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Mercy Killing The Simpsons

SimpsonsFox has ordered another two seasons of The Simpsons, extending the longest-running series in prime time history through its 22nd season. That will put The Simpsons at 493 episodes. The Simpsons has won 24 Emmy Awards, 23 Annie Awards, four Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards, seven Environmental Media Awards and a Peabody Award. It also won my heart nearly the moment it debuted almost twenty years ago.

I could take this opportunity to gush about my all-time favourite show and sing its praises. I could do that, as I've done it several times before, but that's not what I'm feeling these days.

It wasn't long ago that I simply refused to miss an episode, but I no longer feel that way. When I catch a new episode every now and then, I still find it somewhat amusing, but I find myself missing those first nine or so seasons of solid gold. I miss the glory days of The Simpsons, when it was televison I simply couldn't afford to miss.

Part of me is happy to see the show continue, as it's still decent and I like seeing Homer and the gang, but another part of me fears it's simply diluting the show's previous excellence. With 500 episodes in the can, will that overwhelming quantity detract from the quality of those initial 150 episodes?

Here are some posts from happier times. I never thought I'd say this, but I think it might be time for a mercy killing of my all-time favourite show.

James Clobbers Homer

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My Son Will Play During the Leafs Game Next Saturday

HockeyI wrote about Learn to Play Hockey with the Swansea Hockey Association before. My son wrapped up his second and final year in the program this morning and we got some great news. My boy will be one of the Timbits playing during the first intermission of next Saturday's Maple Leaf game at the ACC.

I don't know who is more excited, James or me, but I'll bet it's me. We'll spend the first period in the dressing room, he'll play his little game and then we'll watch the rest of the Leafs ~ Oilers game from some sweet seats.

It's his last hurrah as a Timbit. I hope he's sharp next week, I know there'll be scouts watching.

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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

A Movie ReelWhere in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?: 5 out of 10.

I was really disappointed in this Morgan Spurlock documentary. It's far too silly for its subject matter. Spurlock doesn't really want to find Osama Bin Laden, he just wants us to know Muslims in the Middle East are just like you and me.

That's a nice sentiment, but it doesn't make for a riveting 90 minute doc.

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A Week of Headers

typewriterThose of you who kick it old school and visit TorontoMike.com or torontomike.com will have noticed a different header image every day. Every Friday, I post all the header images from the previous week. Here are the awesomely hilarious and insightful header images you may have missed this past week.

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One Week

A Movie ReelOne Week: 8 out of 10.

Finally, a movie made for me. Ben Tyler was born in Toronto in the 1970s. We travel with him on the Gardiner Expressway, on the 400, on the 401, through Ontario and west to the Pacific Ocean.

Along the way, we hear amazing Canadian music, Joel Plaskett, Great Lake Swimmers, Stars, Sam Roberts, Wintersleep and Patrick Watson are among the artists featured in the film, and celebrate the beauty of this country. It's Michael McGowan's love letter to Canada and Canadiana, with shots of everything that strikes a chord, from the CN Tower, to a Tim Hortons coffee, to the Sudbury Nickel and Stanley Cup. We even hear the voice of Terry Fox. There are even great cameos from Gord Downie, Joel Plaskett (in a great scene as a busker) and Emm Gryner.

I adored this movie, a great story set in our country and drenched in wicked tunage. Do me a favour... go see One Week. If One Week does well, maybe we'll see more movies like this. Maybe we'll see more movies that speak directly to us.

One Week

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Maple Leafs 5, Islanders 4

LeafsI'm glad to see Tim Stapleton scoring the shootout winner last night. At Marlies games I've attended, he's always been a standout.

That's three wins in a row. Does this make Brian Burke a seller next week? Are we going to make another run at 9th?

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
23-26-12
58 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-4 Win vs. New York
2-1 Win vs. New York
3-2 Win vs. New York
J. Blake - 49
N. Antropov - 45
M. Stajan - 42

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Taking the PVR Plunge

TVI'm about to take the PVR plunge. The final nail in the coffin was when I forgot to record the Vancouver A Channel feed of Lost last night. Today, I was ironing out the details with Rogers.

Rogers wants me to exchange my current digital terminal for a new one that will give me all my current features and PVR capabilities for an additional $15 a month. I'm thinking it's time I join the PVR club. It's time to slay the VHS VCR beast.

Does anyone out there use Rogers' PVR? Am I doing the right thing?

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Screening One Week

filmBack in January, I shared the trailer for One Week. I have a pretty interesting history with the film Saint Ralph, the film Michael McGowan directed prior to this one. Here's how that went...

  • August 2005 - I learn there's a cover of Hallelujah by Gord Downie. That's one of my favourite songs covered by the lead singer of my favourite band. I've got to hear this!
  • January 2006 - I've been trying to score a copy of this song for almost six months. A post on this blog didn't help, but my Hallelujah hunt continues...
  • April 2006 - I finally see Saint Ralph and I love it. It doesn't just have a cool soundtrack but it's a charming as all hell little Canadian flick. I finally hear Downie's Hallelujah and it's better than I had imagined.
  • June 2006 - I've got an MP3 of the tune, but it's ripped from the DVD. After a year of hunting, it's the best I can do... This song is nowhere to be found or purchased.
  • February 2007 - I have my miracle. The right person has followed my plight and I'm shipped one of only a few copies of the Saint Ralph soundtrack that was never released. I now have two different studio versions of Gord Downie singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
  • February 2009 - I'm going to a screening of One Week, which doesn't have a Downie song on the soundtrack but does have a Gord Downie cameo.

That's right, tonight I get to see a screening of One Week. One viewing of the trailer had me hooked. I'm really looking forward to this.

I'll share my review tomorrow. Here's the trailer that spoke to me.

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Maple Leafs 2, Rangers 1

LeafsIt seems we've finally found a team we can beat.

Tosky, or Tosk as Ron Wilson calls him, has been sharp since coming back. He’s turned aside 102 of 107 shots during the three games since and the Leafs have earned five of a possible six points.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
22-26-12
56 points
4th in Northeast Division
2-1 Win vs. New York
3-2 Win vs. New York
3-2 SOL vs. Vancouver
J. Blake - 47
N. Antropov - 44
M. Stajan - 41

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The Mark Bell Era Ends in Toronto

LeafsMark Bell is now a New York Ranger. The Rangers just picked up the Marlies forward off re-entry waivers.

Mark Bell came over with Vesa Toskala back in June 2007. Later that summer, while at a BBQ, my brother Ryan told me Mark Bell could score 40 goals. I almost choked on my burger.

Once I recovered, we made what came to be known as The Mark Bell bet. If Mark Bell would score 20 or more goals in the 2007-2008 NHL season, I'd owe my brother $50. If he scored 19 or less, he'd owe me $50. I remarked at the time that this was akin to taking candy from a baby.

Bell, for the record, did score two goals in the final two games that season, finishing with four. Here's how I recapped that final game of last season, his final game as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

Mark Fucking Bell. He scored again last night. He's the epitome of what's wrong with this team. The GM wanted him, rumour has it Gilmour convinced JFJ that Bell was a great score, personal and legal issues aside, he was a waste of space on the ice when he wasn't suspended or injured. Sure, two goals in a couple of garbage games doubled his season output to a whopping and impressive 4 goals, but he still had a spot on this roster. He was still worthy of wearing the blue and white in NHL contests. He won me a bet, but gave me an ulcer. I'd gladly cough up $50 to regain my dignity, my self respect, a little pride.

Farewell, Mark Bell. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien

conanAndy Richter and Conan O'Brien will be back together again on the Tonight Show.

It's been a while since I've been up late enough to watch Conan O'Brien's talk show, but there was a time I wouldn't miss it. Here's something I wrote six years ago.

I have nothing but positive feelings about Conan O'Brien. I knew him first as a writer and producer of some of the funniest Simpsons episodes ever. He wrote Homer Goes to College and Marge vs. the Monorail, two of my personal favourites. As a late night talk show host, he's certainly one of the best. My brother Steve and I made it a point to stay up and watch Conan during his first few seasons. This was a time when it was perfectly reasonable for me to go to bed at 1:30 in the morning. Conan O'Brien is directly responsible for a great deal of the laughter I have expunged throughout the past decade.

The next year, my brother Steve and I watched Conan tape his show at the Elgin Theatre. You might remember that infamous episode as the one in which Triumph the Comic Insult Dog took a poop on French Canadians. There was quite the outrage, as I recall.

Conan was never funnier than when he had Andy Richter by his side. Here's hoping they don't have to water things down for the 11:30 slot.

February 12, 2004 - Conan O'Brien

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Steven Page Goes Solo

newsSteven Page is no longer a member of the Barenaked Ladies. Along with Ed Robertson, Steven Page was a key voice in this band, which will go on recording without him. He's the vocalist on "Brian Wilson" for goodness sake!

From the official BNL site.

A MESSAGE FROM BARENAKED LADIES

By mutual agreement, Steven Page will be parting company with the remaining members of Barenaked Ladies. Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring together as Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities while the band enters the studio in April 2009, and hits the road in the fall.

Page says "These guys are my brothers. We've grown up together over the past twenty years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future."

The band also wish Steven well in all of his endeavors. Ed Robertson says: "It's the start of a new chapter for all of us. Here's to the future!"

Everyone is looking forward to making new music and thanks their fans for their support.

Hey Ladies, we spell it "endeavours" up here. Never forget your roots.

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A Tribe Called Quest - Excursions

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A Tribe Called Quest - Excursions
I can't believe it's been 18 years since A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory. It was a time when my ears were dominated by grunge but this jazzy hip-hop album got its fair share of listening time. I still dig this ablum.

This is the first cut on the disc, Excursions.

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Game Two Tonight

volleyballPrior to last Tuesday, I hadn't played volleyball since grade school. I think it was Mr. Iwaszko in grade seven who told me I made a sweet garbage man. In volleyball, I think that was a compliment.

