September 30, 2004

you're fired!

Much to my chagrin, when I got home today I found out I'd been fired from being jasy's best friend, probably cuz I didn't answer her messages, but that's only cuz ...

Lucia di Lammermoor

I went to see an opera tonight with Alfred. It's my first "opera", not counting the "musicals" I've seen like Phantom, Les Mis, Lion King and Producers. Yes, I am taking a crack at being 'cultured' or 'artsy fartsy'. I've always pictured a big fat lady wearing a viking costume, but it wasn't like that all.

With zero expectations, and not having an idea what the opera was about, I came out somewhat satisfied. It was a lot like a rendition of Shakespeare's R&J. The story was interesting, but some of the solo's went too long and I fell asleep. What I most enjoyed about it was the choruses, when large groups sung together it sounded really good!

The whole thing was in italian, and they and surtitles (translated lyrics projected on the top curtain). But they didn't always put up the surtitles, and those were the points that I'd get bored and fall asleep.

Actually the main vocalist was a heavy-set woman.. she played Lucia. But it was well over after she sang.. so it's not totally true about that whole "fat lady sings" thing.


Nice try, btw. :D

September 28, 2004

fashion by Jason Morant

You're love is all I have, it brings me to the floor
I can't ignore the way You make me feel
You're eyes are fixed on me, Your words will light my way
From day to day I will never need a thing

You're faithful to the end, You've let me know
Through every circumstance You will never leave my side
You're closer than my breath, You're always on my mind
And still there's room for more of You in my life

Invade my very heart
Change me until I am who You are
Come and fashion me until every part is how You desire

Those stains that covered me, they all have disappeared
Since you came near, You've made me like a child
Now I see through your eyes the way it ought to be
You're calling me to never compromised

Come and fashion me
Come and fashion me

Is how You desire, is how You desire

September 27, 2004


Wow, I waited about 30 minutes for this page to load up..


Camping was really fun, this past weekend I went with a bunch of my friends and it was just very relaxing and kind of a relief. This past week has been just crazy at work, and just flying by so it was fantastic to sit back and just chill.

I spent the majority of my time parked in front of the campfire. I just love fire. I just love staring into the coals, I seem to get mesmerized by it, and just say nothing. Fire is just so cool (ha-ha). The way it starts and how it consumes anything that it touches. And how it tries to preserve itself, leaves its mark wherever it goes. It's just cool.

I loved waking up in the mornings, that cold wet feeling when you unzip the sleeping bag and step outside. Of course no one was up when I got out and it was so awesome and peaceful sitting outside all alone. Chipmunks make funny sounds btw..

more trouble at the airport

I don't feel like telling a story again, so to make it short, I woke up at 6:30am today, went to get my grandparents at the airport. They came out of customs at about 8am, the person with them tells me they lost their baggage. Knowing our luck, you must have guessed by now that all of my grandfather's medication was in the bag.

So anyway I had to get new bottles of pills, which thankfully the pharmacy was very willing when I told them the situation.

Grampa's health has deteriorated a lot. After his last stroke, he mouth looks like Chretien's. And he mumbles. If you thought I had to guess what they were saying to me before, in the mixture of Shanghainese and Mandarin, now it's a mix of those two plus gibberish.


So I got my Jason Morant CD from Ina on Friday. More to follow.

September 22, 2004

amazing race

So it's finally over. I love this show, but yesterday's finale was pitiful. The whole thing hinged on the fact that the eventual winners were the last to arrive at the airport to catch the flight to the final destination. Whichever team took the longest to do the luge/bike thing would have won the game. To me that's a really sad way to end a really good season.

What I really liked about this season was the competitiveness. Sure we had the usual nastiness between dishonest and feisty teams, but the reality is that the teams were pretty skilled in finding the best routes and such. The deceitfulness aspect of the show is really starting to come to a point, turning the show into an "extreme" Survivor.

But what makes the show great is that it's really more about the resourcefulness of these people and their ability to get along with eachother. And performing under pressure.

I was most impressed by Colin and Christie because they dominated the game. Yes, they got a bit sloppy towards the end, but they dominated. 6 straight cruises after the show, imagine that. That's like 6 weeks of vacationing. All inclusive, that's about $50,000 worth of vacationing. Pretty cool..

father of the pride

I watched this show again, during the commercial breaks of Amazing Race. I think it's John Goodman doing the voice of the father. For those of you who don't know it's computer graphic 3D animation, like the stuff out of Shrek. In this episode, their son was being picked on at school because he wears one of those cones you see on dogs. I'm not sure what it protects against but it looks funny.

