Monday, January 30, 2012

Alcatraz making a turn in the right direction?

Not sure if you're following along with Alcatraz or not, but we're heading into the fifth hour of the show this week, and it's GOT to turn a major corner or else it's already become far too stale.

In a world where all the inmates and administrators from Alcatraz disappear into thin air, and then slowly begin to reappear in San Fransisco, the glaring questions are: 1) where did they go? 2) why are they back? and the tertiary concerns of, what do they want, and how does Sam Neill know they were going to return.

At this point there's been a pretty standard "crime drama" format where a criminal appears, does some trademark stuff, elude the cops, but a specialist on inmates from Alcatraz figures out their pattern and captures them in the end.

It's time to reveal some enthralling mythology, some crazy back story or a super power or SOMETHING because ... well ... the chick's not that hot, Sam Neill isn't being used to his full potential, and Jorge Garcia isn't being funny or loveable.

Sam Neill doesn't want to be fed. Sam Neill wants to hunt.

I wanna want to enjoy it - but it's up to them to continue to make it an interesting, mysterious and challenging show. If they don't ...

Set Sam Neill free, give Jorge some super powers and teach the chick how to dress, and I'll watch ep. 6. How's that sound?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twitter hits

I love Twitter so much ... it brings everything you want, right to you. Awesome!

Twitter hits from the last little bit:

Hockey hilarity


AHHH! OH GOD I’M DYING! NOOO!!! I—oh, wait, I had a beet salad last night.

Took me 45 minutes of indecisiveness over what shade of brown before I realized, "You know what? I don't even need goddamn throw pillows."

Two guys in this bathroom are discussing the smell of the shit I'm taking. One says dirt weed. I'm sipping scotch and listening.

I try not to tweet LOST stuff unless it's absolutely necessary. This? IS.
(link heads to How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich, by the Losties)

According to the tabloids in my dentist's waiting room we can expect a result in the OJ trial any day now.

Jeff, really, you're playing Vagina? : Up early doin press for my tour. Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Minneapolis & Vagina.
Even jokes about writing style guides

To stay hip, use "po-po" instead of "police" (e.g., Po-Po Anti-Drug Task Force, Chief of the Po-Po, INTERPO-PO.)

The adjective "hitlery" ("This hot dog tastes hitlery") should be confined to the editorial page.

"Tebowing" is not, in fact, the same as "teabagging." Though it is awfully close to "humblebragging."

SPORTSWIRE: NHL Accidentally Makes All Three Of Its African-American Players Work On MLK Day

Arby's Now Charging $2.99 To Let Customers Go Behind Counter, Grab Handfuls Of Roast Beef

Monday, January 23, 2012

About 12 minutes of videos

My buddy Eric is doing a big 30-day challenge where he's writing a song every day. I presume he's doing it for fun, but I don't know much about it. I managed to influence the title of one song to sound more "dinosaur-ish" which I'm more proud of than he knows.

Here's Day 5 : Prehistoric something something.

Another commercial installment of Jon Lajoie's work

SMBC Theatre's "Insecure Mugger" (this one's funny!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Anniversary post: Stealing Hope

Here's another anniversary post for you to go back and see where we were in the Tomb of the Undead a year ago. See how far we've come, revisit some old scenes, or catch it for the first time.

Casey's gets a shock at home with a surprise visit and a challenging preposition. Read it at Stealing Hope.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Anniversary post: You're a Snake

Here's another anniversary post for you to go back and see where we were in the Tomb of the Undead a year ago. See how far we've come, revisit some old scenes, or catch it for the first time.
Howard Bolam feels shame betraying Miller, but Dr. Starkwood shows he doesn't care how business gets done, so long as it gets results. Read it at You're a Snake.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Anniversary Post: Under the Camarasaurus

Here's the link to Under the Camarasaurus posted on this day a year ago.

After Casey Miller gets fired, two of his friends and former colleagues agree to give him the push he needs to get back on his feet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ford reaches his ideal height

After weighing in at ... 330 lbs. Rob Ford is proudly going to be aiming to lose 50 of those lbs. in the next five months. Best of luck to him. Wildly popular and winning the mayoral race by a landslide, his antics have made him the scorn of the Toronto Star for the last few months - however I really think this will bring Ford back into favour.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th - and Leafers

For the record, this was the year the Leafs had to start making positive strides or else. I just hadn't realized it yet. It'll be hard for me to admit this, but this is kind of a shocker ...

