Sunday, November 30, 2008

Boom Blox

I recently rented this game from Blockbuster's. I wanted to check it out because I wasn't too sure it would be all that fun from the video's I watched on it. Well, I was wrong. This puzzle adventure is alot of fun too! This game was developed by Steven Spielberg so I guess it's not surprising that my trusted IGN website gave it an impressive 8.1 rating. This game has alot of meat and potatoes for you to sink your teeth into. Great multi player modes for party fun make it a great choice. Again, if you like puzzle games this is a must add for your Wii collection. Putting this on my Wii wish list as we speak! *s*

Friday, November 28, 2008

Marble Mania

I've had this Wii game for a good while now but decided to pull it out again and have a go. This is not a flashy game by any means. No killing is involved but I dare you not to get sweaty palms with the stress of getting your marble through the maze after collecting all the jewels!!! I give this game a 10 out of 10 for playability. It's not a long game by any means but you will become addicted trying to get all the special green gems and obtaining gold cups with outstanding times. If this is not in your Wii collection I highly recommend you purchase it asap!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

If Money Really Did Grow On Trees

Or if coins fell endlessly from the sky to fill my deep pockets...I would be driving a Mini Cooper! It's not a very practical car and a wee bit over priced. The only thing going for it would be the decent gas mileage nowadays. At first I liked the blue one with a white top and the cute racing strips. As time passed though I began to really like the silver one with a black roof. No stripes included. *s* You could say that the car I 'm driving now isn't that far off. I'd have to agree. The Suzuki SX4 has as somewhat close resemblance albeit mainly in size and colour scheme. When I look at the SX4's rear end it reminds me of my elusive Cooper. Now don't get me wrong, I love my Suzuki's All Wheel Drive for these brutal winter roads in the city. It's very nice to know that when depressing the brakes one will actually stop before sliding into the vehicle in front of you. Let's just say that if I could write a cheque that cleared the bank I would own two cars. A friend once told me that the Cooper is not really a car that blends in. Ok, I tend to not like to stand out in a crowd. This is true and although the Cooper has lost it's magic allure from when it first hit the still has viewers tossing a casual glance. Such a dilemma for me which I believe could be rectified with prescription sunglasses and a ball cap. *s*

What's your dream car?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Useless Information

Saturday's were made for alarm clocks to collect dust. Why is it then that I am up so damn early??? Kind of like "clock" work? Is it true that we all have our internal alarm clocks that still go off in our head and somehow wake us from our happy slumber? And if so...where is the off switch??? Too many questions this early in the morning. I should hit the snooze button again. *s*

Space Invaders

Ah yes, Space Invaders. Not the kind that come hurtling to earth on the back of a meteor. No, this is the classic kind. Nintendo has launched Space Invaders: The Original Game on it's Virtual Console this week for a cool 800 points. That's roughly ten bucks with where our dollar is sitting at these days. Will I be downloading it? Possibly. My choices are not so much based on money or emotional attachment but instead on space itself. I am running out of "blocks" on my Wii. No blocks means I'll have to delete games before downloading new ones. Come on Nintendo...get on with your storage problem! You're going to lose sales from people like me if you don't!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Possible meteor lights up the skies in northern Alberta

I was watching TV tonight and I saw the sky light up for quite some time. I was puzzled because it reminded me alot of what sheet lightning does. I knew though, that it was too cold for lightening but I wouldn't have thought it was a meteor! We'll have to wait and see where it touched down and if there's anything left of it. That would be interesting. Check out the article from the Edmonton Sun online.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Open Your Mind - Illuminati Symbolism

It certainly does give one something to think about...that's open's their mind.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MSNBC Keith Olbermann on Prop 8, Marriage and more!

It is perspectives like this that will truly change this great world we live in.


