Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I genuinely don't know what it's about - something like, astronaut goes to the Moon (or to its orbit at least) and returns with questions about his identity. That's pretty vague, and I can't be any more clear until I check this one out. I've been pumped about it for a while.
While at the store, I was also looking to rent Annie Hall, The Four Rooms (ask me about this one before you see it - you absolutely must pay attention to a cinematic technique that Tarentino uses during the last vignette) and Gangster Number One. I haven't seen Annie Hall yet, but I'd sure like to. It's supposed to be a classic.
Since then, we did manage to find The Four Rooms in a little rental place in Peterborough called Have You Seen ... which specializes in art, foreign and hard to find movies. Definitely worth a walk-through.
I'll let you know how Moon goes.
*Sam Rockwell was great, according to me, in:
- Choke (2008)
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
- The Green Mile (1999)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
As long as we all know that this is the beginning of something new. I'm not sure how long rebuilding takes, but expansion teams wind up with a better shot at winning games - like, this Leafs team will be as bad as Nashville was when they first came out in 1998. So I'm going to call it right now - Leafs record next season will be 28-47-7. Second last in their conference, perhaps second last overall in the league.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
My grandmother died (again): The least believable excuses for missing work
The least believable excuses for missing work
On the lighter side of life, Ceridian LifeWorks, a top provider of Employee Assistance Programs, asked HR managers to share the most unbelievable reasons their employees have given for missing work. They included:
- I was trapped in my house by a skunk.
- I have head lice.
- The barometer was too high.
- The neighbor’s dog died in front of my garage, and I couldn’t get the door open.
- I couldn’t open my garage door because the power went off.
- My car tires were repossessed, and my car was up on blocks.
- I left my car keys at work last night.
- I didn’t have a key to lock my house because my mom took it.
- My washing machine was broken, so I had no clean clothes.
- I dropped my kid’s bike on my foot.
- I got so sunburned on the weekend that I couldn’t get dressed. (I'd believe this one - but you'd have to obviously look sunburnt the next day at work)
- My apartment was so cold that my hair froze after I washed it.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Discover recipe for bacon: (check)
Eat a bagel and cream cheese: (check)
Tell everyone about it: (check)
The script for my graphic novel has been coming along nicely, which you can follow along with here. I'm past the half-way mark in the writing, which is good. I'm excited to get the last of the second act, and the third act finished. It should be really cool.
Along those lines, I've been looking into graphic novels as a medium, and you find all kinds of interesting stuff on them. For example, did you know that you can get a graphic novel about the Anne Frank story? Now you know.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My work shifts so far this week have been 'wait and see' in terms of what time I get off. So, while I was free by 4:30 on Monday and Tuesday, yesterday they had me on until 6 (which was fine, but a little unexpected). And I know that Thursdays and Fridays the restaurant is open later (closes at 8 I think).
So I don't know really what time I get off, but the best part is that I work right down in the main strip in town (hard to call it a 'down-town' what with it being so small) and I can ride my bike by the book shop, the candy store, the grocery store, the riverfront, and a variety of other places on my way back home. It's pleasant, full of opportunities, and really nice (when it's sunny and not snowy - we'll have to wait and see how that all pans out).
Here's hoping that Windsor is fun this weekend (it should be).
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hopefully I'll get the lawn cut this evening after work, too. It's gettin' a bit long.
Here is some dinosaur news!
Newly discovered dinosaur is Mojoceratops - and the name, apparently, is a reference to the 'heart-shaped' frill around its neck. So, the heart inspires the name "mojo." Again, they should ask me to name these things. Jim Morrison would be upset with this sort of thing. I thought science played a factor in these decisions, but shows what I know. And this name from a discoverer from Yale. Ugh.
Dinosaurs will be at ComiCon
For the first time ever, Discovery Channel will launch a new television series at San Diego Comic-Con. The REIGN OF THE DINOSAURS panel, scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 7:30PM in Room 6BCF, will provide a rare and unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at the current artistic development of the 2011 series.
Lead Cast in Spielberg's Terra Nova
O' Mara will play Jim Shannon, who travels back in time to the land of dinosaurs with a group of settlers to find a way to save the human race.
Who the hell is Dan Telfer, and who the hell does he think he is?
I like that he has decided to spend so much time on dinosaurs in his routine - but he seems to be a bit jaded about it anymore. Fool. Perhaps he's just upset because the general public isn't aware of how awesome some dinosaurs are, compared to their popular relatives.