Part of me thinks if I write this in a smaller font it'll be less heresy:

I was watching the Senators whooping the Leafs earlier in the season, knowing that they had nowhere to go but down, stripped of all their second-line and secondary talent, traded away for picks and prospects (but mostly picks) so they could rebuild.

But the Sens were good. The are good. They were supposed to bomb, but instead they had a spark.

And I started to think ... (to myself! I didn't say it out loud, thank God)... hey, I don't mind that Spezza guy. Yeah, Alfredsson's a bastard-rat, but ... he's kinda cool. I like Nick Foligno, and the big bastard rookie defensemen they had were brutes (Zack Smith). I started thinking ... ugh ... hey, I don't mind the Sens.

And that was it! That's when I realized, this is how far the Leafs have fallen from the tree in the last few years. I was starting to think I liked the Senators. .... (I'm frowning just thinking of it - and even when I look at the standing I wrinkle my nose thinking about them).

In any case, the Leafs had to start doing something more than stink more times than they don't. Stink a LOT less often. I wasn't sure that John-Michael Liles and Tim Connolly were going to be the solution, to be honest.

However, they're doin' great! I'm hanging on every game as best I can. The players have been good, the team has been pretty good, and there's been different players stepping up at different times, which is making for exciting times, too.

Anyhow - Leafers after 42 games, who require 1.14 ppg, should be sitting around 48.14 points, if they're hoping to make the playoffs. AND they're at... 49 points, which is right on pace for being around the 8th seed in the playoffs, and presumably a first-round match up with the irresistible Boston Bruins, eh? Maybe the Rangers? Still half a season to go.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nursery shot update

You can't tell by just looking at this, but this crayon on canvas masterpiece is a formidable 16" x 12" though this image is rather square.

This'd look totally boss in a sweet frame.

The expectation is to have apparently five of these in the nursery - though I'm having my doubts that there's enough wall space. However, I would be eager to have a rotating exhibit ;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Don Kerr | Rest in Peace

I only learned the other day while helping my neighbour Yvonne take out her recycling that her best friend and housemate Don had passed away due to a short but severe battle with lymphoma.

He lent me tools, gave me a fan and was always eager to offer anything to help us out. He even gave me a copy of his DVD that you can read about below, and brought us tulip bulbs from Holland.

Here's the obituary:

Donald Campbell Kerr - Born Montreal, Quebec May 11, 1921 - Departed Port Perry December 15, 2011. quietly in his sleep after a brief battle with Lymphoma. Leaves best friend Yvonne Pepper, Children - Patricia, Deborah, Donald, Charles, Desiree, Grandchildren - Abbey, Liam, Victoria and Charlotte. Pre-deceased by Wife Doris (Pat), Son Campbell and Grandson Nicholas. After graduating University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and working for Bell Canada, Don joined the 2nd CDivision Signals as a signalman, then attended the Officer's Training Centre rising to the rank of Lieutenant. he volunteered for overseas duty in 1942, landed with the troops at Gold beach on D-Day and saw continuous action as part of Operation Market Garden, the liberation of Holland.

Mentioned in Dispatches for Distinguished Service and decorated with the Oak Leaf Cluster, Don was promoted to Captain and, in the postwar years, to Major. he served as an Aide de Camp to Ontario Lieutenant Governors, the Honourable Keiller MacKay and Honourable Earl Rowe. To ensure that future generations of Canadians would know and understand the sacrifice made for freedom, Don produced a DVD and delivered lectures to schools across southern Ontario.

In October 2011, Don received the Minister of Veteran Affairs Commendation, an award recognizing those who provided outstanding service to their country, their communities and their fellow Veterans. Don had an outstanding career in the land development and Real Estate industry. A strong advocate for municipal planning, he participated in the development of Canada's "First Planned Community" Bramalea, projects in Orange County California and ultimately assembled large tracts of land into what has become the heart of Mississauga. he had a strong sense of civic duty serving as a member of Etobicoke council from 1965-1982, member of the Conservative Party and a lifelong Kiwanian. For the last 10 years, Don became a well known and respected member of the community of Port Perry. He had a great passion for boats and music especially big band, swing and jazz. Though his last note has sounded, like a catchy tune, his memory springs easily to mind.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dinosaur hobbyist deserves serious props

Awesome dinosaur stuff!
First off - here's some sweet art inspired by the great Jurassic Park (1993).

