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November 25th, 2009


Current Music: Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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November 10th, 2008

09:18 pm - Olbermann speaks out on Prop 8

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September 8th, 2008

12:53 pm - The New Nightwish
Okay, so for those that didn't read the whole of this journal way back when I was one seriously whiny twit, I was a HUGE Nightwish fan up until their last album Once. It wasn't so much that I didn't like the album, I just realized that I was bored by the music. I'd discovered EBM and Industrial, specifically A-23 (yes, yes, mock away) and I'd realized that there was plenty of other "dark" music out there, most of it better written than what I was listening to from Finland.

So when I heard that Nightwish's lead singer Tarja left the band, I was not exactly sobbing in the bathroom. Yes, I felt that she was kind of the whole point of the band, but really all she did was sing; she didn't write and she didn't play, so the band wasn't really going to suffer musically. Stylistically, yes. Or at least, that was what I thought.

So I went on Youtube the other day, and on a whim decided to check out Tarja's replacement, Anette Olzen.

And boy was I surprised.

Okay, first things first, this isn't the Tarja era nightwish. She ISN'T an operatic Soprano; no matter how good her pipes are, she doesn't have the ethereal quality that her predecessor had.

And that's EXACTLY what this band needed. The lack of ethereal quality, I mean. Ever since they signed former Tarot bassist Marco Tapani Hietala, Nightwish has become harder, meaner and has moved nicely away from the Tolkein childishness that Eastern European power metal has a reputation for, and more into a style all their own. Only problem is, Tarja was keeping them trapped in this dreamy vocal style that just didn't mesh well with Marco's backup singing.

With Anette, it's different. She's got the pipes to hit the high notes that songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas loves, but with a much more rock background. There's no falsetto here, it's a tight, emotional performance that works as a great complement to Marco's aforementioned metalhead tenor.

I should point out that the lyrics are still just as painful, although at least it's not bad moon june couplets. I just wish they'd ditch the metaphors and just SAY SOMETHING.

Okay, so it's not the Nightwish I grew up with, but I really have to admit that I want to pick up their new album, if only to see if the rest of their songlist holds up to their two videos, especially Bye Bye Beautiful.

If anyone's interested, here's the video:

Current Location: Vancouver
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: Take a wild guess

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March 27th, 2008

05:35 pm - Maybe He'll Catch Fire (Finally!)
So FINALLY the first film I did in Vancouver's been put on YouTube! Now everyone can reminisce over my hair!

Current Mood: amusedamused

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November 23rd, 2007

12:34 am - Writers Strike!
Alright, so being an actor, without an agent, a non-union member and with only 1 professional credit which was done against union wishes (yay!), I feel I should voice some kind of opinion on the strike.

First off, I also consider myself a writer. I have had a script produced (admittedly as a student project, but it's still a production and it wasn't an "everybody gets a trophy" kind of production.), and I'm working on 2 more, these feature length. So yeah, if I could get ahold of some of that money the WGA is fighting for, that'd be great. Except for one thing; I can't. Because I am Canadian, and unless I can get down and start sucking some serious dick, I'm not going to be getting into the WGA any time soon. Which is where my concern for the whole thing arises; namely I had no say in this, and I won't see any of the benefits.

What does this matter to me, you may ask. Well, the jobs that someone of my age range can get are more than likely going to be american productions. Which are no longer shooting in Vancouver. Basically every Vancouver-shot series based in the states moved out last week, and won't be returning for the foreseeable future. Which means that getting a job is going to be that much harder. To make matters worse, with less jobs there will be less openings with agencies, which means I can't even get my foot in the door of working on anything except half-thought out student films, which would seem hypocritical, save for the fact that student films don't pay me anything, and artistic satisfaction only lasts so long before I find myself starving on the street because I couldn't pay rent.

This is really my whole problem with the thing; My life has gotten exponentially harder, and there is no benefit at the end of the tunnel. The frustrating thing about all of this is that I think the writers have a viable complaint. Yes, there's all the naysayers saying writers get a big wad of cash and they're asking for a bigger wad, but they're forgetting that the 4 cents must be split between ALL writers on a project. If it's one, awesome. Hello paycheck. But the vast majority of writers are part of a collective group, and they're usually getting paid peanuts as a paycheck. I dream of residuals, and as a Canadian actor, unless I'm working commercials, residuals are a pipe dream. But the internet issue is one that I believe in. Yes, the "promo" argument is viable, but what about down the road? What about when webisodes become the norm? It's happening already, and writers get nothing. It's still their work, and work gets PAID FOR. Of course, once again being someone who'll be living with a one-time paycheck, I want to scream "suck it up", but I also know that if I was getting residuals, or was part of the WGA, I'd like a bigger paycheck. So, yeah. I do agree with the strike.

