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    Friday, March 30, 2007

    Habs Watch - Crunch Time

    Stardate 7362.73

    There are 5 games left in the regular season. We're in the 8th and final playoff spot.

    The good news is that we're on a 5 game winning streak and everyone around us in the race is losing. Halak, the young rookie goalie from Slovakia, is riding a 5 game win streak and will continue to play as long as he is winning. Kovalev has scored 2 goals in both of his last 2 games, and Koivu couldn't be hotter.

    The bad news is that we have a road game against Ottawa tonight followed by the Sabres on saturday at home and still a game at Madison Square Gardens to go yet. Hopefully, the Bruins game on tuesday will be a push, but the season is closed out with a game in Toronto.

    With the race so close, I see us needing at least 3 of the 5 games as wins, just to stay competitive. At least we have wins on our side :D

    Friday, March 23, 2007

    Iran detains Britons

    Stardate 7327.66

    Well this could be the tipping point in the on-going affair with Iran and their nuclear program. Let's hope diplomacy prevails.

    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Oilers set new record!!!

    Stardate 7322.72

    The Edmonton Oilers continue to set records and leave their mark on the hockey world... After falling to Colorado last night, they have reached a new franchise milestone with 12 losses in a row!

    Congrats guys! Never thought losing Cryin' Ryan would be soooo bad HAHA.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    No time for blogging

    Stardate Unknown

    Well I have been sporadic at the best of late with regards to writing, and maybe I am just getting burnt out reading and attempting to analyse the nonsense of politics, or perhaps I am simply too busy with other things that have moved a few rungs up on my ladder of importance.

    However, in a nutshell, things have been busy, and politics has been both boring and nonsensical as usual. My family is leaving me for a week starting friday to go for a quick visit in BC so I have been spending more time with them. The last few days have seen me attending the Alberta Transportation Conference here in Red Deer, and work has been steady as always (which is great of course!!!).

    This weekend, I will be off to my buddy Sven's to jam for a few days and that is always both really loud and really fun.

    Tomorrow, expect to see some of my thoughts on "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men".

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    The Internet should be FREE

    Stardate copyrighted

    Viacom is suing Youtube over video clips from their networks... What else is new? The thing is that one day, all of these big greedy corporations will realise that the internet is the most useful tool EVER for sharing ideas and data (including retarded MTV videos) and that they will never win the battle to stop it. I mean really... if people are cashing in on the latest 1:07 Beavis and Butthead clip somehow, and these big corporations are actually losing money over it, then I want to know how to make money from it myself!!! Seriously.

    The entire battle over copyright infringement has taken new turns of late. I have seen links to music videos on Youtube that bands themselves have posted on their own site, but the video has been removed from Youtube because of said infringements... Um, okay. I have seen the most popular Guitar Pro tablature site STOP sharing music scores written by the site's members (based from their interpretations of a band's music) or even as posted on various band's sites because of said infringements...

    So if the band says it is okay to have their music video up for free (on their site AND Youtube), then who freaking cares? I can understand if Pay per View events are being uploaded to torrent sites almost as they happen because of the nature of the subscriptions, but really... the only thing that sharing video clips on Youtube does is save me the time of taping them myself!

    Monday, March 12, 2007

    Habs Watch - Samsonov...

    Stardate 7273.65

    Samsonov has officially stated why he has sucked this year... Yeah that's right. He regrets having signed with the Habs last summer. Frankly, I wish they hadn't signed him. He's a 2nd or 3rd string player at best, and with his price tag, you would think the team could have bought someone that could at least perform with a little more consistency (9 goals and 17 assists so far this season).

    Well the drama will probably not help the Habs right now, who have hopefully ended their downward spiral with late game heroics from another underachieving player, Kovalev, in their last game against the Blues. They play again tomorrow night, and one can only wonder if Samsonov will be another healthy scratch, or a 3rd line floater. Either way, I can think of other ways of keeping the bench warm that cost a hell of a lot less than $3.5 Million a year.

    Friday, March 09, 2007

    Chris Simon is an a$$hole

    Stardate 7259.53

    What the hell is Chris Simon thinking? I'm all for tough guys in hockey, and hits, and fights. I hate the instigator rule, and I wish we would see the odd bench-clearing brawl like the old days...

    But this stuff has got to stop. I wrote a blurb a long time ago, after the Bertuzzi incident.

    To put the icing on the cake, what did Simon say afterwards?
    "I feel bad for taking a penalty that led to us losing the game," said Simon. "I've always been known as a team guy, and I feel real bad about letting the team down."

    What an asshole.

    Wednesday, March 07, 2007

    Sunny mornings can only mean good things today

    Stardate 7248.34

    For the first time since fall, the sun was up and actually bright enough over the horizon on the drive to work this morning that I had to don shades. For a brief moment, it seemed as though spring was here, but I know there is still a short time left, and likely a few more snowstorms.

