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

Friday, December 30, 2005

Understanding the orgasms

Very important scientific information about male and female orgasms is presented here. Please be sure to read it all.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Strange, very strange

There's a strange difference between the DVD and TV versions of Stargate: SG1 1st season finale, Within the Serpent's Grasp. When Daniel Jackson asks Teal'c about the floating gray ball they encountered aboard one of the Goa'uld motherships, Teal'c says it's a long-range visual communication device, much like our television. To which O'Neill replies in the DVD version, “But does it get Showtime?”, a reference to the Showtime channel on which the show used to run. But in the TV version that they showed a little while ago, O'Neill says, “Mmmm... Goa'uld TV...”. I still don't entirely understand why they changed it. The “Goa'uld TV” bit is funnier, I wish they'd've kept it.

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The Ugly Overload blog

Please check out the Ugly Overload blog, which shows pictures and writeups of some of the ugliest members of the animal kingdom. However, ugly though they may be, they're also quite cute, in an ugly sort of way. You can also find a link to it in the sidebar on the right.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Shootings in Toronto

This is not going to be a short article, so beware!

A 15yo girl was killed in downtown Toronto on Boxing Day. She wasn't even a target, from what I can tell, she just caught a stray bullet. Six other people were also injured, one critical. A sad day, a sad day, so everyone keeps saying, together with the usual mantra of lack of identity and alienation and all that. It even made news in the US, mostly because of Canada's blame America first mindset.

And sad and disgusting though all this is, why all the hand-wringing?

Must be because it's the first murder in Toronto through the 2005 year. No, that's not it.

Maybe it's because it's the first gun-related incident(or, for that matter, death) in 2005. No, no, that's not it. She wasn't even the first innocent bystander who got in the way of a stray bullet.

I'm confused. Is this not what society wanted when it created the ludicrously weak judicial system, the ineffectual schools and their worthless teachers, the pervading permissiveness and the broken families? Is this not what parts of society wants when it refuses to provide police with information about murders and other crimes? Is this not what society wanted when it gave weapons only to police and criminals?

This is what comes of all these policies enacted decades ago. Banning hand guns will have no appreciable effect, because the guns being used in these crimes are already illegal, in one way or another. We wasted two billion dollars on an ineffectual gun registry, and then we want to ban them?

Will a new identity of self help these... people? I don't know, but such an identity isn't something that just spontaneously happens overnight. It's an accumulation of many different things, all coming together at some point in time, and it's different for everybody. My guess is that these... kids... have nothing to believe in, and that's sad. Taught to believe in nothing and to respect nothing, they have no real appreciation for their communities, their society or their country. And, dare I say it, for whatever God their parents may or may not believe in. Or, for that matter, not even their own parents.

Canada's first reaction to any sort of crisis is to show how this(whatever this happens to be at any given moment) is America's fault. In this case, it's guns, and how the evil America is exporting its problems north of the border. Yes, I can see it now:
George Bush: “Karl, how else can we screw up Canada? After all, we stole all their good actors already.”
Karl Rove: “Georgie, we can send 'em more guns than usual. Their people will go crazy and we can steal all their water.”
The problem with this view is that it obviates Canada in general, and Canadians individually, from trying to solve the problem. “Ban the handguns!”, they roar, “If only America would stop exporting their violence!”, they add, but handguns aren't the problem; they're merely a symptom. Half a year ago, a man with dual American/Canadian citizenship and a bloody chainsaw walked across the border from New Brunswick to Maine and was admitted into the United States by the authorities.

“Stupid Americans!”, the Canadians wailed. “How could they let him in?” But in the midst of that wailing and anti-American orgiastic flows was burried an interesting tidbit of data: on the day he crossed the border into the US, was supposed to be in a Canadian court for a sentencing hearing, the man killed an elderly family. And when requested to, the American authorities found, detained and arrested the man in less than a day. The question, then, should've been: “Why was he released from Canadian custody”, not “Why did the Americans let him”.

