Thursday, June 30, 2005

Calgary Sun Columnist: Kevin Martin - Teens left vulnerable

Uhm, so let me get this straight. I can troll a local high school, get the confidence of that group of cheerleaders and make nasty with them all; no offence. However, if I took a picture or videotape of the event, I could be jailed for up to ten years?

And we think the US has some stupid laws?

Calgary Sun Columnist: Kevin Martin - Teens left vulnerable

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

TC nearly entered this school as it was on her short list.

Let's not imagine what would have happened if this occurred while she was there or, God forbid, it happened to her. Soemthing is seriously wrong in this city, this country, this planet!


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto teacher arrested for sexual assault, Mario Rossi, 54, 33 Division

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 4:21 PM
33 Division

A teacher at Senator O'Connor College School was arrested on Monday, June 27, 2005, for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his students.

It is alleged that:

- a 14-year-old female student was sexually assaulted by the suspect,

- the incident took place at Senator O'Connor College School, located at 5 Avonwick Gate in Toronto.

The accused is Mario Rossi, 54, of Toronto. He has been charged with Sexual Exploitation.

Rossi has been a teacher since 1975.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, August 5, 2005, at 1000 Finch Ave West, room 301 at 2 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Toronto Police Service, 33 Division Youth Services, at 416-808-3305 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

Constable Isabelle Cotton, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Rick Franklin, 33 Division


A wonderful site on security.


WTF is wrong with people today?

Below is a copy and paste of an email I receive daily now. Call it a strange obsession, call it odd or simply call it wanting to be more informed than the hunt and peck style of reporting that typical media delivers to us. There is a lot more shit going on in this city than people realize and I know for a fact (due to select sources) that these bulletins are still only a tenth of what goes on everyday. If you are interested in what happens daily in the t-dot, leave a comment and I will post the link where you can subscribe to get it.

For now, read this story and tell me how they were pulling me off of him as I beat his dumb, sick ass into a pulp. Parents, get a grip and ensure your kids know the rules AND follows them. And enough with leaving them to their own devices. You are not being nosy, you are being a parent. It's your job and your responsibility until, as you taught them, they can do it on their own.

And if TC is reading this, know that until you turn of age (32?), your mum and I will be on your ass to ensure that no one else is. Capische? Good!


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Male arrested for Sexual Assault, Theodore Beckford, 18

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - 2:29 PM
Sex Crimes Unit

The Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit would like to thank The Eaton’s Centre Security staff for their assistance in the investigation and identification of a man alleged to have committed sexual assault.

On Friday, June 24, 2005, an 11-year-old boy was in the company of an adult friend and his older sibling at the Eaton’s Centre for a publicity event.

It is alleged that:

-the 11 year-old-boy was standing in line for an event and was befriended by a man who engaged him in conversation,
-the adult friend left the line for a short period of time to purchase a disposable camera and reminded the children not to speak with strangers,
-the boy needed to use the washroom but didn’t want to lose his place in line,
-the man offered to escort the boy to the washrooms,
-while in the washroom the man sexually assaulted the boy.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2005, Theodore Beckford, 18, was arrested as a result of investigation and with corporate partnership assistance. Beckford is charged with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, and two counts of Fail to Comply with Probation.

He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street West, room 101 at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

The Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit, in partnership with Eaton’s Centre security staff, is asking for the public’s assistance in providing any information that they may have regarding the offence.

We would like to remind the community to be ever diligent in taking safety precautions at all times and locations with their children. A person is still a stranger even after just meeting them and you should not attend any location alone with them.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Acting Staff Inspector Gordon Whealy, Sex Crimes Unit


Friendship among women:

A woman doesn't come home at night. The next day she tells her husband she slept over at a friend's house. The man calls his wife's 10 best friends. None of them know about it.

Friendship among men:

A man doesn't come home at night. The next day he tells his wife he slept over at a friend's house. The woman calls her husbands 10 best friends. 8 of them say he did sleep over and 2 claim he's still there.

Thanks to JT

Sun cools down Linux desktop plan

So, exactly what direction is SUN going in? Could it be that their compass is broken?

Sun cools down Linux desktop plan

Being Batman -

So, you have some cash and some spare time to kick around and decided that "volunteer superhero" needed to be added to your resume? Read on.

Being Batman -

Wild Party

A man standing in line at a check out counter of a grocery store was very surprised when a very attractive woman behind him said, "Hello!" Her face was beaming. He gave her that "who are you look," and couldn't remember ever having seen her before. Then, noticing his look, she figured she had made a mistake and apologized.

"Look," she said "I'm really sorry but when I first saw you, I thought you were the father of one of my children," and walked out of the store.

The guy was dumbfounded and thought to himself, "What the hell is the world coming to?? Here is an attractive woman who can't keep track of who fathers her children!"
Then he got a little panicky. "I don't remember her," he thought but, MAYBE....during one of the wild parties he had been to when he was in college, perhaps he did father her child!

He ran from the store and caught her in the parking lot and asked, "Are you the girl I met at a party in college and then we got really drunk and had wild crazy sex on the pool table in front of everyone?"

"No", she said with a horrified look on her face. "I'm your son's second grade teacher!"

Thanks to Redsometimes for her submission.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room,"Why are you down here at this time of night?"

The husband looks up from his coffee, "I am just remembering when we first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you remember back then?" he says solemnly.

The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring, so sensitive. "Yes, I do" she replies.

The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?"

"Yes, I remember," said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continues. "Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?"

"I remember that too" she replies softly.

He wipes another tear from his cheek and says..."I would have gotten out today."


Little Buckwheat

Little Buckwheat

A teacher in a one-room schoolhouse arrives one morning to find a nice red apple on her desk with a tag tied to it saying T.O.T. Knowing that she had some not-so-nice pranksters in her class, she cautiously asked "Can someone explain what T.O.T.
means?" Mary in the front row raised her hand to explain it means "To Our Teacher."

The next morning the teacher finds a bigger and prettier apple than the day before. This time there is a tag with T.O.T.W.L. written on it. She asks for an explanation for this note and little Johnny waves his hand to explain "That means "To Our Teacher With Love".

The next morning she arrives to find a great big watermelon sitting on her desk with a tag saying "F.U.C.K." Her jaw drops and she screams "Who can explain this?" Little Buckwheat in the back row raises his hand and says, that means "From Us Colored Kids!"

Snow in Jamaica

A lady goes on vacation to Jamaica. Upon arriving, she meets a black man, and after a night of passionate love making she asks him, "What is your name?"

"I can't tell you" the black man says.

