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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Mmm, DVD entertainment

Hot Fuzz came out on DVD Tuesday. I didn't see it in theatres, but I enjoyed Shaun of the Dead a lot, so I bought it. Like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz parodies a genre of movies--in this case, cop-themed action movies. It is nonstop hilarious in the way that it's virtually impossible to discuss specific parts of the movie--it's all funny. Yet the humour isn't cheap. There is a compelling plot buried beneath the parody too. Overall, I'd readily rank it one of the best movies I've ever seen.

Last night Laura came online and started bragging about this awesome purchase she made at Zellers. When she revealed it was the complete Dilbert television series, I nearly went ballistic. Dilbert!! I used to watch it all the time when Teletoon aired it, but then they stopped, and that was sad. :( So I went to Zellers today and snagged a copy--$20 for the entire series. Can't go wrong at that price.

Last night at work I got an odd phone call. There was an old lady who said she was calling from Vancouver. Apparently she had worked here in Thunder Bay as a kindergarten teacher between 1940 and 1975. She made sketches of the children's heads. And now she was calling here to talk about "art". o_O It was at this point that I made a "help me" gesture to Danielle. I kept on trying to steer the conversation to see if she had a particular reason, but nope, that was it. I think she was just lonely--at one point she said, "Well, I'm over 90 now, and I don't know how much longer I have left ... I just want to make a connection." Nice lady, I'm sure. I hope that if I live to be 90 I can be that eccentric. But it was the strangest phone call I've ever gotten to date (and we get some weird calls.)