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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI recently submitted a tune for SLS13 consideration. I submitted "B.Y.O.B" from System of a Down.

"Cigaro" was leaked via the Internet earlier in the year and I linked to it and enjoyed the hell out of it, but it wasn't System of a Down's first single off their new album. "B.Y.O.B" is and it's typically manic, fun and thought provoking.

System of a Down is consistently awesome.

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350

HomerThe show I've loved for more than half my years on this planet will air its 350th episode tomorrow night. The impact "The Simpsons" has had on my life is immeasurable. It has directly influenced the way I live, the way I think and the way I raise my children. The only DVDs I collect are seasons of "The Simpsons", I maintain a popular page dedicated to the words and wisdom of Homer Simpson and I recollect a slice of this stealth art in everything I observe, encounter and absorb. This television show and Maple Leaf hockey are the two loves of my life outside of my family. You can't understate the place these yellow characters from Springfield, USA inhabit in my heart.

Every time "The Simpsons" reaches a milestone of this nature, I read the same articles praising the show for its satiric humour and pointing out the obvious fact it's not as good as it once was. In January I wrote Why I Still Watch which explains why I'm still in front of the tv every Sunday at 20:00 without failure. "The Simpsons" in season 16 isn't as good as "The Simpsons" circa season six but it's still a pleasure to watch and one of the funniest programs on TV.

In Homer I trust, today more than ever. I have 350 samples validating this faith.

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Canada 6, Latvia 4

Canada HockeyNot quite what I was expecting. I was on the edge of my seat half way through the third with a slim one goal lead. To give the Latvians credit, they never stopped working and never gave up. They kept coming, causing the Great White North to feel rather nervous.

Rick Nash had a hat trick as we out shot Latvia 46-25. Next up is Slovenia on Tuesday morning. Lets blow them out of the frozen water.

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Melvin Goes To Dinner

A Movie ReelMelvin Goes to Dinner: 7 out of 10.

"Mr. Show" was a comedic series starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and it might be one of the funniest things ever produced. Prior to this series, I knew Bob Odenkirk as Larry Saunders' agent on that great series and now I look for Bob Odenkirk and David Cross projects because I just know they're going to be quality. Cross, of course, was/is a part of "Arrested Development", another hilarious example.

"Melvin Goes to Dinner" is a very low budget, dialogue-based film directed by Odenkirk and it's surprisingly good, once you get into it. It's not a fast starter, but before you know it you're thoroughly enjoying the story as told by a group at dinner. It's not so much a comedy as a real-life blend of emotions, many sad and touching. Cameos from Jack Black and David Cross are damn funny though, so there's certainly comedy in the mix.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 0, Manitoba Moose 4

The Blue and White Maple LeafThe St. John's Maple Leafs fourteen year history is officially over. They were ousted from the AHL playoffs last night and will never return to St. John's. They will change uniforms and play out of the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto as the Marlies next season.

Covering these AHL games was my contingency plan in lieu of covering my beloved NHL Leafs. When the owners locked out the players, I started recapping St. John's games. It was a very enjoyable regular season and even though it ended abruptly, I'm glad I did it. I learned a great deal about future NHL Leafs and as the team moves to my city I'm sure local coverage will increase and I may even end up going to a game or two. If the NHL can't get it's act in gear by the fall, I do it again next year.

Manitoba wins series 4-1

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Georgia On My Mind

WebIf this site looks a little different today, it's because every font you see is Georgia. Everything had been Verdana for such a long time I felt an itch to switch.

Periodically I change up the font family of my site, but I always end up with Verdana or Georgia. None of the others seem appropriate. I use Courier New throughout Custom's site, but when I tried it here it just seemed wrong. We'll go with Georgia for a while until I get sick of it again.

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through. Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

A picture of Homer Jay Simpson"Bart, you can't weld with such a little flame! Stupid kid."

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayDubya sings "Imagine" and "Walk On The Wild Side" - A fun remix. Dubya has never sounded so good.

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World Beaters

Canada HockeyWe hockey fans are hockey starved. It's April and I didn't attend a playoff pool draft, I didn't don my Leafs jersey a single time and I haven't heard a peep out of Bob Cole. It's been seven months since we've seen the world's best going at it and we're dying for a hockey fix.

I doesn't matter that we're without Mario Lemieux, Jerome Iginla, Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Chris Pronger, Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards. Martin Brodeur is between the pipes and we still have one hell of a team. It all starts tomorrow morning against Latvia at 10:00 EST and I can't wait.

Go Canada Go!

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveMy favourite Weezer songs

  1. El Scorcho
  2. Say It Ain't So
  3. Undone (The Sweater Song)
  4. In The Gargage
  5. My Name Is Jonas

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Poli-Sex

OttawaNot since Maggie Trudeau and The Rolling Stones hooked up has Canadian politics been this sexy. Coverage of Ottawa politics these days should be rated AA.

"Who's sleeping with whom: parties trade barbs over political bedfellows". That's the CP headline I just read. Jack Layton is accusing Stephen Harper of getting into bed with Gilles Duceppe, Harper is accusing Layton of jumping into bed with Paul Martin and Martin will take any love he can get.

It's getting awfully steamy... it looks like it will be a long, hot, sticky summer.

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How I Did

CDWhen I first heard Sloan was coming out with a greatest hits package, I predicted the twelve songs that would make the cut. Here are the twelve I picked:

  1. Underwhelmed
  2. Take It In
  3. People Of The Sky
  4. Coax Me
  5. The Good in Everyone
  6. Everything You've Done Wrong
  7. The Lines You Amend
  8. Money City Maniacs
  9. Losing California
  10. If It Feels Good Do It
  11. The Other Man
  12. The Rest Of My Life

Sloan has unveiled the track listing for "A Sides Win", and here are the fourteen they chose:

  1. Underwhelmed
  2. 500 Up
  3. Coax Me
  4. People Of The Sky
  5. The Good in Everyone
  6. Everything You've Done Wrong
  7. The Lines You Amend
  8. Money City Maniacs
  9. She Says What She Means
  10. Losing California
  11. Friendship
  12. If It Feels Good Do It
  13. The Other Man
  14. The Rest Of My Life

I went with "Take It In" instead of "500 Up", but otherwise everything I picked made the grade except Sloan picked an additional two, "She Says What She Means" and "Friendship". I was damn close.

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The Trailer Park

TV"Trailer Park Boys" is a rare example of a successful Canadian television series. It's entering its fifth season and today they announced they will be filming a movie this summer. The executive producer for this flick will be none other than the key note speaker at my university graduation, Mr. Ivan Reitman.

Many times I've tried to get into this show because I truly want to like it. I want to enjoy this acclaimed piece of Canadiana, but no matter how hard I try I simply don't understand the allure. I don't find it particularly funny or interesting, in fact, I find it rather annoying.

I root for "Trailer Park Boys", I just don't watch it.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 2, Manitoba Moose 3

The Blue and White Maple LeafLee Goren's power-play goal at 2:35 of overtime helped the Manitoba Moose to a 3-2 victory over the St. John's Maple Leafs in Winnipeg last night and a 3-1 lead in the AHL's North Division semifinal. We're on the brink. With the NHL Leafs in this position, I'm left with a severe sickening feeling in my stomach for days. With the AHL Leafs in this position, it's more like a mild grabbing pain.

Manitoba leads series 3-1

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumReginald (Red) Horner was 95. He played for both the Toronto Marlies and the Maple Leafs, spending his entire career in Toronto scoring 42 goals and 110 assists with 1264 penalty minutes in a hall of fame career.

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Getting Closer

PhoneAre you sitting down? I have a shocking declaration to make. I have never owned a cellular phone.

As unbelievable as that sounds, it's true. I love gadgets and technology and all that, but I've never been interested in owning a cell phone. I always felt if I was going to own a portable communications tool of that nature, it would have to be so much more than simply a phone. For one, it would have to store and play MP3s. According to this Nokia press release, we're getting closer.

The Nokia N91 has an integrated 4GB hard drive and standard headphone jack. You essentially treat this phone like a decent sized MP3 player. They do exactly what they should do, they give you the space and let you transfer your own MP3s over without forcing some stupid DRM crapology down our collective throats. We're definitely getting closer, but we're not quite there yet. It needs to be a PDA and offer remote desktop connectivity too. Then I'll consider getting in the game.

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI recently submitted a tune for SLS13 consideration. I submitted "Best of You" from the Foo Fighters.

I just love it. I blast it when I hear it and it puts a smile on my face. It's just a great little rock song from the Foo and it's going on SLS13 for sure. Damn, SLS13 is going to be strong. I suspect a number of quality tunes will be left on the cutting room floor to come in under 80 minutes.

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Listen To Custom

MusicCustom is currently working things out with the suits, trying to get his sophomore release on the street. I've spun and reviewed the first 14 tracks, built his new official site including his official bulletin board and now I want everyone who visits this site to listen to a few new Custom tracks and give me your honest feedback.

Following Trent's lead, we're streaming four new songs on this Myspace page. Hit that link and you'll see there are four tracks to stream. Turn up the speakers, give them a go and share with me your analysis.

Right now we're sharing "Love Letter", "Catch Me", "Funny How" and "Shoot First". A fifth, "USA", is available in video form on Custom's page, if you're interested.