That was over twenty years ago, but I joined a Mississauga league and I'm playing my second game of the 2009 season tonight. We dominated last week, and it all came back to me in the blink of an eye.

Call me liberos.

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Sales Force Web to Lead With Existing PHP File

questionmarkI'm working on a SalesForce.com web-to-lead implementation. In a nutshell, the content submitted via an HTML form needs to auto-update a new instance of SalesForce.com.

I thought it would be straight forward after reading these website setup instructions but I can't get it to work. The issue I'm having is with my existing PHP file that drives the forms. the Web-to-Lead only updates SF when the form action is equal to https://www.salesforce.com/servlet/servlet.WebToLead?encoding=UTF-8. When the form action is equal to my PHP file, it doesn't work!

Yes, I've already posted in the SF community forums, but I thought I'd try my luck here. Just in case...

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Cocaine Looks and Sounds Awesome

TVI was checking out the nine weirdest PSAs ever made and one has me hankering for some coke. No, not the cola kind, but good ol' cociane.

Watch this PSA which comes across as more of an ad for cocaine than anything. It's pretty convincing.

The antidote? Pee Wee Herman scares ya straight.


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Edgefest 2009 Lineup Unveiled

Edgefest 2009Last summer, I attended Edgefest for the first time in five years. Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Sam Roberts and others offered the motivation. As you'll read in my recap, I had a blast at Downsview Park that July afternoon.

This morning, the gang at Edge 102 unveiled the lineup for this year's Edgefest. Here are the bands performing at Downsview Park on June 20, 2009.

  • Billy Talent
  • AFI
  • Alexisonfire
  • Metric
  • K-OS
  • The Stills
  • Arkells
  • Beast
  • Clothes Make the Man
  • Dean Lickyer
  • Dinosaur Bones
  • Flash Lightnin'
  • La Casa Muerte
  • The Midway State
  • Moneen
  • Still Life Still
  • The Waking Eyes

It's not bad... I'd attend for the right price.

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Extras: Kate Winslet Hopes for a Holocaust Oscar

oscarKate Winslet won an Oscar last night for Best Actress. She won for The Reader, a movie I saw on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed. The Reader is about the Holocaust, which makes this clip she filmed for Ricky Gervais's Extras pretty damn funny.


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David Shoalts Misses the Point

David ShoaltsI wrote about following Brian Burke on Twitter about a month ago. It was clearly a parody account and not the real Brian Burke, and it was pretty damn funny.

It seems David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail has picked up on the story.

Someone signed up with Twitter under Burke's name and posted a number of remarks insulting to other people in the hockey world. Burke said in an e-mail message on Sunday night that he had nothing to do with the messages and the Leafs have issued a complaint to Twitter about the imposter.

Clearly, Shoalts has missed the point. It's called satire, and it's victim-less. It sounds like Burke himself has lost his sense of humour as well, as MLSE has complained to Twitter about the imposter.

I hope the fake Brian Burke keeps tweeting as he's far more interested than the real Brian Burke. Speaking of the real Brian Burke, doesn't he have a house to clean?

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Twitter vs. RSS, the Early Results are In...

Twitter vs. RSSBack in November, I created a Twitter account as a social media experiment of sorts. At the time, I was most interested in Twitter as an RSS feed alternative. Would people follow me on Twitter instead of subscribing to my RSS feed?

It only took a few months for the number of people following me on Twitter to exceed the number of people subscribed to my RSS feed. Here are the totals this morning.

117 Twitter followers
104 RSS subscribers

I swear by my RSS feeds, but I've noted the hesitancy of the "average joe" in adopting this form of syndication. Twitter, on the other hand, seems to be more user friendly... less intimidating.

I have two questions for the readers here... 1) Do you use Twitter? 2) Do you use RSS?

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Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2

LeafsThe Leafs took 3 of 4 points this weekend, with Tosky making 39 saves yesterday in New York.

It doesn't look like we'll be able to catch the Islanders for last place overall. The Islanders have 42 points, 14 points less than the Leafs. Still, a man can dream...

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
22-26-12
56 points
4th in Northeast Division
3-2 Win vs. New York
3-2 SOL vs. Vancouver
4-3 Loss vs. Columbus
J. Blake - 47
N. Antropov - 44
M. Stajan - 41

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And The Winner Is...

OscarMy refusal to pick The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for any awards did not serve me well tonight. It was my worst Oscar pool showing ever, but it's not all about me...

This year's winner is Elvis with 19. Congrats, Elvis.... and thank you. Thank you very much.

Toronto Mike

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Milk
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 9


Taryn

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Milk
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Encounters at the End of the World
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: This Way Up
Total: 12


Mary

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Meryl Streep in Doubt
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Frost/Nixon
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Baader Meinhof Complex -- Germany
Best Documentary Feature: Encounters at the End of the World
Best Documentary Short: The Conscience of Nhem En
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory
Total: 9


Steve

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 18


Vanessa

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 18


Mississauga Mike

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 15


Mark from Ottawa

Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: This Way Up
Total: 7


Frank the Tank

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: Defiance
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: Iron Man
Sound Mixing: Wanted
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Total: 5


Sharon

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory
Total: 16


Jewelgurl

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Conscience of Nhem En
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 16


elvis

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 19


Bill

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Meryl Streep in Doubt
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: Changeling
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: Bolt
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: This Way Up
Total: 6


Chris Pierson

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 17


Kevin Willms

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Frost/Nixon
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: Revolutionary Road
Costume Design: Revolutionary Road
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Departures -- Japan
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 10


Paul Gvildys

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Doubt
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: This Way Up
Total: 9


shane alexander

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Milk
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: Bolt
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: Oktapodi
Total: 8


Stephanie Wilkinson

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Changeling
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: Revolutionary Road
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: This Way Up
Total: 10


codexofdreams

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Frozen River
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Defiance
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Wanted
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Baader Meinhof Complex -- Germany
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 9


Alison

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Iron Man
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: Kung Fu Panda
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: Presto
Total: 9


Ronnie

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Angelina Jolie in Changeling
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Revanche -- Austria
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory
Total: 10

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Our 2009 Oscar Picks

OscarThanks to everyone who entered my little Oscar pool. Here is everyone's picks.

Good luck to all. I'll declare a winner tomorrow.

Toronto Mike

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Milk
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Presto


Taryn

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Milk
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Encounters at the End of the World
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: This Way Up


Mary

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Meryl Streep in Doubt
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Frost/Nixon
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Baader Meinhof Complex -- Germany
Best Documentary Feature: Encounters at the End of the World
Best Documentary Short: The Conscience of Nhem En
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory


Steve

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto


Vanessa

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto


Mississauga Mike

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: Presto


Mark from Ottawa

Best Picture: Milk
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: This Way Up


Frank the Tank

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: Defiance
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: Iron Man
Sound Mixing: Wanted
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: La Maison en Petits Cubes


Sharon

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory


Jewelgurl

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Conscience of Nhem En
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto


elvis

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Best Animated Short: Presto


Bill

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Meryl Streep in Doubt
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: Changeling
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: Bolt
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: This Way Up


Chris Pierson

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Presto


Kevin Willms

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Frost/Nixon
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: Revolutionary Road
Costume Design: Revolutionary Road
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Departures -- Japan
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Best Animated Short: Presto


Paul Gvildys

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Doubt
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: Iron Man
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: This Way Up


shane alexander

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Milk
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Dark Knight
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: Bolt
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class -- France
Best Documentary Feature: The Garden
Best Documentary Short: The Final Inch
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: Oktapodi


Stephanie Wilkinson

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: WALL-E
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Changeling
Film Editing: The Dark Knight
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: Revolutionary Road
Original Score: WALL-E
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Mixing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: This Way Up


codexofdreams

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Frozen River
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: Defiance
Original Song: O Saya from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: WALL-E
Sound Mixing: Wanted
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: The Baader Meinhof Complex -- Germany
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: New Boy
Best Animated Short: Presto


Alison

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: Australia
Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: Iron Man
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Dark Knight
Best Animated Feature Film: Kung Fu Panda
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir -- Israel
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306
Best Live Action Short: Manon on the Asphalt
Best Animated Short: Presto


Ronnie

Best Picture: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Best Actress: Angelina Jolie in Changeling
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Reader
Cinematography: The Dark Knight
Film Editing: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Art Direction: The Dark Knight
Costume Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Score: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Original Song: Down to Earth from WALL-E
Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Best Foreign Language Film: Revanche -- Austria
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki
Best Live Action Short: The Pig
Best Animated Short: Lavatory - Lovestory

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Frost/Nixon

A Movie ReelFrost/Nixon: 8 out of 10.

Frost/Nixon was one of five films I watched during yesterday's AMC Best Picture Showcase at Yonge and Dundas. It was great.

You're forgiven if you don't know that name Frank Langella. He's worked a tonne, but there's nothing that really jumps out and forces you to learn his name. And yes, I'm aware he was Skeletor in Masters of the Universe.

Frank Langella's performance as Richard Nixon makes this movie sing. Considering the film is about an interview between a British talk show host and a former president of the United States, Frost/Nixon is surprisingly gripping. It's like a boxing match for the heavyweight title.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A Movie ReelThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 6.5 out of 10.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was one of five films I watched during yesterday's AMC Best Picture Showcase at Yonge and Dundas.

After watching Milk and The Reader, I was left underwhelmed by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was very long, and a shadow of a similar movie I enjoyed a great deal more. Yes, I'm referring to Forrest Gump, a movie ten times better than The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Seriously, Eric Roth penned both screenplays. He essentially watered down Forrest Gump here, with similarities you can't ignore. Here's a spoof that does a pretty good job explaining the parallels.

I was also underwhelmed by Brad Pitt's performance. He was better in another David Fincher film we know and love. I'm surprised The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was even nominated for Best Picture, considering both The Wrestler and Wall-E were superior, in my humble opinion.

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The Reader

A Movie ReelThe Reader: 8 out of 10.

