Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I want justice

I have my Google homepage set up with all of my friend's blogs. Lately, nobody has been posting, which is probably due to summery lazyosity. That's fine.

But one person in particular hasn't posted since January 2007. That's Jon Yu (pictured left, licking his middle fingers). January 31, 2007: "Trust, Faith, and Loyalty" was the title. A crappy story about firing sales pigs, and his need to shit on us from his moral high horse. But I digress.

What's the big deal, Al? You just said everyone is being lazy with their blogs, right? What's wrong is that during our 2006 TeamID awards, Jon netted our most coveted prize, which was Blog of the year. He did it using dirty, underhanded tactics: He started an 8 part serial, titled, "It's not how you start", a story about his scandalous affair with an older woman. 8 posts in 1 month, just before our awards ceremony, after making 8 posts or less over the course of the entire year.

He took that award, and then promptly deleted all of the posts. So now, our so called "Blog of the year" is left with "memorable" entries like, "Haha I suck some more." What is this? No really, what is this?

Remember this come December. I'm not saying I should win (Although I know that my blog is better than Ruby's. And I can put my thoughts into paragraphs, unlike Chris. Damn, digressing again). What I'm saying, TeamID voting panel, is to not be swayed by hype. Your 2006 Blog of the year is a sham. Let's not make the same mistake in 2007.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Random thoughts

It's been a while since I've blogged, mostly because the slow summer months have been pretty relaxing and uneventful.

If you haven't noticed, I've upgraded my blog's layout, and included an RSS feed of any items that I found interesting while surfing. Check it out.

The wife and I are flipping through magazines, taking pictures of model houses, and making multiple trips to our builder's decor store, trying to decide on the upgrades we want in our new home. It's been fun imagining all the cool things we can do with our place, but also a bit stressful, as we also need to budget for furniture, and for the family we hope to start next year.

I've been listening to Nas' It Was Written, which is an excellent album. I also checked out Kelly Rowland's new album, Ms Kelly. I'll probably take 1 or 2 tracks, and dump the rest.

I'm really looking forward to meeting Sara and Dooch's baby boy, Cash. One more week to go! hanging around those two is always good times, so it should be fun. I'll probably dust off the Wii, which I haven't touched since we moved to Tito Ric's -- the Wii is much more fun multiplayer than it is single-player.

HBO's Entourage is hilarious. Friggin hilarious.

That's it for now, I'll check in again soon.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Disappearing door

I saw this while scanning Engadget's RSS feed. A car with a door that slides under the car. It's like the future! Check out the video!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Review: Transformers

I love Michael Bay movies for what they are: Hollywood blockbusters. They don't have the best writing, they don't showcase the best acting, they don't usually win any (important) Oscars, but when it's Saturday night and you're at the theatre, they do the trick.

I love The Rock. I love Armageddon. I love Bad Boys II. I love Jessica Alba too, but that's neither here nor there. When you have the budgets he commands, and can pull off the complex action scenes that he packs into his movies, who needs a plot? The formula for success: Car chases with expensive cars (that eventually get blown up), cheesy comedy, hot women, and melodramatic scenes with slow motion AND Hollywood orchestra music at the same time. Wicked!

The formula is put to the test with Transformers, which by the way was my most favouritetist cartoon of all time. You better not fuck this up Bay!

Alright, so what do we need again? We need to blow up expensive cars. Well, in an interesting twist, the Autobots ARE expensive cars, and they smash other cars (expensive and otherwise). Buildings also get smashed, and army bases too. Check!

We need hot women. Well, Megan Fox is a winner! Holy smack this girl is hot. This girl is smoking hot. The play-by-her-own rules troubled youth that she plays in the movie makes her even hotter. Look at these shots from an FHM photo shoot. Check!



Cheesy comedy is brilliantly supplied by Anthony Anderson, who has to be one of my favourite at this role. Remember him in Romeo Must Die? Check! There's also a great scene involving masturbation, and low-brow humour never gets old.

