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    Saturday, October 15th, 2011
    12:11 pm
    RIP Stanza
    The best ebook reader app on the iphone is dead. With the release of the new IOS, the Stanza app doesn't work anymore and I don't think there are no plans to update it - it was apparently bought by Amazon some time ago, and is being left to die.

    Amazon's Kindle app isn't bad, but its navigation system isn't as awesome (pretty necessary if you carry 50+ books) and there is the compatibility issue with epub format ebooks (Amazon uses mobi format).

    Fortunately, there is still a epub reader out there: Apple's official ibook app, which is bulky and not very fast. Pretty unusual for an Apple product. I hope they make it better soon.

    Also on the subject of ebooks readers, Microsoft is discontinuing its own reader.
    Sunday, July 31st, 2011
    12:09 am
    Movie review: Limitless
    Rented the movie Limitless tonight, and I must say I am impressed.

    The initial setup is classic: a writer who is unable to write, but fortunately it doesn't stay that way. He meets his ex-brother-in-law, who was a drug dealer ... and who is still one, takes a pill and becomes a genius. It starts to go downhill after the said brother-in-law is found dead soon after.

    No mind-boggling plot twist, revelation or something like this, but the scenario is well-written and the actors do a believable job.

    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    11:27 pm
    There's a lot of weird things going on in the human brain. We (humans) evolved to react to everything that happens around us, one way or another. While we act normal in ordinary situations, we act differently when it's not. If the situation is considered DANGEROUS by the brain, it makes us react to it by readying our body to either flee or fight. In extreme situations, the brain can even react without conscious thought. That's probably the way the animals react all the time. When the situation is not so dire, it makes our body move to react to the situation, kinda like I just scratched myself without thinking about it or how to do it. With conscious though came a problem however, how to react to something that just doesn't fall into the "usual" categories? Laughter is the answer. So, when watching a movie such as Kick-Ass, which doesn't make any sense whatsoever, the only reaction that the brain can come up with is to find it funny.

    How else can you cope with a situation where a 11 years old guns down 25 bad guys while dressed up in a super-hero costume?

    Awesome movie, your brain won't be able to cope.
    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
    8:03 pm
    On dreams
    Usually - I'd even say almost all the time - the dreams that I remember don't make sense. Last night, however, I dreamed a zombie movie and it actually made quite a lot of sense. Well, as much as any zombie movie anyway.

    There was this guy who woke up and everyone around him was behaving strangely. Queue a zombiecalypse where people are turning into zombies and the guy is trying to run away. During his flight, the guy discover clues that this is not the first day it has happened but it's reoccurring over and over again. He has left himself clues that someone else seems not to become a mindless zombie. He's finally able to send a message out just before his end comes and we see a spaceship in orbit of a planet, completely empty safe for a shadowed zombie in the hold.

    I did say it made as much sense as your usual zombie movie... just not much more.
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    1:07 am
    It's gift-giving time!
    And to help you finding the perfect gift for that special someone you never know what to give, I shall give you my personal suggestions!

    For the music-lover, A Very Scary Solstice will tickle that which makes them tick.

    For the movie amateur, The Call of Cthulhu will make them drool, maybe literally.

    For the sculpture enthusiast, the Legrasse Idol will be the first piece of their new collection.

    For the coffee addict, The HPL Coffee Mug will make them think about something all the time, dunno what.

    For that very "special" kid in your family, this certificate will surely make them feel even more special.

    For that car-crazy someone, this Thigny will make them stand out even more.

    For the book fanatic, nothing but This Book will do. Or maybe some other similar book.

    For the fuzzy hugger, this Plush will be the last one they ever want.

    And if for some strange reason none of the previous gift ideas are appropriate, well ... I'm afraid I can't help you. Or ... maybe it's because you need this?

    Happy, merry, funny, sweet and cozy holidays. Don't break a leg!

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    4:57 pm
    "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it." ... Well, I wished to be able to stay home tonight instead of going to see a hockey game with someone from work, and I got just that! The smalish price, however, was that I hurt my knee (again). Now it throbs -_- I just hope it won't get worse during the night and that I remember about it tomorrow before getting out of bed or someone else might just get awaken by a scream.

    At least by now I know what to do when my knee goes "pop" and I don't freak out like I did when I was 13.

    Current Mood: hurt
    Friday, July 16th, 2010
    10:13 pm
    I hate life sometimes
    So it was hot tonight, too hot inside so I decided to go buy some stuff that badly needed buying for the office, things as inconsequential as staples and a new bookcase and water. While I was driving to drop that at the office, apparently the water decided it didn't like it and SPILLED all over the trunk. Me = not happy. car = flooded.
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    9:49 pm
    On stuff
    Apparently, I hurt my wrist.

    I swear I wasn't doing anything special! I was just yelling and charging at a Russian who was shooting a machine gun at me, while trying to hit him with a pipe ... and then I stumbled and fell on the ground.

    Well, it's true in a way. We were playing in a Cyberpunk LARP. -_- and now it hurts when I play WOW, just when I was about to reach level 80... classical.
    Sunday, February 21st, 2010
    11:00 am
    Book review tiem
    Title: The Blade Itself
    Author: Joe Abercrombie
    Style: Fantasy - series
    Character-based story

    My rating: 8/10

    This book is the first in a trilogy (as I understand it) and although it is mostly a character-based story, I really liked it. The setting is also an important element of the book, which makes it go from "acceptably good" to "oh, shiny". Characters are not 100% likable in every way, which is also very interesting to read.

