This is my personal thoughts, opinions and musings place. I will also rant about things, especially politically-correct things that irritate me. And sci-fi. Did I mention sci-fi? There'll be lots of sci-fi stuff here. And movies, too. Mmmmm... Movies

Sunday, August 14, 2005


No, I have not returned to regular posting, but just had to add this to the blog.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

All good things...

must come to an end!

And so it is with The Mad Perseid blog. In the past seven months(good Lord, has it really been seven months? Wow!), I've met quite a few very interesting people, read a lot of good blogs and also had a great deal of fun, and with regret I must now put blogging on hold.

In the end, I simply can't afford the amount of time I have to put into this to make it worthwhile. There're things out there that I've been neglecting, and not so unfortunately I must now turn my attention to them. I don't know for how long I'll be able to stay away, blogging is a powerful, though fun, addiction, after all, so I may post something new every once in a while. Eventually I hope to be back with a new template, one that gives direct access to my photography and artwork.

So, to all my friends, thank for reading my blog and linking to it, and I hope to see you 'round the blogosphere. Keep up the good writing and keep a light on for me.

Farewell for now!

Pirates of the Caribbean Sequels

Well, for those who didn't get enough of the original Pirates of the Caribbean, there are two(count 'em, two!) sequels being filmed right now, slated for 2006 and 2007 releases.

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Carribean 3

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

They made her into a scab

So, the Runaway Bride™ has been made into a public grounds keeper. I wonder how long they'll make her keep it up before somebody'll feel sorry for her. All see this.

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More SG1 Quotes

Goa'uld Spy: “How did you come by the mothership?”
Jack O'Neil: “We made a deal with Cronus.”
Spy: “What kind of deal?”
O'Neill: “He gave us the mothership.”
Spy: “And what did Cronus get?”
O'Neill: “Cronus got... what was coming to him.”

Sam Carter: “This is the sun that Vorash is orbiting.”
Jacob Carter/Selmak: “We want to blow it up.”

O'Neill and Jacob are having an argument about saying they're doomed prematurely
O'Neill: “I distinctly remember you saying we weren't going to make it.”
Jacob: “I over-reacted.”
O'Neill: “Well, we made it. So maybe next time you could reserve judgement.”
Jacob: “What, and miss my last chance of being right?” Walks away.
O'Neill: “What?”
Sam: “Welcome to my world.”
O'Neill: “What?”

O'Neill and Carter are power-walking through a Goa'uld mothership.
Carter: “This way, sir.”
O'Neill: “Carter, how do you know which way to go in a place like this?”
Carter: “I studied the specs while we've been aboard.”
O'Neill: “You sure know how to have a good time.”
Carter: “Having a good time now, sir.”
O'Neill: “You go, girl.”

And now, my favourite SG1 expression!
Apophis: “Kree, Jaffa!”

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My goal

I have a goal!

No, this isn't the one about wenches and clubs. This one is about this blog, and that goal is to have the content portion longer than the right-hand sidebar, and hopefully of decent, readable material. At the moment, I'm OK, but if I post nothing more today, with the first post tomorrow the sidebar will be longer. This goal is consuming my waking moments, and the sleeping ones, too. Woe, thy name is The Mad Perseid!

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Of D.E.B.S., or how to make silly lesbian movies even sillier

Of all the silly movies recommended to be lately, one of the sillier ones has to be D.E.B.S.. Basically a send-up of spy movies, it's the live-action version(reimagining???) of Totally Spies with lesbianism thrown in for good measure.

The plot revolves about hot young women in short skirts recruited by a governmental paramilitary origanization(D.E.B.) to fight crime, the evil kind, the kind that wants to take over the world... or blow up Australia, because it has a bad attitude.

Lucy Diamonds: “Australia's toast!”
Scud: “What have you got against Australia?”
Lucy Diamonds: “I don't like their attitude.”

