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The Bullshitiest of the TD Canada Trust Fee Increases

I have a bank account with TD Canada Trust, so I've just been informed of a number of fee increases they're introducing March 1, 2016. I received a similar letter from Rogers a few weeks ago, but this is about the bullshitiest of the TD Canada Trust fee increases.


If you cancel an Interac e-Transfer, you'll be charged $5. Interac e-Transfers are a digital means of emailing money, and TD Canada Trust charges $1.50 for the convenience. I'm unaware of any costs associated with cancelling one... this $5 charge smells like bullshit to me.

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This Phil Kessel Chips Joke Writes Itself

Shopping in a German supermarket (or should I say, supermarkt), I came across this display for Kessel Chips. As far as I can tell, Kessel Chips are only available in Germany.


Kessel Chips.... hmmmm.... if only there was a joke in there somewhere...

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In Germany, They Lock Their Bikes to Bikes

Well, they're not locking their bikes to bikes, but locking posts in the shape of a bicycle. This may exist elsewhere, but I've only ever seen it in Germany.


In Denmark, people are so trustworthy, bikes are often only locked to themselves, if they're locked at all. I walked past many a fine bicycle that was only locked to itself so you couldn't ride it, but could easily be picked up and carried.

On the streets of Toronto, those bikes wouldn't last five minutes.

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Open Mike

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Abe Vigoda, Dead at 94

Abe VigodaAbe Vigoda was 94. He played over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather."


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Canadian-Based NHL Teams Suck and Rogers Suffers

I used to read Chris Zelkovich's column in the Star. The Toronto Star decided to eliminate the media critic role, and Zelkovich was cut.

He now writes for Yahoo! (the exclamation mark is necessary) and just published an article about hockey ratings woes at Rogers. As he puts it, "the Canadian-based teams are killing ratings".

With the delightful fall of the Habs, only one Canadian-based team is currently in a playoff position, and that's the Canucks clinging to 8th place in the Western Conference. That's incredible! Here's a screenshot of a very unlikely moment in history.



Rogers in the second year of its 12-year, $5.2 billion deal with the NHL. If no Canadian teams make the playoffs, ratings will take a serious hit, and there's absolutely nothing Rogers can do about it.

Personally, the only Canadian-based NHL team I give a rat's ass about is my Toronto Maple Leafs, and I'm loving the Shanaplan. Everything is going according to plan... I just hope Reimer doesn't steal too many points down the stretch. Just lose, baby... our future depends on it.

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CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 vs. the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays

I received an email from a reader named Billy who has a question for the hivemind.

What is the more impressive line up? CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 or the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays?

The 1997 CFNY 102.1 the Edge lineup was:

Humble and Fred - weekdays 8:30am - 9:20am
Maie Pauts - weekdays 9:20am - 2:00pm
Alan Cross - weekdays 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Live in Toronto - weekdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brother Bill - weekdays 8:00pm - midnight
George Stroumboulopoulos - Monday and Tuesday midnight - 8:30am
Wired for Sound - Tuesday 11:00pm - midnight
The Thursday Thirty - Thursday 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Indie Hour - Thursday 11:00pm - midnight
All Request Breakfast - weekends 9:00am - noon
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Kingdom - Friday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Phoenix - Saturday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from Whiskey Saigon - Sunday9:00pm - 2:00am

The 2015 Blue Jays lineup was:

Ben Revere
Josh Donaldson
Jose Bautista
Edwin Encarnacion
Chris Colabello
Troy Tulowitzki
Russell Martin
Kevin Pillar
Ryan Goins

Leave a comment with your vote!

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Open Mike

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Munenori Kawasaki's Departure

I had read an article yesterday that Munenori Kawasaki was looking to sign with a National League team, so I was ready for the big news my wife gave me this morning.

My wife: Kawasaki is gone. He's a Chicago Cub now.

Me: Good riddance to mediocre ballplayers!

My wife: But he was funny!

Munenori Kawasaki was funny. That's why so many adored him and why so many are saddened today that he's signed with the Cubs. I like Kawasaki as a person, I just don't want him on my major league baseball team.

Munenori Kawasaki was less a key part of a pennant winning team and more of a mascot. And yes, this mascot will be missed.

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Martin Streek Swearing on 102.1 the Edge

When Pete Fowler visited for his appearance on Toronto Mike'd, he told a great story about co-hosting The Thursday 30 with Martin Streek in 1994 when Martin Streek dropped an F-bomb. He even brought in the memo sent by Stu Meyers about this incident. I read this memo in its entirety during this episode with Fowler.

