Friday, June 30, 2006

Of Political Scandals and Chips

Hmmm, that tasted interesting. Kind of sweet but really, really sour too. I can't decide if I like it or not. On the one hand, I'm a news junkie so I like when scandals hit the news, but on the other hand, I don't like that this scandal involves loads of money going out of the province's coffers.

But, it is kind of like Lays potato chips: you just can't stop. I want more! More info about all of this and the strange thing is the media ain't giving it. I want lots of deep, investigative reporting but it's like all the reporters are sitting back, twiddling thumbs, and waiting for John Noseworthy to throw them their next bone. Find out more yourselves, people. Let us know stuff. I know more from chatting around to a few people than you have reported on. There are lots of dots but no one seems to be connecting them unless it is in an AG report. The skeptic in me wonders if some of them know but this thing is so big even they are scared of it. They're like vulcanologists too scared to go near the volcano. Hey! It's your job.

Then part of me puts together little pieces like Tom Rideout telling a media scrum that if his name is on an invoice for MHA rings, it is a forgery. Then Jim Walsh says he doesn't know anything about the questionable companies or the payments to them and I wonder: is it possible that one bureaucrat inside the Confed Building forged documents and just used certain names of MHAs who, in fact, had nothing to do with it? Maybe that is why the reporters are backing off, because they know that and are waiting for more revelations. Still should be doing more digging, I think.

Tell us something. I don't care about where John Noseworthy comes from. Stop doing stories on him. He is not the story, he is only the instrument of its revelation and it's time you reporters stopped waiting for him to tell you stuff and went out and found it yourselves. I want to know about the people who took the money and what they spent it on and what their pasts are and how an accounting firm that was supposed to be auditing the government books could have missed all this. And I want to know when they're going to pay us back. Please, pretty please, tell us more. I know you may must have your reasons, dear reporters, but give me another chip, hey? And some more of those sour, sour candies.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Codco DVD petition interview online

While perusing the CBC Radio website (I'm a peruser, ya know), I came upon some audio of the interview that local blogger, RJ, did on the Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong as well as Furlong's follow up interview with Greg Malone. The petition is here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

She is outta there!!

Forgive me for a dancing emoticon but yahooooooooo

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Stonehenge at Summer Solstice

This, I have decided, is now on my big life's to-do list. I think stonehenge is a phenomenal mystery and this seems cool. So, it is right there on the list right after cruise the Nile and see the Pyramids (which will be done on the same trip someday).

Stats results

Well, I've learned a couple of things with my blogger stats test. One is that it seems like Ms. Simpson is not popular at all, or at least no one made it to my blog looking for her. Same with the other words used except for the ones about the blouses and the skirts. Still people coming here looking for that. I couldn't figure out why all the hoopla about that so I checked one of the searches that was used to find my site and found something else out. It seems that the shots down women's blouses and up their skirts are a big blogger thing. Bloggers take them then put them up on their sites. I thought it was just on web pages but apparently there is a lot of it going on in the so called blogosphere. That's why so many people are specifically searching blogs rather than just web pages for them. Who knew? Anwyay, enough of that.

It is weird because the "bad" things I have put in my the Good, the Bad and the Ugly posts (see sidebar for them), always have searchers coming here in droves to look for stuff about it. Never the good. I'm not trying to attract these people, just find it interesting that people tend to look for these negative or seedy things on the Internet. I guess it's the anonymity of it. Guess that is why I started the Good, the Bad and the Ugly posts, because the Internet can be used for so many things. Speaking of that, I think it's time for another G, B, and U post. Must get on that.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Stats are not always boring

Ah , statcounter, I love you much. I like to think of my blog as something that might entertain or enlighten someone. If nothing else, it gives me a place to rant about things. But to the world, faithful readers, my blog is a place of smut and strangeness. In the last three days alone, I have had 15 people find my blog from searching "downblouse" and "upskirt" from places such as the US, France, Iran, and the UK. I wonder how these people feel when they come here and see that I have called them "pathetic" and "perverts" (if you're here now after googling "downblouse" and "upskirt" , I reiterate my opinion of you). Several people, over the months, have found my blog through googling "bleeding tongue". I worry about them at night before I go to sleep. Are their tongues still bleeding? Why were they bleeding in the first place?

These visitors are not even close to all the visitors from MUN's Marcomm Department. They are really interested in my blog. I still even get a few hits a week from people finding my posts on Danny Williams (some searching for "Danny Williams on Larry King" but the past couple of weeks it was all about finding something on Heather Mills--I wonder why the sudden interest in her?) No doubt, my traffic will increase now having retyped these words in this post. It's the statcounter cycle.

