Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Star Trek and Long Weekend

So last week I went to see the new star trek movie. Even though i am not a huge fan of the original series I have been a fan of the franchise for most of my life. I thought the last movie was decent even if most of the critics hated it. I thought the movie was very good. From beginning to end it moved at a very rapid speed. I also think they did a good job in making the movie accessible to non-star trek fans. I don't think my wife has watched and episode of any star trek series in her life but she did seem to enjoy this movie almost as much as I did.

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There is one thing that bothered me. That is the destruction of Vulcan. If the federation is a representation of the UN then earth would be the US and Vulcan would be Britain. You can't just blow up the second most important world in the star trek universe. I was very surprised and somewhat disappointed that they decided to do that. To the non fan I am sure it makes no difference but to a long time fan it was shocking.


Long Weekend,



So we did two things this weekend. On Saturday we went to buffalo for the day to do some shopping. My wife bought a few things and I bought a sweater. Thankfully the lines at the border were not too bad.

On Monday we went for a drive up in Ajax. We just wanted to get another look at our new house and figure out where other things are. We drove to the gym which was much better looking that I had thought it would be. It's about a 10-15 minute drive which i guess is not too bad. I have been spoiled a bit by living where I currently live such that everything is within 5 minutes. We also drove to the grocery stores and the GO station. They were also fairly close. While we were there we went into a few show homes that were being built. It seems that our model of house is not being built anymore. What I mean by that is slightly under 2000 square feet with 2 car garage. It appears that now if you want a 2 car garage you have to be willing to go up to at least 2300 square feet or more plus about 40k more that we paid for our house. I think our house is a better starter house. I have been parking outside for as long as I have owned a car and I am sick of it. I am tired of having to clean snow off my car and I don't ever want to have to do it in the morning ever again. The main reason we went into the show homes was to get some decorating ideas. We didn't really see anything that we liked though so we will have to keep looking.

That's it for this week.

Next week ... Season Finales.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Death

Unfortunately a cousin of mine passed away recently. Even more unfortunate were the circumstances surrounding her death. It has actually attracted some media attention here in the city so if you have access to Toronto news you may have seen it. The news stories are linked below.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_34063.aspx

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090427/national/swine_flu_stranded_cdn

http://www.metronews.ca/edmonton/canada/article/219757--ontario-man-claims-dying-wife-stranded-in-mexico-over-unfounded-swine-flu-fears


You may notice that the family wedding used in some of the pictures is actually my wedding.

Basically what happened is that she went down to Mexico for a vacation and had a very severe asthma attack. The doctors didn't want to let her in to hospitals here in Toronto because of fears of the swine flu. However, as i stated above she did not have swine flu she just had a very severe asthma attack. My understanding is that getting into a hospital here would not have saved her life. Her family just wanted to get her back here so that all of the family could say goodbye. They were eventually able to get her into a hospital in Peterborough. I believe she passed away peacefully within 24 hours of being back in Ontario. My wife and i took last Thursday off and attended her funeral. It was a very sad occasion. Her father and husband were in pretty bad shape understandably. It's hard when someone so young goes. She is actually less than a year older than I am. I can't say that we were extremely close because we were not but she is still my cousin and it still came as a huge shock to me what happened to her.

Well, that's it for this week.

Next week... Star Trek

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

So i saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the weekend. I am a big comic book fan and this is the only comic book movie that is coming out this summer. Overall I thought the movie was okay but nothing really spectacular. They didn't reinvent the wheel or anything. There are some comic fans that are going to say that this movie strays to far from the source material. However, I am not one of them. I think you stay as true to the material as you can but i don't think you let it tie your hands. I will give example of good changes and bad changes in comic book movies.

Good
Wolverine doesn't wear yellow spandex
Iron man doesn't mention the Mandarin directly
Lucius Fox knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

Bad
The joker kills Batman's parents
General Zod breaths in space, shoots beams out of his hands and superman flies backwards around the world to reverse time.

So overall i would recommend this movie to people who are fans of the genre and of action in general. If you are looking for some deeper meaning I suggest you look elsewhere.