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 0Posted on Mar 22nd, 2013 | re: This Is Nice: "Clouds Over Cowichan" (20 comments)

Neat! This is where I live!

 +4Posted on May 4th, 2012 | re: Bookgum: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius (8 comments)

If I remember correctly, the introduction advises you to skip entire sections of the book, especially those that deal with people in their 20′s. It would be wise to heed that advice. Those sections aside, it’s a pretty good book.

 0Posted on Mar 28th, 2012 | re: Hi, I'm Courtney Stodden For PETA (28 comments)

I’m a vegetarian and PETA makes me want to eat a KFC Double Down out of spite.

This kills me.

My wife and I just had our first baby boy and now my tear ducts are like geysers every time I see anything remotely baby-related.

 0Posted on Jan 24th, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E09: Restaurant Snores (36 comments)

This is super late because I live in Canada and I didn’t get to watch this episode until last night but I love my Top Chef recaps and feel obliged to show my support through commenting.

Also, when Scrunchie Chris mentioned the Kobayashi Maru I yelled “Nerd” at my TV, which is an instance of the pot calling the kettle nerd since I knew what he was talking about before he explained his reference.
What bothered me about it was that during Chris’s explanation the Top Chef producers played a rip-off of Thus Spake Zarathustra by Strauss from 2001 (Isn’t that song public domain?) instead of a rip-off of the Star Trek theme.

I’ll show myself out.

 +1Posted on Jan 20th, 2012 | re: Four More Years Of Obama Singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (78 comments)

Stephen Harper makes me want to move away from Canada.
So does Air Farce actually.

 0Posted on Jan 6th, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E08: This Is The Barbecue Pits (43 comments)

I love this recaps, possibly more than the show itself. Please keep it going! I need these to fill the void left by the Walking Dead recaps (which, incidentally, I also preferred to the show).

I would comment on these more but I have to watch the episodes a day late because I live in Canada behind the maple syrup curtain.

 +2Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: Hey, Let's Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie (43 comments)

Oops, that was supposed to be a reply.

 +2Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: Hey, Let's Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie (43 comments)

Exactly! Another reason I don’t feel very much sympathy for the major labels, or the big studios for that matter is that rather than trying to innovate and find different ways to monetize their product they have chosen instead to jack up prices and lobby legislators to criminalize file sharing all in an effort to cling to a dying business model.

 +3Posted on Dec 20th, 2011 | re: Hey, Let's Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie (43 comments)

I usually see everything I want to see when it’s released in the theatre and I have Netflix , BUT I live in Canada so because of laws requiring broadcasters to play a certain amount of (terrible, low-budget, poorly written for the most part) Canadian content as well as byzantine licensing regulations AND collusion between our government and our 3 media companies a lot of the TV shows I love (Top Chef, Louie) and some older or obscure movies aren’t available here. Hell, I can’t even view a lot of videos online because they, “Aren’t available in (my) location.” So I know people (I never said it was me) who download TV shows or movies simply because there is no legal way to easily view them.

That said, I understand prosecuting someone who pirates videos for profit or even someone that leaks something before its release date as in this case. Although, I think a low fine (around the amount for a speeding ticket) would be reasonable in most cases while in others, where actual damages can be proven, a civil suit could be brought. Criminalizing piracy isn’t the answer.

I really agree with the assessment of this Swiss study:

The people I know who download media (again, I didn’t say I do it) are the same ones that go to the theatre, go to concerts, buy records, own DVRs and subscribe to services like Netflix.

As a final point, my wife and I played in a band for a number of years and we made almost no money from record sales; in fact, the attention we received from people ‘illegally’ sharing our music resulted in licensing deals and radio play which actually paid for the recording of our second album.

 0Posted on Oct 6th, 2011 | re: The 10 Best Movie Opening Title Sequences (71 comments)

David Lynch’s Dune has a fantastic opening sequence.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Admittedly things go downhill pretty fast after the Timewarp, but the intro is stellar.

 +2Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 | re: And Now They Are Remaking Point Break (35 comments)

Upvotes for the Dune reference!

