It finally happened! The day I’ve been dreaming about since the 2009 Star Trek came out and didn’t suck! They’re finally bringing Trek back to TV! Any and all efforts for me to actually accomplish something productive today were lost as soon as this came to my attention. It’s been over ten years since we’ve had any Trek on the small screen, and over 16 years since there’s been good Star Trek. I have to admit, though, those stark numbers have tempered my enthusiasm a little. In fact, this might be as enthusiastic as I get. As it stands, we know so little about this series everything about it has potential. My hopes about what it could be have yet to be dashed against the treacherous rocks of reality. Continue reading

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Halloween 2015

It’s that time of year again. That time when you can leave the grocery store with boxes and boxes of mini-chocolate bars without shame. It is indeed Halloween, and in addition to flirting with sugar-induced comas, it’s a great opportunity to watch horror movies! Last year, the wife and I watched quite a few in the lead up to the big day. This year, we’re a bit behind. But, we’ll try to make up for it today. So far, in the last week we’ve watched It Follows, The Omen and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. What follows is my horrifying account of each one. Continue reading

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Expanded Universes

For a long time, Star Wars was dead. There wasn’t anything new for fans after Return of the Jedi until the Phantom Menace, unless you count a couple of Ewok movies or the cartoons. The only place the story actually continued was in the novels and the comic books. The same can now be said for Star Trek. But, are those stories worth the paper they’re printed on? Are they little more than expensive fan fiction? I guess the answer to those questions is at least partly based on how you feel about fan fiction. Continue reading

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Surprising song lyrics

Some songs out there become popular because they’re catchy, even though nobody understands the lyrics.  Snow’s 1992 Informer was a hit even though it’s almost impossible to understand what the singer is saying.  Then there are songs where most people don’t really think about what the lyrics actually mean.  For example, Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks is about a kid shooting up his school.

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Graham Pans Pan and Peeks at Crimson Peak

Tonight was the first time I’ve ever actually turned my phone off in a movie theatre. Usually setting it to vibrate is good enough. However, tonight was a must win game for a local sports team and I knew no matter what the outcome my phone would start buzzing away. (The Blue Jays won, BTW.) The screening that I was at was for Crimson Peak, the latest film by Guillermo “Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth” del Toro. Was it worth missing a defining moment in Toronto sports history? Continue reading

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Graham’s 200th Grumble!

Guess what, everyone? Last week was my 200th Grumble! My how time flies. It feels like only 100 posts ago that I hit my 100th post. Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are that this is still going. I would like to start this off by thanking the Uber Uberfriends – Shaggy and David. They made this whole site possible and have graciously kept this site running even though it’s primarily become a weekly dumping ground for whatever is running through Glenn and my heads. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the other Uberfriends who have made this site worth visiting over the years – 3D Matt, Stella, and Andrew. Continue reading

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Indie Game Review: Concrete Jungle

If you enjoy deck-building and puzzle games, definitely check out Concrete Jungle.

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Graham’s Got A New Tennant

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Whovian. All right, that might be a stretch. I binged the show from the first season of the revival all the way to the first few Peter Capaldi episodes, and I have sadly lost my way. I haven’t gone back to watch the series from the beginning, or read any of the novels or comic books. I have purchased a couple of books to help expand my knowledge of past incarnations, but that’s about it. So, since I’m not a hardcore fanboy it feels a little disingenuous to say I’m a Whovian. Let’s just say I’ve travelled in the TARDIS and leave it at that. Continue reading

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Graham’s Nostalgia

So, I recently turned 30 and started a new position at work. These have been some slightly stressful times and I’ve been sliding into nostalgia as a way to cope. A little mental trip to one’s youth can’t be too harmful, right? Well, I guess that depends what that trip entails. Continue reading

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F.lux: Get better sleep

Scientists have figured out that our bodies’ biological clocks respond to blue light.  Having too much exposure to blue light before bedtime can affect your ability to fall asleep at a reasonable hour.  Modern technology in the form of computers and fluorescent lighting have greatly increased our exposure to blue light after sundown, which might explain why some people have difficulty holding down reasonable sleeping schedules.

F.lux is a freeware program that reduces the amount of blue light emitted by your computer monitor before bedtime.  During daytime, it leaves your computer monitor’s colours alone.  If you have trouble getting to sleep early, definitely give it a try.  Surprisingly, it worked really well for me.

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