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Sunday, 13 May 2007
My First Games Of Texas Holdem Poker

 I've watched a lot of "Texas Holdem Poker" on television, but only last night did I play my first matches. Basically, our games were very user-friendly. The entrance fee was $10 a person, winner take all. 50 chips were distributed to five players. The blinds started with one chip for the small blind and two chips for the large blind. As each player was eliminated, the blinds would double. This made it very easy to bet and raise. 

Playing this way, we finished three matches in less than three hours.

Call it beginner's luck or maybe I learned how to apply my "Texas Holdem Theory" properly in real games. Basically, I never played a hand unless it had a chance of winning and when I did play it, I oftened pushed the raises to the limit. The result was two out of three matches won.

Of course, it was fun to win, but it was also fun to try to play the game properly: Who will fold by raising? Who bluffs or trys to improve their hand to the bitter end. Is my hand better than the other hands now? Should I play this hand or not? 

Posted by qualteam at 5:43 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2007 5:49 PM EDT
Friday, 11 May 2007
Review: Strar Trek NG: All Good Things
Mood:  a-ok

Yesterday, I caught the last episode of Star Trek NG and then I realized how much I've been missing good science fiction on TV lately. "Lost", "Jericho" and "Star Gate" haven't been able to do the trick.

The story was so well plotted in three different time zones that it became believeable. Not only that, "Q" seemed to grow to divine stature in trying to help Picard solve a cosmic puzzle/paradox that threatened all of mankind.

Picard "quantum leaps" to the future and the past in order to solve an "anti-time anomaly" that grows bigger as it goes into the past.

The whole ending of the story tied loose ends from the first STNG episode("Engagement At Far Point") Four stars!

This last instalment of STNG  goes on my top ten list of Star Trek episodes.

Posted by qualteam at 5:49 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007 5:51 PM EDT
Thursday, 10 May 2007
It Looks Like Jordan Sparks Will Be The Next American Idol
Mood:  a-ok

On Tuesday's Idol, her song choices were far superior to Melinda Dolittle.

While I would give Melinda an edge on her dynamic soulful voice, her song stylings reminded me too much of Arethra Franklin and Tina Turner.

Jorden was just short of masterful on two of Barry Gibb's biggest hits, "To Love Somebody" and "Woman In Love".

It was a pity that Lakisha Jones got voted out over the only guy left on Idol, Blake Lewis. Lakisha's voice was a little too strident for my liking, but she certainly outperformed a marginal talent like Lewis who uses body motions as a substitute for atequate vocal renditions.

My original choice for Idol 2007 was Melinda, but Jorden has developed so much during the competition. Only a majory gaffe in the next two weeks would make her lose the contest.

Posted by qualteam at 10:30 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007 10:37 PM EDT
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Newfoundland Music And Flash MP3 Players
Mood:  energetic

Over the last few days, I've been uploading songs to various pages of my websites. My top ten Newfy songs were uploaded to in the "Newfoundland Pictures and Music Section".

I used flash MP players from Mixpo at, MyPimpSpace at and MyFlashFetish at All the players are for free, but "MyFlashFestish" only allows one song to be played on a page and it puts advertising for "Free Flash Players" in the corner of your website.

Mixpo has its own web hosting service, but you have to find space for "MyPimpSpace Songs." which loads quicker that Mixpo. Fortunately, I've one gig of cyberspace with Tripod so many of my tunes are stored there.

It's been lots of fun adding my favourite oldies to and . If you have songs you want to share with others on your website, please e-mail me the link at


Posted by qualteam at 5:58 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007 6:06 PM EDT
Monday, 7 May 2007
Christmas In Zen Happy Land

If the above looks like a spaced out website, you're right. The novelty Christmas song that I liked the most was "Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire."

The video that made me laugh the most was "Santa Claus Is Watching You."

This isn't "Bad Santa" or "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." If you want those, you can go to "YouTube."

The true meaning of Christmas is explored at the bottom of the page.

Take a journey to "Zen Happy Land" and see where it leads you.

Posted by qualteam at 7:37 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007 9:55 PM EDT
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Movie Review 117: Dead Man's Chest
Mood:  down

It's hard to believe that "Pirates Of The Caribibbean, Part Two" held the weekend boxoff record until eclipsed by Spiderman three this weekend.

This film used the usual formula for sequel success. Whatever the audience liked in the original, you gave them more of it: More fight scenes, more fights with the undead, more scenes with monsters, more scenes of fighting with a huge monster, more incredible escapes and more attempts at making Johnny Depp funny. Most of the time, he just looked loaded on alcohol.

Occasionally, something was funny like Jack Sparrow on a pole that resembled a huge shiskkebab. Most of the time, he resembled something done too long in the oven. Two stars.

More Reviews Of Dead Man's Chest

Posted by qualteam at 9:33 PM EDT
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Anti-War Songs Revisited

Awhile back, I created a top ten list of anti-war songs which many visitors found when then googled the term "anti-war song."

With the Iraqi and Afganistani wars still going strong, there is still much interest in the protest songs of the 50s and 60s.

Fortunately, I've been able to put the whole song list on a "Flash MP3 Player" at CUPW GUY IN CUPW LAND. This webpage includes the lyrics to my top anti-war song of all time, "One Tin Soldier".

I chose the union website because they've never supported any U.S. led war in recent history.

Lyrics To "Sky Pilot" By Eric Burton And The Animals

Lyrics To "Where Have All The Flower Gone?" By The Kingston Trio

Posted by qualteam at 1:14 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2007 1:27 PM EDT
Monday, 30 April 2007
The Music Of Cartoonworld

With one gig of storage capacity for my blogs and websites, it's now possible to upload lots of great songs into cyberspace. This has been done at "Cartoonworld" on "The Music Of Cartoonworld Page".

Along with the tunes in my last entry, there are six others that communicate musically what Cartoonworld is about.

If movies can be enhanced by the right kind of music than webpages and life experiences can be as well.

With thousands of songs to choose from, the background music for creative works or a life lived can be arranged by an individual with some imagination.

Posted by qualteam at 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007 11:09 PM EDT
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Revised Top Ten Novelty Songs Of All Time
  1. Blue Christmas/Porky Pig
  2. Santa Claus Is Watching You/Ray Stevens
  3. Like A Surgeon/Weird Al
  4. Wabbit Rap/Elmer Fudd
  5. Witchdoctor/The Chipmunks
  6. Baby Talk/Jan and Dean
  7. Shaving Cream
  8. I Love Onions
  9. Purple People Eater/Shep Wooley
  10. The Coconut Song/Merv Griffin

Hope you get a laugh out of these

Posted by qualteam at 5:18 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2007 9:47 PM EDT
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Movie Review 116: Ghost Rider
Mood:  a-ok

It's hard not to like this movie with its references to the song "The Ghostriders In The Sky" and Peter Fonda movies like "Easy Rider" and "Race With The Devil." Peter Fonda does play a small but vital role as the Devil in this film.

The myth of the wild west ghost riders seeking escaped souls from hell permeates the whole story line. I had no problem relating to Nickolas Cage's character "Johnny Blaze" who was seeking a second chance to redeem himself after a mistake in the past.

The special effects were awesome and even scary in certain scenes. Three stars.

Reviews Of Ghost Rider

Posted by qualteam at 11:04 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2007 11:07 PM EDT

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