Jason Barr was also witness to this from his perch in Brampton, and he shared his memories of this moment in CFNY history.

And now, thanks to Brother Bill who shared it with Pete Fowler who shared it with me, we have the audio of Martin Streek swearing live on the air at 102.1 the Edge.

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Glenn Frey, Dead at 67

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey was 67. He was a founding member of the Eagles,singing lead on hits such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".

He had a successful solo career as well, recording the hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right".

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"Iron" Mike Sharpe, Dead at 64

"Iron" Mike Sharpe was 64. He wrestled in the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 until his retirement in 1995, billed as "Canada's Greatest Athlete".


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What You See When Things Go Awry

On days like this, I bike east on the Martin Goodman Trail. That cycling trail is actually maintained by the city during the winter, so they plough and salt.

And they really, really salt. I get why they dump so much salt down, as their primary concern is safety, but it's like biking on gravel. I can't tell you how many tubes I've busted from riding on salt.

Today, when I was cycling at lunch, one lane of the trail was ploughed and salted and the other was not. I decided to bike in the unploughed lane. This, it turns out, was a bad decision.

I crashed, creating quite the visual distraction for backed-up motorists on the Gardiner Expressway. Once I realized I hadn't broken any bones, I got up, put the chain back on my bike, and started cycling so the motorists knew I was okay. I was fine, but my bike was not.

With a disabled bike, it was time to start walking west towards home. It was sunny along the waterfront, and for the next 45 minutes, I saw things in a completely different light.

Here's a pic I snapped shortly after falling. It all looked so damn pretty.


Then, there were the low rise apartment complexes along Lake Shore. I had biked by them hundreds of times, but I had never really realized how cool the signage looked. One day, these old signs from a previous era, will be gone.




I often tell motorists that they're missing most of the city by not cycling instead. It turns out, you'll see even more if you go for a walk.

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The Coin Flip Debate and How it Reminds me of Frozen

I didn't watch a minute of NFL football during the regular season, but when a playoff game is close in the fourth quarter, I like to tune in. Last night, Green Bay forced overtime with an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary pass to Jeff Janis. If you missed it, watch it here.

In NFL OT, it's vital you win the coin toss. Winning the coin toss gives you first crack at scoring a touchdown and ending the game. It's sudden death, if you reach the endzone...

The ref showed the coin showing heads, so Rodgers called tails. Apparently, Rodgers has a coin flip strategy to choose the opposite of what it's showing before the flip. But when the ref flipped the coin, the coin did not flip. Check it out below.

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The ref decided to flip it again, this time showing tails. But he didn't let Rodgers call it again. He went with his original call, when the coin was showing heads. As a result, Arizona won the toss, and subsequently the game.

Rodgers feels he should have been able to re-call heads or tails when the ref decided to do a second flip. This is one of those great debates that will feed sports radio across the continent. Ponder it for a second... it's a great one.

And it reminds me of a 5-second scene in Frozen after Elsa froze everything. Two guys are stacking firewood and arguing about whether the wood should be stacked with the bark down or up. This is based on an actual debate in Norway that gripped the nation. Read this article in the New York Times for a little background. Norway seems split on proper firewood stacking technique.

If the ref feels a second coin flip is fair, shouldn't the person calling heads or tails have a chance to call it again? Or, as many are arguing, should the original call stand?

In my humble opinion, Rodgers should have been allowed to call it again. And firewood should be stacked bark down.

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Open Mike

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Alan Rickman, Dead at 69

Alan RickmanAlan Rickman was 69. He's the actor best known as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 156: Mike Richards

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 156In this 156th episode, Mike chats with TSN Radio 1050 morning show host Mike Richards about his years on The Fan 590, The Team, Calgary's FAN 960 and why he chose 1050 over 590. We also discuss TSN Radio ratings, going against Dean Blundell and his battle with rectal cancer. This episode is exactly 1:48:55.

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Canadian Songs to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 42

Yet another Canadian song has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Justin Bieber's Sorry is the current #1 single. What was once a pretty rare event now feels commonplace.

Here's the complete list of 42 Canadian songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo
  2. Cry by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
  3. Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts
  4. Diana by Paul Anka
  5. Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
  6. Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith
  7. Ringo by Lorne Greene
  8. American Woman / No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
  9. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  10. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  11. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
  12. (You're) Having My Baby by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
  13. Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
  14. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  15. Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  16. You Needed Me by Anne Murray
  17. Heaven by Bryan Adams
  18. When I'm With You by Sheriff
  19. Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
  20. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  21. Informer by Snow
  22. All for Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
  23. The Power of Love by Céline Dion
  24. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
  25. Because You Loved Me by Céline Dion
  26. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
  27. One Week by Barenaked Ladies
  28. I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly and Céline Dion
  29. How You Remind Me by Nickelback
  30. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
  31. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
  32. Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
  33. Give It to Me by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
  34. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
  35. What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
  36. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  37. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  38. Rude by MAGIC!
  39. Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  40. What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber
  41. The Hills by The Weeknd
  42. Sorry by Justin Bieber

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Daily Photo: Snow Removal Machine

I snapped this picture the other day, because this snowmelter looked so sad and lonely sitting there by the lake.

Then, right on cue, it snowed.


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Do You Want Free Leafs Tickets?

Ford of Canada has partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs to award 200 tickets for every home game. I scored a couple of these tickets last season and my daughter and I had a blast. Nothing makes a kid happier than free all-you-can-eat popcorn.

Here we are, guests of the Ford Fanatic last season. Don't we look happy?


Just follow @TheFordFanatic on Twitter and you could score yourself one of those 200 tickets to every home game. You simply cannot beat that price.

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Things That Have To Be Handled Before a Trip to Canada

For most people, being able to take a vacation is an ideal way to reduce the amount of stress that they have in their life. In order to have a great vacation, a person will need to ensure all of their plans are made well in advance. If you are planning a trip to Canada, a person will need to make sure that they do not have any felonies on their records. If they do, then contacting the team at nationalpardon.org is the best course of action. The following are some of the things that a person will need to consider before heading out on a trip to Canada.

Making Sure that Their Reservations are Secure
The first thing that a person will have to do in order to have a great travel experience is to make sure that their travel reservations are booked and correct. Neglecting to make sure that these elements are in place can lead to a very bad travel experience. The time that is put into calling and double checking on your hotel and flight arrangements will more than pay off in the end.

Ensuring Your Criminal History Does Not Interfere
Not being able to enter Canada due to a criminal record can be a very embarrassing and disheartening experience. The only way to ensure that this does not happen is by checking into getting a pardon. This may require you to get some professional assistance. The more you are able to find out about this process, the easier you will be able to find out about what can be done to rid your record of the offense that you have been charged with. The right professionals will be able to get you the help that you need to get in the country and enjoy your vacation.

Make Sure you Have Transportation
Another very important thing that you have to consider when trying to have the right travel experience is getting the right mode of transportation to use while in Canada. Things in this part of the world are usually pretty far apart, which means that you will have to get a car or truck to get around in. Paying money for a rental will more than pay off due to the convenience that it can offer. The time and effort that is put into finding the right rental is well worth the energy that is invested.

By planning out your getaway in detail, you will be able to avoid having problems that can take away from the good time that you have.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155: Barry Taylor

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155In this 155th episode, Mike chats with Barry Taylor about David Bowie, his years on 102.1 the Edge, why he was fired, his work at Y108, his stand-up career and his Raptors podcast. This episode is exactly 1:00:28.

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David Bowie, Dead at 69

David BowieDavid Bowie was 69. He was the legendary musician who excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He had a string of hits, from "Space Oddity" and "Rebel Rebel" to "Young Americans" and "Fame". Then, there's his beloved collaborations, "Under Pressure" with Queen and "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby.

In a bizarre coincidence, Emm Gryner visited on Saturday and we spoke at length about her singing and playing keyboards in David Bowie's band. She also worked with Chris Hadfield on his cover of "Space Oddity". Hear that episode here.

I'm looking forward to this #bowie

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Tips on Finding the Right Jewelry Store

One of the best ways to enhance your personal appearance is by getting some great looking jewelry. There are a number of jewelry pieces out there and choosing the right one will take some time and effort. The last thing you want to do is go out and not have an idea of what you want or who you are going to buy from. Getting the right jewelry is a process and in order to complete it you will have to do some homework. Here are some tips to use when trying to find the right jewelry store, like Randor, in your area.

Do They Know Their Product?
The first thing to consider when trying to find the right jewelry store is the knowledge they have regarding the products at their disposal. The more they are able to tell you about a particular product, the easier you will find it to get what you want. For most who are new to the world of jewelry, finding some assistance is needed in order to get the right pieces. Finding a professional who has knowledge and experience can make this process go much easier.

The Variety They Have
Another very important factor to think about when trying to find the right jeweler is the variety they have to offer. The last thing anyone wants is to have the same old run of the mill jewelry. In order to get the great pieces you are looking for, you will have to find a professional who has a great deal of selection and experience. The more you are able to find out about the jeweler and what they can offer you, the better equipped you will be to find the right one in your area.