So anyway it's career week, but the kid doesn't want his dad there because he has an odd profession (missed it because of AR). Then there's a scene at school, the first kid brings in (keeping in mind they're all animals) "The MGM Lion". And this big brown dude comes in, pulls out that MGM "wreath", and does the MGM ROAR, and all the kids cheer. It was hilarious!!

So then I switched out, but later on I saw the father, talking to "Donkey" from Shrek! He was trying to get Donkey to show up for the career day thing, but Donkey, being a huge movie star, wouldn't do it. Haha.. btw, Donkey mentioned that Shrek 3 will be out in 2006.

Also they always have the adventures of Siegfried and Roy too, because the show takes place in Vegas. They make fun of their gayness, and it is such a riot..!!

September 18, 2004

stirring the pot

Last night at fellowship, we discussed the vision and direction of our new group. Throughout the entire exhausting discussion, I was in and out of sleeping. I had a brutal 5 hour meeting followed by sitting at a teaching facility waiting for an IT guy to show up to set things up for me. By the time I had lunch, it was 4pm.

So anyway like I said the discussion. It was incredibly boring, the same old discussion that every fellowship/small/ministry has at birth. On and on this bore went, until finally, (bless his heart) Kevin spoke up and pointed this out to everyone.

Everyone seemed interested in "changing lives", but no one seemed to want to do it. Which really reminds me of myself, of wanting to have a men's group but not wanting to do it myself. I guess at that point when Kevin started talking I realized that it was God speaking through him to me, and so I started to chuckle to myself. I think whenever God teaches me a lesson or points something out to me, I laugh because it's like "doh.." or "ok ok already".

Yeah so I started smiling to myself. And despite this, yes, I'm still hesitant to do it. But God, point taken -- No more hypocrisy on my part.

Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
A passion for Your Name.

the bridge from "consuming fire" by hillsong united

cd's on the way!

Thanks to Ina, my Jason Morant cd will be arriving here in about a week.. Jason performed at my brother's church in Las Vegas, NV a few weeks ago and he hasn't stopped raving about it since. So I ordered the cd (not available in Canada) and had it shipped to Ina's because it'd be cheaper than shipping it here.

Anyway, I'll put up a review of the cd as soon as I've listened to it.

Can You Hear Us?

For some reason I never thought of buying this cd, but having listened to samples of its music I see no reason not to. This of course is DCB's first release. It sounds awesome.

O Praise Him - DCB

Speaking of DCB, I'm just about ready to play this song for the next Peanut Butter and Jam session. I found the piano music for it and sent it to Yammers (although I don't have a keyboard so I'm not sure what the point is), and I can probably teach the electric guitar section to someone, which so far I've been playing on my acoustic (cuz it's more fun!).

September 15, 2004


Let's see..

(a) Bridges prevent people from falling of the edge
(b) Bridges hold two masses of land together

Bridges rock.

I can't think of any bridges that I've come across that I didn't like. Long ones, short ones. Bridges that come out from nowhere and hit you like a ton of bricks. Bridges that repeat over and over. They can be so profound, so meaningful.

Without bridges, life would be so.. normal, so repetitive. So... straight forward.

Check out these bridges:

I just wanna dive into your grace
I wanna feel your presence, seek your face
I just wanna be where you are

And It’s just you and me here now
Only you and me here now
You should see the view
When it’s only You

I didn't notice You were standing here
I didn't know that
That was You holding me
I didn't notice You were cry'n too
I didn't know that
That was You washing my feet

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news
Proclaiming peace and your salvation

How infinite and sweet
This love so rescuing
Oh how infinitely sweet
This great love that has redeemed
As one, we sing...

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

Beautiful words.. taken from Mercy Me, David Crowder Band, Switchfoot songs.

September 14, 2004

father of the pride

Never intended to watch this but flipped to it purely by accident during a commercial break of Dead Man Walking. It was pretty funny.. I missed the first 10 minutes so I probably missed the whole story but they had some pretty hilarious scenes of Siegfried and Roy in the 7 Eleven.

dead man walking

I saw maybe 1/3 of this movie.

amazing race

I only stayed to watch TV because I was waiting for Amazing Race to come on. I think Chip and Kim made a fatal mistake screwing over Colin and Christy by using the yield on them, on a non-elimination round. Sure they couldn't have known, but still..

