Tuesday, September 27, 2011


With the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind what better way to celebrate than release a bunch of stuff to get more money from the fans.  The biggest cash grab is the Nevermind Super Deluxe Edition, yes that's what's called, of 4 CDs and a DVD.  You get the album, plus a bunch of different mixes, studio sessions spread over two discs while the fourth disc is a live set from the Paramount Theatre.  The DVD is the concert footage from the Paramount.  It only costs a mere $128.

I that is too much for you then try the plain old regular Nevermind Deluxe Edition of 2 CDs.  You get the album which has a bonus of added live tracks plus a second CD of rehearsals and studio sessions.  This set is $20 and probably the way to go because you can also buy the Live at the Paramount concert separately on DVD or Blu-Ray if you felt you need it.  It makes you wonder how much other stuff they are hiding away.  I have the Geffen Deluxe Editions for Weezer's Blue Album and Pinkerton and they are pretty cool.

Also out today is the Battlefield 3 multi-player beta.  Last fall I bought the reboot of Medal of Honor hoping it bring the franchise back to greatness.  It didn't quite succeed with an average campaign and a flawed multi-player.  I still put in a dozen hours or so online and while it took me a while to get accustomed to the play flow, I liked it more than Call of Duty.  The one bonus was that if you bought MoH you got in on the BF3 beta.  This morning it launched and I got my code e-mailed to me.  Of course I worked all day, but downloaded it after I got home and played it for about half an hour and then decided I didn't like it.  I like the Battlefield: Bad Company series as I have more the 362 hours invested in online play alone.  The beta played nothing like BC2.  I knew it wouldn't be the same, but I just don't like the feel of the game.  Mostly getting killed by guys you can't even see.  Also, I'm a big crybaby and hate "prone".  I'm almost considering not buying the game.  Anyway, the MoH code only give priority access for a whole two days (big whoop) and then it's out for everyone on the 29th on 360, PS3 and PC.  You going to try it Cam? 

Sunday, September 25, 2011


But it tastes more like "ohmeh".

I was walking by the Korean grocery store that is near our place and thought I'd go in for a look.  I was hoping to get some some Pocari Sweat, but they didn't have any.  Instead I bought these choco cakes because the picture on the box makes them look so good.  In the picture they are a light brown colour, and I was thinking they would be a fudgy, but when I opened a package they are a more darker brown.  They're weren't bad, just not as good as I was hoping for.  I also picked up some grape and mango Hi-Chew.  I like the grape, it just smells awesome.

I haven't been to T&T, the Asian supermarket for a while, so I'm thinking it time for a trip across town to load up on lots of weird snacks.  I sure hope they have 3+2!  I'll let you know what happens.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I know you guys like free stuff, so here's another post about various giveaways.  Way back when I got my free cereal sample from Kashi I gave them my e-mail, so they could contact me about future offers.  Last week I got an e-mail from them about their new Cardboard Challenge.  It's something about giving away granola bars and some guy eating a cardboard box.  Go to the Kashi website and you can choose from four different varieties of Kashi bars.  I thought I was special because they sent me an e-mail, but then I saw on ad for the promotion on TV.   I guess I'm not special.  I do want to see that guy eat a cardboard box though.

Next we got a free album download from Sloan and the website NoiseTrade!  If you are on the Sloan mailing list (Mike?) then you've already heard about it.  It's a "select singles" album probably because they had to narrow down the track list or else it would be like a 30 song track list.   I already have all their albums and such, so I'm not sure if I'm going to get it or not.

This last one isn't actually free because you first have to buy stuff to get your free item.  If you buy four cans of Pringles Super Stack cans you can get a free speaker which actually fits inside a Pringles can.  I bought my four cans of Pringles, but getting the free speaker is kind of a pain in the ass.  It's not like most giveaways now where you go online and enter a PIN from the product.  For the Pringles speaker you have to go Pringles.ca and print out a PDF form and then fill it out, enclose your receipts from your Pringles cans and then mail it off.  That is so much work, especially when your printer is almost out of ink and then you have to go the postal outlet and buy a stamp to mail the letter.  On top of all that it will take 10 to 12 weeks to arrive.  By then I probably won't even care, but you can still expect a blog about it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PIZZA PARTY! For real this time!

Today I finally got around to getting the Toyota inspected (it passed!), so I can switch it over to Alberta plates.  I dropped it off at the Certiguard near our place and then walked back home.  As I was walking home I saw this squirrel on the front lawn of this house eating some pizza.  He wasn't eating a little crumb of pizza or a piece of pizza crust, but an entire slice of pizza.  He was holding it with both paws and munching on it and then he saw me and took up up a nearby tree with the pizza in his mouth.  It was pretty funny, but got me thinking.  "Where did he get that pizza?"  "Who the hell throws out an entire slice of pizza and on the front lawn?"  While those are good questions the most important one is "Why the hell does this squirrel get pizza and I don't?!"  "I want pizza!"  Then tonight I went to Little's Caesar's and got pizza, a whole pizza, not just a slice.  Ha, in your face squirrel!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Twinkie the Kid


I've actually been waiting to do that since June.  It's not that I've been busy or even lazy, it's just taken me that long to actually find some Twinkies!  I actually haven't eaten a Twinkie since I was a kid, so I just assumed you could find them anywhere.