So, I am going to do a test. I am going to occasionally type a word or phrase in a post that I would not normally write about but which could be searched by people and see how many people come looking for it. Sorry if you have been hooked by this test but just know you are advancing the science of blogs (not really, but I thank you for coming by). So, here goes:

Ashlee Simpson. Okay, I had "golden shower" here but chickened out because I did not want to drag all the Internet porn pervs ( but if that kind of thing floats your boat, whatever) to my site. Of course, now I have Ashlee and the shower and even the word "porn" in my post. Alright I will leave them in but that's it. (To tell you the truth, I feel a little more disgusted with myself about typing Ashlee's name than the shower.)

I shall keep you apprised.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Namibia baby boom

Oh my God! Britney Spears is considering a Namibian birth for her youngster too. Why doesn't she just move there so we won't have to hear about her crap all the time?

Really, I can hardly catch my breath for laughing. I thought this story was a joke.

Why can't we do this? Hey, Danny Williams! Why don't you call up all the pregnant celebs (and the ones that are washed up, just back from rehab, trying to get some attention, trying to hide from a recent arrest) and ask them to come here. Tell them we can guarantee privacy and send them to somewhere like Fogo or Long island or Bell Island that you can only reach by boat or chopper then restrict access to that island by anyone but the celebs and the island residents. Frig the oil and gas, man, birthing celebrity babies is where the money and fame is at. Gotta think outside the box, Danny. Think outside the box.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Reality TV for Dummies

Rather than ride the wave of popular televion genres, CBC TV decided it would wait until the wave crashed onto the shore before hopping on. Thump! Ow, that must hurt, CBC. All that sand in your face. Ah well. Put a band-aid on that or maybe just hemorrhage some more of our money instead. Yes, people, CBC is bringing this new fangled thing called Reality TV to Canada. Yup. It's true. CBC's new "reality-based" shows include:

  • The Canadian One will be a search for the country's greatest unsigned musical talent. Hey, I bet something new like that will work. You know what would be really funny? Oh, this is a great idea so listen up, CBC: why not tape the auditions and, okay, this is the crazy part, don't just show the good auditions but show the really bad ones too. I know! Great idea, hey? I have a million of them. (Email me and I'll tell you a new idea I have for a show about a bunch of people who live on an island and one by one they get voted off or leave voluntarily--I was thinking of calling it Newfoundland.)

  • Test the Nation: National IQ Test: a live quiz show that tests participants' analytical skills. Oh my God! I hope it's not on Tuesday nights because I wouldn't want to be forced to choose between House and this show.

  • Underdogs: Wendy Mesley is to host a five-part series about consumers fighting back against business. Okay, I might watch this one (if it's on early in the evening when nothing else is on) but couldn't they call it something kick ass like, I don't know, Fear Factor, the Consumer Edition .

  • Dragon's Den: which will ask entrepreneurs to negotiate the world of business financing. Again, not familiar at all. Where do the CBC brain trust in their new "factual entertainment division" get these uber-creative, think-outside-the-box kind of ideas?

Snarky? No, I'm not feeling snarky today? Why do you ask?

Monday, June 12, 2006

MUN crest symbolism

Mark mentioned in comments on my earlier post about the new MUN brand, that he didn't see how the crest represented the war dead. I see his point but I still think we should stay true to what the idea of Memorial University was created as, even if it is symbolic as the crest is . I don't expect to see pictures of dead soldiers in the logo or anything literal, just some kind of remembrance of the Memorial in Memorial University of Newfoundland, no matter how minor.

Of MUN visits and logos

Well, here I was thinking that the downblouse/upskirt googlers were the ones who were coming to my site (and oh, they still are) but they are nothing in comparison to the others from MUN finding this blog after searching MUN branding and MUN logo. Seems they are very interested in what the blogosphere is having to say about the new brand. All that money spent on an advertising campaign and a Department of Marketing and Communications, it's nice to know that they still care what the little people think.

Also, Skylard has a link to a petition against the new logo and one to the new University calendar with the ugly "branding" all over it.

Words to live by

Via Liam, (I could not resist--although his is much better than mine):

Your Bumper Sticker Should Be

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

MUN Branding

Ah, shag it, I'm going to weigh in on it. I'm talking about the new MUN (excuse me, MU logo). Others like Skylarkd, Cove Blogger, Owen's Mom, Townie Bastard to mention a few, (Skylard has a regularly updated list on her site) have been saying their piece so I'm not sure what difference my little voice will make but you never know. I mean, maybe some of those people who arrive here via googling "upskirt" and "downblouse" (there are lots of them) are MUN alumni or MUN profs or MUN administrators or MUN marketers, so I'll give you my 1.5 cents.

