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August 31, 2005

iPod - Apple Did You Patten Anything?

I think someone at Apple should have been paying closer attention to the guy who they sent out to file the patents when he mentioned how bizarrely similar the patent office looked like your average Starbucks tadalafil india. It would also explain why every time he would call back to the office wanting to know wether they wanted it filed under "solo", "venti", or "grande" and why he always came back with the best complimentary coffee anyone had ever tasted.

Apple has failed to patten another part of possibly one of the most intuitive pieces of hardware ever created. This time Creative Technology is challenging Apple's navigation technology used on the iPod.

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Posted by hypnobee at 10:26 PM

Broken Flowers

This is a fantastic movie but I can’t recommend you go see it. If you hated Lost In Translation and don’t get Bill Murray in Life Aquatic you should pass on this movie because you’ll be too busy comparing him to those other movies that you’ll miss the point of this movie.

Bill Murray is receiving rave reviews for his work in this film. I think he did a great job and can’t think of another actor I could’ve substituted but I don’t know if it’s worth raving about. He should be congratulated on a job well done but we don’t need to blow the performance out the water with hype. It seems inappropriate to the character he plays. Some people can’t seem to wrap their heads around a comedian to being able to act so well, clearly they don’t understand what is involved in being a successful comedian as far as timing and subtlety and their relation to acting are concerned.

Jeffrey Wright (Winston) on the other hand did an amazing job and I think any praise he gets is well deserved. I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for him in future projects.

Along with all the great acting in this movie there is the set design, as well the soundtrack which are integral parts to the movie as well and should not be overlooked. For example, I kept noticing in almost every interior shot, every wall had a single picture hanging in the center, the significance, I don't know. I'm sure this movie will be dissected at great lengths in film classes in the future. Just another aspect of the movie to soak in as you’re watching. The music is also fantastic, I’ll definitely be checking out the soundtrack.

I think that Broken Flowers deserves multiple viewings to fully absorb and appreciate it. This movie will definitely have you talking about it after you leave the theater which I think is it's ultimate goal.

Posted by hypnobee at 1:34 PM

It's My Birthday

I'll be celebrating by paying a $1.19 a litre ($4.50/gal) for gas. I think I'm going to have start selling off my personal possessions so I can continue to drive to work.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

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August 30, 2005

World's oldest person dies

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands died yesterday at the age of 115. She was the world’s record holder for oldest living person. Guiness has since stripped her of her title and has handed it over to Elizabeth Bolden, 115, of Tennessee. Andel-Schipper could not be reached for comment.

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(Why is this posted in 'Wierd News', what's so wierd about a 115 year old lady dying in her sleep?)

Posted by hypnobee at 10:33 AM | Comments (1)

Summer is over, Bring on the new TV shows

Summer's over, well almost but as far as TV is concerned it is. New fall shows are already being rolled out. Generally new shows and new episodes of returning shows don't surface until the third week in September when ratings are examined to determine the advertising rates for the year (this is also know as "sweeps" as most network put out their best to get the most eyeballs on their stuff so the can charge more for advertising).

Last night FOX's first new show of the season premiered, Prison Break. With the huge success of Lost last year expect networks to bring all kinds of series with large story arcs and anything that made Lost great. Much like everything else in TV if someone comes up with a good ideas there will be 5 more ripoffs the next year.

Prison Break was well done and interesting enough to warrant another viewing but don't ever forget that it's on FOX and that it will probably be cancelled if it's half decent. If anyone needs any proof of this watch the first 2 minutes of the first episode of Family Guy after it returned to the air where Peter rambles off every show that was cancelled in Family Guy's three year absence.

Here's a list of upcoming new shows, as TV is pretty much a wasteland and if a show isn't an instant hit it's dumped I've had to cut down the list to shows that I'll check out and ones that just seem so bad you wonder how anyone convienced anyone to make them in the first place, courtesy of Kevin Williamson of the Calgary Sun:

( MONDAY AUG. 29) PRISON BREAK (Fox): A man, desperate to save his imprisoned brother from execution, launches a preposterous plan to break him out of prison. Balk all you want at the show's plot -- the pilot episode is a big, energetic entertainment.