    The plot is a bit straightforward, however: someone wants to invade someone else's place and there is corruption all around. It doesn't develop a lot, but you can't have everything I suppose.
    10:47 am
    It can be done
    Ahhhh, a movie just proved my point that it can have an excellent ending without it being all mushy and happy-happy and "they lived happily ever after". Don't get me wrong, it still ends well; but most importantly, it ends in an intelligent way. I'm talking about "Whip It" by the way.
    Thursday, December 31st, 2009
    5:44 pm
    or rather, how life can shit on your face.

    2009 was awesome for me ... until about today. Shitty karma was apparently counting the tabs and decided to add a "little" crap into the nice.

    I don't remember being so pissed and angry in my live. I also don't remember actually punching a hole in the wall ever before.

    Fucking bank, there are some errors you just DON'T do. And they won't be able to fix the mistake until Tuesday, by which time it will probably be too late to do anything about it. FUCK.

    Anddddd on my way back, I found out that the grocery store was close. Fucking great. Shitty day.

    Hope you had a better day than me, or at least that 2010 will be nice and sweet and everything.
    Friday, December 25th, 2009
    11:30 am
    Happy 25th of December to everyone!
    Saturday, December 19th, 2009
    1:48 am
    A is for Avatar
    and it's also for Awesome. If you haven't seen it yet, you should.
    Sunday, October 25th, 2009
    9:40 pm
    Solution #5
    I used solution #5 today. You see, the toilet in the basement was leaking a bit and after an inspection I determined it was the bolts linking the tank to the bowl that were the problem. So, buy stuff, try to remove the old ones ... try again ... try some more ... figure a way ... call for help ... try again ... nope. Solution #5 is when you just say "screw it" and break the thing that's causing problem. The problem is not solved, but it's no longer relevant. Sooooo, now I need to buy a new toilet and install it. Good side of the story is, the rusted bolt is now in the trash.
    Friday, August 21st, 2009
    11:53 pm
    ohmigod, moving is finally about finished. We're kind of settled now that the bed is there (new waterbed, yay) and that most of everything is in kinda-working order. A lot of things still need to be done, but the place is looking good.
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    10:53 pm
    I want my house!!!
    I'm getting tired of waiting, I want to move into my house now.

    On Good News Channel, I now have an iPhone, which is cool but does not really compensate for the lack of privacy lately, or the fact that work's being a bitch right now.
    Sunday, June 14th, 2009
    8:48 pm
    Going fishing tomorrow. I think I now understand all the hype of the grown ups about vacations and going away from home. Work won't be able to find me there. In fact, I've determined the part of work that I like the least: having the feeling that I'm the last line before ultimate doom, that I am indispensable. Well, I'm not because I'll be on a lake luring fish with fish-food and killing them once they take the bait.
    Saturday, May 30th, 2009
    9:05 am
    Spent a few thousand $$ yesterday
    We've been appliance-shopping lately, and yesterday we bought shiny things for the new house. Oven, dishwasher and refrigerator; all stainless. Between the furniture Kalika and I already have and what my mother and Kalika's father give us (big part of the appliances cost are included in it), we're not going to spend a lot in that department so we're considering getting a cool coffee table which is also an aquarium. I don't have any love for decorative fishes but gosh I'm really tempted by this, which is five shades of cool. Graaa, if it wasn't so expensive.

    Also, we're moving in somewhere in July which is soon! Can't wait, so cool. Plans include a library room in the basement (could be moved up if Kalika's office / Pikachu's den is too hot this summer) and enough room for all the critters. We'll need to hire professional movers for some of the stuff at Kalika's old place, but I think we might be able to move all the other stuff ourselves. We'll have to make a list and check this out.

    Things are pretty hectic at work, which is good but tiring. Also, computer broke at work but fortunately we had already planned to change it and a new one was on its way; it arrived just a few hours after mine broke. Yay! And I swear I didn't help it break in any way. Also, new employee is 2186 times better than the previous one. It's nice to have an employee that's able to communicate and to learn. Hopefully, we'll be able to find and afford a good one next January so she'll be able to stay with us after. (We hired a student for the summer and she's better than the one who spent 3 years learning that stuff at school... pretty pathetic isn't it?)

    Am I the only one who thinks that North Korea is a cool story setting? I mean, look at it: evil dictator, he disappear and then gets back, nuclear missiles, communism, strong military presence, allies, enemies, remote locations, spies, foreign language... Now imagine if it was that, but in space!
    Saturday, May 9th, 2009
    8:38 am
    We has a roomba!
    Friday, May 8th, 2009
    9:23 am
    Summer and movies
    There are not a lot of exciting movies coming up this summer, but still there's a few: Star-Trek, G.I. Joe, transformers II, Harry Potters, ... I think there was one or two others but can't remember which.

    Anyway, yesterday was Star Trek's avant-première and man was it good. Being a Star-Trek fan, I don't think it's THE best one ever (methinks First Contact will be hard to beat, but it was definitely not a wide-audience movie) but I think it's definitely one of the best. It also contains Spock (which is THE most known Star-Trek character), lots of characters people have heard about, lots of cool ships, lots of explosions, not a lot of techno-babble, a storyline that is not dumb nor too complex, it's easy to follow, has lots of humour, quite a lot of "clin d'oeil" yet nothing that will put off someone who doesn't catch them. All in all, an excellent movie.

    I haven't seen the last X-men because I was too sick, and I'm not so thrilled about it now so I'll just wait until it's released on DVD.

    One movie I want to watch is Fanboys. Apparently it's going to be out soon, which is cool.
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