Monday, December 22, 2008

What a load of Canadian!!

The only reason the price of beer is being raised is because they damn well know if they double the price, we would still be buying and drinking it.  Just like the cost of gas did not reduce the traffic jams on the highways, the cost of hooch never canceled any weekend plans.  It is simply the easiest place for the government to reach deeper into our pockets and wallets without us putting up much of a fight.

What?  You need another twoonie for that 2-4?  No problem Mr. Premier.  Just don't make the mistake of running out when I get back.


CANOE -- CNEWS - Canada: LCBO offers farewell toast to buck-a-beer

I do not think the 65" is in that box in the living room.

Why? Because they can!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A second funny for today.

Submitted by BT from MTL


Bob works hard at the office but spends two nights each week bowling, and plays golf every Saturday.

His wife thinks he's pushing himself too hard, so for his birthday she takes him to a localstrip club.

The doorman at the club greets them and says, 'Hey, Bob! How ya doing?'

His wife is puzzled and asks if he's been to this club before.

'Oh no,' says Bob. 'He's in my bowling league.

When they are seated, a waitress asks Bob if he'd like his usual and brings over a Budweiser.

His wife is becoming increasingly uncomfortable and says, 'How did she know that you drink Budweiser?'

'I recognize her, she's the waitress from the golf club.

I always have a Bud at the end of the 1st nine, honey.'

A stripper then comes over to their table, throws her arms around Bob, starts to rub herself all over him and says,

'Hi Bobby. Want your usual table dance, big boy?'

Bob's wife, now furious, grabs her purse and storms out of the club.

Bob follows and spots her getting into a cab.

Before she can slam the door, he jumps in beside her.

Bob tries desperately to explain how the stripper must have mistaken him for someone else, but his wife is having none of it .

She is screaming at him at the top of her lungs, calling him every 4 letter word in the book.

The cabby turns around and says,

'Geez Bob, you picked up a real bitch this time.'

BOB's funeral will be on Friday.

Today's Funny

Submitted by BT from MTL

Two Newfies were sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold beer. After a while the first Newfie says to the second, "If I was to sneak over to your house and make love to your wife while you was off huntin', and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?"

The second Newfie crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, and squinted his eyes thinking real hard about the question. Finally, he says,"Well, I don't know about related, but it sure would make us even."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A second funny for today.

Submitted by BT from MTL. I laughed out loud, to the chagrin of others.

A fire fighter is working on the engine outside the station when he notices a little girl next door in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl is wearing a firefighter's helmet and the wagon is being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The fire fighter walks over to take a closer look.

'That sure is a nice fire truck,' the fire fighter says with admiration.

'Thank you,' the little girl says.

The firefighter looks a little closer and notices the girl has tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles.

'Little Partner', the fire fighter says, 'I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar too, I think you could go faster.'

The little girl replies thoughtfully,

'You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren.'

Today's Funny

Submitted by BT from MTL

A young man named John received a parrot as an early Christmas gift. The
parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of
the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried
and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite
words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up'
the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled
back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.

John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird and shoved him in
the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squa wked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly
there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the
freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and
said 'I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions.
I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully
intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.'

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to
ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the
bird continued....

........'May I enquire as to what the turkey did?'

How much does a senator seat go for these days? About 5-10 I hear.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Today's Funny

Thanks to BT from MTL

A man was laying in bed with his new girlfriend. After having great sex, she spent the next hour just scratching his nuts--something she seemed to love to do.

As he was enjoying it, he turned and asked her, 'Why do You love doing that?'

'Because,' she replied, 'I really miss mine.'

Are you an Internet criminal? I bet you are.

All for the good of the party and the possible coalition. Or so they say...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Need a free PDF printer?

Adobe's PDF format is probably the most recognizable format for documents as MP3 is for audio files.  The reason is that it doesn't matter what operating system or device you use, it probably has the ability to read a PDF.  Well, the software from Adobe to create PDFs does not come cheap and when all you want to do is convert a document into the readable format, it does not make sense to outlay that kind of cash.  That is where CutePDF comes in.  Stupid name, great software.  It installs like any printer would and you simply print to it and it created the PDF of the output.  Anything that can print (i.e. browsers, picture apps, doc apps, anything) can be told to print to it and a nice, clear PDF will be created.  No muss, no fuss.


CutePDF - Create PDF for free, Free PDF Utilities, Edit PDF easily;.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Eli's Dirty Jokes - Episode 16

Thanks to Famine, I want to sell lollipops. I think.

A petition without merit.

The petition i pasted below is now circulating around to try to appeal to our Governor General to request that she NOT allow the coalition government to take power. I have no problem with that whatsoever!

The problem I have is the inclusion of the word "Democracy". The last time I checked, no gunmen barged in to hold parliament at gunpoint to force a new regime, no coup was held and the prime minister killed and no bloody uprising was started by the army and the top army brass declaring himself ruler. If any of that happened, by all means go ahead and cry about Democracy; but it did not. Instead, by the very rules that govern the House of Commons, the rest of the house has declared that they have lost faith in the current government and have banded together to remove that government from power. Now, why I do not necessarily believe in the coalition that was put together, I do believe in their right and the process to do exactly that. i do not pretend to know all that much about politics; frankly, I do not lie or hide my emotions well enough to be any kind of effective politician. What I do know is that I do live in a democratic society and I do know there are rules that I may not like, but as i chose to live here, I must follow.

What everyone signing this petition fails to acknowledge is that Mr. Harper himself, in 2005, wrote a similar letter asking about a similar process to perform a similar act when Paul martin's liberals were in power. So, it is do as I say and not as I as do? What is good for the goose is NOT good for the gander? It is hypocritical of Harper to be crying foul now when he was poised to make the same move back then. It simply works to make him even less in my eyes if that is at all possible. While i am railing on the PCs, it was disgraceful the blatant disrespect that Jim Flaherty showed within the House yesterday; he should be formally reprimanded!

The bottom line is by all means go right ahead and circulate the petition and sign it (I won't ever) and deliver it to the Governor General. Just stop the foolishness about "Democracy" because most if not all of you will be lucky to have never lived in a part of the world where there truly is no democracy; I would not wish that on the worst person (well, maybe the worst). Work to understand the process and then work the process. And if you don't like the process, work to change it. bitching and moaning will simply fall on all of our deaf ears.


Petition to the Governor General:

If you are interested in protecting Democracy in Canada, please sign the internet petition being circulated. It is addressed to the Governor General. This will take only a couple of minutes to complete. Please take those few minutes and try to help stop the Liberal-Socialist-Separatist coalition's attempt to gain power without an election. Note that this Coalition gives the Separatists complete veto power over any decision – obviously not in the best interests of Canada. In order to gain Separatist support, the Liberal and NDP agreed to provide Quebec with billions of dollars – obviously not in the best interests of Canada. Also in order to gain Separatist support, the Liberal and NDP agreed to put six Separatists in the Senate of Canada – obviously not in the best interests of Canada.

The Petition

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada:
We, the undersigned, call on the Office of the Governor General of Canada to respectfully deny the request of the "Coalition" to form the next Government.
We strongly urge that Canadian voters be heard in this matter. A coalition propped up by a separatist party is not the government that Canadians want in Ottawa.

You can sign the petition at: Please take a couple of minutes to help preserve democracy in Canada. Thank you.

Please circulate this to your friends and family who would also be interested in protecting Canada.

Yours for a better Canada,

Priceless editorial cartoon.

