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Friday, 25 May 2007
One Too Many

One student killed in a Canadian high school by a hand gun is one too many.

The Toronto High School Tragedy


Posted by qualteam at 11:08 PM EDT
Thursday, 24 May 2007
The Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin:Senators Vs The Ducks

For the first time in hockey history, "The Ottawa Senators" will be playing "The Anaheim Not-So-Mighty Ducks" for the Stanley Cup.

As a tribute to ducks everywhere, Here is my top ten list of feathered and nonfeathered friends:

  1. Donald Duck: Short-tempered animated duck who rarely wore pants.
  2. Scrooge McDuck: The Jack Benny of Duckburg.
  3. Daffy Duck: Lovable, screwball feather-brain, who many have managed the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  4. Howard The Duck: Comic book character brought to life in fowlest movie ever made.
  5. Darkwing Duck: Parody of the superhero genre who's theme was "Lets get dangerous."
  6. Disco Duck: Rick Dee's song creation about a man who turns into a duck on the dance floor. "Disco duck" really means "disco sucks".
  7. Peking Duck: Chinese delicacy, rivals "Duck A l'Orange".
  8. Dallas Drake: First quacked the NHL in 1992 with the Wings(Detroit not Buffalo).
  9. Rubber Ducky: Inanimate bath toy to whom a wistful Ernie expressed fondness.
  10. John Brophy: Meanest, baddest dude on Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Hockley League who once said: "Once you're a Duck, you're a Duck the rest of your life".

Darkwing Duck Intro

Lyrics To Disco Duck

Posted by qualteam at 10:56 PM EDT
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
No Surprises On American Idol
Mood:  happy

The best moments of the night were all the previous American Idols singing songs from the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

Without Belinda Dolittle in the finals, the whole event became a coronation for Jordin Sparks as American Idol. Obviously, baby boomer support was behind her and not "beatboxer" Blake Lewis.

Carrie Underwood is still the biggest star to come out of American Idol and Taylor Hicks is still the Idol that many love to hate.

I think the time has come to throw out the age requirements for Idol and let singers of any genre compete.

Posted by qualteam at 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007 11:12 PM EDT
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
The American Idol Finale Goes To.....

Both Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks did their best to win American Idol tonight. Both singers appeal to two different audiences. I'd say that Blake appeals to the "hip-hop" and the "alternate rock crowd," while Jordin is a middle-of-the-road pop, soft rock entertainer that appeals to an older audience.

Personally, I feel that anyone who voted for Belinda Dolittle will vote for Jordin Sparks and not Blake Lewis.

Jordin, obviously, has more singing ability than Blake, but Blake has that novelty "beatbox approach" which goes over well with "hip urban people". Jordin has  "a vulnerable little girl quality" that has brought tears to my eyes occasionally. All things considered, she should get more votes than Blake who tried extremely hard to win.

My prediction is that Jordin will win and both contestants will have successful careers.

Discussion Group At Idol Me.Com

Discussion Group TV Squad: American Idol


Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007 11:20 PM EDT
Monday, 21 May 2007
High Stakes At Niagara Falls Casinos
Mood:  vegas lucky

At one time, you could play craps or blackjack at the Niagara casino with a minimun bet of $5. This was usually in the morning before the herd of gamblers arrived in the afternoon. A $50 dollars stake could get you a few hours of fun and you might win a dollar or two.

However, things have changed. The five dollar crap table is still there, but it's usually overcrowded. The minimum bet on Blackjack Saturday was $10 and that went up to $15 at 11:00 A.M.

When we arrived at the casino today, the minimun bet at Blackjack was $15 at 9:30 A.M. So much for a cheap table that you could play for hours. I only had $50 dollars to play with and used that up in 15 minutes. Fortunately, I won more than I lost and I walked away with $17.50 in winnings. For the whole weekend, I won a grand total of $30 dollars. I didn't play that long, because I didn't have a huge amount of money to gamble. I know my limit and I play within it.

My basic strategy is to bet my money a little at a time, than stop playing when my stake is finished and see how much I've won.

Obviously, the games at the casinos are moving away from the average player and going after the high rollers who are often complusive gamblers. To play for a few hours, probably, requires a couple of hundred dollars now. I don't like it, but what can I do about it. Just bring more gambling money to the casino, but play less in a year.

