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Kinda gave up for a while…

Posted: September 25, 2014 by Brendan Wahl in Articles

So I kinda gave up on wrasslin’ as it was becoming too taxing on me to write all those reviews.

I’m gonna start doing something else on here eventually so stay tuned.

SNL Season Finale review coming up soon!

Posted: May 21, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in Articles

Been having a lot of sex lately so I haven’t found the time to post my review of the SNL season finale and my year-end thoughts yet. Do not fret, it is coming up soon!

First time for Everything

Posted: January 7, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in Articles, Entertainment
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Did some standup for the first time at a local bar on Thursday night… check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlamHCuTqms


Let me start off by saying that there are not a whole lot of actors who I outright hate. Most of the ones I do despise are pretty much universally-despised anyway (Pauly Shore, Carrot Top, etc.) but there is one guy who everyone seems to either love or be indifferent about and that is the Oscar-winning thespian, Adrien Brody.

Ugh. Just take a gander at that STUPID look on his face.

Now I’m sure this is probably going to rustle some feathers but I have to say it and get it out in the open. I HATE ADRIEN BRODY. Seriously, what has this man ever done BESIDES The Pianist that has been so impressive? Now before you get into how great he was in that movie (which I have not seen), it doesn’t matter. One stunning performance does not make a good actor. Almost everything else I have seen him in since then has been nothing but half-assed unconvincing acting. Whenever I see a movie with Adrien Brody, I ALWAYS see it as Adrien Brody and not the character he’s playing. The same argument could be made for Arnold Schwarzenegger or Tom Cruise, but at least I’m enjoying it when they’re on-screen.

Adrien, however, has never failed to bore me with his on-screen work. What follows is a list of everything I’ve seen him in and every way in which he’s been boring/annoying.

 

The Village (2004) – He was crazy and screamed a lot. And stabbed Joaquin Phoenix.
The Jacket (2005) – Oh my god, don’t even get me started on this drivel. Keira Knightley’s tits were the highlight(s).
King Kong (2005) – One of my favourite Hollywood blockbusters that had Adrien playing a VERY unconvincing leading man.
Hollywoodland (2006) – The only film I’ve ever found Adrien Brody passable in. Ben Affleck was the shit in this though.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) – Adrien was the weak link in the weakest of Wes Anderson’s films.
Predators (2010) – Again, Adrien as an action hero?! No!

 

Now obviously not everyone will agree with me so I invite you to voice your own opinions on the man and what you think of him. I should also mention that a movie about the events of Waco is set to be released this year and I was super stoked for it until I found out Brody is in it! At least he’s not playing David Koresh. Giovanni Ribisi, a MUCH more interesting actor, is taking over that role. Wait, what’s that? He’s still playing a fairly big role anyway? Motherfucker!


—Interesting Stories is an article  that showcases
the intriguing stories of everyday people.

By Matthew Casey

Most people will never know what it is like to jump from an airplane, except maybe for those thrill seekers out there who constantly strive for that adrenaline rush.  In fact most people would probably never even want to jump from an airplane if they absolutely did not have to.   Now, imagine being a teenager and being forced into an army and having to do whatever you were told, no matter how scary it seemed.  For Adrian Patrascu this is what happened when he was drafted into his home country’s army in 1986 and was handed a parachute kit and told to board a plane.  He was only 19 at the time.

After training and making about twenty jumps during his time in the military he got the technique down to land safely without injuring himself.  “You have to land on the tips of your toes then roll to the heel of your foot or else you will break your legs,” explains Adrian confidently as he reflects back on the days of his youth.    He now lives in Toronto and works in the maintenance department of a hotel,  but most would never know that he once sported a parachute long before his tool belt.

Even though it seems like a terrifying thing to have to jump from a plane that is flying at 3000 meters, for Adrian, he seems to shrug it off as just a normal event in his life.   He was lucky in one sense because he never had to fight in combat during his military time which lasted for nine months.  With that in mind, he described falling from the sky and racing towards the ground below as a wonderful feeling, saying that it was as if time and space just came to a stop for a brief moment.

