Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tom Cruise; Wilco

Ok, so I think we all knew Tom Cruise was a bit nutty. Just look at the way he laughs in his interviews. I can only describe his laughter as "aggressive". Anyway, lately he's not crazy for taking up with Katie Holmes and proposing marriage to her. That's more creepy. No, he's crazy for all his recent unhinged comments.

Ever since he dumped his manager (who told him to keep his Scientology wackiness under wraps because it's bad for business) and he hired his Scientologist sister, Tom Cruise has been drumming up all sorts of bad press. The latest is his comments on the Today Show, where he snapped at interviewer Matt Lauer. Lauer asked Cruise (I'm sure just to get a reaction and thus, ratings) about his beliefs concerning psychiatry. Cruise unleashed a response where he said, among other things,

"Scientology is something that you don't understand."
"You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." (who the??)
"Matt, Matt, you don't even -- you're glib. You don't even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, OK. That's what I've done." (papers funded and researched by the Scientology centers, btw)
"There's no such thing as a chemical imbalance."

Excuse me? Did Tom Cruise study biology and the human brain? Who the hell is he to start telling people that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance? I think he's living proof of its existence!

Now, I know some psychiatric drugs cause some bad side effects, but other do work effectively. So what's Tom Cruise's alternative to drugs? Vitamins!

"When you talk about postpartum [depression], you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things."

So there you have it, folks! Eat your Flintstones everyday and you'll never have any problems! Hooray for Cruise and his alien-worshipping cohorts for this bit of precious scientific knowledge that will save us all!


So I went to the Wilco show last night. This is my 4th time seeing them in concert and each time bests the last. In case you don't know, Wilco is one of the most important bands in the last few years. Their 2002 masterpiece, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, is often regarded as the best album of the year. Long story short, they're awesome and even more awesome live. Their set lasted almost 2 1/2 hours. In this era of 75 minute shows, that's HUGE. Big ups for an amazing show, charismatic frontman and all-around great music. (Big downs to the minimum $45 tshirts, though.)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Support our exactly?

During my recent trip to the Boston area, I have a few comments on the US.

Whenever I go down there, I feel weird. It's not right down there. It's like Canada, except skewed a few degrees. The people act differently, the products in the stores are somewhat's like that time when Worf came back from the Bat'leth tournament only to find things a little different.

Anyway, despite the general weirdness I feel in the US, nothing upsets me more than the stickers they have on their cars. Almost everyone has a "Support our troops" sticker, and that's usually paired with "God bless the USA". I have some issues with these.

The "Support our troops" sticker is pure lip-service. How exactly are these people supporting their troops? By affixing a sticker to their car? It's the height of hollowness. If they really want to support the troops, go over there and fight, you hypocrites. Or better yet, don't go to war in the first place.

Secondly, why do these Americans feel that god is on their side exclusively? They ridicule and hate their enemies who claim god is on their side (labelling them extremists), yet they turn around and put "God bless the USA" stickers on their cars, next to the "Support our troops" stickers, pretty much inferring that since god is blessing America, god's also blessing the troops and endorsing the war. Isn't that also following the same path of extremism? More hypocrisy.

In any case, Boston was nice and the portions of food there were unlike anything I've ever seen.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Jacko; movie theatres

Stop me if you heard this one. So Michael Jackson and O.J. are out playing golf, right, and...?

So Jacko got off, eh? Hmmmm...regardless of these latest charges, I think he should be shipped off to prison for general weirdness. The guy is totally messed up in the head. Despite being acquitted, so many weird facts came about from this trial that I don't think he'll ever recover. He admitted to all sorts of totally wrong things that, even though they didn't get him convicted, pretty much sealed his future. He has no career and no income, yet spends tens of millions a year. He's fast spiraling into debt, mainly due to the fact that he keeps on borrowing millions to pay for his absurb lifestyle (complete with monkeys and elephants and little boys on his ranch). What a messed up guy!

He should try to resurrect his career by being a "featuring:" artist on a rap song.
"Lil Boyz R My Boo" by Ghostface f. Michael Jackson. But then, which one is Ghostface?

What really bothers me is not the fact he got off. Fine, the courts decided he's not guilty. What really ticks me off are these low-life trash who travel all the way from their homes (sometimes overseas!) to support Michael. It's like they know the guy! After the verdict, they were celebrating like it was the second coming. Many quotes of these people were along the lines of "this is the happiest day of my life" and "I always knew he was innocent! The justice system works." Who the hell are these idiots who can come waste all their time to support a has-been zero weirdo whom they never met. What kind of twisted mind does it take for people to travel all the way there to support someone who has admitted to some pretty twisted stuff? They have no vested interest in him. Why do it? Don't they have jobs? If they were on trial, do you think Michael Jackson would give a damn? These people should all be eliminated from the face of the Earth to make way for more useful people. Their utter uselessness upsets me.


Cineplex Odeon is buying Famous Players theatres to make a giant movie company. This would be interesting...if I went to either chain. On occasion, I visit the Paramount but Guzzo is so far superior to the others that I really have no incentive to go anyplace else. Rules of the merger are such that Cineplex has to sell off some of their theatres in markets where they co-exists with Famous Players. I ask, where the hell are Cineplexes anyway? Guzzo has said no to buying the excess cinemas (good decision, I think, cuz those theatres are not up to the standard that Guzzo holds up). AMC, on the other hand, is reportedly trying to leave the market for good. So looks like we'll have another wave of empty moviehouses on our hands.

And another thing. I found out Famous Players was owned by Viacom all this time. I wish I had known earlier, so I could boycott them. Viacom is the parent company of Paramount and I'd boycott them just for killing the entire Star Trek franchise due to mismanagement and incompetence.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The wheels on the car go falling off...falling off...faaaaalling off

Last Friday, I went to buy new tires at Canadian Tire. I got some sorta pricey ones that seem like a good bet that'll last me forever. Anyway, it came with free installation, so I left the car there.

I returned later that night to pick up the car. The guy said it's ready to go, so as I'm leaving the parking lot onto Grande-Allee, the front left wheel comes off in the middle of the street. The entire wheel! Just rolled into the street! Luckily there were no cars coming or else there would have been an accident. However, the sudden loss of a tire meant that that corner of my car fell. Onto the pavement. Damaging the panel directly above the absent wheel.

I ran back to Canadian Tire in a fury and yelled at them goodly. They sent the bozo who changed my tires to go fix the car. We arrived at the scene, he put the wheel back on and tightened the other wheels. I then went back to Canadian Tire and they said they'd pay for all damages, etc etc.

Long story short(ish), next week, I have to bring the car to the dealership for 2 days, whereupon they will fix the car and rent me a replacement car, all paid for by Canadian Tire.

I hate Canadian Tire.

In happier news, I bought a General Grievous Pez dispenser! Pictures coming soon!