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  • Normand Bissonnette 10:30 pm on August 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Life of Pi 

    A few posts back I Pirecommended for all of you to read Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I had just started reading it then now I have finished. It is a great story by a great story teller. It is the story of young Piscine Molitor Patel, it involves the sinking of a ship and Pi being stuck on a life boat with a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a tiger. You shall be entertained by this book. you won’t believe the ending it’s good. If you don’t own this book go and buy it. If you can’t afford it go to the library and borrow it.

    That’s it for now, until next time.

  • Normand Bissonnette 12:43 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    A Newer and Better Looking Blog 

    Yet again I’ve updated the look of this blog.  I like to try new things therefore something new is a good thing.  I got tired of the old lookMad Men real fast.  I hope I don’t get tired of this one as fast.

    I’ve started to watch Mad Men the AMC channel’s original series about a 1950’s advertising agency.  The short of this review is: I like.  It seems to be realistic in its look and feel of the period, I would not know if life was like that being born in the 60’s.  I know that they smoke as if it was good for you!  Women are treated like chattel and they drink at work.  Anyways watch it, it is good.

    Last evening I went to a friend place to help him with his computer, yes I am a computer god, and I got a free meal out of it.  The company was good, so was the food and wine (even though Jacques slightly charred the chicken). He had problems connecting to his wireless network.  Calling his ISP proved once and for all that most help lines have incompetents trying to help you.  The stupid leading the blind.  I learned that his router/modem had a reset button, they knew about that but they could not set it up properly.  While they were looking how to set up the router I actually did it.  Can you believe it, two consecutive post in which I speak about computers and I swore to myself not to talk about computer in this blog.  Ah well, what can you do?

    How many ISP help line worker does it take to change a light bulb?  Hold the line please I’ll transfer you to a technician!

    Enough of this silliness. See you later

    p.s. Thanks Rachel, Chloe and Jacques for the wonderful evening.

    • spurius 6:57 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I guess Imade a mistake about the decade Mad Men is set in. It is set in the sixties not the fifties.

    • Jacques Guerette 1:04 pm on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Norm, you a are good friend to have over. Thank you for all your help, we have to do that again.

    • spurius 1:15 pm on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll have to go back, Jacques, You are using Windows XP

  • Normand Bissonnette 7:55 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    iPod Is A Magic Word 

    In the last few days I have discovered that the word iPod is the key to having a lot of views on a Blog. The People visiting this blog have multiplied at a astronomical level (I am exaggerating a bit here) since my “Ipod Do You” post. My “Bourne (Ultimatum) Again Christian” post is another one that has a lot of traffic. I guess by writing about popular culture is popular in ouriPod culture, duh?

    This post is an attempt of bad humour in which I am trying to capitalize on my new found popularity among blogs and bloggers (exaggerating again). I really think that my attempt for bad humour is really bad. Does this mean it is good humour? No I say and I know you are not finding this funny at all. Why have I categorize this post as humour? I don’t know myself.

    Now this blog is not supposed to be about computers (see Adventure in Computing and Life in Blogroll) but since I started it talking about an iPod, I have to mention that I am running my computers with Ubuntu the GNU/Linux operating system and I use gtkpod to place music and movies in the iPod. I love the fact that I don’t have to synch my iPod to the computer and I can erase the song after I have uploaded it to the iPod and it won’t be erased from the iPod when I place more music in. Way better than iTunes, in my opinion. I still haven’t watched a complete movie on it and I don’t know if I can?

    Now that I have that out of my system, on to serious matters.

    A man was in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask, he was getting a sponge bath from a young nurse when he says to her “Excuse me but are my testicules black?”

    The nurse replies that she is only supposed to wash his upper body and feet. The patient asks her once again “Are my testicules black?”

    The nurse not wanting the patient to get agitated lifts up his gown, grabs his penis moves it out of the way and and does a thorough examination of the patients testicles and tells him “everything is fine down there”.

    At this point the patient removes the oxygen masks and says “thank you very much but are my test results back?”

    Now that is where the humour was hiding. I knew I could find it somewhere. Now that is it for this almost humourless post which was categorized in the humour section.

  • Normand Bissonnette 7:09 pm on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Bourne (Ultimatum) Again Christian 

    On Saturday I went to see The Borne Ultimatum. It was action all the way excposterept for maybe 15 minutes in this 2 hours movie. It was relentless. I liked it. Go see it now. The whole movie is a chase scene, who would have thought that this much action could hold us, the viewers, attention for 120 minutes. This movie works. At the end we still have questions, so I think that Borne part 4 will be made. Usually sequels are not as good as the original film. This installment is the best yet. I don’t like to give out endings and in this case I’ll keep with my policy. If you want to know what happens, go spend your hard earned money and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it.

    About 15 years ago I read The Borne Identity by Robert Ludlum and from what I remember It is very different from the movie with the same name. I did not enjoy the book as much as the movie. Maybe I will read it again just to see if is as I remember it. I know that I did not see the Borne Identity until The Borne Supremacy came out on DVD and I had decided to watch both. I put off watching the first movie because of the way I felt about the book: dislike. I’m glad that I was wrong and that I enjoyed the film.

    I’ve also watched the last two shows of The Knights of Prosperity. Oh why in God’s name was this show canceled? It was possibly the best new comedy of the season and Joe Public did not watch it . Why? Why? I say why? I would recommend for you guys to watch this show but ABC is not even showing them in reruns! Why I say? You’ll have to download them illegally to view them. I’ll support you if you do because there is no other way you’ll get to see except waiting for DVD box set to come out and then downloading a copy of it!