I kinda felt like they were trying to make Colin and Christy lose this one (I mean the producers), because the tasks were just too easy today. I've always felt that they do a lot of equalizing on this show, to keep things even and for once, they didn't do it.


I started using moisturizer or cream on my hands, for three reasons. One is my bad habit of chewing on my nails and biting my fingers which end up getting all bloodied up and scabbed. Using moisturizer keeps the skin from being dried up enough to protrude and invite me to bite it, and plus the oilyness keeps me from putting my hands anywhere near my mouth.

Second reason is to keep my callouses from falling off. When I play guitar I find that the callous that I build up eventually falls off and then I have to build a new one. But this way it stays on and slow builds up. It takes longer because my fingertips are moist, but at least they are still there.

Thirdly is just that they feel nice. When I look at my dad's hands, he started late and his fingers are already really dry and rough, like a carpenter's hands. I think it's a good idea to preserve my hands in good shape since I use them for work, games, guitar, etc.

o praise him

I find it quite challenging learning this song by David Crowder Band. The strumming patterns are really tough. Although there is barely any acoustic on the CD, to simulate the "sound" you have to do some crazy strumming. Plus I don't know how to make my electric sound like the cd's electric guitars. I spent parts of the evening trying to tab out the solo electric parts of the song. I ended up just guessing. Tabbing is so cumbersome, drawing out the strings and figuring out the timings..

seven samurai

Finally arrived in the mail today. I'm gonna watch it tomorrow.

September 13, 2004

the benefactor

It's crap guys, don't even bother. I thought maybe, just maybe Mark Cuban would create a nice little show that could compare to Trump's Apprentice, but honestly it isn't even close. The premise isn't even the same. Cuban is giving away $1M, which is garbage money considering what he has to offer.

And he's offering it to normal people.. who wants to see that?

In his final cut (he made 3 cuts on the first show), it came down to a game of Jenga -- I mean how cheese is that? Mark, stick with managing the Mavs.. you're good at that. TV is just not for you!

7th Heaven

I'm actually glad that The Benefactor sucked, because otherwise I would have missed the season premiere of 7th Heaven. They don't even advertise this stuff, there was no way I'd have known it was on today if Cuban show didn't suck so badly.

The kids are all growing up and it kinda got me choked up when they did those mini-flashbacks of the kids when they were, well, kids.

I dunno about you guys, but Lucy still looks 13 to me. In fact, Ruthie is starting to look older than Lucy!


I couldn't stand watching the whole game. Turned it off at halftime. They've got to pick better matchups for MNF if they want the ratings.. Carolina's stifling defense is just boring football, even if they are awesome to begin with.

world cup of hockey

Could anyone possibly care less about this tournament than me? Seriously.. who cares?!

arrested development

I watched about half the episode yesterday. I've seen this show 3.5 times now and never laughed once. The only reason I keep watching it is because several people have told me it's really good, including my brother who loves it..

Btw, who's the narrator *supposed* to be? Is this some sort of a rip-off of the Wonder Years? The Wonder Years was funnier than this..

Whenever I'm watching it I imagine some poor fellow doing stand-up in an empty room. He says a joke, and --- silence. You can hear the crickets chirping. And then he carries on for an entire 30 minutes of it. You start to feel sorry for the guy and change the channel. Later on your flip back to find he's still going, joke after joke. *Chirp-chirp*

Anyway, I'm going to give it one last chance next week, because my bro and I have close to the same sense of humor.. but man, so far this show sucks long time!

September 12, 2004

anna, cont'd

I thought of another athlete who catches almost as much ire from fans as Kournikova -- David Beckham. Fans love to hate him, blame him for their teams' woes, etc.


Hewitt took a beating losing in 3 sets and being shut out in two of them against Federer. Federer seems pretty unstoppable. He's like the Hingis of men's tennis right now, except that there doesn't appear to be any Venus/Serena/Lindsay/Amélie's in the horizon for men's tennis.. which means Federer is going to win A LOT of tournaments!

pleasant surprises

Worship: The kids are singing a lot of Hillsong United stuff. I like it because it brings that rock element to Sunday worship, brings the young people (and me) closer to really enjoying themselves while they worship God. It becomes more of a joyous thing than just a thing they do on Sunday mornings. For us older people, the entire experience is important but I truly believe that for the young'uns the worship/singing time plays a larger part in the experience.

