Haunted Open Mike

Open MikeI hadn't been to Wonderland in decades, but I went last night for the CPR Undeading. With perfect weather and almost no line-ups, we had the best time. The Leviathan is as fun as it looks.

And there were zombies everywhere. Lots and lots of zombies. In that spirit, here's where you can get something that's been haunting you off your chest. Anything goes in this haunted Open Mike.


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Mississauga Phil

Leviathan was awesome!!! especailly at night.

Thanks again Mike, the wife and I had a blast!

October 26, 2012 @ 9:23 AM


You got really lucky with that weather. What a gorgeous day in Toronto!

That might have been the best weather day all year.

October 26, 2012 @ 9:23 AM

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@Mississauga Phil

Once we learned CPR, missed setting a record (yes, we missed - no record for us) and they threw open the gates to the park, it's all a blur.

My brother and I just started going on every ride we passed. Most had no lineups, and the Leviathan had the biggest lineup which was about 5 minutes long. And a bunch of zombies literally started chasing my 10-year old son which was hilarious, because at one point he was literally crawling on the ground to escape.

Here's a pic I took before it got dark. Once it got dark, all my pictures sucked.

October 26, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

Lyle Lanley

You gave Mississauga Phil tickets? Where were my tickets?

October 26, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

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@Lyle Lanley

The Heart and Stroke Foundation ended up giving me a bunch more free tickets, so most people who entered here ended up winning.

Mississauga Phil was one of those lucky people.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

Ryan G

Some thematically related trivia:

*A lot of people think that 28 Days Later featured zombies. It did not.

*Do you know the name of the killer in the film Friday The 13th? If you guessed Jason, you guessed wrong.

*The voice of the demon in The Exorcist was in fact portrayed by a woman, and she wasn't originally credited in the film at all. Mercedes McCambridge had to sue Warner Bros. for the credit.

*John Voight was one of Stephen King's first choices for the lead role in The Shining.

*Despite popular belief and a misleading title, there is only one person killed by a chainsaw in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

*The "aliens" who resurrect David at the end of Artificial Intelligence are not aliens at all. They evolved from humans and are in fact advanced AI's.

That is all.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:19 AM


I'm pretty sure the killer in Friday the 13th was Jason... or did Jason come to be in the original?

Damn... you might be right.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

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I have a favour to ask. Can each of you take a moment from your busy day to click here and subscribe / rate / review my podcast on iTunes?

Again, you don't have to do all three. In fact, I'll take any 2 of the 3.


October 26, 2012 @ 10:33 AM


Went to Halloween Haunt with my 14-year-old courtesy of Mike as well.

We had an amazing time and like Mike, we rode everything we passed. We got chased by zombies several times and loved every minute.

Big thanks to Mike (even if he must of thought I was a zombie when he ran from me).

October 26, 2012 @ 11:24 AM


But but... I'm still on dial-up service!

October 26, 2012 @ 11:25 AM

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I wasn't running from you, I was running to my kids!

And I was on a sugar high from the Funnel Cake I had just before the Leviathan.

Nice seeing you... and congrats to your son for winning the basketball.

October 26, 2012 @ 11:28 AM


halloween haunt sounds cool

October 26, 2012 @ 11:41 AM


I was just kidding around.

It was a great time. And while the basketball was a good win (one shot by him, swish), it was hard as hell to carry it everywhere and then store it for the rides!

October 26, 2012 @ 11:46 AM



The killer was Mrs Vorhees, Jason's mum. It was even a question in Scream.

But that's all I will discuss about the movie. It still creeps me out.

October 26, 2012 @ 11:49 AM

Mississauga Phil

MAn oh man...those costume people were giving my wife the gears in all the haunted houses...they target the people that look the most scared...loved it!!

October 26, 2012 @ 12:00 PM

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@Mississauga Phil

This is true, but when they saw my 8-year old daughter, they knew enough to be gentle. The teens were great with her, letting her hold the dead cat and everything.

October 26, 2012 @ 1:12 PM

4x4 Time

I was telling some younger folks in the office I am going to see Arlo Guthrie tonight, and they had no idea who I was talking about...

It sucks getting old, and THATS scary....

October 26, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

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@4x4 Time

Arlo Guthrie? I'm not surprised at all. I'll bet they don't even know who Joan Baez is or Pete Seeger (still rockin' at 93!)

October 26, 2012 @ 2:38 PM

4x4 Time

@Mike..At least they knew who Bob Dylan was...

October 26, 2012 @ 2:59 PM

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@4x4 Time

They know Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and maybe AC-DC, Queen and Aerosmith.

But that's about it... except for the minority of youth who actually dive deeper into the crates beyond the Lady Gaga of the day.

October 26, 2012 @ 3:07 PM


@TO Mike (15:07), and 4x4 Time (14:30)
Do kids today even know who Burton Cummings, Anne Murray, Triumph, or the Cowboy Junkies were?

October 26, 2012 @ 3:24 PM

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Upon further review, we're not being fair to kids.

There's always been a 10 / 10 / 80 split.

10% know all about every genre of music, know influential artists from their time and the olden days.

