Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessToronto
Published by Toronto Mike on July 21, 2014 @ 09:01 in Win Free Stuff

Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessTorontoDid you know you can save money on fun Toronto stuff simply by using your MasterCard? For example, I recently learned that I can take the kids to Canada's Wonderland and save 38% off each ticket. I'm totally going to do that.

If you'd like to see more Toronto deals when you use your MasterCard, visit If you'd like a free $100 MasterCard gift card, simply leave a comment letting me know your favourite GTA destination for fun. I'll randomly pick a winner on my daughter's birthday, July 29.

I actually have this card in my possession now, so I'll have to work it out with the winner how to pass this card over. Good luck to all!

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James Garner, Dead at 86
Published by Toronto Mike on July 20, 2014 @ 10:11 in Celebrity Deaths

James GarnerJames Garner was 86. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphy's Romance.

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I Like My Eggs Scrambled
Published by Toronto Mike on July 19, 2014 @ 22:01 in Miscellaneous

I Like My Eggs ScrambledI could eat eggs every day. I love eggs. And there are so many different ways to make or order eggs:

  • Fried
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Hard Boiled
  • Omelette
  • Over Easy
  • Over Hard
  • Poached
  • Shirred
  • Soft Boiled
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Scrambled

All of those options, but there's only one way I'll make or order eggs, and that's scrambled. When I'm out for brunch, or whipping up eggs at home, that's my choice 100% of the time.

That may sound strange or stupid, but it's a fact. I only love eggs scrambled, but when they're scrambled I love them a whole lot.

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TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't Require
Published by Toronto Mike on July 19, 2014 @ 21:31 in TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't RequireI took my oldest son to the Blue Jays game today, and we rode the subway to Union Station. On the Yonge–University line, both ways, we enjoyed the new Bombardier subway trains, and that got me thinking... This next generation of subway riders will never require the Red Rocket hacks we all knew and loved.

Anyone who has a regular subway route knows exactly where on the platform to board so when you reach your destination the doors open right across from the exit. This was always part of the game. It's a hack we all knew.

But the new subway trains allow you to walk between the cars while inside, so you can enter anywhere and simply walk to where the exit will be. It no longer matters where you board, as you'll see from this pic I snapped earlier today.


And any TTC subway veteran knows which side the doors will open on before you get to the station. All the guesswork has been taken out of the equation as the new subway trains give you the answer. My son will never know that feeling of getting ready to exit only to realize the doors are opening on the opposite side.


The game, by the way, was awesome. Stroman was brilliant and the Jays won. James is happy.


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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 85: Jeremy Taggart
Published by Toronto Mike on July 18, 2014 @ 20:13 in Podcasting, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 85In this 85th episode, Mike chats with Jeremy Taggart about his years drumming for Our Lady Peace, why he left the band, his podcast with Jonathan Torrens, his battle with alcohol, his tryout with the Atlanta Braves and what's next. This episode is exactly 1:20:27.

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on July 18, 2014 @ 10:36 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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Alan Cross Returns to CFNY 102.1 the Edge
Published by Toronto Mike on July 17, 2014 @ 15:05 in Edge 102 ~ CFNY, Radio

Alan Cross Returns to Toronto's 102.1 the EdgeAlan Cross is returning to 102.1 the Edge where he's spent the bulk of his radio career. You can hear him chat with me about his career in radio in episode 66 of my podcast.

We haven't been told yet what his role will be on 102.1, but we're promised details in the fall. Alan Cross was let go as Program Director of the station in 2008 and completely fired from the station in 2011.

I've been hearing his voice everywhere lately, as he narrates the videos at the Science of Rock exhibit at Ontario Science Centre and he voiced the Bob McCown propaganda film that aired last night on Sportsnet.

His return to CFNY follows the return of Scot Turner and his Spirit of Radio Sundays and a re-embracing of 102.1's musical roots. This is a good thing.

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Elaine Stritch, Dead at 89
Published by Toronto Mike on July 17, 2014 @ 13:26 in Celebrity Deaths

Elaine StritchElaine Stritch was 89. She was a five-time Tony nominee who I knew best as Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.

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ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review
Published by Toronto Mike on July 16, 2014 @ 21:11 in Reviews, Tablet Talent Show, Technology

ASUS Transformer Book T100 ReviewI'll spend a little time on a desktop running Ubuntu and a tablet running Android, but otherwise it's always my work-issued MacBook Pro or my LG G2 phone. It's been a while since I played with Windows on a laptop and I've never used Windows on a tablet.

That's why I was intrigued by the ASUS Transformer tablet. It's a 10" tablet that comes with a keyboard dock, so you can convert it into a laptop. It also runs Windows 8.1 and includes Microsoft Office.


I feel sorry for folks using Windows 8.1 without a touchscreen. It really seems designed for touch and counterintuitive if you're just using a keyboard and mouse. But if you want Windows because it's what you know and / or need, the ASUS Transformer Book might just be the tablet for you. And it is a touchscreen, making Windows 8.1 actually bearable.


Pros: Switching from tablet to laptop is super easy, and the battery life seems pretty good. It's light and has a USB and HDMI port, which you rarely see with tablets.

Cons: Coming from a MacBook Pro, it feels awfully plastic, but then again it is a great deal less expensive. And the Windows apps suck, especially if you're used to Android or iOS, but you can run full Windows programs to adequately compensate.

I can't wait to start playing with my new ASUS Transformer Book

In terms of value, I recommend this device, especially if you're a fan of Windows. For a 10" inch tablet / laptop hybrid, the price is right.

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Stick Figure Family Decals for Your Car
Published by Toronto Mike on July 16, 2014 @ 16:32 in Miscellaneous

I've been seeing family stickers and stick family artwork on the back of cars, SUVs and minivans for years now, and I've always wondered who decides to do that and why.

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So I'm asking the hivemind. Do you have stick family decals on the back of your automobile?

If so, why?

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