Uninstall the Facebook App from your Smart Phone

I recently uninstalled the Facebook app from my Android phone, and all is well. In fact, things are better than ever. The Facebook app is a serious strain on the battery, even when you're not using it.

It turns out the mobile version of the Facebook website is just as good as the app. So I created a shortcut on my phone to the page for my custom Facebook list, which also allows me to conveniently bypass the Facebook algorithm. I highly recommend this, you can see more here.

So with a shortcut to the custom list page on facebook.com instead of the app, it's not only easier on my battery, it elimnates the need to install a second Facebook app for the Messenger. Easy peasy.


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Good! Let Others Have the Points

Last season was the first time in my life that I rooted for Maple Leaf losses, and I didn't start doing that until the second half of the season. I hated it.

This year, I'm finding it much easier. At this point, unless my son wants to watch the game with me, I don't even tune in. I scoreboard watch. Often I don't even check until the next morning, and when I see a Leafs loss, I'm happy. When I see a Leafs win, I'm disappointed.

Last night, on Twitter, I saw a number of Leaf fans embarrassed by the effort in Ottawa. Many, apparently, wanted the two points. This was me:


This season, the goal is as high a draft pick as possible. Let others collect the points.

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Daily Photo: New Boom Mic Swing Arms


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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's 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.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157: Ivar Hamilton

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157In this 157th episode, Mike chats with CFNY's Ivar Hamilton about his days at the Spirit of Radio, his memories of Martin Streek, how he was responsible for the Bon Jovi banner at the ACC and what he and David Marsden are up to these days. This episode is exactly 1:44:47.

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Maurice White, Dead at 74

Maurice WhiteMaurice White was 74. He was best known as one of the founding members of the group Earth, Wind and Fire who had many hits, including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World", "Devotion", "Reasons", "Sing a Song", "Can't Hide Love", "Getaway", "Fantasy", "Love's Holiday", "September", "Boogie Wonderland", "After the Love Has Gone", and "Let's Groove".

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Birtday [sic] Parties!

Remember when I wrote about the copmputer [sic] repair shop near my home? Well, there's a new place opening a few doors down, and this one is even worse.


That's right, the brand new signage encourages you to book your birtday [sic] party or event with them. I don't know how this one went unnoticed. It was only put up yesterday, but as of this evening, it's still there.

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RØDE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arms for the Toronto Mike'd Podcast Studio

Toronto Mike'd listeners know I've been threatening to buy a couple of microphone boom arms for some time. My RØDE microphones require that the speaker be right on them, and it's not always the most comfortable position for a guest. Boom arms will allow a guest to lean back and get comfy, while staying on the mic.

Today, I picked up a pair of RØDE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arms. Here they are.


I love it when a plan comes together...

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The New Leafs Logo

When I first learned the Maple Leafs were going to change the logo for next season, I had one simple request: stick to history.

Last night, the new logo was unveiled.


I liked it right away. It reminds me a great deal of the old 50s logo on the front of my old heritage jersey. I love that logo!

The Hip @ Fort York

So I'm happy, because they didn't fuck it up. Are you happy with the new Leafs logo? Do you care?

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Bill Carroll's Leaving Talk Radio AM640

I tweeted this news yesterday, but only a handful seemed to notice. So it's time to kick it old school with a blog entry.

Bill Carroll's contract at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles recently lapsed and this Friday will be his last day at Talk Radio AM640 here in Toronto. He's moving on to another gig, although not in Toronto. As soon as I know where he's going, I'll update this entry.

It was a little over three years ago that Bill Carroll announced his return to Toronto radio. I know him best as host of Barometer on Q107 back in the day, but he also spent time at the old TALK 640 and 1010 CFRB.

When a Bill Carroll fan page on Facebook picked up my tweet earlier today, Bill's wife Sylvie Lapointe all but confirmed the news.



Here's audio of Bill Carroll signing off for the last time.

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