While looking for something I could bring with me to watch during my quick trip to Calgary, I stumbled on Blackfish. And being fascinated with Orca ever since a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium eons ago, I knew I had to watch it.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multibillion dollar sea-park industry. -blackfishmovie.com
Words cannot begin to describe the emotion I felt upon watching this film. Using a combination of first-hand accounts from trainers, historical video footage, and context from world-renowned whale researchers, Blackfish is must-watch in my books. And what makes it more compelling in my books is how local this movie hits – Tilikum was first placed in captivity at Sealand of the Pacific (now closed, but previously located at Oak Bay Marina in Victoria, BC).
Have you seen Blackfish yet? And if so, what do you think?
Considering the timing, it’s somewhat funny that my PS3 up and died Saturday morning. You see, it was moments after I received an email telling me my PlayStation 4 had been shipped from Amazon.
Must have been a broken heart or something.
What’s awkward about the break down is the fact that my PS3 titles are useless with the PS4. And even more upsetting is the fact Grand Theft Auto 5 is not likely to be ported over to the next-gen platform and I was only a portion of my way through the story. So I’m left with a quandary – what do I do?
Having looked a bit into the issue, it seems that the blu-ray has up and bought it. While blu-ray discs are “recognized” to be inserted, the actual title never loads and that I’m told is a tell-tale symptom of a laser issue. While I could go out and repair the console, the average cost seems to be $100 which is essentially half the price of a new one. And then there’s the fact my brand spanking new PS4 arrives tomorrow.
So what would you do if you were me?
For the past few Novembers, I’ve rocked a flavour savour in an effort to draw attention to mens health issues and this Movember is no different. That’s the easy part.
The hardest part I’ve found is finding people who have a few extra bucks they can throw my way in support of Movember.
I’ve never been one to actively or aggressively pursue donations. While I may passively ask on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, I feel those who have the means will do so while those that don’t won’t (pssst… you can donate to me here). But is that enough?
Where do you fall on the matter?