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Thursday, 16 August 2007
We're In Bay Roberts Newfoundland


My wife, Irene and I are staying with her brother, Clarence Noseworth and his wife, Winnie Noseworthy, for the rest of the week.

It has been just beautiful here the past week, temperatures have averaged 22 C in the daytime and 12 C at night. The evening walks by "Conception Bay" itself has been worth the airfare.

Over the last few days, we've put Irene Noseworthy's headstone in its proper position and placed a fence around the grave. This wasn't easy to do because the cementary was on a steep hill.

Newfies are rugged individualists who like to do things themselves rather than get high paid help for a job.

Irene and Winnie are getting their hair done in Bay Roberts, right now. I'm writing this entry from a nearby library.

The Town Of Bay Roberts

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:52 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007 5:28 PM EDT
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Irene Noseworthy: Oct/19/1920 To Aug/07/2007

Today, my wife's mother, Irene Noseworthy, passed away. Unfortunately for the last years of her life, she was bedridden because of Alzheimer's Disease.

Irene is remembered for her high spirits and her devotion to her family which numbered two daughters and five sons. She was famous for her cherry cake that was enjoyed by many over the years

Her husband Joe, predeceased her in 1990. They raised their family in Spaniards Bay Newfoundland. 

The surviving members of her immediate family are Irene Barron (my wife), Julia Parsons, Walt, Joe, Alex, Fred and Clarence Noseworthy. There are numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Below is Irene's favourite song, "You Are My Sunshine".

You Are My Sunshine 


Posted by qualteam at 11:56 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2007 12:42 PM EDT
Sunday, 5 August 2007
The CBC's Triple Sensation Contest

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation finally came up with its own reality based talent contest. It wasn't a Canadian version of "Do You Think You Can Dance?" or "Canada's Got Talent."

It's actually a combination of three arts: singing, dancing and acting. It's called "The Triple Sensation Contest" and it debuts on Oct/07/07. The contest runs in two hour episodes for three weeks in order to find a winner for a $150,000 performing arts scholarship.

My wife and I were at the taping of the finale yesterday at the Rose Theatre in Brampton which will be broadcast on Oct/21/07 on the CBC network.

There were six performers in the big finale, but I can't tell you who were my favourites because I was swore to secrecy.

The performers did songs from the George Gershwin's songbook and monologues from Canadian plays. If you want to find out more about the Canadian artistic scene please tune in, it's quite different from something you might see in the U.S.

The highlight of the evening was the dance number, "I Got Rhythm" which got a standing ovation from the audience.

It was a free night of theatre for us, but we paid for it by acting like trained seals for four hours. You must remember that TV programs have long delays between performances and sometimes scenes have to be reshot again and again and again.

All in all, I had a good time, but my rear end didn't like it. 

Someone To Watch Over Me


Posted by qualteam at 11:23 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 6 August 2007 12:00 AM EDT
Saturday, 4 August 2007
Movie Reviews By Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel And Richard Roeper

Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper's website was launched early in August and it has over 5000 movie reviews .

I don't always agree with their opinions, but I respect the intelligence and the thoroughness that they apply to their reviews.

I've done over a 100 movie reviews myself and I admire those who are passionate about artistic and entertaining content in film.

I've also read many interesting reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Website.


Posted by qualteam at 11:17 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 August 2007 12:23 PM EDT
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Blog Games And Blogmania

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for my blog over the last three days. I won one "Battle Of The Blogs" and lost another. This was done just for the fun of it. I don't take blog games too seriously. My blog like my life really isn't in competition with other blogs or lives. It just is.

I try to put the interesting parts of my life into my blog. If that doesn't satisfy someone, well....tough titty. "I am therefore I blog".

I'll play the "Battle Of The Blogs" again when I have a superior entry to compete with.

If you're interested in more blog games, check out this website.


Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EDT
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Remembering Ingmar Bergman
Mood:  a-ok

Definitely, one of the top ten movie makers of all time. He demonstrated to audiences around the world that film could be as profound as literature.

In an age where special effects seem to rule the box office, we should look again at a man who made movies out of the pain of this own life and his search for God.

My favourite Bergman's movies were "Smiles Of A Summer's Night" and "The Seventh Seal". Art should take us into new places within our souls.

Ingmar Bergman passed away yesterday at the age of 89. He will not be forgotten.

A Preview Of The Seventh Seal


Posted by qualteam at 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007 10:37 PM EDT
Sunday, 29 July 2007
The Pump And Dump Boys
Mood:  down

I'm not writing about guys who are looking for one-night stands. I'm writing about smooth stock manipulators who can do it legally.

Basically, "Pump and Dump" schemes are spam promotions intended to boost(pumped) the prices of penny stockes which are then sold for a quick profit (dumped). This is illegal.

Boosting stock prices through financial irregularities like "Enron" did a few years is also illegal.

However, there are legal ways of boosting stock prices and one of the best is through "M & A",  mergers and acquisitions. In Canada, this happened with INCO, Alcan and other numerous companies. Either the merger can happen with equity/cash or with leverage/debt.

Unfortunately in U.S. a "credit crunch" has appeared because too many bad mortgages have been given to too many credit risks resulting in massive defaults(the subprime fiasco).

Chrysler has had difficulty in finding a buyer because of this credit crunch. It's now perceived that it will now be more difficult for companies to buy other companies because of tightening credit. This could prevent stock prices from rising quickly.

It's just plain nuts to lend money to credit risks. That doesn't happen very much in Canada. Our mortgage/lending market is stable.

Things went crazy in the stock markets. The U.S. GDP was up 3.5% last quarter. It's best showing in four quarters, but speculators DUMPED stocks throughout the world: The Dow had a 4.2% loss, the S&P 500 4.9%, the TSX(Canadian Index), a 5.7% loss.

Rumors of mergers and acquisitions can send companies' stocks soaring. 

Stock prices should be based on the financial health of businesses and the prospects for the economy. Over the next year, I see investors dominating the North American markets instead of the pump and dump boys.

The Wall Street Journal Reports

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:40 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 29 July 2007 5:12 PM EDT
Thursday, 26 July 2007
A Barron Favourite: Do You Think You Can Dance?

As well as the Idols, Canadian and American, I'm also a fan of dance competitions like "Dancing With The Stars" and "Do You Think You Can Dance?"

Do You Think You Can Dance features both solo and team competition. I'm amazed at the amount of energy and dedication that these young people display each week.

Personally, I like swing and latin dances because they're hot with high energy.

In the present top ten, my favourites are Danny Tidwell and Lacey Schwimmer. Their training in different dances comes through with polished effortless technique. 

While there are some who are better individual performers, I prefer Danny and Lacey because they can really connect with their partners in different dance styles.

Danny Tidwell's Website

More On Lacey Schwimmer


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007 10:58 PM EDT
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Protecting Children From Harm

What do Ephraim Brown, 11, Jordan Manners 15, Jerome Bennett 15 and Jane Creba 15 have in common? They were all killed as innocence bystanders and targets of gun violence.

While I'm in favour of stronger penalties for anyone carrying and/or using handguns in Canada, I also realize that stronger penalties for  criminals doesn't guarantee the safety of our children.

Only the Lord and his angels can stop an incident before it starts and that means having protectors on Earth as well as the spiritual world. A community and parents who are concerned about their children's connections and influences can go a long way in defusing the negative effects of gangs. We must learn to solve problems with each without resorting to violence.

Lord, teach them the way to peace, love and reconciliation.

We must also ask the Lord to watch over our children and send them along a safe path. When all else fails, children should be taken out of harm's way and placed with friends and spiritual allies.

The Sad Story Of Ephraim Brown

One Day At A Time


Posted by qualteam at 11:02 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 July 2007 11:27 PM EDT
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Major Issues Were Avoided By J.K. Rowlings And Harry Potter

I have just finished reading some of the reviews for "Deathly Hallows." It really is a "Western" set in the magical world of Hogwarts and Harry Potterland. Basically, the good guys fought against the bad guys and the good guys won. The melodramatic formula holds true with superheroes, gunslingers and teenage wizards. The issues relating to the deceptiveness of evil, the antagonism of religious sects to witchcraft and the disenfranchisement of muggles wasn't addressed. Particularly, this could be stated this way:

  1. It is true that many muggles don't believe in magic or withcraft, however there are many who believe in magic and who want to become wizards as "The Harry Potter Franchise" proved. Unfortunately, they are banned from entering Hogwarts because they don't have a magical relative.
  2. Unlike Darth Vader or Lex Luther, there's no subtlety to Voldemort. Somewhere along the line, he flunked out of "Deception 101 in Black Magic". He appears to be a maniac on the loose who isn't playing with a full deck or a full soul.
  3. Rightly or wrongly, many fundamental religious groups fought Harry Potter and wizardry because "innocence masks evil". Their stand was biblically based because the Bible states "Thou shall not suffer a witch to live". In Harry Potter's world, these people don't exist.
  4. I can't swallow the ideal that magical powers are generically inherited rather than developed. If that was the case, most of us would be doomed to be unmagical.
  5. There's no historical connection between historical witchcraft (17th century and earlier) and Hogwart's witchcraft (20th and 21th century).
  6. Harry Potter never seemed to have problems with "altered realities" or "weakened powers".
  7. He wasn't able to help Conrad Black, but that's ok. Magicians have limits on their powers.

The Charmed Ones


Posted by qualteam at 11:36 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 July 2007 6:53 PM EDT

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