Game 6 and Movie!

If you aren’t doing anything on Saturday you should come to BP’s at South Edmonton Common to watch Game 6 of Tampa Bay vs Calgary! Unfortunately the Flames won tonight, so I’ll be cheering for Tampa to win and then take the cup at home! I’ll be there, and so will Dickson, Andrew, Megan, and probably Sharon and Annie (who, please note, STILL do not have blogs). After the game we’re gonna go watch The Day After Tomorrow.


WHO: You and the people above!
WHEN: Saturday, June 5th, 2004 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Boston Pizza’s Lounge at South Edmonton Common
WHY: To cheer on Tampa Bay then watch a movie!

Hope to see you there!

New MSN Messenger Display Pictures

Yep it’s that time again people! I have had a few new requests and decided to make some other new pictures, so here they are, enjoy! If you have a request, leave a comment or email me.

The newest pictures are: Emailing, Blogging This, Star Trek, Inking, Debugging, Finding Nemo, and the new official picture of Blogosphere.ca! You can, of course, see the entire gallery of my display pictures here:

UPDATE: To see my display pictures, click here.

Election 2004: Website Reviews (Episode #1)

So here’s how the mini series is going to work. Each time I will pick a topic and discuss the various party stands and comments regarding the topic. Based on how well they do, I will award them from 0 to 3 points, where 3 is the best. And occasionally, like tonight, I will pick a more fun topic. Note that I will stick to the five parties that hold the majority of support in public opinion polls – Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Québécois, and Green Party. Tonight, we review party websites!


Liberal Partyhttp://www.liberal.ca
The Liberal website is quite clean looking and not too flashy. It has quite a few useful tools for voters like candidate profiles, election ads, and stories in the news. The best part of this site in my opinion is that it uses the latest technology! The main page features a Flash 7 animation, and the entire site is written in ASP.NET.
Awarded: 3 Points


Conservative Partyhttp://www.conservative.ca/
Similar to the Liberal site, the Conservative website uses Flash 7. Unfortunately, they only use ASP and not ASP.NET! At least its still Microsoft I suppose. The website is very sharp looking, with well designed pictures. The Conservative site also includes a number of useful tools, very similar to the Liberal site.
Awarded: 2 Points


NDPhttp://www.ndp.ca/
Does anyone remember the old HotBot search engine? It worked pretty good for it’s day, but it was UGLY. And the NDP Party’s site is no different. This site looks like it is a tribute to HotBot with ugly orange, yellow and neon green colors. I think Jack Layton should fire his marketing people and get a real color scheme. And having to download a PDF to read the platform is stupid. Give me at least a list in HTML.
Awarded: 0 Points


Bloc Québécoishttp://www.bloc.org/
So I fire up the Bloc’s site. French, okay no problem. Search page for English. Nothing. Search page for Anglais. Nothing. Oh yeah! I remember now! They are separatists. I hope they win so we can get rid of them. Oh and the guy in their banner looks like a contact lense commercial.
Awarded: 0 Points


Green Partyhttp://www.greenparty.ca/
My favorite color is green, so this site gets points right off the bat. Unfortunately, the site is written in php, but it more than makes up for that in design! The website is beautiful and extremely well laid out. They also have stuff like the latest news and event listings. Good job on this site!
Awarded: 3 Points


So there you have it! The first campaign issue has been explored (somewhat) and the first points have been awarded. Until the next episode, here are the current standings:



  1. Liberal Party – 3 points
  2. Green Party – 3 points
  3. Conservatives – 2 points
  4. NDP – 0 points
  5. Bloc Québécois – 0 points

Election 2004: Website Reviews

So here’s how the mini series is going to work. Each time I will pick a topic and discuss the various party stands and comments regarding the topic. Based on how well they do, I will award them from 0 to 3 points, where 3 is the best. And occasionally, like tonight, I will pick a more fun topic. Note that I will stick to the five parties that hold the majority of support in public opinion polls – Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Québécois, and Green Party. Tonight, we review party websites!


