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Thursday, 24 September 2009
What Is The Best Zombie Movie Of All Time?

 

As the Halloween season rolls around, we seem to inundated by zombie movies on TV and in the theatre. Will you be checking out theatre zombies in "Dead (Yellow?) Snow", "Diary of the Deadheads", "Zombieland in Disneyworld" or "From Dusk to Shaun (Beam me down Scotty)"? 

On TV, you can catch, "Shaun of the Dead", "Land of the Dead", "Dawn of the Dead" and "Night of the Living Dead".

I haven't seen any of the movies in the first paragraph, but Zombieland looks like it might be good for a few chuckles.

Of the "dead" movies on TV, Shaun of the Dead definitely stands out as the horror?/comedy film of the decade.

My choice, however, for the best zombie movie of all time is "Return of the Living Dead". The trailer is featured at the top of this entry. Not only is there a great deal of humor in this film, but the zombies are more interesting than other dead things in horror flicks. "Send more cops" was one zombie memorable line.

Please note, that not only the recent dead resurrect, but the long dead as well. They have different eating habits from regular zombies and they have a good reason for attacking humans.

The movie was made in the 1980s and has a great ending. Three and half stars.

 


Posted by qualteam at 8:54 PM EDT
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Top Ten Lessons That I've Learned From Poker
  1. If you break even at Texas Hold'Em over a long stretch of time, you're a winner.
  2. Playing with people you like is more fun than playing with strangers.
  3. "Knowing your limit and playing within it" is the secret to a stress free poker game.
  4. The only variable with luck is that it changes. Sometimes quicker than you think.
  5. "Going On Tilt" can destroy poker skills that took years to acquire.
  6. A "Bad Beat" like a bad experience is something that you have to put behind you in order to succeed in life or poker.
  7. In order to improve your poker skills, you have to play for a meaningful amount of real cash. With play money, there's nothing of value to be won or loss.
  8. Develop other interests that you can improve on, or you might become a poker addict.
  9. Appreciating good play and refraining from rant is important in life as well as poker.
  10. Maximize your gains with the best hands and minimize your loses by folding second or third best hands. Sometimes, you have to fold pocket aces because an opponent has a better hand then you.

In whatever game your playing in life, sports or poker, I wish you all the best except when your playing against me.

 


Posted by qualteam at 8:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 20 September 2009 9:38 PM EDT
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Patrick Swayze: A Class Act

Patrick Swayze was in one of my favourite movies of all time: Ghost. While other actors have done well in playing ghosts, Patrick made the afterlife come alive with personal intensity and heightened reality. Who can forget the scene in the New York subway where Patrick learned how to move objects without a body part? One of Ghost's most memorable lines came from that scene: Subway Spirit (Vincent Schiavelli): "Ahh what I wouldn't give for a drag! Just one drag!".

Ghost probably has the most moving ending of any movie in recent history. I cried many tears when Patick said goodbye to Demi for the last time. Even without "Unchained Melody", the ending was and still is a "Ten Kleenex Event".

I would like to point out that Patrick didn't want to be typed cast as a  romantic leading man. He turned down 7 million dollars to play in a sequel to "Dirty Dancing". He preferred character parts with a tough edge. Maybe most of his movies weren't hits, but he achieved satisfaction in doing them.

The best tributes came from Partick's co-stars in Ghost:

"Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay. I believe in 'Ghost's' message, so he'll always be near." - Whoopi Goldberg

(Demi Moore): "Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives..."And in the words of Sam to Molly. "It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you."I love and will miss you Patrick."

 


Posted by qualteam at 1:53 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 3:30 PM EDT
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Remembering The Financial Crisis Of 2008
Mood:  irritated

Like most people in North America last year, I took a cold shower on the stock market. As the crisis unfolded in 2008, I wrote many blogs on the situation. These are on the right side of the page under the link heading: "Investing For the Future".

The whole financial crisis began to unravel when Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Stockmarkets of world then crashed and bottomed out in early March of this year. There was much said about bank CEOs and their large bonuses for crashing the world's banking system through toxic products like subprime mortgages. Even today, some people are still scratching their head about the financial system and what bankers can get away with.

All through this crisis,  Canadian banks were good examples of how banks should act.

Since January/2009, my Canadian Index mutual fund has increased 25%. While unemployment remains high, housing in Canada has rebounded nicely.

It still looks like the G20 has to create stronger regulations for international banking and investing.

I'd like to wish everyone who reads my blog all the best in their investing activities including buying and renovating a house.

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 13 September 2009 10:51 PM EDT
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
The Original Star Trek Pilot, The Cage
Mood:  a-ok

This was the first time, I've seen, The Cage, and I wasn't disappointed.

The remastered version included better colours and special effects, however that isn't what makes this episode good science fiction.
Basically, it's an alien abduction story that has a controversial anti-traditional Christian theme in it.

The aliens(i.e Talosians) want to build a new world using Enterprise Captain, Chris Pike (Jeffery Hunter) as a "New Adam" in their dying world. They already have a "New Eve".

