Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yeah, I back.

I think I said I would post something when I was back in Cranbrook and I meant to, but I couldn't. Sunday night I went to write a post, but I got on Blogger I forgot my sign in name AND my password, so I wasn't really able to do much. On my computer here at home I clicked the little "Remember Me" box, so whenever I get to Blogger all the info is automatically filled in. It's so convenient, except when you're on another computer and can't remember your sign in information.

I'm lazy and tired, so I'm going to bed right now and tales of Cranbrook will have to wait until tomorrow. I did buy a new fridge magnet, to add to the dozens I've already got. It's shaped liked a t-shirt and says, "I'M GOOD IN BED, I CAN SLEEP FOR DAYS!" Haha, it's funny!

Saturday, October 27, 2007


I've been a bit lazy with posts this week. I was meaning to write something, but couldn't bring myself to do it. It's a lot harder than it sounds. Anyway, I'm just letting you know that tomorrow (Sunday) I'll be heading back to Cranbrook for a few days. Probably not doing much, or anything at all, except taking back that tub of CDs. Friday was Logan's birthday, so I think we're having a family dinner Sunday night. I just bought him some DVDs, a Pez, and a die cast Mystery Machine because he is die hard into Scooby-Doo right now.

I had been searching all over town for the G.I. Joe Sigma 6 DVD for him. G.I. Joe relaunched a couple years ago with a new cartoon by Japanese cartoon studio Gonzo and when I heard about it I was pretty excited. G.I. Joe with done anime style? The mech designs would be nuts! It was a disappointment, it was a bit too kiddie I guess, but the mech designs still were pretty good. Nothing beats the classic Joe cartoon as it was pretty much all action and shooting all the time. After going to Best Buy, Future Shop, 2 Wal-Marts, 2 HMVs, and a Zellers I still couldn't find this Sigma 6 DVD! I bought Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive V1 and a Scooby-Doo movie at Wal-Mart because it was looking like I would never find this movie. On my last stop I looked in this Blockbuster and as I was leaving I walked by a rack of previously viewed DVDs and there it was for $5.99. I bought it and was glad it was cheap as I already had two DVDs for him.

I'll be returning for Calgary on Wednesday, but will keep you all posted on the news and happening in Cranbrook. Basically I won't need to post at all while I'm gone!

Oh check out this link too. It's an Atari 2600 label maker. You can put in a picture of your choice and add your own text to make a picture just like an Atari 2600 cartridge. I haven't tried it, but I will and I'll post it here if I turns out to be cool. If it turns out not to be cool, then I won't post it, but will just tell you all how cool it is, so you'll have to take my word on it.
Atari 2600 Label Maker

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


At work I Sunday night, I killed a mouse with my bare hands. Well, not my bare hands, but a box that was being held by my bare hands.

I was had a load of garbage and was throwing it out and Aida, the apparel supervisor, was sitting on a stack of pallets watching and then she starts screaming. This little mouse was walking across the floor in front of her. Usually when you see mice they run around and avoid people, but this guy was out for leisurely stroll. I was holding this box full of garbage, so I walked over to where the mouse was and let it drop. I wasn't sure if I got him or maybe he ran under pallets, so I finished throwing out the rest of my garbage.

I went over and picked up the box I had dropped and sure enough I totally got him. The mouse as all squished kinda flat with guts and gore hanging out him. Oh yeah, he was dead. I did have gloves on, so I picked him up by the tail and dropped into my box of garbage and then dropped the box down the compactor. So long!

Can't say I've had a part in killing that many critters. I killed a snake once, but hey IT WAS A SNAKE! Snakes ask for that kinda stuff. I also think I ran down a gopher too. He ran under my car, but I wasn't 100% he was killed. It wasn't like I was gonna stop and check or anything.

I thought I had a point to make or a lesson to be learned here, or at least make one. I'll go with classic "Can't we all get along?" and "We must live in harmony with nature." cuz killing ain't cool. ...And now you know!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

More money down the tubes.

Back again! Two posts in two days must mean two things, that 1. I bought more stuff and 2. I didn't work. You remember my post last week about not buying anymore stuff on eBay, while it didn't last long as I bought a movie poster for The Cat From Outer Space (odd I know) and a DVD. I was bidding on something else, but I lost. With the Canadian dollar actually worth more than the US dollar right now, it just makes buying stuff all the more easier.

Some of my eBay packages have started to roll in, I got two yesterday and three today. I bought J. Scott Campbell's 2007 sketchbook and it came in the mail today. It's a little book, but came in this huge box. Looking at the box I was like, "What could be in here?" I also ordered this CD from Christy Brigette Darlington (Yes that's a dude's name!) and his band Darlington. He recorded a live concert and pressed 1000 copies on CD. I ordered one, but he sent me two copies! Haha, I got #182 and #167 out of 1000.

