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Saturday, 29 May 2004
Comic Strip Of The Week
Sometimes, a cartoonist can say so much in one simple strip.

The Artist Behind "Between Friends", Sandy Bell-Lundy

Posted by qualteam at 6:08 PM EDT
Friday, 28 May 2004
Getting A Newfoundland Vasectomy
Mood:  not sure
After having their 11th child, a Newfoundland couple decided that was enough, as they could not afford a larger room.

So the husband went to his doctor/veterinarian and told him that he and his wife/cousin didn't want to have any more children.

The doctor told him that there was a procedure called a vasectomy that could fix the problem but that it was expensive. A less costly alternative, said the doctor, was to go home, get a firecracker, light it, put it in a beer can, then hold the can up to his ear and count to 10.

The Newfie said to the doctor, "I may not be the smartest man in the world, but I don't see how putting a firecracker in a beer can next to my ear is going to help me."

"Trust me," said the doctor.

So the man went home, lit a firecracker and put it in a beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count: "1" "2" "3" "4" "5" at which point he paused, placed the beer can between his legs, and resumed counting on his other hand.

This procedure also works in some parts of Brampton and Cambridge, Ontario.

Posted by qualteam at 10:57 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 28 May 2004 10:59 PM EDT
Thursday, 27 May 2004
Changes Needed For American Idol
Mood:  quizzical
It looks like "American Idol" has topped out as the biggest karaoke contest on the planet. The final episode was down substantially from last year.

Obviously, there should be more original material sung in this contest. This would also promote the works of songwriters who desperately need a break.

The song numbers could become production numbers like in a musical or a MTV video. This would raise the series up to a variety show. Maybe in 20 or 30 years, American Idol could be said in the same breath as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "American Bandstand".
American Idol Today
Do You Remember The Chipmunks?

Posted by qualteam at 10:03 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 June 2004 1:18 PM EDT
Wednesday, 26 May 2004
American Idol Tampering
Mood:  down
Again Randy, Paula and Simon have attempted to crown Fantasia Barrino the America Idol. This is not good because the audience may choose Diana Degarmo via a backlash in the same way that they chose Jasmine over La Toya.

In my opinion, Diana is a better middle-of-the-road singer/performer than Fantasia who gives a "gospel/R&B rendition" each time out. However, I wouldn't like to see Diana selected American Idol for the wrong reasons.

The weakest thing about American Idol has been the lapdog and/or negative adjudications of the judges. Don't you think that successful music people like Dick Clark, Don Kurshner or Barry Gordy would do better?
Latest Idol News
The Background Behind Idol

Posted by qualteam at 6:20 PM EDT
Tuesday, 25 May 2004
Would You Visit This Hotel?
Life is a journey. Hotel California is at its end. Welcome weary travellers.

What's The Big Secret?

Posted by qualteam at 8:27 PM EDT
Monday, 24 May 2004
A Memorial To Fallen Karaoke Singers
Over the last few years and recently, we've witnessed the passing away of excellent karaoke hosts and singers. None were rich or famous, but they touched the lives of hundreds and even thousands of people with their songs. This list includes Laurie Marcoux, Doug Wright, Ken and most recently Wayne of T&W Entertainment. Last night, we found out at Oscar's Roadhouse that Wayne had died from cancer. He will be missed. He was such a nice guy and a great country singer. I'm sure you know of others who enriched the world with song, but were prematurely taken away to sing heavenly karaoke. No doubt, there is a shortage of good singers in the universe and the best music is on planet earth. Karaoke has changed the world. After all, "American Idol" is just a big karaoke contest for young people. Karaoke Links

Posted by qualteam at 12:15 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 May 2004 9:15 PM EDT
Saturday, 22 May 2004
Movie Review 72: Master And Commander
While this film doesn't have the scope and power of "Sink The Bismarck", it does have three dimensional characters who are well portrayed by the ensemble case, especially, Russell Crowe as the man of war and Paul Bettany as the man of science.

The main problem with epics like these is that they run too long and have a tendency to meander on scenic and "special" material(The French point of view of this conflict appears non existent, probably because the director wanted to focus on the problems of the English crew.)

However, I'll give it three stars because I found the story a thinking man's adventure.
More Reviews Of Master And Commander
Reviews Of Sink The Bismarck

Posted by qualteam at 10:30 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 May 2004 10:35 PM EDT
Friday, 21 May 2004
The Dave And Irene Show
Here we are auditioning for a department store mannequin contest in Brampton. We lost because we didn't look lifelike enough.

I felt like a sturgeon getting caught for the first time.

Posted by qualteam at 8:55 PM EDT
Thursday, 20 May 2004
A New Reality Series: "The Big Pitch"
Mood:  bright
This is my suggestion for the next reality TV show. Hollywood receives thousands of screenplays every year, so why not have a contest where loglines and synopsizes are pitched to producers and TV audiences. If future recording stars are selected through stiff competition, why screenwriters?

Screenwriters need more of break than anyone and this type of contest could result in better movies? What do you think?
Create Your Own Logline
Loglines Made Easy

Posted by qualteam at 11:15 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 20 May 2004 11:29 PM EDT
Wednesday, 19 May 2004
A Special American Idol Tonight
Mood:  hug me
Despite the fact that I expected to see Jasmine Trias dropped in this round, I was very moved by the tears and affection that her co-contestants, Diana and Fantasia showed her.

Suddenly, the show became about friendship and encouragement for friends.

None of the finalists are showbiz types. They are "All-American Girls Next Door" who are in awe of their celebratory status.

Suddenly, winning became secondary to the experiences of being on the show itself and sharing your joys and sorrows with new found friends who care for you.

This is the kind of reality TV that I want more of.
Jasmine Trias Remembered
Fantasia's Journey
The Princess Of Song, Diana

Posted by qualteam at 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2004 10:54 PM EDT

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