Choir: Today in choir, we received music for Amazing Grace. The surprise is that it's a 4-part quartet for 4 men, which means we'll have sort of a barbershop quartet thing going. I'm really excited about this. We learned about half the song and it sounds pretty cool!

Quentin Griffin: 100+ yards and 3 TDs after the first 3 quarters. Too bad I don't have TSN..

Brian Westbrook: Watched the Philly-Giants game. Wow -- I heard this guy was fast but he really runs, with power too. Really makes me wish I had TSN so I could watch Griffin..!

Mr. Luk: The food came really slow, but their [hua juan] was delicious. I remember eating them when I was little, it was one of my favorite things to eat.. Today's were awesome! Also, despite the slowness of the food, 5 people - $28. Good price!

Thanks to Andrew for organizing the tennis activities. If I had only known it was really hot outside I would've worn shorts, but because I didn't I couldn't play as long as I wanted to. I was just way too hot -- I was roasting..

But it was fun. I worked hard on trying to improve my backhand -- that is, I think I can hit it over the net nearly 25% of the time now.. There were 5 of us. Andrew, Anita, Gladys, Duncan and yours truly. I can honestly say without being ashamed that I am the worst tennis player among anyone that I know. It's always a comfort knowing you're the best at something! I'm the best at *sucking*.... woohoohoo!

I swear these weekends I spent with people really fills me up. It is really uplifting to be spending time with others. I love it. It sure beats sitting at home playing video games by myself. Even if I have to suck at something, I guess the company makes it worthwhile.

After tennis we went back to my place 'sans the yammer', dropped of our stuff and the 5 of us (Nancy joined us) went down to Ichiban sushi on Spring Garden. Drew and I shared a (40?) piece sushi/sashimi platter. Mmmmm... I LOVE sushi..!

Then after the sushi, we went back to my place to play GameCube. I got two more controllers so now I have the 4 I've always wanted to have. The only reason I bought the GC was for party games. I guess the next step is to get Mario Party 5. But it's really expensive right now. And plus those games take ours to finish..

After GCing, we went out to Earl Haig field where Dunc, Drew and Anita practiced ultimate frisbee, while Nancy and I moped around and just chatted.

Then after that we went to Loblaws and grabbed dinner.

Once again to elaborate what I mean by being filled up. I had dinner for a change. Yes me, dinner! I swear every weekend I gain about 5 pounds and then lose it all during the week. If I didn't have these weekends with other people, I would probably disappear in a month. But seriously I really love these times.. it'll all be over when winter comes, but it is great right now.

Finally after dinner I broke out the Smash Brother's Melee, a game I have always sucked at, but dominated my friends. There's not a lot of things I'm good at, so yes I had a fun time!

Football tomorrow... mmm

September 11, 2004

the life aquatic with steve zissou

starring billy murray, owen wilson, cate blanchett, angelica huston, jeff goldblum, willem dafoe.

looks hilarious -- watch for it!


I think have a problem.

I share stuff.. on this blog, and on instant messaging systems. But when it comes time to share amongst my brothers and sisters, for some reason I don't do it. I don't know what it is, but when someone looks at me and asks how I'm doing or if I have anything to pray about, I hesitate.

It's not that I don't trust people, I feel like I don't want to burden other people with my problems, whereas if I post something on my blog, I don't know if anyone is reading so I feel more at ease in that I'm not necessarily burdening anyone.

Maybe part of me wants to uphold the perception that I've got it all together and don't have problems of my own. Like I'm this carefree guy who's got no problems at all, so I never have anything to be prayed for.

Then also I start thinking, if someone else also has nothing to be prayed for, are they struggling like me or are they really well off? It's impossible to know. Maybe that person is doing great, or maybe just *maybe*, they're struggling just like me, either too shy or too ashamed of their problems.

September 10, 2004


Joey was a surprise. It was funny, to say the least. I can't remember the last time I laughed like that from a TV show. That's not saying the show will last, but I'm now declaring that it should last more than the 4-5 that I originally predicted. I'm thinking 10 now.

apprentice 2

Not impressed with this episode. The task they had was a joke, a brainstorming session? That's it? And I didn't like the way Trump handled the boardroom. His comments on Andy didn't make sense. He stated that he felt Andy didn't have enough experience, and that could have been grounds for a dismissal. If that's grounds for dismissal, then why was he selected as a candidate for this show?

