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I’ve got precious few days left out here in Ottawa then I’m packing up and shipping myself back to Toronto. If there is one thing I’m going to miss it is going to be Norml Clothing on Rideau St downtown Ottawa. They have an amazing layout, host amazing events, and have some gnarly gear in one store which I haven’t been able to find in the Toronto area. They are launching their new web store soon so go check out their stuff.

www.normlclothing.com

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So March 9th marked the day of the new Four Year Strong album titled “Enemy of the World” which is their first album since September 2007 when they released “Rise or Die Trying”. If you’re into melodic hardcore or “pop-punk with breakdowns” and you haven’t listened to FYS then you better get out there and get on it. I haven’t been this stoked on an album since A Day to Remember released their new album last year.

They released a small behind the scenes video for the album, check it out here.

header for bearsI’m not sure when it started, but I’ve grown obsessed with bears and I decided I would rank some of my favourite bears of all time. Rating each based on different aspects such as educational value, attitude and general feeling of badassery. The views in this post are strictly of the author and do not reflect those of anyone else, so I fully expect people not to agree but that is okay.

Starting from the 5th place spot,

#5 – Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear, often referred to as “Smokey the Bear” is the mascot of the United States Forest Service and created to educate children on the dangers of forest fires. Being Canadian I didn’t have a lot of direct exposure to this specific bear but his general aura of badassery commands respect!

#4 – Paddington Brown

Dating back to 1958 this well mannered,  marmalade sandwich loving, anthropomorphised bear was a staple of my childhood with his polite misadventures. An immigrant from Peru adopted by the Brown family and given the moniker Paddington because of the railway station he was found in. Since Paddington’s creation in the late 1950’s the books have been translated into 30 languages and his adventures have been shared the world over, earning him spot #4.

#3 – Baloo

The sleepy brown bear from the classic The Jungle Book is a mentor to the man-cub Mowgli through this epic tale while they encounter snakes and apes pushing forward through song and keeping Mowgli in line with corporal punishment. One of my favourite Disney characters he has been found in a few of their pictures, one of which he is the animal rendition of Robin Hood where he plays the character of Little John (it isn’t official that it is him, but we all know it is).

#2 – Yogi bear (ft. Booboo)

Apparently 1958 was the year of the bear, not only was Paddington created this year but so were these 2 bears, Yogi and Booboo. The trouble makers of Jellystone Park make sure no picnic basket is safe within it’s confines. Not only is he a badass picnic basket bandit, he has the females on lock down with his girlfriend Cindy Bear. This Hanna-Barbera produced cartoon was a part of my weekend routine for years.

#1 – Fozzie Bear

Wocka Wocka Wocka, finally we get to my favourite bear of all time, The Muppet’s own Fozzie Bear. Often the target of ridicule from the geezers in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf, and rotten tomatoes for his jokes. Playing a major role in a lot of the Muppet classics like A Muppet Family Christmas, and Muppet Treasure island he is hilarious and in my mind the best bear ever.

So I know there are a lot of bears that I didn’t bring attention to in my post, but that’s okay, if they were truly badass they don’t need validation from me. However I would like to give an honourable mention to the terrifying hairless bear (pictured below) because his look is straight up horrible.

So next week marks the final week of my term at school and this term is the last of my program so after next Friday I will be free from post-secondary education. This also means I have to find a job and start being an.. adult i guess. Since it is time to find a job I had to finish my CV and my portfolio which surprisingly I’ve done. I’ve had the ownership of http://www.danmorton.ca for a while but it’s sort of just been floating there in cyber space so now is the time to fill it up. There are a few examples of work there now and they’ll be updated soon. Also since I’ve been trying to get all this stuff up and running I haven’t been faithful to ol’ wordpress but don’t worry, I’m going to try and stay more active with my blog.

A few months back a colleague of mine introduced me to 8tracks.com, a website dedicated to building playlists within the copyright laws on music. Each playlist must be at least 8 songs (minimum) in length, cannot contain more than 2 songs from one artist and when you’re listening to music you can’t skip more than 3 songs an hour. Once you’ve listened to the playlist before (cookie based on account based) it automatically shuffles the music. Thought I’d share some of my favourite playlists.

If I had to choose one brand of clothing towear for the rest of the summer I’d have to go with my favourite brand for the year UNDFTD. Check out some of their gear.

Born Not Made – Duffle Bag

Five Strike Ball Cap

UNDFTD x Nike U-Man – Tee

So I stumbled upon the Ed Hardy Boyz on funny or die just before the released the 2nd episode and unlike the other exclusives from Funny-or-Die they’re pretty hilarious. Unfortunately I can’t directly embed FOD videos on the free wordpress so I’ll just throw the links up.

Ed Hardy Boyz (Episode 1) The Case of the Missing Sick Belt Buckle

Ed Hardy Boyz (Episode 2) The Case of When the Hot Filipina Girl Lost her Tramp Stamp at Mini-Golf

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