Archive for October, 2008

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Posted in Blog Stuff on October 30, 2008 by Jamie

… And the Moyses, Isenbergs, Whites, Sus, Gonshors. All friends of mine who, after me, have created blogs of their own. When I hosted my blog over at Blogspot, the posts were less frequent and the content less serious. Not like I’m saying my blog is serious or anything, but it’s taken on a different tone, in addition to more posts being posted more often.

So what motivated me to make the switch, not to WordPress, but to a real blogger instead of an occasional one? My friends (everytime I say that I feel like John McCain.) Every time they posted more often than me I began to feel inadeaute. With them writing more, I felt I should to, in an effort to “compete” with them. So with that I’ve begun searching for new gimmicks, updated the overall look of the blog, and then the huge switch over to WordPress.

Once I figured out how to make the permanent switch (meaning, importing all my old Blogspot posts so readers would not have to click there to read them,) I knew I was on my way to becoming a better blogger. With the “search” feature, readers can now search for any topic that interests them (Obama, NFL, etc,) and find out if I’ve ever written a post about their desired topic.

Also, I’m beginning to take advantage of WordPress’ “pages” feature. With this new layout, the “pages” I write will be at the top of the screen, just above the banner, which I will customize shortly. This will enable me to write new, daily (or semi-daily,) updates. Some “pages” I’ll have, if you don’t see them already, are; links of the day, photo of the day, video of the day, and more. I just haven’t thought of everything yet.

So if you like what you’ve been reading, keep checking abck as I update it with more than jsut posts, and explore so you can take full advantage (also check the “What’s New” page often, because that’s where I’ll post my updates.

Stay tuned.

Searching For A Costume You Can Believe In

Posted in Other, Politics with tags on October 30, 2008 by Jamie

It seemed too good to be true. When I finally decided where to go on Halloween, I knew I would have the perfect costume. Something simple, that wouldn’t take too long to assemble (i.e. no makeup, painting my body, etc.) With the election being just days away, I had the perfect costume; Barack Obama.

So I hit up Google immediately and started searching online. It was Sunday night, and I needed something that would arrive 100% before Halloween, tomorrow night. Not wanting to take the risk, I tried searching for some costume stores in Montreal. A few seem to have Barack Obama masks in, but no reservations could be made. With no time to shlep all the way to Lasalle (there’s a store called “Giggles” there, that guaranteed they had it,) I asked my friend to go buy me one on his trip to Giggles. He agreed, and I forgot about it for two days, until i got the text message: they’re sold out.

So I panicked, except, not really. While I would’ve loved to be Obama for Halloween, I realized it was not the end of the world. I would probabaly never wear the mask again after the night (actually, that’s a lie,) and $35 is a lot on jsut a mask, especially when that’s the same price of the party. A mask or an all-you-can-drink ticket… hm, tough decision. Actually, ididn’t get a chance to make that decision at all because of my idea’s apparently extreme popularity amongst Canadians who have no vote.

So I started thinking about what I could be; Curious George? Nah, don’t have time to paint my body. A streaker? Nah, no trenchcoat. Marty McFly? Nah, don’t have that kick-ass red vest. I started thinking about other costumes, mainly ripping ideas from my favourite movies. William Miller from almost famous? Nah, hair’s not long enough and wouldn’t be recognizable anyways. What about Forrest Gump? I like the idea, but you need that beige-ish suit to complete it. Oh well.

So now, hours before Halloween, I’m still thinking of a costume I can believe in. I’m writing this post as a request for suggestions, hopefully you, my readers, will see a man in need and help me out. Thank you.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Posted in Other with tags on October 29, 2008 by Jamie

With the snow falling on my hometown of Montreal, I can proudly say that winter is finally here. Most people despise it, but I crave winter. Granted, during summer you’re pretty much out of school, so you have more time to enjoy the weather. But when it starts to get really cold, and really snowy, and therefore really icy, I love it.