The Reader was one of five films I watched during yesterday's AMC Best Picture Showcase at Yonge and Dundas. It was great.

I went into The Reader totally cold, without a clue what it was about. It's actually the most thought provoking of the films I saw last night, as I'm still debating certain details with myself.

As usual, Kate Winslet is brilliant as Anna Schmitz, and my pick as Best Actress. She also gets naked a lot, something else she's quite good at.

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Milk

A Movie ReelMilk: 8 out of 10.

Milk was one of five films I watched during yesterday's AMC Best Picture Showcase at Yonge and Dundas. It was great.

Watching Sean Penn as Harvey Milk has me torn between him and Mickey Rourke for Best Actor. I'll be posting everyone's Oscar picks later this morning, so you'll see then who I pick to win it.

On a side note, it's worth mentioning that Milk has absolutely nothing to do with my favourite beverage.

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Maple Leafs 2, Canucks 3

LeafsLet it be written that Mats returned to Toronto as a visitor and scored the shootout winner for Vancouver.

I didn't see the game, but it sounds like the response was generally positive and only a few booed #13. I was happy to hear that.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
21-26-12
54 points
4th in Northeast Division
3-2 SOL vs. Vancouver
4-3 Loss vs. Columbus
4-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
J. Blake - 47
N. Antropov - 44
M. Stajan - 41

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Mobile Micro-Blogging Today

TwitterI'm heading for downtown and leaving the laptop at home, but I'll be updating my Twitter account throughout the day.

If you're a Twitter user, you can follow me at http://twitter.com/torontomike. For everyone else, this entry will update with my most recent tweets, so just reload this page when you want an update.

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It's Time To Move On

LeafsMats is visiting tomorrow. I'm torn.

Well over 300 entries on this blog contain the word Sundin. He was the best player on our beloved Leafs since the 1994/1995 season. He was quiet, private, classy and, we thought, loyal. Then, Mats sold us out, signing with the Canucks in December without going through training camp with his new teammates, something he said he wouldn't do when he refused to waive his no-trade clause last February.

The past two years with Mats have been wrought with emotion. He emphatically declared the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup during his tenure with the club (Words to Dream By - April 19, 2007). Meanwhile, my biggest fear was that he'd end up a Senator (Sundin to the Sens: A Jagged Little Pill - November 5, 2007) or a Canadien (Sundin a Hab? A Strange Day in Toronto Sports - June 20, 2008). Perish the thought.

When he was asked by Cliff Fletcher to waive his no-trade clause, you could tell Mats was conflicted. I urged him to waive his no-trade clause as a martyr-like sacrifice for Leafs Nation (It's Ok, You Know I Love You Anyway - February 23, 2008) and, when he refused to do so, I praised his decision as honourable (Loyalty Personified - February 25, 2008). I saw Mats as a different kind of cat (Mats Is A Different Cat - July 2, 2008)... a deeper thinker who is very private and very proud.

Mats all but disappeared last summer. I called out to him in late July (Sundin Sundin Sundin Sundin Sundin Sundin Sundin - July 22, 2008) but training camp opened without him. I still assumed he would re-sign with the Leafs or retire, as any other option would taint his legacy here in the capital of the universe. Then, a little birdy splashed the writing on the wall (Sundin Trashes Toronto: Toronto Mike Exclusive! - November 27, 2008) and Mats signed with Vancouver (Bedtime Stories for Mats Sundin - December 18, 2008).

The next day, I started to deal with the pain (Mats Sundin Will Not Retire A Maple Leaf - December 19, 2008).

I don't know why I thought Mats was different. I don't know how I can still be surprised that professional athletes look out for themselves, saying the right things and doing what makes good business sense at the end of the day. I guess I thought Mats was different. I guess I was wrong.

Mats Sundin and his Vancouver Canucks play at the ACC on February 21. I'll be watching, and I'll be cheering for #13. He's not who I thought he was, but he gave his all to this franchise for 14 years, and that's worth something.

We're a day away from that game. Part of me wants to give him a big hug and thank him for the memories, but another part of me wants to give him the cold shoulder and let him know that he hurt me.

Tomorrow, I'll let it go, tip my Leafs cap to #13 and close out the era. It's time to heal. It's time to move on. I wish Mats luck with the Canucks–I'm just glad it's not with the Sens or Habs.

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A Week of Headers

typewriterThose of you who kick it old school and visit TorontoMike.com or torontomike.com will have noticed a different header image every day. Every Friday, I post all the header images from the previous week. Here are the awesomely hilarious and insightful header images you may have missed this past week.

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Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 4

LeafsFuture Leaf Rick Nash scored late in the first, set up Kristian Huselius’ tying goal in the third and then fired home the shootout winner as the Blue Jackets beat Pogge and the Leafs.

Justin Pogge made back-to-back starts for first time in his career, and he played much better than he did against Buffalo. He'll return to the Marlies now until the next time Burke and Wilson want to throw him in.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
21-26-11
53 points
4th in Northeast Division
4-3 Loss vs. Columbus
4-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
6-2 Win vs. Pittsburgh
J. Blake - 46
N. Antropov - 44
M. Stajan - 40

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Is This Racist?

NewspaperYesterday's New York Post had a cartoon by Sean Delonas depicting the author of the stimulus bill as a chimp.

There's an outcry today, from Rev. Al Sharpton and others. Here's Sharpton's statement.

The cartoon in today's New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that "Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill".

Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?

I must admit, I'm uncomfortable with this imagery. I sense racial overtones, and the chimp joke after the woman was attacked in Stamford, Connecticut is truly unfunny. With President Barack Obama paying his first visit to Canada, I ask you this... Do you think this cartoon is racist?

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Planning My Oscar Weekend

OscarThis Saturday I'm planning to catch all five movies nominated for Best Picture at Sunday's Academy Awards. It's AMC's Best Picture Showcase and it kicks off with Milk at 10:30 Saturday morning. I'll be at the Yonge & Dundas AMC here in Toronto.

You can order tickets now at http://www.amctheatres.com/. It's $30 for a collectible pass that lets you come and go as you please. In addition to the five films, you get unlimited large popcorn refills all day.

I've never seen more than two movies in a theatre in a single day, so this will be interesting. Of the five movies, I've already seen Slumdog Millionaire, so I'll probably go out for dinner during that one. I'm thinking the key is getting up for a walk to stretch the legs between films... especially before The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I hear is a long one.

Sunday, of course, is the Oscar telecast. If you haven't yet got to it, my little Oscar pool form is right here.

And yes, I'll Tweet between films... so follow that action at http://twitter.com/torontomike.

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Comment Pot Pourri

Comments Here are recent comments left on this site you may have missed. All of these comments were left in 2009.

From the time I was a kid, the place always had a bit of magic: Dream a little ... fill out a blue-inked, white piece of paper ... and ... ummm ... sometimes you might get exactly what you asked for.

During my college years (where my areas of study were economics, business administration, marketing), in the late 1970's and early 1980's, I worked part time at store #47, in Cambridge, Ontario.

I loved the place. Part of what inspired me to get a job there was to improve upon the things I enjoyed about CD. While not quite the band of inspirational free-thinkers who had invented milk and honey, I was surprised at the relatively large ego of the bureaucracy on high ... where customer satisfaction and loyalty seemed to matter not.

At store level, I never viewed a customer leaving dissatisfied or empty-handed as a good thing. Without being asked or told, I would often quietly work the system to find out what could be done to improve/expedite things to everyone's betterment.

No sour grapes here, but even as a wet-nosed college kid, I was surprised at how little attention was given by upper management to ideas put forth by forward-thinking customers, workers or store managers.

Walmart or not, I think that Consumer's Distributing could have gone on to become a modern superstar among current retailers. A bit of intuitiveness, imagination, the ability to listen and smaller egos could have gone a long way for them. It's too bad that they are gone.

~ Linus, Consumers Distributing

Is Toronto Mike your stage name? Who is the great OZ behind the curtain...?

It is awful creepy that Mike from Lowville knows that I'm a redhead? How is this possible exactly...? What kind of blog are you running here and mostly how is the color of my hair relevant?

~ Amber, Scientology, Autism and the Death of Jett Travolta

Anyone who includes Our Lady Peace on a list has no musical taste whatsoever.

~ Gerry, 49 Songs

Hey!I went to a catholic school and I remember this game we played where a personwith both hands would hold onto a chain link fence.Then the next person would run and land on his back,then the next person would do the same.I'm not sure what it was called or what the purpose of it was,but I seriously injured my neck.Whip-lash I think!

Anyways those were the days!

~ Anonymous, Games We Played in the Schoolyard

I was at the resort that night, in the hotel - that explains all the partying happening on the first floor! LOL

~ Matthew, Returning to Normal

Thank God! We get to hear The Champ on KJKJ108 in Grand Forks ND. I thought that voice was familiar, but after 25 yrs. of not hearing CITI-FM who'da thunk it was ol' Brother Jake? Always good for a laugh...work stops at my job whenever The Champ comes on. Thanx, Bro Jake. Really miss the CITI-FM days...that was the only station worth having on in northern MN in the early 80's

~ Danny, The Champ

I doubt he rests in peace now.

I think he's meditating hard now to find peace after he deceived millions of people, telling them that Transcendental meditation has nothing to do with religion, taking lots of money and telling that mantras are meaningless words. I hope god writes down the mantra "aima" on a stick and shoves it through his lazy ass

~ Rob, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rest in Peace

Was just searching one of my favorite (hillarious) moments in sport and this conversation came up. The moment I'm speaking of is Brad Marsh scoring in the all-star game. As for for the comment about naming a house support after the cumbersome one, I laughed for hours, thanks for the smile felix.

~ Edmonton Jason, Ryan Hollweg Joins Worst Maple Leaf Team Ever

"Unfair disadvantage of playing commercials to pay the bills"???

Heck, I'm heating my tiny condo by burning $100 bills! Real ones, too. Not the Pacific Mall knockoffs with Jet Li instead of Robert Borden on the front! 'Scuze me while I finish the bacon and eggs I'm consuming from a hooker's chest......

