Monthly Archives: August 2008

Overnight factory celebrity?

It’s been a while since I posted, I do apologize for my temporary absence. Life has really taken the best of me at the moment, but here I am once again to post about something interesting I would say.

As mentioned, it’s interesting when you read stories about “accidental” things happening, especially when it comes to popular consumer products like the iPhone, Macbooks, or anything Apple for that matter. Now if something odd or rare is found with them, someone just has to report it, meaning spreading whatever information they possibly can online or by other means.

One story in particular however has hit the news, and it’s the accidental picture taken in an Apple factory (Foxconn in Shenzhen) that produces iPhones. That accident you ask? Well someone forgot to the delete a picture taken of them from the iPhone upon completion of quality control. Honest mistake right? We think so.

The phone that contained the picture was then sold within Britain, and shortly after the purchase that picture found it’s way to the internet and bam! The woman who had a picture taken with the peace sign is now a celebrity with her own rights. It has gotten to the point that people recognize her face on the streets.

Luckily, the company which operates the factory has agreed not to disclose any of her personal information. So she’s a celebrity, just one without a name, and technically happened overnight. Sounds cool!

Apparently these kind of things are starting to gain more momentum.

Source: Switched (Evan Shamoon)

Movie Review: Pineapple Express

I went to see Pineapple Express on Friday. It was seriously funny. Ridiculous, over-the-top and funny. I’ve never seen James Franco (Spiderman) act like that before. He plays Saul Silver the marijuana dealer. He owned the character, which I’m sure was difficult in such a stoner movie. Yeah, that’s right – it was all about the weed. Exaggerated, to be sure, but what makes it funny is the exaggeration. You can tell it was written by someone with experience, and while I’d bet that someone is actor/writer Seth Rogen (Superbad, Knocked Up), the screenplay was written by Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg (Superbad), and the story itself by Rogen, Goldberg and hit maker producer/writer Judd Apatow (Superbad, Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin). Sorry to Rogen if that’s offensive in any way, but hey, he’s Canadian like me and it’s not illegal here. The three have a history of comedic hits and the combo is endlessly popular with youth right on up. I went to see Apatow’s latest, Stepbrothers, and saw children (which was not really okay considering the content) up to elderly couples (who sat next to me and would not shut up).

The plot centres around Saul and his client Dale Denton (Rogen). Denton is a process server – he tricks people into admitting their identities in order to serve them with subpoenas. When going to serve Ted Jones (Gary Cole), who turns out to be Saul’s supplier’s supplier, he witnesses Ted murder a man. He throws his joint filled with Pineapple Express weed out the window and speeds over to Saul’s house. Both think they’re okay until they realize that Pineapple Express is so rare that Ted only sold it to one middleman (Red, played by Danny McBride), who in turn only sold it to one dealer (Saul), who only sold it to one client… you guessed it, Dale. The trail is easy enough to track, so the go on the run, but not before Dale exclaims “We need to pack! Get the weed, food, snacks, fruit roll-ups!”

Their attempt at escape is horribly bungled as one might expect. Hitmen are after them, Red is quickly “coerced” into giving them up, their car won’t start, and they have no money and nowhere safe to go. They spend much of their escape time high as hell. Dale manages to alienate his high school girlfriend (Angie, played by Amber Heard) and her family, banishing them to a motel. During an attempt to apologize for his errors after a “near death experience”, Dale sobs tearfully to Angie on a payphone, at which point she tells him she wants to get married. Dale replies, “oh…. I made a mistake.” This is one of my absolute favourite lines of the movie.

The movie is about friendship, weed, the drug trade and hitmen. It really shows the bond between two men, Saul and Dale, forming and becoming stronger, albeit in an extremely weird situation. It mocks the stringent anti-marijuana laws in most of the world. It is a grown-up (though far from mature) version of Superbad, complete with violence and drugs. It does it all with style, great acting and laugh out loud moments.I haven’t seen a movie this funny in ages.

As previously expressed, James Franco does a fantastic job in the role of Saul Silver. He fills out the role really well. His voice, mannerisms, and facial expressions could not have been more perfect. This is not a powerful role, but a truly believable one, situation aside. Saul is definitely removed from traditional reality and demonstrates this through his quirky turns of phrase. Seth Rogen continues on his star streak with Dale Denton. He plays the part well. Dale experiences a range of emotions and does not handle them well at all, which certainly fits the situation.

All in all, this movie was completely worth seeing. It was stupendously funny, a true entertainment movie. The special effects scenes, explosions, and stunts throughout appealed to me, and no doubt would appeal to most. If you’re ready for a laugh, love to light up, or are a fan of Apatow or Rogen, I would more than recommend this movie.

Olympics 2008

Do you remember sitting in front of the tv cheering for your country in whatever sport was playing at the time? Millions of people are doing it right now. The Olympics are a prime example of coming together to support and cheer on the jocks of the world.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love sports. But I have a problem with people who are taking political action in the time of competition and celebration. It is not only unsportsmanlike but a disgrace to everyone who are participating or have some sort of connection to the Olympics.

Politics are important but using a time of unity and peace to bring about a warly agenda is inexcusable. The Olympics are about SPORTS not POLITICS.

Let the medal count be the only ranking system for countries for the remainder of the games, for the good of humankind. Let the world enjoy the games in peace. Please.