 +7Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: Rick Perry Killed 234 People (APPLAUSE BREAK) (172 comments)

Ok. so the applause for execution was horrifying, obviously but as far as the argument against capital punishment on moral grounds I’d have to say that I agree with Danny a little bit on this one.
I don’t necessarily think that removing child murderers or rapists form the population is a bad thing. The rate of recidivism for sex offenders is quite high and part of me resents the fact that they can get a free education in prison as well as 3 meals a day and free health care while innocent people are sick and hungry and I have 35,000 dollars of student loans and can’t afford a dentist appointment. Also, in Canada, (where I am from) murderers are eligible to collect old age pension in prison. Clifford Olson, a man convicted of killing 11 children receives pension cheques. In another recent case, a man who confessed to killing and dismembering his wife will be eligible for parole in 17 years. So, in my opinion, the correctional system in Canada could stand to be slightly more draconian.

That said, I don’t believe in the way it is currently carried out, the appellate system seems flawed and there are too many people on death row who are later found to be innocent.

Anyway, Rick Perry is gross for wearing those executions like a badge of honour.

 0Posted on Aug 9th, 2011 | re: Check Out How Cute This Bear Cub Is (21 comments)

Paul F. Tompkins is on the case:

 +5Posted on Aug 3rd, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game 57: Birthday Movies (155 comments)

No, not cocaine, This:

“The Bumps”, a torment common in countries such as the U.K., Ireland, and the U.S.,[1][2] involves the friends and family of the person whose birthday it is taking him or her by the arms and legs, and “bumping” him/her up into the air and down onto the floor.[1][3] The number of “bumps” given equals the age of the person in years plus one “for luck”.[1][3] Usually “the Bumps” are administered only to children, in part because as people grow up they become too heavy for the process.[1]”

Maybe it’s a Canadian thing… That’s what you lose when you declare independence from England.

 +3Posted on Aug 3rd, 2011 | re: Best New Party Game 57: Birthday Movies (155 comments)

Birthday Bump Up The Volume

They are both terrible in their own way.
Having to choose which one is worse is like asking someone which of their children they dislike more.

New Years Eve might be worse based on using Raise Your Glass by Pink in the trailer.

The depressing thing is Battleship will probably make a boatload (ouch) of money no matter how bad it is and then Hollywood will make an Operation movie, and a Mousetrap movie (starring Jim Carrey obviously), and a Boggle movie.

As a Canadian, it drives me crazy that this debt ceiling nightmare is jeopardizing the global economy.

It is much harder here to stock up on shotgun shells to ward off cannibals.

The one saving grace is that Canadian cannibals apologize to you while they are eating your skin.

 +7Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: Dancing Squid Is Horrifying Please Don't Eat It (50 comments)

Yes, It looks that way. I wonder how much I would dance if somebody cut off the top of my skull and poured soy sauce on my brain.

This is unspeakable.

 +4Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser Trailer, You Guys (41 comments)

As a nerd, I am really happy (maybe overly so) that he appears to have web shooters instead of having the webbing shoot out of his wrist holes.

 +2Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: Dancing Squid Is Horrifying Please Don't Eat It (50 comments)

(Cultural relativism aside)

 +8Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: Dancing Squid Is Horrifying Please Don't Eat It (50 comments)

Nope, you were right the first time. It’s alive:

Also that person is a monster.

 +6Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: Dancing Squid Is Horrifying Please Don't Eat It (50 comments)

Found it:

That is horrifyingly cruel!!! Does sadism make the fish taste better?

 +12Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 | re: Dancing Squid Is Horrifying Please Don't Eat It (50 comments)

According to the squid IS alive and DOES miss its squid mother:

This makes me sad.

 +3Posted on Jul 18th, 2011 | re: The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time: Love And Other Drugs (92 comments)

This movie was the worst.

I wish I could nominate the entire Farrelly Brothers’ oeuvre for WMOAT,
but I would be more than happy with There’s Something About Mary.
That movie is insanely overrated.