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|Saturday, September 29th, 2007|
Sorry, I haven't posted in a long time. Seems fitting to come back with a bang.
Meet Inara. My final daughter, born Wednesday, September 26th, at 1:53pm, and weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. Middle names are still pending, but baby and mom are home today from the hospital. Current Mood: happy
|Thursday, July 12th, 2007|
38.8'C was the high in Chilliwack yesterday, which would definitely be over 100F for my American listeners.
Temperature in my place: Orbiting 20'C (70'F).
I love air conditioning. Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, July 10th, 2007|
Discovered a new blog last night of someone from Chilliwack, who I may or may not have met, I'm not sure. Name sounds familiar, but not much else. Nonetheless, she's a writer by trade and quite an amusing blogger, which includes many lists that had me chuckling. URL is www.megfowler.com, and here's one of her recent lists:
You're Kidding Yourself If...
1. You believe J.K. Rowling isn’t going to write any more Harry Potter books.
2. You think Larry King is an actual journalist.
3. You think I can’t tell you’re not wearing a bra. Or panties. Or a bathing suit with a lining (GUYS!!)
4. You think no one knows you bought your “vintage” t at the Gap.
5. You think you can wean yourself off of Facebook.
6. You think “neurotic” really translates into “cute” (as in every romantic comedy.)
7. You think Bjork isn’t totally in on the joke.
8. You think your mother is ever going to stop doing that.
9. You think the Diet Coke and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups cancel each other out.
Current Mood: amused
|Monday, July 9th, 2007|
|End of the Weekend Update
Three days off just flew by, and I have to go back to work for a day tomorrow before at least one more day off, and likely two.
Kept hammering away at the garage today, with another 3 bags of garbage tossed away, and more boxes gone. That's actually almost all of my boxes that can be emptied without having somewhere to put the stuff in them. Oh, for another 3 bookcases!
Have I mentioned that Marikko is adorable? Just checking. She LOVES playing outside, to the point of actually banging on the patio door to go out this morning.
Tam has me hooked on another show, which I knew was good but didn't want to start, because I have enough shows I haven't seen yet. Stupid me. Its really good. Show's called Dexter, and its about a serial killer who was raised by a cop foster father that realized his son was a killer, and channeled his "urges" to those that deserved it, rather than random acts of violence. So, Dexter only kills other murderers. I could go into more details, but you really have to see it to appreciate it. Its another excellent cable show, and I'm 6 episodes in, and looking forward to the other 6.
I also finally finished Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay. Another strong book by Kay, although not as good as some of his other books. It took me forever to finish it, with my lack of solid reading time, but I buckled down this weekend and got it done. But I enjoyed it, even if it took awhile to kick into gear.
Finally, if you haven't heard the new Interpol or White Stripes, you really need to, because both are excellent CDs.
That's it for now. Really tired and off to bed! Current Mood: tired
|Sunday, July 8th, 2007|
|Posting Time Again
Its been awhile, and I've been lax in posting to this, and what better time than during a bout of insomnia!
I had a productive day today, digging through boxes in the garage to condense and just outright toss old crap I don't need anymore. Some things were easy (like some of the bad 80's music cassettes I still had, or the 57th and 58th copy of a card I'll never ever use 1 of), but some were harder, and a few stayed for nostalgia.
There's a fun factor in digging out old stuff, because you remember the good stuff that went with it, which was why you kept it. I mean, I found old drawings I did as a kid, and believe me, I was not the artist in the family, that was my brother. But they were some of only a limited number of things I ever drew, so I kept them, and couldn't stand to part with them. I found an old concert review from when I saw a Prince concert as a teen in Vancouver, and some old Bloom County comic strips I'd cut out and kept (and they still hold up...brilliant comic!). And I found lots of old gaming stuff that brought me back to my big time RPGing days, something I posted awhile back about missing (and still do, despite the ribbing I get at work as the "Warehouse Dungeon Master", not that I'd play D&D given the choice).
I also saw Adam again yesterday for the first time in probably 10 years, which adds to the nostalgia factor of the weekend, as we always played or just hung out at his place in our teens. It was so great to see him again, and I hope this is the beginning of renewed ties, and I hope I can make the trip up to Westbank to see him sometime in the next year (or sooner).
