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January 3rd, 2009

Snow again! Back from 1 week holiday.... @ 09:37 am

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Il Divo stuff... dunno Phil's stuff

So... I leave for Vegas on Dec 24th with snow falling. I return 1:00am on the 2nd of Jan to... snow falling! By the time I was awake yesterday morning there was over 1.5ft of snow on the ground (okay... 45cm or so for you metric fiends). 3hrs later, with the help of one brother and the driveway was cleared! Niftly enough at the exact moment I was putting the finishing touches on my snowjob the grater turned up and plowed the street so I could get down the road too. Bonus.

Vegas was pretty good hoot. Got lots of pics up on Facebook, and my flickr account ( www.flickr.com/dmitrieff ). On the way down to Seattle to catch our flight I drove my car... passing 5 to 6 cars in the ditch or off the side of the I-5 on the way down. My closest call to having an accident myself was just south of downtown Seattle, when a city maintenence truck two car lengths in front lost a shovel and came flying towards my windshield. A crazy-ass swerve in to the right lane saved my ass. Phew I was pumping adrennaline for a while after that.

On the flight down we had 2 connecting flights. The last connection was tight. We made it... but our luggage didn't. We got a call at 4:00am at our hotel to let us know it had arrived. (by us I mean me & my brother btw). The next week was a electic mix of amusement rides, vegas shows (Stratosphere's "Bite" was very entertaining, but cheesy), a visit to the gun range to test out fully automatic weapons, walking around the various extravagent sections of some of the hotels, a bit of shopping, Hoover Dam, and a bunch of other stuff, including hiking in Red Rocks canyon.

New Years was spent on Freemont street in a tight shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of strangers rocking out to a bunch of very cool cover bands for Queen, Bowie, and Kiss. Was pretty cool. Lots of fireworks and lightshow on the Freemont Experiences to coincide with the 30sec countdown to midnight.

A very cool holiday all in all.
 

December 20th, 2008

My favorite funny TUBEs @ 05:15 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: crazy crazy
Current Music: A Muppets Movie Soundtrack of some Christmasy Kind

I love rankings, top 10's ect, almost as much as John Cusack's character in High Fidelity.
So, thought I'd put together a lil' list of items myself of vids that have made me laugh a lot:
PS - Some you've probably already seen, but who know's there's gotta be one in there you haven't!

1. British Children's Show "Rainbow" gets perverted


2. Cereal Mascots joint Therapy Session


3. Robot Chicken's Law & Order KFC


4. "Learn English" commercial


5. UBCers do there own "Numa Numa" version *snicker*


6. Star Trek: What If They Hadn't Made it Back to Vulcan in Time? (NIN - Closer)


7. Killer Bean 2: The Party


8. In God We Trust (2000 short)


9. Ask-A-Ninja #20: Killacon


10. FurTV: Hot Pussy*


* As an added note: I've watched the first full couple episodes of FurTV, the British Show (out of 8), and while VERY crass, has some pretty funny moments...
 

December 17th, 2008

Movies Poll -- Okay Movie Buffs! Try it out! @ 07:42 am

Description from Amanda H, on Facebook:
SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

155/239
Yay!  I have no life!

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(x) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 10

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
(x) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 16

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 24

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 32

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch (the old version??)
(x ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 38

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) KING KONG
Total so far: 44

( ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
(x) The Ring
(x) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 52

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
(x) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 59

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
(x) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
(x ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 67

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Slevin AKA The Wrong Man
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x ) Predator II
(x) The Fog (I saw the origonal)
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 78

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
( ) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss's Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x ) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 83

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 91

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday (I watched the old one)
(x) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 105

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 109

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 115

(x) Baseketball
(x) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 120

(x) The Jacket
(x) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
( ) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
(x) Willard
Total so far: 127

(x) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead (I saw the remake)
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
Total so far: 134

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
(x) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 139

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
(x) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage    (yep, even the TV movies)
(x) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 147

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x ) Silence of the Lambs
(x ) Hannibal
Grand Total:  155 / 239
 

December 16th, 2008

Reading habits of a bookworm @ 10:55 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: Sarah McLaughlin's Christmas Album


So... I've actually been able to get a fair amount of reading done in the last little while.  I've been TOCing in a lot of English classes where the 1st 15min are dedicated to silent reading.  Many of the highschools in Maple Ridge also have a SSR (Sustained Silent Reading) program, usually another 15min once or twice a week.

What's been recently finished. . .
Over the last month I finished one book, the last in the series;
that is Stephen King's Dark Tower Series.
Yes, I've now followed Roland from those first few lines "The Man in Black fled accross the desert, and the gunslinger followed..." across our world, through Midworld, and in to Endworld... and finally to The Tower.

