Month: August 2001

Comics of the week – August 29, 2001

This was a great comic book week! Not only did the long awaited last Stormwatch trade come out (Final Orbit), but both X-Force and JLA were released this week. The Flash is quickly taking the place of the departed Starman as the comic I look the most forward to every month. I was just e-mailing Randy Lander of The Fourth Rail fame, and he is also amazed at how good Flash has become.

Comic of the Week (For August 29, 2001): Green Arrow # 7

Kevin Smith is amazing. He manages to cut through all of the crap of any character and boil them down to their essence. He’s gotten rid of all the crap behind Olliver Queen (the Green Arrow), and boiled Hal Jordan down to his essence. I’ve been reading the Spectre for the same number of issues as I’ve been reading Green Arrow, and was more character development in this guest appearance of Green Arrow than there has been in the entire seven issues of Spectre. There’s an awesome appearance by a beloved long dead comic character, and an awesome ending to this issue.

It was just announced that Smith and Hestler will be doing a “Brave and the Bold” series after they wind up the first 12 issues of Green Arrow, all I’ve got to say is “Count me in!”.

A great weekend

What a great weekend. Friday night I went over to Jeff’s place and we played Gran Turismo 3 until about midnight. Saturday morning I met Larry and Curtis for breakfast at the Black Rooster before trekking down to the comic convention (pictures to follow). The convention itself was pretty good. The real fun came from watching the freaks who were there as everything from Anime girls to the requisite Star Wars and Klingon characters. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from Star Wars was there as well, so that was really cool. There seemed to be more dealers than last year, and Rob from The Shining Knight said that he was definately busier than last year, so that’s a really good sign. I hung around the Artists’ Alley for a while and got to talk to both the artist on Green Lantern, and Ty Templeton (he of practically every DC comic at one time or another).

I picked up an independant comic from one of the local artists, and bought a Starman TPB. There were a ton of things I would have loved to have picked up, Transformers, McFarlane Action Figures, that sort of stuff…but I refrained.

I lost my parking ticket, so it cost $15.00 rather than 10 for parking, but it was still a great time.

Afterwards, while I was dropping off Larry, we got to talking about computer parts, and I said that if he was going to buy more RAM he should do it soon because prices will probably go up when Windows XP is released next month. We just so happened to be by College, so we stopped in at a computer shop. I picked up another 256 ram and a 40 gig hard drive for $250 (which I naturally charged to HeadsDown).

I went home and cleaned up my place for Ryan and Rich, who came over later. Char called and told me we had been approved for the new place at Elmer, so we’re pretty jazzed about that. Ryan, Rich and I sat around, drank some Corona’s, shot some Tequilla, ate some pizza, and were having a pretty good time, when Ryan started to feel foul. It wasn’t a good scene, so while Ryan flopped out on my bed, Rich and I explored the world of Black and White. We WOULD have played PS2 until the wee hours of the morning, but Rich is in a cast that immobilizes his thumb. There would have been no way.

Sunday morning we went to the Beacher for breakfast, and I took the guys up to Freeman Formal Wear to get measured. We’re good to go for at least a month. I grabbed some groceries, did some laundry, and headed home.

At home I tried to install my hard drive, but was met with some resistance, so I gave up and made parmesean chicken and pomodoro sauce from scratch for Joachim’s birthday. It was so frigging good, I can’t even believe it. All I did was take two tomatoes, some spices, an onion, three cloves of garlic, and a can of tomato paste, carmamilized the onions and garlic, threw everything else together, added a dash of Balsamic Vinegar, some tobasco, pepper, three bay leaves, rosemary, oregano, and some basil, and let it simmer for about an hour. It was perfect, and with some Rotini, made for a hell of a meal!

I then brought out a Turtles Cheesecake for Joachim (with some candles), and wished him a happy birthday.

All in all, it was a heck of a weekend. What a blast.

Album Du Jour: David Usher; Morning Orbit

DVD of the week: I got into the Dogma SE again this week and watched a bunch of the cut footage.

Movie of the week: I didn’t go see a movie this week. I know, isn’t it insane?

Game of the week: Black and White.

Website of the week: TheFourthRail.com Randy Lander and Don MacPherson’s comic reviews are back!

Comic book expo

It’s that time of the year again. Today marks the beginning of the 2001 Toronto International Comic Book Expo! at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Larry (he of The Second Story fame) and I will be going tomorrow morning around 11:00am. I really really REALLY want to be there by noon to see the DC Comics presentation, which will highlight what they have under wraps for next year. Should be a great show though.

Speaking of Comics, here’s the:

Comic of the Week (For August 22, 2001): Powers 13

This was such an awesome book, and totally broke down so many comic book conventions. Written like an issue of People Magazine, this issue had tons of great “editorial piecs” and some great looks into the world of Powers. The main feature of this issue is an interview with “Olympia”, think the power and physique of Superman with the foibles of Bill Clinton. It was terrific. The last two panels of the issue feature a woman (perhaps Olympia’s wife?) committing suicide, and it was one of the most shocking, and tragic sequences of events that I’ve seen in comics in a long time.

