Archive for February, 2006

Checking in…

February 27, 2006

So I was going to do another movie review, this time with a duet of horror flicks. Watching the second of the two films however was a mishap. Halfway through the movie the DVD would stall and not play on anything – not my DVD player, the Xbox 360, my computer…nothing. So back to Blockbuster Online it goes. This movie review will be delayed until I am done watching that mystery film.

I will spread something good around in the meantime. If you are down with good music, then please check out my Canadian fools at WeFunk Radio.

This is what I listen to when I zone out for hours, working on my computer. It is the best online radio station out there. Old skool hip hop and funk. It’s all you need. These Montreal cats are keeping the goodies in rotation. I promise.

After you get that good vibe from WeFunk going, then check out my latest icons.

And thanks for the comments, John and Kristin. Please keep em coming.

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The Weekend Update

February 20, 2006

I lost in a small $30 buy-in Hold-Em tournament on Saturday at my brother’s house. I finished 6th out of 9 rednecks. Near the end, I was the low stack in chips and went all-in on a K J suited. I had to do it. Some guy called me with an 8 4. And guess what came up on the board? A freakin’ 4. Better odds going in, but eventually I walk away a loser. Story of my life.

Now it’s time for the Mawkus Movie Review. I viewed three films over the past week. No big screen reviews, but still some good flicks. I will keep this brief because it’s Monday and I’ve got a lot on my plate.

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This French horror flick High Tension was pretty gory with a straight forward plot, until the twisted ending which is still gory. Minimal dubbed dialogue makes this movie worth watching. And if you like pointless bloody slasher films like I do, you’ll enjoy this. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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I obviously relate to this movie Waiting because I still earn some of my income from the service industry. This movie does not have award winning acting but I wasn’t expecting it either. I had never seen any film about waiting tables so I was eager to watch it. I wasn’t dissapointed. It was funny as hell, primarily for three things. First, there’s the character in the picture above Naomi. She has a Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hide personality. Watching her Terrets syndrome episodes contrasted by her kiss-ass attitude to her customers is worth the hour and a half alone. Then there’s the kitchen staff, especially the head chef played by Luis Guzman and the grill guy, who’s name I don’t know. And finally, there’s the entire staff’s “genitalia game”. Which I will leave as a mystery for you to watch. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Quote of the film: “You’re supposed to be the coolest waiter at Shenanigans? That’s like being the smartest kid with down syndrome!”

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The third film is Hustle and Flow, which I thought would be silly because of the lame “crunk” music trend. I was way off. The acting was the best part of the film. Except for the lame white guy who helps produce the beats. They could have done without him, or at least replace him with Pauly Shore. Just kidding. The ending was also good. A ultimately happy one, but at the cost of some last minute strife. It’s interesting to notice that the film appears to be set in modern times, but I’m confused by the style Djay (the main character) and more importantly his hair. Is it really showing that crunk was hot way back in the 70’s or something? Oh yeah, I am always entertained by Ludacris, whether he’s spitting bars or acting. His appearance is limited, but just enough to be impressed. The movie is even up for two Oscars, Best Actor and Best Theme song. Despite my lack of interest in the southern crunk trend, there are some catchy and funny jams on the soundtrack. And if this film proves anything, it’s the fact that hookers and pimps can rise above and record hooks for radio airplay. Wow. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

If anyone reads my blog, can they at least leave a brief comment? I don’t mind negativity either. Bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. Thanks.

Steamboat, Colorado

February 15, 2006

Well my boy Alex finally got the pics developed from our recent Steamboat, Colorado trip. They are from a lame disposable camera, but it’s better than carrying an expensive digi cam on the slopes and breaking it from an unexpected tumble. The powder out there was so thick though that we weren’t worried about injuries or damaged technology. Luckily for you, I am not in a lot of the photos because I am taking them. And I am purposely trying to get my finger in the bottom right corner as much as possible.

Click on the photo below. Enjoy!


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Deadlines and Morons…

February 10, 2006

I generally enjoy big deadlines taking place on Mondays, because then I have the whole weekend to polish up my presentation and make sure there is no last minute rushing. Today, however, is a different scenario. Deadlines on Fridays can be good for freelancers because like those who have a real job, I now have the weekend off to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep. Oh wait, I forgot I started another project due Tuesday. Damnit. There goes my point, if I had one at all.

Here are some ICONS I presented today.

Thank god for lunch breaks and Newsvine. Today I got to catch up on the latest dumbarses in today’s news. Thanks to John V. for showing me this news site.

Such as the guy suing Apple claiming that iPods cause hearing loss.

This site also reveals more significant news. Such as Bush’s crazy antics.
Maybe our government could have saved some more lives during Katrina’s harsh blow to New Orleans.

Supposedly some of the White Sox aren’t impressed with Bush either. Well, unimpressed enough not to change previously-made plans in order to accept a honorary formal invitation to the White House as a World Series champion. Maybe Mayor Daley can go on a date with President Bush. According to his words, he seems really hard up to do it.

And I’m spent…