Read Episode #1

Election 2004: Blog Mini Series!

Up until this point in time, I haven’t posted anything relating to politics on my blog. I didn’t consciously decide to avoid politics, it just worked out that way. However, with a federal election coming up in Canada on June 28th, and later in the year for the United States, there are some things on my mind that I am going to post about. Instead of one long uber-post, I have decided to make multiple posts and include them in my first ever “blog mini series”.

I am clearly not the first one to post about the elections; there are many blogs out there dedicated to covering the different political parties. As this is the introduction post to my mini series, I won’t bring up a topic, but I will share a couple links with you.

I hope you will read and share your comments on my thoughts in this mini series. Since there are no religious movies out right now for us to debate, I figure politics is the next best thing – everyone has an opinion 🙂

Thoughts on Iginla

Tampa Bay won tonight in game four, 1-0 over Calgary. You can read the write up at SportsGuru. Instead of recapping the game, I’d like to take a look at Jarome Iginla. Throughout the playoffs, he has been portrayed as some sort of godly figure for Calgary, and I think its just crap.


If Iginla is the fantastic hockey player and leader everyone has made him out to be, why does he not show up in the games Calgary loses? There are lots of players who can play well when things are going their way. Let’s look at his stats in the games Calgary has lost in the playoffs so far, shall we? I will ignore stats for winning games, because they are not reflective of his awesomeness as a player. Lots of guys get points in wins.



  • 5/31/2004, even rating, 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 shots, 9 penalty minutes
  • 5/27/2004, even rating, 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 shots, 0 penalty minutes
  • 5/16/2004, plus 1 rating, 1 goal, 0 assists, 3 shots, 2 penalty minutes
  • 5/13/2004, even rating, 0 goals, 0 assists, 7 shots, 22 penalty minutes (team total was 51)
  • 4/29/2004, minus 1 rating, 0 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots, 0 penalty minutes
  • 4/24/2004, minus 1 rating, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 shots, 5 penality minutes

Now looking just at the stats, you might say that he has improved as the playoffs have progressed (at least in plus/minus). Yet he still is unable to come up with the big goal when it matters. If he really is the star and carrying this team, where are the statistics to back that up? Does your leader rack up almost half your team’s total penalty minutes in a losing cause?


Now if that doesn’t convince you, consider his performance in tonight’s game. Calgary lost any chance of taking the game to OT when Nieminen took a senseless 5 minute major with just over 4 minutes remaining in the game. The hit from behind on Lecavalier was ugly and unecessary and Nieminen will probably be suspended for it. How did Iginla react? He yapped his mouth off at everyone and slammed his stick against his bench. Anyone who knows anything about hockey knows how dirty that hit was, and I don’t care if its the heat of the moment, a real leader would have shut his trap and told his teammates “okay guys we gotta work harder, no giving up”.


For a guy that makes a fifth of Calgary’s entire payroll, he should be billed as the leader and star. And I am not disputing that Iginla has skill, and that he’s a gritty Canadian player who can dish it out. But is he THE man? Is he a true leader? I think the media hype has been exaggerated, and Iginla’s stats and behaviour back that up.


DISCLAIMER: Don’t bother leaving a comment about how this is one-sided, or how I don’t see his behaviour in the locker room or in practice. I obviously cannot, and neither can you. And most definitely do not make yourself look stupid by leaving a comment like “let’s see you do better”. I am not in the NHL making $7.5 million like Iginla for a reason. All stats can be found on NHL.com.

The Day After Tomorrow

I have said before that this movie looked really interesting and I was excited to see it – especially since the director did ID4! I still haven’t gone, but I am quite hesitant about spending $14 on it now as I have read too many blogs that say it is terrible. I think more and more I trust actual real people posting their opinions for free than critics who get paid to write something either way.

Instapundit has a round up of some opinions (all negative), Sam Gentile had the misfortune of seeing the movie, and Scott Hanselman provides us the template used for Movies That Are Disasters.

[UPDATE: I guess the critics on the whole think its rotten as well.]