10% know a little about the olden days - they know the bigger artists and appreciate that music didn't start when they turned 10.

80% know today's hit music and nothing more. This 80% won't have a clue about Burton Cummings, Anne Murray or the Cowboy Junkies.

This isn't a new phenomenon, I don't think. It's always been this way.

But on blogs like this that same blissfully ignorant 80% won't be found.

October 26, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

Lyle Lanley

I have the worst lcuk!

October 26, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

Lyle Lanley

And luck!

October 26, 2012 @ 4:40 PM


How does Rob Ford propose we fix his integrity problems?

By getting rid of the integrity commissioner!

That's like saying I can fix my murdering problem by getting rid of the police department.

October 26, 2012 @ 4:56 PM

Not Kennedy

The National Post - not the Toronto Star - has a great article on why Toronto deserves better. Because Toronto does deserve better, and all of Toronto should read this:

Two years ago the people of Toronto elected Rob Ford as mayor. The reason was pretty clear: voters were fed up with the free-spending clique of left-wingers who had turned city hall into their personal piggy bank, pouring tax dollars into an array of feel-good projects that bolstered their sense of moral superiority despite limited benefit to the city.

There was a fair degree of doubt at the wisdom of replacing the slick David Miller with the decidedly unslick Rob Ford (who came accompanied by his brother Doug in a kind of two-for-one mayoralty package). Rob Ford is not the most polished human being on the face of the Earth. He lacks many of the qualities you might assume were prerequisites for running a large, cosmopolitan city like Toronto: he doesn’t cater to diversity, he makes no bones about trying to get along with organized labour, his interests are narrow and don’t stray far from controlling the budget, and he doesn’t put a lot of effort into crafting a comforting public image. Plus he picks fights and doesn’t get along well with the press.

Given all that, it can seem puzzling that he ever got elected in the first place. But one of the fundamental drawbacks of democracy is that you only get to pick from among the candidates on offer. It wasn’t Rob Ford versus David Crombie (still the benchmark for Toronto mayors), it was Ford versus George Smitherman (none of the other candidates having much of a chance), and it’s still not a slam dunk that Smitherman would have been better.

Ford has done a creditable job on his issues of choice. The unions got the message that he was ready for a fight, and sensibly didn’t start one. Toronto has been gloriously free of the annual fall crisis, in which council would suddenly realize it was hundreds of millions of dollars in the hole and go begging to the province to fill the gap. The principle of privatized services has been established via the glorious garbage victory (in which people west of Yonge are served by private pick-up). And Jarvis Street is to become once again bike-lane-free, just as nature intended it.

If that’s as far as it went, the mayor might be justified in the self-congratulatory tone he has adopted on his second anniversary. Unfortunately – and distressingly to those who fear the rebirth of the Millerites — it’s not that simple. Mr. Ford has done himself serious damage with what he calls “minor stuff, stupid stuff.” That’s it’s often minor and frequently stupid is accurate enough; the problem is that there’s been way too much of it. So much, in fact, that it’s fatiguing even to recall. The unnecessary slights to the gay community, the infantile blow-ups with the Toronto Star (equally puerile on both sides to be sure), the escapades in the Escalade and the refusal to get a driver so he can quit reading papers while manoeuvring himself down the Gardiner, the badly bungled crusade to turn Toronto into Subway City … no previous mayor can possibly have been in the press so often over issues that shouldn’t have arisen.

But that’s not the worst of it. More malodorous has been the incivility and flat-out oafishness that has characterized Ford’s days as mayor. In April, on one of their regular radio appearances, the brothers Ford went tag-team as they mocked Dr. David McKeown, the medical officer of health, for daring to suggest lower speed limits might contribute to road safety. The mayor called it “an embarrassment” and said medical officers had no place butting into transportation policy. Doug Ford insisted on referring to Dr. McKeown as “this guy” and wondering “why does he still have a job?” When the city’s integrity commissioner ruled this week that the remarks violated council’s code of conduct, the mayor called it “nonsense”, questioned her objectivity and suggested firing not just her but the lobbyist registrar and ombudsman as well.

“You don’t need a lobbyist registrar, an ombudsman, and an integrity commissioner. They have 20 people and they’re tripping over themselves and they’re trying to make themselves look busy,” he said before his Don Bosco Eagles took to the field at Senator O’Connor Catholic Secondary School. “It’s all just political, it’s just nonsense,” said the mayor, adding he “absolutely” thinks Janet Leiper, the integrity commissioner, is politically driven. “It’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money, if you ask me, and the average person thinks the same.”
This just hours after admitting, “I have to clean up my act.”

As with many of the mayor’s pearls of wisdom, there may be a kernel of truth in what he says. Many people feel the city is top-heavy with senior bureaucrats using big budgets and ample staffing to keep busy on make-work projects. Culling the upper ranks would be a worthy project and great money-saver. But, typically, the mayor approaches it by throwing firebombs and then flouncing off to a football game while they burn. It was that approach that led to his greatest debacle, in which he lost control of the Toronto Transit Commission and scuppered his own subway plan thanks to his own ham-handed handling of the issue. When there were compromises to be had, he rejected them; when supporters urged him to explain the costing, he sloughed them off; then he didn’t wake up to the damage he’d caused himself until too late. The same approach has sharply diminished his clout with council as a whole, which correctly senses he’s frittered away much of the sympathy he was elected on.

