I'm still slowly getting used to the idea of a Rachel Notley Alberta, but hey, in the meantime, Maclean's magazine interviewed me for an article this week. That's kinda neat!
Fri, May 22 - Yeesh... Man, last week's update surrrrrre was drunk. Crazy drunk. Happens sometimes, particularly when you're still reeling from the effects of your sister being elected premier of Alberta, but still. Bad form. I'm still slowly getting used to the idea of a Rachel Notley Alberta, but hey, in the meantime, Maclean's magazine interviewed me for an article this week. That's kinda neat! How about a cartoon? How about this cartoon? I'm still back in Seattle so I don't know how to be a proper excited Alberta New Democratic Pary person. Plus I bailed on all you Albertans after my my sister took on all the work and I just went back to Washinghington.
Fri, May 15 - More On. A movie doesn't get to 93% on Rotten Tomatoes by sucking or being forgettable. If you're reading this you've seen it and likely you agree. So much fun. Hulk thrashes ass. Tony Stark is good juice every time he appears. Hawkeye has moments. Black Widow has moments. Captain America gets moments! Thorâ¦ well, Thor got the least of the goods but if you think back even he got plenty to do. Audiences agree: Avengers is awesome. Orâ¦ is it? Many many films have been offered to the public as big bowls of popcorn but this particular one has found itself to the audiences' taste where so many previous such offerings have been consumed and hated (Transformers 3 being an excellent example, a movie I fell asleep during). Most summer superspectaculars promise a bowl of popcorn but deliver instead an ashtray of burnt corn and unpopped kernels. Yet Avengers is different. Why? It would seem like these kind of simple this-and-then-that storytelling techniques should bore audiences. And they wouldâ¦ except that modern super summer action blockbuster movies just don't seem able to accomplish even these basic building blocks of how to get an audience onside. That's not to say Avengers doesn't indulge in a lot of this. But at least Avengers does it knowingly while maintaining the primary importance of connections. Scenes conect to scenes, characters connect to characters and ideas connect to moments. So, when the big extended 45-minute action sequence begins, we're ready for big moments that have been set up and perhaps not paid offâ¦ which is why those moments, when they arrive, are so damn satisfying. Setups and payoffs. Connections between people and ideas. And since that's what this whole movie, ultimately, is really about --a bunch of people who make no sense together coming together and yet they doâ¦ that is, The Avengers-- the whole thing not only feels good but IS good. It means something after all!
Mon. May 15 - More On I'm stitll so back in Seattle I don't know how to be a proper excited Alberta New Democratic Pary NDP person. Plus I bailed on all you Albertans after my my sister took on all the work and I just went back to Washinghington state, WA, in the US. For now, until there are better, more insistent options, those options will have to take back seats to current Bob the Angr Flower cartoons, as: Cartoon? Sure, there's one. It's
Mon, May 11 - Victoire! Hey, folks, update's coming in a bit later than I said, but what can you do. How about that election, huh? Who could have possibly thunk that the NDP would form a majority government? Well, a lot of people, I guess, particularly towards the end, but we couldn't really really believe it. And then it went ahead and happened. I'm a bit too drained from my weeklong celebration binge to go into any detail that the avalanche of articles, news reports, tweets and facebook posts might have missed, but the basics and essence of what all went down is probably best consumed in this great summary in Vice magazine. Woo! Cartoon? Sure, there's one. It'shere
Sun, May 3 - Mini-Update Just a quick note here, folks, saying that I'll be electioning and recovering in Edmonton this week, so the next update will have to wait until I get back on Saturday. Woo-hoo! Vote! Go Rachel go!
Fri, May 1 - Volatile Whoof! So much so quickly and so soon. Not only does the new Ultron movie come out today, a happening towards which I have dedicated most of my waking thoughts for the last six months, but also --also!-- there's a friggin' provincial election in Alberta, Canada going on right now. Longtime readers may be aware that, though I currently live in Seattle, I hail from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. So an election is a big deal. Making the big deal even bigger and dealier are a couple of additional factors. One, there's a chance that the Progressive Conservative party, the party that has been governing since 1971, might fall and be replaced by a new government. Two, there's a chance --unthinkable up until maybe a week and a half ago-- that the New Democratic Party, our lefty-liberal Canadian political party, might just win. Three, and this is where it gets personal, my sister happens to be leader of the NDP. It's her awesomeness that has largely contributed to the possible ascendancy of the NDP, and if the impossible happens and the NDP actually wins, she would become premier. Heady stuff, as I'm sure you can imagine, and it's got my head a-brewin' and a-stewin'. I'll be heading north to Edmonton this weekend to do some last-minute phone-calling and vote-pulling, and then I'll be there gnawing my fingernails off Tuesday night along with hundreds if not thousands of volunteers as we watch the results come in. So! Plenty! And in the spirit of democracy and public participation in governance and marking little marks on little scraps of paper, I offer the following:
Fri, Apr 24 - Nigh Ultron Oh man oh man, I am really getting excited about the ol' Ultron. It's already out in other parts of the world and folks seem to be digging it. This is the most desperate time, when reviews will start popping up and particular details will emerge into my range of perception that I'd rather not know. I'm not one to get too incensed about spoilers, but I think my tread will take on a more cautious cadence in this last remaining week before the show, just to be safe. Let's post a cartoon! Sure! Why not! This is both the time and place, so let's do this thing
Fri, Apr 17 - MORE! Whoa, how, hey, howdy, how are all you folks and readers feeling about the oncoming spring? You know the classic tells of spring, the way spring just can't help but reveal itself: longer days, warmer weathers, bluer skies, much less snow and all those annoying plants sprouting and creating leaves and acting like it's time to wake up and begin a year's work again. ASSHOLES! I hope and trust you're all hating this lamentable process as much as I am. Because, make no mistake, I hate it. It forces change and makes one have to reconsider things. UGH! STUPID ORBITS! Ahem. I'm not really against spring, either as the concept or the season, but one has to put up appearances if one's running a web site about an angry flower. It's expected. By whom? Shush, now. At any rate, or at least the current rate, let's us all sit back, crack a beer or gin or some form of liquid refreshment and consider the following