Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Complete. Total. Ineptitude

I'm not sure if the title yet applies to the HRM employees or the retarded fuckers on the road this morning, but it's possibly a little of both. They had a curfew on for two nights so they could clean up the streets. They closed off downtown so they could widen the roads. Why, then, did it take me nearly 1 1/2 hours to get downtown today on a bus route that normally takes 1/3 of that time?

I have patience. Really, I do. I understand that it takes a herculean effort to clear such an amount of snow as we have seen here lately. But this storm was on THURSDAY. That's a full 5 days ago (nearly 6). I'm thinking that we should be pretty much back to normal now. No sir. Not the case.

How can the city expect people not to use their cars, while at the same time scaling back bus schedules? The only option for some people is not to go anywhere and even that's not really an option for some. Shouldn't the priority for widening roads be the roads along which the buses travel?

Are the traffic problems because of the cops directing traffic? Possibly, but I doubt it. It may not even be anyone's fault in particular, but I rather enjoy imagining to myself that I've figured out the problem...especially when I have 90 minutes on the bus (did I mention I was standing?) to do it.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Undergrads

Undergrads, one of the best animated shows ever, in my opinion, has finally come out on DVD, but guess what? It's not available in Canada yet. Sure I could order it on Amazon, but I think I'll wait. The rips are coming out online (I've got 6 episodes), so I'm not in a rush, but I will *definately* buy this DVD set for the special features and interviews with the creator, Pete Williams.

I'm willing to bet Nitz, Cal, Rocko, and Gimpy all remind you of someone you know. That's what makes it such a great show.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

The WB cancels Angel

The WB network has announced the cancellation of one of my favourite shows, despite increased ratings over the same period last year. They are at least allowing them to finish the season, but I have my doubts as to how they're going to end the series gracefully with less than half a season left to shoot.

On the bright side, there is talk of movies and otherwise continuing the Buffy/Angel universe. Perhaps the end of the show will be what it takes to get more Buffy cast members to guest star on Angel.

Monday, February 9, 2004

FireFox

For anyone who doesn't yet know about the best web browser out there, here it is: Firefox. Previously named Firebird, previously named Phoenix, still the same great browser. Tabbed browsing, automatic pop up blocking, sheer blinding speed, and, well, the fact that I personally use it should be enough to sway you to the cause :)

Get Firefox

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Tidbits from Slashdot

There a couple of links from Slashdot that I found very poignant to whom I think my readers are ;) It's not plagarism if you cite your sources, right?

Building a home theatre PC. Something I am currently thinking about; yeah, I have a computer that's hooked up to my television, but I want one that can output in HD and Dolby Digital.

The specs for Xbox 2. 64 bit microprocessors, PowerPC chips, NO internal hard drive, and NO backwards compatibility top the list of interesting bits.

RealPlayer with no spyware

The BBC uses real media format to stream their videos and such, but were annoyed (as we are) that RealPlayer came bundled with spyware and other crap that nobody likes. They commissioned Real to make them a player with no ads or spyware, but because they are a public-service broadcaster, they can't advertise. Relax, it's not the end of the world, it's still crappy software.

Get it while it's hot.

Bubba Ho-Tep being shown at Park Lane

Many of you probably have never heard of such a movie. Those of you who have will know that it's one of Bruce Campbell's later movies. That's right. Bruce Campbell from Army of Darkness, the campy, horror/comedy classic.

Anyway, it's playing at Park Lane Cinemas, on February 9th (next Monday) at 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale at 6:00 pm and they will cost $8. Check out the official website.

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