June 30, 2003

happy birthday, dad

today would be my father's 58th birthday.
i can't even imagine my father at 58.

Posted by Sam | 10:41 AM |


lmao. the boy's still got it.
rod has finally updated his site with three new abridged scripts -- but the one i want you to read is the fantabulous script he did for the matrix reloaded (but then also check out the one for the recruit. hil-arious).

Posted by Sam | 10:30 AM |

this is the start of a brand new relationship.

'nightsky' is what i'd call the new theme of the blog if i had to.
much sleeker and refined.
i knew getting a comments section would push me into creating.
this is just a first draft, i'm sure, but i like it. there's some tweaking left to be done but it's going nicely, i say.

Posted by Sam | 12:26 AM |

June 29, 2003

now with comments!

yay. i'm now entering the year 2000 by finally adding some much needed comments section.
hopefully there's people out there reading this blog and, again hopefully, i'll hear from some of you from time to time (don't let the comment count stay at '0').

yay - now with comments.
please comment on that. thanks.

Posted by Sam | 8:00 PM |


the CBC is showing Best in Show tonight at 8 (eastern).

also, Global has decided to air South Park episodes again!!!
i'm totally assuming these new episodes.
this is amazing news.

update: i just checked and these are the Fat Camp and Great Expectations episodes. which i've already seen.
hopefully they're working they're way up to newer episodes.

in other news, last night i happened. i finally decided to plop down - after almost three weeks of holding off on it - and listen to Radiohead's Hail to the Thief.
this was an amazing first listen. and i'm glad it blew me away like that. most first listens enjoy more tepid reactions. and i wasn't ready to be letdown by this and have to work my way up on it.
but it did. it worked on me.
it's not a fullblown classic in my mind yet. nor should it be. but it actually took me quite by surprise and i love that.

i never followed American Idol so don't expect me to follow Canadian Idol either -- but -- i keep coming across the show once in a while and they're still in the public auditions stage. and it fucking rocks! we got some talent, dudes! why am i sharing this with you, you ask? well, because last night one of the contestants just floored me. he simply floored me, i tell you. so i'm giving you a heads up. if you see or hear he's performing anywhere near you - throw yourselves over there and wait for the experience to begin.

this is Mikey Bustos -- actually, i just went on the Idol message board and some guys say you can find his audition on Kazaa. try it - it's worth it.
i would never talk about contestants like this but this guy just blew me away and i knew i had to share him with you guys.

Posted by Sam | 11:40 AM |

June 28, 2003


it's sad.

i'm sad, really.
sad about this confused state of nazi pure-bred ideology of being a real quebecer only if you're white and french.

no ones dares mention the aryan traits in this theory, and no one even seems to notice the amazing similarities because this is how they like it. it's not hate it's 'what's right'. it's not being a nazi, it's 'protecting our culture'. etc etc.

i'm a proud Canadian.
and a proud Quebecer. french, at that.

but these two seem - to me, anyway - to be quite a rare mix.
and i've grown to be increasingly proud of being canadian these past couple of years, actually.

but this pride also comes with great sadness in knowing that a lot of my peers actually want a sovereign quebec, separated from canada. actually, we've been taught that we're another country entirely. it's just hasn't been made official yet.

and what fucks me up the most is when i hear people talk about the 'real' quebecers vs 'immigrants', or 'minorities'. as if those people, who are as legally quebecers as you and me, don't really count, you know *wink wink*. it's our country, our province.
but these people don't seem to get that
a) this province is not entirely french
b) all of its people make it what it is
c) the rest of canada also has francophones

this last one seems to stomp them when you bring it up 'cause, hey, no, this is the french province. we're the real ones, here. the rest of canada can't be like us. or else... what, then?

i'm just really frustrated with this way of thinking.

Canada Day is coming up next tuesday.
last week was Quebec Day here in the province and you saw tons of blue flags.
but i don't think we'll be seeing too many red maple leaf flags come next week.
which is sad.

the separatists here have this idea that we're under siege from the english population and that they're gonna take our french culture away from us.

but we live in the 21st century now.
our province now houses tons of different cultures. why not embrace that? our culture will not change. if anything, we can only benefit from other cultures.
it's time this province comes into the modern age.

this is a xenophobic state. and it's been in denial for 40 years.
we're not under siege. and if you continue speaking your language, that's what'll keep it alive.

i just wish i could get through to some.

have a nice evening.

lovingly, sam

Posted by Sam | 11:18 PM |


something's really been bothering me this and i have to share it with you guys.

the Supreme Court struck down Texas' Sodomy law.
okay. cool. the government really has no say in what goes on between consenting adults.
and everyone seems to believe this is one huge step closer to legalizing gay marriages which is very cool, i say.

but what's really bothering me is how this is all about 'gay sex' now ("Gay Sex Ban Struck Down.").
and i haven't read one article where one person was bothered by this.

as far as i know, sodomy isn't exclusively for gay people.
that's a fucking myth.

and i remember seeing a research saying that as many heteros do it as gays.
so why the big 'gay sex' title?

not every gay male does it or even likes it.
as far as i know and have heard.

i just wish people would get enlightened on this.


a very cool quote from the new-to-me-but-wonderful Heart Murmur:

" an interesting addendum to yesterday's post about the riaa's litigious-happy ways, for those curious and afraid they're going to get sued, there's a few precautions listed here, as well as a phone number to complain, and also a few notes on how the p2p's work. i heard someone from the riaa on npr yesterday (because that's all i ever listen to anymore) comparing file sharers to looters in baghdad. i involuntarily exclaimed and clapped and shouted in the driver's seat when i heard it, because i love being compared to a looter in baghdad, and i love that pop music is being compared to national treasures.

you know, if we could just put enough dummy files in circulation, and have the riaa try to sue everyone with these dummy files, i'm sure they'd eventually go bankrupt. "

who's the most fun figure to revile right now - Bush or the RIAA?

Posted by Sam | 10:17 AM |

June 27, 2003


check this one out:
this modern world - New Video: Bush on 9/11, During the WTC Attacks

ps. apparently, Clinton flew all the way back from Australia and got into New York way before Bush II ever did. i guess Florida is further away than i thought.

they sure cared about their little Iraqis.

yay, new Blogger is now in place.
and it's looking good.

Posted by Sam | 1:49 PM |

June 23, 2003


i just received this email from my brother and thought i would share it with all of you guys (not all spot-on but fun anyway - and, btw, #12 is deeply mistaken, no one brags about celine or shania. no one does):

25 Signs Showing You Might be Canadian

1. You're not offended by the term "HOMO MILK".
2. You understand the phrase "Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine, on the chesterfield."
3. You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.
4. You drink Pop, not Soda.
5. You know what a Mickey and 2-4 mean
6. You don't care about the fuss with Cuba. It's a cheap place to go for your holidays, with good cigars and no Americans.
7. You know that a pike is a type of fish, not part of a highway.
8. You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
9. You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
10. You know that Casey and Finnegan were not part of a Celtic musical group.
11. You get excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.
12. You brag to Americans that: Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion & many more, are Canadians.
13. You know that the C.E.O. of American Airlines is a Canadian!
14. You know what a touque is.
15. You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
16. You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed" not "Zee"
17. Your local newspaper covers the national news on 2 pages,but requires 6 pages for hockey.
18. You know that the four seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road work.
19. You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.
20. You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.
21. You know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan". (Sas-Kat-chew-wan)
22. You perk up when you hear the theme song from 'Hockey Night in Canada'.
23. You were in grade 12, not the 12th grade.
24. "Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than,"Huh?"
25. You actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all of your Canadian friends!!!! and then you send them to your American friends just to confuse them...further (hehe)

Posted by Sam | 11:09 AM |

June 21, 2003


well i got my tickets.
and it's only 9:41 am.

seems that the good folks at Waste decided to put a countdown clock set to 10 am just to fool us.
i got up at 9 and checked the site out only to see 'US tickets on sale now'. lol
i'm ecstatic, of course.
everyone is in a line now somewhere in a mall or the university, awaiting the clock to strike noon to get their tickets. not me. i laid in bed, am now sitting comfortably in front of my computer screen in my pj's, typing away.

aw, the wonders of the internet and knowing where to go.

so, if you want tickets for the north american shows, you know what to do, right?

good luck to you all.

hey, and if anyone is going to the Montreal show, drop me a line, okay?
thanks :)

Posted by Sam | 9:47 AM |

June 20, 2003


this caption was seen by 360,000 new zealanders. people say it was a mistake. i don't see it.

this is the very definition of priceless.
Mastercard people, i hope you guys are paying attention.

Posted by Sam | 11:05 AM |

June 19, 2003


this is so dead-on it's not even funny. but it's definitely a breath of fresh air to finally read something like this in the (almost) mainstream media - courtesy of Adbusters (click text for whole interview):

Q. Can you tell us your definition of traditional fascism?

Yes: the convergence of military and economic power on behalf of an ultranationalist ideology that views its enemies - internally and externally - as evil and subject to extermination or extreme punishment.

