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Archive for July, 2015

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXXVII

It’s the end of a hot July, and here’s more cool enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • Sorry about the bad throw, it went through the gutter and right up your alley
  • He’s such a devotee of that vintage he doesn’t mind scraping the bottom of the barrel to get every drop of wine
  • Be careful of the vegetation because it’s rough around the edges of the forest (more…)

Memorable Quotes # 27

On Time:

You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to an hour.

Time is more valuable than money.  You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. (more…)

Memorable Quotes # 26

“In the first draft of the script, Kolchak was wearing Bermuda shorts, socks and brown shoes, a Hawaiian shirt and a golf cap.  Apparently, somebody thought that was the uniform for a newspaperman in Las Vegas. But there was a line in there about him wanting to get back to New York, so I got this image of a New York newspaperman who had been fired in the summer of 1962 when he was wearing a seersucker suit, his straw hat, button-down Brooks Brothers shirt and reporter’s tie, and he hasn’t bought any clothes since. Well, I knew that was the summer uniform of reporters in New York of that time, so that’s how the wardrobe came about.  I added the white tennis shoes, and that was Kolchak.  It might have been totally at odds with what everyone else was wearing in Las Vegas, but… You need goals for character, and Kolchak’s goal is to get back to the big time.”

Excerpted quote from Darren McGavin re portraying Carl Kolchak in “The Night Stalker” from The Night Stalker Companion (1997)

Memorable Quotes: Tales of Screenwriters – Part Seventeen

The ‘Players’ – taking direction:

(a) “As a screenwriter, you understand that you’re providing a document that is gonna be turned into a film, and that is an entirely new evolution of the same story.  If you want to write a script and direct it, then you get your way. But if you’re just a writer on a project, you are just a writer… to have a director come in and change your words, that’s what you signed up for.” (more…)

TOP 10 ‘Urban Olympics’ Events

We’ve had geographically-based, Olympic scale games for many years.  It’s time to get more concretely demographic

  • Non-accidental intersection crossing (three divisions: car vs. car, bicycle vs. pedestrian, no limit)
  • Municipal officials photo op dash
  • Public transit performance estimating (more…)

Top 10 Non-Qualifying Pan Am Sports

Since sports such as roller skating and water skiing are eligible, and in consideration of modern technology, can these be far behind?

  • Low e coli count water sample hunt
  • Multiple mobile device text racing
  • Poker cards speed counting
  • Portable beach chair relay (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXXVI

Officially 1/3rd into summer, and here’s a dose of more enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • Some clothes fell into the crushed grapes, so you can add more flavour to your soup if you put a sock in it
  • You can try a more obscure approach with rhyme or reason more directly for quicker results (more…)

Memorable Quotes # 25

On Success:

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.

If you care at all, you’ll get some results.  If you care enough, you’ll get incredible results. (more…)

Pointless Newscast Surveys

Our local CTV affiliate in Ottawa continues to post some of the most meaningless, inane questions on newscasts for viewers to vote on.  Apparently, the less significant or black-and-white the issue, the greater its chance of being asked in a simplistic daily survey. (more…)

TOP 10 Lesser Known ‘Black Friday’ Deals

As the marketing spirit of ‘Black Friday’ expands beyond its original borders, watch for these

  • $200 gift certificate discounted $100, toward the purchase of a new car
  • Two pillow covers included with each mattress or box spring
  • Free economy-size bottle of white-out with each pallet of printing paper (more…)