One of the main reasons? Outdoor ice hockey, commonly referred to as shinny. It’s played with no equipment, except skates and sticks (and occasionally gauntlets and helmets.) As many people as possible can play, and it’s a skating/passing game, instead of the hitting/shooting game of real ice hockey. Every single year I wait for the moment I could step onto the ice at Hampstead Park, and the first snowfall is usually a good early sign, something to keep me optimistic.

I’ve loved winter for as long as I can remember, and one of the big reasons was my father. Every year, on the first snowfall, he would come into the house with the first snowball of the season, jokingly throw it at me, and then put it in the freezer for safekeeping. We would then go outside and throw a few snowballs at each other, or at passing people and cars. Since I can no longer do that with him, I’ve gone the past few years and continued the tradition as a tribute to my father.

On a lighter note, I really am excited that winter is here. The past few years it hasn’t really snowed in October at all, and sometimes not even November. I usually can’t play shinny untill winter vacation starts, but hopefully that’ll come a bit earlier this year. Some people don’t seem to like winter but I don’t understand why. Sure it’s wet, freezing, and dark, but so are fudgsicles, and those are amazing. (That might’ve been the worst analogy of all time and I apologize.) Anyways I wrote this post pretty much only to express how happy I am that winter is here, and I guess I’ve done that, so I guess that’s it for now.

I haven’t had much time to work on the Electoral update post, and I’m about halfway done. I’ll post it up the second it’s complete, so tay patient and keep checking back.

Just Because You’re Losing, Doesn’t Mean You’ve Lost

Posted in Book Posts, Music with tags on October 27, 2008 by Jamie

I might be a little late with this specific Coldplay reference, seeing as how Viva La Vida has been out for a few months already, so I guess you can call me a Coldplay n00b.

I’ve known of their existence for a few years actually. “Parachutes” was one of the first CDs my sister gave me, which helped guide me through my transition into the musical world, away form the annoying popular acts (Sum41, etc,) that I was listening to at the time. But over the next couple of years, I guess I just forgot about them. I had downloaded X & Y when it came out, but rarely listened to it.

And then came Viva La Vida. The multi-platinum selling album reached numero uno in virtually every country in the world. It’s success was propelled by the title track and the song “Lost,” two of the songs in high rotation on my iPod now. This newfound love affair with Coldplay has been ready to explode for a few months now, but Saturday Night Live’s episode this week was the fuse that set it off. I knew that Coldplay was that night’s musical guest, but I did not know what they were about to do.

Coldplay, led by singer/keyboardist/budding musical legend Chris Martin, absolutely destroyed the stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. I have never seen a music act destroy like they did. Most musical acts play about two songs throughout the night, and most of time I just fast-forward through that, but this time it was different.

For the band’s first two songs, they played “Viva La Vida” and “Lost,” leaving both me and my friend pretty satisfied. The band’s stage chemistry was undeniable, and Martin lit it up like he was playing for a group of friends and not millions of viewers. But then the unthinkable happened. We thought they were done, but we were wrong.

The show came back from commercial, and with the clock nearing 1:00am, we expected to see one last picture of the hsot and final skit. What did we see? A picture of the band, who proceeded to play an older hit this time, “Yellow.” Me and my friend started freaking out. This is the first Coldplay hit I heard, and it immediately brought me back to 2004.

Then it showed the entire cast, special guests, and the host doing their usual wave goodbye. But my friend noticed something I had not, and said; “Where’s Coldplay?”

Sure enough, the next words heard were uttered by Jon Hamm: “Ladies and gentlemen, once again, Coldplay.” It was then that my friend’s PVR cut off. Damn NBC. Still, having four performances  is pretty impressive, and shows how popular they are, and how much the crowd wanted more. Even though I didn’t see their final performance (probably another older hit, like “Fix You” or something,) I was hooked. Thanks Neil.

Why Rex Grossman Is The Best Backup QB In The NFL

Posted in Sports with tags , on October 27, 2008 by Jamie

Did the headline shock you? Good, because it should. There are a number of things I could write about now, my Lacrosse game tomorrow (my last game as a student-athlete ever,) the movie Sex Drive, which I saw tonight (a complete ripoff of Eurotrip, Road Trip, and Superbad all in one,) but one thing that happened tonight stood out.