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Weekly MP3

MP3I share an MP3 from my collection every Wednesday. You have seven days to grab this week's MP3. Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing.

Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Tracy Bonham is a fantastic example of a one hit wonder. In the mid 90s, "Mother Mother" hit the radio and I was hooked. It's an awesome song I've written about here, here and here. Crank it up.

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He Was The Frickin' Drummer?!?!

MusicThis afternoon I heard the brand new Foo Fighters song "Best Of You" and totally digged it. Listening to this tune, I was overwhelmed by one constant thought. How the f*ck was this guy content being the frickin' drummer?

Sure, it wasn't just any band, but the world's best band, but still...he was just the drummer. Someone else was the soul of the band, writing and singing the songs. He was happy banging away on the drums unwilling to "pollute the process". It blows your mind that someone this talented, this awesome could have played such a inconsequential role in any group.

It's his time to shine.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayA Quick Peek at Longhorn - I do a lot of complaining about Windows, yet it's the operating system on the two computers I use daily. I'm pretty close to going with Linux on one of these machines, but I'll probably stick with Windows on the other. As a result, I'm naturally curious as to what enhancements will appear in Longhorn. This link gives you a series of Longhorn screen captures. From what I've seen, it's essentially XP with a face lift.

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Ilanaaq

OlympicsOrganizers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games unveiled their Olympic logo over the weekend. It's called Ilanaaq and it's an inukshuk, a symbol deeply rooted in Inuit culture. You can see it here.

Some like it, some hate it. A colleague just told me it looked like something his kid drew in kindergarten. Two B.C. native leaders say some First Nations people feel slighted by the new logo and question why the emblem doesn't have more West Coast influence. Everybody has an opinion on this subject, including me.

I like the emblem. It's warm, enjoyable to look at and clearly Canadian. I tried to jump on the "I hate it" bandwagon, I was rooting against their bid, but I dig it. Go figure.

Vancouver Olympics

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St. John's Maple Leafs 2, Manitoba Moose 5

The Blue and White Maple LeafManitoba went up 5-1 early in the second and it was lights out for the Maple Leafs. Brad Leeb scored the lone goal for the blue and white who will try and tie up the series tomorrow night.

Manitoba leads series 2-1

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Toronto Pearl Jam Date Announced

Pearl JamWhen I started having kids, I realized I'd have to slash the entertainment budget. At that time I made a decision there were only two bands I'd pay to see perform live. One is The Tragically Hip and the other is Pearl Jam. I just received some great news about the latter.

Pearl Jam will be performing at the ACC on Monday, September 19, 2005 in support of their upcoming studio release. It's time to round up the usual suspects and see if we can't score some tix. Awesome.

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SLS Submissions

SLS SubmissionI recently submitted a couple of tunes for SLS13 consideration. I submitted "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" from Louis XIV and "Goodnight Goodnight" from Hot Hot Heat.

I heard "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" a few times and each time thought "this is really good, perfect for SLS, who the hell is it?". It turns out it's Louis XIV and worthy of our strong consideration.

Now this is a delayed reaction. I was first sent the MP3 for Hot Hot Heat's "Goodnight Goodnight" about two months ago. I listened eagerly because I've enjoyed previous singles from this band, and I liked it, but I was sure it wasn't SLS material because it's quite poppy. Two months later, I'm really enjoying "Goodnight Goodnight" and it might slip in there. It's on the bubble.

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The Monday Shuffle

The Quintessential PlayerEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in the Quintessential Player and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today.

  1. Sloan - Penpals
  2. The Tragically Hip - The Bastard
  3. Louis Armstrong - There Must Be A Way
  4. Elton John - Honky Cat
  5. Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Good Reason
  6. Nirvana - Scentless Apprentice
  7. The Kleptones - Jerk
  8. Norwich Cathedral Choir - O Come All Ye Faithful
  9. John Byrd - That White Mule of Sin
  10. The Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DaySimpsons music (MP3s) - "One of my favorite parts of The Simpsons is the music, and so I have made this page containing over 100 great songs from the show (including end credit variations and short skits), free to listen to and download. Songs are in mp3 format and so will play in most audio applications." Bless this soul and his appreciation for stealth art.

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI recently submitted a tune for SLS13 consideration. I submitted "Blue Orchid" from The White Stripes.

I heard this song for the first time Friday afternoon and the first thing that struck me was how short it was. I've heard it a few more times over the weekend and I'm digging it. It's got a fantastic crunchy guitar with a cool all around sound. The two and a half minutes is perfect too because it means we'll be able to cram more awesome into SLS13.

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S.W.A.T

A Movie ReelS.W.A.T: 3 out of 10.

The dialogue is brutal, the story line is scattered and uninteresting and the talented cast is completely wasted. I gave S.W.A.T two hours of my life because it starred Samuel L. Jackson. I'll never see those two hours again and that really, really upsets me.

This movie sucked.

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

Re: Who we can and can't vote for.

The idea of throwing your vote away for someone perceived as a no-hope candidate/party is nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. The only reason that you think that way is because everyone else does too. If we could somehow break that mentality then perhaps we'd have a better shot at getting the right people for the job in office.

      Mike H.

Of course you're right, but to this day I blame Nader for Dubya's victory in 2000. I remember Pearl Jam supporting his bid and urging their fans to vote for him, and we all know how slim that Dubya "victory" was.

The fact of the matter is the NDP will not win a federal election. My fear in voting for that party is that it will, in essence, help the Conservative Party candidate in my riding win, and that would kill me. Is it a self-fulfilling prophesy or an unfortunate reality. I'd say it's both.

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My Quote of the Week

Opening Quotes"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
      - Mark Twain

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Unbearable

Teddy BearNow that James is asleep, I feel safe sharing this concern with you. The boy seems to be obsessed with bears.

Here are a few of the television shows he enjoys: Bear in the Big Blue House, Little Bear, Corduroy and The Berenstain Bears. They all have a common theme. They all feature a bear in the lead role. There's just a little too much bear in James' entertainment diet for my liking.

Another show he digs is Franklin which stars a turtle but features another bear as Franklin's best friend. I get a chuckle out of this one because the turtle, bear, duck and owl are all relatively the same size. That's either a freakishly large turtle or an incredibly small bear. Maybe I'm watching a little too much Treehouse TV these days...

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Most Overrated Band Ever?

MusicIt's tough to say what might be the most overrated band ever, but it very well could be Kiss. For some inexplicable reason, Kiss have legions of fans all over the world. They call themselves the Kiss Army and buy up Kiss merchandise and worship the band as the greatest ensemble in rock and roll.

How did this happen? If you look at the catalogue of music produced by bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, you can at least acknowledge the existence of some fantastic songs, even if you don't personally enjoy them. The same can be said for bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles and The Doors and artists like Elton John, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Somehow, Kiss is on par with such artists, despite the fact their music is mediocre and wholly unmemorable. Is a personal dislike for their sound clouding my opinion? No, I listed The Eagles up there as a band that has talent and produces memorable songs despite the fact I can't stand them. Kiss is an average rock band that too often relies on gimmicks as overcompensation for their lack of talent.

Last night on MuchMoreMusic they were airing a biography on Kiss, referring to them as one of the great bands of their time. The Kiss phenomenon continues to baffle me. They might just be the most overrated band ever.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumJohn Mills was 97. He won an Oscar in 1971 for his portrayal of a mute village idiot in "Ryan's Daughter" but he made his name in patriotic films during and after World War II including "The October Man," "Scott of the Antarctic," "Dunkirk" and "Ice Cold in Alex."

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St. John's Maple Leafs 6, Manitoba Moose 1

The Blue and White Maple LeafThe Maple Leafs stormed back to tie up the series last night. Matt Stajan scored twice and defenceman Joel Kwiatkowski had three assists to lead the charge. As an interesting foot note, this series now goes to Manitoba for three games and if a game six or seven is necessary, they will be played right here in Toronto at the ACC. Therefore, if the Leafs don't win this series, they just played their last game in St. John's.

Series tied 1-1

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Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World

OttawaAs if Paul Martin's troubles couldn't get any worse, he's now angered Bono. In an interview that airs this morning on CBC Radio's "The House", the singer blasts Martin for reneging on a promise to reach a foreign aid goal of 0.7% of GDP.

"We were looking for Canada to lead rather than be a laggard...It's not just about me being a nuisance, this is about Canada's identity in the world...This is what's upsetting about this, is it feels like business as usual."

Accusing Martin of trying to "hold up history," Bono wants us to call the Prime Minister's Office to complain. That number, if you don't already have it on speed dial, is 613.992.4211.

One love, One blood, One life, You got to do what you should.

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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

A picture of Homer Jay Simpson"That horse had better win, or else we're taking a trip to the glue factory. And he won't get to come."

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My MP3s Updated

CDI've added a whole bunch of new CDs to my MP3 collection. It's probably best I break down these new additions into three groups: stuff I really wanted, stuff I thought I should have around and for Taryn.