Finally, we need melodrama. Check, check, and check! I love it! How can you guys hate on the melodrama! It's hilarious! Remember, "We live together, we die together ... Bad boys for life"? Well, that's not in Transformers. But the movie has tons of scenes like that. And I laughed during each one.

The CG in the movie is first class. Unlike crappy CG efforts like The Hulk (aka the worst fucking movie of all time) and The Matrix Reloaded, I often times forgot that I was watching entire CG fight scenes. The trick is in the eyes, as you can read emotion when you look into a pair of eyes. The CG in the Transformer's faces was well done. Look at Bumblebee, he's so sad! Uhh, what I meant to say was, look at Jazz, he's so gangsta!

The icing on the cake for me was how well they were able to integrate elements from the original cartoon and animated movies. I was returned to my youth when Prime yelled out, "Autobots, Roll Out!", or Megatron whined, "You disappoint me again, Starscream". You did well, Bay, you did well. I guess I don't need to kill you after all.

Honourable mention goes out to that guy from Las Vegas, and Tyrese, for kicking ass. Oh yeah, and Bernie Mac, and that latino guy from Prison Break. Special mention should go out to Megan Fox, for her freakin hotness. Here are some more pictures:

Oh, yeah, and Linkin Park, for supplying the credits theme. They're sooooo emo.

Transformers gets a thumbs up from me, my wife, and the Twins, who didn't even watch the 80's cartoon (due in part to them not even being alive). Shame on you, anyone who told me that the movie was "alright", or "kinda sucked." You're obviously not real Transformers fans. Pwn3d1

Autobots, transform and roll out! You've got the light ... You've got the power!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Outrage

I have a lot of time in the mornings nowadays, due to my wife insisting that she start between 7:00AM and 7:30AM. I start at 9:00AM. Then I get to my office and bum around. So when you see me blogging or writing on your facebook wall this early in the morning, now you know.

Anyways, I was surfing for some Toronto Raptors news. In the summer, I always suffer from this debilitating disease known as basketball deprivation syndrome. I need Raptors ball, dammit! The only remedy during the summer months is scouring the net for trade rumours and over-indulgent editorials. It's like US weekly up in here! Shit!

So, I go to my pal Doug Smith, who writes for the Toronto Star. He wrote this article, which spoke mostly about The Raptors eventual signing of Jason Kapono. But halfway down, I read this:

Norma Wick, a.k.a. The Hardest Working Woman In Showiz, won't be back, a victim of budget cuts.
Oh snap!

How do we make our Norma and Leo Rautins jokes now? Who's tall enough to interview the players? Who's going to give us crappy analysis on Raptors Game Day? Raptors Tonight?

Here's the full article:
http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/232004

Monday, July 02, 2007

Al loves relaxing

I am lying in bed, having slept in, with no plans for the first time in over a month. It feels good!

Cathy and I completed a successful move to our temporary digs at Tito Ric's place. Thanks to everyone that helped us move! It's been over a week now, and I gotta tell you, it's great to have other people around the house. Not that we were lonely when we were at the condo, but being around the family more often is just plain fun. And I'm just glad that we're unpacked and back to a level of normalcy. Between the 24/7 state of tidiness we had to maintain during the sale, and the 2 weeks+ of living with boxes stacked all over the place, I was ready to hurt somebody!

Our condo is sold, and now we concentrate on our new home in Milton. The Arista website is here, and if you click on Active Projects > Milton Trails > Models > 43ft Lots > Livingston > Elevation A, you can see what we're so excited about for next year. We'll be located here (I had to include a Google Maps link, Google fanboy strikes again!). Over the next month or two, we're concentrating on the upgrades we want to include into our new home. If you have any cool ideas, any magazine clippings, whatever, hook us up!

Well, I'm off to enjoy the day. Here's hoping I can blog more often now!