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Posted by hypnobee at 12:00 AM

December 30, 2005

Wilderness Shopping



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 2:33 PM

2005 Going out with a Wimper

It's been a pretty sad week around here as far as posts are concerned. I've been either busy with family stuff or getting called in to work and haven't had really much time or anything to post about.

Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come in 2006.

I will post a comic later today so stay tuned.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:10 AM

December 27, 2005

Obsessive Fortune



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 11:38 AM

December 25, 2005

Ghost of Christmas Past

A blast from the past. Circa - 1999

Here's an interactive greeting card I created back before the internet bubble burst. Man people would buy anything back then!!

Merry Christmas

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Posted by hypnobee at 8:14 AM

December 23, 2005

Bad Idea

Boxing Day or Boxing Week which its become in recent years (mainly due to fines received by stores by opening on a Statutory Holiday) is the equivalant to Black Friday (the Friday the follows the American Thanksgiving) in the States where stores offer door crashers that cause people to go mental and trample each other so they can save $20.

The newspaper ads for Boxing Day have started to fill my mail slot out the front of the house. Is it just me or does the above, this week's flyer from Sportmart seem like a bad choice of words because nothing says Happy Holidays like a Massacre!!!


Sportmart, We're commiting genocide on our prices!

Posted by hypnobee at 3:47 PM

December 22, 2005

All I want for Christmas



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

December 21, 2005

Even More Best of 2005 Lists

Another late post, my appologies to those of you who stop by in an attempt to kill off a few of the minutes that remain between you and the end of the week. I figured that this last week before the break would wind down at work and I'd have a ton of time to put together some posts. Quite the opposite has happened, they seem intent on squeezing every last drop of work out off me. Bastards! They've even gone as far as to ship me out to job sites so I can't even just sit at my desk and pretend to work.

Anyways here's some more Top music list of 2005 that will hopefully kill off some time.

First, Pitchfork has posted their Top 50 album selections of the year. Number 1, no surprise Sufjan Stevens - Illinois. Maybe because I kept up to date with the site for most of the year that there aren't too many shockers on the list but I've still got a good chunk of good music from 2005 to check out.

Out of 50 CD's Listed -

15 - I've listened to the entire disc.
8 - I Own.
9 - I Still Have to check out.

I only own 2 out of the top 10 and out of the 9 I have listed to check out 5 are from the top 10 (3,4,5,6 & 7)

Here's some other top music lists out there courtesy of Largehearted Boy:

Philadelphia Weekly

The Commentator

Chart Attack

Posted by hypnobee at 11:23 PM

December 20, 2005

Wheatgrass



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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December 19, 2005

More Best Of 2005 Music Lists

I'm not a big list maker but I love a good list. If someone thinks something's great and I've never heard of it, I'll always make a point of checking it out, doesn't matter what it is.

Today Pitchfork released The Top 50 Singles of 2005. This will be followed up shortly with Top 50 Albums of 2005 (I should have a fair chunk).

Popmatters released their Top 50 selections for CD's of 2005. They listed The New Pornographers as their #1 CD of the year. I've listened to it a handful of times but it seems to wear on me a little. Maybe I'll give it another spin.

Posted by hypnobee at 11:53 PM

King Kong

You have to see this movie.


Spectacle (n.)

1. Something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature.

2. A public performance or display, especially one on a large or lavish scale.

3. So freakin' awesome if you don't go see it, I won't talk to you because you don't know anything.





Posted by hypnobee at 11:18 PM | Comments (7)

December 16, 2005

Top 10 CD's of 2005

Here's my Top 10 CD's for the year plus a few more that were good but didn't make the list.

10.

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake
It’s Morning

9.

Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

8.

A Band of Bees
– Free The Bees

7.

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

6.

Spoon - Gimme Fiction

5.

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

4.

Silversun Pickups – Piku

3.

Broken Social Scene
- Broken Social Scene

2.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

1.

