Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Food hunger what can we do?

first get a lot of information from independant sources, why not, it can even be fun!?!!!

and the you could even look at this:
BBC: "How to stop the global food crisis"
or this:

It's totally up to you now, it's a new world and you can be as intelligent or as poorly reacting as you wish. Decide for yourself, be confident that you will make the best choices if you gather a lot of information.

Use the best tool ever: Your brain!

More about the world dichotomy with food

So many people are obese and so many people starve, what do they have in common? Poverty.

Raj Patel tells us more about that situation:

Raj seems nervous about it all but to me he's a champion. If you have the courage to go through a 10 minutes video explanation of today's world food crisis, this is it!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The silent killer

I'm always surprised to see that in some american groceries I can't find any regular yogurt. It's all non fat crap, doesn't taste anything, tastes like nothing like yogurt and fruit. With all this non fat food you would think that america would get leanier but of course it's not the case. Fat is one thing but we often forget about the main fatting factor: Sugar.

Refined sugar gives you a short energy burst and then leaves all but good things behind in your system. It makes your pancreas think that you're still hungry. Very practical for food vendors. Then you eat more, exercice less, what can you do, this silent killer doesn't leave you with a lot of energy, and guess what, get fat.

It is everywhere, in cereals, juice cocktails, sodas, all sorts of things that kids like. Pastry, bread, name it pretty much everything processed food has some form of harmful sugar in it. Solution, read all the labels, avoid everything that has too much sugar (you don't know what too much sugar is, well you're on the internet and you have yahoo and google, come on search, this is not hidden by the CIA), cook a little more at home, avoiding sugar at all costs. You should have a little more energy to move, loose a few pounds and be ready to tackle the rest. There's no miracle just conscience and efforts.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Animals

If you're an animal lover please indulge yourself and visit Happy Animals This site was created for the animal kingdom lovers and defenders. It is mainly populated with great animal pictures and the site's Forum is there for anyone to tell us their animal stories.

Your personal stories as well as the ones we need to know in order to protect animals in the biosphere.

By the way here's a message that I received, that my neighbour transmitted:

In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death.

For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based onthe dog's agony, until eventually he died.

Does it look like art to you?

But this is not all... the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008.


You can sign the petition here

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fun Footbag Net practice in Montreal today

I have to be fit to a minimum by May 24th. This is gonna be the start of the Green Cup, one of the North American Footbag Net scene main events.(The Green Cup is held in Oakland and San Francisco) After being trapped in a gym, that was trapped under tons of snow in Montreal for 7 months it's really good to finally get to play outdoors.

Our sport doesn't necessitate a lot of equipment: a specially adapted badminton portable court, a footbag and a good pair of sport shoes.

We kicked, we got prepared and no one is better to take the Montreal crew lightly at the Green Cup.

I will play with Berliner Ulli Haase and I expect to have fun. The worst that can happen is to fall in the Tequila bracket after all.

Other references for the Green Cup: Organizing club Chaos
and the mother and father of all footbag sites:
Footbag Worldwide

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It might be better when it's not so great

Yesterday I was ranting about how great it was in Montreal these days. Ha! Ha! Ha! The fun didn't last for long. After our hockey team won his first round of playoffs in a seventh game, a bunch of imbecils ran out in the streets burning police cars and basically breaking what they could put their hands on. Roughing scared anyone who had the bad idea to wear a Boston Bruins jersey on the way.

We can send as many space probes to Mars as we want but there's always those who like to make us feel stupid. Thank you hooligans you're so cool! And we thought we were in a civilized city. Wake up we still are in the dark ages. Montreal today I'm ashamed and I want to publicly apoligize for any Bostonian who would have suffered to our bullies.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pretty amazing what's happening in Montreal these days

Wow! the day was gorgeous. We had a serious winter, it snowed and snowed. When spring finally shows up after that it's sooooo good. That's why I'm an avid Montrealer, I like the season change. In the summer everything is bright and moving. The Winter slows down things, for me I mean, it's then fun to be in the house working on my computer like crazy.

Tonight the Montreal Canadiens won game 7 of a first round of the NHL playoffs. I sensed the whole city being electrified. A lot of people were honking on the streets seconds after the end of the match.

The match wasn't too violent, no fights, no interminable brawls around the goalies but skating, passing, legal hitting and a lot of desire from both teams. The Bruins have a nice future with players like Lucic, who could be in the next generation of hockey's power forwards and Phil Kessell a poison on ice.

Thanks ice warriors for the show and lets hope that positive vibes lead people to gather their strenghts in the way of humanity.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The importance of organic Food

Industrialize the food, sweeten it, fatten it, take the nourishing value out, cash in. That could be the motto of companies like Nestle and Nabisco who buy the small, family farms to make as much industrial food as possible, as much cash as possible, your health is none of their concern, of course it is yours. That's why more and more informed people turn to organic foods when they can afford them. The more popular they will become the more affordable.

The only problem is the Nestle's and Nabisco's of this world will show their ugly faces again and you can trust them to make something bad happen to the standards by which this type of food is evaluated. The only solution look for even more information and help the smaller entreprises, boycott the Wal Marts of this world in any way you can. Why not, some other people, more engaged will continue to fight for you, for us. So if you have a little spare money donate to the David's that battle the stone hearted Goliath's. you've got to watch that excellent video, and Greenpeace are real good starting points.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Blogging is so easy on Blogger

Yes it is definitely easy, so easy in fact that I just started a blogger account for my mom. The thing is that she is over 70 and not particularly computer savvy. She said that she had things to say about the world, I told her that she could blog, that I could set her up in 5 minutes.

And we did so I hope she's gonna remember the easy steps to sign in, create a post and publish. I gave her a homework to modify the 3 posts I already entered on her site, so pay her a visit and leave your comments.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Canadian army in Afghanistan, thanks but no thanks

I just talked to a (female)musician who just spent a while in Afghanistan to entertain the Canadian troops which are based near Kandahar. She told me that she faced every ugly side of war. All the soldiers that she talked to, but one, just think about getting out of this rat hole.

In spite of all our politician’s and the army’s efforts to mediatize the canadian mission like it was a humanitarian task, most quebecers are not fooled and know that a cat’s a cat. A war is a war. Canada as a pacifist country should have never followed that shitty trend where our southern neighbours were more than willing to be trapped, as they needed revenge and of course: OIL.. Let’s hope that we wake up and that we soon elect a government that will rush us out of there.

The illusion that the canadian presence serves any other purpose than to comfort the american interests in that region is like an enchanter’s spell happening right in front of our fully protected eyes. The Afghanis have been able to kick’s Soviet Union’s ass out of their land. After so much lifes lost in vain and hundreds of millions of useless military spendings, do you really believe that the Super Canadian Army will succeed where that Superpower failed?

It is true that a lot of things could be bettered in that country but why should Canada play the sheriff? Shoot on people only helps to perpetuate the endless spiral of hatred, vengeance and violence, period.

This article is a translation of a french version published on april 9th on

Monday, April 14, 2008

Results for the 2008 ProKicker Windchill Footbag Net tournament

That's it the 18th edition of the Montreal Windchill is a thing of the past. We had interesting battles during this tournament and I was part of one. My partner Samuel Cloutier and I fought former World Champions John Leys and Emmanuel Bouchard in one of the Doubles semi-finals. We took a 14-6 lead in the first game of the 2 out of 3 but unfortunately we could never close the deal and gave 10 points, having 5 or 6 game points on the way. We scored 10 points in the second game to a final result of 16-14 and 15-10 in favor of John and Emmanuel. Strangely enough they ended up winning the finals against François Depatie-Pelletier and Luc Legault on the same scores!?

Samuel and I managed to earn a 3rd place spot by winning over a disbanded J-F Lemieux and Gilles Demers team.

In the singles action J-F Lemieux earned a second title at the Windchill (after 2006)by defeating an exhausted John Leys.

See the complete results for this competition on ProKicker

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens win a second game in the post season

My favorite sports team, the Montreal Canadiens, yes it's ice hockey what do you expect I'm canadian? played with fire tonight against the Boston Bruins. Although I think that Montreal is far superior they went on to win a 3-2 overtime game that was far from being convincing. They played softly during long moments in the game like if they were not taking the Bruins very seriously. The Boston team managed to clinch a playoff spot and that should be enough to earn them a lot of respect.

So Canadiens well done but please wake-up for the rest of the series.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Chicago Inner Rectangle Footbag Net club web site is alive

My partner Cory Current and I were driving back to Illinois from the Memphis tournament last monday when I learned that the Chicago Footbag net club didn't have a real name or a web site. I decided to help as it is very easy to set up a web site on a blog platform. Cory told me that he had thought about the Inner Rectangle as a potential name for the Club. The Chicago Footbag Freestyle club name is the Inner Circle so as Footbag net is played on a rectangle (badminton court) it was a good joke to be made as well as a relevant one to call the club the Inner Rectangle. So be it and we launched the club's blog/website last monday on, pay them a visit and leave your comments if you are interested in Footbag.

Here's the link to the Inner Rectangle very first post

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Long Haul to the Southeastern Footbag Championships

Tonight's the night. I will leave Montreal around 3 am to ride to Burlington, Vt to catch a plane to Chicago. Once I arrive there I'll meet with my doubles net partner Cory Current. We'll then drive another 8 hours to Memphis, Tn, in order to be present for the warm-up practice scheduled for friday 1pm. Then we'll play in the tournament on the 5th and 6th.

This may seem like a hell of a road trip just for a small tourney but it's gonna be a lot of fun to hangout in the south. It's gonna be warmer for one thing, we're still in sub 0 (celsius) weather here. Then it's gonna be a good time on the road with my good buddy Cory. We saw each other for the last time in july 2007 at the Montreal Tournament and I was pretty busy as I was directing the tournament. We both were at the World Championships in august but didn't have a real chance to hang out.

Then it's gonna be fun to play outdoors as we've been crammed in a gym since september. And the most important thing meet with friends that I don't see too often at all. Viva Footbag.

We had a crazy practice tonight Footbag in Montreal

Our practices on tuesday night are scheduled from 7h15 pm to 8h45 and from 9 pm to 10h30 pm it's pretty cool. I want to thank the 2 unknown that set up our nets every tuesday and thursday for us to spike it down: Norm and Emilie, thank you! You're awesome and without you we wouldn't play Footbag Net.

Montreal Footbag Club