August 30, 2004

Who I was?

This was me. Or who the Internet thinks I was. Great tool for those who haven't a sense of their own identity.

Which 1990's Subculture Do You Belong To?

[Another Quiz by Kris

August 29, 2004

Another change coming?

I may change the template of this blog. On the other hand I may not. Can't decide. In the meantime, as I struggled with this great decision, I added Arsenic and Old Lace.

August 26, 2004

Actually, it's Bow Lake

Well, on my little ramble I incorrectly identified Bow Lake, Alberta as Columbia Lake. I knew I would identify something incorrectly. I just wasn't sure what it would be. So I've updated the pages and they are now accurate - more or less.

August 22, 2004

Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo

I managed to do a movie marathon last night. Only because while watching Get Shorty they mentioned Rio Bravo ... so I went and played it. For what it's worth, here's my take on Rio Bravo.

August 21, 2004

Why live in Canada?

I suppose at least some of my reasons can be found here, in my West Kootenay ramble. It may not be the sort of thing everyone would care for but for those who do, these are images from my part of world.

August 15, 2004

Back from West Kootenay

For someone of my limited travelling inclination and experience, I certainly covered a heck of a lot of ground in the last week.

The main stop was a few days in Kaslo, on Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenays (British Columbia). Getting there from Creston in B.C. has to be one of the coolest drives a person could make. It winds around mountains with some hair-raising turns, landslide warnings and includes a ferry ride. (On the way up we had to take the long way since we couldn't get to Balfour and the ferry - a landslide blocked the way).

But Kaslo was only one part. There was the getting to Kaslo and the return trip, by another route. So we took in quite an array of mountains and mountain lakes, deer and elk, and various grizzly bear warnings.

We drove from Edmonton west to the mountains to get there. On the way back, we went south by Creston, nudged the Idaho border, up to Cranbrook, over to Fernie where we camped, then on to the Crowsnest Pass and finally to Fort Macleod where I got off and took the bus back to Edmonton.

Of all the things we saw, I think I'd have to say the Frank Slide, where part of Turtle Mountain collapsed and slid down on a coal mining camp back in 1903 (the largest slide in North America), was the most astonishing. Any pictures I've seen of this area don't really capture it. The immensity of the boulders and the breadth of the slide are ... well, astonishing. It makes you feel very small and very fragile.

August 8, 2004

Hellboy revisited

I just watched Hellboy again. Afterwards, I watched the DVD documentary. (I should say I started to. It's still playing in the background. It's about as engaging as watching the Canadian House of Commons.)

Anyway, I had to scribble this down. It's director Guillermo del Toro:

"One of the keys to the comics is to understand that even though Hellboy is six foot five, bright red, has horns and a tail and all that, he's a regular Joe."

Huh? Are you listening to yourself? This is the problem with Hellboy. It's very well made. But it's stupid! It's dumb, dumb, dumb!

This is why I rank it with Moulin Rouge as one of the best made stupid movies of recent years. (But I still like Ron Perlman in it.)

August 7, 2004

John Ford & Liberty Valance

It has taken me a while to finally get around to picking up John Ford's 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But I finally did and I finally got around to writing about it. Actually, I wrote quite a bit. I appear to have gotten a little carried away.

But it's a great movie. A great western. If you like these kinds of films, this is a classic. A "must see," as they say.

August 6, 2004

Butch and Sundance

I would have been 13 or 14 when I first saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I've seen it many times since. The question is, why do I like it? Why does anyone like this movie? (And why did it get so many bad reviews when it came out despite the fact people loved it?)

I try to explain why I think the movie works in my review of it. (Is it accurate to call my ramblings reviews? Maybe not but I don't know what else to call them.)

August 5, 2004

Hitchcock double dip

It looks like Warner is bringing out Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train again on September 7th - this time as a two disc, special edition set.

I don't know what's planned for the set. I would guess that, like the single disc version already out, it will have both versions - the British and the American. Other than that ... I don't know. The single disc is pretty good already, except for the fact it is dual-sided (one version on each side) and in that horrible cardboard and plastic case. Knowing nothing about what's on this new set (as compared to the single), I don't know whether it would be worth getting.

But I am intrigued.

August 4, 2004

The logo irks me

I continue to make changes here and on Piddleville overall (though the real changes I'd like to make, such as css, I haven't made since - blush - I don't know how yet. (Even though I've had the sites for years!)

The most irksome thing for me right now is the Piddleville (and Burble) logos - if that's not too lofty a word for what is really just a cheap, amateurish text graphic. I would go back to the old logo but somehow it doesn't seem to fit with the look of the site.

Don't be surprised to see the image keep changing. I'll probably keep at it till I get it right (or breakdown and ask/pay someone to do it for me).

August 3, 2004

What's up with Piddleville?

You may have noticed Piddleville is somewhat quirky these days. The reason for this is simple: I'm playing around. And I have an obsessive need to publish pages even when they aren't ready. (I'm sure a good therapist could explain why.)

Anyway ... the home page has a bit of a new look as I add or update the odd thing. For instance, since adding Google in the header I can now do searches of Piddleville. This may not be of value to anyone but it is a value to me.

And what's with the news page? No sooner do I get it up than something goes wonky with the CBC feed. Either nothing has happened in Canada the last few days or there's a glitch somewhere. (I can't even access their support site.)

That's what is up. I'll probably keep playing with things for a while. Expect to see some other quirks here and there.

August 2, 2004

Perlman in Hellboy

The movie Hellboy is kind of like a TV show with a big budget. It's entertaining in its way but not particularly memorable ... with the exception of Ron Perlman. He gives a great performance as a hero who just couldn't give a monkey's behind about anything. Very dry; very good.

August 1, 2004

Mr. Blandings a bit bland?

I appear to be alone in my opinion of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. This may be due to the fact I've never been involved in building a house. I don't know. Most reviews seem to like the movie but I found it a bit dated and flat. Go figure.