(THURSDAY, SEPT. 8)REUNION (Fox): This potboiler follows a group of tight-knit friends over the course of 20 years in a single season. The premiere is set in 1986. Expect deceit, sex, murder and loads of top 40 tunes from the past two decades.

(SUNDAY SEPT. 11) THE WAR AT HOME (Fox): This family sitcom stars Michael Rappaport, who just wants to keep his kids in check. So he sends them to Iraq. Really. Except for the Iraq part.

(TUESDAY, SEPT. 13) BONES (Fox): David Boreanaz, formerly of Angel, plays an FBI agent teamed with Patricia Cornwell-esque crime solver.

(FRIDAY SEPT. 16) THRESHOLD (CBS): Aliens plot to invade Earth by rewriting our DNA. Gorgeous Carla Gugino (Sin City) and not-gorgeous Brent Spiner (Star Trek's Data) must stop them.

(MONDAY, SEPT. 19) KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (Fox): Based on the real-life memoir of a New York chef, this series from Darren Star (Sex and the City) treats chefs like rock gods.

(MONDAY, SEPT. 19) HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS): The wonderful Alyson Hannigan (Buffy) takes a surprising supporting role (along with Neil Patrick Harris, formerly of Doogie Howser fame) in this sitcom about a man who is relating the story of how he met his wife to his children.

(MONDAY, SEPT. 19) OUT OF PRACTICE (CBS): Aaaaaay! Henry Winkler a.k.a. The Fonz is the newly divorced (from Stockard Channing) patriarch of a clan of dysfunctional lawyers.

(MONDAY, SEPT. 19) SURFACE (NBC): In this science fiction adventure, the aliens come not from the stars but from the deep (as in ocean).

(TUESDAY SEPT. 20) MY NAME IS EARL (NBC): Jason Lee (Almost Famous) stars in the season's funniest new show, about a scumbag who sets out to help all the people he's wronged in his life.

(WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21) INVASION (ABC): A hurricane in Florida may be just a smokescreen for an alien attack. Stars former Calgarian Kari Matchett. Cannily paired with Lost.

(WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21) THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART (NBC): Can Martha trump the Donald?

(WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21) E-RING (NBC): Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper in the Pentagon. Slickly made, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI).

(THURSDAY SEPT. 22) EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (Citytv): Chris Rock produces and provides voiceover for this autobiographical account of his childhood.

(THURSDAY SEPT. 22) CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS): Ever wonder what CSI would've been like if Mandy Patinkin had played Gil Grissom? Now you know.

(FRIDAY SEPT. 23) GHOST WHISPERER (CBS): Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts see dead people.

(FRIDAY SEPT. 23) KILLER INSTINCT (Fox): Cops battle deranged psychotic criminals -- and their own demons.

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM | Comments (2)

August 29, 2005

I'm all over it

When I first saw this show last year I thought it was some low budget flash cartoon that had graduated from the internet to Canadian cable. I quickly dismissed it and moved on. I don’t know what I was thinking. I recently caught on to the show because I had my PVR setup to record Drawn Together, which only had eight episodes and the comedy network quickly threw Odd Job Jack into it’s timeslot, Saturdays at 9:30 on the Comedy Network.

The show premise is pretty simple, every week Jack (voiced by Don McKellar, who is much less annoying in animated form) heads down to the temp agency to get a new assignment. Every episode is chalk full of political incorrectness, Canadian references and celebrity guest voices. They really put a lot into the show’s website, it contains video clips and a new flash game for every episode, downloads, and contests. There’s a lot of time to be wasted on this site.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:46 PM

Sweet!!!

I was checking out the awesome line of toys coming out for Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride when I stubbled across these bad boys. Coming out in November. With one of these figurines sitting on top of my computer monitor I don't know if I'd ever get any work done ever again.

Check out the whole series

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 26, 2005

Happy as a Pig in...



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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August 25, 2005

Canoe.ca you're cutoff

That’s it I’m cutting off canoe.ca for entertainment news. Look at today’s music headlines. What the hell is this crap! Sure I get my real music news from pitchforkmedia.com but still look at this.

I obviously don’t fall into their two key demographics, 12 year old girls or 30 something rock-ons stuck in the 80’s.

