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Ben Vidal

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Oh and I'm first

July 19, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

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Our raccoons are damn savvy, man... smarter than a lot of people I know.

July 19, 2013 @ 8:22 AM


The more I read about Cory Monteith the more I like him and the sadder his death becomes. What promise.


July 19, 2013 @ 8:26 AM

Science, Bitch

New results to be presented at the EPS-HEP conference in Stockholm, Sweden, this afternoon have put the Standard Model of particle physics to one of its most stringent tests to date. The CMS and LHCb experiments at CERN’s1 Large Hadron Collider will present measurements of one of the rarest measurable processes in physics: the decay of a Bs (pronounced B-sub-s) particle into two muons.

July 19, 2013 @ 8:29 AM


@Science, Bitch
I'm on the edge of my seat (literally).

July 19, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

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Question for the hivemind...

I was just reading about how Microsoft's Surface is bombing out... they can't sell them. I also recently read about how poorly Blackberry's Z10 is doing. It seems to me that Apple and Android are just dominating the smart phone and tablet markets.

If you have a smart phone and/or tablet, which one do you own?

I'll go first...

Phone: Galaxy S running Android
Tablet: HP Touchpad running Android

Your turn!

July 19, 2013 @ 8:54 AM

Lyle Lanley

Phone: iPhone 4S
Tablet: None

July 19, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Ben Vidal

Galaxy S3 running Andriod
No tablet, I use my desktop running Windows XP just to keep itunes updated, otherwise everything goes through the phone.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:00 AM


Phone: Samsung S2 LTE
Tablet: Nexus 7

I'm super-impressed by both these gadgets. The S2 is three generations behind but still works great, no (Android) app it can't run. Replaced a terrible BlackBerry Bold (9000).

The Nexus 7 was practically a steal at $250 compared to the competition. Runs great, super-convenient portable size. I think a bit part of why I like it so much is the hardcover-style Dodocase I got for it:

The Nexus 7 replaced my old Sony e-reader where the display cracked in my backback (in a case). To be honest, I think an e-reader is still easier to read books on, but I don't mind the lit display. Also the tablet is far superior for stuff like magazines.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:09 AM


Phone: iphone 4
Tablet: Kobo Arc

July 19, 2013 @ 9:18 AM


Phone: iPhone 4S
Tablet: BlackBerry Playbook

The Playbook bears some explanation. I bought it on the cheap when they slashed the price to move them. I was only interested in one feature: it has HDMI out, allowing me to plug it in to my HDTV and watch HD video/audio from it. A buddy of mine put his HD video collection on an external drive for me, so I'd just copy what I want to see onto the Playbook. Since I have watched most of what I was interested in, I can't remember the last time I turned the Playbook on. Truly an awful device for anything else. They couldn't even get email right on it.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:25 AM


I phone 4
I Pad

WOW! Can't wait for your next post!

July 19, 2013 @ 9:26 AM

Ryan G

phone: iphone 4

porn site of choice: xhamster

greatest # of tickets issued to me by a cop at one time: 7

worst place i've slept: a bus shelter next to a bloodied, cracked out prostitute in Nice (and no, i didn't utilize her services - she was also seeking shelter from the rain and had no dough)

favourite makeout song in high school: Art of Noise's Moments In Love

funniest goddamn thing I've seen in a long time: my buddy in Vegas paying a guy twenty bucks to kick him in the nuts...hard.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:35 AM


Phone: Android (Samsung Galaxy S2)
Tab: Android (Acer Nexus 7)

You will all become one, with the Goog.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:45 AM


@ Corey
I'm by no means a techie guy but you may want to connect your external drive to your Blu Ray (if you have one). The media player on that will be superior to your playbook or any laptop you have.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:19 AM


Just getting out there a new matchmaking biz Ihave just launched!
Looking to build our database for FREE!
Share the love!

July 19, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

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Non-regulars who pimp their biz must pay the piper.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:33 AM


So sorry Mike! New here do I remove?

July 19, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

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Since you apologized that one can stay for free! :)

July 19, 2013 @ 10:36 AM


Used to have a Blackberry until I smartened up and got a iPhone 4s..(no pun intended) which I love since I'm a big itunes fan.
Will soon have a Samsung Tablet.. once I do my fullfillment with TD Bank. Open up a new chequing account and make 3 transactions and you get a new Samsung Tablet for free... so if anybody wants to get a tablet.. go to TD Bank. The price is right!

