Monday, May 29, 2006

This is why NOFX kicks everyone else's asses

There are two fairly major concerts happening on the Dartmouth waterfront this summer. The first being Wilco on July 12th, and the second being NOFX on August 14th.

Some of you might know that I have a hard time paying the fucking crazy prices that so-called "popular" bands want to charge for their shows. $70 for Our Lady Peace? However the fuck much it was for washed up Motley Crue and geriatric Alice Cooper? I do not fucking think so.

Wilco are a pretty good band, but they're charging $39 for their show, and there's only one other band on the bill. NOFX, on the other hand, are bringing what basically amounts to their own fucking rock festival with them, a whopping 10 bands in total, and they're only charging $28.

And that's why they rule the school.

P.S. Yes, I actually have bought all of NOFX's albums. Legally.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Lost will have no re-runs in its 3rd season

The official LOST podcast from LOST producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse says that in the 3rd season of LOST, there will be no re-runs! The first six episodes will run un-interrupted from November, ending with a mini-cliffhanger, and then will not air for the next 12 weeks. Upon returning in February, the show will air consecutive new episodes for 17 weeks until the end of the season.

They also say that during the 12 week break, no re-runs will be aired. This is, I think, good news, because at least there will only be one gap in the season, and we, as viewers, won't be tortured by stations showing old episodes.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lost finale! Live together, die alone

I had a phone conversation with Ian Frosst about the LOST season 2 finale. Now you can hear it too.

A personal theory: I think that the fake Henry Gale is really the fiance of Penelope Widmore that she was going to marry instead of Desmond. Her team in the north (or south) was looking for either Desmond or Henry.

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More cities should do this

An organization called Doors Open Toronto sponsors an annual event where the general public can have free access to "architecturally and/or culturally significant properties that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee."

This seems like a really cool idea. There are a number of buildings in Halifax in which I would love to have a tour. I remember the Bedford Institude of Oceanography, where my dad used to work before he retired, had a day when they were open to the public and it was very popular. I think that, especially for a tourist-industry-centric town like Halifax, this would be a great idea. You listening Kelly???

When I was going to school, it seemed as though everyone's dad worked at BIO. Weird.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

24 Season Finale

Don't read any further if you haven't seen the finale yet (and you don't want to be spoiled).

What the fuck is with Jack taking a call on a land line? He hasn't used a land line for the whole fucking season, he's getting planes and submarines patched into his cell phone, and some dumb operator can't forward his daughter to his cell phone? I totally saw the ending coming because of this! I thought it would have been the bluetooth headset crew and not the Chinese, but the outcome was basically the same.

It's like an unwritten rule that Jack can't end a season happy. Between getting his wife murdered, getting addicted to (and unaddicted in the SAME DAY) heroin, faking his own death, disowned by his only daughter, and getting shipped off to Shanghai in a container ship, you'd think he'd be ready for retirement.

Just the same, I can't wait for the next three seasons.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Big Brother UK

Just downloaded the first episode of the UK edition of Big Brother. I can't express to you, the reader, how much funnier it is than the American version. Let me count the reasons:

1. Accents. Even just inside the UK, there are countless accents. Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, Scotland, etc. Each one is completely different. Very entertaining.

2. More than one gay person. In the American version of BB, I don't think there is any chance in hell they'd have more than one gay guy on at the same time. It may be becoming more acceptable to have gay relationships in drama shows, but that's scripted, written: It's artificial. I don't believe that they're ready to allow for the potential of the public seeing an actual gay relationship develop on national TV.

3. Swearing. As far as I can tell, it's pretty much uncensored. I've heard several of the major dirty words that aren't allowed on North American television, and there haven't been any bleeps yet.

If you have the means, I recommend checking it out for yourself.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Shirts have been ordered

A grand total of 48 shirts were ordered this morning. To anybody who didn't get their order in, well, too bad; you had ample time to do so.

Again, here's a link where you can pay me for the shirt(s) you ordered.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Three Minutes

Frosst and I talk about the 2x22 episode of Lost, Three Minutes. He's on satellite internet, so there's a little bit of lag in our Skype connection. I don't know if we have any actual insights, but we had fun.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Andechs Dopplebock

Andechs DopplebockMy brother got me to try this beer that his Austrian friend Ingo brought over from Germany, and I have to say, it's pretty good. Listen to the audio review for the full scoop.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Question Mark

This is a three-way skype conversation between Matt, Ian, and I, talking about the episode of Lost that aired on May 10th, 2006.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Joel Plaskett song in a Zellers commercial

I'm watching the second part of a two part House M.D., and what should come on but a Zellers commercial. They've had some catchy music in their ads before, such as the Bedouin Soundclash, and the Be Good Tanyas. Keeping in my current form of making statements that start off like questions, who should be featured in ths current ad, but Halifax's own Joel Plaskett with a song off his new DVD/CD, Make a Little Noise: Nowhere with you.

Good on Zellers (a Canadian company) for using Canadian music in their ads.

CBC offers way more podcasts

CBC is now offering podcast versions of what I'm willing to bet are your favourite shows. Have you ever wanted to listen to Definately not the Opera, but haven't been able to, because it's on right in the middle of Saturday afternoon? Now you can download the show and listen to it whenever you want. Never miss it again!

If this doesn't get you interested in podcasting, and actually subscribing to a show, I don't know what will.