    I always hate having to drive to work in the winter, where it's dark on the way there, and dark on the way home. Today, is different.

    Today is going to be awesome!

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007


    Stardate 7244.16

    I honestly don't know what to say about this movie except that it sucked in nearly every way imagineable. This review may contain spoilers, but if you've seen Star Wars I'm not spoiling anything.

    Luke receives his father's light sabre from Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Luke receives his father's light sabre from Obi-Wan Kenobi

    On the outside, it is a show with great special effects (that we have all seen elsewhere before) cardboard acting, poor lines and an almost infantile plot and screenplay. There is never any clear purpose or suspense to the movie, or massive imminent doom for the good people of the world, but rather a simple quest, where the boy finds a dragon egg stolen from the evil king who wants it back. Of course, he is destined to be the greatest dragon rider ever and will be a valuable tool for the rebel scum hiding out from the evil king's men. That's it. He will grow to save them all... well except he doesn't actually have to grow at all.

    On the inside, it is a blatant rip-off of Star Wars. At numerous times, I found myself blurting out quotes from the classic Sci-Fi saga, such as when young Luke, I mean Eragon, returns to his Uncle's farm (he lives with his uncle and doesn't know what happened to his parents) to find him killed by minions of the evil emperor, and a solid "Uncle Owen..." resounded through the room. Brom, played by Jeremy Irons, is none other than Obi-Wan himself... a mentor for our hero and a retired dragon rider from old. He likely has the most solid performance out of all the characters, except maybe the CGI dragon with feathers. At one point, Luke, I mean Eragon, defies both his mentor and dragon and decides to take off to save a girl from his dreams from imminent death (getting into and out of the Death Star was an amazing feat and actually quite difficult). Very quickly, this 17 year old farm boy penetrates the evil emperor's high security prison complex, and with little effort rescues the girl. Of course, there is tension at this point, as Obi-Wan, I mean Brom, jumps in to save the lad and gets killed by Darth Vader. Do you feel for the loss of this great ancient hero? Not at all, since he is a carboard character with silly lines for the most part.

    The boy himself begins the movie as a farm boy, trained to beat on his brother with a stick. In no time flat, he learns he is a dragon rider, and that he has great magical powers (THE FORCE) which he masters nearly instantly. I wonder how long it took the evil king dude or his high wizard to learn their skills? Likely much more than a few passing hours or days. Within hours of these revelations however, young Luke, I mean Eragon, is taking on the King's very own second in command.

    There are many other instances of either misplaced or non-existent character development, or simply ridiculous bits of writing...

    His older brother leaves early in the movie, in a tear-jerking farewell scene, only to be forgotten as quickly as the original plot of the story. What happened to him? Nobody knows, or cares for that matter.
    The dragon grows from a mere hatchling into a full sized dragon in about 8 hours, and throughout the entire movie, nobody seems to ever see the dragon flying around, even when fully grown!
    The dragon herself could barely fly with 3 people on her back, but towards the end of the show, she gets to wear some really nice plate armor to protect her... Hmmm. Dragon sized plate armor, or additional peoples... you decide which would weigh more.
    Within a few hours or days ( I honestly don't know whow much time passes during this story as it is presented), young Luke, I mean Eragon, begins telling the seasoned veteran dragon rider what it means to be a dragon rider, and is suddenly the authority on the matter in a ridiculous twist of knowledge. He must have telepathically learned it all from his dragon I guess.
    The girl he saves nearly effortlessly from the high security prison has been poisoned, and is on death's bed when our heroes finally arrive at the Rebels secret base on Dantooine, but no fear! In yet another twist that removes any threat or suspense, the gayly clad tribal rebel leader says that his healers will "make her well" and in an hour, she is putting on battle armor and wading through ugruks or orcs, or whatever you want them to be.

    I could go on and on about this movie and how terrible both the acting and the story are, but why bother. I think I have done enough. To quote many others, the movie was based on a book written by a teenager, and the screenplay was butchered by a 12 year old. George Lucas should indeed be suing them for plagiarism and I wish I hadn't have wasted 100 minutes of my life. For a movie touted as a peer to "The Lord of The Rings" and "Harry Potter", this falls amazingly short. The book may be better, but I will never know...

    I am trying to think of anything at all I enjoyed about the show, and all I can keep thinking about is how I would rather watch the original Star Wars. Han Solo was way cool.

    3.5 out of 10

    Thursday, March 01, 2007

    Flight of Harpocracy

    Stardate 7218.32

    More transparency and accountability in the NEW government. Balderdash. Sauce for the goose, as they say.

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