July 19, 2013 @ 10:37 AM


You are awesome! Thank you so very much! I will be a "regular" in no time! :)

July 19, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

Dawn Keibals

Just got my car insurance renewal.Must just be an oversight but I do not see my 15% reduction in premiums. Could it be the Ontario current government was fibbing to the public again. Has anyone else experienced the same oversight?

July 19, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

Dawn Keibals

Oh I forgot:


Tablet-Tylenol-Extra Strength

July 19, 2013 @ 10:47 AM


Catching up on Open Mike,

@Toronto Mike, why does it matter if you don't get a data connection on your cellphone in the house basement (assuming voice still works...)

Wouldn't you be on wifi at home anyway?

July 19, 2013 @ 10:57 AM


pants: Gap khakis
cereal: Honey nut Cheerios
suits: Austin Reed

July 19, 2013 @ 11:03 AM


I have no Iphone or android. I have nothing. I don't need a cellphone. I would get one from Primus if I did need one.
Tablet is Proferin which is iron or Hydrochlorothiazide for my blood pressure.

Nothing more on the new system at work. I don't know what's going on. The latest I heard today was my team lead contacted the person who knows Jaws, but no reply. Well, still work on the old system. Will probably be some for at least another week.

July 19, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

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Sure, I can use wifi in the house, but the idea that my only phone would be disabled in large chunks of the home completely turned me off.

It turns out we wanted another house anyway, and got it.... and that data-less house went for 30k above asking price.

July 19, 2013 @ 11:12 AM

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You really should switch to regular Cheerios. Read the label and check out the sugar content in the Honey Nut!

July 19, 2013 @ 11:13 AM


I would like to declare - Toronto Mike hunt for a house has ended. If necessary, please re-read.

July 19, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

Ben Vidal

Easy with the left wing rant on sugar content Mike. Argie I'm with you on honey nut cheerios. Of course the odd time I get all sorts of crazy and have frosted flakes.

July 19, 2013 @ 11:37 AM


That might explain why I'm still getting cavities. I've tried the regular cheerios but it doesn't come close to the honey nut.

July 19, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

Al The Royal Pain


Multigrain Cheerios is a good option as it mixes regular, whole wheat and honey nut cheerios. Still sweat but slightley better for you.

July 19, 2013 @ 12:00 PM


Phones: Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony Xperia X10 (both Android; the latter is the home to my AT&T SIM card)
Tablet: I'm with Dawn Kiebals - Tylenol, extra strength (needed two this morning)

I can't get into a tablet computer. I rely too much on the speed of touch-typing, not having to look at the keyboard. For that reason alone, tablets will not replace computers with physical keyboards, at least until they can flawlessly take our speech and put the text into the computer or document. That will especially be true in the business world, so anyone calling for the death of the desktop or notebook is out to lunch, much like Michael Dell pointed out earlier this week.

Finally, congratulations, Mike. Have fun with the new house. Like any other house, new or not, it becomes a license to spend money.

July 19, 2013 @ 12:05 PM


Dawn Keibals needs to post more often. Who doesn't laugh at that every time?

July 19, 2013 @ 12:20 PM


Ok, here is the deal...Last night invited some friends out for dinner, nice meal, some wine, and the bill comes. Great dinner, excellent service. I look at the total, enter the tip on the machine and think nothing of it...Today we were discussing how reasonable the dinner was and my wife discovers they forgot to charge us for a couple of bottles of wine. We debate for a minute and say, we need to call them and tell them and pay for it and do so.

Would you do the same?

July 19, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

4x4 Time

Sorry, the post aboy the wine was me...

July 19, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

Ryan G


That's a tough one, but most likely that long after the fact I'd probably do nothing but make sure I patronize that restaurant and give them plenty of repeat business, and tip well. In the end they might even (secretly) suggest the same plan, as you'd likely be giving them even more of your money in the long run.

July 19, 2013 @ 12:59 PM

Ben Vidal

I'd go back to see the waitress to make sure she didn't get dinged for it. At the same time she probably received less tip overall as those bottles would have added to total cost.

Otherwise most restaurants are charging disgusting amounts for wine based on what they pay for it. So I probably wouldn't worry

July 19, 2013 @ 1:02 PM


Nice 4X4. I would have (and have) done the same...

July 19, 2013 @ 1:03 PM


Hummmm, it seems that Samantha gets around! Here she is, loitering around The Grid Dating Diaries :

However, to her credit, she at least read the article and commented responsively.

