Behold the Power of Sports and Social Media!
Last night, the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. The chaos that ensued really disgusted me. Since I wasn't in front of a computer when the game ended, I kept refreshing my Twitter app to get some live reactions. A lot of folks I follow are Vancouver-based entertainers, so it was quite intriguing to read their reactions.

Today, I saw this photo on Yahoo Sports and I just facepalmed...

Good job buddy. Not only did you riot, but it was caught via social media. I'd love to hear your explanation once the autorities show up at your door. :/

I know hockey's almost like a religion in Canada, but it's still just a game. Your team got outplayed, so get over it. Edmonton and Calgary fans seemed to handle their Cup losses alright. Was I pissed when the Caps got eliminated? Hell yes. But I got over it.

And to think: Canada won the gold medal in 2010 in Vancouver. Imagine if USA won instead...

Writer's Block: Portal 17
Do you think video games will still be popular in 15 years? How do you think they'll change?

Advancements in video game technology will keep the industry alive, so yes, I do believe it'll still be popular in 15 years.

The only real change I can see happening is the manner in which games are distributed, as companies may start leaning towards digital distribution (although with that recent security breach on PlayStation Network, said transition may be put off just a tad bit longer).

Many entertainment companies have already started ditching, or at least downsizing their physical supplies and embracing digital content more. It's a good and bad thing. Good because it reduces the amount of unnecessary clutter. But at the same time, it's bad for a designer like me, who loves the allure of packaging (specifically game box art). In that manner, I might shed a tear the day physical games cease to exist.

How the Hell is April Over Already?!
April seems to be the one month that goes by way too quick for me. Not cool, but here's what's been up:

Earlier this month, I turned 26. Original plan was to go down to Disneyworld, but that had to be put it off for a more important trip down the line. So basically, I used my day off to redeem all the free food received in my e-mails. Idea sounded good at the time, but by the evening, I'm pretty sure I had food sweats, lol. And it didn't help that my buddies randomly came over with a cake and a case of Molson.

Here's the cake:

As we speak, the "weagle" portion of this cake still sits in my fridge. I think the unnecessary birthday food binge is preventing me from ever eating it.

Two weeks later, I went up to Montreal with my sister to celebrate my cousin's debut, which is the Philippine equivalent to a quinceañera, only it happens when a girl turns 18 and not 15. Had a really fun time up there, granted it only lasted two-and-a-half days. In hindsight, this was this better option over Disneyworld. Would've been nice to hit the Magic Kingdom on my birthday, but my cousin only turns 18 once. So Disney can wait another year, though I'm starting to think postponing birthday trips to Disney is turning into a running gag (second straight year I've had to put it off, lol).

Pics from that weekend trip:

NHL Playoffs
My favorite time of year, and now that Round 1 is over, here's my thoughts/opinions...

Washington-NY Rangers: Glad the series wrapped up in 5 games. Don't think I could've handled a fourth straight year of Game 7s. There's so much justification in this series, as it proves those to blowout losses to the Rags meant absolutely nothing.

Boston-Montreal: Kinda sucks that Montreal didn't advance, as I was really looking forward to the rematch from a year ago (I definitely think the Caps still had something to prove with the Habs). Plus, former our former Caps Captain Jeff Halpern was totally making noise in this series. Would've been interesting to see what he could've done against his former team.

Philadelphia-Buffalo: Totally pulled for the Sabres in this one. Philly's goalie carousel is a joke in my opinion.

Pittburgh-Tampa Bay: The "nothing fight" in my eyes. Had the Pens won, Matt Cooke's suspension would've been lifted, and I'd rather not see that ass clown play hockey ever again. On the other hand, a Tampa win only gives merit to Steve Yzerman as a "genius" GM, and that worries me, 'cause last time he GM'd something, Canada won Olympic gold. Oh, and Guy Boucher's face creeps me out.

Vancouver-Chicago: Mainly routing for Vancouver in this one, though it would have been funny had the Hawks completed that comeback.

San Jose-Los Angeles: Wasn't really following this series since the games aired late on my end. Though if I had to pick, I'd probably would have routed for the Kings, since I consider the Sharks perennial chokers, lol.