...ring a bell much?

Posted by Sam | 10:48 AM |

June 18, 2003


well, Paradise Hotel was a bust, uh?
i never watch these shows but i gave myself the right to watch one reality premiere (they're really scraping the bottom of the barrel now) this season.

of course there was gonna be no nudity it's a network show. you're gonna have all the catfights you want. actually, one of the things i was impressed with was the guys. i actually like two or three. but this doesn't mean i'll watch it too much 'cause tonight's episode pretty much showed what the producers were interested in - fake reality. like all of the reality fad they edit and cut towards specific stereotypes so you the viewer 'can identify' with them right away. yeah. we're too stupid to think for ourselves so therefore, create a little trumped-up drama for us, will ya?

i just wish we'd have more reality tv. but not this crappy shit we're being fed under the banner of reality. i guess producers are more interested in paying non-actors than sag card holders now.

this borders on the sag line, though. these are not paid actors, but the shows are cut around to the producers whims and fancy to give us some quick cardboard characters - boring ones, at best - and thus create this fictional reality. sure, the things that happen on the show happened out there; but too much of it is just the producers choosing which angle to cover this week and how to make it more salacious (much like Meet my Folks is cut, btw) and then give us half of the show in previews right before a fucking commercial break (so you get to see the show twice in one sitting!).

boring stuff.

so, i'll leave you with that.

ps. my throat is still sore.
anyone has any suggestions for me?
i'm drinking water like crazy and taking lozenges.

Posted by Sam | 10:27 PM |

June 16, 2003


well, it seemed that my little cd-rw drive problem was because of a lack of power on my computer's part.
so, no biggie, 'cause i just disconnected the cd-rom drive and put the cd-rw drive in its place for now. i could get more power but that'll have to wait. and i can manage with only the cd-rw drive for now.

and also:
yay. the tonsils seem to be doing fine. the roommate checked them out (she had hers taken out years ago) and they seemed fine to her. hers were (almost?) touching when she had to have them taken out.
so, i'm only suffering from a (fuckingly) dry throat and a huge load of lack of sleep.

Posted by Sam | 7:12 PM |


Tiga & Zyntherius - Sunglasses at Night
Sigur Ros - Untitled #1
Mogwai - Ten Rapid (collected recordings 1996-1997)

Posted by Sam | 1:43 PM |


listening to The Dears' No Cities Left for the first time - i decided to finally jump in, what the fuck - at an amazingly loud volume because a city truck is working outside and making an amazing amount of noise.

at some point in their lives, everyone should listen to The Dears' We Can Have It, off their latest album.
i don't know if it's because i heard it live and now this studio version is bringing back so much good energy but it's just a fantastic song (which was my thought when i first heard it last tuesday).

well, my throat is still dry and hurting when i swallow. the roommate said it might be my tonsils. no! i don't want it to be that 'cause i don't have my insurance card (digression: i forgot to give them my new address when i moved last year; and my card was expiring in october. so now i've been on the phone since march, trying to get my address changed but i could only get a busy signal everytime i called. until today - yay! so now they're sending me some papers to fill out and i have to go with a bunch of stuff to some place and wait 45 days for my real new card to arrive; unless they assign me a temporary card number - which'd be really good).

so that's it. the tale of the insurance card.
but it's worth it 'cause we don't pay anything when we go to the hospital up here in canada. it is so worth it.

but i hope there's nothing wrong with my tonsils. i hope it's just a nasty throat ache or something. i'm going to the drugstore this afternoon. supposed to, anyway.

Posted by Sam | 1:37 PM |

June 14, 2003


Bowie's going back on tour, folks!!
starting this fall he'll be going on a 6-month tour. this is a rare thing for David since he doesn't seem to like touring too much these past few years.

very cool news, indeed.

and although there are no dates out yet, he's apparently gonna be playing the Montreal Bell Centre in december.
i'm definitely not gonna miss that chance.

what?? he also has a new album ready??
fuck me, i so didn't see that one coming. supposed to be out by september 15th, folks.

