Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Why is it that the television series I tend to watch, all get canceled? A cliff hanger, season ending episode, is not how I want to end a series! Why wouldn't the network at least sign on for one more episode to finish it (pseudo) properly? Maybe if they did 'finish' the series with an episode or two, it would do better in DVD sales, since no one wants to start a series knowing that it gets canceled half way through?

I just finished watching the the fourth and final season of The 4400. I thought they knew they weren't doing another season before they were finished the filming the fourth. Apparently not.

I was really in to The Black Donnelly's when it came out. My wife and I would actually make plans to stay home and watch it on those nights. Then one night, it just wasn't on... "this weeks episode, online only!"... (if you were in the US). Canceled. Saw the "complete series" on DVD with 5 unaired episodes. Canceled half way through the first season, you'd think that they knew at least to finish it off?! Nope.

Carnivale. This one really hurt. I have never been more into a show than Carnivale, and it ruined me, with only two seasons, and the biggest turn of events, on the final episode. I ran into the niece of the head writer of the show while on a wine tour... seriously, haha, and she told me that they were scheduled to shoot 5 seasons, but HBO pulled the plug after being unable to negotiate a proper budget to continue filming for season three. "He could have written an ending for the second season, but they were all under the assumption they were doing a third."

HBO's Rome at least had an ending to it's second season. I didn't like how it ended, but nonetheless, it had one. Why can't they do that for all canceled shows; like it or not, at least it's something?

What other television series have ended abruptly and driven you mad?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hampster Burial Kits and 998 other business ideas

Seth Godin is brilliant, and a marketing guru. I was reading up on one of his blogs and I came across an old post of his that I hadn't seen before. He was commenting on a challenge posted by billionaire Mark Cuban to send him "a business plan that meets certain criteria and he'll consider funding it, right here, right now." Seth went on to say, "you realize that in fact there are tons of ways to create a viable business in just a few months. There's no shortage of ideas worth stealing."

The end of the blog there is a link to where Mr Godin has gathered a bunch of his 'superpowered' friends to compile a list of 999 ideas for possible businesses, free for the taking! "Ideas are a dime a dozen. The money is in the execution."

Fascinating, entertaining, brilliant and stupid... they are all there.

I enjoyed just browsing through the list, but ultimately it got me thinking, and that's the key for me. So if you are into business and want a challenge, or maybe you are looking for a business to start up, I highly recommend you check out these idea's, and/or Seth's blog. Want to kill some time? Let me know what ideas you guys like of the 999? Oh and some do exist already but...

Hampster Burial Kits and 998 other business ideas

Friday, February 13, 2009

Do You Know This Man?

If you don't know David Suzuki, then you should.

Even though I feel he was part of my childhood, I know that there are many out there who have heard very little, or nothing, about him. In short, David Suzuki is a Canadian science broadcaster and environmental activist. I don't really know what else to say, but I do suggest you look into him and see what he has to say!

check out his site, gain some knowledge.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friday was the last official Tegan and Sara show for this album cycle. It was good, but kind of odd. First of all it was a random one-off, a month after the last official tour of The Con. Second of all it was put on by VanOC, the Vancouver Olympic Committee… for the Olympics a year away from now?! Anyways, the show went well and it was held in a great venue in Vancouver called the Orpheum… where multiple episodes of Battlestar Galactica where filmed. Do I have any other random facts from the show? Yes. It was dual billed with Broken Social Scene, and they were great. That was more of a statement followed by an opinion.

Ok but more important than the show, were the two days before that, where the whole band plus Chris Walla sat in a room for 7 hours and worked on the new material for the next album.

In closing,

Goodbye concerts, Hello studios.