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It was 14 years ago today.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:13 AM

Ben V

@ TorontoMike: What was the brand of wireless ear phones you purchased? I bought some myself last week, after an incident involving a leaf blower and the cord getting sucked into the chamber producing the blowing wind and ripping them to shreds.

I wasn't sure what to think about buying a pair, but I must say they have made working out at the gym, take my dogs for a walk, biking and pretty much anything else I used to do with earphones with a cord in easier. It's at the point I forget I have them in now.

Have you found any drawbacks to them yet?

September 11, 2015 @ 8:16 AM


I think we have a candidate for the Harper cabinet. The Hungarian photographer.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:16 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ben V

I still love them and use them daily. Here's my write up about the best headphones I've ever owned:

They are Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones.

The only drawback is that when I'm biking against wind, the wind hits the microphone and I often can't be heard. But I still dig 'em the most.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:18 AM


9/11 is one of those days we'll always remember - we will all know exactly where we were and what we were doing.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:28 AM


Massive series against the Yanks this weekend. This might decided the A.L. East.

Go Jays Go!!!

September 11, 2015 @ 8:38 AM

Ryan G /

I was in Yorkville for work yesterday. I'm always fascinated with that weird veneer you get from the place. Every thing and every one is pristine. As I was walking in the Four Seasons, the guy who opened the door for me was wearing a $1500 suit. The female guests within were all, and I mean all..unbelievably hot and immaculately dressed. Male guests wore strange short dress pants the rest of us might call floods, with multicoloured socks. There was 1 guy with high top sneakers that appeared to be made of a material that I have never ever seen before, which tells me something about the circles I run in.

When I finished my business and left the area, it reminded me of the time I was a 15 year old McDonald's employee. Hours after finishing a shift I'd still feel this thin layer of grease all over my body, and friends told me I smelled like a Big Mac.

It's a strange universe over in them parts.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:49 AM


Interesting thoughts Ryan. thx

September 11, 2015 @ 9:04 AM



I worked at Burger King. I stunk!

September 11, 2015 @ 9:07 AM


My clothes stunk of grease even just running food at an Italian restaurant.

September 11, 2015 @ 9:09 AM


Seen those pictures of the hungry children in the rain and mud at the Greek-Macedonian border?

Canada’s immigration department returned more than $350 million to the federal treasury in unspent funds over a three-year period, a sum that included millions for processing refugee applications and helping asylum-seekers settle into Canada.

September 11, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Just chiming in to say two things.

The "ethnic" 1 kg honey is on sale for $8.88 at No Frills. "Regular" 1 kg honey is still $11.97. The contents are identical. I find this interesting.

And this is happening:

September 11, 2015 @ 9:19 AM

Sam in Pickering

@Toronto Mike


September 11, 2015 @ 9:40 AM

Ryan G /

@ Mike

Similarly, this is happening in my house:

It's a fancy new switch I got from Home Depot for 3.99!

September 11, 2015 @ 9:58 AM


Well, my Orioles or Diamondbacks didn't play last night, but Kean played and they won. That's great 8 to 3. They are doing really well. Yes, I know exactly what I did during 911. I was still going out to work. I was working. Then all day long there was all this talk. I didn't know what was going on or anything. The people in the office didn't like me and talked to me only if they really had to. Well, one person said "Let's leave Cheryl out of this". I knew nothing what was going on until I turned on the radio when I got home and there it was, the World Trade Centre got attacked. Then they talked about baseball being canceled, but I didn't really care and then talked about Barry Bonds and he wouldn't be able to hit a home run. There were players that had names come up everywhere and I got so tired of hearing the name Barry Bonds. Anyway, so I knew nothing about the World Trade Centre being attacked a whole day until I got home and heard about it.

September 11, 2015 @ 10:37 AM


@Toronto Mike

This is such wonderful news!

September 11, 2015 @ 11:17 AM


Congrats again!

I didn't even realise/I forgot it was a surprise, from listening to the podcast.

September 11, 2015 @ 12:19 PM


@ Toronto Mike..
did you say recently you were done when Jarvis was born? :)


September 11, 2015 @ 1:29 PM


@ Mike

Didn't you already leak that in the Josie podcast?

