Collecting the Internet So You Don't Have To

We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.

Nine Inch Nails

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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At the MTS Centre

NIN’s music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. On stage, NIN often employs spectacular visual elements to accompany its performances, which frequently culminate with the band destroying their instruments.

Stargate, Continuum

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Baal travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from ever being started. SG-1 team must somehow restore history and once again save the galaxy from oppressive domination.

Running Time: 98 minutes

Soul Calibur IV

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

The fourth entry in the classic weapons-based fighting series comes to Xbox 360. In Soulcalibur IV, the epic struggle between the spirit sword, Soul Calibur, and the cursed sword, Soul Edge, continues with revelations about this ongoing story as fighters from across the galaxy seek the powerful swords for their own goals and to face the ultimate judgment. Propelling the franchise into the next-generation, Soulcalibur IV flexes its graphical muscles to shows its visual brilliance with a new look for both allies and enemies.

iPhone Comes to Lizard HQ

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Ross McDowall
Ross McDowall Senior Web Developer
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Ross McDowall Fearless Dwarven Warrior

Earlier this week we called the only provider of iPhones in Canada. After some haggling over plans Julian found a plan that made it worth the switch. Once he had his plan, one by one we continued with the same sales person and proceeded to order a total of three iPhones. There was a fourth but our youngest associate was forced to call back and cancel by familial forces.

Julian and Wil ordered the 16 GB iPhone and I ordered the 8 GB iPhone. It would appear that the stock of 8s is far greater than that of the 16s, because my phone arrived today, and Julian and Wil still have not received their purchase confirmation emails yet.

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There was some initial confusion and calls to Rogers over the fact that the plan I ordered was not the plan I received. After a pleasant conversation with a couple of very nice women in the customer service department (Hi Lynda and Anne) we worked out the details of my wireless plan to what I had asked for. It was time to open it up.

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The phone came in a tidy little box. As usual the folks at Apple have taken time to design a compact simple package that only conveys what is needed. There was no massive plastic surround that requires a blow-torch to get into unlike many overpackaged products you see on shelves these days. No, just a small box with the phone, ear-phones, USB connector, USB-to-power adapter and the instruction manuals.

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The iPhone, freshly born to the world, not yet corrupted by we geeks.

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The parts that make it live.

Less than 10 minutes after this picture was taken, my iPhone was activated with my former home phone number. Now all that is left for me to do is to contact MTS and cancel my internet service, and I will no longer be tied to the world of telecommunication wires.

The Dark Knight

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

Christopher Nolan’s Batman redux continues with the Joker as our brooding hero’s latest nemesis. If this movie is haqlf as good as Batman Begins was, it’ll be a wild ride!

Welcome Back

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Julian Moffatt
Julian Moffatt CEO / Partner
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Julian Moffatt Purveyor of Good Times

As a small business owner you have be involved in all aspects of your business in order for it to succeed (or maybe that’s just my own insecurities ... I’m sure the guys enjoyed me being gone). When you actually get out of email range for a few weeks, the first thing you are greeted with upon your return is:

welcome back to work!

Needless to say I will be immersed in Mail sorting it all out. I will get to all 1457 of my messages. Please be patient as it might take me a day or two. And since we are big believers in staying on top of all those little tasks that conspire to drag you down I will definitely be giving myself a big high-5 at the end of this task!

UPDATE: Over halfway through and still daylight outside!
More than halfway home

UPDATE #2: 10:15pm and only 2 emails remain. Those have to wait for tomorrow however, as I need some more information before responding. Not bad 10 hours for 1457 emails.
INBOX 2

HIGH-5!

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
Visual Lizard
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1 (204) 957-5520 ext:152
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world’s toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan’s Labyrinth," "Hellboy").

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development-pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann-the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.

Astonishing X-men Vol 4, Unstoppable

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

COVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY
WRITER: JOSS WHEDON 
PENCILS: JOHN CASSADAY

THE STORY: Strap yourselves in, folks! It’s Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s final arc on Astonishing X-Men! After the shocking and brain-smashing events of recent issues, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it’s all over, nothing will ever be the same! No, really, we mean it! Whedon and Cassaday prove they are more than Astonishing: They are unstoppable!

Collecting ASTONISHING X-MEN #19-24 and GIANT-SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1. 
Rated T+ …$19.99 
ISBN: 978-0-7851-2254-8 

Batman, Gotham Knight

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
Visual Lizard
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1 (204) 957-5520 ext:152
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins) Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. Using an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry from Wayne Industries Batman’s ethical boundaries exist only where he chooses to place them leaving some fearful of his power. The sharp storytelling complemented by stylish art from some of the world’s most visionary animators masterfully depicts the blurred lines of Batman as man myth and legend.

Running Time: 75 min.

Hancock

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
Visual Lizard
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1 (204) 957-5520 ext:152
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

There are heroes... there are superheroes... and then there’s Hancock (Will Smith). With great power comes great responsibility – everyone knows that – everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough – as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think – until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet – and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he’s a lost cause.