Audio: Review of Dragon's Den Episode 1

Post ImageWednesday night was the first episode of CBC Television’s new business reality series, Dragon’s Den. I found out about the show a long time ago through VenturePrize when the show’s producers were looking for contestants. Dickson and I considered throwing our names in the hat, but we decided we didn’t necessarily want the exposure (at the time we still hadn’t launched Podcast Spot). After watching the first episode, two things were confirmed for me (barring any changes in future episodes):

  • Had we participated, we’d have been the youngest ones, which is pretty normal for us.
  • I think our idea would have fared really well compared with the other contestants.

What I didn’t expect, was that I wouldn’t really like the show! As a result, I decided to do a review. I have always thought that podcasting is a great way to do reviews, because they are usually somewhat boring to type and somewhat boring to read. It’s much more interesting to listen to or to watch a review I think. So with that in mind, here’s my audio review of the first episode of Dragon’s Den!

I’ll probably watch again next week, just to see if my opinions change at all. And to see if any of the contestants have really interesting ideas.

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REVIEW: Cheyenne Kimball's debut album

Post ImageI’ve been listening to Cheyenne Kimball’s debut, titled The Day Has Come, and I really like it. I guess I am a sucker for her brand of “not quite bubblegum pop” but I’m okay with that. You’ve probably heard the first single, “Hanging On”, on the radio. You might even have seen her reality TV show on MTV if you’ve been channel surfing. It seems she’s everywhere!

The album contains 13 tracks, but one of them is a short “Intro”. My favorites, aside from the first single, are “Hello Goodbye”, “Good Go Bad”, and the title track which according to Wikipedia will be her next single. There isn’t really a song on the album that I dislike – they are all fairly catchy and happy-sounding.

Cheyenne is only sixteen years old, and unlike JoJo, on some songs you can tell. There are times when she sounds much older, with a powerful voice. But there are also times when she really does sound like a sixteen year old. I don’t think this is a bad thing necessarily, but I do think it means that she has room to grow as a singer.

It’ll be interesting to see where she takes her career. I wouldn’t consider her in the same category as Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan, but you never know. There’s lots to like about Cheyenne though. She’s pretty, she has a very unique name, she seems like a natural-born performer, and best of all, she’s a podcaster! And she has a blog too, but it doesn’t appear to be updated regularly.

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REVIEW: The Game by Neil Strauss

Post ImageA few weeks ago Sharon borrowed The Game from the library, and when she was done, lent it to me to read. I planned to write a review after reading it, but never found the time. As a result, the book has been overdue twice now (she renewed it once). I figured I should get to writing the review after all, or these 25 cents/day fees are going to add up.

If you walk into a bookstore or library and pick up the book from the shelf, try to do it without smirking. You won’t be able to! The cover of the book is black leather, the text on the cover and the edges of the paper are gold, and it has a red bookmark ribbon too. If you ignore the little woman stripper icons on the front, you could glance at the book and mistake it for The Bible. Excellent design for a book like this!

The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists chronicles the two year journey of author Neil Strauss who, while researching for the book, became the world’s best pickup artist. Strauss becomes “Style” and he quickly devotes himself to learning from all the pickup artists he can find, in order to become the best. Along the way, he encounters people like Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and even lives with Courtney Love for a while. To some in the pickup artist community he’s a god, to others he is an enemy to be feared. Eventually he gets out of the game, but I’ll leave it up to you to find out how and why.

At times the book is funny, while others its sad. Some sections are quite instructive, while others are better read as a warning. On the whole, I felt what Strauss was try to say with the book is that if you think becoming a pickup artist will solve all your problems, you’re wrong. He tells of numerous individuals who devote themselves to sarging (as picking up a woman is called) and subsequently ignore the rest of their lives. That said, Strauss himself clearly benefited from becoming a pickup artist. I think different readers will draw different messages from the book.

The best section of the book as far as I am concerned is the glossary, which contains dozens of terms used by people in the pickup artist community and throughout the book itself. Things like sarging, IOI (indicator of interest), neg (a backhanded compliment or seemingly accidental insult delivered to a beautiful woman, such as “nice nails, are they real?”), AFC (average frustrated chump), AMOG (alpha male of group), and many more. I found the lexicon to be quite entertaining. It reminded me of my days as a clan member in the computer game TFC.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was a fairly quick read, and Strauss keeps it entertaining from start to finish. The subtitle of the book is very telling – this is not a guide or handbook for wannabe pickup artists. Instead, it’s a journey that Strauss is willing to take you along on. Despite having time to reflect on the story (and checking online to see if things Strauss mentions actually exist – they do) I still find it hard to believe there are pickup artists out there. This book tells a pretty incredible tale, and I’m sure some people will be offended. Others, such as myself, will most certainly be entertained.

Funny Tokyo Drift Movie Review

Post ImageDespite a completely rotten rating, it seems there are at least a few people who have enjoyed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. I have friends who have said it’s alright, and maybe even enjoyable. I don’t plan on seeing the movie, because I just can’t imagine it would be worth it, even with a cameo by Vin Diesel. However, a commenter on IMDB named wooptydoo certainly thinks it is worth the experience:

You must see this movie just for the cameo appearance by Vin Diesel. It’s going to give you a weird feeling that you will never experience again. It’s like you’re excited but ashamed that you are excited. However, you are somehow angry that he’s in the movie, but content, because you knew you would be angry anyway by the sheer stupidity of the movie. Then when he starts talking you just gaze at the movie screen. It’s like watching a car crash into an orphanage, catch fire and witness kids jumping out the window and landing on a masturbating squirrel. Now, I don’t know what a masturbating squirrel looks like, but I assume it would be like watching the last part of that scene. It was an emotional roller-coaster.

Somehow that kind of comment is so much more interesting than the usual “trashy, but fun” kind of thing, don’t you think?

I guess the good news with Tokyo Drift is that there haven’t been any news reports of teenagers destroying theatres by attempting to drift in the parking lot. At least, none that I have seen!