Hear, hear!!

That's 81 too many!

So Harper, it is do as I say not as i said, eh?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stand By Me - Beautiful International Version

The full Stand by Me video.

One Love - Interview + an Unforgettable Rendition of

Thanks to Penny for introducing me to this. I truly agree and believe that music is one of the rare things is this world that can remove the division between people and celebrate the commonalities over the differences between them.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Do I really need to say it?

Open alcohol in the vehicle.

The vehicle is a school bus.

The drinker is a school bus driver.

He was waiting to drive elementary school kids home.

AFTER his second bottle of beer.

He was fired.

But NOT charged?!?!?!?

Try THAT in Scarborough.

Nuff said.

Ottawa school bus driver fired after allegedly drinking on job

Concerned about the mechanic's diagnosis?

Well, why not get one of these units?  It will record data from your post-1996 model year vehicle and tell you exactly what's going on with it.  Have kids that are driving now?  Plus this in and get the REAL story on how they are treating the precious family ride when you are not in it.  Need evidence to show you were not speeding when you hit that truck?  This will record that information too (or tell you to shut up and take the ticket at the lower speed).  No, it's not cheap, but it is inexpensive when compared to possible service bills if you know there is an issue before it becomes a problem OR you know it is a minor issue before you are billed for a major one.

Besides, it is another cool toy that happens to combine IT and Automotive geekery.


ThinkGeek :: Car Chip Pro Engine Performance Monitor

For the wannabe Phil Collins in your house.

I dedicate this post to Mossy who has moved on to greener pastures and left the rest of us to graze in the barn with the others. :) Bonne Chance!


Wonder why Circuit City and The Source are having money issues?

You have to look no further than the following two links. Same price, different product. If the idiots cannot see that 40GB less should cost less money, they deserve to go under and put out of their misery and ours.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Money will get you off all the time.

This woman has been convicted of running over a pedestrian and dragging him to death because she was too incompetent to stop.  She has caused many accidents and flaunts the law as a whim, even changing her name to avoid persecution.  Her husband does not stop her either so he should be charged as well.  When you're old and rich (no matter the colour, but seriously, you all know better), you think you can do whatever you want and apparently society and the police allow you to do so until a newspaper or TV news shows catches you in the act and makes a public issue of it.  Ridiculous.  Sure, the police do not have the staff to follow every single suspected violator of previous sins BUT when that person has been charged more than once and are sure to re-offend (AKA drunk drivers), then maybe your donut run (YES, I SAID IT) should go past these people's homes and businesses to keep an eye out for the next time they make a bad choice.

I personally am tired of hearing of another innocent person being hurt or killed by these selfish, unrepentant assholes.  Lock them up. Period.

Ciao. - GTA - Dangerous driver, 52, charged again

Thursday, November 06, 2008

What next? Ban the Easter Bunny??!?!

I am late posting this but it still boils my blood.  This is the height of PC stupidity and a sure sign that people have too much f**king time on their hands.  There is nothing wrong with Halloween (which used to be spelt Hallowe'en, but I digress).  It is good natured, clean fun for small and big kids.  This BS that the board came up with is just utter nonsense.  I know a Wiccan; she is my Goddaughter.  Not once has she expressed the desire to march on Ottawa and complain bitterly about the portrayal once a year of her kind.  Give me a fracking break already.  If these idiots did not have their heads up their butts so far its dark, they would know that the schools have big problems, REAL problems that they need to address.


Comment: How the Toronto school board sterilized Halloween - Posted Toronto

Amen to that!

I can not say it better than this excerpt from the article:

Historians aren't the only ones mindful of that. At a rally Tuesday in Philadelphia, rapper Jay-Z uttered a line that has been picking up currency among black voters and politicians this year.

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk," Jay-Z told the crowd. "Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run."

An anonymous black man on the "L" in Chicago put his own spin on
it when he announced to a car full of strangers: "Rosa Parks sat down.
Martin Luther King marched. Barack Obama ran. And my grandchildren will fly."

Nation crosses hopeful bridge --

People really need to buy a clue.

The last comment in this article stated something about Obama not knowing how many states there are and how many letters are in the word "JOBS".  How does that diminish his ability to be president compared to the idiot you've had in power for eight years that could not deliver bottled water to hurricane victims??

America needs to take a good long look at itself and really ask if they are as good as they think they are or any where near as they can be.  My answer, as a supportive cousin up north, is a resounding no.  You have many fine examples of people there; I have family and friends in the US and have many times met many strangers that were funny, kind, helpful and intelligent.  these people do not tend to seek out the spotlight though so you do not usually see them, hear them or read about them.

No, what we usually get the pleasure of being exposed to are the degenerates in positions of wealth and power or the uneducated or just plain stupid twits on the street that think so very high of their ignorant selves.  America should be the shining beacon that all other countries want to aspire to be.  It has been greatly tarnished in the last while and while fixing your internal problems, you need to fix that world view as well.  I will not go into whether I see the wars as good or bad but I will say choose your allies more carefully, make your decisions more wisely and more openly in a cooperative effort with NATO and once a decision has been made, just do the damn job!

Anyhow, there will be a very long road for Obama as he tries to get things done while he is in power.  He will need to do enough in the early going for people to weight his worth on the merits of his ideas and not fall back on the oh so easy and oh so ripe position of him being an unprepared black man in the most powerful position in the world.  The work has only just begun and I hope he gets the chance to prove he is up to the task.  America, we will be watching.  Good luck.


Sarah Palin 'did not know Africa was a continent', say aides - Times Online

Finger pointing to Palin. Ya think?!?!?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

And Dragon's Den was not even involved in this.

Yes We Can!

This may be the battle cry for the Americans who support new President-elect Barack Obama, but it resonates far past the confines of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. This day brings to many, in far reaching areas of the world, the hope and the promise that just about anything is possible. Long ago, it was the thought of freedom, then equality, then it was position or status, bit by bit. BUT, the one place that few dared to dream that they would see in their lifetime, someone that represented them and not those some see as their oppressors or tormentors, was the seat of the most powerful position in the world.

The President of the United States is a black man with a Muslim background. That sentence is so powerful it drove Aryans in the US to plot to assassinate Mr. Obama and several other people of colour. The prospect of that possibility coming to pass motivated those who wanted it to happen and those who would do anything to ensure that it did not to get up and do something, anything, to make their preferred outcome happen. Voter turnout was as much as 80 percent in some states; numbers unheard of in over a hundred years.

My wife woke me up as I slept on the couch to ensure that I heard and witnessed Obama's speech LIVE. She understood that this moment in time was THAT special and meaningful that I would have been upset and disappointed for missing it. Not since Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech has the words of a black man held such promise and captivation of a nation, and of the world at large. The promise of change means something different depending on where you live and the circumstances of your surroundings. It could mean more prosperity, it could mean better healthcare or, it could mean that you no longer have to cower in fear as the war that engulfs your country will soon be over. It is a VERY tall order for the new administration but they will have to deliver on what they promised for this to truly be a success.

One thing concerning race stood out to me; and no, not the candidates. When I was watching the coverage on the CBC of the two speeches, I could not help but notice as the cameras moved about the crowd and focused on various faces in the crowd just how different the makeup of those crowds appeared to be. I think that pretty much summed up why McCain lost. Obama's crowd was mixed not only in colour, but in age, social status and monetary accomplishment. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, everybody. McCain's crowd, much like the states he won (Texas and Oklahoma anyone?), was less diverse, less all-encompassing, older and less a face of change. In the end, the vote proved that people are tired of seeing the same old crowd.

