Sunday, November 30, 2003

Much work to do!

Not much to post today...must complete a report for Computer Graphics course. I do this while listening to "more songs i like", a CD compilation I made years back. "Live and Let Die" just ended. Can't wait for school stuff to finish so I can catch up on movies playing on the dish.

BTW, I saw an advance screening of The Last Samurai. It was actually pretty good. Great action, cool Japanses dudes. It should have ended 1 scene earlier, though. Great flick, though.

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Alrighty, Lance Bassem sent me a great link today. You know Triumph, the insult comic dog from Conan O'Brien? Well, here's a music video he made:
http://www.milkandcookies.com/links/10764/

It's best if you copy the link and paste it into your browser's address window.

Pretty funny.
So I found this neat little 80s quiz. They test you on song lyrics. Attemp this only if you have a mastery of 80s songs. I thought I knew stuff pretty well...I'm a little embarrassed at my score of 48.5 or something like that.

Anyway, click on the pic to try it out.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Oh, I forgot. The opening of Unscrewed starts off with Martin Sargent saying "Clearly, I'm the guy. I'm pretty much the man." I mean, how can it not be funny?
Emergency update:


Anyone with a passing interest in Star Wars MUST go to this site:

http://www.stomptokyo.com/movies/star-wars-holiday-special.html#gallery

It shows just how hilariously awful 1978's holiday special was. Read it, then look at the galleries at the bottom. Guaranteed laugh-out-loud time.
The constant hum of people mumbling at school is like some sort of torture device...but I will continue despite it all, for you, my fans.

So I discovered this pretty funny show on TechTV. If any of you have satellite or digital cable and like electronics, I suggest you get TechTV immediately. Anyway, this show comes on weeknights at 11:30pm and it's called "Unscrewed with Martin Sargent". It's like a talk-show, with Martin Sargent at a desk and he has a co-host and each episode starts off with some (pre-scripted) chatter (you can tell by the quality of acting). But it's usually pretty funny. When it's funny, it's pretty good, but when it's not, it's sorta lame but you gotta give Martin props for trying.

After that, they have segments. Like, they send correspondents to trade show to make fun of computer people or whatever. They also have little skits. Take yesterday for example. Martin told this story about how he bought an old Russian satellite off the US government's auction site and it came complete with a Russian aerospace technician (he came in a straw-filled box). So the co-host asks what he did with the guy. Martin replies that he did the obvious: locked the Russian in a closet and set-up a webcam. Then we see the webcam feed:
There's this guy in a lab coat stomping around a walk-in closet kicking boxes and such. Pretty funny...especially at 11:30pm.

If you can, check it out. They have a web site, too, here.

Also on TechTV, check out X-Play, a pretty good videogame show.

The din of talking in the lab grows, encompassing my entire self. I feel like I'm swallowed by the noise...fading...fading...fa..f...
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Thursday, November 27, 2003

This entry is brought to you by "Astro" by the White Stripes. He're a sample:
"Maybe Jasper does the astro
Maybe Jasper does the astro
Maybe Jasper does the astro, astro"

Special shoutout to Joe "Greasy" Greiss

Anyway, last night was the Computer Graphics assignment 3 demo. We had to make a 3D house and walk around it and change the texture of the house and the surrounding yard and stuff. Anyway, that's the basic idea of it (it's much more deailed than that, though). In any case, our demo was at 8pm last night. So all day, I studied the code, just in case she asked nutty stuff. I even spied on other groups passing their demos. This one guy made a hockey game, with a goalie and a player and puck and ice mechanics...SICK! Anyway, right before the teacher demoed us, she said she didn't schedule supper so she took off for 20 minutes. Our demo finally started aroun 8:25 and ended shortly before 9.

She didn't ask too many questions. We did all the talking and showed all the stuff that the OpenGL programmed house can do. Of course, Murphy's Law came into it. When we tried to bump map the cube we had floating in the back yard of the program, it turned blue. By restarting the program, it finally worked, but I don't think she minded too much. Then she asked stuff like "Why did you pick this project? Who did what? What gave the most trouble?" We cracked a few jokes, she cracked some and all was good. Best of all, we get an exra 4% for going on the first day. Score!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

So after tonight, smooth sailing for a bit.
Tonight is the Computer Graphics demo where we have to show the teacher our project. I fear the questions she may ask! Other than that...ESPN Hockey, anyone?