Seriously, get better Andy. You're missed in this market.

~ Stafford, Andy Barrie's Privacy Protected

fuck tsn2 fuck it in the goat ass. oh and fuck rogers

~ shme, TSN2 and the Raptors

That's awful.

They get a smaller font than Girl Talk, who just take PE music and mash it up with Britney Spears?

Gah.

~ Down Goes Brown, No Respect

McCown doesn't know shit about sports in general! It's either he takes the position of the majority of the roundtable or he likes to be a dick and play devil's advocate with stupid arguments. His shows can also go weeks (and I mean it) without variety. For example, For at least 2 weeks, nothing was talked about EXCEPT fighting in hockey recently! No one cares what you think about you're not changing anyone's mind bud so stop talking about it! FUCK! And his commercials make him look like a duche, not someone who thinks they know sports.

I think Watters is an idiot aswell to be honest. As already stated he loves the Leafs off. Don't find him entertaining either.

Getting off the AM/FM dial, Hardcore sports is best.

~ Lloyd Bank$, Bob McCown vs. Bill Watters

OMG!!! I love this blog! I had the same hell from Prima for months now. Thank God, I am not alone in my horrible opinion of them. Seems like Vic and Frank are the only two people running the company. WTF is going on there? Anyone living in Vancouver should go visit them in person and see what shady warehouse or garage they must be working out of. LOL Keep sending the complaints and boycott their products. Hopefully, soon they will go out of business and save others form this nightmare! :-) Maybe one of us should start a Facebook group on this as well. LOL

~ Souvla, My Prima Television Nightmare

It's not surprising it's your favourite show Mike. It's aimed at people like you.

~ Sammi, I Got Hurt Feelings, I Got Hurt Feelings

I'd ask him how he feels about being in the presence of Toronto Blogging Greatness. That and when he found out he was drafted by the Leafs did he want to a) quit hockey, b) kill himself.

~ howard, Questions for Justin Pogge

I saw the movie twice and just purchased the release in Feb/09

The movie was about the 10th battalion in which my father served during the entire war except from Aug/18 when he was shot through the leg. A battalion at full strength is 1,000. men The 10th went through nearly 6,000. in the four year war. Dad told me some of the horrors and in particular, Passchendaele. The action scenes were exactly as recorded.I am on my way to the western front with my two daughters in April/09. My third visit, and Passchendaele will certainly be on the list. When general Charteris first saw the battlefield of Passchendaele, He burst into tears saying, " We sent men to fight in that?" (The 3feet of mud) flanked by fortified machine gun fire with the enemy controlling from the hill. No wonder the Germans referred to the Canadians as shock troops.

~ Dave Vose, Passchendaele: The 10th Battalion, CEF

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The Argument You Can't Win

crossRecently, Freddie P. wrote about Bill Maher's Religulous.

Even though we've advanced in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades, and much of what religion represents has been exposed as a cover for corruption, greed and much too often sexual assault, Religulous is valuable in the sense that it gives the "other side" equal time.

As Maher points out in the movie, the idea of Santa Claus visiting every house on earth in one evening is ridiculous, but the thought of one man having the capability of controlling the earth and being privy to all our thoughts is widely accepted.

How screwed is that?

I've got an entire category devoted to my struggles with Catholicism. As youngsters, we are groomed to believe that which our parents believe. As adults, it's difficult for many to reach a different conclusion. Many continue to blindly believe without questioning a thing.

As expected, Fred's entry ignited quite the debate in the comments. When one believes in their religion and/or their God, it's a sin to doubt and even the most sensible, rational argument will fall on deaf ears.

This is the argument you simply can't win. It's not even worth having it.

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Mary Barrie, Andy Barrie's Wife, Passes

bereavementOn November 6, Andy Barrie took an indefinite leave of absence from his duties as host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One. I heard his sign-off as he told us there were serious health issues in his family right now and he needed to leave his post in order to offer his full support there.

Last month, I wrote about how fiercely the CBC was protecting Andy's privacy, as they never referred to Andy's three month absence nor did they acknowledge he would one day return to the airwaves. I asked Andy if he was okay, and he replied.

I'm really touched that so many people are concerned. Let me reassure anyone who's worried about my welfare that I'm alright and that there's no wish on either the CBC's or my part to be mysterious. It's just as I said when I went on leave- I'm needed by my family. I might be a public person, but they're not. The CBC's been wonderfully supportive throughout all this. I miss my work, but not as much as I'd be missed at home if I weren't able to be here.

All the best to all...
Andy

Sadly, we now know why Andy has been on leave. His wife, Mary Barrie, has died of cancer.

TORONTO — Mary Barrie, the wife of popular CBC Radio host Andy Barrie, has died following a battle with cancer.

Barrie, the host of Metro Morning on CBC Toronto for some 12 years, had left the program last November to be with his ailing wife. She died Wednesday after recently retiring as director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Prior to that, she worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto as the director of education and human resources planning.

A statement today on Metro Morning said the couple were married for almost 40 years and have one daughter.

The couple lived on a farm north of Toronto and it was there she spent the last few months of her life.

She sounds like she herself was an extraordinary lady. My condolences to Andy and his family on their loss.

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Toronto Mike Tweets on Twitter

twitterIt makes sense that someone who has blogged daily for almost seven years would dig Twitter. I see Tweets on Twitter as micro-blogging, a nice complement to the junk I'm posting here at torontomike.com.

At first I was treating Twitter as a sort of RSS feed, auto-tweeting to alert followers to a new entry here. Now, I'm ready to kick it up a notch, with stand-alone Tweets above and beyond what I post here.

Now that I'll be using Twitter more, I've added a Twitter page to this site. http://www.torontomike.com/twitter.html will display my last 40 tweets. Of course, you can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/torontomike.

It's time to kick this Twitter thing up a notch... or two.

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The Trilogy Meter

XXXYou've probably seen this already, but it's The Trilogy Meter by a cat named Dan Meth.

I think it's spot-on, especially The Godfather one.

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Classified - The Maritimes

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.

Classified - The Maritimes
I've never lived in the Maritimes, but if I did, this would be my anthem.

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Time Healed This Wound

MedicalA little over a month ago, I suffered a first degree left shoulder separation. It was my first separated shoulder, and I had no idea how the healing process would go. The doctor told me it would take eight weeks to heal and I could start playing sports again whenever I could handle the pain, because I couldn't make it any worse.

It seems time heals all wounds. Here's a quick breakdown of the healing process.

Week One
Pure hell. Two percocets every four hours just to stay ahead of the excruciating pain. It hurt to sleep, I couldn't come close to touching my nose with my left hand and I didn't think I'd ever be able to lift my four year old daughter again.

Week Two
The pain is dulling! Still riding the percocet train to wellville, but I'm getting my range of motion back. Look, ma! I can touch the top of my head!

Week Three
Great improvement! I can use the arm, I just can't put any muscle into it. For example, I can push the snow with the shovel, I just can't do the lift part to dump it on my neighbour's lawn. I think I can play hockey, though... Yeah, I'm crazy, but it's a good crazy. The percs are now only for sleeping.

Week Four
The separated shoulder now feels more like a bad bruise. I'm playing hockey and, for the first time since grade school, I played three sets of volleyball. I'm back, baby!!! Although I still can't sleep on my left side....

I considered suicide as an escape during week one, but now I'm glad I held on. I'll be 100% by spring training.

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Maple Leafs 1, Sabres 4

LeafsIt seems I caught Justin Pogge at Ricoh just in the nick of time. He's now a cab ride away at the ACC where he started for the Leafs last night.

Pogge had another rough game, surrendering three goals in the first period. But this time, he gets to stick around for another start, possibly Saturday against the Canucks in Mats' homecoming.

I say we ride Pogge to John Tavares.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
21-26-10
52 points
4th in Northeast Division
4-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
6-2 Win vs. Pittsburgh
5-4 OTL vs. Florida
J. Blake - 45
N. Antropov- 42
M. Stajan - 39

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Semi-Pro

A Movie ReelSemi-Pro: 5 out of 10.

I saw some pretty weak comedies this Family Day long weekend. Semi-Pro was funnier than Be Kind Rewind, but it barely earned a 5 out of 10.

People seem to really like Will Ferrell movies, but I'm always left disappointed. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was okay, but Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory were pretty bad. Throw this one in that bad pile.

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How Should Newspapers Make Money Online?

newspaperI actually feel sorry for the newspaper industry. I don't know about you, but I read almost all of my news now online and I don't pay a cent for any of it. I want it all, I want it instantly and I want it for free.

When people Google Andy Barrie's name, looking for information as to when he'll return to CBC Radio One, my blog entry on the subject is ranked #2. One of the few mainstream press articles on the subject belongs to the Globe and Mail, only they've hidden their article behind a form. You can't read the Globe article on Andy Barrie's leave of absence without buying 30 days access to it for $4.95 + tax. You can buy four articles for 30 days for $17.95 + tax.

At first this angered me. I don't want to spend over $5 just to read a single article online. The web is about articles being online forever and for free, right? And isn't $5 steep for a single article to be available to me for only 30 days?

I don't really know how newspapers are supposed to make money online in this day and age. I know I didn't pay the $5, and I'm not sure how many people out there would. In fact, just having the article offline will likely push people to other newspapers.

How should newspapers earn an honest buck in this age of the Internet, or are they S.O.L?

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I Was Your Teacher

memoryThe following comment was left by Bugsy Brown on my recent It's Patrick, He Got Life Insurance entry.

Does anyone remember the Oil of Olay commercial... on a ski mountain.

Guy spots a lady and says..
"Emerson High, 1975. You were in my class."

"I was your teacher."

"Miss Fitzhenry?"

"Bugsy Brown."

I loved that commercial almost as much as "Patrick" but I can't find it anywhere.

I remember it well, and it was recently uploaded by Retrontario. Only it wasn't a ski mountain, it was a hangar.


