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Life Beyond The Movies

Sometimes I’m Embarrassed To Be Canadian

Canada is the greatest country in the world. I really honestly think that. I love this country, and I love being Canadian. Our culture, our collective world view, the way we have a political philosophy of taking care of each other… yadda yadda yadda. Many many many things I love about being a Canadian. HOWEVER….

Our meida in this country has not only LOST it’s unique identity… it’s raped it, then dumped it in a garbage heap and then pissed all over it. Our cultural media has become almost nothing but a pathetic little “we want to be the USA” wanna-be-copy-cat. Instead of coming up with our own original content (there is still some of it out there) we make our country out to be a laughing stock by blatantly mimicking and ripping off American show.

You’ve got American Idol? Ok, we’ll make “Canadian Idol”
You’ve got America’s Next Top Model? Ok, we’ll make “Canada’s Next Top Model”
and now…
You’ve got “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Ok, we’ll make “Are you Smarter than a CANADIAN 5th Grader”

Pathetic.

This is nothing short of humiliating for Canadians on the world stage… and when I’m in LA, I’ll have to hang my head a little bit in shame if any of these shows come up in conversation.

November 10, 2007 Posted by | Opinion | 2 Comments

Great Answer To Gold Digger Question

I see this sort of question posted online from time to time. Apparently, this one was posted on the very popular online classifieds “CraigsList.Com”. The answer just made me howl in its pure honesty and logic. Its a fantastic response to a stupid question from a gold digger:

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What am I doing wrong?

Okay, I’m tired of beating around the bush. I’m a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I’m articulate and classy.
I’m not from New York . I’m looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don’t think I’m overreaching at all.

Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could you send me some tips? I dated a business man who makes average around 200 – 250. But that’s where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000 won’t get me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class who was married to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and she’s not as pretty as I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is she doing right? How do I get to her level?

Here are my questions specifically:

– Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics- bars, restaurants, gyms

-What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest guys, you won’t hurt my feelings

-Is there an age range I should be targeting (I’m 25)?

– Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the upper east side so plain? I’ve seen really ‘plain jane’ boring types who have nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I’ve seen drop dead gorgeous girls in singles bars in the east village. What’s the story there?

– Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows – lawyer, investment banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make? And where do they hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out?

– How you decide marriage vs. just a girlfriend? I am looking for MARRIAGE ONLY

Please hold your insults – I’m putting myself out there in an honest way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I’m being up front about it. I wouldn’t be searching for these kind of guys if I wasn’t able to match them – in looks, culture, sophistication, and keeping a nice home and hearth.

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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THE ANSWER
Dear Pers-431649184:

I read your posting with great interest and have thought meaningfully about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis of your predicament.
Firstly, I’m not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy who fits your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That said here’s how I see it.

Your offer, from the prospective of a guy like me, is plain and simple a crappy business deal. Here’s why. Cutting through all the B.S., what you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the party and I bring my money. Fine, simple. But here’s the rub, your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity…in fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won’t be getting any more beautiful!

So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your depreciation accelerates! Let me explain, you’re 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!

So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a buy and hold…hence the rub…marriage. It doesn’t make good business sense to “buy you” (which is what you’re asking) so I’d rather lease. In case you think I’m being cruel, I would say the following. If my money were to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need an out. It’s as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating, not marriage.

Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets. So, I wonder why a girl as “articulate, classy and spectacularly beautiful”
as you has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it hard to believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that the $500K hasn’t found you, if not only for a tryout.

By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money and then we wouldn’t need to have this difficult conversation.

With all that said, I must say you’re going about it the right way.
Classic “pump and dump.”
I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort of lease, let me know.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Off To The Distributors

Today is a bit of a nervous day. As you know, I’m finished my movie Prince of Peace – God of War and the printed DVDs have arrived (which I’m thrilled with by the way). The screening is coming up on the 23rd of this month (which I’m pretty nervous about too)… but today is pretty big.

You see, I’m leaving in a little bit here to go to a distributors office to give him a couple of copies of the movie he’s expecting. This is huge. If he likes it (and that’s a VERY BIG IF), then it would mean my movie will be in a lot of stores across Canada and hopefully spreading the message that the movie delivers.

I feel like I’m getting ready to ask a girl out for the very first time and the fear of rejection is racing through my blood like a bad flu virus. You work a year and a half on a project… you put you heart and soul into it… you believe in it… but at some point you have to hand it off to someone to JUDGE it from an unbiased point of view. This guy is going to JUDGE my movie and decide if he thinks it’s worth putting in stores and if he thinks people will be interested in buying it.

I tell ya… if I was someone who drinks (which I’m not), I’d be sucking back the bourbon this afternoon for a few days until hearing back from this guy.

November 6, 2007 Posted by | Life | 1 Comment

Why Dads Are Great

Does laughing at this make me a sick person?

November 6, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Ninja Parade

I don’t know… I’m just in the mood to post funny stuff I guess. Man I love The Onion

Ninja Parade Slips Through Town Unnoticed Once Again

November 6, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Final Fantasy Parody

Like most people, I got hooked on Final Fantasy 7 years and years ago. It was the first video game that I really got “hooked” on since Tie Fighter before it. Anyway, while aimlessly gliding around the web today, I came across this little Final Fantasy parody video that just cracked me up. But be warned… if you never played the game, none of this will make any sense to you whatsoever. But if you did play the game, you’ll really appreciate it. Check it out.

November 5, 2007 Posted by | Fun, Games | Leave a comment

Shutting Down The Movie Blog

Well, it’s been a little over 24 hours since I’ve announced the world that I’m shutting down The Movie Blog and joining up with ComingSoon.Net (the world’s largest and most popular internet movie news site) to become the managing editor of a new site called SciFiMission.Com. The site will cover everything Sci-Fi and Fantasy including movies AND TV shows. I’m beyond excited about it.

It’s odd thinking about waking up Monday morning and not instantly start writing posts for the site that I’ve been working on for over 4 years. The Movie Blog has been more than a “job” for me. It’s my creation, my baby, but it’s also given a lot to me. Thanks to The Movie Blog I’ve been able to experience a lot of very cool things, meet some very cool people, go to some very cool places and in general just have a wonderful time.

I almost feel guilty that I don’t feel bad about moving on from it. The opportunity and potential of SciFiMission is just so fantastic, that it’s hard to think about anything other than getting started on the new site. I’ll write more about it when I’m not so dead tired.

November 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Prince of Peace – God of War DVDs Arrived!

Today is a pretty big day for me. Earlier this afternoon a UPS truck arrived at my place to deliver my very first batch of fully packaged and printed Prince of Peace – God of War DVDs! For those of you who may not know, Prince of Peace – God of War is a documentary and my first crack at directing.

I’m just ecstatic with how they turned out. Now let’s see if anyone actually buys these suckers.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Life | 3 Comments

Forget Microsoft Office. Get OpenOffice!

I’m just so used to using OpenOffice for my office applications that I often forget that most people haven’t even heard of it yet (even though it’s been around for YEARS). Ok, here’s the basics… essentially OpenOffice is a suite of office productivity applications that is pretty much EXACTLY the same as Microsoft Office.

For example, OpenOffice has a Word Processor that pretty much looks and functions exactly like Microsoft Word. You can even open the files in both programs without a problem. So I can write up a document in OpenOffice, email it to you, and you can open and view it in Microsoft Word no problem. It’s even got a PowerPoint and Spreadsheet programs too that function and import with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

Here’s the thing… OpenOffice is 100% FREE! Yes that’s right folks… FREE! I ditched Microsoft Office off my computer over 4 years ago. I have it on my Mac Laptop and on my PC desktop. I’ll never use Microsoft Office again… and neither should you. Go get it and try it out. I swear you’ll have absolutely ZERO trouble getting up and running because as I said, it essentially looks and acts JUST like Office.

Go get a free download of it here.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Tech | Leave a comment

Walmart to Sell $198 Linux Computer

If I wasn’t into video editing, I swear I would get myself one of these things.

The computer’s pre-installed and linked Software includes Mozilla Foxfire, gMail, Meebo (a browser-based IM client) Skype, Google Documents & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, Google News, Google Maps, GIMP, Blogger, the Xing Movie Player, and OpenOffice.org 2.2.

The Everex gPC will be available at some, but not all, Wal-Mart stores and walmart.com for $198 starting in early November. This is not the first time Wal-Mart has sold a low-priced Linux desktop. Earlier, the company sold Microtel systems running Linspire. For the last few years, though, Wal-Mart has not been selling Linux systems. Everex is expected to make the gPC TC2502 available through other retail partners if demand warrants this move.

I put Ubuntu Linux on my 6 year old HP laptop and it’s a pure joy to use. Run a heck of a lot faster than Windows XP does on it. The included software is great and is so system resources friendly that you’ll think you’re using a 3x faster computer than you actually are. I hope this is a sign of things to come.

Read more about it here.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Tech | Leave a comment