Friday, March 27, 2009

American Idol: Idol Chatter for Friday, March 27, 2009

American Idol eliminated another contestant this week. Michael Sarver was sent home after receiving the lowest number of votes among the 36 million cast. Two other contestants found themselves in the bottom three for the first time - and one of them was a real shocker - one of the contestants who's been getting better and better every week! I was shocked, I can tell you that! Click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's Moncton Times & Transcript.

Tickets are nearly gone for TOMORROW'S Blues on the Boulevard concert!

On Saturday, March 28, (TOMORROW!!) ECMA winner New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, acclaimed blues artist (and double ECMA winner this year) Matt Andersen and popular Acadian quartet Les Muses will perform for what is sure to be a sold-out audience at the Wesleyan Celebration Centre in Moncton. "Blues on the Boulevard" is the NBYO's 2008-09 season finale concert and is sure to please with its unique fusion of symphony, blues and pop. Tickets are available now at the Moncton Coliseum box office! Hurry before they're sold out! (I've been checking and there aren't many left... DO NOT wait until the last minute.)

To buy your ticket, go to the Moncton Coliseum box office today between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or tomorrow (Saturday) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Although tickets are expected to sell out, you may be able to get a single seat or two at the door of the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre, 945 St. George Boulevard, before the show begins at 8 p.m. To purchase your ticket online, click here and find the "Blues on the Boulevard" performance.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to see the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Matt Andersen and Les Muses! Check out this great story in the Moncton Times & Transcript on how the concert is going to pan out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Singer Dan Seals has died

Dan Seals was 61 and passed away yesterday from cancer.

American Idol: My choice for this week's #1 performance

No contest. Adam Lambert's version of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears". Amazing. This is the third week in a row that Adam's been my #1 pick!

American Idol: Idol Chatter for Thursday, March 26, 2009

I was initially annoyed that the show's producers decided to do a second Motown show this season, but after Adam Lambert's amazing rendition of "Tracks of My Tears" last night, I'm glad they did.

Even people who aren't Adam fans were raving about his performance - and he got a heartfelt standing ovation from this week's mentor, Smokey Robinson. Adam dumped the nail polish, the new-wave hairstlye and the makeup in favour of a classy suit. He was the star of the night and has clearly emerged as the one to beat with Danny Gokey's star falling (he reminds me so much of Taylor Hicks), Lil Rounds continuously coming up short, Scott MacIntyre not meeting expectations, and powerhouse Allison Iraheta not being able to completely connect with the audience.

Matt Giraud and Kris Allen continue to shine and rise up the ladder as they exceed expectations every week.

Two contestants, in my opinon, are no-brainers for the bottom two. (You'll have to read the column to find out who!) It's really a toss-up at who's going home this week, though. Either one of these two could go - and one deserves to go more than the other - but I think one's fan base is large enough to save them for one more week... and only one more week.

Click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's edition of the Moncton Times & Transcript.

Planning plenty as winter makes its slow exit

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Moncton Times & Transcript
Editorial Page

If I reminded you that Christmas was nine months from today, would you hate me? Probably, huh? OK, just forget I said anything. I love Christmas, but even I want to slap myself for even mentioning it.

Spring is here and this is the worst part of the season, too. You know, the part where everyone assumes winter is over and there are at least three storms left to come. With each storm, people will get crankier and crankier. Finally, in late April, a significant snowfall will occur, pretty much ensuring exploding veins on foreheads all over town.

If we're really unlucky, we'll even get a storm in May. Remember May 7 and 8, 1985? I do. We received nearly 26 centimetres of snow over those two days. I was in university and already working at my summer job -- and climbing snowbanks to get into the building!

I'm not saying this to depress anyone, just to remind you to remain prepared at the very high possibility of a lot more snow before it finally all ends. So don't freak out when it happens. Expect it to happen and you'll save yourself a trip to the hospital. Besides, doctors have a really difficult time sewing exploded foreheads back together.

I have to admit, I usually get sucked into believing winter is over long before it has left town. I get used to driving on dry pavement again instead of being careful on snow and ice. I actually start leaving my car outside instead of putting it in the garage in case of a surprise blizzard or heavy frost. Of course, I have to remember to take a look at the weather forecast before assuming everything will be clear. The last thing I want is for the guy who plows my driveway to show up and find my car blocking the way, leaving me to do most of it by hand.

Even though we have a bit of winter weather to get through, it's safe to say that we're definitely on the tail end of yet another wintry season. The robins are starting to reappear. The deer are also all over the place as they come out of the woods looking for food. Drive down any highway lately and you'll certainly notice them. As cute as they are, they definitely aren't as cute draped across the hood of your car while speeding down the highway, so be careful.

