The Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] line of programming producing some damn awesome, groundbreaking, visionary television shows for almost a decade now, mostly in the irreverent 15-minute cartoon comedy vein (with Space Ghost: Coast To Coast acting as precursor in 1994), but also seeding out into anime, bizarre live action sketch comedy, and being the people we have to blame for The Family Guy’s continued existence.
But not only do they cherish their small but loyal demographic, but they seek to engage them and entertain them in as many ways as possible, including dozens of on-line video game amusements, and even free music. The now legendary dangerDOOM album (bringing together indie hip-hop moguls DJ Danger Mouse and MF Doom) and it’s free ep, but stretching out into remix contests providing hours of free music to any that want to listen, and this little gem which snuck under many an electronica fan’s radar last year.
There’s bopping detroit techno and downtempo house, crunchy beats and smooth rhythms. It’s something pleasantly unassuming, as engaging or passive an album as you want it to be.
Favourite tracks include:
1032 - “Blue Little”
Dark Party - “Active”
Deastro - “Light Powered”
Matthew Dear - “R+S”
Michna - “Triple Chrome”
School of Seven Bells - “Chain”
But for free, they’re all quite good with nary a skipper in the bunch. It’s a diverse compilation of sounds that hearken back to sounds of yore from Kraftwerk through to Thrill Kill Kult to Ladytron. Did I mention it’s free, and for a guy who only bought six cd’s in 2008, this probably bests any of them.
You’d think that with all the advancements today that I could find a safe, legal, free way to download TV episodes. Hell, I’d be willing to watch streaming videos with commercials, as long as I could watch them when I wanted to. When’s a Canadian version of Hulu coming along?
Anyway, I watched Smallville Season 8, Episode 11 (titled “Legion”) via two different uploaders on youtube, one who uploaded it in 4 parts, the other who uploaded it in 6, only neither uploaded all their parts, so I missed some of it.
I’ve never been a fan of Smallville, but, like many, I’d like to catch episodes that would feature other heroes or villains from the DC Universe (Aquaman, Cyborg, Impulse). Season 8 has been quite enjoyable, really focusing on Clark’s destiny (finally!) as opposed to teenage melodrama. Smallville’s growing up, and it’s far more enjoyable for it. This episode in particular, bringing the Legion of Super-Heroes from the 31st century back in time, openly alluded to Clark’s impact on the world and the universe (I thought stating that Lana would make her own lasting impact on the world was overstating her importance in the mythology) thus reinforcing this season’s theme. The actors playing Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl were all quite good, and the promise of putting Clark into the 31st century (”to meet the rest of the Legion”) is pretty tantalizing, though likely won’t materialize.
Another enjoyable episode. This week, John Jones (the Martian Manhunter) gets shot. Poor J’onn.
Alfredo’s Fine Foods (see previous “i ate”) also makes some pretty damn awesome oatmeal raisin cookies as well. It looks like they make their dough in a long roll and cut off thick chunks and place them on the cookie sheet. But they cook nicely all the way through and are quite tender and flavourful. I did not need to know this.
The instant we moved in I decided that the doorknobs that were in the place weren’t in very good repair or adequate enough protection. So in my first journey to Rona, about 10 days ago, I picked up three different door locks/handles, a locking doorknob for the shed (since the current one, though lockable, had no key left behind), a locking doorknob for the exterior mudroom (so that we don’t have to leave it slide locked which is inaccessible from the exterior) and a key-in/key-out deadbolt for the main door, which had a door knob that was always locked and difficult to open, likely due to age and a worn mechanism inside.
I attempted to install the deadbolt the same day but learned I didn’t have a deep enough bolt hole for the latch bolt. I would need a spade bit to deepen it, which I didn’t have. This week, while picking up weatherstripping etc, I fortunately remembered to pick up a set of spade bits, and I drilled that puppy out.
It took a few tries to get everything together, but now we have a key-in/key-out deadbolt on the main door, which works very well and will keep us quite secure. Only thing is we don’t have a handle to pull the door shut anymore. D’oh!