Monthly Watchings

A day after my movie watching birthday weekend, I pledged to myself that I will watch at least one movie per day for the rest of February. A February Movie Watching Month, if you’d like. A FeMoWaMo. I went through my “shrinkwrap shrine”, watching a number of the unwatched movies that I own. I got a zip.ca membership. I rented movies from a store. I caught some on TV and, when I was at my parents’ place, on The Movie…

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On Torino’s Coverage

With yet another absurdist ceremony, the 20th Winter Olympic Games came to a close. They finale had its moments, I guess (like the flaming head skater guys!), but they always feel so counter-Olympic. You spend two weeks watching great, competitive events with the worlds greatest athletes only to end with hundreds of clowns doing a carnival rendition of YMCA. What!? The worst part of the ceremony (next to Ricky Martin) was the small segment done by Vancouver’s comittee in anticipation…

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On Torino

I have attentively watched every Olympiad since Seoul 88. Probably even Calgary 88, but I can’t remember those. I’d say “probably” to 84 were it not for the fact that I was four at the time and living in Olympic boycotted Poland at the time, so even if I were to watch then there wouldn’t have been much to see. Let’s just say “since Seoul 88”. All through that time the winter version was always my favourite of the various…

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technorati

The top 5 tags at Technorati right now are: Islam Cartoons Bush Recensioni big dick shemales Proving that spam is still as viable as it ever was. If you’re in the game of relying on other people’s content, as Technorati is, you are going to get gamed.

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Weekend Watchings

The weekend was spent on my parents’ couch at my parents’ place watching a lot of (my parents’) TV, snacking on almonds and cake (of the birthday variety). The Sunday also had “The Big Game”™® and, really, it was quite boring. I don’t watch a lot of football, but for a game billing itself as the biggest in the world (yeah, wait til’ July 9th for that), it was really dull. You sit for a couple of minutes through commercials…

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Amalgamated Feed

When online web services don’t play nice together, doves cry. Right now they’re bawling their eyes out over the glitchiness between Bloglines and del.icio.us. I don’t know how it all began (and it began weeks ago) — perhaps an overly eager spider got itself throttled — but the end result is that most user feeds from del.icio.us don’t work very well anymore. Luckily, that’s what my inbox is for. However, in trying to fix and/or workaround the problem, I turned…

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Razuddite

The one frequently used consumer product that annoys me the most is razors. I don’t like shaving and I often accumulate a lot of stubble between shaves, but I hate the bullshit marketing even more. While watching the Leafs lose again on Hockey Night in Canada tonight, I saw the most rediculous commercial ever for Gillette’s new “Fusion” razor. The advert was building hype for the “coming song” Fusion by making it look like the second coming of a well-shaved…

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Need for Speed: Toronto

Toronto feels a little more tense than normal. Elevators are dropping. The Leafs are dropping. The Raptors are… well, have dropped a long time ago. Crime in the city is spiralling out of control — or at least the media would like you to think that. Buses are driving into buildings. Motorists are fighting cyclists. And teenage street racers, spoiled douchebags going 140km/h in their parents’ Mercedes, are crashing and killing people. Here’s the thing. In that crash, investigators found…

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Conservative Minority

There’s not much to say. Same shit, different smell. There was change in the air, and it came. Not as resolutely as some might have predicted, since the Conservatives have captured a very tenuous minority, but still a shift in the Canadian political landscape. Martin’s stepping down from Liberal leadership certainly adds to that, and it contributes to what will be a very interesting year in politics. One with plenty of positioning and politicking and strategy, from all the major…

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Election Day in Canada

Today is the federal election. The second in two years, following the last government’s short and ineffectual minority. The bad news is that, save for the possibility of some drastic last minute vote swings (not unfounded, it happened last time,) our politics are guaranteed to swing hard to the right. Not good. On the plus side, unless there’s some drastic last minute momentum, we are going into yet another minority. That should make it a lot more difficult for them…

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Super Limited Ultra Mega Director’s Cut Edition Plus

I was on the phone with my sister when I walked into an HMV, curious about what new releases were displayed under New Releases. “Ooooooooh,” I breathed into the receiver, “there’s a Criterion version of Ran now. But it’s fifty bucks. I really shouldn’t buy it.” After the conversation finished, I bought it. The fortunate part of the story is that on several prior occassions I had opted to not purchase this great film because I didn’t know which version…

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Do Not Vote for Sam Bulte

Do not vote for Sam Bulte in the Parkdale-Highpark riding. Here’s a reason why. Yet another. And another. Yesterday afternoon, one of her cronies canvassers came to my door. This is the first time someone from the Liberals came to my door; the NDP has stopped by twice already in the last week (I ignored them the second time they knocked on my door). Perhaps there’s less need to rush if you’re incumbent. Anyway, the guy knocks on my door,…

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mp3 tag tools

I have had a long standing feud with id3 tags. They made an inconsistent mess of my music files and I called them stupid dummies. I ranted about them two years ago. Having some spare time this weekend, I decided to clean up various file dumps on my computer. Regroup years of photos, move images and videos, delete useless installation files (I don’t need installers for ten different versions of Firefox!) and downloaded demos and, most daunting, clean up the…

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