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We Are The Ones

usawill.i.am is at it again. First there was "Yes, We Can" and now "We Are The Ones".

"Yes, We Can" packed a more powerful punch, in my opinion, because it was pinned upon a Barack Obama speech, but I will admit the background O-BAM-A here is pretty catchy.

Any way you slice it, Hillary is in some serious trouble, and so is John McCain.

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The Love Guru Trailer

moviesLast August I wrote about The Love Guru, yet another comedy centred around our Toronto Maple Leafs. Here's the plot, according to Wikipedia.

The Love Guru is a 2008 Mike Myers comedy film, due for release on June 20, 2008. Filming took place in Toronto Ontario, Canada.

Pitka (Mike Myers) is an American raised by gurus who returns to the USA in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of star Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) whose wife Prudence (Meagan Good) left him for rival skater Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake). Filming for one of the hockey games took place at the Detroit Red Wing vs. Toronto Maple Leaf Exhibition game during intermission.

Here's the trailer which is full of that glorious Maple Leaf logo. It appears the Leafs are one player away from the Stanley Cup, so we know it's fiction. Do I smell an Oscar?

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Different Strokes Decorate Our Blogosphere

writingFred Patterson, one half of the former morning show tandem of Humble & Fred, wrote an entry on his blog this morning about viral growth. Fred understands content is king, and he was writing about what someone wrote about his blog on Facebook. Here's how Fred ended his entry.

I put a lot of work into this site. I figure if you're going to do it, you might as well put some effort into it. Rather than fill it with useless crap off the internet or nothing but a steady stream of boring shit about myself.

Exactly one hour earlier, Howard Glassman, the other half of Humble & Fred, wrote an entry on his blog that pokes fun at his blogging style. Beneath a cartoon with the caption "I have nothing to say, I say it regularly", he wrote the following.

This pretty much sums up the world of Blogging. Yes I know I'm the only one who puts up drivel most days. All the other Bloggers out there are saying relevant, issue based-life changing things that their friends are already sick of so they have to foist them on us! Yes sir I said foist. I'm not even sure if that's a word. It should be. Maybe I should blog about it. Or not.

Those two entries say everything about the blogging styles of these two radio personalities. Fred spends a great deal of time and effort managing his blog entries, touching on current events and expressing pointed opinions on various and sundry items of the day. Howard, I know for a fact, prides himself on how little effort he devotes to his entries. He throws down what he terms "drivel", which is stream of consciousness thoughts about whatever and "what I had for breakfast this morning" type tidbits. Howard is also a fan of OPC, or "Other People's Content" in which he'll toss up a YouTube clip he received from a reader or borrowed from another blog, usually this one. Fred rarely does that.

The blogosphere has room for both styles. I love reading Fred's opinions on heavier topics, even though we rarely agree with one another, and I love reading Howard's humourous drivel and quirky observations. Fred's blog can be some pretty heavy lifting and Howard's blog is an easy and breezy read. They complement each other perfectly, which might explain why their on air chemistry isn't matched by any morning show currently airing in this city.

As for me, I like to think I swing both ways. But make no mistake about it, it's still all about Mike.

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The Best Kenny Rogers Songs

The Number FiveMy favourite Kenny Rogers songs

  1. Coward of the County
  2. Reuben James
  3. The Gambler
  4. Lucille
  5. She Believes In Me

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Nelson Liriano: More Triples Than Homers

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

In the years before the trade that brought Roberto Alomar to town, second base was occupied by Neson Liriano and Manny Lee. Liriano and Lee platooned at the position after Damaso Garcia was shipped to the Braves in 1987.

Nelson Liriano actually retired with more triples than home runs. He was a stereotypical light hitting infielder whose claim to fame was a one-out triple in the ninth on April 23, 1989. That triple broke up a Nolan Ryan no-hit bid.

Needless to say, Robbie Alomar was one hell of an upgrade.

Nelson Liriano

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Chuck Cadman Couldn't Be Bought By Conservatives

parliament hillDo you remember the Thrilla on Capital Hilla? I wrote all about it that May 19, 2005 night if you need to refresh your memory.

Here's a taste of what I wrote that day:

When Independent Chuck Cadman sided with the Liberals, it completed Paul Martin's Hulk Hogan-like rebound from certain defeat. When Hulk Hogan wrestled, there was always a part of the match when he was getting pummelled and appeared certain to lose. Then, with each punch, slap and kick, he'd shake as if his body was being shocked and he'd start to get stronger and stronger until he was able to block a punch and return the favour. Hogan would win in the end, much like Martin has won today. Martin appeared certain to fall until Belinda's epithany and Cadman's last second surprise.

Chuck Cadman passed away that summer and now his wife Dona, in a forthcoming book, Like A Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story, alleges the Conservatives offered Chuck Cadman a million-dollar life insurance policy in exchange for his vote.

Cadman's daughter, Jodi, corroborated her mother's story, saying her father discussed the offer with her and her mother because he couldn't talk about it publicly. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in full denial mode even though there is an audio copy of an interview between him and the book's author, Tom Zyturuk. Here's a transcript from the CBC.

"The insurance policy for a million dollars, do you know anything about that?" Zytaruk asks.

"I don't know the details. I know that there were discussions," Harper replies on the tape. "This is not for publication?"

"This will be for the book, not for the newspaper," answers Zytaruk, who works for a Surrey newspaper.

Harper goes on to explain on the tape that the offer to Cadman was "only to replace financial considerations he might lose due to an election." He adds that the offer was carried out by people who were "legitimately representing the party."

He also tells Zytaruk that he knew there was little chance Cadman would agree.

"They wanted to do it, but I told them they were wasting their time. I said Chuck had made up his mind," Harper said.

The shit's really starting to hit the fan now. Following Adscam, Harper is trying to present himself as Mr. Clean, but there's a lot of smoke here for there to be no fire. Cadman was in the last stages of terminal cancer and Harper needed his vote, but an indecent, unethical and illegal offer of a million dollars couldn't taint the Surrey, British Columbia MP's integrity. Cadman couldn't be bought, and in the end, he very well may help defeat Harper's Conservatives once more.

There really should be a Chuck Cadman Day.

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Many Michael Smiths

globeI was just reading that Mike Smith of the Dave Clark 5 had passed away from pneumonia. Earlier this week, goaltender Mike Smith was traded by Dallas to Tampa Bay. That Mike Smith once wore a Tragically Hip mask I wrote about here.

As a Mike, I probably take better note of all the Mike's I encounter or hear about, but off the top of my head I know several Michael or Mike Smiths. Michael's are everywhere, and Smith's are everywhere, so it only makes sense that this would be a super popular name.

Check out the Wikipedia disambiguation page for Michael or Mike Smith. There are 54 worthy of a Wikipedia page. That's incredible.

Goalie Mike Smith is merely one third of the Great Canadian trifecta of Mike Smiths, which also includes decathlete Mike Smith and Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys.

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A Quaker Oatmeal Ad That Must Have Worked

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

Today I'm posting an ad from 1983 for Quaker Oatmeal. I was nine years old in 1983 and I remember this ad like it was yesterday.

These Quaker instant hot cereal packages were in my home growing up, and I loved the regular flavour with a little 2% milk and some brown sugar sprinkled on top. I was eating this stuff in 1983 and I'm still eating it today. As I type this I can see a box of Quaker oatmeal on my desk. This box is maple & brown sugar flavour, which didn't exist back in 1983. Still, it's safe to say this ad worked and now I'll be singing that damn song for the rest of the day.

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Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 3

LeafsI'm banning "The Leafs don't even know how to lose properly" jokes. That's it. They're too easy and they're everywhere, so I'm no longer going there. Instead, I'm going to talk 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.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
65 points
5th in Northeast
4-3 Win vs. Florida
5-0 Win vs. Ottawa
3-1 Loss vs. Atlanta
M. Sundin - 66
N. Antropov - 48
T. Kaberle - 41

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I'll Be the Edge Web Guy

radioSince the big Edgefest 2008 announcement, I've spent some time over at http://www.edge102.com/ and it was pretty frustrating. For most of yesterday details were impossible to find and then when they were posted they were incorrect and confusing.

Corus Radio, I'd be more than happy to be your Edge webmaster. I know web technologies, e-marketing and music. Contact me if you want to chat about it.

I first noticed the error below yesterday, but this flyer was still staring me in the face earlier today when I was trying to buy tickets. There was a Tuesday, February 26 and a Wednesday, February 27, but there ain't no Wednesday, February 26.


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John Cerutti: Gone Too Soon

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

This is a tough one, because John Cerutti left us far too soon.

As a Jays pitcher, I remember him as a serviceable, steady arm, but nothing spectacular. He's probably best known for recording the first Blue Jays win at SkyDome back on June 7, 1989.

He was to broadcast the last game of the 2004 season when he was found dead in his hotel room. I labelled our 2004 season the season from hell. In fact, it's my least favourite Blue Jays season ever, and Cerutti's death is a big reason why.

John Cerutti

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William F. Buckley Jr., Rest in Peace

In MemoriumWilliam F. Buckley Jr. was 82. He was the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right's post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House.

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Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty

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Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
"Big Empty" is one of my favourite STP tunes. It first appeared on The Crow soundtrack and I'll be hearing it again July 12 at Downsview Park. That's right, I caved and bought myself an over-priced ticket to Edgefest 2008.

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CBC's Sunday Night Lineup in 1983

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

For most of my adult life, Fox has been my home on Sunday nights. Anchored by The Simpsons, there have been other shows I've enjoyed, from Arrested Development to Family Guy.

As a kid in the early and mid-80s, CBC was my home on Sunday nights. It was Disney at 6pm and then Fraggle Rock. And yes, I even watched The Beachcombers. That rascally old Relic!

Here's Bruno Gerussi introducing the CBC Sunday night lineup in 1983.

I've corresponded with Mr. WNED17 via email, and he's become a regular witness to these entries in which I re-purpose his content. His name is Ed and he's got 1000s of old Beta tapes he's combing through, but he's struggling with the YouTube upload times. I've requested some more 80s Toronto sports clips and he's promised me some 1983 City TV sports coverage action.

Thanks, Ed!

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I'm Such A Fool

moneyI'm such a fool. When Cliff Fletcher came back to act as General Manager, I anticipated an active trading deadline. Even though I knew little was possible, I hired three temps to help me man this station throughout the day. I figured the action could be fast and furious and I didn't want to miss a thing.

It turns out I paid three people to alert me to blockbusters involving Wade Belak, Hal Gill and Chad Kilger. As I said, I'm a fool.

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Chad Kilger Traded to Florida

leafsUncle Cliffy has made his third deal of the day.

Chad Kilger has been traded to the Florida Panthers for a 3rd round pick. Kilger did alright for a guy we picked up on waivers back in 2004, he just needed to shoot more. He has the unofficial record for hardest shot ever, having been clocked at 106.6 mph back in 2006. That beat Al Iafrate's old mark of 105.2 mph.

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Hal Gill Traded to Pittsburgh

leafsUncle Cliffy has made his second deal of the day.

Hal Gill, a defenseman in his first season with the Leafs, is off to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2nd and 5th round pick.

It's after 3pm. We'll see if anything else trickles down, but it looks like that's it. I was really hoping Bryan McCabe would go for a bag of pucks.

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Wade Belak Traded to Florida

leafsIt's deadline day, and we have our first trade by Uncle Cliffy.

Wade Belak has been traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2008. Belak was in his 7th season with the Leafs during which time he scored a whopping six goals. Needless to say, he wasn't kept around for his scoring touch.

