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|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
so long, farewell
I don't know if anyone cares, but I've decided to move my "blog" to my myspace page. www.myspace.com/ryanjp79.
|Saturday, December 31st, 2005|
au revoir 2005
here it is, the final day of 2005. crazy times.
xmas was ok. I had to work xmas day at EC, and believe you me, never did 4 hours pass as slowly as it did that day. I'm working tomorrow as well, so I really hope the 4 hours goes quicker. we shall see...
Matt got me a 6GB Sony mp3 player for xmas. I am most pleased with it. now I can carry around all my favourite tunes in one small device and not have to worry about having the right cds at the right time. fabulous.
things I'll remember about 2005:
news: hurricanes, earthquakes, bombs in London, guns in Toronto, elections in Iraq, revolutions in Kyrgistan and Lebanon, the Gomery Inquiry, the Christmas election, and so on and so forth
music: Madonna, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Rammstein, Broken Social Scene, Metric, The Decemberists, Alanis Morissette, Ladytron, Depeche Mode, Stars and Metric in concert, etc.
movies: Harry Potter 4, King Kong, Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicken Little, Dark Water, Wallace and Gromit, Amityville Horror, Land of the Dead, War of the Worlds, Phantom of the Opera, Ring 2, etc.
misc: Doctor Who's return, Niagara Falls, the Lindsay wedding, Matt moving in with me, etc.
well, that's it, that's all. farewell to you, 2005. hope your succesor is kinder to the world at large.
Current Mood: reflective
Current Music: the tv
|Saturday, December 24th, 2005|
|ho ho ho
Happy High Holy Days to one and all. May the big fat man in red bring you everything you want, and then some.
Pax. Current Mood: contentCurrent Music: "It's A Wonderful Life" on CBC
|Tuesday, December 20th, 2005|
|happy christmas, you ass, I pray god it's our last
Matt and I attended the second of six Stars shows at Lee's Palace on Friday night. it was lovely, of course. it couldn't be otherwise, being Stars and all. there were Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling and a winter wonderland on stage. they played an extra long set, and closed off with their cover of The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York", which is quite possibly the best Christmas song ever. seriously. and Torq told us to vote for our mothers, as they're the only ones we can trust. true true.
we saw King Kong on Saturday. it's about an hour too long (the first hour can definitely be missed if you don't relish the thought of sitting in a theatre for three hours), but it was just fantastic. I cried more during that movie than I have in the past five years. a definite must-see.
5 more days until the baby jebus' birthday. 11 more til the end of 2005. where does the time go? Current Mood: calmCurrent Music: "Fairytale of New York" -- Stars
|Tuesday, November 29th, 2005|
|the fall of the House of Martin, part 2
so here we are, 17 months later, and it's time to do it all again. last night, the Opposition brought down the Liberal government by voting non-confidence. this morning, Martin visited the Governor General and asked her to dissolve Parliament, to which she agreed. and so, the election campaign is on, and it'll be a mighty long one: the vote isn't until January 23rd. and at the end of the day, it seems we'll have pretty much the same House as we had last night. of course, 8 weeks is an eternity in politics, so we'll just have to wait and see how things pan out next year.
Sam Berenstain has died. he and his wife created the Berenstain Bears. yet another piece of our childhood gone...
that's all. salut. Current Mood: okayCurrent Music: Newsworld (of course)
|Monday, November 21st, 2005|
|I am your profits and your prophet
my aunt just informed me that she has cancer. not entirely surprising, given the family history of crappy health, but it sucks nonetheless. she has surgery in a couple of weeks to remove it, and then she'll know how treatable it is. I'm sure she'll be fine once all the shit (surgery, chemo, etc) is done with.
