Friday, September 30, 2005

The Hek, The Hek, The Hek IS ON FIRE!!!

Saw an amazing match off the NWA: Total Non-Stop Action website. Ultimate X Challenge: AJ Styles vs. Chris Sabain vs. Petey Williams. I cannot wait for TNA's debut on Spike. If you have not seen this stuff, The Hek highly recommends you see these guys in action. It is an awesome alternative to WWE.

The week is over people. Thank fucking god. I have an assignment every week until the beginning of December.

Just got off the phone with the ever so good hearted ErinMarie. She told me that York University is the only school in Canada that cancels classes for Jewish New Year. Now that's something. I remember in high school when even the non-Jewish students wouldn't go to school on the high holidays.

Now to Mr. Wood: the 80's music I played on my show was by Linda Talyor and Billy Curtz (not sure if I got his name right). I also played a live version "Keep on Rockin' In The Free World" and Johnny Cash's "Walk The Line."

And to Pear and Soup Girl: Wrestling catch phrases totally reek of awesomeness. They're as memorable as movie quotes. Props must go out to you for recognizing the phrase. The question is, do you know who said it? If you guess it right, I'll give The Claire Witch Project an honorary Hek Seal of Approval.

The Hek

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tons of stuff to get to today.

The show went well today. I love live radio especially, when things happen unexpectedly and you have to think on your feet. Just before I hit the air, I notice that there were no CD carts. Without these, I can't play CD's; so, I busted out the vinyl. This will explain why the show featured a mini-set of 80's Canadian Rock. Fortunately, I was able to locate a cart near the end the show and played one CD (it happened to have the poem of the day on it). The only downside was that both the K-OS and Death From Above 1979 CDs disappeared from our library.

My roommate Mark had an interesting dream. He dreamt that a mystery girl came into our apartment, bawling her eyes out. Apparently, I went over to cheer her up and did such a good job of this, that the girl and I went into my room and Rocked The Casbah without even having the decency to shut the door. Then, Sandra and Jen came over and witnessed what was going on while Mark was playing poker on his compy. Not going to lie to you: Best dream of me ever by someone else. I hope Mark is a psychic.

My film professor made a reference to Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I shuddered as I remember watching this during the summer. Good idea for a TV show. Bad idea for a film. Unless your name is Erin or Marie, the darn thing puts you to sleep.

Finally, there were two interesting comments made for my September 28th entry. I encourage you all to read them. Anglelina's comment was well done. As for the comment made by (I believe) Pear and Soup girl, she is just jealous of my Hollywood good looks and Brad Pitt hair.

Smell you later,
The Hek

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

OH it's true. It's damn true.

Be sure to catch the Thursday Morning Special Blend, tomorrow. I'll have the sports recap, poem of the day, and so much more.

LISTEN: Thursday, 7-8am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I like it how in her last week as Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson held a bunch of parties and moved off Rideau Hall in a brand new car. This was probably all paid for by all us Canadian tax payers. How about that?

Now, The Hek will comment about the comments from yesterday's blog.

1. The Hek smells like a rose. Beautiful and sensual and manly.

2. I would never body slam women. Don't know what Mr. Wood was thinking there.

Don't forget: Thursday Morning Special Blend, 7-8am on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Hek is now an official member of Axe U. CKCU received a complementary "student" kit and my PD decided to give it me. Inside the kit was a small container of Axe body spay, which means one thing: I can now conduct my experiment.

I'm going to put that stuff on and see if women throw themselves at me like the commercial. Stay tuned.

The Hek

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Spent another weekend reading pointless stuff that will mostly have no effect on my future. What the hell is the point of University anyway? I am sick and tired of jumping through all these hoops for the last four years just to get some paper that tells people that I know a thing or two about the Mass Media. Every time I have to fork out money for something so overpriced and sit and learn about the hegemonic process, I feel a little more dead inside. Whoever said that University is about acquiring knowledge was probably someone so fearful of the outside world. University is about finding yourself and figuring out what the hell you want to do with your life. The real lessons are outside the classroom. Instead of papers and presentations, we should be graded on how we do our laundry, how we budget our expensive, how we balance our social life with our work life. Our diplomas should come when we do decide on a career path. I figured out what I wanted to do in the summer of 2004. It took me only two years.

I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I just wanted to stay there. I did not want to get out because I knew I would have to walk on down to the off campus book store and plop down some cash for a 500 page book that I probably won't even finish. Some bullshit by DH Lawrence, Women in Love. The only thing that made the trip tolerable was my desire to really see the beauty that Ottawa has.

I love Ottawa. I love Carleton. But I just hate school.

The Hek

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Today, The Hek and his buddy Owen went to go see The Corpse Bride. Clocking in at only 77 minutes, this film gets straight to the plot and disposes of the usual filler. I have never been interested in films that were entirely made with computer graphics and playdoh; however, it was an entertaining film and had some funny parts. I give it 3 HEKS out of five and award it The Hek Seal of Approval (suck on it, Toothless Timmy).