September 11, 2015 @ 1:44 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I've actually mentioned it in the last two episodes, but I've never written it until today.


I believe our agreement was one kid together and then we'd talk about it. Jarvis has been such a remarkable experience I was easily talked into a fourth kid.

But now, with four kids, I am truly and honestly done.

September 11, 2015 @ 1:48 PM


Very nice! congrats to you all!!

September 11, 2015 @ 1:59 PM


Did anyone see Mike Richards on Canada am this morning? Turns out he was off all summer recovering from colon cancer surgery...not in rehab as someone wrote earlier on this site.
He said he hadn't been to a doctor since he was 14 and always lied whenever anyone asked him if he'd had a colonoscopy.

September 11, 2015 @ 1:59 PM

twins from bolton

@ Mike

Congrats, maybe twins - LOL.
Get the V now so no more.

September 11, 2015 @ 2:09 PM

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@twins from bolton

Maybe after the healthy delivery... :)

September 11, 2015 @ 2:10 PM


I missed the last podcast! I've been away.

September 11, 2015 @ 2:15 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


How dare you miss the Alter episode!

I got kind notes from within The Fan compound that this episode was thoroughly enjoyed.

September 11, 2015 @ 2:20 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Toronto Mike: When do you plan on retiring the 99 Mazda and what are you getting next? Maybe that Yukon?

September 11, 2015 @ 2:39 PM

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@Jason from Sudbury

This will be a problem. If we're all going to drive somewhere, I'll need 6 seat belts.

The plan right now is for me to keep driving the '99 Protege for another year at least, and then look at an economical and sensible car with three rows of seats.

The Yukon was fun to drive, but it's just too big for me.

September 11, 2015 @ 2:46 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Congratulations Mike and Monica, your a great dad, and no doubt up to the challenge. Had to look twice at the photo, as I thought it was related to the ethnic honey comments!

September 11, 2015 @ 3:29 PM

Rick C in Oakville

On the topic of family vehicles, mini vans maybe despised, but I had a 2004 Chrysler mini van and I could jam a lot of stuff and people in it. Look for an off lease and save big as they depreciate heavily. My coworker had the same vehicle and bought an extra back row of seats, so instead of the 2-2-3 (7) seating he had 2-3-3 (8) all with seat belts, so your not breaking any safety rules.

September 11, 2015 @ 3:38 PM


Okay, so that resolves the Mike Richards question. Now what happened to Britt Aharoni from 1010, Jim Richard's producer?

September 11, 2015 @ 5:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


She's off work dealing with post-concussion issues.

September 11, 2015 @ 6:03 PM


Holy Hannah, poor girl. I've been there, two years to get through the fog. What happened?

September 11, 2015 @ 8:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


A practical joke at work went very wrong and she ended up concussed.

Now she's off until healthy again.

September 11, 2015 @ 8:26 PM

Mr Robot

Hey Argie

Looks like the Calgary Transit bus driver who refused to drive the Pride bus has been fired. Funny part is he was never asked, he just wanted some media attention.

September 11, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

Mr. Robot

This finally hit the news last night. I was wondering how come threats like the above, made on September 5, on BlogTO, were not taken more seriously by authorities? I mean, these aren't generic threats, they contain a defined target.

September 11, 2015 @ 10:04 PM

Blind Dave

I had my best week ever on the treadmill. My week goes from Friday - Thursday. I normally do 45 minutes at a fast walk of 4 - 4.5 miles per hour. I did doubles on Saturday and Monday, never missed a day, and clocked in at 37.953 miles walked and 6,135 calories burned. I know it's not an exact calculation as the machine does not know my weight, age, or gender, but I am very pleased nonetheless. The generic assessment still gives me a good bench mark.

I find it fascinating that even though I listen to music, some workouts fly by and others feel like an eternity. Take today as an example. I have to use a magnifying glass to see the display panel so I tend to guess my progress while I am walking. I thought for sure I was well past the 20 minute stage, grabbed my mag, flicked on the light and read the display. I was at 16 minutes! I still did my 45 minutes, but sheesh!

September 11, 2015 @ 10:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Blind Dave

That's awesome.