A Jurassic Park themed comic book? Sounds like they're going to go for it.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
As for the new job - I've been offered a kitchen position at a place on main street (actually called Queen Street) called The Front Porch. We've eaten there before back when we were scouting out houses to move into back in mid-February. An interesting link between our first impressions of the area and our new lives here.
That job begins tomorrow morning at 9:30. Not sure how long a shift is there, but I would imagine that the dinner rush starts around 5 p.m., and you would probably finish the prep for the dinner shift after the lunch rush, but wouldn't be expected to stay for the dinner rush which would likely last till 7:30 p.m. I just can't imagine that I'll have regular 10 hour shifts.
So I'm excited for this. It's an interesting menu looking for me to contribute in more ways than just a prep cook, which is great. The other job I was offered was a prep-cook and wasn't quite full-time. So it was an easy decision.
Other news: there's an open-mic coffee bar around the corner from our house. Apparently you "register" and they make time for you on Mondays to come in and play a set. If you're the only one there, you can play for like 2 hours straight. I'd be interested in something like that.
Anyhow, I've got to go do something in the garage to a bike.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
So we're happy to have him back in town to celebrate a crowning achievement in his career. I'll have photos and an amateur crowd estimate later. Should be good times, esp. if the weather stops raining for a few hours. We need the rain, but we also need it to stop for a little bit.
Monday, July 5, 2010
and if my wife is reading- the parts for the bedroom are in the mail. They should be here this week.
There's a new DS system coming out that's taking advantage of the 3D technology. To get a sneak peek of the product, see here:
The 3DS and Donkey Kong Returns are premiered on Jimmy Fallon.
If the symbiote that created Venom were to infect Cookie Monster, then this ...
No more Paper-Rocks-Scissors
Tired of deciding anything with paper-rocks-scissors? Here's a much more exciting version with more rules and more options. Robot-zombie-pirate-ninja-monkey.
Delta Airlines commercial from back in the day
Largest Dinosaur Bone Bed Ever Found, Found
Previous discoveries of these animals provided the first evidence that some dinosaurs lived in herds. Now, based on the new bone bed, paleontologists are ...
King of the Road
This is sort of a fun flash back to our teenage years. In this image my pal's character Star Pig pushes his side-kick/nemesis (if you can be considered both at the same time) Pollution M'on into the street.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Ten years ago
But some guys drop way down into the sixth and seventh rounds, but turn out really great. Here are some of the stand-outs that I've found. 7th round, 2000 draft: Henrik Lundquvist by the NYR, 205th overall. He's the highest paid goalie in the NHL right now! Rick DiPietro, Dan Heatley and Marian Gaborik went 1, 2, 3 that year. Biggest bust that year: Lars Jonsson went 7th overall. Never heard of him.
Nine years ago
Marek Svatos went 227th, last in the seventh round in the 2001 draft. Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Spezza and Alexander Svitov went 1, 2 and 3. Biggest bust of that draft - who the hell is Svitov?
Eight years ago
From the 2002 draft, there's the notable Adam Burish, who was out-spoken after winning the Stanley Cup, saying he hated Chris Pronger, and if he saw him in the parking lot, he'd punch him in the face. Pronger responded - "Next time I see him? See him where? In the minors?" Yes, hilarious. Burish was drafted in the 9th round, 282nd overall - he was almost NOT drafted, basically. So - Pronger had a point, yet Burish has a Stanley Cup ring. Cup winner Maxime Talbot was picked in the 8th round, 234th overall. Also notable, Edmonton voided their 4th round pick, 123rd overall by selecting an ineligible player. Weird.
That was a tough year - not really many stars came out of that one. Rick Nash, Kari Lehtonen and Jay Bouwmeester went 1, 2 and 3. Yeah, a shallow draft crop.
Seven years ago
Notables - Brian Elliot was drafted second-last by Ottawa. He's since played playoff games for the Senators in net. Pretty good for the 9th round and 291st overall. Also in that 9th round was Jaroslav Halak! Picked 210th overall Halak is the premiere RFA this season, and STL will be happy to have him. Pretty deep draft year if you've got two playoff caliber goalies coming out of the ninth round! From the 7th round Joe Pavelski was picked by SJ - and this post season he was among the top goal scorers until the Sharks were eliminated.
Maple Leafs notables: Jason Smith was drafted this year by NJ. He's since retired, making it a short career, wouldn't you agree? This year had an outstanding first round, too. All of the picks were remarkable. Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal and Nathan Horton went 1, 2 and 3 while the bust of the draft is: Hugh Jessiman (who the hell is this guy?)
