Property virgins

2013-6-25bSometimes, a guy just has to draw a mechwarrior… I’ll get into that a bit later.

Yesterday, I was ranting a bit about reality TV.  Today, i’m gonna rant a bit about property virgins.  Is property virgins reality TV?  Ordinary people buying their first house?  I guess?  How is it possible that these people buying a house don’t do ANY research into what they can afford before they start looking for a house on national television?  or are they not allowed to, so that it is more entertaining?  Here is my impression of property virgins:

“I have a hundred thousand dollar budget, and i’d like a below-ground swimming pool.  Where?  Ideally, downtown vancouver….”

“That would cost a trillion dollars.”

“lol really? what can I get for $100,000 then?”


So on to mech warriors.  I was reminiscing about the last time I played mechwarrior online.  It was mechwarrior 4, my second favourite game of all time.  I was in a musty basement apartment in regina saskatchewan, across from the golden mile.  I was playing, and it was an incredibly competitive match.  One guy especially was dominating everyone online, he had a lot of skill, he could manipulate every loop hole in the game.  I remember being so stressed out by this guy, who was ALWAYS online, that I decided to stop playing for a week, just to see if my quality of life improved.

It didn’t, my apartment was still musty and gross.  so, with nothing to lose, I tried to play mechwarrior 4 online again!  Only to find that the servers were shut down, permanently?  SO SAD!  How i’ve longed for the day to play that game again!  …though preferably with people worse then me, but still passionate about the game!  So that I can win, and then talk about it.  hmm.

I hear there is a mechwarrior online that is a fairly recent happening, but now that i’m a mac user, is there really even a point in looking it up?  I won’t be able to play it.  Sad.


the reality of reality TV


That’s right… reality TV, as a genre, has been and always will be incredibly cheesy and transparent!

*Cymbal swell*  *Low minor piano chord*   *reaction shot*

But it IS compelling.  Between “So you think you can dance’s” constant return to people’s back-story (though i guess you could call that a game show) and about a million food-network reality TV competitions to find the… next… food… star…?  I dunno.  Reality TV occupies probably 75% of what me and Diana watch.  the other 25% is star trek, and i’m the only one watching it.

For me, the audio editing gets really annoying… and the fact that all the talking heads are shot after the fact, so it’s kind of like one big edited-together rehash?  Then you have those blasted kardashians and the gong-show music that accompanies their gong-show lives… for real, the music in the background could be for a kids show.  Even cool reality TV like the one about crab fishing?  deadliest catch?  they all use the same cymbal swells, the same “intense moment = intense piano roll” blecht.  I guess I just wish they’d spend more time making good music for the background of those shows… not that I could do any better.

Have a great week!


chef gordon ramsey is my homeboy

2013-5-24…pretty sure that would be THE FASTEST way to get kicked off of ANY of the shows that Gordon Ramsey is a part of.  All the food looks so good!  All I know how to make is crepes.  Or “flap jaques”, just incase you didn’t see me make that joke a couple weeks ago.  It still cracks me up, I gotta admit.
The european version of “kitchen nightmares” is one of my favourite “reality tv” shows.  If Gordon Ramsey saw any of the kitchens I worked at in my illustrious cooking career, we would have been on the top of the list to film on the “canadian edition” of kitchen nightmares.  The american version I don’t really like because they focus WAY too much on the drama of people hating each other and not near enough time on Chef Ramsey actually showing people how to improve their restaurants.
Anyhoo, every time I watch any of these shows, I can’t help but think about how badly I would fail in a kitchen competition.  I don’t have a great track record with gourmet cooking.


a very “boo boo” thanksgiving

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!  Or as a kid in church called it the other day, “Turkey day!”
This was a surprisingly fun comic to write.  In actuality, the TLC beauty contest show that i have watched more of is “Toddlers and Tiaras”, which is entertaining, kind of like how a train derailment is entertaining, in that it is incredibly awful and painful, and people’s lives are being drastically messed up and changed for the worse, and all you can do is stand there hopeless and helpless and watch it all go down, hoping that it will be over soon, only to find that the train has like, 100 cars (or, a TLC episode marathon, to stretch the metaphor) and the disaster won’t quickly be over.
I’ve only seen a bit of Honey boo boo, and it was far more then I could handle.  Sometimes, the only response to such a disaster is to close your eyes.
Even though I don’t have cable, It’s pretty easy to find streaming TV these days, and our house usually has one or two reality series on the go.  If there is one thing I’ve come to appreciate about reality TV, it’s that it is utterly tactless.  Is that a bad thing?  yes? no?  I have my opinions…