Thursday, October 30, 2008

THE EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN

by Daniel Pinkwater. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

This book is killer.

This book is (sort of) written in the form of a college essay. Robert Nifkin is a fifteen-year old boy starting high school in Chicago in 1957. He finds school boring and generally horrible, so he starts skipping.

This book is full of humour throughout. Also, it breaks into little sections. You'll read a few chapters and think, "That seems like a good place to stop," then pick up the book another time shortly thereafter.

There are some things in this book I don't agree with, but keep following this blog and you'll learn about those.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

HAMISH X AND THE CHEESE PIRATES

by Sean Cullen. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2006.

This is the first book from Canadian comedian Sean Cullen.

Wonderboy orphan Hamish X is sent to work in the cheese factory of Vigo Schmotz. He is about to execute his escape plan when the factory is attacked by cheese pirates and the children are carried off to Snow Monkey Island. Hamish and his friends must find the pirates and save the children.

Both adults and children will thrill to the adventure in this story and howl with laughter at Cullen's trademark zany humour.

Monday, October 27, 2008

HORRIZONS CAFE

CN Tower (Toronto)

Though the food at Horrizons Cafe was pricy, it was worth it. My friend and I both had the Caesar salad, which I felt was the best thing I ever ate.

THE TREETRUNK CAFE

corner of College and Bathurst (Toronto)

Eating at The Treetrunk Cafe was an amazing experience.

My friend and I ate there last Monday night. We both had the seabass on a bun and fries, which was refreshing after a day spent travelling and walking around.

For dessert we had the bailey's cake, which was sweet and delicious.

The Treetrunk Cafe also has a wide selection of beers, both on tap and by the bottle.

What also made eating at this restaurant particularly amazing were the people. While my friend and I were there, we were surrounded by interesting people, both customers and performers. It would seem that The Treetrunk Cafe is a bit of an artist's hangout. There was live music from the other room, which sounded pretty good.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: EPISODE REVIEW

Five years ago Degrassi Community School underwent a tragic event: a school shooting that left one person paralysed, one person dead and the whole school shaken. What better way to commemorate that event than by doing a horror movie parody.

In this episode, Rick comes back from the dead and starts inhabiting the bodies of students.

This was the worst episode I've ever seen. In fact, I think it was one of the worst half hours of television I have ever seen.

THE TICKET 2003-2008

Last night was the final episode of the Bbc arts and entertainment program The Ticket.

I first discovered The Ticket in the summer of 2007 via Cbc overnight. The ticket was a relief from Etalk Daily and Entertainment Tonight. Instead of being about the celebrities themselves, it would focus on the movies and albums. The show would feature a broad range of stories about a broad range of topics, from Hollywood movies to Russian art exhibits to Asian musicians to African circus performers.

Happily, the news of The Ticket's cancellation is not entirely bad. It will be replaced by a new daily program called The Strand. I hope The Strand will continue The Ticket's legacy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

BON COP, BAD COP

Cbc Television, Sunday October 19, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a film about a French police officer and an English police officer who end up working together because the body of a murder victim is found lying on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border. As they investigate, the officers discover that a serial killer is murdering hockey players and executives. Part of the movie was in French, so I couldn't really understand it, but what I understood was pretty good.

Highlights include Rick Mercer as a French-hating sports talk-show host, and the guy who played Jack Angel on This Is Wonderland as the English cop's supervisor. The key to watching Bon Cop, Bad Cop is not to take it at all seriously. Just sit back and be entertained.


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DEGRASSI: the next generation: episode review

The main plot of last night's episode of Degrassi: the next generation revolved around Jane joining the boy's football team. For a show that was founded on the alleged principle of being realistic, I have never heard of anything like this happening. The usual conflicts arise over the boys not wanting a girl on their team. Jane thinks she'll quit, but after being told she is the hero of the female student body, makes a stirring speech in the boy's change room during the pep talk. Incidentally, the usual conflicts also arise over differences between boys and girls, particularly when she has to go into the boy's change room to get her shoulder pads. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why that stuff has to be such a big deal.

Here is the speech I would have made, had I appeared in the plot at the time of the pep talk:

"Look, boys, this school hasn't won a football trophy in it's entire history. Jane is your only chance, so suck it up, go out there on the field and try your very best. Also, don't make a big deal about the fact that she will be in here during the pep talk. In Europe, they have unisex change rooms, so I don't see why it should be a big deal."

Also, at one point, one of the players named Danny pushes Jane into a locker. How could he?

Also, this episode has a subplot (act surprised.) Darcy tells Peter that she is going off to Kenya the next day for four months, which is about how long the 90210 spin-off should last. Peter is very surprised by this news. After Darcy leaves, he ends up having sex with Mia, who now somehow is a model. This means she is now a model, a member of the Spirit Squad, involved in the student council, and a full-time student, and oh yeah, she also has a kid to raise. Be careful, Mia, you don't want Isabella to get taken away ... again.

