Character Assassination
August 28th, 2015

Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets

Can we stop with the “character” worship?

I mean it. I don’t know how or why this has become a thing in Vancouver, but apparently the pursuit of players of “character” has become a thing of paramount importance for Jim Benning and the Vancouver Canucks. Character is going to be the thing that wins the day for the Canucks.

Not skill, not better systems play, not solid goaltending, not special teams. Character. A nebulous, hard to define trait that is more subjective than objective. Great. The Canucks are in need of “character” because, apparently, they are incredibly deficient in that aspect.


Days of Future Canucks Goalies Past
August 24th, 2015

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When talking about how I wasn’t a Jim Benning guy, I made references to the Canucks goaltending situation and how I felt that Jim Benning mishandled things with the Canucks and how there’s a potential storm brewing on the horizon. I didn’t really explain what this encroaching storm could be.

I pointed out that Benning got less value than what he could have for Lack, because team management holds two paradoxical opinions: one, that Lack isn’t worth much as a goaltender and two, Lack is good enough of a goaltender that he needs to be moved out of the Western Conference so as to minimize the damage he could do to the Canucks.

I also talked about how the Canucks goaltending is “unstable” and I’m going to try and address that, by looking at similar situations that have occurred in the past with the Canucks and how they have gone wrong, or right. This article is going to take a closer look at why Benning may have messed up.

The TL;DR of it is: Ryan Miller’s use to the organization is going to wear out before the Canucks have a viable successor in place, the Canucks haven’t had much luck with thrusting young goalies into prominent positions and expecting them to succeed whereas the Canucks have had better luck with slowly developing goalies and easing them into an NHL role.


I’m Not A Jim Benning Guy
August 20th, 2015


The Canucks haven’t had a stellar off-season and there has been a lot of criticism regarding the direction the team is taking. This has been a rather divisive opinion amongst Canucks fans: many feel that Jim Benning hasn’t had enough time or opportunity to really make his mark on the club, but I feel that enough time has passed to give a really good indication of where the team is going, and I am going to attempt to contextualize it with other examples.

First and foremost, it is worrisome that when the president of your team makes a point to mention that the new GM of your team is a “Western Canadian guy” and is a Canucks alumni. While Linden’s comment, which was made at Benning’s introductory press conference, could be seen as an off-hand remark, I feel that it is telling of the priorities and attitude of the current regime.


Of Sansa and Ramsay
May 19th, 2015


It’s really fascinating reading about the outrage regarding the latest Game of Thrones episode. Spoilers abound.

The Internet is blowing up over the ending scene, in which Sansa Stark is raped by Ramsay Bolton. The basic consensus is that fans feel that this scene was incredibly unnecessary and is doing nothing at all to advance the plot. The scene was bad enough that the Mary Sue put out a half-assed “boycott” of Game of Thrones — basically stating that they are done ‘promoting’ the show, but left enough wiggle room that they’d be able to still ‘report’ on it if they needed to. What is it that they say in that other show? “No half measures“? Right. Anyway.

A lot of the complaints regarding the most recent episode of Game of Thrones make a lot of assumptions about future plotlines and about the characterization of characters such as Sansa and Theon/Reek. There is also a lot of disgust with what went down, along with an attitude of “really? Rape? Again?” with some viewers.


Problems with Gaming Activism
May 19th, 2015


Anyone remember that big furor about a year ago dealing with Assassin’s Creed Unity? Ubisoft’s technical director James Therien got himself into hot water over comments he made about the lack of female characters in Unity was a “reality of game development” and that including female avatars into the game would have “doubled the work.” Now, with details of a new Assassin’s Creed game being announced last week, people are finding new reasons to be upset about things.

With Syndicate, there is some anxiety to get review scores and game sales back up (Unity and Black Flag sold a combined 10 million copies last year, down from the 12 million sold with 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III) and avoid last year’s controversy and all the headaches that came with it.


Why We May Need To Chill On Jordan Subban
May 1st, 2015


Amidst the heartache that came from losing to the Calgary Flames, Canucks fans have been looking towards the future. It’s hard not to, given that the Flames “youth movement” overwhelmed the Canucks and exposed the team as being a little old and slow and the main reason why Jim Benning was brought in as Canucks GM is because he is a whiz at drafting. Given that “youth” is one of the key words that Trevor Linden and company used at the end of the season press conference, and it makes sense why folks are looking to the Canucks prospect corps for help.

One of the more intriguing players is Jordan Subban, brother of Habs defenseman PK Subban. Although smaller than his brother (5’9″ and 185 lbs vs PK’s 6’0″ and 200 lbs), he’s been cause for much excitement, given that he’s a defenseman who has an offensive edge  — he led his OHL team, the Belleville Bulls, in scoring.