I like the arrival of spring. It's great to be able to count on better driving weather. All winter, we've been addicted to The Weather Network, but by the time spring arrives, we can relax a bit... but only a bit. Until the end of April, it's still a good idea to check out the weather forecast. After all, we're in Canada... and not in the United States or elsewhere, where Facebook friends are already talking about the need to turn on the air conditioning and finding flowers blossoming gardens.

For the first time this year, I made a serious attempt at feeding the birds. I bought a couple of feeders and thought for sure I'd get at least a few families of chickadees and blue jays knocking on my front door to tearfully tell me how grateful they were for the food I offered them throughout the cold winter months.

Alas, I only saw a few chickadees at the backyard feeder this winter, and I don't think even one braved the feeder suction-cupped to my front window. I even filled it with their favourite: nyjer seeds. Of course, I can't say I blame the birds for not frequenting the bird feeder at the front window. After all, even the most delicious seeds are not tempting enough to have to put up with two bird-hungry cats drooling and staring at you through the window. Birds can be so unreasonable sometimes.

Spring is also the season of new projects. I plan on experimenting with the bird feeders some more. I like the idea that I can offer up some sustenance to wild animals. I also plan on getting a bit more involved in technology.

I just bought myself a new Flip camcorder, which is a low-cost and easy-to-use video recorder specially suited for uploading quick videos to YouTube. Although I've posted a few videos to YouTube in the past, I plan on doing this more often from now on. It's fun to do, and -- although they can take some time to make -- I think the new technology I've invested in will save some time. So with working full-time, two newspaper columns, a blog, volunteer work, YouTube and a complete addiction to Facebook, I think I'll be able to keep myself busy.

That's why I'm glad to see an end to winter. I don't have time to shovel, quite frankly! Time to move on to other things! I just have to find the right formula for my videos and find my niche. There are mere children on YouTube who have tens of thousands of subscribers. Why can't I?

Charlieissocoollike (Charlie McDonnell) is an 18-year-old British teen with nearly 126,000 subscribers who've watched his videos more than three million times. Nerimon (Alex Day) is another young Brit with more nearly 42,000 subscribers. Kevjumba (Kevin Wu) is an American college student with more than 432,000 subscribers who've watched his videos more than 14 million times.

And then there's Fred, the brainchild of a 15-year-old actor named Lucas Cruikshank. Using a camcorder and his home computer, his YouTube channel has nearly 960,000 subscribers (!!) who've watched his video creations more than 34 million times.

Hey, if these young whippersnappers can do something popular on YouTube, so can I, eh? I don't know what yet, but I'll figure something out.

There's an entire universe out there waiting to be overtaken.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This week's Hump Day column...

... is about making plans for some spring projects. There's still lots of snow on the ground in these parts, so even though it's technically spring, it certainly doesn't feel like it yet! Among other things, I'm making plans to be more active on YouTube. Read all about it on the editorial page of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. The column will also be posted online here tomorrow.

And remember... if it's Wednesday, it's Hump Day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Before you go bungee jumping...

... it's best to remember to go to the bathroom first.

(The poor bugger pooped his pants.)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Casey the Rag Mop

My first music video starring me and my cat Casey, who's like a rag mop when flopped over my shoulder getting petted.

The Man Song

Sunday, March 22, 2009

When your 911 operator falls asleep on you...


How to find the Moncton SPCA

If you're thinking of adopting a pet, the Moncton SPCA is the place to go! The shelter is the largest one east of Montreal and is located at 116 Greenock Street in the Caledonia Industrial Park in Moncton.

I've heard from some people who've never been there that they're not sure how to find it. Well, hop in the car with me and let's go for a drive!

World's largest model train railway

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Very cool!

I want one!! ;)

Meet Shiloh: Currently the longest resident dog at the Moncton SPCA

Shiloh was surrendered when his owners could no longer care for him. He is very happy to see people and moves into them demanding attention. Shiloh allows handling but prefers to have things on his own terms. He does alert to strangers and is reserved in his response until he has assessed the situation. He has lived with another dog previously and seems to be ok with a cat. Chows do tend to have a high prey drive, so supervision is recommended. Shiloh would be recommended to a home with older children. He shakes paw and loves to chase a ball. Shiloh will require regular grooming for his extensive coat.

To check out Shiloh's profile on the Moncton SPCA's website, click here. (Please note that if you click on the link and Shiloh's profile is no longer there, this means that he's been adopted.)