The Talosians are capable of producing strong delusions in humans. In attempting to control Pike, they send him to hell for thinking wrong thoughts. They also manipulate him by sending him to places that he's  been yearning for. Needless to say, Captain Pike fights the mind control while Number One, Majel Barrett (Mrs Roddenberry) assists him in finding a solution to his entrapment.

It's interesting that Jeffery Hunter once played Jesus Christ in "King of Kings". The battle to separate truth from powerful lies can happen not only on Earth, but anywhere in the universe.

Alien abduction and mind control are powerful themes in today's world relating to the study of UFOs and aliens. The Cage is a realistic example of this phenomena. Back in the 1960s, this subject matter stepped on too many toes. Four Stars.


Posted by qualteam at 12:19 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 9:59 PM EDT
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Best Poker Show Of The Year: "Poker After Dark"

 

My choice for the best TV poker show is Poker After Dark. Unlike other cash games like "Poker Den" and "High Stakes Poker". The game has a winner take all prize of $120,000. Six players contribute $20,000 each to create that prize. This is a pocket-money-game compared to other cash games where players have lost over $500,000 in one hand.

Because of its friendly stakes, the atmosphere in Poker After Dark is often relaxed and comical. All the players have mikes and the repartee can be easily heard or bleeped over the commentator's voice. Entertaining characters like Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu have made their unique contributions.

One special moment for me was Mike (The Mouth) Matusow's first win after eight tries in PAK. With a short stack, he fought tenaciously to win this prestigious tournament.

I play a cash game with friends once of week and we're not playing beyond our limits. The company is as much fun as the poker.


Posted by qualteam at 12:50 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 September 2009 1:17 PM EDT
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Heaven, Purgatory, Hell: Where Are They And What Are They?

Concepts of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory (i.e. all other places) didn't start with bibical writers and end with medieval artists. Fundamentalists might strongly disagree with that statement.

I feel that divine inspiration or inspiration period wasn't solely located between 5000 BC and 500 AD. My "Spiritual GPS" points to the 20th and 21st century for divine visions. Not from traditional theology, but from sci/fi writers and new age thinkers.

The best vision of Hell that I've seen was a Twilight Zone episode called "A Nice Place To Visit". A close second would be "The Q Continuum" where immortality can be a real drag. Other personal hells would include "The Land Of The Sith Lords", "Voldemort's Domain", and "The Afterlife Where Dreams May Come True". 

My own personal vision of Hell can be found at www.hellfun.com.

I've also have my own visions of Heaven and Purgatory. They can be discovered under the right side links called "Cosmic Views Of The Universe".

Within most of us is an intense desire to know more than the human condition on Planet Earth. "Seek and ye shall find".

 


Posted by qualteam at 9:32 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 September 2009 11:48 PM EDT
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Ted Kennedy Remembered

Ted Kennedy was proud to a "Liberal" in a nation that looked down on liberals. They were often called socialists and worse by Republicans.

When most Americans supported the war in Iraq, he didn't. 

Throughout his 47 years as a senator he supported the underdogs in the U.S. like the poor, the sick, the disabled, children and immigrants.

From the eulogies of his sons Ted Jr. and Partick, he was a role model and a loving father.

President Obama admired Ted for the personal concern that he showed to him when he became a senator. He also talked about the letters that Ted wrote to the families of the victums of 9/11.

Personally, I remember him giving the eulogy for his brother Bob in 1968. The words he used could be applied to Senator Kennedy today:

"My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:"

"Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not."

Posted by qualteam at 4:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 30 August 2009 4:44 PM EDT
Friday, 28 August 2009
We're Lucky It's 2009 Rather Than 1909
Mood:  special

THE YEAR 1909

This may boggle your mind! The year is 1909. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!  Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 : 
  • The average life expectancy was 47 years.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the   Eiffel Tower!
  • The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
  • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into our country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke  

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health. 

I prefer early 21st century to early 20th century any day. We are truly fortunate and blessed.


Posted by qualteam at 5:46 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 28 August 2009 5:54 PM EDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
My First Beach Boys Concert: Aug/19/09

 

I've seen many concerts in my lifetime and the Beach Boys performance at Casino Rama ranks up there with an Eagles concert in 1998 and a Roy Orbison concert in 1985.

It is hard to believe that the Beach Boys sound of 2009 is produced without the aid of Carl, Dennis or Brian Wilson. Most of the credit goes to Mike Love who now has ownership over the group's name "Beach Boys". 

Like McCartney and Lennon, there was a falling out of Mike Love and Brian Wilson over musical directions in the late 1960s. Mike Love continued on "The Beach Boys Greatest Hits Bandwagon" while Brian Wilson formed his own band in the 1990's to promote "Pet Sounds" and other highly original creative works.

While Brian Wilson is a songwriting genius, his singing (I listened to him on YouTube) leaves something to be desired. In the meantime, the Beach Boys sound was recreated with high fidelity at the Casino Rama concert. Four stars!


Posted by qualteam at 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 August 2009 8:40 AM EDT

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