Wee Willie Winkie
April 22nd, 2015

The biggest thing about a seven game playoff series is that teams will adapt as time goes on. A player or a line might get hot, so a coach will adjust his gameplan to neutralize a problematic player, or try for a favorable matchup. In a series where two teams are evenly matched like this current series, any slight adjustments are necessary in order to get that competitive advantage. When you have a fairly disparate mismatch in terms of skill or ability (like, say, the 06-07 New York Rangers vs. the Bob Hartley coached Atlanta Thrashers) a team can pretty much impose their will on the opposing team and play their game the way they wanted to.


Put The Hashtag Down
December 5th, 2014

I read, with some dismay, what has been going on with Randi Harper (aka @freebsdgirl) lately.

For those who aren’t up to date on Internet drama, apparently some dude strolled by her work over the weekend and Tweeted out a picture of himself hanging out in front of it. I know I have been critical of Harper here in a couple of pieces I have written on my website, but for me, that’s just having a difference of opinion. You’re allowed to disagree, and I doubt she’d ever really read my shit. I’d never think to go out and take pictures that are meant to intimidate someone.

Because that’s what it is meant to be: intimidation. I’m willing to be skeptical or give the benefit of the doubt in most circumstances, but there’s really no other way you can twist it. It sucks and anyone trying to defend behavior such that probably doesn’t understand the implications of doing something like that.

I’ve worked in the bar industry for a number of years now. I’ve gotten to work with a number of awesome people who have had a super positive impact on my life and have been the source of a lot of awesome memories. Some of those co-workers were women who have had to be put into a number of, frankly, shitty situations.

There was a girl I worked with who had a guy come up to her and started asking her questions about her life. Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer. The guy was asking questions, but he was essentially telling her that he had all sorts of information about her. “Are you still living at [address]?” “How is your other job over at [location there]?” “What about your mother, Susan?”

It was frankly one of the weirdest/creepiest things I had heard about. Apparently this guy had gotten infatuated with her and dug up all sorts of information about her, but since she had a boyfriend and wasn’t interested in this guy, she rebuffed him as politely as she could. When he started pulling 20 questions on her, she was understandably freaked the fuck out and quit. I believe the police were involved.

There have also been a couple of instances where guys (usually drunk ones) will hang around outside the bar after we’re closed, hoping to talk to a girl that they were hitting on. These guys are usually chased off by our security staff long before they become a problem, but there have been a couple of instances where we’ve had to call the police because they just wanted to “talk” to a girl. We have a mandatory rule where every female who works in our establishment has to be walked out by door staff, and it’s because of shit like this.

There are other, non-women specific stories, too. Like the guy who was hopped up on drugs and was asked to leave because of his erratic behaviour. He did so, but was found about a half a block down the road from our bar waving a machete at passing cars.

Generally, I’d like to think that a lot of this can be chalked up to people making really stupid decisions thanks to the help of liquor. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be working an office job like a programmer and having to deal with shit like this. Particularly when these idiots are having an open discussion about it on Twitter and are talking about bringing weapons “just in case.”

I have nothing against Harper as a person. I don’t necessarily agree with some of what she believes in, but that’s okay. I would assume she’d never wish actual fucking harm on me and I would absolutely never desire the same of her.

If the only way you can articulate your disagreement with someone is by doxxing them (directly or indirectly) or by trying to intimidate someone with threatening-but-not-really pictures, you need to rethink your argument, and then probably see a mental health professional.

I still think that the “ethics in gaming journalism” is an important discussion to be having. But do folks really need to be rallying around a hashtag? Aren’t we mature individuals capable of having discussion and discourse?




How Jian Ghomeshi and GamerGate Relate
December 4th, 2014


At first glance, the recent scandal with Jian Ghomeshi seems to be a perfect point of comparison to GamerGate. You have a man accused of a number of gross behaviours, many of them sexual in nature. He was part of the more “progressive” movement, speaking up as an ally for feminist issues and causes. You have random Twitter accounts. Harassment. Cries for lawyers. People coming out to speak up. So yeah, it seems that this is perfect fodder for Yet Another GG Piece.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

The Toronto Star published an article Wednesday talking about other details of Ghomeshi’s life that are now coming to light. The now disgraced CBC posterboy apparently had a rather large conflict of interest going on with guests booked on his show: a great deal many of them shared the same booking agent as Ghomeshi.


Learning About Journalism
November 28th, 2014



As though I haven’t mentioned the word “Harper” enough to warrant an investigation from Ed Greenwood or CSIS, here are some more thoughts regarding what’s going on with some recent developments pertaining to the GamerGate Autoblocker.


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