My friend actually uttered the words (minus the why) in the title. And then we had a solid argument over it, but because I wasn’t quickly ready with stats to counter his claims, each of my comments was refused. He kept saying the fact that Grossman is young, and has already already appeared in a Super Bowl, automatically made him the best backup quarterback in the league. Here’s why he’s wrong.

Even though it was plainly obvious to any football fan that when the Bears reached the Super Bowl after the 2006 season that it was their defense that led them there, not their QB, my friend still said that made him worthy. How did Grossman perform in that Super Bowl? 20/28, 165 yards, 1TD, 2 picks, one of which was returned for the game-clinching touchdown, oh and he also lost a fumble. Just saying…

Unfortunately for Grossman, his horrendous performance in the Super Bowl was amplified even more, because when you have such a dominating D and special teams like the Bears did, you expect an easy Super Bowl victory.

My friend also argued that Grossman had great stats during the regular season that year. Great season? That year Grossman had a 54.6 completion percentage, threw for just under 200 yards per game, and had 23 TDs and 21 picks, giving him a QB rating of 73.9. Not exactly MVP-caliber stats. But we can’t always live in the past. His original statement was that Grossman was CURRENTLY the best backup quarterback in the league, citing only his Super Bowl appearance and youth as qualifiers.

Grossman doesn’t exactly scream “experience.” Saying what he said, with the Super Bowl appearance as his main basis, is like saying Sarah Palin has foreign policy experience because Russia is close to Alaska. I’m sorry, but that’s true. But after all this, I don’t want to be made out to look like a fool, so I’ll do my research. Let’s look at the QB backups around the league and see if Rex is really better than all of them.

Arizona Cardinals – Matt Leinart: This is an interesting case. Leinart showed a lot of promise coming out of USC, but hasn’t had the NFL career many experts predicted. He started 11 games a rookie in 2006, and actually put up eerily similar stats to Grossman (56.8 completion percentage, about 212 yards per game, 11 TDs, 12 picks, and a QB rating of 74.0.) Even though he hasn’t had an excellent carreer, I’m sure many coaches would prefer Leinart based on potential alone. Even now, if I were an offensive coordinator, I would rather Leinart run my offense than Grossman. Winner: Matt Leinart.

Atlanta Falcons – Chris Redman: When you’re starting a rookie QB, it’s doubtful your backup is any good. Still, serving mainly as a backup his entire career, Redman’s numbers have not been horrible. He has a career completion percentage of 56.2, 17 TDs to only 10 picks and a QB rating of 79.5. But the carreer backup (who is born on 7/7/77, and ironically wears the number 8 ) is untested…and 31. This may be a close one, but… Winner: Rex Grossman.

Baltimore Ravens – Troy Smith: Yet another team starting a rookie QB.  Second-year pro Smith is a former Heisman winner (who won the Heisman with his legs, and not his arm) who seems destined for a career as a backup. His skills were fine in college, but this formula doesn’t always work in the NFL (just ask Seneca Wallace, Antwaan Randle El, Hines Ward, Brad Smith, and others, who conceded defeat and moved to receiver.) Still, his speed is intriguing, but in a win-now situation, unfortunately he loses. Winner: Grossman.

Buffalo Bills – J.P. Losman: Since losing his job to current starter Trent Edwards, Losman has been riding the Bills’ bench. But in his last full season as a starter, 2006, he actually put up better stats then Rex Grossman. (62.5 completion percentage, 19 TDs, 14 picks, and a QB rating of 84.9.) They’ve both actually had pretty similar careers, so it seems to close to call. Winner: Tossup.

Carolina Panthers – Matt Moore: Next! Winner: Grossman.

Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Fitzpatrick: Even though Fitzpatrick is the technical starter, he is only keeping the seat warm for for former Heisman winner and 1st overall pick Carson Palmer (who is out with an injury.) He has been unimpressive thus far for the winless Bengals. Thankfully for him, he still has that Harvard education. Winner: Grossman.