we didn't get to see HP4 on the IMAX yesterday, cuz it sold out fast, so we saw it on a regular screen. it is probably the best of the series thus far. uber-dark. Mad-Eyed Moody was fantastic. I wasn't pleased with the Death Eaters; my image of them from the books was similar to Ring Wraiths from LOTR, not the stupid humans in masks that they were in the movie. I also thought the image of Voldemort was kinda lame. Ralph was perfectly fine in the role (you could only tell it was him from his eyes and mouth), but the look wasn't what it should have been, I think. but overall, a good movie. (oh, and there wasn't a preview of Narnia, which right royally pissed me off!)
the Santa Claus Parade was yesterday. it's now officially the Christmas season in Toronto. hohoho. Current Mood: contemplativeCurrent Music: "Politics" on CBC Newsworld
|Friday, November 18th, 2005|
it's below zero and snowing. I am pleased. Current Mood: contentCurrent Music: "Sister Blister" -- Alanis Morissette
|Monday, November 14th, 2005|
|there's more important things than hearing you speak
Matt and I saw "Chicken Little" on Saturday. (Shut up. There was nothing else worth seeing :-P) It was surprisingly good. I cried and laughed, and, really, what else can you ask for? The aliens were lifted directly from War of the Worlds ("It's like...War of the Worlds out there!"), but that's ok. It was amusing.
We'll be going to see "HP4" on Sunday, on the IMAX screen, so that should be good times. I'm looking forward to seeing a certain beautiful man named Ralph (that's pronounced Rafe, not Ralph, people!) playing the ultimate evil. Yummy!
Cases of clementines are flying out of the store. Clementines = Christmas to me. I only eat them during said season. Much like shortbread, hot chocolate, apple cider, and Quality Street Chocolates. It simply isn't Xmas without said festive treats. Speaking of, the Santa Claus Parade is on Sunday. Jeez.
I have to pick up my copy of the Sears Wish Book tomorrow. There's another thing that is required for the holidays to be complete. I was highly disenchanted to see that they're trying to go hi-tech by putting the catalogue out on CD. That's sacriligeous. It's tradition to get the Wish Book and flip through its pages. It's our link to the past, when all those small towns all throughout the land waited for their Eatons catalogue to show up in order to do their Xmas shopping. In this case, I say screw environmental friendliness. Bring on the paper!
Looks like we might be voting even earlier than the Opposition had wanted. The Libs have said a big "fuck you" to the Opp's plan to have a vote in mid-February, so Harper seems forced to call a non-confidence vote next week as he said he would if the Libs didn't agree to the plan, which means the House will fall and we'll be into an election within two weeks. Fun times!
That's it. That's all. Current Mood: bouncyCurrent Music: "Sorry" -- Madonna
|Friday, November 11th, 2005|
|Wednesday, November 9th, 2005|
|I've heard it all before
and so, finally, it seems the House will fall on November 24, thanks to the NDP. they should have done this months ago, but now that Gomery has reported, I guess they figure it's as safe a time as any to go. so we'll be going to the polls in February, which is when Martin said he'd call an election himself, but now he doesn't get to choose the timetable, the opposition does.
today is a lovely day. very grey, very rainy, very nice.
I can't believe it's only a month and a half til Xmas. crazy times.
that is all. salut.
oh! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is out on DVD. yay!!!!
oh squared! Madonna's "Sorry" should be her next single. it fricken rocks! Current Mood: goodCurrent Music: Jack Layton yammering on Newsworld
|Monday, October 31st, 2005|
|the power of Christ compels you, bitch!
well it's official: Madonna can finally authentically reclaim her title as Queen of Pop. "Hung Up" is simply wunderbar. Granted, it wouldn't be half as fabulous if ABBA hadn't provided her with the chords upon which her song is built, but they did, and so it is.
it's All Hallow's Eve tonight. we shall be watching "Halloween" (of course). it will be most enjoyable.
that is all.
