UAMC Concert Last Night!

Last night was the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus concert, and I went with Dickson, Andrew, Joe, Nick, Lisa and Dave to watch Megan and Mike (or listen haha). The concert was really good, and I feel like a regular after attending for three consecutive years! Maybe I should win an award or something. The concert was at the wonderful Winspear center, where you can hear a pin drop.

After the concert we went to Boston Pizza with some of the choir people for some late eats and drinks. Good times, good times. And let me just point out for the record that we drank to Mack TWICE (or was it three times?), and drank to Nick, only once. Better luck next time! Maybe if you had a blog! HAHA!

Ferrari Owns Australia!

Well if the first race is any indication of the rest of the season, its going to be a long one if you aren’t a fan of Michael Schumacher or Ferrari. They gave a totally dominating performance this weekend, with Schumi and Rubens Barrichelo finishing first and second, and setting new lap records in every session.

I look forward to the rest of the season!

Another round of MSN Pictures!

Yes boys and girls, it was time for a few new pictures. The only custom request in this set is “Exploding Head” or Frustrated which was created for Megan. I rather like it!

The other new images are part of my “emotion series” and include a new Happy and Unhappy, Delirious, Confused, and Indifferent. I also updated Jaded and Sleepy (less glow effect, looks better in MSN).

UPDATE: To see my display pictures, click here.

REVIEW: The Passion of the Christ

Tonight Dickson and I went to see Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Now having read many, many reviews about the movie, I knew to expect a couple things:


  • James Caviezel is nearly unrecognizable as he resembles a piece of bloody meat throughout most the movie.

  • To say that the movie is not educational would be the understatement of the year.

  • The amount of violence showcased was up there with some of the most violent of our time.

  • There was lots of blood, almost all of it from Jesus.

  • The movie does give the impression that it was the Jews who killed Jesus.

Yes all of these things I had expected, and all of them are in fact true. The violent beating that Jesus endures was quite disturbing. There was lots of blood, not as much as Gangs of New York, but considering it is from mainly one man in this movie, the amount is quite astonishing.

Gibson is very clearly preaching to the converted with this movie. If you don’t know anything about the story of Jesus, don’t expect to learn anything by watching this movie. To the non-believers, this movie will be nothing more than a two hour butcher special – save your $14 and watch the Food Channel. Or better yet, watch a different gory movie that doesn’t require you to have any knowledge of the events before purchasing your ticket.

I don’t want to dwell on this, but yes the movie probably gave the impression that it was the Jews who killed Jesus. The Romans in charge seemed reluctant to do anymore than give him a good beating. It was the Jewish high priests who called for his crucifixion, and were not satisfied until it was done. During the scenes which portray this, it is interesting to note that Claudia holds quite a bit of sway over Pontius Pilate. Maybe this is insignificant, but I thought it was interesting that a woman had such influence at the time.

Now there are three interesting things I noted in this movie. The first relates directly to the above. Why does everyone hold Jesus in such high regard now? Simply because he was a prophet capable of performing “miracles”? Many men were the same way at the time, and countless “criminals” were crucified for the same thing Jesus was. If this movie is historically accurate (and many people have said it is quite accurate, Gibson claims it was his intent) then why don’t people now consider what the people then thought? It is quite clear that the vast majority of the people present at the time wanted him dead – why should anyone else question this? Were you there? I don’t think so!

The second thing that was interesting to me was all the young children in attendance at the movie. I mean, I had heard about it on the news, parents who kept their kids home from school to go see the movie on opening day – but to see it in person is something else. Dickson and I sat beside two young kids whose parents were elsewhere in the theater (seating was very limited, it was packed). Beside them was a family, with two even younger kids. You could see the poor kids cover their eyes for the beating and crucifixion (and to be clear, those two events make up 80% of the screen time). I think watching something like that could seriously mess a kid up. No matter how much the parents try to talk to their kids, the fact remains, a picture is worth a thousand words. The images and visuals presented will resonate with those children, the words their parents speak are much more easily forgotten.

