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On The Goat Again

Sunday, February 4th, 2007 — 2:02pm PDT
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We watched an amusing clip this morning, courtesy of Inside The CBC. This does in fact prove that the CBC can be funny… sometimes.

That's where I'm a Viking

Sunday, February 4th, 2007 — 1:48pm PDT
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I lost my dreams a while back, I didn’t have dreams anymore. Yeah, that sounds pretty melodramatic and sad but I just never remembered them, if they did occur. In the last week, they’ve come back more vibrant than ever.

lazysaturday.jpgEarlier this week I had a dream that was in movie format, complete with time lapses. At the bottom of the “screen” it would say ‘5 months later’ and then the new scene would start.

The other night my friend Misty and I drove to Vegas, which doesn’t make too much sense but it’s at least better than that freaky McDonald’s commercial where the dude is supposed to be dreaming about riding a burro with a cop holding an Egg McMuffin. Neither of us have a car and haven’t traveled anywhere together in about 10 years. I actually haven’t seen her in a couple years although we just recently wished each other a Happy Birthday in early January.

Last night I dreamed that I could sing and had an album out. Now um, I really can’t sing and the only time I used to was around the campfire when I used to go to Roberts Creek for a week every summer when I was 10. It could have to do with viewing the Flickr pics a couple of my contacts [1][2] have posted over the last couple weeks, of Matt Good in the studio [TheCooperation]. But why I would apply that to myself having that sorta talent is beyond me.

I have more work to do this weekend, being on call really sucks. Another part of my dream last night was getting an email saying I had a new job, that someone else wanted to hire me. So not only was I a singing sensation with a record deal, I had a new job. I didn’t really want to wake up this morning.

The bed was warm and snuggly and my dreams were pretty comforting. About 5 minutes after I did decide to leave the mass of blankets with my pillow-face I got a call from the Toronto office and here I am at the computer, working.

I don’t need to go to Vegas, I don’t need to be a star, I don’t need a majestic movie-like life. The part about the job offer would be really fantastic though – then I wouldn’t be sitting here. I’d still be back in bed, content and focusing on other, more realistic aspirations.

Missing Canuck Smiles

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 — 8:56pm PDT
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I pay close attention to the Canucks. I watch their games, I blog about them on occasion and I co-host a podcast where we talk about the team, weekly. Another thing I pay attention to is the guys themselves. Yeah, yeah I’m not a puck bunny but I am female and these boys are in the spotlight. I’ve blogged about Bieksa resembling Nick Lachey [Miss604] and there are a few more comparisons I could probably come up with but this time, it has to do with smiles. Zanstorm had a post about Marcus Naslund recently, sharing a concern I’ve had for some time.

Even after Markus Naslund scored a beauty goal last night, there was not a smile on his face as his teammates congratulated him. Has Naslund lost his smile? Why? Isn’t he enjoying the team’s success? Is he just ‘all business’ on the ice?[Zanstorm]

Photo credit: uncleweed on Flickr

Now, I’ve noticed this more with Trevor Linden, but really the dude had a lot on his mind in the last while. His performance on the ice, being President of the NHLPA up until this year, the law suit that was launched against him because of that role, etc. But does all the weight on your shoulders make you lose your smile?

I’d say someone like Luongo should be feeling the most pressure right now, but he’s always willing to flash a well-deserved and confident grin. What are some of the most memorable Canucks smiles?

luongo.jpgBrendan Morrison’s smile is pretty notable but that’s mostly due to him being our overtime saviour (that, and he’s missing a few chicklets). His crooked, gummy expression is up there along with the likes of Matt Cooke and even Dave Babych – well Babych’s smile is memorable cause of the mustache. As for actually physically expressing the joy you feel after scoring a goal, Kesler’s got that weird glove twirl, but I think Dave mentioned it on a recent episode of the podcast – the Tiger Williams riding the stick down the ice thing Yeaahhhhh!

morrison.jpgSo what’s with all the pouty faces? I don’t think it’s too much to ask, say Cheese! We like to see our guys happy, celebrating goals and the success we’ve all enjoyed this season. I also can’t mention Canuck smiles without giving a shout out to Marc Chouinard. I’ve experienced his smile in person [Flickr] and after scoring his second of the year (after being called out on our podcast the other night) he has a reason to be smiling a little more lately.

