Kerala: A Glimpse into God’s Own Country

While I was only in India for a short time, I was fortunate to be able to explore some of this beautiful country. In honour of Indian Independence day (which was yesterday), here is a glimpse into what Kerala has to offer. Continue reading

Room for the Nostalgia Critic, The Disaster Artist, and Rifftrax

When I think of The Room, three names come to mind: Doug Walker, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. One of the first friends I made in Canada recommended that I visit thatguywiththeglasses.com, a site that, among other things, reviews movies. In particular, a Nostalgia Critic review of The Room was endorsed. One quiet Saturday afternoon in 2011, I found the review on youtube. It was hilarious! I instantly became a Nostalgia Critic Fan.

The next Nostalgia Critic video I watched was called The Tommy Wiseau Show, where Doug parodies an interaction he had with Wiseau Films. Doug had received an email from John (of theroommovie.com) threatening to sue him for using copyrighted images. Fearing legal ramifications, Doug’s review, along with Obscurus Lupa’s review, was removed from the site. Thankfully, both reviews were later reposted.
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Movie Review: Transcendence

Warning: Spoilers!

Although this movie had a similar idea to “Lucy”, its delivery was a lot more enjoyable and the overlaying concept was more interesting. It was a Messiah story, but the artistry employed hid the formula well. Continue reading

For the Love of Movies

Watching movies with friends is hardly social. It involves sitting and staring at a screen for an extended period of time. It doesn’t sound overly exciting, but this is still one of my favourite pastimes. And I’ve come to realize that I enjoy movies more when I watch them with other people. Continue reading

Movie Review: Lucy

The synopsis had me expecting a fun, action-packed feministic superhero movie, which I would have enjoyed very much. Call me superficial for saying so! However, it turned out to be a disturbing existential film which preached macro-evolution (which is largely unsupported) and in which the entire storyline was based upon the fallacy that humans only use 10% of their brains (recent research has shown pretty much most of our brain capacity is active). Continue reading

Aye for India: Fireflies

By the time I arrived at the office, I was beyond tired. The building seemed to be moving and time seemed to be standing still. The team was very warm and welcoming, despite my zombie-like appearance. Continue reading

Aye for India

Losing my job a little over a year ago was one of the best things that could have happened to me. It resulted in me changing outlooks, gaining perspective, making new friends, and flying half way around the world to do so. Continue reading

Life of Pie

“Prepare to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them along with this slice of humble pie that comes direct from the oven of shame, set at gas mark egg-on-your-face.”

– Moss, The IT Crowd (Season 2, Episode 5)

As a perfectionist, I hate mistakes. Discovering mistakes I’ve made is extremely disturbing, and I appreciate it even less when someone else points out my shortcomings. It’s like being hit in the face with a pie. I also dislike showing others mistakes they’ve made. Doing so, I feel, is like throwing a pie in their face. In my little world, pies should be eaten and mistakes should be avoided. My employer (call them Cubicle Farm Ltd.) apparently does not share this sentiment.  Continue reading

Anger and Waste Management

“Here’s a good thing to do if you go to a party and you don’t know anybody: First take out the garbage. Then go around and collect any extra garbage that people might have, like a crumpled napkin, and take that out, too. Pretty soon, people will want to meet the busy garbage guy. ” – Jack Handy (click here for more quotes)

Armed with a garbage bag filled with yesterday’s luxuries, I headed towards the dumpster. I had done this many times before, but something was different on this one particular day. Sound was coming from the dumpster. And not just sound – words … shocking words, the kind that would make the South Park kids appear very eloquent by comparison… Continue reading

This is my classroom?

The College of the North Atlantic recently ran an advertising campaign showcasing how their students gain hands-on experience while studying. The below ad, however, is slightly ambiguous … or at least I thought it was. Continue reading

Employment’s End: Fifty Shades of Pink

What exactly is a layoff? Is it only a raised middle finger, wrapped up in terms like “outsourced”, and “long-term business strategy”? Is it a crisis, or is it something more? Whatever it is, it can be a hard pill to swallow, even if it is printed on a pink slip of  paper. Continue reading

Bullying Stops Here

Last Wednesday was Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. My place of work was filled with pink “Bullying Stops Here” stickers. These stickers could be found everywhere from coats to cubicles. They were also found in less conventional places… Continue reading

Warcraft 3: Reign of Wingdings

As a nostalgic gamer, I deliberately seek out older games that I enjoyed years ago as opposed to the latest games with the latest graphics. Being a big fan of the original Warcraft games, Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft 3 (2003) was a logical addition to my PC game library. What was not as logical was the game’s end user licence agreement…

When I first played the game at a friend’s house in 2005, I remember being confused by the game’s seedy dialogue. During the human campaign, for example, when Prince Arthas meets Jaina Proudmoore, the dialogue goes something like this:

Jaina: It’s been a long time since a Prince has escorted me anywhere.
Arthas: Yes, it has. … (full transcript available here

Yes, it has?” Arrogance much? Why does he stop there? Why not say, “I know, right. All other men are like little dogs compared to me. Now get over here and feel my wrath!”

But even that exchange makes more sense than the end user agreement. My question is, why use wingdings? Why not write it in Orcish? Wouldn’t that make more sense?

End user agreement aside, thus far, I am pleased with my purchase of the Warcraft 3 Battle Chest  It is sufficiently like its predecessors to fit comfortably into the series, while also treating its users to stunning graphics and an interesting story-line, notwithstanding the crummy dialogue.

The Dreaded Seagull – Terror of Newfoundland

So what animals should we fear in the friendly province of Newfoundland? Moose? Caribou? Well, maybe. But the seagulls are equally ferocious … apparently.

Angry Birds – Newfoundland Style (Taken near Gander, Newfoundland)

This sign is a little unclear, though. Are seagulls only aggressive to children, or will they also lash out at anyone who acts like a child? If so, politicians should exercise extreme caution when approaching them. 

Perhaps the next election will help clear up the sign’s message. Until then, keep your children away from the bloodthirsty seagulls. 

Antivirus Overdose

“Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.” – Martha Moody, Best Friends

To fight the common cold, using every available drug known to man is probably not recommended. Similarly, if you are concerned about computer viruses, downloading every antivirus program you can find is not advisable. Sadly, I speak from experience.

Operating Systems Under the Influence

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A Joyful Noise

But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.” – Luke 19:40

What is that horrible noise? After taking a seat on the bus this afternoon, my ears were attacked by what some might call singing. Out of morbid curiosity, I looked around for the source. What I found was an individual who was putting as much effort into dancing as he was into his singing. It looked like he was auditioning for Canadian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance Canada at the same time! Sitting on the bus, I assumed the role of Simon Cowell. I was annoyed by my lack of a buzzer. Continue reading

Cute Enough to Eat

Following  a late lunch, the Missus and I visited our local pet store. The small shop was swarming with people trying to get a glimpse of three cute kittens. After finally seeing what all the fuss was about, and realising that the store carried more than adorable kittens, we ventured further … and discovered this: Continue reading