The times ahead will not be kind to the Obama administration but I look forward to the promise of change and the promise of a better place for not only Americans but for the world at large. The obvious question to this new admistration and its supporters is, do you really think you can accomplish your goals, keep your promises as best as possible and truly strive to make the world a better place for everyone?

Yes We Can!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Barrie Puritans come out to play (or not).

Let me say right up front that I am no friend of Rogers and their ilk, and in no way do I condone or support what happened.  That said, you really have got to be kidding me.

First off, the story follows a 47 year old man who is LYING his ass off when he says how shocked and disgusted he was when the clip showed during a commercial break.  Is he truly saying to the world that he has NEVER watched porn and he does NOT enjoy it?  I've been to Barrie.  I have friends and family that live there.  If there is no local hockey or concert on, porn will help keep your sanity.

I have serious difficulty in believing this guy and taking him seriously though.  For one, unless he works at night, what is his ass doing at home watching TV at 3:30PM?  Next, he's watching the AMC channel at this time? At all?  Next, why are his "adult" daughters at home with him watching the AMC channel in the middle of the afternoon?  Don't THEY work?  Finally, are his Barrie-raised daughters going to actually lie and say they have neither watched or participated in similar acts? The whole thing is simply not believeable.

The icing on this cake though is the fact that they could not find a mother with kids that got traumitized by this.  All they could find it a 47-year old freak liar.  Tsk tsk.

CANOE -- JAM! Television: Daytime porn shocks TV viewers

Interesting how there are no news people claiming that McCain garners terrorist support. Bet you there would have been if it was Obama!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's is official, we are simply too f**king sensitive int he world now.

When my wife first brought this issue to my attention, I was ready to skewer Sony for another well done gaffe.  After reading the article though, I just don't get it.  I assumed the game had text on a wall or something with Arabic writing of the Qu'ran.  Instead, it is a song's lyrics, sung BY a Muslim, from TWO years ago which until now has not stirred up any controversy or provoked any Jihads.  Are we really, seriously here??

It is a sad time when no one can comment, be critical or even poke fun at things we do not understand or, better still, understand too well and want to change.


Little Big Planet delayed by Koran quotes |

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Today's Funny - Wrong Answer!!

Submitted by BT from MTL

What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?


Definitely not!


Why not - don't you like being married?


Of course I do.


Then why wouldn't you remarry?


Okay, I'd get married again.


You would? (With a hurtful look on her face).


(Makes audible groan).


Would you live in our house?


Sure, it's a great house.


Would you sle ep with her in our bed?


Where else would we sleep?


Would you let her drive my car?


Probably, it is almost new.


Would you replace my pictures with hers?


That would seem like the proper thing to do.


Would she use my golf clubs?


No, she's left-handed.

- silence - -

Fuck ....

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Would they have said this if Larry Bird had HIV?

I do my best not to paint everything that goes wrong in America with the "colour" brush, but you all make that a VERY hard thing not to do.  This latest example of idiocy, ignorance and yes, bigotry, illustrates that America, and the world, still has a very long road to get to racial tolerance.

Part of the reason I place the race card on this is because they idiots did not make a claim against HIV or AIDS existing as a whole, just that this one person, who happens to be a black man, faked having the disease.  FAKED having a disease that has a stigma higher than being a leper.  FAKED having a disease that would make him both black and untouchable; a double whammy.  FAKED having a disease so he, a former poor black man, would be force to leave his multimillion dollar career and endorsement bankroll.

If they thought about it for a second, no formerly poor black person in America is going to voluntarily become poor again.  I don't see Cosby, Oprah, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z or any other rich black person actively working to sabotage themselves so that they can become poor again.  And they certainly are not disclosing so much as having the common cold much less one of the world's most deadliest, uncurable diseases.

Like Magic, i don't want these idiots fired either.  I want them to have to do the PSAs themselves.  I want them to have to do fundraisers and public statements and to go into schools and preach about how doing stupid shit like they did is wrong.  And when all of that becomes too much to handle, I want their stupid asses to quit in shame and disgrace and to never be heard from again.


Radio station regrets saying Magic faked AIDS - NBA-

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Be careful what you post!

As these examples will attest, you never know who is watching, reading, passing on or judging what you post online. The thing to remember is that once you post something, you lose control of it the moment someone sees it because at that moment, it could become viral almost instantly. If you do not want that to happen, the solution is simple: Do not post it!


Say Cheese: 12 Photos That Should Never Have Been Posted Online

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jay Leno drives the Telsa. I so want one; okay, two.

Friggin' Sweet!!! When I win the lotto, Telsas for everyone!**

** NOTE: While the editor would love to provide "everyone" a new Telsa when he wins the lotto, this is simply an unrealistic goal and stated merely out of exuberance and no real intention of buying anyone anything at anytime.  Sorry, but unless you sleep with me (already taken) or are related to me (and that does not include everyone in that column either) or are very close to me (does not include sleeping with me but we can talk), then you are SOL and must obtain your own with your own means.  Thank you for your time.  :)


Tesla Motors

Tres cool!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Today's Funny

Submitted by LinusB

Here are the top nine comments made by NBC sports commentators during the Summer Olympics that they would like to take back:

1. Weightlifting commentator: 'This is Gregorieva from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.'

2. Dressage commentator: 'This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.'

3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: 'I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.'

4. Boxing Analyst: 'Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.'

5. Softball announcer: 'If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.'

6. Basketball analyst: 'He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.'

7. At the rowing medal ceremony: 'Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.'

8. Soccer commentator: 'Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field.'

9. Tennis commentator: 'One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them... Oh my God, what have I just said?'

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Today's Funny

Submitted by BT


My internal medicine doctor got me a referral to a urologist.

I went yesterday.

Holy Crap, she's beautiful and unbelievably sexy!

She told me that I have to stop masturbating.

I asked her why.

She said, "Because I am trying to examine you."

Today's Funny

Submitted by Penny

Apple Announcement

Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The i-Tit will cost $499 or $599 depending on cup size. This has been hailed as a major breakthrough because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Today's Funny

Submitted by SmallIslandGirl

After an exciting hot, nice and rejuvenating 69 with his girlfriend, Johnny remembers that he has an appointment with his dentist that evening.

He was afraid that his dentist would notice the smell of pums in his mouth, so he brushed his teeth 7 times, used dental floss 8 times and on top of that he used 5 liters of listerine.

As he arrived at his dentist office, he sucked 5 mint candies. His turn then came up so he was welcomed in by his dentist, who told Johnny to have a seat on the chair.
Feeling confident & well relaxed he opened his mouth wide.

The dentist got close enough to his mouth and said:

-'Man, why yuh do 69 before yuh come to mi office?'

-What's up Doc? Does my mouth smell like pums?

-No, yuh mouth smell good, but yuh forehead smell like batty.

HDTV? Do your research!!

Who needs Blu-ray when you have DVD?