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Edgefest 2008: Call It A Comeback

edgefestOur friends at 102.1 The Edge have announced their lineup for Edgefest 2008. They actually didn't hold an Edgefest in 2007, ending a string of 20 consecutive shows. Before I throw you the lineup, I have an Edgefest spiel to share.

I used to love these things. There were big lineups and solid headliners and they usually held it at Molson Park in Barrie, my favourite concert venue. The last Edgefest I attended was 2003's Farewell to Molson Park. The Tragically Hip headlined and they were supported by CanCon heavyweights Our Lady Peace, Sloan and others. It was awesome, but the very next year's lineup was so horrible, it threatened to destroy the franchise.

You can read my reaction to learning the 2004 Edgefest lineup here. Good Charlotte, the epitome of all that is wrong with popular music today, was scheduled to headline. This set off a string of email exchanges between CFNY Program Director Alan Cross and myself. I wasn't so upset at the fact I hated the headlining band, I was more disturbed by the hypocrisy of it all considering 102.1 wouldn't even play Good Charlotte.

The lineup for Edgefest 2005 wasn't much better, and by 2006 this once great event was evoking yawns from old fogies like me. I like to think I played a small role in the cancellation of last year's Edgefest and the vastly improved lineup this year. Yes, I'm that egotistical.

On July 12th at Downsview Park, Edgefest 2008 will feature Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Sam Roberts and more. Once I know the more, I'll throw that info in the comments. This is an Edgefest I'd attend, and I haven't said that in five years.

I'm pretty sure Good Charlotte won't be on the bill...

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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 0

LeafsI don't care if we jumped into 12th place in the conference, it was worth it to lay a beating on the Senators. I hate this team and I take great joy in their recent struggles.

This was our Stanley Cup. No, it's not quite as exciting, and there's no parade or accolades or even an actual Stanley Cup, but we'll take what we can get.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
63 points
5th in Northeast
5-0 Win vs. Ottawa
3-1 Loss vs. Atlanta
5-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
M. Sundin - 63
N. Antropov - 48
T. Kaberle - 40

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Foxboro Hot Tubs - Mother Mary

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Mother Mary" by Foxboro Hot Tubs.

Who are the Foxboro Hot Tubs? The smart money is on Green Day. They sound an awful lot like Green Day and there are rumours on the Internets. After hearing this song, I'm wondering if Green Day has been listening to a lot of The Fratellis lately, particularly "Flathead". "Mother Mary" and "Flathead" are awfully similar...

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Loyalty Personified

thumbsupI love beating the Sens, and I'm glad Mats Sundin is a part of tonight's onslaught. It's 5-0 right now and Sundin got the opening goal.

Mats has made his decision and I'm trying to move on, but an email I got from my brother earlier today has me bothered. Ryan wrote, "Why is Sundin doing this???"

I replied with the following:

I actually don't blame Mats. In fact, it's honourable. The man doesn't want to be a rent-a-player. He wants to go down with the ship, play on his team. I think he might retire after this season.

We have many to blame, but don't blame Mats...

Ryan's reply is what has me upset. Ryan wrote, "How can he defend this? I respect the guys like Doug Weight more in this day and age where the game is about business."

Ryan isn't the only one with such an opinion. It saddens me that so many see Mats' refusal to waive his no-trade clause as a sign of disloyalty or worse. I commend Mats for what he's done, and although the fan in me would love to see him traded for youth and draft picks, the human in me is glad there are still people like Mats Sundin in professional sports.

Sometimes, it's not about business, and thank heavens for that.


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Falling Slowly Redeems Oscar

oscarI watched most of the Academy Awards last night. At around 11pm I bailed, but I caught all five musical performances. This entry is about the five songs I saw performed last night.

Three of the five songs were just awful. Not average or mediocre but awful. "Happy Working Song", "So Close" and "That's How You Know" from Enchanted were so unappealing, I don't know how they got nominated.

A little better was "Raise It Up" from August Rush. It wasn't anything special, but it didn't suck. Buried in the rubble, however, was a wonderful gem of a song by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. "Falling Slowly", from Once, was a stunning little composition that completely stole the show. If you missed it, here's the performance from last night.

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Out Like Buster Douglas

boxingI have a collection of expressions I'll use in place of "goodbye". Many of these expressions came from hip hop songs from the late 80s and early 90s as is the case with a farewell line I've been using for 17 years now. That would be, "I'm out like Buster Douglas".

In 1991, I was a huge fan of The Low End Theory, an album by A Tribe Called Quest. During one track, "Vibes and Stuff", Phife Dawg says "I'm out like Buster Douglas". A huge Mike Tyson fan at the time, I was still stinging from the shocking Buster Douglas knock-out in 1990. In his very next fight, Douglas was knocked out in the 3rd round by Evander Holyfield and Buster never boxed again.

Here's the scene from February 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. Tyson was out like Buster Douglas.

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Jimmy Kimmel Is F**king Ben Affleck

humourIn response to Sarah Silverman f**king Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel retorted with a star-studded cast. He's f**king Ben Affleck.

And yes, I wrote "retorted".

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Move Along, There's Nothing To See Here

LeafsIt's official. Mats Sundin will not waive his no-trade clause. Neither will Pavel Kubina, Darcy Tucker or Tomas Kaberle. Bryan McCabe might, if it's to the right Eastern Conference team. I'm guessing Uncle Cliffy will be doing a whole lot of nothing these next two days.

I'm giving Sundin a pass, because he's the classiest athlete to play in this city since Pinball, but why the hell did JFJ give these other guys no-trade clauses? These contracts will anchor our rebuilding process and make Uncle Cliffy's job all but impossible.

Welcome to the winter of our discontent.

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Marlies Bobblehead Blast

hockeyFor the second time in two weeks, James and I spent a Sunday afternoon taking in a Toronto Marlies game at the Ricoh Coliseum. The more I visit the Ricoh Coliseum, the more I love it.

Firstly, there isn't a bad seat in the building. I've sat close to the top, in a box and now three rows behind the goaltender, and the sight lines are awesome. I could practically whisper in Scott Clemmensen's ear today.

Secondly, the vibe is always really fun. Those in attendance are genuine hockey fans who really get into the game. I was part of a franchise record crowd today, as we all got Tomas Kaberle bobblehead dolls. Tomas freakin' Kaberle. That's awesome.

Thirdly, the calibre of hockey is very good. The Marlies are having a fantastic season and have a legitimate chance of winning the Calder Cup. We didn't get the win today, but it was a one goal game with less than a minute to play and another great game.

And finally, I can actually enjoy a Marlies game with my son. Getting tickets to Leafs games is a near impossibility and when you do get a ticket, you usually end up going with another adult. It's different with the Marlies. A 4pm start is prefect for a six year old, Duke the Dog covers every inch of the arena and tickets are affordable and aplenty.

Go Marlies Go!

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A Movie ReelVacancy: 5.5 out of 10.

I was going to give "Vacancy" a 5, but Taryn liked it so much, I've bumped it up a notch.

On the positive side of the ledger, it's only 85 minutes long, although I thought that was still a little lengthy for this film. It's dark and creepy, but I never felt scared I just wanted to feel a little scared.

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Maple Leafs 3, Thrashers 1

LeafsYeah, we won, but this game wasn't significant because we took out the Thrashers. This may have been Mats Sundin's last game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. In 970 career games with the Maple Leafs, Sundin has 413 goals, 558 assists and 971 points.

In Mats own words:

No matter what happens I’ll always love Toronto and I’m going to love the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s been my home for the last 13 years and that’s never going to change. I hope people respect whatever decision’s going to come out of this.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
61 points
5th in Northeast
3-1 Loss vs. Atlanta
5-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
3-1 Win vs. Columbus
M. Sundin - 62
N. Antropov - 48
T. Kaberle - 39

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It's Ok, You Know I Love You Anyway

heartI'm watching the tribute to Bob Gainey. They're retiring his number in Montreal. He played his entire career for the Montreal Canadiens, captaining that team for nine seasons and never missing the playoffs.

I'm not suggesting Mats Sundin is Bob Gainey, Mats certainly doesn't have the Stanley Cup rings, but Mats is the closest thing we have to a Bob Gainey. He's our Bob Gainey.

I said this late last year in Mats, We Love You, Now Go!, but on this night it needs to be said again. Mats, it's ok. A loyal captain, I sense you're prepared to go down with the ship. This is a great quality, but this is one instance when we won't judge your loyalty should you agree to play elsewhere. In fact, as a life-long Leafs fan who has written 684 entries filed under Toronto Maple Leafs, I believe permitting Uncle Cliffy to move you to a contender will be viewed by Leafs Nation as a martyr-like sacrifice.

It's ok, it's ok, you know I love you anyway.


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Watch Time Bandits Here (In Its Entirety)

moviesWatching "The Last Mimzy" with my son got me thinking about "Time Bandits", a 1981 Terry Gilliam film I watched dozens of times as a kid. I loved that movie.

The entire film can be viewed on YouTube in 12 parts. Embedding is disabled by request, but you can start your fantastic Time Bandits journey right here. Before you click over, you might want to whet your appetite with this trailer.

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The Last Mimzy

A Movie ReelThe Last Mimzy: 7 out of 10.

James and I are having a dude's day. With the girls out of the house, James and I skated for an hour at Rennie Park and then settled in to watch "The Last Mimzy".

Here's some sage advice from a father of two. If you want to watch a film with the kids, or maybe your young nieces or nephews, this is a fantastic choice. You can't live on a diet of Pixar alone. "The Last Mimzy" is a lot of fun and pretty damn cool. We both enjoyed it thoroughly.

As I was watching this little fantasy I started thinking about a movie I absolutely adored as a kid. I would watch "Time Bandits" over and over again. That's a movie I need to revisit with the boy.

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The Leafs on CHCH Circa 1986

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

Here's a Maple Leaf game promo from 1986. The game was aired on CHCH TV out of Hamilton and, judging from the clip, the play-by-play was by Jim Hughson.

This clip features a great goal by Peter Ihnacak while reminding us that the boards at Maple Leaf Gardens at the time were completely bare. As an added bonus, there's a promo for Don Cherry's Grapevine tagged on the end with goalie Don Edwards who was sharing duties at the time with Ken Wregget and Allan Bester.

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Oscar Picks 2008 - Know the Winners Now

academy awardsFor years I ran an Oscar pool I'd open up to the public. It got to be a pretty big pain the ass as it grew and grew, so a couple of years ago I opened it up to family members only.

This year, I did the same. I sent the link out to select family members weeks ago. The deadline came and went, I extended it and reminded everybody to get in their picks, but it's official. Worst. Oscar. Pool. Response. Ever.

In addition to my wife and I, only two others bothered to join in on the action. If you're in a pool and you want to know the winners before Sunday night, here are my picks.

  • Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
  • Best Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
  • Best Actress: Julie Christie in Away from Her
  • Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
  • Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There
  • Best Original Screenplay: Juno
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: No Country for Old Men
  • Cinematography: No Country for Old Men
  • Film Editing: No Country for Old Men
  • Art Direction: Atonement
  • Costume Design: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Original Score: Atonement
  • Original Song: "Falling Slowly" -- Once
  • Best Makeup: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Sound Editing: No Country for Old Men
  • Sound Mixing: No Country for Old Men
  • Best Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Ratatouille
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Beaufort -- Israel
  • Best Documentary Feature: Sicko
  • Best Documentary Short: La Corona
  • Best Live Action Short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets
  • Best Animated Short: Madame Tutli-Putli

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Robin Moore, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumRobin Moore was 82. He was the author best known for writing "The French Connection" and "The Green Berets."

