The Openest Mike Yet

Open MikeI'm planning to start a podcast. 30 minutes a week or so... using the Humble and Fred studio in beautiful downtown Etobicoke. This is a great place to tell me what you think of the idea, if you'd listen, or warn me to walk away and never look back.

And you can say other stuff, too. But try not to complain about the heat if you can help it. That's a personal request. If you do it, I won't delete your comment, but I'll shake my fist at the screen.


And if you have a question, I'll drop by throughout the day to answer you.

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rip martin

July 6, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

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Yes, three years ago, I had to write this:

I still can't believe it. For everything I've written about Martin Streek, visit .

July 6, 2012 @ 9:35 AM


A Toronto Star article for Toronto Mike, lol:
How to Avoid the high cost of Pro Sporting Events.

July 6, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

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I have my own methods...

July 6, 2012 @ 10:02 AM


I just dropped by to confirm that this is indeed the openest mike ever.

That is all...

July 6, 2012 @ 10:09 AM


Here's a vote in favor of the podcast. Do it!

July 6, 2012 @ 10:35 AM


What would be covered in the podcast? I'm a heavy podcast consumer and would definitely give it a trial for a few episodes at least.

July 6, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Mississauga Phil

Podcast sounds like a good idea...but only if Dave W and I can come on and debate the merits of pot (I'm kidding I don't want to stat this fight up again...)

July 6, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

519 Rob

I'd give it a try too. I like podcasts, but honestly I find I get tired of them quickly. Not sure why...

July 6, 2012 @ 11:18 AM


This latest "3D experience" being flogged on us is yet another gimmick by corporations to part us from our money.  Discuss.
I'll start.  I will never again pay a premium to attend a 3D movie.  I feel like a sucker paying $5 more to experience a dimmer picture, and wear stupid glasses (over my regular glasses!) just so I can see 3D effects that don't actually provide any benefit to the story.  Even after the wow factor of Avatar, the 3D is not what I remember when I think of that movie.  Same for the last 3D movie I saw, "Prometheus".  Don't get me started on the biggest rip-off off all: 3D TV!
Does anyone here actually prefer 3D movies over the regular experience?  Does anyone here actually own and benefit from a 3D TV? If so, why (for both questions).

July 6, 2012 @ 11:39 AM


I hope Martin is hosting the coolest music bash in heaven ever. RIP Martin Streek.

July 6, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

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Re: my podcast

I plan to be me... a little cynical, passionate... will discuss three topics each episode with a guest, usually Toronto-centric.

Maybe local radio or politics or whatever is the hot topic here. I hope it'll be interesting, we'll see...

The real question is what song to open with!

July 6, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - I'm with you man!!! I hate 3D moives, they give me a headache. The wife and I saw Avengers in 3D and it bugged me so much I had to go see it again on a regular screen just to enjoy the movie (it really was a great movie).

PLease Hollywood - Stop with the Damn 3D it adds nothing to the movie!!!

July 6, 2012 @ 12:13 PM


Remembering Marty.

July 6, 2012 @ 12:30 PM


Will you have guests?

I think to make the podcast interesting you will need a lot of good topics. You don't want to sound like crazy rant man either.

And a song to start? That's the real question.

July 6, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - I think your opening song should be something distinctly Canadian, even Toronto-centric if you can find one that works, or have a revolving list of songs.

"50 Mission Cap" might be a good one to start with, or maybe Rush's "Spirit of Radio" (that would be ironic since it's a podcast)

July 6, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Good Luck on the podcast Mike. Have been missing the Humble and Fred Radio podcasts this week, they are great for us time crunched people who can't tune in to regular timed radio.
The TTC will never expand to it's potential if the Feds and the province don't kick in some cash, just wouldn't be realistic for the Toronto tax payers to fund it. Given inflation etc., the $168.00 a year (or whatever they start with) will be eclipsed by the cost over runs and it would end up chronically under funded. It's a Nut Hut shite show at city hall.