Anyway, like last Apprentice I will initially cheer for the young guy cuz well, I'm young too. He's obviously an underdog and I admire the fact that he's standing up to these people. On that subject, the candidates on this show are very impressive. Credentials, experience, background and education -- all very impressive. On paper, this group blows away the last group.

Yes, I'm hooked.

Btw, what's the deal with Stacy, the black woman? She no Omarosa, but goodness, talk about a meltdown!

medical investigation

I've determined that I cannot watch this show. It's highly addictive, the moment that dude rolled into the hospital all blue, I was hooked. And it's like ER meets CSI, so you're riveted from the get-go and you can't stop watching. I missed most of the football game because of this show.

And there are some queazy scenes that kinda freaked me out. But yeah overall it looks like the ultimate time-waster. You sit down and can't move til it's over.. I can't commit to another 1-hour drama, although I will say that it's good.

If you don't believe me, they're showing another all-new episode tonight at 10pm on CTV.

September 09, 2004

del doca...bel boca... del boca vista!

Why would anyone live in Florida? All I've heard for the past 2 months is about hurricanes ripping through. So you've got earthquakes in California, hurricanes in Florida. Vacation anyone?


Probably should have mentioned this weeks ago, but my grandfather had another stroke about a month ago. He's got a brain hemorrhage. Prayer would be great.


Starts tonight.

tv is back

I can't think of a worse torture than watching Blue Jays baseball on TV. Maybe going to the games would be worse.. but, I'm glad to say that TV is back. It all starts tonight, with Joey (a show that I think will last 4-5 episodes) and then Apprentice 2!


I've got back problems, lower back specifically. I can't figure it out, all day today my back has been hurting, and yesterday while playing 007 I had more problems. But I was perfectly fine on my computer chair.

Also what's become a problem for me has been just soreness, all over, from the tennis on Monday. But that's just soreness from sudden prolonged exercise. My back.. that could be chronic thing.

I've always had knee problems and back problems from my childhood days working hard labor for my dad.


There's something funny going on with the world of tennis, when it comes to the discussion of Anna Kournikova. Everyone makes a big deal out of the fact that Anna has never won anything despite her massive following. Believe it or not, 95% of professional tennis players have never won anything. The fact is, is that individual professional sports is not as lucrative as you might think. Your income depends on your own actions.

Kournikova is just an average tennis player, much like 95% of the other players who go from tournament to tournament hoping for an easy draw or an upset that'll net them some extra money. Most of these players keep going -- because they have nothing to fall back on. My brother had a childhood friend who was one of the top ranked Canadians in tennis in his age group (under 13). His parents invested all of their money and time in his training -- it was basically "tennis or bust". His schooling suffered, and he gave up swimming (another accolade of his). Then he broke his knee.

There are people who praise a player like Maria Sharapova by saying things like "she's good looking, AND she's actually good, unlike (Kournikova)". So what if she's good looking? This has nothing to do with tennis.

So what's my point? Why do people criticize and make fun of Kournikova? Obviously it has nothing to do with tennis. Maybe it's because she's so successful that people are jealous. Looking at someone who completely failed in her profession but still manages to be successful must be pretty discouraging for some people. It's sad really.

September 08, 2004


I bought a new monitor, Samsung 712N, on sale at Futureshop. Plugged it in, and it worked instantly, no drivers required. And the conflicts I had been having with my monitor before (which I thought was due to my video card) stopped, so I guess it was the monitor after all.

Man, if I knew what I'd been missing, going from crt to lcd, I would have switched a lot earlier. Part of the problem may have been my monitor being old, but I just find the new one so much brighter -- the colors are more radiant. At first I thought it was just the settings, so I turned the contrast and brightness down -- but it was still really bright. The first thing I did was playing COH on it, to make sure the response time could keep up with games. It looked great.. also, while fiddling around with the cables behind my computer, I accidentally disconnected my internet. Then when I put it back in and played COH, I stopped having the connectivity issues I was having before (I'd get logged off every so often).

VERY satisfied with this purchase. It helps me forget about my broken camera.. hehe. Lesson of the day: If something breaks, buy something else! Spend, spend, spend! Haha..

tv is back

TV is back. Premiere's are coming, television is back in business. No more re-runs, no more shows that should never have been on television. Less infomercials.

