Comments from fallingarcher

Neat! This is where I live!

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March 22, 2013 on This Is Nice: “Clouds Over Cowichan”

If I remember correctly, the introduction advises you to skip entire sections of the book, especially those that deal with people in their 20’s. It would be wise to heed that advice. Those sections aside, it’s a pretty good book.

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May 4, 2012 on Bookgum: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

I’m a vegetarian and PETA makes me want to eat a KFC Double Down out of spite.

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March 28, 2012 on Hi, I’m Courtney Stodden For PETA

This kills me.

My wife and I just had our first baby boy and now my tear ducts are like geysers every time I see anything remotely baby-related.

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March 22, 2012 on A Military Dad Who Dressed Up As Captain America To Surprise His Kids, Because Sometimes Things Are Nice

This is super late because I live in Canada and I didn’t get to watch this episode until last night but I love my Top Chef recaps and feel obliged to show my support through commenting.

Also, when Scrunchie Chris mentioned the Kobayashi Maru I yelled “Nerd” at my TV, which is an instance of the pot calling the kettle nerd since I knew what he was talking about before he explained his reference.
What bothered me about it was that during Chris’s explanation the Top Chef producers played a rip-off of Thus Spake Zarathustra by Strauss from 2001 (Isn’t that song public domain?) instead of a rip-off of the Star Trek theme.

I’ll show myself out.

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January 24, 2012 on Top Chef S09E09: Restaurant Snores

Stephen Harper makes me want to move away from Canada.
So does Air Farce actually.

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January 20, 2012 on Four More Years Of Obama Singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”

I love this recaps, possibly more than the show itself. Please keep it going! I need these to fill the void left by the Walking Dead recaps (which, incidentally, I also preferred to the show).

I would comment on these more but I have to watch the episodes a day late because I live in Canada behind the maple syrup curtain.

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January 6, 2012 on Top Chef S09E08: This Is The Barbecue Pits

Oops, that was supposed to be a reply.

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December 20, 2011 on Hey, Let’s Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie

Exactly! Another reason I don’t feel very much sympathy for the major labels, or the big studios for that matter is that rather than trying to innovate and find different ways to monetize their product they have chosen instead to jack up prices and lobby legislators to criminalize file sharing all in an effort to cling to a dying business model.

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December 20, 2011 on Hey, Let’s Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie

I usually see everything I want to see when it’s released in the theatre and I have Netflix , BUT I live in Canada so because of laws requiring broadcasters to play a certain amount of (terrible, low-budget, poorly written for the most part) Canadian content as well as byzantine licensing regulations AND collusion between our government and our 3 media companies a lot of the TV shows I love (Top Chef, Louie) and some older or obscure movies aren’t available here. Hell, I can’t even view a lot of videos online because they, “Aren’t available in (my) location.” So I know people (I never said it was me) who download TV shows or movies simply because there is no legal way to easily view them.

That said, I understand prosecuting someone who pirates videos for profit or even someone that leaks something before its release date as in this case. Although, I think a low fine (around the amount for a speeding ticket) would be reasonable in most cases while in others, where actual damages can be proven, a civil suit could be brought. Criminalizing piracy isn’t the answer.

I really agree with the assessment of this Swiss study:


The people I know who download media (again, I didn’t say I do it) are the same ones that go to the theatre, go to concerts, buy records, own DVRs and subscribe to services like Netflix.

As a final point, my wife and I played in a band for a number of years and we made almost no money from record sales; in fact, the attention we received from people ‘illegally’ sharing our music resulted in licensing deals and radio play which actually paid for the recording of our second album.

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December 20, 2011 on Hey, Let’s Execute The Guy Who Leaked The Wolverine Movie

David Lynch’s Dune has a fantastic opening sequence.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Admittedly things go downhill pretty fast after the Timewarp, but the intro is stellar.


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October 6, 2011 on The 10 Best Movie Opening Title Sequences

It is different enough to avoid a lawsuit.

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September 15, 2011 on …And Does This Nokia Commercial Rip Off The xx?

The worst rip-off I have ever heard was the opening theme for this crappy Canadian cooking show called The Main on the Canadian Food Network, it is an almost bar-for-bar copy of “I Turn My Camera On”

I can’t post a direct link to the video but you can see it here:


The video is called, “Aged Cheddar,” a fitting title for such unmitigated cheese.

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September 15, 2011 on …And Does This Nokia Commercial Rip Off The xx?

Upvotes for the Dune reference!

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September 13, 2011 on And Now They Are Remaking Point Break

Ok. so the applause for execution was horrifying, obviously but as far as the argument against capital punishment on moral grounds I’d have to say that I agree with Danny a little bit on this one.
I don’t necessarily think that removing child murderers or rapists form the population is a bad thing. The rate of recidivism for sex offenders is quite high and part of me resents the fact that they can get a free education in prison as well as 3 meals a day and free health care while innocent people are sick and hungry and I have 35,000 dollars of student loans and can’t afford a dentist appointment. Also, in Canada, (where I am from) murderers are eligible to collect old age pension in prison. Clifford Olson, a man convicted of killing 11 children receives pension cheques. In another recent case, a man who confessed to killing and dismembering his wife will be eligible for parole in 17 years. So, in my opinion, the correctional system in Canada could stand to be slightly more draconian.

That said, I don’t believe in the way it is currently carried out, the appellate system seems flawed and there are too many people on death row who are later found to be innocent.

Anyway, Rick Perry is gross for wearing those executions like a badge of honour.

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September 8, 2011 on Rick Perry Killed 234 People (APPLAUSE BREAK)

Paul F. Tompkins is on the case:


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August 9, 2011 on Check Out How Cute This Bear Cub Is

No, not cocaine, This:

“The Bumps”, a torment common in countries such as the U.K., Ireland, and the U.S.,[1][2] involves the friends and family of the person whose birthday it is taking him or her by the arms and legs, and “bumping” him/her up into the air and down onto the floor.[1][3] The number of “bumps” given equals the age of the person in years plus one “for luck”.[1][3] Usually “the Bumps” are administered only to children, in part because as people grow up they become too heavy for the process.[1]”

Maybe it’s a Canadian thing… That’s what you lose when you declare independence from England.

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August 3, 2011 on Best New Party Game 57: Birthday Movies

Birthday Bump Up The Volume

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August 3, 2011 on Best New Party Game 57: Birthday Movies

They are both terrible in their own way.
Having to choose which one is worse is like asking someone which of their children they dislike more.

New Years Eve might be worse based on using Raise Your Glass by Pink in the trailer.

The depressing thing is Battleship will probably make a boatload (ouch) of money no matter how bad it is and then Hollywood will make an Operation movie, and a Mousetrap movie (starring Jim Carrey obviously), and a Boggle movie.

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July 27, 2011 on Which Of Today’s Two Terrible Movie Trailers Is More Terrible Than The Other One (Which Is Still Very Terrible)?

As a Canadian, it drives me crazy that this debt ceiling nightmare is jeopardizing the global economy.

It is much harder here to stock up on shotgun shells to ward off cannibals.

The one saving grace is that Canadian cannibals apologize to you while they are eating your skin.

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July 27, 2011 on Duh Aficionado Magazine: Politicians Are Dorks (Ben Affleck Debt Ceiling Edition)