I am one of the somewhat early adopters in the HD race. My wife had the opportunity to purchase a Toshiba HD-DVD player in the US when she was there. It came with seven free, decent movies so basically for the prices of the movies, we got a free player; or vice-versa. Regardless, we got a nice unit and some movies that also plays DVDs (but sadly not Divx or MP3s). Shortly after that, the boom dropped, the studios wilted and Toshiba folded shop. Was I pissed? Actually, not really because I wanted a smaller DVD player anyhow, got free movies to boot, a nice looking and capable unit, and sent no money to Sony's greedy, sniveling, weasly coffers. OK, I admit I am a tad bitter than Sony (hello people, hidden rootkit on audio CDs, remember?) basically won the hi-def wars but I also knew they were getting their premier Blu-ray player, the venerable Playstation PS3, kicked around the sandlot by the Xbox 360 and most favourably by the Nintendo Wii (two or three to one in Japan I believe). People are not readily adopting the new standard for the simple reason that it will cost them far too much to enjoy it.

When we first stepped up from cable TV, we bought a Pioneer DVD player (which we still have and use because the damn thing is built like a tank) to connect to our JVC 32" television. If that is your average family scenario today (which it is), then that means buying a $500 Blu-ray player, plus a $1500 HDTV 46" televison, plus a $1000 surround sound stereo, PLUS a replacement for the 300 DVDs in the collection. At $20 each, the Blu-ray replacement cost would be $6000. Everyone knows that the Blu-ray discs typically cost $25-50 so I am being very conservative for this comparison. So, $9000 later, the average family will be able to enjoy all the hype of high definition viewing?!?!?!? And they continue to wonder why it is not adopted faster?

Our collection, insanely yes, amounts to over 1500 DVD titles at the moment. Yes, yes, I know; I have an illness. We mainly stick to boxed sets nowadays to keep costs down. Anyhow, this isn't about my hobby/illness. The point is, there is no %&$*^% way I am paying to replace all those DVDs. Further, legal/moral or not, I have the option to back up all those DVDs so that I can keep my originals in a safe spot. While I technically can do so with Blu-ray (YES, both high-def, secure standards were broken within months of their release), the cost of storage, time, media and hardware is greatly prohibitive. So, we are back to if you break it, buy a new one. Hmmmm. How about "nooooo"?

So, is this new Toshiba unit, promising HD-like quality from your lowly DVD stash a big scam? No, I think the writer has nailed it on the head. This is a big "screw you" to Sony and all the Blu-ray backers and bandwagon jumpers. Toshiba may have stumbled and screwed their HD-DVD standard but they have definitely got a grasp on us DVD collectors. We like our DVDs and we are not even close to being ready to part with it or cough up the coin to replace it with a new standard/medium. So, any technology to help us reduce the cost of playing in the high-def arena is very welcome. We can buy the TV and stereo and this new player and be able to enjoy our DVDs while showing off to our friends at a much lower price point. Anyone that thinks that won't fly with the consumer has never been to a Boxing Day sale or does not work for a living to earn their keep. Will it kill the forward march towards Blu-ray or some other high-def system? Absolutely not. Will it royally crimp the current crop's style? Oh hell yeah and I will gladly pony up some ducats to help in that cause.


Toshiba's XDE DVD Player: A Threat to Blu-ray?

Today's funny

Submitted by DoubleD

The International Council of Manlaws, Limited, presents.Rules for Guys.

1. Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

2. It is OK for a man to cry ONLY under the following circumstances:
(a) When a heroic dog dies to save its master.
(b) The moment Angelina Jolie starts unbuttoning her blouse.
(c) After wrecking your boss's car.
(d) When she is using her teeth.

3. Any Man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally killed and eaten by his buddies.

4. Unless he murdered someone in your family, you must bail a friend out of jail within 12 hours.

5. If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off limits forever unless you actually marry her.

6. Moaning about the brand of free beer in a buddy's fridge is forbidden. However complain at will if the temperature is unsuitable.

7. No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday present for another man. In fact, even remembering your buddy's birthday is strictly optional. At that point, you must celebrate at a strip bar of the birthday boy's choice.

8. On a road trip, the strongest bladder determines pit stops, not the weakest.

9. When stumbling upon other guys watching a sporting event, you may ask the score of the game in progress, but you may never ask who's playing.

10. You may be flatulent in front of a woman only after you have brought her to climax. If you trap her head under the covers for the purpose of flatulent entertainment, she's officially your girlfriend.

11. It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink only when you're sunning on a tropical beach... and it's delivered by a topless model and only when it's free.

12. Only in situations of moral and/or physical peril are you allowed to kick another guy in the nuts.

13. Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.

14. Friends don't let friends wear Speedos. Ever. Issue closed.

15. If a man's fly is down, that's his problem, you didn't see anything.

16. Women who claim they "love to watch sports" must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to drink as much as the other sports watchers.

17. A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must remain sober enough to fight.

18. Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of pizza, but not both, that's just greedy.

19. If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be talking about his choice of beer.

20. Never join your girlfriend or wife in discussing a friend of yours, except if she's withholding sex pending your response.

21. Phrases that may NOT be uttered to another man while lifting weights:
a) Yeah, Baby, Push it!
b) C'mon, give me one more! Harder!
c) Another set and we can hit the showers!

22. Never talk to a man in a bathroom unless you are on equal footing: i.e., both urinating, both waiting in line, etc. For all other situations, an almost imperceptible nod is all the conversation you need.

23. Never allow a telephone conversation with a woman to go on longer than you are able to have sex with her. Keep a stopwatch by the phone. Hang up if necessary.

24. The morning after you and a girl who was formerly "just a friend" have carnal, drunken monkey sex, the fact that you're feeling weird and guilty is no reason for you not to nail each other again before the discussion occurs about what a big mistake it was.

25. It is acceptable for you to drive her car. It is not acceptable for her to drive yours.

26. Thou shalt not buy a car in the colors of brown, pink, lime green, orange or sky blue.

27. The girl who replies to the question "What do you want for Christmas?" with "If you loved me, you'd know what I want!" gets an Xbox 360. End of story.

28. There is no reason for guys to watch Ice Skating or Men's Gymnastics. Ever.

We've all heard about people having guts or balls, but do you really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you informed, the definition of each is listed below:

"GUTS" is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being assaulted by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to say, "Are you still cleaning or are you flying somewhere?"

"BALLS" is coming home late after a night out with the guys smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the ass and having the balls to say, "You're next!"

I hope this clears up any confusion, The International Council of Manlaws, Ltd.


"It is better to be hated for what you are, than loved for what you are not."
-Andre Gide

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How in the world is a bare breast a "bad" thing?

Ok, I will say off the bat that a man's breast and a woman's breast cannot be compared as equal. There is obviously a sexual component to the breast of a woman because of the fact that throughout time, women have been forced to hide and cover the vessel of nuturing. Despite the recent changes in laws throughout the world (it is legal for a woman to be publicly topless in Ontario). it is not a simple matter of two mammaries being exposed. While a bare-chested man may be attractive to certain people, that is usually if it is in realitively decent shape. Pretty much show any shape or size of a woman's chest and there will be a line of men wanting to see it as it provides titillation regardless of true sexual attraction. Does that make it pornography? Absolutley not and those ignorant protesters should do their homework before claiming as such. There are child molesters out there that have not seen a breast since infancy that do what they do because they are simply depraved; not because the almighty breast drove them to it.

Tackle the issue at its root and for its actual symptoms and people may pay attention instead of sweeping you aside to get a better look at the parade.


CANOE -- CNEWS - Weird News: Bare breasts parade gridlocks city

Monday, August 18, 2008

A different side of a typical American.

The Olympics are supposed a time and area where politics and learned hatreds are suspended while the pureness if the pursuit of perfection is allowed to carry on. It happened when the Nazis were seemingly in power and it continues today as so many conflicts rage around the world.

While it has been easy to bash Americans over the last few years and to paint everyone with the same brush, it is refreshing to come across those that break the stereotype and allow us to see each citizen as the individual that they truly are. Ms. Mendoza appears to be sincere in here column and seems to be genuine in her offer and desire. As anyone who has watched The Amazing Race knows, we have it VERY cushy over here in North America so I would hope if in her lifetime she truly gets the opportunity to visit Pakistan or anywhere else less fortunate than us, that she soaks in the culture, focuses on the people and grows from the experience.

Should I win the lottery one day, I publicly pledge to pay for the expenses to make this happen. Change happens a little at a time and like a fragile plant, needs to be cared for and nurtured. Let us all be so fortunate to cultivate this type of wonder and openness. Good on you Ms. Mendoza, and best of luck in the Olympics.

Peace. - A tale of two worlds

Today's Funny

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hearing it would be believing it.

You never know what you are going to find sometimes when looking for something else.

I was watching FoodTV as the wife slept, since I still cannot eat so much as a potato chip properly without pain, and I went online to find Cafe Glace which was being showcased on Unwrapped. Well, this site supposedly could take me there but the actually link is not working. This site itself though proved to be an interesting find on its own.


DailyCandy - The Latest Fashion Designers, Weekend Events & Products - DailyCandy

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What a snob/bitch/sorry human being/unfeeling witch/sad sad person.

There are many more descriptions and none of them good to illustrate just what I, and probably a number of others, think about this woman. In a nutshell, this woman has the audacity to show her picture and (STUPIDLY) her house in the paper while complaining that her custom-built house is now on a bus route and her TV (yes, I said TV) is being bothered with the bus passing with people needing to ride transit to the GO station some distance away. Her solution for this dilemna of hers, having paid a $100,000 premium for the lot they are on which has a view of Lake Ontario? Petition to have the bus re-routed. Forget the neighbours she is inconveniencing, forget the carbon footprint she is disturbing. She wants people who live in the area, and can obviously afford to have and drive two cars like she and her husband can, to drive instead of needing the bus to go through the area.

Is this beeyatch for real??!?!?

And the icing on the cake is, in print, she essentially confesses that her and her husband uses their influences with local politicians to get what they want. She brags about being more connected than the average person. She all but simply says she is better and higher than those around her so deserves better treatment.

Hmmmm, she is damn lucky she doesn't live in Toronto, especially Scarborough. Then again, with all the low income immigrants there, I am sure she wouldn't be caught dead with ten kilometres of the area. What do you know? Ajax is outside of that radius; what a coincidence.

The fallout of this ridiculous issue brought to light by this article (and to me by Mossy Stone) is that her and her husband will be branded, fairly or unfairly, as less than desirable people to be around. I hope they have some enlightened friends that can show them just how wrong and STUPID it was to make this public and to provide those quotes. Smart idiots keep these things under wraps. I wonder how this will affect her husband's future dealings as well. Seeing as it is obvious that he brings home the bacon, did she just cut into the family's income as people will not want to do business with their type?

Lady, pick up and move off into the country where either you will find more of your type or will find people who have not heard of your dumb ass as yet. I will NOT condone any violent acts towards you, your property or your family but I will condone that you don't have a moment's peace from this moment on until you apologize and then do something constructive for the neighbours you wronged or you pack up your shit and get out of Dodge. It really is one or the other.


Peace. | GTA | Route change request sparks bus war

As seen on The Price is Right.

Everything doesn't have to be serious.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today's funny

Submitted by our LB

Hillbilly Birth

Deep in the back woods, of Letcher County Kentucky a hillbilly's wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery. Since there was no electricity, the doctor handed the father-to-be a lantern and said, 'Here. You hold this high so I can see what I am doing!'

Soon, a baby boy was brought into the world. 'Whoa there', said the doctor, 'Don't be in such a rush to put that lantern down I think theres another one coming.'

Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered a baby girl. 'Hold that lantern up, don't set it down there's another one!' Said the doctor.

Within a few minutes he had delivered a third baby 'No, don't be in a hurry to put down that lantern, it seems theres yet another one coming!' cried the doctor.

The redneck scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor, . . .. . .

'You reckon it might be the light that's attractin' 'em?'

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bernie Mac - RIP

The funniest comedy is always the stuff talked about that you can relate to. For rednecks, that may be Jeff Foxworthy. For young blacks, that may be Dave Chappelle or Chris Rock. For an older generation, that may be Mel Brooks or the late George Carlin. Now, while all of those people had many crossovers into different areas, few of them really connected with people as Bernie Mac did on his show where he dealt with the trails of holding a family together. Everyone with a family found something in that show to relate to whether you were a big ro small family, no matter what colour or race you were and no matter your standing in society's rat race. You simply got it because he simply spoke the truth.

And don't even think about arguing with me because, "I'll beat you in the head until the white meat shows!"

Mr. McCullough, you will surely be missed and our prayers are with your family in this time of loss.

Do, finally, rest in peace.

Bernie Mac Dead, Bernie Mac Obituary - Today's News: Our Take |

This article is true, funny but sad at the same time.

Agree or not about the place of porn in the world but once the person becomes a former "star" and moves on with their lives, so should the rest of the world. People forgive the hookers with hearts of goal, the gangsters who now sing rap, the drug dealers who sing rap or do PSAs and all variety of criminals who have done wrong in the past but have turned over a new leaf. Hell, even Paris Hilton is forgiven and her super sad sex tape is forgotten as she continues to get mindlessly paid for being whatever it is she is.

However, do what Paris did on tape for money, many times, and somehow you become less than human and not afforded the same pass of forgiveness that others are freely given. That simply is not fair or right. Ms. Jameson and Mr. Ortiz are trying to do something positive in life and these shallow people choose to focus on the negative in order to make themselves feel better and to sell copy. Geez, who are the ones really with the sad little lives afterall?


Jenna Jameson Is Pregnant -

The Evil Beet
Celebrity gossip with an evil twist.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I have to censor myself because if I said what I was thinking right now...

If you CHOOSE to not eat meat, I applaud you for having the strength and will to do so. It is a learned behaviour to not do so. I suppose you can also argue that to eat meat is a learned behaviour as taught to us by our parents from when we started chewing solid foods. Regardless, I believe that it has been proven many times over that very few animals on the planet possess the ability to choose; most are driven by instinct. Even those with the power of choice have to bow from time to time to their instinct because it is so strong. Homo Sapien is at the top of the food chain because of our intelligence and our ability to reason and choose our path in life.

Most, not all, food eaten by humans do not possess choice. I would not even enter the religious aspect because it has no place in this discussion. I will simply work with nature's law of the survival of the fittest. Humans, for better or for worse for this poor planet, are the dominant species on this planet. We survive temperature changes, warfare, natural disasters and we keep on coming. Many animals have disappeared because of humans but many have survived and thrived because of humans as well. If another animal wants to take the mantle, go right ahead and do so. However, until that time, we get to decide what happens around here.

And I will tell you, I am MUCH happier that the Colonel decided instead of training his chickens to dance in time to music or to tap out poetry on a computer, he figured out what spices and seasonings work best when they are chopped up, dipped in batter and dropped into a fryer. Maybe it is just my fat ass talking but give me dinner before giving me a pet.

