Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Black Ops

I have this weird love hate relationship with Call of Duty. I can't play the darn game for the life of me, and I think that violence to that extent in video games isn't very good for society. But despite my views it's still an interesting game, with a captivating storyline (for the most part) and incredible graphics. So, I can see the reasons why people would want to play. Call of Duty also has an incredible marketing campaign. I thought the TV commerical for Halo reach was awesome (and I still do) but this commercial is equally as good if not better.

It just makes me laugh. Especially the chef at the end.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Walkin the Line


Zombie time again (never seems to get old). I watched The Walking Dead for the first time on AMC Friday night.

Here is the synopsis of the show I watched: This guy is handcuffed to a metal pole on the roof and zombies are about to attack him. Scene ends and it goes to this cop who is reunited at a camp full of humans that are up a mountain so zombies can't get them. They decide to go back to town and get the guy they handcuffed to the roof because they feel bad even though the guy they handcuffed is a big jerk (apparently).

Okay I'm done plot summarizing and I'll go into some detail about my thoughts because the entire show I was wondering "Hmmm would I do that in a zombie apocalypse?" because I ask myself that question every day anyway.

The episode was good. I didn't see as much zombie scenes as I would've hoped but I saw a preview for the episode after the one I had seen where they go back to the city to try and rescue the jerk guy. It looked like there will be some sweet zombie death scenes. But despite the lack of zombies they made great connections with characters which is essential in a zombie movie (and even more so in a show) because you want the audience to get involved and hope that the characters aren't eaten for dinner. They made the episode I watched more suspenseful than gory which I'm thinking was a set up for a more gruesome next episode.  I think that's smart, though if they didn't have a "stay tuned" feature at the end I don't think it would've been.

Okay if I was in a zombie apocalypse I WOULD NOT set up my camp up a mountain near a large city. That is stupid. I would go as far away from any large city because large city equals a lot of zombies. Maybe a smaller city like Brandon. You can go into the city and probably kill most of the zombies in a few trips and take as much food as you need from the grocery stores. Will Smith is a moron for staying in NYC during a zombie apocalypse, that's just asking for death. Anywho I already know where I'm heading if zombies decided to take over the world so I'm not worried.

But all in all it looks sweet. The trailer is awesome and made me want to watch the show from the beginning. Like a darker Dawn of the Dead meets 28 Days later. I know, I know I'm basing this off one episode (a moderately boring episode) but my argument is that with the nature of a tv show you have to keep audiences interested for longer periods of time. So moral of the story is don't make dumb episodes.

Vegetarian Zombies

Hi friends,

Guess what? It's zombie time again! I found a video game I can actually play. It's called Plants vs. Zombies. The easiest way I can think of explaining it is that zombies are attacking a house and you plant plants that attack the zombies. It looks like a weird game of chess where plants shoot some sort of weird plant like stuff at zombies that kills them. I like this video game because I can actually play it. It's not too complicated.

Here try it out for free! Click Here --> Zombie

And once you get farther in the game there are DISCO ZOMBIES! Oooh Ya!

Monday, November 15, 2010


So it was just a matter of time before something snowboarding related snuck its way onto this blog. I think I've watched this clip 7 times since I've discovered it 10 minutes ago. I have come to the conclusion that if I had to fall 100 times and break a bone, I would still snowboard. It would be the end of my world if I could never do it again.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Life as This

If this show doesn't have a Season 2 I think it will be the end of the world.....


The summer I received my first pair of glasses was the worst summer of my life. I could feel the thick heavy black frames sitting on my face, like a curse, as my dad sped down the freeway in our 1967 Vista Cruiser. I pulled off my glasses and tried to focus without them. I promptly shoved them back on my face, giving up the battle.
Nothing like sticking to hot seats sandwiched between two younger sisters and a little brother. Dad and mom were sitting in front, mom was perfectly poised in the passenger seat thumbing through the Eaton’s catalogue for sewing patterns for our back-to-school clothes in September. She gracefully lit another cigarette and smoothed out her skirt. It wasn’t much of a vacation for mom. She seemed put off from her regular routine of cleaning in the morning, preparing dinner in the afternoon, making herself up and having a drink ready for dad when he got home. She couldn’t seem to settle down the entire drive. 
The only thing I looked forward to on this vacation was the prospect of purchasing hockey cards at different gas stations until about South Dakota when hockey is replaced baseball. Both my sisters were reading the latest Archie comics and my brother was complaining to mom, again. The air in the station wagon was thick with smoke and sweat. Every time I tried to open a window my sister would complain that her hair would mess up and mom promptly told me to roll in back up. My brother’s annoying voice pierced the hot air.
“Mom! I want out now!” He screeched, kicking the back of her seat. My sister reached over and maliciously gave him a pinch in the arm. 
“Owwwwww!” he cried. 
“Charlie stop it! That’s enough!” my mom said flatly. My sister reached around and gave him one more pinch. 
“Owwwwww!” Charlie yelped for the second time.