I’ve be extremely disappointed in the entire entertainment section for the better part of a month. I need to move on. Can someone point me in the direction of something better?

Posted by hypnobee at 9:05 AM

Howl's Moving Castle

I got a chance to see Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle last night. It was fantastic, although I'd like to see it in the original Japanese with subtitles because I'm pretty sure Billy Crystal's performance as Calcifer had quite a bit of adlibbing and would like to compare it to the original (or as close as I can come without actually understanding Japanese). Don't get me wrong I still thought it was a good performance it just seemed a little over the top, it could be that his voice was so instantly recognizable that it was slightly distracting.

Howl's moving castle is full of great characters and settings that are wildly imaginative. The castle itself and the wicked witch of the waste's henchmen were my personal favourites as visual highlights go. The backgrounds were also great with tonnes of detail creating an entire believable universe.

The only fault I can find with the movie was that it ended with a nice little neat bow on it a little too quickly. For a 2 hour movie it just seemed rushed at the end. I've only seen the last 3 Miyazaki movies but this seems to be a trait they share. It might be that Miyazaki is trying to keep you wrapped up in the world he's created until the last possible instance until he has to release you.

It might seem like a bit of a stretch to sit through if you're not an animation fan but I still think it's a great movie.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 24, 2005

Nextoons: The Nicktoons Festival

Nicktoons is running it's second annual Nextoons: The Nicktoons Festival. Various animated shorts, 50 in total, done in all sorts of styles will air nightly at midnight until Sunday the 28th. Voting will take places, judges will decide, someone will walk away with $10,000.

If you don't have access to Nicktoons (like everyone in Canada) or just can't get enough of these great shorts you can check out the day's shorts online. From August 22nd to 28th you can check out the shorts for that day's screening and cast your vote. Shorts will only be accessible during the day they are broadcast. Don't worry if you've miss a day because on August 29th to September 9th all shorts will be available and voting can also take place.

You've already missed two days so get on it!
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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 23, 2005

Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection

When I was looking through Teletoon’s website trying to find what else they were bringing back I almost wet myself when I saw that Futurama Season 5 was going to be shown. I was sure that the show was cancelled and didn’t hear any rumblings of a comeback like family guy. I dug a little deeper and realized that season 5 is really the second half of season 4 and I already own it on DVD as Futurama was released in the ever confusing volumes instead of seasons. This is due to the fact that FOX screwed the show around so bad that it didn’t even get a chance to air all the episode from season 4 in the same year.

Anyways get ready to soil yourself again. No Futurama isn’t coming back (yet, I’m still holding out for this one) but they are making a direct to video Movie which is due out sometime in 2007. Until then there's, Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection which came out today. This is just a cash grab for the completest, it features Matt Groening’s four favourite episodes along with some introductions by Groening. There are some other bonus features thrown in and it’s reasonably priced that it almost has me swayed over to buy it.

Damn you FOX!!!. Just bring back the show already.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:03 AM

August 22, 2005

Remembering where you are

I just came from a public bathroom where someone in a stall was making the “bombs away� whistle. I thought it only appropriate to match him with some "machine gun fire"...actually I wasn't using the stall but the look on his face would've been great.

I think it’s important to remember where you are and that other people are always going to see or hear you if you're doing something stupid.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:08 AM

Buttermilk Anyone?

I took part in a car rally (part amazing race, part scavenger hunt) on Saturday. Each of the 6 teams left in 5 minute intervals and were given their starting clues and off they went. The first team circled the block and had everyone either laughing or scratching their heads (except for Darcy who laid out the course who began to panic).

It wasn’t a “race� but when you’re given a list of things to do and there’s a start and a finish line, you’re brain can only think one thing…RACE! We left as team three and after the 1st leg of the race we jumped into the lead. Along the course there were pit stops where you had to get out of the car and do something before you could get your next set of clues. There was bobbing for lemons and limes (who knew lemons floated and limes didn’t), playing black jack and doing shots of whiskey and/or buttermilk in the cemetery.