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Ryerson Riot On My Contact Page

emailOn my Contact Me page I've got a Meebo widget that actually provides visitors to that page with an instant messenger connection with me. I use Meebo throughout the day so I know when somebody loads that page.

Today I saw somebody sitting on that page for a while, so I checked out the IP address and saw it was someone at Ryerson University. For fun, I turned the tables on this visitor and sent a "How's it going at Ry High" message. This little gag usually freaks people out because they wonder how the heck the site is communicating with them in real-time and then they wonder how the heck I know where they are.

I got back a pleasant response from a Joey Kehoe who was sitting at my contact page while he wrote this note.


My name is Joey Kehoe and I am the assistant producer of "Riot", a 50+ year tradition of annual sketch comedy, combining video and stage sketches. Riot is performed, produced, written and directed by Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts students, and is viewed as a professional production by all of those involved. It runs from March 13th to the 15th, and icludes the infamous midnight show on the 14th.

I visit your blog frequently and was wondering if you would be interested in writing anything on our production, as it reflects local Toronto art and culture. Thanks so much for your time,

Joey Kehoe
Assistant Producer

James Boyd

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You Decorated My Life

musicIt's time to re-purpose some content... Four years ago today, when there were approximately 40 unique visitors to this site each day, I wrote a little tribute to a man who helped provide the soundtrack to my early years of life. Kenny Rogers still does it for me, as I wrote back in 2004.

When it comes to the music you like, where you come from will always play a role. I'm not talking about your favourite music. You'll really like what you really like. I'm talking about the tunes that bring you back to a simpler time when you hear them. They aren't of a genre you typically listen to, but they are songs from your youth you remember fondly.

For me, I need look no further than Kenny Rogers. As a wee lad, my mother would play Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits over and over again on the turntable. We would dance to the up tempo numbers like "The Gambler", "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", "Coward of the County", "Lucille" and "Reuben James" and then bellow out the ballads like "Lady", "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer", "She Believes in Me" and "You Decorated My Life". I would guesstimate I heard this album in it's entirety five hundred times before I turned 7.

I remember many good times with this record playing in the background. I remember how much my mother loved "Lady" and I can still hear her singing it. Every once in a while I still play a Kenny Rogers MP3 that appeared on that album because it still feels good.

When it comes to the music you like, where you come from will always play a role.

Thanks Kenny... and thanks, Mom.

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My Favourite Gwyneth Paltrow Movies

The Number FiveMy favourite films featuring Gwyneth Paltrow

  1. Se7en
  2. The Royal Tenenbaums
  3. Shakespeare in Love
  4. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  5. Emma

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Maple Leafs 1, Sabres 5

LeafsYes, I'm still watching. I wouldn't want to miss Kubina's breakaway goal, would I?

The trade deadline is Tuesday @ 3pm EST. I'm going to be all over this sucker, updating this site regarding anything involving the Leafs. Go Cliff Go!

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
59 points
5th in Northeast
5-1 Loss vs. Buffalo
3-1 Win vs. Columbus
4-3 Win vs. Boston
M. Sundin - 61
N. Antropov - 45
T. Kaberle - 39

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Rhianna and Klaxons Mash It at Brits 2008

musicI completely missed The Brit Awards this year. That's too bad because I always enjoy the Brits. In this new age of YouTube, however, all is not lost.

Rhianna mashed her hit "Umbrella" with the Klaxons "Golden Skans" and the result was pretty cool. Check this out.

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The Answer Is Six

familyJames wanted some Doritos, so I went into the cupboard to grab a plastic kids bowl to fill. The only clean one was a Disney Princess bowl that belongs to Michelle.

I handed James the pink Disney Princess bowl of Doritos and told him not to worry about the fact it's the girliest bowl on the planet. He looked up at me and with all sincerity said "Okay, but don't tell my friends".

This answers I question I've often pondered. At what age do kids become concerned about what their friends think? The answer is six.


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My Cop Always Shows Up

justiceI was at Old City Hall today fighting a speeding ticket. Every time I go to traffic court my friends tell me the police officer won't show up and they'll withdraw the charges. Every time this turns out not to be true. Today, as usual, the police offer showed up.

I go to trial for every ticket because there's really nothing to lose. Sure, it takes time to request the trial date and show up at court, but the best case scenario is your cop doesn't show and the worst case (in my experience) is you plead guilty to a lesser offence.

That's exactly what I did today. I plead guilty to a reduced speed which meant no demerit points and a smaller fine. That's really all I was hoping for.

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Obay, From the Makers of BecauseISaidSo

cntowerI rarely write about ad campaigns but this Obay marketing effort has me intrigued. Ads have popped up all over Toronto promoting an obviously fictional drug called Obay. They're everywhere and I have no idea what they're for.

One ad shows a father and son with the caption "My son had ideas of his own. Obay put a stop to that". Another reads "My son used to have his own hopes and aspirations. Now he has mine. Thanks, Obay!" A third features a mother and daughter and reads "When Amy started thinking for herself, we had to nip it in the bud with Obay".

Some suggest it might be a campaign for Ontario colleges. Others thought it might be for Scientology. I like the colleges angle, as it would be a great campaign for institutes of higher learning, but I also think it could be a psa reminding parents it's okay to encourage independent thought.

It's like the "Lisa the Vegetarian" episode of The Simpsons when Lisa objects to dissecting a frog and then asks Lunchlady Doris when she lost her passion.

Skinner: Oh oh. Two independent thought alarms in one day. The students are overstimulated. Willie! Remove all the coloured chalk from the classrooms.
Willie: I warned ya! Didn't I warn ya?! That coloured chalk was forged by Lucifer himself!

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Rance Mulliniks: I Witnessed His Last Hit

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Rance Mulliniks was one half of our legendary platoon at third base. He shared the duties with Garth Iorg for most of the 80s before Kelly Gruber took over.

Rance was a fan favourite because he didn't look like an athlete. Nobody accused Rance of juicing, unless he was juicing that killer moustache. He was a skinny guy without much power, but he was consistent.

My brother Steve and I were in the stands the day Rance recorded his last major league hit in 1992. We didn't know it at the time, as there was a good chunk of the season remaining, but it ended up being so and now I can drag out this story every time somebody mentions Rance Mulliniks.

Rance Mulliniks

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Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 1

LeafsYou know it's one of those days when the clock approaches 7pm and you still haven't recapped last night's Leafs victory.

The Dominic Moore - Chad Kilger - Boyd Devereaux line is kicking some serious ass lately. On any other team that's a pretty decent fourth line. On the Leafs it's numero uno.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
59 points
5th in Northeast
3-1 Win vs. Columbus
4-3 Win vs. Boston
5-4 Loss vs. New York Islanders
M. Sundin - 61
N. Antropov - 45
T. Kaberle - 38

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Give Your Lunch Money To Second Harvest

foodAs a follow up to this entry about Second Harvest and Lunch Money Day, fellow dodgeballer Jordan wrote this:

Tomorrow is Lunch Money Day. We will be in subway stations and Union Station from 6:45am-9:30am doing Lunch Money Day collections and between 4:30-6:30pm at Union Station as well. Can you drive people to our website and ask them to donate their lunch money - www.secondharvest.ca. $5 will help us provide 10 meals to those in need. We are trying to raise $380,000 - that's enough money to provide 760,000 meals.

Torontonians, make me proud.


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City and Colour with Gord Downie - Sleeping Sickness

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.

City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
I just got the new City and Colour album yesterday, but I've been spinning "Sleeping Sickness" for weeks. This track features guest vocals from The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie. Dallas Green and Gord Downie kill on this sweet little ditty.

Yes, I'm biased, but you are in Toronto Mike bias-ville.

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A History of Evil

devilThis is a cool little animated video on the history of evil. Hitler and Bin Laden make the cut, but there's no sign of Harold Ballard or Vince Carter.

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Rembrandt Homer

homerI'm totally digging this picture of Homer if he were painted by Rembrandt. I stole this from limpfish.com.

If you're thinking Rembrandt is the guy who sang the theme song for "Friends", you need to read this first.


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Hotmail Didn't Just Do What I Think It Did, Did It?

emailI just sent an email to somebody with a Hotmail account, and this being my first email to this person and me being the harmless jerk that I am, I opened with this line. "Hotmail? You should let me introduce you to Gmail. :-)"

The email bounced back with this notification:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:


Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 12): 550 SC-001 Mail rejected by Windows Live Hotmail for policy reasons. Reasons for rejection may be related to content with spam-like characteristics or IP/domain reputation problems. If you are not an email/network admin please contact your E-mail/Internet Service Provider for help. Email/network admins, please visit http://postmaster.live.com for email delivery information and support

It was a pretty bland message to a health care professional and totally rated G, so what were my "spam-like characteristics"? I re-sent the email, but this time I removed the opening dig at Hotmail in which I suggested Gmail. This time, the email went through without a problem.

Does Hotmail reject emails that include the word "gmail"? Doesn't that violate some anti-competition law?

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Steve Kazmierczak, Aphex Twin Fan, Killer

mouseOn Valentine's Day, Steve Kazmierczak killed five people and wounded sixteen others before shooting and killing himself at Northern Illinois University. As usual after a school shooting, people hit the web searching for digital breadcrumbs and signs as to what went wrong.

As with Cho Seung-Hui and his alarming one-act plays, cyber-sleuths have dug up some interesting tid-bits, but nothing as fascinating as a rant by Jim Schaffer left on an Aphex Twin fan forum in April 2006.

steve motherfucking kazmierczak. yes thats exactly the problem here.

i was working at pirates cove in late 1995 and i was you know $4.50/hr child labor laws be damned and like i remember steve kazmierczak, the kind of kid who engaged in odd acts of fellatio with his dog, the kind of kid who'd go and masturbate in the bathroom while you were over at his house, the kind of person who injured kids on the train ride cuz he was mental and he shouldn't be given domain over kids on little faux-traincars with an aluminum baseball bat... when steve fucking kazmierczak ran up to me in late 95 early 96 proudly boasting his brand new copy of "i care because you do" like he was finally in with the cool kids.

both me and my friend joe died a little bit that day.

This is an analysis of Kazmierczak quite different from what's been written since his death. We know he had become erratic in recent weeks after he stopped taking Prozac, but most of the character analysis has been of the "Steve is the last person I would envision doing such a thing" variety and nobody saw it coming.

Except Jim Schaffer.

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Keep It Beautiful

carWhen I was young, I remember cars with Ontario license plates had the slogan "Keep It Beautiful" printed on them. "Keep It Beautiful" was everywhere until "Yours To Discover" showed up. Then, for a while there was a split until all the "Keep It Beautiful" plates disappeared.

A little digging tells me the "Keep It Beautiful" slogan was used from 1973 to June 1982. In 1982 the slogan was changed to "Yours To Discover".

While I'm strolling down memory lane, "Yours To Discover" was the Ontario tourism slogan for most of my youth and they build a massive ad campaign around it in the 1980s. Here's a great spot from 1984.

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Sportsline with Mark Hebscher and Jim Tatti

tvI got an email this morning from Mark Hebscher. Hebsy, along with Jim Tatti, hosted Sportsline on Global TV every weeknight at 11:30 from 1985 untill Hebscher left in 1995. I was a Sportsline fanatic.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Sportsline was like no other sports highlight show on television. First and foremost, it was funny. They didn't take sports too seriously and they had fun presenting the highlights. The Hebsy Awards were always a treat.

