Saturday, August 04, 2007

Telus profit falls 29 per cent

"Telus Corp.'s second-quarter profits were down dramatically from a year ago because of higher costs from the introduction of phone-number portability, the introduction of a new billing system in Alberta and the company's unsuccessful partnership with Amp'd Mobile Inc.

While revenues increased 4.4 per cent to $2.2 billion, profits fell 29 per cent to $253.1 million in the three months ended June 30, compared with $356.6 million for the same period in 2006. Earnings per share were down 26 per cent, to $0.76 from $1.03 last year."

Oh and I don't suppose angering 99% of their customers and all that horrible media attention from SELLING PORN had anything to do with it, eh? No crocodile tears from me on this one. Click here for more.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Kalan Porter: "Hurray"... great video!

Kalan playin' Scrabble with Grandma. Funny stuff!

If you didn't "clue in" to the website mentioned in the Scrabble tiles during the video, click here.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Whoa! I'd hate to pay for a fill-up in this thing!

Possible insurance scam artist caught on tape

I love it when scam artists like this woman are caught on tape!

Several killed in Minnesota bridge collape

What a horrible story! A major bridge that spans between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, collapsed yesterday during rush hour, sending several people to their deaths into the Mississippi River. What a horrible tragedy! The bridge was only 40 years old, too... Click here for more.

Whoopi Goldberg joins The View - Video

The only constant in life is how soon we forget

Hump day
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Appeared on page D5, Moncton Times & Transcript

Well, it's August and already the obituaries for this summer are being written. All that anticipation about the arrival of hot and sunny weather has turned to talking about how it's starting to get dark earlier, how the back-to-school ads are already out and how gardeners are starting to reap the benefits of their hard work with bumper crops.

By the end of the month, if tradition holds true, a certain major department store's Christmas catalogue will be making its way to people's doorsteps and mailboxes, reminding everyone that jolly ol' St. Nicholas and the elves are hard at work getting ready for yet another busy upcoming holiday season.

It seems silly to be thinking of such far-away holidays already - or even talking about summer's demise so soon after it started. After all, it seems like yesterday that I was asking all the kids I know how they did on their report cards. Now, relatives are already asking me what I want from Santa. For anyone wondering, anything iPod related would be just fine. Start saving your pennies now! Thanks in advance!

But summer's not over yet. Before the Christmas catalogue lands in your mailbox or front step, there are bound to be a few more sleepless nights due to the heat and humidity. August reminds me a bit of March, when people are writing the death notice for winter, completely forgetting that there's still plenty of cold and snow yet to come.

Every year it's the same. "March is here! We can put away our snow shovels." Yeah, right. "August is here. The hot weather is coming to and end." Tell me that next week when I can pretty much guarantee that on at least one night you'll be sleeping outside naked on a big block of ice and crying like a little girl because even your eyeballs are sweating. (Note to self: Try not to brag about having central air conditioning. Oops! Oh well, I tried!)

In my books, it's way too early to even think of writing off summer just yet. Even though the days are getting noticeably shorter, there are bound to be several days this month when even Satan would whine about the heat. If memory serves correct, September will also have its fair share of sweltering hot days. It happens every year. People just don't remember.

It's like the first snowfall of the year. No one remembers how to drive. Everyone forgets . . . even if they're 80. You'd think someone would remember at that age, but they don't. Every year, police are kept hopping with a multitude of fender benders on the first snow day. I've found myself in that predicament, too. Just a few years ago, I took a turn way too fast during the first snow of the year and crashed into the curb.

As Homer Simpson often says, "D'oh!" Where'd that curb come from? And why didn't I remember how to drive in snow? It's not as if I just moved here from Jamaica where the only white powdery stuff I'd ever seen was the stuff snorted up one's nose! I've driven in many storms with no accidents to speak of. But it's that first one that's the killer -"" the one where our brains are still functioning on dry asphalt but our tires are unfortunately dealing with the reality of ice.

In September, we'll all wonder where all the traffic in town came from on the first day of school. Of course, as usual, we'll forget that the traffic on the first day of school always was -- and always will be -"" absolutely atrocious. And we'll also forget that the grocery stores are absolutely nuts during the first week of September with school lunch planning in full swing and the arrival of university students excitedly getting groceries for their first apartments.

And, once again, we'll forget that Kraft Dinner is sold out nearly everywhere during the first week of school and wonder why the store didn't order more.

Despite many warnings of impending doom this November or December, the first snowstorm will hit people by surprise - especially those who tried to get by for one more winter on bald tires. Every tire shop in town will be packed to the rafters with antsy drivers hoping to get their winter tires installed so they don't crash into curbs like certain columnists tend to do.

And the weekend before Christmas, more than one person will exclaim, "I don't remember the stores being this busy last year!" And, of course, there's always the local spectator sport of watching cars driving around the mall parking lots on Boxing Day wondering why the mall isn't open - even though the stores haven't been open around these parts on Boxing Day since Baby Jesus was learning how to count to 10.

"Weren't they open last year?" someone will ask, leading to a big family debate where half of those in attendance at Christmas dinner will swear that they went shopping locally on Boxing Day last year, and the other half will declare (rightly so) that the stores weren't even open.

Later this month, people will once again be shocked when the first Christmas decorations start creeping their way back onto store shelves. And we'll all feign horror when the racks of children's Halloween costumes come out, too.

I think what we really need is a collective dose of an herbal memory enhancer. Maybe then, we'll also remember that it does indeed snow in April and October, and that August is far from being the end of summer. Remember that tonight when you can't sleep in the heat.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Fisher-Price recalls toys - Big Bird, Elmo, Dora - for lead

"Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys -- including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters -- because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead."

Click here for more information.

Whoopi Goldberg officially replaces Rosie on The View!

Whoopi Goldberg, officially named Wednesday as the new moderator of The View as the show puts Rosie O'Donnell in its rearview mirror, said her new job is a "big ol' thrill for me."

Goldberg jogged down the aisle of the New York studio, slapping hands with the audience, when the announcement was made live on the air by show creator Barbara Walters.

"I love this show,'' said Goldberg, one of a select few performers to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award. "I love coming on it. I love hanging out with you guys."

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Today's Hump Day column: The only constant in life is how soon we forget

Check out today's Hump Day column on the editorial page (D6) of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. Today's column is about how soon we forget about things that happen year after year... after year!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Seeya, Martha Joy!

As predicted, the horribly stiff and wooden Martha Joy was voted off Canadian Idol tonight. A pretty voice doesn't equal a good performer. She's only 16, so I'm sure she'll be able to work on her performance skills in the coming years. Surprisingly, Matt Rapley was in the bottom two! Not good for his chances next week, especially considering that the theme of the show is the music of Queen. Matt doesn't seem like someone who can take on Freddy Mercury very well! Speaking of which... Jaydee certainly doesn't either. But hey... stranger things have happened! Click on Martha Joy's photo for more info about her.

Tomorrow's Hump Day column...

... is all about how people are surprised every single year when the same thing happens. Like when the Sears Christmas catalogue comes out in August. Or when the traffic is awful on the first day of school, etc. Watch for Hump Day on the editorial page of tomorrow's Moncton Times & Transcript.

Greg Neufeld's great performance from last night's show - "I'm Ready"

Amazing display of Korean choreography during soccer game half-time show

Nope... still not big enough *wink*

Apparently, this is the largest condom in the world.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Canadian Idol review - July 30th "unplugged" show

By the way, for anyone counting... this is my 1,000th blog post at Brian Cormier's Blogtastic World! Holy cow!

So anyway... Canadian Idol.

Brian Melo and Carly Rae Jepsen did admirable jobs tonight with their songs, "She Talks to Angels" and "Torn," respectively. Brian needed a big performance tonight. He's on the verge of being eliminated and knows it. He managed to pull it out of the bag tonight, though! Great job. He definitely came in second overall for the night, with Carly Rae coming in third, in my opinion.

Tara Oram and Matt Rapley were decent. I didn't mind their performances, although they were nothing special.

Holy Eyeliner, Batman! I thought Dwight d'Eon was barely passable.

So who won and who lost?

Well, who "won" is very easy. As usual, Greg Neufeld -- who can now safely be crowned the favourite to win, if you ask me -- was by far the best. Singing Bryan Adams' "I'm Ready," Greg gave a very powerful performance that absolutely wow'd the judges, sending Zack on to the stage to give him an elated hug. Greg: Amazing job! Love him or hate him, Greg has eye-f*cking the camera down to an art. (Sorry, there's not other way to describe it!) The guy knows how to play to an audience, but it doesn't come across as contrived.

The two losers? It's a tie. Once again, Martha Joy completely destroyed a great song with her horrific version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," one of the great ballads of modern times. I think I actually heard Baby Jesus cry! A complete trainwreck. Bye-bye, already!

Again this week, it pains me to say that Jaydee Bixby -- despite his charm -- was a complete and utter mess with his twangy version of Green Day's "Time of Your Life." Painful to listen to. He sang faster than the musicians could play. It was just terrible. He won't be in the bottom three this week because he's too popular, but he deserves to be after that.

Tomorrow night's bottom three will likely be Martha Joy, Dwight d'Eon and Brian Melo. Brian should be safe after this week's performance. He may need several good performances in a row to keep him out of the bottom three. I think Dwight and Martha will be in the bottom two, with voters finally sending stiff-as-a-board Martha packing. Anyone else would be a darn shame!

We'll see what happens tomorrow night!

Some pics of flowers in my garden

I'm FAR from being an avid gardener. I do have some flowers that just come up every year... and thank God they do... because I wouldn't have anything if they didn't!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Summer's over!

The back-to-school ads are out! The latest Atlantic Superstore (Loblaws) flyer contains these specials: