Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Dead at 76
Published by Toronto Mike on April 20, 2014 @ 12:13 in Celebrity Deaths

Rubin 'Hurricane' CarterRubin 'Hurricane' Carter was 76. He was the former professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending 19 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit.

Carter's struggle for freedom and exoneration was made famous in a number of books, a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film. Although born in the U.S., Carter had a special connection to Toronto, where he settled following his prison release, which came about with the help of a group of Canadians.


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Demand Evidence and Think Critically
Published by Toronto Mike on April 20, 2014 @ 11:52 in Miscellaneous

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Raptors Easter Egg Gives Hope to this Huskies Fan
Published by Toronto Mike on April 19, 2014 @ 12:13 in Toronto Raptors

Raptors Easter Egg Gives Hope to this Huskies FanI love the latest Raptors promo video #WeTheNorth. Even though I just shared it Thursday, here it is again.

Did you spot the husky? At the 42 second mark, there's this:

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This new campaign, and that husky in particular, has me wondering if the Raptors will in fact become the Huskies.

The Toronto Huskies played pro basketball during the 46-47 season. As I wrote last year, it's time to correct a mistake and rebrand this team Huskies. It fits perfectly with the #WeTheNorth campaign.

This easter egg at the 42 second mark gives me hope.

P.S. Go Raptors!

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How Jarvis Got His Name
Published by Toronto Mike on April 18, 2014 @ 22:51 in Fatherhood

How Jarvis Got His NameMy son Jarvis was born a little over a week ago. This is the story of how he got his name.

Last August, I took my daughter Michelle to her first concert. We saw Selena Gomez at the ACC.

We parked at 1 Yonge Street and walked to a restaurant for dinner before the show. For fun, we thought we'd find names on signs in an effort to name her unborn brother.

I went first, after seeing an ad for Captain Morgan's rum, and suggested the name Morgan. Michelle didn't like it, but she saw a sign for Jarvis Street, and suggested we name him Jarvis.

The second I heard her say it, I was sold. "That's his name", I replied, without missing a beat.

I had to do a little selling with my wife, but eventually she bought in and the rest is history. Michelle named her little brother.

Two cuties: Michelle and Jarvis

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on April 18, 2014 @ 09:53 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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The Canadian Conspiracy
Published by Toronto Mike on April 18, 2014 @ 00:14 in Movies

CanadaThe Canadian Conspiracy was a 1985 mockumentary illustrating a supposed conspiracy to infiltrate American culture through employment in the entertainment industry. It featured John Candy, Lorne Greene, Monty Hall, Doug Henning, Margot Kidder, Eugene Levy, Rich Little, Howie Mandel, Lorne Michaels, Anne Murray, Leslie Nielsen, Morley Safer, William Shatner, Martin Short, Alan Thicke and Dave Thomas.

I remember watching The Canadian Conspiracy on CityTV in the 80s and was pleased to find it in its entirety on YouTube.

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Emm Gryner's Beautiful Things Video Starring Kic
Published by Toronto Mike on April 17, 2014 @ 14:41 in Mike Kic

Emm Gryner's Beautiful Things Video Starring KicSix years ago, I shared a Future Shop ad featuring my friend Mike Kic. It wasn't his only claim to fame.

At the 40 second mark of Emm Gryner's video for Beautiful Things, a guy in a suit walks into an elevator. He's on a cell phone and looks rather annoyed. Click here to start the video at that exact moment.

That man was also Mike Kic. As a gag a few years ago, I had my friend CJ tweet at Kic pretending to recognize him from the obscure Future Shop ad. We had him fooled, and then I had her pretend to recognize him from the Emm Gryner video. That's when the jig was up.

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Beautiful things...

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#WeTheNorth
Published by Toronto Mike on April 17, 2014 @ 10:14 in Toronto Raptors


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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on April 15, 2014 @ 09:43 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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Mike Kic, 1980-2014
Published by Toronto Mike on April 12, 2014 @ 22:55 in Mike Kic, Raging Storm

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