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The Emoji Movie… Not the Piece of Poop I Expected!

Published February 5, 2018 - 0 Comments

Last year when I saw the first trailer for The Emoji Movie, I laughed. It looked cute. Not gonna win any awards, but it certainly didn't look like the worst movie I'd ever seen.

Then came the reports that the movie was cancelled because of poor public reception to that trailer. The number of thumbs down on YouTube was insane. The comments were horrid.

But then word came that the movie was not cancelled. In fact, not only was it NOT cancelled, but Sir Patrick Stewart was voicing the poop emoji! How awesome did THAT sound?

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New Blog! GrumpyReviews!

Published January 31, 2018 - 0 Comments

Every once in awhile I like to launch a new blog/site and try different things. Today I am announcing the grand unveiling of my new blog... GrumpyReviews.com

Naturally you're probably thinking "Why the hell would I want to read a review site by some grumpy old man?"

Good point!

Now let me tell you why...

Because I asked you to! Nicely. C'mon... do it for me. Please?

Are Those Weed Socks?

Published January 10, 2018 - 2 Comments

Getting Re-aquainted with Dr Lisa

I haven't been feeling too shit-hot recently. Before Christmas my routine blood pressure check indicated that it was quite high again. Dr Lisa was concerned. And so was I. Not enough to ditch the Coke bottles, but hey... every little bit counts. I'll give up something else. Broccoli?

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A Moment To Reflect… Gord Downie

Published October 20, 2017 - 0 Comments

I have another confession to make... I've never really been a huge fan of The Tragically Hip. I know how un-Canadian that must sound, especially given Good Downie's untimely passing from brain cancer... But it's true. I never really "got" The Tragically Hip. And let me tell you... as someone who spent many a summer in Kington, Ontario... not "getting" The Hip isn't something that you wear on your sleeve with any amount of pride. Au contraire. 

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Beware the iCloud for iTunes Purchases

Published September 17, 2017 - 0 Comments

I've accumulated a lot of music over the years. At last count my library had just over 10,000 songs, although in fairness there are plenty of duplicates and less desirable songs that I am slowly weeding out. Most of that library consists of music ripped from my extensive CD collection, plenty of online trading, and yes... even some legally purchased iTunes tracks.

When Apple began offering their Music Match service a few years ago, it was like a dream come true. For $27/year I could upload my entire collection to their iCloud, even songs I hadn't purchased from iTunes. Those songs would be available to me at all times - as long as I had an internet connection to access them. That $27/year is still one of my best purchases. 

In addition to music songs, I've also accumulated a decent collection of music videos - 354 to be exact. I sometimes like to put music videos on while I'm putting around the house or working on something. I get more value from a $2 music video than any movie I could buy. The fact that everything is stored in the cloud is a bonus. I don't have to load my phone up with these files. I can set the phone in a stand, connect to wifi, and have access to my entire collection.

Or can I?

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They Took My Blood! They Finally Took My Blood!

Published August 11, 2017 - 2 Comments

When I sat down to write this blog post, the title immediately jumped to the screen before anything else did. But it felt familiar somehow. I knew that I had written about trying to donate blood before... I thought I should look at some previous posts.

Et voila!

They Finally Took My Blood! Look at the date... November 5, 2010. I guess it's been awhile since I've given blood! And I was pretty damn excited the last time too! To the point of using essentially the exact same title. Weird.​

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When One Door Closes…

Published July 29, 2017 - 0 Comments

I spend a lot of time here complaining and wallowing in self-pity… It’s my go-to reaction when things don’t exactly work out how I’d like them to.  It’s my way of trying to convince myself that things are the way they are supposed to be.  That there’s some sort of Charlie Brown cloud hanging over my head.

And then something unexpected happens.  And no matter how much you tell yourself that you don’t deserve it… you do.  Together.

Let’s Get Cameron a new Wheelchair Van!

Published July 1, 2017 - 2 Comments

Do you know how much a proper wheelchair van costs?  No? I do. A lot! Do you know how I know this?  My little nephew Cameron has been in a wheelchair all of his life.  He was born with a problem with his chromosome 15. That might not sound like much, but that tiny little chromosome is pretty important! Cameron has seizures, uses a feeding tube, and doesn't speak... although he and his mum communicate in a way most people would never understand.  It's special. 

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Hammock Life 101

Published June 28, 2017 - 2 Comments

Warning: Using this product may result in an uncontrollable desire to nap frequently during the day, leading to a significant decline in personal productivity.

Quite a few years ago I bought myself a hammock. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t last very long. I actually put my hand through it while trying to push myself up. It was woven and once my hand broke one of the weaves, that was it. It was useless after that.

Fast forward to present day, and I decided that enough time had passed… I was going to try another hammock! I figured that Costco would be the obvious choice to pick one up, but then I decided to search Amazon. I’ve been buying a lot of things from Amazon. Why not a hammock?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Not Quite the Soundtrack I’ve Been Waiting For

Published May 28, 2017 - 0 Comments

If you're anything like me (and good luck to you, if you are!) then you probably didn't quite "get" the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  I distinctly remember walking out of the theatre feeling somewhat underwhelmed.  In fact I wrote a very strongly worded blog post about it, calling it "meh".  If you're up late some night because you're having trouble falling asleep, feel free to jump over and take a look-see

But one thing about me is that my opinions of these things tend to evolve over time.  While I was initially less than thrilled ​after that first viewing, I think part of it stemmed from the fact that I was comparing the movie to other Marvel franchise blockbusters and truly did not understand what Guardians was attempting to do.  After watching it a couple more times (Thank you, Netflix!) I've developed a much deeper appreciation for the ragtag group of misfits who seem to save the galaxy almost by accident.  My initial rating of meh translated to a 6.5 ... something that I now think I would easily upgrade to an 8 or 8.5.  It hasn't become my favourite movie, but it's certainly better than I gave it credit for in that review.

​And that brings us to the second instalment ...  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  Let's be clear here... Sometimes I write about movies and leave out spoilers.  Sometimes I spoil the shit out of them.  This is one of the latter.  So please... if you intend to watch this movie, please stop reading.  Maybe bookmark this page and come back to it later.  Or not.  It's up to you.

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