Added to such clumsiness have been recent suggestions the mayor has forgotten the very slogan that identified him. Having pledged to “stop the gravy,” he’s become complacent enough to head off to Chicago with a large delegation and no particular agenda, other than to meet and greet (and maybe because Doug likes Chicago and opened the family’s business office there in 1999.) And despite his denials, it’s become pretty obvious he feels free to deploy city employees or mayoral staff to clean up around the Ford family business or help out with his football coaching.

It hardly needs saying that Toronto deserves better than this. The mayor needs to learn to keep his mouth shut, treat other people with respect, and remind himself that he’s just one vote on a large council, where business gets done by winning over other council members with civil treatment and reasonable arguments. Despite his many foibles, his chances of re-election remain credible. But he won’t deserve it if the second half of his term is nearly as off-putting as the first half.

National Post

October 26, 2012 @ 5:03 PM


George Smitherman would have been a much better Mayor. You guys have never met him. I met George Smitherman a couple times. Once you meet him, you'll feel differently about him. I know. George Smitherman would have been a great Mayor, believe me. My Phoenix Suns play their first basketball game on Tuesday. Hopefully my Suns will win lots. Hockey is out still. Now games are canceled through the end of November. Drag.

October 26, 2012 @ 7:42 PM


I feel bad about hockey but it is difficult to understand millionaires complaining with billionaires about how much money they are making. Fufill your hockey needs with junior a and b. It is great hockey and the kids play for joy.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:40 PM


@ Not Kennedy

Psssst! A link to the article would suffice.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Considering most kids in my neighbourhood have gone off to post secondary education, this is the first year I have decided to not decorate for Halloween. Had maybe 15 kids last year and that included the 10 high schoolers out for some Halloween fun. Sad to see the little ones growing up, as it makes me feel quite old now.
@Tim: My sentiments exactly. My hockey heros of the 50'/60's would play for nothing then head back to the farm to help bring in the hay to supplement their income.

October 26, 2012 @ 10:50 PM


I am apathetic towards the players and owners. They make millions - or at least six figures for rookies and fourth liners. I do feel for those employees of, say, the rinks or consession stands, who do rely on that income to make ends meet. Those are the ones at the bottom of the pecking order in all of this. Is there any compensation for them? Or do they just get screwed over like us millions of fans?

October 26, 2012 @ 11:05 PM


Players & Owner's bangin" heads for NHL season.

Where do us FANS stand on this comedy?

October 26, 2012 @ 11:13 PM

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Confession time: I just watched Adam Sandler's That's My Boy and laughed out loud several times.

October 26, 2012 @ 11:58 PM


Well, this lockout is so stupid, that's for sure. They should have come to an agreement, but didn't. It's just a stupid thing to have this lockout. As I said, lock baseball out instead. I wouldn't care.

October 27, 2012 @ 7:51 AM


Anyone see the sinkhole on the Trans Canada outside of Wawa, Ontario (home of the Canada Gooose?). This has personal relevance to me as my parents make the trek from TO to Thunder Bay a few times a year, and are scheduled to drive this highway home in a few days.


October 27, 2012 @ 8:13 AM



Were you laughing because you thought it was funny that people got paid millions of dollars to make it?

Were you strapped in Clockwork Orange style and forced to watch it?

Are you ill?

October 27, 2012 @ 8:52 AM

4x4 Time

Update for us oldtimers. The Arlo Guthrie show was just a treat and great way to spend 2 hours. He sang songs from his father, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Leadbelly and of course his own tunes. His voice and guitar, piano playing were in fine form, and the man is an exceptional raconteur!

October 27, 2012 @ 9:30 AM


MS Disappointment. From reading the early reviews, Metro now called Windows RT - for tablets - won't run any non app Store programs. For sure, forget about great old 16-bit programs on a tablet and directly using a simple screen rolling finger instead of a separate cursor point clicker. Maybe with just the highest price desktop version(s) they might continue to live on?
That was the entire tablet wishlist for me.
It's as crummy as when I realized my parent's Windows 7 machine was bundled with a Home version and a messy ton of pre-loaded junk, instead of a more legacy-compatible Pro version.

October 27, 2012 @ 9:35 AM


I think local cartoonist Tim Dolighan has perfectly summed up the NHL situation:

October 27, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

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I was just in the perfect mood for a stupid Sandler comedy, I guess.

It started rough... the opening stuff with the teacher was pretty brutal, but then it opened up and I got in to it.

It's not kid-friendly like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, there's no way I could have watched this one with my children, but it wasn't without it's Sandler-esque charm in a "so stupid but I'm laughing out loud" kind of way.

And Vanilla Ice.

