Feb 05

Exactly What I Needed

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I need to buzz through this, but so much happened this weekend, I don’t know where to start.

I guess here is as good a place as any.

I watched this resonating Ted Talk with Elan Morgan shortly after it came out. I hadn’t seen or heard of a Ted Talk at that time, but I’ve watched it eight times since then. It’s triumphant and beautiful.

I had read her blog, and although I didn’t subscribe, I enjoyed popping in occasionally. The thing that kept me checking back was how well written it was.

Fast forward to a month ago. I was flipping through the webs and saw that she was speaking at a conference in Winnipeg called Mblog 2014.

The Anatomy of Great Content (and the fire that refines it)

That was the title of her presentation, so I looked up the conference and saw the different speakers. One of them was The Bloggess.

Say what?

This is my "Say what?" face. I hope you liked it. I took it myself.

This is my “Say what?” face. I took this myself.

Hmmm. Here was a thing I hadn’t heard of, in Winnipeg, and Jenny Lawson was going to be there. I started poking around and was excited by the other speakers and topics. I also needed some new breath, because I had been in a huge funk when it came to posting.

As some of you may know, I went to a blogging conference once that tainted me against these events in general, but this one looked different. It was what I expect a blog conference to be like. I made the necessary arrangements, and off I went to The Peg for a few days. Not the best choice for a winter vacation, but I didn’t care. I needed this.

I didn’t book a hotel room.

I saw that it was going to run me about $150 a night, so I looked on Facebook for someone to split with. That’s when a friend told me about guest houses. She’s a smart and savvy girl, so I figured that I had better check into it. I looked around and found Tak and Mike’s place for $45 a night and it was only a ten minute walk to the university.

Score.

Street view doesn't come out in the winter maybe.

Street view doesn’t come out in the winter maybe.

$90 compared to $300 is a bargain, and it helped me feel better about drinking $70 worth of beer at the meet and greet. (That includes tips, Judgey.) It was also a comfy place to stay. Clean, modern, and with friendly hosts. Oh, they have two small dogs as well, in case you are allergic or something stupid like that.

Oh, Tak plays violin with the Winnipeg Symphony. I got to have a few good chats with her about that, and was fascinated by how it all works.

Anyhow, I am going to take some advice from the conference, and shorten my posts up. I get long winded sometimes.

Birdman

Have any of you ever stayed in a guest house? Would you?

Aug 02

I Solicited A Company For Free Product And I Feel Great About It

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You guys know that I love the Google+ right?

Well, I do. It’s like Facebook’s non-idiot brother that everybody likes because he’s just so fucking nice. He’s positive, smart, funny, and pretty damn handsome. He maybe isn’t as popular as Facebook, because he isn’t on the rep hockey team, or he isn’t out throwing his dick around when he gets hammered on homemade Kahlua and milk, but he makes up for that by not giving viruses to everyone he knows and only ever going to third base with girls that he isn’t going to marry.

You get my point, right?

So a few months ago I was on G+ (that’s what his friends call him), and I see a video get shared about unclogging drains without chemicals. We go through a lot of Drano with three long haired girls in the house, so I checked out The Drain Claw.

I immediately offered to accept a free sample to see if I liked it. They were only $6.99, but I’m super cheap and wanted it for free. I sent an email telling about how awesome my blog is, and how everybody and their brother reads it. Not so much the G+ brother, but lots of Facebook brothers do. They love my silly stories and pictures.

Anyhow, I guess they bought it, because look:

Can you believe that those saps fell for my ruse?

Can you believe that those saps fell for my ruse? I can’t.

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Jul 19

Fox Friday: Wilfred Season 2

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When I was asked if I wanted a copy of Wilfred to review, I thought that it might be that movie that was based on a David Mamet play that I watched a whole bunch of years ago. I was appalled that they would want me to review such a racially charged movie and then write about it on my blog. That’s lunacy.

Then I remembered Scooter speaking of some hilarious show about a guy in a dog suit.

I looked it up.

The movie was called Edmond, and it was actually really good. I can handle a whole bunch of racial slurs as long as someone gets prison raped in the end. Pun intended.

So back to Wilfred. I went back and watched some shows from season 1, and then I fell in love.

Then I did a giveaway and watched the second season, and it was fan-fucking-tastic.

Oh good, I really did love it. Sometimes I love the first part of something, but grow bored after a while, but not this time. This time it was like Breaking Bad, just as good, and with some new characters. I have found my new favourite show. My replacement for John From Cincinnati.

Look at the gaiety of it all.

Look at the gaiety of it all.

