Monday, December 25, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

It's a wonder we all survived our childhood


I remember my brother-in-law's sister-in-law telling me about a toy she got when she was a young girl. It was a toy iron -- you plugged into the wall, and it got really hot! Now that's a great toy for kids!

Here are some more.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Why do we love to hate this guy?


Gee, I dunno, because he so richly deserves it?

I ain't no fan of his soon-to-be ex-wife, but it's nice to see someone had the brains to write her up a solid pre-nup.

But I'm sure he'll land on his feet. He's sold, um, well, a couple of albums.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Indulgent video post




My boyee Neil trying out the jazz thing a couple of years ago. Schweet!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sadly Overlooked Baseball Legends


Here is a sample of some former major league baseball players that have received BBWAA votes for the Hall of Fame, but unfortunately (way) too few to be elected:

Rick Dempsey
George Bell
Steve Sax
Lonnie Smith
Jim Deshaies
Mike Greenwell
Mark Davis
Danny Tartabull
Jim Eisenreich
Kevin Mitchell
Juan Samuel
Jeff Montgomery
Greg Jefferies
Walt Weiss

Let us all reflect thoughtfully on the sad plight of these deserving stars. My Hall of Fame includes Mike Greenwell!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

You think boxing is bad?


You may know that the world of professional boxing has several different sanctioning bodies, several different "champions" for each weight class, questionable decisions by judges and officials, and is littered with criminals -- not to mention constant controversy.

So the question is, what sport's shenanigans should be considered to be the next rung down the ladder from boxing? Is it pro wrestling, or is it world championship chess?

Chess fans have waited a long time for a unifying championship after years of nonsense, hoping for good matches and a deserving champion. Instead we are treated to the equivalent of being hit in the back of the head outside of the ring with a folding chair.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Witty Political Commentary (mercifully brief)


These are the folks with whom Jack Layton would like to conduct talks.

I guess you don't have to make serious policy when you know you'll never be in power.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A match made in... Never Never Land?


Tie Domi and Belinda Stronach?

It must be true, because no one would be crazy enough to make up a story like that. Like Brent Butt said about Fabio getting hit in the face by a goose on a roller coaster: God must have been drinking when he wrote that script.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Willie Nelson - a 73 year old party animal


I sure was awfully shocked (guffaw) to hear ol' Willie Nelson was busted for drugs again.

One of the 'veteran' cronies over at alt.music.rush adds an interesting second chapter to the story.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Cool... I'm an extremist!


Cooler still: the celebrity face I am easily the closest to: Ted Kaczynski.

You are a

Social Liberal
(90% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(80% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Libertarian




Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Therapy through profanity


Warning: do not click this link with kids in the room (or your boss).

Sometimes when I've had a bad day at work, or otherwise feeling lousy, I listen to this famous Earl Weaver radio show clip -- it never fails to cheer me up. Warning again -- objectionable language.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Reliving a film classic


... and by classic, I mean of course a classic piece of utter crap.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture was on the Space channel today. I did not look upon this as a great opportunity to watch a movie (a Star Trek movie, no less) that I haven't seen in a while, since at any given time I think you can watch just about all of the Star Trek films on cable somewhere -- they're always on.

However, while watching it, I did have what I consider to be a new thought about the movie. The conventional view among Star Trek fans is that The Motion Picture was admittedly a bit boring, but was ahead of it's time, thoughtful, and had beautiful cinematography.

I don't think I dislike ST:TMP because it's boring. I dislike it because it's bone-stupid; a stupid concept, with stupid dialogue, and delivered poorly by all of the actors. (You can't blame them; I can't see them being motivated to try to perform that crap with conviction.) This super-machine thinks its name is VGER because some letters got dirty? It yearns to physically join with its creator? (Or something like that, I can never watch it carefully enough to pick up all the subtle points.) Who thought this nonsense was a profound idea? I can handle boring, but the inanity here is overwhelming.

