Toronto As Seen From the International Space Station
Published by Toronto Mike on August 21, 2014 @ 10:32 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

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Dylan Armstrong Wins Bronze in Men's Shot Put
Published by Toronto Mike on August 20, 2014 @ 10:54 in Olympics

Dylan ArmstrongDylan Armstrong has been awarded a bronze medal in men's shot put for his effort at the 2008 Beijing Games.

This is a result of Belarusian shot putter Andrei Mikhnevich receiving a lifetime ban for doping.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on August 19, 2014 @ 09:00 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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Top Canadian Podcasts: 5 I Recommend
Published by Toronto Mike on August 18, 2014 @ 13:33 in Podcasting

Top Canadian Podcasts: 5 I RecommendI enjoy listening to a podcast or two throughout the day while I hack away at projects. Here are five Canadian and frequently updated podcasts I highly recommend.


Taggart and Torrens

Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens share great stories and totally bring the Canadianity.

On the web: https://soundcloud.com/taggart-and-torrens/

On Twitter: @TAGGARTnTORRENS


Geeks & Beats

Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth discuss technology and music.

On the web: http://www.geeksandbeats.com/

On Twitter: @GeeksandBeats


The Todd Shapiro Show

Todd Shapiro hosts his own daily podcast and it's great.

On the web: http://www.thetoddshapiroshow.com/

On Twitter: @toddshapiroshow


Humble and Fred Radio

Humble and Fred record two hours every weekday.

On the web: http://www.humbleandfredradio.com/

On Twitter: @HumbleFredRadio


Toronto Mike'd

Full disclosure: this one is mine but I sincerely think you'd like it.

On the web: http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/

On Twitter: @torontopodcast

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The 2014 Terry Fox Run
Published by Toronto Mike on August 18, 2014 @ 09:20 in Terry Fox | Terry Fox Run

terryfoxWhen raising money for The Ride to Conquer Cancer earlier this year, I'm sure I promised not to hit you up for donations to my Terry Fox Run this year. At the time, I was concerned with donation fatigue. It's tough to beg for money and then do it again a few months later.

Then I re-watched Steve Nash's documentary about Terry Fox, Into the Wind, and realized I owe it to Terry to promote my run, even if I drained the swamp earlier this year. I will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on September 14 and I am collecting pledges here.

Please give what you can, and if you haven't seen Into the Wind yet, I found it on YouTube. Here's part one:


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My Cereal Problem
Published by Toronto Mike on August 17, 2014 @ 12:43 in Miscellaneous

My Cereal ProblemWhen I go grocery shopping, I can't resist buying a box of our preferred cereal when it's on sale. Even if we have a couple of unopened boxes of Cheerios, if No Frills has it in their flyer, I'll pick up another box.

This is the top of our refrigerator right now. The cereal comes in faster than we can eat it.

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Harold Ballard's Grave
Published by Toronto Mike on August 16, 2014 @ 17:04 in Toronto Maple Leafs

One of my favourite stories told on my podcast was Jeff Marek sharing the story of how he ended up burying Harold Ballard. If you haven't heard the story, I strongly urge you to check out episode 74.

Yesterday, as has become my Friday ritual, I found myself in Park Lawn Cemetery and started thinking about Jeff's story. I texted him to find out where exactly Harold Ballard was buried.

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It's a little tough to find, but I eventually found Pal Hal's tombstone near the northwest corner of the cemetery. There's the monument, and on the ground, Harold Ballard's flat grave marker.

BALLARD

Pal Hal

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Daily Photo: Ward and Patch
Published by Toronto Mike on August 15, 2014 @ 11:05 in Toronto Photo Blog

Ward and PatchI used to frequent Ward and Patch, a sporting goods store on Annette just east of Jane. It closed a few years ago, and is now a hardware store, but in the back alley you can still find an old Ward and Patch sign.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on August 15, 2014 @ 08:45 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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I Worked at the CNE. I Have Stories to Share.
Published by Toronto Mike on August 14, 2014 @ 13:48 in Miscellaneous

CNEThe Canadian National Exhibition opens tomorrow. I worked at a game booth across from The Polar Express in 1989, 1990 and 1991, so I've seen some stuff.

Here are a few stories I've shared over the years about my years working at the CNE:

If you read nothing else in my 12696 entry archive, read those CNE entries. Trust me, you'll never look at a carnie the same way again.

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