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.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION: FIGHT THE POWER - EPISODE REVIEW

Five years ago Degrassi Community School underwent a tragic event: a school shooting that left one person paralyzed, 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

DION PLEDGES TO WORK WITH MAY

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

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

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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

QUEEN'S 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 TV's YouTube archive here.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuPDRjAqRTIb_KTrRWAdOg