Friday, May 7, 2010

I've moved

If you're looking for Dr Eric's Blogology then you can find it at http://drericallan.wordpress.com

If you came here by mistake then I wish the best of luck finding whatever it is that you are Googling for.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Special Thanks

This is my 100th post, I wanted to thank you to all of you that have been reading my blog since the beginning.  I feel like this blog has come a long way from the incoherent random stories that I posted at the start. 

Here are some of my successes that you the readers are responsible for achieving over the past 7 months...

1850 - unique visitors coming from 66 countries

Naturally my blog was the biggest hit for Canadians but it looks like there is a strong American following as well as over 200 page views from Australia and the UK

The most popular posts were "My blog is special" focusing on the different Erics of the world and "Roar it's a blog-i-vore" my rant about vegetarianism.  Why these two were the most popular I have no clue.

A big shout out to my readers in Sweden, Afghanistan and Ireland.  These readers spent an average of 6 minutes on the blog so thank you so much to you loyal readers.

I've learned a lot from this past year and I hope to carry my blog forward and attract many new followers.  So check out my new blog, keep reading and I encourage you to give me feedback and share your thoughts.

Here is the link for my new blog. http://drericallan.wordpress.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

You Stay Classy Planet Earth


For a planet that is over 4 billion years old you certainly still look great on the outside.  It's whats on the inside that really matters says my mom.  That's where we come in.  Celebrate Earth Day today! Pick up some trash, walk or take public transit to work, plant a tree or resist the urge to cut one down.  There are lots of way to make this a better place.  Ted Turner, for one, created Captain Planet!

20 years ago, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was made into a cartoon show and during the six seasons it was on the air, it made a lasting impression on me and other children of the late 80's, early 90's.

"Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!" I always remembered that theme song and loved the show except I always remember getting really upset because one kid had the heart ring.  In my mind, the heart ring did not count as an element of Earth and should have carried no powers.  Early stages of my Neuroticism I guess.

Another great part of the show was it one of the earliest cartoon shows to promote multiculturalism, having characters from all over the world work together to defeat the EcoVillans.

Truly an amazing show, ahead of its time.  And how random is it that Whoopi Goldberg was the voice of Gaia and Phil Collins wrote the theme song.  Big Double T pulled out all the tricks to make this show a success.



"The Power is Yours" Thanks Captain Planet, 20 years later and I still remember your message.  Here is an homage to Captain Planet and several other Eco-Friendly characters.



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Last Time the Leafs Made the Playoffs...

... I was in first year university, not yet 19 and a scrawny 145lbs
... The songs "Hey Ya", "Stacey's mom", and "Right Thurr" were at the top of the charts
... Andrew Raycroft and the Bruins beat out The Leafs to win the Northeast division by just a few points
... Martin St. Louis was the league MVP
... Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade were all in their rookie year
... Vince Carter was still a Raptor
... The Patriots beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl
... One Tree Hill was the newest "Pop TV Drama" show

I think that's a good start.  2003-2004, the last season the Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs.  A long time has passed and many faces have come and gone in that time span.  3 head coaches, 3 "franchise" goalies, 3 GMs and a whole bunch of roster shuffling.  With Ponikarovsky departing to the Pens on trade deadline day, that leaves Tomas Kaberle as the sole keeper of the playoff records that seem ancient to the organization.

At first glance you start to remember how awesome this team was but then looking at the names you think to yourself, why did they do so well? Simple, it was a different league back then and having just a few goal scorers was good enough had the rest of the team been stocked with aggressive 2 way players.  The top players on the team included such names as:

Mats Sundin (32), Alexander Mogilny (34), Joe Nieuwendyk (36), Gary Roberts (37), Darcy Tucker (28) Owen Nolan (31), Tomas Kaberle (25), Bryan McCabe (28), Ron Francis (40), and Brian Leetch (35) added at the deadline.  Throw in Tie Domi and Ed Belfour that is a team filled with grit and finishers.

Not one player finished with point per game status and after Sundin's 75 pts, the next highest was McCabe at 53.  It was a balanced attack that didn't score as much but won the big games and had no problems physically dominating other teams.
 
Sadly it just wasn't quite good enough as the Leafs fell to the Flyers in 2nd round on May 4th 2004 in OT...

Lest We Forget as the 6th anniversary of the dark day in Leaf-Land draws near.  Here we have the final 2 goals ever scored in the playoffs by the Toronto Maple Leafs

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Forgive & Forget

Bryan Colangelo...I forgive you.  Even though you didn't ask for forgiveness you could hear it in is voice that he was sorry for putting a lackluster Raptor team on the court this year.  I forgive you because when the season started this team looked amazing, then for a good 2-3 month they played insanely good.  Then they folded faster than Superman on laundry day and were out of the playoffs.  On paper the team looked stacked with talent and at times you couldn't decide who outside of Patrick O'Bryant and an injured Reggi Evans should be a reserve...

He was wrong and he knows he has to correct it.  I forgive you BC, please hire me...

On the same day as BC's "apology" 2 other random headlines caught my eye that fit this theme.

"Tom Jones' Welsh Village Ban Lifted"
After 47 years Tom Jones can return to Fochriw, Wales.  Thank the good Lord for him as I'm sure this has been eating away at him for 47 years.  Story goes, Tom stole a chicken after a gig.  What he didn't know was this was probably one of the few chickens in the town and that stealing a chicken is one of the most heinous things you could ever do.

At least now Tom Jones can go back and enjoy Fochriw a town known for...wait a minute, let me go on Wikipedia...COAL MINES!

"Pope Finally Forgives John Lennon"
40 years after John Lennon stated that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus, The Vatican has forgiven him and The Beatles for their blasphemy.  That really helps seeing as how half of the members have been dead for many years now.  I guess now their souls would be allowed into Heaven but being released from a place after 20-30 years it'd tough to make it on the outside ya think?

What's interesting to note is that it took 15 years for the Vatican to forgive the man who attempted to kill the Pope.  Bottom line is do not get on the Vatican's bad list or it will be a long road to forgiveness.

But if a town in Wales and The Vatican can forgive someone after 40 years, I think even sports fans can forgive past figures (except Rob Babcock and John Ferguson Jr.).
  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Practicing Safe Breath

A pretty clever commercial, but won't be incorporated into any Grade 9 Health classes anytime soon.  A guy should probably practice more than just safe breath. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bad Tiger Bad!

 Ever since the Tiger Woods Nike Golf commercial came across the buzz feeder, many people have been asking me what my views on the commercial are.  Now, those people may be imaginary, but they are also intelligent because they came to me who is the wisest person in that imaginary world....

First off, I'm not going into the actual scandal that Tiger Woods was involved with.  In case you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, Tiger Woods was involved in an altercation with his wife.  Then it was revealed he had a rather unquenchable thirst for women, hence Gatorade dropping out as a sponsor.

The big deal now is this commercial that has been released by Nike Golf.  Here is the video if you have not seen it yet.



OK, now, I believe this is a great commercial.  It tugs at your emotional strings and gets a reaction out of you either positive or negative.  Many people that I asked that disliked the commercial barely make the association with Nike, so in my opinion a negative view of the commercial is because the consumer does not agree with Tiger Woods and not Nike.  A positive reaction almost always brings out, "good for them, great PR spin."  The commercial doesn't try to distract the audience with flash but rather has fully acknowledged that they are aware of the situation and not treating the audience like a bunch of idiots. Good on ya.

Yes I realize many people disagree with using Tiger's deceased father as a voice over is a little much but when you think about it, this was a man that would have done everything he could to help Tiger.  Doesn't that include lending his voice to support Tiger after he's past on? I think so.

My final point.  His wife has reportedly forgiven him, the golf world has forgiven him (though they can't afford to not forgive him) and whether you forgive him or not, he has to live with this for the rest of his life and still has the will to stay in the public eye and play golf.  That takes courage.

Play on Tiger, just be sure to no longer text, voicemail or e-mail your mistresses next time, learn from your mistakes.  Oh yea, found this little clip online, I think it's good for a laugh.  A hilarious spoof of the aforementioned commercial.  Check it out.