Bill Shatner's Star Trek Movie Memories book is surely filled with errors and fabrications, but he did do a good job of describing the background of this film. Basically, Paramount was desperate to cash in on the 'space' fad after Star Wars made a zillion dollars, and Roddenberry had absolutely no sensible creative ideas left in his drug-addled brain by that time, so some other guys wrote some crap that they slapped together and wasted a pile of money shooting.

Mind you, maybe I'm giving an unfair review, as I haven't watched the whole movie all the way through in over a decade. I flipped channels today after a while - I mean Christ, is that movie ever boring!

Monday, September 04, 2006

RIP Steve Irwin


'The Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin has died from a stingray barb.

Very sad, as he seemed like a nice bloke. But I guess one runs out of luck after doing crazy-ass stunts your whole life.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I guess I'm here to show you the dorky products


And this may be even dorkier than the pajamas.

Government in action


Whether or not you agree with the economic sentiment, the pictures are a hoot.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Back to work today...


Upon returning from my two weeks vacation, I think I may have learned a few things without really thinking.

1. Stuff really does get done when I'm not there. So why do I need to be there at all? (I guess the paycheque is nice.)
2. It really isn't necessary to jump up to help someone who essentially only needs your help because they're being lazy.
3. Just because I'm your manager doesn't mean that your problems have to be my problems.
4. Customers actually can tell when employees don't know what they're doing. (Okay, I've actually known that one for a while now.)
5. Staying late to try to get something done just results in someone dumping some other pile of shit on your desk.

Hopefully I will maintain some of my newfound wisdom for a little bit longer than I usually do.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I never thought something would beat 'Rebel L', but this might just do it


Law and Order: Special Letters Unit


Sesame Street still kicks butt. They got Munch just right.

Feel safe and secure going to bed...


... only to be beaten regularly in the schoolyard once your classmates see those pictures on the internet.

Far be it for me to make fun of someone's religious beliefs... except for when those beliefs cause you to behave batshit nutty.

Hat tip: alt.music.rush

Friday, August 25, 2006

Travel photos


This was a billboard in the middle of nowhere. My girlfriend insisted on taking a picture of it. Honest.

The advertisement on my shirt and the contents of my godson's bottle have nothing to do with each other. Honest!

Another satisfied Ontario voter. (You'll probably have to click on it to read the signs.)

This bank branch in Whitney, Ontario has the following hours:
Monday 11:00-3:00
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 11:00-3:00
Friday 12:00-6:00
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
and has no ATM. Now that's convenient!

Ordinary human beings: Go left.
Mr. Canoehead: Straight ahead.
(Well, we were in Algonquin Park.)

Our 13-year-old likes to take many "action photos" while riding in the back seat, driving down the road. This is my favourite. I think it captures the true excitement felt by a teenager riding in the back seat for hours at a time (with no stopping).

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A good laugh


I happened to flip by the Yankees-Red Sox game today and was treated to Tim McCarver saying "nine times". I laughed and laughed. My stepdaughter had no idea why. (Then again, she usually just ignores me when I start laughing inexplicably).

We're off to Ottawa tomorrow morning until Tuesday. With new brakes! ("Somehow, I don't think that awful grinding noise is quite right.") Have fun without me.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Hungarian bridge update


You may or may not have heard a while back about a government ministry in Hungary conducting an internet poll to name a new bridge... and the Chuck Norris Bridge was leading the vote.

Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report picked up the story, and urged his viewers to start voting for the Stephen Colbert Bridge instead.

I can only guess that either Hungarians started to get offended by this because Hungarian names started to become the frontrunners in the voting. Either that or perhaps the ministry decided to start rigging the vote. (Scandalous!) I was rooting for Chuck, of course.