Six Foot Turkey - Julia Vickerman

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Art World
Dinosaur art - the JP Exhibit (Just People) show dedicated to the people of the Jurassic Park film series. Sweet.

This segues to the man this post is named in honour of.

Paleontologists are bad-ass. Hobbyists are just as wicked.
Dinosaur hobbyist! Awesome collection!

I've argued before that paleontologists are so awesome that it was physically impossible that Ross Gellar was one. Here's more proof that dinosaurs are wicked.

Take Cameron O'Connor.

This guy is awesome. He has 250 dinosaur bones that he's been collecting for 18 years. Where does he get his bones? This 61-year-old role model literally funds his own paleontological digs. That's awesome. Unfortunately for me, no dinosaur bones have ever been discovered in Ontario, which sucks.

Anyhow, since 1993 he's been leading six friends across privately owned land in Harding County, South Dakota and three other digs in Montana. How bad-ass is this guy? He does all the digging by hand.

"A lot of people believe paleontology is this great romantic endeavor,” says O'Connor. “It’s backbreaking work... There are no machines helping, and in South Dakota the weather can be unbelievably hot and change in what seems like an instant.”

Whether the man with the Irish last name is baking or freezing in the bi-polar heat of South Dakota, ranging everywhere from an intense 103-degrees heat or frigid 11-degree evenings only 10 days later, he relents at nothing to get his fossils.

He's got Edmontosaurus bones, Tyrannosaurus Rex teeth, a Triceratops skull and horn (WHAT! Awesome!) and some coprolites and footprints. Pretty sweet.

What makes his hobby and growing collection even better is the genesis of how he got started:
“My wife is very supportive of me. She’s even the one who said, ‘If you like dinosaurs so much, why don’t you go learn how to dig for them?’”
Read that again. You can just TELL that his wife was being facetious, but he, fed up with her constant sarcasm and absence of support, instead invested in gear and land and brings back 250 giant solid rocks to "decorate" his house with. Awesome!

This guy is awesome!

Less awesome - overrated movies
While Jurassic Park was awesome, it can sometimes be overrated. Case in point, somewhere in England on the Internet, the 1993-classic has been considered Stephen Spielberg's greatest accomplishment to date, beating out films like E.T., Raiders of the Lost Arc, Jaws, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can.

I love dinosaurs - but you can't put Jurassic Park ahead of any of those movies. It's definitely the best Dinosaur movie of the bunch, but ... that's about it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lazarus is Poisoned post

Here's a longer scene, but a complete scene, ready to roll. I hope you like it. This scenes takes up to Page 95, believe it or not. This story's gettin' long!

Going against their best instincts, the team continues to follow Escutcheon. Check it out at Lazarus is poisoned.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tomb of the Undead's first random, unsolicited follower

I was shocked to discover that the Tomb of the Undead has its first random, completely unknown follower signed up on Jan. 6.

I have no idea where "Bridget" is from, but she's absolutely welcome, and I hope she loves the comic. What a surprise for me this afternoon.

This is a definite milestone, and I'm happy to have her following. Welcome Bridget.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Reading List

The reading list is an interesting exercise, because I can remember the special places I was while I was reading, in some cases (whereas, most of it's done lying in bed). The nostalgia of it all is all the more prevalent when I look at last year's list, where I did most of the reading in a quiet room at my old place of business during my lunch hours (which might be another indicator that I wasn't fitting in there.)

I had a strong start to the year that set me on pace to read way more than I would have expected, courtesy of a pleasant, sunny trip to Mexico.

Hannibal, by Thomas Harris

New Rules, by Bill Maher

Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

Lost Encyclopedia
, by Paul Terry and Tara Bennett

Heart of Darkness (but NOT Tales of Unrest) by Joseph Conrad (my emphasis)

The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje

Fifth Business
, by Robertson Davies

Driven, by John Lawrence Reynolds and Robert Herjavec
(This book is a vacuous waste of time, FYI)

The Alphabet of Manliness, by Maddox

Animal Farm
, by George Orwell

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

The Little Book of Zen,
by Lawrence Teacher Books

Things the Grandchildren Should Know, by Mark Oliver Everett

Gremlins 2: The New Batch, by David Bischoff