Living in Canada is pretty great but one small aspect of it sucks: Cheese is very expensive here. Check out this post by Allan Pike for more details on this ongoing crime against the people of my beloved home country.
How expensive is cheese in Canada, you ask? Well let’s consider pizza, everybody’s favourite cheese delivery mechanism. There’s a big nationwide chain here called Boston Pizza that sells, among other things, pizza. A large pepperoni pizza at Boston Pizza is $30.28.
At Pizza Hut in the US, they currently have a deal on where you get a large pepperoni pizza for $7.99. That is less than $30.28 – even after health insurance premiums.
Now, would I recommend paying $8 for a Pizza Hut pizza? No. Would I recommend paying $30 for a Boston Pizza Pizza? Also no. Should we be eating pizza in the first place? Well, yes, pizza is delicious. As is cheese – but it’s slightly less delicious in Canada, because it’s god damned expensive.
I kinda love the Oscars. It’s popular to write it off as a bunch of rich people given each other gold statues but it’s also a celebration of film and it’s a great night to highlight many of the people who most of us don’t think about when it comes to filmmaking: screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, and so on.
Continue reading “Awesome Friday: 90th Academy Awards Coverage”
Apple has done some great marketing in the past but this new ad might be my favourite ad for anything since… well since the last time Spike Jonze directed an ad.
Continue reading “Spike Jonze directed a new ad for Apple and it’s great”
Every year regardless of how much or little writing or podcasting I do (and it’s admittedly much less these days) I still like to highlight my favourite films of the year. 2017 is no different. I have a dozen favourites this year and if you would like to check them out you can do so over at Awesome Friday!
Another year, another list of favourites. 2017 has been a … turbulent year in the real world but a stellar one for film. You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately, VIFF coverage aside, but I have been gong to the movies. As of this writing I watched 323 movies in 2017, 70 of which were 2017 releases. Not too shabby considering that I only go to one festival.
I went to the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival! This is my third year covering the festival and this year I reviewed XX movies for Awesome Friday! Here is a selection of those reviews.
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There was a blink and you miss it moment during the keynote that I feel isn’t getting enough play. Eddie Cue, when discussing the new AppleTV 4K, casually mentioned that not only will 4K movies from major studios not cost more than HD movies (25$ in Canada), but also that movies you have already bought will be upgraded for free. This is probably the best news of the entire keynote if you’re like me and have a massive library of iTunes movies (and TV).
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It feels like we’re at a crossroads. Emboldened by the election of a racists president int he United States, and the events at Charlottesville a bunch of racists decided to organize a rally in Vancouver City Hall. It didn’t take long for a counter protest to be organized. Then came the question: Do I go?
Continue reading “I went to an anti-racist rally and all I got was this renewed sense of hope”
Fantastical, the best Calendar app for any platform, just got a major update which added a few great new features.
From their blog:
You can now view, create, and edit attachments on iCloud and Exchange, as well as view attachments on Google Calendar.
One of our most requested features is finally here! Set and view travel time for events, and receive automatic time to leave notifications to ensure you get to your events on time.
If you use Fantastical in a corporate setting with shared calendars you’ve inevitably had the situation where a single event ends up duplicated across all of your shared calendars. Fantastical 2.4 will now automatically merge these duplicate events into a single event to reduce clutter.
Fantastical now has full undo and redo support for adding, editing, and deleting events and reminders. Did you accidentally reschedule an event and want to move it back? Just press command-Z and your event will get moved back to where it was.
There’s a whole slew of other updates, and now it’s a waiting game until they make it to the mobile versions, so if you haven’t already started using Fantastical now is a great time. Also, if you don’t you are a silly person.
Get it now from the Flexibits website or the App Store.
Wonder Woman, the latest entry in the DCEU is out and, much to my relief, it’s really good. Here’s the review I wrote for Awesome Friday!
‘Wonder Woman’ Review: DC made a good movie and I am SO HAPPY
It’s been a long four years since Man of Steel premiered and started the new DCEU shared universe. It has been a universe of muted colours and asshole heroes, and one that has been hard to be optimistic about future entries in, but I am happy to report that Wonder Woman is a great movie and that you should definitely see it.
It’s not a movie without issues mind you, and it has a lot of the issues that even the best superhero origin stories do. The big CGI laden battle at the end is kinda blah. There’s a twist you might see coming from a mile away that leads up to said battle. There’s a huge lack of closure for some characters. None of this stuff is deal breaking though, and honestly I feel kinda nitpicky pointing it out. There are some things about good superhero movies that I can accept at this point, and a boring final battle is one of them because the big final battle with an ill-defined bad guy is ok when you have a hero who is incredibly well-defined and nearly perfectly portrayed.
Michael Zhang at Petapixel:
Google received praise from photographers last year when it made its $150 Nik Collection of popular photo editing software 100% free. But alas, all good things come to an end: Google has quietly announced that it will be abandoning the Nik Collection from here on out.
The announcement was made through a simple banner message found on the Nik Collection homepage.
This is a pretty sad day. I remember when Nik showed up on the scene. I was at a sales conference and they gave a 20 minutes presentation that at the 2 minute mark had the jaws of basically anyone who knew anything about photo editing on the floor. Later in the conference there was a trade show that lasted about half a day and it was sending room only at their booth from the moment it started until they kicked everyone out. This software was, at the time, fucking magic.
Most of its features have been rolled into, or copied by, other products now so it’s not really that surprising to see that they won’t be updating it anymore, but for those of you who are used to how easy it is to edit photos in apps like Instagram: understand that it wasn’t always like that, and that these tools are the ones that led the charge toward making things intuitive and easy.
The good news is that while they have now plans for future updates, you can still download the Nik Collection right now and keep using it. You should do so, in case they take them down for good.