Back in the olden days when I was a kid I had the Transformers Soundwave figure with Ravage and Laserbeak. I loved it and it holds a special place in my heart. Then I think my mom sold it at a garage sale with out Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures. I also miss Shockwave (laser gun dude) and Zartan. So when I saw this I knew it had to be mine. Check it out:

That is the Toys'R'Us exclusive Commemorative Edition Soundwave figure with Ravage and Laserbeak. Hasbro has released a few figures made from the original molds or something, so they are exactly as the same as the originals. Being an "exclusive" means they can charge more money for it, $40 to be exact. Is it pricey? Yes. Is it cool? Hell yes! I'm torn between putting it on my shelf or opening it up and playing with it. I mean for $40 I should take care of it because if it breaks I'm boned. But I'm so itching to open and transform Soundwave and stick Laserbeak in the tape deck. Aaaahhhhh!!! What should I do?!

In related news Transformers the movie came out on DVD this week and I did not buy, nor will I ever.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Tonight I finally got around to watching Robert Rodriquez's Planet Terror, one half of the Grindhouse double feature. I didn't see it in the theatres where it totally bombed. I'd blame it on the idiotic audiences that didn't quite get the whole grindhouse gimmick. I read online that people were leaving after the first half because nobody knew it was a double feature.

I'm not a Tarantino fan, so I didn't really feel like watching Death Proof even though it stars the coolest dude in the universe, Kurt Russell. From what I heard it's lots of the acclaimed Tarantino "dialogue" which I can't stand because nobody talks like that! The only people that talk like that are people in Tarantino movies.

Back to Planet Terror which is on DVD in an extended and unrated version. I tell you that I was slightly disappointed, but it was still pretty good. The movie started out a bit slow, but when something happens it happens in a big way. It has some Juicy kill scenes and I mean Juicy with a capital 'J'. How can you not like a movie that has a chick with a machine gun leg?! Did I mention the zombies? It's a winning combination that everyone will enjoy.

Part of the vintage grindhouse feel to the film is that it has been "aged" with degration, scratches, hairs, missing frames, tinted color, etc. You can see what I'm talking about just looking at some of the screen captures. In a few shots I thought it was a bit too much, especially in some of the action scenes, but for the rest of the film I liked it, the look worked.

The theatrical release of Grindhouse tanked, so when they released it DVD each film got it's own DVD release with Death Proof first and then Planet Terror. I bought this on DVD and I was a little apprehensive about buying because I'll know that sooner or later it'll be re-released again on DVD is some super special ultimate edition. While watching the second disc of special features my suspicions where confirmed. At the end of the 10 Minute Film School featurette RR mentions that there will a 2-disc Grindhouse DVD release. Damn it, thanks for telling me that after I already bought it.

Definitely rent this for some WAY over the top zombie killing action. We need more of these kind of movies because zombie movies rule.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Scott Pilgrim Get It's Together (SP Vol. 4) is soon upon us! In case you've been living under a rock Scott Pilgrim is written by Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim is the coolest hippest comic book on the block. Set in Toronto Scott Pilgrim is an 23 year old unemployed slacker who plays bass in his indie rock band, Sex Bob-Omb. Scott is dating American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but in order to date her, he first has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

I totally dig this book, and how can you not love a comic book the references the greatest NES game of all time River City Ransom. If Scott Pilgrim sounds vaguely familiar it's because he's named after the song by 90's indie girl group Plumtree. I have their CD with the song on it and have a hazzy recollection of them being interviewed by Sook Yin-Lee for the Wedge while all lying in a bed. Scott Pilgrim has also been optioned for a movie by Universal Pictures and Edgar Wright(Hot Fuzz), so here's hoping!

I could go on about how superbly awesome it is, but you can read it and find out for yourself. Check out your local library for it. The libraries in Calgary seems to carry the first 3 volumes, so maybe yours will too, unless you live in Cranbrook. It's so good I have three copies of volume one and two copies of volume 2 and 3.

Check out the newly revamped Scott Pilgrim site for more goodness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ramblings(poorly written) about music and eBay

On Tuesday I went to A&B Sound in the NE mostly just to see if it was even still there as I had completely forgotten that place even existed still. I was looking for a couple CDs that no one else seemed to have. It was actually still there, so I went inside only to find they didn't have what I was looking for. I went all the way across town, so I had to get something so I picked up the new Pipettes and Flashlight Brown albums. I almost got the Pointed Sticks CD, but it was the most expensive of the three, so I put it back.

Now, I know why people start downloading music, they're too cheap to buy something they might not like. I like the Pipettes and Flashlight Brown CDs, but it seems everything I've bought lately has only been like "so-so". I need to buy a total kick ass CD to get excited about.

Though I probably shouldn't be buying more CDs as I have way too many as it is. I bought a 30L Rubbermaid container to put all the extras in so I can take them back to Cranbrook next trip. My dad will love that. Some of the CDs are the $1 deals from Cash Converters that I bought because I liked a song or two on the CD. The bin is about 3/4 full and I've still got another box of CDs to sort through. I don't want to get rid of any of it because if I do then I'll regret it.