Stuff I Really Wanted:

  • Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze
  • Custom - Fast
  • Neil Young - Greatest Hits
  • Leonard Cohen - The Best Of Leonard Cohen
  • Ozzy Osbourne - The Ozzman Cometh (Discs 1 and 2)
  • Crowded House - The Very Best of Crowded House

Stuff I Thought I Should Have Around:

  • Tommy James and the Shondells - Anthology
  • Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music - The Ultimate Collection
  • Enya - Best Of Enya (Paint The Sky With Stars)
  • John Denver - Greatest Hits
  • Kraftwerk - The Mix
  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer - The Very Best Of Emerson, Lake and Palmer

For Taryn:

  • Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
  • Eurythmics - Greatest Hits
  • Elton John - The Very Best of Elton John (Discs 1 and 2)

That's 617 complete albums and 9191 songs. Check it out.

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

Today I went to Fox.com as I enjoy checking the grid to see what is happening on the tube across all major networks. They have a video clip playing right now to promote Family Guy's return to TV. I found it hillarious. But Peter Griffin's voice seemed different. Am I crazy?? The answer, sadly, is yes. But check it out. Funny skit.

      Ryan

Very funny. The return of "Family Guy" to Sunday nights will be great. In a perfect world, Sunday nights on Fox would include both "Family Guy" and "Arrested Development" joining "The Simpsons". The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

By the way, Peter Griffin's voice sounded the same, it's just really crappy audio. I'm sure he's still voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

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I Emailed Pope Benny

EmailI just wrote Pope Benedict XVI an email. I won't post what I wrote here, as it's between him and I, but I will tell you I had some questions for him. I hope he replies.

You can write Pope Benny too, if you want. His addy is benedictxvi@vatican.va. Welcome him to the year 2005.

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveMy favourite Neil Young songs

  1. Rockin' In The Free World
  2. Down By The River
  3. The Needle And The Damage Done
  4. Helpless
  5. Ohio

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My Options

CanadaPaul Martin says he's sorry. He looked quite sincere as he read the prepared speech from the teleprompter. When we do vote in the next election, be it this summer or next winter, we have some fantastic options.

Paul Martin, Liberal Party - We can't vote for him, not after what we've learned from the sponsorship scandal. The party has been in power too long and is corrupt. How can we vote them back in?

Stephen Harper, Conservative Party - We can't vote for him. His social agenda is brutal and his hidden agenda is frightening. A vote for Harper is akin to the selling of one's soul. No can do.

Jack Layton, New Democratic Party - We can't vote for him. He's got some great ideas, but he can't win and we're throwing our vote away on him.

Reviewing my options, we're screwed. The Liberal Party of Canada deserves to be ousted, but who should lead us? Harper would be a mistake and Jack isn't ready for prime time, so we're back to the Liberals. A win by default is still a win, unfortunately for us.

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Krapwerk

MusicA friend of mine recently lent me a few CDs he noticed weren't in my collection. I was appreciative, ripped them and listened. One was "The Mix" from Kraftwerk.

My only previous encounter with Kraftwerk was an episode of The Simpsons. In episode 3F19, "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish", a German baron declares that he "must get back to Dancecentrum in Stuttgart in time to see Kraftwerk". That was it. I had no idea what to expect when I listened to "The Mix" for the first time today.

To each his own and all that jazz, but this was so not my style. For my ears, it was virtually unlistenable. I want back the 90 MB it's hogging on my PC!

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These Eyes

MedicalIt lasted two weeks which is quite surprising because I never get them. Sure, if I'm sick a headache may be one of the symptoms but only for a few hours or so. For two weeks earlier this month I had a headache that was constant.

I put up with it for nine days before I finally saw the doctor. He did a series of tests, checking my blood pressure and reflexes to rule out anything obviously serious, and then he suspected it could be my vision. He referred me to an optometrist and I made an appointment. The headache, constantly there in the back left side of my head, suddenly went away on the 14th day which was last Friday. Instead of cancelling my optometrist appointment for today, I decided to keep it to ensure I didn't need glasses.

I had never been to an optometrist before, which is rather unfortunate considering this assessment used to be covered by OHIP but now costs $85. They did a number of tests and I was told I had awesome eye sight. No glasses required, which is a relief. The last test was done after they gave me eye drops that actually made my vision blurry. Now I'm sitting in front of a PC unable to focus on the words I'm typing. You'll excuse any typos.

I had perfect vision until I visited an eye doctor. Isn't it ironic, dontcha think?

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54 Years Ago Today

The Blue and White Maple LeafIt was 54 years ago today. At the 2:53 mark of the first overtime period, Bill Barilko scored the last goal of his life winning the Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It remains the most legendary goal in the rich history of Canada's team. Pay your respects and never forget.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 3, Manitoba Moose 5

The Blue and White Maple LeafThe Maple Leafs lost the opening game of their best-of-seven AHL North Division semifinal to the Manitoba Moose. You can't blame Mikael Tellqvist though, as he kept us in this one. Game two is Friday night.

Manitoba leads series 1-0

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

It is now flurrying in Bolton at 7:45pm on Apr. 20 - one day after it reached 27 degrees C yesterday. No wonder why people are sick. Shorts to Toques & mitts. WHY such a change in less than 24 hrs? A freind of mine on CP24 (BJ DelConte) re: the weather said this will be the norm for the next while as the Ozone layer is decaying & sh** is happening that should't be. If you remember last year it snowed out West in June & it started snowing in early October last year here & 1 week later it was 30 degrees C. Are we in for 6-7 months of unpredictable weather every year? This is scary. So much for Wiarton Willy.

      Twins From Bolton

We are getting some wild temp swings lately. There aren't any flurries here in Toronto yet, but they are calling for a low of 1°C tonight. Last night I went outside around 22:00 and it was balmy. Mother Nature, apparently, is suffering from bi-polar disorder.

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Give Me Just 15 Minutes

CanadaOur Prime Minister, Paul Martin, will address the nation at 19:45 EST on CTV this Thursday. Each day brings another batch of bad news for the ruling Liberal party and Paul's shooting for 15 minutes of damage control at a time when most Canadians are used to watching another Canadian, Alex Trebek.

I wish Paul Martin would let me write his speech. I'm most fearful that he and his party are imploding, forcing my fellow citizens to cast an undeserving vote for Stephen Harper and his hidden agenda. If I could just write the Prime Minister fifteen minutes worth of chatter, all would be well. There's little alternative in this country so we need the Liberal party at the helm and I know just how to help them stay there.

It's just 15 minutes. Give 'em to me and I'll save their Canadian bacon.

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No All-Nighters

MoonIn high school, friends and classmates would often speak of the all-nighter they pulled when studying for an exam. Others would party hard all night long and go without sleep for that day. I was always jealous of this ability to pull an all-nighter. I've yet to accomplish this feat.

If the adrenaline is rushing, I can stay up until the wee hours of the morning. By 05:00, however, my body just gives and I have to sleep. Looking back at the birth of my daughter gives you insight as to my limitations when it comes to all-nighters. She was born just before 01:00 on July 29th and in the euphoria following her arrival I was still fairly alert at 04:16 when I wrote a blog entry about her. I remember crashing before the clock hit 05:00. It takes the miracle of life for me to make it that long.

How do people pull these all-nighters and still function? I'll never know.

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Weekly MP3

MP3I share an MP3 from my collection every Wednesday. You have seven days to grab this week's MP3. Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing.

Neil Young - Down By The River
9:20 of pure Neil Young brilliance. A wonderful version of a wonderful song.

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Pope Benedict XVI

CrossCardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a longtime guardian of doctrinal orthodoxy, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI.

I'm calling him Benny for short. Benedict reminds me too much of a toasted English muffin topped with ham and a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

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Google Prowess, Image Style

GoogleI enjoy monitoring the search strings that bring people to this site via search engines. There are certain searches that have always brought me a number of new visitors and it was always interesting to keep an eye on this. For example, right now I'm getting a lot of hits from people searching for Edgefest 2005 Toronto.

At some point in the past month, Google decided to index all of my images for their image search. This has thrown my search referrals out of whack. Suddenly, my site is getting tonnes of hits from people searching popular terms like "Toronto Blue Jays", "Family Guy" and "Pearl Jam". It's entirely deceiving because these people are searching via the the Google Image Search and are only interested in stealing the images you see attached to each blog entry. They don't come to this page, yet their searches are intertwined with regular web searches.

On the positive side, I've achieved my dream of being well ranked when one searches for Family Guy. On the negative side, it's smoke and mirrors as they're only after this.

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It Doesn't Feel Like April

HockeyIt's never felt less like April.

For one, we'll be reaching a high of 27°c today, but more importantly, the Leafs should be beating the Sens right about now. An April without a Leafs playoff victory over the Senators doesn't feel like an April at all.

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Ever So Wrong

SchoolI was in grade seven the first time I learned about AIDS. My grade seven teacher gave the entire class a lecture about the disease, probably based on guidelines provided to him by the board. It wasn't long before he left these guidelines in the dust and began to share his personal feelings about AIDS.

AIDS, he told us, was God's way of punishing gays. He spoke quite seriously about the sin of homosexuality and how AIDS was the tool by which the good Lord seeks his vengeance. I remember taking this all in at the time and not being quite sure what homosexuality was and what it meant to be gay. It was confusing and fascinating all at once.

It wasn't until some time later that I realized what we grade seven students had been taught that day and how ever so wrong it was.

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The Monday Shuffle

The Quintessential PlayerEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in the Quintessential Player and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today.