My brothers and I used to watch Sportsline together and that's where we caught up on what was happening in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA or whatever. There was no World Wide Web to tap into, there was no Sportsnet or The Score, and TSN's Sportsdesk just wasn't as much fun as Hebsy and Tatti. When Hebscher left in 1995, I too said goodbye. Last year, Global axed the entire sports department, including Jim Tatti.

If you're in your 30s and you grew up in the GTA loving sports, you were likely as big a fan of this show as I was. I miss it.

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A Mighty Heart

A Movie ReelA Mighty Heart: 7 out of 10.

I'll admit to having a little difficulty seeing Mariane Pearl on the screen when all I could see was Angelina Jolie. That's not to say Jolie is weak in this, because she's very good, but she's morphed into a characuture that dominates the screen.

It's still worthwhile viewing because even though we know the story and how it ends, it's still a compelling journey.

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Our First Family Day Beckons

ontarioIt's just sinking in that this Family Day thing is for real. For those of you reading outside of Ontario, Family Day was an election promise by provincial Liberal Party leader Dalton McGuinty. McGuinty got reelected and made it official on October 11, 2007. Tomorrow will be our very first Family Day which means I don't have to go to the office.

Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba already have a Family Day holiday in February. We needed a day off in February as a statutory holiday between New Years Day and Good Friday. Now I just need somebody to promise me a stat day in June and we're all set.

Does everybody out there in Ontario get tomorrow off or are some of you getting the short end of the shaft?

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David Suzuki Is Watching You

binocularsDr. David Suzuki is watching you. At least, that's what I tell my kids. I play the role of good cop and put David Suzuki in the role of bad cop whenever I witness a waste of energy in the home.

My kids have had the name Suzuki thrown at them their entire lives. They know if they leave a room, they should turn out the lights, because David Suzuki is watching. This threat also applies to recycling, use of the green bin, ensuring the television is off when nobody is watching, keeping the refrigerator door closed and whatever other environmentally irresponsible decisions are made.

Try it for a week and you'll be shocked out how quickly everyone adapts. Nobody wants to disappoint David Suzuki and that dude sees everything.

David Suzuki

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Beer Ads From the 80s

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

In the 1980s, beer ads were different than they are today. Today they're more likely to be humourous but back in the 80s they either promoted the "real men drink beer" image or exploited women by sticking them in bikinis at every opportunity. I miss the 80s...

Here's a Labatt's Blue ad from 1986 that got plenty of airplay in Toronto. I remember this "It's Time to Call For The Blue" jingle well. Watching it again actually made this non-drinker crave a Blue. It gets bonus points for including a shot of Exhibition Stadium.

A year later, Molson started airing this ad for Molson Ex. Who will forget the "Ex Says It All" campaign? It really appeals to my blue collar sensibilities.

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Willie P. Bennett, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumWillie P. Bennett was 56. He was a revered singer-songwriter who was an integral part of Canada's folk music scene, starting in the 1970s, as he played at festivals across the country.

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Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3

LeafsI live blogged this sucker. It was a fun game, even if we did leap frog Tampa Bay in the standings. That's okay, we'll reserve our losing for after the trade deadline.

Go Leafs Go!

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
57 points
5th in Northeast
4-3 Win vs. Boston
5-4 Loss vs. New York Islanders
1-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
M. Sundin - 60
N. Antropov - 44
T. Kaberle - 38

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Live Blogging My Attempt To Root Against The Leafs

LeafsAs I wrote earlier, I'm going to attempt to root against my favourite hockey team for the first time in my life. In this entry I'll provide updates throughout the night as I fight what seems natural. It's 7:13pm...

7:17pm - The kids are sitting with me. They're chanting "Go Leafs Go". When Stajan had that breakaway, it upset me he didn't score. So far I'm finding it impossible to cheer for the Bruins.

7:19pm - When Murray scored for Boston, all three of us were sincerely unhappy. This unhappiness was immediately followed by a calming sensation as if everything was going to be alright.

7:26pm - Ok, clearly I'm rooting for the Leafs. I cheered loudly when we scored. Moore has been a nice surprise for this team.

7:33pm - There's a significant difference between rooting against your team and being okay with a loss by your team. I'm not that guy. I can't actually root for the opposition and root against the Leafs, but I'm no longer upset or unhappy when we fail to climb in the standings. That's the difference.

7:40pm - As I watch #13 I wonder if he'll agree to be traded. My hunch is that he won't. He's loyal to a fault and his character suggests he'd rather go down with the ship than jump. Uncle Cliffy once stunned us with a blockbuster to bring him to Toronto but I don't think he'll be able to ship him out in the same fashion. Heck, he might end up extending Sundin's contract instead.

7:52pm - Coach's Corner still entertains me. Don just made an interesting point about our failure to draft CHL players. He compared our roster to the Canadian-heavy Ducks and reminded us how many CHL teams play in the GTA. By the way, when Don said he roots for the Leafs, Michelle looked up at me all excitedly and said "he roots for the Leafs, too!".

8:06pm - I flipped over to TSN because I want to watch the slam dunk competition. Does anyone know exactly what time the slam dunk part starts?

8:13pm - Am I the only guy left in the first world without picture-in-picture? I'm flipping back and forth between 6 and 30 like a fool here. The NBA thing has some band playing when I'm looking for Apollo 33. The Leafs, meanwhile, have a 2-man advantage. Go Leafs Go!

8:24pm - They just showed an update from the Sens game. New Jersey leads 3-0. I love it when the Senators lose.

8:30pm - Bruins score... oh darn. (*cough* Steve Stamkos *cough*) Watching Shawn Thornton got me thinking about former Leaf Scott Thornton who is both a cousin of Joe Thornton and still active with the Kings. I'm spending the 2nd intermission with the NBA.

8:36pm - I just Googled Shawn Thornton. It turns out he was a Maple Leaf prospect before we traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks for Marty Wilford. Wilford never played a game in the NHL but Thornton has a Stanley Cup ring and three points in his last two games. The Shooting Stars event is boring me to tears.

8:55pm - Vesa Toskala is a pretty sharp goalie. Is Andrew Raycroft still on this team? If anyone wants proof we're not throwing these games they just need to look at the fact we don't play Raycroft anymore. I'm old enough to remember a bit of a controversy at the beginning of the year as to who was the #1. Let me just close this little update with I told ya so!

9:11pm - This is shaping up to be another perfect game: good effort, close game, Leafs loss. This purpose of this live blogging was to document how it felt to root against the team I've loved for as long as I can remember. It didn't take long for me to realize that I can't actually root against the Leafs. I want Steve Stamkos as much as the next Leaf fan, but I'll follow advice left in the comments and remain apathetic about Leafs losses. It's just easier that way.

9:16pm - Now Tucker decides to score. Nice pass from Mats... There's plenty of time to let this one slip away, although we're still on the PP...

9:19pm - Now Tucker's setting up Antropov to give us the lead. Heck, let's play spoiler and beat these Bruins. Stamkos, Schamkos.

9:24pm - In any other season, I'd be so pissed right now. Chara scored with the Bruins goailie out and we're likely looking at overtime. Prior to Chara's goal, CBC put up a graphic about Antropov hitting 20 goals for the first season in his career. I would have bet a great deal of money against Antropov ever scoring 20 goals in a season.

9:32pm - Leafs win! Leafs win! I'm guessing Darcy Tucker ate his Cheerios today. With 11 days remaining before deadline day, I'm wondering what this team will look like two Saturdays from now. Will Tucker be a Leaf? Will Antropov? That's it for me, it's been fun but I'm going to flip over to the craptacular NBA stuff.

Lessons Learned: Fandom is part of you. You can't just turn a switch after 33 years. I will forever cheer for Leaf victories, for better or for worse.

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First Last For Everything

leafsIt's Saturday, and other than a natural interest in how Jamario Moon will do in the slam dunk competition, I'll be watching the Leafs and Bruins tonight. Although I've flirted with the idea these past few weeks, I've yet to actually root for a Leafs loss. Like an innate reflex action I cannot control, I've been watching and cheering for Maple Leaf victories.

Tonight, for the first time in my 33 years of life, I'm going to cheer against my beloved hockey team. I really want a top three pick in the entry draft this year and that will require finishing as close to last as possible. Although I won't let myself get my hopes up, there's always a chance we could draft a stud like Steve Stamkos, and my sights are firmly set on the future for this team.

I'm George Milton and the Maple Leafs are Lennie Small. I'm doing this for them, even though I'm going to grossly dislike the act itself. It's for the greater good.

Never you mind. A guy got to sometimes.


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Neighbours / Voisins

moviesThe National Film Board of Canada has produced 70 Oscar-nominated films and 12 have brought home the statue. This year, the NFB's Madame Tutli-Putli is up for Animated Short Film.

Of the 12 to win that award, my favourite is Neighbours / Voisins by Norman McLaren in 1952. From Wikipedia:

Produced at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, the film uses the technique known as pixilation, an animation technique using live actors as stop-motion objects. McLaren created the soundtrack of the film by scratching the edge of the film, creating various blobs, lines, and triangles which the projector read as sound.

Here it is.

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Steve Fossett, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumSteve Fossett was 63. He was the self-made business tycoon whose thirst for adrenaline drove him to fly around the world solo in a balloon, climb mountains and aim for speed records.

Fossett disappeared September 3, 2007 but was only legally declared dead yesterday. This answers a question I once posed.

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CityPulse Tonight

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

If you grew up in Toronto, you were told CityTV is Everywhere. I don't know if they're everywhere, but for a period in the 80s they were the cooler place to get your news. Moses created an environment at Queen and John that shook things up nicely.

This clip, from 1984, is an introduction to the nightly CityPulse Tonight newscast. There's Gord Martineau, Anne Mroczkowski, David Onley, Jim McKenny and a guy I don't remember at all.

Here's a Labatt's Newsflash, likely from that very same 1984 day, with extra smiley Anne Mroczkowski.

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You Suck At Photoshop #6

paintI enjoy these "You Suck At Photoshop" tutorials so much, I'm going to post them as they're released. Here's the 6th instalment for your viewing pleasure.

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Three Right Feet Near Nanaimo

newspaperThe Gulf islands near Nanaimo, British Columbia have a foot problem.

Three severed right feet have washed ashore there in the past six months. The latest was at Valdes Island while the two other right feet were found at Gabriola Island and Jedidiah Island.

All three right feet were in a sneaker. The first two were size 12 and I'm guessing we'll soon learn this third right foot was a size 12 as well.

Friday Five Bonus: My favourite "feet" songs, excluding references to the measurement

  • God Shuffled His Feet - Crash Test Dummies
  • Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
  • Fall At Your Feet - Crowded House
  • Stocking Feet Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • At The Angels Feet - Payolas

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Family Music for Family Day

The Number FiveMy favourite songs with "family" in the title, in honour of our very first Family Day

  1. Ode To My Family - The Cranberries
  2. We're A Happy Family - The Ramones
  3. Family Band - The Tragically Hip
  4. Friends and Family - Trik Turner
  5. We Are Family - Sister Sledge

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Category RSS

rssI got a request last night to create an RSS feed for my Toronto Blue Jays category. A Blue Jays fan site wants to syndicate the content, but my regular feed is for every entry I post, regardless of category.

I quickly learnt this was pretty easy to do in Movable Type. I now have an RSS feed for each category, if you're interested. Here are the feeds for a few of the more popular categories.