Cleveland Browns – Brady Quinn: Drafted late in the first round in 2007, Quinn was expected to take over the Browns pretty quickly last season. Unfortunately for him, Derek Anderson took off, and Quinn was relegated to clipboard duty for the season, throwing only eight passes. He hasn’t thrown a pass this season, but despite his lack of experience, this shouldn’t be a difficult choice for any coach or analyst. Winner: Brady Quinn.

Dallas Cowboys – Brad Johnson: Though he’s the starter now, he’s stilll just a backup when Tony Romo returns from injury. The aged veteran has a career passer rating of 82.8, ranking him 26th all-time. “Johnson holds a 72-51 career record as a starter, currently the 4th best win-loss ratio among active QBs with over 100 starts. He has also connected on over 60% of his passes for 13 straight seasons (1995-2007), the first quarterback in NFL history to do this. He has been twice selected to Pro Bowl: in 1999 and 2002. He has eclipsed the 3,000-yard passing mark five times” (Wikipedia.) Though he has indeed taken a team to a Super Bowl, but unlike Grossman, actually won, “Checkdown Charlie” at this point in his long career, loses out to the younger Grossman. Winner: Grossman.

Denver Broncos – Patrick Ramsey: When you have a starter like Jay Cutler, you usually don’t care who your backup is. Though Ramsey has had a decent career, he hasn’t seen much time under center since 2004, when he was starting for the Redskins. Winner: Grossman.

Detroit Lions – Dan Orlovsky: Though former starter Jon Kitna is our for the year, Orlovsky is still technically the backup. With Kitna nearing the end of his career however, it looks like Detroit will have no choice but to go QB early in Round 1 this year. I’m sorry, but as bad as both Orlovsky and Detroit are, I refuse to write anymore on them. Winner: Grossman.

Green Bay Packers – Brian Brohm/Matt Flynn: After Brett Favre’s “retirement,” career backup Aaron Rodgers took over. With no other Quarterback’s on their roster, the Packers drafted two rookie QBs; Brian Brohm in the second round, and Matt Flynn in the seventh. After a promising but injury-plagued college career, Brohm looks to be stuck behind Rodgers for a very, very, long time. Winner: Grossman, by default.

Houston Texans – Sage Rosenfels: Aside from the devastating end to his week five start, Rosenfels has shown promise taking over for Matt Shaub. He’s had decent career stats, and has shown he can be more than a capable backup, maybe even a starter on some teams. Only problem though? He’s 30. Winner: Tossup.

Indianapolis Colts – Jim Sorgi: Hahahahaahahaha. Winner: Grossman.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Cleo Lemon: Wow. I’m beginning to think my friend might actually be right. The quality of backups in the league is horrendous. Winner: Grossman.

Kansas City Chiefs – Tyler Thigpen: There’s a reason they have one of the worst offenses in the league. My job is getting a lot easier. Winner: Grossman.

Miami Dolphins – Chad Henne: I actually really like Henne. Before the signing of Chad Pennington, he was the next in a long line of Dolphins starting QBs, and I believed he could turn them around. Looks like Pennington is slowly doing the job, but when he’s done Henne, who showed extreme promise at Michigan, will be more than ready to take over. Winner: Chad Henne.

Minnesota Vikings – Gus Frerotte/Tavaris Jackson: Does it even matter? Winner: Grossman.

New England Patriots – Matt Cassel: Everyone knows this is Tom Brady’s team, but while he is out for the year, Cassel has done a fine job, keeping his team in contention with a 5-2 record. The career backup spent his college years backing up Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, and his entire NFL career backing up future HOFer Brady, but he is more than a backup. Winner: Matt Cassell.

New Orleans Saints – Mark Brunell: Not every team is as lucky as the Patriots. Thankfully, they have Drew Brees. Winner: Grossman.

New York Giants – David Carr: Oh boy. As a Texans fan who suffered through years of Carr at the helm, I can imagine how crushed Giants fans would be if Super Bowl winner Eli Manning succumbed to injury. Winner: Grossman.