So then I check out the New York Magazine Sex Diaries, but to my dismay, they have stopped this voyeuristic and often hilarious (the comments that is) diary (caution - NSFW!!) :

Both addictive time-wasters!

(sorry Mike, can't remember how to embed links properly. Please remind me...)

July 19, 2013 @ 1:17 PM

4x4 Time

For any Genesis fans who like vinyl records, I have not bought the entire box set, but the re-masterd 180 gram "Selling England By The Pound" pressing is outstanding quality...Will pick up "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" this weekend.

July 19, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

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Our new house is actually a very old house... built in the 40s.

July 19, 2013 @ 1:29 PM

4x4 Time

@Mike - Awesome! You cannot beat the character and karma of older homes. Peace and Happiness to you and your family in your new castle.

July 19, 2013 @ 2:15 PM

Mike from Lowville

@ Samantha, are you available? Not for me. For my two sons. I want them out of the house before I retire!

July 19, 2013 @ 3:56 PM


Yes, you can't beat the character and karma of older homes.

You also can't find the parts that are needed to fix older electrical and plumbing fixtures.

Does your house have knob & tube wiring?

July 19, 2013 @ 4:36 PM

4x4 Time

@Gump, ya never thought about that!...Also, I was under the impression you could not get new mortgage or house insurance on a house with knob and tube wiring on a re-sale. Not sure, but I remember someone telling me that.

July 19, 2013 @ 5:11 PM


@Dawn Keibals
"Tablet-Tylenol-Extra Strength"

If I was drinking milk it would be out my nose at the moment. That was AWESOME!

iPhone 4S
Kobo touch, love this thing
No-name Android powered piece of dark matter tablet*
BlackBerry Playbook**

*I bought a few hundred .asia domain years and the .asia reg gave me a tablet, it's a piece of crap hardware wise, so I won't rant about how bad Android is because the hardware is so bad.

**Free, I know people. I wouldn't have bought one, 51% because I hate BlackBerry with every fibre of my being (long story) and 49% because it's not a very good device. Seriously, who builds a tablet that takes 7 minutes to boot from power off and then doesn't turn on and connect to WiFi immediately? Who?, BlackBerry, that's who. Dumb asses.

When I am less poor an iPad is in my future.

July 19, 2013 @ 5:11 PM


This question is going to sound weird.
Why do people buy fans every year? What happened to the fans you bought in the past?
They don't break down very often. In fact some of them can last for decades. Yet every year I see empty cardboard boxes on recycling day of newly bought fans around this time.

July 19, 2013 @ 6:23 PM



They get dirty, and In our disposable society they just throw them out rather than clean them.
Go Figure!

July 19, 2013 @ 6:53 PM


Phone: BlackBerry 9900 (I'm a fan of the physical keyboard.)
Tablet: BlackBerry Playbook (Yes, the app selection is pitiful, but for a portable web browsing device, it's handy.)
iPod: Touch, 4th Gen (My newest gadget.)

July 19, 2013 @ 8:34 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@4x4, most knob and tube is buried in the walls etc. My son bought a 70 year old farm house that had an updated panel and looked all legit, until the past winter it was costing him $700 a month in heating oil to keep warm. We tore out the perimeter walls to have it spray foamed, and just like an episode of Holmes on Homes, we are tearing it out and updating it all now. Knob and tube is pretty scary, best to be rid of it. The bank never checked on anything as far as I know.
Congrats on the purchase Mike, hope you have a good set of tools! LOL.
Cell phone is old Nokia flip Phone, no tablet just a 6 year old Acer laptop, as you can see I am on the cutting edge of technology.
Lastly: Detroit filing for bankruptcy really wasn't any surprise. Was through Detroit alot 20-25 years ago, and you could start to see it falling apart then. Truly sad, as we would always comment on some of the very beautiful homes that had been left abandoned, even as you came off the bridge. The procession of corrupt Mayors, and councilors didn't help to bring it back.

July 19, 2013 @ 8:37 PM

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I'm back... was powerless for four hours...

No knob and tube wiring in the new home. We just had a thorough home inspection.

In my previous house (the one my ex lives in today) there was some knob and tube wiring when we bought it and the insurance company made us get rid of it and get certified before they would insure us.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:50 PM


iPhone 4s Miss BBM

@4x4 talk to the server not the "man" and ask advice.

@Matman is one good marketing employee.

weekend in Ottawa, with teenagers, any advice on tourist type stuff to keep them from looking for hotspots.