If anyone has read some of Stephen King's books, especially The Stand'Salem's Lot, and Hearts in Atlantis you'll enjoy the many references to his other works, including some of his old characters coming back as major and minor characters.  Books 1-3 really set the stage and do a great job introducing the main players to the stage.  Book 4 gives a great backstory Roland, the pinnacle character, and Book 5-7 winds it up, starts getting into the metastory levels... I won't spoil these books by explaining what I mean, but King does a great job using a fairly unique writing style with the concluding novels.

The last book is a rollercoaster with some great minor climaxes that almost put the final conclusion to shame.  The ending in its own right was kinda neat, the way I envision the ending of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time working out... if Sanderson ever gets that series done.


What I'm on right now . . .

I thought I'd take a quick break from epic series, of which I'm so fond, and try a stand alone novel.  Neal Stephenson and Philip K. Dick stand out as particularly good one-book novelists (although I will eventually read Stephenson's trilogy).  This time round though I though I'd give Neil Gaiman a go.  I loved his ultra dark young adult novel Coraline, though American Gods was pretty cool, and laughed my ass off all the way through his novel jointly written with Terry Prachett Good Omens. 

I've been quite smitten with his movie adaptations as well. MirrorMask was quite good, Neverwhere was a bit ho-hum, but again his pay dirt with Stardust.  So I thought I'd read the novel Stardust and see if it lived up to the level of enjoyment I recieved from watching the movie.  Oddly I each time I found a change from novel to screen I've been able to say to myself "ah, I can see why they did that".  There are certain parts of the novel though, that were really nice surprises that didn't get in to the film.  The film itself has some bits that excel compared to novel.  Take for instance the hilarious character of Captain Shakespeare.  He's not in the book!  No where to be seen.... sure there is a super-minor character of a lightening-capturing ship, but he's a blip on the map.

Well, only 60 or so pages to go... a good read so far, glad I picked it up.

 

December 15th, 2008

What recent movies have been overlooked ('05 to present) ? @ 09:32 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: complacent complacent
Current Music: The Undertones - It`s going to happen!

Movies I think have been overlooked:

Best Foreign Film no one watches 'cause they have to read subtitles: Let The Right One In (2008)
Best overlooked Dark Comedy:  Big Nothing (2006) 
Best Stylistic Eye-Candy Movie: The Fall (2006)
Best TV Movie:  The BBC's adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)
Best Feel Good Sickly Sweet Cutesy Movie: Drving Lessons (2006)
Best Romantic Comedy: Penelope (2006)
Best Underdog Sequel (again 'cause its foreign): Daywatch (2006)  -- trivia tidbit - The director just did "Wanted" with Anjalina Jolie
Best Remake (though the origional is still better): Sleuth (2007)
Best Miniseries:  The Lost Room (2006)






Most Damn Great Movie that was REALLY passed over:
Grindhouse (2007)

Most overlooked Director that STILL hasn`t been given another project:  Skycaptain & The World of Tomorrow`s Kerry Conran

Other overlooked movies I thought were cool, but didn`t get such great reviews:
The SteamPunk Vampire Flick: Perfect Creature (2006)
The Apochalyptic Mutant Zombie Action Flick: The Mutant Chronicles (2008)

BIGGEST disappointments (YUCK):
Babylon A.D. (2008)
Southland Tales (2006)
 

December 14th, 2008

Q&A Flickr Mosaic @ 11:28 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: complacent complacent
Current Music: Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine

Martin's Q&A Mosaic

(Idea from cimera)

Here's the Rules:
01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the [Flickr] search engine.
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos [here].
04. Then share with the world.
cut contents here.

The Questions & Answers:

01. First Name: Martin
02. Favourite Food: Cheese
03. Hometown: Maple Ridge
04. Favourite Colour: Green
05. Celebrity Crush: Jennifer Garner
06. Favourite Drink: Southern Comfort & Coke
07. Dream Holiday: St. Maarten
08. Favourite Dessert: dark chocolate
09. What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: All Knowing
10. What I Love Most In The World: nature
11. One Word That Describes Me: goofy
12. My LiveJournal Name: magic-is-me

The Result (click to see!):

Image hosted @ bighugelabs.com
nifty! :-)
 

 

Weekend of Birthdays @ 02:24 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Ok Go - Here It Goes Again

This was the weekend of Birthdays.  Firstly it's my brother's -- but I won't cover his much -- I wasn't invited to his party.  Although maybe he didn't have one (though I doubt it) as on the grape-vine I've heard he's been focusing a lot of his attention on one particular lady -- dressed up in his sharpest, including a fancy pimped-out hat (and for that I can't fault him).

