POST #49: Video Post Summation

Wouldn’t you know it? This ended up uploading just in time to have been my second-to-last post. Ah well, why not let camera me get the last word?

Th-th-th-that’s all folks.

POST #48: Just Killing Time

My original plan was for this second-to-last post to be a video post, but the video seems to be taking longer to load up to photobucket, so I guess that will be my last post. Sadly, I didn't have much planned for what was going to be my last post, other than to declare my victory over sleep, so I guess I'll do that now and assume that I'll make it to the next half hour.

Thank you one and all for visiting and reading these posts. Don't worry if you're getting to them days later, you can still feel free to comment. And just in case anyone was moved to pledge, I'll post that link one last time:

From there, you have to make an account with All proceeds go directly to

I think I'll go brush my teeth and get ready for bed while waiting for this last video to load. It better get there by 7 am.

POST #45: The Year in Movies So Far

As with every year, I'm guessing all the top quality movies are being held back until the winter Oscar season. Thus far, I've seen 13 movies released in 2007, pretty much most of the movies I've wanted to see (right now it's looking like Sicko might be the first significant movie I'll end up missing in theatres as it's down to a few screens and I'm not sure if I'll have time to see it this week). What are the highlights? Glad you asked.

Zodiac, Knocked Up, Ratatouille, and Hot Fuzz have been the best of the best, Sharkwater is a Canadian documentary worth watching, and 28 Weeks Later and Ocean's Thirteen are decent, albeit not as good as the originals. Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment that I still ended up liking (although I probably overrated it), as was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

On the other hand, Blades of Glory was stupid, and not in a good way, 300 was impressive visually, but also pretty dumb, and Shrek the Third was absolutely abysmal. The worst I've seen all year.

Still no five star reviews issued this year (although Zodiac came close). Here's hoping I'll see one soon.

POST #44: Status Report

I'll be honest, right now, it's more about survival than brilliance. I'm tired, to say the least, but I'm not dying here. I just don't have much motivation to write anything significant. I feel spent, posting wise, and just want to be quiet. Sadly, I have five more posts to make after this, so I'll have to dig deep.

I think I'm done eating junk for tonight. Today I've had chips and dill pickle dip, nachos and southwest salsa, some Hagen-Dazs cookie dough ice cream, and a chocolate/raspberry milkshake (NOTE: I didn't eat a whole serving of any of that stuff, don't worry too much about me). I might have a Vector Berry Blast bar still, but no junk (and, yes Kim, I did eat a banana). Can't promise that I won't drink more caffeine, but I'll try to stick to water.

Anyone out there that's not actively in the Blogathon still awake right now? Maybe somebody from a different timezone or something?

POST #43: The Best Song of the Decade?

I decided to limit my 00s song list to songs from 2000-2004, which was a good idea. But were I to include the whole decade, there’s no doubt in my mind that the number one track would be “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists, a sprawling, 8 minute and 46 second long tale of piratey goodness.

As for the A Practical Handbook DVD, it’s basically worth it just to see them perform this track. If you can’t appreciate the brilliance of this song, then I suspect you and I can’t be friends.

POST #42: Comics

Along with being obsessed with watching TV and movies, and listening to music, I’m also a comic book reader. I have been off and on since I was kid, amassing a pretty big collection along the way. I don’t collect like I used to, and I’m not anywhere near as passionate as I once was, but I still follow a handful of titles.

After several years of dormancy, I drawn back into comics on my honeymoon, when I spotted a Wizard Magazine with the announcement that Joss Whedon was set to write for X-Men comics. I’m a huge Whedon fan (I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be the best TV show of all-time), and had been a huge X-Men fan for a large part of my life (I think one of my runs goes about 200 issues straight). So I bought the magazine, which led me to go back into comics stores to be the Astonishing X-Men series that Whedon was writing.

Later, through downloading, I came across Y: The Last Man, after reading an interview with its writer and creator Brian K Vaughan on the Onion AV Club. I quickly fell in love with the series, devouring the 25 or so issues that I had downloaded, and then getting all the trades so I could have them for my own.

That led me to another Vaughan series, Ex Machina, which is brilliant in its own right. Figuring that Vaughan could do no wrong, I went ahead and bought the first hard cover collection of Runaways, and learned that I was right (it turns out that I wasn’t quiet right… his earlier work for Marvel with their characters weren’t as great as his own creations. I didn’t quite care for his Mystique series, and only read one trade of his work on Ultimate X-Men). Both books remain on my pull list, even after Vaughan left Runaways and was replaced by… Joss Whedon!

