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Friday, 29 September 2006
New TV Series: Jericho
Mood:  a-ok

On the surface, this looks like a remake of the 1983 TV Movie, "The Day After", but it isn't. The Day After was a graphic depiction of a nuclear war and nothing was left to the imagination. (Please note that nearly 100 million Americans watched The Day After on its first broadcast, a record audience for a made-for-TV movie.)

Jericho isn't your usual disaster story. A bomb goes off from a distance in Denver, but you don't see any destruction. Even what lead up to the nuclear attack isn't made clear.

All communications are cut off from the world to Jericho except one solitary morse code radio signal.

This apocalytic vision has apocalytic mysteries that keep the audience dangling. How wide spread is the attack? Why are most communications down when there's satellites in orbit?

The story, so far, concentrates on a few heroic persons who are busy saving lives and finding shelter for Jericho's citizens from radioactive rainfall. 

Only the radio operator knows what the morse code message is and he lets the audience in on part of it.

Personally, I feel Jericho is a twilight zone type of story with multiple layers of mysteries. It looks and feels like the TV series, "Lost". It's a winner. Three stars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_After (The Story Behind "The Day After")


Posted by qualteam at 11:59 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 30 September 2006 12:05 AM EDT
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
My Top Ten Romantic Movies

While on the theme of romance, I couldn't leave out my top ten romantic films of all time.

I love an interesting and complex relationship between a leading man and leading lady. Here are my favourites:

1. Casablanca/Humprey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman 2. To Have And To Have Not/Humprey Bogart/Lauren Bacall 3. It Happened One Night/Clark Gable And Claudette Colbert 4. High Noon/Gary Cooper/Grace Kelly 5. Maytime/Nelson Eddy/Jeannette MacDonald 6. Sleepless In Seattle/Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan 7. Ghost/Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze 8. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?/Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor 9. Annie Hall/Woody Allen/Diane Keaton 10. Wuthering Heights/Laurence Oliver/Merle Oberon

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whos_afraid_of_virginia_woolf/ (Virginia Wolf)

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/maytime/about.php (Maytime)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Have_and_Have_Not_(film) (Bogart and Bacall)

Tell me your favourites: qualteam@yahoo.com


Posted by qualteam at 10:15 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 27 September 2006 10:34 PM EDT
Tuesday, 26 September 2006
Slideshow Heading

I liked to thank the people at MySpace.com for the slideshow software which I'm now using.

While I used to have many pictures in my blog, I tapered this off because I was quickly reaching the 25 mg limit on my webpages.

I won't be using the same slideshow pictures over and over again. I'll probably change them once a month.

Tell me if you like this effect: qualteam@yahoo.com .


Posted by qualteam at 10:49 PM EDT
Monday, 25 September 2006
Top Ten Old TV Shows
Mood:  special

Here's my top ten list from the eighties to the fifties.

1. The Twilight Zone 2. The Original Star Trek 3. Star Trek(Next Generation)4. The Honeymooners 5. I Love Lucy 6. The Golden Girls 7. Have Gun Will Travel 8. The Ed Sullivan Show 9. Laugh-In 10. Leave It To Beaver

Honourable mentions go to  the Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan's Island, Green Acres, All in the Family, Three's Company, Quincy, and Dukes of Hazzard.

The original Twilight Zone comes out on top as the best TV series ever. It was spooky farout stuff by Rod Sterling that was ahead of its time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Zone (The History Of The Twilight Zone)

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv-ratings-70s.htm (TV Ratings In The 70s)


Posted by qualteam at 10:21 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006 10:27 PM EDT
Sunday, 24 September 2006
More Great Romatic Songs: Vol Two
Mood:  a-ok

Here is volume two of my great romantic CDs of all time. This one spans the decades so try checking out the performers and their recordings:

1. You Made Me Love You/1913/Al Jolson 2. That Old Black Magic/1943/Frank Sinatra 3. Unforgettable/1951/Nat King Cole 4. Anytime/1951/Eddy Fisher 5. That's Amore/1953/Dean Martin 6. All The Way/1957/Frank Sinatra 7. Save The Last Dance For Me/1960/The Drifters 8. Halfway To Paradise/1961/Tony Orlando 9. Can't Help Falling In Love/1961/Elvis Presley 10. Stand By Me/1961/Ben E. King 11. In The Misty Moonlight/1964/Jerry Wallace 12. Kind Of Hush/1967/Herman's Hermits 13. The Wonder Of You/1970/ Elvis Presley 14. Pure Love/1972/Ronny Milsap 15. And I Love You So/1973/Perry Como 16. The Air That I Breathe/1974/The Hollies 17. After The Lovin'/1976/Engelbert Humperdink 18. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine/1976/Lou Rawls 19. Wonderful Tonight/1977/Eric Clapton 20. I Just Called To Say I Love You/1984/Stevie Wonder 21. Lady In Red/1986/Chris De Burgh 22. You're Still The One/1997/Shania Twain

There have been thousands of romantic songs and thousands of singers. These stand out the most for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Como (Perry Como)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clapton (Eric Clapton)

http://www.delafont.com/music_acts/Ronnie-Milsap.htm (Ronnie Milsap)


Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Saturday, 23 September 2006
The Ultimate Game Show
Mood:  bright

I think I'd call it "This Was Your Life". After death, the contestants would be tested on knowledge about their previous lifetimes and where they came from.

