Saturday, July 30, 2005

Fake News

"In terms of who I channel, my natural inclination was Stone Phillips, who has the greatest neck in journalism...and then I also used Geraldo Rivera, because he's got this great sense of mission. He just thinks he's gonna change the world with this report. He's got that early-'70s hip trench coat "busting this thing wide open" look going on. So those two guys. And Peter Mansbridge, obviously." - Stephen Colbert (A Super Straight Guy | AlterNet WireTap)

Oct-olbert: "Strangers With Candy" will be released on October 21 and Colbert Report debuts on October 17.

Word

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2005 Results

Photo


"I'm so pleased to be coming to Halifax. I should be in Bermuda. But who cares? I'm home," said Nancy Shakleton (CBC Nova Scotia)

Film

"Michael Moore and Mel Gibson are the same person, except for a few sit-ups. Moore thought his cheesy political blooper reel was going to tell people how to vote. Mel thought that his little gay S&M movie about his imaginary friend was going to help him get to heaven. George W. Bush is president and there’s still no god. You failed boys. Someone should have told Mike that the bad guys are smarter than him and someone should have told Mel that the Three Stooges were Jewish." - Letter from Penn Jillette (Official Site)

"A work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship...one of the most original and rigorous pieces of criticism in any medium I have encountered in quite some time...also possibly the filthiest, vilest, most extravagantly obscene documentary ever made." - A.O. Scott on The Aristocrats (New York Times)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Clothing

No Sweat Apparel is being sold at Outside the Lines at 6297 Quinpool Road.

Doppleganger

Looks like I have another person to add to my mistaken identity list. Someone I met on the weekend thought I worked at Neptune Theatre in downtown Halifax.

Email

I posted this to a messageboard awhile ago, but I thought I would share some reasons to switch from HoTMaiL to Google Mail.

* ever-increasing storage space
* completely free
* speed (page doesn't have to reload to sift through messages)
* forwarding ability (works well with another account)
* POP downloading (you can use an e-mail program if you want)
* amazing searchability
* GmailStatus (Mac Os X)
* interesting hacks are popping up all the time
* you can read mail with an aggregator
* to me, Google is innovative and inspiring...Microsoft is stagnating. I cringe when I see a somethingorother@hotmail.com on a business card or on a band web site. I guess I am an e-litest!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Column

Atlantic News Perspective #150 (July 18, 2005)
Salmon cams, backyard wrestling and the gay market.
By: Iain K. MacLeod

Comic

Games

"Developers are aiming at more than the bottom line, however, as Washington state-based Brethren Entertainment Software makes clear in its mission statement.

"As believers in Christ, we pray that God will be glorified through our work and that each of us draw nearer to him as we develop and grow as a business," the company says.

"We also pray for God's unyielding protection for our company, as well as others who are involved in his perfect plan for the world."

The sentiments of Christian developers will also strike a chord with the many family groups concerned about the effects of violent games on children.

"No blood, no guts, no gore," says Rev Bagley. "What we want are emotionally full games that don't just rely on adreneline.

"We are trying to build the genre of Christian gaming. People are tired of having these violent, demonic games dictating to their kids." (from The BBC)

I am sure I can help them out with some potential games for the AlterBoy DS, Christ Box, PriestStation 2 and CrucifictionCube.

* Halo 2 (the round, floaty kind though)
* Need for Sobriety II
* (Abortion Doctor) Killer 7
* Tom Clancy's Holy Ghost Recon 3
* The Sins 2
* Resident Evil-doers
* Super Jesus Brothers
* Leper (based on Frogger, but much messier)
* Thou Shalf Not Commit Grand Theft Anything
* Harry Potter and the Eroding Soul
* Tomb Raiser
* Rachet & Cross
* Street Preacher
* Mortal Communion
* Cardinal Law
* Angels vs. Gaylords
* Sonic the White Dove of Peace
* Tony Hawk's Pro Genuflecter 4
* Pokemon: Mother Theresa Version
* BALTHASAR! Patron Saint of Playing Card Manufacturers

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Music

Windom Earle's "Ode To Greg's Cat" is being used to close the weekly national CBC Radio One show "Lost & Found" hosted by Matt Rainnie.

Quote

"If you are a lonely sort, as internet folks occasionally are, you will be relieved to know that, as always, there is someone on the internet a hundred times worse off than you are." - Drew on the Insane Clown Posse Personal Ad Site (Klepto Pepto | .net)

Quote

"Some choice is better than none, but more choices don't make things better," - Carl Honoré (Time to switch off and slow down | BBC News)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nerd Alert

I called the Paper Garden in Barrington Place a couple weeks ago looking for a Fisher Space Pen and they said "oh yeah, we carry those but we are sold out right now." I said, "OK" and then hear *click*. Nice. Why is it so hard to give money to some companies? Anyway, I started to look elsewhere and couldn't find any evidence of the pen around town and began to think that the US Amazon store was my best bet. Then, carrying an armload of crap through Staples, I saw they had just started stocking them in the pen section out of the corner of my eye. Only available in silver, but I was able to get over my current pen fixation (sparked by this somewhat illogical testimonial: "The Space Pen writes upside down, underwater, and—yes I’ve tested it— through a pat of rich, creamery butter.") and can safely move onto some other empty, meaningless obsession. Note: Even though Primer sums up the ridiculous nature of such an object, I still love it.

Books

GTD: A New Cult for the Info Age | Wired

A Guide To Getting Things Done | Wired

The Sources: David, Merlin and Marc.

Monday, July 11, 2005