July 19, 2013 @ 9:55 PM

Blind Dave

@Toronto Mike

First off, congrats on the house.

Second, I have a Galaxy S4 in my pocket, a Win 7 PC running at my office, and a Win XP machine at home.


I need some organization advice. I have pictures everywhere (in folders on my pc, on CD, on flash drives, on dropbox, and on gmail. It's getting out of control. I want to have one place for everything and an exact backup in case something goes tits up.

Anyone want to offer advice on how to get started? I have a feeling I'll be needing plenty of tablets for this project.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:05 PM


In laymans terms, can someone explain to me what knob and tube wiring is?
Would really appreciate it.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

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@Blind Dave

I've been using Flickr for photo storage since 2004.


I guess in the old days houses were wired for power using knob and tube wiring.... like this:

July 19, 2013 @ 10:23 PM



Thanks Mike, that looks pretty scary . I have been in and lived in a lot of older houses but never ever seen anything like that.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:28 PM


Nice photo of K&T (as we say in the business).

The photo also points out 3 other aspects of older houses.

1. 'real' 2x4s and 2x6s. That is solid wood with no risk of warping or expanding/contracting.

2. plaster and lath walls. These have an high R-factor and are excellent sound proof walls -- kids can't hear you have sex with those. The only down side is that they sometimes have an interesting surface modulation.

July 19, 2013 @ 10:34 PM


Hockey schedules are out, goody. That means the season can't be too far away, thank goodness. Diamondbacks lost last night. Oh well, if they lose they lose, that's it. I agree about physical keyboards. I can't use a tablet or anything like that. It wouldn't work for me. A touch screen wouldn't work for me, but in the old days nobody used cellphones because they didn't exist. Why should I get one. It would be a waste of money.

July 20, 2013 @ 7:55 AM

4x4 Time

@ Rick C in Oakville - The city of Detroit deciding to file for bankruptcy is scary on a number of fronts, and will likely set a pretty ugly precedent for other municipalities and cities to follow if it is allowed to go through.

I read this week that the California State Comptroller said the States Net Worth is NEGATIVE $129 Billion. Thats Assets - Debt...Just imagine what their debt load is!

I have not had the chance to research yet, but I think Ed Koch put NYC into bamkruptcy in the early 80's before they re-built the city

Scary times ahead I think....

July 20, 2013 @ 8:47 AM

Blind Dave


You're not the only one who has no use for a cellphone. My wife has no use for one and absolutely refuses to own one. At best, she tolerates the computer with the odd google search, navigates youtube and uses gmail. That's the limit of anything she's willing to do.

It's not a visual thing either, as she sees just fine. She simply dislikes technology and anything touch screen gives her grief.

July 20, 2013 @ 10:09 AM


@Ryan G

The kick me in the nuts guy is semi-famous down here. Here's an interview with him:

And a video:

July 20, 2013 @ 10:09 AM


Howdy all....

@TorontoMike :

Phone: iPhone 5 Canada and an LG-2Gx for my US work because I got tired of paying Rogers' outrageous rates for US travel.

Table: iPad 1 and an iPad mini - son uses the original one as a movie player and I use the mini for travel entertainment and reading.

@ 4x4:

Make sure your waitress didn't get dinged for the non-charged wine. Bad Karma is horrible :)

RE: NHL schedule:

Yup - schedule is out and I am now fully booked for work until next October now. I have 87 days of curling coming up between October and next April with about 40 days of other events thrown in there for good measure. It's a good time to be working in TV sports.


Congrats on the new house purchase in my old hood! When you were talking to Elvis on YBS#6 I laughed when you were talking about housing prices and what Elvis' house would be in New Toronto (lakeshore/brown's line) and that's exactly why the Mrs' and I decided to get the hell out. We bought our exec townie in 2001 and realized some serious capital gains, but to buy a full detached house in that area that wasn't run down or needed serious reno's would have cost use between $700 - $900 thousand and to me that didn't make good economical sense. So, the decision to move to the Falls was made and we couldn't be happier. However, saying that, it's a great neighbourhood and I'm sure you'll love it as much as we did for 11 years.

Cheers all!!


July 20, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Congrats on the house Mike!

July 20, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

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@Jason from Sudbury


All part of the 3-year reconstruction plan!

July 20, 2013 @ 12:45 PM


Oh yes, I forgot. Congrats Mike on the new palace.

