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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
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Revised Top Ten Rare Oldies Of All Time
Mood:  a-ok

These are my revised top ten oldies of all time. After going through hundreds of rare songs, these made it to the final cut. With the embedded media player, you can enjoy these tunes, right on this website.

  1. Chick A Boom/Daddy DewDrop/1972
  2. You're A Wonderful One/Marvin Gaye/1962
  3. That's Where The Music Takes Me/Neil Sedaka/1977
  4. Robbin' The Cradle/Tony Bellus/1959
  5. The Young Ones/Cliff Richard/1963
  6. Walking With My Angel/Bobby Vee/1962
  7. The Great Imposter/The Fleetwoods/1960
  8. Dreamy Eyes/Johnny Tillotson/1962
  9. Bless You/Tong Orlando/1961
  10. Pretty Blue Eyes/Steve Lawrence/1958

Posted by qualteam at 9:56 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2007 11:07 PM EDT
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
American Idol Gives Back
Mood:  a-ok

This was a special show from the "haves" in the U.S.  to the "have nots" of Africa and the United States.

The biggest highlight for me was Celine Dion and Elvis together singing "If I Can Dream". The song used the latest in haliographic projection to produce its wonderful effects, very real and very touching.

Another highlight was Josh Grogan singing "You raised Me Up" with "The Children's African Choir". Again, this was inspirational music that crosses all barriers and all races.

A big lowlight was Jack Black singing "Kiss Of A Rose" as an insane "idol contestant." It was just insane without being funny. Another lowlight was Annie Lennox's tepid version of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." Why didn't anyone have Simon and Garfunkle do their own hit?

No one got kicked off of American Idol from their performance yesterday. This was a classy thing to do. The emphasis of the performers and stars was on "Giving Back" not winning or self promotion. Three stars.


Posted by qualteam at 11:28 PM EDT
Monday, 23 April 2007
CUPW Ratifies Its Tentative Agreement With Canada Post
Mood:  a-ok

The marathon is over and the "yes side" collapsed with exhaustion at the finish line well ahead of the "no side". "Yes" walked in with 65.62% while "No" folded with 34.38%.

The largest margins of victory were in the Toronto area with 1215 votes yes/574 no in WLPP land. In Central Toronto, it was 1128 votes yes/413 no.

Despite 80% of CUPW locals being against the tentative agreement, there wasn't one part of country with a "no" majority.

I would like to thank all posties who visited my blog and website at  during this debate.

More On The CUPW Ratification Vote

Posted by qualteam at 10:59 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 23 April 2007 11:00 PM EDT
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Movie Review 115: Bubba Ho-Tep
Mood:  a-ok

There's dumb stupid and there's dumb funny. This is the latter. Dig this story-line: An elderly Elvis is in a nursing home with other nuts like "The Lone Ranger", "A Black JFK", and "An Egyptian Mummy." Elvis and the Mummy are real, but the others are deluded. Things aren't easy for Elvis, who has to chase the mummy while using a walker. Please note, that the mummy can suck your soul out of any orifice of your body.  

Bruce Campbell does the best Elvis impersonation that I've ever seen. He ends up being funny, sympathetic and heroic at the same time.

At a time, when Hollywood does remakes and sequels to just about anything, it's great finding something that is based on unique, imaginative material. Three and a half stars.

Film Reviews For "Bubba"

Bruce Campbell's Website

Posted by qualteam at 9:36 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 April 2007 9:49 AM EDT
Friday, 20 April 2007
The CUPW Ratification Meeting on 18/04/07

Although we were given ballots when we showed our union cards, we weren't allowed to vote until after the union meeting (We were running into enforced CUPW By-Laws doing "what is best for the membership".).

The meeting certainly illustrated the ideological differences between local president, Jane Marsh, and vice-president, Lyn Bue. Sister Bue realized that negotiations are discussions over various packages that may or may not be acceptable to most posties. There were pressures on both sides to make compromises. Canada Post, of course, has much to lose in a strike while CUPW has much to lose in an arbitrated settlement following a strike.

Jane Marsh's militant rant for continuing negotiations and confrontations boil down to this:  "The Solidarity Of The Membership Will Drive Canada Post And The Government To Its Knees" and produce bigger gains. All we have to do is walk the picket line with signs saying "We Deserve Better" and everything will be ok.

Most of us have been in that "CUPW Fantasyland" during the strikes of 1987,91,97. Please check out my website ("CUPW Guy In CUPWLand") at on what has been gained and losted in strikes.

There were less than 200 members there. I would say that 40% supported sister Marsh's position.

There's no doubt in my mind that if ballots were mailed out along with agruments for and against ratification, there would be greater participation by the membership. The last ratification vote is at The Toronto Convention Centre on Apr/22/07. Please attend if you can. (The Domain Name Of The National Website)  



Posted by qualteam at 10:32 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007 10:46 AM EDT

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