Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

There is no sale big enough or present important enough to warrant this... Merry fucking Christmas.

Wal-Mart worker dies in Black Friday stampede

Monday, November 24, 2008

March of the Dandrew

We've been watching The Amazing Race this season. The show's been running for 13 seasons now, but I'd never even seen a single episode until this year. Anyway, last night's episode nearly made me pass out in laughter. The teams had to put on Russian military uniforms and perform a march. Sounds easy enough, but if one of your team members can't coordinate movement between his arms and legs, it might be a bit more difficult. I can't even begin to describe what it looks like, so just see for yourself...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fun with Yahoo Answers

A friend turned me onto Yahoo Answers several months ago. It's an amusing website that's occasionally even sort of useful. I'll probably sound snooty for saying so, but I'm frequently also astounded by the ridiculous questions people pose there. Really, the only thing worse is the answers that are sometimes given by others. I think my favorite question today was easily this one:

"What chemical is in alchohal [sic] that makes you drunk and dizzy?"

The answers are pretty funny too (it's the yeast, obviously), but it's often hard to distinguish the joke answers from the idiot answers, especially when the question is so dumb to begin with. At the very least, I can be happy that the Obama/McCain Democrat/Republican-baiting questions died when the election ended.

Other winners:
  • How do I convince my wife to allow the maid to sleep between us at night?
  • I am latino and i can't dance. Am I a weirdo?
  • can someone write me a kinda emo poem about a girl loving a boy but he didn't realise it until it was too late and now she is dead?
  • Should i use draino on the kitchen sink?

Friday, November 7, 2008

"Oldboy" starring ... Will Smith (??!!)

I haven't been in the habit of reporting movie news here, but this piece of info is truly a head scratcher. According to Variety magazine, Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are looking at remaking the Korean revenge movie Oldboy (2003). It's one of the most memorable movies I've seen in recent years and I'm definitely not the only one who holds it dear -- the movie received rave reviews (82% fresh out of 119 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes) and won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Given the cult popularity of the original and the fact that it's in Korean, I guess it shouldn't be surprising that an American remake is being considered. But names like Spielberg and Smith are more commonly associated with big summer blockbusters (especially when you put them together like this) than they are with something as visceral and gut-wrenching as Oldboy. It packs a Hulk-sized fist of emotional punch. Without giving away any of the film's twists and turns, Oldboy puts its lead character through Hell and then somewhere even darker. I'm not sure I can picture Will Smith in some of those places. This isn't exactly I, Robot, ya know? Hell, it's not even I Am Legend. It's bleak, disturbing, and it will leave you with a lot of difficult questions to ponder.

I guess we'll have to wait and see how this turns out -- maybe it won't end up being made anyway. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the plot's most extreme details are changed to make them a little more palatable to a larger audience.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It begins...

Hey Americans! I'm sure you don't read my blog, but good luck with that election thing today. Go vote! I'll be watching your results on the tee-vee.

American voters head to the polls for historic election (CBC)
A historic election, no matter the outcome (CNN)
Americans flood to vote as election day dawns (TimesOnline)