  1. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
  2. CDLX - Bong Bubble
  3. Pearl Jam - Indifference
  4. Ray Charles - Look What They Done To My Song, Ma
  5. The Poppy Family - Which Way You Goin' Billy?
  6. Eminem - The Way I Am
  7. Nine Inch Nails - I Do Not Want This
  8. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  9. Aerosmith - Monkey On My Back
  10. Sublime - Paddle Out

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Edgefest Lineup

EdgefestIn the city's worst kept secret, CFNY Edge 102 unveiled the lineup for this year's Edgefest at the Molson Amphitheater on July 1st. Billy Talent will headline, Alexisonfire will go second last and a few other bands will be there but I'm fairly unfamiliar with all of them. Let me be the first to say, on the record, that this is the worst Edgefest lineup ever. Now let me pronounce this fact Comic Book Guy style. Worst. Lineup. Ever.

As readers of this blog know, I think Billy Talent's debut is great. Their first three singles released all made SLS and the fourth will likely be on SLS13 this June. The whole disc is great, but it's one disc of twelve songs. How does one release of twelve songs make you the headlining act for a concert like this? To put things in perspective, I bitched last year because the awful Good Charlotte was headlining, but at least Billy Talent and Finger Eleven were hitting the stage first. Billy Talent at that time had the same catalogue of music, one album of twelve songs. Billy Talent and Finger Eleven beats Billy Talent and Alexisonfire, right? In other words, last year's brutal lineup was a stronger lineup than we have this year and that's pathetic.

Edgefest isn't so much about the music than it is about maximizing profits. You know this year's lineup came awfully cheap, and Billy Talent probably gave CFNY Edge 102 a discount because of their past history. There were no big bucks to shell out for a big name band like Audioslave, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Our Lady Peace or Sum 41. Heck, there aren't even any of the wicked new Canadian bands getting international praise these days, like The Arcade Fire, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Hot Hot Heat or The Dears. If you combined the entire catalogue of music from all bands announced today for Edgefest 2005 I suspect there are only a handful of songs your average rock fan would recognize, and four belong to Billy Talent.

Edgefest has certainly seen better days, but it will probably turn a profit this year. To Alan Cross and the gang at CFNY, that's truly all that matters. What a shame.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayJules Winnfield On Hockey - My brother was telling me about this clip a week ago but I only saw it for the first time today. It's Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction as a hockey coach.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayWhat Age Will You Die? - I don't normally link to web-based quizzes, as most are crap, but this one seems fairly reasonable. According to this quiz, I will live to be 79. I think I lost points for not belonging to a volunteer group or church I attend regularly. Take the quiz and see how long you have left to live. I'm going to enjoy these last 49 years.

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New Pictures

New PicturesAnother gorgeous, two BBQ weekend. To celebrate Mother Nature's splendor, I've posted four new pictures in Pictures. There's a couple from yesterday and a couple from earlier today.

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Heard At A Canadian Tire

MegaphoneThis afternoon I heard the following announced over the paging system at a local Canadian Tire. "Manager to the gun rack for customer service". Something about that sentence didn't sit right with me.

During the same visit to Canadian Tire, I asked a member of their helpful crew where I would find a certain item. I even pointed to the exact product in their weekly flyer so there was no possibility of miscommunication. This young fellow shrugged his shoulders, looked ever so puzzled and told me "I don't have a clue" before wandering away.

I love Canadian Tire.

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Man On Fire

A Movie ReelMan On Fire: 6.5 out of 10.

This movie is mostly about style. It's edited in a frenetic style you'd find more frequently in music videos and it's a very slick and enticing package. It looks good, it sounds good and Denzel Washington is quite good.

Unfortunately, there is far more style here than substance. It was a little too predictable for my taste and although decent, pale when compared to the recent Kill Bill revenge flicks. Tarantino does revenge like no other.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 4, Edmonton Roadrunners 1

The Blue and White Maple LeafThe Maple Leafs won their 14th and final regular season home finale before a full house of 6,247 at Mile One Stadium last night. It was their 46th win of the season, a new club record.

Up next for the Leafs are the Manitoba Moose in the opening round of the AHL playoffs. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, will be played at the ACC because a trade show scheduled for Mile One Stadium.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
46-28-1-5
98 points
4-1 Win vs. Edmonton
5-4 Win vs. Edmonton
5-2 Win vs. Rochester
David Ling - 88 pts
Kyle Wellwood - 87 pts
Matt Stajan - 66 pts

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My Quote of the Week

Opening Quotes"Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence."
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI recently submitted a tune for SLS13 consideration. I submitted "Be Yourself" from Audioslave.

Of all the great grunge rockers I've enjoyed through the years, nobody can touch the voice of Chris Cornell. He's great once again on "Be Yourself", a definite sing-alonger. SLS13 keeps getting better and better...

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St. John's Maple Leafs 5, Edmonton Roadrunners 4

The Blue and White Maple LeafIn the team's second-last regular season game at Mile One Stadium, the Leafs beat the Edmonton Roadrunners in a shootout. Their final regular season game in St. John's is tonight against these same Roadrunners and next season they'll be in my neighbourhood as the Toronto Marlies. Will Sidney Crosby be there too? Cross your fingers...

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
45-28-1-5
96 points
5-4 Win vs. Edmonton
5-2 Win vs. Rochester
4-3 Loss vs. Rochester
Kyle Wellwood - 85 pts
David Ling - 85 pts
Matt Stajan - 66 pts

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Is This It?

TVTomorrow night is the second season finale of "Arrested Development". It's also likely the series finale. "Arrested Development" ranks 118th this season to date in the United States and had its order shortened from 22 to 18 episodes. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, five Emmys and my support, ratings matter most on Fox and "Arrested Development is too clever, too subtle and too funny to get ratings.

It's a damn shame. Watch Sunday night and invest in the DVDs. This truly was TV that was too good for TV.

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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

A picture of Homer Jay Simpson"You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel."

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveMy favourite Our Lady Peace songs

  1. 4am
  2. Naveed
  3. Clumsy
  4. Superman's Dead
  5. Automatic Flowers

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Edgefest Headliners

EdgefestCFNY Edge 102's website tells you they're revealing their Edgefest 2005 lineup on Monday morning. This article, however, lets the cat out of the bag as to who will be headlining. Your Edgefest 2005 headliners will be Billy Talent.

Last year, I really let CFNY Edge 102 have it when they announced Good Charlotte was their headliner. You may recall my discussions with Alan Cross about the hypocrisy of it all. I'm happy to see the headliner this year is not only a solid band but a band they actually play on CFNY Edge 102.

I believe this is the first time the headlining band at an Edgefest is doing so with a mere one album under their belt. Unprecedented!

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Family Portraits

CameraBack in December, we posed for family portraits. It was a Christmas gift from Taryn's father so we cleaned ourselves up and posed for a few shots.

They're already four months old, but here they are...

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NBA Championship Tonight

RaptorsTonight, our Toronto Raptors host the NBA Championship game. If the Raps win tonight, their season is a complete success and Raptor fans will enjoy a great summer. It all comes down to this.

Vince Carter and I have had quite the tumultuous relationship that is well documented. To say I'm angry with him is the understatement of the season. Carter went through the motions here, forced us to deal his sorry ass for little in return and then started playing to his potential in New Jersey. Since being dealt, he's scored 30 or more points 21 times, 20 or more 45 times (in 53 games) and earned Player of the Week honors last week after averaging 34.7 points as the Nets went 3-0 to stay alive in the playoff race. It's enough to make you want to scowl.

I take it personally. Tonight, with the Nets in town, I'll be watching. This is our NBA Championship. A win tonight and all the other crap Raptor fans have had to deal with will be forgiven. Go Raps! Beat Vince!

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Testing Google's Video Upload Program

GoogleGoogle launched their Video Upload Program yesterday. Anyone can upload a video so long as it's not pornography or offensive and you're the copyright holder. To quote the Video Upload Program FAQ, "Google respects the rights of copyright holders and publishers and is only accepting video uploads from persons who hold all necessary rights to the uploaded material."

I'm going to test Google. Earlier today, I uploaded Custom's cool new video for "USA". I happen to have written permission from the copyright holder permitting me to do so, but Google doesn't know that. I want to see what happens when a guy named Mike Boon tries to upload and share a Custom music video. Will Google deny me because they suspect the video is copyrighted? Will they email me about their concerns asking me if I've obtained permission from the artist? Will they respect the rights of copyright holders and publishers enough to do anything or will they host the video without a fuss?

We're going to find out. I'll keep you posted.

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Twentieth Anniversary

The Tragically HipA reader of this site emailed me this link. The Tragically Hip are celebrating their twentieth anniversary and they're having a poll to decide what songs appear on their greatest hits. They're careful not to call it a "greatest hits" collection, instead preferring to refer to it as "an album chronicling The Hip's first 20 years of making music". Sounds like a greatest hits to me!

This particular poll is asking visitors to list their ten favourite Hip tunes. Ten is a pretty small number so I got to thinking how I would narrow my favourite Hip songs down to a top ten. It might look something like this...