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New Pornographers' Myriad Harbour Video

videoThis was BoingBoing'd the other day, so you may have seen it already. It's a cool new video from Canadian band the New Pornographers. It's a visual grilled cheese sandwich on a cold, snowy day.

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Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 5

LeafsAnother good effort, another close game, another one-goal loss, another ideal outcome.

Go Leafs Go!

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
55 points
5th in Northeast
5-4 Loss vs. New York Islanders
1-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
3-2 Win vs. Detroit
M. Sundin - 59
N. Antropov - 43
J. Blake - 36

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World Collidage

globeToday, a couple of my world's collided. Seinfeld fans understand the importance of keeping the world's apart, but I've failed to follow George's good advice.

I was part of a team putting together an online Flash software demo for my 9-5 gig. Yes, I have a 9-5 gig as this Toronto Mike blog thing doesn't quite pay the mortgage. We needed a voice over guy to narrate the thrilling video and I ended up hiring Humble Howard. Then, we needed a producer and sound studio, so I ended up hiring Dan Duran.

This morning I found myself at Dan Duran's house with Howard Glassman as he read our script for this Flash demo. It was a paying gig for all three of us and these two worlds, normally completely separate, collided like a sonuvabitch.

Dan makes a great cup of coffee and Humble makes corporate performance management software sing. Here's the least funny Humble audio you'll ever hear.

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TTC: Toronto's Entertainment Network

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

This is an ad for the TTC from 1984. I remember this song well. Does the TTC advertise at all anymore?

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Toronto-Centric Valentine's Day Cards

heartI had a pretty good idea, but no time to execute. I wanted to create Toronto-centric Valentine's Day cards featuring local prominent figures, past and present.

Here are a few quickies I threw together. If anyone else wants to take this torch and run with it, we still have 7.5 hours left in the day.

Gord Zanta maestro Vince

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Happy Valentine's Day From Michelle

heartMy three year old daughter wants to tell you all something.

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Maple Leafs 0, Sabres 1

LeafsAfter the game, TSN hockey analyst Mike Milbury said it best. The Leafs played hard, played well and lost. That's the perfect game for this team at this time.

I'm happy with the recent effort from this squad, but my greatest fear was that they'd go on a winning streak and sneak back into contention for the elusive 8th spot. This was an easy loss to swallow and a nice compromise.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
55 points
5th in Northeast
1-0 Loss vs. Buffalo
3-2 Win vs. Detroit
4-2 Win vs. Montreal
M. Sundin - 58
N. Antropov - 42
J. Blake - 35

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Valentine's Day Podcast of Love

heartA year ago this week, Humble and Fred recorded together for the last time. When we were recording the Valentine's Day Podcast of Love, I assumed there would be a fourth podcast. There wasn't.

The archivist that I am, I'm hosting all the Humble and Fred podcasts, including this one. They're now living at https://www.torontomike.com/humbleandfred/. As you'll hear, I wasn't just in the room for this Humble and Fred finale, I was a part of the show.

Happy Valentine's Day 2007 everybody!

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Don't Skateboard in Baltimore

tvBaltimore police officer Salvatore Rivieri doesn't like skateboarders who call him "dude".

Dude needs some perspective.

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Erasing an Era

thumbsdownA 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

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Who Called Me Andy Van Slyke?

rewindI have a pretty good memory, but for the life of me I can't remember who called me Andy Van Slyke. It was 1989 and my locker was in the St. Joe's building, and I remember vividly somebody bringing in an Andy Van Slyke baseball card from when he was with the Pirates and telling everyone he was my twin.

I stuck that card in my locker and it became a conversation starter for people who dropped by. I had to admit, the Andy Van Slyke card did look like me, and I always liked the way he played...

This might be the card that was in my locker, but it's hard to say for sure. By the way, there's a nice little Pirates blog called Where have you gone, Andy Van Slyke? for you Pittsburgh fans.

Andy Van Slyke

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The Mother Corp's Exploding Pizza

cbcYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

I know there are people in this country who hate the CBC. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a crown corporation, so it's constantly criticized for its apparent left-wing bias and an easy target. I, however, have always loved the CBC.

From the 1991 Broadcasting Act, "the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as the national public broadcaster, should provide radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains". I believe it does a great job of doing all three. I could live on the documentaries CBC Newsworld provides and I never enjoy a Leafs game as much when it's not Hockey Night in Canada. I'm glad the CBC exists.

In the 80s, the CBC logo was this funky exploding pizza-like thing, and I miss it. Here is that great CBC indentifier from 1982.

And, since it's the Mother Corp we're talking about, here's a French version.

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Hot Fuzz

A Movie ReelHot Fuzz: 8 out of 10.

I should start by telling you I've never seen "Shaun of the Dead", so I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch "Hot Fuzz". Not only is "Hot Fuzz" hilariously funny, but it's a pretty sharp crime film as well.

Now I need to see "Shaun of the Dead"...

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Jesse Barfield, A Cannon For An Arm

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Jesse Barfield was a key member of our awesome mid-80s outfield. He was a great slugger back in an era when 27 homers meant something. He was also the first Blue Jay to hit 40 dingers which led the league back in 1986.

Jesse hit for power, but my favourite Barfield moments were when he'd gun players down at the plate. Only fools tested his cannon-like arm. On more than one occasion I saw him throw a strike to home plate from his perch in right field.

Barfield was a great Blue Jay who was eventually traded for Al Leiter. Leiter, you will recall, battled blisters for years until he blossomed into an awesome starter, making this a pretty sweet trade for the Jays.

Jesse Barfield

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Sublime - Doin' Time

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.

Sublime - Doin' Time
We were spoiled these past few winters because I haven't shovelled snow like this in forever. It's not yet 10am and I'm exhausted from yet another winter workout.

There's one band that always makes me think of summer. "Doin' Time" even dives into "Summertime", so it's an ideal song when you're dreaming of sunny summer days.

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Polkaroo? I Missed Him Again!

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

When I wrote all about The Polka Dot Door, one of my favourite television shows as a child, I couldn't find a YouTube clip to complement the memory. Thanks to WNED17, I now have a few to choose from.

This clip, from 1981, includes my favourite part from each episode. It's the inevitable moment the male host realizes he missed Polkaroo... again.

Here's the Polka Dot Door end credits. When I hear this song, I'm four again.

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Just In Time For Valentine's Day

heartThe National Post asked my pal Humble Howard a couple of questions about love and sex.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are his answers.

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Sharing a Sheet of Ice

hockeyA couple of days ago I wrote that "I had never skated on a sheet of ice shared by a professional hockey team". That was true, prior to Sunday, but it was also false.

The picture below was taken a couple of years ago at Rennie Park. The Leafs are having a little skate outdoors, just like they did yesterday at another arena. Every Saturday morning I spend an hour skating at Rennie Park, so technically I do skate on a sheet of ice once shared by a professional hockey team.

The Leafs Practice at Rennie Park

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The End of the Big Chill?

snowflakeIf you're reading this from the GTA, you know how damn cold it's been these past few days. How cold is it? They actually cancelled Beavers toboggan night. When it's too cold to toboggan, it's too cold.

It looks like this chill is about to subside. We're supposed to hit a toasty -4° C later day. I can't wait.

I searched my MP3 collection for songs with "chill" in the title, and here's what I got in return.

  • Just Chillin' - Crash Test Dummies
  • Chill - EPMD
  • You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart - Eurythmics
  • Eat 'em Up L Chill - L. L. Cool J.
  • We Like To Chill - The 2 Live Crew
  • Boogie Chillin' - John Lee Hooker

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Elwy Yost's Saturday Night at the Movies

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

I've written about Elwy Yost before. He hosted Magic Shadows and Saturday Night at the Movies on TVOntario for most of my life and the tone of his voice always brings me back.

This clip is the outro for Saturday Night at the Movies from 1979.

As an added bonus, here's the awesome intro for Magic Shadows.

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No Grammy... No Grammy... Stop!

grammysI've been getting hits today from people Googling Grammys Recap. This 2004 entry is #17 for that search. This year, I didn't watch a minute of the Grammys and nor did I feel the urge to tune in.

I hear Amy Winehouse did alright for her hit single "Rehab", which is a pretty great tune. I didn't hear much else and, for the first time in forever, I didn't even bother to read a list of winners. I just can't scrounge up the energy to care.

Did I miss anything cool?

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CBC's Debaters Live on Tape From Regina

cbcAs I wrote last week, Humble Howard Glassman was a guest on The Debaters this past weekend. While The Debaters aired on Saturday night, Humble was devouring my wife's lasagna (not as dirty as it sounds), so I didn't get to hear the show.

Luckily for me, Humble had a buddy record the whole thing to MP3 so he could share it on his site. Here it is in all its hilarity.

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Business Proposal From Taiwan Business Bank

emailI just received an intriguing offer via email. It was from Ching-Hua Hsu, Executive Vice President, Head Auditor Wealth Management Division of Taiwan business Bank, Taiwan. I don't get a lot of email from Taiwan, so I read with great interest.

Apparently there's $44.5m USD sitting in a dormant account and the account holder is dead. They can't find a living relative, so Mr. Hsu is willing to let me pose as the relative to the deceased client in position to receive the $44.5m USD.

I must be the luckiest sonofabitch in the world. All I have to do is write this gentleman at his yahoo.com.hk and give him my home phone number and name. He'll contact me with the logistics. I'm going to be so rich, I can't believe he chose me!

Ching-Hua Hsu, I am forever grateful. You have an email from me in your inbox.

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Yahoo! Defends Itself From The Evil Empire

yahooYahoo! has rejected Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid and I'm pleased with the rebuff.

Yahoo! is so eager to defend itself against an unsolicited bid approach from Microsoft that they've restarted merger talks with AOL. A tie-up with Google is not entirely out of the question as well.

As Luke once said when being wooed by an evil Sith Lord, "I'll never join you!"

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CKCO Toronto Blue Jays Promo From 1985

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

Every Jays fan from the 80s is going to love this Blue Jays promo from CKCO. That music brings back so many memories and this footage is extraordinary. I'll never forget the fantastic memories I have of Exhibition Stadium. After you watch this, head over to my OK Blue Jays page and listen to that retro gem. When does Spring Training start?

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Roy Scheider, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumRoy Scheider was 75. He was a one-time boxer whose broken nose and pugnacious acting style made him a star in "The French Connection" and who later uttered one of cinematic history's most memorable roles in "Jaws."

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An Awesome Evening

hockeyI am 33 years old and prior to today I had never watched a game from box seats and I had never skated on a sheet of ice shared by a professional hockey team. I've just returned from a most fantastic evening at the Ricoh Coliseum which saw me do both.

First of all, we got to watch the Marlies take on the Houston Aeros from a box. This thing was awesome. If you wanted a drink, you grabbed it from the fridge. There were massive bowls of popcorn and chips just sitting there. During the second intermission pizza and hot dogs arrived. Sitting in a box must be what heaven's like.

There was also a hockey game. Justin Pogge recorded a shutout and The Woz scored the winner in a 1-0 victory. When Andy Wozniewski scored late in the third, I was so damn happy, you'd have thought I was at a Leafs game.

After the game, my son and I went to Marlies Alley with our skates and got to skate around for half an hour. A few Marlies were there to sign autographs but James just wanted to meet Duke the Dog, the Marlies mascot. He got his wish and we both left the coliseum very happy. Here's a photoset from the jam packed evening.