But I'd really like a piece of the pie, seeing as how I'm going to be suffering.
Current Music: The Damned - Video Nasty

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September 23rd, 2007

08:52 am - Yes, that's right. A questionnaire!
Stolen from kitsune_13

1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
4. Fish?
5. Do you dream in color?
6. Ever seen a corpse?
7. Hipsters or Hillbillies?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, and have no one know, what would it be?
11. Do you trust the police?
12. Do you like musicals?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. Would you cheat ?
16. What are you wearing?
17. Have you ever peed in a pool?
18. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. What's your favorite day of the week?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. If you could bring back anyone that has passed, who would it be?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?
25. What was your first impression of me?
26. Have you ever done drugs?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
Current Location: 48 hour film fest set
Current Mood: tiredtired

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September 22nd, 2007

11:24 pm - *stunned silence*

Current Mood: amusedamused

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July 31st, 2007

08:12 pm - My god! A post!
I haven't been online in quite awhile, at least online with LJ. I think I need to sit down and at least make an attempt at an update, seeing as how I haven't one since, I don't know, April? :P

So, second term at VFS is nearly done; I've grown so exponentially as an actor it's actually rather terrifying;; I haven't watched any of my old stuff; doesn't really seem necessary, plus I don't really see the point of watching where I was. I don't need to wince over past mistakes just because I want to see how much I've grown; I already know that.
The fact that I am actually becoming a leader artistically; directing a movement project; leading the writing of a (admittedly bad) soap opera script, and overall becoming much more of a rock for people, and being openly available to give those people support, instead of being caught up in my own shit and ignoring everyone. Don't get me wrong, I still get caught up in that self-pitying, but it's not controlling my life like it used to.

I've actually started stepping out of my comfort zone at the clubs, talking to new people and making new friends instead of locking myself into one specific circle (although I do gravitate there. No surprise, really, when you make good friends, you like spending time with them).

I am starting stress though; there's 2 weeks left, and presentations are fast approaching. The reassuring thing is that as I look at what I've written, as well as what has happened today, I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with them than I did yesterday. It's still a time issue, as I never feel like I have enough hours in the day to get any time to myself, but the work itself isn't as daunting as it seemed 24 hours ago. It doesn't hurt that Bill (my acting teacher and head of the faculty) said that my monologue was amazing; it fills me with some real confidence that I can handle the work that people throw at me, even if it's kicking and screaming the whole way.

The movement project is going to be interesting; I directed a retelling of the story of Lilith; with lesbians, demons and Suicide Commando. It's funny, but I'm looking forward to the audience hearing our soundtrack more than the actual performance. Blame it on my burgeoning cult-converter personality.

Can't think of anything to add right now, details will probably follow in the next couple days.
Current Mood: Deep Breath

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May 17th, 2007

06:37 pm - SPAM!
I guess I just need to do a bit of spamming, haven't posted in a while and I might as well do a meme just to take up more space on your already painfully packed friends pages. :P

Your Score: Killian's Red

(66% dark & bitter, 66% working class, 0% genuine)

I'll start with a quote from a review of Killian's Red that I think will reflect on you, too: "deep flavor, somewhat mild, with a moderate head." It goes on to talk about a "light caramel odor," and while that sounds nice, I don't think I can go that far in my analysis.

Overall, Killian's is a very good beer. The only thing that kinda sucks is that even though it says "Irish Red" on the bottle, this stuff's made by Coors, not peaty old Dubliners. I guess that's my way of telling you that you scored on the lower side of the "genuine" part of my test. Here's my guess: you're a sensible, likeable person, and you're popular among different groups of people. The test probably read that as a slight superficiality.

Personality-wise, you have refined tastes (after all, this stuff is kind of expensive), but you know how to savor what you get. Your personality isn't exactly bubbly, but you're well-liked nonetheless. Your sense of humor is rather dark, but that's just another way to say sophisticated, right?

As a real George Killian would say: Sl�inte! Cheers!

Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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06:21 pm - I Wish I Could Quit You!!!

I can't get enough of this thing; macho 'cowboys' with Mario mustaches, doing bad choreography, with their glistening muscles showing off just how appealing they are to the 'fillies', although you just KNOW they're all plotting how their going to ambush their pretty boy lead singer in the washroom.
Then there's the whole sequence that I'm sure Big & Rich watched a million times saying "We can get a song out of this!"
And Annie Proulx probably caught this thing at 4 in the morning and was suddenly struck with inspiration.
I just can't get over the dancing! You can see the inner monologue every time the damn thing happens! "Okay, left fist up, no wait, I thrust it down. Okay, now right fist, damn! missed the count! Okay crotch grab, SHIT! That was the opening sequence. Left fist again!"
Current Mood: amusedamused

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