Detroit-Phoenix: Either team would've been fine. I like the Wing's postseason consistency (I mean 20 straight years?!), but I also like what's become of the Coyotes.

Anaheim-Nashville: Pulled for the Predators if only because of Mike Fisher, who's married to my guilty pleasure, Carrie Underwood. :p

Things are hit or miss at the retail job. I'm finally able to properly analyze people gaits, though now, I've got to familiarize myself more with the store's gadgets and apparel. At least it's gotten to the point where a key to the store has been entrusted to me. Nice!

As for the Graphic Design business, Moe and I have doubled our manpower, adding some associates to fill in the roles of Development Research and Sales/Marketing. Glad I won't have to juggle multiple positions there, especially since taking up a second job.

I Smell Like... New Shoes
Took up a new part-time job about two weeks ago with a small chain of running stores. As much as I love working freelance, working in front of a computer every day is starting to take a toll on my eyes, so I decided to take up something more active as a second job. I've never held a retail job before, so it's a bit intimidating for me to enter this field when all I've known in terms of employment is Graphic Design. The only real running experience I've ever had was on the track team in high school all those years ago, so for the most part, I'm fairly out of the loop.

The biggest challenge I've had thus far is familiarizing myself with all the products, which includes over 50 pairs of running shoes, including those bizarre ones with the individual toes. I'm also still struggling on gait analysis (how a person's foot rotates during stride), which is the main cog of the store's operations. It starts off with a foot analysis, which I've totally gotten the hang of (it's a floor sensor that lays out pressure areas of customers' feet onto a computer, and then recommends shoe size and orthotic), and from there, we give them a test shoe and watch them run/walk on a treadmill (behind which is a low-mounted camera that projects footage onto a TV in front of them). This is the part I often have trouble with, as I don't really know what I'm supposed to be looking at. Sometimes, I'm lucky enough to have some co-workers be an extra set of eyes for me, but eventually I'm gonna have to do it without said safety nets.

The most important thing I've learned is that proper shoe need a good thumb length to allow for foot expansion, as all feet expand during lengthy foot activity. So if the toes touch close to the edge of a shoe, it's too small and can lead to stuff like black toenail and if there's too much room, there's a higher risk of blistering. As a runner, that's something I never knew about.
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Fill In the Blanks?
Another month of blog procrastinating, and another set of updates...

Igloo Building
That recent snow storm was good to me, and I got a lot of igloo building done.

Unfortunately, the weather warmed up way to soon afterward and melted away my diligent work, so I never got to finish snow stronghold: which was basically two igloos connected via tunnel/crawl space:

NHL All-Star Game
Held a viewing party at my house for this. I really enjoyed this year's format which did away with the traditional style (normally East vs. West or North America vs. the World) and concentrated on a Fantasy Team approach. Draft was a great idea, as was the expanded skills competition. Since Ovechkin and Green got drafted to Team Staal, that's who I ended up routing for.

Food selection was unique, as the main course was poutine. Regionally speaking, this dish would've been more appropriate for the last All-Star Game (which took place in '09 at Montreal), but considering the overwhelming interest to make it, All-Star Game weekend was probably the most opportune time to do a “poutine night.”

That, and two of the bottles in our case of Molson had this label:

The Guardian Project
All-Star Game was also the time for the league to unveil The Guardian Project, which was a comic book collaboration between Stan Lee and the NHL. Random fact: the comic book was lettered by Thom Zahler, an artist whose webcomic, Love and Capes, I follow on a regular basis. After the big unveil, he started pimping out The Guardian Project on his Twitter page. Out of whim, I sent him a message and surprisingly got an instant reply back.

So now that all 30 Guardians have been unveiled, which one's your fav?

Thom Zahler...
Toughie. I am partial to the Blue Jacket. Outside my state, I do like the Shark a lot.

It isn't much, but I always think it's neat when a professional artist actually takes time to interact with fans. As for the comic itself, I have yet to get a copy, but having seen each team member online, I have a few opinions on every single one of them (to be discussed in a later entry).

