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Nostalgic Molson Canadian Commercial

January 7, 2008 5 comments

You guys remember this?

I am not a drinker but I always loved Molson Canadian commercials.  They probably make some of the most recognizable commercials in Canada.  This was by far one of their best.  This is the type of commercial were you can only watch in the winter at night.  Any other time of day or season doesn’t do justice to this commercial.  They used to play this commerical during every commercial break on Hockey Night In Canada.  Brings back some good memories.  The best commercial was by far the commercials they ran from late 94-early 96.  I still remember that commercial:

Buildings.
Blocks of time passing by.
Orographies of unforgettable characteristics
And stone
Bouncing off of back bones buried deep
In your own
Backyard.
Why?
Because
I.
Am.

Ok, I may have not quoted it exactly but keep in mind, the last time I saw that commercial was literally 11 years ago. But the amazing thing is that I still remember it. It was THE BEST commercial I have ever seen. The imagery was so Canadian; Sir John A. McDonald hammering in the last spike, an old clip of the Forum in Montreal, one of the old Montreal Canadians hoisting up the Stanley Cup (forgive me but the name eludes me right now), plus a whole different range of other clips. Each clip was like half a second long and each clip represented Canada in one way or another. Its probably one of the most Canadian commercials ever made. Ahh good times….

Paul Chowdhry – Stand Up Comic

December 16, 2007 4 comments

My random time wasting on youtube led me to this: Paul Chowdhry, an Asian comic from the UK. This guy’s style is really funny. His deliveries are really good and well…he just makes me laugh. His interactions with the audience are especially hilarious. I’ll give you guys two clips to watch. Good stuff.

Have We Made Our Lifes Harder Than It Should Have Been?

First off, the lack of posts can be attributed to….well school. What else.  Now, on to the unorganized thoughts for tonight.

 As you see above, I have posed a question.  By “harder” I really mean complex.  And with that complexity comes hardship.  What do I mean by all this? Well, it seems as though as much as we have progressed as human beings with respect to knowledge, technology and all of that good stuff, we intended to make our lives easier.  There are some disconnects in that statement but try not to think about it academically.  I guess what I mean to say is that we’ve created this system where we have to jump over rocks and hoops which we’ve put there just so we can get to the end.  I mean these obstacles are there for a reason and I can understand that to some extent but its like…do they REALLY have to be there? Take education for example.  This whole concept of a grading system…needing certain grades just so you can move on to a higher level of education.  It seems as though the whole grading system has taken a lot of the intrinsic value of education out.  People now don’t learn just for the sake of learning now.  And there are so many people out there that are far more smarter and more intelligent than their GPA would suggest.  This doesn’t go for education, it goes for other things as well.  I remember when we had to open up our own business, we had to go through literally three months of shear hell, dealing with various bureaucracies and things.  It just seems like we as a whole have complicated our lives.  Is this really the way life was intended to be lived?  There are so many stresses in life, a lot of them can be attributed to jumping over rocks and hoops that we ourselves have put there.  If life is so full of stress, what really is the point of it all if at the end of the day we’re all just going to die anyways?  Why make it harder than it has to be?  It just seems to be that a lot of the intrinsic value that life once had to offer has been taken away from the very people that live that life.  And its not like we can blame God for it because it is our own doing.  I can appreciate hard work and earning things but but at the same time, when everything starts to become a chore and a task, really what’s the point?  I find these rules and regulations that we have come to mold our lives around are not necessary for the most part and actually hinder ourselves from actually living life to the fullest and enjoying the intrinsic essence of what life should be.  I know it may sound a bit Existentialist and/or totally incoherant but its been bugging me for a while and I had to get it down.  That’s just the way things are I guess…I’ll refine this little thesis of mine one day when I am less busy jumping through hoops. 

What I Have Learned This Week

November 20, 2007 3 comments

Aside from learning (semester after semester) what a pain it is to write essays hours before they are due, I have come to the complete realization that I am absolutely in love with television.  During my times of procrastination, I would frequently be surfing youtube for clips of various shows.  I am really starting to believe that those that work on television are extremely lucky and I assume they are happy. 

Right now, I am in the midst of downloading three shows that have since departed: Felicity, Freaks and Geeks, and Undeclared.  I was always intrigued by the ladder two shows but never really got into Felicity.  But lately, I don’t know, for some reason, it seems like a very intriguing show and very interesting story.  I will probably spend the majority of my Christmas holidays watching this show.  And after Superbad came out, I am starting to realize just how creative Seth Rogan and his crew really are. 

So what is it about television that captures me?  Now that I look back, I have always been into tv.  Ever since I was a kid, I was always glued to the TV.  Whether it was watching the news, or kids shows or prime time, I always found television to be fascinating.  As I grew older, I became intrigued with the beauty that is prime time television.  I think what really gets me is what television truly is: art.  Everything about television makes me intrigued.  The lighting, the angles, dialogue, the writing, the acting, music….everything.  I even find myself sitting there critiquing commercials. 

Even when I am doing homework at home, I’ll be sitting at my desk with the TV on the Weather Network or something with the volume muted.  Its almost like as if its some sort of companion, an imaginary friend.  The biggest thing about television though is the escapism.  Its like this constant escape from the reality of a not so wonderful life.  Just the fact that I can get away from it all with literally a click of a button is like the most amazing thing to me.  And now that television is on the net and on DVD, its even better.  You can actually watch shows that came to and end long ago or got cancelled.  Ive got all the Greg The Bunny Episodes on my computer!  And its only getting better.  Tivo, hi def, flat screens and all that great stuff is only enhancing the whole television experience.  I can’t even imagine what it will be like 10 years from now. 

I think that if I were not into what I am, I would probably seek a career in television.  The only downside to it is that it seems like the whole industry is very volatile with respect to jobs, especially for actors.  But nevertheless, it just seems like some of the greatest creative potential comes out on television.  And it also seems like because television is so readily available, many of us take this art for granted and don’t realize all the hard work that goes into creating these shows that we watch every day and the beauty that materializes out this work. 

I am literally the only person that I have met that feels this passionately about TV.  Mind you, I am the audience so I have a completely different perspective on it. Those that actually work in the industry may be able to pick out the flaws in what I have said.  And I can admit, there is a hint of romanticism in my perspective.  But even so, I honestly think, and I know this may sound lame, TV is one of the better things in my life and I am so glad to have it.  I wouldn’t give it up for anything. 

I love television. 

Cuff The Duke

Cuff The Duke 

I just saw this pretty cool sounding band on MTV right now called Cuff The Duke.  Well I don’t know if they are cool sounding, they only showed one song of theirs that they performed life called Surging Revival.  They are a Canadian Band from Oshawa Ontario.  Check out their MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/cufftheduke 

I love these kinds of feel good songs.  They give you a motivation to get out of bed and go to school and finish your assignments that were due like last week.  Good stuff.