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

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

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. 

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

Greener Grass

Taiwan is only a memory away. With the diversity of folk and festivals in St. John’s, the memories are coming thick and fast. The problem with my memories of Taiwan is that they tend to be Utopian, drawing me into a life that never was. How do I accept my new reality when I keep looking back, longing for a situation that did not exist? Continue reading