New York Jets – Kellen Clemens: When Favre retires sometime in the next few years, the Jets better hope they have someone better to take over. Winner: Grossman.

Oakland Raiders – Marques Tuiasosopo: BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Why is this man still on an NFL roster? Can someone tell me please? Winner: Grossman.

Philadelphia Eagles – Kevin Kolb: The Eagles reached for Kolb at the top of the 2007 draft when far better options were available. When McNabb retires, I doubt Kolb will be ready to follow in his footsteps. Winner: Grossman.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Leftwitch: There’s a reason that the Jags went with the unproven Garrard over Leftwitch at the start of last year’s training camp, and it wasn’t that coach Jack Del Rio was in love with Garrard. Leftwitch should not start a game the rest of his career, and he deserves the clipboard duty. Winner: Grossman.

San Diego Chargers – Billy Volek: He was semi-decent as a Titans starter a few years back, but that’s all he has. Winner: Grossman.

San Francisco 49ers – Alex Smith: A former first-overall pick as their backup? Their starter must be amazing! Um… nope! Winner: Grossman.

Seattle Seahawks – Seneca Wallace: Wallace was thrust into the starting role after Matt Hasselbeck went down with an injury, and if this team weren’t so bad, Grossman might actually have some competition here. Winner: Grossman.

St. Louis Rams – Trent Green: He’s so bad, even the Chiefs didn’t want him. Enough said. Winner: Grossman.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brian Griese: Though he’s injured and extremely old, Griese was performing well enough in practice for coach Jon Gruden to decide to start him over Jeff Garcia. Looks like that didn’t exactly payoff, seeing as he’s now injured. Winner: Grossman.

Tennessee Titans – Vince Young: After Young got injured, Kerry Collins took over this team, and now has them as the only undefeated team left in the league. Looks like Young will be a backup for at least the rest of the year. Despite issues with his mental health and injury problems, Young’s core skill set is still a weapon, though I think his career might be over already. Still, with the potential still there… Winner: Vince Young.

Washington Redskins – Todd Collins/Colt Brennan: I’m very intrigued by Brennan, after the career he had at Hawaii. Still, because he has yet to start a game or even throw an NFL pass, Grossman wins yet again by default. Oh. And Collins is really old. Winner: Grossman.

Wow. Against all backups in the league, Grossman is actually 24-5-2, with 3 of those wins being against teams with no backup with NFL experience. Is Grossman actually better than the backups for 24 teams? That’s just sad. I’m starting to question my belief in NFL coaches. Do they not realize that almost 75% are screwed if their starters go down? How do you think it makes them feel that REX GROSSMAN is more than likely better than their own backup.

When my friend said what he did, I expected to do the research and find that Grossman was the worst backup i nthe league, but  I was wrong. The backup’s in this league are horrible, so the Bears should be thankful they have Rex as their backup.

Even if its only to motivate their o-line not to let Kyle Orton get injured.

How To Teach Quantum Physics To A Monkey

Posted in Politics with tags , , on October 22, 2008 by Jamie

If you arrived at this post expecting me to actually answer the question in the title, than you have even less of a clue than a monkey. Today, during a break from school, I tried to explain the Electoral College to a friend of mine, who most people agree isn’t the smartest person around.

When a passerby noticed this, he laughed, saying my efforts were like “teaching quantum physics to a monkey,” and that’s where I got my title. But in reality, it was a lot easier to explain the Electoral College, and how the U.S. runs their election, then I assume it would be to teach Quantum Physics to a monkey. If you have a general knowledge of quantum physics, and happen to own a monkey, I urge you to try it, and get back to me with your results.

Anyways, my friend, whose name I will not say for his own confidentiality, has a much higher brain capacity then a monkey. And the way the U.S. runs their presidential election is a lot easier to explain then quantum physics, whatever they are. The guy, and a group of his friends who were near enough to hear my attempt at the explanation, were all interested to eavesdrop and add their input.

Just thought I should note that they are all Canadian minors, so even if they did live in the U.S, they couldn’t vote. And I guess it’s good they couldn’t, because in just a few minutes statements like “no chance any rappers are voting for McCain,” and “Sarah Palin is more qualified than Obama to be president.” While I am a supporter of Obama, and I don’t pretend to know everything about politics, I know those two statements are wrong.