  • Blow At High Dough
  • New Orleans Is Sinking
  • Little Bones
  • Courage
  • At The Hundredth Meridian
  • Grace, Too
  • Wheat Kings
  • Ahead By A Century
  • Bobcaygeon
  • It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken

Damn that was tough. I went through several edits before arriving at the list above. Songs like "Nautical Disaster", "Scared" and "Fireworks" were there and then they were gone. Feel free to send me your ten and I'll happily post the list.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 5, Rochester Americans 2

The Blue and White Maple LeafKyle Wellwood scored a pair of goals as the St. John's Maple Leafs upset the first-place Rochester Americans 5-2 last night. The Leafs dominated the Americans, out shooting them 41-26.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
44-28-1-5
94 points
5-2 Win vs. Rochester
4-3 Loss vs. Rochester
2-1 Win vs. Edmonton
Kyle Wellwood - 85 pts
David Ling - 83 pts
Matt Stajan - 63 pts

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Dead Pool Update

Cross BonesI refrained from posting this update immediately following the death of Pope John Paul II out of respect for the many Catholic visitors to this site. I think enough time has passed that I can finally update the Dead Pool.

Back in September of 2000, my brothers and I selected 15 living celebrities each. Should the celebrity we selected pass away, we receive a score of 100 minus the celebrity's age at the time of their death. We kept a running tally on this site and you can see that page here.

All three of us picked the Pope so we each received 16 points when he passed away. Ryan continues to hold an awesome lead with 125 points thanks to the youthful passing of Old Dirty Bastard. Steve is next with 78 and I'm stuck in last with 54.

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More Uncovered Gems

VaultI recently uncovered some gems from my past and I've been sharing excerpts from the documents I found. Below are thoughts I jotted down on October 3, 1996. It's interesting to read what I thought about Roberto Alomar on that day considering the praise I heaped upon him only nine years later.

I've got to update you on an incident that occurred at the Skydome last week. Former hero to myself Roberto Alomar was called out on a third strike that looked outside. He argued profusely and was ejected. He then came back out of the dugout and argued further. Then he spit in the umpire's face. He would later make a poor reference to the umpire's dearly departed son and he appealed his five game suspension. Alomar is a jerk. I detected this a year ago when he claimed Toronto was unsafe because of his death threats and began making hints that he would like to play alongside Cal Ripken, Jr. He would then sit out the final series of the season to protect his .300 batting average. Ted Williams played out his final two games while sitting on a .400 batting average and Mr. Williams managed to go six for eight and raise his average to .406. Robbie Alomar couldn't carry Mr. Ted Williams' jock strap.

Perspective is everything.

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Weekly MP3

MP3I share an MP3 from my collection every Wednesday. You have seven days to grab this week's MP3. Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing.

Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
The entry below is a nice introduction to "Diamond Mine" by Blue Rodeo. I've always really dug it. Enjoy.

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Diamond Mine

MusicI've always liked Blue Rodeo. Perhaps it's because of their Toronto roots, perhaps it's memories of slow dancing to "Try" in primary school or perhaps it's because they're a great band. I'm a fan.

My favourite Blue Rodeo song has always been and continues to be "Diamond Mine". It's just a hauntingly beautiful track with a tinge of The Doors and a crossover rock appeal. Sixteen years after I first heard it on Q107 it still creeps onto my MP3 mixes. A couple of weeks ago, I actually heard this tune on CFNY Edge 102. I don't remember ever hearing Blue Rodeo on Edge 102, so go figure.

If you don't know Blue Rodeo's "Diamond Mine", sit tight. I'm going to share it in a bit.

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Top O The World, Ma!

Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays have the best record in baseball. They're in first place in the AL East and have won all three of their series so far. Eric Hinske has an AL-leading 13 RBIs and is batting .407.

The miracle season of 2005 continues...

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St. John's Maple Leafs 3, Rochester Americans 4

The Blue and White Maple LeafLeague-leading Rochester Americans staged another come-from-behind rally against the St. John's Maple Leafs to register a 4-3 shootout victory in American Hockey League play Monday night. The Leafs are a woeful 1-6 against the Amerks this season and we've got them again tomorrow night.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
43-28-1-5
92 points
4-3 Loss vs. Rochester
2-1 Win vs. Edmonton
6-5 Loss vs. Edmonton
Kyle Wellwood - 82 pts
David Ling - 81 pts
Matt Stajan - 62 pts

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19 Years Ago Today

RewindNineteen years later, I still remember the Diet Coke. For years and years afterwards, clinch night meant having Diet Coke on stand by.

Being born in the mid 70s meant being too young to remember any Maple Leaf playoff success in that decade. The early 80s was a virtual wasteland of playoff victories for our hockey club and in 1985 when our beloved Blue Jays won the pennant, they lost the ALCS to the Royals in seven. Nineteen years ago today, however, our Maple Leafs played the Chicago Black Hawks at Maple Leaf Gardens in the clinching game of their first round playoff series. Their terrible record of 25-48-7 was good enough for fourth in the Norris division and a match up with the division winner from Chicago. Somehow, against all odds, the Leafs played superb hockey taking games one and two on the road. In game three, on April 12, 1986, my brothers and I watched Wendel Clark lead us to the best-of-five sweep.

It was our first taste of the thrill a playoff series victory brought us, and we instinctively headed to the fridge for something to celebrate with. I remember we grabbed cans of Diet Coke and began spraying them at each other in celebration. Our Leafs were victorious and we were elated.

It's hard to believe that was nineteen years ago and we were that ecstatic over a first round win. There have been several series victories since for both the Leafs and Jays, but I'll never forget my first such memory. Tonight I'll take a slow sip of Diet Coke and fondly recall the taste of victory.

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Ferberizing Michelle

Thumbs UpI must say, you're a far wiser parent with your second kid thanks to your expierience raising your first kid. James was almost two years old when we ferberized him and he's happily slept through the night in his own room ever since.

Back then, Taryn had read about the Ferber method, and about the philosophies of Dr. Richard Ferber on teaching your baby how to sleep. We bought his book "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" and began "Ferberizing" James. After a couple of restless night, the method worked like a charm. With Michelle we weren't going to wait until she was 22 months old, we decided to Ferberize her at eight months.

As with James there was a couple of rough sleepless nights as we took turns getting up and patting her on the back for a few seconds to reassure her, but that was about it. Michelle is now in her crib at about 19:30 for her nightly sleep and she'll sleep there until 06:00 the next morning. With two kids sleeping in their own beds through the night, we're well on our way to ultimate parental bliss.

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The Monday Shuffle

The Quintessential PlayerEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in the Quintessential Player and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today.

  1. Sonic Youth - Bull In The Heather
  2. Rush - Mission
  3. The Beatles - You Can't Do That
  4. Ben Harper - Strawberry Fields Forever
  5. Velvet Revolver - Loving The Alien
  6. Pearl Jam - Against
  7. The Simpsons - Funny How Time Slips Away
  8. Ministry - Hero
  9. Queen - Save Me
  10. Tool - Eulogy

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Team Canada

Canada HockeyCanada's world championship roster has been announced. Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation on their collective shoulders will be:

Goaltenders

  • Martin Brodeur
  • Roberto Luongo
  • Marty Turco

Defencemen

  • Ed Jovanovski
  • Chris Phillips
  • Wade Redden
  • Robyn Regehr
  • Scott Hannan
  • Sheldon Souray
  • Dan Boyle

Forwards

  • Brendan Morrison
  • Dany Heatley
  • Rick Nash
  • Joe Thornton
  • Kris Draper
  • Kirk Maltby
  • Ryan Smyth
  • Shane Doan
  • Mike Fisher
  • Simon Gagne
  • Brenden Morrow
  • Patrick Marleau

Play gets underway April 30. This is going to be fun.

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A Fantastic Idea

Maple LeafsEarlier today I heard journalist Jim Kelly thinking aloud on the local sports radio station. He had an idea that rather intrigues me.

He thought the Maple Leafs should go ahead and sign Sidney Crosby as soon as possible. The NHL would probably raise a stink, but in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement and with Crosby essentially an unrestricted free agent, it may be difficult to reverse. The end result could be something that benefits all. The next one is in the world's biggest hockey market following a most unpopular stoppage of play.

It's no secret the Leafs are one of the teams that would rather be playing right now. It would be a bold and courageous move for the fans of the great team if they did reached into their wallet and snag the biggest fish in the sea. The Leafs securing the rights to Crosby through this ordeal is a thought I've had before. In fact, I wrote about it on March 4th and said, "As a Leafs fan, I'm quietly wondering if this might be a silver lining in the clouds. If they decide to make all players who missed the draft due to the lock out free agents, isn't it possible that the deep pocketed Maple Leafs go for broke and bring us that elusive megastar? Imagine Crosby in blue and white without having to finish out of the playoffs to get him. It is a possibility."

Perhaps Kelly did some Googling on the weekend...

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A Sobering Thought

CanadaStephen Harper could very well win a minority government when we next go to the polls to vote in our federal election. The Liberal party is falling from their perch atop the food chain thanks to damning testimony at the sponsorship inquiry, headed by Justice John Gomery.

I fear many will cast their vote for Harper's Conservative party as a way of punishing the Liberal party. The problem, as I see it, is that Paul Martin is too intertwined with this scandal and with him at the helm all integrity is lost. Harper could win by default despite the fact most Canadians, particularly here in Ontario, disagree with his agenda with regards to social issues.

Damn the Liberal party and this bloody scandal. The thought of Prime Minister Stephen Harper turns my stomach. Most Canadians want to cast their vote for the Liberal party, but need to know integrity has been restored and that means changes at the top. Although this is unlikely to happen, I'd like to see Martin replaced as leader with someone with no ties to the sponsorship scandal so we don't have to sacrifice our strong social beliefs by voting against the big red machine.