September 11, 2015 @ 10:26 PM


How can Canada lose after winning by more than 20pts to Venezuela a week ago? Coaching & preparation downfall.
Gotta start all over again with 18 team elimination tournament next year just before Olympics.

Argos also lose, but the best is the BJays win.
2 games tomorrow will be tough vs. Yankees. Take both games or at least 1 of the 2 going forward.

September 11, 2015 @ 11:53 PM


Well, how about those Orioles. Two grand slams in the eighth inning. Nolan Reimold and also Steve Clevenger. Awesome awesome and Manny Machado a solo shot. Also Dariel Alvarez hit his first homer. Awesome. My Diamondbacks won as well. Lots of hits as well. How about Nick Ahmed hitting for the cycle and a homer by Paul Goldschmidt. Wonderful. Kean also won again. They go to the quarter final at noon. They won a squeaker 5 to 4. That's wonderful. They're going to win this. I can feel it because Team Kean is the best this year. Believe me. They're going to win the Brier.

September 12, 2015 @ 7:24 AM


Question for those who have switched to Windows 10: my data usage has spiked since I converted. Never used more than 30/40%. Now, the last 2 months, since converting to "10", I am hitting the max.

Cogeco support says they have reports that 10 is maxing my data usage in the background. Anyone else familiar with this scenario?

September 12, 2015 @ 12:33 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I've got Windows 10 on my laptop. I noticed stuff in the background, like the weather and news.

Go here and find out exactly which app is eating your bandwidth:

September 12, 2015 @ 12:35 PM

Mr Robot


Their are several reasons why you are seeing an increase in bandwidth. The first is because Windows 10 uses YOUR bandwidth. It's called the Windows Update Delivery Optimization. You can read about it here.

Secondly, Windows spies on you and calls home with the data. It's become such an issue that the Canadian Feds are now looking into the privacy issues. Oh, and many of these things you "agreed" to when you installed it. And, you can't go back and change them now (some you can, some you can't)

And, it gets worse. Recently, patches were released for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to do the same thing. You have to know the KB number of the patch to bypass it. Most people don't.

Anything that is free comes with a cost. In this day and age your personal information is the new currency. Hope that helps

How to fix it?

1. Consider using a Linux distro like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. These distro's are suitable for newbies. Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop looks much like Windows XP. It's also free, rock solid and patches itself daily. The only limits are you can't run some software on it (MS Office, iTunes).

2. Invest in a Mac. I myself don't trust Apple Corp as far as I can throw them. But if they were feeding out information hacks would have caught it. My biggest concern with Apple is their lack of transparency over patching & vulnerabilities in their software. They release patches occasionally but don't tell you why. I find out from Homeland Security before I find out from Apple. And to me that's a problem.

If you must have Windows you can always run it as a virtual machine. Virtual Box is a free hypervisor and I know VMware Player is free too.

Linux. The choice of the GNU Generation.

September 12, 2015 @ 1:13 PM


Mike & Mr. Robot: Thanks for the info.

Gee, I wonder why those fker's are so reviled?

September 12, 2015 @ 1:21 PM

Mr Robot


Well what MS is doing is relatively new for them, but it's commonplace elsewhere. Many social media sites, etc, collect your personal information & upload to their own servers. Certain Android apps are really bad for it. The Uber App is viewed as malware by security researchers for all the data it collects, most of it not related to Uber at all.

As far as Windows 10 goes, as an OS I actually like it. I think it's well designed & a very good product. I do not like the spying & data mining element. I mean now, even if you don't update the system, your computer is downloading Windows 10. It's YOUR computer. It annoys me as much as Apple putting their stupid Watch app on my iPhone. It's my iPHone and your watch is a freaking failure.

September 12, 2015 @ 2:22 PM


Does anyone here ever use the bike crossing at Strachan and Lakeshore? When was this light put in? The light gives you milliseconds to cross. I get about halfway through the intersection before it turns yellow. Last week there was a long lineup of bikes trying to cross. City of Toronto - please fix this.

September 12, 2015 @ 5:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I use the bridge that's a little west of there. I come from the west, so I hit this bridge before I get to Strachan.

