Because every post deserves a category these posts could be about anything and everything.

  • 2014 Academy Award Predictions

    Best Picture (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Actor in a Leading Role (Miss)
    Prediction: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    Winner: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Actress in a Leading Role (Miss)
    Prediction: Judi Dench (Philomena)
    Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Miss)
    Prediction: Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Miss)
    Prediction: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
    Winner: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

    Best Animated Feature (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

    Best Cinematography (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

    Best Costume Design (Miss)
    Prediction: 12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)
    Winner: The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

    Best Directing (Miss)
    Prediction: The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
    Winner: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

    Best Documentary Feature (Miss)
    Prediction: The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)
    Winner: 20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined)

    Best Documentary Short (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)

    Best Film Editing (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)

    Best Foreign Language Film (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: The Great Beauty (Italy)

    Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)

    Best Original Score (Miss)
    Prediction: The Book Thief (John Williams)
    Winner: Gravity (Steven Price)

    Best Original Song (Miss)
    Prediction: The Moon Song – Her
    Winner: Let It Go – Frozen

    Best Production Design (Miss)
    Prediction: 12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)
    Winner: The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)

    Best Animated Short Film (Miss)
    Prediction: Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)
    Winner: Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)

    Best Live Action Short Film (Predicted)
    Prediction and Winner: Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)

    Best Sound Editing (Miss)
    Prediction: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
    Winner: Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

    Best Sound Mixing (Miss)
    Prediction: Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)
    Winner: Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)

    Best Visual Effects (Miss)
    Prediction: Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)
    Winner: Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)

    Best Adapted Screenplay (Miss)
    Prediction: Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
    Winner: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

    Best Original Screenplay (Miss)
    Prediction: Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
    Winner: Her (Spike Jonze)

  • More Christmas Foods that Need to Die

    After my last article I decided to review a few more items to see it there was something that could top the last two atrocities. Guess what! I found them.

    First on the list is Soy Wonderful Noël Nog. This was thicker than the Almond version but had a very bad after taste. In addition after only a week it congealed into a tick lumpy mass of disappointment. Much similar to the beverage version of lumps of coal in the stocking.

    The second item was the Gingerbread Man Peeps. These little gems were not only disappointing but the taste like regular Peeps with only a small hint of Gingerbread.

    Though I did find a few positive items this time. The first is a local gem Mrs. Dunster’s Candy Cane coated donut bites. These like many other Mrs. Dunster’s products was simply to die for.

    The next item that is amazing is from Starbucks. The Cranberry Bliss Bar is an amazing choice to compliment any coffee but the Gingerbread Latte is the best compliment to it.

    From Tim Horton’s the biggest disappointment is the Gingerbread Muffin it almost makes you gag from the over strong spice that burns your mouth as you try to eat it.

  • The Two Festive Items So Wrong It Could Ruin Christmas.

    The Two Festive Items So Wrong It Could Ruin Christmas.


    Why yes folks now that Hallowe’en is over and Remembrance Day is soon to be forgotten, it is now the season that is supposed to bring the sparkle in every little child’s eye. Like most good things that are once good and holy bring out the worst in those that try to modernize and monetize classics.

    In this post I am going to focus on food items that are not only symbolic to the festive season, but flavours that you would not think could go wrong. Let’s start with the first item egg nog. This is my favourite holiday drink and each year the shelves are filled with thick, over sweetened, dairy goodness. That has its own still enjoyable light alternative. Warmed with rum and nutmeg makes a nice snack on the early winter night. If you think that they could not ruin that you would be very very wrong.

    This is where Earth’s Own comes to town with their Almond Fresh Nöel Nog. This festive joy comes in at 100 calories per 250mL serving. That assumes that you can actually stomach this. This tastes like almond milk with the hint of sweetness and nog  spices but is thin and there is not even a think of some type of egg substitute. For this the makers all deserve a lump of coal in their stockings.

    Then comes the next item. What one item is unmistakably the cookie of Christmas? It would be the Gingerbread Man or any other gingerbread cookie item or piece of house, etc. How could anyone ruin this you say? While let’s leave that feat to Nabisco and their gingerbread flavour Oreo cookies. This could have been good but the gingerbread filling was overpowered by the vanilla cookies leaving only a wee pit of festive flavour left. This could have been so much better with a gingerbread cookie and white mint filling. Therefore Nabisco a lump of coal goes to your stocking too.

    Leave a comment, what do you think is the worst commercialization of a food/drink for the holidays this season?

  • Alcohol and Chocolate Free September

    Hello everyone!

    Just a quick post today and the first of many more. I have seemed to get out of my slump from the past two years and have been trying new things.

    On the fitness side of things the summer has been very non-structured and I have been eating in moderation a little bit of everything,

    My goal for September is going to be no alcohol or chocolate.

    The first is going to be difficult as I have a German beer stein that I have been wanting to christen on the first day of Oktoberfest on September 21st but I will delay it as Oktoberfest is still going on in Munich until October 6th.

  • PPP Water

    I went to a public town hall tonight that was very interesting. It very well compared the argument for not going down a public private partnership. Though it was very lacking in facts of how a 3P could be beneficial to the community to make an informed discussion.

    My point of the argument is this. Why is Saint John water in the upper quartile range of Canadian Households. Added to the argument the property taxes are in the upper range as well though that can be explained in some fashion by the lower than average property values. The cost of water cannot.