I watched this movie last night and I found it fairly entertaining. I wasn't expecting it to be as disturbing as it was though. It was a tad on the dark side. I was thinking it was going to be another cops and bad guys shoot em up thriller. I was wrong but I found myself glued to the television. It's nice to be pleasantly surprised by a movie nowadays. My expectations were not high at all but I felt extremely satisfied with this one...although I thought the end of the movie was a little to "abrupt". It's a good dark thriller...if you're into that sort of thing. Have a look.

It's Sunday

'That means it's football time...NFL style. *s* I actually did catch some CFL football playoff action yesterday. Sadly both teams I was routing for lost. I am hoping my Seahawks can give me an entertaining game. The season is a right off but I would still love to see them snatch some wins. It will be another tough one against Arizona though.

I didn't really watch the Oilers game last night but I see after checking the scores they lost in a shootout. Talk about another disappointing season for my team. *shrug* I guess there is always next year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget

I received this in an email and although I cannot say for sure this was from The Sunday Telegraph...I thought it was a good read and well put.

Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires:
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON:

Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.

And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.

For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.
Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.

Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.

Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces.

Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?

Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

Lest we forget.

View From The Crib

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas. Can't you hear me singing that tune? Just taken this morning...our first real taste of what's to come? I suppose so...I mean it is the middle of November already!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Here's a handy website I found in this month's PC World Magazine. It's named Instructables which is exactly what it is. Find instructions on how to do just about anything. Some useful and some not so useful. I tried a not so useful one but surprisingly did it with no issue. Usually origami doesn't go too well for me but this one is fairly simplistic. I did one with the instructions and then two after that on my own. Check out how I wasted 5 minutes of my life. *s*

Here's something that I should be building. A Guitar Stand for all those damn Wii Guitars around here!

George Bush is funny

My how we'll miss the "good times". Some of this stuff is priceless.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wii Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Even though I probably won't win many battles it sure looks like fun! Of course, it would be nice to get one of those Wii lightsaber attachments to finish off the look. Mind you...that could spell disaster in such a small space. The game is released November 11th. Want!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton

One of my favorite authors has passed away. I was quite sad when I learned this tonight. I have read many of his books and now I suppose I will try and read all of his work. Here are the ones I have read and I recommend you try one out if you haven't already.

The Andromeda Strain
The Terminal Man
Eaters of the Dead
Jurassic Park
The Lost World
State of Fear

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Time in a Bottle

Tonight, I spent the evening with my Nanna. We decided to go out for supper. This is not a simple feat. Getting her to the car, in the car and buckled up should actually be an Olympic sport. Sadly, growing old definitely takes it's toll on ones body. We finally got seated in the restaurant after many a slow shuffled steps. She was tired already. I watched her closely across the table. She was unravelling her napkin that held the silverware inside. Although the sequence seemed to be done in slow motion it was quite methodical in nature. It was at that moment that I said to her "I wish I could hit the rewind button Nanna. I would love to go back 30yrs and be in your kitchen watching you bake cookies". She instantly stopped what she was doing and looked up at me. "So do I do I" was her reply. I felt a tear well up inside and it took everything in me to hold it back. My Nanna will be leaving for home soon. When I'm with her now I very much try to live presently in each moment. I find myself just watching her...etching these last few visits deeply in my mind. For I know, when I say goodbye really could mean forever.

President Obama

Looks like Americans have spoken...loud and clear...for change. Now let's see how this pans out for Canada and the world.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Who will be elected?

Well after what seems a lifetime of campaigning the States is finally ready to elect a new leader. It will be a "first" whoever wins. McCain will be the oldest President while Obama would be the first black man to be sworn in. You can bet I will have a watchful eye on tomorrow's excitement. As much as we Canadians are our own entity we are completely affected by our neighbors down south. Friend or Foe? I'm not quite sure yet.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Blackberry Storm

Oh, you know you got it bad when you find yourself reading the User Guide to a phone that isn't even available in your market yet. I have finally made a decision on which new cell phone I want but I have to patiently wait for it. I believe Telus will have it available by the end of this year...or so I'm hoping. Anyway, as I was browsing through the manual tonight...I thought to myself...I need a life.

Saturday, November 1, 2008