oh! Gomery tomorrow. fun and frivolity all around? we shall see. Current Mood: chipperCurrent Music: "Hung Up" -- Madonna
|Monday, October 3rd, 2005|
|denying garnered interests
the Metric show was smurftastic, of course. simply smurftastic. and it was made even better by the fact that the new album was on sale there, while being delayed a week in stores. so I've been falling in love with it for a week whilst others are still waiting for it to come out. haha!
the police and the private, the pirates and the pilots
felt up and fingerprinted waiting for the train Current Mood: chipperCurrent Music: "Mostly Waving" (live) -- Emily Haines
|Tuesday, September 27th, 2005|
|do all the women have exposed clitorati?
we have a new Governor General. she's beautiful.
going to see Metric rock out tomorrow night. should be oodles and oodles of fun times.
I must make lasagna now.
that is all. salut.
(in case you were wondering, the title line is from last night's episode of Family Guy. ah, Stewie...) Current Mood: sleepyCurrent Music: "Politik" -- Coldplay
|Monday, September 12th, 2005|
I could feel the acid eating my stomach lining. It was most unpleasant, and so I came home. the acid continues to munch away, but it's not quite so debillitating at the moment.
"Mulroney Unmasked" shouts the Globe and Mail headline today. Of course, I had to read it. I knew everyone seemed to despise the man, but I was too young when he was in power to know why that was. After reading the article, I can understand. What a twat. I shall definitely be purchasing the book the article was about when it's released. It's gonna be a best-seller for sure.
The Gomery Commission's final report has been delayed by six weeks, meaning the election won't be until April instead of February. This displeases me. What I can hope for is the opposition using the interim report, still scheduled for November, to bring the House down.
Metric's new album comes out September 27. Matt and I are going to see them at the Phoenix on the 28th. Good times will be had by all, undoubtedly.
That is all. Pax. Current Mood: uncomfortableCurrent Music: "There There" -- Radiohead
|Monday, September 5th, 2005|
hail to the working person
|Thursday, September 1st, 2005|
all due respect to the victims of Katrina, but "America's tsunami" it was not. I was so disgusted when I heard it being compared to last year's disaster. have some decency, you ignorant swill. Katrina was NOTHING compared to the tsunami. you disrespect the thousands who died and millions who lost all by comparing the two. Current Mood: irateCurrent Music: "the bleeding hearts show" -- the new pornographers
|Friday, July 29th, 2005|
|fuck the revolution!
the IRA officially declared an end to their armed campaign for Irish unity. they've ordered their "volunteers" to lay down their arms, and to have those arms decommissioned. could this be the beginning of the end of The Troubles, finally? one can certainly hope.... as Bono once cried, "fuck the revolution!".
we saw "Charlie" again on Wednesday. we went and saw it on the IMAX screen. it was just as good, and quite possibly better, the second time around. I suspect I'll be watching it on a weekly basis once it's on DVD. yes, it's just that good.
nothing much else. goodbye. Current Mood: optimisticCurrent Music: "The Aging Young Rebel" -- DJ Food
|Sunday, July 24th, 2005|
"Oh Natella! Marching with pride is for gays!"
Latrina to Natella on the bestest cartoon of today, "Bromwell High".
For the bestest web cartoon of today, check on www.xombified.com. Very good zombie-with-a-conscience toon.
|Saturday, July 23rd, 2005|
number 9 number 9 number 9 number 9 number 9
"Revolution #9" by The Beatles is truly a strange and interesting piece of.....music?
Current Mood: intrigued
Current Music: "Revolution #9" -- The Beatles
|Friday, July 22nd, 2005|
I am beyond enraged right now. I've become a victim of fraud. Someone, somehow, obtained access to my bank account and used it to transfer funds from other people into my account and then take it out of mine for themselves. My account is frozen and I'm never allowed to bank with Scotia again. All of my bill payments that I made yesterday will now not go through, and I can't get the money back. I can't fucking believe this. At least the bank is giving me the benefit of the doubt and not assuming I did this on purpose. I hope nothing else bad comes of this, like police involvement or something. I just can't believe this shit....