Thursday, March 29, 2007

Get Your Act Together

The Oakham Amateur Campus Theatre (OACT) presents: Get Your Act Together - A Festival of Short Plays.

Come out and see a hilarious evening of plays for only $5.00!

When: Thursday March 29th, 7:00 PM
Friday March 30th, 7:00 PM
Saturday March 31, 2:00 PM

Location: Student Campus Centre, Room 115, Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street, Toronto.

***A couple friends of mine worked really hard, writing and producing their own play. It's really good, trust me. Go out and support them. I'll be there on Friday.

The Hek

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Autumn Wind

The National Football League has a media division known as NFL Films.

During the season, crews are sent to every game, to capture the "sights and sounds." The footage is then taken and used for documentary specials about a certain player, team, season, or specific match.

What I find enjoyable about these documentaries, is how NFL Films can take a simple football game and turn it into an epic battle.

This is done by using powerful orchestral scores, a dramatic script, and a narrator with deep, Godlike voice, who reads the script. The most popular narrator for these films was a man named John Facenda. Football fans have described him as the "voice of God."

Here is an example called "The Autumn Wind." It's a montage dedicated to the 1974 Oakland Raiders. Notice the language and Facenda's strong vocals.

The Hek

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Get well, Garbo!

It seems that ankle injuries are the "soup de jour" for the Raptors these days.

Jose Calderon missed action with a sprained ankle. Anthony Parker went through the same thing. Chris Bosh had to leave Friday's game after hurting his ankle. It was probably still bothering him during last night's loss to Boston. It's probably why he wasn't as energetic as he usually is.

Then, there's what happened last night, to Jorge Garbajosa.

For those who don't know, "Garbo" was trying to prevent a Boston player from scoring. He jumped up to see if he could stop the ball and landed awkwardly on his left foot, wrecking his ankle. If you have a weak stomach, I strongly advise you not to watch the clip. It was not pretty.

Garbo was screaming in pain. Leo Rautins (and Eric Smith on radio) kept saying, "a foot should not be able to point that way." You knew it was bad when the training staff ran on the court and immediately threw a towel over the damaged foot. That's how bad it was. Garbo's season is over. He'll be facing months of recovery and rehab.

Here's what's bothering me: Even though Garbo is a rookie, he's actually 29-years-old. He's been playing professional basketball for a number of years in Europe. This happens to be his first season in the NBA. If he can't fully recover, then the Raptors might have to release him. No team in the NBA would take a guy in his thirties with a weak ankle. I am praying that won't happen. However, Garbo is a very strong person. He's tough on and off the court. There's no doubt that he will recover and be ready for the 2007-08 season.

Meanwhile, now more then ever, the Raptors have to increase their performance levels. No Bargnani, no Garbajosa; every player has to make up for their absence. The Raptors have boasted that the one word that describes them is resilient. It's time to show just how resilient they are.

The Hek

*It's here, finally! Episode 33 of the Audio Circus*

Monday, March 26, 2007

B***h Session

There are a lot of things on my mind lately. The more I keep these things to myself, the more angrier and frustrated I get. Therefore, as an act of therapy, I intend to go on a rant.

Please note: I am going to be ranting and complaining about certain issues pertaining to myself. If you don't like reading this kind of stuff, go to another website.

Still here? Okay. You've been warned.

Now, I was going to talk about an issue that deals with the community radio station I help out at. However, that issue has been cleared. I will now be able to watch my friends' play this Friday. I was also going to complain about my lack of employment; but, I don't want to sound like a broken record.

Issue 1 - Episode 33 of the Audio Circus has turned into a nightmare. Not only did it take me a long time to put the episode together but now, Odeo, the website that uploads the episodes, has been unable to properly upload #33. It keeps telling me that the file in invalid. It won't let me even upload other things as well. I spent most of my Sunday night, trying to get something that usually takes 20 minutes to work. My internet service is not that fast. I've wasted a lot of bandwidth.

This aggravation makes me question why I spend my Saturday and Sunday afternoon putting the show together. Sometimes, I just want stop doing the podcast and be rid of the stress it sometimes brings. But you see, I am my own worst enemy. I refuse to quit on things no matter how irritating they may become. It's one of my personal rules. I enjoy doing the Audio Circus. However, if uploading a simple episode becomes a daunting task, I'm going to have rethink this personal commitment.

Issue 2 - Some (but not all) of my friends, are way too uptight. Being with my friends allows me to relax. It allows me to forget about any troubles I have. The best part of hanging out with my friends, is that it's the only time when I feel safe enough to let my guard down. It's the only time where I don't have to think about what I want to say. It's the only time where I don't have to prepare a script.

