Showing posts from March, 2006

Champagne Chair and Caviar Footstools

You're bored. You're at a ritzy party. You have a champagne bottle and a pen knife. What do you do? Well, you could go on a killing rampage (broken bottle, pen knife, liquor fueled angst); or you could enter the DWR Champagne Chair contest.
I thought, "yeah, little chairs and stools." These are-- to quote Robin Leech-- off the hook.
Grand Prize is a $2,000 DWR merchandise certificate. 5 more winners each receive a $500 DWR merchandise certificate for highly-coveted designer furniture and accessories from Design Within Reach.
I know what I'll be doing next holiday season...

tags: contests, design, weird, funny, chairs

Rim Job Cancelled

Rim Con, Victoria's wouldbe convention, has been cancelled. First off: Why oh why call it "Rim Con"? Secondly: when you put up a website to hype your project, then proceed to ignore requests for more information, make sure that your website doesn't suck. I would love to put together a convention, but I have so many things on the go: if I put this into the queue, it wouldn't get done for three years (or more).

Mike'n'Mike Driving Lesson

Mike'n'Mike Driving Lesson
Originally uploaded by dewolfe0001. On Sunday, I took my friend, Mike Dowd, out for a long delayed driving lesson.
Things didn't go exactly as planned.

Don't ask me how this happened, let's just say that my next-of-kin will have to run the next lesson...

Alan Moore Is A Puke

On Friday, I saw V For Vendetta. I loved the comic when it came out. I was worried about this movie after seeing the painful "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and Frank Miller's "Robocop 2". My fears were put to rest. This movie is a little different from the comic book. Instead of Britian surviving a limited nuclear war between the US and the Soviets; the UK shut the doors after monster plagues the collapse of the US. Instead of dawdling long on visual elements, this movie, well, moves.
I heard that Alan Moore withdrew his name from the movie. He had problems with it. I think Alan Moore is a genius. A genius and a puke. You can be both. Actually, I think it's uncommon not to be both (Mr. Lucas, I am looking at you). Tonight I looked for an interview or article that detailed his objections. I found them in the Comic Book Resources. Let the hideous litany of how a vapid Hollywood savaged the imagination of such a talent:
"They don't know what Brit…

Happy Equinox-- er, egginox

Twice a year, you can balance an egg on its end. During the Spring and Fall equinox, when the lines of gravity run from the sun, to the center of the Earth through the egg, there is no appreciable spin and you can balance eggs on their end.
No? Bah, you say? I HAVE PROOF. (Take that you doubting Thomases)

The Office : Bonus Episodes

This from WRAL:
NBC is pledging to make 10 web-only episodes of "The Office" during the summer. The "webisodes" will focus on a mystery facing the accounting staff of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company: Angela, Kevin and Oscar.

Sorry, Dwight.

Navigation 101

Here's a quickie tip from today's vacation. Say you're travelling down a road to a T-intersection (e.g. you road turns left and right, but does not continue on). When you ask your navigator where to go, the incorrect answer is "Turn".

Loco Lupo Gangas!

Hey everybody! Daiso in Richmond sells wrestler masks for $2 each! What a bargain!
Well, that is if you want a wrestler mask in the first place...

Things to do a with a $2 mask from Daiso:
Scare friendsScare relativesScare neighboursTake up wrestlingTake up superhero work*Rob a 7-11*

* Don't be suprised if the guy robbing and the guy fighting crime are wearing the same mask. That's a crime-fighting-fashion faux pas

All The Futurama Front Pages

This is great. Futurama throws these little lines at the bottom of each episode's splash pages. An obsessed fan has done screencaps of each of these. Click Here

Live Long, Prosper, But Please-- DON'T BREED

This freaks me out. Trekkies don't have to worry about suffering through a long dinners with women who have their own cars. Women who read Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Women who have never once uttered the phrase, "Live, Long and Prosper." Now there is "Trek Passions!" ( an online dating service for Sci-Fi fans.
This is good because it means there will be a surge of geeks in 25 years [1 year to date. 1 year to try to get pregnant (hint: that's not how you do it). 23 years for the kids to move out-- well, down to the basement.] The 1970s gave us sci-fi. Twenty-something geeks-- unwashed, unkempt and weird-- totally fit it. They could breed. They could plant their seed amongst mundanes. Their children were part of the droves that watched all of those versions of Star Trek (my favorite spin-off was Star Trek: Diet Mint w/Mitzy Gaynor).
Right now, we're paying for the geek diaspora of 1981. Remember 1981? Geeks were all hepped u…

DST : A Stupid Idea

The government of BC is taking submissions ( until tomorrow on the subject of aligning our temporal jackboots with the US. Regardless of what we do, I am not falling in step with an idea so stupid that Dubya thought it was a good idea.

Regarding the DST proposal, I feel that this is unnecessary. Most of the world doesn't share a time zone with another area. In North America, while we share a timezone with the US States that are west of the Rockies, we do not share a timezone with anyone else in Canada or the world. In essence, we are guaranteed to the out of sync with 23/24 of the world so making this change is moot. Indeed, not changing means that we will be synchronized to other jurisdictions at some times of the year.
In out global economy, we could work for 24 hrs a day with some group somewhere. The TV shows I get could be stored on a PVR, so their broadcast time is immaterial. The services I enjoy locally (e.g. shopping) will always be relative to my ti…

Steven Harper: Fun with Photo Editing


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Woo! The movie, Crash, won the Oscar for best picture. For me, it was one of the most riveting movie I have seen recent memory. That's the highlight of an Oscar Award ceremony marked by clockwatching and repeated croppings of the women's side of the acceptance speeches. Way to go to the lousy directors of the awards show.

tags: Crash, Paul Haggis, Oscar Awards, AMPAS