So I proved that I’ll buy anything written by these two (including Vaughan’s excellent Pride of Baghdad graphic novel and fun Escapist mini-series), but I didn’t stop there. After reading tonnes of praise and buying a preview issue for 25 cents, I finally checked out Fables by Bill Willingham, and found myself loving it almost as much as Y: The Last Man. I’ve decided to just collect that one in trades though, since the monthly issues are often unsatisfying one by one.

Once it was announced that Whedon was releasing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series that would function as a season eight (with Vaughan following up with the next arc of stories), it was quickly added to my reserve file, bringing the total of monthly series I currently collect to six. And they’re all fantastic.

So comic book readers, is there anything else out there that I should check out based on these tastes? Who’s the next Vaughan or Willingham that I’m not reading?

POST #41: Because you can't spell "handyman" without "Andy… man"

At the Mates of State concert a month ago, we bought a limited edition silkscreen print. We'd been thinking about buying some concert art for awhile now to get us some original art that reflects our tastes, but none of the concerts we'd been to since coming up with the idea had any for sale (or at least nothing we'd want on our wall). There are stores that sell concert posters, but we wanted to stick to shows we actually attended.

So we got the poster framed, and picked it up a week ago. It's been sitting upstairs wrapped while we were busy this week, but now, at almost three in the morning, I decided it time to hang it on our wall (with Billy's assistance). And here I was thinking that I wasn't going to be productive all day. Here's proof:

And here's a close-up of the art without the heroes in the way:

POST #40: Music DVDs

Are any of you fans of music DVDs? I have some myself, for Death Cab for Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, and The Decemberists, along with the classic Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, which I picked up for four bucks a month or so back (and found painfully boring). I’m not sure what I think about them in general. Concert DVDs are often hastily thrown together and even the best home entertainment centre can’t capture the magic of seeing a live show. Even something as great as Jonathan Demme‘s Neil Young: Heart of Gold has limited replay value.

I’m bringing this up because I’m finally getting around to watching The Decemberists DVD A Practical Handbook that I bought a few months ago. I was excited to get it, since I’m not all that confident I’ll ever get a chance to see them live and had heard some great things about their stage show. So far, the music sounds great, but there’s nothing so mindblowing that watching it on television truly captures my attention.

I think there’s greater value in documentary-style music DVDs. There’s a doc as a special feature on this disc, so hopefully that’ll hold some value. I’m just not sure if music DVDs are that interesting an avenue of entertainment. I’ll probably still buy the odd one for my favourite bands, since I like supporting them, but I don’t think I’ll get too into them.

Hope bout you all? Any love for the concert DVD? Any I should check out?

POST #37: Stephen Colbert is the Funniest Guy on Television

Okay, I’m getting tired now, so the posts might get shorter. Which might not be a bad thing. At this point, you might be thinking “geez this guy can blather”. We’re watching last week’s episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report that I’ve had stored up. Stephen Colbert is truly brilliant. What fantastic satire. His recurring segments are the best on TV since Letterman’s heyday. And no one on TV has used new media to grow a loyal audience like this show.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself in what is surprisingly my first YouTube link of the night.

POST #36: Guest Blogger

17 hours and 35 posts later, and I’m out of ideas. That’s not actually true, but I’m not motivated to write about them right now, so welcome one, welcome all to a guest blogger, Billy!!!

I’m thesaint’s brother-in-law. I actually completely forgot he had his blogathon today, but when I finally logged on to Livejournal today and his cries of loneliness moved me to come over and see how he is doing. As well, it was an opportunity to drink his Coke, eat his chips, watch his tv, and read his comics. Somewhere in there I will speak to Andy. Eventually. For a guy who has been up and blogging since 7:00am, yesterday, he’s holding up well. He hasn’t even broken into the Red Bull. Gross stuff, no wonder he delays.

As well as spelling for Andy, I figured I go into a bit of a retrospective, since I was a witness to his last blogathon. Then, he didn’t live where he lives now and was only renting an apartment. He didn’t own Gromit. I was then motivated come over by the promise of food, which was Ethiopian. For anyone who hasn’t tried it, try Ethiopian food sometime. It was also not nearly as hot last year.

Even the charity that Andy was blogging for seems to capture the moment. Last year he was blogging for Amnesty International. Not surprising given the political climate last year, which doesn’t seem like it has abated. With the interest in global warming, Andy’s charity for this year isn’t too surprising either.

I think I need to post this now, maybe I’ll be posting later, but Andy seems to be doing well by himself.