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Be Kind Rewind

A Movie ReelBe Kind Rewind: 3 out of 10.

I strongly discourage you all from giving Be Kind Rewind a shot. The premise may intrigue you, and the presence of Jack Black may cause you to believe it can't be all that bad, but I assure you... it is.

I honestly couldn't get through it, and it's pretty rare that I shut down a flick mid-stream. It's almost as if Jack Black, Mos Def and Danny Glover were making it up as they went along. It's one of the least funny comedies I've ever had the displeasure of watching.

What a mess. Avoid at all costs. This is not a drill.

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Family Songs for Family Day

FamilyIt's our second ever Family Day today. Sure, it sounds... made up, but I'll take it.

Here are songs in my MP3 collection with the word "family" in the title.

  • Family Reunion - Blink-182
  • Ode to My Family - Cranberries
  • The Proud Family - Destiny's Child
  • Family Business - Fugees
  • Family Business - Kanye West
  • It Runs In The Family - Kish
  • All In The Family - Korn
  • Family Tree - Lamar Antwon Robinson
  • Family Tree - Loretta Lynn
  • Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
  • Wild Pack of Family Dogs - Modest Mouse
  • Family - Nas
  • Family Snapshot - Peter Gabriel
  • Family Portrait - Pink
  • We're a Happy Family - Ramones
  • We Are Family - Sister Slede
  • Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
  • Family of Men - Three Dog Night
  • We Are Family - The Tragically Hip
  • Family Band - The Tragically Hip
  • Friends and Family - Trik Turner
  • Family Tree - TV on the Radio

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Spinnerette - Ghetto Love

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS21 consideration. I'm submitting "Ghetto Love" by Spinnerette.

This very cool video, directed by Liam Lynch, features Spinnerette's Brody Dalle. Brody Dalle is no stranger to SLS. Two tunes from her previous band, The Distillers, have previously made the grade.

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Maple Leafs 6, Penguins 2

LeafsPittsburgh actually took a 2-1 lead into the third period before Jason Blake went crazy with a couple of nifty goals 19-seconds apart. It was a great period in which we'd score five goals in total.

I'm sorry to see the Penguins mired in such a slump. With the Leafs out of the playoffs, Pittsburgh is a team I can actually get behind. I was counting on them to make another run at the cup but now it looks like they'll be playing golf with our Leafers.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
21-25-10
52 points
4th in Northeast Division
6-2 Win vs. Pittsburgh
5-4 OTL vs. Florida
5-2 Win vs. Montreal
J. Blake - 44
N. Antropov- 42
M. Stajan - 39

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New HD Simpsons Opening

HomerTomorrow night's episode of The Simpsons will include the first full, permanent revamp of the show’s opening titles since its premiere in 1989.

The show has moved to high definition widescreen broadcasting which made this change necessary. Here's the new opening.

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Jeremy Williams Opens Scoring in Marlies Win

MarliesI took both kids down to Ricoh Coliseum this afternoon to watch the Toronto Marlies take on the Grand Rapids Griffins. We won 5-4, extending our winning streak to three games.

The more I'm exposed to this Marlies team, the more I like it. Then again, I'm a die-hard Leaf fan, and a great number of these Marlies have played with the Leafs. Here's a quick list, off the top of my head.

  • Justin Pogge
  • Ryan Hollweg
  • Jiri Tlusty
  • Anton Stralman
  • Bates Battaglia
  • Mark Bell
  • Ben Ondrus
  • Jeremy Williams
  • Andre Deveaux
  • Kris Newbury

Jeremy Williams opened the scoring, but all he ever does is score, Ryan Hollweg's stache looked massive from the first row, Bates Battaglia looked as sharp as ever and Jiri Tlusty should be a Leaf again any day now.

Of all of Toronto's professional sports franchises, the Marlies are unique. They're actually going to play playoff games in 2009.

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1191 Love Songs

HeartI had a great entry idea for Valentine's Day. I was going to list the songs in my collection with "love" in the title. That was the plan, until I did the query.

My collection has 1191 songs with "love" in the title. That's over 6 GBs of MP3s and it would take me over three days to hear them all. Sure, some of the songs actually have "lover" in the title, or "loved", but that's still a whole lotta music.

I'll bet love is the most common theme in popular music. From "Love Will Tear Us Apart" to "Crazy In Love", it's all about the heart.

As it turns out, I've had this idea before. From Valentine's Day 2004, here were my ten favourite "love" songs at the time.

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Just Do It

HeartI've never been a fan of this so-called-holiday. Valentine's Day is yet another marketing ploy, a monument to commercialism. For years I fought it, but after 13-years of marriage, I think I've finally figured it out.

Just do it. Yes, it's a stupid holiday, and we shouldn't be forced to buy chocolates and flowers or whatever, just because it's February 14, but resistance if futile. Just buy the flowers and chocolates, like I did, and reap the rewards.

Chicks dig it. It just makes them swoon. The sooner you accept defeat and give this victory to the greeting cards manufacturers and the flower shops, the sooner you'll realize it's just not worth the fight.

Just do it. Trust me.

I Choo-Choo-Choose You

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Maple Leaf Gardens

LeafsThe last hockey game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens ten years ago yesterday.

I have a lot of great MLG memories, having seen a number of games there during the 80s and 90s. I kept most of my ticket stubs, and here are some of the older style tickets they used to literally tear at the Gardens gate.

March 12, 1988 - Maple Leafs February 27, 1988 - Maple Leafs November 29, 1986 - Maple Leafs October 11, 1989 - Maple Leafs October 14, 1989 - Maple Leafs December 30, 1989 - Maple Leafs January 3, 1990 - Maple Leafs January 10, 1990 - Maple Leafs

You may have noticed the majority of those stubs are from the same pair of Grey seats. We used to buy them from the guy who taught me in grade 5 and grade 7. 95% of the games I saw at Maple Leaf Gardens were seen from the Greys, but I didn't care. I just loved being in the building.

I remember my old man taking me to games in the mid-80s and the sounds of the scalpers and that strange smell on Carlton I'd later realize was marijuana. I remember the euphoria in the building when the Leafs scored, those bright television lights and Harold Ballard and King Clancy checking things out from their box.

My favourite Maple Leaf Gardens memory that I witnessed live was My Game, December 30, 1989. That was the last Leafs game of the 80s and if you click over and read the details, it was a game that this 15-year old would never forget.

When I'm rich, I'm going to buy Maple Leaf Gardens and restore the ice. I want to skate where Bill Barilko scored the game 5 winner in 1951.

Maple Leaf Gardens

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Horton Hears a Who!

A Movie ReelHorton Hears a Who!: 7 out of 10.

We watched this one with the kids tonight, and it was pretty entertaining.

In the book, Horton Hears a Who! seems to be about a speck. In the movie, it seems to be about something greater. The movie seems to be about God or religion. Is it just me, or are there some hardcore Christian undertones running through this flick?

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A Week of Headers

typewriterThose of you who kick it old school and visit TorontoMike.com or torontomike.com will have noticed a different header image every day. Every Friday, I post all the header images from the previous week. Here are the awesomely hilarious and insightful header images you may have missed this past week.

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My Interview with Justin Pogge

MicrophoneJustin Pogge was drafted in the third round, 90th overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He's currently a Toronto Marlie who gets called up to play for the Maple Leafs now and then. I had a few questions for him, as did you, and the Marlies were nice enough to let me into today's practice at the Ricoh Coliseum so I could pepper young Pogge.

It was pretty cool watching the practice and checking things out behind the scenes. I created a Flickr photoset of pics I took if you're curious. Here are my questions and Justin Pogge's answers.

Q: Do you read what they write about you in the press? Do you have a Google Alert for your name?
A: No, not really. I read the newspapers, but I don't have a Google Alert for Pogge or anything like that.

Q: What do you really think of the current plan to bring you up for a game here and there but to send you back to the Marlies right away no matter how you play?
A: I think it's great! There's no pressure. Sure, it would be nice to stay up, but it's a good strategy.

Q: Are you playing tomorrow night?
A: Yeah, for the Marlies.

Q: What was the explanation that Greg Gilbert gave you for going with Clemmensen in the AHL playoffs last year?
A: Clem was hot and he carried us through the first two rounds. You have to go with the hot hand.

Q: What was your favourite team when you were a kid?
A: I moved from Alberta to British Columbia, so my favourite teams were the Flames and Canucks. But I liked all the Canadian teams.

Q: What role does Curtis Joseph play when you're up for one of your fly-by, drop-in performances. Are you buddies?
A: He's great, we can talk about anything. And he's got a wealth of knowledge and experience. We're buddies.

Q: What's the biggest adjustment you've had to make moving to Toronto?
A: Ha! The first year was tough. I didn't even know where to buy a lightbulb! It's definitely a big city, but now I don't find it as overwhelming.

Q: What's your favourite beer?
A: All of them! There's a pilsener out West you can't get here that's probably my favourite.

Q: What's your favourite band?
A: Led Zeppelin, Kiss, The Rolling Stones... Of the new bands, my favourite is probably Queens of the Stone Age.

Me with Justin Pogge

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Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 6

LeafsYa gotta love the NHL rule that saddles Cujo with the loss last night after Tosky got rocked for 4 goals in the first.

Speaking of Maple Leaf goaltenders, I'm hooking up with Justin Pogge in an hour. No, that's not nearly as dirty as it sounds. I've got questions pulled from this entry and I'll be posting answers later today.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
20-25-10
50 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-4 OTL vs. Florida
5-2 Win vs. Montreal
5-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
J. Blake - 42
N. Antropov- 39
M. Stajan - 36

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AMC's 2009 Best Picture Showcase

OscarThe AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 Theatre is having a great promotion where for one price movie goers are able to see all 5 Best Picture nominees in one day.

That day is Saturday, Feb. 21 and they're sending Toronto Mike, who has only seen one of the pictures nominated for best picture. That's right, I'm now referring to myself in the third person!

