Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Quick writes- effort at the workplace

This quick write is a calling for people to do their jobs correctly. There is two possibilities here, both pointing to laziness at the workplace. Look at this face. Does it sell well to you? Of course not that is not a friendly face that you would want looking at you in your snowball fights. One possibility is the photographer got very lazy, to the point where he just took minimal photos, leaving the poor designer of the ad to use this face of insanity. The second possibility is that the designer doesn't look very closely at his work, causing a mistaken placement of this face in the ad. Or maybe I'm just overthinking this, and that's how the model looks 24/7. In that case, someone should have a word with the casting director of the shoot.

Quick write-your dream team

"Welcome to I'm pretty sure whose line it is!!!!! You are witness to the brand new improv show with a little twist, it's not improv in the mind of one of our stars! Now please welcome, the host of the tonight show for the week of February 16 an record holder for quickest cancellation of talk show, JIMMY FALLON (audience claps as jimmy enters and laughs at how damn clever the jokes inside his head is) and, the man who was given a script, let's see if he remembers it, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN!!!!"

Wouldn't this be fun. For the one episode that the channel would tolerate we would witness jimmy Fallon attempt to not laugh throughout a show. Jimmy has a bad history of laughing at his own jokes, so imagine him trying to not laugh at a joke that he came up with merely seconds earlier, not even giving himself a chance to comprehend it. Then enters poor Chris walken. Chris thinks that this whole show has been scripted, and Chris has troubles remembering his lines in the first place (even with cue cards behind the scenes, see Catch me if you can) so picture him ready to do his thing when suddenly jimmy Fallon starts spewing out random gibberish mixed with his uncontrollable laughter (camera zooms in slowly as walkens jaw quivers in confusion). Although r/cringe would have a field day with this, it's undeniable that a good chuckle would come of it. 

Quick write- which door?

Never having watched the doctor, I would still choose the tardis on account of process of elimination. LOTR and various Sherlock series are the only options I would consider myself a fan of, and I wouldn't want to go to either based on this; bag end acts as a symbol. Bag End is the peaceful place of bilbo/frodos lives, and therefore contains little of the excitement carried in middle earth. 221 Baker Street is similar in that the house is fairly normal based on most adaptations of the stories, so the action wouldn't be present there. The tardis as far as I understand it, is the catalyst and location of much of the action, plus crossing through that door is a method of time travel and teleportation, as opposed to the teleportation of narnia or monsters inc.
And who would want to teleport into a child's room anyway?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

My thoughts on Canada-Norway

First day of the 2014 Olympic men's hockey tournament, and scoreboard wise we had a bit of a shocker, 3-1 Canada over Norway. In the 2010 tournament these two teams met, the score being 10-0 canada. Today's game wasn't even by any means except the first period. In the final 40 minutes, besidesa power play goal directly off the face off in the 3rd period, Norway didn't get close to a scoring chance, as was to be expected by a country who has one player in the NHL. But this game still generated a lot of concern for Canadian supporters. The offence at many points was simply unable to click, causing lots of turnovers at Norway's blue line.  The problem in my eyes was our defencemen attempting to generate the offense on their own. This is something we often see during the first game played by essentially an Allstar team. This happens because on their NHL teams, almost all of Canada's defencemen are used to being the most talented offensive player on the team, so they're usually the ones leading the rush. These mistakes of trying to do too much themselves are completely excusable in my mind when the players do it. My issue is with the coach, Mike Babcock. Babcock is a veteran Olympic coach, winning gold in Vancouver, and he must know better than to assume his players, especially when he picks a team of puck moving defencemen, will surrender the puck before they try to do it themselves a few times. One way to solve the problem of defencemen trying to do it all themselves and losing it is to dish the rock to someone who is actually good at rushing it. Incredibly convenient for Canada, the 2013 Norris trophy winner just happens to be a Toronto native, the second best puck moving defenceman since Coffey, and primed and ready for the Olympics, PK Subban. This morning though, PK Subban was the 8th defenceman, sitting in the pressbox watching lesser offensive defenceman such as drew doughty and jay bouwmeester try to attack the line. (I say lesser only in terms of rushing the puck only). I can't help but imagine that if Subban had been in the starting lineup, we would have had more success with our back end attack, which would have given our offence a spark much earlier on, and had we generated offence earlier, we would have worn down Norway's top lines, the only one that could keep up with any of us. If we had worn them down early, we could have run up the score much higher than 3-1. After only putting up 3 against a weak team, this young Canadian team can't have an insane amount of confidence, something we'll need to compete with an American team who put up 7 against Slovakia or Finland who put up 8 against the Austrian team. Even though we were able to pull out the win, we always want to take out lots of confidence from these wins, and our lack of generating offence didn't allow us to get that confidence.