Six years ago
Not a lot happening in this draft. In the late rounds Mikhail Grabovski is selected 5th, 150th overall (remember, he was acquired for a second-round pick), and was technically the first-line centre for the Maple Leafs this season. But that hardly constitutes a surprise late in the draft. Cup winner Kris Versteeg was selected in the 5th round, 134th overall, which is a pretty good pick! Johan Franzen (probably the most expensive and high-scoring player from this draft not selected in the first round) was selected in the late 3rd round, 97th overall.
Put it this way, the Leafs passed on Franzen and selected Justin Pogge with their only pick of the draft - no kidding! The Leafers didn't have a first or second round pick in this draft, either! The draft opened with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Cam Barker, 1, 2 and 3. Yeah, other than the first two picks, this draft was a dud.
Five years ago
This year they stopped having nine rounds in the draft, stopping at seven. So there are a lot fewer chances for late picks. This also means that there are about 78% of the picks from the usual draft, which means you have to technically be more selective with what choices you get, considering you get fewer picks.
Biggest head-case from the draft is Sergei Kostitsyn (whom Montreal is happy to be rid of, I'm sure) especially considering that he's a seventh round pick, 200th overall. He had a big head (and Montreal had big expectations of him, too) considering he wasn't necessarily a high-ranked prospect. He's probably the big surprise to come late of the draft. Sid Crosby, Bobby Ryan and Jack Johnson went 1, 2 and 3. The NHL is still waiting for most of this draft to come of age.
Four years ago
As we get more and more recent with the drafts, it's obvious that there hasn't been enough time to see which picks play out to be better than others. So - we may not find diamonds in the rough yet, 'cause they haven't been squeezed out of the coal ... yet. None of the late picks have turned into NHL regulars yet. Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal and Jonathan Toewes went 1, 2 and 3. Two of those guys have Stanley Cups already.
Three years ago
In the middle of the seventh round Carl Gunnarsson was selected 194th overall, and he's been relatively popular in Toronto for having a good shot and a big body-check. That's a pretty good pick late in the draft. (Hilariously - the NYI drafted Blake Kessel - which sounds like a terrible Maple Leaf player that's expected to score more goals than possible. Doesn't it? I hope the Leafs never, ever wind up acquiring a player named Blake Kessel!)
This wasn't as deep a draft as the years before, which can be evidenced by the top three selections. While Patrick Kane has won a Stanley Cup and was a major contributor during the playoffs, James Van Riemsdyk and Kyle Turris went 1, 2 and 3.
Two years ago
While I hate this guy - and think that he's a problem waiting to happen, he still seems to be selected to the Canadian Junior National teams all the time. Steffan Della Rovere is a PIM magnet/ loose cannon/ problem on skates. How he's achieved as much as he has in his short career baffles me - perhaps I'm just jealous. But I seriously don't like his game or his contributions. That being said - he's a remarkably well regarded prospect who was selected 204th overall in the seventh round by Washington. 207 out of 211 is almost at the very bottom (probably where he belongs) but if his career is anything like his junior accomplishments - he could be a real steal down the road.
Andrei Laktionov was a star Spitfire who was selected early in the fifth round, 123rd overall by LA. He got called up to the bigs one night, was destroyed against the boards, and left in hospital somewhere in the mid-west while the Kings continued on their road trip. He appears to be a bit small for the majors, but in junior, he was simply amazing.
The top three this year were Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian. Two of them have already made incredible impacts on the league so far. Bogosian is surely soon to follow.
John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene were taken 1, 2 and 3. It's way too early to find a long-shot in this draft.
who knows. Let's hope that each of the Leafs picks are outstanding. Let's just hope.
Friday, July 2, 2010
The part I dislike the most of these ratings and reviews is that the players are compared to Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux. For example, if you're drafted 116th overall, and then people say "Possible comparables [sic]: Nik Lidstrom, Borje Salming, Bobby Orr, Drew Doughty" you have to wonder why he was drafted first overall.
Toronto Maple Leafs select Brad Ross 43rd OverallProspect Ranking: ???
Acquired: Traded 2nd round selection from 2009, Jimmy Hayes to Chicago.
Size: 6'1 - 173 lbs - forward
Projected: two more seasons in the WHL
The quick comparables [are] Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, and Steve Ott. He certainly seems to fit in the truculent mold of players that Burke has drafted of late as well as being quick on the ice. Ross put up almost a point a game during his 17 year old season so there is still a lot of offensive potential for him especially if his more highly touted linemates make the jump to the NHL.