The Hek

Friday, September 23, 2005

I would like to make the following statement:

There has been some controversy regarding The Hek Seal of Approval. Allegations have been raised stating that The Hek Seal of Approval is a ripoff of a similar award known as "The ErinMarie Seal of Approval." Let me go on the record by stating that The Hek Seal of Approval is an original idea and that anything else that has any resemblance to it is strictly coincidental.

The Hek Seal of Approval is like your boss giving you the thumbs up whereas the ErinMarie one is like getting a pat of the back by Toothless Timmy in the mail room.

If there is anyone who disagrees with my above statements, I cordially invite them to Ottawa where we can have a fight to the death to decide who is right.

The Hek

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I was on the air for five hours today and I loved it! Everything went quite well. There's a chance that some clips will be put on The Charlatan website. Thanks to everyone who listened; especially to all the Starbacks out there in radio land.

In other news, The Dudley Boys have signed with NWA-TNA. This is huge as Bubba Ray and D-Von are one of the most successful tag teams in history. They're the only team to capture the WWE, WCW and ECW titles. There's a lot of talent that the WWE released and if TNA was smart, they would sign them all. Think about it; Charlie Haas, Billy Kidman, Mohammed Hassan, Matt Morgan etc.

The Hek

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Hek will be on the airwaves for five hours tomorrow.

You can catch me from 7-8am EST for the Thursday Morning Special Blend.

Then, I will be broadcasting from 12-4pm EST for The Charlatan 60th Anniversary BBQ.

Tune to: CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Hek went to see a film last night with Mark and Simon. The only question was which film would they see. The Man or Lord Of War.

In the end, we chose to see Lord Of War. It was a great film that makes a very strong statement at the end of the film. This film receives The Hek Seal Of Approval.

The Hek

Sunday, September 18, 2005

For the second straight Sunday, I did my readings by the Rideau Canal near Colonel By Drive. I found this really nice spot that has the only bench in any form of shade. As I was reading, a man who was obviously homeless showed up and parked his bike (with a trunk attached to it) next to the bench. Of course, I did not mind. He did his thing and I did mine. But then, he took out a hammer, a paint brush and a can of black pine tar and began to hammer tar off the brush into the small pond across form the bench while muttering something incoherent under his breath. I took that as my cue to exit. Now, I have nothing against the homeless. In most cases, they're homeless because of circumstances beyond their control. However, when they start to act "weird" and "crazy," I feel threatened. I could have stayed there and no harm would probably happen to me. But - and I am sorry to be like this - you never know what could happen. Maybe its just my paranoia talking.

In the meantime, I am sitting back and listening to an NHL Pre-Season game. Canadiens and Thrashers to be exact. It is good to hear hockey again. Who knows what the new NHL will look like.

The Hek

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen. The following match is scheduled for one fall, with a twenty minute time limit. Making his way to the ring, from Thornhill, Ontario, weighing in at 150 pounds.....The Hek!

Had a great time at Noel's birthday party yesterday. I was assigned to keep him busy while his wife set up the surprise party and cake. And it was a good cake. Safe to say that I have had my monthly quota of sugar.

Today is also the first meeting of the Carleton Improv Association. Along with CKCU, the CIA is great escape from the bullshit that goes along with being a university student.

The Hek

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Man it felt damn good to be back on the radio this morning. I am really excited for next week. Not only will I be doing the Thursday Blend from 7-8am but, I will also be co-hosting a program that will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Carleton's student newspaper, The Charlatan. That will go from 12:00 - 4:00pm on Thursday. More details to come.

The Hek

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Be sure to tune into the THURSDAY MORNING SPECIAL BLEND. Tomorrow I'll have a recap of the local sports teams and interviews with Ottawa's top spoken word artists who just released a new album called Live at Capital Slam 2005. Plus there will be much more.

I am very excited about doing the show. I'm not sure what's going to happen, there might be some mistakes because I have not done it in four months; but regardless, it is going to be off the chain.

7-8 am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Hek has always had a knack for choosing the right courses to take; and this time, The Hek has hit the jackpot.

The course I am taking is FILM 3901: Selected Topic in Film Studies.

This term's selected topic: Martin Scorsese

That's correct, you read it right. Until the start of December, The Hek will be viewing all his best work. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and, even some films that inspired him.

There is only one negative aspect. The instructor has apparently forgotten that the students have four other courses to worry about and therefore, has assigned a crapload of reading each week. I have a feeling that the instructor is one of those power hungry profs who had a miserable life and gets back at the world with his new authority. We shall see.

The Hek

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Hek got new Spek's. They look great! But speaking about eyewear, I am really getting bugged by sunglasses. Too many people hide behind these things. Every time I pass someone wearing sunglasses, I don't know if they're looking at me, frowning at me or looking at something past me. It is quite unnerving.

The Hek

Saturday, September 10, 2005

After getting on the bus following a rather inconvenient hour wait, the strangest thought hit me in the head.

What if this was all just a dream? What if it is still August, 2002 and I am still that skinny 19-year-old who has been sheltered from the real world all his life? What if all the people I have met, kissed and made love to never existed; they were all just a figment of my imagination.

Of course, I know its real. What do you think I am? Some Thornhill loving, psycho-drama promoting art-teeist? I don't think so.