At least this vacation down to Florida allowed me to escape the fight that would’ve ensued before I left. Bobby threatened me on the way home on the last day of school. He didn’t have his cronies around like usual so I turned around and socked him one. For a little guy I pride myself in fighting; no one has taken me down in a one-on-one fight. Bobby’s face was in the dirt as he turned around and looked at me, blood pouring from his nose and tears in his eyes. He started running home and yelled about how I was ‘so dead’ or something like that. I knew I was in for a beating considering most of Bobby’s friends where two years older then me and weighed twice as much.  Nothing beats visiting Grandma when you know a bunch of angry kids are waiting to pound you into the ground; maybe they’ll forget before I get home. I still wonder if it’ll hurt my chances at hockey try outs for the Kings this year. Mom made me go on this stupid trip instead of going to hockey camp. I touched my glasses one more time not quite used to the feeling yet.
 The polyester shirt my mom bought me for Christmas is itches so bad I wanted to rip it off and torch it. My dad lit his one hundredth cigarette of the day, and finally uttered his first sentence, if you even want to call it that. 
“We’re close,” my dad mumbled. 
Close to what? A burger joint? The can? A shopping centre? I rolled my eyes at the thought or another motel or rest stop with a giant bunny statue or the world’s largest hot dog. 
No, it was the beach. The giant sprawl of sand came up into view and with it the bright blue water. My dad slowly pulled over to the side of the freeway and we all shifted over to the windows. I can almost swear the entire vehicle tilted to one side. My dad pulled our station wagon over to the shoulder of the road as slow as humanly possible. With the crackle of gravel the car finally came to a stop.

I grabbed at the door handle in desperation and finally threw it open and ran towards the sign that read Milton Beach. I kicked the sand up behind me as I raced towards the water with my brother and sisters trailing behind.  I whipped off my shoes as fast as I could with the rest of my siblings doing the same. We all ran into the water fully clothed breathing a sigh of relief. My brother was the last to get in because he was five years younger and verging on the same weight as me; he took one look at me and smiled. What was that in his hand? A rock? No that was my shoe. That little bugger. He’s so dead. I waded over just as he tossed it in the water with a grin. It was on. I tossed him over and he had no chance, he was down for the count. I wrestled him a little bit more letting him get in a few hits here and there, but like I said I was quite a scrapper and he was much younger. I got him under water and held him there just in time to let him back up for some air and push him under again. To make sure he stayed down I could see a beach ball out of the corner of my eye. Perfect, I thought. I’ll just reach around and smack him so hard he’ll.... 
My body goes limp, I feel the blood rush to my head and my lungs fill with water as I collapse on top of my little brother. I can feel my weight crumpling on top of him. I reach out to grab him, but he’s gone. Panic sets in. Franticly I grab for him, thrashing my arms back in forth searching. Nothing. A sharp pain sears through my arm. I can’t breathe. Strong arms wrap around my body and pull my hard to the surface.
Dad. I see him. The back of the station wagon is dark. My mom hands me me sweater to bite on. The pain is intense and radiating up and down my arm. I roll over. The bright florescent lights on the hospital ceiling are blinding as I rock back and forth from side to side. 
“Son, you’re going to have to stop moving because I have to roll you over and put this needle in your left buttock cheek. It will help stop the pain,” a doctor says. Whatever. I don’t care just make it stop. 
“You’re lucky. A boy last week fell into a tide pool of Man-o-war by the beach,” the doctor says matter of factly. 
“Holy shit,” I say out loud. The pain is still bad, but I frantically look around the room for my mother. The last thing I wanted right now was to get the strap from mom. 
  “You know next time you reach for a beach ball make sure it’s actually a beach ball, loser,” my sister says at the beach the next day. The only way the pain will stop is when I hold my hand over my head and shake it violently back and forth. 
“You look like such a retard,” my sister continues.
“Shut up,” I say as I bring my hand back down and examine it. There are streaks of red and blisters all the way up my forearm. Man-o-war are a special breed of jellyfish that attract their prey by blowing up like a beach balls with radiant colours that reflect the sun. The tentacles wrapped all the way up my forearm before I passed out in the water.
“Hey you look like a retard,” mimics my brother as he runs by me towards the water. 

Short Story Review: The New Yorker

Alright so just a heads up this is an assignment. I wanted to find an apocalyptic short story but I couldn't find any published in The New Yorker before August 30/10. So, I randomly picked one called the The Warm Fuzzies by Chris Adrian. To my surprise it was a story about a large Christian family band. The main protagonist is a girl named Molly who kind of hates her life (I think). This probably wasn't the best story to go with because I'm sure I'll offend someone with this blog post. I'll try my best to tread lightly.