The plot(or something) thickens when one of DEBS falls in love with the evil girl, who apparently is just misunderstood and had a rough childhood. According to viewer comments, the film was shown at a Gay and Lesbian film festival, though it's hard to see why. Is the G&L community so desperate for movies with G&L content that they'll even take one that, sans the lesbian content, would be unwatchable?

Well, maybe that's not entirely true. It's really not a bad movie, all things considered. It's funny, the girls are pretty and are scantily dressed, even the (supposedly) evil ones. They have some cool gadgets and their method of going on a stake-out is hillarious. In the end, I give a 6.5 out of 10.

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The shuttle has landed safely

Well, the shuttle Discovery is safely down. Excellent!

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The first virus for a Microsoft operating system that hasn't even been released yet has already been published.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

The Island

Lots of action, but predictable. Basically, it's a combination of the reimagining of Logan's Run(which, by the way, is also being remade) and The 6th Day.

Warning - possible spoilers ahead!

The Island has one of the more perverted plot lines I've seen a movie in a long time. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I've got a feeling that, sooner or later, we'll have to deal with real-life implications of it. But, that's a post for another time.

The movie follows one male and one female, who in the course of the movie become a man and a woman, and also far more than they were even inteded to be. It would've been a much better movie, I think, if the commercials on TV didn't give so much of it away beforehand. As I said above, it's basically a rehashed(read, reimagined) Logan's Run, and follows the same basic line. A man learns his more-or-less idylic existence isn't at all what it seems and he rises above his limitations to achieve far more than what he was thought capable of. Throw in a hot babe and some chases, and you've got yourself a plot.

Having said that, it's not actually a bad movie. The acting is passable, the sets are pretty well designed, and the ground/air pursuits were well-made. So, all in all, not a quite watchable movie, though it's not one I'd pay to see again. No, what pissed me off were the blatant product placements.

By my count, there were at least three. Is it necesssary, as part of a plotline about harvesting humans for their organs and fluids to zoom in bottled Aquafina water that a character was about to pick up and drink? Is it a critical aspect of the story to show that people living a lie entertain themselves with an XBox? What is the benefit to the development of the story to have every vehicle in the movie be a G.M. vehicle? Nothing jarred you out of the immersion in the movie more than having corporate logos flashed at you like that.

Despite all that, I'd still recommend for people to see it.

Brain Cramps

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.
"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," --A congressional candidate in Texas.
"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Al Gore, Vice President (DUH !)
"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." --Dan Quayle
"W e've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"--Lee Iacocca
"The word 'genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback &sports analyst.
"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people."
--Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instrutor.
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." --Bill Clinton, President
"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
--Al Gore, VP ( he's smart)
"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."
--Keppel Enderbery
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
--Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sunday Funnies - 2005/08/07

In accordance with the announcement about creating the “Sunday Funnies”, I present Gone Wrong. Thanks for looking.

The only shot frame from the cameraTragedy on the set of Treehugger Weekly magazine

Last updated Saturday, March 12th, 2005

Boondocks, WV (FN) - Two people are missing, presumed eaten by aligators, on the photo shoot set of Treehugger Weekly magazine, a special-interest publication that glorifies the thoughtless eco-nut culture so prevalent among the bored and the lazy.

The twenty-two year old model, Anika Telinksi, and her forty-five year old photographer, Johhan Lienitz, were out on an "unscheduled and unauthorized shoot" outside the main camp, according to the publication's spokewoman, Angelique Tomaine. The two were last seen just after dinner the day before and a search was started when they failed to appear for the scene set up.

According to Ms. Tomaine, their clothing was found on the bank of the river, "neatly folded, together with all their photo gear". To keep the magazine's other employees from fainting, the police were called.

Sheriff Notting was the first on the scene. "These d*mn hippies, they shoulda known better than to go off on their own like that. The hereabouts are crawling with crocs."

The picture, show here, was the only frame they shot before disappearing. The Magazine will run the picture, Ms Tomaine said, to raise funds for the protection of the rainforest, bears and crocs. "And because it's just too damn cool," she added.