What it all boils down to is that Canada has invested so much heart and energy into being “not American” that we have forgotten how to simply “be Canadian”, and hence the solutions to our problems tend to be judged from their percentage of being “not American”, not from their usefulness or validity. Will banning the handguns work? Probably not. People committing these crimes are already criminals, and are unlikely to abide by whatever the new rules happen to be.

Blaming it all on the poor isn't the answer either, since the vast majority of them don't commit crimes. There needs to be a more balanced approach to this, and it isn't all related to giving more and more money to the poor.

It has to start with the parents who can teach something more than “If you don't act the same way you did before, I don't love you anymore and I'm going to leave you.”

It has to start with schools which can teach something more than phonetically spelled English and lessons in how to diddle your 14yo student.

It has to start with churches which can teach something more than “Don't tell anyone I diddled you, but if anyone finds out, I'll just get moved to a different church and no one will be the wiser.”

It has to start with politicians who spend years as Finance Minister and then blow the whistle on major financial wrongdoing within the government while they still have something to lose, and not claim later that they didn't know it was going on under their very noses.

And first and foremost, it has to start with society that expects its children to be children, and just short adults that suffer no serious consequences(if at all) for any misdeeds, no matter how obscene or evil.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Check this out!

You'll need your sound up for this, and yes, it is work-safe! In fact, I encourage you!

I want one of these!

Or maybe five of them. Want 'em, gotta have 'em!

Have a peek, but don't get caught!

Play the perv game here. Enjoy!

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Well, it was to be expected, I suppose

I came across an interesting article today. Basically, swap meets for sex in business establishments are now legal in Canada. The Surpreme Court sayeth so! Personally, I couldn't care less what sound-minded adults, in full possession of their faculties are doing of their own free will with each behind closed doors. Of course, that's exxageration for conversational effect; there must always be limits to everything. But in general, it holds true. If people want to meet at a bar and have sex with each other behind closed doors(or curtains), why is that any different from going to a bar, picking someone up and going home with them, issues of health aside?

But we're all sliding down a slippery slope and where it'll end, nobody knows. We've all accepted these things as inevitable, and in time, we don't even think about them anymore. The guy from Canadian Family Action Coalition(abbreviated as CFAC, which just struck me as funny for some reason), is upset that we have Surpeme Court judges “...literally imposing a new moral standard...”. He's worried about that? Not a year ago Canadian Surpreme Court judges literally imposed gay marriage on Canadians, even though nobody was entirely sure that Canadians, en masse, supported such a notion. But, as is often the case, nobody talks about that anymore.

Should swap meets even be discussed at the federal level, apart from when to hold them, I mean? It can be said that gay marriage affects federal mandates, such as labour laws and taxation and the like? But swap meets? What do a bunch of strangers who get together for free sex have to do with the federal government?

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

And I thought it started off kinda slow

Stargate: SG1 Season 9 started off kinda slow and a bit silly. But then we come to the episode “Ex Deus Machina”, and all I could think of, “I love that guy!”

Ba'al: “Over six hundred channels, and nothing to watch.”

Ba'al: “I'm turning in, we have a long day tomorrow.”

There were quite a few more, but I'll have to rewatch the episode with my laptop running to get them all. And there's nothing more disturbing than a System Lord in standard American clothing. Disturbing in a oh-my-God-that's-hillarious sort of way. LOL!

Funnily enough, in eight and a half seasons, this is the first SG1 episode in which we've heard Cliff Simon, the actor playing Ba'al, speaking in a normal voice as opposed to that Goa'ulded version that they do in post-editing.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

They Came Back

What is it with the Europeans, and in this case specifically the French, and weird movies? They Came Back wasn't actually a bad movie, per se, but it was definitely weird. Called Les Revenants in French, it's a movie about people who have come back from the dead. Now, you may thinking, “My Lord Yu, what's so weird about that? There're tons of movies about people who come back from the dead.” And after I deal with your insolence for questioning my word, I explain.

It's not your average, run of the mill, zombie movies. These zombies are in perfect health(except their body temperature is 5°C lower than normal), they return well dressed, but they're odd. They're not responding to their surroundings the way normal people do, not even the way zombies do. Since they're all recently deceased(not more than 10 years), France(and the rest of the world), tries to integrate them back into society. They even brought the UN into this; something about the recently-dead-but-no-more are just like refugees. I wasn't aware that the recently undead enjoyed UN protection; Blade would be crushed. Basically, it's The 4400 without the special effects or superpowers but with 70 million people instead of just, well, 4,400.

The film doesn't bother even exploring, much less explaining, how or why the dead have back. No one, throughout the whole films, even appears to be curious about it. The other thing that struck me as a bit weird is that everyone seems to have been taking all this in stride. There much sighing going on, but apart from that they were all cool, calm and collected. Well, all except for Rachel who kept taking her clothes off for her dead-but-no-longer-though-somewhat-vague husband. It must be admitted however, that Géraldine Pailhas is really hot.

Though the film doesn't really answer any questions, or indeed even ask them in the first place, it's actually an enjoyable movie, if for no other reason than trying to figure the whole thing out.

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A little joke in the meantime

Professor Smith was teaching a class on anatomy at an all-girls private school. He asked Jane to name the organ of the body that can swell to ten times its normal size.

“I don't appreciate that kind of question, Professor Smith,” Jane replied stiffly. “You can be sure my parents will hear about this.”

Unfazed, he asked Cathy the same question.

Without hesitation, she replied, “The pupil of the eye.”

Professor Smith then turned to Jane and said, “Jane, I have three things to say you. One: you have a perverted mind. Two: you have not studied your lessons. And three: one day you will be faced with a dreadful dissappointment.”

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Sorry, folks!

I've been on training the last few days and usually come home with my blasted into the next dimension, and so there's no real power left to write with. Hopefully I'll return to normal(for me, at least) by the end of the week(aka when the training is finished) and will start posting again.

What am I learning? Basically about how behind the curve I am in current technologies, but mostly about how the entire software development industry has taken a massive step back in terms of technology, despite outward appearances. I'll post my thoughts on that in the next few days.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I take it all back!

Everything I've ever said or thought about European movies, I take it all back. All of it. Of course, that means that I'll complain and bitch and whinge even more later, but for now, it's all off the table. Thanks to the Danish movie, The Green Butchers, my Euro-Movie-Appreciation meter is now almost half-full, as opposed to being almost completely empty previously. It's about a couple of butchers who make a... killing(heh!)... selling the other other white meat.

There's a guy who kicks people to display his displeasure; there's a neurotic guy who says 'sausage' too much; there's a brain-dead twin brother who wakes up the moment his life support is turned off; there's “chickie-wickies”, a meat dish so tasty no one could resist it; there's mystery(at least for the competitors) regarding the source of the “chickie-wickies”; and finally, there's a marinade that is possibly the best-tasting ever. In other words, it's a cooking show like you've never seen it before!

If you're offended by perverse subjects that are turned into comedies, don't watch this movie. If you have a macabre sense of humour, you might even like it.

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What's with the gay Stargate fanfiction?

And I don't mean the funny, humourous kind.

I've been watching Stargate: SG1 for a long time now, and lately I've been coming across a lot of gay Stargate fanfiction, which is actually kinda funny considering that the show has rarely talked about or shown sex in the 8.5 years it's been on the air so far. Certainly, the new Battlestar Galactica is far more sexualized. And when I say gay, I really mean gay and lesbian.

So, what is it? I'm trying to understand what drives people to write that stuff. Don't get me wrong, I understand what drives people to write gay porn; it's much the same thing that drives people write non-gay porn. But come on, must we sexualize everything?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Some things for you to peruse while I scribble more stuff

On the right-hand sidebar you'll find a number of serial articles I've written since February. I'll summarize them in this post, just to give you a quick overview! I'll edit the “Reality” essay and post more as time allows.