Here's an update on the voting as of today:

name / votes / %vote
1. Zrínyi / 2023736 / 13%
2. Pató Pál / 1805054 / 12%
3. Bethlen Gábor / 1684693 / 11%
4. Hunyadi Mátyás / 1440549 / 9%
5. Perl-Script / 1368774 / 9%
6. Mészáros / 1037103 / 7%
7. Batthyány Lajos /884967 / 6%
8. Szent Korona / 724841 / 5%
9. Bocskai István / 712404 / 5%
10. Szent István / 711347 / 5%
11. Kölcsey / 655550 / 4%
12. Vásárhelyi Boldizsár / 444269 / 3%
13. Stephen Colbert / 438049 / 3%
14. Chuck Norris / 360772 / 2%
15. Fülemüle / 265602 / 2%
...
49. David Hasselhoff / 225 / 0%
55. Eric Cartman / 197 / 0%
58. Kenny McCormick / 170 / 0%
93. Counter-Strike / 66 / 0%
97. Under the / 65 / 0%
101. Bob Marley / 62 / 0%


Hungarians love David Hasselhoff.

Random things clogging up the tubes of the Internets


Weird Al is damned brilliant. Toby Harrah would be proud.

The Big Snit is one of the better things that has ever been accomplished with our tax dollars. Excuse me while I go saw my furniture.

Sacha Trudeau paints a lovely portrait of dear Fidel... and Colby Cosh cuts Sasha to ribbons for his silliness.

The world now has more fat people than hungry people. So can Hollywood start donating fat collected from liposuction operations to the third world so Doctors Without Borders can start performing fat transplants? (Okay, that was insensitive.)

Gosh, I had been waiting with great anticipation to hear about Don Johnson's and Patricia Heaton's opinions on the War on Terror. Once Pauly Shore and Rob Schneider make their thoughts public, I'll really be able to sleep well at night.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Latest silly internet quiz. I guess I'm going to hell.


I guess I shouldn't expect an accurate reading from 20 nebulous questions anyway.

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative

69%

Existentialist

63%

Postmodernist

50%

Modernist

50%

Romanticist

44%

Idealist

25%

Materialist

19%

Fundamentalist

0%

What is Your World View?
created with QuizFarm.com

Kids these days...



This is where my stepdaughters go to school. (Well, when it's not summer holidays, anyway.) All the kids get a kick out of the current state of the sign, of course. What's odd is that it's been like that for quite some time.

Some grumpy adults (myself included) often have occasion to complain about the 'delinquent' behaviour of kids these days. However, I have noticed myself thinking as of late about how similar kids of the last few generations have been. The adults are surely different, though.

When I was a kid, if it happened that our school had lost a letter in its sign to read "Pubic School", this would have been a momentous occasion of shared hilarity among the students -- the news would have spread about town, and kids from all over would come by to see the sign and laugh. In other words, it probably would have been a much bigger deal than it is for our girls and their classmates. Also, I'm quite certain that some horrified uppity parent, teacher, or school official would have seen to it that the sign was repaired immediately.

Nobody here seems to be in a big hurry to get that capital L replaced. Is this because our community is less interested in the state of our public schools than they may have been in days gone by? Perhaps, but parents these days want the best for their kids just like every generation has. I think they're just more concerned about their kids doing drugs, getting involved in a gang, being violent, or telling them to f*** off, than they are about their kids giggling about the word 'pubic'. We all know they hear and see worse things in the movies, TV, and their day-to-day lives.

So either the parents of today are to be commended for knowing to pick the right battles, or should be criticized for letting the standards of decency slide. But whatever has changed, it sure ain't the kids' fault.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Another blog? From someone who can't write? Why?


Why indeed.

I don't know why I decided to create a blog. Time will tell if indeed I even carry on with it.

Perhaps it will give me an outlet to rant. Or write boring things about my life that no one could conceivably be interested in. The possibilities are endless!

My name is Matt. I'm a team leader in a technical support/customer service call centre in Toronto, Ontario. I commute from my home in Oshawa, Ontario. I'm originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Oshawa actually isn't a bad place to live at all, but like all places has a portion of its population that is... well... think 'Trailer Park Boys', but with nicer homes than trailers. Thus my better half and I like to slag Oshawa, and joke that we are "stuck in the 'Shwa".