And Done!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 31 at 7:24 am

Well, here we are, 1 year later.

I set upon this little journey, just to see if I could do it.

A post a day for a year.

Even with a vacation in the middle there, I was able to do it.

And now with that milestone reached, it is time to say goodbye.

I have more plans now, including a webcomic I have had bouncing around in my head for some time now. Now that I know I can do a post a day, it is time to tackle that beast.

Thanks for visiting (for those few that did) and I wish you well.

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Now This is Pretty Cool!!!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 30 at 7:31 am

World of Warcraft.

Using a Kinect.

Enough said.

Well, maybe a little more can be said.

From G4 TechTV:

The latest hack for Kinect lets gamers play WoW by moving their bodies. One of the things I’m sure most people hate about playing World of Warcraft is the lack of physical movement needed to play. Some talented folks at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have heard your cries and are answering them with software that makes PC games playable with Microsoft’s Kincet. The software they developed is called Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, or FAAST. It uses the body’s movements to emulate a keyboard’s actions. FAAST is available for free download on their site. This has potential to help people recovering from traumatic accidents and even helping with childhood obesity. Would you want to play a PC game by moving?

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Your Computer is Lying to You!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 29 at 8:27 am

To quote the Matrix, “There is no Progress Bar”

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Harrison Ford is 4ft Tall?

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 28 at 8:14 am

This is something that has bugged me for a while.

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indy has the Amulet of Ra, and is talking with the old man about the markings, he is told that the staff should be 6 kadams (sp?) tall. Sullah says that is equal to 72″, or 6 feet.

Then, on the back of the amulet, it then says to take 1 kadam back, to honour the Hebrew God whos ark they are searching for. So that makes the staff 5ft tall.

Well, if you look at that pic, Indy is a foot shorter there.

So there you go, Harrison Ford is 4ft tall.



Or this is an error in the script. Your choice.

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Segway Too Much For You – How About This?

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 27 at 8:49 am

A bike with no pedals? The size of the kiddie trike? That’s New Zealand’s own YikeBike, which we previewed for you last year. It now looks to be available in the U.S. for around $3,600, which may be a low enough price to draw at least a few curious buyers to purchase one.

The YikeBike Electric ‘mini-farthing’ (a self-described new class of bikes, also known as a mini electric penny farthing) exists somewhere between an e-bike and a Segway. Upon encountering traffic, the owner of said device simply unfolds the lightweight, 22 pound frame, climbs up on the wheel-mounts, leans back, and away she goes for 6.2 miles on a charge, courtesy of the electric motor.

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Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 26 at 8:21 am

Well, not really, but this is a pretty cool invention.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 25 at 8:20 am

Short but sweet.

Have a very merry christmas!

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The Dramatic Woodchuck…..Attacks!!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 24 at 8:12 am

An old meme from last year, but a very humorous addition.

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Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 23 at 8:14 am

From Eric Duhaime, Toronto Sun:

Yves Archambault owns a shoe store called Le Marcheur on St. Denis Street in Le Plateau, a hip neighbourhood in Montreal.

For the last 25 years, he’s been selling shoes from all over the world.

On Oct. 2, Archambault received a formal demand from a radical left-leaning organization threatening to picket in front of his shop to “make St. Denis an Israeli Apartheid Free Zone”.

These extremists did not want to see shoes made in Israel sold on the Plateau. More than that, they wanted a great purge of all products from the Jewish state.

Even though he is not Jewish and the Israeli shoes in his store represent less than 2% of his sales, Archambault refused to give in to this blackmail. He has been selling these quality shoes for over 15 years. Apolitical, he simply refused to accept a handful of ideologues dictating to him what to sell and not to sell.

Every Saturday since the beginning of October, in the best trading hours, a dozen activists have blocked the entrance of his store with anti-Israel signs and distribute tracts calling for the boycott of his store, harassing his clients.

On Dec. 11, a local Member of the National Assembly (MNA), Amir Khadir, joined the protesters with well-known communist leaders.