I don't like the new logo. I'm a traditional kind of person and I think the Memorial part is one of the most important parts of the University--you know, the fact that it was supposed to be a memorial to fallen soldiers. This logo does not relay any of that but its not about that anymore, forget about the people who died in the war, now its all about selling MUN and with that comes new logos and "branding", the new buzz word. MUN needs to sell itself to international and national students and rather than make it about programming and academic excellence, they figured a sparse new logo and pictures of people's sillhouettes filled with words or chemical symbols is the way to go. The lamest part of the "branding" is the use of the one word, "become." (with the period on the end) under the logo. I saw it recently in a promotional piece for something or another and I could not believe this sad logo with the word "become." underneath. Become what? Nauseated perhaps.

I don't like any of this. I went to MUN, not MU or Memorial University. I went to a university in Newfoundland (okay, Newfoundland and Labrador but when I went in it was still just simply Newfoundland). My university had the name of my province in it and I'm proud of that. To remove the name of our province from its logo is inane. And to think that some student in China or India or the U.S. who is considering attending the university will ignore its recognition in the international community and academic programs because there is a red rock/ cliff/ iceberg/ brick, a locationless name and "become." on the information they read about the university, doesn't say much for the level of student they are trying to attract. I'm told by people in the know that MUN (I'm calling it that, no matter what) is putting loads of resources into its Marketing and Communications Department. That department might be better off trying to spend some time and money repairing the damage done in the past year with things like the Wanda Young and Chandra cases than drawing cool pictures to represent it, all while trying to figure out how to not let people know where the university is.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My seduction style

With thanks to Jilly, here is my seduction style (and let's face it, you all wanted to know)

Your Seduction Style: Sweet Talker

Your seduction technique can be summed up with "charm"
You know that if you have the chance to talk to someone...
Well, you won't be talking for long! ;-)

You're great at telling potential lovers what they want to hear.
Partially, because you're a great reflective listener and good at complementing.
The other part of your formula? Focusing your conversation completely on the other person.

Your "sweet talking" ways have taken you far in romance - and in life.
You can finess your way through any difficult situation, with a smile on your face.
Speeding tickets, job interviews... bring it on! You truly live a *charmed life*

Nancy, oh Nancy. Come on, we haven't done one of these silly things in a while.

Monday, June 05, 2006

3:30 and all's well

Well, John Gushue seems to have started something with his meme about songs on your computer that are 3:30 in duration. It's been interesting to see the lists of others, especially Heather's because we have a few songs in common. Not really a fair comparison of songs really because ripped songs can have different lengths based on different factors so one that I have that is 3:30 is 3:31 on your computer. Still, it is a little snapshot of a person, their music, maybe the music of their family members who you make CDs of old music for or music your kids like. I like it.

Oh, here's mine:

Weird Al Yancovich-Men in Brown
Barenaked Ladies-This Old Apartment
Fleetwood Mac-Tusk
Weezer-Island in the Sun
Smokie-Living Next Door to Alice
Pink-Don't Let Me Get to Me
Sarah Mclachlan- Shelter (Violin Mix)
Ron Hynes-No Kathleen
Eva Cassidy and Chuck Brown-The Shadow of Your Smile
Kris Kristofferson-Why Me, Lord
Charlie Pride--You're My Jamaica
Van Morrison-Into the Mystic
Doug Stone-I Thought it Was You
Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood--An Angel Gets Its Wings
Nat King Cole-The Very thought of You
Elvis Presley-Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Avril lavigne-Don't Tell Me

Friday, June 02, 2006

ReLit Shortlist announced

The ReLit Awards have announced their Shortlists.

Bloodknots, Ami Sands Brodoff (Arsenal Pulp)
Yesterday's People, Goran Simic (Biblioasis)
13 Ways of Listening to a Stranger, Keath Fraser (Thomas Allen)
The Sound of All Flesh, Barry Webster (Porcupine's Quill)

The Unsaid Passing, B. W. Powe (Guernica Editions)
Hot Poppies, Leon Rooke (Porcupine’s Quill)
Ligatures, Donato Mancini (New Star)
In the Scaffolding, Eric Miller (Goose Lane)

The Redemption of Anna Dupree, Jim Christy (Ekstasis)
Alligator, Lisa Moore (Anansi)
A Perfect Night to Go to China, David Gilmour (Thomas Allen)
The Immaculate Conception, Gaetan Soucy (Anansi)

I find it ironic that the awards, founded as an alternative to the big-money prizes, include Lisa Moore's book on its list since Moore's book has been nominated for and/or won almost every big money prize around. I guess good is good and you can't punish her for being successful. Same for Gilmour's Gov Gen Award winning book. Still, I'd kind of like to look at this list (the Novel list in particular) and see more works that are less recognized (and recognizable).

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Codco DVD Petition

Just in case there is someone out there who reads this and does not read RJ's blog (and you really should read RJ's blog),