Pan’s Labyrinth: Best Movie Ever

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The last time a movie made an impression on me was about a decade ago when I saw Fargo which I proceeded to own and watch many times over. Since then, of all the movies I’ve seen, nothing comes close to Pan’s Labyrinth which is headed to my Hall of Fame. This is close to… Read more »

Recruiters are Nazis

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This is probably more prevalent in the IT industry than anywhere else. If you’ve ever made the mistake of posting your resume on Monster or Workopolis for too long, you’ll get calls from the lowest form of human life also known as recruiters. Be wary, they have titles that might make you think they’re something… Read more »

Raptors lose to Suns in heartbreaker

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Actually went to this affair which saw the return of Chris Bosh and the exit of TJ Ford and Jorge Garbajosa. It ended 100-98 for the Suns and more importantly, no pizza for me since the Raptors didn’t reach the 100 point plateau. The Suns jumped out to a 17 point second quarter lead at… Read more »

Saddam died brave

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Saddam Hussein was one cool cucumber when it came to dying. For a man who’s about to have his neck ripped in half, he looked composed, confident and not even a least bit scared of death in his final minutes. As he was being brought towards the gallows by what appeared to be a bunch… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Charlton Video – The Man is back

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Thierry Henry returned to spark Arsenal to a 4-0 demolition of poor Charlton Atheltic. You really have to feel sorry for Charlton, they really stink. Plus, having 10 men to contend with a motivated Arsenal squad didn’t help them much. Arsenal shouldn’t celebrate too much, after all it’s the pathetic Addicks. I thought if the… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Sheffield Utd: Baptista and Aliadiere suck

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For a guy who’s making a big deal about playing time Julio Baptista sure isn’t making most of it when he finally does get it. Same goes for Jeremie Aliadiere who managed to screw up almost every potentially fruitful possession with his diseased first touch. But it wasn’t just that that cost the Gunners the… Read more »

MapQuest vs. Google Maps

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It appears to me that MapQuest is better at directions since it seems to put a lot more thought in when dishing out directions for trips. Here’s a brief summary of how my faith Google Maps ruined my trip. I had to go to Washington DC from Toronto and despite the Mrs. Arsenalist telling me… Read more »

NBA Power Rankings

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NBA.com has taken a page out of ESPN (pretty much copied them) and started to rank teams on a weekly basis – also known as the NBA Power Rankings. This week sees NBA.com and ESPN.com rank both their top five the exact same: Phoenix San Antonio Utah Dallas Detroit No surprises or major arguments against… Read more »

JAXB2: XML to Java and vice-versa made easy

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This example has moved. Remember the old days when you used to write a 150 line method which parsed your XML file into a Java class? Well that has long since been history. The next generation version of the JAXB XML processor, appropriately named JAXB2 has taken the liberty to make XML to Java conversion… Read more »

TJ Ford guns down Clippers in Wild West Showdown

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TJ Ford brought back memories of Vince Carter in LA with a buzzer beating jumper to down the Clippers 98-96. With 15 seconds left and the score tied, Sam Mitchell called the best play: nothing. Just let TJ go one-on-one. Quentin Ross stumbled and the rest is history. Raps started this one off on positive… Read more »

The iPod is killing us

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They’re everywhere. Everyone has wires plugged into their ears where music blasts it’s way across the eardrums and into your brain, slowly stimulating and killing your being. Streetcars, buses, subways, streets are all packed with people walking around like drones paying close attention to what they’re hearing and ignoring everything else. In a world where… Read more »

Chelsea vs. Newcastle video; I can tolerate Didier Drogba

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The only player on Chelsea that I wouldn’t throw acid on is Didier Drogba. Too bad he doesn’t play for Arsenal. After being sent in by Maureen late in the second half against Newcastle (who stink worse than Frank Lampard) in a scoreless game, Drogba again showed why he’s one of the best in the… Read more »

“The ____ are a better team without ____” argument

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It really makes no sense when anybody starts justifying this addition by subtraction theory. Anytime a superstar player goes down with injury and the team has moderate success without him, there are immediate rumblings that the team is better off without their talisman. This is an absurd theory which only holds true if the superstar… Read more »

How can Tony Snow live with himself?

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Just YouTube Tony Snow and you’ll see what this guy has to go through on a daily basis. This guy’s job is to lie. That’s what he does for a living. He was hired because he is a great liar. His primary job is to be the administrations mouthpiece and cover up the many, many… Read more »

Democracy is flawed: A simpleton’s argument

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The term democracy indicates a form of government where all the state’s decisions are exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of its citizenry through a fair elective process. Although it sounds a rosy idea, democracy makes two very big assumptions: The majority of the people are correct and smart enough to choose a direction… Read more »

Raptors beat Warriors; West coast awaits

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Can you believe that a 10-14 team is tops in the Atlantic? That is the case as the Raps beat the Warriors 120-115 at the ACC in another well-deserved team win. Much like the Nets game, six players ended up in double figures with Morris Peterson leading the way with 23. Recapping the game is… Read more »

Laser Eye Surgery – To see or not to see

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Sick and tired of wearing glasses and messing around with contacts, and hearing success stories from friends, I did some research into Laser Eye Surgery which corrects your vision by slicing and dicing your cornea until you can finally read the bottom line of the chart. I went for my free consultation to Lasik MD… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Portsmouth – 2-2 – Video

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Arsenal go down 2-0 but come back to tie game. Arsenal drop two critical points and fall to fourth place behind Liverpool after paying the price for a lackadaisical first half which saw horrid defending and a couple great saves from Portsmouth goalie, David James. Here are the goals. Comments welcome. Noe Pamarot 1-0 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9roPACrtQlM]… Read more »

Raptors vs. Nets: Chuck Swirsky, please shut up

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Raptors/Nets today and the Raps manage to pull of another sweet win, 90-78 at the ACC with Vince having a miserable game and fans chanting “Carter Sucks” pretty loudly and effectively in the fourth quarter. Total team win with six players in double figures. But lets leave that on the side for a few minutes…. Read more »