July 6, 2012 @ 2:20 PM

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My main objective with the podcast is to be myself... put nothing on. I've been assured it doesn't matter that I don't have the voice of Tom Rivers.

No crazy rants... just organic ones. Hope to record the first one in a few weeks, before my trip to Amsterdam.

July 6, 2012 @ 2:28 PM


I have a question maybe you can answer Mike. Am I the only regular H&F podcast listener that didn't know there would be no new shows this week? I don't remember them mentioning it on the show, and there's no info posted on their site or Facebook. I can only assume they'll be back next week, but who knows. Weird in this age of social media that they couldn't get the word out...

July 6, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

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I thought you were going to ask if you were the only regular Humble and Fred podcast listener. Period.

They mentioned it a few times... but briefly. I can see how you missed it.

They're back Monday. They'll be glad you noticed!

July 6, 2012 @ 2:54 PM

Mississauga Phil

He Mike - The fearless one just talked about the "Man who has a conversation with his 12 year old self" on the edge (about 5 min ago)

I'd say this is proof that despite his claim to hate you, he follows the blog!!!

I think that puts the scote at Mike-1 FF- 0

July 6, 2012 @ 4:05 PM

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@Mississauga Phil

Nah, I'm seeing that video everywhere. He might have got it from my site, or he might have got it from one of a thousand other spots on the web currently sharing the vid.

Fearless Fred, if you're out there, it's time to kiss and make up. You're welcome on my podcast any time.

July 6, 2012 @ 4:13 PM


Grocery Gateway sucks big time. My last order was a couple days ago. They go and substitute something I don't want substituted because I forgot to check a box. I suggested the web site should be changed to defalt to no substitutions, but of course, they won't do that. I wish I could have a choice about what I want things substituted with. So many things are out of stock. I get at least one out of stock item with every order, but usually more than one. The system sucks, believe me, but I have no other way of getting my groceries. I need them to be delivered, and they're the only one.

July 6, 2012 @ 4:47 PM


So, you always wanted to be a DJ?

July 6, 2012 @ 5:05 PM

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When I was 12, I wanted to be Tom Rivers.

Haven't had that dream since I was about 14 or so.

July 6, 2012 @ 5:12 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Corey, it seemed to me that it was only going to be for Monday/Tuesday, went back a couple of times to see the updated promo to be a best of show.
Looking forward to their return next week.
On another note, Fred should do what Humble has done with his website and just have you go to the site. He is far too busy to maintain the Canadian Thinker site to the level he had previously, (which is a good thing for him for sure.)

July 6, 2012 @ 5:18 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

Yeah, I've noticed the old Canadian Thinker has lapsed. I guess if Fred has something to say, he'll do it on the Humble and Fred site.

July 6, 2012 @ 5:24 PM


I'm surprised Sergio Pininfarina's passing wasn't mentioned anywhere here this week. Nor by any others who might be going to the Indy Race this weekend - courtesy of a Ferrari ticket giveaway.

July 6, 2012 @ 6:28 PM

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I don't put every death on this site. I had never heard of Sergio Pininfarina until he died. If I hadn't heard of him, why am I writing about him exactly?

And I'm not going to the Indy Race this weekend, but I am going to a nice affair tonight hosted by Ferrari. Jamie Kennedy is making me dinner.

July 6, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Sergio designed an unbelievable number of vehicles over his career, his talents will be missed in the auto world for sure.

July 6, 2012 @ 7:29 PM


I hate car racing as much as I hate baseball, yuck. Bring on hockey. May my Habs and Coyotes make the finals. that would be nice.

July 6, 2012 @ 8:48 PM

Il Duce

Please Mike, spare us the agony of a podcast. Whatever they're paying you I will double it if you stop this insanity.

July 6, 2012 @ 9:17 PM

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@Il Duce

I'm counting on you to be one of the sponsors.

July 6, 2012 @ 10:54 PM


I can think of some tracks from Toronto's own Lowest of the Low that might fit for at least an intro or closing theme for a podcast, Mike. Some, just in title, but "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars" would be good for a rant show, for example.