What I told my friend, who asked me if Obama was going to win the election, is not necessarily how the Electoral College works, nor what it is, but how and why Obama will be elected. As a service to you, my readers, I will explain how the election is decided, and using surveys and math, why Obama will win.

Each state is designated with a certain number of “Electoral Votes,” which is equal to its number of Senators and Representatives in the United States Congress combined. The most populous states have the highest number of Electoral votes. Click here to see how many electoral votes each state has. Anyways, with each election, many news sites like to put out their own electoral predictions. Slate’s is the most informative (providing you with recent polling data for each state, and using that to determine who will win,) and USA Today’s is the most interactive, allowing you to look at all elections since 1960 and see how they worked out.

There are a total of 538 electoral votes up for grabs, from all 50 U.S. states plus Washington D.C., and a total of 270 is needed for election. States that are “Safe Obama/McCain” are almost guaranteed to vote for that specific candidate, and in some cases (McCain in Michigan) candidates have completely given up trying to “win” that state. Aside from special cases in Maine and Nebraska, if a candidate wins the popular vote in a state, he receives all of the state’s electoral votes. Here’s a breakdown (using Slate’s data) of how the election will likely play out, with the number of electoral votes that state has in brackets:

Disclaimer: The classification as states “Safe,” “Leaning,” or “Tossup,” were made by Slate based on scientific polling. It does not mean those states are guarantees in any way.

“Safe Obama” states (states that are almost guaranteed to vote Obama):

California (55), Oregon (7), Washington (11), Iowa (7), Wisconsin (10), Illinois (21), Michigan (17), Virginia (13), Pennsylvania (21), New York (31), Maine (4), Massachusetts (12), Rhode Island (4), Connecticut (7), Vermont (3), New Jersey (15), Delaware (3), Maryland (10), Washington DC (3), Hawaii (4).

“Safe McCain” states (states that are almost guaranteed to vote McCain):

Alaska (3), Idaho (4), Utah (5), Arizona (10), Wyoming (3), South Dakota (3), Nebraska (5), Kansas (6), Oklahoma (7), Texas (34), Arkansas (6), Louisiana (9), Mississippi (6), Alabama (9), Tennessee (11), Kentucky (8), West Virginia (5), South Carolina (8).

“Lean Obama” states (states that are likely to vote for Obama, but where the race is close enough that McCain could still win):

Colorado (9), New Mexico (5), Minnesota (10), New Hampshire (4).

“Lean McCain” states (states that are likely to vote for McCain, but where the race is close enough that Obama could still win):

Georgia (15).

“Tossup” states (states where the race is so close, they could vote either way, also called “swing” states or “battleground” states):

Nevada (5), Montana (3), North Dakota (3), Missouri (11), Indiana (11), Ohio (20), North Carolina (15), Florida (27).

If both “safe” and “leaning” states for those candidates, Obama is projected to get 286 electoral votes, McCain 157, and 95 remain tossups. Because this result would give Obama the majority (270) he needs to win, McCain needs to work hard to win states that should be his in the first place.

Winning Florida and Ohio are crucial to McCain’s chances. It’s likely that if McCain ends up winning, it’s due in part to his winning of those two states. In addition to winning all, if not most, of the remaining tossup states, McCain will have to win states that generally vote republican, but are shifting towards Obama.

He’ll likely need to win Virginia, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, North Carolina, Indiana, and the previously mentioned Flordia and Ohio. A scenario like that would net Obama 273 votes and McCain 265. This situation would still give Obama a victory, but it would make McCain much closer.

So in addition to winning all those states, McCain will have to pry one from Obama’s grasp. If this were to happen anywhere, New Hampshire or Pennsylvania is probably his best chance. Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral are extremely valuable to either candidate, and if McCain can pry Pennsylvania from Obama, as well as win the states in the previous paragraph, McCain will win the election. If McCain can’t get Pennsylvania, but manages to win the states in the previous paragraph as well as New Hampshire, a very unique situation would occur. There would be an electoral tie (269-269), in which case the House of Representatives would decide who’d win.