USSR: The life and times of...Reality and the World of 3D
An apartment renovator
Introduction
Part 1Part 2Part 3
Part 4Part 5Part 6
Part 7Part 8Part 9
Part 10Part 11Part 12
Part 13Part 14Part 15
An Aspiring Musician
A non-ideological firebug
A diploma and ulcer aspirant

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Strange eBay Auctions

Popcorn up the Nose

Stolen(Ahem, borrowed) from the Outrageos Ebay Auctions blog.

It's all in the audience, baby!

Being a (insert-type-here) whore isn't all it's cracked up to be(heh!) these days. There are so many of us, and so many different types.

For instance, I'm a comment whore. Before I returned to permanent employment(oxymoron, perhaps?), I was a contractor, therefore a corporate whore; I sold my body to their highest corporate bidder, or at least one that currently had a use for me.

So when a call girl publishes a book about her exploits after having quit the business, does she stop being a standard whore and become an attention whore instead? And if she signs a movie deal, what then? That'd be the end of her career, I think. Once you're an attention whore, there's no going higher, maybe just bigger.

And more importantly, if she's in a country where prostitution is legal and apparently accepted, is it appropriate to congratulate her on her quitting the business? There is, apparently, nothing underhanded or illegal in what she used to do, so is there anything wrong with it? And if there is, so what? Homosexuality used to be the bane of all existence, but now gays can get married with no intention of being faithful with the full support of the state and society and even some churches.

Are all cultures and their values not inherently alike as has been said by the P.C. crowd many times? By thinking, “I'm glad she stopped being a call girl”, are you not de-facto condemning her entire culture?

Somebody, please explain this to me! Thank you so much!

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Look to the right, the right I tell ya!

In an effort to make a bit more money, I've opened an online clothing store, Rainy Day Apparel. You can also find a link to it in the right-hand sidebar, which will feature one item from the store and will be changed... relatively... regularly. I haven't had a chance to add a lot of items yet, but I will as soon as possible.

Please note that this isn't just begging for money the way some bloggers do; this is actual merchandise with various designs. Soon I will also be adding my own graphics to the products.

I know you find something to your liking there.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Something new on TV

I found something new and exciting on TV the other day. Well, actually about a week ago, or so, but I've been sick, so gimme a break! It's called The Fight Network(TFN) and the programming on it is, how shall I put it? Hillarious! Not always, of course. Boxing matches and regular wrestling are one thing, but it also features women's pro-wrestling, non-WWE pro-wrestling, pro-wrestling from Japan(now that's funny!) and also plenty of kung-fu movies, the silly kind where people fly through the air and vanish in the blink of an eye.

Frankly, I was under the impression that WWE basically obliterated all other pro-wrestling circuits, but I guess I was wrong. They're out there, they draw huge crowds and they have a raw, unpolished feeling that seems to ruin so much of the WWE productions for me. However, they still have silly plots and rivalries, odd costumes and names, and most importantly, blows that barely seem to connect but do a surprising amount of damage that can be shrugged off at a moment's notice. In other words, it's professional wrestling.

But most importantly, the channel features a violence warning ahead of every single one of its programs that is absolutely hillarious! I hope this channel is part of my regular cable lineup and isn't just in preview mode. I'd hate to have to pay extra for “So You Wanna Fight”. Oooo, I think I feel a post coming about that.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Now that was one freaky movie!

And I don't mean that in a good way. A Return to Salem's Lot. I knew nothing about it when I watched it on Space the other day. For a while, I toyed with the idea that this was a career crash for Michael Moriarty of Law and Order, but that was before I realized that the movie came first(1987 vs 1990).

There was one funny line. “I've seen vampire bats before, so I'm used to that. What I'm not used to is them wanting a conversation later.” Or something to that effect. Basically, it's a vampire flick, where the vampires want... well, I didn't quite understand what they wanted, but I think it was their biography written, so that in a few hundred years, humans would see how good they are(they drink cow blood, and taken huma only on certain occasions, which for some reason tended to be every couple of days.

