Sunday, July 24, 2011

Extremism strikes!

Christian fundamentalist gunman posts manifesto about why he did what he did. He's against the concept of Eurabia.
Um, dude, you do know where Christianity came from, don't you?

We are reminded again that stupidity is a universal concept that doesn't discriminate between races and genders.

Had this happened in Iraq, or Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or Israel, or Palestine - I'd be glancing over the headline - same old story, read it a hundred times.

I don't know if that's wrong? It's just the way it is. I guess it's like the vagabond crackhead on the street spending another night in cells for some property crime or violent confrontation compared to a Hollywood star doing the same thing.

How many people died of thirst or hunger today making the trek through bone-dry southern Somalia to Kenya? Dozens? Hundreds? More... Let me check the middle pages of the newspaper, possibly buried, probably not.

My eyes remain glued to the freak tragedy unfolding. The conspiracy theories behind twisted motivations of mass murder. Neutral Norway in shock. Too neutral for some.

Book Status Update - No news

The first publisher was very keen on my book, but was either bankrupt or never had the money or business sense to get off the ground in the first place.
The second publisher asked for the complete manuscript then never got back to me for a year and a half now.
The third publisher seemed very interested, asked for the full manuscript, told me it was under consideration and in their pile of stuff they liked - then never got back to me.
So today, I sent off two polite letters asking for a status update. I'm going through the publisher research process again. I only wish I had more time to really apply to a few more publishers.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dear Brian Burke, grow a pair....

So Brian Burke doesn't like front end loaded contracts which are all the rage in the NHL currently. Pay a player bucket loads of money in the first couple years, then around what there worth for a couple years, and finish it off with several years at peanuts salaries.

And Brian Burke doesn't like other teams poaching restricted free agents either. He doesn't like losing a good player and getting draft picks in return because a richer team has the cash to pay good players.

You know what I don't like...

Teams who intentionally suck ass for several years so they can poach the best prospects and then come out as contenders for the Stanley Cup. I don't like when my team doesn't have a single Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Andre-Fleury, or Lecavelier, Richards, St Louis, Stamkos or Hedman. Instead my team puts all their money in the bucket to get whatever talent they can and continually vie for mediocracy.

I don't like it that my team refuses to accept the little loopholes and take advantage of front end loaded contracts or poaching strategies so we perpetually miss out on top talent.

You know what Burke - it's business, and if you don't have the balls to go out and make my favourite team better in whatever way you can, then get out of the game and bring in someone with balls who will.

It's a business, not a popularity contest. If someone questions your ethics, point out you're playing by the rules. Aside from North American Pro sports, what other job rewards failure by giving the biggest loser the biggest prize---the future stars and a crack at the cup.

Here in Canada we have a ridiculous Stanley cup drought. It's because we're nice and want to win at the same time. It's time to get nasty.

So Stamkos comes to Canada. I'm sure all twenty Tampa Bay Lightning fans will be extremely disappointed. Perhaps their money losing management will breathe a sigh of relief that they don't have to pay for something they can't afford.