When I'm with my friends, I like to joke around, I like to have fun, and I like to "goof off." It's my way of relaxing. It's my way of dealing with stress. However, when I joke around, have fun and goof off, some (but not all) of my friends get so worked up. Every time I open my mouth, they act as if I'm bringing them down to the lowest common denominator. GOD FORBID we take time out of taking life seriously, joke around and goof off! GOD FORBID we don't always act serious and mature when we're in the company of good friends!

It's starting to piss me off.

When you are with your friends, there's no need to act all serious and mature. You're not giving a university lecture. You're not at a bored meeting. You're not at a job interview. You're with your friends! It's okay to have fun with them. That's what friendship is all about. It's about providing everyone the opportunity to forget about serious issues and have a good time.

Look, if you don't like it when I relax (i.e.: joke around, have fun, goof off), then first off, I'm sorry. Second, if it bothers you, just ignore me or, take the rod out of your butt and for once in your life, chill out and relax.

Don't look down at me. Don't patronize me. Don't judge me. And, don't call me a dog and declare that I should eat chocolate cake out of a bowl, while all the civilized humans in the room, eat from plates and use forks. Hey, I love joking around and I don't mind getting zinged or burned; but that was flat out malicious. I would never say anything like that. Now, you're probably saying, "Come on, Hek. Whoever said that to you was probably just joking as well." Trust me, if you heard the tone in this person's voice, you would agree that it was malicious. I am very affected by a person's tone of voice. Be thankful I took the high road and kept my mouth shut. If this was ten years ago, there would've been psycho drama.

I refuse to stay silent so that certain friends can buy into this false conception that they're all sophisticated and high class.

*deep breath*

Okay. I feel a lot better now. I had to vent. It was eating me up inside. I vented. If you're reading this, thank you for letting me vent. It's time to move on.

The Hek


Friday, March 23, 2007

One For The Thumb

During my time at Carleton, the closest thing there was to a "star quarterback," was a guy simply known as Oz.

His full name was Osvlado Jeanty. He came to Carleton in 2002, to play for the men's basketball team. There was a lot of hype surrounding him. He was one of the top high school players in Ottawa. Usually, a university athlete is allowed to play for his/her team for a maximum of five years. When Jeanty started his career with the Ravens, he promised that Carleton would the reach the national finals, every year he played for them.

Last week, the Ravens won their fifth straight national title.

Jeanty has played a major role in this dynasty. He was the top scorer in the OUA a number of times and has won countless provincial and national awards. He's also been a great leader for the new players that have joined the team over the past five years.

In February, 2005, I was asked to do a profile on him for The Charlatan. It was a Sunday night and I left a message on his cell phone, requesting an interview. My deadline was the next morning and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to submit the article. Sunday night was the only possible time I could get him, as the Ravens were on the road for the entire weekend. Sure enough, at 11:30pm, he actually called me back. We had a great conversation and I learnt that he wasn't just a great player, but also a class act and an excellent ambassador for Carleton.

Here's the article.

Congratulations to the Ravens and Oz.

The Hek

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Follow That...........Hek

You Are Big Bird

Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you live your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."

I need to start looking for a big nest.

The Hek

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bargnani Sidelined

Andrea Bargnani underwent surgery today to remove his appendix. The Raptors' rookie was hit with non-perforated acute appendicitis last night and had to get to the hospital right away. Basically, the appendix didn't rupture, but it was going to at any second. Bargnani is going to spend the next few days in hospital and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup. Most likely, he won't return until the playoffs. It all depends on his recovery.

First off: Thank God, Andrea is okay. It doesn't matter if you're an NBA star, a teacher, or a construction worker, your health always comes first.

Second (I say this as a Raptors' fan): This is bad. This is very, very bad.

Bargnani is having a great rookie season. He started off slow but has worked hard and improves with every game. He's getting a lot of attention around the NBA and is one of the factors for Toronto's phenomenal season. Without him, the Raptors would not be in first place in their division and 4th place in the conference.

Will this hurt the Raptors? Absolutely; but, only if they allow it.

From now until the end of the regular season, the Raptors have to step up their play. No cruise control, no mailing it in. The Raptors have to play as if they were hanging on to a playoff spot for dear life. Every single player, needs to increase their output. It doesn't matter whether it's all-star Chris Bosh or the players that only see 4-5 minutes of action like Uros Slokar and PJ
Tucker. Everyone has to put in a huge effort and make up for the absence of their teammate.

As Chuck Swirsky noted in his blog, Bargnani is very young (21 to be exact). Therefore, his body will be able to recover faster. Of course, you can't rush him back and the Raptors are fully aware of that.

Along with this, I read yesterday that BJ Ryan has been dealing with a sore back. There's a chance that the Blue Jays' closer won't be able to pitch again until either the end of spring training or, the start of the regular season.

BJ Ryan, the Jays' best relief pitcher, missing action? That is bad. That is very, very bad.

The Hek

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mr. Wood!

Today, writer and good friend, Mr. Wood (Mirrostone's Reflections), is celebrating his 24th birthday.

Therefore, I would like to wish Mr. Wood a very Happy Birthday.

I'm looking forward to his birthday party; especially after last year's party, which was off the charts.

When Mr. Wood hosts a party, he goes all out. Last year, there were Vegas Show Girls, five fountains, caviar, a number of exotic animals, and a hot tub. He also managed to get Jay-Z to perform. The birthday cake was filled with chocolate and vodka. Everyone slept over! I woke up the following day next to a Brazilian model, while being watched by a lemur. Man, that was a great party.

Oh wait.....................that might have been just a dream.

The Hek

*Perfect for any birthday: Episode 32 of the Audio Circus*

Monday, March 19, 2007

That's It! I'm Moving!


You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.
You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.

I hope the Irish like baseball.

The Hek

*Perfect for any journey: Episode 32 of the Audio Circus*

Friday, March 16, 2007

Understanding Viva


I can't remember the last time I skipped a post during the week. Unfortunately, I have been swamped with lots of projects. Therefore, yesterday's blog entry had to be sacrificed.

Anyway, I've been thinking about York Region Transit's Viva service.

Viva is the rapid transit services and tends to have longer routes. It was designed to cover anything north of Steeles Avenue. There are five routes: blue, pink, green, yellow and purple. However, there is just one problem: all the buses are all blue.

If you have never used Viva and were told to take the "pink bus," you're going to be in a little trouble. Unless, of course, you notice the electronic sign on the top of the bus. Still, you have to think that there will continue to be situations where people miss the bus because they were looking for pink bus, a green bus, a yellow bus, or a purple bus.

Maybe it would be easier if instead of colours, the routes used names or numbers. The Blue route could be 500, Pink would be 510, Green would be 520, Yellow would be 530, and purple would be 540; or, Blue could be "Viva Yonge" (travels up and down Yonge St.), Pink could be "Viva Finch-Unionvile" (travels between the Finch TTC station and Unionville GO Station), Green could be "Viva Seneca" (travels between Markville Mall in Markham and the Don Mills TTC station, while stopping at Senaca's Newham campus), Yellow could be "Viva Vaughn-York" (travels from Vaughn to York University), and Purple could be "Viva York" (Vaughn - York University - Markville Mall).

Maybe it's my ego talking, but I feel this plan is foolproof.

Regardless, I'm sure there's a logical explanation as to why the routes were named after colours, even though all the buses are blue. At least, I hope there is.

The Hek

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Widget Try Out

A widget is a window of one website, placed on another website. All you need is a site's RSS feed and you're all set. I want to use this for some CHEV products; so, I thought I would test it here first.

Something should appear on the left side of this page.

The Hek

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Celebrating 24 Years

As I have said in the past, my birthday is a weird day for me. I enjoy all the attention but, I also feel embarrassed about it.

What's most noteworthy was that it was 15'C in Toronto today. Although I have nothing to back this up, there might be a correlation between my birthday and today's great weather.

To everyone who sent their wishes, I thank you. One of the best things I have experienced in my life, is meeting many wonderful people.

Now, the answers to yesterday's anagram challenge:

1. (hockey player) Zany tyke grew WAYNE GRETZKY

2. (musician) Gig jerk cam MICK JAGGER

3. (Canadian politician) Red hot cannibals BELINDA STRONACH

4. (wrestler) Frail cir RIC FLAIR

5. (actor) Lake thievery HARVEY KIETEL

6. (blogger) Sickener hero ERIC ROSENHEK ;-)

The Hek

*Catch Episode 31 of The Audio Circus*

Monday, March 12, 2007

Fun With Anagrams

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out who the celebrity is, by rearranging the letters. If you're successful, you might as well call yourself Robert Langdon or, Sophie Neveu.

Good luck.

1. (hockey player) Zany tyke grew

2. (musician) Gig jerk cam

3. (Canadian politician) Red hot cannibals

4. (wrestler) Frail cir

5. (actor) Lake thievery

6. (blogger) Sickener hero

The Hek

*It's back! The Audio Circus! Episode 31 is now available.*

Friday, March 09, 2007

New Podcast

The Audio Circus will return with a new episode, this Sunday. Meanwhile, I have begun a second podcast involving CHEV.

