October 2011

Rick’s Rant for Jamie Hubley

by Joey deVilla on October 26, 2011

Usually, when Rick Mercer does his “Rick’s Rant” segment on his show, the Rick Mercer Report, he’s going for laughs while making a point. This time, he’s not going for laughs: he’s talking about the suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, an Ottawa-based boy tormented by his schoolmates for being gay.

Although the tone of this segment is quite different from his other Rants, it’s still as right-on as all the others. If you watch just one video today, watch this one, then do your part.

Here’s the transcript of his rant:

Every year in this country 300 kids take their own lives. It is a mind-boggling number. And this past week one of those kids was Jamie Hubley. He was 15, he was depressed and he happened to be gay.

And because this is 2011 we don’t just read about a kid like Jamie, we can Google him and then the next thing you know, you’re sitting at home watching his videos on YouTube. And he was gay all right. He was a great big goofy gay kid singing Lady Gaga on the Internet. And as an adult you look at that and you go, you know what, that kid’s going places. But for some reason, some kids, they looked at that and they attacked. And now he’s gone.

And because this story is all too familiar we know exactly what’s going to happen next. Grief counselors will go into the school, as they should. But what about the old fashioned assembly? You know, where the cops show up and there’s hell to pay and they find out who’s responsible. You know like when the lunchroom is vandalized. Because the kids who bullied this boy, they know who they are. And more importantly other kids know who they are.

It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it’s going to get better. We have to make it better now, that’s every single one of us. Every teacher, every student, every adult has to step up to the plate. And that’s gay adults too. Because I know gay cops, soldiers, athletes, cabinet ministers, a lot of us do, but the problem is adults, we don’t need role models. Kids do. So if you’re gay and you’re in public life, I’m sorry, you don’t have to run around with a pride flag and bore the hell out of everyone, but you can’t be invisible either. Not anymore. 300 kids is 300 too many.


Ken Jennings is the 99%

by Joey deVilla on October 26, 2011

Ken Jennings holding up a piece of paper that has the following laser printed on it: "Remember 2004? A happier, more innocent time when a man could pull himself up by his bootstraps and, armed only with a humanities degree, support his family by winning 74 straight games of Jeopardy! in a row. Then a huge multinational corporation poured millions of dollars into a computer that would demolish me on national TV, robbing me of my livelihood as a quiz show contetestant. Now I'm forced to hustle for a living as a 'freelance writer', like that's a thing anymore. I am the 99%."

Believe it or not, that’s really Ken Jennings, and this photo comes straight from his blog.


“Unattended Children” Signs

by Joey deVilla on October 26, 2011

You might have seen posters or signs like the one below at your favourite cafe or shop:

Sign with picture of a little girl holding a coffee cup to her mouth: "Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten"

This one’s my favourite version:

Framed sign at cafe: "Unattended children will be given espresso and a free puppy", with additional tacked-on noted reading "and a drum" and a Post-It note reading "and taught to SWEAR"

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Ice-T Dispenser

by Joey deVilla on October 26, 2011

ice-t dispenser

There needs to be a similar picture for the ice cubes.


Ooooh Yeah!

by Joey deVilla on October 26, 2011

Grand Theft Auto V - Trailer 11.02.11

The first trailer for the upcoming installment in the Grand Theft Auto series of games, Grand Theft Auto V, comes out in a week. I’m looking forward to this one.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Okay, Fortune Cookie I Got in Tampa: You Were Right.

by Joey deVilla on October 24, 2011

Fortune cookie fortune: "You will finally solve a difficult problem that means much to you."

While going through my wallet this morning, I found this fortune. It came from a cookie that came with my bill at the PF Chang’s in a shopping mall in Tampa last month.

Well played, cookie…well played.


Creepy Bacon

by Joey deVilla on October 19, 2011

Two strips of bacon crawling in a large sink, like earthworms.

I didn’t think it was possible to be creeped out by bacon until now.