Every night they meet and every night she asks him again what his name is and he always responds the same, he can't tell her. On her last night there she asks again, "Can you please tell me your name?"

I can't tell you my name because you will laugh at me." says the black man.

"There is no reason for me to laugh at you," the lady says.

"Fine, my name is Snow!" the black man replies.

And the lady bursts into laughter, the black man gets mad and says, "I knew you would make fun of it".

The lady replied, "I'm not making fun of your name. I'm thinking of my husband who won't believe me when I tell him that I had 10 inches of Snow everyday in Jamaica!"


Thanks to HS for this bit of smile.

Monday, June 27, 2005

ThinkGeek :: iGuy

Have you got an iPod? Well here is a nice functional item to make yours unique. Don't have an iPod? Then maybe this will help you go get one. What are ya waiting for?

ThinkGeek :: iGuy

ThinkGeek :: Retro Phone Handset

You know you want one just to make those goofs stare at you on the TTC. You may get a few stares down Yonge street as well but they will probably chalk it up to your escaping 1100 Queen Street West.

ThinkGeek :: Retro Phone Handset

A little bit of luck.

This weekend was pretty much like most in terms of how busy we were with running about. The slight and welcomed difference was in the luck we had during that time.

On Saturday, one of our somewhat quarterly No-Limit Hold 'Em tournaments were played. Since we have been joining these, there have been 8-10 of them and only on the first one was I on the last table (the one where you can collect money) while we came close or totally buested out the rest of times; until this one, that is.

I was playing as tight as a frog's ass underwater and with some very timely waves of luck (my apologies to Charlie and the three Queenly stingers I delivered him), I mangaged to keep rising back like the Phonix from the ashes of bad hands and ill conceived decisions. If I was on the receiving end, I too would have been pissed. In the end, I made a thousand dollar decision in the wrong favour. I went in on a marginal hand that I was holding almost all night and it got beat by an overpair on the flop. Such is life and I still left happy with second place out of 35 players.

On Sunday, DW sat down and went through our stack of retirement fund pledges and found that we were two number shy of retirment. DAMN! We got five out of seven numbers in Friday's Super 7 draw which helped to offset some weekend spending. To come out of the weekend no worse (and maybe a little up) than when we entered is never a bad thing. Hopefully it is an omen for the rest of the week.

May you all have similiar luck this week. Ciao.

Raptors' GM make the easiest moves look complicated.


(June 27, 2005) -- The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised their contract option on forward Chris Bosh. Bosh is now signed with the team through the 2006-07 season. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Chris showed tremendous development both as a player and a leader last season," said Rob Babcock, Raptors general manager. "He has proven to be a key performer for us and we look forward to even bigger things from him in years to come."


(June 24, 2005) -- The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have extended a qualifying offer to forwards Matt Bonner and Pape Sow making them restricted free agents. This provides the Raptors with the right to match any offer for Bonner and Sow's services.

Bonner, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, averaged 7.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.9 minutes in 82 games with Toronto last season. He was acquired from the Chicago Bulls during the 2003 NBA Draft in exchange for a second-round pick.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Memed by a cyclist!

In the immortal words of Bill Murray, "I've been slimed!" OK, no green mucus like material was involved, but it was close.

1. Total amount of music on computer?
It does not specify ripped CDs or total MP3s and other. So, I will say that we have not finished ripping our CDs, but we have over 20GBs ripped at 128KBs. We also have another 8GBs of MP3s that are typically rare remixes and such that one typically does not find on retail CDs. If we can, I would add in another 12 CDs full of various albums and MP3 rarities.

2. CD you last bought?
The last CD we bought was at the Best Buy; Grammy Nominees 2005. I think we got another one at the same time but I do not remember. We always get the Grammy disc because it has such a wide variety of music on it.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
It was an old school disc by the TKO sound crew. Uhm, I think it was either Anita Ward's Ring My Bell or Earth, Wind and Fire's September.

4. 5 songs you often listen to, or which mean a lot to you? Bloody Hell. Hmmmm, okay here goes my shot at it:

a) Son of a Gun - from the All For You album, Janet Jackson. This is one of those songs I use when I need to drive or want to drive quickly. Heavy bass beats on the two extra remixed versions at the end of the CD+DVD version are worth the extra coin. Missy E and P. Diddy lend a helping hand (Puffy's version is nicer).

b) I love old House music (that would be the heavy bass kind, not the bullshit, stupid dance, repetitive, screechy kind they dare to call house music nowadays). So, stuff like Set It Off and One Nation Under the Groove are also automobile favourites.

c) EVERY single song by Sade, but especially,...hmmm, I thought I could pin down one or two songs but I cannot. Sade is the person I listen to when I want the world to just go away. As a young adult, I used to snap on the headphones, crank it up and lie in front of the stereo with my eyes closed. Anyone needing me would have to go into the basement and tap me because I heard nothing and saw nothing when I was in that world. I was fortunate to see her in concert at Canada's Wonderland with the Digable Planets opening for her. The openers were weak, but when her sultry, bare-footed self sauntered on stage, I forgot my friend and my ex-wife sitting beside me. It was all about Sade!

d) Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden. And now we have the sentimental choice. This is one of many songs DW would send to me in our early days of courting. It really says it all and remains true to our love today. Ok, start sobing now.

e) UB40 songs, especially Here I Am (Come And Take Me), are special to me because I used to play them all the time when TC was still in the womb and afterwards as I zoomed up the DVP in my Nissan 280Z with the music cranked up (not enough to deafen the baby but enough to give her a sense of rhythm).

I enjoyed this walk down memory lane, but I am all tagged out so I won't tag anyone else for now.

Friday, June 24, 2005 - Exclusive Holographic Princess Leia Comic-Con 2005 Figure w/ Collector Case

I'll take the set of M&M plush body figures, an authentic lightsaber and a Darth Vader voice changer to go please. - Exclusive Holographic Princess Leia Comic-Con 2005 Figure w/ Collector Case

[Full-disclosure] Defeating Microsoft WGA Validation Check

So, you have a legitmate copy of Windows, but you refuse to play Bill, Steve and company's little "validation and verification" game (otherwise known as Orwell's Revenge)? Then read on happy campers and know that there is help on the way.

[Full-disclosure] Defeating Microsoft WGA Validation Check

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Janet Jackson

This is an interesting set of reviews on Ms. Jackson's musicology. I do not necessarily agree with some of the comments made, but I am admittedly biased as a big fan of hers. Not every song is a hit for sure, but as albums go, Janet's tend to be a lot more enjoyable stem to stern than other people's.

Janet Jackson

Happy Birthday, Pacman!

CANOE -- WHAM! gaming

Looking for more African pics?

I've invited my friend, English, to post some more of her great pics onto my photoblog.

Nevermind, I ran across some dinner in the take-out line. Posted by Hello

Damn, dinner is too far away and it is way to hot to run something down. Hmmm, waitaminit, I think I hear dinner approaching from the rear. Mmmmm, I do love foreign food. Posted by Hello

Welcome back, English!

Thanks to my friend, English, at the job. She recently returned from an African journey and this is one of many really cool pictures. She says she took this in the Serengetti. Posted by Hello

The Drinks Show | North America's Only Interactive Cocktail Show is Back!

Do I really have to say it? Fine, I'll see you there! Happy now? No? Well, meet me there and you certainly will be. :)

The Drinks Show | North America's Only Interactive Cocktail Show is Back!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Surely you remember it?

C'mon now, it's like mom's apple pie, riding a bike, your first kiss and loads of other stuff form your childhood. And how can you forget some of the coolest commercials ever made for TV? Ah well, maybe this website will help if you have forgotten. - Home of General Mills' Chex Cereals and the Original Chex Party Mix

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Friday, June 17, 2005

I'm a geek, so sue me!

J!NX - Gamer Geek Hacker Computer Nerd T-Shirts TShirts T-Shirt TShirt Shirts Shirt Hats Sweatshirts Clothes Clothing Gaming Hacking

Harry Potter will not go electric

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Biz Tech J.K. Rowling refuses electronic editions for Potter books

Cannot wait till the technology filters to consumers

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Internet Army troops to get flex plastic solar

More VOIP news

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Tech At Home Watch out Vonage, here come the big guns

Free laptop phone calls for everyone!

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Tech At Home Let your laptop do the dialing

This giant "laser" will be placed on the moon.

We will call it a "Death Ray" or maybe the "Alan Parson Project".

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Biz Tech Plans for giant U.S. laser threatened

It's about frickin' time!

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Internet Tsunami warning system in place in Sumatra by year end

Microchip could be used in balls

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Internet Microchip could be used in World Cup balls

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Internet Hackers break controls on new PSP

SUHWEEEEET. Of course, as much as I want one, I won't buy it till the price drops... considerably.

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Internet Hackers break controls on new PSP

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Hackers access major credit card bureau

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Hackers access major credit card bureau

Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

New blog addition

I would like to welcome Tremble to the right side column. Thanks to PS and Cricket for introducing me to this site.

Besides the title, this show is alright.

People competing for money is always a good thing when the money will be going to a charity. That is the premise of this new mid-season NBC show that pits former pop and rock superstars (and one/two hit wonders) against each other in a revival and/or renuion of their careers.

They play two songs each; the first is one of their most popular hits, the second is a hit of the modern era. It has been an interesting miz as people put their own spin on known current hits. Sometimes the results are so good you think it should be definitely recorded (think Whitney Houston's renditition of Dolly Parton's I will always love you quality of cover). Hardaway did a decent job of Twitney Spears' Toxic. Other efforts just should not have been attempted. Vanilla Ice (yes, the white boy rapper with the sharp haircut and parachute pants), now covered in tatoos, did a strange riff of Destiny's Child's Survivor.

In any case, as was the winning Mr. Ice, it is the audience that chooses whose charity gets the twenty large ($20,000 for you lay folks). He rocked the house right and was rewarded. It was nice to see some of the other people and groups that formed my Eighties musical growth back performing. Arrested Development (the first week's winner), The Knack, Tiffany, The Motels, Vanilla Ice, Hardaway and more. Coming up, acts include Cameo and more.

This show is actuaql worth watching and is the added reward for the performing artists. Some of them have admitted to be looking to start up again in music. So, it is win win; a charity gets money and some artists get exposure. Frankly, as my buddy A-L and I were discussing last night, we would be happy with an 80s-palooza type show where each old group did a set of three to five songs over a course of three days. I think there is a market for it and I wish I knew how to make it happen.

maybe I can task my LB with all of his contacts to ty to put it together. I don't want a cut (if it his him doing it), just the music. the sweet, sweet, music.

Ciao. > Hit Me Baby One More Time

Free-for-all Firewalls - Yahoo! News

Protect yourself or pay loads of money to people like me and the Geek Squad to fix things after the bad people ruin your computer.

Free-for-all Firewalls - Yahoo! News

US-CERT Cyber Security Tip ST04-016 -- Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware

US-CERT Cyber Security Tip ST04-016 -- Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware

How to Remove Spyware and Malware from a Windows computer

How to Remove Spyware and Malware from a Windows computer

Where is the trust anymore?

How are you supposed to trust a site that hosts software to help us, if this sort of thing happens? One can only freeze out the lower guys to go with a more established name to try to ensure real solutions. Maybe that was the intent. Maybe this is a conspiracy by the larger companies? Oh my, they're taking over!!!

Mobile Trojan Masquerades As Anti-Virus Software - Yahoo! News

Software for Cheapskates - Yahoo! News

The title should bring a tear to the eye of my good friend in BF country. :)

If you havean old PC gathering dust in a corner, free (or nearly free) software tends to run without the M$-bloat found in so much other software so most will run on older hardware that has been long forgotten by the next new.


Software for Cheapskates - Yahoo! News

Halifax Info - Halifax Regional Municipality Visitor Information Halifax Nova Scotia

In the spirit of Penny Shagwell and Mossy Stone's visit.

Halifax Info - Halifax Regional Municipality Visitor Information Halifax Nova Scotia

Do we blame Donald for this?

Or, do we chalk it up to simply being that some people have no business going on these rides? Unfortunately, some people with undiagnosed issues are going to die on these high thrill rides because they have no prior information that says they whould not be on them. I would not blame the theme parks for that. In this age of the quick lawsuit, I am sure that big parks make every precaution to not have any accidents. it would be very foolish for them otherwise.

Still, that knowledge is of little comfort to a dead innocent child and the grieving family. Our hearts go out to them.


Print Story: Disney World: Ride Safe, Running Normally on Yahoo! News

Woman Wins $1M Lottery for 2nd Time in '05 on Yahoo! News

I can barely get back my *%^$*&%^&*^ money form the thing. My retirement plans are not going very well so far. :(

Print Story: Woman Wins $1M Lottery for 2nd Time in '05 on Yahoo! News

Guess who seems to have bought a *$*^%*&(&^( clue?

Hey Michael, it seems that the hospital finally removed the huge ball of wax out of your ear. You can actually hear what people have been telling you for years now; it is unnatural for a grown man to sleep with children and not be perceived in a certain way! Three jurors stated that they believed you didle children, just not this one. Are ya getting buddy? Are you have a divine moment of clarity?

Continue to do the good that you do for the kids; nobody has remotely suggested to stop that. Continue to be generous with your time and money; nobody has asked that you stop that either. But for the love of whomever you door-knocking irritants keep holy, when you're feeling a touch of the randiness, go find yourself a willing lass (lots of little sickso would love to get a closer look at those "pole"r discolourations of yours) or just hit a dude ranch and round up some hookers like real men do.

And parents, stop whoring your kids (if he is indeed a diddler) for that new car, vacation or whatever makes you sleep well at night for selling their innocence off (if he is indeed a diddler).

Now, let's move on and hope his next album is much better than the last.

Lawyer: Jackson Won't Share Room With Kids - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Techconnect Magazine - Bill Gates not as appealing as Britney Spears

Discuss Posted by: igor on June 14, 2005 21:09 Discuss Discuss here

Apparently, the most-used celebrity name to baptise new viruses no longer it Bill Gates, but pop star Britney Spears. MS Bill still holds a strong lead, ahead of Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Pamela Anderson, amongst others.

So, wintel hackers no longer consider Bill to be sexier than Britney, which is a development we can only applaud. Eventually, this may lead to dating, and a reduction of computer virus production, and a better world.

So, wintel hackers no longer consider Bill to be sexier than Britney, which is a development we can only applaud. Eventually, this may lead to dating, and a reduction of computer virus production, and a better world."

Welcome back Zen Master!

Hmmm, so it seems that hell can indeed freeze over. Somehow Phil and Kobe have agreed to work together for the next three years. Phil needs another championship to pass Red Auerbach for the all time number of wins by a coach (nine). I am sure the rumoured ten million a year he will be earning does not hurt either.

The Lakers needed to get a proper coach in place so that the focus was back on the players and the spotlight could shine upon those not producing. They need to make some changes and some moves because he will be stuck at nine rings with this current motley crew. Let's face it, having a shaw or a Tim Duncan is not enough to win, as Miami found out. The problem is that they have less than what they need before adding that impact center so they start disadvantaged to begin with.

It will be interesting times ahead. No matter what though, it is nice to see Phil back at the helm. Even if it is with the (ack!) Los Angeles Lakers. - Jackson apparently healthy

Wow. Ben who?

Look, Ben johnson was a cheater, there is no denying the facts, but the guy was railroaded and hung out to dry by my peers, his government and his country in a way that child molesters and rapists don't get put out there. And no, I am not overstating this. Look up all the articles and all the media coverage and you will see that I am right. Did the dod the same to Mark McGuire when he admitted to using enhancements? Nope. And do I rreally have to spell out the reasons why?

Well today, Jamiaca is not only the land of Jah, the land of righteous weed and the home of reggae. It is now the home of the fastest human on the planet! Congratulations and see you at the Olympics. Just don't *&^$*&% it up. - Jamaican breaks Montgomery's record

For you camera hobbyists.

Rob Galbraith DPI: Microsoft announces RAW viewing PowerToy for Windows XP

Let the blame game begin. Let the tragedy teach!

We eventual want a house that can hold all of our crap (less the crap we really should get rid of) and we would very much like that house to have a pool. The issues with pools, besides the maintenace and energy in heating and upkeep, is safety. There is supposed to be a proper fence, that auto locks, around the pool. One should keep all toys out of the pool so that kids are not tempted to go in to retrieve them. Since the technology exists, why not set one of those floating alarms in the water to notify someone when something falls into the water (like a helpless child)?

Too many children are dying each year in pool and other water related incidents. I say incidents and not accidents because most of these "acdcidents" could have been easily prevented. You hate to jump on the parents and people in charge of the kids at the time but really, who else do you hold responsible?

In this story, the place they were at CLEARLY states that there are no lifeguards and that the parents are solely responsible for lookign after their kids. Well, like so many tv tube watching kids, their parents were not paying attention and all three boys end up in deep water and were drowning before someone noticed one of the boys and dragged him out. Then and only then did someone say there were two more brothers. These two were also brought out of the water and CPR was performed on all of them. One is in fair condition now.

The other two have died; one succumbed at the time of the tragedy, the other succumbed after a battle in the hospital to save him. As a parent, one is always trying to ensure that your children do not die before you. You would lay down your life to save them without hesitation. A little diligence would have prevented this family tragedy. Now, they have lost two sons and the surviving son has lost his two older brothers.

He is going to need a lot of therapy in the years to come. Let's home they can prevent a third tragedy in the family in the future when what is lost today fully hits this eight year old.

Parents, watch you kids! Accidents are simply events that could have been prevented. Don't let something happen to your family that I have to blog about later. Don't let this kind of pain happen to you and yours.


CANOE -- CNEWS - Canada: Second boy dies after brother drowns

Bloody took them long enough!

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Ericsson launches technology to let air travellers use cellphones

And he was trying to help!

Stories like this make me think twice about confronting your average driver and especially about doing so at night. These punks are cowards nowadays and are too ready to shoot you without so much as a second thought. You're damn right I take pause who I toss a bird to or who I might get out of the car to yell at.

CNEWS Toronto man, 33, shot in east-end laneway after trying to help teenager

CNEWS Court allows Ontario gov't to appeal ruling on 407 ETR's right to set tolls

This issue is a holdover from one &^%(*&%^* up Conservative government. Let's hope that this wrong can be made right very soon. DW could really use some relief on the highways and for all the rants against it, the 407 is a godsend many days to bypass the crap on the 401. It just would be nice to afford to use it more regularly.

CNEWS Court allows Ontario gov't to appeal ruling on 407 ETR's right to set tolls

When will people learn?

This is a very sad story but it is a hard lesson learned. The law requiring the use of seatbelts was put into place for a simple reason; to protect the lives of those travelling in motorized vehicles. Why do people insist on not following this simple, yet life-saving, rule? Surely it is not fashion? Is it comfort? Buy a seatbelt cushion.

There is simply no excuse for anyone to not wear a seatbelt. I am of a more rotund shape so even though I can fit fairly fine in most seats, sometimes a little more belt would make things comfortble. The Roo did come with a seatbelt extender as part of the standard equipment. This is simply, as the name suggests, another short belt that the existing belt snaps into to give a more comfortable, but still safe and secure, connection in the truck. Check this story on the very topic of seatbelt extenders.

So, for the rest of the so-called "normal" folk, what is your idiotic excuse for not wearing one? Too hot? Too itchy? Too inconvienient? Is dying more convenient for you? I am not overstating this or tring to be over sensational about this. Sometimes you have to be frank and direct to get someone's attention.

The attention was focused in all the people that witnessed this accident on the 401, stopped to help try and lift the vehicle off the girl, only to see their efforts is for naught as her life started to drain out onto the highway beneath them. graphic? Damn skippy, because on then do people realize this shit is for real. How about the three women, all dead and the other passengers seriously hurt when ejected from the vehicle (all seven were killed or hurt seriously but the middle two who were smart enough to wear their belt) when their minivan suddenly veered off the highway and rolled into a ditch?

Seatbelts saves lives people. If you need an extender, go to your manufacturer and demand one. If they do nto have it, do the research on the Internet and FIND one as soon as possible. Can you honestly tell your family that your life is not worth fifty bucks? Is that fair to even try to tell them that? I didn't think so.


Pulse24 - Toronto's News

CANOE -- JAM! - Jurors say they were unaffected by celebrity, bothered by mother

Love or hate the ultimate decision, your opinion in the matter does not count. My opinion in this matter does not count. Only the opinions of twelve unfortunate souls in California chosen as jurors in this issue matter. And if you read and/or listen to what they have to say, you will see that they agree with what I have said from the beginning.

Freak? Definitely, just look at the man now. Pity him his expensive but super screwed up lifestyle. Weird and creepy? Do you know anyone else with a best friend called Bubbles? Hugh Hefner has as many animals at his place but he shags plastic-enhanced beauties with the best of them. Also Hef has no kids in his bed unless his latest blonde "girlfriend" gets knocked up by a Viagra-induced grotto session.

The bottom line is that the system actually worked in this regard. The premise is that one is innocent until proven guilty. Even without MJ's testimony, the jury of eight women and four men did not believe the evidence proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was guilty on any of the TEN counts against him; not a single one.

Most scathing is their comments about the accused's mother and her actions in court. From insulting the jurors (and pissing them off in the process) to winking at the Hispanic man in the hopes of possibly garnering favour(?!?!). She did more good for the Defence and damage for the Prosecution than any of the evidence hoped to do. And speaking of the evidence, we have seen far less get innocent people convicted and far more damning set guilty people free. The evidence was really weak to begin with so, as MsMittens pointed out, it really came down to a he said/he said case of events. Unfortunately, no one truly wins in that case.

For the teenaged accuser, anyone that knows his identity will now either say he got shafted or that he is a lying sack of crap like his mother (apple not falling far form the tree). For MJ, he either got off by the skin of his teeth or he was railroaded by hustlers who tried to get at his waning millions. Both of their reputations are now forever sullied. Right or wrong though, MJ's is salvageable as this is the normal fare for the rich and famous. He may never regain the super stardom he once had, but he can still work his magic and his supporters will be there (as they were in cult-like awe during the entire ordeal).

The young lad, innocent no more in one form or another, is not going to be so lucky. He has no similar foundation on which to draw from. He is a pariah to all the supporters of MJ, and he is questionable to anyone else. Worse yet for him is that his best bet is to remain anonymous because if it is ever revealed who he actually is, the persecution will be relentless. Just ask the accuser of Kobe Bryant.

So what next? Well, if people really care about MJ, and he really cares about remaining free, he will effect some immediate changes. Let's start simply with no more (^%(*&^) kids in his bed!!!!. I would treat children as pariahs now and NEVER be around them alone. Hire an independent observer from the government that shadows you all day long. Always have witnesses of any interaction you have with kids. Anything you do adult-like (i.e. tossing off to the various magazines while downing copious amounts of alcohol to dull the pain of BJs for MJ without pay as an impossibility) is up to you and can remain private.

Take to heart the name of your ranch Neverland, Michael. NEVER land in this position again by NEVER making it easy for people to put you there. Sorry dude but live out your freakish life in whatever fashion you want sans the kiddies. The next time you have anything remotely looking like a child in your bed, it had better be Fuk Yu and Fuk Mi, some hookers in Catholic school girl outfits or little people (otherwise known as midgets and dwarves).

OK, now that this madness has passed, how about we get the evidence right in the case of the man accused of participating in the murders that the movie "Mississippi Burning" is based on?

CANOE -- JAM! - Jurors say they were unaffected by celebrity, bothered by mother

Monday, June 13, 2005

Happy Anniversary, DW!

Yes, this is a sappy post. I was supposed to write it earlier today but it's been a helluva day. Anyhow, to the point of the post.

Today is our First Anniversary. The Big 0-1!! It's been both an eventful and uneventful year, most of which is really suitable for another post or not at all. They say that the first year is the hardest year to survive in a new marriage. It does not matter that you have lived with a person for whatever amount of years, there is always stuff that you find out after you say "I do". Maybe you really have strange habits in the bathroom (or bedroom) that you never exposed before in fear that it would scare the other person away. Maybe you had family that no human being should be forced to meet. Maybe you really were not as strong and independent as you made yourself out to be. No matter the reason, no matter the issue, it will be exposed and tested in the first year.

I am happy to say that we passed and we did so with flying colours.

I can honestly tell you that I am as in love with my wife today as I was in the beginning of our relationship. Actually, that is not true; I am more in love with her today. She has endured all of my idiotic carrying-ons, strong-willed decisions, stubbornness, immediate family trials and extended family dramas. She worries about me when no one else even knows there is something wrong. She caters to me when she knows my spirit is at an ebb to give me a lift. She surprises me with gifts from the bulk barn (i.e. Reeses Pieces) when she knows I have been having a particularly trying week. She supports me when she does not agree with me. She defends me against all others when they, to their detriment, consider her a wallflower.

In return, I rub her the right way... on her feet. Which she amazingly is able to strategically place within arms length when we sit on the couch together watching TV. She says it is not deliberate, but when the pinkies touch the side of one's leg you just know your place. So, she cooks and BBQs like she is feeding a small country. She entertains whomever I drag over to eat and drink. She puts up with me and with all my family crap (flung from multiple sources in multiple directions). She loves me without condition. She really does complete me and I do not know what I would ever do without her. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her. I will post in 49 years to tell you all how its been.

Maybe she would have found the big A/C button by then.

Happy Anniversary My Love!

PS Did I mention that she is as much of a geek as I am? The general rule of the house is that almost all new technology entering the house must go to her first. i get the hand me downs.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 - Cheap Used Computers, Laptops & Cisco Routers - Toronto, Canada & USA.

If you need some equipment, check out this site a friend and former co-worker of DW's showed us. - Cheap Used Computers, Laptops & Cisco Routers - Toronto, Canada & USA.

So you want to speak to Dtrini?

While I have the command of the Queen's English, there are certain terms that I grew up with that still baffle the non-Caribbean folks around me (including DW, but she is getting better). So, to help 'all yuh' out, here is a link provided by my 'brudder mahn' DoubleD.


Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Child-Trini dictionary part 1

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to that psychotic bitch, Karla Homolka, being released from prison shortly, I have decided to censor this test due to the graphic and eerie similarities to that heinous crime. I realize it is simply a silly test, but it immediately tweaked my sensibilities when I read it and brought that evil spawn to mind. If you wish to read my evil script, leave a comment and email me the request. Otherwise, suffice it to say that I am NOT the diet-coke of evil (just one calorie, not evil enough). :)

I am Elizabeth Bathory.
Which Evil Criminal are You?
A Rum and Monkey crime.

Various Corporate Lessons

Thanks to a colleague for lightening up my recent funk with this real look at how things run. Enjoy.

Corporate Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel."

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?"

"It was Bob the next door neighbour," she replies.

"Great!" the husband says, "did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?"

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Corporate Lesson 2:

A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"

The priest apologized, "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak."

Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Corporate Lesson 3:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish."

"Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.

"Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.

"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Corporate Lesson 4:

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"

The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

Corporate Lesson 5:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, but I haven't got the energy."

"Well, why don't you nibble on my droppings?" replied the bull."They're packed with nutrients."

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. The turkey gobbled loudly in delight at his accomplishments. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there. Also, once you're at the top, shut your mouth.

So that is it for now. Peace

Dude, it's just a game.

OK, this is a bit much. People are dying over 'virtual' property? This is utter madness and it is NOT the fault of the people who make the games but the fault of the idiots who cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy.

CANOE -- WHAM! gaming


That this is happening at all is a given, too many sick depraved techno-savvy folks around for it no to. but, to have it happen in our fair country, to have such an idiot broadcast to people NOT "like minded" means either he was either a stupid sick deviant or that he wanted to be caught.

Either way, I saw fire up the grill and fry his ass!!!!

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Calgary man accused of broadcasting child porn live on Internet

Truth in advertising? These days I would have to say yes. Posted by Hello

FAME: Get it All!! Inspiration, Education, Exhilaration… and 'FAME'!

Another item from Off The Record. Why? Pictures tell a thousand words. :)

FAME: Get it All!! Inspiration, Education, Exhilaration… and 'FAME'!

Welcome to Body Break Online

I was up watching Off the Record and the guy from Body Break was on it. As one who needs his body broken to get back into shape, I thought I should add it to my blog. Anyonw that ever watched a local station in the souther region of Ontario has seen the little features that they put on. Just say the word "Participaction" and most people would know what you are talking about. Anyhow, every little bit of knowledge helps so have at it.


Welcome to Body Break Online

Is Microsoft using 'Halo 2' to thwart Xbox hackers? | CNET

I will have details of a modded box for sale soon. They are great little devices and I may mod one of my own soon.

[print version] Is Microsoft using 'Halo 2' to thwart Xbox hackers? | CNET

Today's Blog

Amazing how small the world is. When I gre up, Cambodia was a place I learned about in Geography. Now, thanks to technology, I could just as easily converse with someone who actually lives there and learn from them. It can be a hinderance and a crutch sometimes, but I will take technology anytime over not having access to it.


Wired News: Royal Blogger Takes on the World

But can I place a call on it?

OK, as a geek, I definitely want the best whiz bang device I can get, but enough is enough. I wish that all these damn companies would stop trying to invent the next new toaster in your pocket and invest in what is really need in the mobile arena marketplace; a phone that bloody works bloody anywhere.

I would gladly trade polyphonic ring tones for coverage on the back porch. I would trade video for the removal of the dead spots along the DVP. I would trade MMS for no dropped calls. I just want a phone to work as seeminglessly as possible. They promised it. I will pay for it if they deliver it. I have enough toys in my house, give me the tool you said you can make.


BBC NEWS | Technology | Mobiles 'not media players yet'


Two little letters never held so much power as they did this week. So, on Monday, DW went off to work in our newly acquired POS 1999 Toyota Corolla CE. Except for power windows, it has all the basics as is reasonable sized that my fat ass can cram into it without feeling uncomfortable to drive. No leather, no alloy rims, no sunroof, no xoen headlights, and no key fob remote and alarm; just the basics. Power door locks, power steering, power brakes, and cruise control. After listening for two days to the super shitty and tinny standard AM/FM cassette that came with it, I ripped the head unit out and inserted my Kenwood KDC-7009 that DW bought for me as a Christmas gift many moons ago (she treats me so well you know). HUGE improvement in sound and power, though, an amp for the mids and highs, some separates and the subwoofer boz with its own amp would really make it rock. I guess the audio installer in me is always itching. Just wait till I get that iPod ready head unit.

Anyhow, the item of this post would be a large, lit button, marked A/C. Seems that someone (DW) got so used to the modern electronics doing everything for you that she forgot the manual process for internal cooling. So, I was totally confused when she commented on MSN that the car interior was not getting cooled and as hot as outside. She said that she rolled down the windows (literally) while driving and it was better than running the Air Conditioning. Huh? Really? But it was working yesterday. I don't get it. So, I said I would look at it when she got home.

We had an appointment in Oshawa that evening, and we needed to get there toute suite so I drove. Of course, it still registering in the mid 20s externally, I turned on the ventilation system for some cool air. Hmm, it seemed to be blowing warm air at the moment from the outside. Something is not right. What could it be? Ah, there it is. That big round button in the middle marked A/C was not depressed. Heaven. Cool Air. Ahem. C'mon, you know I had to.

"Uhm, dear? Did you try the Air/Conditioning button earlier today when you complained about the heat?"

"A/C button? No."

"Uhm, did you not see that the little light on the button was off?"

"It was really bright out and I cannot see that."

"Okay, but why did you think it would go on by itself?"

"I did not have to push any button in the old one, I don't think."

"I thought there was, but regardless, you are now in a POS manual vehicle and you have to do everything in it. So, push de button."

"Yeah yeah. Drive."

And so ended another great automobile conversation. Please remember to push the button.

Peace. :-) Humor. Videos. Music. Games. Featuring Pimp My Weapon Humor. Videos. Music. Games. Featuring Pimp My Weapon

Apple Hits the Intel Switch

OK, so it is not a rumour anymore. Before I get into the article, let me just publicly state that I think Peter Burrows is a hack. I was quite enjoying his article until I saw the following:

Already, Apple PowerBooks run more slowly than Windows-compatible models. A top-of-the-line PowerBook runs at 1.67 gigahertz, vs. 2.13 gHz for a high-end Dell.

Ok, dumbass, why would one think that the fact the CPU in one system running at a higher GHz reading immediately makes it faster? Does having a 5.0L V8 means it is so much faster than a 2.2L 4 cylinder banger? I think a certain Lotus Espirt Turbo would have something to say about that. Does the spin rate of a hard drive immediately make it a faster drive? Tests have dispelled that myth many times. So why is this ass drumming the same sorry comparison again? Or did he forget that a Centrino laptop, running a Pentium M at lower clock speeds will match and beat their high clocked desktop brethren on a regular basis? His credibility in being knowledgeable went straight down the toilet with that stupid ass comment.

Anyhow, the rest of the article is at least factual. Again, it remains to be seen how this transition will be handled. I for one have always said that if they ported the amazing Mac OS X to Intel hardware, it would definitely give Windows a serious run for the money. I would switch in an instant!


Apple Hits the Intel Switch

Is the Penguin Losing a Step?

I have one thought for all these continued naysayers that poo poo the ability of alternate systems to the evil empire's little bloated OS: GET BENT!!

I read this story and thought, "If they converted all the Windows items to Linux, fired all their Windows developers and hired good Linux developers, they would have saved some money in the long run." As it is, some executive goof probably had lunch with some empire goof and struck a deal; it would not have been the first time, that's for certain.

I am obviously, and admittedly, biased for the linux movement. No, I have not dropped Windows like a hot potato but there are many reasons (mainly professional) for that. Basically, I would not be allowed to convert my laptop to anything else. Anyhow, if they want to continue to live in a bubble, let them. There is a wave of change coming and it may be starting with the rumour that Apple will now start to use Intel CPUs in its hardware. If the purists would shut up for a moment, they would understand that this would be a very good thing for all involved.

This would finally mean that there would be a true competitor, on equal footing with the evil empire. It would mean a drop in costs, a better range of available hardware and, most importantly, a green light to software developers to write for common hardware with tweaks to the particular OS. I am surprised though that Apple was not teaming up with AMD, seeing as they have a proven 64-bit CPU in the Athlon Opteron and FX series. I still have to do some reading on the topic so I will have to report back later.


Is the Penguin Losing a Step?

Wired News: PSP Hackers Go Retro

Interesting. Sony has a new system, which gets hacked very quickly, it gets to be even more popular because of it, so they issue a firmware release to stop it. Meanwhile, complaints are in that there is not enough content to convince the people (like me) holding out from buying the new handheld to stop holding out. Why you ask? Simple.

The hardware in today's technology is a throwaway. Why you buy most printers under $200, you are simply covering the cost most times to bring it to your local store. That is why all manner of three in one units (typically Lexmark units) are bundled with new computer systems. The companies do not make money on a hundred dollar printer; they make it on the consumables, the paper and the ink, that you must buy to continue using that piece of hardware.

The game console folks have the exact same margin. Start at a high price to help offset R&D and because the market will bear a higher price for anything new. Flood the market with the next "new" and start the feeding frenzy for the consumables of that item. Next, continue for the demand of new consumables to sustain the high margins. Do you really think it is fair to charge more money for a movie on the UMD discs of the PSP compared to the standard DVD? Do you think it is right to be charged $50 or more for the games to be played on this unit? Well, it is fair if you are willing to cough up for it.

All of the game consoles have been the same. The difference is that more regular technology is making its way into the console (i.e. Pentium III 733 cpus used in the X-box) so it is more attractive to use them for things other than the original intent; thus, robbing the high margin consumables from the maker. The X-box can be used as a cheap Linux firewall. At the time of release (around 2002), where could you find a computer that hooked up to a TV or display, could be carried in a laptop bag and had a high resolution graphics chip and fast subsystem? that's right, you could not, so the units were snapped up and used in new ways but the high-margin games intended for the box sat on the shelves collecting dust. I'll post another day outlining the very well established modding market in the X-box world as well.

Sony can fight to put the genie back into the bottle, but they may be better off expanding and perfect the mods themselves and then selling those secrets as their new consumables. It will save them a lot of time and trouble in the long run.


Wired News: PSP Hackers Go Retro

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Thank God for common sense.

I don't know what's wrong with the lawmakers and the entertainment business as a whole in the US. Gordon Gecko may have taught us all that "Greed is Good" but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. Let's understand something, I absolutely want to observe compyright laws and I want to pay good money for good product supporting good development of goods. However, I refuse to pay fifteen bucks for a CD that only one song is anywhere near replayable (i.e. Mariah Carey's Glitter) or for two DVD boxed sets because they wanted to grab cash for the privilege of ending the show (i.e. Sex in the City).

So, imagine my horror when I read this week that the idiots down below wanted to institute a carrier signal in the TV shows to new quipment stopping it from taping the shows. I thought, just how much money do you want from us? The studios are releasing every old show known to humans in the hopes of a new found stream of cash. M.A.S.H., Dukes of Hazard, Dallas, Sandfor and Son, every Star Trek series, Three's Company, Knight Rider and more. But now, they want to stop you from using your electronic VCR to tape the shows to watch later or to archive as they see this cutting into their revenues. They just don't get it.

Avid DVD collectors like myself (1100+ and counting, sadly) will gladly continue to cough up coin in the hopes of getting excellent quality transfers, no commericals, behind the scenes featurettes, director commentary, making of sequences and more. We buy the DVDs to get more out of the experience from our favourite TV shows and movies. We're the ones that are paying the premiums for the privilege, not Joe and Jane Blow looking to catch missing episodes on the season.

So, if they had gone through this plan, I guarantee you it would not have lasted as they shot themselves in the foot and people protested with their wallets. When will they ever learn?


[print version] Court yanks down FCC's broadcast flag | CNET

Goodbye, Mrs. Robinson.

Anne Bancroft has died of cancer. Most people will remember her as Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate, a movie she starred in with Dustin Hoffman. Others will know her as the wife of Mel Brooks, though that diminishes her contribution to the arts to be simply referred to as the "wife". I can only hope that Mel is still a very strong person. They have been married a long while and as we have seen many times before, the spouse heart is broken so much that they too pass on to join their loved one.

Stay strong Mel. Goodbye Ms. Bancroft.

CANOE -- JAM! Movies: Anne Bancroft dies of cancer

Six Flags Darien Lake : Home

If you are going to be in the area, why not check it out? They typically have deals where the money is on par with USD. Right now, if you stay in their hotel, park admission is included. Plus they have that really cool old guy (which is probably a young guy in costume) doing the dances to various Venga Boys remixes.

Six Flags Darien Lake : Home

What will they think of next?

Sprayonmud Products

Monday, June 06, 2005


I got this website from the gang at Breakfast Television the other morning. I had to send an email to them and admit, at age 37, I have NEVER been to a drive-in theatre. Yep, I said it, I admit it, I have missed out.


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Will the Zen Master return?

I love Phil Jackson. No matter where he is coaching, I will root for him. I hate the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers. No matter where he is playing, the big baby can kiss my black behind.

I hope Shaq sent him a picture or some tickets to the Miami Heat's playoff game. Shaq said they were not making it into the playoffs and right as shit, the Lakers sucked and blew last season. Sure Kobe still had superstar numbers but that is the problem. Jordan had superstar numbers, and played defence AND, most importantly, made his team better by leading by example and kicking ass when he needed to. He dressed down Pippen. He dressed down Armstrong. He dressed down Paxson. He dressed down himself when need be. Remember his comment after a loss that "Scottie played like doo doo. I played like "? That is the difference, the inspiration to make your teammates WANT to do better.

Kobe? He just makes his teammates wives jealous by buying expensive "I'm sorry" presents for his wife all the time. Just remember that when he is on the court and and someone yells "backdoor, Kobe", he just may hesitate with the ball in a bit of confusion. We can understand why.

Countdown Begins for Jackson, Lakers

If only we lived in BF

I have always been interested in alternative energy as my bid to help the planet (and my wallet) but the technology pricing has always made it prohibitive to the common household. Thankfully, as more and more builders are starting to jump on board and various governments are giving incentives, it is making more sense that if you have the space, the time, and the conviction, you can save a bundle by tapping those sources freely available to you.

Everyone basically knows about renewable resources, but we also know about the drawbacks in using them. Solar panels would be great in a desert; not as efficient in London or Vancouver. A windmill is great in the prairies, not so much so on Bay St. or any other downtown area. Water is everywhere, but few places have a strong enough flow (on private land) to make it viable. So, the ideal thing is to combine the ones you can to supplement your existing supply.

Personally, after seeing an Extreme Makeover show where they built this huge house for something like thirteen people (two families combined by the tragic deaths of one set of parents). In order to make it possible for the modest income coming into the house to be able to support everyone in this new tech tricked out home, they installed these special solar panel roof tiles. They no longer have to stand out like an oddity in the neighbourhood and you no longer need an office building to house the batteries and conversion circuitry; truly amazing advances.

Anyhow, try this article from Canoe for starters. I will try to post some other stuff soon so that maybe you too can help the environment while helping yourself to some cleaner living.


Canadian Homes and Cottages Magazine - Homeowners, Trades :: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

:: Welcome Fly Gurlz 2005 ::

As i was watching Breakfast Television this morning, Liza did a segment on women cyclists so I decided to post their website today. Consider it a nudge to get out and get more active like our good friend MsMittens who embarks on these incredible rides each year.

DW and I like to bike but we are such couch potatoes and lethargic IT addicts that we sometimes forget to get our butts in gear (pun intended). This year we have to get going though because, well, we could both supply many 'spares' to our bikes right now, if you know what I mean.

:: Welcome Fly Gurlz 2005 ::

Welcome to Great Canadian Parks

I have had the privilege of going to a few places in my short lifetime. I've been to all sorts of places in the US including Dayton and Cleveland (Ohio),Chicago (Illinois), New York, Syracuse, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo (New York), Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Atlantic City (New Jersey), Baltimore (Maryland), Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach (Virginia), Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach (Florida), Houston Airport (Texas), Detroit, Ann Arbor and Auburn Hills (Michigan), Oahu and Big Island (Hawaii) and finally Salt Lake City and surrounding areas (Utah). There are many more places there I want to visit. Las Vegas is amongst the top of the list. I am always amazed when I meet people who have not been anywhere in the US. With the border just an hour and a half away, I just don't understand why one would not venture on down.

Elsewhere in the world, I've been to Barbados on a high school trip, the airports in St. Lucia and Grenada and of course, all over the place in Trinidad and Tobago. I also had the privilege, through work, to visit Mexico City and Monterey to study the university's IBM Thinkpad setup down there. It is an awesome undertaking and I hope one day to return to see what they have advanced to since 1999. I fell in love with Mexico for the friendly people, the food and drink (Dos cervezas, pour for vour) and the architecture (I climbed the pyramid at the Sun and the Moon).

Of course, I cannot forget the awesome time I had in St. Martin/Sint Maarten. After all, it was our honeymoon and it was an awesome time for an awesome value.

In Canada, I have been lucky enough to get to drive around myself and to get shunted to various places for work. I still have many places to go. I've been through the usual corridor in the Golden Horseshoe and along the Highway 401 beltline. Playing soccer competitively for thirteen years helps in that traveling as well. I've been as far as Quebec City when a cousin lived there, but we primarily stick to no further than Vaudreuil-Dorion where my Goddaughter's family lives. Unfortunately, that is as far east as I have ever gotten and my LB and his family recently beat me out to the east coast as they took a short vacation driving out there from the Capital City. To the north, I made it all the way to North Bay and Sudbury but never got to see the Nickel. I was supposed to go to a bunch of places you have to fly into but then I left that project to become a teacher. Ah well.

To the west, again for work, I was able to taste some succulent Grade A Canadian beef in Calgary and see what a downtown had the potential of being when laid out correctly. An added thrill was to have a student take me on a quick tour and be able to stand up at the Olympic park. The mountains were an unbelievable sight that I wish I had my current camera with me to take some spectacular shots. Further west, I was able to visit a view places in British Columbia including Vancouver, Victoria Island, Abbotsford, and a few other smaller cities and towns. I did not get to go into the interior and there was not enough time to hit Whistler (or have Whistler as it would be in reality). I will be out there in 2010 for the Winter Olympics though as we have friends that live out there whose parents own a condo in Whistler. Hee hee.

So, wanderlust has been creeping in again and when I came across this site is Canoe, I had to share it with you all. I know better than anyone how work and other stuff can tie you down to the 20 square miles around you. I also know that you sometimes have to break free and enjoy what is a little further out from the fringe. This summer, do some planning, take a little road trip (flying is too frickin expensive in Canada) and enjoy this majestic land.


Welcome to Great Canadian Parks