So, as has occured every year, I have an exam after LotR movie comes out. So I gotta wait a whole day or two before I can see the final chapter of Peter Jackson's brilliant series. I cannot wait.

You know what bothers me? People who say "Lates" instead of "bye" or what have you. What's wrong with bye? Or goodbye? Or goodday? C'mon, peeps!!

Alright, back to analysing 3000 lines of C/OpenGL code. Bye for now!

Monday, November 24, 2003

Hockey Night at Dave's was a (mildly) rousing success! Despite a low turnout (me, Dave and Mo...and later Dai), tons o' fun were had by all. First up was the MegaStars (oldtimers) game. All sorts of past greats took the ice. I, along with many others, predicted the Oilers oldtimers would win, by virtue of their relative youthfulness. Sure enough, they won 2-0. What surprised me was the spectacular play of Bill Ranford and Grant Fuhr. These dudes can still play! The Oilers should sign them. They'd do way better than their current goalies!

After that, we ordered Terry's submarines. Anyone who knows what that means knows how impressive those subs are. We ate and ate, before and during the actual outdoor Heritage game. It's really neat to see the breath come out of the players' mouths. They were freezing. But the prize goes to Jose "tuque" Theodore for wearing that hilarious tuque with the pom-pom on top. he had it over his helmet! Classic. He should wear that every game for good luck.

After the game, we played ESPN Hockey on the PS2, 4 players. Great fun. However, I must say that the PS2's loading time is friggin' insane! Soooooo slow. I own the game on the Xbox and the loading time is much noticeably shorter. Later that night, I finally saw an episode of Samurai Jack that I had missed. It had Jack and these Shaolin fighters beating up of rock monsters. Really cool fight scenes.

Having already downloaded the 10 episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon, I burned a VCD out of them. The quality of the downloads weren't too great, but I made a VCD regardless. With Nero, I made a cheesy little menu page with a picture and titles. But then I went online and found somebody's pre-made VCD of the 10 eps. I downloaded it and made the VCD and wow! This guy's quality is top notch and his VCD menus are animated and have music. VERY impressive.

Okay, that's it for now, homeys. TTFN.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Howdy yall! Justin suggested that I do what he does on his blog, which is to state whatever music is playing at the time of this writing. So, this entry is brought to you by "Jolene" by the White Stripes....and the letter "A" and the number 3.

Anyway, I got over my bad mood yesterday. How? Well, I sat down and watched all 3hours and 43 minutes of the Two Towers Extended Edition. Well worth it! The EE is so much better than the regular edition, which was already amazing. A bunch of new scenes show flashbacks of Boromir and Faramir. It goes a long way in establishing Faramir's motives. Anyway, well excellent. I can't wait for the Return of the King EE, cuz it's gonna kill the regular version, from what I hear (if you wanna know more, ask me personally).

Also, I then played many games of ESPN Hockey on the ol' Xbox. I love that game, even though I suck. Oh well.

Now, I will maybe play a game or two of ESPN Hockey, then get my hair cut, do some much needed homework, then go to Q-bert's house to watch the Heritage Classic. Anyone who doesn't know what that is...tsk tsk. Just kidding, but if you have a passing interest in hockey, you MUST watch.

Alright, I'm off kiddos! See ya on the flip-flop!

Friday, November 21, 2003

One of the worst weeks ever.

After the huge highlight that was last weekend, this week has become dreadful. I can't seem to get enough sleep. I'm always tired, especially at school. I have no motivation or drive of any sort. I know, I know, a couple of short months and I'm finished school, but I'm tapped.

You ever wake up angry at everything? Yeah...I hate everything and everyone. I'm looking forward to watching my Two Towers DVD soon...but I don't know when. So many school-things to do...

By the way, Warner Bros. has dismissed the previous report of MAtrix Revolutions coming on DVD on January 6th. We'll see about that.
And I hear that FOX itself might bring back Family Guy, not the Cartoon Network.

In other news, I will download the last chapter of Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon today and burn all ten of them on a VCD to be watched in a DVD player. Ca't wait until February for the next batch of ten...
Alrighty, peep! Time to face another day.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Howdy, peeps. A special shoutout to Kevin Vo, who seems to be my only regular reader thus far in the infancy of my blog. Cool, Daddio!

Anyway, what else...? Is anybody else excited about seeing Messier and Gretzky reunited on Saturday? One thing, though. The old timer Habs are so old! The Oilers are gonna kill them.

