Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock finally decided. He chose to leave the safety of the Detroit Red Wings and become the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The contract is reported to be for 8 years and worth $50-Million. Good luck to you Mr. Babcock. You have definitely taken on a challenge it will be interesting to see what happens.

People have already been coming out on two extremes. The doom and gloom group claim he made a horrible mistake. Toronto is the kiss of death. He won't be able to do anything. His career is over.

The head up their arse group see this as THE turning point. They could be right, It could be a turning point but it could be years before it is proven true or not. Some of these idiots are already making claims that the Leafs are now cup contenders next year.

Extremist Fans. They do make me chuckle.

I did find what one pundit said today very funny. (Unfortunately, I can't find a link to what he said.) He claimed that as of the moment Babcock was signed the leafs must NOW be taken seriously. Really? As of right now? What a twat. The team is the same bottom of the barrel team NOW as it was yesterday. It needs rebuilding.

Also, Babcock is coming to Toronto from the Red Wings. The Red Wings arguably have THE BEST scouting system in the NHL. (And I say this as a Canadiens fan.) It is amazing the talent they can find based on the picks they have every year. They also have a great system for preparing their prospects for the NHL. With Detroit he inherited a lot of apparatus to help keep the team winning.

People expecting an immediate turn around are setting themselves up for a huge disappointment. Rebuilding takes time.

Hopefully Babcock has the backing of MLS and the leafs management and will be allowed to build the team the way he wants. It should be interesting to see how things unfold.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Equalizer

I remember watching the tV show The Equalizer. An ex-special operative slaying his demons by helping those in need. I liked the show. I wish it lasted longer and showed us more about who and what McCall was.

Now there is a movie of the same name. based on the same show. This one stars Denzel Washington as McCall.

The lead in was slow. But not bad.

Having watched the original TV series it was hard not seeing a little white dude as McCall. But it was Denzel!

I kept expecting everything to be a background. Especially working for "Home Mart". A cover ID while he helped someone who contacted him. That was my mistake. Stop expecting the TV show I knew and go based on what was in the movie. Bad mistake.

Taken on its own as a "new" thing it was still damn good. For a rehashed thing. ;)

I loved the TV show. The whole redemption thing with McCall. His past and how it affected things,

And I loved the same things about this movie. But for different reasons. This McCall didn't take out an advertisement. He saw the people around him who needed help and tried to help them. That is an equalizer.

Which leads to an interesting question. In the TV series people came to him. In the movie he saw the people in need and went to them. Which is better?

For me, it worked. It had Denzel and it had an interesting plot. It works. (Even though I still expected some triple or quadruple layer of backup. And 3/4 of the way through I am still expecting it.) :)

So, this could be the prequel to the TV show. Regardless, I like it. Yeah, there is something to be said for the asshole getting it in the end. Prequel. Fuck yeah. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jack Reacher

after my last post I figured I would go through posts I had wriiten, partially written, or wanted to write, and do something about them. so I am posting this review I wrote about the movie Jack Reacher.  It was written as I watched the movie and alcohol may or may not have been consumed. OK, it was. ;)

*****

Lately I have been reading the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child aka Jim Grant. I have been liking the novels even though the hoboness of Jack Reacher was hard to grasp at first. Scarily enough, I started reading them because I heard about the Jack Reacher movie Tom Cruise did.

Tom Cruise. He is a bit wacky but he can act. Maybe his wackiness helps with that.

I never watched the movie until now. Something about Cruise made me stay away. After reading some of the novels my interest was piqued.

Having read the novels I wondered why the hell they picked Cruise to play Reacher. Jack Reacher is 6'5" tall and built like a brick shit house. Tom Cat is 5'7" and change.

Cruise did justice to the character in the books.

The story diverged from the books. They left stuff out. They changed things. Mind you that made it better in some ways. (OK having Cruise playing a person big enough to kill someone much shorter with one punch is way off.) In many ways?!? There were unexpected things and that made the movie better for someone who read the books and expected it to be exact.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. Damn you Tom Cat. You continue to pull off being an action hero.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Time goes on.

What is the old saying ... time flies when you are having fun. Well, the last 5+ years must have been a lot of fun because they blew by.

I got home from South Korea May10th 2010. What was going through my head. Fuck, I have to find work. What if all the nay sayers and fucktards are right? I stayed in South Korea because I couldn't find anything else at home.

5 years later and I find myself in a job I enjoy. I usually go to work in a good mood and leave in one. It isn't perfect, no job is, but it is good. Before I was there a year I moved from part time to full time. Before another year had passed I made lower management. Now I find myself on the cusp of becoming middle management. All in 5 years at home and 4 years at a job.

So much for being a failure at home and only being in South Korea because I couldn't make it at home.

To the nay sayers and fucktards ... go fuck yourselves. :)

To digress a bit more, I find myself looking at this blog. Posts I have started and never finished. Posts I have planned on starting but never gotten around to. I could easily post about work but signed a non-disclosure agreement. It isn't just that life is too busy, it is busy. But, I just can't find the impetus to write and post. Hopefully it will come back soon or I may just have to close this blog down.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Facebook Friends

I had an interesting discussion with a co-worker last week about Facebook and "friends" on it.

He shared a meme making fun of people posting about every time they go to the gym. In his repost he mentioned not caring about people posting that either. He got one reply to it from a "Facebook friend" who called him a hypocrite because he posted a few times over the years about going to the gym. He was incensed, flamed the guy, and then removed him as a friend.

This "Facebook friend" was someone he knew to say hi to about 5-6 years ago. Basically an acquaintance. Not a real "Friend". Yet someone he added to Facebook. He hasn't actually seen or talked to this person in 4 years, since the acquaintance moved away. This is the only thing his "friend" has commented on in the last 4-5 years, even when they were living in the same city.

He wondered why the "friend" would make a comment like that but nothing else over the years. I told him the answer is easy, Facebook, hell the internet in general, allows people to act like twats. People troll with impunity because they don't care and/or believe they won't get caught. A lot of people use the internet as an excuse to be an asshole and say things they wouldn't face to face.

The guy was an acquaintance not a real friend years ago. Why have him as a friend on Facebook if that was the case? Just to pad your number of friends and make yourself look important to ... hell I don't know ... who really cares how big someone's "Facebook friend" list is?

My co-worker seemed to think he was wronged by the guy's comment. If that is all the guy had to say in all the years why bother saying it? To which I replied with two questions. 1) Why would you care what someone you haven't talked to in years and who was just an acquaintance thought? 2) Why would you even have someone you don't talk to or think about as a friend.

He had no answer to that.

I told him not to feel bad about that. A lot of people are in the same boat as him. Myself included. I accepted friend requests years ago from people who were just acquaintances and I have never talked to since leaving South Korea. Then, we shared friends and would see each other from time to time when out. Usually at "beverage" establishments. Since leaving Korea, nothing. That works both ways though. None of us (There are a few acquaintances from that time in my life who are "Facebook friends") has had anything to do with the other since I left South Korea. I have only really made an attempt to keep in touch with my actual friends from those days.

The other day I shared a meme about people posting about what they ate for breakfast and people not caring. An acquaintance from way back then left a comment basically calling me a hypocrite because I had posted a lot of food pictures over the years.

In a way he was right, in a way he was wrong. I was commenting on people who post pics of everything they eat all the time when I shared the meme. I also created the album and posted the pictures starting way back because friends at home asked about foreign foods, and students in Korea asked about foods outside of Korea. Yet, he was right to a degree, I had posted pics like that.

What to do? Should I react like my co-worker? Attack back and remove the person? Why bother? The OLD acquaintance really doesn't matter in my life. Looking back, they never really mattered or they would have advanced from acquaintance to friend.

I almost commented "Wow, only time you have ever posted on my Facebook page in 5+ years and it is to troll. What a fucktard you are." But why bother? He would either be happy he "got to me" by being a troll (which after looking at how he comments on Facebook seems to be the truth) or not care because we don't communicate.

In the end, it really just made me realize that I should clean my friend list up and get rid of the acquaintances who I gave friend status to.

Monday, December 29, 2014

What the ... Judd?!?!?

Who the fuck is Judd Apatow and why should I care about what he has to say? Ok, Facebook thinks I would be ingterested vis-a-vis trending to know wh he is.

According to trending Judd Apatow is upset that Canadian venues haven't cancelled Bill Cosby and is severely pissed off. Yet I still find it hard to care.

Then I found out, thanks to Wikipedia, that "he is an American film producer, director, comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in comedy films ..." Yet I still don't give a shit what he thinks about just abut anything.Ooops, sorry. I actually don't care what he thinks about anything. Fucking "celebs" and the media that panders to them, who think that what is going through their minds, or moths, really matters. As a wise man once said "Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one." And my add on " ... but some stink more than others."

You are welcome to your opinion Mr. Apatow but as FOX news is so quick to point out, unless it benefits a "liberal", people are innocent until proven guilty. Unless we are in the USSR or "Emperor" Obama's land according to the 'right'.

Meh. Fuck it.

No More Motormouth.

Motormouth. Damn he was one annoying fucktard. He exemplified a lot of what makes a fucktard. At times he made work unbearable. I actually had to go to HR about him. However, he has done something I never expected. Something you rarely see in people. He has changed. For the better.

After what happened with HR you could see him trying to change his ways. In the last year and a half or so he has really grown up. I actually enjoy working with him now. Something I never thought I would say.

Most people don't change, usually because they don't really try. Motormouth, and this is the last time I will refer to him as that, changed. For that I give him a LOT of credit.