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Al Reda

I hear people complaining about this summer, saying it's been cold.

It's been an amazing summer! It's not too cold!

July 25, 2014 @ 9:31 AM

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I'd like to thank whoever posted this to reddit. One of you did, and I appreciate it.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:32 AM


Silly question:

If you had the chance to time travel and witness one event (and not change it) what would you witness?

I know there are probably a lot of more important and life altering events but for some reason I've been thinking it would be amazing to see Tom Waits' recording of Nighthawks at the Diner.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:36 AM

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I'd like to have seen the moon landing.... and Henderson's goal in Russia.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:41 AM


Well, this is a good summer. Heat is okay, but it's hard to exercise in the heat. Anyway, hopefully my trainer's wife wins this weekend. They can't lose too many more or they don't make the playoffs and won't win the cup.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:50 AM



I'd see Hendrix at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:57 AM

this guest

A perfect companion piece to McNulty's thought would be when Edward Hopper painted Nighthawks (at the diner).

But for me
(and a bit of cheating here as it would be a lengthy event)
the building of one of the ancient, stone, astronomical structures in Europe

July 25, 2014 @ 9:58 AM


@ this guest

I have a feeling if you witnessed that you would have been building it...and possibly being whipped.

But it would be cool to see them beyond built.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM


@ McNulty - Either the "I have a Dream" Speech or The Beatles Fianl Performance on the Rooftop..

July 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM


@McNulty: the beginning of the universe. I'd bring every conceivable scientific instrument with me that I could.

The best part is: with everyone elses' option, if they do accidentally intervene and mess up the timeline, they just screw up history a bit. Elvis lives. MLK flubs the speech, etc. If I screw up, I get to radically change the fundamental nature of the entire Universe. =)

July 25, 2014 @ 10:03 AM


@ Lorne

Maybe you already did that. You're our true creator.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:05 AM


@Toronto Mike,

I tried, but nothing I post there ever gains any traction. Would be helpful if people here upvoted that since it's helpful to your blog. I assume you saw a little bit of traffic from there?

July 25, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

this guest

@ McNulty
Now you've given me an image I can never escape!
I always imagined a joint 'questing....'

But I suppose the dishwasher and the maitre d have different
ideas of 'service'

July 25, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

this guest

the dishwasher being the grunt
and the maitre d a 'high priest'

July 25, 2014 @ 10:13 AM


On a different note. A buddy of mine has been crashing with me the last week or so, he's a huge Econoline Crush fan.

I never realized just how many EC songs I know....they're actually a really solid band.

Just a random thought.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:24 AM



I quite liked them, but holy fuck 102.1 used to overplay Sparkle & Shine. Beginning of the end of that station for me.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

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And named for a Neil Young lyric...

July 25, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

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I saw it shortly before I fell asleep, then woke up and saw it wasn't getting any traction. :(

Excellent effort, though... and well researched!

Precisely 9 clicks from that reddit post... underwhelming, but again, a most excellent effort I truly appreciate.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Ryan G

I just got back from 2 weeks vay k, spending some time in Belfast and Dublin.

1) % of money spent on boozy times with relatives: 87.5

2)verdict on Titanic museum: very well done, but I felt weird walking through a gift shop cashing in on tragedy, despite the fact that it took place over 100 years ago (which seems to make it easier to justify)

3)response to trying a pint of Guinness in Dublin after being told I had to have a pint of Guiness in Dublin: meh

4)Tourist Hack: I hate overly tourist'y things, but I still wanted to check out Dublin. I opted for a cycling tour (20 euros) instead of those hop on hop off buses, which was good in theory, but I got lost trying to find the meet spot. Solution: Rent Dublin's equiv of the Bixi Bike (much cheaper than here - worked out to about $7.50 Cdn for 3 days). Then, on my bike simply follow the endless loop of hop on hop off buses to see the city's top sights.

5)Cringe-worthy fashions: I saw 2 older couples, and the 2 men were both painfully alike, complete with khaki shorts, dress shoes w/out socks and sweaters draped over back with arms of sweater tied together in front. And for the females: awful high waisted jeans

6)Bizarro invisible tension: Walk up Belfast's protestant Shankill road, then the Falls road which is catholic. Everything's exactly the same including the shops, people and streets. The exception of course is the polar opposite tribalism on display via murals and flags. It's silly, but the tension is real. I can imagine how much worse it was during the Troubles.

7: Touristy highlight: Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast. Built in the 1840's or so, there's a creepy underground tunnel leading from the jail to a courthouse, and you get to step inside the execution chamber which still has the hanging noose. At one point, children were even imprisoned there.