If you're a fan of The Lowest of the Low and were not aware, their only Canadian show this summer is at 4:30 this afternoon in Whitby at Ontario Shores.

July 7, 2012 @ 12:50 AM

Jason Patterson

First everyone had a blog. (see 2003). Now, everyone has a podcast (see 2011).

July 7, 2012 @ 6:16 AM


I never heard of the Lowest of the Lows. They're probably some modern rock group I won't care about anyway. Oh well, go Habs and Coyotes. I have the schedule already.

July 7, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

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That depends... is the early 90s "modern"?

July 7, 2012 @ 10:48 AM


@Jason Patterson

I agree with you on how the blog is 2003. I'd call the podcast oh so 2007.

Blogging and podcasting were oft touted as a revolution in media. It would allow the simple man to publish himself without being part of big media. It was going to free the world.

The reality is far different. Blogging and podcasting exist, but they've mostly become an extension of writers and/or media figures. The number of average citizens who became well known bloggers is astronomically small. Most of those that made it are more about flaunting their tits & ass than about creating anything compelling.

July 7, 2012 @ 12:22 PM

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Let me follow the logic here... blog died in 2003. Who am I to even maintain one in 2012?

And podcasts were to be restricted to 2007. How ridiculous it is that I'm even considering complementing this blog with a podcast in 2012?

You like to pigeon-hole people and restrict creative outlets to calendar years, don't you? I say if I want to start a Geocities home page in 2012 that's just fine... And I might just start flaunting my tits and ass, now that I'm back to my fighting weight.

July 7, 2012 @ 3:00 PM


@Toronto Mike

Oh please slick. It ain't about whether the technology is relevant or stale. This is all about you and your ego. You never once asked "what do I have to offer the listener". What's that matter, you're a slickster that's got his own podcast.

It reminds me of your constant references to ubuntu linux. It reminds me of some junior help desk guy trying to impress oneself by saying "I'm hard core man, I use linux". Maybe we should sit down sometime Mike and discuss getfacl. Or ACL's. or nsswitch.conf. Or GPG. Or how about a chat about BIND? Or tripwire. Or snort. Or puppet.d. Or my favourite...authkeys and crmd. Cluster management is where it's at.

Never once did you honestly ask yourself "what do I have to offer the listener in my podcast". Instead it was all about you being a yourself.


July 7, 2012 @ 4:01 PM


Pearl Jam is probably the most over-rated band ever...unless you like corporate rock.

July 8, 2012 @ 6:49 AM


I was listening to country in the 90s. I got sick of all the new groups that were coming out. I like classic rock and modern country with a bit of folk.

July 8, 2012 @ 8:37 AM

Last Day Irvine


I totally agree about your statement of Pearl Jam.

When Pearl Jam & Nirvana came on the scene they were the spark plug that reignited rock. Youth was done with hair metal & wasn't interested in their Dad's rock (Led Zep).

That same youth found their parent's never ending fascination with "Classic Rock" stupid. "Stop living in the past" was the cry. It's all about now. Let's move forward.

And today? Those people that demanded music move forward now wallow in the past. I'm sure they sit around and remember all those good times they had. Same dudes always espouse how CFNY should return to those glory days. Cept they forget the real glory days of CFNY happened long before grunge & ended in 1987.

It's often said Rock Music is dead. It's rock radio that is dead. Rock music is more vibrant & interesting than it's been in a decade. It's just those that listen to mullethead rock like Pearl Jam or the "Hip" have no idea what's going on. Nor do those still listening to Q107. Burned out relics stuck in the past just now we have 2 generations.

Please. Seriously. Pearl Jam fans. Do use a favour and just "fade away".

July 8, 2012 @ 10:51 AM


Re: Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Dear Toronto Mike & supporters.

My moving truck is packed, sitting outside. In a short time I'll head out to Banff, enjoy a few days in the mountains & head to my new home of Bowen Island. A small house, a wood stove & "flag stop" bus routes (you wave down the city bus).

