May 2012


I love the subtle lighting and contrasts of this photo of Toronto’s ace of the starting pitchers, Ricky Romero.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gets ready to throw to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto (05/29/2012). This is Game 2 of 3, in which Jays eventually sweep the Orioles.

photo credit: Mark BlinchReuters Pictures

Here are some outstanding Amazon blu-ray deals!! (*you snooze you lose!)

Get the pre-order of “Christopher Nolan: Director’s Collection” for CAD$35.99 at Amazon.ca, and for my U.S. friends: US$33.86 at Amazon.com. You will get free shipping with this deal; so you’re paying $7 per blu-ray for these highly-rated movies!!

The Nolan collection includes:

  • Insomnia – Al Pacino and Robin Williams star in this murder mystery psychological thriller set in ominous-looking Alaska (7.2 rating).
  • Memento – This amazing film noir, you will be thinking and talking about it for days. Advice: watch with no distractions! (8.6 rating)
  • Batman Begins – Liam Neeson is amazing in this movie that has a  richly dark, atmospheric world; I forgot this was a comic book movie! (8.3 rating).
  • The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger as Joker steals almost every scene in this epic masterpiece (8.9 rating).
  • Inception – DiCaprio stars in this mind-blowing film that you must pay attention from beginning to end (8.8 rating).

Pirates of the Caribbean have also been marked down (free shipping once you hit $25). The ratings decrease the newer the release, but they’re still fun family flicks (“At World’s End” had a $300 million budget!!)

Spartacus – Season 1 and 2 are now on sale. Although there is strong sexual content and language, this is like watching Gladiator in an R-rated TV series. Many have said if they were to make a soap opera to cater towards men, this would be it. There is revenge, betrayal, loyalty, greed, anger, sorrow, love, romance, hatred, brutality and violence. Just like Russell Crowe’s movie, after a slow start (4 or 5 episodes), you find yourself rooting for the characters.

Imagine living in a house made of glass. No, not a greenhouse; an actual 3-storey house made of glass walls. The crazy architect built one in Tokyo (The owner must be paying unusually high house insurance in earthquake-friendly Japan). But looking at these amazing photos, I would want one as a sitting room / lounge and it would attach on the side of my main house (I would add a bar, billiards table, and a video games room).

The Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, used modular tables to build this see-through house. I bet it would be awkward if the washroom is also transparent! What about winter, you say? It contains 21 “floor plates”, where some are heated to provide comfort in the winter.

You’ll get an amazing walkthrough of the house by watching the video below.

Click on each of the images to magify

credit: Von Capulong (weirdasianews.com)

Wait till you see this amazing video! Four iPhones are rearranged over and over again like a puzzle, all to the tune of “We Are Young” by Fun. The choreography to make this video must have been a gargantuan ordeal. It took them a total of 238 takes to get the final arrangement correct (remember it’s all one continuous take). You guys are my hero! INGENIOUS!!

thanks to gawker.com

I’m a huge Back to the Future fan — This fan-created Lego set gets onomeister’s OMG drool Seal of Approval. Check out more photos of this fan creation HERE.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/96

It’s always exciting to see a young Minor Leaguer get promoted to the big leagues for the first time, and seeing them eventually getting their first hit, and their first home run. For Yan Gomes (pronounces like “gnomes” but with a G), he got his first hit on just his second at-bat and his first home run in just his second game!

In the minor leagues, he was batting .359 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .391 on-base percentage. Gomes, 24, is a versatile player for manager John Farrell, as he can play first base, 3rd base, as well as catcher, his natural position. Farrell is most likely to use him at first and DH. This versatility may ultimately allow him to stay in the big league for the long haul.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca:

As a six-year-old kid in Sao Paolo, Brazil, soccer was understandably the main sport on Yan Gomes’ mind.  Other sports weren’t really on his radar, especially not baseball. Then one day, “my dad ran into someone who was doing baseball and they talked, my dad said he’s got a young kid and the guy said to bring me out. It’s been history since then.” Gomes immediately fell in love with the game, stuck with it after his family moved to the United States when he was 12 and started out on an improbable path toward becoming the first Brazilian-born player to appear in a big-league contest.

The only worry is that Gomes has only three minor-league seasons behind him, so the Jays know Gomes needs regular playing time and not be a bench player where he’s only playing once or twice a week. The question is whether Farrell can get him in the line up regularly.

Either way, welcome to the Majors and the Toronto Blue Jays, Yan Gomes. I am looking forward to seeing you play and blossom into a great player!

Why do I bother watching new shows? You watch a few episodes, you find that it has an interesting plot/storyline, so you start watching a few more episodes, and then you get hooked. Then all of a sudden, CANCELLED! Grrr… Who else hates it when that happens??

Yes, I know the ratings make the networks’ decisions. What I ask is for some courtesy to the loyal viewers that gave up their valuable tv time to try out their new shows. I propose this. When the net-exec’s decide to axe a show, give the show’s producers 2 or 3 episodes to create a proper Series Finale. I can’t stand it when a show is cancelled and you’re left hanging on what the ending would have been if they had a chance to finish it.

Other great shows that deserved a proper ending before getting cancelled: The River, V, Human Target, No Ordinary Family, Mr. Sunshine, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Does anyone remember the hilarious Reaper? All these shows were dropped too soon.

