Monday, August 30, 2010

Last post of August - So long summer!

August has gone by so fast that I've forgotten to post about it. Sorry for the lack of updates.

I watched Scott Pilgrim a second time, this time with friends. It was just as enjoyable the second viewing, and I'm glad I avoided watching trailers for this movie. Two of my favourite gags would have been ruined by a trailer that featured half of a scene. I hate how trailers do that.

Over the last two weeks I've been working and trying to get things sorted out for the next school year. I sold my Magic Cards to a guy from work, and that money helped me buy my gift to myself for a successful summer: 5.1 surround computer speakers and a 27” HD Viewsonic monitor.

I wanted to have a top-of-the-line monitor for once, so I spoiled myself. And when I saw how well it worked with my games, I soiled myself. I started playing Half Life 2 with the entire system, and it's amazing. In the beginning of the game you're wandering around a city with no weapons, but you can still pick things up and throw them. There I was running around throwing bottles at soldiers and then running away, and I could hear their footsteps behind me as I ducked around corners. Good times.

One of the highlights of my work week was when we drove out to Epcor's Genesse power plant. There was a stretch of road about half a kilometer long, and about seven metres wide that we needed to treat. Since one swatch is between four and five metres, it would have taken a long time to drive over the whole thing twice, even with me spraying while Logan drove. So I fulfilled a dream that I've been nourishing since I started work. I looped both hoses around my torso, gunslinger style, and dual wielded both spray guns. It's a lot harder than it looks, especially when using the left arm. But I looked totally awesome. Our safetay watch called me Rambo. Awesome.

Snack Time


Hot Kool-Aid

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Batman, Edmonton, and Space Ghost

I'll just start you off with an amazing webseries that I recently discovered: How to, Batman!

There's a whole lot of these things, and their each brilliant in their simplicity.

I watched Scott Pilgrim vs the World on one of my rain days this week, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was bizzare, funny, and spastic. Even though I wasn't a fan of the books, I loved this movie.

Have you ever enjoyed a trailer and then watched a movie, and the movie was terrible because the person who edited the trailer had a better sense of comedic timing than the editor of the movie? Not the case here. The ENTIRE movie is cut as energetically as a trailer, and even more so in key moments. If you liked the trailer, WATCH THIS MOVIE. If this trailer gave you an urge to shoo neighborhood children from your lawn, avoid this movie.

On Saturday we had our work barbecue at the Edmonton Capitals/Tuscon Toros game. The Capitals lost, but I got to see my bosses drunk and I discovered that the Edmonton Capitals mascot looks exactly like Space Ghost.

My research seems to indicate the the Cap's mascot's name is “Razzle,” which is pretty lame. Dude, he's a super hero. Just call him “Captain Edmonton.” Or “The Capitalist.”

I attended Theo's Missionary farewell tour in Sherwood Park today. He's off to Colorado Springs Colorado for two years. Bye, Theo!

And for good measure, here's a video that Janice sent me. Exquisite in its subtlety.

Monday, August 9, 2010

In which I refer to cardboard as "she"

I dropped the atomic clock that I bought in Georgia a few years back. It broke. All of the numbers stopped working but the eerie green back light is on permanently. Or at least until it runs out of atoms. Fortunately, none of the atoms leaked out so I didn't have to notify Environment Canada. I'll miss that clock. It's been with me through good times and bad, and it also told the temperature.

Last week for work I drove around the small towns near Edmonton. The giant sausage statue was still in Mundare, but there was also a nice new archway leading to main street. I tried some of the local garlic beef jerky, which was quite good. According to Anna, you can't get that stuff in Edmonton, so I may have to make some sort of garlic related pilgrimage later this year. Possibly after my dinosaur related pilgrimage to Jurassic Forest.

My internet was down from Friday until this afternoon. It really made me stop and wonder how I had fun before 1997. So for my day off I cataloged all of my Magic: The Gathering cards. I figured that my most valuable card would be my rare foil Serra Angel. Back when I started playing Serra angel was pretty much the coolest card ever, and the guys at Wizards of the Coast were like totally even thinking about not putting her in the core set because she was like too powerful for five mana and it was like-

So now the card has been bumped from rare to uncommon status and nobody wants it. Magic makes me feel OLD.

Couldn't find any really good vids this week. Sry.

Monday, August 2, 2010

But what if the dream... was in the Matrix?

Last week I had to take a chair back to Ikea. At Ikea you take a number for service at the Exchanges and Returns desk. I had number ten and had been waiting about fifteen minutes, when suddenly both return desks changes numbers at the same time, fizzled for a moment, and skipped over ten. Dude! Not really knowing procedure, I just walked over and frantically yelped “my number was skipped” to anyone that would listen. One of the attendants spotted me and, with a sorrowful nod, said that I would be right after twelve. I must have looked pretty upset, because she gave quite a sincere apology when I made it to the return desk.

“I'm really sorry about that. Thanks for your patience.” To let her know I wasn't scandalized in the slightest, I responded with “That's okay. We're actually in the Matrix and someone is trying to erase me from existence, so it's not your fault.” She laughed at that, and when she went to scan my chair into the system, she had to type the number in manually because the scanner wasn't working. “Wow, they really have it in for you.” “Yeah, I'm about to reveal a whole bunch of conspiracies. I'm getting thwarted at every turn.” With my chair successfully returned I went to go upstairs for an Ikea breakfast, but the restaurant was undergoing renovation, and only serving cold items. No breakfast.

Immediately, I became slightly paranoid.

Then I saw Inception. That didn't help ease my paranoia.

There seems to be a mosquito invasion in the city. Normally I only put bug spray on if I'm working in the forest, but I had to apply it three times today and I still got bit on the elbows.

I hate pine trees. I hate them so very very much. They mess up your lawn, and now they're spraying crap all over my car. I spent almost two hours today trying to clean pine goop off of my car. I was mostly successful, but there are some stain lines that may need a different chemical for treatment.

Last Friday had a pretty lousy start to the day. One of the guys went to get some bug-spray from the workshop cabinet, and someone had precariously balanced a can of bear spray in there the night before, so it fell out, landed on its cap, broke, and sprayed the entire contents of the bottle all over the shop. Bear spray is HORRIBLE. I spent a couple minutes inside getting my gear on, thinking I could just man my way through the acrid fog, but after a few minutes I started dry heaving pretty bad. Then I remembered that I had a respirator in my locker. Wow, the respirator that I hated so much in the past came in handy for once.

Bethany was in town for the weekend, and we caught up over dinner at Earls. One of the songs that was playing in the background was Datarock's “Fa Fa Fa.” I was surprised to hear it because it gets no radio play, and among Datarock's music it's really the only disco-influenced one they've put out (that I know of).

Mann, I love that song. I wish the rest of their music had that level of funktitude.

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