    Saint John needs solutions. To dismiss an idea without a solution is long past the point of helpful.

    Here are some useful facts:
    1. The pipes are too big and designed for the city Saint John hoped to be.
    2. Our water quality though not terrible is not the standard it should be.
    3. The city is stuck with agreements that do not really expire and are almost impossible to renegotiate.
    4. Most of the expenditures of this city are fixed and beyond even councils control.

    The only solution I have would be to have the province dissolve the 228 year old Corporation of the City of Saint John and nullify any contract and start over with a new municipality.

  • Academy Awards 2013 Predictions

    Here are my 2013 predictions. The pool I have this year gives 1 point for 2nd guess and 2 points for 1st guess. The person with the most points wins. These are not based on who i like best but who i think did the best job in the film they were nominated for.

    1. Lincoln
    2. Les Misérables
    Missed: Argo

    Actor in a Leading Role
    1. Denzel Washington – Flight
    2. Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
    Missed: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    1. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
    2. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

    Actress in a Leading Role
    1. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    1. Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

    Animated Feature Film
    1. Brave
    2. Wreck-It Ralph

    1. Life of Pi
    2. Skyfall

    1. Snow White and the Huntsman
    2. Mirror Mirror
    Miss: Anna Karenina

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Lincoln
    Missed: Life of Pi

    Documentary Feature
    1. The Invisible War
    2. 5 Broken Cameras
    Missed: Searching for Sugar Man

    Documentary Short Subject
    1. Inocente
    2. Mondays at Racine

    Film Editing
    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    Missed: Argo

    Foreign Language Film
    1. Amour – Austria
    2. A Royal Affair – Denmark

    Makeup and Hairstyling
    1. Hitchcock
    2. Les Misérables

    Music (Original Score)
    1. Lincoln – John Williams
    2. Life of Pi – Mychael Dansa

    Music (Original Song)
    1. Everybody Needs A Best Friend – Ted
    2. Suddenly – Les Misérables
    Missed: SkyFall – SkyFall

    Production Design
    1. Les Misérables
    2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Missed: Lincoln

    Short Film (Animated)
    1. Fresh Guacamole
    2. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
    Missed: Paperman

    Short Film (Live Action)
    1. Curfew
    2. Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

    Sound Editing
    1. Argo
    2. Life of Pi
    Missed: Zero Dark Thirty and SkyFall

    Sound Mixing
    1. Les Misérables
    2. Lincoln

    1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    2. Snow White and the Huntsman
    Missed: Life of Pi

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    Missed: Argo

    Original Screenplay
    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Flight
    Missed: Django Unchained

    1st Pick Count: 8/24 – 2nd Pick Count: 3/24 – Miss Count: 13/24 – Points Count: 19/48

  • A Warm Fire

    A Warm Fire

    A Piece of Firewood
    A Piece of Firewood

    The inspiration of this post comes from this block of wood. Since it is so cold outside today i decided to light my wood stove. However this block would not fit in the door. I tried to split it with an hatchet. No Luck. Then I tried with a bigger axe. No Luck. I spent about 20 minutes trying to chip a bit off so it would fit. Keep in mind this it maple which is really hard. In the end I gave up. Though I am going to say in this case I was not defeated, I just decided that this is just going to be a better bonfire piece of wood for summer. Marshmallows anyone?

  • Google Translate Songs

    I found this video on YouTube today it is a parody of “Call Me Maybe” with bad but not terrible lyrics. Then from there, I found a Fresh Prince version that went through all 64 Google Translate options, and back to English. I then thought about what would it look like if Farewell to Nova Scotia lyrics were translated to all 64 languages and this was the result.

    Vita Nova Beach.
    A bronze tart Residues.
    Be careful, because the salt.
    Or hate it?

    evening prayer
    Sufficient trees and birds.
    but the
    But I do not do it for more information.


    There is no need for me to go abroad.
    This was intention to friend.
    Children / workout.


    Note that the drums.
    Lord of the universe.
    If Scotland can Hey, Michael.


    Interior dimensions.
    However I know.
    Black holes and valleys from other women.

    Chorus x2

    As you can see it is quite humorous. Now I can’t perform well enough to make my own video, but if someone does let me know and I’ll link to it.

  • GlymmMan Box December 2012

    GlymmMan Box December 2012

    GlymmMan December 2012My December GlymmMan box arrived on Christmas Eve. There was not as much in it as there were in past months. There were 6 items, the 7th item was replaced with a $20 gift card. The missing item as Joico Ice Spike which I would probably not have used anyway.

    Most of the items were from a brand êshave a 15g bottle of pre-shave oil, a 30g container of shaving cream, and a 30g container of after shave cream. Then from Lys Parisien Professionnel, there was a 60ml bottle of moisturizing shampoo and, balm (Argan Oil conditioner). Then there was 2 2ml O2 Anti-ageing treatment.

    In my last post on the issue, I had promised to give feedback on the items in the box. The Atelier Cologne was really good and I still have some left. The Vitamine & Sea Mineral Clay Mask smelled truly terrible I never finished that. The Bentaberry G-1 moisturizing Face cream made my skin feel much better. The Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner was some of the best I have ever used. The John Allan’s Slick Water made shaving better. The La Fresh Body Soother stung very badly when it got in my eyes in the rain. Finally the Vasanti BrightenUP! was good but was very rough and made my skin red.

  • Happy Holidays!