Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So say you go to the movie theatres. You'd think the Silver City Polo Park/St Vital would have the best popcorn, but you're WRONG.
You're so very wrong. In fact, the BEST popcorn in Winnipeg is at the Grant Park theatres.
It's so good, I'd rather go to Grant Park on a tuesday than Polo Park or St Vital, or any other Famous Players theatre, because while they give a free drink and popcorn, its just not worth it.
Plus, you don't have to limit yourself to Tuesday. You can go Monday to Thursday at Grant Park for only $6.99! Sure, Popcorn is extra, but its worth it.
The secret seems to be that Grant Park uses Orville Redenbacher popcorn, wheras Famous Players uses Poopcorn brand Popcorn. AKA Act II popcorn. Which apparently leaves less unpopped kernels in a scientific study I just googled, but all the same, tastes like garbage.
So that is my reccommendation. Plus, Grant Park has self serve margarine. Butter Button!
IMAX theatre at Portage Place also has primo popcorn, but they don't have a butter button. Alas. Also you have to wait for movies to come out there. And I'm not sure what brand they use. All the same, at least their popcorn is always hot and well buttered.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Izzy Asper lurved Jazz music, and he started Groove FM in Winnipeg so that he could listen to Jazz music all the time. Why he didn't buy an iPod or Mp3 player, I dunno, he died anyways. So now Groove FM is owned by the same people who own CJOB and Power 97.
They have Isaac Hayes, aka Chef from South Park before Scientologists put a stop to that, do the promo's. Now, thats all good, but he's dead, so that's a little bit spooky. But what can you do. Then again, if Power 97 had a promo commercial with Kurt Cobain, they'd probably run that all the time too, so there you go. Necessity is the mother of retention.
My junior high school band teacher loved Jazz music. I should have dropped that class. People who like Jazz music are sociopaths.
Maybe they should just shut down groove FM and make it CJOB FM. I might actually listen to CJOB if they did that. Then again, that station is basically infomercials and moose games and whiny winnipegers bitching about the NDP, yet voting for them anyways.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Buying a realistically useful wallet to use in Canada is difficult. I don't want to buy a womans wallet, but all the same, with Twoonies and Loonies you can't simply close up the change section of your wallet with a little buttom snap. Then I thought, you know what would be genius? Using magnets! Then I brought it up to someone else and they said that it would demagnetize bank cards. And that sucks. We need some sort of non-demagnetizing magnet. I like magnets.
Anyways, one day I'll design the perfect wallet, and I'll make billions. And I'll put it in my wallet.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Now, the ridiculous thing here is that they try to spin 70% support from the prairies and western provinces as a knock against Winnipeg. I'm sorry, the question wasn't "Would you rather have an NHL team in Winnipeg or Hamilton". No, the question was, would you support the moving of Phoenix to Hamilton. Yes, most Canadians would. Would most Canadians prefer the romantic notion of the Coyotes going back home to Phoenix where they began as the Winnipeg Jets? I would say, yes, that's probably very likely. If it was a war between the two cities, I think support would go right down the middle, even in Winnipeg itself (The team is cursed, to be honest)
From the article:
What! Nobody said they need for the team to be out east. They said they would support a team in Hamilton. Canadians want the team in Canada.
Bettman, the commissioner of the NHL, had suggested that the team could return to Winnipeg.
But 70 per cent of people living out west want the team out east. And support runs deep across the country.
Of course, the strange thing is Quebec is against the idea, where only 54 per cent still support the bid. Whats up with that?
Monday, May 18, 2009
What I hate most though, is when listening to CBC Radio, they have a commercial for "Monsoon House" after every show. Every hour. On the hour. And they play horrible Indian sounding music that just makes me want to stab stab stab, but that's illegal.
Happily, I heard the commercial again today. Happily I say, because its the final episode or something. That's great! No longer will I have to hear this stupid commercial.
I don't care what this show is about. I just don't. I don't care how funny Russell Peters is. His voice could carry THC sonically direct to my brain and I wouldn't find it funny or desire to listen. I don't need to be beaten over the head to listen to something. You don't see CBC going this far to promote other shows. Just crap shows that they seem to think is all great.
Unfortunately, Wikipedia says this radio show is renewed for another season. Well fuck me.