The Oscar "Best Picture" nominees, "Milk," "The Reader," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Frost/Nixon," will play in one dedicated auditorium back-to-back throughout the day. Upon arrival to the theatre, guests will receive a souvenir lanyard, which will feature artwork from the five nominated films and give guests the freedom to come and go throughout the event as they please.

Oh yeah, I get a large popcorn with unlimited refills for the entire day. Man, I'm going to feel sick that night...

The press release says you can get an all-day pass to this Best Picture Showcase for $30. If you wanna hang with me and watch Milk through Frost/Nixon, you know where to go...

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Oh yeah, don't forget my Oscar pool... make your picks here.

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Jeremy Williams

leafsI'm glad Jeremy Williams cleared waivers this afternoon and is headed back to the Marlies in the AHL. Firstly, that means I'll get to see him play on Saturday afternoon, and secondly, I like him as a player and hold out hope he can contribute to the Leafs.

On February 28, 2008, I wrote this little blurb about Jeremy Williams.

Jeremy Williams has played three NHL games in his career, all with the Leafs and each one separated by months in the AHL. He debuted on April 18, 2006, played his second game on February 26, 2007 and he played his third game in last night's thrilling comeback victory. Each game has been about a year apart and each game has featured a goal by this native of Glenavon, Saskatchewan. Three games, three years, three goals.

In December he was called up again, and scored again in his first game back. That's incredible.

See ya on the Marlies, Jeremy, but hopefully not for long.

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We Are The Same's Morning Moon

HipI haven't received a Tragically Hip email in a while, but I got one this morning.

Hi Folks,

Greetings to all. We have some very exciting news to deliver. Our twelfth album, We Are The Same, will be released in North America on Tuesday, April 7th. The album was produced by Bob Rock and recorded primarily at the Bathouse Studio. It contains twelve new tracks that range from levity and light to melancholy and anger. We think it has a little bit for everyone and showcases the great range of the band.

The full track listing is:

Morning Moon
Honey, Please
The Last Recluse
Coffee Girl
Now The Struggle Has A Name
The Depression Suite
The Exact Feeling
Queen of the Furrows
Speed River
Frozen In My Tracks
Love Is A First
Country Day

Here's that first single, Morning Moon.

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Robbie Alomar AIDS Shocker

JusticeI'm on the record calling Roberto Alomar the greatest Blue Jay of all-time. Robbie is all over the news today, but not because he's the best Jay ever. In fact, this Alomar news is rather sensational.

Former Toronto Blue Jays star second baseman Roberto Alomar has been accused by an ex-girlfriend of engaging in unprotected sex while having full-blown AIDS.

The claim was made by 31-year-old Ilya Dall, reports the New York Daily News. Dall has filed a $15-million US negligence lawsuit against Alomar.

Dall maintains she lived with Alomar for three years.

In papers gathered by the Daily News that were filed in state and federal court, Dall indicated that Alomar was tested for AIDS in January 2006.

That's quite the allegation. I imagine there are a few hundred (thousand?) Toronto women a little concerned right now. For Robbie's sake, and everyone elses, let's hope Ilya Dall's lawsuit is indeed frivolous.

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Robot Songs

FiveHere are seven songs with "robot" in the title that I found in my MP3 collection.

  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 - The Flaming Lips
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 2 - The Flaming Lips
  • One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21 - The Flaming Lips
  • Song of the Hip-Hop Robots - The Kleptones
  • Robots - Kraftwerk
  • Gay Robot - Adam Sandler
  • Mr. Roboto - Styx

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The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today

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.

The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
I'm sharing this track today because I dig it.

It's just a cool tune.

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Toronto Then and Now

FlickrJewelgurl is sharing a great Flickr photoset called Toronto Before from the gentleman behind http://torontobefore.blogspot.com.

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Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 5

LeafsIf you were watching this one, you know we were up 4-1 in the third. This was a game I was willing to sacrifice. In fact, I'm willing to accept losing every game this season that isn't against the Senators or Canadiens.

Right on queue, the Leafers collapsed and lost this one in overtime.

There's an entry in me about my post-Hoglund whipping boy, Nik Antropov, who played his 500th game last night, but I'm saving it until after he's traded at the deadline.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
20-24-10
50 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-4 OTL vs. Florida
5-2 Win vs. Montreal
5-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
J. Blake - 42
N. Antropov- 39
M. Stajan - 36

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Mike Myers is an Inglourious Basterd

moviesI love Quentin Tarantino movies, and I think there's a local law that states you have to love Scarberian Mike Myers. I mean, the guy named his dogs Gilmour and Borchevsky and managed to get a club named Gasworks into a major motion picture.

I like Quentin Tarantino and I like Mike Myers, but the two would never work together. Myers doesn't appear in Tarantino-type films...

Except it's happening! For real... I was just reading all about Tarantino's new film, Inglourious Basterds, and I learnt Mike Myers plays General Ed Fenech, a British "military mastermind" who provides a plot to kill Nazi leadership.

Inglourious Basterds might be just what the doctor ordered to wash the bad taste The Love Guru has left in our mouths.

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Squeeze Songs

FiveHere are five songs with "squeeze" in the title that I found in my MP3 collection.

  • Squeeze Box - The Who
  • Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Squeeze 1st - Jay-Z
  • Just Squeeze Me - Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
  • Mail Squeeze - Lost Dakotas

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Two-Thousand-and-Ten or Twenty-Ten?

CalendarTen years ago, it was 1999. We called that year "nineteen-ninety-nine". Canada became a nation in 1867. We called that year "eighteen-sixty-seven". For the past nine years, however, we took a different approach to how we say our calendar years.

This is 2009. We all say "two-thousand-and-nine". For some reason, we don't say "twent-oh-nine". I think that's because the "oh" part of "twenty-oh-nine" is awkward.

Next year is 2010. I'll bet we all call it "two-thousand-and-ten". Shouldn't we go back to the way it always was and call it "twenty-ten"?

Which will it be: two-thousand-and-ten or twenty-ten?

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Tony Fernandez Never Took Steroids

needleAlex Rodriguez has admitted to taking steroids. A-Rod was supposed to be the clean saviour who would wash the bad taste out of our mouths left by Barry Bonds. A-Rod is a jerk, but we hoped he was a jerk who didn't use performance enhancing drugs.

It turns out he's a jerk who did use performance enhancing drugs. Throw him in the pile with Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens. Here's what I wrote last year in Erasing an Era.

A life long baseball fan, I've never seen a pitcher as good as Rocket Roger Clemens. When it comes to offensive prowess, I've never seen a hitter as good as Barry Bonds. As far as I'm concerned, you can take a big ol' eraser and scrub the marvellous careers of both men from the record book.

In a sense, an entire era has now been erased. I'm sure both Clemens and Bonds were stellar before they took performance enhancing drugs, but a little juice spill ruins the entire meal. The steroids era, as it will be called by future generations, has claimed the greatest the game has to offer.

Many will shrug their shoulders and look forward. I can't help but look back, at what was and what wasn't, and wonder how the hell I'll ever know the difference. Does it matter? Yes, and if you're asking that question, you're not a fan of baseball.

The Chop Stops Here

I have more questions than answers. Where does it end? When did it begin? Now what?

I never worried that George Bell might be on the juice. It never crossed my mind that Tony Fernandez could be drugging. Dave Stieb had a nasty slider, but he didn't cheat.

Life used to be simpler. Today, every player is a suspect, and nothing is as it seems. It's innocence indicted.

Thanks, A-Rod.

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Questions for Justin Pogge

LeafsI'm getting an interview with Maple Leaf goaltender prospect Justin Pogge. We're ironing out the when and where, but it's happening.

If you could ask Justin Pogge a question, what would you ask him? Here are some I'll ask him.....

  • Do you read what the press says about you? Do you have a Google Alert for your name?
  • What's your favourite tune / band / musical genre?
  • What do you really think of the current plan to bring you up for a game here and there but to send you back to the Marlies right away no matter how you play?

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Doug Gilmour Bobblehead Doll

LeafsHere's the Doug Gilmour bobblehead doll they gave us at the Marlies game last Saturday.

It's way better than the Tomas Kaberle bobblehead they gave out last year. Kaberle is currently in three pieces, headless and without a right arm. And, Kaberle had a big sponsor sign on it whereas Doug Gilmour doesn't. He's the perfect size, the right durability and sponsor-free.

Another win for the Killer.

Doug Gilmour Bobblehead

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Toronto Mommy Blog Ready For Her Close-up

NotepadLast month I offered up a Toronto Mommy Blog. A Toronto mom took me up on the offer and has been blogging at http://www.torontomommy.com/ for a couple of weeks now.

I think she's ready for her close-up. If you're a mother, even if you don't live in the GTA, you'll likely relate to Toronto Mommy. Click on over and check it out.

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Russ Courtnall For John Kordic Was Not a Good Trade

LeafsI like Twitter. I can go weeks without checking in with Facebook, but I keep close tabs on my Twitter account. Today, thanks to Twitter, I finally visited Down Goes Brown's blog, one year old today.

Ya gotta love a blogger with the handle "Down Goes Brown". What Leaf fan doesn't smile when they hear that reference? It was Sylvain Lefebvre vs Rob Brown back in 1992 and Joe Bowen and Gord Stellick were calling the game for The Fan 1430. "Down goes Brown! Down goes Brown!"

Besides the awesome handle, Down Goes Brown writes about the good ol' days of Maple Leafs hockey. Lots of 80s and early 90s stuff that I remember fondly. One article in particular that piqued my interest was Russ Courtnall For John Kordic Was a Good Trade.

During some lean years in the 80s, we Leaf fans found delight with The Hound Line. The Hound Line was Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall and Gary Leeman, all former members of the Notre Dame Hounds. Russ Courtnall was a speedy little player who always showed a great deal of promise. I remember when he visited our nearby Ward and Patch to sign autographs. He was one of the few skilled players we had, and the aforementioned Gord Stellick traded him to Montreal for pugilist John Kordic.