The bridge takes me to beside BMO Field, and I take that street to Strachan.

September 12, 2015 @ 5:31 PM


@ Anonymous
When you get them to fix the light at that intersection, ask them to explain why the bicycle crossing signal button is up on the pedestrian sidewalk.

@ Mike
I also usually use that bridge (when it's not closed for indy, CNE etc)'s a fun downhill riding north-south.

September 12, 2015 @ 10:30 PM


Well, my Orioles lost. Pitching wasn't great on both sides though, but my Orioles lost. Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold homered though. Anyway, Diamondbacks lost as well. Kean won. They won the quarter final and the semifinal. The final is today. I told you kean is the best. I can feel it. They will win today. Football today. Ravens and Cardinals are going to win. I can feel it as well.

September 13, 2015 @ 5:51 AM


Has anyone downloaded Windows 10 and if so, what do you think? I am debating whether to install it or not

September 13, 2015 @ 8:40 AM

Perry Mason

Didn't Harper just hire an Australian to save his campaign?
Is this legal?

No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is
(a) a Canadian citizen; or
(b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

September 13, 2015 @ 11:16 AM


Scroll back to my question about "10" and it's maxing out of internet data use. Otherwise, I found it's new browser "edge" to be terrible. Not as easy to navigate. "7" is/was still my best experience.

September 13, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

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I updated to Windows 10. I quite like it, but I only used Edge once to download Chrome.

September 13, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Mr Robot


In my opinion, Windows 10 is a superior product to Windows 8.1. BUT, most of the innovation is developed for the server/workstation domain environment. It's easier to navigate than Windows 8.1 was


- The stuff I mentioned a few posts back regarding spying and it sharing your connection to patch other computers.

- Many anti-virus products took issue with it most notably Kaspersky. I had to completely remove Kaspersky and re-install it again as would not start up

- Sluggish right out of the box. I found both Chrome and Firefox started consuming shit loads of resources. The system also took issue with Flash even when it's updated.

- Of note: Windows 10 patches itself. This is a good thing as systems should be patched. But it's a bad thing in that sometimes patching causes issue. For the non techie type this could cause real issues.

As for the Edge browser, it is what it is. The average user will not use it. Where it will be used is on an internal domain for things like Sharepoint, etc.

The reason 10 was given away by Microsoft is solely for their own benefit. The Windows ecosystem was splintered between 4 different versions of the OS. This is expensive to administrate & even more expensive for developers. By giving away the product the goal is to standardize everyone on Windows 10. There are some 75 million users already so their plan appears to be working.

September 13, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

4x4 Time

What does the hivemind think of this position on Syrian refugees...

"The Canadian Forces could play a key role in helping to bring at least 50,000 Syrian refugees — far more than the government is planning — to Canada by Christmas, retired general Rick Hillier says."

September 13, 2015 @ 12:40 PM


My Orioles won last night. Great game. Two homers by Jonathan Schoop. Chris Davis and also Adam Jones homered and Steve Clevenger homered. My Diamondbacks lost though. Also my Ravens lost which is not good, but my Cardinals lost. Kean lost the final yesterday. They won every game, but lost the final.

September 14, 2015 @ 8:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Your Orioles are toast.

12.5 games back in the division, 6 games back of the 2nd wild card spot with three teams ahead of them.

Good night, Irene.

September 14, 2015 @ 9:47 AM


My Orioles won last night. Yes, they did2 to 0. My Diamondbacks lost though. Why are you calling me Irene? My mom's name was Irene. She died back in 1987. That's a sad name. Anyway, so no bid on the Olympics. Good. We don't need it.

September 15, 2015 @ 9:47 AM


My Orioles won again. Great. Chris Davis scores in the 13th to win it. Also my Diamondbacks won so hey, it's all good. Anyway, let's get a win tonight. Goody, no Olympic bid. As I said, we don't need it.

September 16, 2015 @ 9:55 AM


Did you see PK Subban's charitable donation to the Mtl Children's Hospital? Impressive.

September 16, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I dig PK. I can't wait until he's a Leaf.