+ check out Bassman's excellent David Bowie Page for extensive details on both news items +

Posted by Sam | 10:30 AM |


here's the full list of the North American shows for august.

here's the Montreal info:

Location : Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Canada

Show date: 15th August 2003

Tickets go on sale : 12 midday 21st June 2003

Ticket Outlets : All Admissions Outlets, www.admission.com charge by phone # - 514/790-1245; 800/361-4595

Posted by Sam | 12:24 AM |

June 13, 2003


steve over at Daily Kos has a interesting article about Rumsfeld wanting to police laws around the world again.

gee, i still don't get why people don't like the U.S.

keep digging, boys.
keep digging.

you're just making way easier for us who want Bush out in 2004.

i can't believe how high-ranking people like Rumsfeld really can't see what they're doing. they really don't seem to see the huge hole they're plowing into day-in and day-out with this kind of policy, going around the world and trying to change laws and governments that they don't agree with.

i mean, you have absolutely no say in what goes on in other countries, don't you see? they're the ones responsible for themselves. that's what's called democracy. oh yeah, and that other pesky little word - freedom.

how can you take these guys seriously?

Posted by Sam | 11:31 AM |

June 12, 2003


okay. i'm gonna try something here. i seem to have never written an actual diary-type entry on this here blog and i kinda regret that 'cause part of the reason i wanted to start a blog was to write down stuff. and i seem to have been stuck in the news or list departments. so here goes.

things i did recently (i'm starting slow so i don't fall or break my neck here):

last weekend the roommate had friends over from all over (that would make a great title for song; the 'over from all over' part). they met up here at the apartment for an hour or two and then they were going out to dinner and then out to a bar. i was only there for the 'here' part but that was pretty cool and easy, not like i expected. i thought it'd be all awkward and uneasy for me because i didn't know most of 'em. but there was this one friend who got here a day early so i got to meet her a little beforehand.

she was nice. a bit shy but when she talked she didn't look nervous. it was a weird combination and she kept throwing me off when she talked to me. she looked you straight in the eyes and it wasn't anything defiant, she was talking to 'me' :) she looked like she woulda been a bookworm-type girl in high school (all of the roommate's friends met while studying law at university), even down to the lisa loeb horizontal glasses - which she wore perfectly. i mean, she was born for those glasses. but she was also so cute! whoa, man, was she ever cute. just beautiful. perfect. simply stunning. but because she looked smart and studious (and down-to-earth calm), she didn't look like a bimbo or a wannabe. she just looked like she was herself. amazing. and she was nice, a bit cold at first 'cause she didn't know me all that well, but she was funny and cool when we did talk. funfunfun.

she was even trying to get me to come with them to the dinner and out later but i couldn't. but that felt extra nice.

apparently, two guy friends went up to the roommate at the bar to ask her about her friend. ha. then a coworker also asked about her at work the next monday :)

anyway. she left away the next day at 7:30 'cause she had a hearing up north so she had a plane to catch in montreal. she left without saying goodbye which kinda made me sad. she has a boyfriend - longterm-type form the looks of it - but that's okay, it was just nice to be in her presence a little :) i don't even think i'd go out with her 'cause i'm not sure she's my girlfriend type, but it's fun to fantasize a little :)

okay. enough drooling :)

tuesday i went and caught me a Dears show at the coolest bar/sometimes-venue downtown. it'd been a while since i last went out and it was really nice. a friend was going with another friend and they invited me. i didn't know their material - i kinda like first single - but that was it. but it was extra cheap (6$ canadian!) and it was a night out with a band that was making some huge waves with their new album so i said yes. they were simply an amazing band. i only heard the single beforehand and read up a few amazing reviews of their new album so i knew they were good but i didn't know any of their songs except for the single. but they blew me the fuck away. go see them if you can, they're so worth it.

i got me their new album and an ep after the show; i would've gotten more of those ep's but i had no money left and the atm machine wasn't working. dammit.


The Dears - Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique
The Dears - No Cities Left

Posted by Sam | 10:33 AM |

June 10, 2003


what the fuck did you do with your day?
where's your copy of Hail to the Thief?

Posted by Sam | 6:37 PM |


+ Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
+ Tiga - DJ Kicks

Posted by Sam | 3:00 PM |


make sure you catch The Caroline Rhea Show today if it hasn't aired yet in your part of the world 'cause three of the five members of The Kids in the Hall are on the show and, as always, are just hilarious.

Posted by Sam | 2:50 PM |


Blur come on american television and give us the real lead-off single (out of time) to wash away the mess that was the horrible choice of having crazy beat (although i've come to like the song in its own right) as the lead single for north america (thus biasing two whole nations against the actually good and non-1997-song 2 album that is think tank).

tight performance of a laidback song, helped by damon albarn sounding much like the sullen bowie.

i just saw that Blur are gonna be playing Toronto two nights in a row(!) and and then they'll spend one night in Montreal.


yes. those of you who watched game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final (which the Devils won, btw) saw none other than Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland, being interviewed in the stands. very cool moment. and thank god i decided to check out the various channels at that point.

i missed this but apparently he mentioned that his schedule on Taking Lives was from wednesday to sunday. dunno if they'll still be in quebec city by that point. don't think they will be.