Overall, a great trip with friendly people and lightning fast Irish craic. And, although I avoided it, if you're so inclined you can even find small Tim Horton's kiosks located in certain convenience stores.

July 25, 2014 @ 11:04 AM


@ markosaar - Oh yeah, Edge played the fuck out of that and You Don't know What It's Like.

But I forgot all about make it right, blunt, all that you are....I've had Razorblades & Bandaides stuck in my head for days now....great song!

July 25, 2014 @ 11:20 AM


@Toronto Mike,

Geez, it's actually been voted down further since this morning. I don't get /r/toronto at all. Let's froth about Ford some more.

July 25, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

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It's the establishment, man... downvoting the post because they fear my independence.

The man is keeping me down.

July 25, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

Blind Dave

The historical event for me would be hard to pinpoint because I would choose an evolution of an event (invention of electricity or the telephone, or the fall of the Reich, or the coming of man) as opposed to a singular event like a concert or speech. The list, needless to say, is endless.

It's shaping up to be a beautiful day on the Prairies. We had a thunderstorm last night to help the garden grow, and today will be mid-20s with a breeze. I've taken the day off work to run a few errands this afternoon and I get my granddaughter for a few hours this evening. Hopefully I can take her to the park or do something likewise with her outside.

I haven't been on reddit in ages. Like so many other things I've put on the back burner, there isn't enough time in the day. When I do go there, I just read. I don't think I ever signed up with an account, so I've never looked into up or down voting. Like anything else with social media, I dabble in the fun stuff but I avoid the stupid.

Question for y'all. Are e-books edited differently than paper novels? For the record, I do prefer the old fashioned books (both the paper and the smell), but e-books allow me to blow up the font, making them much easier for this almost blind guy to read. Anyway, I have noticed the grammar and spelling errors in e-books are absolutely shameful. What is the process to get e-books online?

July 25, 2014 @ 12:25 PM


Just found out that to celebrate it's 25th anniversary, my dance studio is having free kid's classes every Saturday in August. If you've got an itty bitty dancer, and are near Markham (near Woodbine & Steeles).

(Seriously, the studio is great. Non-competition, so it's actually about dancing and having fun, rather than money-grabbing and infighting for solos).

July 25, 2014 @ 12:31 PM


@Blind Dave: It depends. Most "official" e-books are just the same manuscript, but exported to PDF. The editing and typesetting is already done.

However, there are a number *ahem* e-books online that are scanned in via OCR. They aren't as accurate.

And then there's the self-pubs that for the most part aren't edited at all. :|

July 25, 2014 @ 12:33 PM



Total nitpick, but it bugs me that most publishers don't seem to typeset e-books at all. No ligatures or justification. Some readers let you override and make an automated attempt at it, like Aldiko on Android.

July 25, 2014 @ 1:06 PM



That was actually a most excellent question. My pick would be the JFK assassination as long as I could go with an HD camera, so I could prove the conspiracy theories wrong.

July 25, 2014 @ 1:28 PM

Blind Dave

@markosaar @Lorne

Thanks for the insight into e-books. I must confess I have both the paid and the *ahem* versions. My last two were paid and I cringed at the mistakes.

I've been using Cool Reader (android) for my non-Kindle books. I will look into Aldiko for a change.

July 25, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

this guest

@ Corey,

The excellent makings of a historical fantasy with your idea.
The twist of course would be catching unexpected things on film that would lead you down alley after alley, culminating in an escape back to the future where you have
proof of something unexpected but nobody believes you.

July 25, 2014 @ 1:54 PM


Whenever there's hockey news or discussion on the Fan 590 at this time of year I immediately turn it off.

It's July for #$%@! sakes..

That Muskoka chair on a lake side dock is the only thing that matters.

July 25, 2014 @ 2:54 PM


See ya all at the Ford Fest tonight. Should be a hoot !
And remember no campaigning eh! Wink wink.

July 25, 2014 @ 5:29 PM


Okay Doug. See you later.

July 25, 2014 @ 6:50 PM


So this TTC driver runs a red light and has to swerve to miss a pedestrian. If a driver working for a trucking company or some other non union firm were caught on camera doing this, they would be fired on the spot. With the union covering his ass, this guy will get, at worst, re-assigned to a booth or something...

July 25, 2014 @ 7:28 PM


JFK and MLK were both inspired by one man - Jesus Christ. His sermon on the mount precedes "the I have a dream" speech and Kennedy's amazing Inaugural speech in not just time but in relevance. I would have wanted to be there.

July 25, 2014 @ 7:39 PM


@ Argie - But what if said sermon never happened (and I'm not saying it didn't...Mike probably will, but I'm not). But if it didn't happen, that's kinda it then...why risk it. Isn't part of faith not knowing...

