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Apparently, the answer is Facebook. The red trench-wearing mysterious character is heading to the virtual world. Farmville, you better watch out!!! Carmen Sandiego is looking to dethrone you as the most popular Facebook application. I couldn’t be any more stoked about this news. As a kid, I loved playing the globe-trekking case solving game.

Blue Fang, the company developing the game for the Facebook platform has been working round-the-clock to bring the popular game to the masses. The edutainment computer game first launched back in 1983. The Facebook version is scheduled to go live on Feb 9, 2011. A week prior, the company is also releasing another classic historical game, “The Oregon Trail“. Watch the “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

Disney’s Princess Ke$ha

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

This is actually pretty awesome. Ke$ha & Funny or Die bring you this awesome interpretation of Ke$ha as a Disney Princess – cartoon characters, sing-a-long music, and fairy godmother. As you can expect, she’s not your typical Disney Princess.

“An exclusive, sneak peak at the newest Disney movie; Disney’s Princess Ke$ha. Watch as Princess Ke$ha gets a little help getting ready for her day as she sings a beautiful original new song from the movie soundtrack.”

For a Funny or Die video, I’m surprised by the song made just for the video…I actually like it and wouldn’t be shocked to find the lyrics tweaked to become a single. It’s catchy (like the rest of her tunes). Check out the video below.

Video after the jump…

Theatre Review: Floating

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

Alasdair and I took in the opening night performance of the spectacular theatre production, Floating, presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company, at the Revue Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver. The production is part of the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival. I am happy to report that this was my first PuSH performance EVER, and it was brilliant!

Going into the show I knew absolutely nothing about the production, helping to keep my excitement and surprise maximized as the characters took to the stage and the plot rolled out before us. Two actors; one man and one woman, Shon Dale-Jones, playing Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands playing herself, performed the entire stage show. These two masters of their craft took to the stage from moment one and captured the audience’s attention instantly. They. Were. Fantastic.

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We are a few weeks away from Super Bowl XLV (45) in Texas, and Division Championship games played this past Sunday decided which teams will be competing for the ultimate Football trophy on February 6, 2011.

The NFC (West) Championship saw the Chicago Bears host the Green Bear Packers in one of the coldest play off games this season, with one of the most legendary rivalries in history. The sod at Soldier Field in Chicago was rumored to have a huge effect on the Packers, being one of the muddiest (okay, worst) outdoor turfs, placing the Bears with the at-home advantage. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for the dismal Chicago Bears who failed to show up for this important match up. The first half saw the Green Bay Packers leading the Bears 14-0, stifling the noise of the crowd.

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Website: If It Were My Home

In: Dan, Random Reads

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere else? Maybe a short move to a neighboring country, or traveling all the way around the world to inhabit an even smaller apartment than the one you’re in now, perhaps in China?

Have you ever been held back, worried about the living standards or the complete shell shock of being away from everything you have grown up with? I have often wrestled with the idea of uprooting myself and taking the next step/a HUGE leap and moving to a new country, just to say I’ve experienced a different culture in a non-vacation-like situation. I’ve always fretted about living conditions, being able to find a job and a home that is truly habitable, and whether or not I would even be able to find a salary that would support my needs.

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Brett Favre Parody: What Should I Do?

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Oh this is too funny. Remember LeBron James‘ elaborate, “What should I do? commercial?” It was no surprise when a parody surfaced, poking fun at it. Now, a parody based on how LeBron’s commercial format, has been made for the downward spiral that has been Brett Favre‘s career.

Brett Favre has retired and unretired from football, and now has officially retired again after filing paperwork with the NFL earlier this week. He’s known for doing what he can to stay in the spotlight and changing his mind all the time. This past fall, photos of his penis have surfaced on the internet and he texted them to someone. Then he retired from commercials, but then changed his mind and made this one.

This will be the funniest video you watch today.

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“Agokwe” At The Cultch

In: Nic, Random Reads, The Arts

Currently playing at The Cultch in East Van, Agokwe has come to town, with a powerful message.

For those of you that haven’t heard of this production, it’s the award winning story of homosexuality in the Native community. I can’t remember seeing something that touched these issues in this arena before, but Waawaate Fobister, writer AND performer of this one man production, obviously saw a niche for a story that needed to be told.

“Agokwe” (agoo-kway), means two-spirited, and refers to someone of gay orientation, having both the male and the female in them. The story teller Nanabush fills us in on the history of the two-spirited, and how they were revered (pre post-war Christ-warrior saturated America) instead of feared, and sought after as great leaders and nurturers in one. Nanabush then introduces us to the story of Jake and Mike, two present-day, closeted teenagers, confused about their emotions, and unable to be themselves. Fobister carries the play sole handedly, giving us Mike’s mother, Jake’s eccentric but homophobic cousin Goose, and a handful of other characters that help the story, and help entertain.

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Avenue Q in Vancouver!

In: Dan, Random Reads

There are a few shows coming to Vancouver over the next few months but none have me as excited as Avenue Q! The smash-hit musical based on ‘real life’ in New York City, shown through the eyes of people and puppets, is a Sesame Street-esque production not for the little kids in your life. The show is debuting at The Centre of Performing Arts in Vancouver, running from February 1st through the 5th, 2011.

I have listened to people talk about this musical or years, touting it as a ‘must-see’ in the Broadway circuit, and if the show ever comes to an area near me, I just have to go! If you are reading this and have already seen the show, then I am jealous of you. If you haven’t seen Avenue Q, like yours truly, now’s your chance! I grew up watching The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, and I’ve always wondered what it would be like if one of the puppets slipped up and dropped a swear word on TV, or worse, took part in a kinky skit. It would be blasphemy and brilliant all at the same time!

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