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 “Movie Review: Lucy”


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 “Life of Pie”


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 “Anger and Waste Management”

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 … Continue reading Warcraft 3: Reign of Wingdings

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.  Continue reading The Dreaded Seagull – Terror of Newfoundland

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.

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 “A Joyful Noise”

Chinglish ma?

I don’t like to “rag” the Taiwanese about their English, it’s embarrassing to them, and I am ever so grateful that someone has put more effort into learning my language then I have put into trying to learn theirs, though let me mention that i don’t receive the same respect when trying to order a French kiss and vagina in my best Chinese (refer to previous blog, to blog or not to blog), just the other day I was proudly practicing the lesson I had done through my iPod and one of the people in the office said (over the laughing of everyone else) that I shouldn’t be so proud of my single sentence ability since I have been here five years after all. Well now, would you like warm glass of….??? Continue reading “Chinglish ma?”

To blog or not to blog…

To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Ok, I’ll admit it, Shakespeare would be turning in his grave right about now at that statement and if he were here, running at me with a pitchfork, a flaming torch and yelling, “Wherefore art thee fiend, show thyself or thou shalt forever be condemned to walk the eternal footpath of shame!”

Who hasn’t tried blogging? Raise your hand. Ok, granted, not all of us have tried this for a multitude of reasons, some are not tech savvy, some are not interested and others just don’t have anything to share or want to share anything or like me, tried and tried and tried. I on the other hand, have loads to share. 1) living in Taiwan (not Thailand) brings about all sorts of interesting stories like learning Chinese  where if you don’t get the tone right (there are 5) you could walk into a store and order anything from a French kiss to a vagina, when all you were really trying to say is, “excuse me, may I have soy milk please.” There’s no escaping this eventuality so after 5 years, you can understand why I still prefer to phone a friend and save myself any undue embarrassment, though I’ll admit this is a terrible excuse, learning Chinese really should be on my “to do” list as how can you live somewhere for this long without any communication skills? Ah yes, charades, patience and a speed dial button to an even more patient Taiwanese (not Thai) friend. “Dui bu chi, wo de zhongwun bu hao.”  Continue reading “To blog or not to blog…”