July 25, 2014 @ 8:11 PM


@Argie - nice pick. Hadn't thought of it, but it's intriguing.

@Phil - Why risk it? So you'd rather not know for certain that Jesus existed? Why. Doesn't compute. Even if he did exist, it doesn't mean he was the son of God.

July 25, 2014 @ 8:27 PM


JFK and MLK were inspired by 'one' man? I suggest this is a fallacy and that research will show numerous influences.

July 25, 2014 @ 8:30 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I would have liked to witness the building of the Mayan Pyramids,having visit both Chizenitza and Kobo in the past couple of years. Given the jungle terrain, it definitely would have been an engineering feat.

Watching my twitter feed, seems Ford Fest has become a Homophobia Ford event.

July 25, 2014 @ 9:12 PM


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Yup. @TorontoPolice RT @AndyLehrer: Hey, @dreahouston @goldsbie, isn't that Ron Banerjee? … #FordHateFest #TOpoli

July 25, 2014 @ 9:56 PM


It's not Banerjee - it's just Ford in a really good disguise.

July 25, 2014 @ 10:05 PM


So what's wrong with talking about hockey in July. Anything other than boring baseball. Anyway, hockey is great and I wish there was a summer hockey league somewhere. That would be good. Who cares about Ford Fest. I sure wish George Smitherman was running in this election. I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

July 26, 2014 @ 7:49 AM


I went to Ford Fest last night just because it was down the street from me.

I now know everything I need to know about Ford Nation.

July 26, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Blind Dave

Picked up 2 lb of BC blueberries from the grocery store last Tuesday. Wow! They made a great smoothie (along with other stuff) and my granddaughter ate two bowls of the blueberries for evening snack last night.

We have romaine lettuce in our little garden and it kicks ass. Tomatoes are lagging behind but we are hoping.

I love fruit & veg this time of year.

July 26, 2014 @ 12:31 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Blind Dave. Started getting Ontario sweet corn now, unbelievably delicious. Sad it comes on so fast then is over.

July 26, 2014 @ 4:42 PM


Ladies and Gentlemen: We give you.............Ford Nation:

July 26, 2014 @ 8:01 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Anonymous: That guy played it perfect, i would have been laughing and running after the Ford more Years line.

July 26, 2014 @ 9:11 PM


Play it perfect? That was no schtick. That was IQ of maybe 80 in full glory.

July 26, 2014 @ 9:32 PM


Today I realized there is a perfect test to determine if you are a Martin Streek fan. In your head, right now, play back "Don't You Want Me Baby" by the Human League. Thinking about it? Okay, jump to the chorus. Here, I'll get you going, and you carry it on...

"Don't you want me baby? Don't you want me..."

RIGHT THERE. Did you just hear the original song-- or did the music cut to the live feed and you heard a couple hundred club patrons all do the "whooooooo" line?

If the latter, congratulations. You're a Martin Streek fan.

July 26, 2014 @ 10:22 PM


Well, my trainer's wife plays soccer today. Let's hope they win. They lost enough. Anyway, I hope it's not Ford more years. Someone should talk George Smitherman into running again. That would be good. Then I would know who to vote for.

July 27, 2014 @ 7:50 AM


Well, not a good day today. I was supposed to have a workout today because my trainer is going away for a couple weeks. Well, he calls me this morning and has to cancel because he lost his wallet and lost all his cards including his driver's licence. He has to get a temporary licence and I don't know about his credit cards or anything like that, but he has to replace everything which is going to take months and months probably. Anyway, I don't know if his wife won or not. I hope so.

July 28, 2014 @ 4:59 PM

this guest

Interesting decision by the East York community to have a civil debate by keeping the marauding yahoos of Fraudulent Nation at bay.

"I.D. please."

July 28, 2014 @ 9:23 PM

this guest

Karen Stintz not a great speaker but she really worked the stage in that tight sleeveless blue dress in her closing statement. "I am your blonde Margaret Thatcher goddess. Oh Yes I am."
Chow pretty good performance. Nice smackdown of the co-op housing issue brought up by Ford.
Tory pretty good performance. Seemed to handle pointed questions from Soknacki and Stintz well. I think Chow stung him a little on transit.
Excellent closing statement by Soknacki refuting Ford's untruths about 'savings.'
Ford did a good job repeating his lines but seemed to be somewhat left behind by the debate which included people discussing ideas.

July 28, 2014 @ 9:41 PM

this guest

No Sarah Thompson on horseback sightings near East York Community Centre.

July 28, 2014 @ 9:59 PM

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