We have been without power since yesterday at 2:00pm, Toronto Hydro was answering phones and simply hanging up on people until 5:15 am this morning. My wife and I went for a bike ride last night to look for crews to update them and see if we could get on the list for repairs.

The power failure was due to a damaged insulator on a feeder to our street, so it is just our street all 40 houses and everyone else around us has power. It looks like an over load or a raccoon made it blow up real good. Then the storm hit.

So, in 1 week we have had over 3 outage for more than 36 hours of no power and it's not looking good for power on until sometime Monday, for a grand total of over 60 hours with no power.

I'm bringing home a 6KW UPS from the office with 3 sets of batteries, we should be OK for 24 hours or so with just the fridge and occasional TV. I can run batteries back and forth from the office charging here if needed.

What a weird summer.


July 20, 2013 @ 2:08 PM



Peter Appleyard died this past week. He was a renowned Ontario Jazz man.
Didn't know if you missed that with your power outages or that he just was worthy of your post.
Thought I'd let you know.

July 20, 2013 @ 4:40 PM



to tag onto your post about Peter Appleyard, Alex Colville died this past week. Not only a great Canadian artist over the last +1/2 century, but a world class artist internationally (dunno but guessing, either #1 or maybe a close second to Michael Snow ) both in reputation and $$. If you don't know the name, chances are you do know some of his paintings. Bruce Cockburn used 'Horse and Train' on his Night Vision album.
Read some great tributes to Appleyard.

July 20, 2013 @ 7:45 PM


Did I finally do it?

July 20, 2013 @ 8:39 PM



Patrick , Huh????

July 20, 2013 @ 9:09 PM


Well, hopefully my Habs and Coyotes will both do well this season. Really looking forward to more hockey, that's for sure.

Another loss by the Diamondbacks. Oh well.

Well, good there are other people who don't own cellphones. They weren't even around in the old days. I remember phones had dials that you had to turn the dial after counting the holes and putting your finger in the right hole. It was hard to actually dial fast, but nobody uses those phones anymore.

Yes, it is a weird summer. Luckily I haven't lost power yet though.

July 21, 2013 @ 8:18 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Ah yes, the old rotary phones. I remember my grandma having one of those when I was a kid. I used to get a kick out of turning the dial all the way past 0 and then letting it go. lol

July 21, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

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When I was growing up, we had a rotary phone.

I hated calling people with 9s or 0s in their number. That sucked.

July 21, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

Blind Dave

Oh yes, we had a rotary phone when I was a kid. It was easy enough to use because that's all there was, so you just learned.

I recall several years later after rotary phones had more or less bit the dust, I was at someone's house and had to call a taxi. All they had was an old rotary. It must have taken me about ten tries to dial properly and not screw it up.

I may have been intoxicated at the time.

July 21, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Rick C in Oakville

LOL Blind Dave, could see you fumbling with the dial, may have had an episode or 2 my self at one time. What I don't understand is why Bell still sticks us with a touch tone charge every month, I think it's around $3.00, not a huge amount but something that seems should have been retired some time ago as the infrastructure must be paid for by now I hope.

July 21, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I'm afraid I'm going to sound like Cheryl here lol but I haven't had a Bell product in close to 10 years. I had both my landline and cell with them but they were pissing me off and charging way too much so I got rid of both. Went voip for my landline and had it for 6 or 7 years, and went to Rogers for my cell in 2004.

July 21, 2013 @ 4:32 PM


Well, the Diamondbacks won. That's good. Well, I told you Bell sucks. Primus never charges for touch tone. See, Primus is the best. Well, if you were trying to use a dial phone trying many times to phone a radio station and talk to an announcer, that's when it really sucked. I was okay with those phones otherwise, but now I'm used to the touch tone phones. I know dialing a 0 or a 9 ducked big time.

July 21, 2013 @ 8:45 PM


A relationship made in Heaven.

1 of my best friends wife passed away just over a year ago with MS after a long battle at 49. Very unfortunate as he was devastated,no kids. He is Catholic & started going back to church after his wife passed for consoling & dealing with his loss. He would go to church 2-3 times a week before or after work.

Just found out that he is dating again & great for him at late 40's.

Get ready - he is dating 1 of the NUN's at the church he frequented every week. She has already disbanded from the Catholic church & given up her teaching at Catholic school in Toronto.


July 21, 2013 @ 8:52 PM


Why did Dean 'biggest douche in the universe' Blundell fire Todd Shapiro??? He home wrecks destroys his own marriage and gets rid of anyone with talent

July 23, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

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