Box Seats + Marlies Win + Pogge Shutout + Skating = Bestest Day Ever!

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My Own Prison

musicIn addition to My Hootastic Cross to Bear I must confess to another guilty pleasure from the 1990s. I'm throwing this out there in the hopes that my full disclosure will absolve me from all sin.

In 1997, Christian-ish rock band Creed released their debut album My Own Prison. Creed had a string of hits, but they were sort of like Nickelback before there was a Nickelback, so it wasn't cool to be a Creed fan. Were they trying to sound like Pearl Jam? Were they bible thumpers? We didn't know but we knew it was wrong.

As much as I tried to fight the hooky rock sounds of Creed, I couldn't help but really dig "What's This Life For", one of the hits off of My Own Prison. It was the guiltiest of pleasures that climaxed with me watching Creed headline an Edgefest one July night at Molson Park in Barrie.

I just realized I've confessed to this guiltiest of pleasures before. Now what's worse, me digging that Hootie track or the fact I'll still sing along to this Creed song if I hear it piping through my local Walmart?

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Hitting the Ricoh Coliseum Ice

hockeyJames is a lucky six year old. The ghost of six year old Mike is envious of the current six year old James. This afternoon, after we take in the Marlies game at Ricoh Coliseum from box seats, we get access to the ice for an hour.

I think this is very cool. James thinks it's cool too, but he's too young to realize just how cool it is. I'll take pictures so when he's my age he can look back without the ghosty envy.

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The Zoodles Ad From 1984

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

About a year ago I wrote about Zoodles. Zoodles are animal noodles and here's the ad we 30-somethings know and love.

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Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2

Leafs"Three wins in four games have the Toronto Maple Leafs talking about the postseason again."

That's the first line in today's Associated Press write up about our thrilling victory yesterday afternoon. This is our worst dream realized. The Leafs can't even lose properly.

As a fan with decades of Leaf worship under my belt, I've thoroughly enjoyed these wins over Ottawa, Montreal and Detroit. We're beating the best in the league and it's thanks to efforts from guys named Dominic Moore, Robbie Earl and Jiri Tlusty. It's fun, but it's that vicious cycle we know all too well.

We finish 9th, which gives us a taste of a playoff race, but it doesn't win you the cup, and that's just not good enough.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
55 points
5th in Northeast
3-2 Win vs. Detroit
4-2 Win vs. Montreal
8-0 Loss vs. Florida
M. Sundin - 58
N. Antropov - 42
J. Blake - 35

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The Fountain

A Movie ReelThe Fountain: 6 out of 10.

My brain hurts. I watched "The Fountain" last night, and I'm still not sure what the hell happened. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. My brain really is in pain.

I watched "The Fountain" because I saw it was directed by Darren Aronofsky, the man who brought us the most excellent "Requiem for a Dream". It stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and it's totally bizarre.

I'm a pretty smart cookie and I couldn't tell you what I saw, which is both frustrating and stimulating. It's got me thinking, even if I am in pain.

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Listen to Sleeping Sickness

tragically hipThe new Dallas Green City and Colour album has a track called "Sleeping Sickness". "Sleeping Sickness" features Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip.

You can listen to this song and the rest of the new City and Colour album Bring Me Your Love on the City and Colour MySpace page.

It's too bad we can't embed the MySpace player. Rupert, if you're out there, that would be neat-o.

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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

foodNo, I won't be breaking bread with Sidney Poitier tonight, but Humble Howard, his wife Randee and his brood are trekking east to enjoy Taryn's world famous lasagna.

I've been to the Glassman's palatial Oakville estate several times, once with the whole family, and I once got to fly his plane, but they've never crashed at my crib. That's right, I called it my crib, and I almost called it my pad before I realized this was 2008 and my pad is now my crib... or so the kids tell me.

This actually works out perfectly because the Leafs game is a 3pm start and the Glassmans will be rolling in just as the game winds down. Coincidentally, tonight is also the night CBC RadioOne is airing Humble Howard's appearance on The Debaters. That starts at 6:30pm.

As my Hebrew friend wrote on his blog:

Saturday night I'm going over to the Boon Man's home for dinner. This is our first foray into the heart of the Mad Genius and it should be great. Mike has become a good pal of mine and he's got a sweet family as well. I just hope the Leafs don't have an off night and put MB into a funk. Wait a second that's all the Leafs have. He should be used to it by now.

Go Leafs Go!

Check out the shades

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Over Now

homerOn August 8, 2003, I decided I'd try something new. A fan of The Simpsons from the get-go, my favourite character was always Homer and I thought I'd share a quote from Homer Simpson every Saturday morning. Every Saturday morning since August 8, 2003 one of my first tasks was posting a quote on my Homer's Quote of the Week page. Every Saturday morning until today.

I shared all my favourite quotes long ago, and now this fun hobby is starting to feel like a chore. The moment this blog starts to feel like a job, I'm out. Last September I made a couple of other changes and this is just one more designed to make maintenance of this site as easy as possible. I still love ya Homer, but your page will never change again. As Alice In Chains once sung, it's over now.

Tea Time

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My Hootastic Cross to Bear

rewindWe all have guilty pleasures, right? There's something you know you're not supposed to dig but you end up liking it anyway. "American Idol" is a common guilty pleasure, and one I've confessed to in the past.

I wrote my brothers about the amazing lineup for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer. The headliners are Pearl Jam, but as I wrote in my email, "buried in the middle are Broken Social Scene, Rilo Kiley and Tegan and Sara? Heck, The Rac is only on line #3."

Steve noticed Jakob Dylan "buried way down deep" and wondered what happened to The Wallflowers. I replied that they were opening for Hootie & the Blowfish in a bar somewhere, and that's when I got it. You see, Hootie is my cross to bear.

At some point in 1995 I may have confessed to liking part of the Hootie & the Blowfish song "Let Her Cry". At the time we were only a few years removed from the height of grunge and our musical diet was primarily composed of Green Day's Dookie and the Offspring's Smash, so digging Hootie & the Blowfish was a very uncool thing to do. I've never heard the end of it.

Today, in this most public of forums, I'm standing up for my right to dig at least parts of Hootie & the Blowfish's "Let Her Cry". I admit it's not cool, but it is what it is and I'm tired of running from the truth. Even today, as I heard the song for the first time in a decade, I must admit I liked it.

I challenge you to listen to this and not like at least part of it a little. Don't be afraid, I've paved the trail for us all.

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Buffalo Mike? Perish The Thought

thumbsdownIt's easy to start feeling sorry for yourself when you're a Leafs fan. Sometimes, when you feel things are at their worst, you need to look on the bright side of life.

ESPN The Magazine had an great little write up by Bill Simmons about the horrible situation in New York with the Knicks. Simmons explains how much worse things are in Buffalo, but Buffalo simply doesn't have enough people who care about them, talk about them or write about them to make this suffering noticeable. Here's an excerpt from the article:

Over the past 40-plus years, no sports city has had it rougher than Buffalo. It doesn't have a baseball team. Its NBA team fled west to become the Clippers -- a double whammy. Its greatest and most famous athlete is O.J. Simpson. It has suffered three of the toughest losses ever, all of which are so infamous they can be described in three words or fewer: "wide right," "no goal" and "Music City Miracle." Its beloved Bills lost four straight Super Bowls and currently have the second-longest NFL playoff drought (eight years and counting; the Cardinals haven't gotten in since '98). Is any under-45 American sports fan more scarred than the one who lives in Buffalo?

Things are bad in Toronto with our Maple Leafs. We haven't won the cup since '67, we endured the Harold Ballard era and now we're run by a multi-headed monster without hope and buried in the cellar. Our best-case scenario is that we trade our best player. Die-hards like me weren't on this planet the last time we won it all but things could be so much worse.

I could live in Buffalo.

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Songerize Plays the Songs in Your Head

musicSongerize is an "I feel lucky" button for SEEQPOD, a site I wrote about a year ago.

You simply enter a song name and artist and it plays the first MP3 it comes across on the web that fits the bill. It doesn't host any music, it just finds the audio file hosted by someone else and plays it in milliseconds. It's a lot of fun.

I gave it my standard test. One song that should be everywhere, one song I'm digging lately, one song that my buddy released and one song that's obscure enough it would be impressive if it found it.

You're probably curious what four songs fit the bill today. Here they are with everything but the Hayden track playing right away.

  1. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
  2. Funeral - Band of Horses
  3. Hey Mister - Custom
  4. Take - Hayden

Well done, Songerize. Well done...

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Jamario Moon's Slam Dunk Preview

raptorsIt seems Chris Bosh isn't the only Toronto Raptor uploading clips to YouTube these days. Jamario Moon is featured in this clip promoting the NBA slam dunk competition.

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The Best Jack Nicholson Movies

The Number FiveMy favourite Jack Nicholson films

  1. The Departed
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  3. A Few Good Men
  4. About Schmidt
  5. Five Easy Pieces

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CSS3's ::selection Pseudo-Element

firefoxFirefox and Safari support CSS3's ::selection pseudo-element. Using that and PHP, this toy hides an image in plain view.

If you're a Firefox or Safari user, highlight the text below with your mouse.

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Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 2

LeafsHave you noticed the Leafs are now just winning the games we really, really want to win. We're beating the Sens and Habs while rolling over and playing dead for teams like the Panthers. That's perfect.

If you watched, you'd have to admit this was a fun game. Guys we haven't seen in ages, guys like Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Tucker, chipped in with goals while Toskala shut the door.

The next game that really matters is February 25 in Ottawa, although I wouldn't mind beating the Sabres on Wednesday night.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
53 points
5th in Northeast
4-2 Win vs. Montreal
8-0 Loss vs. Florida
4-2 Win vs. Ottawa
M. Sundin - 57
N. Antropov - 41
J. Blake - 35

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Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" by Radiohead.

Those who celebrate the supposed demise of Radiohead should give this track from In Rainbows another listen. It's a fantastic single, and like "Bodysnatchers", it's SLS-worthy.

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Body Of War Boasts Many Faves

cdA two-disc collection entitled "Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran" is due March 18, and it boasts many of my favourite artists. You might recall Eddie Vedder performed last September at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote the documentary of the same name.

Joining Mr. Ed Vedder on this album will be favourite native son Neil Young, Serj Tankian, Ben Harper and Tom Morello. Here's Eddie discussing the music for Body of War.

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I'm Not Losing My Mind

cntowerI'm not losing my mind. Way back in 2004 I wrote about "Toronto Rocks" and seeing J.D. Roberts host the video show that aired on City-TV. Then, when John Majhor passed away, I read an article about "Toronto Rocks" that convinced me I was wrong. Yesterday a comment on that entry confirmed what I recall.

Ravi wrote:

J. D. Roberts was the intermediate host of Toronto Rocks (very briefly) and sometimes filled in for John Mahjor. There weren't that many episodes where J.D. appeared. I know because I have VHS recordings of videos of him in it. He was obviously on The New Music. Brad Giffen came after...and if I remember correctly, I could have sworn I seen Brad Giffen model wearing coats for a clothing store in the Toronto Sun. John Mahjor was a great host...RIP

It's nice seeing JD Roberts (John Roberts) on CNN. Did you know Ali Velshi is from TO as well?

I told ya so.

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Kelly Gruber, One Great Season

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Kelly Gruber wasn't just the subject of a hilarious Kids in the Hall skit, he was our starting third baseman in the post-Mulliniks/Iorg era. He was also pretty overrated due to his one stellar season at the plate in 1990.