Did you miss these shows when they aired? Watch them online if you get a chance!

  • Alcatraz: A show from Lost and Fringe mastermind J.J. Abrams. The mystery-thriller stars beautiful Sarah Jones as detective Rebecca Madsen, Comic book lover Dr. Diego Soto (played by Lost‘s Jorge Garcia) and government agent Emerson Hause (Sam Neil). This show is about Alcatraz inmates that were thought to be dead for years are roaming the streets of San Francisco, continuing their crimes from fifty years ago.
  • Missing: In this high-flying action thriller, a mother who is an ex-CIA agent (sexy Ashley Judd) travels to Europe in search of her son who disappeared in Italy while he was studying abroad. Also stars Sean Bean from Game of Thrones. I really enjoyed Judd’s character and acting.
  • The River: “Paranormal Activity” writer-director Oren Peli and “Paranormal 2” screenwriter Michael R. Perry are coming together to create a series that involves a search for someone who went missing on the Amazon river. This show is creepy and thrilling; nothing like it is on tv right now.
  • Terra Nova: Steven Spielberg brings a story set in the year 2149, where the planet Earth is a disaster, and most of the plant and animal life has become extinct. Scientists can’t reverse the damage, but have found a way to travel back to prehistoric times to save the human race. This show has everything for the family. And the characters are great; you will find yourself rooting for the Shannon family! It also stars Stephen Lang, from the movie Avatar, the douchebag Col. Miles Quaritch – you wonder if he’s really good or bad in Terra Nova.
  • Human Target: This show by WB, DC Comics and McG’s Wonderland was based on the DC Comics title. Christopher Chance is the mysterious security-for-hire protecting his clients by becoming the Human Target. This show reminds me of Person of Interest, but Chance was more human and shows more emotion than John Reese.

Just one more thing, these exec’s should learn how tv networks in Japan do it. In Japan, they guarantee a 11 to 13 episode series for any drama/comedy series. They run it till the end. If a series bombs, then they shorten it up with a quick episode that gives it a proper ending. They don’t leave the show’s viewers hanging with a sudden cancellation, like they do here.

Please give us some proper closure!!

What cancelled tv show do you wish had a proper ending?

This Japanese movie is a treat for the whole family, good for adults as well as kids. I myself have watched it three times now, and it’s a classic! Disney hired some famous actors to voice the characters too! Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett were great (although I personally prefer subtitles).

Arrietty is a miniature girl whose family lives behind the walls and baseboards of a human’s home. They tend to ‘borrow’ things that would usually go unnoticed; a cube of sugar here, a paperclip or clothes pin there. The story grabs your attention immediately, and the wonderful character interactions will keep you entertained from start to end. This Hayao Miyazaki movie is a great addition to any family’s movie collection!

Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has created many masterpieces over the many years, and if this film has grabbed your attention, make sure to hunt down other classics that are made by them. I highly recommend: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.

If you are always looking for family-friendly movies that also entertain adults, you gotta see this one!

Vladimir Guerrero, a future Hall of Fame slugger, has been signed by Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos yesterday. If you know Vlad the Impaler, this is very exciting stuff for Jays fans!! This is his second stint in Canada, as he played for the Montreal Expos for seven seasons. He’s been an MVP, an All-Star, and his stats show he will eventually be in the Hall of Fame.  His career batting average is .318, which is unbelievable!! Just last year, even though he batted a very respectable .290, no one wanted him this spring, which I find very strange.

Anthopoulos cautioned there’s no guarantee the 37-year-old will join the major league team. Guerrero will be sent to the team’s extended spring training, where the Jays will assess his condition. If they like what they see, he’ll play in some minor league games before he’s added to the 25-man major league roster. Jays outfielder, Jose Bautista believes there’s no doubt that Guerrero will make the team.

Manager John Farrell says, “when a guy with his pedigree and his track record comes available and finally comes to an agreement with us, we’ll give that every opportunity to see what it can produce for us.”

The 2012 season is getting to be very interesting for the Jays!

2012 Jays have a record of 18-15 in the AL East at the time of this posting.

UPDATE (June 12, 2012): The Jays have parted ways with Guerrero, granting the slugger’s request to be released from his minor league contract. Guerrero gave an ultimatum that he either be promoted to the Major League or release him. The Jays did not think he was ready yet, so they honoured his request.

…well that was fast…

Guerrero in Tempe, Arizona vs Cubs, 2005

Super Mario Galaxy, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch Out, Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers are on sale only until May 30, 2012 for CAD$14.83 each. All 7 of these are AAA must-buy titles. The soccer and baseball games and Animal Crossing are more for casual gamers and kids, but the other four games are definitely great for all gamers.

Get more info on each game here on nintendo.com

GameTrailers scores:

Super Mario Galaxy – 9.0/10
Legend of Zelda: TP – 9.4/10
Punch Out – 8.4/10
Super Paper Mario – 8.8/10
Mario Strikers Charged – 7.4/10
Animal Crossing: City Folk – 7.2/10
Mario Super Sluggers – 6.7/10

    *click the game to see the video review by GameTrailers

Are you a fan of video games? Which of the above games do you have, and which would you say are must-haves in any gamer’s collection?

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