In some ways, it would be a cross between "Jeopardy" and "Reality TV". There could even be catagories for the most trivial details(What toothpaste did you mostly use? What was the address of the last place you worked?, etc).

The winning contestant might win a "Tour of the Galaxy" or a "Planet of His Own".

Improving memory is a big win for its own sake. We can profit greatly from our experiences if we are able to remember them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_television (Reality Television)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Your_Life (This Is Your Life: The TV Show)


Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006 11:18 PM EDT
Friday, 22 September 2006
Wedding Bells Are Ringing In My Ears

Tonight, I helped my stepdaughter(Roxane)with her wedding invitations. Since I can type quickly with label software, I was able to be of assistance.

Roxane and Steven are getting married in Innisfil near Barrie in November. My wife's brother, Joe(Deacon)Noseworthy is marrying them. Approximately, 65 guests from Ontario and Newfoundland are expected.

http://qualteam.tripod.com/thebarronfamilyphotoalbum/id6.html (Roxane and Steven Hussey

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006 10:45 PM EDT
Thursday, 21 September 2006
Life Is Just One Google Search After Another
Mood:  caffeinated

Since my blog is updated regularly, it's also googlized frequently as well. Search engines are always looking for "new content" and they often find it in blogs.

This "new material" doesn't have to be mind-shatteringly original or compelling. It just has to exist close to present time. I've discovered that even the most mundane things in my blog turn up in Google Searches like "The Gateway Post Office", "Dentists in Brampton," and "The Chinese Lantern Festival" which I never attended.

There's also stuff that I don't even remember writing about like the hockey player, "Alexander Mogilny" and "Sisterhoods in Palestine".

Even unusual subjects like "fridge magnets", "Pirates from Newfoundland," and dentist, "Mark Kochman" get searched on.

As human beings, the internet links us in many different ways.

http://www.google.com/search?q=alexander%20mogilny%20wife&hl=en&lr=&start=40&sa=N (The Search For Alexander Mogilny)

http://ca.search.yahoo.com/search?p=gateway%20postal%20plant%20mississauga&prssweb=Search&ei=UTF-8&fr=rogers-web&x=wrt( The Postal Plant Where I Work)

http://www.google.ca/search?q=Newfoundland%20pirates&hl=en&lr=&start=10&sa=N (Homegrown Pirates)


Posted by qualteam at 11:09 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:14 PM EDT
Wednesday, 20 September 2006
Top Ten Self-Honesty Songs

It takes real courage to look at yourself in the mirror with warts and all. While we may not live up to everyone's expectation of ourselves, we can give an accurate portrait of our human nature. Most of us are works in progress.

Here are my top ten songs which strip-off the pretense and self-delusion of the ego. An artist first and foremost should be true to himself:

1. Bad To The Bone/George Throughgood 2. My Back Pages/The Byrds 3. Mama Tried/Merle Haggard 4. Never Been To Me/Charlene 5. Both Sides Now/Judy Collins 6. I am... I said/Neil Diamond 7. It Ain't Me Babe/The Turtles 8. Running On Empty/Jackson Browne 9. The Gambler/Kenny Rogers 10. Coal Miner's Daughter/Loretta Lynn

http://www.jump-there.be/ (My Back Pages Lyrics)

http://www.merlehaggard.com/ (Merle Haggard's Homepage)

http://www.jacksonbrowne.com/ (Jackson Browne's Homepage)

http://www.theturtles.com/ (Introducing The Turtles)


Posted by qualteam at 10:18 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006 11:15 PM EDT
Monday, 18 September 2006
No Losers On Canadian Idol

I called the winner of Canadian Idol, correctly, yesterday. Hot and beautiful Eva Avila won over the magnificent voice from Newfoundland, Craig Sharpe.

The highlights of the results show were the "African Children's Choir" and Craig singing "Danny Boy". Obviously, too late for the finale.

Eva is going to open for Matina McBride at Canadian concerts. I'm going to get tickets when they go on sale in the Toronto area.

http://www.africanchildrenschoir.com/ (The African's Children Choir)

http://www.standingstones.com/dannyboy.html (The Story Behind "Danny Boy")

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:12 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 18 September 2006 10:22 PM EDT

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