I Am Gary Hampton.

Happy Cottage Times.
July 25, 2013, 2:56 pm
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Happy Cottage Times.

I’m Still Alive
September 13, 2012, 10:04 pm
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The only posts I’ve made here since Christmas have been Community related. Makes sense.

Anyway, I’ve completely neglected this, and while I’m certain nobody noticed I wanted to put something new here. So…hey! I’m still alive!


RIP Community (2009-2012)

Dan Harmon is no longer the show runner for Community, as he explains here: http://danharmon.tumblr.com/post/23339272200/hey-did-i-miss-anything

NBC/Sony, you’ve made a terrible mistake and I don’t think you realize why. Community is the child of Dan Harmon, raised with the help of a group of nanny’s who all do an incredible job bringing Harmon’s creation to life. Without Harmon, the child’s human elements become computers and wires. What I’m trying to say here by using this metaphor which has already fallen off the tracks and burst into flames, is that without Dan Harmon, Community is not the same show. As far as I’m concerned at this point, S03E22 ‘Introduction to Finality’ was a series finale, because it will be a very hard thing for me to consider season 4, a season without Harmon, to be canon.

I was asked on Facebook what I thought by a friend of mine and replied with this:

What do I think? I think NBC (or more specifically, Sony) fucked up. I think S03E22 can now be considered the series finale and season 4 shouldn’t be considered canon. I wonder if Chris McKenna or Megan Ganz will stick around, and if they’ll try to keep some sort of ‘WhatWouldDanHarmonDo’ mantra around.

I then posted my own status:

Sony, you did a terrible thing. You must not understand how much of Community IS Dan Harmon. I suppose S03E22 can now be considered the real series finale, as it’s going to be hard to think of season 4 as canon. Sony, you’ve made a lot of people Changry.

I just don’t get it. The man gives you the most creative, original, and exciting shows in recent years and you fire him without even having a conversation? You’ve alienated a massive, devoted fanbase. You might as well change the name of the show; calling it Community is insulting to the fans.

I think I’m going to go build a blanket fort to be sad in now…


Classic Winger Speech



Community’s season three finale was tonight, and it was incredible. Really well written, great performances by the cast, and a great wrap up to the season (with a sense that it was also written as a potential series finale). Though my favorite moments happened after Jeff’s speech, it was definitely the climax of the episode and was full of the type of insight we’ve come to expect from said speeches.

I figured I’d put my typing speed to good use, so below is a transcription of tonight’s speech. Well done, Community.

Your honour, I have no closing statement because I’m throwing the case.

No, no, it’s okay. It’s fine, don’t worry. My client, Shirley Bennet – my friend for three years, she told me that it was okay. She said what I want is more important. She’s right…right? I mean, guys like me, we’ll tell you there’s no right or wrong, there’s no real truths, and as long as we all believe that, guys like me can never lose because the truth is I’m lying when I say there is no truth. The truth is…the pathetically, stupidly, inconveniently obvious truth is…helping only ourselves is bad and helping each other is good.

Now, I just wanted to get out of here, pass biology and be a lawyer again instead of helping Shirley. That was bad. And my former colleague wanted so badly to keep his rich client that he just asked me to roll over in exchange for my old job. So I guess we all walked in here pretty bad. But now, Shirley’s gone good. Shirley’s helping me.

It’s that easy. You just stop thinking about what’s good for you and start thinking about what’s good for someone else.

Then you can change the whole game with one move.

Now, if you like this idea, you can make it true by doing something good for everyone here: throw this case out of court, it’s dumb. That is all.

NBC, please allow Community the six seasons and a movie it deserves.


Merry Christmas, everyone
December 25, 2011, 9:37 am
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

And thank you, Jess Stein, for drawing this card for me. I literally just said ‘draw me riding a Christmas tree through space!‘ and she created this wonderful piece of art.


Alexisonfire (2001-2011)
August 6, 2011, 5:37 pm
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This morning Alexisonfire officially announced that they won’t be a band anymore. This news isn’t a huge surprise, and while it’s sad news to take, it’s probably for the best. As George’s goodbye message mentioned, Dallas has decided to focus on City and Colour full time and Wade has joined another band, so to replace both of them and try to keep going as AOF just wouldn’t be the same. For that reason alone, I would agree that this is a good time for them to end things.

I was first made aware of the band during Warped Tour in the summer of 2002. I was in a band called Reasonable Doubt at the time, and while we weren’t playing the tour we did go to the Barrie date with a stack of cd’s to hand out to the crowd in an attempt to spread the word about our band. While handing these cd’s out with my band mate Paul we ran into Jesse and Dallas of Alexisonfire who were also handing out sampler cd’s, except they were actually playing a show that day. We talked briefly about our bands and then went to their van to give each other’s music a listen. Obviously, they were much better than us. While we were playing high school pop-punk, they were onto something completely fresh and exciting, and in that moment sitting in their van listening to a demo version of .44 Caliber Love Letter, I knew this band was about to do something big. That being said, I had no idea just how big they would become.

The following summer I started running a street team for Billy Talent. Continue reading

Happy 55th Birthday, Dad!
August 5, 2011, 5:40 pm
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You’ve been a great father to me and I love you very much. Thanks for everything you’ve ever done for me!


July 23, 2011, 12:18 pm
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What a week!

For the past nine days I’ve felt like a new person. Well, I’ve felt like the old me, which has been lost for so long it feels new.

Last weekend I spent some time reconnecting with old friends. I hung out with Rory and Garth in Garth’s back yard as they planned out their new patio, visited my sister’s for some much needed family time, then went to the beach with Rory, Adam and Perla. After heading back to Toronto for a couple of days I was off to New York with my old roommate/current coworker Ethan. Sony had flown us out for their Holiday Preview Event to get a first look at some of the new games and hardware coming out later this year/early next year. I had to stay an extra night due to my British Citizenship and the Canadian Consulate not being open on Wednesday afternoons, but with some help from Alicia I was able to get a spot in an amazing hostel and spent that extra night meeting people from all over the world and making new friends. My flight home was delayed multiple times, but eventually I got home and went back to the office yesterday in time to shoot an interview with Taking Back Sunday.

One of my most read posts on this site was the one I made when I found out the original Taking Back Sunday line-up was reforming, and to a part of that interview was really special for me. John Nolan is one of my heroes when it comes to song writing and to see how incredible humble he is, as if he either doesn’t know or won’t accept how good he is, was great. The interview went really well, and I’m so happy to share it with Brian. Interviewing bands is almost always enjoyable, but when it’s a true and genuine fan talking to an honestly happy band it makes it so much better. Later on that night (last night) was the show, and I met up with a bunch of Stroud kids to spend the night with. Almost the exact same group was at the TBS show about 8 years ago, so it was a cool throw back to old times. Adam and I made our way right up to the front, almost against the barricade. Continue reading

We went camping.
July 18, 2011, 10:16 pm
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Pic of pics.
April 25, 2011, 10:08 pm
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