Ryan Adams – Cold Roses

Honourable Mention

M. Ward
- Transistor Radio
My Morning Jacket
– Z
The Mountain Goats
- The Sunset Tree
Iron & Wine
- Woman King
The Decemberists
– Picaresque
Death Cab for Cutie
– Plans
Wilco
- Kicking Television

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

December 15, 2005

Neighbour Overkill



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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December 14, 2005

Cocaine Cola

Remember the good ole days when Coca-Cola had Cocaine in it? Well here's your chance to return to those days.

Behold Coca Sek - Cola made from the coca leaf; the raw coca leaf that is refined into cocaine. Sadly the export of raw coca is illegal so if you want to try some Coca Sek you're going to have to go to Columbia to get it.

The soda looks like apple cider, has a tea-like fragrance and tastes vaguely like a cross between 7-Up and ginger ale. The physical effect of drinking it — even after several bottles — is minimal. “It’s an energizing drink,” Curtidor said. “It’s like coffee since it is lightly stimulating.”

You'd think they could've added some artificial colouring and gone for something a little more appetizing than the colour of urine.

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Posted by hypnobee at 11:58 PM

December 13, 2005

Pizza Surprise



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

December 12, 2005

3 Seconds

I knew it was going to be an exercise in futiliy but I thought it would've lasted longer than 3 seconds. I was out last night and had to tape the final for Survivor and I was going to watch it when I got home from work today.

I figured there'd be an outside chance that I could get through the day without finding out. Here was the game plan:
Avoid the radio - Easy I don't listen to much radio, CD's all the way to work, no problem!
Avoid the people at work who watch the show - No one in my immediate area watches the show, should be easy.
Avoid reading CTV headlines on my MSN page - I was only giving this a 30% chance that it wasn't one of the headlines and so far it looks like there's bigger news in the world so I would've been safe.
Avoid any media outlet; newspapers & websites - It would've been tough but I could've done it.

My alarm went off this morning and it was the second thing out his mouth.

"NAME" wins it all.

Ahh crap!!!

*** caution comments may contain spoilers ***

Posted by hypnobee at 6:46 AM | Comments (1)

December 9, 2005

Sick on Sin

One of my favourite webcomics, Ornery Boy has finally activated that long dormant tab MERCH on his website and now has merchandise available. Sick on Sin which is run by the real life Dirty Girl (Jennifer Krebsz) opened for business on December 5th, just in time to fill all your Ornery Boy Christmas needs.

There's a ton of stuff available, Lalonde's style was destined to be on a t-shirt. If Ornery Boy is a little to dark for you there's a lot of other stuff which falls into the "CUTE" realm.

Be sure to check out some of the fine merchandise available.

[LINK]

Posted by hypnobee at 9:52 AM | Comments (1)

December 8, 2005

Wake up Angry Every Morning

There's nothing worse than a fly or a mosquito buzzing around your head when you're trying to sleep. Now thanks to Ena Macana and his Blowfly Alarm Clock you can wake up to this every morning.

Set the time on its base and leave the Blowfly there. When the alarm activates, it spins a propeller and flies up above you making ridiculous noises. The only way to stop it is to wake up, grab it, and set it back down in its docking station

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Posted by hypnobee at 4:50 PM

Scrambled Dreams



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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December 7, 2005

Chia Cat Grass

For the first time in a long time I watched some NFL on Sunday and I saw a couple of amusing commercials. The first was some sleeping pill that has a side effect that ‘may cause drowsiness’. What are they trying to say, if you take this product you may become drowsy but you still won’t be unable to fall asleep. Or are they saying you can take these pills and they might make you sleepy or they may not. Actual the whole product is really just a placebo and they'll just take the suckers as they come. Either way this is absolutely unacceptable, this drug should be pulled from the market until they can safely say, ‘this product will cause unconsciousness’.

By far my favorite was Chia Cat Grass. It’s Grass, and it’s for your cat...to eat. People why don’t you own this already? Don’t know why you should get one for your cat, here are the listed benefits.

Provides essential vitamins and folic acids
- Well that sounds good, but c’mon Fruit Loops have 8 essential vitamins and folic acid and I’m pretty sure they’ll rot your teeth right out of your head in no time.

Aides in digestions by increasing roughage
- Ha ha roughage! I’ve always found that word funny. Nothing's worse than seeing a cat walking around with turtle head poking out.

