February 14, 2014: The Hot Chocolate Festival Top 5! Plus 1 for good luck! Our Stargate: Atlantis rewatch continues with…The Eye!

Alas, it was a herculean task and despite my best efforts, I came up short.  In the end, I sampled only 47 of the some 60 varieties of hot chocolate offered for this year's Hot Chocolate Festival.  Still, 47 hot chocolates in 24 days aint bad, especially considering I took those four days off to…

February 12, 2014: The final leg of the Hot Chocolate Festival! Rounds #16 – #20! Our Stargate: Atlantis rewatch continues with…Home!

We're in the stretch run of our Hot Chocolate marathon! Round #16... High Society:  Earl Grey drinking chocolate.  Served with East Van Roasters' signature gluten-free brownie and candied orange. Available at: East Van Roasters, 319 Carrall St, Vancouver, B.C. East Van Roasters A great cup of hot chocolate with a  pronounced Earl Grey flavor,  served with an equally…

February 11, 2014: Perusing my spam folder! Our April Book of the Month Club winner! The Stargate: Atlantis rewatch continues!

Every so often, I check out my spam folder for erroneously misdirected reader comments.  Last night, amid the 535 quarantined messages, I came across the following: "Brazil shemales" "Star ladyboys" "Big ass shemales" "Trilby hat sales" - I find this offensive, embarrassing and downright disturbing.  How dare they presume I'd wear a trilby hat! Hey,…

February 7, 2014: Planning ahead and picking our April Book of the Month Club pick! Our Stargate Atlantis rewatch continues with…Poisoning the Well!

Yes, our Book of the Month Club is back and we're kicking things off with a March 3rd discussion of Matthew Kloos's Terms of Enlistment, the book YOU selected in our January poll.  Aint democracy grand?  With February upon is, it's time for another round of voting as we choose our April Book of the…

February 5, 2014: The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival tour continues! Rounds #14 and #15! The Ampamakia vs. The Banana Split! Our Stargate Atlantis rewatch continues with…Suspicion!

Never let it be said I don't make sacrifices for you blog readers.  For the past several weeks, I've made the ultimate sacrifice - sampling and reporting on the various (60+) flavors being offered as part of this year's Vancouver Hot Chocolate festival…so that you can sip and experience vicariously through me.  You're welcome!  Today,…

February 4, 2014: Does McDonalds really want you to know what’s in their McNuggets? Really? Dog matters! The Stargate Atlantis rewatch continues with 38 Minutes!

So one of the ads that did air here during the Superbowl was a commercial for McDonalds Canada that seemed to invite questions about the ingredients in their McNuggets: Pink goop in Chicken McNuggets? McDonald's Canada answers (Super Bowl XLVIII)www.youtube.comhttp://mcdonalds.ca/yourquestions Armand R. from Edmonton, Alberta asked: "What are legitimately in mcnuggets is there pink goop?"…

February 3, 2014: The Superbowl wrap-up! Our Stargate Atlantis rewatch continues with Hide and Seek!

Whoa.  Didn't see that coming.  Well, I kind of did given that I correctly predicted a Seahawks victory (see last blog entry), but I was far too generous in my estimation of the Broncos' offence (and clearly underestimated the Seattle defense).  It wasn't a great game (unless you're a Seahawks fan) and those much-ballyhooed Superbowl…

February 2, 2014: Superbowl Extra Large 8! My prediction! And admonishment! Our Stargate Atlantis Rewatch continues with Rising II!

Who is going to win Superbowl XLVIII (a.k.a. Superbowl Extra Large 8)?  Got your pick?  Well, so does Madden 25, EA's football-based video game that predicts the Broncos beating Seahawks in overtime, 31-28: http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/broncos-win-super-bowl-xlviii-predicts-madden-nfl-144805173.html So what?  So what if a computer simulation says the Denver Broncos will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy in New…

February 1, 2014: The Hot Chocolate Tour Continues with Rounds #12 and #13! Twisted Romance vs. Beyond the Milky Way! Winter Citrus vs. Chocolat Glacé a la Cardamome! Our Stargate Atlantis Rewatch Begins with Rising 1!

"You must be so sick of hot chocolate by now,"said my buddy Ivon.  Sick of hot chocolate?!  I can't afford to be sick!  I've only reached the halfway mark of my hot chocolate marathon, my bid to sample all 62-ish flavors being offered as part of this year's Hot Chocolate Festival. Round #12... Twisted Romance: You'll…

January 31, 2014: Hot Chocolate Festival Rounds #10 and #11! The Proposition vs. Phaun’s Fancy vs. Passionista! The Brunette Bangle vs. The Intimate Act vs. The Campfire! Kicking off the Stargate: Atlantis Rewatch!

Catching up on our tour of the ongoing Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.  Today, a couple of three-way throwdowns and a few surprises. Round #10... The Proposition: Eggnog and Rum Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon.  Served with your choice of cookie. Available at: Koko Monk,  1849 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver LevniKokoMonk Ah, one sip and I was instantly transported.…

January 30, 2014: Upcoming Under-the-Radar Movies to Look Forward to! Or not! Join our Stargate: Atlantis Re-watch! And take part in our Book of the Month Club!

A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING Release Date: February 7, 2014 What it’s about: A former children's author seemingly loses his mind. What it’s got working for it: It's certainly unique and inventive-looking. What’s it’s got going against it: Pegg's movies are hit or miss.  Even going off the trailer, it's hard to say what to…

January 29, 2014: Upcoming Movie Releases to Look Forward to! Or not! All Aboard the Stargate: Atlantis Re-watch Express!

THE MONUMENTS MEN Release Date: February 7, 2014 What it’s about: The true story of a special platoon entrusted with the task of safeguarding art during WWII. What it’s got working for it: Based on a  true story.  And the trailer looks very promising. What’s it’s got going against it: These "all star cast" affairs…

December 13, 2013: Stargate: Extinction! The comic book?!

StellaByStargate writes: "I’m curious as to who (person or organization) “owns”–for lack of a better word–the scripts for the SGA and SG-1 movies? So many of us would love to see those novelized and made part of the Stargate canon…is there any way we could launch a campaign to make that happen? Who would we…

October 27, 2013: Just like Zelenka used to bake!

It was an up and down day for my Snow Monkeys in fantasy football league play today (thanks for asking).  On the one hand, my Snow Monkeys #2 fell to a record of 2-6 in Stargate league play, meaning they'll have to sweep their final five games to have any hope of making the playoffs.…