October 27, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

Fake Cheryl

Bands like Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin are stupid. Kids today don't need to bother with them or the crappy music that is made today. Kids today should be learning about Bob Seger and John Mellencamp because they are the best. If there is time after that, kids should learn about Eddie Money and Bruce Hornsby because they are pretty great as well. Certainly better than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

October 27, 2012 @ 10:41 AM


@Fake Cheryl

Why should kids care about any old relic rock bands from the past? The claim they are "better" is based solely on the musings of old men stuck in the past (see SOWNY if you need an example).

Further, those same bands would likely have much less success if they came on the scene today. Without the "big record and radio machine" behind them, they'd crash and burn.

Sorry to burst your bubble but Elvis wasn't the king of rock n roll. He was a puppet to a bigger machine. Elvis Presley was NO more talented than Justin Beiber.

The argument that music from the past is superior than today is bullsiht. It's a myth perpetuated by a bunch of old men who live in the past.

Its just like the "good old days". Except in the good old days pregnant teens didn't push their stroller down the street. They went to Auntie's farm, had the kid and were forced to adopt it. Gay people didn't march and kiss their boyfriend, they were sent into "treatment" to fix them. The big difference is the "good old days" had all it's failings scrubbed away. Today we get to view them in all their ugly glory.

As for Cheryl she's the greatest troll that never was. She's like one of those your sister had as a kid. You pull the string and it says something. You pull the string and it says the same thing again. And again. And Again. And again.

PS. Where's the Rob Ford supporters? I read the other day he wants to fire all his watchdogs LOL. Let me say it clearly "If you support Rob Ford you are a fucking idiot".

October 27, 2012 @ 11:11 AM


@ Irvine (11:11 am)
Mayor Rob Ford is still the best politican here in Toronto. He showed up!
I would have preferred another councillor, Minnan-Wong; the left could have nominated a former budget chief, Carroll. They didn't run for this city's top job.
Our public debt load(s) is out of control. Even the federal Conservatives have given up with this week's 2021 announcement.
Ford can be foolish; he's no Ralph Klein. Klein had eliminated his province's DEBT, not just droplets of 'gravy'. The whole damn amount! No one around here in the Toronto area can even acknowledge Debt and our entitled deficit spending.

As for older music - yes, some of it was far away better. People still flock to 60s and 80s music; yet they don't listen to 90s and (now forgotten) 00s music a quarter as much. Sorry, TO Mike ;)

October 27, 2012 @ 12:21 PM


"You do realize that "Irvine" is a persona right? I developed it solely to taunt & torture super opinionated people online." - September 15, 2012

October 27, 2012 @ 12:40 PM


@CQ: Yes, Klein did eliminate the debt and I agree not having debt is a wise plan. Debt is an albatross around a society as it is a person.

But on the flip side there is an ugly side to the Klein legacy. Transit systems that are overloaded & not able to cope. A train in Calgary that runs down the street & the subsequent accidents cause almost daily delays. School systems where overcrowding is chronic. Roads whose design & conditions defy logic. A incredibly rich province with a Heritage Fund that's grown 0% since Lougheed left office. To quote Mr Klein about the rapid growth "we didn't have a plan".

Rob Ford's real problem is how he goes about things. He's got that "my way or the highway" mentality. He doesn't understand optics. He carries himself like he's above everyone else. He is a belligerent, arrogance asshole with no regard for anyone else. Last time I checked "politician" was a term used to describe a person who "represents the people".

Doesn't matter anyway. Rob Ford is a one term mayor. He's done. If Olivia Chow runs, she'll wipe the floor with him. The rednecks will scream blue murder, but they'll ignore the reality that Rob Ford was a victim of his own self. Hudak was the same way. Harper will suffer the same fate in the next election in Ontario. Ontario voters are quite accepting of "right wing pro business" governments. What they're not accepting of is loud, redneck assholes. At least not for more than a single term. Mr Hudak should pay heed.

Corey: note I said "super opinionated" people online. That's a reference to you. You see, what you haven't noticed over the past few weeks is non of my posts have been incendiary. But, ALL of your posts directed at me have been. Dude, in the digital world you don't even register on my radar. But keep trying slick. Maybe it'll give me reason to d0x you.

October 27, 2012 @ 1:20 PM


@Corey Thanks for keeping that post saved.

October 27, 2012 @ 1:30 PM



LOL, is that really a big deal to you? Wow, Corey kept a post of mine that anyone with half a brain knows? #scared

October 27, 2012 @ 1:41 PM


Nope just funny. You confirming something that anyone with half a brain knows. Your posts are good for a laugh...nothing more.

October 27, 2012 @ 2:10 PM


Did CQ just say he/she bought the new Windows at Metro? I need a translation.

October 27, 2012 @ 2:16 PM


@Matt - no problem. Just like to remind people that they're responding to a fictitious character. On one hand, it's satisfying to know a dick like "Irvine" doesn't actually exist. On the other hand, it's disturbing to know someone has such inadequacy issues that he made up a persona to feel validated by "taunting" people he doesn't even know.

October 27, 2012 @ 2:16 PM


@elvis (14:16)
Yes. Yes you do need a translation.
"From reading the early reviews, Metro now called Windows RT"...
Microsoft has changed its tablet-oriented operating system's popularly known name.

