Saturday, December 30, 2006

More Good News

A favourite animated series of mine and ours, Kim Possible, is returning. I missed the original news bite (which dates back to November 2005) but, thankfully, managed to catch this one. Yet another show saved by the fans.

Thanks to ToonZone for the good news.




Indy news we can take to the bank.



Thursday, December 28, 2006

Eltingville Pilot

I've enjoyed the work of Evan Dorkin for some time now and I'd always heard about this pilot for an animated series that he'd done based on his Eltingville strips. I've searched around for a copy in the past but a chance perusing of the comments section of his blog led me to YouTube and the videos you see below.

It probably won't be for everyone (seeing as it's mostly geek humour - the episode is called "Bring Me the Head of Boba Fett" after all) but there are a select few of you out there that I know check the blog on a semi-regular basis who may get a kick out of it.

Mostly, I just want an easy access link to the darn thing.

Anyway, here they are in order:




Wednesday, December 27, 2006

HDTV Brings on Headaches

While sitting here at the reception desk at work and surfing the internet, I came across this article, the point of which being that TV stars are not happy with the clarity provided by HD and their fears surrounding the extreme close-up.

Actors are funny.


Belated Christmas Wishes

I hope everybody had a really good Christmas, I know I was surprised by how good mine was. For most of the weeks and days leading up to the 24th and 25th I was in a bit of a funk. I'm not sure if it was even Christmas related but it was certainly there and it was affecting how I was looking at the whole seasonal ordeal. I think I may have mentioned in a previous post how things sort of changed at the last minute, though. It was pretty much an 11th hour recovery, too. All of a sudden, Christmas got kind of fun, I started looking forward to the whole family and friends thing, and I took a little bit of joy, I think, in knowing how my kids would go crazy for their Christmas presents. And really, when you have kids, bottom line is that it's really all about them, isn't it?

As for the days themselves, they were pretty decent. Christmas Eve was spent having dinner with my in-laws and watching my kids open bunches of presents, Christmas Day was spent first at my place watching kids open our presents and the Santa presents (and watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) and then off to Grandma Jozic's for another supper and even more gifts. The kids got a PS2 so I set that up for them then we went home and watched the last 2 episodes of Freaks & Geeks. For the record, one of the best shows ever made for television. I was actually choked up to see the final credits roll.

Another nice aspect of Christmas this year was seeing my buddy Brad who came in from Edmonton to be with family (if you're reading this, Brad, I apologise for not calling Christmas Day and the kids loved the presents) as well as my friend carly, who I haven't seen in some time. Both showed up to say hi and drop off gifts for the kids so we got a little catch up visit in before they had to go their respective ways. Jen's friend Meg and my other buddy Chris who's been roughing it out in the boonies of British Columbia will be here for New Years so that'll be nice to see them as well.

At the end of it all I even found myself to be getting excited for Boxing Day. I don't normally go out on Boxing Day for two reasons: I'm either working or I'm broke. This year I was neither so I gleefully made my way out to Wal-Mart to check out their Boxing Day DVD clearout. I managed to snag a few goodies that will keep me happy for the next little while. They are as follows:

King Kong for $5
The Doors for $5
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Anniversary Edition for $10
Futurama Season 2 for $18
Ghost in the Shell for $10
The Batman Season 1 for $15
Magnum P.I. Season 1 & 2 combined for $30 and for my brother's birthday

I think that's the list. There may be a disc or two missing but I'm pretty sure that's the whole thing.

Oh, and we also watched Conversations with Other Women when we got home last night and it was a really impressive little movie. It's all done in split screen and features Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter as two people who bump into each other at a wedding and begin a conversation. I don't want to say much more so as not to give any of the fun stuff away, but it's well worth your time to check it out.

So, all in all it was a pretty good holiday weekend. I had the three days off, the kids and family had fun, Jen and I had fun, my brother got a kick out of his early birthday present and much food was consumed.

I give the whole thing a 7.5 out of 10.

Now the countdown to New Years.



Thursday, December 21, 2006

Over the Hump

I'm just having an awesome day.