NHL Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald
"He's responsible at both ends of the rink, very good hustle, and he blends feistiness with good hockey skills. He has the discipline and smarts of not putting his team in penalty problems. He plays bigger than his size and shows good discipline at this early age, so he should be able to continue and have success at the next level. I like his tenacity and positional play I think he is a better all-round hockey player than people give him credit for."
Michael Remmerde - NHL Draft Notes
Summary: The hands coming around really help his status as a prospect and give him some more role possibilities (2nd or 3rd line, rather than just 4th line). But there is a little bit of concern about how such an intense personality will handle himself off the ice. But he's got so many ingredients that should play well in the NHL. Don't quite like this guy as much as my boss does (he's in the 1st round in the Red Line Draft Guide), but I still think he's a solid pick in the 30-40 range.
Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Greg McKegg 62nd OverallProspect Ranking: ???
Size: 6' - 185 lbs - forward
Projected: Top-six scorer, but needs to put on more size
For the record, I've seen McKegg play against the Pete's, and he was just a big goon.
McKegg is being compared to a player like Ryan O'Reilly who was underrated in his draft class but has gone on to be a contributor in his first year on the Colorado Avalanche.
Greg McKegg was identified as one of the ISS's biggest risers prior to the draft. He made big strides in his all-around game this season, his second in the OHL with Erie, and his +/- jumped almost 30 on a team that was close to even.
Erie Otters head coach Robbie Ftorek - "Greg is a skilled goal scorer who dishes the puck well. He knows the game at both ends of the ice."
Matchsticks and Gasoline
After struggling in his first season to the tune of 8-10-18 in 64 games and having his ice time limited to "three or four shifts a game," McKegg credits an increase in confidence and chemistry with his older linemates Zack Torquato (31-62-93, +21) and Mike Cazzola (36-50-86, +22) for his improved play, despite suffering a knee injury in training camp that hampered his skating all season. McKegg works with skating coach Dwayne Blais in the off-season, and hopes to get his skating ability back to where it was during training camp before his injury in time for next season.
Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Sondre Olden 79th Overall
Prospect Ranking: ???
Size: 6'3 - 175 lbs - forward
Projected: Really lanky and must put on more weight before he can be re-evaluated. He's "at least three years away."
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Sondre Olden of Modo's junior team 79th overall. They traded the Los Angeles Kings a third round pick in 2012 for the privilege. The Leafs moved up two spots ahead of Detroit in order to select Olden on the heavy recommendation of European scout Thommie Bergman who they were unanimous in lauding.Olden is obviously a project pick. He is from Norway which traditionally is not a producer of NHLers. They have only put four in the NHL....ever. However, Olden is plying his trade for Modo (Great!) in the junior league (darn) now. This is a long-term pick. I would bet that he's more likley to stay in the Modo system for at least a year or two before being brought to Canada rather than trying to get him into the CHL.Elite Prospects
A lanky and offensively skilled forward with surprisingly quick feet. Olden is a creative player with good hockey sense and strong technical skills. A pretty productive player, that thrives on the pp unit, that will put up points on the board, but also contribute defensively. Has, however, some inconsistency issues and must bulk up.
Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Petter Granberg 116th Overall
Prospect Ranking: ???
Size: 6'2 - 201 lbs - defenseman
Projected: Probably won't come to North America until after the 2012-13 season.
Granberg was listed as the #21 European prospect by CSB before the draft.A big and strong stay-at-home defenseman. Granberg plays a very solid defensive game and rarely gets caught out of position. He plays a simple and safe game with the puck. Does not shy away from the rough stuff, but could probably play even more physical. Hockey sense is decent, but Granberg will never be a high-scoring defenseman.
Team League GP G A Pts PIM 08-09 Skelleftea Jr. SWE Jr. 4 09-10 Skelleftea Jr. SWE Jr. 40 2 7 9 39
Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Sam Carrick 144th Overall
by Chemmy on Jun 26, 2010 3:32 PM EDT in News
Carrick is a center who put up pedestrian numbers in the OHL so far, but that's what you'll get with the 144th pick:
GP G A Pts 08-09 61 10 11 21 09-10 66 21 21 42
Possible comparables: Claude Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Mario Lemieux
Brodin plays with plenty of intensity. Has good speed, drives the net, is willing to shoot the puck and plays the body. Has an edge to his game and is a valuable player for any team.
The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Josh Nicholls with the 182nd pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He plays for the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League. Do you know who was the last player that the Leafs drafted from the Blades?
Wendel ClarkTurns out it was two players that never made the NHL. Those are expectations friend. Anyway, looks like a decent pick. He represented Team Pacific at the U17 Worlds and any pick is going to be a stretch here anyway.
King of the Road