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Sunday, 16 December 2007
May The Power Of Rock Be With You On A Snowy Cold Winter's Day

Today, we were hit by the worse snowfall in December in seven years.

I'm accustomed to this weather because I grew up in Barrie Ontario where it was routine to get 30 cm of snow at one crack.

If you're feeling cold, wet and depressed why not heat yourself up with some "hot stuff". That could mean different things to different people.

The song below heats me up fast: Donna Summer's power rock version of Hot Stuff:



Here are some of my favourite high intensity rock songs of all time.

Posted by qualteam at 8:02 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 16 December 2007 8:19 PM EST
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Review Of The Stage Play: Christmas Carol
Mood:  a-ok

For the first time in our lives, my wife and I saw a theatrical version of Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol.

It was notable that "Dickens" introduced many of the important scenes in the story. It felt more like an audio book than a stage play.

While the stage was sparse in scenery, the actors created Victorian England by their words and actions.

David Cairns did especially well as Scrooge, a man buried so deep in his own hell it's a wonder he got out of it at all.

Many of the other actors played different roles and this seemed to add to dreamlike quality of the production.

It's amazing how relevant "Christmas Carol" is in the 21st century. Three Stars for the actors at A.C.T.

Posted by qualteam at 10:51 PM EST
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Musical Review: The Spirit Of Christmas
Mood:  a-ok

It's really great to have a world class theatre a few miles away from our house in Brampton. This is the "Rose Theatre" which opened last year. Already, we've seen five productions there.

The parking was free and it took only 20 minutes to get there and get home.

Broadway's "The Spirit of Christmas" resembled a Rockette's Christmas show with this one exception. There were many high energy rock songs which were performed with high energy dancing. This included "Higher and Higher", "Marshmellow World" and "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree".

The dancers also did varied dance numbers to Christmas songs (e.g The 1920s dance, "The Charleston", was done to "Jingle Bells" which was very entertaining).

"Santa Baby" was done by a soloist and it was hilarious

Some of the dancing and singing wasn't  the greatest, but I'd give the show Three Stars.

Posted by qualteam at 11:24 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2007 11:27 PM EST
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Christmas Season Is Busy For Posties And Shoppers

It's very busy at Canada Post these days. In our section, we're working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get the mail to our customers. That means lots of overtime.

My section is the Toronto Exchange Office (incoming foreign mail) and with the Canadian dollar very high. The mail has been a deluge.

Of course, there's shopping, decorating and cleaning up to do.

It's tough doing Christmas stuff and the blog too.

There's a great deal of commericalism during the holidays. It's good to be reminded every now and then what Christmas is it really about.

Below is one of favourite new Christmas songs, "Christmas Shoes".

Posted by qualteam at 10:18 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 10:31 PM EST
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
An Evening With John McDermott

Of the three great male vocalists in the world today, John McDermott is definitely one of them. The other two would be Josh Groban and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply. To be a great male vocalist, you have to have a great voice with perfect pitch and sing songs with an emotional impact.

Last night, I saw John McDermott for the first time at the Rose Theatre in Brampton and it was quite an experience. John performed many tunes from his new album, "Sharing Christmas". Often, he reminisced about musicians he knew, his childhood memories of Christmas, and his father in Glasgow, Scotland.

The thing about John is that he doesn't just sing a song. He tells the story with it as well. This was especially true with "Christmas In The Trenches", a song about the Germans and the English meeting together and exchanging gifts on the battlefield.

The other songs which I found almost as moving were Ave Maria, Oh Holy Night and Old Tin Star. Four stars.

Dance With Me Daughter

Posted by qualteam at 10:42 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 5 December 2007 10:57 AM EST
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Are There Any "Brains" Behind The Subprime Fiasco?

Apparently, two ex CEOs, Charles Prince at Citigroup and Stanley O'Neal of Merill Lynch will receive multi-million dollar retirement packages even though they were fired for bringing billions of dollars of losses to their financial insitutions.

It boogles the mind when CEOs are rewarded for failure. In a 3rd world country, they would probably be executed.

There is very little subprime financing in Canada. We don't have much to do with these questionable risky products. TD Canada Trust shunned them completely.

Below is a video by Hillary Clinton on subprime mortgages and trailer homes, etc. Perhaps, this is just another reason to create a United States of Canada.

Posted by qualteam at 9:37 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 2 December 2007 10:01 PM EST
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Movie Review 118: The Santa Clause Three

This movie wasn't as bad as the critics said it was. Sure Tim Allen's Santa Claus was getting a little stale, but Marvin Short injected some life into the story line. His "Jack Frost Wanna Be Santa" had some good moments, especially, the "North Pole, North Pole" number (to the tune of New York, New York).

Granted Santa Clause One and Two were funnier, but Santa Three was funny in a weird stupid way. Two and half stars.

More reviews on "The Escape Clause".

If that isn't enough for you, try Ray Stevens' take on the paranoid fatman:


Posted by qualteam at 10:58 PM EST
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
The Guys From Google Join The Crusade Against Coal Plants
Mood:  a-ok

The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brim are putting more money into renewable energies like "Geothermal Power" and "Solar Thermal Power" which eventually will put coal plants out of business.

The motto of Google is "Don't Be Evil". I'm sure they're trying to live up to their motto.

Apparently, one financial analyst was negative about these investments. He said in New York, "This makes me worry about Google's priorities".

If saving the planet isn't a priority, than I wonder what is.

It would be helpful if Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and any other person with big bucks joined this crusade too. Avoiding the human and environmental costs of "Global Warming", should be priority for anyone.

The new technology of the 21st century is green technology. It will replace the old fossil fuel technology and the infrastructure that goes with it.

Perhaps, all we need is someone to complete the research of Nikola Tesla on powerful wireless energy transmission.

The full Toronto Star article on Google Branchoffs

Posted by qualteam at 3:30 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2007 5:09 PM EST
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Take Nothing For Granted In This World

When a person is born into this world he/she is born into a dangerous environment. There are thousands of things that can kill and disable us at any moment.

As a baby, one depends on one's parents for safety and health. As one gets older, the community and government services help us to learn, get a job and stay healthy.

Behind the umbrella of human institutions, there's another world that either protects us from terminal disease, criminals and accidents or doesn't. To make it work for you, there has to be some belief in its existence and power.

When a crisis situation develops, one recognizes the vulnerabilities of his/her human condition and the need of a greater power to help out. A baby in his mother's arms or in car has that special faith that protects him. He lets "Jesus Take The Wheel."

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Posted by qualteam at 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 25 November 2007 9:59 PM EST
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
God Saw Corey

God saw you getting tired when a cure was not to be. So He closed His arms around you and whispered "Come to me".

You didn't deserve what you went through, so He gave you rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best.

And when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain, we could not wish you back to suffer that again.


Posted by qualteam at 9:35 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 21 November 2007 9:51 PM EST

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