October 27, 2012 @ 2:33 PM


Re Windows 8

Metro is now called Modern. It's the tablet based interface on the OS. The "Desktop" is an app you click on

RT is the cheaper & more basic version of the tablet. The full version with Win 8 will be released in another month. It'll run the classic Intel based processor. RT lacks the capability of installing some software (Office if I recall).

@Corey @Matt. One might also ask why you two would continue to engage a "fictional character". Do you read Twilight & have the desire to date a vampire or a werewolf too? To date, my posts have been on a variety of topics. ALL your posts are directed at me. #lulz.

Now behave muffin. I don't want Elvis tweeting how this forum's gone to hell in a handbasket.

October 27, 2012 @ 3:15 PM



A quick glance at a technical page and the big difference with Win RT is that it only has support for certain apps (like you can't install Firefox). RT restricts the API's that can be used. In basic terms it means you won't be able to install a lot of 3rd party software on it.

I started using Windows 8 months ago as it was available for download in Technet. The final release was available a while ago for Technet folks & for MS partners.

I think in the short term Windows 8 is going to have a rough ride. People are going to judge it before they understand it.

Longer term, I think it was a wise move on behalf of MS. For starters it's a huge step toward convergence across all platforms (mobile, desktop, laptop, gaming console). It's "app store" doesn't have much choice right now, but MS developers abound & that will change. Redmond has been surprisingly proactive on looking forward (they usually don't). The tablet interface is pretty easy to use though it takes a bit to get used to the desktop as an app.

Windows 8 strikes me much like Windows 95. It's a fundamental change in computing & points to where we will be going. In 10 years touch screens will be the norm.

The only thing that perplexes me is the inability to disable the Modern interface & no "start" button. I think you'll see changes on that.

October 27, 2012 @ 3:37 PM


Just saw the High Park castle re-build on Holmes Makes It Right. Pretty cool. Have you been to the new castle Mike?

October 27, 2012 @ 4:07 PM

Blind Dave

On Irvine, baseball, and computers...

Fictitious or not, if you respond to Irvine in an appropriate conversational manner, he will reply in kind. I get along with Irvine just fine because I don't do flamethrowing, nor do I feed the trolls. And he, in turn, has responded to me with some very thoughtful and intelligent posts.

I haven't caught any of the World Series yet, but I should have a bit of time this evening. I have no personal favourite, so it'd be nice if the Tigers can make a series out of it.

I'm not sure yet what I want from Win 8, or if I will prefer a pc or a tablet. There was the odd experimental touch pc around a couple of years ago, but half the power for twice the price didn't whet my appetite. I am, as my handle suggests, legally blind, so while I am able to do many things normally, I do need to stick my face up to a screen to see it properly. So I will need either a big monitor (22+") or a tablet that's easy to hold and tilt.

I still use a pc for anything work related, but I am hooked on my android phone for anything else.

Oh yes, and Mike's podcasts are absolutely rockin'! Keep up the great work, gang!!

October 27, 2012 @ 5:28 PM



Android is built on Linux so you may see a day when a touch screen version of Android is ported to the desktop. Linux is a free, robust & secure OS but as far as I know KDE and GNOME are what's for it's desktop.

I'm very familiar with Linux (Red Hat and CentOS) but I do everything in command line. Mike is familiar with graphical Linux. Is there an Android interface available for Ubuntu or talk about it? It would make sense if Apple & MS are going that route. I'd assume they'd have to include a full set of GNU libraries. Does Android qualify as X Windows ?

October 27, 2012 @ 6:58 PM


Unfortunately,they are showing the "Best of Hockey" on Sat. night. Is this not an oxymoron? Pity they can't show a movie. Really enjoying this lockout. All the hockey pucks are upset, but really, you only account for less than 20% of Canadians who really give a shit about this so called NHL sport!

October 27, 2012 @ 8:00 PM


Well, I don't care about the World Series. I'm paying no attention to it. Basketball and mmy Suns start on Tuesday. Hopefully they'll win lots. Anyway, I sure wish George Smitherman would have won. He would have been a much better Mayor than Ford. I met George Smitherman and the guy is one of the nicest guys you can find. It's just too bad you haven't met him yet.

October 27, 2012 @ 9:27 PM


Did you actually meet George Smitherman? I had no idea! Why didn't you say so earlier! Was he a very nice man? We've never heard that before! Thank you for sharing your findings with the group.

October 28, 2012 @ 6:11 AM


Yes, I actually met George Smitherman. He used to be my trainer's landlord. I met him a couple times. Trust me, he's very nice and he would have done his best if he would have won. You guys probably never met him, but I did. I never met Rob Ford though and probably wouldn't want to.

October 28, 2012 @ 8:07 AM


@ Blind Dave - good points about our friend "Irvine". He is capable of intelligent, reasoned comments, and I respect you as a poster who doesn't engage in escalating arguments. Unfortunately "Irvine" built his reputation as an arrogant, condescending know-it-all, who more often then not blows into a thread and lectures everyone as if they're naive, witless dupes. He's the one who states that everyone hates him, and seems to delight in it. He claims this is a "persona" he created to deliberately antagonize people - is it? I'm not sure I really believe that. More likely that's a convenient fallback to use in times where he's made blunders on topics he doesn't actually understand. He can just say, "Oh, I knew all along that was wrong, I just said it to get a reaction from you. It's all part of the "persona" I carefully crafted."
So we either believe there's a poster who's made up a character deliberately to antagonize, or we have someone who just lies to protect his ego even though he's essentially anonymous. Neither option is very pretty, and neither deserves respect. Maybe he'll change his act and stick to comments like he's been making lately, but I somehow doubt it will last.

October 28, 2012 @ 9:31 AM


I'm Anonymous? LOL, there is a funny joke in there.

But "Corey", I'm not anonymous. The moderator of this forum knows who I am & how to contact me (and has). I use my name because I have the balls to attach my name on this forum (and others) to my name. The only other person on this forum that did that was Jason Patterson. I don't always agree with Jason Patterson, but dude has the BALLS to stand up and change his world & try to change others. I respect that far more than some "anonymous" asshole on a forum.

And Blind Dave made a good point. The only people I troll are those with super-opinionated personalities. People like yourself "Corey". Or people like Argue who think it's cool to attack entire cultures based on information he reads in the fucking Toronto Sun.

You see Corey, I purposely set out to "behave" on this forum a few weeks ago. I then mailed Toronto Mike and said pay close attention to those who will continually taunt & stay entirely focused on all things "irvine". Guess who that was Corey? YOU LOL. History will show while I posted on numerous topics your posts were entirely about about me LOL. Whose the troll now "Corey".

PS Corey, I'm going to head up to Blenz Coffee today at Cadero & Robson. If you have issues with me, feel free to meet me there and tell me about them. I'll even pay for your coffee. #lulz

October 28, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

Blind Dave


All valid points indeed, and this is the internet after all. Anyone can be anyone they want to at any given time. Just look at the various "Not..." and "Fake..." personas that frequently crop up on this blog. As long as it remains a parody and doesn't evolve into taunting, it's all good.
I've been on a couple of mailing lists for well over a decade, and one of my favourite things to do, if I have the time, is to read the post without looking at the sender. Then I try to guess who the sender is. I'm right about eight/nine times out of ten and likely you would be too. To me, an internet personality is like a fingerprint. It's unique and easy to trace back to the source.

Overall, I have enough trouble finding the energy to get worked up about things in my real life. Most of the time I just can't be bothered.

I have no idea how much of a pretender Irvine is, or if there are some true colours showing through, but I like his technical knowledge and I appreciate his love of nature.

Hey, I'm no goodie-two-shoes. I can be a major league asshole if I want to, and I have been guilty of a couple of internet scraps too. But I didn't like the feelings it left me with and it solved nothing.

October 28, 2012 @ 2:15 PM


Sandy is looming just in time for Halloween.

October 28, 2012 @ 3:02 PM

Blind Dave

Yeah, and she's looking nasty, too.

I just talked to my mom, who lives in central Ontario, and she said it rained heavy yesterday bu today wasn't too bad. She turns 90 in a wekk and a half, so little things like the weather can mean a lot.

October 28, 2012 @ 3:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Irvine and @Corey

Enjoy your shout outs in episode 10 of my podcast.

October 28, 2012 @ 3:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Haven't been to High Park since my son's last baseball playoff game over a month ago, and I don't get to the castle too often b/c my kids are too old for it now.

Next time I'm there, I'll check it out.

October 28, 2012 @ 3:37 PM


Times Sqaure has a live webcam running if you want to watch humanity vanish in the next few hours. You can also use marine & traffic cams to get an idea of how bad the storm will be. Traffic cams are usually pretty durable.

@Blind Dave: I love technology. Got online 19 years ago. Been hooked ever since. I am a voracious reader on technology & forever have my face in an iPad. I especially like discussions on where tech is taking us as a society (it's not always positive).

Nature is how I disconnect from technology. Nothing beats being in Revelstoke BC or Whitehorse Yukon & being disconnected from the grid.

Here some other fast facts about me. I prefer the bus over driving (cept in the country). I either live in the city core or in the woods. I like rain over sun. I try my best to support the little guy. I question almost everything. I go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days a week. I rarely drink. I am a fitness fanatic. I use an iPhone & iPad. I like all types of music including cheap disposable Top 40. I play tenor saxophone. I have lived & worked across all of Canada. I own 9 computers including my servers. I love coffee with cream. Elora Ontario is one of my favourite places.

As for Corey's repeated statements on "Irvine". Of course Irvine is a persona. All "people" on the internet in forums are illusions or personas. I'm quite lax with "irvine". You are correct in that sometimes you see the person behind the character. I have multiple personas on the net. Some engage in friendly discussion. Another is an incredibly nasty & vicious. If you want to meet that persona, set up a kiddie porn server on the undernet (darknet). I like introducing scumbags that post that shit to a "sea of digital fire" while Metallica - Fight Fire with Fire plays in the headphones. #root #pwn3d

Do unto others as they've done to you
But what the hell is this world coming to?