Winning At Blackjack

Niagara Falls Previews



Posted by qualteam at 9:31 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007 9:34 PM EDT
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Two New Domain Addresses

I have many domain names with Over the last few weeks, they've had a sale on "info" domains for 99 cents each. Remember Guy In CUPW Land). I bought that one for $.99.

Despite being on a tight budget, I bought two more "info domains". One if for my fun resume website at and the other one is a website on loglines( What they are and what to do with them.

Domain addresses simply help friends and visitors find and navigate around your websited quickly. Even this blog has a domain address connected with it(

All the best on the Victoria Day weekend.

Posted by qualteam at 8:29 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007 8:31 AM EDT
Friday, 18 May 2007
Top Ten Music Videos Of All Time

I have over a 100 music videos on my website at YouTube. Out of those, I chose ten that were either very original or personal to me.

From Al Jolson(1940s)to Carrie Underwood(2006)there's many great videos on YouTube. It was tough narrowing them down to a "Ten Best List".

It's great that the "History Of Music" can be catalogued and experienced by anyone with an internet connection. The tunes are found on my top movies, top songs and top videos website. The domain address is 

Feel free to send your top songs or music videos of all time to me: .

  1. Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World/Aselin Debison(Pictured Above)
  2. Calender Girl/Neil Sedaka
  3. The Fly/Chubby Checker
  4. Poetry In Motion/Johnny Tillotson
  5. Runaway/Del Shannon
  6. Big Hunk Of Love/Elvis Presley
  7. Like A Prayer/Madonna
  8. Jesus Take The Wheel/Carrie Underwood
  9. Be Bop A Lu La/Gene Vincent
  10. I Wonder Why/Showaddywaddy

Posted by qualteam at 11:06 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007 11:37 AM EDT
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Weird Al Yankovic For American Idol

Hey, maybe it's time for a grunge, indie, hip hop rocker to win American Idol. In which case, Weird Al would beat out everyone including Blake Lewis. Check out some of his greatest hits/non hits.

  1. Smells Like Nirvana Remember Kurt Cobain? He was from Seattle too.
  2. Canadian Idiot Despite being a Canadian, I like Weird Al's version of this song better than Green Day's.
  3. Dare To Be Stupid  This is my favourite Weird Al song. It goes the full nine yards as alternate music.
  4. White And Nerdy A white guy can do "cool hip-hop/rap" too. Again Weird Al shows his style.
  5. Like A Surgeon What Madonna did for virginity, Weird Al did for surgery.

A Complete List Of Seattle Bands

The Alternate Indie Movement In Rock

Posted by qualteam at 11:32 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007 11:51 AM EDT
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Major Disappointment On American Idol
Mood:  sad

I was very sad to see Melinda Dolittle leave on tonight's program. I didn't think she'd be the next Idol, but I thought she'd be in the final for sure.

Melinda was Simon Cowell's favourite from the start and I think that part of the voting was a reaction against Simon trying to influence the vote in her favor.

Simon has been right many times on who continued and who got voted off. The anti Simon vote could have helped Jordin too because he called the best song of last night (I Who Have Nothing) an old fashioned 60-year relic. Melinda's "I am a woman" is at least 35 years old but Simon never mentioned that one.

It's obvious that Blake Lewis doesn't have the voice to compete with the ladies, but he was singing songs known to a younger crowd. Unfortunately, choice of song can play positively or negatively with an audience.

What really matters is that Melinda has a great career ahead of her irregardless of "An American Idol Outcome". Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and others have got voted off, but ended up with careers anyway.

Melinda Dolittle

Voodoo Research


Posted by qualteam at 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:53 PM EDT
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Blog TV or No Blog TV? That's The Question.

Today, I checked out BlogTV at The media appeared to be used by single people to send messages to each other. The young girls smiled a lot and flirted with their eyes. A young guy tried to make profound comments about creating his own world in this life and the next. However, he paused many times to put his thoughts together and rambled along in half sentences. None of this produced interesting material for a blog, video or not.

Talking into webcams seemed to make people look lonely and in need of friends, attention and/or love.

To me, a blog entry has to be carefully thought out and expressed. I'd have a hard time doing that in front of a camera without notes. Of course, if I had notes, why not write them down. That's what I want to communicate.

I've written over 1100 blog entries in four years and I've never felt the need to present this material over a webcam to YouTube or BlogTV.


Posted by qualteam at 11:30 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007 11:47 AM EDT

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