But what it really comes down to is -- commitments. What shows will I plan to watch these next couple weeks will dictate the amount of television I watch for the next 8 months. Last year I was able to limit myself to 3-4 shows per week, although I watched them religiously, it was good because it amounted to about 2-3 hours per week (not counting Leaf/NFL games).

New shows are headed our way: The Apprentice 2, Joey, CSI: New York, Survivor: Vanatu, Amazing Race 6, The Benefactor, Medical Investigation.

Old shows return: That 70s Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Alias, Smallville, CSI, Will & Grace, The Sopranos, Malcolm in the Middle, Simpsons, Family Guy.

Kind of crazy how there are so many new shows and all reality. I'm looking for quality this year. Alias, Smallville -- those I have to keep watching. I expect Apprentice 2 to be good, not sure about Survivor (can it still be good after 8 seasons?), Amazing Race -- always good. I'm not sure if The Benefactor will be any good.. the genius behind Apprentice is Mark Burnett, not Trump, so it's not guaranteed that the Benefactor (Mark Cuban) will be a hit. Medical Investigation looks awesome. CSI:NY could be awesome too.. Gary Sinise!!

And of course there's Joey, the funniest character from Friends, who's show premiere's this Thursday just before The Apprentice 2.. Personally I think Joey will bomb. Guess where I'll be Thursday night? Haha..

September 06, 2004

Today we played tennis in the morning. It was Anita, Andrew, Eric and I. Nicole came along to watch. Afterwards went to a place called Sierra something. It was okay, big portions, etc. I ordered chocolate belgium waffles and a mushroom-onion burger. On the one hand I'm disappointed I couldn't finish it, and on the other hand, I'm proud of myself for not finishing it. More meals like that and I'll be back to my University weight..!

Lunch people were Anita, Andrew, Kevin, Eric, Nicole, Nancy.

After lunch, Eric came over and we attempted to Bond game that my brother and I couldn't beat. After a few tries we still couldn't beat it, so that was it. We tried some X-Box games, and played til about 6:30pm. Then Eric left, but he also left the console here, so I played all the way until about 9:30pm. The most fun I had was playing Rock n Roll racing. What a classic..

Then dinner. Note to self: Brian, when reheating a burger, remove the veggies. I heated up the burger, but the lettuce and tomato came out cooked, so the whole thing was soggy! Next time I'll know.. hehehe

September 05, 2004

So... here's my weekend in a nutshell.. or rather, in a few very long paragraphs.

Friday.. had people over and we rented a movie -- "Stuck On You". Very funny movie.. very very funny. My favorite line in the entire movie was "I taste.. icecream". It was so funny that I watched it again on Sunday morning before church and was actually late for church because of it. Anyway people were over, everyone but Duncan and the Yammer.

Saturday.. woke up early, and brought Eric to Kevin's place to help him move furniture to his new place. Then in the afternoon we met up with everyone else and moved more stuff. Moving all Kev's stuff reminded me of all the stuff I also acumulated over the years in school. It's hard to believe how much we collect and keep through the years.. Up until I moved here from the house, I had kept all my highschool notes, thinking one day I might need them! Anyway, after all the moving, everyone came over to my place and we had takeout Popeye's chicken and Mamma's pizza, and then played Eric's X-Box for the rest of the night.

Funny moment: I won't mention names, but let's just say a certain "dork" played an entire race staring at the wrong screen and wondering why he/she couldn't control his/her car properly. Hahahaha...

Today.. not much. Went to church, went to lunch, came home. I rented and watched "Bladerunner". Bladerunner was voted as the best all-time sci-fi movie ever made. To me, it was 2 hours that I'll never get back. I feel asleep twice during the movie. I was disappointed that they never gave any explanation as to why the androids had gone around killing so many people. Although I liked the simile to their lives being extinguished just like a tear in the rain -- going unnoticed. But still, no reason to go around killing people and being so violent. I give it a 3/10.

Movies like that should destroy a man's career but somehow Harrison Ford has had an amazing career since that movie.. Maybe there's still hope yet for Pauly Shore! (btw, "Pauly Shore is dead!" -- looks like a really bad movie)

Oh tonight I played some word racer with Anita. I spent all the games trying to make words with 4+ letters, it was very challenging. Near the end she was actually gaining on me, because it was harder to find those words. And we also played some Literati. My brother rocks on Literati, one time he sat behind me and we combined against some really high ranking guy, and we *spanked* him. It was pretty funny..