As if I still don't have enough stuff I bought some junk off eBay like more CDs, a Punisher Meets Archie comic, and a J. Scott Campbell signed sketchbook. With the Canadian dollar kicking the American pesos ass, buying stuff from the US is looking pretty good. I bought the first Soviettes CD off eBay for $5.99 brand new, shipping was $6.99 and after exchange it came out to $13.19 Canadian. $13 for a CD is still pretty good considering it's out of print and even if HMV could order it in, it would cost like $23.99. I promised myself I wouldn't order anymore stuff until all my packages arrive in the mail. I might last until the weekend or maybe next strong! I've already two things picked out that I want to order though!

To prove you can really buy anything online or on eBay check this out:

Now all the poor deprived people of America can buy the ketchup chips they desparately need. If you scroll down the "Buy It Now" section there is some guy selling No Name ketchup chips. Disgusting! Anything No Name is horrible tasting, so that guy is going to get some negative feedback.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Ah yes, Jessica Alba in some geeky glasses, SO nice. It's a pic from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. I'm not a huge FF fan which is why I probably like the first Fantastic Four movie. If I was a die hard fan than I probably would've been a lot more critical. I took it for what it was, a cheesy big budget superhero movie, and it works. FF2 is more of the same with the super cool looking Silver Surfer. Galactus is just a monstrous cloud, but it would've been pretty laughable had they made him the giant dude decked out in a purple suit with crazy hat. Check it out you'll probably like it and if you don't, then not my problem!

I was gonna wait and buy it previously viewed on DVD, but I totally geeked out and bought it at Future Shop where it was packaged in a steel book. It's a two disc set with one of the cool extras not even being related to the movie! In the "Trailers" section it has a preview of the new Futurama movie, Bender's Big Score. The preview starts off with the Professor talking about them getting cancelled and then uncancelled, it was pretty funny. Classic bits from all the characters, even though it hasn't been on the air for years, they haven't lost a thing. Can't wait for this. I'm sure you can find it the preview somewhere online if you look.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey, it's Thanksgiving! I haven't been home for Thanksgiving for so long and it's been maybe 6 years since I've eaten a turkey dinner. I miss turkey, I want turkey. Turkey is good. This year I ended up eating the following as my Thanksgiving dinner.

A hot dog! When I told Cody I was having hot dogs for Thanksgiving he asked if I got turkey dogs. I said no and honestly never really thought of it. I missed out on that, but I'll make sure to get them for my Christmas dinner.

I did have some pumpkin pie though. I was at Safeway last Tuesday and they had pumpkin pies on sale, but I didn't want to get one because I wanted it to be fresher. On Thursday I went back to get a pie and the ones they had out had a best before date of Oct 9, and that's fine. I grabbed one off the bottom of the stack. Later at home I was looking at the box and it had a best before date of Oct 6! What?! Man, don't they rotate stock! They new stock goes on the bottom and old stock on the top! So my Thanksgiving dinner consisted of hot dogs and expired pumpkin pie. The pie still tasted good.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Second post evar!

In my "first post evar" I promised that my second post would be something interesting, but really that's all a matter of opinion. As usual when I'm bored I like to look around for eBay at stuff I really don't need, but would like to buy anyway. I was looking around one day and entered a search for "Cranbrook" to see what kind of stuff would come up. There wasn't much, but for some reason lots of old car stuff and there is also a Cranbrook in Kent, England. I did end up buying something as I always do. I bought a vintage postcard of downtown Cranbrook. It sounds lame, I know, but looking at the picture was so weird because it totally doesn't look like that anymore. The best part was when the postcard came in the mail, the seller also gave me another vintage Cranbrook postcard for free. These will probably end up framed as a gift for my parents, so don't tell them.

Yes, that is Cranbrook, but I'm not sure what year it is. It doesn't have a date on the postcard and all it says is "The business district in Cranbook, BC." You can see the original clock tower there too.

Now this is Gyro Park and the swimming pool. Wow, Gyro Park looks so cool and that pool is massive. I guess it is true that things were better in the good old days. FYI, click the pictures to embiggen.

So that's my "interesting" post, a glimpse of what Cranbrook used to be before it turned all butt-ugly. That's progress for ya.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

First post evar!

Hey, this is my first post on the shiny new blog. I decided to abandon my crappy MySpace page as somebody had found who I didn't really want reading it because they're nuts. I won't go into it anymore than that, so forget it.

I never really looked around and checked out other blogging sites. I was checking out this other guy's blog and it's on the same site, so I clicked the sign up button and like 5 minutes later I had a new blog. I'm not sure if I'll snazz it up and make it look more interesting. It'll probably require me to do some reading and learning, so I doubt it. I changed the colors and stuff. If you'd like to see some other colors, let me know and I'll change to something more appealing the eye. You don't have to e-mail me because now you can leave comments. This new blog can spell check! That is actually helpful, but too bad it can't fix grammatical and punctuation errors.

That is all for now, but tomorrow I will work on a new post and for a change it will be somewhat interesting, I promise.