At first I thought this would be a good insight as to what living in a big Christian family would be like. I had liberty of seeing a traveling Christian family band from Branson when I visited My grandparents in Mesa and when I first started reading the story I thought "Wow this will be interesting." And for the most part it was pretty interesting at first, you really see through the characters eyes what living in a family like that would be like and also experiencing normal teenage emotions. But as the story continued I found myself kind of worried by what may happen. I wasn't quite sure if the author was trying convey a point or main message in his story, like maybe "like Christian musical families are weird" or "Being a teenage girl is a large Christian family sucks."  The family also fosters a black teenage boy who likes to dance. While I was reading the story I kept cringing at the thought of what sort of offensive boundaries this author is going to break.

So after I read the story I did a little research on the author. He has an English degree and also an M.D. and working in "pediatric oncology at a fellowship". So, I thought that was strange. He is a Christian doctor that writes stories for the New Yorker about living in a big Christian family and the weird stuff that goes on. Interesting. Okay I get it (I think).

But, aside from the weird uncomfortableness of this story I thought the writing style was pretty good. It had this weird third person passive type thing going that made the story kind of hard to follow but I think it worked for the context of this story and made it stronger. I also like the use of language and description. I think it needed a little tweaking here and there for clarity sake. I also found it long but I was able to follow along pain free for six pages without becoming too bored (which happens often). I like the little details (like all the sisters names started with M and all the brothers names started with C). I also enjoyed the descriptive-ness of the protagonists thoughts, I thought it was a uniquely written.

But all in all this story was still weird and there is no way of writing that can fix a weird story and make it less uncomfortable to read.

This short story appeared in The New Yorker in the September 27, 2010 issue.

Friday, November 12, 2010

How to Headbang

Hi friends!

Now, if you are ever in a situation where you need to headbang I found you some answers. So never fear it's not the end of the world....

Here are some tips from the website ehow:

How to Head Bang

Difficulty: Easy


  1. 1
    Remove any accessories, such as a baseball hat or sunglasses from your body. When you are head banging, these accessories may fly off and break or get lost. If you have long hair, which is often associated with head bangers, you will want to free your hair so it falls loosely outside of the confines of a ponytail or hair clip.
  2. 2
    Find some appropriate music for head banging. Try rock and roll music, alternative, softer rock, heavy metal or even country rock. Genres such as classical, contemporary and jazz music will fit in with the type of music appropriate for head banging.
  3. 3
    Listen to the music to get a feel for the rhythm and beat. The base of the guitar or a drumming sound often defines the beat. If you need help getting used to the music, try tapping along with the beat.
  4. 4
    Determine what type of head banging is most appealing to you. Will you simply rock your head back and forth, up and down with the beat of the music, or will you shake your head side to side in a figure eight motion? Perhaps a circular motion or getting on your knees and moving your head with a hammering motion is more your style.
  5. 5
    Bang your head according to your style, being careful not to hit any objects or other people surrounding you. Make sure if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable to stop the motion and avoid pushing yourself further

Visit ehow.com to find even more interesting articles on how to head bang, ex: how to head bang to classical music.

(I think I'm also getting so new ideas about how cool the website ehow is)

Now the question is how to you fix your neck from a night of headbanging. I know the guys from Fubar may have run into this situation.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Juno: My go to Movie

So today I was discussing films with my friend. We were talking about our comfort "films". Instead, I mean in addition to, eating tons of ice cream I like to sit down and watch my all time favorite movie. The movie that helps me through a bad experience, day or ... week is Juno. It is about a teenage girl who gets pregnant. It makes me laugh and I found myself saying to my friend "I feel better after watching it because it makes me realize it's not the end of the world". Life goes on... sigh.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Cult Classic

So a couple of days ago was Halloween and to celebrate I got together with my family. My uncle, aunt, mom and dad bonded over the Rocky Horror Picture Show after we watched Glee's edition.

(Glee's rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hats off the the writer's of the show who still seem to touch on the fringe of controversial but never quite go over that line)

My uncle, aunt and parents said that it was a cult movie and that people would dress up in costumes of the characters and go watch it with their friends in the theaters standing and singing along. I was instantly jealous. I couldn't think of a time in my life time where all my friends and I went and saw a movie twice never mind multiple times and in costumes. I tried to think of why this might be. I came to a couple of conclusions.

(The original Rocky Horror Picture Show which I find strange but I think that's the weird genius of it. Still seems strange and different even more than almost three decades later)

I thought a) perhaps I live in a generation of "new" mongers, where everything has to be new all the time so that it is entertaining. Not only new but exciting and interactive. Yes Rocky Horror Picture Show was very very different (and still is) but people who went and saw the show made it interactive. So maybe our generation gets bored but I think we're also desensitized by film. I can say I've sat through many many strange, gruesome or both movies in my life time. b) I also think that our generation is constantly trying to find the new cool and weird thing that will spread with wild popularity. When you walk into a high school kids are becoming more and more diversified and groups and cliques are becoming smaller and smaller. I think I'm on a bit of a tangent right now that isn't making complete sense so I'll bring it back. I want to be able to go into a movie theatre and enjoy a cult classic the same way my parents did as teenagers and young adults. I want to be able to sing and dress up during a movie and I don't think I'm the only one. There is now this new movement of flash mobs that dance in the streets.

I was invited to two events this year that took place in the streets in public where I had to dress up (when it wasn't Halloween), one was the decentralized dance party and the other was the zombie walk, which I did not participate in (I know prime blogging material right thur). But anyway I'm crossing my fingers that maybe the cult movie (along with the drive in theatre) will make its comeback here in Winnipeg. And all it would take would be some people to get together and sing along with on screen transvestites and it would make my day, and that my friends is not the end of the world.

(The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was also a cult classic. My dad would go to the theatre with his friends. When someone in the movie would go to the door where good old Leather Face would be standing behind my dad and his friends would stand up and yell "Don't go through the door!" and the character would walk through the door and get an axe in the head)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Leggy Lady

Now this is a sensitive topic: Leggings. Leggings, I think, are the herpes of the fashion world. The trend spread like wildfire and it can be seen on people all over the world.

Now don't get me wrong I LOVE leggings, I wear them almost everyday and they are so so so comfortable. They are versatile and I don't have to worry about them falling down.

However, I do have a beef with them. Whenever I wear them I feel like a bit of a slob. They are weird if you where them in the place of pants but also weird if you where them in the place of tights or nylons. They are this strange hybrid garment stuck in limbo.

But my god are they comfortable.

So my friends this will be the first post on It's Not the End of the World where I ask you if it is or is not the end of the world.

In this case is it the end of the world that leggings are so comfortable but are that in between pseudo clothing?

Tell me!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Be Stupid

Well this flips my world upside down. I'm pretty sure this could mean the end of the world. Or just a whole new way of looking at it.

The Social Network: The Mark Zuckerberg Story

So, I went and saw the Social Network some what reluctantly. I thought it looked boring, but I was wrong (yes I know it's the end of the world I'm finally adnmitting I'm wrong). I thought to myself "Is the creator of Facebook an asshole?"

I think that Mark Zuckerberg was portrayed in a negative light, however, I think the audience still wanted him to succeed. The opening scene of the film portrays Zuckerberg being very rude and selfish during a conversation with his girlfriend. His girlfriend gets angry breaks up with him and says something along the lines of “You’re going to go through life thinking girls don’t like you because you’re a tech geek. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.” Instantly the audience doesn’t like Zuckerberg, but as the film progresses and other characters are introduced you begin to feel sorry for Zuckerberg.  It makes the audience think maybe deep down underneath his rude exterior Zuckerberg is a nice guy with a brilliant idea. The film shows all the negative things Zuckerberg has done (for example betray his best friend), but yet it still portrays Zuckerberg as the creator of the idea Facebook and his passion for succeeding.
I think the impact of this film has had a positive impact on Facebook, but I don’t think it has made it more popular. The reason why I think it has made a positive impact on the company is because it has drawn interest in Facebook as a story, not just as a website. I don’t think that necessarily means that Facebook will have more people joining the site, but the film has drawn more attention to the site. To me it seems as if it is the scenario of any attention is good attention even if it doesn’t make people hop on the bandwagon. I think the film just increases people’s knowledge of the topic and gives them a better idea of where it came from.
Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the film was basically to shrug it off and say that his life wasn’t really that dramatic and that the story is more fiction than fact.  He suggests that the movie is just fun and that people shouldn’t take it too seriously. Consequently this encourages audiences to do the same and believe that not every story you hear is true. The response from Zuckerberg and his PR team is smart because if the celebrity doesn’t care neither will the public. They will think “Hey cool I don’t know that” and forget about the film and consequently continue with their lives, instead of saying “wow, that Mark Zuckerberg guy is a huge A-hole”. I also think the film wasn’t as cut and dry as Zuckerberg being a bad guy or not. It’s a lot of grey, Zuckerberg is a bad guy, but with a really good idea that made a lot of people want a piece of (it’s as if yes Zuckerberg is a bad guy, but everyone else is too). So was it necessary for Zuckerberg to give the response he did? I think yes. It ties in with his personality and the film and it’s a great promotion tool. It makes the audience truly believe Zuckerberg is care free and doesn’t let the negative light bother him.  I think his reaction hasn’t altered the audience’s perception of him from the film because he reacted to the film the way the film would’ve portrayed his character. What I would recommend the PR team do differently is to not of made any donations to any charities immediately after the film was released because they should’ve just stuck with the “Shrug-it off technique”. Because it doesn’t matter if film is fact or fiction it’s all about people’s perceptions. If people liked Zuckerburg or didn’t after the film, Zuckerberg should just keep trying to be himself and leave it at that.
The ending scene of the film shows Zuckerberg this time with another female that says to him “You’re not an asshole Mark. You just want to be.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

Detox Shmeetox: A Buyer Beware Adventure

This as been a topic of interest of mine for the past five or so years. I used to work for a health food store and I wondered if detox programs work. I took a brochure for one of these detox/cleanse plans from work one day and showed it to my biology teacher in high school. He informed me that detoxes don't work and that they are a scam. He said that the body already has built in detoxifiers and they are called the liver and kidneys. 

So, finally I (and with the help of others) got to do the research I've always wanted to do. In my group I focused on U Weight Loss. U Weight Loss is a weight loss program that is developed by a physician and involves the processes of detox and cleansing in order for their clients to loose weight. Now, I was a little skeptical myself because I thought how can eliminating toxins from your body help someone loose weight? And what are these toxins? And how do they chemically interact with the human body? 

So, I decided to book myself in for a consultation (I had won a free detox kit from a raffle I signed up for half a year ago, but I realized that you don't have to win in order to have a consultation and free detox kit).  I also was curious about all these medical professionals who advertise on the radio and see if I can actually speak with one. 

When I went in for my consultation I was set up with someone who is called a health coach. When I asked the health coach how a detox will help me she explained that there are tons of toxins in our world (for example pollution in the air we breath and the food we eat). She explained that the difference between their formulated detox plan is that it targets the liver and not the colon. I asked her what exactly is a toxin chemically and how does it interact with the body. She answered that it is pollution in the air. So then I asked how does pollution in the air affect my liver if I'm breathing it through my lungs. I also asked how the detox targets my liver and what supplement actually targets it to that specific area and she said it was just a combination of all of them. I tried to ask more about the actual weight loss program after the initial detox and she gave me very little information. She said that it is three phases and once all three phases are completed the person then goes on a maintenance program. She said that they formulate meal plans which include all nutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) and that all families can eat the meals.

After my consultation I went and spoke with someone who had been on the program before. She said that the detox portion to the program is just a ploy to get people in the door. She said that it didn't benefit her or help her loose weight in any way. She was promised at the beginning of the program that she wouldn't have to buy any more supplements or detoxes but she said that she could tell the health coaches were commissioned because they kept trying to sell her more products every week. She said that the first phase of the weight loss program forced her to eat excess amounts of protein (ex: 4 eggs and a protein shake for breakfast and a fast food option that included a chicken salad with 2 extra chicken breasts from Wendys). She began to experience severe headaches and found she couldn't adhere to the diet plan at all. She decided to quit the program but only after spending more then a $1000. She said that U Weight Loss is a scam and that the people who work there are scam artists.

I also decided to consult a fitness expert. He said that in his 20 years as being a coach he has never heard of toxins as a cause of obesity. He said that this may sound harsh but people sometimes blame their weight on something else (toxin) in order to absolve themselves of guilt (it is the toxin that is the cause of extra weight). 

What Consumers should be Aware of:
Detox is a ploy to get people in the door. Detox does nothing to help weight loss but it is the meal plans that make people loose weight in an unhealthy way. U Weight Loss uses nutrition, supplements, and words like “registered nutritional consultant” as a disguise for an unhealthy way to loose weight. There is no proof detoxes help people loose weight. 

Here is the Free Detox Kit:


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Surviving a Bad Birthday

So we've all had one. A birthday that has gone terribly, terribly wrong. It's birthday season in my life right now. All my friends birthdays seemed to fall in October and November so this has inspired me to ask everyone if they have ever suffered through a terrible birthday. Whether it be uncle Fred getting drunk and crashing your fourteenth birthday party or the time your brother opened all your presents before you had the chance to. Let me know. I want to hear your bad birthday story and how you survived it! Feel free to post comments of your story underneath this blog.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Look What I Found!

Take a look guys. I'm going to have to read this and give you some tips!

Decentralized Dancing

Hey y'all,

So I had a life changing experience. I went to a decentralized dance party Monday night and it was mind blowing.
Here is some background info on what the decentralized dance party is and how it originated.
Tom and Gary are two guys who decided they didn't want to worry about paying cover charges at bars, dancing to lame bar music and dealing with curfews. So put off by the lameness of the conventional night life experience they decided to start a revolution.
It started small at first for example in pizza parlors, playgrounds, subway cars and buses. But they brought the party to the people and thus the Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) was birthed. They had death metal face offs and all night 90s jams and much much more.
Now you may be wondering how on Earth can Tom and Gary bring the party to the people anywhere, anytime or any place. Well, you may be familiar with the radio transmitter for your Ipod that connects with a radio frequency and you can play in your car. They took this idea and made it sooooo much cooler. Taking old school boom boxes you'd find at garage sales they tuned the radio station to their own frequency and played their music from their Ipod. Now take 20 people and 10 radios all playing the same song and you have an audio paaaartay! Genius.
Tom and Gary didn't just stop at having these dance parties around their home but decided to take it across the country. Stopping in different cities not announcing their location to the day of. No advertisement just Facebook messages and word of mouth.
Now take those 20 people and turn them into 2000 with 500 radios and you have a MAJOR DANCE PAAARTAY!

