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Winning Concert Tickets From CBC Radio

cbc radio 2So I’m waiting for my daughter’s drama class to finish outside in the car, reading the newspaper with CBC Radio 2 on, when the host says “the first 2 caller wins tickets to see Jasper Wood in Moncton on March 2 at the Capitol Theatre.”

Shit, I sayz. So I frantically dial the number as she repeats it (thankfully) 3 times, and no one answers – an answering machine. But I leave a message saying who I am and why I called.

I just (5 minutes ago) got off the phone with Olga Milosevich – the host of that CBC show I was listening to. She said that show is taped and she was just going through her messages tonight, and I was the 1st caller – I won the tickets.

Jasper Wood is a virtuoso violinist from Moncton.

Who wants to go with me?! Show’s at 8pm this Wednesday.

2011 Oscar Winners

I don’t remember the last time I watched the Oscar telecast. It might have been the year Titanic won. I dunno. But I watched a portion of the 2011 telecast online last night from an ABC feed. I’d never seen the Red Carpet foolishness before. Wow. I knew Hollywood was shallow, but that was obscene. Actresses answering questions about what kind of dress they had on. Who cares about that? I also saw Melissa Leo’s acceptance speech, which is proof that it’s better to appreciate the art and forget about the artist. I liked her in Tremé, but even if she was nervous, man, she seemed like a total nut.

I don’t care too much about the awards, but this year I actually saw most of the nominated movies, and I’ll at least give them this: All movies nominated for best picture (the 8 that I saw anyway) are intelligent and literate and aren’t just throwaway entertainment. And the winners are…

Picture: The King’s Speech
Directing: Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Lead Actor: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Lead Actress: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Foreign language film: In a Better World
Animated feature film (aka The Pixar Award): Toy Story 3
Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception
Documentary feature: Inside Job

“The Social Network” is Okay, not Great

The Social Network tells the story of the guy who created Facebook. He’s a computer geek who would never have a girlfriend if he wasn’t a billionaire, and he knows it. Did he steal the idea for Facebook or was it his own creation? Does it really matter? “The Social Network” may be well directed and well acted, but it’s a movie about fratboys and Facebook, and I couldn’t get past my general distaste for both to care about any of it. I know filmmakers all over are praising the director, David Fincher, to the sky, and I’m sure he’ll collect loads of awards for his work, but he can do better than this.

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God is Dead

I don’t know why this isn’t bigger news: NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God:

After more than five decades of tireless work, brave exploration, and technological innovation aimed at a single objective, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Wednesday that it had finally completed its mission to find and kill God.

“I am ecstatic to tell you all today that we have beheld the awesome visage of the supreme architect of the cosmos, and we have murdered Him,” jubilant administrator Charles Bolden said after being drenched with champagne by other celebrating NASA employees. “There have been innumerable setbacks, missteps, and hardships over the past 50 years, but we always stayed true to our ultimate goal and we never gave up.”

“We finally got the son of a bitch!” Bolden continued. “He’s dead! God is dead!”