anne hathaway is *gorgeous* in
'the devil wears prada'.
i did note her performance as jake's
long-suffering wife in 'brokeback
mountain', but i hadn't seen any
of the princess diaries flicks. her
struggle in this film to maintain her
integrity but still do what she needs
to do to get ahead is wrapped up in
a nice fluffy (and pretty) cloud of
yes, the film does make the valid point
that fashion designers are creative
artists whose art is made even more
fabulous by the fact that we can inhabit
their creations and make them our own.
however, fashion joins with ballet,
nascar or wine-tasting as fields for
which i personally just don't have
stanley tucci and meryl streep both
have juicy roles, with story arcs
that encompass both pain and pleasure
so they can show off their acting
chops. but since it was all done to
the benefit of the story, and done
well, i have no quarrel with that.
thus, i deemed the film good enough
to watch again this evening, after
having watched it already on sunday.
the soundtrack was noticeably good
and very efficient at setting the
mood. standouts were the opening
track 'suddenly i see' by kt
tunstall and also alanis morissette's
cover of seal's hit 'crazy'. however,
be warned that the tunstall track does
not appear on the official soundtrack
released, so you'll have to pick her
cd up separately. unfortunately,
'eye to the telescope' is afflicted
with DRM, so i only added it to my
wishlist instead of to the amazon
order(s) that i made.
to herald the looming end of summer,
here's what i decided that i 'needed'
to acquire from my woefully extended
the drams: 'jubilee drive' - the drams
are made up of a splinter group of members
of slobberbone who have decided to strive
for a rock sound
old 97's: 'hit by a train' - double
live best of cd - a great live band,
i'm looking forward to seeing if they
get captured properly on this disc.
they did get a gig as the 'concert
band of the month' during the movie
OST to the movie 'the fast and the
furious: tokyo drift' - to get the
blood and fists pumping
OST to 'the matador' - twas a very
fun flick and soundtrack
neko case: 'fox confessor brings
the flood' - this wasn't available
during my raid on megatunes in calgary
in june, so i'm finally picking it up
OST to 'old boy' - a korean imported
dead prez: 'get free or die trying'
- after seeing them in 'dave chappelle's
block party', i need to get me a sample
of their action
the kingston trio: 'best of' - with
the track 'greenback dollar' featured in
the film 'thank you for smoking'
natacha atlas: 'halim' - an arabic album
that includes a haunting tune featured in
the movie 'bin-jip (3-iron)' - i almost
ordered the wrong cd, but thanks to
wikipedia, it's all sorted out
kelly hogan: 'because it feels good'
- because it would be good to hear more
of her breath-taking voice
gene wolfe: 'shadow and claw'; 'sword
and citadel' - these 2 books collect
a story that i was introduced to in
comic book form over a decade ago.
they had been out of print for a long
time, but i guess someone heard neil
gaiman lobbying to have them brought
anne carson: 'autobiography of red'
- one of the books that were suggested
as a potential read for the local book
club, whose meetings i never managed to
attend - pretty sad, especially since
i would've been the only guy present :)
paul chiasson: 'the island of seven
cities: where the chinese discovered
north america' - i just kinda liked the
sound of that ;)
david kushner: 'jonny magic and the
card shark kids: how a gang of geeks
beat the odds and stormed las vegas'
- as a once fearsome magic deck builder
myself and now somewhat poker fiend, i
wanted to see how close the parallels
were between my experiences and those
of the protagonist
mike caro: 'caro's book of poker tells'
- with a big money tourney on saturday,
this book will come too late, but maybe
i'll be able to think back and realize
where it all started to go wrong ... ;)
'west wing: complete 4th season'
- continuing my set (i know some of
the subsequent seasons are out, but
i can't afford to buy *everything*
'closer' - natalie portman in a
nightie - what else is there to say ?