Can They Customize?
Yet another very important thing you need to think about when trying to find the right jeweler is their ability to customize pieces for you. The only way you will be able to get the pieces you want is by having them made from scratch. The time and money you put into this process will be well worth it when you are able to get the best pieces out there. Make sure you get a look at a jewelers previous customized work before making a decision. This will allow you to get the right decision made and get the pieces you want in the process.

The investment that you make in a new and high-quality ring will more than pay off due to the length of time you will get to keep it.

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Toronto Mike'd Named a Top Podcast of 2015

Sean Fitzgerald wrote a piece for 24 Hour Toronto entitled "Cheers for your ears: Top podcasts of 2015". In it, he listed the top Toronto podcasts to check out in 2016.

Between Geeks & Beats and Taggart & Torrens you'll find Toronto Mike'd.


It's an honour being named one of Toronto's elite eight podcasts.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 154: Emm Gryner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 154In this 154th episode, Mike chats with singer-songwriter Emm Gryner about her work with David Bowie, Chris Hadfield and Trent Severn, her role in One Week, and her song Visiting Hours about my dear friend Mike Kic. This episode is exactly 51:05.

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Blue Jays trade Ben Revere to Nationals for Drew Storen

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired relief pitcher Drew Storen from the Washington Nationals in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later. The Nationals will also send cash to the Blue Jays in the deal.

Revere was a fun addition down the stretch and a key part of that team that stole our hearts, so no doubt he'll be missed, but we need help in the bullpen. Drew Storen is help in the bullpen.

Storen, 28, appeared in 58 games for the Nationals last season, recording 29 saves with a 3.44 ERA, adding 67 strikeouts in 55 innings. In 2014, the six-foot-one right-hander posted a 1.12 ERA, to lead all National League relievers. He has 95 career saves over his six seasons, with a career-high 43 in 2011.

I like this deal.

USP MLB: ALCS-Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Roy

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The Best Entertainment at Canadian Casinos this Winter

Many people don’t actually realise that some of the top casinos in Canada are also home to plenty of other entertainment-based attractions as well as some of the best slot and table game action around. Some of these amazing venues regularly hold big ticket events such as concerts, shows and other variety performances. We take a look at a variety of the very best on offer at Canadian casinos this winter.

The lively nightlife in Vancouver will once more be animated this winter and many of the casinos around town will be offering some fantastic live entertainment. Canadian musician and songwriter Burton Cummings will be performing with his band at the River Rock Casino in British Columbia just outside Vancouver. The veteran rock star, famed for his hits performed with Canadian rock band The Guess Who, will be playing a set just in time for New Years which will feature a number of hits from across the decades which will no doubt keep patrons entertained.


Montreal is the home of the famed Casino Du Quebec which always has a show or two to keep its visitors happy. Performances that range from a variety of different musical acts and talents and ones that will appease a number of musical tastes such as fans of pop, electronica and more. This December saw their performance hall visited by the popular Michael Jackson tribute act the Forever Michael show as well as Canadian singer Martine St. Clair performing a number of seasonal songs for the festive period. And there’s plenty more to look forward to in the coming weeks.


These two Winnipeg-based casino venues are located within a stones throw of each other and often have plenty of wintertime entertainment on their schedules to thrill their guests with. Earlier this month there were comedy shows as well as a 70’s-based musical tribute act from ABBAmania and on New Years Eve those lucky enough to be in attendance will get to enjoy the always busy Danny Kramer Dance Band who’ll be helping you to dance the night away right into the early hours of 2016. You can of course check out the Royal Vegas casino blog for all the latest casino news or even head to the official casino sites to see their winter show schedules.

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Open Mike

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Mike Cooper Retiring from 98.1 CHFI

I used to listen to Mike Cooper on 680 CFTR. I'm too young to remember the heydays of CHUM. Legend has it the man rode a ferris wheel at the CNE for 21 days. This past decade, Coop has co-hosted with Erin Davis, first at EZ Rock and then at CHFI. Regardless of your age, you likely remember Mike Cooper on Toronto radio.

Coop is signing off as co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s Erin and Mike in the Morning on January 29, 2016. Here's why, in his own words.

I’ve taken care of millions of people over the years and now it’s time to take care of one – my beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Debbie. It’s been an honour to be a part of the Rogers family at CHFI working alongside my dear friend Erin Davis for the past 10 years.

Coop will be missed, but who will take his coveted spot alongside Erin Davis? Darren B. Lamb recently left the CHUM-FM morning show and promised he's resurface soon. This could very well be that. Erin and Darren has a nice ring to it. And of course Maddog recently showed up on-air at CHFI for the New Year's Eve show. He's a long-time Toronto morning man without a home.

Speculate with me and share your Coop stories below. Meanwhile, here's some classic Cooper from his CFTR days. I'm hoping to get him on Toronto Mike'd for a proper send-off!

Update: It will indeed be Darren B. Lamb replacing Mike Cooper on the new Erin & Darren In The Morning on 98.1 CHFI.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153: Stu Jeffries

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153In this 153rd episode, Mike chats with radio personality and television host Stu Jeffries about Good Rockin' Tonight, Switchback, Acting Crazy, his work with Colleen Rusholme at Country 95.3 and EZ Rock and his very cool story of rebirth at Boom. This episode is exactly 1:15:46.

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Pat Harrington, Jr., Dead at 86

Pat Harrington, Jr.Pat Harrington, Jr. was 86. He was the actor best known for his role as building superintendent "Schneider" on the sitcom One Day at a Time.


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Who Wants My Hard Core Logo and Nirvana Books?

I have a copy of Nick Craine's Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks. I received it in '97 but it's in great condition. I also have a big book on Nirvana by Jeremy Dean. I received that one in '96.

Here are pics of the books. If you want them, and can meet me along the Waterfront Trail or Humber River, they're yours. Just let me know in the comments and I'll email you to arrange the exchange.


It's not the world that's heavy, it's the things that you save.
- Pearl Jam, Drifting

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Daily Photo: Winter Riding

Daily Photo: Winter Riding

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Of Curried Soul and Edwin Starr

I was just watching the Raptors lose to the Bulls, and caught a Gatorade ad featuring Usain Bolt, Dwayne Wade and others called "Moving the Game Forward". As ads go, it was pretty cool, but it was the distinctive music that captured my attention. I was hearing "Curried Soul" by Moe Koffman, a song I know best as the theme for CBC Radio's As It Happens. It's also the spiritual inspiration for the only theme song my podcast has ever had. Here's the Gatorade ad.

I was sure that was "Curried Soul", but I was wrong. It's actually Edwin Starr's "25 Miles", a hit in 1968. Here's that song.

I always assumed Moe Koffman's "Curried Soul" was an original composition in 1970, but it sounds eerily similar to "25 Miles". Here's "Curried Soul" so you can judge for yourself.

To make things even more interesting, it seems Edwin Starr had to share credit with Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy who wrote "32 Miles out of Waycross" by Hoagy Lands. This song was also recorded as "Mojo Mama" by Wilson Picket in 1967, which you can hear here.

To summarize:

  • Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy write "32 Miles out of Waycross", recorded by Hoagy Lands in 1967. It's also known as "Mojo Mama", recorded by Wilson Picket that same year.
  • A year later, Edwin Starr has a hit with "25 Miles" but the similarities were so significant, he had to give Berns and Ragovoy writing credit.
  • In 1970, Moe Koffman releases "Curried Soul", a song best known as the As It Happens theme. Koffman is listed as the song's only writer.

And I disappeared down this rabbit hole because I caught an ad for a sports drink.

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In 2016, I Hope People Return to Blogging

I just got off the phone with an old friend who is planning on resurrecting his old blog. He's a great writer, so I'm just excited he'll be producing long-form written content again.

At some point, several years ago, blogs were declared "dead". Social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter took over as the platform of choice for independents. "Micro-blogging" was done on proprietary platforms owned by others, and one-by-one, indie blogs dried up and died.

Blogs allow someone to own their space on the web. It's your domain name. In this space, you can create long-form content, take deep dives when deep dives are necessary, all with proper HTML linkage indexed for search by Google and the like.

This isn't an anti-social media entry. As a fervent tweeter, I have the utmost respect for social media's role in our web-based lives. Social media is best used to drive traffic to your blog, not replace your blog.

I miss blogs. In 2016, it's my hope that more people return to blogging.

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Cycling: December 2015 vs. December 2014

This is it. It's the last month-over-month cycling comparison I'm going to post. I surpassed my 2015 goal of 5000 KM way back in September, but I felt like I should see this through until the end of the year.

December was awesome for cycling. Most days felt more like October with unseasonably warm climes. I only had to skip one day because of the weather, and that was Tuesday.

December 2015: 692.03 KM


December 2014: 511.13 KM


As mentioned, I finished 2015 at 7551.79 KM. We now return to our regular programming.

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Natalie Cole, Dead at 65

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole was 65. She followed her father Nat King Cole into the music business with hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Unforgettable.”

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Wayne Rogers, Dead at 82

Wayne RogersWayne Rogers was 82. His Trapper John character on M*A*S*H was my very favourite in that excellent series.


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New Year's Day Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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