is footage of Resident Evil 4 as played on an iPhone. Pretty impressive.

4) Ubisoft has opened a fourth Canadian office, this one in Toronto.

6) How to use baking soda as a cure for acid reflux (brrrrpppahh... excuse me).

7) How to make homemade chocolate syrup.

That's it for now, friends. Have a listen to Rumba Internationale by Las Rubias Del Norte.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Songs Stuck In My Head

Yikes. Enjoy.

Food Bank

Hey gang,
Here are a few pics from the food bank where I spend my time. I'm not in any of them because no one knows how to use a digital camera but me. Maybe next time!

Will You Be Here Tomorrow?

Safety comes first, people, and this safety video should make that very clear. This is NSFW in the greatest way possible. Maybe Netflix was right about me...

My taste in film

I noticed that this row of movies had been listed under the recommendations on my Netflix page.

Damn, Netflix. I know I've seen a few violent movies over the years but do you have to make me feel weird about it?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Movies On the Horizon

Quick Hits

Good morning, people.

I gotta tell ya gang, life's pretty good these days. I've been working at the food bank which is very rewarding, I've been getting in touch with people from my past, and I finally got the truck nuts installed on my car. No complaints here. Time for some quick hits!

1) If you shop at Costco you should read this. You might be getting ripped.

2) Save a little scratch and tune up your A/C yourself.

3) In case anyone is curious, has a 1 TB external hard drive for only 80 skins. Boy, that's cheap.

4) Check out Best of Wikipedia to see some the best new articles that Wikipedia has to offer.

5) They're coming out with a Murder, She Wrote video game. For realzies. I don't think I'm interested in that, but I'm VERY interested in this video of Angela Lansbury teaching other old ladies how to be sexy.

6) Megan Fox continues her spree against douchy director Michael Bay in this video, in which she essentially calls him a retarded, pedophilic man-child. Sounds about right.

7) Here are tips for sleeping comfortably on a hot night.

8) Researchers have found that swearing profusely can actually help alleviate physical pain. This kind of sucks for me, because I just gave up cussing for good.

9) Ryan Reynolds has been cast as the Green Lantern. No problems here - love the guy.

10) Fancy Fast Food dares people to purchase fast food items and try to create an elegant dish from them. No easy feat. I'm thinking of trying this - I'll keep you posted.

11) The whole Freaks & Geeks series is now on sale for $37. That's a steal.

12) Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Better Coffee.

13) Here are the movies out in theatres tomorrow (Potter nerds rejoice!).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I Love You, Beth Cooper
(500) Days of Summer

Nothing I'm too excited about there. We have some gems coming out on DVD next Tuesday though. Here's Pleasure Girls by The Diaboliks.

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