Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Continuing the Theme of Pirates

What do you do if you combine scenes from Pirates of the Caribbeans plus the greatest Canadian song. EVER. WRITTEN.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

This being cheap Tuesday at the cinema, I decided to take my $4.20 and go see the third version of the Johnny Depp pirate franchise PIrates of the Caribbean: At World's End. To start off, let me say this is a satisfying way to end the trilogy, at least we think it's a trilogy. While some have complained that there is too much happening at once and some have said it may be a bit too long, don't bother with that, it's a great movie. It has everything we want, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow the swishiest pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. There is Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and of course Captain Hector Barbossa, back from the dead. As we know from the second movie, Jack was swallowed up by something nasty that was under the control of Davy Jones, the captain of the Flying Dutchman. Remember those nasties.

This movie does have everything, there is intrigue, convoluted plot, sea battles, cannon fire, cutlass and lots of all that we love about Pirate movies.

Spoiler Alert

Okay, here are the spoilers: Captain Jack is alive and yes some did rescue him just because he is he. He brings with him the Black Pearl. At the end, Will and Elizabeth get married, Captain Barbossa regains the Black Pearl and everything he wants, or so he thinks. Those two British soldiers, you know the one's from the first movie become pirates, like they should have and everybody lives happily ever after.
Right? Well, let's just say I've given to you about have the spoilers, there's a few things I missed out and you will just have to go and see the movie for yourself. There's all this and more. Plus we meet Captain Teague, who is played by Keith Richards. Captain Teague as we know is Captain Jack's father, what you don't hear about is the fact you get to meet Captain Jack's mother, well sort of.

Any movie that has all this, Keith Richards and a great soundtrack, is worth the time, money and popcorn.

One point, stay to the very end of the credits, there is a nice Easter Egg.

This movie does answer the question, which is cooler, Ninjas or Pirates.

Let me say, okay Ninjas may be cooler, but Pirates have way more fun.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Monthly Ubuntu Post

You can catagorize this as my obligatory Ubuntu Blog because I know you are all interested in how the Ubuntu experience is going. I took a quiz that is supposed to help you decide on which Linux Distro would be suit your lifestyle. My result was Kubuntu which as we all know is the K Desktop Environment flavour of Ubuntu. Regular Ubuntu is as we know Gnome based but Kubuntu is KDE based. You would almost think I knew what I was talking about. The most recent addition to my Ubuntu experience was buying a printer which would work with Ubuntu. I had heard that HP is very supportive of Linux and I noticed that the Thrift Store had one available for $3.00. The HP Photosmart 7150, it is a discontinued machine but for the price what did I have to lose. So I plugged it in and mucked around with it for a few minutes. I put some newer paper in it and once I added it to my printer list I clicked on the 'test page' feature. It worked, it worked perfectly. I was able to print. I didn't have to download or install a driver in anyway in fact the first thing on the test sheet was the Ubuntu logo. This was great because I had complained about printing with Ubuntu, in fact if there is anything that would drive me back into the arms of Windows it would lack of printer support.

Believe it or not, I do have other things in my life besides Ubuntu; I took Kimberly and and her friend Rachel to a Renaissance Faire this past weekend. The local Medieval Society sponsored it and it was their first of hopefully annual event. It was small and the weather conspired against it but it was a good way to spend an hour or so. I did take a few pictures:

The last photograph is of Kim and Rachel. Kim is getting her comeuppance with the stockades.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Off to Gretzkyville

Stephanie mentioned it on her blog that we are moving and so I might as well write and confirm it. Yes we are on the moves from Essex to Brantford, the home of Wayne Gretzky.

Afte four years its time to pack up the house, stuff the Wired Magazines in a box, actually I plan to dispose my collection of Wired Magazines, probably like this generation's National Geographics and move on.

We haven't started to pack, that's the plan for this weekend. Got to start sometime.

I can say we have enjoyed ourselves in Essex, coming back to family. It's been good. The good news, we're not that much further, albeit 3 hours away.

More later.

Peace and Ubuntu

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Holiday Insights : Lost Sock Memorial Day

Holiday Insights : Lost Sock Memorial Day

This has to be one of the saddest holidays of the year, the day we mourn the loss of that one sock that always seems to be lost.

We all have a sock drawer filled with unmatched socks, as the webpage suggests. As hard as we try, we simply cannot find the mate for the missing sock, it has vanished. For some reason, the journey from laundry hamper to washer to dryer to drawer is a deadly one for a sock. I've heard different suggestions for this event, some have suggested the spinning of the dryer, the chemicals in the washing soap open up some sort of portal into a different dimension, some have called it the "Sock" Dimension. Or the same chemical reaction opens a worm hole to another part of our galaxy. So on the other side is a planet filled with unmatched socks that magically appear as ours disappear.

How do we celebrate this day? As it is a memorial, perhaps the lighting of a candle, in hope the missing sock returns. We are to search for it and when we can't find it, toss out the unmatched sock.

Sounds like a plan.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Quick blog for the day. I'll have a big post later on.

Dr. Ron Paul gets it. He understand that mainstream media is the lapdog of the establishment. I know that sounds hippie talk, but it's true.

consider some of the media, how many outlets suppressed the news about Iraq or they marched in step with the White House, on such matters as 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'.

Dr. Paul gets it.