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The Amazing Race - Episode 3

Umm ... I actually have very little idea what happened as I missed most of tonight's episode for various and sundry reasons I will not go into here. But I did see that the cowboys finished first again, and Monique and Shawne came in last and were eliminated.

But, hey, now about that hockey game today, huh?

Sunday afternoon humor

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Mike's Music Review - Me In Motion's self-titled debut album

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While I may not get preview releases of new Starfield albums (not that I'm bitter) the good folks at Centricity were kind enough to hook me up with an advance listen of the new self-titled debut album from Me In Motion.

The verdict: Color me impressed. These guys are good.

Some quick thoughts, song by song:

1) Losers: The lead single is a quirky little pop song about, well, the losers in life - the geeks, the nerds, the outcasts, "all of us losers" - and how Jesus loves them, too. A song that will resonate with a lot of kids of junior and senior high, concluding, "Jesus has a thing for losers." Good stuff. Check out the video here.

2) The God I Know: An upbeat, driving rocker about living more like "the God I know" and not letting fear and complacency rule our lives. Also good stuff. We're 2 for 2 so far.

3) Gotta Be Something: I love the start of this song - a crunchy guitar riff that sounds like it's straight out of a "Spirit In The Sk…

Fitness File 7

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Another in a regular series of entirely self-indulgent posts updating my major fitness goals for 2010: Complete at least one 15K run (9.3 miles) and get my weight down to 175 lbs.

It's been a few weeks since I posted one of these. I'm still working out regularly, although doing six workouts a week has been very difficult given my work schedule. I can get up at 4:45 a.m. and put in 12 hour days, and I can do six workouts a week. What I can't do, apparently, is both of those things at the same time. And because the 4:45 wakeup times isn't flexible when the Legislature is sitting, it's the workouts that have to give. So I've lessened up on my cardio but I'm still doing weights 3 times a week, and then running and cycling as I'm able to. My weight has been firmly stuck at 178 lbs. for the better part of 3 weeks, but I'm not panicking about that.

This coming week is a session break week, so I'm hopeful that I can get in six solid workouts.

Survivor - Heroes vs. Villains Episode 3

The Heroes won their first immunity challenge and Randy was dispatched from the Villains tribe. A pretty lackluster episode "highlighted" by Russell hiding his team's machete. Yeah.

Next week: Coach freaks out. And immunity idols!

The worst poker bad beat of all time

The only time you can hit quad aces and lose.

Mike's Mini Music Review - Starfield - The Saving One

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There's always one song on a Starfield album that I absolutely fall in love with and it becomes one of my "favorite songs of all time." On the last album, it was Reign in Us. Previously, Son of God ... just great worship songs that I'll never get tired of singing.

On their new album The Saving One, it's, well, The Saving One.

I was absolutely blown away when I heard the album version of the song The Saving One. I'd heard the acoustic version in concert and in various incarnations on YouTube, and I really liked the simple, stripped down version of the song. And, honestly, it was that version I was expecting on the album. Instead, Starfield gave us both the acoustic version and a fully-produced near-rock version of the song that fills me with such so much joy. (And the acoustic version is great, too!)

I know I say it a fair bit when reviewing music that such-and-such-a-song is my new favorite song ever - and The Saving One is one of those songs - but I can'…

The Amazing Race - Episode 2

I know that TAR gets better per capita ratings in Canada than in the US but good luck with that tonight, as this episode is going head to head with the Canada-US Olympic hockey game.

So we'll keep this short: Ha-ha! You can't read a bus schedule. Team Cowboy finished first. Oh my gravy. Team Grandmother/daughter eliminated.

Sunday afternoon humor

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The UFC 100 Greatest Fights - Final Thoughts

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Now that I'm done reviewing the entire DVD set, some final thoughts:
GSP may be the single greatest fighter the UFC has ever had.Chuck Liddell may be the most over-rated and one-dimensional fighter ever in UFC.Randy Couture may actually be underrated, despite all his accolades and championships. The guy is a machine.Stephan Bonnar's career peaked with the first Forrest Griffin fight. Think about that. The worst thing Dana White ever did was promise Bonnar he'd never be cut from UFC because of his role in the original TUF and what that meant for UFC.UFC's done a good thing keeping Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan together as long as they have, as they bring continuity, history and good teamwork to the announce boothIt's amusing to see UFC blur the Affliction logo from fighters' shirts yet sell those shirts in their online store.It's amazing that I can recite the back stories to half these fights, despite many of them being years old, but it took me a while to t…

UFC Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights Review - Disc 8

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Hey! It's been a while since I've posted a disc review. Here's the deal: I got 85% of the way through this final disc and... just gave up. Having watched 7 discs of this in a relatively short period of time, I hit total and utter burnout with watching MMA. So I took a break and figured I'd get back to it in a few days, which turned into weeks. So let's finish this sucker up, because as I'm writing this, I really only have the last 3 matches to watch.

Starfield - The Saving One

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Sadly, I don't get preview releases of new albums, but these folks did and they love it. Ditto this review. And this one. And another. But this review, not so much. Still, the advance buzz on this album is really good, and I'm stoked for Tuesday!

Late addition: The band just posted 3 new songs on their Facebook page.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - Episode 2

It's week 2 and I still have no memory of Candice having ever been on Survivor. Are we sure she's played the game before?

Rob didn't die. He had the flu. And the Heroes blew another big immunity challenge lead. In the end, Stephenie got the boot as the Heroes tribe quickly falls apart.

Next week: James freaks out.



Where to watch UFC 110 in Edmonton and Calgary

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I swear, it feels like there's a UFC PPV every weekend now.

At any rate, if you wish to go see this at a bar or restaurant in Edmonton, Calgary or elsewhere in Alberta, here's my public service link.

Survivor vs Amazing Race

So I did my little Survivor review on Thursday night and within 10 minutes of posting it, web traffic to this site soared for the rest of the evening all due to Google searches picking up the link off Twitter.

I do the same thing tonight with Amazing Race and ... nothing. No traffic spike. In fact, no traffic at all.

Guess everyone is watching the Olympics.



The Amazing Race - Episode 1

My second favorite reality show returned tonight. As usual, it took about 2 minutes to develop an instant loathing of half the teams. Episode saw the teams go to China... er, Chile ... do a wire walk and paint houses. Team Big Brother (ugh) finished first. Team High School Sweethearts were eliminated. Next week: teams conspire!

Sunday afternoon humor

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Promotional video for the Alberta Train

Gotta love the cinematography in this video. Absolutely beautiful.

Mike's Mini Music Review - Stellar Kart - Everything Is Different Now

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I've got so much to say about the New Release Tuesday preview of this album, and I don't know where to start. So I'll start here: The song We Shine is fantastic. I love this song - it's got a U2 Discotheque feel to it that totally works. It's a happy, fun, celebratory song that, frankly, I think Christian music needs more of.

I'm all for the reflective worship songs of God's awe and majesty and such, and there are a lot of songs of brokenness and healing and things like that. But we need, well, more Christian party songs. And We Shine is one of those rare Christian party songs - a rock anthem that's almost defiant in its declaration of freedom and joy, with a killer guitar riff at the end. Great stuff that I can't stop singing.  (Plus, it's the perfect running cadence for me, so, BONUS!)

Beyond that, my feeling on this album is that it's largely a collection of rock worship songs for men. These are manly songs full of images of freedom, warr…

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - Episode 1

Oh, this season is going to be so much fun! Big egos! Big fights! Rupert being a bigger dork! But, geez, 2 whole hours and Evil Russell didn't look for a single immunity idol? What's he waiting for? So, in the end, Sugar gets voted off due to her being annoying and crying, and utterly failing at puzzles. See ya. Next week: Boston Rob ... dies?

Stellar Kart - We Shine

My current favorite song.

Someone missed the point of the commercial

This search string lead to my humble blog:

"i want to buy a house hippo in toronto"

Fireflight video: Desperate

Mike’s Mini Movie Review – Star Trek (The new one … not, you know, the old one)

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Yeah, yeah, I’m the last person in the world to see this movie.I really didn’t want to see it in a lot of ways. Honestly? Because I love Star Trek in almost all of its forms and facets, and I was prepared to just hate this movie.And I was prepared to hate it because, based on what I knew about the film, the plot revolved around the two things I detest most about science-fiction films (and bad Star Trek episodes in particular): time-travel-alternate-realities and series reboots that serve as a lazy way for writers to just do whatever they want without respecting canon.My youngest brother got the DVD for Christmas and so we sat down tonight and watched it.I was prepared to hate this movie.I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it.The characterizations were bang on. I loved Bones. I loved Kirk. I loved Spock. And so on. The action was tremendous. The comedy worked (mostly). And the plot was done so well that it made me excited that the series has been rebooted. I’d love to see more of the…

Sunday afternoon humor

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iPod connection issue solved

So ... buried deep in Apple's help pages is the little tidbit that the iPod Touch doesn't recognize the Wireless N protocol and that if your router is set for Wireless N, set it to also broadcast in Wireless B/G.

And, lo and behold, I now have secure connectivity from my iPod Touch! Whoooo!

(Full credit on this goes to my lovely wife, who asked me if switching wireless protocols would help.)

The joys (?) of technology

I'm writing this on my new iPod Touch. But it's not hooked up to my wireless network as it utterly refuses to let my iPod connect - even without security. So I'm borrowing an unsecured network connection a few doors down. I'll do more diagnosing of this tomorrow.

In the meantime, the iPod Touch is really cool.

Fitness File 6

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Another in a regular series of entirely self-indulgent posts updating my major fitness goals for 2010: Complete at least one 15K run (9.3 miles) and get my weight down to 175 lbs.

Well ... this was a bit of a rough week. It was very busy at work with a lot of long days, so I made my workouts a lot less physically challenging in order to not injure myself. Heck, on Thursday night, I walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill because after a 12-hour day, I had zero energy for running. But I didn't miss a workout, and I managed to get my weight down to 176.6 lbs., so I'm within striking distance of my 175 immediate goal (although realistically, I now want to get to 170 lbs so I can challenge Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title). (That's a joke, by the way.)

WEC finally gets PPV

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And UFC is smart enough to get its logo on the poster. I am so buying this.

Where to watch UFC 109 in Edmonton and Calgary

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There's another UFC PPV this weekend, so here's the usual link on where to find a bar to watch UFC in Edmonton and Calgary.

Mike’s Mini Music Review – Fireflight – For Those Who Wait

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The good folks at New Release Tuesday  have another fantastic free album preview (free registration required to listen) up this week – Fireflight’s forthcoming disc, For Those Who Wait (out Feb. 9) I’ve listened to it a few times already, and I’m really enjoying it, particularly the front half of the album which is a bunch of straight up rockers – For Those Who Wait, Desperate, Fire In My Eyes, Core of My Addiction … all good stuff. I haven’t spent a lot of time with the back half of the disc, but I recall it had more ballads and it was fine.I confess, I haven’t heard a lot of Fireflight’s stuff, and I’d be hard-pressed to tell you … well, really anything about them. Based on this free preview, though, I think I’ll be tracking down more of their stuff. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for female fronted rock bands. Thumbs up.

Bret Hart is on Raw tonight

At least, that's what the WWE announced last week, so we're assuming that information is still correct.