Monday, August 30, 2004

Noble Dead

I just read a fun and interesting book last week: Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee. You can check it out at their website Nobledead.com.

Essentially, the book is a cross between a High Fantasy (like a Lord of the Rings or Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series) and a vampire-based Horror (like Anne Rice, I guess would be the best approximation). Unlike Jordan's series, this one appears to be written by people who understand the craft and don't just put down words to fill a page...see the Amazon reviews for Jordan's Crossroads of Twilight if you want to know what I mean.

The only thing I didn't like about it is the fact that it is part of a series! And a currently-being-written one at that...which means we have to keep waiting for the next book (book 2 is out, book 3 is coming out in January 2005).


Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Immortel

A few months ago, my brother showed me a trailer online for a movie called "Immortel". Filmed in France, but in English. The movie is essentially a science fiction/fantasy with, at least in the trailer, some amazing special effects. The plot isn't going to win any prizes: New York in the year 2095 has evolved into a science-fiction metropolis. A giant pyramid hovers over the city, where the Gods of Ancient Egypt dwell, unbeknownst to the mortals below. Horus, one of the Gods, has his status as an Immortal revoked. With his time running out, Horus has unfinished business to settle in the city against a backdrop of political intrigue, corporate corruption and impending revolution.

Check out the official site at: http://www.immortel-lefilm.com. Choose trailer (standard or full screen) under the section entitled Découverez la bande-annonce.

The film appears to have been released already in France and the rest of Europe, but hasn't worked it's way here yet. Too bad. Would love to see this on the big screen.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

What if they held an Olympics and nobody cared?

The current buzz phrase, in the famous words of countless comedians whilst bombing on stage: "Um...is this on?"

The Olympic organizers are quite surprised that no one is shelling out 500 Euros for the right to sit and watch a woman's preliminary synchronized diving event. I mean, come on people, this is quality entertainment here.

Seriously. When the fuck did "synchronized diving" become an Olympic sport? The IOC is off it's rocker! In 1995, the IOC officially added bridge to the Olympic Movement, granting the World Bridge Federation status as a recognized sports organization according to various, and obviously quite fucked up, Olympic charter rules. In fact, bridge shares a similar status with golf, rugby and squash as recognized sports which are not yet permitted to compete in the Olympics. Bridge = golf = rugby = squash? What the...?

What's next? Darts? Have you ever watched professional darts? Can you imagine a fat Brit drinking lukewarm beer between throws as a symbol of Olympian athletisism?

As far as I can tell, Canada isn't even in these Olympics. I mean, we sent people, but they aren't there to win shit, just do their "personal bests". Oooo...ataway to raise that bar, reach for the brass ring, and exceed expectations. And then the apologists back home: "Oh, that's all we can expect, the poor dears. The government doesn't give them enough money for training." Um, okay, so how much money do those poor bastards from Kenya get...you know the ones that dominate the long distance running events?

Fuck, send me four years from now...I could represent Canada in, I dunno, some lame ass sport like sychronized diving. I wouldn't win shit, but I guarantee I would beat my "personal best". Hell, the gov't wouldn't have to shell out a dime for my "training". Just pay for my way there. Good deal. Same result for Canada, at a lot less money. Yee haa.






Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Freedom of Speech

The CRTC has decided not to renew the license of rock station CHOI in Quebec City when the license expires Aug 31st (Globe and Mail article). Apparently, the station was fairly controversial and shock-jocks said things like "psychiatric patients should be gassed" as well as other typically juvenile statements. Now, I'm all for freedom of speech. If you don't like what they say, change stations. Simple.

However, back in February 2004, Conan O'Brien came to Toronto, and his show did a skit with Triumph the Dog (this cigar chomping puppet that insults people) in which he insulted ('natch) people at the Winter Carnival in Quebec. Comments like:

"So you're French and Canadian, yes? So you're obnoxious and dull!"
"You're in North America, learn the language!"
"Oh, you're French? I can smell your crotch from here."
Back then, Alexa McDonough, a member of the New Democrat Party, described the program as "racist filth" and "utterly vile"
She was quoted as saying:

"There may be those who would say, "Isn't this interfering with freedom of expression?" It's not interfering to say we will not publicly fund this kind of vile, vicious hatemongering, McDonough told reporters.
So, how come she hasn't come out in favour of the CRTC's decision regarding CHOI-FM? In fact, most of Canada's politicians vehemenently distanced themselved from Triumph's barbs, so where are they now in distancing themselves from the comments made by a francophone shock jock?
I wonder how many of the people who have been protesting the CRTC's decision supported Conan's right to freedom-of-speech?

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Rules in war?

Society is strange, and has been getting stranger and stranger each passing century. War is a terrible thing...that's a given. If you think war is fun, then I would suggest a visit to your local shrink. So, let's pretend you aren't some lip-diddling idiot or George W. Bush, and you find the thought of war distasteful. It may be necessary sometimes, but not as a vehicle to get re-elected or line the pockets of your oil industry buddies. Given all of that, who thinks that "rules of engagement", the whole Geneva Convention thing, makes any sense? What's its point? To make war more...er...humane? The idea of a war is to kill more of the enemy than they kill of you. It's also to ensure that there isn't any spirit left in the enemy so that a resurgence of hostilities is unlikely...in other words, beat them down until they can barely lift their heads to look you in the eyes. Fighting a war in any other fashion just brings about the crap we constantly see...like the shit going on in Iraq.

The US has no clue, and never has had a clue, on how to fight a successful war.