Saturday, January 07, 2006
So, at this very moment I am waiting for a couple people in the office to get themselves together so that we can get to a bar and have a few drinks. Amazingly the managing editor and our copy editor are talking about a staff blog. Ah, the media mediated blog. Do they really fit in the blogasphere? To me, blogs are individual, a lot of fun and most of all it is free. Not free in the sense that it cost nothing to do it. I know there are about a million issues of access. Yes, starving children in Azerbaijan don’t have access to a computer or the internet, so the voices of bloggers belong to those of us lucky enough to have regular access to the technology and the time to put the blog together. Some of us need to have enough access to other popular culture outlets in order to make the blog relevant and readable for today’s tech savvy audience. The blogging community lies between borders defined by time, access and opportunity.
But to have the blog administrated by a media outlet. I don’t know. All the major papers have columnists running blogs. This way the newspapers most loyal readers can get a snapshot of the writer’s personality beyond what they have to write about. I read a blog by a super conservative editor from Macleans. Wow he really shoots from the hip being a little obvious with snappy language and while I am sure he has to be careful with the facts, as he is still writing under Macleans, he makes it sparkle. But it’s a shady business, I think.
Well in terms of the magazine I work for, it is not such a big deal as we don’t cover news or politics or anything. It gives me something to think about. Actually, I guess I have already thought about it and I don’t like the newspaper run blogs.
OK, in all honesty, I am home now. We had drinks hours ago and now I am sitting on the floor in my living room watching Cinderella Man. Yes starring Russell Crowe (Perfect Storm dream participant). It is supposed to be a story about the under dog and hope and bla bla bla. Seabiscuit (a film better knows and the life story of Hillary Swank) was also set during the depression. No matter what these movies have to say about perseverance and the strength of the human spirit (or horse spirit as in the case of Hillary Swank) living through the depression probably really sucked.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
So, last night I went to see Brokeback Mountain. Or, Break My Heart Mountain as I have come to think of it. It’s not that good, but the Heath Ledger character is so sad and lonely. I mean really sad. He is so conflicted over his past and the intensity of his feelings. I really think that the only thing that could make him feel better is a threesome with me and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Such a threesome will now be known as “The Perfect Storm.” I wish I could take credit for that term, but it was all GRC. She came up with it while recording her new year’s resolutions. Other Perfect Storm participants would include, but not limit to, Clive Owen (yes please), Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Kal Penn, Tyson the model, Colin Farrell, Brad Pitt, the guy who plays Brad Pitt’s cousin in Troy, Eric Bana, Big Boi from Outkast, Russell Crowe (sorry, but I can’t help myself), Marlin Brando (circa “Streetcar Named Desire”), The guy who wears the sleeveless shirt and cap at my gym, Ian Hanomansing and my ex-boyfriend’s younger brother.
Through the entire film last night I kept thinking that if I were married to Heath Ledger and he had a boyfriend on the side who happened to be Jake Gyllenhaal I would probably do my best to make it work. We could all live together.
There are a few other films I would like to see in the near future, like “Capote”(mainly for the talent of Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and “Memoirs of a Geisha (mainly for the pretty dresses). But I gotta tell you I don’t know that I need to see another movie to keep up with the pop culture machine. I have been getting a lot of mileage out of Brokeback.
I really think that Brokeback is one step away from turning into a Broadway musical. I mean Broadway loves three things, westerns, unrequited love stories, and gay men. Brokeback has got it all! We just need to get Willie Nelson and Neko Case to score the show and you got yourself a run away hit! Imagine all the cowboy love songs that could be sung by the male leads. And the angry or sad wife songs would be great. Man, I am genius!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
So, I have been watching TV almost all day. No complaints. Well, I did walk through today’s blazing sun to make it to the gym. At the gym my personal trainer told me that he thinks I continue to loose weight. I think he is a little off the mark. I mean, for me the positive reinforcement only works if he talks about my power. As I asked GRC, when is he gonna understand that I am built for comfort, not speed? I think I’m gonna have to tell him that tomorrow.
Back to the TV. It seems to be the day of stating the obvious. CBC news ran a story that would probably never get aired on CTV news (mainly because CTV news is brought to us by GM). As it turns out SUVs, due to rollovers, are no safer than regular cars. Now, I know this has been reported on several different news programs, and there are several different reports and several different studies that have all reported the same findings. But, I am sure people are shocked. The next story: Rain is Wet.
Also, I saw an add for a show about the scandal that ROCKED the world of figure skating. That’s right the Salle and Peltier story. You know, the one where the judges vote for the favourites rather than the skater that actually did the best job. Can you believe this happened in figure skating? Can you believe it?
OK, so this blog sucked. I know it. I’ve been sitting on my ass all day as I have been sitting on my ass for a few days now. I believe it is important to have a post holiday break before you head back to the office. While it is great for the soul it is bad for the blog. After new years nothing exciting happened. I mean, all I got is that after I left the gym I went to the smoked meat place and the smoked meat place was closed. Can you believe it?!
In other news, “The Wedding Crashers” came out on DVD yesterday. My video store is supposed to stock it today and they promised to call me when it came in. I think she forgot. DAMN!