Category Archive – Randomness

Justin Trudeau: The New Prime Minister With Style

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justin 1024x769 PhotoSo if you have been paying any sort of attention to social media, Twitter, the News, cable TV, commercial attack campaigns, public lectures, newspapers, promotional signage on people’s front lawns for the last 78 days then you are probably aware that the race for the next Canadian Prime Minister has been going on. You know, the one with all the voting. Well, it ended last night with the Liberal Party coming away with the majority vote with the Conservatives and the New Democratic Party trailing behind.

What the heck does that mean?

We, the collective body of Canada, are getting a new Prime Minister. And doesn’t he look fantastic in a suit? I know right?!?!

Prime MinisterSo put your hands together for Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party and the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Yes, that Trudeau that you learned about in your history and civics classes. Remember Trudeaumania. He’s married, has three adorable children, was once a high school Drama Teacher (I give him serious props and respect for that, former drama teacher to former drama teacher), a camp councillor, actor, engineer, and model before jumping into his old man’s polished leather loafers and taking up the family mantle of politics. Now he’s the Prime Minister at 43 years of age and the first son of a Prime Minister to ever be elected as Prime Minister. Needless to say, history in the making here.

Did I mention the fun fact that Justin has an epic Pacific Northwest Haida style Raven tattoo on his arm and once boxed the ears off his Conservative opponent in a charity boxing match back in 2012? Let’s just say that here’s a Prime Minister who is not afraid to throw down the gloves for a good cause. What else does this man do on his spare time? Wrestle grizzlies? Race in the Iditarod? Dance for charity?

Also believe it or not Justin is not the youngest person ever to be elected Prime Minister. That honour goes to Joe Clark who was 39 when he stepped up in the House of Commons back in 1979. Justin is, however from this blogger’s point of view, the most put together Prime Minister Canada has ever seen. Google Canadian Prime Ministers to see what I mean. Thank goodness the professional comb-over is now a thing of the past.

So big things are happening over at Parliament Hill these days and it is only going to get more interesting as the ball gets rolling. So stay tuned, stay informed, and stay amazed folks!

Here’s a picture of our Prime Minister in a canoe. Because Canada!Canoe

The October Songs: Part 2

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Picking up where I left off in our quest to discover the music that perfectly encapsulates the creepiness that is October, why don’t we get our dancing shoes on a bit.  After all, dancing monsters is a time honored tradition.  (see Monster Mash, etc.  More on that soon.)

Let’s get a little disturbed with a Rihanna track that’s both eerie and always makes me think of creatures dancing in fog in a cemetery.  Tell me you didn’t envision that too smile face icon

And let’s pay tribute to Mamma Monster herself, Lady Gaga, fitting because not only is she just overly freaky herself (and proud of it) but she’s currently starring in this season of American Horror Story.

Remember to post any of your suggestions for the perfect October playlist in the comments section.  Stay scary!

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Space Question of the Day: Is There Life On Mars?

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You know, the more I think about it the more I believe that David Bowie is in fact some sort of space prophet. Or maybe an Intergalactic Postal Messenger?

Well whatever he is his songs have a tendency to come true when Space is involved. The eternal Ziggy Stardust will always have historic bragging rights of being the first artist in the history of ever and always to have his work sung, recorded, and a video filmed and produced in space. And now today the scientists at NASA have released a statement that pretty much rocks our world down to the bedrock.

So, it turns out there’s liquid water on Mars.

Houston cue in serious freak out in 3…2…1…


And everyone take a deep breath and let it out. Ok. Grounded now? Then let us continue.

Scientists are still puzzled as to where this liquid H2O comes from but they are certain that is it there, on the surface of the Red Planet, defying the numerous odds that the harsh Martian landscape and atmosphere throw at it. Landing a human mission team on the surface of the planet is still eons away but now humanity has a new Da Vinci code to puzzle out from behind the relative safety of their computer screens. Now don’t kid yourself. Matt Damon isn’t going to get stranded on Mars any time soon, no matter how many Oscars the man wins. If you haven’t read the book The Martian by Andy Weir yet I suggest you do so because it’s the greatest thing to happen to Space Pop Culture since Chris Hadfield’s moustache won the solar system.

So what all this boils down to is this. Water, in whatever form, is a building block of life. So that begs the ultimate answer…is there Life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars? Can there be future life on Mars?

What do you think?

To explore or not to explore, that is the question.
The Martian

Week of Geek: Happy Batman Day!

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Happy Batman Day everyone!

Yes, that’s a thing.  As it should be.  Any opportunity to celebrate one of the most iconic characters in fiction should be embraced wholeheartedly.  76 years later and he’s still one of the most recognized and prolific superheroes to grace our screens, pages and just about everywhere else.

So in honor of the occasion, let’s watch some Bat-related stuff and read some Bat-related books.

First up is a vid DC released for Batman Day letting you know about some of the stories you may not have read yet.

If you’re looking for some of their suggestions we have Venom, The Black Mirror, The Cult, Gotham by Gaslight, and No Man’s Land.

Next up is an animated short from the 75th anniversary, created by Bruce Timm, who was the man behind the beloved Animated Series.

And to remind us what we all have to look forward to, let’s see the latest trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as Ben Affleck gets ready to take the Cowl.

(Just a side note; that scene where Bruce Wayne is running into the dust cloud from the collapsed building…that is so Bruce Wayne and so Batman.  No body armor, no way to protect himself or his identity, but he still charges head-first.  Just no fear.  *sigh*)

And I know I’ve posted this already, and recently, but it’s just too fun, let’s play it again!

And we have A TON of Batman and Batman-related items in our library, from books to comics to movies to TV shows to video games.  Go ahead and place all the holds!  And what are your favorite interpretations or stories of the Caped Crusader?  Post away!

Thanks Bats, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: The Doctor is in! Also, “Bat Blood”!

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At long last Geeklings, Doctor Who returns today!  Huzzah!

Fans have been waiting since last Christmas to see the Doctor in action again (funny enough, the last episode we saw is called “Last Christmas”).  Season 9 is shaping up to be something pretty neat, what with Daleks and Missy and Game of Throne actors and whatnot.

One detail we do know for certain; this will be Clara Oswald’s last season as the Doctor’s companion.  Actress Jenna Coleman has confirmed she’ll be leaving after series 9.  Sad news for Clara fans.  Who knows who will be traveling with the Doctor after that?  I hope it’s someone super cool.

To give you a taste, here’s a mysterious prologue to Season 9′s first episode.

Hmmmm.  We haven’t seen the character the Doctor’s speaking with since The Night of the Doctor, the prequel to the 50th Anniversary special that gave a bit of closure on one of my favorite Doctors, Paul McGann.  WHAT COULD THIS MEAN?  We’ll have to wait until tonight to find out.

That’s one of the things you’ll discover about being in a fandom; the endless waiting.  In the mean time, place a hold on Season 8 here.

Here’s something you don’t have to wait for; the AMAZING new video from How It Should Have Ended.  It takes Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and revamps it for the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, with a whole bunch of other characters tossed in (and one nod to Civil War too).

If I could have that song on my iPhone, I would.  Watch all the way to the end and don’t forget to check out the Villain Pub too.

Until next time, End of Line.

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