Assists in removing hairballs
- I’m not following the logic here. Does eating the grass cut down on a cat’s hairball production? Are you supposed to turn it upside down and use the grass like a broom and it ‘assists’ you in sweeping it up. Or does the cat just cough up a hair ball in the grass and it’s a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

Keeps cats away from hazardous houseplants
- Okay I’ll give you that one but if your cat’s developed an unhealthy relationship with the cactus in the corner you’re just going to have to accept the fact that your cat is not long for this world.

Organic and pesticide free
- Organic and pesticide free, that’s not really a benefit so much as it is a good idea when you’re selling something an animal is going to eat.

Satisfies their natural cravings for grass
- Are you saying that all cats are potheads? That would explain why my cat is always insisting we watch Spaceballs and eat brownies.

Helps freshen breath
- In my opinion any animal that has the ability to lick its own genitals should posses the ability to use a toothbrush. Why don't I ever get calls from those telemarketers, "Hello Mr. Bannon we're currently raising funds for research that would genetically alter animals so that they can brush their own teeth. Would you be interested in making a donation?" Hell yes!

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM | Comments (4)

December 6, 2005

Quicksand



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

December 5, 2005

Best Webcomics of 2005 (Web Comics Examiner)

The end of the year is fast approaching and the year's best and top 10 lists are starting to surface, as someone who can't be bothered going much further than the handful of sites I visit it's always nice to be exposed to things other people think are great and you've never heard of.

The Web Comics Examiner has put together The Best Web Comics of 2005. The list ranges from comic strips to full length stories told in comic form. Some how Mordant Orange was left off the list...hmmm..oh well maybe next year

I recommend The Perry Bible Fellowship and Copper as a good place to start.

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Posted by hypnobee at 1:06 PM

Aeon Flux

I was partly right on my assumption of why Aeon Flux wasn’t previewed for the critics. They tore it to shreds, currently sitting at 15% at Rotten Tomatoes. I on the other hand enjoyed the movie*

*(Well as much as you could enjoy a watered down PG version of a cartoon that is pretty close to an R rating. I didn’t know it was PG until I bought my ticket, it absolutely crushed any hope that I had that the movie was going to be good. I mean Harry Potter was PG-13.)

I never watched the original animated series but I did catch the odd glimpse of it from time to time back when it ran on MTV as part of Liquid Television. I can almost say with complete certainty that if you enjoyed the original you will be really disappointed with this version. Where the original is dark, cold and violent the movie has none of these things going for it. It’s just another case of Hollywood trying to play it safe and they end up make a mediocre movie that no one enjoys.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:58 PM

December 1, 2005

Oprah on Letterman Tonight

Worlds are colliding; Oprah Winfrey is going to be on Late Show with David Letterman tonight. Has Oprah finally developed a sense of humor and can now laugh at herself? Of course not...she’s just got something to sell. The visit is more than likely to promote her Broadway musical of the Color Purple than to bury the hachet with Dave.

Letterman has softened over the years but hopefully he doesn’t just rollover for Oprah. My hope is that he has an Andy Kaufman-like plan in place where he’s really only appeared to have mellowed over the years in an attempt to lure Oprah back to the show only to tear into her like a thanksgiving turkey.

I doubt it though, it’s more likely that he’ll play nice (possibly in attempt to get he back on the show where she's totally let her guard down...and then...wham...muh-ha-ha!!!).

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Posted by hypnobee at 2:24 PM

The Not-So-Secret History of Aeon Flux

So you've seen the preview for Aeon Flux which opens on Friday but you still have no idea what it's about or where the character comes from. You can't even turn to the critics for their opinion because there have been no advance screenings (often the case when a movie is really bad...I think in this case it's in an effort generate a strong word-of-mouth campaign instead of leaving it up to the close minded critics to decide)

If you're not sure what Aeon Flux is all about or where it's coming from, do yourself a favor and check out this awesome comic by Mike Russell which explains the origin of Aeon Flux.

And if that's not enough for you can check out Aeon Flux - The Complete Animated Collection which was just released, curiously enough just in time before the movie came out.

[Link] via Drawn!

Posted by hypnobee at 8:00 AM

When Dogs Shop Online



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM