Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Prime Minister Day?

Would you like a long weekend (another Stat holiday) in February? Go here and vote YES!

The government is considering a new holiday. The Globe and Mail is doing a poll to see if we as Canadians would like one. It would be the same as the American holiday Presidents day but ours would be Prime Minister day.

Please go to the attached link and vote "yes" (on the right hand side) and maybe we will get a much needed holiday during the gloomy months of the winter.

Saturday, January 26, 2002

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

I had my inane movie trivia mettle tested today when I was asked by Keely to see if I couldn't use the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon theory to connect him to Star Wars. It took me about 10 minutes to come up with something, but keep in mind that I DID NOT USE IMDB! This was all from the trusty block atop my shoulders.

Click below to see how I did it.

Well Star Wars is a broad topic, so I chose one of the principle actors who has done a lot of stuff: Harrison Ford.

1. Harrison was in What Lies Beneath with Michelle Pfieiffer.
2. Michelle starred with Danny DeVito in Batman Returns.
3. DeVito + Christopher Lloyd in the 70's sitcom Taxi.
4. Lloyd co-starred with Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future.
5. Michael J. Fox was in Family Ties with Michael Gross.
6. Michael Gross was in Tremors with Kevin Bacon.

I'm sure it can be done in less steps than 6. Have a go at it, but don't cheat and use the Internet, that's no fun.

Friday, January 11, 2002

Phillips says copy protected CDs are not CDs

Phillips has come out and said that they (as the patent holders on the Compact Disc format) do not recognize the copy-protected CDs that some of the major record labels are putting out as legitiment CDs because they do not adhere to the Compact Disc standard. They have it within their power to dictate that these bastard children of CDs may not carry the Compact Disc logo. They also plan to put out hardware that is capable of circumventing the copy protection.

Phillips is my new favourite multi-national conglomerate. Read the original article (in German) or the English translation thanks to Google's language tools.

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Portable MP3 player for sale

I'm selling the portable mp3 player that I got at my company's Christmas party. I just found I never used it; there's probably only 4 hours of play time on it. I'm also selling the 64 meg add-on card that I bought for it, since I have no use for it without the player.

Yeah, yeah, it's a pretty self-serving article, but hey, this is my website :) If you're interested in buying it, it's up for auction here. The auction ends on 16 January 2002 @ 2122h.

The Marquee Club Has A Website

Now you won't have to pick up the coast every week to find out whats happening at the best live bar in Halifax.

The Marquee Club's new website has lots of information from the band listings a month in advance to the lighting and microphone specifications.

Coming soon:
April Wine: Friday, January 18th
The Mudmen: Friday, February 1st (go to this one, they were the best show at Snow Jam)
Big Sugar: Friday & Saturday February 8/9 (bring ear plugs, these guys are loud!)

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas, dead at 69

Wendy's restaurant founder, Dave Thomas, is dead at age 69. I think people should eat Big Bacon Classics all this week in hommage of this fine individual. Wendy's is probably the best fast food joint out there, but I don't understand why they don't serve onion rings.

They don't say how he died, but he did have quadruple bypass heart surgery in '96, and he was on kidney dialysis since last year. Poor Dave, he won't be in any more dumb commercials.

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

One Night at McCool's

I don't remember seeing this movie in the theatres, but it stared me down countless times in the video store. Liv Tyler on the cover looking so good, how could I resist? And she's a redhead in this movie! I broke down and bought a used DVD from Video Quest for $12.

Plot points will be discussed in the body of this review so if you want to be surprised by the movie, I wouldn't recommend reading it.

I really didn't know what to expect from this movie, except that the critics said it was funny, or at least that was what was printed on the DVD case. It started out in a very promising way: Three completely seperate views of the same set of events, which eventually converge in an onslaught of hilarity. Some of the better movies are set up this way...Many are done with flashbacks, but not usually from three different points of view. Unlike films like Pulp Fiction, One Night at McCool's is more or less chronological in its storytelling.

I know this is going to sound like a bad joke, but a laywer (Paul Reiser), a highway patrol officer (John Goodman), and a bartender (Matt Dillon) are all in a bar (McCool's) where they all happen to lay eyes on a ravishing redhead (Liv Tyler) and are immediately infatuated with her. Each of the three thinks that she's the one for them. Reiser ends up talking to a psychiatrist about his lust for this mysterious woman; Goodman to a priest who can't seem to get enough of the "gory details" so to speak.

The three sets of flashbacks come together with quite a bit of humour (like Reiser in a leather bondage-type suit) and much more grace and fluidity than I thought they would. I found it to be a pretty funny movie, all in all. Multiple shots of Liv Tyler's assets didn't exactly hurt my opinion of it either. I'd definitely recommend it as a renter, if not a purchase. I haven't yet, but I'd bet I could watch this movie at least a few more times for Liv Tyler alone, and with flashbacks, there's always a cause to watch more than once to catch things you missed the first time through.

One Night at McCool's rates 3 spines out of 5.

Pictures from New Years Eve

You wanted to see them. Here they are.

Hopefully this witih oblige your voyeristic tendancies for another year. Suggestions for captions are welcome in the comments section of this article.

Contributors