Now don’t go run out and buy it, because I say it’s good. It’s probably not for everyone. There are no laugh tracks or gratuitous pauses to let you know when something funny is said. Not one redneck hooks up a conveyor belt to their vehicle to step up production, and nobody enters their kid in a pageant while they siphon go go juice down the little bastard’s throat. It’s dark, subtle, intelligent, and fucking funny.

There is the obligatory drug, poop, and sexual humour, but it’s totally in line with Wilfred’s character. He is a dog after all, and really enjoys everything in excess. Do you know many pooches that practice moderation in anything? I sure don’t. (I’m looking at you, Blue.)

Now we have a smart, well written, hilarious show, but that’s not all. It will also make you think. A lot.

Doesn't everyone's dog read the paper?

Doesn’t everyone’s dog read the paper?

It’s also a psychological show, and there are lessons learned each week. One lesson is that you can’t always trust Wilfred. Another is that some girls have squishy tits. You’ll have to check it out to find out what the others are.

I don’t want to give anything away, but I do want to say that you should watch season 1 first, then go get season 2. It’s not something to jump right in the middle, because there is a story behind it all.

You say that it’s over baby, you say that it’s over now,

Birdman

Jul 05

Fox Friday – Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness

Fox sent me this dvd to review and I finally got a chance to watch it the other day. I thought that it was the second movie, but it turned out to be a disc with a bunch of episodes from a Kung Fu Panda TV show.

At first I was a bit disappointed.

Then I started watching it.

It was actually quite good. The voices, the CGI work, and the music in each episode are really well done. There is tons of silly humour and all-around goofiness for the kids. Add to that a whole bunch of ass kicking by animals, and you have a pretty entertaining couple of hours.

Is it the same as the movies? No.

I have only seen the first one, but the show is a bit different in that it probably appeals more to kids than adults. It also has different bad guys and scenarios as Po studies in and protects the Valley Of Peace with the rest of the Furious Five and Master Shifu. There’s a lot of the same elements, but these shows are pretty “lesson” driven, with less adult oriented humour.

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Unless of course you are me. I get chuckles out of some of the corny jokes on here. I also loved Bugs Bunny though, so take that as you will. They had some pretty corny one-liners on that show.

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Oh, and did anyone else get a chub from Tigress? No? Me neither. She’s too intense for me, but I bet she’s a wildcat in the sack. So much precision and accuracy. Rawr.

You creeped out yet? Cool, you might as well check out the trailer for this then.

So, in a nutshell we have a pretty entertaining show, but more so for children than adults. If you’re looking for extensions of the movie, don’t bother, because these aren’t them. They are good, just different, so don’t go watch them and tear them down because they aren’t the same; you should tear them down because they are only two hours long, and it takes you three hours to get the full benefit of the magnum of Baby Duck you just drank in the laundry room.

This means that mommy is going to have to switch DVDs with a big dent in the motor skills section of her brain, and that someone is probably going to get a time out when mommy can’t get the upside down Harry Connick Jr. CD to play Backyardigans in the BluRay player. You should never snicker at mommy when her lips are pink and she’s burping a lot.

There was funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung, he said here comes the big boss, lets get it on,

Birdman

P.S. Comment on here if you want this copy. I’m not putting g i v e a w a y in the posts anymore because there are a bunch of people that just Google that and other keywords and go around trying to win shit. If one of our readers doesn’t want our schtuff, then one of our friends will. Cheers.

Jun 10

Wilfred Season 2 Bluray Giveaway

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Yep, Fox has said I could give a Bluray of Wilfred away to coincide with it’s release on DVD and Bluray later on in June. It’s open to people in Canada and the US, and they will ship it right to your door. If you have one. If not, it will come to wherever you tell them to send it.

When they got in contact with me I was all like, “I wonder what Wilfred is? Must be a mini-series about the life of Wilfred Brimley.” Then I remembered that he spells it “Wilford”. I looked it up on Wikipedia and thought it looked pretty cool, so I started watching season 1 online.

It’s fucking hilarious. Check out this 30 second clip. It doesn’t show the whole pelican scene, but you kind of get the gist. The dark humour is fantastic, and Frodo’s timing is bang on, as is that of Jason Gann, who plays Wilfred.

I seriously get short of breath, laughing at some of this show. It’s not for everyone, but if you don’t mind potty, drug, and sex humour, you should really enjoy this. I would watch season one while they are mailing this one to you. You’ll be happy you did.

Win a copy of WILFRED SEASON TWO

Available on Blu-ray and DVD June 18

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