Saturday, March 06, 2010

Charlieissocoollike: The Purple Man

Kevjumba: Ridiculous lyrics!

I'm no prude, but he's got a point. Had a conversation about song lyrics with friends on New Year's Eve. Their sentiments echo Kevjumba's.

Friday, March 05, 2010

A dog and his trampoline

Idol Chatter - Recap of results show aired March 4, 2010

My prediction success rate doubled from last week's dismal 25% to 50%, with two of my predicted eliminations being correct: John Park and Haeley Vaughn.

Todrick Hall and Katie Stevens lived to sing another day, but will they make it through next week's Top 16 to become part of the Top 12? Todrick dodged a big bullet this week, despite being the choice of many reviewers to leave.

The other two contestants voted off last night were Jermaine Sellers - no big surprise there - and Michelle Delamor, a bit of a surprise. Michelle had a very low profile and was not able to build much of a fan base because she was barely seen during the Hollywood Week episodes. It always helps to build a fan base if that happens, but is certainly no guarantee of success. It just helps, that's all. Last year's winner, Kris Allen, did not have his audition shown at all and was virtually invisible during Hollywood Week, but his talent and solid performances saw him right through to being named American Idol 2009.

Last year's third runner-up, Danny Gokey, performed on last night's show. I thought he did really well, despite the fact that I was never a big fan. He certainly looks a lot happier, with more than a year gone by since the untimely death of his wife before he auditioned for last year's show.

To read more of how it played out last night and my thoughts on whose stars are rising, click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's Moncton Times & Transcript.

Next week, the Top 16 duke it out for a coveted position in the Top 12! The girls sing on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Atlantic (8 p.m. Eastern) on Fox, while the guys sing on Wednesday at the same time. On Thursday, another four contestants are sent home and we revert back to two shows (performance and results) and one eliminated contestant per week.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Congratulations to Trevor Greene!

March 4th is a memorable day for many of my fellow 1980s alumni from the University of King's College. Seven years ago today, we lost our friend George Earles, and four years ago our friend Trevor Greene was attacked and severely injured while serving with the Canadian military in Afghanistan.

Since then, Trevor's journey to recovery has been widely documented and praised through media coverage, an award-winning documentary, speeches, honorary degrees and other commendations.

Today's the fourth anniversary of Trevor's injury and his strength and determination to fight are truly something at which to marvel. We can all learn from his courage.

It was just announced that Trevor has been chosen as one of those who will carry the torch in the Paralympic Torch Relay. Quite an honour and well deserved! Congratulations!

Check out this news story for more details:

In memoriam: George Earles (1964-2003)

It's been seven years since my University of King's College journalism classmate George Earles passed away. Seems like yesterday!

Many friends will be remembering George today by singing along to one of his favourite songs...

Idol Chatter - Top 10 girls' performance show aired March 3, 2010

The big question about last night's show was whether or not Crystal Bowersox would even perform. She'd been hospitalized the day before and apparently was still there early yesterday due to complications from her diabetes.

Luckily for her (and us!), she was healthy enough to perform last night. She certainly looked fine... and her performance was amazing.

Only one contestant truly tanked last night: Haeley Vaughn. Her performance of "The Climb" was disastrous by all accounts. And while Crystal Bowersox and Lilly Scott stood out from among the crowd with great performances, Siobhan Magnus seemed to score a bit of a breakthrough. Could she be this year's Adam Lambert... the contestant everyone waits for because of their unpredictable, quirky and (usually) great performance?

Click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's Moncton Times & Transcript. To find out who's eliminated this week, tune in to American Idol tonight at 9 p.m. Atlantic (8 p.m. Eastern) on Fox!

It's that time to start thinking of leaving a legacy

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Moncton Times & Transcript
Editorial section

If you were wondering why church bells are ringing across the country this morning, why the pope is on every television channel blessing everyone, and why schools are closed, it's because today's my birthday!

Yes, (an unspecified number of) years ago today, my gigantic pumpkin-sized head necessitated a caesarean section for my poor suffering mother in an operating room at The Moncton Hospital that's probably been long-since renovated into a morgue, gift shop or waiting room.

Since that eventful day, the world has been a much better place. Angels started getting their wings whenever a telephone rang, leprechauns who saw their shadows on St. Patrick's Day predicted six more weeks of August, and the Easter Bunny flew around the world with eight tiny reindeer giving each good girl and boy a bag full of Halloween candy. Yes, my birth set in motion a wonderful domino effect of good fortune.

Oh, maybe I'm not getting my holidays totally correct, but you get the drift. The sun is shining out of my you-know-what and I'm not afraid to gloat a little bit.

I just wish I had birthday parties like I did when I was a kid. I'd have friends over. We'd have cake, pop and ice cream. As an adult, I'd have parties, too. I'd even have cake. The pop, however, was replaced by wine. Sometimes lots of wine. Sometimes way... way... way too much wine.

And then my pumpkin head would return -- but only because I'd have a hangover. Luckily, God gifted me with the affliction of "hangover horribilis," so I pretty much get a hangover every time I whisper the word "booze." These days, when people tell me they're going to "tie one on," I just say, "No thanks!"