They even featured a very young Tara Reid in the movie, playing a ten-year-old vampire ho, in what appears to be her very first movie. The woman who did the nude(somewhat) scenes, Katja Crosby, didn't benefit from the... ahem... exposure. She did one more movie with Michael Moriarty, It's Alive: Island of the Alive, and that was it; I haven't seen that movie, so I can't really comment on it.

Speaking of ten-year-old vampire hos, they even had a wedding between two vampires that looked like they were ten years old. Apparently, once you're a vampire, you don't change visibly, but you're still mature individual, so I guess for them it was OK, once you get over the Yewwww!!! factor.

The highlight of the movie, I thought, was the old man who blew into town looking a guy, so he said, and passing around his picture. He got really pissy when someone suggested to him he might be a Nazi hunter. “I'm not a Nazi hunter. I'm a Nazi killer.” He brought a much-needed element into the movie: somebody to care about.

All in all, I give thing 3.5 out of 10.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

A make-up post

To make up for all those days I haven't been posting, here's a little game for y'all to enjoy. Use the left mouse button to jump and also to swing the club.

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Sorry about not posting!

Sorry about the no new content thingy, folks, but I've been sick as a dog the last couple of days. Only now can I sit up long enough to write this. I haven't been outside in two days now, though I have some hope I'll crawl out there tomorrow. Here's hoping!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wacky Canadians, and the Universe at war

At first, I thought it was a joke. After all, the story first came from PRWeb which is a free press release website that essentially anybody can use. But then I found the man's Wiki page and now I just don't know what to think. I mean, really, what is Canada coming to?

That a man who has been a Deputy Prime Minister and a Minister of Defense of a serious country(at least, it used to be) can come out and accuse the President of an allied country of formenting an intergalactic war(interstellar war is not enough for him? - we have to worry about a war between galaxies now?) and not be publicly laughed at is not a good sign for this country. Personally, I think that Yahoo News was kinda trying to subliminally indicate they thought he was full of crap when they put the following quote into their article:
The Canadian Senate, which is an appointed body, has held objective, well-regarded hearings and issued reports on controversial issues such as same-sex marriage and medical marijuana.
If by “objective” they mean supporting the desires of the Liberal Party and by “well-regarded” they mean saying what the groups likely to scream the loudest otherwise wanted to hear, then yes, I agree, the man's full of crap. But there's a larger issue at stake here, one that affects Canada now, as a whole.

Canada is currently sliding down the slippery slope of hatred-du-jour, and it will be very difficult to climb back up again. Our country, and more importantly, our entire political landscape is being more and more defined by hatred of America in general and Bush in particular and less and less by Canada and Canadian issues. Unlike Canadian politics, American politics are transitory in nature. Bush will be gone in less than 3 years and what then? Canadian politicians(read the Liberal Party) are so used to being able to divert the country from problems by simply barking up the American tree that I wonder what will happen when that's not an option anymore. I got flamed the last time I wrote about this subject, mostly because so many people(I'm guessing Canadians) misinterpreted my post as being too pro-American when, in fact, it was actually pro-Canadian.

However, that's neither here nor there, but actually someplace else. Back to the intergalactic warmongering Bush. What I don't quite get is anybody can say this with a straight face and expect people to believe them, not to mention believe it themselves. I realize the man's basically a pinko, but even they should have some brains. And what about our media? How about saying negative about it rather than just reporting it? Of course the man has the right to say and believe what he wants, even if it makes him look a fool. But shouldn't the media do a bit more than just repeat what he said? How about some analysis? Demand for proof? Or even a simple “they can travel thousands of light-years to get here and are worried about a few piddly weapons we might deploy on the moon?”

This “hate America first and think tenth” disease is apparently very debilitating to the mind. I hope these people get well soon.

P.S. This whole story might still turn out to be a hoax. If it is, “Never miiiiind....”

P.P.S. More and more do I believe that this whole is a hoax, and it's all thanks to the PeaceInSpace website. Remote viewing? Interviews with the “Galactic Federation Leader”? That's some bad New Age stuff you people are smoking.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Woo hoo!