Blow the universe into nothingness
Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear
We all shall die

Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast
Armageddon is here, like said in the past

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear
We all shall die

Soon to fill our lungs the hot winds of death
The gods are laughing, so take your last breath

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

October 28, 2012 @ 4:19 PM


Not that it's my podcast Mike, but forget my shout out & use the time to talk about bullying & Amanda Todd.

October 28, 2012 @ 4:27 PM


@ Irvine - what in God's name are you talking about??? You have balls because you use your first name, and equate that with Jason Patterson who used his full name? WTF? Explain yourself. I guess I'm a hero too, because my name really is Corey, and Mike has my email addy too. Wowee! If you had the BALLS you think you do, why don't you post your full name like Jason, who you admire so much?

And allow my to point out another little fact to burst your delusional bubble - In the past two weeks, I've posted only about a half dozen times. The topics were PVRs, the Detroit Tigers, Humble and Fred, Dalton McGuinty/Justin Trudeau, and the CFL. Notice a commonality? You weren't mentioned once. I know that's hard for you to wrap your head around, slick, but you're actually not at top of mind. I called you out yesterday because you had the nerve to label someone else (Cheryl) a troll. Something about the pot calling the kettle black irritates me.

So as usual, you're completely and utterly wrong - my posts weren't entirely about about you at all. Nice that you have to email the mod and let him know that you are going to try and be a good boy though. Keep setting them up, and I'll keep knockin them down, Irv.

October 28, 2012 @ 5:09 PM

Jay C.

I don't usually post on internet forums because it's all arguing but I will make an exception.

I knew Irvine when he lived in Kitchener and had a radio show. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't know Irvine in Tri Cities radio. He says it like it is. To make a long story short, I got laid off and my EI was running out. Irvine helped me out and helped me move to Calgary to get a job. He was kind enough to let me stay at his house until I got settled in so I could bring my family out west. I paid himsome rent and when I move out he gave me all the money back and just said moving is tough you will need this.

When I was staying with him, I went with him to where he volunteered at a shelter. I felt uneasy around those people but he seemed at ease. He would help serve a good supper to everyone on Sunday and have weekly meetings with someone recovering from drinking or drugs. He did this with his busy life. I remember a cold Saturday and him going out with other people to hand out sleeping bags to homeless people.

Irvine is a guy with many layers. I can tell you he is polite person. My wife called him charming lol, no I am not kidding. He pays attention to his world around him. One thing is clear is that he is unafraid to state his opinion. My daughter just loves him to death. She calls him the Chuckie Cheese guy. She has a wall of stuff they won together.

He's a good guy. I am a fan. I just wanted to add my two cents.

October 28, 2012 @ 6:35 PM


Sandy is getting stronger.

Time to bring in the Army.

October 28, 2012 @ 8:21 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


One of my pet peeves is the media turning the weather into sensational events to attract more viewers. As a result, I completely avoid the CP24s and Breakfast Televisions and get most of my news from CBC, both online and on 99.1.

CBC tells me it's going to rain, and it's going to be windy, so we should be careful driving and dress for the wet. I drive slower in the rain anyway, especially with all the fallen leaves on the ground, and I'm okay with getting wet. So I'd say we're good.

October 28, 2012 @ 8:29 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Regarding Sandy, looks as if we here in Southern Ontario are just going to get wet, as Mike stated it is the sensationalism of the CP24's etc. that have my 86 year old mother in law terrified. We brought her to our place (she lives on her own and fully independent) so that she wouldn't be suffering from an anxiety attack over this.

October 28, 2012 @ 9:08 PM


Cheques in the mail Jayson. Hope thy family is good. How's the snow lol.

October 28, 2012 @ 10:05 PM

Tiny Tim

So weird - I was googling "Irvine" to see if I could find him so I could thank him, and I was brought to this blog. A year ago, I wouldn't even bother trying to go on the internet, because I was stuck on a 32-bit Win XP box with IE 6. Irvine found me while I was at the organic coffees shop, struggling to apply for jobs on my old laptop. He took pity on me and gave me his shiny new laptop running Ubuntu Desktop, and voila! I had a job in minutes. Not only that, when he shook my hand, he slipped a roll of 100s into it, and simultaneously cleansed me of my leprosy. He left the coffee shop and started down the sidewalk - I ran after him with tears running down my face and called out,"Where are you headed? Can I give you a lift?" He told me he was going to head over to Nanaimo to build some housing for First Nations people. "But, you've missed the ferry! The next one doesn't leave for an hour!"
"Ferry?", Irvine replied with a wink. "No, my child, I plan to walk!"

October 28, 2012 @ 10:43 PM

Mississauga Phil

While I have no problem with Irvine, we've disagreed at times, and agreed at others. He had my back during a particularly nasty fight with Dave W over the whole pot thing (and NO Dave that is not an invitation to start it up again...)...in fact, I'll admit to being Irv (but not really)...but I did it strictly for shits and giggles.

That being said, I'm pretty sure both Jay C. and Tiny Tim are, in fact, Irv...and if I'm wrong, then there is a special place in heaven for Irv. If you really go out of your way that much to help people, then kudos.

