Posted on November 11, 2015 by Jorge
I’m normally something of a grump when I watch people on social media jump on the latest trendy bandwagons – because to me it feels like people just want to draw more attention to themselves than the cause they are supporting. However, in the case of remembering the fallen (and those who are still fighting), I don’t think that there can be a bandwagon big enough. Nothing reveals the depravity of the human soul like war – but on the flip side of the coin, nothing is better at demonstrating courage and cooperation. So take the time to remember them today. Be silent when required and place the living and the dead at the forefront of your mind.
But don’t just do it today – do it tomorrow, too. Take the time to really understand what went down years ago by talking to a vet, or read a book (Ted Barris has some fantastic published works). Be thankful every day that many fought for what we have, and still fight today – battles both on the field and in the mind.
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Posted on November 5, 2015 by Jorge
Movember is On!
It is currently day 5 of Movember and the ‘stache is coming in nicely. What I really like about the initiative this year is that there are a lot of different ways to participate. There is the obvious one: grow a moustache, of course. However, if you are not into growing one (or you don’t have the ability to grow one), you can still participate by doing the MOve program, which has you doing some sort of physical activity (running, working out, etc.) once a day for the whole month.
I am crazy, so I am doing both of these things.
Game For Anything
Another way to participate (and a fun way to donate) is to try out the Movember Foundation’s new game: Run Mo Run, available for iOS and Android. Run Mo Run is a side-scrolling game that puts you in the shoes and moustache of a handsome gentleman, intent on clearing the stages across five worlds. Every tap helps you to change the face of men’s health. In addition, all proceeds from ads and in-app purchases go towards the Movember initiative.
The quality of the graphics and the sound is good, especially for a free game. So? What are you waiting for?
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Posted on September 29, 2015 by Jorge
I enjoy puzzle games because of how they help me to exercise my mind – with different types of puzzles expanding the boundaries of my consciousness in different ways. Sometimes, the simplest ideas make for some of the most challenging puzzles, especially in today’s world of smartphones, where games can be played anytime and anywhere. Craig Kaplan, creator of the Rocket Cup, has come up with an easy-to-play game (iOS and Android) that is both addictive and challenging. The concept is basic, and to play through the game just to complete the main requirements takes a reasonable amount of time – but the difficulty of some of the extended objectives will keep you entertained and thinking.
Filed under: Gaming, Reviews | Tagged: Android, Craig Kaplan, Good Fences, iOS, Isohedral, Review | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 16, 2015 by Jorge
Sketching has always been a hobby of mine. I find it relaxing and fun, since I don’t take it seriously. Of course, there have always been moments when I wished that I was better – and since I am not fantastic at it and have not had time to practice meaningfully, I let it fall by the wayside more often than I should. Were I to take a course, I would probably gain enough direction to feel motivated – however, again, time and money are always at a premium – and I don’t always have enough of either to spare for a commitment like a drawing class. Enter The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley.
Filed under: Interest, Reviews | Tagged: Art, Book, Drawing, Mark Crilley, Painting, Review, The Realism Challenge | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 28, 2015 by Jorge
Hey everyone! Welcome to the 10th year of our annual 24-Hour Movie Marathon! The tradition proudly continues as we all converge on Ottawa to partake in this fun “festival” (and probably cause a sure in shares of the company that makes Visene). Like last year, this current lineup is a good one, and we are all very much looking forward to it
Filed under: Friends, Interest, Special Events | Tagged: 24 Hour Movie Marathon, Chronicle, Empire Records, Events, Jaws, Life Itself, Out of Sight, Snowpiercer, Some Like it Hot, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Babadook, The Raid 2, Whiplash | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 8, 2015 by Jorge
Check out the trailer for this year’s Movie Marathon. Fancy!
Movie Marathon 10
Later this month our annual 24-Hour Movie Marathon will play for the 10th time. Can you believe that we have been doing this for 10 years? If you’re curious, or feeling nostalgic, you can check out both Dave’s and my take on that first Movie Marathon. Movie Marathon 10 will commence at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 28th!
Here is the list of the movies that we shall be viewing:
- Some Like it Hot
- The Raid 2
- Out of Sight
- Life Itself
- Empire Records
- The Babadook
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
The lineup is quite awesome this year. I have seen a few of these – but they are also movies that I am gladly going to watch again. What do you think?
Filed under: Announcements, Friends, Interactive, Special Events | Tagged: 24 Hour Movie Marathon, Movie Marathon, Movies | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 29, 2014 by Jorge
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
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