Archive | April, 2010

Movie Review: Cashback

30 Apr

This movie slipped through the fingers of fame when it was released in March 2007, but that does not mean it was not worth watching. It’s stunning story of a young man named Ben dealing with life and how quickly it changes. After a painful breakup, Ben finds himself lost. Unable to sleep he takes up a part time job at a local grocery store to do something productive with the new found time in his life. It’s at his new job where his life grabs hold, and things start to change.

Written and directed by Sean Ellis, this british film was originally a short, with good receoption; 2 years after the short was filmed, it was made into a feature length movie.

Few films can be described as beautiful, but this one does just that. Striking common ground as you watch it is inevitable, and through Ben we can see that out of the rubble of a broken moment, we can emerge a changed, better person. Check it out!

Spring BBQ Time

26 Apr

So with winter in full decline, and the smells of spring in the air. What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with some culinary fun. A friend and I cooked up some marinated pork chops, asparagus, and baby potatoes last night, all done on the trusty BBQ. So if you’re looking for a meal idea, consider this option, its easy!

For the marinade, mix up some olive oil and soy sauce, add ample amounts of brown sugar, and spice things up with rosemary, pepper, parsley, and some minced garlic or garlic salt. Stir that bad boy up until its fairly consistant. Take your pork chops and place them in your marinade, this can be in a bowl, or in a ziplock bag, just make sure they are fully coated. For best results let the pork marinate for 6-12 hours of possible, if your pushed for time, an hour or so will do.

Wrap asparagus in tinfoil with some salt, butter, and fresh lemon juice squeezed in. Do the same with halved baby potatoes, with some diced pepper and onion added if you have them.

All of these items can now be cooked on your BBQ, put the potatoes on first, then the asparagus, and finally the pork chops, you can continue to baste them with your marinade as you cook them. Be mindful not to overcook the pork, that way it’ll be nice and tender. When its all done, start dishing out from the tinfoil, and chow down with a side of apple sauce. Delicious!

Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, there are no rules, your tastebuds are the only judge, so get creative!

Clouds

24 Apr

Dumbfoundead, Jay Park, and Clara C, a few talented individuals from the US.

Dumbfoundead has an extensive track listing, his own website, and a Tshirt biz on the side, check out his page. http://dumbfoundead.com/

Jay Park from Seattle has a budding channel too. http://www.youtube.com/user/jayparkaom

Clara C from LA is well on her way to commanding a legion of her very own ‘CLARA-NETTES’ via her youtube channel and facebook fanpage. She has an amazing voice, be sure to check her out. http://www.facebook.com/ClaraCMusic?v=wall#!/ClaraCMusic

Three individuals with youtube channels stacked with music identifying them as up and coming artists. In a time when a successful youtube channel can be the beginning of something big, these young artists are sure to shine. Check out their new single released just yesterday; ‘Clouds’ a collaberation between the three of them.

Roll back the clouds, let the sun shine through…

Jan 10/10: Language Barrier in Nanjing

17 Apr

Resting my head back, I gaze out through the rain drizzled window, a hazy landscape rushes by as our train makes its way from Shanghai to Nanjing, a city a few hours northwest of Shanghai.

Arriving at the Nanjing Railway Station, I soon realized we were in a little bit of dilemma. Nanjing had a subway, but subways are only effective if you can figure out where to get on, and exactly where to get off, then you have to know how to get to this hostel you’ve never been to before which sometimes is a far cry from the nearest station, add to that you are fully loaded with whatever you have in your bag, and its sometimes a lot easier just to take a Taxi, to at least orientate yourself initially. In this case, the nearest station was quite far away, so we ruled it out.

Taxi’s themselves are no walk in the park in a place like China either, with my lack of chinese skills and no english spoken on behalf of most taxi drivers it can be a challenge to complete such a task that we take for granted at home. As we made our way outside of the train station I realized a big mistake on my part, I had forgotten to get the chinese address of the hostel we were staying at in Nanjing; a critical component for a successful taxi ride. Regardless of this fact, I headed out to talk to some drivers upfront of the massive station, I made good headway with one driver, and he seemed to understand where we needed to go, but the deal fell through when he refused to use the meter, writing down a hugely inflated price. I was stubborn, I turned him down, and we rethought our next move.

As we were sitting thinking about what to do, I noticed to girls sitting next to us, I asked them if they spoke english, and they did. I then asked them if they would be so kind as to write down the chinese address to our hostel. The girls managed to write down a bus stop near our hostel, and we thanked them for their help, you can’t be shy in China, and being polite can go a long way. Armed with our new weapon we laid siege on the taxi armada at the front of the station. We found a taxi who was able to take us where we needed to go, and on the meter, success!

Wandering through the streets of Nanjing in the pouring sleet rain and snow, we eventually located the hostel, and were happy to have a place to call home for a few days. Over the next few days we would explore this city, its drum tower, university, ming palace ruins, eating tasty noodles and sipping my first delicious glass of iced milk tea since I was last in asia as we looked onwards to Xi’an, our next stop.

Wesley: Snowboard Prodigy?

15 Apr

Shaun White, Travis Rice, Wesley Muresan? Featured on CNN today, is the story of 3 year old Wesley who just started snowboarding this season. So how good can a 3 year old be? Better than most people who’ve been snowboarding since before he was born! Check out these videos of Wesley shredding on his 90cm board!

Civil Twilight

11 Apr

If you havent heard of this band, its time you take a look. I was recently introduced to their music myself and was impressed. There is far too much talent out there that goes unnoticed, so start noticing! Two of my favorites are shown below, check them out!

Nike and Tiger: Did you learn anything?

9 Apr

You’ve heard it on the news, you’ve seen the commercial, and the parodies are already popping up on youtube. There is alot of buzz about Nike’s new commercial, which features a black and white slow zoom of Tiger’s face, with a recording of his father playing over. Check it out:

So what’s going on here? I was scratching my head at first, what’s the point of this ad? We all know about the scandals and turbulance that Tiger has been apart of. When people thought golf, they thought Tiger, he was an icon, but Tiger has been busy chasing tail a little too much during his career and his marriage and it finally caught up with him. He backed out from the golf scene, sponsor’s were dropping him left and right, and finally it went quiet. It seemed we had seen the last of Tiger for a while.

But then this ad comes out of nowhere. Nike is pushing Tiger in our face again, just when we had enough. Is this ad tasteful or disgraceful? That clip of his father speaking, it was never intended for Tiger, it was a recording of his deceased father Earl speaking about his wife Tida, with Tiger’s name dubbed infront. Tiger told reporters: “I think it’s very appropo. I think that’s what my dad would say and it’s amazing how my dad can speak to me from different ways even when he’s long gone,”.

Did Tiger learn his lesson? Did we learn our lesson about idolizing a golfer? Did Nike learn anything?

All I know is that Nike is getting what it wants, attention, good or bad, they are banking on that old Brendan Behan quote “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”. So bravo Nike, you’ve got us talking, but are we all really thinking of buying new shoes now?