The Tudors
Through some random act of channel surfing one evening, I found myself watching a marathon of The Tudors, and slowly, but surely, the it's grown on me. I'm familiar with the overall story behind it, but it's kinda neat to see a dramatic take on Henry VIII's “conga line” of wives. Pretty intense stuff! Since it's only four seasons long, I may actually invest in the complete collection some time down the road. I really dig the opening song. Oh, and is it just me, or does Jonathan Rhys Myers look a lot like Steve-O from Jackass? :p

Crayon Bracket
My buddy Steve holds an annual bracket challenge over on his blog (think March Madness for crayons, only you can vote every round, as opposed to just the beginning).

Fun stuff if you have the time. Right now, its gotten to the Final Four, so voting has gotten “crucial” at this point. If you wanna take part, this round ends next Wednesday.

Anyway, I'm not a big fan of all the time I'm missing on here, so at the risk of inviting random net bots, I'm gonna pimp out the 'ol Twitter. If you've got one, follow me at your own leisure. NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, so increased tweeting may be involved.
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Finally Some Snow
Mother Nature finally got her act together and gave my area a decent amount of snow this week. I'm pretty happy about it, but for others, not so much. For example, the other night, it snowed during the evening commute, and it took my sister roughly seven hours to get home (on a normal day it'd be about half an hour). And for another friend, it took eight hours. It's time like these that I'm thankful I get to work from home.

Anyway, if this rate continues, I may actually have enough snow to build my backyard hockey rink, an idea I originally conjured up to coincide with the NHL Winter Classic, but that never came to fruition mainly 'cause no accumulation came New Year's Day.

This second wave seems to have slowed down. I guess I'll finish up the igloos I built. Time to bundle up!


Fantastic 3?
So according to Marvel, one of Fantastic Four's characters is getting killed off. Here's the video link:

It's true, comic book deaths are always met with backlash (killing off Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man mythos apparently still shocks many), but from a business standpoint, it's a sure way to entice the target niche and the same time, serve a good spike in sales. It's a good marketing campaign, though if history is any indication, deaths are usually followed by some absurd retcon convincing readers that said character(s) was/were never killed at all. Then that spike might be followed with another gradual spike, or a significant sales drop.

I don't read Fantastic Four, but I know the overall origin. However, I do think the cover of the upcoming issue is kind of neat. Take a symbol that's withstood the test of time, change it by one number and it significantly alters things forever...


Begin the Skynet Takeover...
There's a video floating around of my favorite game show Jeopardy!, and it pits quiz genius Ken Jennings and another former contestant against a supercomputer named Watson. Needless to say, I'm intrigued by the concept, and at the same time, totally freaked as hell. Observe:

What I think is interesting about this Watson is that it runs on 15 terabytes of RAM and 2,880 processor cores. And for those that don't understand computer specs, that's pretty damn fast. It's basically able to process info with almost human-like speed. Granted, IBM only programmed it to work on Jeopardy!, but if Terminator and The Matrix have taught me anything about self-thinking machines, it's only a matter of time before this thing turns fully sentient, lol.

Ophiuchus? More Like "OH-FUCK-THIS!!!"

If you haven't heard yet, the Zodiac calendar just got a major shakeup, and thanks to astrologer Parke Kunkle, Ophiuchus now brings the sign total 13. Good news (or at least what I've read off Twitter) is the change only affects folks born after 2009, but if you're curious, here's the supposed changes:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces: March 11-April 18.
Aries: April 18-May 13.
Taurus: May 13-June 21.
Gemini: June 21-July 20.
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

You're a dick, Parke Kunkle. Thanks for ruining Wierd Al's Horoscope song.

The Cape
So I just finished watching the premiere of The Cape, aka the show NBC produced to replace Heroes.

Pretty good, but there seems to be way too many blatant rips from other big name super hero titles, namely Batman and Iron Man. But meh, it doesn't bother me. I love comic book-esque shows. The big thing (in my opinion) that this show has going for is Summer Glau.

Though, if there's one thing history's taught me, Summer Glau's involvement can garner this show a decent fan following, but she'll also doom it to cancellation. Sad fate for an actress of her stature in the geek community. Regardless, I'm gonna give this show a shot.

And if anyone else saw it, is it just me, or did they recycle the carnival props from the last season of Heroes?


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