The Kordic-Courtnall trade was the perfect example of what was wrong with the Leafs during the Harold Ballard years. Don't get me wrong, Kordic had his share of fans, but he was an enforcer and nothing more. The front page of my old scrapbook, shared here, shows the Torono Star articles I cut out following his death in 1992 from heart failure and a collapsed lung.

Down Goes Brown deserves credit for trying to argue our trade of Courtnall for Kordic was a good one, but he's wrong. Even if you agree with his questionable arguments, that the Leafs had to get much tougher and Courtnall wasn't that good, Courtnall for Kordic was the worst trade ever.

Here's Bowen's memorable "Down Goes Brown" call.


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21

A Movie Reel21: 6 out of 10.

Not bad, but not nearly good enough. It's frustrating that this interesting story with a solid cast amounted to a mere 6 on the Booner Scale.

With a better script, it coulda been a contender.

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Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist

VideoProbably the two most viral pieces of multimedia last week were the audio of Christian Bale ranting and raving on the set of Terminator Salvation and David all drugged up after going to the dentist.

If you somehow missed these clips, here's Christian Bale's rant (NSFW) and here's David After Dentist.

And here they are mashed up together. This is Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist and it's still NSFW.


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Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 2

LeafsI'd like to table something I've been thinking about for a while. In many regards, this is the greatest Leafs season a Leafs fan could possibly hope for. Allow me to explain...

We're all okay with losing this season, so we find a silver lining when the Sabres cream us 5-0. In a typical season, we'd have hated that game. It likely would have bummed me out for days. But this year, it was like water off a duck's back. In fact, I spun it as a positive.

Then, there are nights like last night. We beat the Habs in Montreal on a Saturday night. Young Jedi Luke Schenn scored his first NHL goal, the Jason Blake showcase continued and Tosky looked good. I enjoyed the win.

That means I'm now enjoying wins and losses, and that makes this the greatest Maple Leaf season in the history of the franchise. We can't lose.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
20-24-9
49 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-2 Win vs. Montreal
5-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
4-3 OTL vs. Florida
J. Blake - 40
N. Antropov- 38
M. Stajan - 35

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Grabovski vs. Kostitsyn

BoxingYou know the local sporting scene is desperate for anticipation when the main story heading into a Saturday night tilt between the Leafs and Habs in Montreal is Grabovski vs. Kostitsyn.

Grabs never struck me as the fighting type, but he's been jawing at Sergei Kostitsyn all week.

I think he is not Belarusian now, he is French, because I never fight with Belarusian guys. I don't know why he wants to fight with me. If he wants to fight, we'll go in the street and, every minute of every day, I'll wait for him and we'll fight.

Both Mikael Grabovski and Sergei Kostitsyn are five-foot-11 Belarusians. I don't know what started this feud, but I'll bet it was a woman.

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Cash 4 Gold Pays to Bury the Negative Blog Entries

MoneyHere in Toronto, we've had Russell Oliver's schlocky ads shoved in our faces for decades. He's the guy who wants to buy your used jewellery, calls himself the Cashman or Loan Arranger, and works out of Oliver Jewellery on Eglinton Avenue West. We expect him to offer well below fair market value, because that's how these pawn shop-type businesses operate.

In the US, there's a company called Cash 4 Gold who recently made a splash with an ad during the Super Bowl. A blogger wrote about someone's bad experience with Cash 4 Gold and that negative review started to rank very highly when people Googled Cash4Gold or Cash 4 Gold. This, as you can imagine, concerned the pr folks at Cash 4 Gold.

They actually tried to pay the blogger to remove the highly ranking entry or edit it so it ranked lower or wasn't as negative. Others with highly ranking negative articles took the few thousand dollars and changed the web page. This particular blogger at cockeyed.com didn't play along.

I can relate to this story, because I happen to rank very highly for a brand name and my highly ranking entry is completely negative. Try Googling for Prima TV or Prima Television. #1 with a bullet is My Prima Television Nightmare. As you can tell from the title, it's not a rave review, and 375 comments back up my claims.

The gang at Prima is well aware of my entry, as you can imagine. I've caught them writing phony positive comments, I've had emails from the boss over there and dozens of unhappy Prima customers have used my entry when negotiating with Prima or the outlet that sold them their faulty Prima.

Prima has never offered me money to take my page off line the way Cash 4 Gold does. I'm betting it's not because Prima has too much integrity, but more likely because they don't care about their reputation. As a recent commenter pointed out, even their on-line support page has been broken for weeks.

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James Whitmore, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumJames Whitmore was 87. He was the many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt.

I knew him best as inmate Brooks Hatlen in The Shawshank Redemption.

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The 81st Annual Toronto Mike Oscar Pool

OscarLoved ones, it's time for our annual Oscar Pool. Is this our 80th in a row or 81st? I've lost count.

To participate, complete this form before midnight on February 20th. Who will predict the most rich and famous recipients of this overindulgent award?

Let the pomp and circumstance begin!

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Obama the Jerk

thumbsdownI had high hopes for Barack Obama, but after seeing these photos, I'm thinking he's kind of a jerk.

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I'm so disappointed...

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A Week of Headers

typewriterThose of you who kick it old school and visit TorontoMike.com or torontomike.com will have noticed a different header image every day. Every Friday, I post all the header images from the previous week. Here are the awesomely hilarious and insightful header images you may have missed this past week.

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I Got Hurt Feelings, I Got Hurt Feelings

musicEpisode two of this second season of Flight of the Conchords is a true gem. It's the best episode I've seen since the first half of season one. I just finished watching “The Tough Brets” for the second time, and it's deserving of a third viewing.

This one clicked on all cylinders. There was the great rapper dis in the library, classic Murray meeting confusion, gang practice, Oz jerks, a great tune called "Hurt Feelings" and a reprise of "Hurt Feelings" in Magnolia style. Oh yeah, and there was a West Side Story sequence near the end.

Here's "Hurt Feelings" from Flight of the Conchords.

Here's the return of "Hurt Feelings" in Magnolia style, with different characters singing the same song. Awesome!

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Eddie Vedder's Hard Sun CanCon Mystery Solved

PJAlan Cross spoke with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and asked the question I've been curious about for years. We now finally know how Vedder came to record Indio's "Hard Sun" for the Into The Wild soundtrack.

Alan Cross: How did you come across “Hard Sun” for the “Into the Wild” soundtrack?

Eddie Vedder: Ah yeah the Canadian connection. When Shawn first showed me the movie it was in the film, him and I were just watching it in my living room.

And to be honest, it was the first time I have heard it; and I felt like I have heard it before. I couldn’t tell if it was from the late 60’s, mid 70’s. I couldn’t tell. It had this kind of timeless….

AC: So it was Sean Penn who found it?

EV: Sean at one point knew Gordon or had been in contact with him, or had friends that were friends of his, and Sean has really eclectic musical taste.

He can quote Phil Ochs at a drop of a hat or give you a 12 minute Bob Dylan song he could recite in your ear, and at the same time he’ll know stuff like David Baerwald [American singer-songwriter who used to be in David & David and now a solo performer]. He is a good friend of his and I think he knew this fellow Gordon, and loved this song. I think I wrote something for that piece as well.

And then he said “I think that’s good but I think we need to go with “Hard Sun;” and I thought “Great! That’s less work for me to do!” And he said “No, no! YOUR version of it.” And then I thought, "F%$^*!" [Laugh]

So I really tried to make it, you know, every element to mirror something in his... I tried to be really true to his delivery of it. It’s a really great song. I’ve not met him. I thought to write him but I never did. I had kids and things moved very quick for me. I hope he liked it.

AC: We don’t know because he has gone underground; he has been underground for like 15 years. And we don’t know anything about Gordon Peterson. He never resurfaces.

And the original album which is called “Big Harvest,” and it's from 1989. It's like a hardcore collector’s item now.

EV: Wow! Yeah, apparently he reached out to a website maybe a few years ago... and it seemed like he was alive and well.

And it sounds to me like he had a hard time consolidating music and the business atmosphere that sometimes you have to work with, or the pressures of being on labels and what their visions of music are. And as a solo artist and not a band, it's understandable.

I think it’s very hard, myself. It’s a great job but that’s the tricky part, and for someone that says they could not handle that part, I actually respect it.

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Ticketmaster and TicketsNow Bullshit

ticketstubI got so pissed off at Ticketmaster after buying Hip tickets through them in 2004 that I secured the #1 spot in Google for I hate Ticketmaster searches. The way they gouge us is criminal, but this recent TicketNow nonsense is total bullshit.

If you haven't heard...

There was a flurry of political activity in the United States yesterday after scores of New Jersey residents said they were unable to buy tickets to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band online from Ticketmaster.com, the exclusive agent, and were redirected to another site owned by Ticketmaster, TicketsNow.com, where prices were several times the original face value.

Here in Toronto, Springsteen fans are anxiously awaiting noon tomorrow, when tickets for the May 7 Springsteen concert at the Air Canada Centre go on sale. But get this, tickets for the show have already appeared at TicketsNow. Clearly Ticketmaster is taking hot tickets and switching them to their scalper site so they can mark-up the price even further, keeping all additional profits for themselves.

If I thought the gouging was bad in 2004, the Canadian Press reported last month that some tickets for a recent Killers concert here in Toronto, originally priced at $44, were resold on TicketsNow for as much as $1,999.

I hate Ticketmaster.

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It's Patrick, He Got Life Insurance

RewindMore than any other header tagline in the history of this site, "It's Patrick, He Got Life Insurance" has elicited the greatest response.

I actually wasn't sure whether it was "It's Patrick, He Bought Life Insurance" or "It's Patrick, He Got Life Insurance," but I remember well the ad the line was from. It was an ad for Norwich Union that I must have seen a hundred times. An elderly couple receive a call from their son Patrick who is trying to convince them to buy life insurance. It was highly memorable for a few reasons.