I did some shots of buttermilk (I was the driver), I’ve never drank buttermilk before this and I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. If you’ve never had buttermilk before I can only describe it as tasting like the fluid that gathers on top of sour cream or yogurt and the consistency of milk you can eat with a fork. I took one…actually 5 for the team. (The next day when I got up I could smell the buttermilk coming off of me, like when you have too much garlic except this was a stench of cultured dairy products)

Overall we were second across the line but actually finished fourth in points. Two of the six teams didn’t finish the race so really we finished last. A possible reason we didn’t end up on top would be that we totally neglected the scavenger hunt � It was slowing us down, if we wanted to finish first we couldn’t waste time looking for all these things. It was a great time and very well laid out thanks to Darcy and Amanda for putting together such a great event!

Posted by hypnobee at 8:54 AM

August 19, 2005

Toothpaste for Dinner

Strengthening my case that you don't need to have great drawings skills to make great comics. Now if only I was funnier. Check out toothpaste for dinner, a new comic everyday.

www.toothpastefordinner.com

Posted by hypnobee at 12:58 PM

NEW TV - Will the site suffer because of it...probably!

I got my new TV and stand yesterday. It's a slight upgrade from 15" to 32"....ohhh yeah!!

Here's the original setup.


1. TV - 15" Toshiba with built in DVD player - Got the job done but was a bit of a strain for any movie with subtitles.
2. TV Stand - Actually a bench from an old sewing machine - yes that is a purple top covering...not gay!
3. DVD Player - Another DVD player - you can never have too many DVD players.
4. Surround Sound Receiver - I bought this on Boxing Day and yes I did hook it up and use it on that TV.
5. VHS player - Used only as a gauge to see how dusty the room is.
6. Expressvu Receiver w/ PVR - The TV making machine, remarkably stubborn when the OFF button is pressed.
7. A Candle - A gift...not gay!
8. Various animated television shows and movies.
9. Alexander Keith's Wall Plaque - I got it for Christmas, my birthday's coming up, maybe I'll get a hammer for my birthday so I can hang it up.
10. Gamecube - NOT GAY!!! - Best video game system around.

And now...

Despite the TV being huge the wall behind it appears to be rather bare. Possibly hanging the Keith's plaque that's leaning against the wall and adding some baseboards would finish it off nicely.

Posted by hypnobee at 8:09 AM

August 18, 2005

Flintstone Powered



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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August 17, 2005

TV DVD's worth Checking out.

The only thing better than TV is TV on DVD. No commercials, on demand, extra features, behind the scenes, and commentary. You can't beat a marathon of your favourite shows at the tips of your fingers.





SIMPSONS - SEASON 6

Don’t painc the packaging hasn’t changed (that much), the yellow plastic homer head is just a cheap blister pack. Underneath I’m fairly certain is the standard packaging from the five previous seasons on DVD. I didn’t want to tear into in the store to confirm but it felt like it. Anyways this is season 6 and it’s the second season where The Simpsons are really hitting their stride. Classic episodes include: Who shot Mr. Burns Pt. 1, Homer the Great, A Star Is Burns plus many more.

MUPPETS � SEASON 1

I knew if I held out long enough it would come around. Note: never fall for the compilation DVD’s, if it’s as good as you remember it being they’ll release the entire season and you’ll be kicking yourself for having multiple copies of episodes.

It's time to raise the curtain on THE MUPPET SHOW! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, and more in the first season of this groundbreaking twist on the classic Variety Show. Contains all 24 episodes, which have been completely restored and remastered. The bonus features also include something you were never meant to see: the original "pitch reel" that propelled the Muppets' blend of original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars into a primetime hit for all ages!
DEAD LIKE ME � SEASON 2

I was so mad when I heard this show was cancelled. Why does this keep happening to all my favourite shows? Damn you and your lowest common denominator shows, TV!!! Unique shows never stand a chance at finding their audience because they're always yanked before word of mouth can spread. At least it’s now available on DVD.

Proving that "reapers are anything but grim company" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), this "deliciously dark comedy about the afterlife" (Newsday) returns for "a second season as strong as its first" (Philadelphia Daily News). Thanks to breakout star Ellen Muth's prickly charm, Dead Like Me has "an amusingly odd and touching energy all its own" (Detroit News and Free Press). After more than a year as a grim reaper, George (Muth) has realized that being a teenager in the afterlife is as complex as in real life. There are still unrequited crushes, agonizing dilemmas and the occasional bad attitude. Along with her kooky "co-reapers" Mason, Daisy, Roxy and Rube, George struggles to collect souls while managing her own awkward development…into an adult reaper!