Holy crap, a show about wild hogs is on Discovery Channel. Now that's interesting. Monsoon house, call me when you have a show about wild pigs threatening your dogs in the woods. I still won't listen, but at least it will be a step in the right direction.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Jim Balsillie created a website to make his vision of a team in Hamilton come true. He called it makeitseven.com, presumably because he wants there to be 7 teams in Canada. More like he wants to own an NHL team in Hamilton because he'd make tons of money. But whatever, nothing wrong with making money, but calling the website makeitseven.com really irritates me.
One, it implies that we should stop at 7. Why not makeitnine.com or makeitten.com? Screw Winnipeg and Quebec City, they're not getting teams back any time soon oh no. Not if Balsillie succeeds in DRIVING UP THE PRICE OF AN NHL TEAM. Nobody else wants to pay as much as he does for a team, especially the Phoenix Coyotes formerly the Winnipeg Jets, who I have PUT A CURSE ON years ago that they shall not win a Stanley Cup until they return to Winnipeg. If Balsillie really wants to buy it and move it to that region of Ontario, well great, but stop driving up the price of a cursed Hockey Team. Nevermind one that might actually be worth it, like Pittsburgh was.
Anyways, over 100,000 idiots signed up to this website, presumably many Manitobans and Quebeckers as well. We all know that Gary Bettman is a lying douche who can't admit that he is a failure as a GM, but we don't expect any better from him at this point. But to go to this website which exists under false pretenses, and put your name in with that lot makes you people look like fools.
Getting a franchise to Hamilton/Waterloo is not going to accomplish anything. The only thing to do is to break the hold of the NHL owners over the Stanley Cup, and create a new league across Canada (and let some US states in) But that's not going to happen any time soon.
Balsillie you just look silly. I bet you've never heard that one before. Also I'm gonna buy a google phone.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
see a trend? This is the standard press shot laptop manufacturers release apparently. It tells you NOTHING except what the lid looks like. ooh you can somewhat see the keyboard but NOT REALLY. I suppose it shows that they really aren't trying to create something you'd want, so they feel the need to hide it. It's just a generic copy of the other netbooks/laptops out there anyways. Oh what kind of keyboard is it going to have? I DON'T KNOW!
Which is a beef of mine about netbooks, they're all missing something that would make them perfect. The 8.9" acer aspire one is probably the best value for the price (and the one I ended up buying) Though I do like the HP keyboard the most, but the HP either doens't have VGA, or it doesn't have SD slots. What the hell is wrong with them at HP?
Anyways, back to the issue, I despise the laptop shot. It is to laptops what the myspace pose is to fat girls.
so laptop people, think, do you really want to be like this person?
Thursday, May 07, 2009
From the Globe and Mail:
Former Winnipeg mayor Susan Thompson, who spent 18 months negotiating to keep the Jets in the city and shed tears at the press conference announcing that team couldn't be saved, says the market still can't support a team here.
"It takes that critical mass of population that we don't have," she said. "It was a loss. It was a sad time for our community. But you just have to get past it."
This differs greatly from the way I remember it.
Susan Thompson, who was the mayor of Winnipeg at the time, did not do enough to save the Jets. All she did was cry at the press conference announcing they would be leaving. She cried because she probably felt guilty for not doing enough. Sure she can cover it up saying oh, just get past it. But no. Someone on youtube makes this point:
"In 1996, Winnipeg's mayor Susan Thompson spent $130 million of taxpayer money to prepare for the 1999 Pan American Games instead of building an arena for the Jets. The Pan-Am funds were used to improve roads and clean up Winnipeg for the 16-day event. Years later, the $130 million Winnipeg spent has amortized into nothing. Susan Thompson was thinking short-term instead of long-term. The benefits of an arena and a NHL team can be had for decades, while the benefits of new paint and fixed roads were felt for less then a single decade. Had Winnipeg not had such an incompetent mayor at the time, an arena would have been built long ago, and the Jets would still in Winnipeg"
Nobody cares or cared about the Pan-Am games. If Winnipeg had built a proper arena at the time, the Jets would still be around. It has nothing to do with the size of the metropolitan population. Our current arena is one of the top concert draws in North America. It could have been made to have 1000 more seats but whatever, its still better than the old Winnipeg Arena.
She said the NHL was "greedy".. well DUH. But the difference between cities that still have teams and those that don't? They built the damn arena. She didn't. She was too busy stuffing her face with food at Folklorama pavillions.