  1. The old dude answered the phone and a mere second later announces to his wife that it's their son Patrick and he got life insurance. Patrick must be one hell of a fast talker, because the speed at which this information is conveyed is unbelievable. He doesn't open with a "Hi dad, how are you?" but in a one-second time period he manages to cram in the "hi dad, it's Patrick" and "I got life insurance" and the dad deems this news so exciting that he can't wait a minute to share it with his wife.
  2. Throughout the call, the mother of Patrick had several questions about this life insurance. She asked these questions through her husband by writing them down on paper. But not just any paper with any pen or pencil, but big white paper with coloured markers, that just happened to be by the phone. How convenient!
  3. And finally, we know the son is a fast talker, but he comes by it honestly. Mom is a super fast writer. The speed at which she neatly wrote the questions in magic marker was incredible.

I loved to hate that ad. It's right up there with The Clapper and I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up. Sadly, I couldn't find the ad on YouTube. Can anyone help me score video of this classic Norwich Union ad?

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Maple Leafs 0, Sabres 5

LeafsMy buddy Justin Pogge should sue his NHL teammates for lack of support. For the second game in a row he's been left out to dry. Believe it or not, I thought he looked pretty good in this game.

It's official. Winning is no longer a priority for this team, this season.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
19-24-9
47 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
4-3 OTL vs. Florida
5-4 Win vs. Pittsburgh
J. Blake - 38
N. Antropov- 38
M. Stajan - 35

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Lux Interior, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumLux Interior was 62. He was lead singer of influential garage-punk act the Cramps.

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Caution! Zombies! Ahead!!!

signI'm sure this is probably not a safe prank and we shouldn't be glorifying it, but what the heck...

There have been a rash of pranks targeting electronic highway signs in America's Midwest recently.

In Collinsville, Ill., east of St. Louis, hackers changed a sign on Interstate 225 Tuesday to read "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."

If that wasn't enough to convince commuters of an impending zombie apocalypse, other signs reading "CAUTION! ZOMBIES! AHEAD!!!" and "THE END IS NEAR!!!!!!!!!" may have done the trick.

Now that's my kind of electronic highway sign prank!

CORRECTION Zombies Ahead

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Harold Hosein Out at 680 News

RadioWhen Harold Hosein was fired from City-TV back in 2006, I wrote about it. Today, there's a new comment on that entry from a chap named Ian.

Harold Hosein is no longer with 680 news....I found out today...02/04/09

It seems 680 News didn't renew Harold Hosein's contract, meaning Toronto is without the meteorologist on the air for the first time in twenty years. 680 still has the bio he wrote online, so I'll paste it here for posterity.

I was born and educated to the high school level in the sunny tropical islands of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. My interest in meteorology and aviation began in high school, where excellent teachers motivated me.

A few of us started a radio station at school, which led to broadcasting careers for several of us in radio and television.

After migrating to Canada in 1967, I joined Environment Canada and trained in meteorology. I spent 21 years with Environment Canada, mostly at the Toronto weather office at Pearson International Airport, and worked extensively with commercial airline crews, commercial interests and the media from 1968 to 1989, when I left for a new career in television from 1989 to 2006.

During that time I did part-time radio work with CHML in Hamilton and CFRB in Toronto. I became staff meteorologist at CJCL from 1987 to 1991, then staff meteorologist at CFRB from 1993 to 1999. I moved to 680News in November 1999.

I have operated my own weather forecasting consultancy since 1987 and have served the Blue Jays, the Rogers Centre, the Canadian Open golf series, the Canadian Tennis Championships at York University, the city of Toronto snow operations, and many others, including foreign newspapers, another local television station and clients in the U.S. and England.

I am my greatest competition, trying to achieve 100 per cent at all times, knowing fully well that it is impossible.

I love motor racing, soccer, cricket, gardening, fishing, building and landscaping. I compose music and lyrics in the calypso style, and my calypso moniker is 'Hurricane Harold.'

The most difficult thing for me is doing nothing. I operate a charity called Recycle Your Bicycle, sending unwanted bicycles and other useful items from Canada to Cuba. You may learn more about it by visiting www.recycleyourbicycle.com and www.haroldhosein.com.

It's a rough time for many an industry, including the media. Who's next?

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Portishead - Sour Times

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Portishead - Sour Times
I still enjoy Portishead's Dummy from 1994. One of the better tracks on this trip-hop album was "Sour Times".

"Sour Times" is one of six songs in my collection with the word "sour" in the title. Can you guess the other five?

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Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 4

LeafsFinally, Bryan McCabe is scoring on Tosky when it matters. Unfortunately, McCabe scored in overtime, meaning we earned a point.

We're a big six points up on the Sens and that's not as sweet as it sounds.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
19-23-9
47 points
4th in Northeast Division
4-3 OTL vs. Florida
5-4 Win vs. Pittsburgh
7-4 Win vs. Colorado
J. Blake - 38
N. Antropov- 38
M. Stajan - 35

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Rogers on Demand 300

TVI've been coughing up coin on a monthly basis to Rogers so I can get TMN and Rogers on Demand. I've been doing this for years. You can blame The Sopranos.

A few months ago, Mike, a reader of this blog, let me know about channel 300. I've always watched movies and cable shows On Demand on channel 308, but I didn't realize there was free stuff on channel 300. I assumed that was all pay-per-view, something I have no interest in.

Rogers On Demand is now how I watch The Office and 30 Rock, two shows I always seemed to miss when they air. If you're PVR-less, like me, and you already have a digital terminal from Rogers, you might want to check out the free shows available on demand on channel 300.

This message was not brought to you by Rogers...

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Russ Germain, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumRuss Germain was 62. He was the former host of flagship CBC radio news programs World Report and The World at Six.

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Dave Devall Retires After 48 Years

TVHave you heard Dave Devall is retiring? He's one of North America's longest serving meteorologists and he'll officially retire as CTV Toronto's Weather Specialist on April 3, 2009.

I never got my news from CTV. I suppose we all have our favourite television news stops, and mine has changed over the years, but it's never been CTV. Still, I knew who Dave Devall was. When you know a weatherman you never actually watched, you know he's a fixture of the Toronto media scene.

Here's Dave Devall, then and now...

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Stephanie, Will You Marry Me?

CDInstead of the usual bills and statements, I had a piece of real snail mail waiting for me when I got home this evening. I had a sweet letter from Stephanie, hand written in pink ink, with a fantastic 1992 Blue Jays CD enclosed within.

I have never met Stephanie, but she's been reading this blog for years and this isn't the first time she's mailed me a Blue Jays CD. She sent me another compilation earlier, Blackberried me when she saw Frank Thomas hit #500, looked for a Wii for me in Missouri, gave me tickets that turned into my walk-off grand slam and she loves The Ballad of Tom Henke.

Thanks, Stephanie! Will you marry me?

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January 2009 Organic Keywords

Search Strings According to Google Analytics, here are the top ten keywords that brought people to this site in January 2009.

By a pretty massive margin, the most popular entry in January was Scientology, Autism and the Death of Jett Travolta. A glance below will show you why.

  1. jett travolta autism
  2. jett travolta
  3. don sanderson
  4. jett travolta autistic
  5. scientology and autism
  6. death of jett travolta
  7. wedding songs
  8. scientology autism
  9. andy barrie
  10. man up canada

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Possum Kingdom is About a Rape

emailI received an email the other day about "Possum Kingdom", a great little song from the Toadies that I put on SLS4.

Back in the day, I used to run smellslikesour.com. I stopped actively caring for the site a couple of years ago because something had to give, and the SLS site was that something. One of the songs that sparked a great debate over there was "Possum Kingdom."

Here's the email I received.

ah, boon - re toadies possum kingdom


all these years later and people STILL are carrying on about "vampire" "no, murderer".

as for the "actual events" that "took place" at "possum kingdom lake" in texas - - go google it.  anyone.  you will find nothing.

btw - the links to previous pages are not working, which may account for the frothing and spewing by Impugn.  and which may frustrate anyone trying to follow the previous, invigorating, silly discussion - it contains even born-agains and extra terrestrials, if memory serves.

here to end the controversy, a citation from
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4014:

"I am from Graham, Tx. Its about ten minutes from Possum Kingdom lake. There were no murders, and Possum kingdom is not a place in Texas. The song is about a single rape that happend in the 90's.
- Andrew, Graham, TX"

and you thought the toadies were more imaginative than that!

so if you are DESPERATE to find out the truth, contact these people:

Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
362 N. FM 2353
Possum Kingdom Lake
Graford, TX 76449

940.779.2424 (Local)
888.779.8330 (Toll Free)
FAX 940.779.4631

you can be sure that any chamber of commerce worth its salt would capitalize on such a popular song! such a big hit!

Yes, many thought this song was about vampires, or a murder. You can see the debate, started in 2003, over here.

Here's that great tune.

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Super Bowl XLIII

NFLPrior to today, I didn't watch a single minute of NFL football all season. I haven't been able to make such a claim since I was a snot-nosed kid in the early 80s.

I did watch most of today's Super Bowl, and it was a great game. The first half closed with an amazing play, the half-time show was good, Kurt Warner led his Cards back and Big Ben mastered a game winning drive in the final couple of minutes, capped by another fantastic play.

It's not enough to win me back, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

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Maple Leafs 5, Penguins 4

LeafsThat was another entertaining victory for the Leafers last night. Of course, I'm conflicted. I've come to terms with being content with a loss, but it was still so much fun hanging on for the win yesterday.

I'd like to reiterate something I said back in September. Luke Schenn is Scott Stevens.

But enough about the game, Dougie's #93 was raised to the rafters alongside Bashin' Bill's #5. That's how it looks in my closet as well. Here's the tribute video they played while I was driving home from the Marlies game.


Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
19-23-8
46 points
4th in Northeast Division
5-4 Win vs. Pittsburgh
7-4 Win vs. Colorado
6-1 Loss vs. Minnesota
J. Blake - 37
N. Antropov- 37
M. Stajan - 34

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