In 1990, Gruber hit .274 with 31 HRs, 118 RBIs and 14 SBs, winning Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. He ended up fourth in MVP balloting that year.

I'll always remember Gruber for three things:

  • In 1989 he became the first Jay to hit for the cycle when he famously stretched a double into a single.
  • In 1992 he tied up game three of the World Seres against the Atlanta Braves with a clutch homer. He also had that awesome chin first slide in this series.
  • A friend working the counter at the Runnymede and Bloor street McDonalds swears he came in one day and ate four Quarter Pounders with Cheese.

Kelly Gruber

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Mr. Show and The Audition

humourWithout a doubt my favourite sketch comedy show of all time is "Kids in the Hall", but outside of KITH the funniest sketch comedy show I ever watched was "Mr. Show".

"Mr. Show" was created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross for HBO and the genius was in how the various sketches tied together. There was always a common thread, some element that segued one into the next, and it was unlike anything I had ever seen. "Mr. Show" wasn't just funny, it was clever, and one of a small handful of shows that could actually make me laugh out loud.

I recently wrote about David Cross' appearance in Alvin and the Chipmunks and stole the Bob and David HTML for HhDotCom. Here's some "Mr. Show" action for ya. This funny bit is called The Audition and is typical "Mr. Show" fare.

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Catch Humble Howard on The Debaters

microphoneThe Debaters is the hit CBC Radio show that features Canada’s hottest comedians going toe to toe, debating topics in the news and on the minds of Canadians. This week's episode is Valentine's Day themed and love is in the air. It also features my good friend Humble Howard Glassman as he takes on Judy Croon.

From The Debaters Blog:

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love... but how about the young women?

Romantic realist Judy Croon tries to convince author and comedian "Humble" Howard Glassman that Valentine's Day does nothing to promote love.

Next up on our hearts and flowers episode, surprisingly romantic Al Rae does his best to prove to newly single Deborah Kimmett that "till death do us part" is still relevant.

Life is like a box of chocolates, and so is The Debaters -- it's sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter and occasionally filled with nuts. Tune in with your sweetheart and fall in love with The Debaters all over again.

Airs Saturday, February 9th at 6:30 PM and Monday, February 11th at 8:30 PM on Radio One.

This will be fun. Here's a taste of the humble one.

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Base Hit, Two Runs Score!

baseballAt some point about 15 years ago, we started getting Chicago's WGN as part of our cable package. WGN would broadcast Chicago Cubs games called by Harry Caray and Harry Caray made things fun.

I remember one game the Cubs batter came to the plate with runners at 2nd and 3rd. He hit a sweet single that died in the luscious Wrigley Field grass and two runs scored. What I remember about this play was Harry Caray's call "Base hit... two runs score!" and as God is my witness he had this sentence out of his mouth before the ball hit the ground.

Harry was great. I can't believe he's been gone ten years.

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Young MC - Louie Louie Remix with Maestro Fresh-Wes

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Young MC - Louie Louie Remix with Maestro Fresh-Wes
As promised, this song was produced by Young MC back in 1990 and features Maestro Fresh-Wes on the mic. It was released to promote "Coupe de Ville", a charming little flick I highly recommend.

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Maple Leafs 0, Panthers 8

LeafsMats Sundin is truly beloved by his teammates. In a unified act of love the likes of which I've never seen before, Mats Sundin's teammates committed a sort of suicide. You see, they intentionally embarrassed #13, attempting to make him so ashamed to wear the blue and white that he'd waive his no-trade clause. You rarely see such selfless behaviour in professional sports.

My apologies... I needed a moment to wipe a tear from my eye. You have to love this team. Each and every one of them sacrificed their professional reputations to take a glorious dive, all for their captain. There's no way Mats will want to stick around after this. It was a risky strategy, but it's sure to pay dividends.

Bless you boys.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
51 points
5th in Northeast
8-0 Loss vs. Florida
4-2 Win vs. Ottawa
3-2 OTL vs. Carolina
M. Sundin - 56
N. Antropov - 41
J. Blake - 34

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My Beef With Metro Hall

thumbsdownIn addition to a $105 towing charge, I recently got a $60 parking ticket. I thought I'd go down to 55 John Street and put up a bit of a fuss. As I waited in line at Metro Hall I realized I'd have gladly paid $60 to be anywhere else, but the damn principle of it all wouldn't let me cough up the coin.

My primary beef with this process is that you have to physically visit 55 John Street and wait in line to challenge a parking ticket. You can't request a trial over the phone or online, and that just seems wrong. It's as if they're purposely making it a real pain in the ass so you'll just pay the fee. Most sensible people just wouldn't be bothered.

My other issue is with the overwhelming sense there's no incentive for the civil servants to move the line along. There are four service windows at 55 John Street but for most of the time I was there only two were open and for a while only one. With an hour left in their work day, one of the two working clerks went on her 15 minute break. Us poor stupid folk in line just got angrier and angrier as we waited and waited.

Forced to visit Metro Hall between 8:30am and 4:30pm and then forced to wait in line for an hour, I'm getting my trial date. One of the questions on the request form asks if you're going to bring evidence that contradicts the stated offence. I said no. The clerk asked me why I was requesting a trial date if I couldn't argue against the charge. I told her the truth. My plan is to look really sweet and innocent, reference the $105 I've already coughed up and beg for mercy.

If nothing else, it should give me some interesting blogging material.

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Foo Fighters - Long Way To Ruin

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Long Way To Ruin" by the Foo Fighters.

Hey kids, you're not going to believe this, but Mr. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame used to play drums in that band your dad keeps talking about. That's right, lead singer rock star Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana. No foolin'...

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Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Sky Is Over" by Serj Tankian.

I'm a sucker for Serj's delivery. I'm a big System of a Down fan who always preferred the tracks with Serj on vocals. This is yet another Serj winner. This isn't the official video but some fan thing I found on the 'Tube.

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Barry Morse, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumBarry Morse was 89. A longtime Canadian resident, he was most famous for his portrayal of the cold-hearted detective who relentlessly pursues the wrongly convicted Richard Kimble for four seasons in The Fugitive.

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumMaharishi Mahesh Yogi was 91. He was a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation.

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ESPN Magazine vs. Sports Illustrated

bookI don't currently subscribe to any magazines now that I've let my subscription to Rolling Stone lapse, but I've got a buddy who saves every copy of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine for me. I read both from cover to cover and what I'm about to write might surprise you.

ESPN The Magazine is now my sports magazine preference. I'm a Sports Illustrated fan from way back, having subscribed for years in the late 80s and early 90s, but ESPN The Magazine has Sports Illustrated beat today. ESPN The Magazine has larger pages, which enables it to be far more visually powerful, and the articles and observations are far more fun to digest. They both say similar things (it's easy to root for the Celtics again, Brett Favre is the sportsman of the year, baseball is full of cheaters, Tiger Woods is really good), but the difference is in how they say it and how it's presented.

Before Drew started giving me his ESPN The Magazine issue, I didn't know there was an ESPN The Magazine. Now I'm wondering why I still bother to read Sports Illustrated.

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Who's Your Grateful Dead?

musicBob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart reunited yesterday for the first time in four years to back Barack Obama. Weir, Lesh and Hart are the three surviving members of the Grateful Dead. "Deadhead" has become the generic term for super loyal fans who tour with a band as opposed to merely catching them when they hit town. This begs the question, if you were to be a Deadhead, who would be your Grateful Dead?

Chatting about Blue Rodeo recently with SoccerMom, she remarked that they were her Grateful Dead. A couple of bands jump out at me as my Grateful Dead, but I'd have to go with The Tragically Hip. If I had the time and the means I'd gladly tour with The Hip and catch them night after night.

Now it's your turn. Who would be your Grateful Dead if you could be a Deadhead?

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Derek Bell, A Future Star For Houston

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Derek Bell is actually the second Blue Jays prospect featured in the O-Pee-Chee set. O-Pee-Chee cards were the ones I collected and they were essentially Topps cards with a Canadian angle and bilingual print on the back. Unlike Alex Sanchez, featured earlier today, Derek Bell actually had some pretty sweet seasons, although they weren't with the Jays.

We traded this prospect to the Padres for Darrin Jackson after our World Series win in 1992. Darrin Jackson only played a couple of months before we traded his ass to New York for Tony Fernandez. I missed Tony Fernandez and was very happy to see him play such a key role in our 1993 World Series victory. His nine World Series RBIs is still a record for a shortstop.

Derek Bell

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Juno Canadiana and a Nod to Arrested Development

moviesLike George Costanza, I need to go into a film fresh. Months ago, when I started hearing buzz about "Juno", I shut myself off from all Juno-related press. I've been avoiding reviews, articles, interviews and everything else that accompanies a film's release.

Since I've been in the cold, everything in this entry has likely be written elsewhere by others. I wouldn't know, I still haven't read a review of "Juno". I have seen the movie, finally, and the first thing that struck me is how Canadian a film it is.

Here's the Juno Canadiana I detected:

  • Juno was directed by Jason Reitman, Montreal-born son of Ivan Reitman, a.k.a. the keynote speaker at my commencement ceremony at Convocation Hall
  • Juno's star and soul belongs to Halifax-born Ellen Page
  • Ellen Page's love interest in Juno is Michael Cera who hails from Brampton
  • Juno makes me think of our Canadian Grammy Awards
  • Juno was filmed in British Columbia
  • The jock in the high school hallways is a guy I recognize from "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • During the opening credits, there were several maple leaves and that wasn't a coincidence

In addition to all this Canadiana, there was a great shout out to "Arrested Development". During the past month I've re-watched all 53 episodes of "Arrested Development" in sequence. Just about every night I watched at least one episode, often two and sometimes three. As a result, I've spent a lot of time thinking about "Arrested Development" so when I see a film co-starring both George Michael Bluth and Michael Bluth, it's natural I'm going to be looking for allusions to the best comedy you didn't watch.

J.K. Simmons, a man I know best from his role as Vernon Schillinger in "Oz" but also a one-time guest star on "Arrested Development", had the honours. His line "I'm not ready to be a Pop Pop" was a clear allusion to "Arrested Development". "Pop Pop" was the term of endearment George Michael and Maeby used for their grandfather, George Bluth Sr., played by the always awesome Jeffrey Tambor.

It's also a great movie, by the way...

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Manning to Tyree Play for the Ages

nflI turned on the television yesterday just in time to catch the national anthem. I then watched the entire Super Bowl, rooting for the Giants to pull off the upset.

If you were watching that fourth quarter, you already know how thrilling it was. New York had the lead, New England jumped in front late and then the Giants somehow marched 83 yards down the field to complete the upset. I'm hesitant to call it the best Super Bowl I've ever seen, because I have vivid memories of Super Bowl XXXIV when Kevin Dyson was tackled one yard short, but it's definitely right up there.

The winning touchdown was scored on an 83 yard drive that consisted of 12 plays, but none more crucial than the catch David Tyree made. Firstly, I couldn't believe Eli Manning broke free to make that pass. And even though I've seen the replay a dozen times now, I can't believe the catch Tyree made. That play at that time was absolutely thrilling and why I love sports. Anything can happen.

Here's the Manning-to-Tyree play I still can't believe.

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Louie Louie Is Still In Effect

musicIn June of 2006 I wrote about "Louie, "Louie", a 1990 remix of the song by Young MC featuring the rap stylings of our very own Maestro Fresh-Wes.