September 02, 2004

The Apprentice

Anita emailed me this morning to tell me that a few of The Apprentice 1 hopefuls were downstairs in the courtyard filming something, so looked down and sure enough, they were doing something down there.

Turns out they are/were filming for a show called "The Surreal Gourmet", a cooking show. Also turns out that my boss (the one that just got back), knows the person who does all the cooking on that show. I'll be down there checking out the set (and hopefully the Apprentice people (Nick, Kwame, Amy)) in a few moments.

Anyway, I had this idea, this funny vision of what The Judgement might be like. Like a tv show just like The Apprentice. With Jesus and his angels sitting around the boardroom table, and me on the other side. They'd review all the terrible things I did in my life, and of course I'd try to argue (yeah right, argue with God?) my case.

Then Jesus would say "Okay, you've done these things, terrible things, in your life. But do you love me?"

"Yes. I love you Jesus."

And then, with the same hand motion gesture as Trump, He'd wave His hand and say:

"You're SAVED!"



The league I'm drafting for tonight is a league comprised of Andrew's friends. It's different because it includes individual defensive players, which is totally new to me. This morning I learned for the first time where these guys stand on the field.. hehe.

Anyway, I just find it frustrating, as a person who likes to be prepared for a draft, that they've decided to pick the draft order 30 minutes prior to the draft. That gives me exactly 30 minutes to prepare for the draft. That's crazy.. The only way to avoid this is if I were to mock draft the entire 18 rounds for every draft position. That'd be insane though, it would take literally a week (assuming I took a week off work) to prepare for.

The other thing I find flawed in the league design is the number of rounds they are drafting. 18 rounds, which means 18 total players. First of all if you don't know, every NFL team has a bye week -- a week in which they don't play -- which means you need a backup for that one week. But the starting lineup is 13 players. This means you have a bench size of 5 players -- so you can't even get a backup for every position. I believe the reasoning for having individual defensive players is to get a complete overall feel of owning an NFL team. That said, every NFL team has depth charts going back 3 spots. Most teams carry a 3rd QB, if not 4. This league will allow 1 backup QB at most. Then perhaps a backup for RB, WR -- and then what?

2 bench positions for TE, PK, DB, DL. Two more round would cover each position with 1 backup. I've read that a lot of IDP leagues have 30 rounds, so 20 shouldn't be too much!

September 01, 2004

DO it.

You do it in the car. In the washroom. You do it at concerts. You do it at church. You do it while cleaning the house or washing the dishes. You do it when no one's around to hear it, or you do it when on a noisy street so it gets drowned out. No, I'm not talking about farting.

Today on the subway, I thought to myself, "I wish that I could just sing out loud right now without people thinking I'm crazy."

see-thru aluminum

This is so cool.

old boss

My old boss who left for sabbatical to do his MPA is back. He was at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics! He said they were $350(EU) for the cheapest seats.

twenty four

Here is a song from the album "Beautiful Letdown" by Switchfoot.

twenty four

Twenty four oceans
Twenty four skies
Twenty four failures
Twenty four tries
Twenty four finds me
In twenty-fourth place
Twenty four drop outs
At the end of the day
Life is not what I thought it was
Twenty four hours ago

Still I'm singing Spirit take me up in arms with You
And I'm not who I thought I was twenty four hours ago
Still I'm singing Spirit take me up in arms with You

Twenty four reasons to admit that I'm wrong
With all my excuses still twenty four strong

See I'm not copping out not copping out not copping out
When You're raising the dead in me
Oh, oh I am the second man
Oh, oh I am the second man now
Oh, oh I am the second man now

And You're raising these twenty four voices
With twenty four hearts
With all of my symphonies
In twenty four parts
But I want to be one today
Centered and true

I'm singing Spirit take me up in arms with You
You're raising the dead in me
Oh, oh I am the second man
Oh, oh I am the second man now
Oh, oh I am the second man now
And You're raising the dead in me

I want to see miracles, see the world change
Wrestled the angel, for more than a name
For more than a feeling
For more than a cause
I'm singing Spirit take me up in arms with You
And You're raising the dead in me
Twenty four voices
With twenty four hearts
With all of my symphonies
In twenty four parts
I'm not copping out
Not copping out
Not copping out