The sad thing is that these parents are probably the same ones who complain that video games and movies and TV shows are too violent these days. How does a movie being religious make it okay for the children to see? I would be seriously concerned if my child saw this movie, especially at such a young age when they are still trying to figure out the things they see. I don’t think any child so young can truly understand the message that Gibson attempts to portray with his horrifyingly violent visuals. Heck I doubt most of the adults can.

The third thing I found interesting was the actual movie itself. The music, the camera angles, the effects, all very well done in my opinion. I think Gibson had a very clear image of the movie he wanted to make, and he did an amazing job as far as the actual cinematography goes. The choice of camera positions and lighting were especially well done in my opinion. While I doubt this movie will win any awards because of the subject matter it explores, I think it should be nominated for direction or a visual award.

The only part of the movie I had trouble watching were the scenes where they nailed him to the cross (I get squeamish about needles and things piercing my skin). I tried to watch as much of it as I could as there was dialog at the same time (the movie has English subtitles). Otherwise, it was quite interesting to see how legal matters were handled at the time, and that people were generally more violent. Other things to note were Gibson’s portrayal of Satan (freaky but intriguing at the same time) and his rather lame resurrection scene (about 30 seconds total).

So do I recommend you see this movie? Probably not. Unless you share the same beliefs as Gibson, you probably will not enjoy it. If you have young children, I strongly urge you not to let them watch this. If you do want to see it, don’t eat anything while you watch it, that would be my advice – especially not a juicy steak. I think Gibson succeeded in making the movie he wanted to make, and with some clever marketing, many people have now seen what he believes. Religion has once again been brought to the forefront of society with the Passion making headlines in every major news publication in the world. Only time will tell its effect.

Tokyo Express Girl – Cute!

Tonight I went for dinner with Dickson, Annie and Sharon to Tokyo Express just off Whyte Ave. It was quite good, I had never eaten there before and was impressed with the taste. I had double the chicken – don’t do this unless you are very hungry, lots of food! The girl working at the time was quite cute though, I must say. I shall have to return one day!


After eating, Annie and Sharon took Dickson shopping at Old Navy. I happened to tag along, but let’s get one thing straight – I was JUST tagging along! It was quite comical to say the least, and Dickson ended up buying a pair of jeans. If you are curious as to how it went, here is a brief overview of the key points:


Annie: Dickson you need jeans!
Dickson: Uhh…okay.
Sharon & Me: *snicker* *snicker*
Annie: Go try these on!
Dickson: Okay…
Annie: Turn around lets see your butt!
Dickson: *obliges*
Mack: *laughs*
Sharon: oh my god *laughs*

So yeah, all in all it was quite amusing! After the jeans were purchased, we wanted to go to a movie, but Sharon and Annie are lazy and don’t get out enough, so they decided not to go. So with that, Dickson and I went to see The Passion of the Christ, but that deserves its own entry.

Assignment 3 Submitted!

Well just before 9 PM I submitted my as3 for CMPUT 379. It builds correctly, the code is nicely commented and structured, and my minor testing appeared to work. So if it doesn’t work completely, too bad! I am sick of that assignment and I didn’t even work on it that long!

Do not listen to Ashish – just cause he is a genius doesn’t mean the assignments are easy! 😉

Prayer Not Needed

Only a few short hours ago, I complained about 379. I thought it was over. I had no motivation to do the assignment, and I needed a “miracle” to get it done. Well now, five hours later, with no prayers said, the assignment is finished 🙂

There is no one looking out for us, we have to look out for each other!

379 Raping Me…

I have decided I really dislike CMPUT 379. How can an assignment that takes so many hours be worth 12% when an exam that takes 50 minutes is worth 25%? Doesn’t seem right to me!

Of course, I don’t agree with exams as a way of gauging a person’s knowledge. Like my 391 prof says, it should be like the old days, when there was a master and his student, and the student passed when the master felt he was ready!