I was like that, a long time ago.

The Hek

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Interesting way to start off the school year.

I arrived at my first class (Modern Publicity State, 8:30 - 11:30am) of the year; so did everyone else. There was just one thing missing, the prof. She didn't show up. So, after 45 minutes, we decided collectively to leave. Being mostly fourth year students, we had the decency to leave her a note with all our student numbers on it. Later in the day, I and my fellow class mates received an e-mail from the prof. It turns out that she got stuck in traffic and was unable to make it to Carleton. She did send us our course syllabus in an attachment and also noted that our coursepack/text book was available at Octopus Books at the corner of Third Avenue and Bank Street for................................$77.00.

$77?! Are you kidding The Hek?

Two things irritate The Hek about this.

First off, the pack/book is at an independent book store. Not cool. See, I purposely put a lot of money on my campus card so that I have enough money for texts when I purchase them at Carleton's book store. When a prof puts a text at an independent book store like Octopus Books or Allegra Publishing it means that I have to pay out of my own personal account instead of using my campus card. Basically, all the money I put on my campus card for books goes to waste.

Second, $77 for a bunch of articles I am probably going to read once? Not going to happen, people.

Here is what's going to happen. The Hek is taking the strategy his roommate is using. I am going to go to the library, find every book that originally published the articles for the upcoming week and the photo copy them at 8 cents a page. Think about it, a 40 page article will only cost me $3.20. That's it, that's all, baby goes to sleep.

The Hek

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

If you can translate this, you have no life. Got ya!

The Hek

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Just set up a brand new Fantasy Hockey team on the Yahoo website. This year, teams will crumble when LES HABS take the ice. I am also listening to the Blue Jays over the computer. Right now, they are losing to Baltimore, 4-0. Ted Lilly didn't last three innings giving up five walks and three earned runs. Just The Hek's luck, Lilly is on my fantasy baseball team. In the end its always the same story for the Blue Jays: with the exception of Roy Halliday, they lack consistent pitching.

Went on over to CKCU today to see how things are. Turns out that my first show will be on September 15. I was really hoping to start this Thursday but, it appears that the guy who does the timeslot now (7-8am) has already planned a show. He might let me do the show this week since he already does the 8:00 - 9:30am on Thursdays and he reluctantly agreed to do the extra hour until I got back to Ottawa. For the time being, I'll start next week and I can't wait. I love being on the radio. It's what I want to do once I finish school. When I am at CKCU, its a wonderful escape from the craziness that goes with being a University student. In the meantime, I was given some sports books to look at and possibly interview the authors. I also plan on covering the CD release party for the Capital Slam poets.

I found this really cool website. It's a blog for New York radio station WFMU. On this blog there is a section that has these neat MP3's of strange remixes and weird sound bites from other radio stations. For example, there's an MP3 clip of a CBC Northern Service broadcast during the 1981 CBC strike. Basically, you have this Inuit man who apparently worked as a janitor and filled in for the striking radio staff. He speaks in his native language and then sings a song about the Ayatollah. There are also clips of Inuit commercials for beer companies.

Check out it here: WFMU's On the Download

This was my favourite clip: Michael Jackson vs. Cookie Monster

The Hek

Monday, September 05, 2005

If there is one thing that I love about downtown Ottawa, it would have to be Wellington Street. On this one single street are all the important government buildings. Sure, Toronto may have all its tourist attractions but Wellington Street is the epicentre of our historic and cultural development. It was in these buildings where the seeds were planted that gave Canadians the ability to define themselves. Almost every building was built in the late 1800's/early 1900's, has beautiful gardens and, is surrounded by paths that allow you to see the building in its entirety. The architecture is just breathtaking.

So here is how I took advantage of a beautiful day in Ottawa. First, I got off at the Parliament buildings and then made my way to the Supreme Court of Canada. While there, I wrote about about Justice. Then, I made my way to the National Archives and Library which has some amazing exhibits and free postcards. Finally, I finished my journey by walking the Ottawa River path which takes me to the Rideau Canal. I went up the stairs from there, past the NAC, War Memorial and then back to parliament where I took the bus home. All in all, three hours of fresh air and good exercise.

Time to get off the soapbox.

The Hek

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Have no fear, dear reader. The Hek is back at Good Ol' Carleton U.

I am happy to report that my place is in the same condition I left it in. However, there was one sweet addition: a fluorescent light. Last year, my room only had two small light bulbs. This year, there is this mother of a fluorescent light over my compy and suddenly my room is bright. About fucking time if you ask The Hek.

Last night, I enjoyed some quality television, i.e. the original Dukes of Hazzard and WWE: Velocity. Good to see Spanky back in the WWE. I also had my first improv show of the year and it went well. It attracted quite a number of froshies.

In any case, it feels damn good to be back in Ottawa. I don't know what it was (it certainly wasn't my friends and co-workers, just for the record) but, I felt somewhat held down in Thornhill.

The Hek

Friday, September 02, 2005

Time to go back to Ottawa. You can expect more entries from here on. Now that was a summer that reeked of awesomeness.

The Hek