Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall TV

I have not written in a while so i thought i would start with an old favorite. Fall TV. There are obviously returning and new but this year there are far fewer returning shows that i am interested in.

Returning shows

Smallville

This is the 10th and final season of this show. I think there are very few people who thought this show would last this long. I started watching it live in the third season. The show was a very typical high school drama when it was launched but at this point they have managed to work a large portion of the DC universe into the show. Characters that i thought it would be impossible to do live action have appeared on the show. I am really hoping the show goes out on a high note as it really is one of the best sci-fi dramas ever made at this point. Once you past 200 episodes a show can't be disrespected.

Criminal Minds

There are a lot of one hour procedurals on TV these days but in my opinion CM is the best. For those who don't know the show is about an FBI team that mainly profiles serial killers. Some of the stores are disturbing to say the least. Others are out right disgusting but it really is a well written and well acted show.

There are obviously other shows i watch but with the departure of LOST, 24 and Law and Order there are very few things that I still consider must see TV.


New Shows

Blue Bloods
This is a show about a family of cops. It is from the makers of the Sopranos so it has instant credibility. However, it is scheduled for Friday nights which is where TV shows usually go to die so we'll see.

Hawaii 5-0
I am not old enough to remember the original but i am looking forward to the remake. It looks like simple escapist fun.

The Event
This is the latest show to be buzzed about as the next LOST. The last was flash forward which only lasted one season. I am going to watch it because the marketing as been good but my expectations are mixed.


And that is about it. Not much going on in TV this fall but we'll see if it works out.

Next week... My Summer Vacation

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mel Gibson

I was never really a big Gibson fan. I think I have seen one or two of his movies but he never really ranked high. For anyone who hasn't heard i have a link to two of his outbursts below.







Rumors about this guy have been around for years. But this is undeniable proof here. The question to me is where does he go from here. He is not in a position to deny it is him on the recordings. And when you tell your child's mother that she deserves to be raped by a pack of niggers it is hard to deny that you are racist and sexist.

What is interesting to me is the spin machine that is going to follow this case. At some point in the near future he will have to go to rehab. Since racism and sexism is not a disease that i know of it will be interesting to see how he justifies it. My assumption is that he will just call it anger management. I'm curious as to if he will be able to come back from this. He was on the tail end of his career anyway but i just don't see any possible way in which the viewing public will forgive him for this. And since the wife apparently has dozens of tapes we may have just scratched the surface of crazy Mel.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

SEX, SEX, SEX

I haven't written in a while so I thought I would start off with an interesting title. However, the topic of the post is not actually about my sex life. All I will say about that is that its good.

The real topic is some updates in my life. One of my goals for last year was the completion of the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). I am glad to say that i finished it a little under 2 months ago. I found the second test to be harder than the first but i only got 2% less so maybe it wasn't. Either way I am just glad to be done and to have gotten my reimbursement because it felt like it would never come.

On another bright note I just got the first promotion of my career. The salary increase is not really a huge amount but it is a step in the right direction. Also i have a new title. My new title is Manager Marketing Analytics. The scope of my work will not change drastically but it will be nice to be able to show progress on my resume for when I am looking for my next job. Which will most likely be withing the next 8 months or so.

Anyways, I think this is a good kick off. I am going to try to get back to blogging every week.

Wish me luck.

Next week ... Home improvement.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Death in the Family

So i have been away for a while. It couldn't be helped. I was preparing to take an exam. The Canadian Securities Course (CSC) part 2. I took the first part back in December and passed. I took the second test on Friday and i am hopeful that i repeated my previous performance.

Anyways as the title of the post suggests there has been a death in my family. My Grandfather passed away on Friday morning. He was 94 years old. It was a very quick and shocking decline. As recently as about 3 months ago he was relatively strong and in good spirits. But i guess at that age this is how it goes. His last words were to tell his wife of 68 that he loved her.

Rest in peace Grandpa.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Dirty Thrities

Well I have crossed over. My youth is complete. In other words I am now the big 3-0. To be honest I have not been taking it well. I have little to no know desire to be in my 30s. By any reasonable standard I am doing quite well in life. I have a beautiful wife, a nice home and a steady job but that still doesn't mean I have to enjoy getting older. I was in my old neighborhood recently and drove passed my old high school and it occurred to me that it had been over 11 years since i was a student there and that no current student would have any idea who the hell I was. I was a big deal there but now it been over a decade.

We kept it fairly low key for the big day. Since it was good Friday i didn't have to work. We had great weather so Nadeene and I went for a long walk and we went to dinner in a local restaurant later in the evening. We are also going to a Raptors game later this week which should be good.

I am still the youngest member of my immediate team at work and they all advised me on how getting older is not a big deal. I think they are either lying to themselves or just trying to cheer me up. In life you should probably fight the fights you can win and the race against time is not a race you can win but i am going to give it a shot. I intend to eat healthy and exercise and try to keep my body as young looking as i can for as long as I can.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Twilight

So in the interests of staying up to date on all things pop culture I recently borrowed the first Twilight movie from the library. I have never really been big on vampires. Especially since they have been turned into these ridiculous sex symbols. Someday someone will have to explain to me what is so sexy about being killed by having all the blood in your body drained through your neck. I like my vampires to be real villains, in others words I think the movie Blade got it right.

None the less, i decided to give twilight a chance. To be blunt, i think it's pretty silly stuff and i don't see what the big deal is. I am not going to say it's the worst movie i have ever seen (That title still belongs to "The never ending story"). But i don't see why it has caught on in the way that it did. The teen angst is at a boiling point for the whole movie. I have been out of my teens for a while now and in a few weeks my 20's will be coming to an end so maybe I am just to old to "get it". I just don't see why the main characters fell in love so quickly. It's like they met and 2 seconds later the were saying they could not live with out one an another. And the guy who is supposed to be a heart throb? Like what the fuck? There is no way to say this without sounding sexist be he is a pussy period.

Overall, i will still watch the equals when I can get them from the library but that's as far as it goes. Reading the books is out of the question. I am hoping that they get better but i have little hope.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shaving

So I have had a beard on some level since my early twenties. Whether it be a full beard or just your standard issue goatee. However, a disturbing thing has happened over the last few years. I have noticed more and more grey hairs making their way into my beard. It is a strange thing as I have relatively few grey hairs on my head. I was complaining to my wife about this and she suggested that i just shave it off. When she first suggested it I was totally against it. I have had facial hair for over a decade now and the thought of being completely clean didn't sit well.

In my mid-late teens I used to shave my head about once per week. When I got a job at the Bay working part time i figured that customers would not want to buy shoes from a high school kid. So i grew out my hair a little bit and started maintaining a beard with the goal being to look a little older. Now that I AM older, the concept of looking older is pretty low on my list of priorities.

Anyways the point of all this is that I decided to shave my beard. Outside of 2 days worth of stubble i am now clean shaven. To be honest their are time when I almost don't recognize myself in the mirror. But I will get used to it eventually. My mother inlaw thinks it made me look 10 years younger. It will be interesting to see if anyone at work notices the change.