Posted by hypnobee at 12:46 PM

Microsoft pattens iPod (Someone at Apple is going down for this)

Microsoft has managed to patten Apple's iPod before Apple. This might mean Apple will have to fork over royalties to Mr. Bill "I can't believe I beat them to it" Gates for every iPod Apple sells.

A third of Apple's revenue is generated by iPods.

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Posted by hypnobee at 11:39 AM

August 16, 2005

The Finster/Finster Show

Another short at Oh Yeah! appears to have ramped up to full speed, The Finster / Finster Show. Catching up to other shorts with several new posts on the short ‘Store Wars�, a parody of Star Wars it looks to be taking shape nicely. Not screwing around when it comes to voice actors they already have landed some big names, Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Stimpy), Charlie Adler (Buster Bunny, Cow and Chicken) and Tress MacNeille (various female Simpsons characters) which will be in the studio shortly.

Click here for all your Finster / Finster needs.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:25 PM

March of the Penguins

Sorry Deuce you lose again.
I’ve always been a fan of the Emperor Penguin (my favourite tragically hip song) and would rank them as penguins go second only to the Jackass Penguin. I love the opening of the movie where they show a distant shot of penguins in silhouette as Morgan Freeman gives a brief history of the South Pole and how one tribe remained behind as the contents drifted apart and the tropical jungle that Antarctica was became the icy tundra that it is today.

The March of the Penguins follows the mating ritual of the Emperor Penguin as they instinctively travel to the center of the Artic tundra to mate and raise their young until they are old enough to fend for themselves while the fight to survive against the most brutual climate on earth.

I found the penguin’s movement fascinating and the glimpses of human-like mannerism to be mesmerizing. I generally don’t find myself rushing out to see many documentaries in the theaters but I’d say that if you’re looking to escape the mindless summer sequels and blow ‘em up films, this should do the trick.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:38 AM

August 15, 2005

Four Brothers

My plan was to go see Deuce Bigalow this weekend but I couldn’t convince anyone to come along, instead I ended up going to see Four Brothers.

I’ve driven through Detroit but I’ve never actually stopped. Man, do they love their gun there! I found it more disturbing that all the gun play that happened through out the movie seemed very matter of fact way, “well they killed my mother, now I’m going to have to go and kill them.� as if that was the only course of action that could happen. I don’t know if I had trouble connecting to the movie because I’m not from Detroit or anything that even remotely resembles it or it was just a crappy story that failed to draw me in.

People often cringe when they hear that a music artist is going to start branching out into acting. I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt because they are not only musicians and/or singers, they’re entertainers. What do you think a music video is? It’s a short film and most of the time it involves them doing something other than standing there and singing. Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) from Outkast turned out a solid performance I can see him getting a lot more work.

Overall the movie had a couple moment but as a whole didn't really drag me into it. If you've enjoyed past John Singleton movies you should enjoy this one.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:53 PM | Comments (1)

Best excuse for being late for work�

I was lying in bed and I heard on my alarm clock radio that Christopher Walken was running for President. Then the DJ (or is it Radio Host…it was an AM station…no music) and his traffic sidekick were going on and on about how great Christopher Walken is and recounting different movie roles like a couple of drunks at a house party after someone references that they have a fever and the only prescription for it is more cow bell (man do I hate how that was driven into the ground!).

That was the best dream ever.

I rolled over and looked at the clock and it was 25 minutes later then it should’ve been. I wasn’t dreaming at all.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:06 AM

August 12, 2005

I need to go to the movies.

Ah the weekend’s here. I need to go see a movie. I haven’t seen anything since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and for someone who usually goes every week it’s been a long time since I’ve gone to the movies.

I check out rottentomatoes.com to see what’s come out this week. I really don’t put much weight behind their rankings ever since the led me astray with The Bone Collector. I might check out something if it’s getting really great reviews and I wasn’t previously interested. But mainly it's just to see what's coming out this week.

