Review: Strange Brew

Officer! My brother is driving drunk!

With the release of the cult classic “The adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie; Strange Brew” on DVD (Oct 1st, 2002) and today being Canadian Thanksgiving, it was time to review the classic of these two beer guzzling hosers.

Although loosely based on Hamlet, the similarities are negligable; the brewery is run by the dead man’s brother who married the widow shortly after the death (which was hardly accidental). Anything for a story-line, eh? Well, Bob and Doug will save the day.

Really this is a hit-or-miss for anyone who views it – there are no luke warm feelings after this movie: Either you thought it was the worst movie since Kentucky Fried Movie or you think it’s the best movie since KFM! Any way you end up feeling, you will learn the origin of the ‘take off hoser!’ or ‘it’s a beauty, eh?’… if you watch the whole thing that is… 🙂

Cinematic education for ALL beer guzzling hosers!

I love it and I can’t get enough of it. For me it’s a winner every time.

Check out these links for fan sites:

Bob and Doug’s Canadian Homepage
Mr. Goodbeer’s Strange Brew Page
Take Off!!

Review: Van Wilder

I learned a long time ago that worrying is like a rocking chair... it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. Write that down...

For a movie supposed to be another in the long line of college grossout/gag movies (the kind that pretty much go straight to video, i.e “Freddy Got Fingered”, “Tom Cats” and “Slackers”), National Lampoon’s (NL) Van Wilder has stuck around for a long time.

I watched it last night with Joe Benson and a plate of cheeze nachos washed down with a pint of Eldo’s finest amber lager, and I laughed my ass of… Granted I am very susceptiple to this sort of humor, but since it speaks to me (the mentally “under 21” crowd) as a solid NL comedy I wanted to put this review up to see what the rest of you think?

Between Milty’s high dive, topless tutors and the cream filled baked goods I had a smile from one ear to another throughout the movie and I recommend it warmly to any other immature, easily amused, still-in-college mentality kids out there.

Don’t be a fool – stay in school.


Lasers don't kill people ... Driving 40 in the fast lane kills people. This is a little dorkier (sic) than most of what…check that, I guess it fits right in with the rest of the content. LaserTag (open a center) was the original real life first person shooter game. Instead, this game uses lasers to turn on lightbulbs….

They aren’t the same thing, but this game of bending lasers with smoke, mirrors and prisms is pretty addictive.

“I sense the urge to cheat is strong in you, resist using the ‘hint’ button.”

TiVo Upgrade

Coming Soon: Girlfriend TiVo so you can pause, rewind, and delete arguments.Endless TiVo space has finally arrived. I just got a new bigger hard drive for my TiVo and now I have 4 times the recording capacity!

I ordered the drive from company in California called that does TiVo Upgrades and the hard drive arrived a few days later. It came with detailed instructions, including pictures for my unit, and I installed it in about 20 minutes. Being as I’m very protective of my TiVo, I was a little nervous to apply any pressure to open the case, but their tech support walked me right through slipping the screw driver into the back bottom corners and the case slid right off.

After that, it was just a couple screws and plugging in a couple wires. I went with the “A Drive Upgrade” in case anything went wrong, so I have my old hard drive sitting on my shelf. Next step was quickly running the guided setup, and then adding Season Passes….only this time in Best Quality and Keep Until I Delete.

I plan on keeping the whole 4th season of Sopranos on my TiVo now, so if you’re in the neighborhood…

Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

what is more Greek than Greek letters? And this letter really sums it up...
I entered the theater thinking this was going to be a Big Fat Greek chick-flick (quick definition: about turbulent and complete romance with mr. perfect who reads her mind and sweeps her off her feet), but i found the movie to be great entertainment in spite of my fears…

Not only is it a really funny movie, but it handles more serious issues in life, like how to become your own person and follow your own will (another chick-flick feature) so there are flashes of serious acting, as opposed to Austin Powers in Goldmember. Among other things, the movie is produced by Tom Hanks and features Joey Fatone from N’Sync. There are a lot of great scenes that depict really funny meeting-the-parents kinds of situations and I left with a Big Fat Greek smile on my face.

I’d recommend the movie warmly to anyone. Sam and Cara even liked it!


Denmark’s Triathlon

Hey Thad’s Readers :),

This is an entry from an Evite invitation I posted to try and get my friends out to support me for my next triathlon race. It will about a month after Thad and Sara’s wedding and it will be in Santa Cruz, CA. I wrote it with a great deal of sincerity, so beware the risk of it sounding a little cheezy…

Disco Dane
Location: Main Beach – 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: 415-786-5375
When: Sunday, September 29, 8:00am

Hey Guys,

I have to apologize in advance for what will seem like a bit of a random invitation, but I wanted to see if this will work: I am competing in an international distance triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run) on the last Sunday of September. I am looking to break my personal best of 2 hours and 40 minutes, which I set this spring, and I would like your help! I would like you to join me in Santa Cruz for this event. There is absolutely nothing like friends to cheer you on and this will be my last race of the season.

The race starts pretty early Sunday 9/29 at 8am at the Pier in Santa Cruz. We swim around the pier, jump on the bikes and ride down to Davenport South of Santa Cruz and back to the Pier and then run 10K out along the ocean and back. You can see the start, both transitions (swim to bike and bike to run) and the finish from one place).

Again, I would love to see you there for this event. There is always a lot of supporters, booths and things to do at these events during the race and after the race the camp will be filled with athletes high on endorphines. I would also like to do a picnic with those of you that have the time to stay for lunch and make a day of it in beautiful Santa Cruz.

I really hope to see you there; it would mean a lot to me.