'saving face' - haven't seen this
one, but i think this is about growing
up asian in north america and the
challenges of trying to juggle 2
quite different cultures
'lord of war' (2-disc special edition)
- a powerful moral film
'just like heaven' (widescreen)
- perky reese won an oscar for her
performance as june carter cash, but
i think she was just as good in this
fluffy little flick
'the matador' - greg kinnear and
pierce brosnan as unlikely pals - a
great comic farce that still has
enough grist to chew on
slept in until the afternoon and woke
up to a blisteringly blue sky outside.
i decided to hop onto my bike to take
in my long-contemplated tour of iqaluit's
new 5000's sub-division on the ridge
above the arctic college past the power
plant. boy was i out of shape ! after
only a brief 10-minute climb, my legs
were howling with the strain and it took
me a good 15 minutes to catch my breath.
good thing i had the view to consider
as i paused.
i continued around the 5000 loop and
noticed a sign that said 'no trespassing'
so, of course, i went to take a boo.
as i clambered up over the rocks, i was
astounded by the sight of an immense civil
engineering project. i knew that there
was a dam that provided the water supply
for the city but somehow i imagined that
it was farther out of town. i've been
here almost 5 years and that was the first
time that i've ever seen it !
after all those afternoon exertions, i
treated myself to a poker nite at todd's
where i promptly lost half my chips on
the first 2 hands to the 2 ladies at
the table. after a quick rebuy, i was
taken out by the 3d lady who had joined
the table. so much for lady luck :(
however, as i waited around for a sidegame
to start up (to no avail as it eventually
turned out), i was able to finish reading
tim eldred's graphic opus
monkey'. a very charming book that
melds great comedic moments with weighty
speculations about life, love, space
combat and forced evolution. also of note
was the atypically snarky head librarian
given my dilemma over the kt tunstall
track 'suddenly i see', i hit upon the
brainwave of accessing my aotm compatriots.
after sending off a couple of inquiry
emails, i was successful in arranging a
3 for 3 trade with
in scotland for some mixes, 1 of which
included the tunstall track. she was even
kind enough to send me a preview of it so
that i could bop around to a cleaner
version than the one that i had managed to
munge from the virgin uk video site.
here i thought i was a globetrotter,
but i'm still just a tadpole on the
journey of life. mexico and egypt
were thanks to my seismic job, but
most of the european hits were
covered by an ef excursion undertaken
with some of my grade 12 classmates.
i also dropped in to visit my sis in
shanghai and travelled with her and
one of my brothers to yunnan.
visited 28 states (54%)
the (dis)advantage of having resided
in the u.s. for 3 years was that i
made plenty of extended road trips home
from texas. the california visit was due
to an SEG conference in san francisco
and the d.c. one was a campus challenge
since there was no corresponding page
for canadian provinces and territories,
i mocked this one up for now. i left
out any islands that i hadn't visited
(e.g. queen charlotte, ellesmere, cape
breton, manitoulin, etc.). the only
jurisdiction that i have not visited
yet is pei. i do have to admit that
yukon was a mere helicopter touchdown
just inside the toe of the territory,
and new brunswick was via a train
i've been to tofino on vancouver island,
fort st. john in northern b.c., and all
along the highway up to fort liard in
the nwt. besides the airport stopovers,
i've spent one evening in yellowknife due
to mechanical. also grande prairie in
northern alberta, on both sides of
saskatchewan from lloydminster to creighton,
200 metres deep in the nuclear mines of
pinawa and driving north in the dark,
exhausted and groggy, on the twisty road
along the ontario side of the lake of the
woods. i've done the ms150 charity bike
ride from lake huron to london and back.
quebec visits have mostly been urban
adventures in montreal and quebec city,
tho my train ride from ottawa to halifax
to visit my sister did cover a lot of
ground. however, i was also treated to
an overnight stay in kuujjuaq in northern
quebec due to weather in iqaluit. the
CALL 2005 conference allowed me to knock
newfoundland off of my list last year.
my residency in iqaluit (plus a 1-day
visit to pangnirtung) accounts for baffin
island, and back on the west side of hudson
bay, rankin inlet has been the victim
of numerous airport visits.
when i was down in calgary in june,
i signed up for a membership at my
favourite gallery in that burg, the
triangle gallery of visual arts,
maintained by the calgary contemporary
arts society. every time i've visited
their premises, i've found the
exhibitions to be thought-provoking
and so i figured it was time to show
my support. subsequently, the gallery
contacted me about being profiled as
a member for the inaugural issue of
while the profile on p.8 is marred
by a few typos and isn't what i'd
have written about myself, most of
the underlying facts are correct.
the gallery's own
Welcome-Nunavut exhibition from 1999
is also worth checking out online.
heather will be glad to see my plug
for a performing arts facility.
someone in calgary doing the stuff
that i do here in town probably
wouldn't stand out, but the museum
administrator admitted that it was
the fact that i was from nunavut
that encouraged them to select me
for their first member profile.
at the storehouse in the evening to
help celebrate the tardy matthieu's
birthday, jillian remarked on this
curious phenomena where what people
are doing in far-flung places sounds
so exotic to us, and yet the stuff we
take for granted up here in the north
is grist of interest for others
elsewhere in a similar fashion.
so i'm posting this today after a nice
long nap. why was i so beat ? well,
after playing 13 hours of poker until
8 in the morning, i'd say i deserved
a spot of rest. yes, it was another
friday nite poker tourney at todd's
with 14 degenerates making appearances.
i busted out 2d in the main game and
had to wait around for the sidegames
to redeem myself.
my worst bad beat occurred in the first
sidegame. i had Ax when A7x came on the
flop. when another 7 hit on the turn, i
went all-in and was called by todd who had
pocket 10's. he had only 2 outs, but
caught one of them when another 10 showed
up on the river. the worst bad beat in
my favour was during a later omaha hi
sidegame where i had an AKxx and an AA4
showed up on the flop. patrick went
all-in and i called, only to gasp and groan
in despair as he gleefully turned over
pocket 4's for a flopped full house. a
blank showed up on the turn, but the K on
the river delivered me the nut full house
to knock patrick out. redemption was
finally mine for all the times patrick
had done the same to me !
my best hand of the night was when 3 nines
showed up on the flop and i slowplayed the
last 9 in my hand. after much delay, gord
declined to pay me off. i debated whether
or not to show my hole cards, but in the
end, i couldn't resist. i should probably
not have shown my cards tho, as he ended up
finishing me off when we got down to
headsup play after spencer dropped out.
so, it was a roller-coaster evening for me,
as i hit the rail twice and needed to be
spotted enough to buy-in to the subsequent
game. i also managed to get myself back
up to even twice and maybe a tiny bit
ahead for one brief period. however,
after 10 games of poker play, how did i
end up ? EVEN STEVEN ! so, i can either
be negative and wonder why i spent so much
time for so little gain, or i can be
positive and be amazed that i could play
and have fun for that long and not have to
pay a cent. of course, if i had actually
lost money, the latter option would have
degenerated into the 'oh, i would've spent
that much going out to the legion / astro /
storehouse / frob anyway ...' :)
anyway, before my day-long nap, todd,
patrick and i wandered over to the nav
to get some breakfast. i advised jennie
that this would probably be the earliest
that she would ever see me awake. the
western ('denver' in sask. speak) omelette
was magnificent and i went to bed on a
upon awakening, i finished off my comic
order for the month. the major highlight
was a hardcover reprint of the first 20
i already have a complete set of the
previous stand alone hardcovers. so why
am i willing to outlay another $99 u.s.
for this volume ? well, quite a few of
those original issues were marred by the
fact that new 'flexographic' printing
presses were introduced to allow a wider
colour palette. however, the colourists
of the day were still used to the 4-colour
templates that had been used for half a
century, so many of the initial results
with the new presses were hideously garish.
this will be the first set of reprints
where dc has actually seen fit to re-colour
those original efforts.