So, it's official! The Matrix Revolutions is on DVD on January 6th, 2004! Due to lack of $$ at the box office, they feel the time to make $$ off the whole Matrix franchise is dwindling...so they wanna cash in while they can! Ha! Jerks!

I heard that the Family Guy may be resurrected due to strong DVD sales of its seasons. Crazy...It's probably pop up on the Cartoon Network in the States, but surely someone here will pick it up, like Teletoon or something.

I received the Two Towers Extended Edition in the mail on Tuesday (thank you, amazon.ca). I wish I had time to watch it, though. It's 43 minutes longer than the original, and from what I hear, it's so great. Stupid school...

Alrighty! Bye!

Monday, November 17, 2003

Okay okay. I usually deride pro wrestling because it's usually so stupid. Sure, sometimes the fights have some neat acrobatics, but the outside the ring stuff is so absurdly insulting to intelligent people that I have to gag. This weekend's Survivor Series was no exception.

I saw the last bit with the Buried Alive match. Ridiculous! When Kane busted in and threw the FAKEST puches I've ever seen, I'd had enough! He missed with almost all his punches! And he's a pro? And then, the shovel fell into the grave with Vince. That so looked like a mistake. And oh no! I big explosion when 'Taker tried getting into the truck. Ooohh! How mysterious!

The crowd looked so bored. And rightfully so. This supposedly big match was TERRIBLY yawn-inducing. I know that it's just an excuse for Undertaker to disappear for a while so he can get surgery, but still. I regret having seen the few minutes I did.

I read that there were some good matches earlier in the evening, but that last fight was laughably bad.

That's it for now.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Ok...so....The White Stripes concert was totally amazing. We were pretty close and could see how great Jack White is. His guitaring, especially at the beginning, is amazing. As an amateur guitarist, I can appreciate how great he is. The music totally rocks. I love the let's-have-fun-rocking attitude mixed with blues. My ears were ringing well into the next day.

MonSciFiCon 2003 was also amazing. Pat Lee, president and amazing artist at DW comics, proves once again that he's a nice guy. I got another sketch this year from him...and it's personalized this time. Also, other guys like Ramos and Kubert were so polite and nice. they talked and drew and signed their hearts out. Kudos.

So, yes, I got a picture with Marina Sirtis. She was cracking a few sarcastic jokes at our expense (for asking for pics just as she was gonna leave). She speaks French, too. What a surprise. We also got pics with TNG and DS9's Gowron! He was funny. The guy who plays Chewbacca was also there and we got pics with him, too. He's friggin' huge!!!!!!!! OMG! I cannot tell you how big he is. Finally, there was ST: Voyage's Neelix. I refused to take pics with him.

On a disappointing note, Lou Ferrigno did not show up. What the hell else could he have been doing that was so much more important? Balancing his checkbook?! Anyway...

A good time was had by all. Now, with the Grey Cup tomorrow, this weekend is solidly packed with great times. Sometimes, life is fun.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Well, tonight's the postponed White Stripes concert. Back in August, Jack White got into a car crash and destroyed his finger, thus cancelling concert. Months later, the band is finally playing their show. Should be good.

Let's not forget about MonSciFiCon this weekend! All your favourites will be there. Marina Sirtis, Lou Ferrigno, Ethan Phillips, Peter Mayhew and the guy who plays Gowron. Plus, all sorts of comic book types! That should be so much fun, some of you may not be able to handle it. (I don't even know if I'm being sarcastic).

Seeing as how Chris (aka MastaCSG) is boycotting this blog, I suppose I can badmouth him and he won't even realize. It's like badmouthing the Amish...they'll never know! So has anyone read Chris's latest article on itoop? Man! He's such a whiner. He's complaining that the escalator is not a ride. That's a stupid idea! The escalator IS a ride!!!! If you want to march, use the effing stairs. The escalator is for lazy people. You're MEANT to stay on it and not move. Oooh, you just have to rush up the escalator, right? Why? To save 3 whole seconds!?! Sometimes, when someone rudely rushes past me on an escalator, I make it a point to eventually catch up to them in the hall and walk directly in front of them just to make the point "Hey, I didn't run up the escalator and I still beat you, you jerk!". I hate people who push past on an escalator. The only acceptable reason for running up or down is if there's a bus-catching involved, because in such situations, a few seconds CAN make the difference. But don't give some pansy excuse like you're late to class. So what? You're late! Big deal. Eff...
I'm out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I have a few things to say...