Adrian tells of an incident that occurred on his fifth training jump where he witnessed one of his colleagues who had landed on his feet the wrong way and broke his legs.  But even after witnessing this it still did not make him fear jumping from the planes in the training exercises he had to take part in.

Although Adrian was not afraid of jumping into the sky, some people were.  On one of his first jumps the soldier in front of him froze and would not jump, but this was not tolerated by the sergeants.  When Adrian witnessed the drill instructor push the man out of the plane he says it was in this moment that he realized that he had no choice but to jump whether or not he was afraid and this is what helped him to tolerate the situation a little better.

For the bravery of accomplishing these tasks the paratroopers were paid the equivalent of a mere $24 a month.  It takes a lot of character and determination to do these things with little to no reward for them.

Today the Romanian army no longer practices the use of conscription to enlist people into their ranks, and as for Adrian he doesn’t plan on ever jumping from a plane again, not even for a thrill.

Sometimes life seems very difficult and it feels like there is too much to deal with.  But at least here in Canada you can take solace in the fact that most people are pretty lucky and enjoy a great quality of life.  No one in this country is forced into doing things that they wouldn’t want to do.

The next time it feels like there is too much to handle on your plate and everyday stress gets you down just be glad that you will never be forced into jumping from airplanes in the military. Just think that things could always be much worse and maybe that will help you make it through the tough times that life can bring.


By Matthew Casey

Apparent by the number of people who evacuated buildings during June 23rd's 5.0 earthquake in Ontario, many people did not know what to do in this situation.

Since the earthquake that occurred in Eastern Canada has many people still talking, it may be a good idea to go over the proper safety procedures to follow in an earthquake.  What was quite evident in talking to most office workers who were downtown or in any high-rise that experienced the shaking is that nobody knew what to do.

Prof. Paul Kovacs of the University of Western Ontario says in an interview with CBC that what most people did by evacuating office buildings during the event was one of the worst things to do.   Debris that is most likely to injure or kill people would come from the exterior of the building.  During an earthquake many pieces of debris will fall from the exterior of a building, however, most of the high rises in major cities are built to withstand the force of a strong earthquake making the safest place to be inside of them.  If you are going to leave the building then the next best thing to do would be to get as far away from the structure as possible, this is something that many office workers did not do in yesterday’s quake.

If you are wondering what steps to take in an earthquake to stay safe you can check out this link at getprepared.ca which details everything from what to expect from a minor and major quake to how to prepare your home for one.

Listed here are the steps to take to remain safe if you find yourself in an earthquake.

If indoors:

• Stay inside.

• Drop under heavy furniture such as a table, desk, bed

or any solid furniture.

• Cover your head and torso to prevent being hit by falling

objects.

• Hold onto the object that you are under so that you remain

covered.

• If you can’t get under something strong, or if you are in a

hallway, flatten yourself or crouch against an interior wall.

• If you are in a shopping mall, go into the nearest store.

Stay away from windows, and shelves with heavy objects.

• If you are at school, get under a desk or table and hold on.

Face away from windows.

• If you are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels and protect the

back of your head and neck.

If you are outdoors:

• Stay outside.

• Go to an open area away from buildings.

• If you are in a crowded public place, take cover where you

won’t be trampled.

If you are in a vehicle:

• Pull over to a safe place where you are not blocking the

road. Keep roads clear for rescue and emergency vehicles.

• Avoid bridges, overpasses, underpasses, buildings or

anything that could collapse.

• Stop the car and stay inside.

• Listen to your car radio for instructions from emergency

officials.

• Do not attempt to get out of your car if downed power

lines are across it. Wait to be rescued.

• Place a HELP sign in your window if you need assistance.

• If you are on a bus, stay in your seat until the bus stops. Take

cover in a protected place. If you can’t take cover, sit in a

crouched position and protect your head from falling debris.

To reiterate, the Eastern half of the country is not prone to major violent quakes and people should not panic about another major event occurring. However, it doesn’t hurt to know what to do in the event that a more significant event was to occur.


By Matthew Casey

A magnitude 5.0 quake centered out of Western Quebec was felt as far away as Windsor, Ontario.

It was a much unexpected event today that had many people talking around the dinner table across eastern Canada.  A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred in Quebec just 50 kilometres north of the city of Ottawa and was felt as far away as Windsor in southern Ontario. Damage from this event was minor with the most significant damage being a collapsed bridge from a causeway in Bowman, Quebec.   Although it may be an occurrence that is not common around this part of the country, it is still a startling reminder that Central Canada is indeed on a fault zone and can be subjected to seismic activity.

When most think of a major earthquake prone area in North America the place that most likely comes to mind is the West coast.  But the quake that occurred today has drawn attention to the not often talked about fault lines that exist in Eastern and Central Canada.   The quake that occurred on June 23 was centered in the Western Quebec Seismic zone which is an area that encompasses a vast amount of land from the Ottawa Valley from Montreal to Temiscaming, Quebec, as well as the Laurentians and Eastern Ontario.

While this area seems not to be prone to frequent seismic events, there have been some notable quakes in the past.  Records from Natural Resources Canada indicate that between the years 1980 and 2000 sixteen earthquakes in this seismic zone have reached or exceeded 4.0 on the Richter scale.  The area has also seen more significant quakes in the past that include a 5.8 magnitude quake in 1732 that rocked the city of Montreal and caused significant damage.  Another more severe event occurred in 1935 when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the area of Temiscaming, Quebec, a sparsely populated area about 194 kilometres east of Sudbury, Ontario.   This quake was followed by another significant one nine years later in 1944 which took place between Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY.  The magnitude 5.6 quake caused significant damage estimated at two million dollars at the time.

What the quake of June 23, 2010 brings to light is how unprepared the eastern portion of Canada may be to deal with such an event.  As history shows there have been stronger quakes than this one and had a stronger one occurred the area may not have been entirely prepared to deal with any damage that would be caused by a more severe event.   Today’s event showed that many were caught by surprise because this sort of thing is not something that is thought to happen in this part of the country.

Dr. Arsalan Mohajer, a professor of geology at the University of Toronto said in an interview with the Globe and Mail that there are faults that run across Ontario and Quebec that could be potentially disastrous for this area if it is not prepared for a more violent quake.  Dr. Mohajer says that there is a threatening fault that runs along the St. Lawrence River valley that could affect many areas around Montreal, Cornwall and Quebec City.  He also mentions that there is another similar fault that is located in the Niagara-Pickering area of Ontario that is in his words  “inconveniently close to Toronto and safety-related nuclear facilities east of the city.

According Dr. Mohajer the western half of Canada is prepared to deal with a major quake by investing in stricter building codes and teaching children what to do in an earthquake.  However, he says that eastern half of the country doesn’t expect events like this and is therefore not prepared to deal with them in the same way.

But as history shows, the amount of major activity in this seismic area is fairly low.  Dr. Mohajer explained that the area is a “weak zone” that tends to see low to moderate activity.  Most quakes that occur in other areas are the result of two plate boundaries pushing together.  However the event that occurred today was what is known as an “intraplate quake” which occurs within the plate as a result of pressure building up from constant pushing at the boundaries.

If nothing else, the earthquake of June 23 should be an eye opener that no one should forget that this area is not immune to these types of natural disasters.  Hopefully this will cause communities in Eastern and Central Canada to review their preparedness plans to ensure that they have proper plans in place to deal with a more significant event should one occur in the future.

Sources:

Natural Resources Canada
The Globe and Mail