September 16, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

He shoots, he scores

P.K. 'Not Wayne Gretzky' Subban donates $10 million to Montreal Children's Hospital

September 16, 2015 @ 8:23 PM


Well, bad baseball night. My Orioles and Diamondbacks both lost. No good at all. Yes, that's very nice of PK to do that. Very nice of him. PK won't be a Leaf. He's a Hab forever. PK is a good player. He does some stupid things at times though like deliverately hurting Mark Stone's hand, not called for, and it was stupid, but hey, he is usually a good guy and he is a Hab. Anyway, Kean plays in another spiel this weekend. They will win. They should have won the last one as they won everything but the final. Hopefully my Ravens and Cardinals will win this weekend.

September 17, 2015 @ 9:56 AM


Yawn. The daily liberal outrage machine is in full force over the arrest of the Texas student. And of course, Obama jumps on it like a fat kid on a smartie.

Geez, what will it be tomorrow?

September 17, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Why do you politicize everything?

You must admit, it's pretty mind-boggling that they arrested the kid. We should be encouraging his behaviour, not discouraging it.

September 17, 2015 @ 11:41 AM


I'm not - this is not about politics. Its about social media being dominated by white, middle class weenies who have nothing better to do than to be outraged whenever the supposed "oppressed" is supposedly oppressed. Its every bloody day.

September 17, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Ben V

@Argie: Not understanding how this is immediately a liberal thing. People on every side of the political spectrum should be in outrage.

Why people are all over this is because first and foremost it was flat out racism. Then ad to the fact the kid was arrested. Then couple it with the whole incident occurring in a state that has a tendency to be emblematic of intolerance.

I guess the main problem here is how stupid the teacher was. Maybe if they weren't worried about teachers being able to teach creationism vs. actual science she would have known it was a clock and not a bomb.

September 17, 2015 @ 12:59 PM


Its not just about this incident. Its almost every freaking day, there is this sheep-like outrage about something, someone really mean did to some poor soul. It just so happens the majority of the outrage comes from the group I described earlier (it appears you would fit into that group).

So yes, I can assume your twitter outrage was at an all-time high the past few days. So go ahead and swear at me and get even more outraged.

September 17, 2015 @ 2:02 PM


@Argie: I haven't been on twitter in about 4 months and even before that time I didn't tweet regularly.

My outrage was non existent, I laughed at how absolutely sad it is. The states and especially the southern area always trying to convince people they aren't racist and don't have problems. Instead they are like my 75 year old father, who will say something like "I'm not racist, but" which is usually followed by something that is racist or prejudice.

It seems you are more worked up about this than I ever could be.

September 17, 2015 @ 2:46 PM


When the Syrian guy and his kid were tripped by the right-wing ('fascist') news agency photographer there was quite a hysterical nonsense ON TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA... FROM ANYBODY WHO IS A DECENT HUMAN BEING.

September 17, 2015 @ 5:10 PM


Argie, I thought you were leaving this "dying" blog?

September 17, 2015 @ 6:22 PM

Mr Robot


Are you saying if you were on the receiving end of intimidation & harassment you'd just bend over and take it?

September 17, 2015 @ 6:41 PM


I'm outraged, therefore I am.

September 17, 2015 @ 9:49 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Argie has grown on me over the years. I'd hate to lose him.

September 17, 2015 @ 9:55 PM


Not a Babcock fan. Sounds like a big ego. Then again, maybe he's just trying to keep the focus off the players, giving them space to breathe.

September 17, 2015 @ 10:04 PM

Mr Robot

@Toronto Mike

You need Argie because you need the controversy for hits & counter posts lol. I do notice though there are many less characters on this blog. Did they all move to the fucking mountains and get bikes?

September 17, 2015 @ 10:27 PM


Mocking Jesus Christ's outrage at the money lenders.

September 17, 2015 @ 11:09 PM

Mr Robot

If Jesus walked the earth today, he'd be beaten up and arrested by cops after his supporters called the police on him for walking in their 'hood. Suspect has brown skin, long hair, and appears to be under the influence of some drug. BOLO that shit.

September 17, 2015 @ 11:21 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mr. Robot

It has absolutely nothing to do with "hits". "Hits" mean so little to me, I haven't checked traffic stats in over a year.

September 18, 2015 @ 7:14 AM

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