Jesus is magic and the root of all evil

I watched two very different things this weekend. The most recent was Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (imdb | rotten tomatoes), which I was a little disappointed by. Sarah Silverman is obviously very talented and funny and (at times) hot, but there were precious few times that I laughed. Some bits were so profane that she managed to get that slightly uneasy chuckle out of me, but that was about it. The best part of the DVD was the five-minute clip of her in The Aristocrats; everything else just seemed a little too contrived in its fearlessness.


The other film I watched was a documentary on CBC Newsworld’s new series The Big Picture, where Avi Lewis watches a documentary with a bunch of people and then they all discuss it. Sounds boring, I know, but the topic this past week was Richard Dawkins’ documentary The Root Of All Evil: The God Delusion. A lot of the crowd — made up of regular folks but also “experts” like ministers, imams, professors, etc. — didn’t like the way Dawkins went about making his point, but most of the people either agreed in the end or made arguments so illogical that one could barely argue with them. One example from a minister and politician: “I think God is love; would you deny that love exists?” Well, I could declare that god is buttered popcorn; that doesn’t really prove much. But the real low point of the evening was surely Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College. Even the clergy were turning on him by the end. The whole thing plays again this evening on Newsworld if you’re interested, or you can view the debate online and witness the migrainish hilarity firsthand.

This coming Wednesday the topic is a Sir David Attenborough documentary about global warming. Should be a good one.


Actually, I guess I watched a third thing this weekend: Jericho, the new CBS show about a small Colorado town that’s plunged into darkness, fear and uncertainty when a mushroom cloud appears on the horizon, roundabouts where Denver should be. By the end of the first episode they also learn that [spoiler alert] a bomb’s gone off in Atlanta, and that a small child can make a remarkably neat trach tube from a handful of pens and a rubber band in a matter of seconds. Anyway, it’s an interesting enough premise, but the show was prone to hammy acting, predictable scenarios (prodigal sons, lost loves, overturned prison buses, etc.) and speech-making that just bogged it down. I’ll probably give it another week or two, but it’s on a short leash.

[tags]sarah silverman, jesus is magic, cbc newsworld, the big picture, richard dawkins, religion, root of all evil, god delusion, charles mcvety, david attenborough, global warming, jericho[/tags]

Feed me, see more.

If you know what RSS is — and use a news reader — you might be interested in the following feeds.

I’ve also added the links to the sidebar for future reference.

By the way. if you don’t know what RSS is, or don’t use a feed reader (or My Yahoo, or some other web portal aggregator), read this: RSS explained the Oprah way.

[tags]rss feeds[/tags]

Not booking vacations will mean the terrorist bears have won

I love doing nothing.

OK, well, we didn’t exactly do nothing today, but pretty close. We went looking for a wide angle lens for our new camera, but couldn’t find the adaptor needed to make it work; it seems to be sold out everywhere. We’re now on the hunt for one before we leave for Alberta next Sunday. We also picked up some clothes at MEC, since we’re not sure what the weather’s going to be like. While we were there some wildlife people were showing a group of kids some animals native to Ontario like badgers, possums and snapping turtles. It was hard to get Nellie out of the store.

After picking up those things and doing a few more errands we came home and have spent nearly the entire day exploring: Nellie in a new book we bought about hiking trails in the Rockies, me on Google Earth. I plan to scour sites like wikitravel and chowhound for travel hints and ideas over the next week. Anybody know any good places to eat in Calgary (or Banff/Lake Louise/Jasper)?


My brother is also leaving for a trip in the next couple of days. While we explore the mountains, he’ll be in Turkey. There was some concern about the safety of that destination following the explosions at tourist resorts in August, but h’s not scared. What follows is a transcript of an email conversation we had today:

  • Tim: I know you guys are going out west soon. Before I forget, [SWMNBN] and I wanted to say, “Have a super time”. I’ve only been to the Rockies once, and have felt like I should do that again some day. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun.
  • Dan: Thanks! Yeah, a week from now we’ll be packing for our early-Sunday-morning flight. Did you ever reset your travel plans? Or are you still aiming for Turkey?
  • Tim: We’re still going to Turkey. Fuck terrorists.
  • Dan: Exactly. That’s why we’re going to the Rockies. Fuck terrorists. Wait…I meant bears. Fuck bears. I always get those things mixed up.


[tags]rockies, banff, lake louise, jasper, google earth, wikitravel, chowhound, turkey, fuck terrorists[/tags]

Far coast: long shot?

Today, on a short excursion to get my first fresh air in a week I walked by the new Far Coast coffee store that opened on Bloor. They were having some big shindig at the top of St. Thomas street. BlogTO popped in for a closer look (and taste) but I couldn’t handle anything more hectic than Whole Foods this afternoon.

One interesting angle is that Far Coast is owned by Coke, and this is obviously their foray into Starbucks territory. Two 800 lb gorillas duking it out, but they’re in the Seattle gorilla’s wheelhouse. I guess we’ll see if the Atlanta gorilla can get in the game.

[tags]far coast coffee, coke, starbucks, blogto[/tags]

Happiness is laziness & italian food

Here’s why I am exceedingly happy at the moment:

  • I’ve had an afternoon to vegetate and regain some energy. I considered going in to the office, but I knew I’d be of absolutely no use. So I hung out with the cats and caught up on stuff around the house instead.
  • Nellie’s home!
  • I have decided not to do any work on my next course — quantitative methods — until we get back from Alberta. That means no studying for 2 weeks.
  • We’re going to Fieramosca for dinner.


[tags]tranquility, quantitative methods, fieramosca[/tags]

Good old Beck

A nice man is driving me home in a green and orange car that’s older than me. I don’t care; I’m just happy to be on my way.

The exam wasn’t bad at all. My hand is cramped up, but I feel pretty confident. I daresay there’ll be people still writing at the final bell.

[tags]final exam, beck taxi[/tags]


Scott Adams’ post on his Dilbert blog this morning nearly made me spit scrambled eggs. Same with The Onion.


Another trip down memory lane today: a movie adaptation of The Stone Angel is being made, the Margaret Laurence book we read in grade twelve. The director claims there’s lots of sex; I don’t remember it being like that, but I guess it was 13 years ago.


Okey doke, I’m off to write an exam. Wish me luck.

[tags]dilbert blog, the onion, the stone angel, exam[/tags]


OK, the book-learnin’ is done. All that’s left now is to write the exam. I’m not worried; I reviewed the stuff over the last couple of nights and I believe we know this stuff better than we think we do. That’s the sign of a good prof. I could tell others in the class didn’t like her, but some people will always whine when they come up against a prof who expects a lot.

Oooh, and Thursday night’s pizza night. Sweeeeeet…


In other news entirely, I just took a trip down memory lane courtesy of this post at Cinematical. It’s about an old Warner Brothers cartoon called Duck Amuck, which they describe thusly: “You can argue whether the film is postmodern, deconstructionist, ahead of its time … but it’s inarguably hilarious.” I agree; I used to watch it as a kid and think, “This is probably even funnier than I think it is.” I should watch it again the next time I’m home on the farm.

[tags]mba, exam, pizza, duck amuck[/tags]