I was watching Average Joe yesterday and felt my IQ drop with each passing second. But it was great! Wow...you should see these losers attempting to justify why they are the ones who will win. Hilarious. And what' the deal with the brown guy! He's 21 and is going for his Ph.D.? What's up?

So I read that Warner Bros. is so worried that the market for the Matrix will soon be non-existent, that they are considering releasing Revolutions on DVD before Christmas!!!! That's insane! Very bad word of mouth is causing it to make much less money than the previous flick, and they're panicking. What's worse, they fear nobody will buy the DVD on its own, so they plan to package it with the first 2 movies. So anyone who wants the first would have to get the others too. Wow...I love it!!!! To quote Jon Stewart, as he put it very brilliantly on The Daily Show, "The Matrix bbbbbbbbllllllllloooooooooooowwwwwwwwsssssssss!!!" He must have said that 5 or 6 times during the course of November 10th's episode.

Also, I must profess my hatred for all things school-related.

Also x2, I must profess my hatred for Lucasfilm for denying Canadians the pleasure of watching the animated Star Wars mini-series. And boo to the CRTC for "protecting" us from the evil that is American cable channels. Boos all around.

Monday, November 10, 2003

So we were in the quarter finals of our soccer league and we finally got to play on a nice field. Instead of the mud on the lower field at school, we got to play high up on the hill (behind Molson Stadium) on Forbes Field. Forbes, like Molson, has FieldTurf, which is so cool. It's a synthetic playing surface that is made of individual blades of fake grass. What's more is that there is fake dirt, too, made of ground rubber. This gives the field some bounce to simulate real grass and dirt, minus the nastiness due to bad weather.
Anyway, I was in nets and did an amazing job! The only goal I let in was an own goal off one of our players (dammit Neil!). But in the last 30 seconds, we scored to tie it...but then the dreaded shootouts began. I got a piece of the first kick, but it went in. I guessed badly on the next two...but the following two, I had a good jump on them...but the guys kicked hard and accurately to the very edge of the goal. We lost the shootouts 5-4...thus, we were eliminated. There's always next year...no wait! There isn't! Good season, guys.

Addendum: I am so sore! I accidentally stepped on my hand with cleats (don't ask how). And they I pulled a muscle right above my foot and I literally cannot move my right foot. And my right quad is pulled, too...

Anyway, I have school stuff to do. See ya!

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Well, thrilling win by the Als. TAKE THAT, T.O. sobs!!!
Damn! Toronto just scored. 26-23 TO. Screw this refreshing of score pages...I'm going to watch tv.
Als just scored! They're up 23-19!!! Go Als!
So, I gots homeworks to do, right? But the big Als football game is on tv! Dilemma! Should I bring a tv into the computer room and watch? I decided against it because that would detract from my work. So what do I do instead? Create a blog! Wow! What a waste of time this is! It's more unproductive than watching the game. Also, I have a separate window open on cbc.ca's sports scores. They're the only ones I found who list up-to-date CFL scores. So not only am I avoiding my homework, I'm also looking at the scores every few seconds. Must...refresh...browser!

In other news, I must...MUST...tell everyone that I despise the Matrix. Not the first one, mind you. It's great, despite hints of bad writing ("You ca't die...because I love you!"...blech!). But I didn't like the 2nd movie. I thought it was was too flowery with the dialogue and abandoned the founding ideas of the first. What about all the people stuck in the Matrix? And then the 3rd movie...wow! How awful! The ending is waaay too unsatisfying. The series went from trying to free everyone from the Matrix (and thus save humanity) to saving all those rave-ing lunatics (pun intended) in Zion! I could care less about them! I could care less about Trinity, Link and his bloody wife...Argh! The only bright spot about the sequels is Agent Smith. Wow...

Coming just in time for the holidays, the new book that's guaranteed to be a best-seller: "How to Ruin a Franchise" by the Wachowski Bros. with a forward by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.

Eff, I'm out.
Hey everybody. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Wil Wheaton, I've decided to create a blog (that's "web log" said sorta fast...idiots). Here, you will find anything I have to say about anything.

Consider yourselves lucky that I am giving such uninhibited access to my mind FOR FREE! May you all bask in the warm (and fuzzy) glow of my glorious, glorious self.

Enjoy!