I came to work this afternoon and pretty much from the moment I settled in I had a burst of inspiration that took me through, like, 8+ pages of my Smitten story. I've been trying to get some work done on it for months but I couldn't see the forest for the trees for the longest time. However, something managed to shift for me in the last 24 hours or so because the one thing that was giving me the most problems (I refer to it as the second act hump) just unfolded before me like nothing - solving the one major problem and having the added benefit of creating new links and story ideas to boot. There's stuff that I had ideas for that weren't even embedded into the narrative yet but now have a place and work seamlessly. I just feel a great sense of relief. Like a weight has been lifted.

I'm really excited now that I may be finishing the first run through before the year is up. I'm even seriously considering trying to find a collaborator to do some preliminary artwork and maybe help flesh out some of the storytelling.

Christmas was looking pretty droll but this is good news.

More later!


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

This is Where I Work

I've recently come into the possession of a mobile phone and since it comes equipped with a camera, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to do two things: test the functions of the phone and add that 'more personal touch' I touched on a few posts ago.

I grabbed a couple of snapshots of my workplace and work area and figured I'd post those. Nothing really impressive (borderline lame, actually) but it gets another post out and it's a peek for those who care what my daily grind looks like.

The first pick is my desk. This is where the magic happens. On this pale flat surface, the dreams of many a car owner have been fulfilled (I can't even type that with a straight face).

It's a nice quiet space and it's off in the corner where I can pretty much do my own thing. I've finished many a book sitting back there, I'll tell you. It's also nice to take customers back there. There are few interruptions and I think it's a bit quieter back there, too. Makes for better customer/salesman relations.

The second pic should pretty much speak for itself. Not only is this the desolation in which I toil daily, I also live in this crap.

After snapping the pic I couldn't help thinking to myself, if I saw this in a book I would be sure that no sane person would live in a climate like this - willingly, anyways. And the real bum rap is that we have to shovel those cars out if a customer wants to drive them because our owner is not a big believer in snow removal. They plow occasionally, but nothing too sophisticated.

Anyway, that's it for me today. I hope everyone's having a good holiday season so far!



Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Everything Zen

Oh, man. I just ran across this while doing a search on Jon J Muth and now I want one.

Christmas is almost here, folks. Don't be shy.



Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Post

I couldn't think of a snappy title, so I went the overly didactic route.

Anyway, not much to report on this end. I had a root canal scheduled for tomorrow which I had to reschedule. It's not that I'm freaked out by it or anything, I just don't know whether or not to go through with the procedure to save the tooth when I have everybody and their dog telling me to have it extracted instead. I can see the logic to it, and the dentist gave me the option of doing either, but I'm at odds regarding the advantages of one over the other.

With the root canal, I get to keep the tooth. With the extraction, I don't. With the root canal, I'm paying a bit more. With the extraction, I'm paying less. I want to save the tooth, but everyone tells me that root canals are a long term headache.


So I rescheduled it. Looks like it'll be in the new year, now - January 10th, to be precise. I still have some fillings in a week so it's not like I've escaped the dreaded dental chair, but it'll be nice when I can finally stop worrying about my frickin' teeth.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Monday, December 04, 2006

Where's Waldo

Or rather, where's Mike-O. Back in October I went to see Sloan at The Odeon Event Centre here in town with my bro, his date and Jen. It was a great show, I'm thrilled that I made it and I don't think I actually blogged about it at the time. After running across this photo taken at the show over on Yoko Casiono's website, however, I thought it might be fun to post it here seeing as how I believe the jackass in the red circle is likely me. I'm not sure who took the original photo - probably one of the Yokos - but that's Sloan onstage, rockin' out as they do. Looks like some of us were clapping along, too. Coulda been any song, really.

Anyway, I was thinking it might be a good idea to use more photos with me in them on the ol' blog (to capture that whole slice-of-life flavour), and I figured this was a decent start. A bit late, I'll grant you, but what are you gonna do.



Sunday, December 03, 2006

My New Favourite Show

The title says it all. I ignored this one when it originally aired but managed to catch it this week on DVD. Possibly the best and most accurate depiction of high school I have ever seen in my whole life.

The great opening credits...

A clip from the Pilot...

Clip from the second episode...

Man, I just love that Linda Cardellini. She's such a cutie. Also a little surprised to see James Franco on the show. Both of these guys I've known only from their films. Nice to see them slumming it early on in television.