Harper for PM? Not if I can help it.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayTiger Woods at the 16th hole yesterday - Everybody is still talking about that shot Tiger Woods made on the 16th hole of the final round of The Masters yesterday. It was quite the birdie and here it is in .wmv format for you complete with "Just Do It". This guy is good.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the Day622 Music Videos - This is an awesome collection of 622 videos. There are a lot of great songs and videos here, somebody put in a lot of effort for our benefit. Bless his soul.

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2 BBQ Weekend

BBQThis was a two BBQ weekend.

It's the new Mother Nature takin' over. It's the new splendid lady come to call.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumDebralee Scott was 52. She appeared in the sitcom "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and some of the "Police Academy" movies as Cadet Fackler.

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Today's Moment Of Zen

ZenEarly on a Sunday morning, with everyone else still asleep, Michelle and I are in the basement while I play Maestro Fresh Wes' "Let Your Backbone Slide" on the computer. I'm holding Michelle and rapping along with Maestro. Michelle loves it and starts to laugh and clap along.

Every verb you heard I play snaps your vertabre, you try to cover, a hover me, a roast, a fake, a flag, then I run a post toast, I'm the most.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 2, Edmonton Road Runners 1

The Blue and White Maple LeafMatt Stajan and Nathan Perrott scored for the Leafs, who moved one point behind Manitoba for second-place in the North division after winning the ninth of 10 meetings against Edmonton this season. Jean-Francois Racine made 28 saves for his tenth win.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
43-28-1-4
91 points
2-1 Win vs. Edmonton
6-5 Loss vs. Edmonton
6-4 Loss vs. Rochester
Kyle Wellwood - 82 pts
David Ling - 80 pts
Matt Stajan - 59 pts

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My Quote of the Week

Opening Quotes"Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy."
      - Henry Kissinger

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New Pictures

New PicturesI've posted four new pictures in Pictures. There's a Michelle trilogy and a shot of James hard at work.

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Canadian Women Going For Gold

Canada HockeyAt this very moment, it's a scoreless game between Canada and the United States in the final game at the world championship in Linkoping, Sweden. The game is already almost half way through the third period. It looks like it's going to be an awesome finish.

Go watch TSN and root for the red and white. Go Canada Go!

Update: Unbelievable. Zero goals allowed in 16 periods of hockey and we win the silver. Eight championships in row and this is how we lose to those damn yankees. I hate shootouts.

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The Sincerest Form of Matrimony

WeddingI'm not one of those royal watchers. You know the type. They monitor every move the royal family makes, completely buy into the whole pomp and circumstance and actually care about the integrity of this archaic monarch institution.

This morning, while visiting with my mom, I caught a bit of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' blessing the Gothic St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. In my humble opinion, this marriage was most likely the sincerest marriage in the history of this royal family. Against all odds and with all the negative press that came with it, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married out of a long standing and undeniable love for one another. Isn't that a rarity.

Many who continue to pray at the alter of Lady Di were displeased that the less attractive Camilla Parker Bowles would now be the new Princess of Wales. Others judged Charles for being with Bowles while married to the aforementioned Lady Di and consider her a home-wrecker. 70% of Britain don't want Bowles to be Queen when Elizabeth II passes away, should Charles be crowned King. The British press went nuts with all of the above causing Charles to lash out with his "these bloody people" comment. This marriage was not popular and not even the Queen herself showed up at the civil ceremony. It would have been quite easy for these two to live life as a couple without actually getting married. In the end, that wasn't acceptable. They wanted to be husband and wife.

True love is cool like that. You simply can't deny it.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 4, Edmonton Road Runners 5

The Blue and White Maple LeafFormer Leaf Paul Healey came back to haunt his old club with the winning goal for the Road Runners last night. Mikael Tellqvist had a rare off night surrendering all five goals.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
42-28-1-4
89 points
6-5 Loss vs. Edmonton
6-4 Loss vs. Rochester
5-4 Win vs. Cleveland
Kyle Wellwood - 82 pts
David Ling - 80 pts
Matt Stajan - 59 pts

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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

A picture of Homer Jay Simpson"I don't have to be careful, I've got a gun!"

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TTC On Strike Monday?

TTCThe president of Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union said today that the union would go on strike Monday morning. He blamed government underfunding and the specific inability of both sides to come to agreement on the issue of the contracting out of some jobs.

We're a city that heavily depends on our public transportation system. Whenever the TTC goes on strike it screws up the entire delicate balance and chokes the highways for all. Here's hoping this strike doesn't last very long, I'm not sure how much strain the T-dot can take before she breaks.

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11 Years Ago Today

NirvanaEleven years ago today I learned Kurt Cobain had killed himself. On the tenth anniversary of his death, I wrote this entry in which I shared the method by which I dealt with this unexpected blow to my idolship. I listened to nothing but Nirvana for weeks and weeks.

I've been using Audioscrobbler to track the tunes I play on my computers for the past eleven months, and that has produced this cool synopsis of the bands and tunes I've listened to the most. On the top of the chart by a pretty decent margin is Nirvana leading The Tragically Hip 1513 to 1133.

The numbers don't lie, I'm more likely to play a tune from Nirvana than any other artist on the planet. It isn't because I'm still grieving eleven years later but because the catalogue of music Kurt left behind is absolutely awesome.

I suspect I'll be subconsciously gravitating towards these tunes in 2016 as well.

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveMy favourite John Candy movies

  1. Uncle Buck
  2. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  3. Summer Rental
  4. Splash
  5. Vacation

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

I am the estimating mgr. of one of the largest printing companies in North America & I could not beleive one of the calls I got today. Some print broker from the U.S. wanted to print 25,000 or 50,000 sets of 100 trading cards of Pope John Paul II - including 2 pics of his assassination attempt in 1981. I immediately thought this was not humanly right. I called the Prez. & vice Prez. & after some discussion ("we could make lots of money on this project") I declined to give this A-HOLE a price. I told him we were not interested in providing the services he wanted & I said (tongue in cheek - You SOB - hopefully you get the same response from everyone you call). We were the 10th & all before said the same. Some money grabbing facility will jump & produce these cards - they are to be on the market before the end of April. What's next - OJ, Robert Blake & Michael Jackson sets? These papal cards will be worthless & hopefully nobody buys them - you will probably see them on ebay in the next few months for 25 times their actual cost.

It's too bad our world has come to this - Money is the root of all EVIL.

      Twins From Bolton

Your story reminds me of an article I read a while back about serial killers trading cards. Somewhere, somehow there was a market for these cards of Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the like. That was sick glorification of mass murderers, but I don't think Pope John Paul II trading cards are so horrible an idea if they were done tastefully. If they are meant to honour him and praise his accomplishments, they're merely harmless slices of cheese, right?

I'd still stick with my O-Pee-Chee cards of Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew when they were with the California Angels. I've got a great Rollie Fingers with a handle bar moustache you just can't find these days. Now that's a collectible.

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My Life: With Help From Google Maps and Flickr

PicturesThis week, Google Maps introduced satellite images. I've wasted plenty of time playing with this very cool new feature but I've also managed to do something pretty cool.

I navigated Google Maps to an area I spent most of my early 20s in and took a screen capture. Then, I put the image into Flickr and added notes. I present to you, My Life: With Help From Google Maps and Flickr. When you visit that link, simply hover your mouse over the boxes to read the embedded notes.

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

Politics from both sides of the ring.

      Political Grind

Ok, I give up. I don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about. I'm a fan of the subtle and obscure, but this is ridiculous.

Besides, wasn't Crossfire cancelled?

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My Masters Pool

The MastersI entered a Masters pool at work. I selected Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington and Phil Mickelson in an effort to have the threesome with the lowest combined score. You can follow The Masters and my team on this leaderboard. At least you can when it stops raining in Augusta.

I consulted my bros before submitting my trio because they actually follow this sport week to week. I just jump on the big stories and the majors.

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Random Sports Shorts

SoccerSome people have told me they check this page daily but skip all the sports-related entries. Others have told me they do the opposite. This Ottawa Sports Blog even lists my site as a Hockey Blog.

The fact of the matter is I simply write about whatever I feel like writing about. I never stop to consider whether the entry is particularly interesting or appealing to others. I write about it because it's interesting to me and since nobody is donating to the cause, that's all that matters. Sports is a big part of my life and therefore well represented in these pages. Here are some random sports-related thoughts I have bouncing around in my head this morning.

  • The Jays almost swept. We were so close, dammit!
  • Our women can sure play hockey. Thus far we've beat Kazakhstan 13-0, Russia 12-0 and Sweden 10-0. A combined 35-0, not bad!
  • The Raptors are dead to me...until next fall.
  • I must remember to post something I wrote nine years ago about Roberto Alomar. It's an interesting read in light of his recent retirement.
  • When we need it most, there is The Coalition To Save Hockey - I particularly dig the theme song.
  • Raging Storm, my slo-pitch team, has voted on whether we should keep stats this season. The overwhelming response is "Yes", but many don't want our names listed in order from the highest batting average to the lowest.
  • I'm in a Masters Pool again this year. I'll write about that in a sec...