Anyways, now on to the birthdays that I was involved with this weekend.

Friday night was Katherine's birthday party, whom I know from my teacher program.  I have to say -- that girl (and her friends) know how to throw an interesting party.  A really neat mix of new and familiar faces.  Lots of interesting suprises: old collegues from SRT being present at the shindig down at the Point Pub, for instance, and the fact that the Great Halfnights was on stage with his band Uncle Nestor were great little additions to the night.

After the next day spent recovering the morning at Katherine's flat -- then filling an empty stomach at White Spot I was off to Cynthia's party.  I've known Cyn since my 2nd year @ UBC? (That right Cyn?)  and each time she throws a bash there's someone I haven't met before.  The highlight of the evening however has to be the food.  After only eating one meal so far that day, the dinner at the Sushi restaurant, and then the dessert with company back at her place hit the spot.  Especially dessert... you know it's going to be good when Cyn' boyfriend Mike & Carina are in charge.

Thanks for the company and memmories everyone!

 

December 1st, 2008

Climbing uses muscles I haven't exersized much! @ 09:43 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: none -- about to go back to watching "Legend of the Seeker"

I went for the second day in a row to Cliffhangers Coquitlam.  Yesterday I did the intro belaying course and spent another 2hrs of free-climb practice.  I've loved climbing trees and going on hikes that require scrambling, so it was no suprise I found I liked the activity.  The only problem:  After the first hour or so my palms start to get sweaty and slippery.  I had to borrow a friend's chalk to keep going. 

Both yesterday and today I found my arms and hand muscles burning.  Especially the muscles below the wrist seem to be well exersized by climbing -- and now my digits are really smarting after today's climb.  I wince if I press the laptop keyboard too firmly.  Today's task was to pass my belay test -- which you need in order to work in tandem out on the walls unrestriced, otherwise your limited to bouldering 10feet or less without a harness.  I passed fine, so now I'm free to use the rock-climbing wall as I like.

I'm off again on my next climb on Wednesday... we'll see how it's going after another session...
 

November 24th, 2008

I need a new cell phone! @ 10:55 am

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Music: Blues Clues on TV

Grrr... my cellphone dropped 2 calls last night.  This is the last straw... I'm starting to look for a new one.  Some of you out there probably don't know how I lost my origional cell phone, such that I am now left with a piece o' crap for a phone.

When I signed up with Bell Mobility last year I selected this phone:

It was a bit fussy, with touchy buttons and a silly locking keys interface... but it did the job.

I had it for over six months and learned to modify the menus so it wouldn't accidently access the internet if I did in fact forget to lock the keys.

Then during the summer in Smithers, while hiking up a Gultch beside Hudson's Bay Mountain I was crossing a creek and my cell popped out a pocket in my backpack, and * sploosh * next thing it was floating down the river in a zip-lock bag at a high rate of speed.  I let loose a whimper and went running after it, but sadly it was lost in a white, frothy, and churning deluge of water.  I was smartly chided by Lucie for leaving my cell in such a vulnerable spot.  ** Sigh** once more I learn through trial-and-error.


When I got back to Maple Ridge a friend had an old phone with the Bell network that I've had since August.  It is a cheap pay-as-you-go model, this one specifically:

An Audiovox 8000 series.  Boy is it a crappy phone.  Poor interface, and bad reception plauge this model.

I want to get rid of it soon.... Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should replace it with?

Anyone have a older, but pretty decent Bell Mobility cell they want to get rid of?

I have no credit with Bell yet, so if I get a phone throught the the cost will be $250 plus for a decent phone... I'm starting to look on craigslist for replacements right now.

Well, G'day everyone.

 

November 22nd, 2008

Other "stuff" I'm watching... @ 10:39 pm

Current Location: Maple Ridge
Current Mood: recumbent recumbent
Current Music: BoA - Eat You Up

I'm all over the map with my viewing habits right now. Those that have read my entries know the current shows I'm following... You can add one more to this batch:

Legend of the Seeker, which is based on the Sword of Truth series.  I love the books.  I've watched the first 4 episodes of the syndicated series so far... and it's pretty good.  True to the author's claims the plot doesn't directly follow the book, but the themes and ideas remain unscathed.  Some of the new plot elements introduced smooth the jagged and savage parts of the novel that may not be screen appropriate for TV.  The result so far is the story doesn't carry the same emotional highs and lows that rivets the reader.  So far my opinion is that this series is a "soft" version of Terry Goodkind's series.



Ehh... I'm tired of writing tonight... I'll tell you about the rest of it a bit later.



 

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