Saturday, June 23, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Kevjumba: Typical Male Teenager

Another funny video from YouTube star Kevjumba:

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Here's Hillary Clinton's spoof of the Sopranos ending. It was used to announce her new campaign song.



And the winner is...

Canadian Idol fans: Here's another Kalan Porter videoblog update

Facebook: the latest in 'social networking'

Hump day
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Appeared on page D6, Moncton Times & Transcript

If you spend any time at all on the Internet, you've most likely been asked recently by a friend (perhaps several friends) whether or not you're on Facebook, the social networking website that has taken Canada by storm.

I, too, was asked about Facebook several times until I finally relented and joined. Now, I'm completely obsessed. In fact, I have to stop myself from entering every minute detail of my life or spending more than a few hours per day looking around other friends' posted photos and notes about themselves.

If you're nosey -- oops, I mean "curious" -- about your friends' lives, then this is the place for you. However, if you're a very private or paranoid person, Facebook would likely be considered a major invasion of privacy and you should stay away.

Despite Facebook's origins as an American site, Canadians have taken to it like a frog takes to water. Nearly three million Canucks have joined and are spending time reconnecting with old friends and family, posting photos, sharing news about interests and pretty much just keeping people up to date on what we've been up to.

Basically, you register, upload your profile photo and enter your personal details, favourite activities, music, TV shows, interests, and the like. If you're a bit shy or paranoid about who can see your information, you can set your privacy levels as high as you want.

Facebook users, however, seem to be an open bunch and tend to usually let others see most of the information that they've chosen to post.

You only put up what you want others to see. And if you don't want certain people seeing certain things, you can block them from seeing that specific content, too. It's all quite ingenious.

Apparently, the kid who invented it is now 23 years old. You can imagine the money he's worth, eh? Rumour has it that God calls him regularly to borrow some cash. I dunno, maybe the cost of halo polish has gone up.

Once you've set yourself up on Facebook, you can search for friends. Likely, you already know tons of people -- especially those annoying friends who kept wanting you to join in the first place! After finding them through the site's search function, you can send a request to be friends. It even allows you to write about how you know that person.

This has also allowed school alumni groups, various organizations and company employees (and former employees) to stay in touch like they've never been able to before. The best thing is that you can search other friends' friends, allowing you to grow your own network of mutual friends and acquaintances and keep in touch.

Apparently, Facebook is calling its growth in Canada "explosive," which is really cool to hear.

Even politicians are getting into the game by creating Facebook profiles of themselves that allow supporters to gather online and put up various photos and discussions. Kings-Hants Liberal MP Scott Brison has a site, as does Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald. Federal Liberal leader St├ęphane Dion has one, too, along with Don Valley West Liberal MP John Godfrey. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

There's even a site dedicated to the ongoing equalization battle between Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Recently, the organizing committee of my own 20-year university reunion created a group site on Facebook that allowed any alumni who attended (or even who didn't attend) to join and check out all the photos. So far, nearly 300 photos from the weekend have been posted -- a great way to continue the momentum after the event.

Facebook is an easy and fun way for family and friends to keep in touch with each other. Already, I've found so many people I never thought I'd ever talk to again that it isn't even funny. I've reconnected with some long-lost cousins, one of whom I hadn't talked to or seen in at least 25 years. It was great hearing from her and seeing photos of her kids. How else would I have ever found her again without the help of Facebook? She, in turn, was able to see photos of my own family that she hasn't seen in a quarter-century. This is all great because our families were close when we were kids. It's just too bad that many of my aunts and uncles aren't online, too.

Facebook was originally for high school and university students only. That changed in the fall of 2006 when the network opened up to anyone with an e-mail address. With the basic membership of millions of students, eventually parents joined, older siblings, relatives, and things just continued to grow from there.

Wired seniors are also flocking to Facebook as a means of keeping in touch.

I'm completely addicted and I won't stop until everyone I know is addicted, too! Of course, the danger is also that you enter way too much information on the site. I don't tend to be particularly paranoid, so I really don't care if someone sees a photo of me when I was eight years old, but if you're someone who's petrified of identity theft to the point of shredding your used tissue after blowing your nose lest someone steal your DNA, then Facebook is definitely not for you. Best to stick with smoke signals and the pony express for letting grandma know that you love her.

For people like me, however, who love to communicate, Facebook is the ultimate tool for staying in touch. It's really quite amazing.

Now, I'm just waiting for the day when they start charging money for it. Good things like this won't be free forever.

Brian Cormier is a writer and communications consultant. His column appears on this page every Wednesday. He may be contacted by e-mail at brian@briancormier.com or visit his blog at www.briancormier.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

This is a great song! Ricky Martin: Cup of Life

Why it's not a good idea to play around with real guns!



After the gun goes off, you can hear the kid's buddy say, "Oh wicked!" As long as it wasn't pointed at you, I guess it was... ?? Scary!!

Today's Hump Day column: Facebook: the latest in 'social networking'

Hi everyone! Check out my column on the editorial page of this week's Moncton Times & Transcript. It's all about the social networking website that's all the rage: Facebook! The column appears on page D6.

Today...

... is the 25th anniversary of my high school graduation. Seems like yesterday. Wow.

Canadian Idol Top 22 named!

Canadian Idol has determined its Top 22 contestants who will begin competing in elimination shows next week. Out of those 22, here are my top three picks based on what I've seen so far to make it into the Top 10:


Tara Oram (Age 23 from Hare Bay, NL) -- The Newfs always do well on this show. She's the only one in the Top 22 and can actually sing. Her only drawback, she's got a pronounced country twang when she sings... but the country fans will love her and NL'ers will vote for her no matter what.


Jaydee Bixby (Age 16 from Drumheller, AB) -- This kid got a lot of airtime during the audition shows. He comes from a musical family. I love his parents! They're so cheesy with their matching outfits that you can't help but like them. You can't help but like this kid, too... and he's a great singer and entertainer! Seems like a genuinely nice person. He seems to have the same qualities that Kalan Porter has: all the little girls love him while their mothers want to give him a sponge bath.


Greg Neufeld (Age 23 from Abbotsford, BC) -- Greg made it in to the Top 22 last year and I was completely shocked when he didn't make it through to the Top 10. The judges admitted during auditions this year that they were shocked that he didn't make it through, too. He's got the looks, personality and talent to make it in to the Top 10. He should make it this year. With so many "grunge" and "alternative" acts in the Top 22, people are going to want some straight-forward pop singers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cute Huggies commercial

The next time you decide to saw a car in half, remember to empty the gas tank first!

Be careful about bragging about an instant ticket lottery win!

Oh c'mon... you know you wanna try it...

And the winner of Britain's Got Talent is...

Remember Paul Potts, the wannabe opera singer who I blogged about here? Well, he won Britain's Got Talent! Good for him! Here's his winning moment:

This week's Hump Day column...

... is all about Facebook and how addictive it is! I've blogged about this before, but it seems to be getting worse! For nosey -- *cough* "curious" *cough* -- people like me, Facebook is a great way to keep up to date on everything that your friends and acquaintances are doing. It's also a great way to find long-lost people in your life. It happened to me!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Paul McCartney is officially a senior citizen today

Sir Paul McCartney turns 65 today, making him an official senior citizen. Here is singing Mull of Kintyre along with his band Wings.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Remember Jennie Shontell from Stacey's Country Jamboree?

If you're from this neck of the woods (Maine, Maritime Provinces), WLBZ-TV was the NBC affiliate from Bangor that local people from Bangor watched and that people in the Maritimes watched on cable. Eddie Driscoll was a popular host on the station. Another staple of the channel was Stacey's Country Jamboree. One of the regulars on the show was a little old lady named Jennie Shontell who sang so horribly that people loved her. Her signature song was "Wings of a Dove." And wouldn't you know it... I found a sound file. So if you've been waiting years and years wanting to hear Jennie's version of Wings of a Dove again, click here. Enjoy!

If you're in a bad mood, watch this...

This is six-year-old Connie Talbot from Britain's Got Talent. Sweet little girl!

I'm addicted to this commercial...

I'd never buy the stuff, but I like the commercial.

New speculation that Rosie O'Donnell to replace Bob Barker on The Price Is Right

Hmmm... I thought this rumour was put to rest a few weeks ago, but Bob Barker has brought it up again and given it new credibility. He says in a recent news report that the show's producers will be meeting with former The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell to discuss her taking over hosting duties at The Price Is Right now that Barker has retired.

"Bob Barker endorsed his friend Rosie O'Donnell as a possible successor on "The Price Is Right," although the newly retired host isn't sure CBS wants a woman to take over the game show.

"I believe they're going to have a meeting with Rosie," Barker said backstage Friday night at the Daytime Emmy Awards, where he won his 19th trophy.

"She knows the show," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind she could do the show. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don't know. I've never heard that discussed. As far as I know, they've only auditioned men."

Barker said his friendship with O'Donnell goes back several years, when she had him as a guest on her old daytime talk show.

"She told me she loved `The Price Is Right' and wanted to host it one day," he recalled."


Click here for more on the report that has sparked this renewed speculation.

Happy Father's Day!

To all the fathers out there -- especially my own, of course -- I hope you all have a great day among family and friends. Happy Father's Day!