Saturday, April 23, 2005

Old Friends

Mindy's blog reminded me of good friends. A couple of weeks ago, my old buddy, David Castles, gave me a call. He was in town visiting his parents and was moving back to Australia from the UK. I've known David for 14 years (since Grade 6) and he's the only one that's kept in touch with me since my elementary school days. I'm pretty amazed. He moved to Australia in 1995, then to England in 2003, but now moved back to the Outback. Every so often when he's in Vancouver we'll either hook up for lunch or chat on the phone. He told me he had went down to Lagos, Nigeria with his dad before coming to Vancouver, I think for church related work. That's cool. There's something about Africa that appeals to me, its societal ills, cultural aspects, the people, wildlife, and scenery. One day, I'd like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Tom and Mindy you'll be so close to it soon. I've been praying for you guys. Love ya.

For more photos, visit David's Trip to Nigeria Gallery


Thursday, April 21, 2005

Greatest Album of All Time

A poll conducted by British TV station Channel Four quizzed half a million people across the UK to vote for their favourite albums of all time. As a result, "Ok Computer" by Radiohead was voted the greatest album of all time. I would have to agree it is a great album. The 1997 album was closely followed by "Joshua Tree" by U2 in second place, "Nevermind" by Nirvana in third, and "Thriller" by Michael Jackson in fourth.

Music is such a great way to relax and go to another place. Whenever I go to the Virgin Megastore on Robson, I'm amazed how many artists are out there to help make our lives that much more meaningful.

We all have our favourite albums and here are my top ten (in somewhat *edit* particular order).

1. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
2. The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys
3. Meteora - Linkin Park
4. Hopes and Fears - Keane
5. Doubting Paris - Doubting Paris
6. Joyful Rebellion - K-Os
7. Crash - Dave Matthews Band
8. Ok Computer - Radiohead
9. Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros
10. Regulate...G Funk Era - Warren G

What are yours?


Monday, April 18, 2005

Sin City

My bro and I saw Sin City over the weekend. I wanted to see this film for its comic book layout and they nailed it well. Sin City is based on three graphic novels written and drawn by Frank Miller. It tells the stories of three people living in a crime-infested city. It was a very graphic film and not a movie for weak stomachs. If you've seen Kill Bill, Sin City takes it to the next level. It's interesting how controversial The Passion of the Christ was for it's graphic images when nothing has been said about Sin City. Every sin imaginable was portrayed in this film, but one thing stood out to me in this film, love. Love is the most powerful thing and the characters showed that nothing could take it away. Overall, I liked this film for its unique approach of incorporating three stories into one environment and the amazing comic book feel. Sin City was refreshingly different from most movies I've seen even though violent. Another thing I couldn't get my mind off of was Jessica Alba who played Nancy Callahan. I think God is teasing me.


Friday, April 08, 2005


I went to the Autoshow at BC Place Stadium today and saw some cars I wanted to see. The ones I liked the most include the Ferrari F430, 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Ford GT, Lexus LF-X Concept, Mazda RX-8, Acura RSX Type-S, Acura NSX, Nissan 350Z, Toyota Prius, Honda Ridgeline, Mercedes-Benz SL 500 AMG, Hummer H3, and Smart ForTwo. While at the Smart booth, I talked to a lovely spokeswoman about the small compact car. I was mainly concerned with its safety and she told me that it got a 5 star rating. That's pretty amazing for a little car. She said that the core of the car is its high-strength tridion safety cell. It's essentially one unit that distributes force evenly in the event of an impact and the cell is 300% stronger than steel. The ForTwo has a governed top speed of 135 km/h and drives at 120 km/h smoothly. It gets 61 mpg in the city and 71 mpg on the highway. It also has four airbags to protect the driver.

The woman then asked me if I wanted to test drive the Smart car and I was like wha?? Drive it? Here? How? She said that I just have to sign a waiver and a guy in a Mercedes-Benz SUV will shuttle me to Science World where they a have a race track setup in the parking lot. I thought she was kidding, but then I said sure! So I got to sit in this nice brand new SUV and drive the ForTwo around a race track. It was really fun! The car felt like I was driving a go-cart. It has great handling and I was able to take corners hard at a high rate of speed. I don't think I would ever buy it, but if I lived in the city it would be convenient to have. I would be able to park anywhere and save on gas (seeing that gas prices are way high).

The car I would most likely buy is the Acura RSX. It's sporty and looks cool. I also like the Toyota Prius that has hybrid technology (combined gas and electric motors). It gives you great mileage and it's like driving a vehicle from the future with it's digital guages, computer screen, and one button to start the engine. The modern car is just as much about the experience as it is getting you to places.


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The World's Most Advanced Bra

The title says it all and who would make such a thing? It is none other than Victoria Secret. I was watching Conan O'Brien with his guest, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, discussing the new bra called Body by Victoria with IPEX. I was laughing when Conan was joking about how it took a team of scientists to create the advanced bra. Apparently, it took two years to research and develop. The company says a team of international designers, engineers, and technicians used digital and laser technology to form the IPEX pad. They created a fusing process that allowed them to shave multiple layers to form the perfect pad - maximum coverage at the centre and virtually weightless at the edges. I did some research here cause I'm a guy.

Shouldn't scientists be looking for a cure to the world's diseases? Hmmm...develop a bra or find a cure to cancer?