But this week I see something that makes me want to run out and go see the movie right now, Deuce Bigalow:European Gigalo 3 % approval. I think that’s the lowest I’ve ever seen of a movie on RT. Awesome! I probably wasn’t going to see this but now I have to. How could it be any worse than Fantastic Four which got a well deserved 26%. I saw the first one and thought it was pretty decent. I enjoy Rob scheinder and know what to expect going into his movies. Let’s see if all these reviewers have their heads so far up their asses that they don’t know a fart joke when it blows by their head.

Posted by hypnobee at 3:31 PM

Spawn: The Animation

Spawn: The Animation, what a terrible title! Besides the uncreative title it's great to see Spawn back in animated form. I haven't been keeping up with the comic book. They lost me after #32 (I think).

The original mini-series Spawn: The Animated series (clever!) ran on HBO for 3 season and produced 18 episodes from 1997-99. This series was rated R and was very dark, closer to the comic book and 10 times better than Spawn: The Movie (another clever title). Spawn: The Animation is a 70 minute direct to DVD which is to be out sometime in early 2006. Till then you can keep up to date with the latest info at Spawn.com

There's a trailer mostly comprised of stills that was unveiled at Comic-Con. [LINK]

Also a quick run down of what Spawn:Animation is and isn't:

- No. The new animation is not a continuation of the HBO series.
- We have been working on a new story to go along with the new and improved look for a long time to make sure tonally it was something entirely new and edgy.
- Todd along with Brian Holguin -- the writer of Spawn and KISS: Psycho Circus comic books -- have co-written the script.
- The animation will be "R" rated.
- Todd and TME president Terry Fitzgerald will be Executive Producing the animation. We are also thrilled to have a few of the directors and animators from the original HBO series returning to the animation team as well.
- Todd McFarlane Entertainment and some of its executives will provide consulting work on this project.
- The biggest difference you will notice is in the visuals. This time we'll be featuring a combination of 2D/3D characters on 3D backgrounds, as opposed to the HBO series where everything was exclusively 2D with touches of 2D CG.
- Yes, we are trying to get Keith David back as the voice of Spawn.
- Upon completion of the animation we intend to shop the project around Hollywood and are confident we will find a home on network or cable television for future installments of the animation.
- Currently we are planning to release the 70-minute movie direct to DVD via Anchor Bay Entertainment.
- The projected DVD release date is early 2006.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:52 PM

August 11, 2005

Punch a Redhead

Scientists in London have discovered that redheads feel less pain then people with blonde and brunette hair. So if you see someone with red hair as you pass them on the street go ahead and give them your best shot. They won't feel anything.

If it's a dye job don't feel any remorse as they drop to their knees because they deserve it for pertending to be better than everyone else anyways.

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:55 PM

Squareville Reunion



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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August 10, 2005

New on Teletoon's 'The Detour'

Teletoon's The Detour which runs animated shows geared towards mature audiences is the Canadian equivalant to the US' Adultswim on the Cartoon Network and runs from 9pm to 2 am nightly, is throwing some new shows into the mix. Three new original half hour shows that just happen to be Canadian produced. I'm not pumping this up because they're Canadian but because I'm glad to see that Teletoon is finally producing original content (granted The Wrong Coast is from TMN but c'mon).

Running such large blocks of animation seven days a week burns up all those great quirky shows that never seems to make it past that near impossible hurdle of 13 episodes pretty quickly. Any fresh meat is greatly appreciated. Joining the roster this summer / fall are:

Sons of Butcher
Premiered August 5th 9:30 pm EST

Butchers by day...rockers by night! Sol, Ricky and Doug of Sons of Butcher Quality Meats try to make it as rock-gods. It looks like it's a majority of flash animation except the heads which look to be traced from captured live footage. Check more great stuff at www.sonsofbutcher.com
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Station X
Premieres: August 12th 9:30 pm EST

Station X follows six Canadian media savvy late teens and earlier twenties who live in a loft together as they explore a different theme each episode. Themes such as violence, chance, madness etc. This half hour series is comprised of original animation and unusual film clips.
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The Wrong Coast
Premieres: August 19th 9:30 pm est

Claymation parody of Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. Taking the piss out of all the celebrities who need it. Mashing together current movies to create ridiculous movie previews for films like, My Big Fat Greek Matrix and Texas Chainsaw Manicure.
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August 9, 2005

Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats - Ho!

