the-inbetween posts categorized as General

pre-RPS 2005

The 2005 Rock Paper Scissors World Championships are tonight. I’ll be there. Again. Here are my previous “reports” — 2003 Championships, where I was a ref; 2004 Championships, where I competed (and made it to the top 64 worldwide). Expect a “report” tomorrow. I was watching the trailer for Match Point because it was pointed out elsewhere and because it has Scarlett Johansson. It was pointed out in the context of “watch this trailer and guess who the director is”…

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The Hockey post

One of the things keeping me away from the computer and the internets lately has been NHL Centre Ice. I ordered it just before the start of the season (not knowing that there was a free preview for the first few weeks! ARG), and since then I’ve watched more hockey than throughout all of last year. Note the sarcasm. Regardless of the lockout, I have watched a hell of a lot of hockey this season. I’d be just about getting…

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Colossal Ads

There’s this video of a “news report” about some giants unearthed by last year’s asian tsunami floating around the internet now.* If some giants like this were discovered, you’d think you’d have heard more about it (not to mention that even a tsunami would have a hard time unearthing something so big.) Hence I — and many others — are 99.9999% convinced that it’s a viral ad. The question remains: what for? I had my suspicions, but after seeing a…

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Covers and Snakes and Shootouts

Based on their recent album, Franz Ferdinand could be a killer NES cover band. It’s been said that the music of the NES chips is most like that of three or four piece rock bands, which makes some sense when you think about it. With the kinds of hooks that Franz Ferdinand use on the album, many of their songs could be chiptunified. Or they could easily play NES songs in their own style. Either or. New up and coming…

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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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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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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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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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Corrupt Imagery

I love how truncated or corrupt JPGs render (depending on the renderer). This was supposed to be a black and white image. “Glitch art” can be really interesting as long as its generation doesn’t interfere with your work (like, say, through a software crash) or, in the case of interactive glitch art, you don’t have to use it. As much as I like Untitled Game for its concept, I wouldn’t want to play it for more than a brief moment.…

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On Meteos

In a visitor centre just outside of the Confederation Bridge, I purchased one of those cheapie disposable cameras to act as a backup to my digital — when the battery inevitably died or the card ran out of space and I wasn’t anywhere near my laptop. The camera was primarily used in Halifax, and mostly at the Halifax Citadel. A bunch of the photos didn’t turn out so hot (mostly the ones I took indoors, in the Canadian Military Museum…

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End of Trip

I’m back. I arrived back after 1am on Sunday, a week and six hours after I left. In those 174 hours, I travelled 5864km (give or take about 5km, not counting the ferry crossing), wrote 21 pages of a “travelogue” (rough, jumbled, hand-written text. I’m sure I could stretch it out to fifty pages if I was so inclined), and took about 300 photos (including 24 on a crappy disposable “backup” camera). That’s an average speed of 33.7km/h at all…

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Vacation Day 2

Greetings from the banks of the Confederation Bridge, nearly 1800km worth of road away.

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Vacation Itinerary

Today, Canada Day: do nothing, clean out the fridge, play BF2. Tomorrow, Saturday: stock up on some things, buy some gear, rest. Sunday: drive off, somewhere, for some amount of time, I don’t know. And that’s about as deep as my plans go. All that I know is that I will be in the car a great deal, I will see parts of this country that I have not seen, and I will be far, far away from the internet…

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