Even though McCain is making gains in Pennsylvania, it still seems likely that state will vote for Obama. Recent Slate data has Obama with a big lead, 53.7% to 38.4%, but anything can happen between now and election day (November 4th.) As the election nears, expect a lot more politics-related posts, as well as new electorla updates next Monday, as well as the Monday after, the night before the election.

I hope this explanation helped, and even though most of my readers are Canadian and therefore ineligible to vote, I still think (and hope) you will find it interesting and informative.

Albums listened to while writing/researching this post:

“Across The Universe Soundtrack” – Various Artists

“After the Gold Rush” – Neil Young

The Beautiful Ride

Posted in Book Posts, Movies, Music with tags on October 21, 2008 by Jamie

[Disclaimer: I actually hate the whole metro/bus ride home, which is when I wrote this post originally. However, because it was the last song on the playlist (a song that ended just as I walked into my house, for the second day in a row,) I decided to give it that title. Read on…]

I love the dollar store. And not not just because I’m Jewish. I went in there a couple of minutes ago, and walked out with a pencil, pen, lock, and four packs of gum all for five dollars. I’m usually not the cheap type, but this purchase made me feel more Jewish then ever.

On to other things. I’m on the metro again, and am thankful that my class ended early, even though it usually does and I yet again didn’t get a lift. Although it’s actually not too bad taking the metro today. I have a seat for once, it’s much less crowded compared to yesterday, and my notebook (well, hillroy) isn’t cramped against my oxymoronic upright lap. Oh and I’ve got a great playlist going again.

Except it’s not even by real musicians. It’s the complete collection of “Dewey Cox” songs from the movie Walk Hard, which I actually watched the other night. Both the songs and the movie are extremely underrated. Produced by Comedy god Judd Apatow (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, etc, ) it chronicles the life of a man named Dewey Cox.

As a boy, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half in an unfortunate machete-fight accident, thrusting him into a life that parodies the biographical films of Walk The Line (Johnny Cash,) The Doors (Jim Morrison,) and Ray (Ray Charles,) among others. For example, after the trauma stemming form the machete accident, Dewey loses his sense of smell. (An obvious refrence to Charles’ blindness.)

The movies features a lot of great cameos, many with actors portraying famous musicians from that era (The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and a few others,) but the real non-Dewey stars are the actresses that play his two wives. Kristen Wiig plays his loving but doubtful (“I do believe in you Dewey, I just know you’re going to fail”) first wife, while Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office,) plays extremely attractive backup singer and eventual wife Darlene Madison.

(Wow, I almost missed my stop, and now I’m stuck waiting outside in the cold wetness that is October Montreal. But at least it’s not snowing.)

Anyways, even though the Dewey Cox playlist is now playing for the second time, I’m gonna start writing about something else. (Wow I should have worn a sweater, it’s actually freezing out here, and it’s rianing too… at least the bus is here.) One second…

Current time: 6:12 pm. That’s about as far as I got with the notebook post. Once I got on the bus, not only did I get a seat, but a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile sat right by me. So I spent the bus ride talking to him, and continuing to listening to the Dewey Cox songs. As the bus pulled closer to my house, the song “Beautiful Ride” came on. It’s the last song he writes in the movie, chronicling his entire life, and talking about life in itself as he is getting closer to death. And for the second day in a row, it fades out exactly as I walk into my house. Extremely weird. So that’s it, here’s the playlist below as promised.

The Dewey part of the songs are actually song by the actor who plays them, John C. Reilly, and as such they’re credited to him officially. Angela Correa sings for Darlene Madison.

Songs I listened to (twice) while writing (all by Dewey Cox unless otherwise noted):

1) (Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man

2) Walk Hard

3) Let’s Duet – Dewey Cox ft. Angela Correa

4) Let Me Hold You (Little Man)

5) Guilty As Charged

6) Beautiful Ride

Download of the day: Let’s Duet