Thundercats part 1 of season 1 came out on DVD today. If only I had the disposable income to buy all these "classics" they keep putting out from my youth. I haven't seen the thundercats since it was still being produced.

I'm sure it probably doesn't stand up to the test of time or my memory but it would be good to go through the series once more and pick up on the references and innuendo that totally went over your head when you were a kid.

Here's the premise of the series:

In a distant galaxy, the world of Thundera is in crisis. The planet's structure has become unstable and is near collapse. With their destruction imminent, Thundera's denizens--known as the Thundercats--escape in a spaceship and plot a course for a new home. While in transit, the Thundercats are attacked by evil mutants and their craft is irreparably damaged. Jaga, the eldest Thundercat, sacrifices himself in order to pilot the ship safely to its destination: Third Earth

Try getting a TV show, let alone and childrens animated show produced with a pitch like that.

Someone please buy it and lend it to me.


Posted by hypnobee at 12:51 PM

I'm #1 - Do I win a prize?

I received an email yesterday along with an attachment showing the internet usage through out the company. Apparently they started tracking internet usage because the network was bogging down at noon and they can't seem to determine the cause.

Unlike most people I don't spend my lunch hour surfing the internet. I usually go out for lunch and don't have much time to surf when I get back. I jump on for a couple minutes and buzz through a handful of sites looking for updates.

These stats were compiled over the last 2 weeks at work showing internet usage. That's me sitting at #1, far and away from any competition with over 100,000 hits. The closest guy next to me has a paltry 30,000.

I don't really use the internet that much but I have streaming radio going about 5 hours a day. Along with that I have the playlist which constantly refreshes itself (most likely where I piled most of my hits) that I leave minimized and only check for songs I don't recognize, for the entire day. I don't think I use up that much bandwidth and I close it down when I go out for lunch so I'm obviously not the problem.

Regardless I can probably expect to be dragged into the office where I'll have to explain that I have an obsessive compulsive disorder along with A.D.D. and that I have to keep checking my stats to see if anyone is visiting this site. I'm not on the internet for more that 15 seconds at a time but I have to check every 20 mins. They'll have to send me in for some shock therapy or take away my internet access. And then what am I supposed to do at work all day?

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 8, 2005

This is going to screw up my TV schedule

America under the guise of "energy conservation" is going ahead and changing daylight savings time with little regard to anyone else. I guess we're going to have to go and change as well or will be out of sync for the first two weeks of March and the first week of November.

This is totally going to screw up all kinds of hardware that is pre-programmed to change with daylight savings time. I just know I'm going to end up with the latest episode of Gilmour Girls when I sit down to ready to watch the newest Family Guy and American dad I taped the night before.


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Payola - It's still happening

Fresh off my rant on Corporate Radio I picked up this week's ECHO and found the following article, WHISTLE BLOWN
SONY BMG CAUGHT BRIBING THE AIRWAVES.

Within a pile of emails found and subsequently made public, Sony BMG officials were caught bribing radio programmers with high–end vacation packages and electronics, as well as covering radio station operational expenses, in order to guarantee airtime for their clients � or, as we like to call them, their bands.

Payola (pay-for-play) was made illegal in the 1960 but despite that it still goes on and is the reason you'll hear bands that aren't that good or should of long since faded away being played to death. I guess that's how business is done and why the best music out there sometimes never finds it's audience because they don't have the label behind them greasing up the wheels of corporate radio.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 5, 2005

NHL - I think I'm back in

Before the NHL went on strike I was already getting tired of it. I figured with the strike it would go the way Major League Baseball did for me after their strike. I walked away from it for 7 years. Over the last 3 years I’ve been slowly drawn back in. Now I’ll go to a game from time to time and follow it half heartedly. Hockey I used to watch almost every Leaf game all of the playoffs but I was starting to fall away from that.

Now that the strike is over and a salary cap is in place. I expected the same thing to happen. I didn’t miss an entire year without hockey; there was no gaping hole in my life. Now as hockey starts to wind up; the draft was last weekend, and the free agent market is going crazy, the whole league is turned upside down. And I feel myself more interested in it than before. Teams are making huge deals, franchise players are changing teams. Teams are dealing left, right and center.

