20 Years Ago, AT&T Predicted the Future and Here's How They Did
Published by Toronto Mike on September 1, 2014 @ 11:01 in Technology

Back in '93 and '94, AT&T released a series of "You Will" ads touting the future. For fun, watch them all in this compilation and see how accurate they were.

Some of this they nailed. I attend meetings all week long in my bare feet with people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of this we've long surpassed. We're not video talking at a phone booth or buying concert tickets and renewing our driver's license at a kiosk, we're doing it all from our computers and smartphones from just about anywhere in the world.

We're not quite there with a few of these predictions. I can't buy groceries that way, although I can scan my own items. I also believe Canada is lagging behind on that whole "medical history in your pocket" concept. And opening your door with the sound of your voice? That just sounds dangerous.

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Baby's First Solid Food
Published by Toronto Mike on August 30, 2014 @ 22:00 in Fatherhood

Baby's First Solid FoodIt was a milestone morning in my home as sweet baby Jarvis enjoyed his first taste of solid food. My wife made him some oatmeal with breast milk and I think he liked it.

Here's the before, during and after photographic evidence.


Jarvis eats oatmeal


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This Jays-Jeter Love-in is Bollocks
Published by Toronto Mike on August 30, 2014 @ 13:08 in My 2 Cents, Sports, Toronto Blue Jays

This Jays Jeter Love-in is BollocksI'll preface this entry by stating the obvious. Derek Jeter has had a fantastic career, and deserves to be voted into the Hall of Fame. He's never been linked to performance enhancing drugs, he's always been classy and he's won.

Derek Jeter is also a career Yankee. I don't understand the Derek Jeter love-in currently in full swing at the dome. On Sunday, prior to the game against the Yankees, Jeter will be honoured with a gift from the Blue Jays organization. That's unnecessary and inappropriate.

The Jays shouldn't be giving gifts to opposing players, especially New York Yankees who never suited up for the Blue Jays. And I understand, after receiving his gift from the Jays, Jeter will give a speech and acknowledge us poor Jays fans. I don't need that, do you?

Jeter was a classy player with a great career, but he's also a New York Yankee, and this weekend's Toronto-Jeter lovefest is bollocks.

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102.1 the Edge Shuffles Show Deck
Published by Toronto Mike on August 29, 2014 @ 22:53 in Edge 102 ~ CFNY, Radio

102.1 the Edge Shuffles Show DeckJust this past March, Fearless Fred switched from mornings on 102.1 the Edge back to afternoons and a new morning show of Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell took over.

Now it seems Fearless Fred is back taking care of the morning shift with co-host Melani and Josie Dye has been moved to 2pm-6pm. Greg Beharrell has moved out west and Dominik Diamond is MIA.

For 25 years the 102.1 morning show was anchored by Humble and Fred and then Dean Blundell, but since Dean's dismissal, there's been a bit of back and forth. We'll see if Fearless Fred (who claims to really, really hate me) sticks this time. I wish him luck.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 89: Mark Hebscher
Published by Toronto Mike on August 29, 2014 @ 13:05 in Podcasting, The Best of Toronto Mike, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 89In this 89th episode, Mike chats with Mark Hebscher about his years on Global's Sportsline, his relationship with Jim Tatti, his fight with Dave Stieb, his years at Q107, 640, The Score, Sportsnet and CHCH, his recent feud with Mike Wilner and more. This episode is exactly 1:25:23.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on August 29, 2014 @ 08:55 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 Final Whaler
Published by Toronto Mike on August 28, 2014 @ 17:47 in Sports

The Final WhalerWhile I was unplugged for a few days earlier this week, Jean-Sebastien Giguere retired. He was the last former Hartford Whaler playing in the NHL. He played eight games for the Whalers in 1996-97.

It's the end of an era. Assuming Chris Pronger doesn't make a comeback, there are no more Whalers in the NHL.


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2015 Buick Enclave: It's Roomy!
Published by Toronto Mike on August 28, 2014 @ 10:59 in Buick Enclave Test Drive

2015 Buick EnclaveWhen my third kid was born, family trips suddenly required five seats. Sure, our little Mazdas have five seatbelts, but that doesn't leave much room for camping gear or playpens or coolers..


Last Friday, we took baby Jarvis on his first road trip to Muskoka The good people at GM Canada hooked me up with a 2015 Buick Enclave, which comfortably seats seven. That's five seats for passengers and two seats for cottage and baby gear. It was perfect.


In addition to being extremely roomy, it's ridiculously smooth and powerful with IntelliLink and all the tech you'd want in a modern SUV. It also has a whack of driver alert features, like Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. Not to mention the rear vision camera.

Yep. All five of us fit in the Buick Enclave. #big

I'm returning the 2015 Buick Enclave tomorrow, but I'll miss it. My car doesn't have Bluetooth or a single USB port.

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Watch Paint Dry Live
Published by Toronto Mike on August 28, 2014 @ 09:52 in Toronto Maple Leafs


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Questions for Mark Hebscher
Published by Toronto Mike on August 27, 2014 @ 09:07 in Television

Questions for Mark HebscherI will be sitting down later this week with Mark Hebscher, best known as co-host of Sportsline. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.


I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Mark Hebscher?

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