At the second intermission watching the Canucks vs Flames on Hockey Night in Canada I’d love to have another reason to smile tonight.

Mandatory Awards Season Movie Reviews

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 — 4:30pm PDT
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I always like getting my sister to contribute on the blog. It adds another voice and opinion and she’s got a different perspective on many topics. She and her friend Brad, who is currently known for his frequent comments and grammar Nazi-style, see more movies in a few months than I do in years. Since it’s Oscar/awards show season, I have invited them to write some move reviews, which they have done for: Babel, Pursuit of Happyness, Children of Men, and The Last King of Scotland. All thoughts and opinions expressed below are those of the two authors.

Jenny’s Review:

babel.jpgBabel: This movie starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett caught my eye from the first time I saw the previews for it. I love going to a movie where you connect with the characters and are rooting for them. It’s really the story of how a simple gift connect four groups of people around the world. I like how the movie jumps back and forth between characters and how it doesn’t have a typical cheesy Hollywood ending. It’s definitely worth seeing in the theatres, the acting is amazing. My 2 favourite characters were the illegal Mexican nanny and the Morrocan tour guide. I have to admit tears came to my eyes on more then once occasion and afterwards really felt the urge to travel to Morrocco.

Pursuit of Happyness: I had higher expectations for this movie. I found the storyline a bit bland and and unexciting. Generally a ‘good’ movie but wasn’t moved or inspired by it.

lastking.jpgThe Last King of Scotland: Having not originally planned to see this movie (we arrived at the wrong time to see Children of men) I didn’t know what to expect. The guy in the line behind us said it was worth checking out, so we did. I have to say, thanks for the recommendation because it was fabulous. It’s not an easy movie to watch especially knowing that it was based on actual events. It was just another reminder of the injustice faced by hundreds of thousands of people in other parts of the world. Essentially it takes place when a young Scottish doctor randomly takes off for Uganda in the 70’s and ends up as the private Doctor for then ‘president/tyrant’ Amin. We follow him through his experiences at the time and what he went through. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you don’t mind violence.

Brad’s Review:

childrenofmen.jpgChildren of Men: Once in a while a movie comes along thats makes you go WTF? Id have to say Children Of Men would have to fall into that category. Not due to the complexity of the story, not due to confusing cinematography or dialogue but mostly because its a movie that is really hard to explain, very unique and quite frankly…

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The Tops

Friday, February 2nd, 2007 — 11:12am PDT
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What makes a blog popular? Is it your Technorati rating? The amount of comments you have? Daily hits, visits and links? Who knows, but it seems like people always like making lists. Lists for top things you should know, like and support. But who really is the ‘real’ source on what’s the best or not?

Gus Greeper (one of the most interesting local bloggers I’ve ever met) directed me toward this list of Top Smart Female Bloggers in Canada, 2006.

Aside from Raymi I haven’t heard of one of them. It’s not like I’m looking to be on the list, but either I’m really sheltered for not knowing a single other person on there or the author is limiting their choices to a select market.

As Raymi writes:

“i’m not shocked at being ignored amongst these people’s lists, funny, i am suppose to be canada’s #1 blogger yet i’m not “smart” ? i didn’t know that if you wanted to be smart you had to acknowledge progressive media and politics and write boring dribble daily. lame.”

Exactly. My daily reads are on my sidebar blog roll. They range from Yvonne in California talking about daily life, to Maktaaq blogging about zombies and hamsters. If I feel like directing some link love to some choice reads, I’ll do so, but I won’t go around ranking people. There are as many “top blogger” lists out there as there are awards shows in Hollywood, it gets redundant, tired and old fast.

Not Just Punxsutawney's Big Day

Friday, February 2nd, 2007 — 10:25am PDT
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Whenever I think of this day, I get “I Got You Babe” stuck in my head thanks to the movie, Groundhog Day.

In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks. [wiki]

This year the prophetic little critter in Pennsylvania had this to say, which is a lot more than I can get out at that hour of the morning:

wiartonwillie.JPGPhil’s official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob:

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.

Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate.

This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.

Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler’s Knob I see no shadow today.

I predict that early spring is on the way []

Our Canadian version of Phil, is Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario. He also predicted an early spring. But just how many of these climatically inclined critters are out there? City News gives us a list including, but not limited to: Buckeye Chuck, French Creek Freddy and Balzac Billy. Way to go guys, today is YOUR day.