other notable items were a character
bust of zatanna (a female magician
in the dc mythos), a softcover version
of darren aronofsky's graphic novel
'the fountain' which will be released
in conjunction with his film this fall,
and the re-launch of dc's 'omega men'
space-adventurer / sf series. finally,
before ordering a reprint of the
european series, 'the killer', i did
a bit of research online. on a dutch
site, i ran across
killer' interactive flash comic
which added evocative sound effects
and some interesting mouse-over / click
events that surprisingly did not come
across as cheezy or insipid. there
were also a few places where scattered
'tracks' or scratch marks were
digitally added to give the impression
of a film reel print being screened.
ip link of the day: wikipedia
to help ensure the reliability
of their articles. this ties in
with my belief that a reliance on
attribution, and not ownership, will
be a better method to ensure creators'
rights. this initiative will also
help reduce plagiarism by increasing
users' awareness of the need to
responsibly cite sources. now if
only more mainstream online journalists
and writers could start doing the same
thing ... it's one of the reasons that
bloggers have gained credibility at
their expense since you can always check
their links to get to the sources of
their info and fact-check them yourself.
another crown lawyer was called to
the bar this afternoon, and for a
change, instead of going to the
other type of bar to celebrate, his
colleagues decided to set up a
fishing derby instead. they joined
the plentitude of folks already
gathered by the sylvia grinnel
and lookie here below, my first use of
after watching other people load up
on fish, i continued biking off-road
along the 'beach' into the sunset.
Science Officer with BigEars (SOB):
scanning the planet now sir.
Irritable Captain Klad in Yellow (ICKY): well ?
SOB: (turns and raises eyebrow) something
is wrong sir. the planet has disappeared
from our charts.
ICKY: what ? it's right up there on the
SOB: yes, sir.
ICKY: explain !
SOB: it would seem that ensign thomas just
upgraded our systems to micro$oft $tarchart
version 5678. that object on our
viewscreen is no longer a planet.
ICKY: (dismissively) well, just go back to
the previous version.
SOB: i'm sorry, sir, but Starfl_IT Regulations
state that we *must* use the latest version.
ICKY: can't we just call it a planet so i
can gallivant with the native girls ?
SOB: i'm afraid not, sir, we'll have to
wait for Starfl_IT Command to send us
a helpdesk ticket.
ICKY: *sigh* (buries face in hands).
okay, i give up already. your
sabbatical to the pon-far resort is
SOB: scanning the planet now sir.
feels like i've almost got my legs
back under myself after all the
goings on of the past few months.
on saturday evening, i delivered
a birthday mix to emily at the
coffee house. liner notes for
around a dream' are on artofthemix.
the tracks can be downloaded from
from the high school, i went over
to cyndi and jim's for an evening
of cards. i eked out an 11th hour
rally to climb back into the black
(actually 3 a.m. would make it a 7th
hour rally, but please allow me
*some* rhetorical license). my
secret weapon ? chicken poutine,
no onions, from the snack, no lie.
i slept in until later on sunday
afternoon and then went
berry-picking on the hills behind
the courthouse and along federal
road for about 90 minutes. i'm
not a collector, i just graze.
the sky was overcast, so i didn't
bother bringing my camera. lucky
for you, i
took some photos last year.
this afternoon, i managed to unleash
the first online version of the
CALL/ACBD Salary Survey on the
membership. hopefully it will get
a good response rate so we can quit
processing piles of paper surveys.
in the evening, i attended the
nunavut electoral boundaries commission
community meeting at the parish hall.
only about half a dozen people showed
up, including a newspaper reporter,
an MLA who i assisted during the last
election and one of his election
opponents. the consensus was that
regardless of the actual boundaries,
the citizenry really want opportunities
to hash things out with their MLA.
just because you don't happen to live
in a specific MLA's electoral district
does not mean that they should feel
free to ignore your concerns.
this ties in with my bugbear about how
the government should have picked up
the tab for its own satellite in 1999.
videoconferencing, GPS, broadband
internet, remote communications, search
and rescue - all of these areas would
have benefited and the territory would
have leveraged its vast distances to
generate an innovative advantage rather
than continuing to see the environment
as an obstacle. and you really don't
want me to get started on small-scale
windpower and solar power generation.
links of the day: from bruce schneier's
i followed a link to the improv
everywhere mission website. my
fave missions were: