Comic Book Promo for Castle Season 4 Episode 2

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The Death of Common Sense


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as ‘knowing when to come in out of the rain’, ‘why the early bird gets the worm’, ‘life isn’t always fair’, and ‘maybe it was my fault’.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies. Don’t spend more than you can earn, and adults – not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She was foolish, and spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; ‘I Know My Rights’, ‘I Want It Now’, ‘Someone Else Is To Blame’, and ‘It’s Not My Fault’. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, do nothing…

[no idea where this originally came from. Found it being shared on Facebook.]

Review of Castle – Season 3 Episode 24


Once in a while, an episode of TV comes along that I feel compelled to talk about, and the season 3 finale of Castle is one of them. The show in general is pretty lighthearted with some serious moments thrown in. This episode was very intense, and was done beautifully.

To be honest, there have only been a handful of episodes I’ve been really impressed with this season, Don’t get me wrong, there have been many great episodes this season, but many of them are fun and don’t take themselves very seriously. After a two-parter episode halfway through the season, the people behind the show had me convinced they still “had it”. The finale episode solidifed that belief.

When we spend time to watch TV, we are investing part of ourselves in getting to know the characters, the tone, and everything that makes the show what it is. Just like in real life, how we feel in a moment matters in how much we remember later on. It will be a very long time before I forget the moments in the episode. I can honestly say I teared up at different moments. THAT is powerful.

It seemed that every moment of this episode was carefully planned out, every expression practiced, and every plot twist perfected. Everything from when Ryan and Esposito find out Captain Montgomery committed a crime and their reaction, to his death in the hanger, to Beckett’s crying and screaming reaction his sacrificing his life for hers, and of course when Castle confesses his love for Beckett in what appears to be her deathbed (nice cliffhanger, but she’ll be back).

They consider Castle to be part of their precinct family. The scene with Beckett making absolutely sure Esposito, Ryan, and Castle would never let it be known how Capt Montgomery died, in order to protect his good name. And the funeral scene, with Castle as one of the people holding the caskett.

There were moments during the season that went by without hardly a mention, such as Castle and Beckett’s kiss, and when they were trapped in the walk-in fridge. My initial reaction was ‘how the hell do they move on from that, like nothing happened?’ Well, in the finale, they acknowledged them, and make it crystal clear that although the show has teased their eventual romance, they have no intention of ignoring it, but at the same time they will continue to pay respect to their on-the-job relationship.

This episode also made clear that although Castle and Beckett have arguments, even when it’s something she passionately cares about, she wants Castle there with her every step of the way.

I’ve seen some comments online that a relationship between Castle and Beckett will ruin the show. Not a chance, at least not with the due care the writers are giving to that element of the show. If anything, it will make the show stronger.

There have been very few shows I’ve become invested in during my life, and this is one of them. I am very excited for season 4 and what it will bring to this show.

A more detailed review can be found here.

Edmonton LRT Dance Train

Just spotted this thanks to a Twitter post from @mastermaq. A dance party in an Edmonton LRT train. Unusual? Yes. Fun? Absolutely! No, I wasn’t there, but I wish I had been!

His entire blog post can be found here.

Mike Rowe Talks About the Reality That Trades People Are Facing

An excellent video that is genuine, heartfelt, and absolutely worth watching.

Moving to Edmonton

I’m moving back to Edmonton (well, Leduc).

It is easily the hardest decision I’ve had to make it my life so far. I have tried for a year and a half to be a successful technology entrepreneur in Lethbridge, but there just isn’t enough work. This is due to many factors, which I won’t go into here. My health has also played a major role, though I believe I am finally gaining control there.

I am tired of living month to month barely scraping by in some cases, and certainly having very little extra money.

My family is still in Leduc (20km south of Edmonton), and I have talked to a colleague in Edmonton who says there is plenty of opportunity there. I don’t intend to be in the Edmonton area forever. In fact, I prefer Calgary, but I need to save up some money, and I’ll save quite a bit on rent and expenses by living with the family for a few months (likely until September).

Professionally, it’s the right decision for me to make. Personally, it truly breaks my heart, and the thought of leaving Lethbridge brings me to tears, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have a life here, I love this city, and have many wonderful friends that I don’t want to leave behind. Sadly, I don’t have a choice. I’ll still keep in touch via Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and by any other means as often as I can.

I’ll make new friends, too, and visit Calgary as often as I can to visit friends there, which I will hopefully be able to do more often as I’ll be making more money.

In time, I want to move to San Francisco and be a technology journalist there, but I need to save up first.

Getting Ready to Move…

I grew up moving in different places around Canada, as my Dad was in the military. I ended up being in a different school nearly every year, and it felt like we never got to really settle down anywhere until I went to high school in Leduc, Alberta. I spent all three years at the same high school, and I loved it, if only for the regular routine and the same group of friends. I never did fall in love with the city of Leduc for various reasons. After ten years, I decided it was time to move, and I chose Lethbridge. Mom and I did a scouting trip, but the moment we drove into town, I fell in love with it. It honestly and truly felt like home and where I belonged. Not even kidding when I say that.

Due to various situations with roommates and landlords, I have lived in 5 places in the span of 4 years. It was an adventure, but a costly one. I have lived in my current place for just over a year. Never did fall in love with it, but there wasn’t anything better available at the time, and I absolutely refused to move again. It’s a basement suite and has all of the amenities, except the washer and dryer, which are upstairs. The kitchen is small, but the private bathroom is nice, as is the decent sized-living room and futon. The furnace is out in the open, which isn’t very comfortable if a friend is staying the night.

My bedroom is nice and spacious, and part of it serves as my home office, since outlets are all taken up in the living room. There are two picture windows, which merely serve as fire escapes, since window wells block any kind of view.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for what I have, and my landlord/housemate is the best I’ve ever had. It bugs me the basement needs work, but he’s usually up on the rigs, and I can’t knock a guy for making a living. That being said, I’m usually the only one home, which makes for some very lonely days since I work from home most of the time. I don’t blame him at all. I knew what I was getting into when I took the place. At the time, I wanted peace and quiet compared to what I put up with at my old place.

So, I finally made the decision at the beginning of January to move. Not an ideal time of year, but I’ve done it before. I want a place on the southside, since it’s super easy to get downtown and to the stores along Mayor Magrath Drive, and bus service is excellent.

I took a look at one place on Tuesday. It’s nice enough, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. It’s an older house on a very narrow street, but the room is a decent size, and another guy rents a room, which is also on the main floor. The bathroom is decent, but the shower is cramped, as is the kitchen, but it’s certainly acceptable, though shared by the two people downstairs as well. The living room is huge and has nice furniture. The washer and dryer are downstairs as one would expect. Parking is on the street, but to plug the car in requires at least as 50-foot extension cord.

The place I looked at tonight is very nice, and I get a good feeling from it. It’s merely a couple of blocks south of where I used to live when I first moved to Lethbridge, so I’m already comfortable with the area. The rent is less than what I’m paying right now, and includes TV and internet to boot. It’s a basement suite, but has big windows in each room. Laundry is downstairs tucked away in a room, along with a massive freezer. There are two closets I can use, and some room in the garage for storage. Parking is available behind the house. The living room is massive, with nice leather sofas, and a unit for a TV and whatnot. There is a very nice full bathroom downstairs. The basement has a seperate entrance as well. There is one other person renting a room, which is fine.

She is offering another room upstairs for the same price, but it’s much smaller, though the main floor is incredibly nice. Either way it’s a year’s lease.

There is one more place on the southside I may look at on Saturday. Haven’t decided yet. The guy said I can have a main floor room, but will likely need to move to a downstairs room by late Spring, as his mother will be returning from her winter home and will want the main floor.

This is the nerve-wracking part about moving…choosing a place. The moving part is easy, especially just across town. It seems that the only places I really like that are available are basement suites, but at least there  will be more activity in the house.

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post. Sometimes I do that, “think out loud” as they say.

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