Year: 2013

Man of Steel – My Review

manofsteel.warnerbros.com In my mind, Christopher Nolan can do no wrong, the man has yet to make a bad movie, and his Dark Knight trilogy re-invented the superhero genre again. David Goyer has written a ton of amazing movies, and has written some of my favourite comics.

Zach Snyder…he has made movies I have enjoyed looking at, and creates the best movie trailers on the planet…but has yet to execute on a good movie.

So with that in mind, my hopes for The Man of Steel were earthbound.  When I saw that it was 2 hours and 30 minutes long…sigh.  Before it was released though, I was defending the movie, saying that our memories of the 1978 “classic” are clouded by the mists of time.  Having just watched it again recently…that movie just isn’t that good when exposed to the cold hard light of 2013.

Unfortunately my already low hopes were dashed, and I nearly walked out of the theatre on three separate occasions, and there is no way in hell I will be taking my kids to this flick any time soon.

The movie was commercially successful, but unfortunately the Superman story…domed planet, desperate scientists, last hope, kindly couple…that story was missed.

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The Worst Excuse In The World

The one excuse that bugs me more than any other is “I’m too busy”, because it’s just a cop-out. Being too busy is a conscious choice.  You choose to prioritize other things.  If you’re too busy, what you’re really saying is “I’m making bad choices”.

So why haven’t I written anything since April?  I’ve made bad choices.  I’ve chosen to prioritize other things over writing on my blog.  That’s not an excuse, that’s just bad planning.

My commitment to my blog was to write 52 posts in 52 weeks.  I’m now about 10 posts behind.  Yes, I have several in the drafts stage, but there’s a ton more in my head.  Some of it is top secret stuff that I can’t talk about for a little bit more, but most of it can be out there.

There’s movie reviews (Star Trek and Iron Man 3 for example, both of which were phenomenal).  There’s stuff I’ve learned (so very much stuff recently, including an amazing trip to Vegas), and there’s even the challenges that Char and I have given ourselves to be better physically and how much of an inspiration she’s been.  These are all things I need to write about, and I’ll do that over the next couple of weeks.

What’s more…there’s no reason every post needs to be a damn novel!

So here’s my commitment to getting more posts up this week.  There should be a big flurry of a half dozen posts in the next week.  Then there will be a small lull, and then a MAJOR announcement! WOO HOO!

LucasArts May 1982 – April 2013

When I think of the games that I loved the most growing up, LucasArts is the company that gives me the most warm and fuzzies.

To me, computer gaming hit its peak in about 1999, and at that point LucasArts was the undisputed master.  Shortly after, consoles would become the dominant player in the industry, and while PC gaming has never truly gone away, the glory days have come and gone.

Lucas had so many different games, entire genres, not to mention some of the best licenses in Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

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Ruby Newbies: My Ruby on Rails Recipe

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails

I’ve been using Ruby on Rails for about five years now, and I can’t actually remember my life before it at this point.  As much as I love Ruby on Rails, I hate setting it up.  Okay, HATE is a pretty stiff word…let’s say “really, really, REALLY dislike”.

However, the last couple of times that I’ve had to configure machines, I’ve kept a really good running log of what I did, and I feel pretty confident that this little recipe will let me keep the rest of my hair.

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How am I doing? 52 posts in 52 weeks?

Way back in October I decided I was going to do 52 posts in 52 weeks this year.  An average of post a week on my blog doesn’t even sound unsustainable.

So how am I doing?  I’ve added 18 posts since October 22nd, and 25 weeks have passed since then.  I’m only 7 posts short of my goal.  Not too bad, I can make up for it with a few two post weeks.

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My butter chicken recipe

Butter Chicken is one of my favourite Indian dishes, but it’s one I’ve always been afraid to try to make on my own. When I started reading about the ingredients though, I started to see that it should be fairly easy to make.

I think the best butter chicken comes from chicken cooked in a Tandoori oven (that’s my favourite way I ever had it prepared at a little diner up by TSN in Agincourt), so I added .

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My Five Favourite James Bond Movies

Skyfall

Skyfall has been out on video for a few weeks now, and with Adele having recently won the Academy Award for the theme song, I’ve been thinking about my favourite James Bond movies.

To me there were three great Bonds.  Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig.

I think Daniel Craig is the best James Bond, and that’s hard for me to say, because Sean Connery is the man who will always be Bond…but Craig just kicks so much ass (and looks amazing in tailored suits).

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Why I left Rogers

The Rogers WarningOn Friday I cancelled the last two things I had with Rogers. Home Phone and Internet.

Why did I leave Rogers? I’ve never had a significant outage, I’m mostly happy with the bandwidth speed. My phone has never given me an issue. It can really be boiled down to one reason.

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The Digital Comics List – February 2013

Digital ComicsIt’s been about three months since I posted my last “Digital Comics List”, and quite a few things have changed.

First up, Marvel Now has swept across the Marvel Universe, and with it a ton of really great Marvel comics.  You’ve got Bendis on All New X-Men, Hickman on Avengers, Jason Aaron on Wolverine and the X-Men, Frank Cho on Savage Wolverine, and of course Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man.

On top of that there’s Deathmatch, which is sort of a “What if everyone fought everyone”, pitting a bunch of superhero archetypes against each other.  The first issue was only .99, which made it really appealing. Continue Reading

Sound City and the Awesomeness of Digital Distribution

Sound CityThis weekend Char and I rented Sound City, the documentary about the legendary recording studio that gave rise to some of the best music of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and early 00’s.  It’s an incredible directorial debut for Dave Grohl, who has already had one of the most amazing second acts in musical history.  As drummer for Nirvana, and mastermind behind the Foo Fighters, the man has built an incredible catalogue of music so far.

It’s pretty awesome that at 44 years old he adds “Director” to his list of accomplishments.

The movie is awesome, the first half of it is a chronological telling of the history of Sound City, as told by the people who were there.  You not only learn about the early years of the studio, but the creation of bands like Fleetwood Mac (which literally would not exist were it not for Sound City), and the rise of Rick Springfield.  It charts the studio’s improbable rise, inevitable fall, and rebirth after Nirvana’s Nevermind is recorded there. Continue Reading