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SARSstockToday is SARSstock. As I write this, the gates to Downsview Park are opening and thousands of people are streaming in to secure themselves a good spot. Up to 450,000 people are expected making this the largest ticketed concert in North American history.

Initially, I wasn't particularly interested. I don't really need to see The Rolling Stones and AC/DC. I attend a lot of concerts, but with 40,000 other fans at the most. How would I see the stage amongst a half a million people? Why would I want my ears to endure a set by Justin Timberlake?

Now, I'm 180 on this entire event. I want to go! In the days leading up to today, this concert has taken on a life of its own. There's a buzz in this city and Downsview Park is seeming more and more like the place to be. Besides, I love the Guess Who...I love Rush. I used to be a huge AC/DC and Rolling Stones fan. I should be there. Why aren't I there?

Now I'm at work and planning to catch the webcast at noon. Tonight, I'll watch SARSstock on TV while nursing a strained knee. You can't always get what you want.

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Gone To Pot

Cannabis CultureOn a fairly regular basis, I visit Google and test where my site comes up when I search for certain keywords. Part of this test is a basic search for the words boon and toronto. I recently uncovered a gem while performing this search.

On a website called "Cannabis Culture", there is a list of quotes from regular folks voicing their opinion on Canada's decision to decriminalize marijuana.

The third quote listed is from none other than my little brother Ryan. You can read it here. I've never been prouder.

Way to go Ry!

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The Star Wars Kid

The Star Wars KidBy now, everyone knows the Star Wars Kid. Ghyslain Raza is the chubby 15 year old kid from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec who made a video of himself imitating the combat style of Jedi knights with a golf-ball retriever. This two minute video has quickly become a cyber-space staple. In certain corners of the globe, Ghyslain Raza is quite famous. You can view the video here.

The news is reporting that the four high school students who stole this video and made it available via Kazaa, and their parents, are being sued for $225,000. Something about the boy being so widely mocked at his private high school that he dropped out.

The Raza family is playing this all wrong. Sure, any typical 15 year old kid would be initially humiliated at becoming the butt of a global joke, but I'd trade places with him in a second. Those kids did Ghyslain a huge favour.

I would play it up and hit the talk show circuit. As a bonafide celebrity in the Star Wars geek kingdom, I'd be making appearances at trade shows and parlaying my 15 minutes of fame into some serious coin. The story alone in invaluable. If you're reading this Ghyslain, read this part out loud and with pride: I'm the Star Wars Kid and rich geeks throughout the world identify with me! The end result can be nothing but positive.

I wish I were the Star Wars Kid.

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Toronto Radio

Toronto RadioI've always been a huge fan of radio. As a kid, I'd cruise the dial on my transistor radio picking up stations from as far away as Cleveland. Even today, I love the radio.

My preferred station is Edge102. It's been my preferred station for the past 15 years. They call themselves Edge102 now, but they're still good ol' CFNY to me. It's my station because they play more tunes I like than any other station I can pick up in Toronto. When I want to hear a good tune, chances are I'll hear one on Edge102.

I also listen to HTZ 97.7 which broadcasts out of St. Catherines. They play lots of good rock, which means I'll get my fill of The Tragically Hip, Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Nivana, Pearl Jam or whatever if Edge102 is off on some crappy Good Charlotte trip.

WBUF 92.9 out of Buffalo comes in clearly on my car stereo. This is my third favourite station on the dial. 92.9's format is similar to that of 97.7. Lots of hard rock...and Howard Stern in the mornings.

I used to listen to Q107 quite frequently, but have been drifing away of late. Q107 is now all about Classic Rock, which I dig, but have to be in the mood for. I just can't stand hearing the Rolling Stones every hour on the hour.

That's it for me on the FM dial. When something interesting is going down in the world and I need a news fix, I'll go AM and visit 680News. For a sports fix, I check out The Fan 590.

There you have my six radio stations...in case you were curious.

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Website Feedback

HomerI've been maintaining this website for about four years now. I tweak it just about every day, always in pursuit of the unattainable perfection I once read about in an Archie comic. I've cleaned up the front page by eliminating the border and reducing the highlighted pieces to four. Simplify, simplify a wise dude once said. I also added a cool scrolling ticker.

Many of you seemed to enjoy my "Homer's Quote of the Week" section I kept on the front page. I decided to give it a permanent home here. You'll find a link to it on the left navigation menu.

I also spent some time putting every song to appear on a Smells Like Sour CD into a table you can access here. It's sort of cool to see some of the tunes that have made the cut over the years. Admittedly, there are a few to be embarrassed about. Live and learn...

Please contact me and let me know what you like or dislike about the site. If there's something you'd like added, let me know and it might just appear. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Write Mike now!

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'93 Jays Updated

Go Jays Go!This is a brief entry to update my previous blog entry on the '93 Jays (read it here). Better yet, I'll just paste the email I got from my brother Steve earlier today. I am a lazy SOB.

You might have to update your Blog entry from May 4th, 2003. Rickey Henderson has been signed by the Dodgers! Another Jay returns!!!

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SLSSmells Like Sour 9 is in the can. Many of you are probably curious as to which tunes made the cut. Remember, the following playlist is what the SLS committee deems to be the best 80 minutes of tunage over the past six months.

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
Disturbed - Remember
Audioslave - Show Me How To Live
Radiohead - There There
System of a Down - Innervision
Finger Eleven - Good Times
P.O.D. - Sleeping Awake
Pearl Jam - Save You
I Mother Earth - Like the Sun
The Dears - Lost in the Plot
Queens of the Stone Age - Go With the Flow
Saliva - Always
Trapt - Headstrong
Hot Action Cop - Fever for the Flava
3 Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
Staind - Price to Play
Theory of a Deadman - Make Up Your Mind
Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
Foo Fighters - Times Like These (acoustic)
Johnny Cash - Hurt

Look for SLS10 just before Christmas.

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Damn Vancouver

TorontoI'm a proud Canadian, but I'm even a prouder Torontonian. That's why I'm not afraid to admit I was rooting against Vancouver's bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. As everyone knows by now, Vancouver narrowly beat out PyeongChang to win the IOC vote.

Why was I rooting against Vancouver? Because Vancouver's victory means Toronto won't pursue the Summer Olympics in 2012. If Vancouver had lost, Toronto would have bid and won and no city on this planet deserves to host the world in 2012 more than Toronto.

Congratulations Vancouver. I hope you choke on it.

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Backstreet's Back!

Nick CarterI've gotta share this story, because it's too surreal not to post.

Yesterday my buddy Marc gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to join a pick-up game of softball a few of our fellow teammates started up. With a couple of hours before Ribfest, softball was just what the doctor ordered.

We arrive at the diamond and start warming up. We're waiting for a few more guys to show up before picking teams. Moments later they arrive, and one of these dudes is instantly recognizable. Lo and behold I'm about to play ball with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. No foolin'.

Now I'm not exactly a Backstreet Boys fan, but I'm well aware that there was no bigger band on this planet a few years ago. And on the Backstreet Boy scale, there was no bigger Backstreet Boy than Nick.

So that's my story. Just me and Nick playin' ball on Canada Day. Hot times, summer in the city.

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