500 radios tuned to the same frequency playing fun songs by Meatloaf, Beastie Boys and anything in between. You don't know what to expect but you just dance. No lame top 40, just all fun nostalgia.

Oh, I forgot to mention the reason why it is called decentralized is because it moves. All radios are battery operated and can move! So you move them from location to location.

Here in Winnipeg more then 1000 people went to the Forks Monday night to dance with Tom and Gary. They lent out a whole bunch of radios to people and there must have been at least 200 radios. The tunes were jammin and the party moved around the Forks to the Provencher bridge and the skatepark.
Although, Saskatoon doubled Winnipeg's dance party by 2000 people, I still think it was a success. Tom and Gary gave out banana suits and mini trampolines as well and used the Olympics as a theme. It was a ridiculous good time!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Gloves are Off: Mayoral Debate. Sam takes on Judy (and vice versa...sort of)

Alright I could try and spin this as an End of the World entry, but I think that's a little too much work for an end of the week task so I'm going to leave it as is.
Wednesday morning RRC held a mayoral debate between two candidates Judy Wasylycia-Leis and current Mayor Sam Katz.
My favorite part of the debate was watching the pros at work. Not the two political figure heads in front of me but all the media specialists who have already established themselves in Winnipeg.
I had the pleasure of sitting in front of Bartley Kives from the Winnipeg Free Press who was commentating the video for the debate, which would be put up on the Winnipeg Free Press website, and was tweeting as the debate went on. Without being too obvious about it, I would try and listen in on Kives's comments during breaks of the debate. I was impressed because he and Katz were making eye contact and motioning gestures too each other. This showed how much of a relationship Kives has made with the mayor. I was fascinated by how well  Kives communicated and built relationships within City Hall and couldn't help but think how talented this guy is. I mean I hate to gush about people, but when you see someone who is able to establish relationships this well with politicians really blows my mind.
I also really enjoyed his commentary during the breaks. He was able to summarize quickly and concisely what was going on in the debate. The skill to decipher political jargon always blows me away because it takes a while for me to really listen then figure out what they're saying (or not saying in most cases).
Not only that, but he was tweeting too! How on Earth can you sum up a bunch of empty comments and put it into 140 characters or less. Again it blows my mind.  Kives is extremely talented. I tried to absorb and listen as much as I could.
As for the debate itself, like I hinted too, it was an act that was full of empty answers that danced around the main issues. I find debates completely uniforming other then the fact that I was turned off by both candidates. One kept repeating the same answer for every question (lets get more community centres!) and the other was rude and won an audience over not by making points but trying to be popular and funny. In my opinion (because you know it's so important) I think politics in this city, not just switching to a new mayor, needs to change some how. It needs to get away from the fake acts and empty words and move to where people are actually volunteering and getting an idea of what a city really needs. For example riding the bus EVERYDAY including in the winter time, trying to get from beautiful bran new stinky (because it's near the dump) Waverley West to downtown within an hour.

Okay, okay, I know, I know, I'm ranting and getting off topic. I think I'm going to let this post die it's natural death now.
Remember no matter how much your politicians suck it's not the End of the World (ha ha I spun it anyway).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Detroit Rock City

So, have you ever been in the situation where you you've been dying to go to a concert all year and you go to buy tickets and they are SOLD OUT. Well, never fear it's not the end of the world.

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This is my story.

About three nights ago I went to buy tickets to a band I have been dying to see (no pun intended). They are a metal/hardcore band so typically I can buy tickets a day in advance, however, when I went to Family Foods the lady sneered at me and said "that concert sold out days ago don't even bother."So, bowing my head down low I walked to the car.

When I got home I decided social media could help me out. I tweeted and facebooked the general public asking anyone if they could find out how to get tickets. After no answer I decided to aim my tweets directly at the band and local radio station pleading for the answer to where to find tickets to the sold out show.

The morning of the show I frantically searched my twitter feed and nothing. My only option was to find a scalper and maybe wait in line to see if they were selling tickets at the door.

When we arrived at the venue an hour early the line up was the longest I had seen it ever for this particular venue. Discouraged my boyfriend and I walked around the building in search of the tour busses.
"I'd forgive you if you where to make out with a band member for tickets," my boyfriend said.
"Seriously, I don't think so." I replied.
Coming up empty handed we headed down Portage in search of something to do until the line up died down a bit.
We saw a Hotel with a Starbucks and decided to formulate a plan Detroit Rock City styles. We sat down and pondered out loud when suddenly my boyfriend froze and stared at the person sitting behind me.
"Hey I think that guy sitting behind you is the drummer from As I Lay Dying," my boyfriend whispered.
(As I Lay Dying is the headlining band and just so happens to be up there with my most favourit-ist of bands)
"What!" I say.
"Shhhhhhhhhh, you should go talk to him...." my boyfriend says.
My heart beats (sorry again no pun intended) a million miles a minute.
"What do I say?" I said.
"Tell him what an awesome drummer he is," my boyfriend suggested.
Like jumping of a high cliff into water I get up turn around and go talk to him...