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Monday, December 05, 2005

A business for sale

An interesting business opportunity has come up. I wonder how much it'll go for eventually.

Warning! Do not click if easily offended! Not work-safe, though perfectly legal!

The squirrels are coming, the squirrels are coming!

So instead of the Mongols, Russians now have to contend with crazed squirrels. In typically post-modern style, I postulate a conspiracy theory that the Cats™ and the Squirrels® have formed an alliance to destroy the Dogs©. What proof do I have? Proof? I need no proof, it merely matches my beliefs about the evilness of the Cats™ and especially the Squirrels® and the pure victimhood of the Dogs©.

We here in North America had better watch out, though. The Squirrel-Net™ is very well developed if somewhat stealthed. We can never know what an unprovoked attack on the inoffensive dog population will occur. But are dogs really the innocent victims they portray themselves to be? They are, after all, closely allied with Da Man©, that most hated of the land mammals.

Watch the news, dear friends. Soon shall we know all. Or, at least, suspect more.

And if you're not tired of all things squirrely, here's a dinner table tidbit.

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So sick!

I'm currently suffering from a terrible disease that afflicts bloggers from time to time. I guess it's my turn now. It's called TFC(alternatively, it's been called WFC). That's the short form; the long form is “Trolling for Comments”(or, alternatively, “Whoring for Comments”). I prefer the second form, but maybe I'm just a pervert.

Have I mentioned how I love comments?
I love them green,
I love them bleen,
I love them blue,
I love them true,
I love them anyway
That Man can type!
So you see, dearest readers, you have forced down the path towards the unthinkable and the horrific: the creation of bad poetry(I may be many things(a bastard, as some women have called me), but a poet I am not). I promise you, however, that commenting on my posts will prevent any more abuses of the human spirit.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Warnings are getting out of hand

The other day I got the Mr. & Mrs. Smith DVD and watched it. It's a pretty good movie, all things considered. But what really pissed me off were the anti-piracy warnings at the front of it, followed by trailers for upcoming DVD releases. There must've been a good two minutes, if not more, of this crap, and you can't skip past it, either of it! So, in a couple of years, when I want to sit down to watch the movie again, I'll be forced to watch trailers for movies I may already have, or have already decided not to get.

The entertainment industry claims it wants to eliminate piracy. But their actions are so ass-backwards that there's no doubt in my mind that they force at least some of us who actually buy our movies to reconsider it, if for no other reason that to not be forced to watch propaganda that doesn't apply to us.

Basically, what it all boils down to is that I'm being punished for something I don't do. Thanks a lot.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

So full!

Oh boy, I'm so full I can barely move. Chicken wings, mmmm. tasty! So tasty!

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War of the Worlds, a surprising find!

I just watched the movie, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. This was a direct-to-video production by something called The Asylum, not the more well-known Spielberg one or even the original one. It's been so long since I've seen the original that I can't remember it, so I'll ignore it for the purposes of this post.

Funnily enough, despite coming from a group of people who make low(or no)-budget horror flicks with lots of nudity and blood(I got this from the two previews that are on the DVD), this was a surprising gem of a movie. The acting was astonishingly good for an independent film, and the animatronic tripods were pretty cute, too. At least, they looked animatronic. If they were CGI, that was the cheesiest CGI I've ever seen.

This film was not ruined by two whining kids that should've been abandoned at the start, and I actually cared about the characters. Hell, I even wanted to see more of the crazy sargeant/general, just to see how far into the depth of insanity he was going to sink. Of course, the film still suffers from the same ending from which all War of the World movies suffer, namely the aliens dying from some bacteria or virus on Earth, but that's not a reflection on the film makers, but rather on the outdated story on which the film is based.

I cringed when I first pulled it off a shelf in th store, but having watched it, I'm glad I did. I enjoyed it.