All of this couldn't have happened without you folks. I'd like to thank all of you for buying oil & gas over the past 5 years. My gratitude is never ending for those of you that wanted tropical fruit in January. Or those of you who dutifully drove their SUV 80 km's a day to work. Or those of you who purchased homes in the far flung suburbs where public transit was unfeasible. Or those of you who spend your money on cheap foreign made disposable trinkets shipped over from China.

To all of you I say thank you. Your shallow lives & insatiable desire for petroleum products has rewarded me handsomely. I never thought I'd see the day where my income tax was higher than my salary when I lived in Ontario. And all the while I was the same bus riding hippie I'd always been. The most important things in life are music, good food, nature & the opportunity to forever educate oneself.

So I embark on a new life. A life of living on an island just off West Vancouver. I can still take the bus to work too. My house, surrounded by ocean & trees but just a few short km's to the West End & Stanley Park. And after my work day is done it's a short trip to Langara College to study Mandarin Chinese at night. Then home via bus and water taxi. The taste of fresh locally grown vegetables & kick ass Blenz Coffee. Victoria, Seattle and Portland as options for a weekend getaway. And of course, when I desire a beer, a wide variety of locally produced BC brews.

God Bless CISCO!

Thank you to all of you for making this possible. For you I leave this song from the BEST new Canadian band out there. Current Swell - Young and Able. The video is filmed on Bowen Island.

And to my bud's in Alberta 2 things. My flag IS always blue and DRILL BABY DRILL

July 8, 2012 @ 12:09 PM


Irvine, does this really mean you won't be visiting this blog and making any more asinine comments? If so, please know you will have left us all with the same lasting impression as a fart in the wind. No one cares, slick. Begone.

July 8, 2012 @ 6:22 PM

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I just picked a song to open the podcast with.

July 8, 2012 @ 10:27 PM

Almost Etobicoke Grapes

I liked to watch MC Hales Navy

July 9, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Irvine - You realy are a self-loving jackass. You and your condescending non-desirved sense of self satisfaticon will not be missed. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

@ Mike - What song did you pick??

July 9, 2012 @ 8:16 AM


Wow, Irvine never fails to astound, does he? An island sounds like a great place for him to percolate that scary genius. Just curious - and clearly none of my business -Irvine do you live alone? (not being facetious by the way).

Cheryl, clearly personal growth isn't a focus area for you.

And, Rick C buddy I'm with you. I too am a devotee of the Nut Hut Shit Show (greatest. line. ever.) and didn't either hear or clue in that the boys would be gone all last week. I remember that maybe two days were being tossed around for 'Best Of' shows but that's it. Have to say that I REALLY missed them. Checked them out on KROCK this morning and those interns (the girls) just aren't doing it. And I'm a FAN!

And, since my Mike Stafford was doing yoemen servitude in the afternoons on 640 I was able to check him out then. Also not cutting it was Tina T, Mike's fill in last week, an actual disaster (sadly). The majority of her show is spent thanking callers "for that". Thank God Patrick Malkin, the radio whisperer was there to help the show along. I was only able to stomach her for a bit in the early part of the week - then bailed. Thank god Mike is back today.

Mike B - you have a successful blog - and that's SO not easy to do. And a full time job and life to attend to. And now thinking about a podcast? Who are we to say?

Anyone still have summer reading lists? You know, those must read books you stockpile for time off? Or, are we a dying breed?

Have a successful week everyone!

July 9, 2012 @ 10:02 AM


Almost forgot!

I watched Federer and Murray yesterday and it was pure magic! I was a bit worried at one point then my man Roger got the job done. Yes, I was emotional over tennis. History was made and it was a true pleasure to watch. Thank you boys!

July 9, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

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I love Fed. I'll root for him against anyone but Milos. So happy he won his 7th and is back to #1...

July 9, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Liz - I don't have a "summer list" persay, but I always have a book on the go, I can't go to sleep without reading for a bit first. So no, you're not a dying breed.