    I guess my time’s up for this post so I’ll see you again at a later date.

    p.s. in no way do I condone the illegal sharing of copyrighted material using the Internet and programs like µtorrent, Azureus, Bit Tornado, Bit Comet, ktorrent, Transmission…, and the links on this post are not here for you to click on but for educational purpose only. Don’t download, don’t do drugs and stay in school!

  • Normand Bissonnette 8:09 am on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Sun Ain’t Yellow It’s Chicken 

    I added a new feature to this blog. It is a section on the right side of the screen called “Now Listening”. Now you know what I am listening to while I am writing the post. This will be updated every time there is a new post. You’ll be a step closer to what it feels to be me! Great, you say, do not be fooled by my wonderful essays, being me is not a bed of roses. Enough of this nonsense, now to something important.

    For the last month I have not really been paying attention to what is on television, but the last few days I have been catching up to shows I had started to watch but because of circumstances I did not follow. I watched the remaining episodes of John From Cincinnati, and after a few shows I could not decide if I liked it or not. I decided after watching the finale that i wasted nine hours of my life. I was expecting more but I got less, a lot less.

    One show that I have been keeping up with is Big Brother US, I cannot get enoughBull of watching people lying and cheating their way to lots of money. This is a show with no violence or sex but this is the kind of show that rots the morals out of society. Here you’ll see people in the “diary room” telling America and Canada that the other players are liars and cheater and guess what they are doing the exact same thing or worst to the other player. I can’t get enough of it. I like to study human behavior, it’s wonderful. It’s a shame to say but that is how we are but we don’t like to admit it, and you out there denying it the most are probably the worst at it since you don’t see you are doing BobDylan - Bring It All Back Homeit. We do not see our faults we only see our qualities. You might say “my greatest fault is that I am a perfectionist”, Bull crap with a capitol B. Get a life just like mine, it’s shiny I just waxed it.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of music this summer. During the week after my father funeral I was listening to Bob Dylans’ Bring It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited. Boy does he have a way with words and phrases or what? I am truly amazed every time I listen to these albums, Cd’s for you younger folks out there. Another CD you must listen from Mr Dylan is Blonde On Blonde. At the time I did not have it on myBobDylan - Highway 61 Revisited iPod so that explains why I did not listen to it. I have remedied the situation.

    I guess I’m done for another post. I hope I did not offend you when I called you liars and cheaters. If I did or didn’t leave a comment. I’d like to know how you feel.

  • Normand Bissonnette 7:43 pm on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Sylvain Landry Rest in Peace 

    At approximately 9:30 pm August 8th my uncle past away. Isn’t it weird that “mon oncle” Sylvain past away three weeks after my dad. Almost at the same hour.

    He had cancer in his lung and brain and had heart problems. About six weeks ago mon oncle Sylvain and my father had wondered who would go to whose funeral: would mon oncle go to dads’ funeral or the other way around. The ironic thing is that mon oncle could not come to Dads’ and of course dad is not here to go to my uncles’ funeral.

    Mon oncle I hope that Dad greets you in the afterlife, whatever it may be. You will both be surly missed.

    ps mon oncle is french for my uncle.  It is pronounced mononk.

  • Normand Bissonnette 9:01 pm on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Read This Book 

    I forgot to mention in the last two post that I am reading Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. I’m about 75 pages in, and I would like to say that I’ve enjoyed it so far I want to know what will happen. I recommend it to all of you.

    This picture also goes with the Porridge Post.Concrete

  • Normand Bissonnette 8:54 pm on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Addendum To The Last Post 

    This picture goes with the last post I made. Please read it and you’ll understand.

    p.s. I did not lie: there is a picture.porridge

  • Normand Bissonnette 8:46 pm on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Porridge Post 

    It’s that time again: time for me to pull something out of my magician hat for you, the constant reader, to read. There are quite a few of you so I cannot disappoint you by not writing anything. So I’ll guess I’ll ramble on for hours and hours and hours before you notice that this post is full of nothing. This post lacks any substance what-so-ever. It is without substance. The main point of this post is to annoy the annoying and initiate you to my warped sense of humour. Now the spellchecker on wordpress is flagging humour because I spelled it the right way with a u and not the vulgar American spelling without. Did you know that approximately 1 billion people, give or take 10, can speak English. Most of us use the English spelling over American spelling, therefore there are u’s in humoUr, glamoUr, laboUr …

    I guess this post is not at all pointless, it does have substance. It is an icky and gooey substance, something like watered down porridge. That is it for this post. Next time Real substance, something concrete, and with pictures.

  • Normand Bissonnette 7:33 pm on August 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Life Does Go On 

    Two weeks ago I planned to write a wonderful blog post with a few anecdotes, a few jokes. I am sure you would have enjoyed it. As you know it was not posted because life happened. Life always ends in death we can’t escape it, nor can our loved ones.

    On the 14th of July I received a call from my mother saying that my father was rushed at the hospital. I spent the next few days either at the hospital or at my parents. On the 18th of July my father passed away. One the 21st we had his funeral. From the 22nd to the 29th of July I was on vacation. These are the reasons there were no post on the blog.

    As you can see I did not go into details of what happened because I do not feel like it today, I guess I’m in a depressed mood today.  Ah, well things like that happens to the best of us.

    I’ll bring this post to an end by saying I’ll be more cheerful next time, I hope. See you all later

    • Jacques Guerette 3:33 pm on August 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Life, you are right, life.
      Starts whit the first day but theirs always a last day, can’t escape.
      Do the best you can whit what you have.

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