the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Super Mario: Corruption

I love a good glitch. There’s something special in the aesthetics of a corrupted image, broken renderer, data to audio conversion, or messed up video codec. It’s only annoying when it occurs when you least want it. A video I made yesterday, uploaded to YouTube with odd results (what was converted into Flash is different from what I see when I play it locally,) is one such case. It was my first attempt at recording the weekly Grand Theft Auto…

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Off Screen Action

The action on the weekend wasn’t restricted to the screens of the theatres. I came across this scene on my walk home today. Commentary provided by some local slack-jawed bystander. I have no idea what instigated this but the police swarmed in seconds. Pretty quick response time if you ask me. Later, walking through the scene I notice a considerable pool of blood on the sidewalk. And yes, the cop does kick the dude when he’s stuffed into the backseat…

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63 billion billion

The best part of this “63 billion billion” dollar lawsuit isn’t the attached hand written filing [pdf] (due to restrictions on typewriters), though that’s good. The best part is the separate 57 page list of defendants [pdf] (for another case?) that, apart from all the top officials of the US government, names James Hoffa, Hugo Chavez, Steven Spielberg, Tony Danza, the Magna Carta, the Roman Empire, Plato, the Ming Dynasty, Mount Rushmore, WKRP In Cincinnati, the Garden of Eden, the…

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OMG Spoilers

I had to return a bunch of movies to my favourite rental place tonight, Bay Street Video, which just happened to be right smack in the middle of Harry Potter book launch central for Canada. Holy hell, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a larger congregation of nerds in my life and I say this having been to E3. The eight year olds I was expecting; the fully grown men and women in full wizard attire I was not. I…

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Roadtrip 2 Summary

car driven: Toyota Matrix (rental) provinces hit: 3 (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) distance driven: 5843.5km (3631 miles) trip duration: almost exactly 6 days (144 hours) average speed at any given moment: 40.58 kph (25.2 mph) motel stays: 3 nights slept in the car: 3 highest gas price: 1.22 CAD per litre (4.33 USD per gallon) number of fuel stops: 11, give or take one or two farthest point: Langenburg, Saskatchewan number of Moose seen: 5, including a young calf number of…

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Roadtrip 2

I’m going on vacation tomorrow. I don’t know where. There’s a rental car waiting for me at noon and that’s the full extent of my planning. My belief is that the cost of excess planning and preparation is the loss of any sense of discovery and, for me, the fun part of a trip is the exploration. A road trip is pretty much entirely that and I find that extremely appealing to my soul. While I definitely have no plans…

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O Joyous Week

…then, this happens.

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Week in Review

Monday was moving day. The movers I hired were pretty great. The cable guy came at 2:10pm during his 2 to 5 window (that’s a first!) Everything was going smooth until… that new sofa didn’t fit into my new place. sigh. SOFA FOR SALE. Tuesday I was sick. Sick of unpacking, but also physically sick. Welcome to your new home. Wednesday was a continuation of the flu. I did go to work because, despite being sick, it was now an…

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Hair Cabal

I am convinced that there is a conspiracy amongst barbers and hairdressers to purposely give random, off-the-street customers horrible haircuts. I can imagine them at their holiday parties mingling and socializing and laughing amongst themselves about all those awful doos they doled out that year. Venting is about all I can do at this point. Once you realize what’s going on — that the guy with the scissors heard “short” when you said “shorter” — it’s already too late. Unless…

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The Next Week

2006 Rock Paper Scissors World Championships Toronto International Art Fair Toronto Condo Show XBox 360 – Gears of War Playstation 2 – Guitar Hero 2 ( m/ ) XBox 360 – Call of Duty 3 (a Canadian campaign and a Polish campaign!? They know how to push my buttons!) Playstation 2 – Sega Genesis Collection PSP – Every Extend Extra PSP – Lumines 2 XBox 360 – Tony Hawk’s Project 8 NDS – Elite Beat Agents NDS – Yoshi’s Island…

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Toronto Sun

Oh, fuck off Toronto Sun, you worthless rag. Stuff your sensationalist bullshit up your ass. I don’t read your trash, but now I will pledge to read it even less. By comparison, the Toronto Star had this matter-of-fact headline:

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The Four Sisters

I spent the majority of my life growing up in the wasteland suburbs of Mississauga. A massive, sprawling city with absolutely no distinguishing characteristics or any charm. Such was my adolescence. The city is going through a major boom right now. It has changed drastically in the two years that I’ve been out of it, and the change wasn’t just more sprawl; a lot of it is centralized. Condo tower after condo tower is going up in the city centre,…

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Rising Dollar

For the first time in my life, the Canadian dollar has closed at over the 90 cent US mark. Some are predicting that they will be equal in value by next year. Wow. There’s a multitude of social-economic effects of this, mostly involving cross-border business, tourism and all that other fun stuff. Whatever. The important question is: what does it matter to me? And with the kinds of products that I buy, small media things, it means a potential for…

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