Specifically to PETA's latest disgusting taste in ads, I can only say that it is par for course with them these days. There are simply not enough words or time to express just how pathetic, distasteful, insensitive, ignorant, compassionless, arrogant, crass, hurtful and just plain wrong and spiteful this is and the so-called celebrities that support PETA (Ahem, Ms. Anderson, are you listening?) should PUBLICLY and LOUDLY proclaim how much they are distancing themselves from PETA in this regard. Hmmm, I guess there were enough words and time after all. Shame on you PETA. Shame.


PETA ad compares Greyhound bus attack to slaughtering animals

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Obviously Extreme Home Makeover needs to conduct "are they stupid?" tests first.

As per this story, one would think that if one had to go on national TV and beg for a reality show to come and help your broke ass, then one would think you would do everything you can to NEVER again be in that spotlight. Did these people really think that once the cameras left the street that no one would be watching them? Hello! You just got a BIG ASS house, the largest one of its time built by EHM, that towers over all the neighbours. Do you honestly think that those poor saps who work for a living are not jealous, envious and pissed that while they still are trying to make ends meet that you are living in the lap of luxury, all bills and ills taken care of?

And how dumb do you have to be to not know that the real estate and construction business is in the shit in the US so should be the LAST thing you want to invest money in that is NOT really yours. Did you secure a job to pay back that loan while you tried to get the business off the ground or did you expect everyone to hire you because you were on TV? Why not a proven franchise like Subway's or McDonald's or something recognizable and is a sure thing to bring back in money? Why not at least a proven business at least that is not as big a risk and is something everyone wants (i.e. gas station (I know it has its own issues), convenience store, coffee house). There are a number of different businesses they could have tried and succeeded at but they went looking for the big score. They gambled and they lost; they LOST a lot of OTHER people's money, hard work, kindness and generosity. They also lost everyone's respect.

I can see them getting money from the house to do something that helped themselves and helped other people in the process. I don't see how getting a loan of that size was for anything that trying to live higher off the hog since they had a taste of the good life and wanted it to continue long after the cameras were gone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with chasing the dream but there is something VERY wrong if you do so and yet AGAIN put your family in danger. The parent or parents of this family are severely negligent and should be ashamed of themselves. They should apologize to ABC, to the EHM team, to the builders, to the volunteers, to the city, to the mayor, to their neighbours but especially to their children. To put them family in the spotlight in such a negative light is simply unconscionable.

It's not just bad form, it's bad parenting. And it's just plain stupid.

href=''>CANOE -- JAM! - 'Makeover' house faces foreclosure

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

You don't have to be black to understand...

But to be honest, it helps.

I am certainly not the person you will find crying foul about "the man" keeping me down or constantly lamenting the dragging of my ancestors over on slave boats or anything like that. All in all, I've let a fairly decent life with relatively few incidents of racism. However, I cannot dismiss that there are definitely people, like my parents, who faced and continue to face much more hardships brought on simply by the colour of one's skin.

I married a white, Jewish woman who I love dearly. Being Jewish, she and other members of her family have faced their share of prejudice and scorn. However, as I pointed out to her a couple of times in our years together, it is not the same and simply cannot be compared. While there are certain characteristics that are passed down in genetics of a Jewish family, most of those tend to not become prominent until the person grows older. For example, the hunched back, certain facials features, etc. The younger, modern Jewish person is typically not recognized as Jewish until they open their mouths and either use a known Jewish phrase or specifically tells someone they are Jewish. We are not so fortunate.

One is immediately identified as a black person from birth! It is simply a matter of looking at the person in question. Yep, I'm black. Always have been, always will be.

And it is in the outward identification that partially lies the issue. Humans are very visual animals so if they associate something with a particular image (i.e. in movies and theatre, the colour black is used to portray wrongness, evil, danger, death, negativity, low worth, etc.), then they have a hard time when the image is applied to something foreign to them. I do not believe that games, movies and TV should be blamed for this alone. Yes, early on they reinforced the stereotypes that branded a people harshly but what is the excuse for the here and now in 2008? Why are the black women still so angry? Why are the black men still leaving them with children ? Though that one may be answered by the previous question or is the cause of it. Why are the jails filled with black men and black youth? Why are the education and social programs geared to placate instead of actually helping uplift? And to borrow (and paraphrase) a line from Mr. Singleton's 'Boyz 'N The Hood', "Why is there a liquor store on almost every corner in the projects, Harlem and the ghettos of major cities but not the same in Beverly Hills and the O.C. and Martha's Vineyard and Park Avenue and the other affluent neighbourhoods in America"?

The answer is simple and the solution is almost as much. Don't frequent those businesses and they will close or change to survive. Don't feed and perpetrate the stereotypes. Keep the family together and if you cannot, at least ensure the members ALL survive and thrive. Don't look for the easy way to success on the backs of or in spite of your neighbour who has found a way to make good. Especially don't try to bring them down because your ass is too lazy to lift yourself up. All of these things are simple. NONE of them are easy.

And it does not just go for the Blacks/African descendants (I hate the new age terms), but for every easily identifiable immigrant and descendant of an immigrant including my Orthodox friends. We are all our worst enemy in this regard and we only need a modicum of control and thought to fix it. As the saying goes, if you are not a part of the solution, you ARE the f**king problem.


Special Reports - Black in America

Editor's NOTE: I heard Nas on our local urban radio station, FLOW 93.5. I listen to a lot of different styles of music but I would have to say that Dance, Old School and Top 40 are my many genres of music. While I listen to a fair amount of Hip Hop, it tends to be either Old School Rap or more dance-like tunes; the mainstream stuff. I tend to find a whole album full of more self-serving babbling than anything I could get into. Hearing Nas' words though intrigued me to listen to the whole thing. So, to insure it was worth it, I do what I always do; I downloaded it off the Net. If I like an album, I buy it; the proof is the thousand or so CDs that we own. I will be buying this album and supporting the Artist. While I won't ever play it repeatedly, I will play it enough to hear and understand and interpret the words. I think that is what he wants us to do. The cover, as he explained it, came about from the pushback he received to title his album with the dreaded 'N' word. Since mainstream stores were not ready for the inevitable backlash that would come from doing that, he and a friend came up with the untitled album cover below. The image is SO powerful that putting ANY writing on the cover would have detracted from the image. It works and it is effective. I asked DW what she thought about the cover when I sent her the jpeg image. I did not say anything else because I wanted her honest reaction; it was much different from my own which further cements my comments above. That is not to say in ANY way that her impression was wrong; it was just different. Understanding that is what is going to bring this world closer instead of furthering the mess that we live in now. Peace.

Please comment on what were your impressions on seeing the cover. Thank you.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Best opening line in an article EVER!!

Everybody loves Chris Rock standup
By SHANE ROSS - Sun Media

OTTAWA - Anyone worried about being offended at Chris Rock's show last night should've stayed the f--- home.

NOTE: DW and I saw this at Rama on Tuesday night (thanks again Gemini) and this is the second or third time we have seen him. I do not know why they are saying his career needs resurrecting. Does the writer have hit movies? Nope. Does the writer have a hit TV show? Nope. Does the writer have a successful production company? Nope. Can the writer fill halls and auditoriums with everyone from underage teens with fake IDs to silver and blue-haired handicapped folks who would usually be welded to a 2-cent slot machine? Nope. So, exactly what does he need resurrecting? Personally, with all due respect to Mr. Shane Ross, on this subject he should just shut the f--- up.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

One for the books

Anyone that knows me knows that I will probably speak to you via email or MSN before I do on the phone. As such, I am constantly seeing SPAM of all sorts (not just penis mail). The following is directed SPAM, as I call it, because there is a person behind the specific intent. I would make note of the email address and style so that you can avoid such people like the plague in the future. If you want to know why I accepted them in the first place, that's simple: no one uses their real names in their email anymore so until you connect, you have no clue who it is. That is one of the problems with how MSN is set up. As well, what do we want from something free from Micro$oft?


Dixie says:

I am on vacation until Monday. Bother me at your own peril! says:
Hi. Are we acquainted? says:
hey, A/S/L?:)

I am on vacation until Monday. Bother me at your own peril! says:
A/S/L? says:
hey whats up babe, U got a webcam? finally someone adds me, I am soo fuckin horny today for some reason lol

I am on vacation until Monday. Bother me at your own peril! says:
Sorry. Married. Happy. Content. Not interested in more than I have as I can barely handle that. Good luck on your quest. Take care. says:
listen hun, I am just about to start my webcam show with jen, come chat me there in my chat room? We can cyber, I will get naked if u!


At this point I simply stopped responding and then blocked the person from chatting with me any further.

You knew it was going to happen sooner or later.

It will be very interesting to see how this one plays out. If Psystar
wins, it will open the doors for MANY Mac clone companies to start
selling their goods. If they lose, which is probably what will happen,
it will possibly close the doors forever on me and my fellow Mac OS X
devotees of being able to freely and legally install the operating
system on the hardware of our choice WITH Apple's blessing and more
importantly Apple's help in terms of drivers and support.

I truly do understand Jobs and company's insistence on quality control
and keeping everything in house. One look at the range of crap to
crystal in the IBM PC world will tell you that you may not want the
same fate for your beautiful OS. That said, I can buy a $200 computer
WITH Windows installed on it. I'll drop the argument to allow Mac OS X
to the masses when Apple can deliver anything remotely close to that
price point.


Apple Finally Sues Psystar; Asks for Recall - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

Apple Finally Sues Psystar; Asks for Recall - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Does this actually work? If so, cheaper than the Disc Doctor(tm)!

Rogers(tm) is on serious crack!!!

They would have been heroes, they would have had people lining up for blocks, they would have had huge positive press and good will... instead, they get the opposite of that and fuel the fire that they are a bunch of money-grubbing, greedy, non-client oriented boobs that don't have a clue. All Rogers had to do was match the price plans of AT&T and all would have been well. Instead, they tried to continue their cheating, greedy ways to nickle and dime their customers. It is why I dropped their Home Phone service and why I am working on dropping their Internet and TV services as well. I enjoy the service but they are NOT the only game in town and they need to start acting like it. Hey Ted, get a clue and pay some attention to your paying customers instead of just your sad sack baseball team.

The press release on the minor appeasement that Rogers has offered up is better than what they started with but no where near close enough to AT&T's offering. 6GB. $30/month. Unlimited. $10/month. Understanding the difference? Priceless.

This link will take you to the press release.


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Want to know how men and women really relate?

Submitted by DoubleD.

Dave Chappelle is one of the best observational comedians on the planet today. He is one of the few comedians that can get away with talking about anything, anybody, anyhow he damn well feels. He simply does not give a f**k what people think. Then again, maybe he does because his material hits exactly where we need him to. We WANT him to say that, we WANT him to make those observations public so that we can laugh about it together instead of being shunned as bad people.

Dave rocks!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today's Funny

Submitted by BJ from MTL

Three Men on a Hike

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed: 'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'

Poof! . God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim
across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river'

Poof! ... God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizi ng once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: 'God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river'

Poof! ... He was turned in to a woman. She checked the map,
hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.


Friday, June 06, 2008

For the Bat Rider

I saw this on Nightline tonight. If the video is still visible online, it is worth watching. Absolutely amazing and I would love to do this myself.


Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking - all about mountain bike rides, bike races, cycle touring and more

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Thanks to BT from MTL

No words will suffice just see the picture. I can't believe I have never seen this before!!!!

It might take you a minute--

I think now I can say--'I've seen it all'

Redneck tank top...seen recently at a tractor pull.

Look Closely!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

A solemn anniversary

Unlike a wedding anniversary (ours is in two weeks) or other celebratory events, today is a sad day for us. One year ago, Gina Martin, one of DW's oldest friends, passed away after a hard fight against breast cancer. This morning, her husband contacted us for the first time in many months. It made us very emotional to both remember her passing and to hear from Jeff again after a prolonged absence.

To be perfectly honest, we were a little put off by not being allowed to be part of the grieving process and not being allowed to be the good friends we know we are to someone we know was in pain. We had to get over ourselves and realize that our loss and our pain pales in comparison to someone losing their life partner, their sister, their daughter. It's not about us. So, we waited until such a time that we knew would come; when Jeff was ready to reach out to us. That day we were sure would come because of the kind of person Jeff is.

We hope now that he is ready to let us assist him in any way he needs us to. He remains family and as they say in Lilo and Stitch, that means nobody gets left behind.

RIP Gina. We love you.


Friday, May 16, 2008


Just a quick post and then I will fill it in later (as I am rushing off to my function this evening). Okay, not so quick as I never finished writing it last night so I am finishing it Saturday morning.

Today started just a little different as a friend and colleague from work got in my very first birthday wish today. Thanks Sab. That was followed a half hour later by a message from my LB. Thanks Wiz. And that was followed by the call I expect every year and very few years has it been missed. As I was born around 5AM, my father calls me every year at 5AM to wake me up and welcome me yet again into he world. Honestly, at one point I got to hate being woken up but I quickly understood that it is a special thing to look forward to and the effort he makes to do it every single year is to be appreciated. And I do appreciate it very much. Thanks Dad.

And thanks to Mossy, DoubleD (who called before he drove down to Ohio with the family), my youngest niece, my oldest nephew, various FB friends, other folks at work, Keith, my MIL who sent a very nice e-card and finally, my favourite aunt in the world made sure to call to wish me well. I also have to thank Mossy and Penny, BB and EL, Skibum, Calgary girl, College boy and his girlfriend (and S in absentia), my cousin Weeble, her sister Flake and the girl with the nice rack that Weeb brought. Most of all I have to thank my wife you for a change was able to genuinely surprise me. First, she never told me that me that Calgary Girl was in town this weekend and coming with Skibum. Second, she was able to keep the secret that my brother, LB, his wife, SpecialK, and their two sons were coming down for the weekend so I was shocked to see him walk in to the pool area of Safari and it brought me to tears.

This was also an extra special time because the cousins I have not seen or talked to in a long time, for reason we will not print here, came out to celebrate with me. At 40, I decided that change was necessary but in positive ways. I took steps to start that change and it ignited and caught quickly so as I result, family is back in the picture. That is really the best present of all.

Thank you everyone for one of the best birthday ever. I won't soon forget this day. Much love.


Sunday, May 04, 2008

Today's funny (from

Blonde Speed Limit

A police officer pulls over a car with a young blonde driver in it….

Cop : “Miss, this is a 65 MPH highway, why are you going so slowly?”

Blonde : “Officer, I saw a lot of signs saying 22, not 65.”

Cop : “Oh miss, that’s not the speed limit, that’s the name of the highway you’re on!”

Blonde : “Oh! Stupid me! Thanks for letting me know, I’ll be more careful from now on.”

At this point the cop looks into the back seat of the car, where the passengers are shaking and white as ghosts.

Cop : “Excuse me miss, what’s wrong with your friends back there? They’re shaking something awful.”

Blonde : “Oh… We just got off of highway 119”

Ok so a blonde walked into an electronic store and asked, “can I buy this tv?” and the guy said, “no your a blonde”. So she died her hair brown.

The next day the blonde walked into the store again and asked, “can I buy this tv?” and the guy said, “no your a blonde”. So then she died her hair purple.

She walked to the electronic store again and asked, “can I have this tv?” and the guy said, “no your a blonde” and the blonde said, “how do you know im a blonde?” and the guy said, “because this is a microwave!!!”

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Birthday Wish

My man Mossy has a birthday today so we wish him a happy one, a peaceful one and a fruitful one. And if he cannot have any of those, then we wish him the ability to wreak havoc on whatever is stopping him from doing so!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dang Canadian teams!

So, last night everyone lost. The Jays lost 6-4, not that it really matters. I will be a bandwagon jumper on that one. The Calagary Flames got knocked off 5-3 and are now out of the playoffs. I was really hoping Jerome Inginla and the crew would be able to pull it off against the Sharks but it was not the Kipper's best game and they could not claw their way back into it. And then there is the Toronto Raptors who, if they could simply f**king remember what the paint was, would have won their second game against Orlando and tied the series up. Nope, as in past years, laziness, settling for the outside jumper and not attacking the basket means we need to win the next four out of five to advance. Not impossible but we love to make things harder for ourselves than need be.

Other notable games last night had the hated Philadelphia Flyers advancing past Ovechkin and the Capitals. I really hate the Flyers and I super hate the GM, Bobby Clarke. I hope Les Habitants can allow me to finally say this season, "F**K You Bobby Clarke!" Also on the losing end was the Pheonix Suns once again to the Spurs. I like Manu and Parker and even Duncan but as a whole, I can do without seeing San Antonio in the playoffs. I hope Nash and Shaq and the crew can get it together, cowboy up and get the job done finally. Dallas once again was made to bend over and lube up for Paul's New Orleans Hornets. That's one of those beatings where the parents invite people over for food and drinks while they retell the story of how they dished out the licks to you. Cuban has to be super pissed.

Games of note this week include Montreal versus Philadephia, Toronto versus Orlando, Lakers versus Nuggets, Celtics versus Hawks and King James' Cavs in action.


Friday, April 18, 2008

An interesting look at a growing problem.

Not everything in the world is evil.

Would I have done the same if I could have?

I would have to say I probably would not have but as time wore on, I definitely could see myself snapping and doing it. The "it" would be to jump on YouTube or some other viral video site and say what I really want to be said about my ex-wife. The only reason I ever back screaming from the rooftops about the horrible person and mother she is was that it would hurt my daughter. In the end, not outing her may have hurt TC more than anything. Anyhow, in the grand scheme of things, I think that this woman hurt her case and is now going to be perceived as some kind of whack job and vindictive person. In the end, because she did not show some modicrum of control, people will distance themselves from her except for those in her innermost circle. And you have to wonder if there is anyone left in that circle if she had to resort to this public display instead of talking to them. It doesn't affect us directly so like anything else, we can laugh and revel in someone else' pain and thank the stars it is not happening to you.

Who knows, maybe she will land a part now for her terrific performance seeing as she was unknown until now.


YouTube divorce rant has experts talking - TODAY: People -

A little cultural sharing: Passover

As a lay Roman Catholic, I can still recite parts of the mass from memory, I can tell you about the sacraments and I can explain why certain things are as they are. As the husband of a Jewish woman, I cannot tell you a whole lot because I am still a student of the religion (and I use religion loosely as it certainly is in essence much more an identity than a religion, but that is for another post). My first seder experience was in high school in a well-intended but very poorly executed experiment during religion class where real wine was served to a naughty bunch of teenagers. Oy! Suffice it to say that it was the first and the last time it was attempted, there was many a reprimand handed out, the cleanup was long and the teacher was devastated. Fast forward to my first seder with my in-laws and the atmosphere was much more serious in nature but only so much so as to recognize that it was an important time. My in-laws are not orthodox or conservative but more laid-back reform. They do not keep kosher or adhere strictly to a number of the rules that typically Jewish people identify themselves with. That said, as I intoned earlier, the "identity" of being Jewish is very strong in this family and I fully respect that.

During that first meal, which was my wife's immediate family plus one of our favourite cousin's (RC), I had my brother-in-law cracking jokes in my ear that no one else could hear except for me, RC, DW and the odd time, the older brother who is a bit more serious than the other two. My BIL would say after a passage that described how God did something for the people, "Because we are the chosen people and just better than everyone else" and other silly things. It wasn't done in a malicious or self-righteous way but rather in a self-mocking playful way that had me, him and our cousin snickering so much we were often reprimanded by my other BIL, my MIL and my wife. All in all, like many a celebration in any other religion, Passover brings friends and family together again during the year to share in each other's lives. There can never be enough of those times.


Passover 101: What you need to know - TODAY: Food & Wine -

It has peanut butter as an ingredient. What more needs to be said?

If you like wine, then this is for you.

I've used boxed wines going back many years. The first one I bought was a white wine in a 4 litre bag in a box. The convenience of being able to have some wine without the pressure of having to finish of the bottle so as to not waste it was a huge benefit. Just open the fridge, press open the spigot and enjoy. Anyone that tells you that boxed or tetra-packed wine does not taste good has never actually bought it. If you are still skeptical, go and get the smallest size, a 250ml (otherwise known to some of my friends as a glass warmer), and try it for yourself. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


Battle of the wines: Boxed vs. bottled - Wine -

Some decent information, though very high level, on buying a digital TV.

I certainly don't see what the debate is about.

any regular reader of this blog knows my stance on the death penalty, but let me say it again: I am for it when there is zero doubt about the guilt of the person involved and the seriousness of the crime. For this article specifically, it really is a no-brainer. By the very parameters, a child CANNOT give consent to have sex with an adult. Sure there is that gray area where older children are "convinced" that they know what they are doing and may agree to the act (especially with someone of the same age range). However, when a man or woman who is an adult preys upon someone who has yet to even formulate what the concept of sexual intercourse is, then it is a black and white case to me. That "person" needs to die and have that defective gene pool prevented from replicating. And generally, with DNA testing, the evidence will speak for itself. No plea bargains. No mercy rulings. Simple, quick, absolute. If there is any leeway, any way for the sick pervert to weasel out of the sentence, then there is no true deterrent to the crime. If, however, the sick pervert knows for a fact that when caught he or she will be put to death in short order, AND they see this sentence being carried out without prejudice and routinely, then it will actually make a few of them think it may not be such a good idea to risk my life to satisfy an urge. For the rest of them that cannot resist, they will get what is coming to them.


Death for those who rape children? - Crime & courts-

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today's Funny

Submitted by Famine.

Q. How can you prove that a dog is a mans best friend?

A. Take a dog and your wife. On a hot July day lock both of them in the
trunk of your car. Walk away for 3 hours.

Come back, open the trunk, and see which one thanks you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Maybe the table was cheating on the first guy with this one?

Another helpful article to help choose the right power supply.

Add a component and not sure your system can handle it?

I found this calculator online and it will give you a rough estimate on whether or not that old standard in your PC case is up to snuff. One word of advice is to bypass the bargain bin units (i.e. 500 watts for $25) unless you are giving away the system or using it for testing duties. If you want a rock solid, reliable and stable system, then fork out the extra cash for a brand name, tested and proven unit from folks like OCZ, Antec, PC Power and Cooling and Thermaltake.

Journey Systems Power Supply Calculator