October 29, 2012 @ 8:27 AM


Irv might not be able to walk on water but God knows if anyone can find a cure for cancer, it will be him. I have no doubt of that!

P.S. I'm only posting this so that he'll come back with something really nasty and call me "slick".

October 29, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

As far as I can tell, Jay C. and Tiny Tim are not Irvine.

But, I have reason to believe the comments are from the same person who's having fun with us. The stories are clearly fake and meant to look as if Irvine published them.

October 29, 2012 @ 9:12 AM


Tiny Tim was me - it was meant to be a satirical response to Jay C's post. I thought I made it ridiculous and overwrought enough to make it clear it was a joke! Curing leprosy? Come on folks!

I assumed the Jay C one was Irvine genuinely trying to make us think he's a Good Samaritan with a heart of gold.

October 29, 2012 @ 10:53 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


True enough... Tiny Tim was clearly satirical.

Jay C doesn't appear to be Irvine... it could be real.

And who's to say Irvine didn't cure leprosy? It's possible...

October 29, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Mississauga Phil

Okay so clearly I skimmed over the parts of Tiny Tim (Corey)'s post about the curing leprocy part...still my point that Irv's not really that bad a guy still stands.

October 29, 2012 @ 11:26 AM


You're wrong Phil, Irv is a dick - an annoying one at that. He's a dick because he insists on insulting anyone who happens to disagree with him. He relies on tactics like referring to an opposition as a racist, homophobe or anything to discredit them. He can't just state his opinion and be done with it, no, he has to personally attack the opposing person's character (instead of their opinion).

When Corey took the time to debate him, Irv just broke down after a few attempts like a typical bully and did the lame and unintentionally humorous cop out "You do realize that "Irvine" is a persona right? I developed it solely to taunt & torture super opinionated people online."

October 29, 2012 @ 11:49 AM



Yeah. It could be real. Anything is possible. I wonder how Jay C., who "doesn't usually post on Internet forums" became aware of this one? And gee whilikers, isnt it just too bad he won't be sticking around - we might have been able to learn a lot more about our good pal Irvine if only Jay C were comfortable using the intertubes.

October 29, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - True, Irv can be a tool sometimes..no argument here.

That being said (and I'm not trying to start a fight, just stating my opinion) some of the stuff you post on here, you're views on muslims specifically, could be taken as racist.

October 29, 2012 @ 1:03 PM


@Phil: Islam is not a race, therefore any comment directed at islam cannot be racist. I suppose many people have forgotten what the term "racist" actually means.

October 29, 2012 @ 1:19 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - Consider myself corrected

Some of the stuff you post on here, you're view on muslims specifically, could be taken as prejudiced....

Is that better?

Regardless of the semantics, my point remains the same.

October 29, 2012 @ 1:41 PM


Argie calling someone else out on insulting others when their argument fails. That's funny.

October 29, 2012 @ 4:13 PM


Tiny Tim is full of shit. Ubuntu is a GUI linux distro. I use CentOS. #moralfag

October 30, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

Mississauga Phil

Doesn't that just take the wind out of a bunch of sails...all this hate for Irvine and he responds by correcting Tim on which OS he uses...LOL

October 30, 2012 @ 2:28 PM


Yeah Phil, it just kills me....

Just shut up, man!

October 30, 2012 @ 2:44 PM

Mississauga Phil

Just Shut Up??? - Wouldn't that be considered resorting to insults when your arguments have been shot down???

October 30, 2012 @ 3:22 PM


It wasn't an insult - just a suggestion.

I would never insult you.

October 30, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

MIssissuaga Phil

Suggestion noted and denied.

And I would guess that Irv not rising to your bait does kill you since you said in this exact posting:

"P.S. I'm only posting this so that he'll come back with something really nasty and call me "slick". " - Argie

So, slick, I'm guessing it does kill you....but I'm sure it's all the muslims fault

October 30, 2012 @ 3:47 PM



You see right through me.

October 30, 2012 @ 3:55 PM


@ Phil

"Doesn't that just take the wind out of a bunch of sails..."

Not at all. Its totally predictable. If you read Irvine's replies, you'll find he very rarely addresses specific points raised by a challenger. He will typically try and steer things away by stating a bunch of new "facts" to support his position, leaving the arguments unacknowledged. His other tactic is to reply with a smarmy retort and abandon the thread altogether. This way he's able to convince himself that he's never wrong.

October 30, 2012 @ 4:32 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - I don't wan to get into defending Irvine here, you are completely right, he can be a huge pain at times.

That being said, Argie did 2 things.

He bashed Irv for resorting to insults and shots at people's intelligence, which Irv does, but Argie does too....pot meet kettle.

Second, he bashed Irv for calling him a racist. Problem is, a lot of the things Argie says about Muslims is offensive. So while, as Argie pointed out, it isn't technically racism (Islam being a religion not a race) it can be taken as bigotry.

October 30, 2012 @ 8:37 PM


Corey, the reason I never directly address a point is because it takes too long to type

Most of the time I'm wanking off to your photo so typing is hard with a single hand

October 30, 2012 @ 11:16 PM

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