Near the start of June I found that Twinkie the Kid twinkie caddy at the Co-op on MacLeod Trail.  They must've been sitting around in the back room for a while because they were all dusty and the packaging certainly looked a little dated.  Co-op didn't carry twinkies, but Superstore does, or at least they did.  I couldn't find any Hostess stuff at work even though I remember that at one time we did.  I checked 7-11 too, but they don't sell Hostess stuff because they replaced them with their own 7-11 brand knockoff snacks.  FYI, they are gross, so avoid them at all costs.  I was close at Wal-Mart because they had Hostess King Dons, Cupcakes and Vanilla Cupcakes, but no Twinkies.  How can you have those three items, but no Twinkies?!
My parents went to Oregon in July and I asked them to look for some while they were there, but they came back empty handed.  I don't think they looked too hard.  They went down to Coeur d'Alene in August before I came home and I asked again if they could look for Twinkies and again they couldn't find any.  What is going on?!  They did bring me back some cereal though.

A couple years ago my sister went down to the States and I asked her to bring back some US cereal, so she brought me back mostly Pebbles and Cookie Crisp.  I didn't like the Pebbles very much, in fact the neon colour of it was pretty scary.  This time the Marshmallow Pebbles weren't bad, it must've been the addition of the marshmallow.  Anyway, back to the story...

I was bummed out because I had this cool Twinkie caddy, but no Twinkies to put in it.  Then when I was back in Cranbrook I was at the Superstore there and was walking by the bakery when I noticed TWINKIES!  I guess Superstore used to carry Hostess, then we didn't, but now we do again.  The waiting paid off and I finally found my Twinkies, so I can write this post and be disappointed.  Yep, I said disappointed  because Twinkies are nowhere near as good as I remember them tasting.  In fact they are kind of gross and now I'm stuck with an entire box of them to eat.   Too bad the cool Twinkie caddy didn't make them taste better too.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Goodbye summer

 There goes my tan and I just got it too.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Today during my lunch break at work I finally finished my game of Pokemon HeartGold!  I first started the game on March 30 , 2010 and just beat the final opponent today.  It only took 111 hours and 25 minutes of play time for me to do it.  If I was a ten year old, it probably would've taken only half that.  I finished most of the game a while ago, but there was still one guy left to beat, but his Pokemon were at higher level than mine, so I spent quite a bit of time level grinding my guys.  Beating him was actually pretty easy and I only used three guys from my team (you get six) and only used a couple health/restore items.  I also managed to log in over 1 million steps on my Pokewalker.  Still, there is a lot of stuff I haven't done and hundreds of Pokemon I haven't caught, but I think I'm pretty much done with this game for now.  It's time to go back to playing Pokemon White.

In other Nintendo stuff here is the picture of my Mii off my Nintendo 3DS. 

 Looks just like me right?

This one doesn't look so much like me.  It's the QR code of my Mii.  What the hell is a QR code?!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oh yeah, I'm back

I officially got in to Calgary last Friday, but I'm just getting around to writing about it now.  I was going to do a post on Friday, but then I unpacked and ended up watching a movie that I got in the mail while I was gone.  Then I was going to do it on Saturday, but then for some reason my back flared up and I couldn't even stand up let alone sit in a chair.  I called in sick to work on Sunday, so I got an extended vacation, but not really in the way I wanted.  Anyway, I'm back.

Cranbrook was okay.  I never did meet up with Willie due to some bad timing.  I was supposed to meet him at his place at 2pm, but I got there (on time!) there was no answer at the door.  I figured he was in the shower or getting ready, so I left and came back half an hour later and still no answer at the door.  Then I left forever!  Turns out he was stuck in the drive-thru at Wendy's and was just pulling up as I was pulling out.  He waited a bit then went to check out some of the "stops" to see if I was there which was probably when I was back at his place.  As I said, bad timing all around.  I did see Willie though as I was leaving Cranbrook on Friday morning I spotted him at the traffic lights in front of the Superstore.  Hi/bye Willie!

On Thursday night I went for a short bike with my dad, Logan and Avery on the Rails to Trails.  I didn't have my bike, so I rode Matt's old school Raleigh bike.  I don't know where he got that thing.  It only had 18 speeds!  Not that you even need them as I used the same gear the entire time on the trail.  My dad had an equally old school Stumpjumper that he bought used somewhere.  Avery didn't actually have a real bike, but he wanted to bring his Stryder which is a bike with no pedals.  He says it's faster than his real bike, but since you push with your feet it's a lot more work.  On the ride back there is a dirt road that runs beside beside the Rails to Trails, so I rode on it.  It's not flat, but it's still not that hard, but I did get to try out some of the other gears on Matt's Raleigh.   There were a couple little hills, rocks, roots and other things to make it a little bit fun.  The Rails to Trails is a pretty cool trail (flat and easy!) and maybe next year I'd like to see if I could ride it all the way to Kimberly or Marysville or wherever it ends.  I'll just need a bigger softer seat for my bike.

Once I got to back Calgary I got to see all my mail that came while I was away, and some of it was even good.  I got some movies I bought off Amazon.ca as an early b-day gift to myself.  I always know just what I want.  I got my other towel from General Mills, but since I was disappointed with the first one, I'm just going to leave in the package for now.  I also got my vintage Tony the Tiger t-shirt from Kellogg's.

The General Mills towels come vacuumed packaged, so they take hardly take up any space.  Nifty!

The shirt is printed on a Fruit of the Loom brand shirt.  When I ordered it I thought it would be gray because in the pictures they looked like a light grayish colour, but it's actually white.  Also, is it gray or grey?