Thank you,
– Michael

Check out the 20th Annual Santa Cruz Sentinel Triathlon

Tid-bits from the Net

  • You may be right, Pythagoras, but everybody’s going to laugh if you call it a ‘hypotenuse’.
  • The secret to good teaching is sincerity. As soon as you learn to fake that, you’ve got it made.
  • Left to its own devices, Nature cures stupidity.”
  • You know you’ve landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.
  • Never insult seven men, when all you’re packin’ is a six gun.
  • It is not necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: One is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
  • Americans like to talk about (or be told about) democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an ‘inconvience?. We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a democracy.
  • Sometimes, I think the proof that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Universe is that it hasn’t contacted us
  • Don’t worry, there’s absolutely no way they can hit us from all they way over th…
  • It’s only fun until someone loses an eye… then it’s fun for one less person.
  • Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again
  • “Listen! Do you smell something?” – Ray (“Ghostbusters”)
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • A man about to speak the truth should keep one foot in the stirrup.? – Old Mongolian Saying

– submitted by denmark – World Traveler, part-time escort

Props To Geico

geico.jpg We’ve all seen their television ads when watching TV at someone’s house without Tivo, so I gave them a call today. I’m really glad I called Geico, because I just saved $490 over the next six months, and I increased my coverage.

Now our car insurance rates are more in line with what I had to pay in California. If you policy comes up, I’d highly suggest giving them a try.

Review: Swordfish – B

Going down in the books for thinking Swordfish with John Travolta is a good movie. Halle Berry’s character is about as worthless as she was in “Monsters Ball”, but the rest of the movie was a good action flick. Fast cars, hot women, lots of guns, chase scenes and 7 cool flat screen monitors.

With regards to the computer hacking stuff, at least they didn’t date themselves by raving about a “Pentium Pro with a built in Artificial Intelligence RISC chip” like they did in “Mission Impossible”.

Internetseer is the devil

I apologize to everyone that got an email from internetseer reporting that had broken links. Actually, I restructured part of my website when I moved it to my Linux server, and they are comparing old links to links that have moved.

My advice for email from internetseer, and all spam for that matter, delete it and NEVER reply back. Spammers will use your reply as acknowledgement that your account is active.

In response to this, I have made all blog comment fields optional. Your name is nice, but I usually know your email address. If you would like to leave an email address for me to get back to you, please use an address that is not your work address. For example, I use my yahoo address for all web related fields, and protect my other accounts from spammers by only giving them to friends.

Again my apologies.

Great DVD Player

I bought my first DVD player this week from It’s the Sony DVP-NC655P. It has a five disc changer that plays DVD, CD, VCD, CDR, and MP3 CDs.

Playing MP3 CDs is the second best feature after playing DVDs. You can burn over a hundred songs on one CD and the player reads the files for titles to display on the screen.

As usual, the Sony remote is top notch, and when I get a wide screen TV, this DVD player supports progressive scan.

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Give me a Coors Light

7 new York City bartenders were asked if they could nail a woman’s personality based on what she drinks. Though interviewed separately, they concurred on almost all counts.

The results:

Drink: Beer
Personality: Causal, low-maintenance; down to earth.
Your Approach: Challenge her to a game of pool.

Drink: Blender Drinks
Personality: Flaky, whiny, annoying; a pain in the ass.
Your Approach: Avoid her, unless you want to be her cabana boy.

Drink: Mixed Drinks
Personality: Older, more refined, high maintenance, has very picky taste; knows EXACTLY what she wants.
Your Approach: You won’t have to approach her. If she’s interested, she’ll send YOU a drink.

Drink: Wine (does not include White Zinfandel)
Personality: Conservative and classy; sophisticated yet giggles.
Your Approach: Tell her you love to travel and spend quiet evenings with friends.

Drink: White Zinfandel
Personality: Easy; thinks she is classy and sophisticated, actually she has NO clue. Possibly lives in a trailer.
Your Approach: Make her feel smarter than she is… this should be an easy target.

Drink: Shots
Personality: Likes to hang in bars WAY too often, looking to get totally drunk…red flag for identifying bar flies and raging alcoholics.
Your Approach: Easiest hit in the joint. You have been blessed. Nothing to do but wait, however, be careful not to make her mad.

Drink: Tequila
No explanations required – everyone just KNOWS what happens there.

THEN, there is the MALE addendum —- The deal with guys is, as always, very simple and clear cut:

Domestic Beer: He’s poor and wants to get laid.

Imported Beer: He likes good beer and wants to get laid.

Wine: He’s hoping that the wine will give him a sophisticated image to help him get laid.

Whiskey: He doesn’t give a damn about anything but getting laid.

Tequila: He is thinking he has a chance with the supermodel at the end of the bar.

White Zinfandel: He’s gay!

Up down click

Apache pilots train here.I think the great graphics are what really draw you into this game. Either that or the complex controls that let you fly a copter over some pretty varied terain. This game has some of the same addictiveness as miniputt, so consider yourself warned.

Highest Scores I’ve seen:
ASP – 3992
Cara – 3800
Thad – 3230
The Dane – 2280

Editor’s Note: I added ASP’s score because we were impressed he (or she) went to the trouble of finding a free hosting site to link it from (since mirrored on This is a special exception. In general, after the post leaves the front page, high scores will only be maintained in the comments section as they happen. Happy flying!

New Indecorum Section

Maybe I’m just kidding myself by thinking that is somehow a high class site or more likely I’m afraid what my parents will say, but I’ve added a new section: Indecorum. When I get a good joke, or run across something that makes me laugh, I’ll steal it and post it in there. I’m not that creative, I don’t write these jokes or design the flash, I just make them available.

Other good news: will hopefully be switching to my new linux box. Got order confirmation from Walmart today!

Editor’s Note: What a flash back, that linux box was a few servers ago.

One Corner in the Ether