These days, the cake is gone, thanks to a low-carb diet. The wine is pretty much gone thanks to a very sensitive pumpkin head. The pop is gone because I rarely drink it anymore. Lately, I pretty much content myself with being treated to a few meals from friends and family, maybe a card from the office (I'll know they forgot my birthday when I hear, "Oh my God! We forgot Brian's birthday!" as I hear the sound of newspaper pages rustling while someone reads this column. That's OK. No harm done. I take cash or cheques -- and first-born children, too, but only if they're cute.)

Birthdays in my family were never a huge deal. We kids would all get a cake. I seem to remember giving my mother breakfast in bed for her birthday a few times. My father would always get strawberry shortcake since he was born in July and his mother would always make that for him -- strawberry season, don't ya know.

I think birthdays are great, even though they've become a much calmer affair as I've aged. I'm just as happy to be treated to lunch at a nice restaurant rather than waking up naked in a ditch clutching an empty tequila bottle in one hand and my passport in another -- all while being stared at by some stranger wearing a sombrero and riding a donkey. "Do joo need help, meester?"

I've always felt like I'm just getting started in life, but lately I've been getting the feeling like that's getting pretty old. While others my age are getting within a decade or so of (very) early retirement, that's not even on the horizon for me. I'll probably still be writing this column from my nursing home bed. I'll be lying there practically bed-ridden by the ravages of old age, but I'll be darned if I'm going to miss my deadline.

I'll have some sort of system set up where I just have to blink Morse code into a computer or something along those lines. I'll make jokes about my diaper not getting changed on time and about how I've outlived six roommates in the last month -- three of them who met untimely deaths after I accidentally knocked their respirator plugs out of the wall with my walker on the way to the bathroom.

Well, at least that's what I figured happened to them. At that age, and with a prostate the size of a bowling ball, it would take me so long to pee that they could have died and been buried by the time I got back from the bathroom. "That's funny... the buds were just opening in the trees when I went to pee, and now the Christmas lights are up around the neighbourhood and it's snowing." And Bob-with-the-heart-condition who was in the bed next to me is now George-with-the-bad-kidneys.

But I digress... I'm not old, but it's time to stop feeling like I'm just getting started in life and actually do something that will leave a legacy. I dunno, maybe open my own amusement park -- BrianLand. I have no idea what it would look like, I just know that people would spend an awful lot of time upside down on rides so that I could pick up all their spare change on the ground afterwards. A guy's gotta eat!

Actually, I want to be disgustingly rich. I don't mean just the kind of rich that you have enough money to pay your bills. I mean the kind of rich -- like Oprah rich -- where you use $100 bills to towel yourself off after a shower. The indoor pool in your house is filled with gold coins that you go swimming in every night like Donald Duck's Uncle Scrooge did in the comics. I'd want a house so big that it would have its own airport used for flights from one end of the house to the other.

I don't believe someone when they say you can have too much money. That's just crazy talk. So yeah, for my birthday, I wanna be filthy rich.

And, maybe this year, someone can give me the gun I'll need to rob the bank that will be giving me all this money, too. Just remember to put a file in my cake next year.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

American Idol: Update on Crystal Bowersox's condition

Crystal Bowersox could not compete on American Idol last night because she was hospitalized due to complications from her diabetes. Apparently, she's still there! Here's an update from Ryan Seacrest's radio show this morning.

Did Adam Lambert spoil American Idol for fans?

If you've been disappointed by the lacklustre season of American Idol so far, it's probably because of amazing performances like this that completely spoiled us last season.

During 2009's Top 8 show, Adam Lambert performed "Mad World" and completely mesmerized everyone in the studio and everyone at home watching. In fact, he got a standing ovation from Simon and the other judges. I have to say, this is probably the best performance ever in the history of American Idol.

Will one of this year's performers step up to the plate to "wow" us again? Let's hope! In the meantime, here's a look back at Adam's haunting performance:

Adam Lambert "Mad World"

Sandy | MySpace Video

The sounds of Vancouver when Canada won gold in Olympic men's hockey

The fun starts at the 1:19 mark... You can even hear the cheering from the stadium! Then the horns start blaring in the harbour.

Idol Chatter - Top 10 guys' performance show aired March 2, 2010

The boys performed a day early this week because one of the girls was ill and could not perform. Let's hope Crystal Bowersox is better and will perform tonight. She's one of the potential winners this year.

Lots of negative reviews of the guys last night. There were a couple of good standouts, in my opinion: Aaron Kelly and Lee DeWyze. Along with Casey James, they're about the only contestants I can see who could fill a concert hall with screaming fans. Although Andrew Garcia is very good, he's starting to falter and lacks in the charisma department.

Who do I think is in trouble? Click here to read my review of last night's show in my Moncton Times & Transcript Idol Chatter column.

Tonight, the Top 10 girls perform at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Eastern) on Fox! Don't miss it!

This week's Hump Day column... about birthdays, since today's my birthday!

Join in on the celebrations by picking up a copy of today's Moncton Times & Transcript and checking out Hump Day in the editorial section.

Remember, if it's Wednesday, it's Hump Day! Today's column will be posted here online tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Help Josh Rimer find the owner of a camcorder he found in Vancouver

Moncton 2010: IAAF World Junior Championships

Here's an excellent promotional video for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships being held July 18-25, 2010, in Moncton. The world is coming!