FN - Copyright © 2005 - All the news that's made to fit.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Driving on fumes

I have a question for my readers. Short of actually running out, what's the smallest amount of fuel you've ever driven into a gas station with? I once put in 54 liters of gas, and the manual said I have a 53 liter tank.

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Weird error from Google

Now this is something I've never seen before from Google. What's up with 'dat?

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A new feature on this blog

Starting this Sunday, August 7th, I'm planning on introducing a new feature on this blog. This feature will be called “Sunday Funnies” and will feature 3D computer artwork made by me. It should be available on Sunday morning, as soon as I can get up.

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Template fixed!

Hooray! I finally fixed the template, it should once again be visible in both Firefox and Internet Exporer. It should now display properly at 1024x768(the vast majority of my visitors), as well as higher resolutions. Enjoy!

If you're using a web browser other than Firefox or Internet Explorer on a platform other than Windows, please let me know how it displays for you. Please provide your browser name, version #, resolution and platform name. Thank you.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Of brides, the old-fashioned way

I was informed recently, in a rather pointed and cruel fashion, that my plan for getting married suffered from a terrible flaw(as opposed to my plan for dominating the world, which has no flaws), that being that I have no wench. When I pointed out to that heartless and inhumane... person... that I was old-fashioned and would get a wench the old-fashioned way, namely by whacking her on the head with a club and dragging her off to my cave, he insisted that I have no club, and neither do I have a cave.

Ha! I say unto ye! Ha! Ha ha, ha! Ha ha!

I may be an old-fashioned traditionalist, but I do, on occasion, visit the Death Star of small business, namely Wal*Mart. I'm sure that I might, this once, purchase a baseball bat which could serve as a club. As for caves, I've been to local national parks, you know; there're plenty of caves there.

And therefore my plan for getting married is intact. Nye, nye, nye nye, nye, nye nye!

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Just joined a new traffic program

I've just joined the Blog Advance traffic exchange program. We'll see if this one turns out better than the currently barely-functioning BlogExchange.

Blog Advance Blog Advance

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

USSR: The life and times of an apartment renovator

When one plans a house(or apartment) renovation, there are a number of things to take into account. First of all, what you want done? Second, how much you're willing to spend. Third, where you're going to get your supplies, such as cement, paint, tiles and the like, as well as transporting it to its final destination. Fourth, getting the stuff actually done.

In the Olde Country, it was the third part that was the most difficult. There wasnt't exactly a proliferation of hardware and home repair stores in every neighbourhood. Nor were cars commonly available for moving paint and tile and flooing and whatnot from the store to the apartment. However, there was a source building materials that would even deliver.

When my parents wanted to fix up our first apartment, in true communist country fashion, they went directly to the source: a construction worker with access to building materials slated for a new apartment building being built across the street. Which is to say, goverment-owned supplies slated for a construction site. When the socialist/communist governments don't provide, people resort to the tried-and-true method: capitalism.

Of course, in a non-capitalist country, that means only one thing: stealing from the government, even if not blatantly. Some black market operations were more legal than others, like the one near our second apartment. There was a swap-meet there, where unlike the more enlightened Western approach of swapping wives and husbands during such events, people there swapped things, things no longer available and things no longer wanted or needed. There was haggling and bartering there, like one big giant garage sale.

The other rollicking ride of capitalism was the Bazzaar. Situated in what might be called the Kiev downtown, it was a great enclosed dome, full of benches and stalls, where the slaves were allowed to sell the wares that their masters graciously allowed them to producethe peasants from the villages sold privately-produced meats, vegetables and dairy. That was a bit flippant, so I suppose I probably should explain.

Soviet Flag - Hammer and SickleAs you can see from this picture, the flag of the USSR included the hammer and the sickle. The hammer represented the workers, and the sickle represented the peasants, the farm works, kolhozniki. The word “kolhoznik” really boiled down to “member of kolhoz”, which was a collective farm operation, probably one of the least effective methods of farming. In order to keep the country from starving, the government had to introduce some private enterprise, in the farming business at least. And so, while the government grocery stores stocked tons upon tons of noodles, bread and precious little else, the Bazzaar was usually full to the brim with all sorts of produce. There were no labels and the packaging was quite pedestrian(newspapers, if the truth be told), but it was edible and available.

Why did I call those people slaves? In the old USSR, the passport was the one piece of identification that you absolutely had to have, if you wanted a job or even an apartment. The peasants, the farm workers, were routinely denied passports. Without that little book, they were effectively tied to the land, and apart from serfs, I don't know what else to call them. So, these slaves, these serfs, were purposely kept in the villages, in squallor and without modern services or even roads. Which is what made the hammer-and-sickle part of the Soviet flag such bullshit: the peasants were in no way full partners in the social fabric.

If caught living in the cities, they would get arrested and deported. City dwellers were routinely forced to go work in the villages, because despite the government's best efforts, the peasant population kept dropping and they had fewer and fewer people at harvest time.

But what, you may wonder, does this have to do with apartment renovations? Private enterprise flourishes despite illegality and crackdowns. What the government doesn't provide in food, private citizens will if given half the chance; what the government doesn't provide in construction materials, private citizens will, even if they have to steal from the government. In other words, government should get the hell out of retail and manufacturing, and let the markets decide.

No posts lately

I haven't been posting a lot lately. Just resting, trying to find new inspiration, and such. I've got a few articles I'm working on, so they should be up soon. I hope.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Of Condensed Milk, and the pleasures thereof

Condensed Milk

So, the big question is: how do you eat your condensed milk? What do you do with it? Me, well, I like to eat it plain, right out of the tin, served in a nice saucer, accompanied by strong black tea with lemon. A couple cups of tea, a nice book, a few hours, and I can definitely put down about half to three quarters of that 300ml tin. Mmmm... Now that's good eatin', and relaxin' too. About the only trouble with it is that it doesn't refrigerate very well, so whatever you don't eat with 24 hours of opening the tin, you have to spoil.

Pictures © by President's Choice.

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Important announcement!

(Queue fireworks!)

I'm getting married!

I don't yet know to whom, nor do I have any idea when, but I figure it's a good idea to have a goal.

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Added new blog to the list

I just added The Cigar Intelligence Agency to my list of blogs. I stole two humour articles from the guy, I figured it's the least I owe him. :)

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Ban Bread

With many thanks and much grovelling(well, OK, not so much), I have stolen the following from The Cigar Intelligence Agency and modified it slightly to fit Canada.

A recent Globed&Mailed headline read, "Smell of baked bread may be health hazard." The article went on to describe the dangers of the smell of baking bread. The main danger, apparently, is that the organic components of this aroma may break down ozone (I'm not making this stuff up). I was horrified. When are we going to do something about bread-induced global warming? Sure, we attack tobacco companies, but when is the government going to go after Big Bread? Well, I've done a little research, and what I've discovered should make anyone think twice....

1: More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.

2: Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score BELOW AVERAGE on standardized tests.

3: In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.

4: More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.

5: Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average Canadian eats more bread than that in one month!

6: Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.

7: Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.

8: Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.

9: Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.

10: Newborn babies can choke on bread.

11: Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 204 degrees Celcius! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.

12: Most Canadian bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.

In light of these frightening statistics, I propose the following bread restrictions:

1: No sale of bread to minors.

2: A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete with celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.

3: A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.

4: No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.

5: The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.
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Monday, August 01, 2005

Astronomy news!

A new planet with the unfortunate name of 2003UB313, has been discovered. I guess they'll have to revise all those astronomy texts, and Middle-of-the-road-Deity only knows what that'll do to astrology. Who will crazy Russian astrologers sue this time? I wonder how they'll be choosing a real name for it.


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