IIf you are a girl who has played on a boys football team, or are a teen mom model, leave your comments in the comment area.

Friday, October 17, 2008

SELF-PROMOTION

In an efert to get more hits, I have listed this blog with some blog submission sites. In fairness to them, here are a couple of their Url's.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SHADOW PEOPLE: inside history's most notorious secret societies

by John Lawrence Reynolds. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006.

This book does a lot of the usual things books that "debunk conspiracies" do, such as ignoring evidence and making fun of people.

Oh, and nice job attacking Bill Cooper when he's dead and can't defend himself.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

dDIONNE PLEDGES TO WORK WITH MAY

Last night at a gathering of Liberal supporters in Toronto, Stephanne Dionne pledged to "work with Elizabeth May ... to defeat Peter McKay."

This just proves there's no difference between the political parties.

HIT ME AGAIN

John L. King, author of America's Financial Apocolypse: how to profit from the next great depression was on the Richard Syrett Show last night. He said the way for people to ride out this financial crisis was to change their investments and start businesses.

As far as changing your investments is concerned, the stock market is crashing and this guy wants people to keep investing? That is like an abused woman turning to her husband for comfort.

As far as starting a business is concerned, King advised people to start a traditional business "like a tanning parlour" as opposed to "these infomercial scams." Sure, lady, lump 'em all together, why don't you! Besides, to start a traditional business, you are going to need a substantial loan, and with the credit crunch that's going to be harder to obtain.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

JACKSONVILLE DEEJAY QUITTING ON-AIR A STUNT

The incident of a radio announcer in Jacksonville, Florida quitting his job on-air because he was going to be fired and replaced in two days turns out to be a stunt. The deejay had actually gotten a job in California.

This type of thing needs to happen in real life. What this man said in the clip was true, how radio managers "think deejays are like commodities to be used up." These guys need to face some backlash.

CBC REPORT SAYS WEAPONS IN HIGH SCHOOL HAVE INCREASED

A report by the Cbc yesterday says there has been an increase in students carrying razor blades, kitchen knives and pepper spray in schools. The students say they are doing it to protect themselves.

This is a good thing. It's good to see there are still some teenagers with guts out there.

Of course, certain groups are saying the students need to learn "positive conflict resolution." It seems they've been doing that for years now and the violence just keeps increasing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY GOES

A week after the government purchased them, AIG execs are living it up at a resort in California.

It figures.

Also, AIG encompasses Norridge Union:

"Hello ... It's Patrick, he took out life insurance. Good for you, son!"

"Hello ... It's Patrick, he's been to the fridge for a beer. Good for you, son!"

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

QUEENS TELEVISION IS BACK ON THE AIR

Hurray. Queen's Television is back Sunday nights (or maybe alternating Sunday nights) at 11:30 on Ckws-tv.

Queen's Television is a program about events taking place at Queen's University. The hosts are funny and entertaining.

Sunday's episode featured coverage of the recent homecoming weekend, as well as different people giving their reasons why they should be the new host of the show.

This year, one of the reporters that particularly stands out is Heather Kristie, the Aberdeen Queen. She asks the right questions.

Check out Queen's Television's website at
qtv.ca

VIGIL AGAINST ABORTION

On Sunday, I participated in a vigil against abortion at the intersection of two highways near where I live. A group of us held up signs saying things like ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN and YOUR MOTHER WAS PRO-LIFE. I consider it a success. In all, thirty-one people driving by showed their approval by doing things like honking their horns or giving us the thumbs-up.

A lot of the participants were from the Catholic church, and I think it might have been put on by the Catholic church, though I am not sure. Yeah, typical Catholic tokenism: "Yeah, we stand against abortion. Once a year, we stand at the highway and hold up signs. No, we don't carry pictures of aborted babies with us. No, we're not allowed too engage people in an argument if they give us any grief."

We should do more of this. Think what would happen if we did it every week!

I advocate that churches across Canada do this every week. If all the churches did that, it wouldn't take more than a few weeks for it to have a significant impact. Other good times to do it would be at 9:00 on a Friday in the summer, Sunday afternoons in the summer, a few days at around 5:00, and a couple days after Christmas.

Get permits if you want, but if you can't, don't worry about it. The Bible says "Preach the gospel in season and out of season." It doesn't say anything about "first going down to the municipal office to get a permit and make sure it's OK."

Like I say, it wouldn't take more than a few weeks before this had a big impact. If people ended up holding these vigils without permits, the cops would arrest them. If they do that, just agree to pay the fine and keep coming back. Eventually, the TV news crews would show up and film us getting arrested. They would also film the signs which would get our message out to even more people.

Friday, October 3, 2008

THIS IS THE END

The 850 billion dollar bail-out bill has passed.

You fools.

Think Germany before World War Ii but about twenty-five times worse.