I think I must have blacked out a little because I can't remember exactly what I said to him but it probably went a little something like this.

"Oh my god, I'm you're biggest fan....." Blah, blah, blah I love you guys your music is sick. You're one of my favorite bands. Blah, blah, blah, more unintelligent comments. Hey can I pull up a chair blah, blah, blah, more unintelligent comments. Blah, blah hey guess what I'm in journalism school and I like interviewing bands. And more unintelligent embarrassing comments.

But despite my lack of on intelligent comments and questions and him probably being annoying him slightly, I happened to tell him I tweeted their band. He looked into his phone and found my tweet and laughed.

After that he set me and boyfriend on the guest list and we got to go to show for free.

Just like out of the movies.

So remember just because it's sold out, it's not the end of the world.

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This is him!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

That's Sick!

So, I think I'm sick. It's one of those colds that lingers deep and your chest and makes it hard to breath sometimes. I have the sinus headache, but fortunately not the drippy nose that comes with it (shocking, I know). I really do think I'm getting better, and I think it would be worse if I didn't follow these tips I have developed.

So I will share them:

1) Water
Every morning I roll out of bed, which I know is really hard, but the world waits for no one, and I go to the water cooler and pour myself a medium glass of water. I find this helps my throat so much. I really hate drinking water that early but it does the trick. 
Next, throughout the day I try to drink as much water as humanly possible. I heard somewhere (old wife maybe) that drinking lots of fluids help, but I think water is key. It has some magic curing power over me that always seems to make me feel better even if initially I'm repulsed by the thought of it.

2) Strange weird potion I've developed: Alright, so don't be put off by the strange weird title. It actually doesn't taste that bad (I know, I know that's what they all say).  First I start off with a pack of this:
It's called Emergen-C and it's sold in health food stores around the city. It is a crystalized drink mix that contains Alka-Seltzer and alot of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with immune support which helps me get over my cold faster. They come in tons of yummy flavours like Raspberry and tangerine. The product also helps with hangovers but that's a whole other post in itself.
The second thing I add is called Greens+
I usually use about a table spoon or more. This comes in flavors, as well as sometimes I take it with a multivitamin included. This stuff tastes kind of gross, but it works well and packs a lot of stuff in just a little scoop. I try to have this every day even when I'm not sick.
The third and final thing I include is called oil of oregano
It's pretty expensive, for example a small bottle can cost you anywhere between $30 to $40, but it lasts a long time. This stuff is the secret to my potion. One year I took this everyday and not once did I get sick. It was a miracle! I know, I know I sound like one of those crazy testimonial people but I swear this stuff works. I don't know why but it just does. Also, you thought the stuff before tasted bad well this stuff is 100% worse. Don't take it unless you mix it really well into a drink like juice. DON'T put it in your mouth on it's own. 

So I start off with my packet of Emergen-C, then ad in a table spoon or so of Greens+, then I add in whatever juice I happen to have at the time and fill up a large glass to the top. Don't use water and definitely don't use milk (*gag*). Then I put in about three drops of oil of oregano and I mix it throughly and down the hatch it goes. I try to chug it as fast as I can without breathing just to avoid the taste. I mean the taste isn't that bad, but it also isn't good. You can find all these products at a local food store but check your doctor before you do anything. I find this stuff works for me but it's always good to do your own research and see what works for you.

3) Subway and Soup:
Okay, Subway makes me feel good no matter how sick (or not sick) I am. I don't know why it just makes my tummy and my taste buds feel good. Soup, goes without saying. I feel soup doesn't even need an explanation. It's just a must. Always.

4) SLEEP: 
This is the most essential key to not getting sick and getting better. All you need is a good nights rest and things will start looking up. Trust me, now if only I could practice what I preach.

Remember, even if you're sick it might feel like it, but it's not the end of the world. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Zombie Rest

Alright, so I have put the topic of zombies to rest for now. I had a horrible dream about them and I decided if my blog topic begins to haunt my subconscious then maybe I should move on to another for a bit. So stay tuned and see what will happen next...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Halo Reach-ing New Frontiers

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Okay, so this post has kind of a similar theme to my last. Halo has a lead female character and wait her boobs aren't showing!!!! YAY! I really, really, really, like everything about this video. I don't play video games but I'm fascinated with them. Halo has such a huge following that when it came out a couple days ago people were lined up outside for the midnight release at least 200 people long. To someone who doesn't follow this sort of thing closely it blows my mind that it has this sort of turn out. But what interests me the most is that this trailer shows a female running in all the armor trying to bring a bomb to some space ship. I was explained the story line but it sort of confused me. I know it takes place in the future and I know that this latest installment is a prequel and I also know that humans are trying to defeat aliens that are taking over the world (I think, you can correct me if I'm wrong). 
Now, I also enjoy that they used humans while filming this trailer. It looks so real! Anyway, just thought I'd throw a shout out to Halo Reach (again something I normally wouldn't be that interested in) for having a lead female role AND having such a sweet trailer. Keeping with the true Halo spirit and remember, It's not the end of the world. 