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayThe final scene of "Seven" performed by stuffed animals - This is exactly what you think it is. It's a great scene, even when performed by stuffed animals. This link is to a 12MB .mov file, so if you're don't have high speed you should skip it...or not, it's up to you.

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Gomery Blogging

JusticeI'm not in the mood for a contempt charge. The Gomery Commission has imposed a publication ban on the testimony received from Jean S. Brault, Paul Coffin and Joseph Charles Guité and this publication ban has been violated by an American blogger. The original intent of this entry was to link to this blog that's sharing details of this testimony, but apparently I can be charged with contempt of court for doing such a thing. Instead, I'm going to link to this Globe & Mail story and let you Google your own way there.

In this age of blogging, is a true publication ban even possible? This American blogger that is posting the details feels safe in doing so because he's not on Canadian soil. Yet, the Internet is borderless and I'm able to read every word as easily from Toronto as I could from his next door neighbour's home in Minnesota. Information is so easily shared I'm not sure how you'd even police such a publication ban. It's easy to monitor the releases from the main stream media, but is there really someone monitoring what appears on torontomike.com?

As I said off the top, I'm not in the mood to find out.

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The Price Of Gas

CarI'm old enough to remember a time when I wouldn't fill up the tank if the price exceeded 50¢ a litre. In the mid-nineties, this was entirely possible. I was driving an '85 Ford Escort and she didn't get a drop until the sign said forty-something. I was able to drive for quite a while abiding by this rule.

Today, we're paying twice that. I'm seeing signs for 92¢ a litre. I managed to pay a mere 86¢ a litre yesterday and I was happy to find it. Prices have never been this high in this neck of the woods and we're bracing for the inevitable $1 a litre.

Watch Torontonians get angrier by visiting http://www.torontogasprices.com.

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Weekly MP3

MP3I share an MP3 from my collection every Wednesday. You have seven days to grab this week's MP3. Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing.

System Of A Down - ATWA
I woke up this morning and felt like some System of a Down. "ATWA" is rather controversial in that it stands for Air Trees Water Animals, Charles Manson's environmental movement. It's written from Manson's perspective with a typically great delivery from Daron Malakian. Manson may be a psychopathic killer, but he inspired a great tune.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumPrince Rainier III of Monoco was 81. He was Europe's longest-serving monarch who brought glamor to his Mediterranean principality with his marriage to American Hollywood star Grace Kelly.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumSaul Bellow was 89. He was a master of comic melancholy who in "Herzog," "Humboldt's Gift" and other novels both championed and mourned the soul's fate in the modern world.

I still remember my University essay about his "Seize the Day".

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Nerds Are Funny

Star WarsStar Wars fans are lined up in front of the Chinese Theatre in anticipation of the release of "Revenge of the Sith" on May 19th. This alone is quite funny, but it gets funnier. "Revenge of the Sith" won't be playing at the Chinese Theatre.

So what's a nerd to do? They could line up outside of the Arclight where "Revenge of the Sith" is actually going to play, but the Arclight lets you buy tickets online which defeats the whole concept of lining up for a movie. The nerds should go home, right? Not these nerds, they're staying in the line as a form of protest. That's right, they're still lined up outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre even though they're well aware the movie won't play there.

Nerds are funny.

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Reversal of Fortune

BaseballAt some point in early December, I realized I was done with Raging Storm. I announced my retirement from the slo-pitch team I had played with the past few years and prepared to fill the void with other physical activities.

I love playing ball, but a little voice inside my head was telling me to move on. The Raging Storm chapter of my life needed to be closed before it grew stale. Now in my thirties, it was becoming harder and harder to relate to my much younger team mates and with two kids and lots of work to do, a competitive league didn't seem to fit into my routine. I sent Andge my "I quit" email and didn't look back.

Last week, Marc sent me an email asking me to reconsider my retirement. My spot hadn't been filled and it wasn't too late to register. At this point I decided to un-retire and return to Raging Storm with a new mentality. This year, I'm going to play to have fun. If I boot a ball at shortstop, I'm not going to care. If I fly out leaving the bases loaded, who gives a rat's ass. They don't pay me enough to do anything but enjoy and that's exactly what I'm going to do. Nothing more, nothing less.

I'll be maintaining the official Raging Storm page so drop by for an update if you're curious. As it turns out, I really suck at retiring.

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Emotional Rescue

RadioIt was like a scene out of a movie, only it was very, very real. I was listening to the radio call of the Blue Jays opener against the Devil Rays when the Rays came to bat in the third. Joining Jerry Howarth and the rookie in the booth was a very familiar voice. It was Tom Cheek.

His voice was a little off and he was slightly shaky, but that tone was there. That baseball sensibility and love of the game was evident in every syllable uttered, every sentence strung together. In the top of the fourth, with the Blue Jays at bat, the emotional storybook moment occurred.

Against all odds, Tom Cheek took over the booth and began calling the game. The Jays had gone nine up and nine down up to this point, but with Cheek in control less than two weeks after very serious brain surgery, you knew something magically was going to happen. Right on queue, Frank Catalanotto hit a double for the Jays first base runner. Then, with Cheek still at the helm, Orlando Hudson went deep. "How about that!" was Cheek's reaction as Vernon Wells came to the plate. What did Wells do? He clobbered a homer deep to left. The Jays were in the lead for good.

The last voice I expected to hear on the radio today was that of Tom Cheek. His body is weakened but his love of baseball is strong. His role behind the microphone was minimal but for that half inning in the fourth he was back and the Jays were in charge.

It was damn sweet.

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The Monday Shuffle

The Quintessential PlayerEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes the Quintessential Player and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today.

  1. Adam Sandler - Bad Boyfriend
  2. Bush - The Chemicals Between Us
  3. Cypress Hill - Something For The Blunted
  4. Beastie Boys - The Negotiation Limerick File
  5. Alanis Morissette - Perfect
  6. Blur - The Universal
  7. Eminem - Crazy In Love
  8. Outkast - Ms. Jackson
  9. Metric - Torture Me
  10. Soundgarden - Kickstand

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The Blue Jays 2005 Season Opener

The Blue JaysIt's a time of optimism. At this moment, the Blue Jays trail the New York Yankees by a mere .5 games for the American League East pennant. We're tied for the wild card position and dreaming of our first post season appearance since 1993. Today at 16:15 EST the Blue Jays take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field to kick off the 2005 season.

Realistically, we'll be fighting hard to reclaim our annual third place spot in this division, but at least there are signs we're willing to play a little small ball. It looks like we'll be busy on the base paths, stealing bases, hitting and running and all of that fun stuff. We haven't done much running the past few years and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do if we get the green light.

Since the slate is clean and we can be a little optimistic, lets wonder what might happen if the Yankees or Red Sox falter. They're not young clubs and the injury bug could bite. Perhaps each Jay has a career year, Halladay returns to form and Wells becomes a 30-30 man. It's a time for such dreams, it's opening day.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 4, Rochester Americans 6

The Blue and White Maple LeafWith this victory, the Americans, with seven games left, have clinched the North Division title. The Maple Leafs are third in the division, a point behind Manitoba. Mikael Tellqvist blocked 42 shots in a losing effort.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
42-27-1-4
89 points
6-4 Loss vs. Rochester
5-4 Win vs. Cleveland
2-1 Win vs. Hamilton
Kyle Wellwood - 81 pts
David Ling - 80 pts
Matt Stajan - 58 pts

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayPictures of Skydome's Facelift - This is a gallery of pictures taken at Skydome recently. They show some of the changes like the new scoreboard and turf. The turf looks really good, I only wish it was actual grass. Still, this is much better than that rug we used to have. Check it out.

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Guest Blog Entry

Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

I think it is a feeble excuse to blame a pope for not practicing one's faith. It is true that the Pope is indeed the head of the Roman Catholic church but to have faith and not to practice a religion bc of conflict in interest with this leader is an injustice to oneself. There are very few Catholics who listen to all the teachings of the Pope. 1.1 billion people must make choices in their faith that impact them. Birth control is an example of this. We are intelligent beings who sometimes must diregard aspects of a religion bc we do know what is best in some situations for our lives. This makes us higher intelligent beings with thought processes that are very developed. We often alter some aspects of the Catholic religion. Taking all this into account if the Pope's teachings are still not for you then find another religion (of which there are many) not controlled by a Pope. If one has no belief or religious conviction that is one thing. But if one believes and does have faith then leaving the Catholic Church for this confuses me?

This entry is in response to my Lapsed Catholic entry from earlier in the month. It's a good entry and I'm more than happy to respond.

You state there are very few Catholics who listen to all the teachings of the Pope. You're absolutely right. In Catholic elementary school, we learned about safe sex, despite the fact the Church views birth control as a sin. We learned about birth control because our school system exists in the real world and realizes that teens will have sex for reasons other than a will to reproduce. If we merely pick and choose which Catholic beliefs to share, doesn't that tarnish the integrity of the practice? If few Catholics are listening to the Church, why is the Church continuing to preach these archaic values? I believe it's because many do follow the word of the Pope and that's the problem. Parts of the world are dangerously overpopulated and the AIDs epidemic in Africa is entirely devastating. Partially at fault for this is the Catholic Church. Should we turn a blind eye because there are other, positive attributes of this religion?