Posted by Sam | 9:56 AM |

June 09, 2003


come on, admit it.
i've decided to jump on the bandwagon before the New York Times ends up writing a piece on it - Your Movie Database.
it's like Friendster but with movies. a lot of fun if you're into movies much.
can't they do something like this for music??

now go play and make your own lists.

and here's My List.

Posted by Sam | 11:00 AM |



Posted by Sam | 10:15 AM |

June 05, 2003


just thought i'd write down my favorite phrase of the day, thanks to the wonderful Daily Kos:

" picking through the debris of a culture (...) of unreality "

Posted by Sam | 2:20 PM |


okay, so Metallica's new album, St. Anger, was scheduled to come out June 10th, right alongside Radiohead's Hail to the Thief. but at the last minute they change their minds and now it's coming out this friday, June 5th.

the official reason? seems the album has started to leak so they're releasing the album 5 days ahead of schedule to stop that.

sorry but releasing an album doesn't stop people from downloading an album, dudes.

people who were gonna buy it will; and people who would've just downloaded the songs will also still do that.

maybe they can dupe some people into buying the album before previewing it. that's the only reason i can find that makes some sense (although truly shaddy sense, at that).

the only other reason would be so they wouldn't have to go against radiohead's hail to the thief next tuesday (the media blitz is for radiohead. every day i hear about hail to the thief, but i can go 3 or 4 days without hearing about st. anger). this way, they get their exclusive friday all to themselves. that's the only other reason i can see.

fucked if they do, fucked if they don't.

releasing an album 5 days early because it's being leaked on the internet is not a good reason and is a lame excuse.

felt like sharing.

Posted by Sam | 12:29 PM |

June 04, 2003


wanna know who we are?

Posted by Sam | 2:22 PM |


Bush might want to put some gag orders on his team if he doesn't want the whole thing to be brought down by week's end.
man, even the very people at the helm of this cabal are idiots.

US deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil:

Asked why a nuclear power such as North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq, where hardly any weapons of mass destruction had been found, the deputy defence minister said: "Let's look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."

Posted by Sam | 1:57 PM |


heartwarming and sweet.

and, courtesy of the ever-fabulous green plastic radiohead:

Ed: "We're Playing Molson Amphitheater"
June 3, 2003 08:45 PM

In an interview in today's Toronto Sun, Ed O'Brien confirmed that the band were playing Toronto's Molson Amphitheater on August 16.

that's so cool for the folks in Toronto, and that also takes us one step closer to having the august 15th date in Montreal become a reality.

Posted by Sam | 11:24 AM |

June 03, 2003



Posted by Sam | 4:12 PM |


+ Gordon Downie - Battle of the Nudes
+ Eels - Beautiful Freak
+ Eels - Shootenanny!
+ Sam Roberts - The Inhuman Condition
+ Sam Roberts - We Were Born in a Flame

Posted by Sam | 2:37 PM |


total flashback.

what the hell is wrong with this picture (that i didn't catch the first time)?

" On March 17, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours either to head into exile or to face doom "

the fucker gave the other fucker 48 hours to go into exile.
no wonder we can't find him, the fuckers in washington told him *wink wink* that he had two days to leave so we couldn't find him.

how really good friends were they, anyway?
my guess is a lot more than we might have thought.

Posted by Sam | 2:33 PM |

June 01, 2003


Bush in German parliament last week:

" We face an aggressive force that glorifies death, that targets the innocent, and seeks the means to murder on a massive scale…This war is far from over. "

- Thousands Confront Bush in Germany.

Posted by Sam | 11:56 PM |


While the Presidiot travels the planet, I am reminded of his last trots about the globe.
He tires easily. He does not enjoy travel -- never did.
When he gets tired, he comes up with his best material -- the original stuff.
Watch as he loses his happy step ... the comedy is about to begin.

Forget how he devalued the yen when he misspoke in Japan.
Don't pay attention to his insults to Heads of State with his total lack of geography and knowledge of local customs.
Just ignore the potential damage he can do to us or the world with the mispronunciation of just one word.
Pop some popcorn, order up a pizza.
Dubya is going on tour.
Let's just sit back and enjoy the floor show.

- ZeldaM

Posted by Sam | 11:44 PM |


+ Add N to (X) - Loud Like Nature
+ Broadcast - Pendulum
+ Primal Scream - Screamadelica
+ The Tragically Hip - In Violet Light

Posted by Sam | 10:28 PM |