the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2005

Max Requirements

Microsoft releases Max. A free photo organization app not at all unlike Apple’s iPhoto or (Ballmer: “I will kill”) Google’s Picasa, but late and with more Microsoft. Worry not, though, because this piece of software is not made by robots, as they boldly say right there on the site. That seems like an odd thing to mention. The kind of thing robots would say to mislead the general public. But they might be right. After seeing this new product that…

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Seven Swords

At the ungodly time of 9:30am (for movie watching, at least), I caught Seven Swords. It was disappointing. Despite his brief foray into Van Damme movies (though, in all fairness, John Woo also fell prey to that), the director, Hark Tsui, is best known for Once Upon a Time in China, which basically introduced Jet Li. That was a real good film. This, not so much. It was cornball, cliche, and eye-roll inducing. Apart from the very final battle, nothing…

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Celebrity Spotting (sort of)

So there are a lot of celebrities in town. I don’t really give a shit. The only ones I’ve seen have been the directors of two features I attended and Cyril Raffaelli who was at the Banlieue 13 showing. Apparently, according to the masturbatory entertainment “reporters” on the local news, the celebs like coming to Toronto because, on the streets, no one here gives a shit (unless you are some teen-wanker celebrity). This is why so many Canadian “stars”, when…

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Toronto International Film Festival

I missed the deadline for the advance ticket draw for the Toronto Film Festival, which meant I had two options if I wanted to attend: go to the box office early, early, early in the morning on Wednesday when individual tickets went on sale and deal with the lineups, or wake up early, early on Wednesday morning and sit on the computer and order them online. I chose online. As is the case when any batch of limited, sought-after tickets…

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TV-less

As of today, I have gone a week without a TV. I was supposed to get it back on Tuesday… delayed. Yesterday… oops, their delivery van broke down. NO WAIT. It’s working again. “How about later today?” Ok. Half an hour after it was supposed to be here, they call — “how about another hour?” No. I have to be somewhere. Hopefully, today I will finally get it back. Frantic delivery juggling aside, it hasn’t been missed. It’s not like…

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Airshow

The final weekend of the Canadian National Exhibition is the final weekend of summer (sort of.) It is also the weekend of the Canadian International Air Show. As with all things happening over the lake near Ontario Place, I have a pretty good view of the event. So I just sat around on the balcony a lot this weekend, got my arms sorely tanned, and took a crap load of photos. Well over two-hundred. A few of them actually didn’t…

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Gas Prices

I don’t have a car. I don’t have consistent access to a car. I take the streetcar to work. As such, I don’t pay much attention to gas prices. However, recent chatter about gas prices has been unavoidable and I was amazed to learn that it was, locally, $1.349 per litre! I have seen the $1.00 mark broken once before, and that was in the middle of nowhere in New Brunswick during my roadtrip (by comparison, gas was about fifteen…

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Onion Archives

The Onion, America’s finest news source, redesigned recently. That’s nice. The big news, as far as I’m concerned, is that the archives are now fully viewable and searchable (I think they were “premium” before). Now you can see all the greatest fake online news of the past nine years. For example, this was the edition when I became (legally) an adult. “Cordless phones” and the Lewinsky debacle. How nostalgic. From the same month: Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On…

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My Perfect Albums

Plastic (eh) recently asked about “perfect albums” — An album in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song I would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average — and the result of the tally was: the most perfect album is Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” There is no argument from me about the merits of OK Computer, but I agree with some of the comments there: “Fitter Happier” is…

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My Television

My Television: now with less green!. After a bout of good luck, it was inevitable that negative fortunes would strike back at me. Lightbulbs started bursting, muscles started straining, people leaving, and, lastly, my television blew. Sort of. It was some annoying Zellers commercial that did it in. There was a lot of green in it. Strong, oversaturated green. My screen started to overload a bit, static built up, it flickered, and then snap. The picture went black and slowly…

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Wandering Boy, Flying Daggers

I had originally intended to write four mini-reviews, covering four different types of media — interactive game, music album, film, and book (for once, non-fiction!) — but after writing the first two the following two never came. The two that I had written then sat in limbo for a week. Might as well post them. Lucky Wander Boy seems like it would be an obvious book for me. The plot focuses on a nostalgic gamer (though he’s purely nostalgic, not…

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greasemonkey escapist

I’m not sure what the origin of this… comic thing is, but it amused me greatly. Do not tell Jack Thompson of its existence, though. On a similar level of stupid, I made my first second ytmnd, ff3battle. Moving on to more technical matters, I really, really like the concept of the Greasemonkey extension, even though I do not have it currently installed (I have not bothered to reinstall after the, now resolved, security concern.) It gives the user power…

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badlands

Cheltenham Badlands Photo Set, from Sunday afternoon

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