I'll close by clarifying the difference between one's faith and one's religion. I continue to retain many of the values intertwined with Catholicism. Unlike many in my circle, I believe in God and speak with him often. I continue to have faith, it's the organized aspect of religion that I've all but abandoned. Religion is man made whereas faith is divine. Faith and religion are not one and the same.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumFrank Clair was 87. He transformed the Ottawa Rough Riders into a CFL powerhouse in the 1960s and 1970s and his all-time coaching mark stands at 174-124-8.

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The Junos

The Canadian FlagI watched a good chunk of the Junos last night. I'm going to break my review down into four easily digestible parts: The Crud, The Butt, The Hip and The Rest.

The Crud - This was the show that was supposed to have been opened by Neil Young. I had been quite looking forward to seeing and hearing the godfather of grunge but a recent health setback made this an impossibility. Instead, the Junos were opened by a steaming pile of crapola called Simple Plan.

Way back in August 2003 I called this band out for playing wanna-be-punk and for being nauseatingly mediocre. It remains some kind of safe pop-rock completely void of any soul or integrity. Yuck.

The Butt - I've got nothing against Brent Butt, but if he's Canada's answer to Jerry Seinfeld we're in some serious trouble. Isn't Canada the home of great comedy? We spawn so many hilarious people but I don't think Butt is one of them. I tried to laugh but he wasn't the least bit funny. He made me miss Shania Twain and those hockey outfits from years past.

The Hip - To borrow a line from The Tragically Hip's "Long Time Running", it's been a long time coming but it's well worth the wait. The Hip got some well deserved appreciation last night as we saw tributes from The Great One, the Prime Minister, Geddy Lee and other great Canadians. I liked Rick Mercer's line about the fact there are two Gords in the band, proof of their pure Canadiana. I'm also glad they included a snippet of their live performance of "At The Hundredth Meridian" because that sped up version is the absolute coolest.

The Hip played two of their hits going back to "Fully Completely" off the album of the same name and "Grace, Too" from Day For Night. They were both typically high energy performances that made me realize it's been over four months since I last saw them live and I'm itching to see them again. I'm hoping for a date at the Amp around Canada Day so I can secure a sweet spot on the lawn and get lost in the groove.

The Rest - I thought the performances were pretty darn good. Billy Talent had a big night and rocked the house as always, k-os was his consistent self, Fiest was surprisingly good and KD Lang paid awesome tribute to Neil. KD Lang sounded great and looked...ummm...happy. Good for her.

We've got some cool music coming out of this country. Bands like The Arcade Fire, Hot Hot Heat, Metric, Broken Social Scene and The Dears weren't under the spotlight yesterday but are a big part of this current happening. Enjoy it.

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Tragically Hip Reminder

The Tragically HipThe Tragically Hip will be performing two songs live tonight at the Junos. They're also being inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame so you won't want to miss that.

In addition to performing and being honoured, the Hip are up for two Junos. They're nominated with Billy Talent, Great Big Sea, Simple Plan and Sum 41 for group of the year and their "In Between Evolution is up for rock album of the year.

I'll post my post-Juno thoughts tomorrow morning. The telecast starts tonight at 20:30 EST on CTV.

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CSS Help, Please

Valid CSSIf you're clueless when it comes to CSS, you may as well stop reading right here. I've got an issue I'm hoping one of you CSS gurus can help me with.

Lets suppose I want to alter the background colour for anchor tags when one hovers over them. I was doing so on this very site until today in my CSS file with a simple a:hover { background: #003399 }. This had the desired effect for text anchors, but it was also forcing a background colour behind my transparent gifs. This, I didn't want.

So, what can I add to my CSS to prevent this hover effect from decorating images? Keep in mind, I'd like to do this without having to define a new class and add this new class name to the html file like this: <a class="nohover" href="images/transparent.gif" />. I'm aware I can always do that.

I'd love to hear your ideas so if you have a clue please contact me. My Google Fu is weak.

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Paying The Price

SnowflakeOver a week ago, I put the winter jacket away for the season. I put it away not to be seen again until October 2005 at the earliest.

Things went well throughout the week. Jacketless Mike happily strolled about in spring-like temperatures. Then, jacketless Mike got a rude awakening.

We were hit with a strange blend of snow and rain all weekend long. A sensible person would get the jacket out of the closet. I refused to do the sensible thing and will remain jacketless until October 2005 at the earliest. Some might say I'm being an idiot (some have), but I can't help it. It's just the way I'm wired.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 5, Cleveland Barons 4

The Blue and White Maple LeafBen Ondrus scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining that turned out to be the winner as the St. John's Maple Leafs edged the Cleveland Barons 5-4 in the AHL on Saturday night. Mikael Tellqvist was rested and Jean-Francois Racine played between his pipes. This explains the four goals against. Tellqvist has proven he's our man for the playoffs and potentially the heir apparent to Ed Belfour.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
42-26-1-4
89 points
5-4 Win vs. Cleveland
2-1 Win vs. Hamilton
4-3 Loss vs. Syracuse
Kyle Wellwood - 78 pts
David Ling - 78 pts
Matt Stajan - 56 pts

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My Quote of the Week

Opening Quotes"Canadians are heir to an extraordinarily rich humanism...But the core of your heritage is the spiritual and transcendent vision of life based on Christian revelation, which has given vital impetus to your development as a free, democratic and caring society, one that is recognized throughout the world as a champion of human rights and human dignity."
      - Pope John Paul II

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving TimeIt's that glorious time of the year when we shorten our already too short weekend. Curb your enthusiasm and turn back those clocks like a good boy or girl.

I've already said my piece on this Daylight Saving defugelty. On October 28, 2003 I wrote "We've essentially taken an hour of sunlight we'd experience in the evening and moved it to the morning. Wouldn't it be more beneficial for our society to keep that hour of sunlight in the evening where it can be enjoyed? Does anyone really care if there's light at 7am?"

Enough is enough.

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Rest in Peace

In MemoriumPope John Paul II was 84. He headed the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years.

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Mean Girls

A Movie ReelMean Girls: 4 out of 10.

Tina, Tina, Tina. If you're going to write a flick like this, don't chicken out and play it so safe it's boring. Watch a movie like "Donnie Darko" or "The Virgin Suicides" first and then go for it.

"Mean Girls" was pretty dull. If I could describe it in a word, I'd describe it as empty. With the usually funny Tina Fey writing the screenplay, I had much higher hopes. One cool thing about this movie is the fact many of the scenes where shot in places I'm quite familiar with. There's that field I know well and was able to see from the balcony of an apartment I lived in for two years and there were many scenes filmed in Sherway Gardens, possibly the mall I know best.

Not even shots of the T-Dot were able to save this let down.

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St. John's Maple Leafs 2, Hamilton Bulldogs 1

The Blue and White Maple LeafMikael Tellqvist stopped 38 shots for his 23rd victory while newcomer Colin Murphy had a goal and an assist as the St. John's Maple Leafs earned a 2-1 win over Hamilton in the 100th and final meeting between the two teams.

Current Record  Recent Games Season Leaders
41-26-1-4
87 points
2-1 Win vs. Hamilton
4-3 Loss vs. Syracuse
7-2 Win vs. Manitoba
Kyle Wellwood - 78 pts
David Ling - 78 pts
Matt Stajan - 55 pts

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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

A picture of Homer Jay Simpson"Marge I swear, I never thought that you would find out."

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Struck Down

LightningIt's been an eerie week, dominated by the grim reaper. The Terri Schiavo media and political explosion put everyone on death watch and had us all debating about whether she should be allowed to die or kept alive. Now we're all back on death watch waiting for word from the Vatican as to the state of Pope John Paul II. He's not expected to make it through the night.

In addition to these extremely high profile passings, there was the unexpected death of Johnnie Cochran, the youthful demise of Mitch Hedberg and reports that Jerry Falwell was in critical conditon. Unfortunately, Falwell is still with us. With the foul stench of death hovering about, I didn't like one bit the headline I just read. "Neil Young Recovering From Brain Aneurysm".

Neil Young is a very special musician. My collection is littered with his stuff. He was born in Toronto and first made his mark here and I was quite looking forward to seeing him at this Sunday's Juno Awards. Needless to say, he's no longer attending.

Get better Neil. We need you rockin' in the free world.

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My Link of the Day

Mike's Link of the DayYaGoohoo!gle - I thought this was appropriate after my recent entry regarding Yahoo! and Google. This is the best of both worlds.

Don't you just love how Yahoo! announces they're matching Gmail's 1GB of storage space and Google decides to double it to 2GB days later? This is like Red Sox - Yankees ALCS!

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveBest songs to pump you up and motivate you to win it all

  1. You're The Best - Joe Esposito (From The Karate Kid)
  2. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor (From Rocky III)
  3. Man In Motion - John Parr (From St. Elmo's Fire)
  4. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins (From Top Gun)
  5. Lose Yourself - Eminem (From 8 Mile)

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Top Ten Search Strings

Top Ten Search StringsOn the first day of every month I post the top ten search strings from the previous month. These are the Google searches that referred people to this site. Below are the top ten search strings for March 2005.

  1. amber frye nude
  2. big shiny tunes 3
  3. bill barilko
  4. nicole dehuff nude
  5. mike boon
  6. ghyslain raza
  7. teri polo dead
  8. homer quotes
  9. big shiny 90's
  10. my mp3 collection

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