CHEV Radio Podcasts features clips from the current lineup of shows. Right now, I've started with Bring The Noise. I hope to include other programs very shortly. It's sort of a work in progress but, good enough to be launched.


The Hek

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Love Is A Burning Thing

The man in black, makes his second appearance on The Hek's Super Playlist. Two Canadian artists are also making their first appearance. New entries in Red.

1. Kennedy Killed the Hat - Buck 65
2. I bought some books - Black Boot Trio
3. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
4. Vacation - The Go-Go's
5. Like a Prayer - Madonna
6. Night Swimming - REM
7. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
8. Ring, Ring - Abba
9. Call on Me - Eric Prydz
10. November Rain - Guns N Roses
11. Cruel Summer - Bannanarama
12. Hung up - Madonna
13. 463 - Buck 65
14. Judy is a Punk - The Ramones
15. The Laws have Changed - The New Pornographers
16. Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn feat. Jack White
17. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
18. The Card Cheat - The Clash
19. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
20. Boys in the Bright White Sports Car - Trooper
21. Mandy - Barry Manilow
22. Let's Get Together - Al Green
23. Mickey - Toni Basil
24. Bodies - Drowning Pool
25. Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
26. Bawitaba - Kid Rock
27. Losing Grip - Avril Lavigne
28. City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
29. Pump it - Black Eye Peas
30. Lonely Old Eyes - Neko Case
31. Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin
32. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
33. Don't Walk Away Eileen - Sam Roberts
34. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy & Anthrax
35. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
36. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
37. My Immortal - Evanescense
38. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
39. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
40. Bad Habit - The Offspring
41. LDN - Lily Allen
42. Man I use to Be - K-OS
43. Lolipop - Aqua
44. Banquet - Bloc Party
45. The Sign - Ace of Base
46. Rise Above - Black Flag
47. Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
49. Hello - Lionel Richie
50. River - Joni Mitchell
51. Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
52. Knock on Wood - Amy Stewart
53. My Heart Skips A Beat - Buck Owens
54. Levon - Elton John
55. Use It - The New Pornographers
56. The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
57. Graceland - Paul Simon
58. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
59. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morrisette
60. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
61. Inside And Out - Feist

The Hek

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

For Your Consideration...

Captain America is dead

- You know, this Marvel Civil War has got to end.


Mom, Husband Accused Of Giving Tot, Pot

- If proven to be true, this couple has lost any chance of winning the "parents of the year" award.


Wisconsin man calls cops to tell them he's having trouble breaking into church

- Not sure what to make of this one.

The Hek

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Let's Get Green!

The Environment has become a very important topic.

Everyone is trying to live a "green" life. The only problem is that we're only told why we should go green, instead of why and how.

This afternoon, I was listening to CBC Radio's Here and Now and discovered a website that offers answers on how to live a more environmentally-friendly life. The site is called It's part blog and part directory. What's interesting about the site is that it provides listings of products, services and businesses, that are safe for the environment. For example, let's say you wanted to do some renovations. Instead of getting a contractor from one of the "big box" stores, you can try places that reuse materials like Habitat For Humanity's ReStores.

What I like about the site, is that it offers to make it "easier for busy people to live greener lives guilt-free and down-to-earth." That's a big deal for me because if there's one thing I don't like, it's environmentalists who condemn people without explaining what they're doing wrong or providing alternative methods.

Whether you care about the environment or not, the site offers some good tips. It's essentially, some green food for thought.

The Hek


Monday, March 05, 2007

Who Wants To Interpret My Dream?

Here's what happened?

I was playing for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. We were facing the New York Knicks and the game was taking place from a community gymnasium. After the game, I was outside and all these buses started to crash into each other. It was chaotic. People were injured and everyone was freaking out. Next thing I know, I'm standing in the middle of a grassy field. It was a warm summer's day and there were lots of people playing sports. I remember seeing a large water tower.

Then, I woke up.

And, GO!

The Hek

Friday, March 02, 2007

Before A Night Of Jazz

living a full life
bringing passion at no expense
you still need a bath

The Hek

RIP Buster. I'll miss you.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

A Sense Of Irony

This afternoon, the Greater Toronto Area was hit by a massive snowstorm.

Meanwhile, in Dunedin, Florida, the Blue Jays played their first pre-season game; a 4-1 win over Boston.

So there I was.

Driving in the midst of a snowstorm, in bumper to bumper traffic, back window completely covered, while listening to a baseball game, taking place in Florida.

I am a winter hater.

The Hek