For years this song only lived in my memories. I couldn't find it anywhere. This morning I awoke to find it in my inbox. Another Mike found my entry, had the song and sent it my way.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I so thoroughly enjoy this little hobby of mine. I'll share the song with you all Wednesday.

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Alex Sanchez, I Don't Remember You At All

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Unlike Jim Clancy and Ernie Whitt, I have no memories of Alex Sanchez. He was our #1 pick in the 1987 draft but he didn't pan out. In fact, he only made four major league starts and his first was his best. "Despite giving up 5 hits and 5 walks in 6 innings, he allowed just 1 run and left the game tied. David Wells came in, pitched the last 3 innings, and got the win."

Although I'm pretty sure I was either watching or listening to that game, it's not ringing a bell.

Alex Sanchez

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A Movie ReelJuno: 9 out of 10.

"Juno" is fantastic. It's funny, charming and sweet and is powered by a great cast. It's a great cast, with personal faves J.K. Simmons, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman complemented nicely by Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby and Jennifer Garner, but this movie kills because of a stellar performance from young Canadian actress Ellen Page.

If you haven't seen "Juno" yet, Ellen Page will blow you away. She's a breath of fresh air, quirky, funny and smart, and she is the reason this film is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. I'm highly recommending this one.

Later today, when I get a chance, I've going to comment further on both the Canadian aspect of this wonderful little film and the "Arrested Development" tie-in. Stay tuned!

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I Hate Perfection

nflI hear there's a pretty big football game today. I'll tune in at some point in the first half after I get home from seeing one of the films on my see list. I'm going to watch "Juno".

For a few reasons, I'll be rooting for the New York Giants. It's more like I'm rooting against the New England Patriots than rooting for the Giants, and there are two primary motivating factors.

I Hate Perfection
The idea of perfection turns me off. Other than those who live in New England, who would want to root for a perfect season? These guys have won enough, and they're clearly the best team in the NFL, and that's precisely why I hope there's an upset tonight. It's the Giants' imperfections that give them character.

I'm Sick Of Boston
The Red Sox won again last season, the Patriots have won enough and the Celtics are suddenly great again. I'm sick of Boston winning and it's simply unfair for one city to be home to both the reigning Super Bowl and World Series champions. If the Pats win, there's a chance they'll be home to the NBA champions as well, and that thought makes me nauseous.

In honour of Super Bowl Sunday, a day that used to mean a great deal more to me, here's my favourite Super Bowl ad of them all.

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Everyday Normal Guy 2

videoI loved the first Everyday Normal Guy rap song from Jon Lajoie and HhDotCom tells me there's a sequel.

Here's the very funny and very NSFW Everyday Normal Guy 2.

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Maple Leafs 4, Senators 2

LeafsI've mentioned in recent game recaps that I'm okay with losing these days. Last night, that couldn't be further from the truth. I wanted to beat the Sens as if it was game seven of the Stanley Cup final.

I got my wish. It was an entertaining game with hard luck defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo scoring the winner on a pass from NASCAR legend Robbie Earl.

I've got tickets to see the Marlies next Sunday. From what I saw last night, they've got a shot at the Calder Cup.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
51 points
5th in Northeast
4-2 Win vs. Ottawa
3-2 OTL vs. Carolina
3-2 Loss vs. St. Louis
M. Sundin - 56
N. Antropov - 41
J. Blake - 34

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Obama v. Clinton

usaFor years I've been referring to Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States of America. I firmly believe the democratic nominee will win the day next November and I've felt Hillary Clinton would likely end up with that nomination.

Today, I'm sensing Barack Obama has seized the momentum. Obama, a brilliant orator, has people talking about change. He's motivating people, giving Americans hope and faith that there will be sunlight after eight years of darkness.

I don't have a preference, but I want the winner of Obama v. Clinton to be the next president of the USA. Here's a fantastic video inspired by Obama's message of hope.

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Teach Me French

familyJames wants to learn French. I'm not talking about the government mandated French class we were all forced to take through grade nine, I'm talking about French Immersion.

James has senior kindergarten friends who are already in French Immersion and James thinks this is pretty cool. Although I only know a handful for French words, James' mom is fluently bilingual, so at least one of us will be able to hang with the dude when he's trying to conjugate them verbs.

The boy wants to go to French Immersion so we're going to make it happen for the guy. Who could say no to a face like this? Pas je.


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The Web Service Suites That Revolve Around The Firefox Sun

FirefoxAfter writing this entry and this one, I took inventory of the web services that work for me. Using Firefox as my gateway to the web, there's a small handful of web service suites that have become more than mere web pages to me.

As I was assembling this rather small list, it soon became obvious to me that such detail would be better presented as an image. Yes, Facebook is there, because despite my threats to quit, I'm still an active user. Why am I there? Because their developers understand the importance of user interface and when something works, it's tough to say goodbye.


* Click the image to see it in Flickr where I've added notes to explain what each service does for me.

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Robbie Earl, NASCAR Legend?

carDo you know Robbie Earl? What if I told you he was a NASCAR driver, would you doubt it? To my ears, the name Robbie Earl says NASCAR, but he's actually a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect making his NHL debut tonight against the Sens.

From Wikipedia: "Robert Wayne Earl (born June 2, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois) is an African American hockey player currently with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League." It's time to update that synopsis as he's been recalled by the Leafs.

In 44 games this season for the Marlies, he has 33 points with 11 goals and 22 assists. Gentlemen, start your engines.

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Best Thing About Weekends

coffeeWeekends rule for a variety of reasons. On a Saturday, I don't have to visit the office. That means my wife will brew us kick ass coffee in a French press. That relaxing Saturday and Sunday morning coffee might just be the best thing about weekends.

The office has fresh coffee as well, but it's office coffee, and understandably inferior. Taryn's got the French press down to a fine art and I'd never go back to the old drip brew again.

Here's our French press in action. This amount gives us each one massive cup and starts the day off right.


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Homer Simpson's Quote of the Week

Homer"Marge, are we Jewish?"

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It's the Interface, Stupid

flickrI instantly hated the idea of Microsoft buying Yahoo!. Microsoft may be the big boys on the desktop, but they've always sucked at the web. Google and Yahoo either started or bought up most of the web sites and services that work, everything from YouTube to Gmail to Flickr. Microsoft has never launched a well-accepted web 2.0 web services suite, in fact, every time they attempt to compete they fail miserably.

Back in 2004, I fell in love (if you can fall in love with a web service) with Flickr. Flickr was founded by Ludicorp, a nice little Canadian company, and in 2004 I actually paid Flickr money for a pro account. I never pay for anything on the web, so the fact I was willing to hand over actual coin is all the evidence of my loyalty you need. This was something worth paying for, a photo sharing website that enhanced my life.

Why did Flickr work while many other photo sharing sites failed? Lord knows I tried several before falling for Flickr. What did Ludicorp do that Microsoft was never able to do? The answer is simple. It's the interface, stupid.

Flickr reflected a brilliant user interface that evolved into the epitome of Web 2.0 utilizing Ajax techniques that made one forget they were in a browser. Uploading pictures, tagging them, embedding them on the web and organizing ones photos isn't just easy, it's a pleasure. Flickr understands the importance of user interface and when they built a better mousetrap, passionate users followed in droves.

Flickr users aren't just users, they're part of a vibrant community. Creating passionate users is precisely what Microsoft fails at time and time again. Passionate users grow abundantly in such fertile ground. When Yahoo! bought Flickr, they understood what they had purchased and let it be. Other than forcing Flickr users to tie their accounts to a Yahoo! login, Yahoo! hasn't caused a single disruption in the force. Flickr is better than ever with several awesome upgrades of late. I'm happily sharing 4,713 photos right now, and it's all because of Flickr's interface.

If/when Microsoft buys Yahoo!, they'll own Flickr as well. I'm actually dreading this transition. I don't trust Microsoft to "let it be". They've proven time and time again that they don't get it. They don't lure passionate users because they don't do good user interface. If they end up with Flickr and don't announce plans to sell it to someone who cares, I'll leave the community.

I'll leave with my 4,713 photos and every ounce of my passion.

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Chestnut: Hero of Central Park

A Movie ReelChestnut: Hero of Central Park: 4 out of 10.

How many movies made for kids feature dogs? There's the "Air Bud" series, "Karate Dog", "Under Dog" and this one, "Chestnut: Hero of Central Park".

As you might have guessed, I watched this with the kids. I know he hasn't discovered this blog yet, and even if he does he'll have trouble with the big words, so let me tell you about the effect this movie had on my six year old. He was balling, sobbing a bucket of tears when Chestnut, the lovable Great Dane, was lost in Central Park. When Chestnut got stabbed trying to be a hero, James lost it. I held his hand and watched him perk up when Chestnut came through.

I don't blame James for crying. I did the same thing after "Titanic", but that's a story for another day.

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You Suck At Photoshop #5

paintI enjoy these "You Suck At Photoshop" tutorials so much, I'm going to post them as they're released. The guys at MyDamnChannel.com actually send me the link every time they post a new episode, so this'll be easy.

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The Best Songs From Blur

The Number FiveMy favourite Blur songs

  1. Country House
  2. She's So High
  3. Parklife
  4. Charmless Man
  5. There's No Other Way

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January 2008 Search Engine Referrals

Search StringsThese are the top searches that referred people to this site in January of 2008. Once again, this list is dominated by people looking for Ralph Wiggums' Valentine's Day card. "Choo choo" related searches hold down three of the top five spots. I'm pleased to see "toronto blog" breaking into the top four and surprised to see "saint ralph soundtrack" ranking. Apparently, a cable channel in the New York area is playing the heck out of that film and it's benefiting from the exposure.

  1. i choo choo choose you
  2. big shiny tunes 7
  3. choo choo choose you
  4. toronto blog
  5. choo choo
  6. saint ralph soundtrack
  7. celebrity death watch
  8. x games soundtrack
  9. big shiny tunes 8
  10. bill barilko

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Sarah Silverman Is F**king Matt Damon

humourHey kids, Sarah Silverman is funny. She put this video together for Jimmy Kimmel and it's tres amusing.

How ya like them apples?

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Yahoo! Wooed By Dark Side

yahooThe first Google, before Google became Google, was Yahoo!. Here's a little love letter I once wrote to Yahoo! and here's my recollection of the World Wide Web's beginning. As I said, Yahoo! was my Google before Google became my Google.

Yahoo! is being wooed by the evil empire. Microsoft has made an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo!. The bid, which would consist of cash and Microsoft stock, values Yahoo! shares at $31 a share, a 62% premium on Thursdays closing price.

Don't sell, Yahoo! Not now, not ever, and definitely not to them.

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Maple Leafs 2, Hurricanes 3

LeafsDuring the 3rd period of last night's game, my mom IM'd me to complain there was nothing on tv. I told her I was watching the Leafs game. Her response was "you still watch?"

That's when I realized the Leafs are my favourite reality show. Now that I've hit this unprecedented sweet spot where I'm okay with losing, watching games has become much more relaxing fun. I was thrilled when our great captain tied it up with 11.4 seconds left in regulation, but I was also okay when the Hurricanes won it in overtime. It was grand.

If you still care, and it's okay if you don't because this team will hopefully be gutted soon, we've now gone five games without a man-advantage goal. In the NHL 2.0, that's a recipe for disaster.

Current Record  Last Games Season Leaders
49 points
5th in Northeast
3-2 OTL vs. Carolina
3-2 Loss vs. St. Louis
2-1 Loss vs. Washington
M. Sundin - 54
N. Antropov - 41
J. Blake - 32

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