Wasted Potential

The one thing I love to do I write. Unfortunately for me I have let the world, and my part in it, quiet me down lately.

Canada doesn’t get much talk in the gun violence world but maybe it’s time we started. I have always believed that you need to get ahead of any potential problem and this one is coming fast.

I lost someone I knew recently, and it was a kid who I liked very much. He was special in that he was smart and kind and had an amazing smile which made everyone around him smile as well – and only twenty-one. His light was snuffed out far too early and for no good reason because of a cowardly person who had a gun.

This was a kid who was going places and would have been amazing at anything he did. The potential he had will never be reached and that in itself is a crime. However, on top of being a great student, he had time to love and care about his family as well. He was one-of-a-kind.veno

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I write this with a heavy heart and not much forethought …

The other morning I woke up to hear that someone I knew well was shot and killed last night in Malvern near Lester B. Pearson School by his family’s apartment. He was a twenty-one-year-old, one-of- a- kind kid. He had it all – he was very smart (attending the Schulich School of Business in Toronto,) good-looking and had a smile which was infectious. Continue reading

The New(ish) God Complex!

willy wonkaWhen exactly did this new God complex happen? I suppose the internet has given everyone super-strength to say and do whatever they wish. A simple bad experience is magnified into something that everyone should fear. Movies and television shows have been downgraded by bad word of mouth before they even begin. For example many… morons who believe they have an informed voice don’t like a choice before they even see or hear the person on screen. And not just actors, sometimes it’s the music or theme song as well. Continue reading

The City formally known as Toronto! (Because I just happen to live there… right now.)

toronto-condoOkay Toronto, you’ve done it. You proved it. You’ve been flexing your muscles for many years now and it might possibly be time to stop. Toronto the Good has become Toronto the Terrible.

The final nail for me was just this morning when I noticed, on my way to get a morning coffee, was THE sign. The sign that showed, in beautiful detail I might add, that the only remaining parking lot in the area (and area with sunshine) will be no more. Instead, we will get something new… a condo! Continue reading

There and back again.

aliens watching tvThey were good – very good. It has taken over a year in all to escape and readjust. From the aliens, I mean (BTW – heard they were coming out with a new movie.) Wasn’t easy to breakout but I managed to watch and learn and eventually understand their transporter and stealth technologies. Then, just like that… I was gone.

So, I am back… but back to what? It’s only been twelve months or so (do you still count time that way?) However, much seems to have changed. Continue reading

The Juice is Worth the Squeeze!

child watching tvThey say movies are in a bad realm these day. Again, not sure who they are but they say it. Fortunately for us, the couch potatoes of the world, television is on an incredible upswing. Thanks to cable and streaming services even the networks have had to up their game.

Because more and more TV is switching from episodic to serial form, which only go ten to thirteen deep in a season, a lot of the extraneous fluff has gone by the wayside. It also makes binge-watching more palatable because you need to know what happens next. Very few of the tired episodic network dramas have to chutzpah of the new wave. Continue reading

The Other Side of Darkness!

 

Gone gone gone, he been gone so long.

I stepped into the vortex and found myself on the other side, in another dimension. It was difficult to get back but here I sit… if anyone cares.

worship the tv

December always brings about year-end fodder about best of and worst of, well, everything from movies to brands of toothpaste. I kind of get pissed off about them. They are mostly ridiculous. However, as a buddy would constantly tell me—“who the fuck cares!”

Hear hear, who does indeed? Well, unfortunately… I do, and not only because I consider myself the voice of reason and taste. I am also sick and tired of style over substance these days, as well as, dark over the light. Those trends have been going on too long and it’s time for another shift. Continue reading

With Great Viewership Comes Great Responsibility!

Batman Villains

                       Future’s past!

Superhero, sci-fi and fantasy shows are the flavor of our time and I couldn’t be happier. Arrow, The Flash, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black and Agents of Shield—just to name a few—are all impressive or at least fun to watch, programs.

Then there’s Gotham… just saying that name brings a smile to any fanboy. Unfortunately, this show leaves much to be desired. Continue reading

Dave Kovic for president in 2016!

dave2“America isn’t easy.” Those were the words of then President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in The American President. He was speaking about the U.S. being a rather complex country.

It’s a great power fueled by influential men and women. However, these days, only those of affluence get to triumph. The country, in general, has lost its way – lost sight of its identity… of what made it great.

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Look Up at the “Falling Skies.”

Falling-Skies-2The best sci-fi show you are not watching may possibly be the very one you should.

Do you enjoy tech or story? Having both is clearly the objective but all too often tech, and its jargon, get in the way of great science fiction storytelling.

In the case of the show, Falling Skies, that doesn’t seem to be a problem (at least for the humans) because the evil aliens have invaded and decimated the Earth along with most of its population.

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Me, myself and… me!

anchor1I’m not exactly sure when it began but it wasn’t too long ago—or was it too long ago?

While it’s true I’m getting (ever so slightly) older and wiser and angrier and bitter I don’t believe this was supposed to be in the rule book. It appears as if information, after all, is not what we’re looking for. It’s the people who deliver that information is what’s what or that’s what they’d have us believe.

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