A Quick look at Resident Evil Afterlife

Now I'm not much of a Resident Evil fan but I happened to see the latest installment. After being debriefed on the previous three films I was afraid I wouldn't like it because of the long complicated storyline. I'll give a quick synopsis of the film saga: infectious virus gets released and humanity as we know it is pretty much over.  It's obvious this movie is adapted from a video game because of it's strange si-fi strangeness. Such as her being cloned and weird strange hammer-man who does not resemble in any way a zombie.

All that being said I thought this movie would suck a great deal. I had only seen the third installment and it wasn't very good, however this one was fantastic. I mean aside from the story line itself, the zombie deaths were fantastic! I love a good zombie explosion here and there. I also enjoyed how it had a dawn of the dead feel with the main characters trapped in a prison locking thousands of zombies out. Oh did I mention I saw the movie in 3D? And did I mention they had over the top slow motion parts? What more can you ask for then a slow motion zombie death?

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Okay so here is the thing, as much as I enjoy zombie deaths I did find it a little cheesy at times. But I want to say almost good cheesy if you know what I mean. If it swayed a little too far towards the cheddar I wouldn't of been as much as a fan, however I think it stayed in the clear.
I also enjoyed that a female was the protagonist. A zombie killing female is pretty sweet. I'm all for that but one thing I found and laughed a little about was that she always seemed to have lip gloss on and the other lead female had pretty sweet makeup after she was saved from a forest. So I guess woo-hoo for having lead female roles in an adaptation of a video games that doesn't star Angelina Jolie, but booo on the fact that they still have to be all done up. I mean I don't know about you but, if I were in a zombie apocalypse I'm pretty sure I wouldn't apply mascara. Oh, I should ad that to my survival tips: tip #4 do not stop to apply makeup.
In conclusion I would rate the fourth installment of this apocalyptic tale 8 zombie kills out 10. So as I feel I the lead character Alice would say "It's not the end of the world".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tweet a little, Tweet of me

 So today I am no longer a Twitter virgin. I have joined the ranks of tweeters around the world. I have put off this moment as long as humanly possible because the idea of tweeting to me sounds ridiculous. I mean really who cares what I can say in 140 characters. Not only am I constrained to 140 per text message (yes I am smart phones-less at the present moment) but now I am constrained by 140 characters on Twitter. What can I really say in 140 characters that is really relevant? Time will tell I guess. I mean it won't be that bad, I get to tweet for school, not many people can say that. As a social tool Twitter is pretty genius when you think about it. It allows people to hear what you have to say ALL over the world at any time. It is a small world after all. We can find people with similar interests and hobbies. We can find information in the blink of an eye. I love the idea as the people for an information source. The girl beside me tweeted about trying to find a parking spot near school and found a cheap and close spot in less then a couple hours. Without Twitter it would've taken me days to find a spot that may have been much farther. So this could mean that Twitter is a world changing tool with pretty high importance. Kind of shakes up my views on it a little. So I guess Twitter may not be the end of the world after all. See I'm coming around already.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Monster Mash

Now to kick off my first "real" post I thought some zombie survival tips would be a great start. From George A. Romero's first films to a now more recent infectious disease twist, it's important to acquire some zombie fighting strategies no matter what type you're up against. Now if you're anything like me (which you probably aren't because let's face it I'm a little strange) you may have thought to yourself "Hey, if I were stuck in a zombie apocalypse what would I do?"
So after some research, including having seen plenty of zombie films, I have compiled a list of things to do to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. 

1) Know your enemy

Dressing up as a zombie will allow you to try and get into the mind of a zombie (or lack of one), to really get to know their mannerisms and objectives (just try not to eat any brains). Dressing up as a zombie will also allow you to practice if you ever need to disguise yourself as a zombie (a la Bill Murray in the movie Zombieland). I find this technique a great idea because you can stroll around and never be attacked, which is a great defense mechanism.

Halloween is a great time to practice this defense mechanism (no one will suspect you're practicing at all!)

2. Stay in Shape

It is important to stay in shape because if the dawn of the dead actually does arrive one morning you willl be doing A LOT of running. So, as I also like to say it's better to be safe then sorry or in other words zombie meat. Some great ways to stay in shape would to take the bus in Winnipeg. Often you are doing more walking then riding, and running after the bus is also an often occurence (it also helps if you're a student because your backpack will be extra heavy).

Another really great way to stay in shape would be taking up dancing! I felt this video would inspire some cool undead moves:

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3. Keep a look out

Always be alert no matter what, and always remember it's not the end of the world.