Absolutely amazing stuff.

Charlene and Brian – October 13th 2001

Well, the wedding site is up and running. There’s still quite a bit to do, but considering that it went from concept to completion in less than 24 hours…I’d say that I’m back in top form again.

While it’s true that I had a concept in mind for a while, and I had thrown together a Photoshop Mock-Up of what the site might look like, I changed pretty much everything. From colour scheme to fonts, to mouseovers. I also figured out how to make Blogger work with the site really well, and I’ve integrated it almost seamlessly. I’m pretty proud of this site, since it’s the first thing I’ve truly created since the Life Network Redesign way back in June (can it really be 2 months since I left Alliance Atlantis?).

Album Du Jour: No Doubt: The Return of Saturn

DVD of the week: Unbreakable, just watched the Comic Book documentary.

Movie of the week: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Hilarious, had terrific Hollywood in-jokes, and finally showed some maturation of Kevin Smith as a director. He did some great action scenes, and the stuff with Mark Hamill was just brilliant (as was the Charlies’ Angels-esque thief scene).

Game of the week: NBA Street. I just broke 575000 trick points.

Website of the week: Charlene and Brian – October 13th 2001 (and that my friends is the shameless art of self-promotion).

Back in the fold

Two weeks until we move to CTV. A month until soft launch. We’re getting down to the wire now. Things are getting hot and heavy.

…and I’m having the time of my life.

God it’s good to be back at TSN!

Site Redesign Tutorial

Site Redesign Tutorial

A great tutorial on redesigning websites, it’s given me some really good ideas to do with the all new Tales From The Darkside (which of course is a purely Blog driven site with some extra content such as photos and drawings), and the WeddingBlog. I’m also leaning towards doing some Flash work, though I may do that all for the HeadsDown Corporate Site.

I just invited Char to join the wedding Blog, and I just changed the template for the Blog, so that should be pretty cool. The new templates that they’ve created for Blogger.com are really cool.

That’s it for today.

Comic of the Week – August 16

The retroactively posted Comic of the Week for this week is: The Flash: Iron Heights. Truly amazing art, and a story that sets up a new status quo for the Flash Rogues Gallery, equals an awesome package. I even think it warranted the Prestige Format treatment that it got, and that’s a tough one for me to swallow normally.

In a week that also saw the very well written Ultimate X-Men, and the nostalgic “Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Wonder Woman”, the fact that a prestige format special that I had wanted to pass by gained top honours is pretty impressive.

Two apartments enter. One apartment leaves.

How very Road Warrior? We saw two great places last night. One on Woodbine, which kicked a little ass…the other on Elmer, which wasn’t quite as big, but had an awesome ambiance, and had great neighbours and landlords…although the tub in the bedroom was a little creepy.

The only downer is that we found out today that the cooler Elmer apartment won’t be available until the middle of October. Not a huge problem, but I don’t want to cut our honeymoon short because we’re moving…that would suck. We’re still looking though, and who knows what might come up? In a perfect world we’d find exactly the place we want for $1100.00 and it would include laundry, a dish washer, two parking spaces and a garage.

Now that’s the dream.

Nice weather, nice memories

The weather outside is perfect. No humidity, a balmy 25, and a light breeze. It’s sunny, but not so sunny that you don’t want to go to work.

This was yet another great weekend. We went to Tim and Nikki’s wedding, which was a blast. I had a really good time, and Joachim kicked ice on the mic! I’m so glad that Char and I picked him as our MC. He’s going to do great. Jeff and Tiff did this great little picture presentation, and they did a great job. Jeff shot the wedding, and I just know it’s going to be brilliant. I can’t wait to see the finished product. That boy’s got some talent.

Char and I will be looking at a couple of places tomorrow night, both in the beaches. I’m kind of hoping that the second one works out, it’s a little deeper, and is on a nice quiet street. The first one is on Woodbine, and could be a little noisier. I’ll keep the options open though.

Right now I’m exhausted. I’m going to hit the hay.

Album Du Jour: I’ve been alternating through Staind’s “Break The Cycle” and David Usher’s “Morning Orbit”

DVD of the week: Unbreakable, the extra stuff on the disc is spectacular.

Movie of the week: American Pie 2. Not quite as good as the first, but there were some mighty fine scenes!

Game of the week: I’ve been too busy for games lately, but I’d love to either get back into Black and White (which looks awesome with the GeForce 2, extra ram, and new processor), or pick up Twisted Metal: Black

Best Comic of the Week: Nothing yet…I’m going to start updating Comic of the Week on Thursdays.

Website of the week: Computer Arts has a couple of great tutorials.