So, I got rid of 2 garbage bags of crap, condensed or found homes for a bunch more, and will head back in there tomorrow for more iPod listening and cleaning. Who knows what treasures I might find?!? Current Mood: nostalgic
|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
Its hard to reconcile what has happened with Chris Benoit's double murder-suicide. While a lot of the media that looks down on wrestling (mostly justifiably) is turning the story into the same circus that wrestling is known for, most aren't concerned with the fact that there are people, like myself, who were fans.
Chris Benoit was my favorite wrestler. Never someone who could interview well, he was still someone who you could always count on to deliver a 4-star or better match, even if he was wrestling some chump with the talent of a pea. Of course, flash gets you everywhere in wrestling (see Hulk Hogan for example), and Benoit was never a huge draw among the casual fans. But he finally got his due in 2004 when he won the World Title. My buddy Ged and I watched Wrestlemania XX on PPV and were on our feet cheering as he won, an 18 year journey to respect that was well deserved. We took a trip to Edmonton to see his first title defense, when he returned to his hometown a hero, and the cheers he got there rivalled those Hulk Hogan would get everywhere. It must have been a great moment for him. We were thrilled to be a part of it with our favorite wrestler. I still consider it the highlight of my wrestling fandom.
The first wrestling T-shirt I bought was a Chris Benoit shirt. The first wrestling DVD I got was Chris Benoit's.
Which is why its hard to put into words the horror at what he's done. Obviously, his career of work is tainted now. 20+ excellent years of being arguably the greatest in-ring worker of all time is washed away in blood. That Benoit shirt will sit in the back of the drawer unworn for a long time, if not forever. That DVD will sit on the shelf for a long time, and if I do try and watch it again, will it be the same? Will the enjoyment I got from watching it (and I've watched it a fair number of times) be completely gone?
I mourn for the victims, and for him, and I can't imagine what could have made someone think they had to go to those lengths. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child with a disability like Daniel had, and the strain that would put on them. I can't imagine the stress of living on the road for 250 days a year, and the strain that put on them. I can't imagine my wrestling hero ever doing anything like this.
But he did, and I mourn that my memories of my favorite wrestler will never be the same. Current Mood: numb
|Sunday, June 24th, 2007|
About a year ago, WOXY.com went off the air. It was an internet radio station that played alternative rock that you would never find on mainstream rock radio, and I loved it. My old computer was such a pile that it couldn't even play WOXY for a long time, but when I got the new one, I happily listened again, just to find out that it was done in a week's time. I savoured those last days, and even downloaded the last day and a half of programming that someone put up for download on torrents, so I could listen to it occasionally to remember.
So, imagine my surprise when I'm cruising Facebook, and I find a WOXY.com group. And imagine my surprise even more when I find that its been back on the air since October. Dammit!
Now, its not like I've suffered, as I've enjoyed listening to The Current on Minnesota Public Radio, and will continue to as well, but I'm certainly enjoying the tunes coming out of my computer right now as WOXY plays some sweet music. And I think I've heard one song in the last hour that I'd find on regular radio. Thank you, internet, for saving radio for me. Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, June 21st, 2007|
|Now On Facebook
I took the plunge and joined the hordes that are joining Facebook. So, now, I have MySpace and Facebook. How many of these sites does one need?
Anyhow, you can find me on there at this URL: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596296606
Now, I should really do some more work at the game store...I only have two hours left before heading to PriceSmart for more slave labour. Current Mood: lethargic
|Wednesday, June 20th, 2007|
|Baby Picture Time!
Marikko being adorable with her Dad in the green area next to our place. Current Mood: happy
|Thursday, June 14th, 2007|
Christened the new BBQ last night with some steaks. What a difference a BBQ makes! Best steak I've had in a very long time (probably since the last time I had BBQ steak...).
Can't wait to use it again, maybe tonight if the rain holds off. Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
I went into this weekend fearing the worst at work, but amazingly, while it certainly wasn't a great one, it was better than expected. "Better than I thought and worse than I hoped" was the line I used earlier today. It was grad weekend, so I figured that we'd be royally screwed, but we weren't, so while I did a bunch of grunt-work that I don't normally have to do, it wasn't that bad.
Reading another great comic at the moment: Ex Machina. Its a Vertigo title about a former superhero, a low-powered guy that can make machines do what he tells them, who ends up mayor of New York due to his heroism on 9/11 (he saved the second tower by telling the plane to land before it hit the tower). Its written by Brian K. Vaughn, the guy who wrote Runaways and writes Y: The Last Man, so its certainly got good writing chops behind it. I'm up to about issue 14, and its a keeper. I'll be looking for the trades once I can afford them.
Watched the first full show of wrestling in a long time tonight. The WWE Draft was tonight, a fake draft where they "randomly" move people between their three shows. It was an okay show, with some good matches, and it ended with Vince getting blown up, so it can't be all that bad (thankfully, he won't be on the show now). We'll see if it changes anything the company does after tonight.
My parents got us a BBQ yesterday, which is very cool, as I would not have been able to get one this year, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to having a nice steak or burger that isn't fried up on the stove! I'll probably set it up tomorrow, and try it out. I can hear Blogosaurus cringing from here. :) Current Mood: tired
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
I had a ton of comics from my youth that were stolen about four years ago. I hadn't collected in years, but I'd dig out a run of Alpha Flight or X-Men or Firestorm or Batman and read through what I had of the series of choice every 6 months to a year. I had 4 long boxes that they were stored in, so I probably had a good 800 and probably more.
That they're gone now is a bitter pill, especially since I've started collecting a few again. Its a good time to read comics these days, as not only are they more mainstream than they've ever been, but they're also written by some very good writers. Gaiman, Vaughn, David, Whedon, Brubaker, Willingham, and many more are writing some excellent stories, and even TV and movie writers are trying their hand at them. There are writers of Lost (which Vaughn has joined), Heroes, and Grey's Anatomy, to name three, that are writing comics as well. Its becoming cool. ;)
So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, thanks to the internet, I just reread an old 6-issue Spider-Man story that my old friend, Adam, owned back in my teenage years. He was a huge Spider-Man fan, and I can only imagine that he would love the movies (although maybe not 3, even though it wasn't that bad). Anyhow, the story was Kraven's Last Hunt, and it is one of the coolest stories I've read, and it stands up to this day.
Kraven is a hunter, but since regular hunting isn't challenging for him anymore, he hunts bigger game, and in this (and many before it) case, that means Spider-Man. What makes the Last Hunt so cool is the overlying theme of death in the tale. Spidey is newly married and worried about how MJ will deal with something bad happening to him. Kraven goes on about how his mother couldn't take coming to America, and how it caused her to kill herself, as well as the fact that he is aging and is facing his own mortality. And a killer is on the streets murdering women. Death is everywhere, and it sets a great mood for the whole arc.
The crux of the story is Kraven believing that he has to finally beat Spider-Man, as its his final hunt to finish before he dies. Indeed, he drugs and buries Spidey alive, and then takes his place as Spider-Man for two weeks. After the defeat of the man, he sets out to prove himself superior by defeating someone Spidey couldn't beat alone (the killer in the arc). And he does that. So when Spidey finally digs himself up, he finds himself faced with a man who's convinced he's beaten him. He shows Spidey the defeated killer, who Spidey couldn't defeat alone, and then releases him, before allowing Spidey to go chase him down. And with his life's final hunt finished, he can end his life with honour.
I can't do enough justice to the mood of the book, which is the best part of it. The writing is excellent, with Kraven narrating most of it from his twisted point of view, and the art is dark and sinister. To be honest, its not what you'd expect from a comic that was, and still is, popular with younger audiences.
Best of all, its a nice flashback to the days of collecting with my buddy, and sharing these cool stories. Like I've done with anyone who actually reads this thing. Current Mood: nostalgic
|Wednesday, June 6th, 2007|
|Happy, Happy Day!!
One more good show to go...
June 6, 2007
To the Fans of Jericho:
Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.
As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.
A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show. But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available.
We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.
At this time, I cannot tell you the specific date or time period that “Jericho” will return to our schedule. However, in the interim, we are working on several initiatives to help introduce the show to new audiences. This includes re-broadcasting “Jericho” on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips from these episodes across the CBS Audience Network (online), releasing the first season DVD on September 25 and continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return. We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.
On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.
President, CBS Entertainment
P.S. Please stop sending us nuts :) Current Mood: ecstatic
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
|End of the Weekend
I had the weekend off, and it was a good one overall for me. I got some time to play with Marikko, watched some good TV with Tam (go Season 3 of Babylon 5!), got some work around the house done, and got some quiet time to myself. The weather was great, although very hot, especially on walks to Tim Hortons (yes, I walked somewhere...twice!). Thankfully, we have A/C in the house, so while the doors were closed, we were cool.
I was pretty drained going into the weekend, so I was pretty happy with how much I did. And Marikko was happy to have her Dad at home. :)
The biggest work thing I did this weekend was moving all my cards out of the game store's upstairs storage area and into my place. Shawn needed the space, so I had to find a mew spot for them. With the flood possibly coming, I didn't want my years of collecting to float away so I had to look to higher ground for them. And I did. My side of our bedroom walk-in closet in filled up to the bottom of my hanging shirts with boxes of cards. Tam's thrilled, as you can expect, but I'm content with it. :)
Cutest moment ever was when I had dropped all the little single row boxes on the bed while I organized the multitude of 5000-count ones. Marikko, wanting to help, went over to the bed, and started carrying the many little boxes over to me. "Help Dada!" :) 2 and a half, and she does more housework voluntarily than any of her teenage siblings. There's hope for her yet!
Anyhow, back to work tomorrow, although its game store work, so its not quite as strenuous as Pricesmart. I stopped in at PS tonight for a couple of things for dinner, and it was yet another hell weekend for Sam. I feel bad for him, as my last weekend was actually productive overall, but those weekends are the minority, and I've had many a hell weekend myself. Knowing that place, next weekend will be a crappy one for me as well. Say it with me..."I love my job, I love my job..."
Hope everyone has a good week! Current Mood: tired
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2007|
|Thursday, May 31st, 2007|
I miss playing RPGs.
Ever since Breakaway Comics closed down last July, we've had a lot of extra people coming to our Tuesday game nights. Now, that's fine, because we've added a lot of great people to the group, and from the looks of things, we're one of the few growing L5R groups in the world. But with that increase of people comes the inability to have an RPG going on at the same time. I tried to start a Warhammer FRPG one for a short time, but between attendence issues and lack of interest by some of the group (they all just wanted to play L5R, and I can't totally blame them, as I miss playing Yoee'rik'tch as well), it stalled out. There was also the issue of about 10 people wanting to play, which is way too many.
Now, of course, the easy answer is a second game night for RPGs, and I've got a standing invitation to Bruce's Warhammer games every second Monday. But of course, that doesn't factor in my already sporadic attendence at home, for which my little monster gets mad or sad sometimes ("No Dada work!") and my lady already is irritated by. So, it'll have to wait for now.
In anticipation of perhaps making something happen down the road, I've started looking over 4th Edition Shadowrun with the idea of maybe doing a one-shot scenario with pre-gens for a group on Tuesday, so that there would be little or no need for work beforehand by players (at least initially). It may never go anywhere, but I've loved Shadowrun from the moment it was released back in like '89 or '90, so I don't mind revisiting it for fun regardless. If nothing else, I'll convert many of my old characters to 4th Edition versions, and remember the "old days" with fondness. Current Mood: nostalgic
Gorgeous weather, a deck chair, great music playing, late dinner cooking, and Tam and a little 2 year old angel playing, with Marikko drawing on the ground with chalk on our back deck.
This is why I bought this place. Current Mood: content
|Friday, May 25th, 2007|
|Happy Birthday, Star Wars!
I didn't see Star Wars when it initially came out, but did see it before Empire released (I was 7 or 8, I think, since my brother came with us as well, and he's two years younger). My family had stayed at my Aunt's over Xmas one winter, and my cousin, Mike (three years older than me), took his little cousins to see this cool movie. We were all hooked.
I saw it at least once more in the theater before Empire, and then saw Empire as soon as it came out, multiple times. I had a bunch of action figures, and while we could never afford the cool big sets, I didn't need them to have my imagination run wild, with outdoor planets made from gardens on our property, visits to "normal" worlds, using other adventure sets we had.
I loved it then, and still do. It set the stage for a love of the fantastic that remains to this day.
So, Happy 30th Birthday, Star Wars! I'm glad you came into my life. :) Current Mood: nostalgic
|Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007|
|The End of Good TV
Last night, I finally saw the finale of Jericho, a show I came to midseason (thank you Internet), and became a big fan of. And tonight brings the end of Veronica Mars, another great show that I've watched from day 1.
Why is it that your average TV viewer just doesn't know good shows when they see them, and watch shit like American Idol and the next Pussycat Doll? :P
I'll miss both the shows. Current Mood: annoyed