And then there are the Leafs. They pick up Jeff O’Neil but lose Roberts and Nieuwendyk to Florida and Leetch to Boston. I’m waiting for them to do something…anything. And then it happens today…they re-sign Tie Domi…ugh. I’m so sick of the Leafs and their style of play, I’m ready for a fast young team that’s entertaining to watch.

I think this is the perfect time to switch teams and start following a new club.

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I'm done with Corporate Radio (Corus I'm looking in your direction)

I've heard the following phrase come out a DJ's mouth on several occasions in the last few weeks, "[insert band name] has a great new song out, you should hear it here in the next few weeks." On all instances where I've heard this comment the DJ has been talking about a CD that is already on the shelves and has been for months and the song they're talking about is on the same disc as the current single they're playing.

I'm so sick of hearing the same handful of songs on my hour long drive to and from work everyday. That's 10 hours of radio a week and your lucky if I hear 15 different songs. Often flipping from channel to channel you can hear the same song being played one after another on different radio stations (which are most likely owned by the same corporation). The rotation is so bad that even when they mix in older songs that aren't in the top 30 you hear the same song twice in the same day, once going to work and once coming home.

I'm done with Corporate Radio and now officially turning my back on you. I now support and listen to Public Radio. It didn't take me long to find a station that totally dwarfs anything I could hear in my car. There are some local public radio stations that have programming I like but they are only on at certain times on certain days.

KEXP.org from Seattle is where I've got it tuned to now. I listen for 8 hours straight a day streaming while I work and you'd be lucky to hear the same song twice in that span. They don't just play the current single they play the entire CD, rare, remixes and live stuff. They actually live up to the title of DJ. They also keep 2 weeks worth of archives of all programs so you can listen anything anytime you want. Along with that any band that comes in and plays live is permanently archived and can be easily accessed. It's also listener powered so request something if you want to hear it.

Check out John Richards in the morning. Support public radio because if you don't you'll only hear what some other corporate radio tard thinks will bring them the biggest audience.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

August 4, 2005

Artificial Turf



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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August 3, 2005

Gorillaz and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Gorillaz - Demon Days: I've never really listened to the last Gorillaz album from 4 years ago but I loved the videos. When I first heard the new Gorillaz disc came out I thought, great some more cool videos. I've seen only seen the first video, Dare. It has a totally different feel from the first CD, it's much darker but still great. As for the CD it's a much bigger mixed bag than I thought it would be. There's a lot in there covering quite a few genres. I like Dare, Feels Good Inc and Dirty Harry, I'm sure you'll find a couple worth listening to a few times.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
: Despite having a ridiculous band name and it being ridiculously long, it also happens to make up title of the disc and half of the first song's title of this is a fantastic CD. I love the start of this disc. If you listen to this first song a couple times and don't find yourself coming back for more there is definitely something wrong with you. With a voice that could be entirely annoying I find it refreshing and fun to listening to. A great CD to pop in the car and head out for some open road driving. The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth is another great track if the intro doesn't totally sell you.

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August 2, 2005

Deathbed



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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August 1, 2005

Worst Long Weekend Ever

I knew going into this long weekend that it wasn't going to be great but it was three days away from the Monday to Friday grind so it suited me just fine.

I was scheduled to work Saturday and Monday afternoons at my part time job which wasn't too bad, besides I need the extra cash. I still had Sunday wide open and free to do with whatever I wanted.

Maybe do some comics. Maybe put that last coat of paint on the office walls. Maybe cut the grass and clean up the house. Maybe do all the above, I did have the entire day.

I woke up 8:30 Sunday with a pounding headache and worst stomach ache. I was sick...son of a.. I never get sick. I stayed in bed for most of the day trying to sleep it off. Whenever I do get sick it's always on a weekend and it's like I'm on my deathbed. It's never a half kind of sick where you just don't feel like doing anything it's the kind of sick where you'll throw up and pass out if you try to stand up.

So much for Sunday and the long weekend.

Monday morning came and I was about 85% and feeling well enough to head to work. You gotta love that weekend illness. Feeling cheated of my long weekend I'll be in great shape to head into work this week. At least it's only 4 days.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:24 PM