July 9, 2012 @ 10:21 AM


@ Liz - of course he lives alone. To live with someone requires give and take, compromise and an interest in someone other than yourself. Qualities that most definitely aren't present in the Irvine entity. That's what's so amusing about his descriptions of the wonderful daytrips he can take - empty experiences if you don't have friends to share them with. Can you imagine anyone wanting to sit and have a beer with that blowhard?

July 9, 2012 @ 10:31 AM

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Re: Irvine

Sometimes I have to remind myself not to feed the trolls. He sucked me in here, before I caught myself.

You know how some people put a glass of Coke or something sugary near their BBQ so the wasps go there instead of bothering the guests? was my glass of Coke, and Irvine spent most of his time in the comments there.

But when CanadianThinker went on hiatus, Irvine came back.

July 9, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - but much like those wasps, you're better off finding the hive and getting rid of it so that they move on to someone elses yard.

So, while Irv thinks that moving to this Island is great for him, it's even better for us. He'll find a new bbq to ruin.

July 9, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

Pete McPhedran


I presume you will not see this as you are on your way out West. Congratulations.

It was interesting to read your condescension about Mike as he blogs about one of his favourite Operating Systems, Ubuntu and then proceed to list a bunch of almost random "look at me, I use snort and puppet" etc, as if 2M pimply faced teenagers hadn't yet. Congratulations.

If you detest Mike's blog so much, why do you continue to read and comment on it. I would have presumed an enlighted oil Barron such as yourself wouldn't lower yourself to this level and actually read it, yet alone comment on it. Unless, maybe, you didn't honestly ask yourself "what do I have to offer Mike's readers", instead the commenting was all about being a yourself.

It was pretty altruistic of yourself to leave the moving truck outside the house (basement apartment?) while you took the time to type in your response about moving. Soapbox much? I bet the driver and his crew loved that, it's not like you would move yourself, you have people for that right?

BTW, thanks for the clarification on the "flag stop" bus route thingy, man I would had to have Googled that.

As far as all of us buying oil and gas over the past 5 years, you're welcome. Don't forget to pat yourslef on the back too. All those lonley bus rides you took must have sucked up a few litres of diesel too. I presume the laptop you meticulously forged your comments on was made in Calgary, (the World's greenest city) and was hand forged by fairies from Unicorn hooves.

You know Irv, I can call you Irv, right? Thanking world+dog for our insatiable desire for petroleum products and relating it to the massive amount of money you have made as a Canadian Oligarch is akin to a prostitute thanking the planet for being horny and attributing that to his/her riches. I should thank everyone for their insatiable appetite for the Internet for my success. Thank you all.

Best of luck on your new life, I guess the old one was so bad you had to transplant yourself across the country to, do, the exact same thing? Just somewhere else? Cool, good on ya' mate.

BTW there are no short kilometres, they are all 1000M in length. I gather from your misplaced comparison to a short distance that you were trying to imply that Stanley Park is close to your new home. A quick search on Google Maps (Thank you all again for using the Internet and making me filthy stinking rich) that from the centre of Bowen Island, I don't know where your new basement apartment is, to Stanley Park is 27 Kms away. About 54 minutes driving, but you don't drive and Google doesn't have that region covered for transit yet.

Maybe when you get there you can talk to Mayor Robertson (say "Hi!" for me) and get him to work with the fine peeps at Google HQ and get Vancouver on the GMaps.

Irv, I really hope the Madarin lessons go well. I presume (hope) that you are learning it to some day move there, I understand it's really nice. Let us all know when you arrive there. They don;t have any genetically modified food there, either, nothing but straight from the vine, like in Vancouver, becasue you can't get that unmodified crap here in Toronto. No siree.

Glad to hear that you income tax will be less than your income out West. I'd probably move too if I made less than my taxes. Still haven't figured that one out yet. Mind you the fact that the most important things in your life are music, food, nature and education, I can see why you say the thing that you do here.

Seriously, good luck, I wish you no ill will and look forward to the day that you post here, or maybe guest on Mike's up coming Podcast that you are off to China. 一路平安] (yī lù píng ān)


July 9, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Pete - *clap* *clap* *clap*

#nuff said

July 9, 2012 @ 1:09 PM

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