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Gay marriage and the roaming charge

There's a story about George Michael getting married to his long-time boyfriend. Once you get over the Yewwww! factor, you think, “Well, good for them!” I'm always glad to see people(of whatever sexual persuasion) enter into a commitment to one another, to be faithful and all that. Of course, I wouldn't know, I've never been married, but I've been so informed that faithfulness is a required part of marriage. Not to say that everyone succeeds, but I guess you're supposed to try.

He said: "Gay relationships are a bit different. I'm sure we'll be allowed to roam if we want to. But we love each other dearly"


But I fail to understand the point of getting married if you plan on going into the thing expecting that you will not be faithful, and that your partner isn't going to be, either. But more importantly, is that really a tenent of gay relationships? Is this lack of respect for one another, not to mention the dangers inherent in “sowing your oats”(and does that expression mean to gay men what it means to straight men?), so rampant in the community that I haven't been able to find any news articles on the web that say he's full of shit about that? I don't mean straight men, I mean gay men(and for that matter, lesbian women), getting indignant about the whole thing? After all, he generalized about every single gay relationship out there. Are you people afraid of speaking out, or do you agree with him?

Frankly, I never would've commented on this story at all, if it hadn't been for that quote of his. If the idea of marriage means so little to you, why did you fight tooth and nail across the whole bloody planet to have that right? But if “roaming” is something that doesn't naturally occur in gay relationships, why isn't anyone calling bullshit on him?

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Brain-dead in France

I know that sounds flippant, but it's not. There's a serious news story about woman getting a partial face transplant. I'm not entirely sure what that actually means, but it sounds serious. One thing that caught my attention was that the donor for the procedure was another patient who was brain-dead. Now that struck me as kind of weird because with all the controversy in the US about life-support and withdrawing thereof, all they really wanted to do was turn it off, not take your face... off.

Somehow, the idea that the movie Face Off could ever be more than fourth-rate entertainment is more than a little appalling. But more than that, it's one thing to be an artifically kept-alive vegetable(we can thank religion, which values existence far more than life, for that), it's something else entirely when they're taking visible body organs from you.

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Possibly the unluckiest bankrobber ever!

Story

Freegans not vegans

Well, that kinda rhymes, doesn't it?

There's a story circulating out there about people who root around other people's garbage looking for food that can still be eaten. There's something very disturbing about that. These people aren't poor and they're not homeless, they just take a philosophical stand against waste. That's what they say, at any rate; I just call them cheap. They call themselves “freegans”.

It's true that we throw out too much food(though I question the 40-50% study referenced in the story), but I don't know what condition it's in when it hits the garbage bin. Nobody separates their throwaway-but-edible foods from their spoiled foods or from other contaminants. I can see it now. You accidentally break a vial of iodine, throw it out with the rest of your garbage, it contaminates some letuce you've also thrown away, a freegan eats the letuce, promptly falls ill and then sues you. That's just what you need.

Not to mention the stench. Garbage stinks, especially in the summer, and that stench permeates everything in the bin. I wouldn't be able to look in the face of a head of lettuce after I've met some of its friends in the bin.

And then there's pride. I'm not talking about pride in your own holiness that keeps you from getting medical help for your child. I'm taking about more generalized pride. It may be a commodity the homeless can't afford, but I've never been a big believer in false humility or acting to the lowest common denominator.

Feel free to disagree.

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Quote of the day!

"A woman drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her."

W.C. Fields.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

What is this town coming to?

So a couple of days I came out of the apartment to go to work and noticed that the neighbour's car had a completely flat tire. I thought nothing of it, maybe they had a flat, maybe they damaged the stem. So I went to work, and afterwards I went to get gas and that's when I noticed that one of my tires was completely flat. After pumping in 30psi of fresh, beautiful air, I drove home. A neighbour told me several cars had their tires slashed. In the morning, I came out and found that tire completely flat. When I took the car in for service, the tire guy found a 1.5" wide slit.

Now, all I want to know is what are you people thinking? How does that brain of yours work? Do you wake up in the morning thinking, “Well, today I'm gonna slit someone's tires!”? And really, have you nothing better to do? You did it at night, so obviously you don't work or go to school. Grow up.

 

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