Mood: party time!
This has to be the most underrated Star Trek Movie of all time. The search for God and Heaven finally make it to a Trek film. You couldn't ask for a higher concept than that.
A big critic of this film called it "one of the weirdest Trek flicks, with all the good and bad that goes with that".
I must point out that encounters with "godlike beings" have happened many times in the Star Trek Universe. It's all part of the theme of "going where no one has gone before".
The cult leader/bad guy, Sybok, who wins over many followers is both a complicated and charismatic person. With Christ-like abilities, he is able to feel someone's else pain. When he takes over the Enterprise, most of the crew willingly follow him.
All of the Star Trek movies are being shown on "The Space Channel" and I watched this one a few nights ago.
The biggest knock against the flick could be the special effects. It just didn't measure up to other features and a better "heaven" could have been created for the end of Sybok's quest.
This was the last film the original crew made together and the camaraderie was great between Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
Despite the critics, this movie is well worth a view or two. Three Stars.
They've started to climb again. Over the last two months, the TSX (Toronto Exchange) is up 25% from its bottom in eary March.
A few weeks ago, I took my profits because I expected a market correction after the run up. That didn't happen.
It appears that the markets may go sideways (no gain or loss) for the next few months.
A leading indicator that things have turned around is the price of copper which is up quite a bit from its lows during the winter.
Even if stocks don't take off over the next few months, Canadian banks are still a good buy as well as Canadian mining companies like Mercator Minerals. It is listed as a strong buy in the Globe and Mail.
Since I joined the ranks of the unemployed, I, recently, updated my resume. I've worked at many jobs in my life, but I only mentioned the ones that were interesting.
Here's the short list:
The above picture is my buddy's house that he's building on lakefront property near Parry Sound.
Isn't it great to have this as your retirement project? Not only does it require a lot of money, but building skills as well.
I was there yesterday and videotaped a "ten cent tour" of the place. The walls and pine ceilings are finished.
The owner, a retired postie, has invited fellow employees from "The Toronto Exchange Office" for a party sometime in the summer when it's finished.
Take a trip up highway 69 to God's country in Ontario.
In the summer, this place will become like "Indian Lake".
Christmas was one of my happiest times while working at the Post Office. I felt like an elf delivering Santa's gifts through the mail.
In the picture above, retired postie elves write back to kids who sent letters to Santa Claus: North Pole Canada H0H 0H0. I might volunteer for that position this year.
It would be very difficult to compress my 35 year history with Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers into a few blog entries, so I created a website to detail my experiences. This site can be found at www.cupw.info. There's lots of great songs on these webpages too.I was fortunate to have a good job at Canada Post without any layoffs. It's one of the top employers in Canada and despite the market downturn the pension plan is still well funded.
After the recession, the unemployment, the probable bankruptcies of GM/Chrysler and other depressing economic news, it was refreshing to hear Susan Boyle's rendition of "I dream a dream". She put so much feeling into the song that it brought me to tears.
Again, this demonstrates that we shouldn't judge others by their appearance. This also demonstrates the power of the internet to connect us to "talented plain Janes" like Susan.
We've come through a time when overrated incompetent CEOs received incredible bonuses. It's great that an underdog like Susan is getting recognition after years of karaoke singing.
The above tune "Cry Me A River" was taken from Susan's charity CD. I look forward to hearing her sing more great songs.
It operates on a higher spiritual level than "The Galactic Federation" and is not answerable to its leaders.
While the Galactic Federation operates in the old space/time/energy of the old universe, the Christ Continuum operates under new rules in a New Universe. Since Federation people are "out of phase", with the Kingdom, they're probably not aware of its existence.
The Kingdom can be divided into two time periods: Foundation One (The Beginning of the Universe to 33 A.D) and Foundation Two (33 A.D to Present Time and Beyond).
In Foundation One, large amounts of matter were compressed into a very small space. This happened because the original universe had very little space, energy or time connected with it. The need for more space to place huge objects created "The Big Bang".
Foundation Two was created from the hopes and dreams of children. Some creations are listed in "A Vision Of The Kingdom".
While everybody and everything seemed to be very old in Foundation One, In Foundation Two, you would be hard pressed to find someone who was older than a teenager.
In the former, there was no high technology because everything was suppose to be done by high voltage spiritual power. A difficult task for most of the Brotherhood.
In the latter, high tech was the name of the game and the Continuum moved into its "Star Trek Period".
Schools were established to make believers into powerful sons of God. Some passed. Some failed.
There are also top secret projects that I can't mention in this space.
The above title is my variation on "Deliver us from evil" from "The Lord's Prayer".
Individuals are vulnerable to evil activities outside of their own sphere of control. We need divine protection from negative forces great and small that could take our life or cause us and our families extreme physical and mental distress.
Christian stewardship is one way to exert influence over a larger area than ourselves and family.
I would like to wish every reader an inspirational Easter in celebration of the Resurrected Life of Christ.
The old universe was dominated by the life cycle from "birth to death". In "The New Universe" it's in reverse: "from death to life". "As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall be made alive".
This is one of the best biblical epics ever made. It's not preachy. It puts the events of the Crucifixion on personal level with the Roman Tribune, Marcellus (Richard Burton), who crucified Jesus.
Racked by quilt Marcellus goes to Jerusalem again to destroy Christ's Robe which he thinks has driven him mad. Needless to say, he is helped by members of the Early Church to find forgiveness and some meaning to life.
The Roman elite fear that Christianity will destroy "Imperial Rome" and take measures to suppress the religion.
For those who are looking for a good Easter movie this week, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. Four Stars.