This elected official, paid by taxpayers, set about to harm a small storekeeper in his constituency who sells a legal product coming from a country with which Canada has a free-trade agreement.

From his involvement with an “Islamo-Marxist” organization to his public support of George Galloway, a propagandist paid by Iranian state TV, this is not Khadir’s first controversy on Middle East issues.

A non-practising Muslim born in Iran, Khadir co-leads the ultra-left party Quebec Solidaire and is the only Solidaire MNA.

He does not support certain Islamist causes out of religious conviction but participates instead in an anti-imperialism alliance between the extreme left and the Islamists that are coalescing everywhere else in the western world.

Even if polls suggest Khadir is currently the most popular MNA in Quebec, he did not gather support for his boycott campaign.

Last Saturday, my friends and I organized a “BUYcott.” We all went to buy a pair of shoes from Archambault. More than 150 people broke the picket-line and went to Le Marcheur.

We beat the economic terrorism of the radical left one pair of shoes at a time.

Many political columnists were also quick to support our BUYcott and condemn Khadir’s tactics of intimidation.

The BUYcotters reaction of outrage and the almost unanimous condemnation by the Quebec press is very reassuring.

Let’s remember Quebecers were the first in the whole Commonwealth to elect a Jew when they elected Ezechiel Hart MNA of Trois-Rivieres in 1807. Since it was not permitted for a Jew to occupy such a function at the time in the British Empire, another election was called and people from Trois-Rivieres re-elected Hart to the astonishment of our British rulers.

Khadir is not going to make Quebecers turn our backs today on our great heritage of a few centuries of tolerance and friendship with Jews.

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They Made What? And This Is The First I’m Hearing About It?

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 22 at 7:47 am

Remember this? I sure do. The 25th anniversary one? Didn’t hear a thing about it.

“We Are the World,” the charity single by which all other charity singles are measured, turned 25 this year — just in time for the decade’s first humanitarian crisis.

Released in 1985, “We Are the World” was like nothing music fans had ever witnessed. With Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson at the helm, the project brought together dozens of musical megastars to benefit African famine relief. The impact was massive: multi-platinum sales, months of radio airplay, tens of millons of dollars raised for the cause. And so, when the song’s silver anniversary coincided with a major disaster — the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that decimated Haiti in January — there seemed only one thing to do.

Recorded February 1 in a marathon session, “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” was an ambitious update. It boasted an all-new lineup, ranging in age from the pubescent Justin Bieber to the octogenarian Tony Bennett. It incorporated modern twists: Auto-Tuned solos by T-Pain and Akon, a rap break penned byWill.I.Am, a dash of creole from Wyclef Jean. After debuting at the Winter Olympics, the remake entered the charts at number two and sold a quarter-million downloads in three days.

And then, just as suddenly, it was gone. A few weeks after its release, WATW25 had been all but abandoned by radio. Media coverage tapered off, and the single spent the remainder of its time on the charts languishing behind Ke$ha”s “TiK-ToK.” What happened?

At least some of it came down to taste. Critics far and wide slammed the track, dismissing the rap verse as pandering, the Auto-Tune as straight-up tacky. The choice of talent took some heat as well; with over 80 participants, the group included more than a few sub-celebrities. Saturday Night Live parodied the song a few weeks later and gleefully pointed out the D-listers (“It’s Fonzworth Bentley!/He was the fella who held the umbrella for P. Diddy!”).

But taste isn’t everything. WATW25 may have been overwrought and underwhelming, but it also had the misfortune of being released in 2010, when just about every principle that made the original WATW a success has been dismantled. To justly compare the two, one must first acknowledge a few big-picture truths about our time:

1. Music doesn’t sell like it used to. Arts fundraising tends to marry a good cause with an exclusive product. Back when music had to be bought to be heard, that model applied — people’s charitable concerns and selfish interests could be yoked together effectively. No longer.

2. Consumers are more empowered than ever. When a handful of broadcasters controlled all the content, hammering you with a message was child’s play. That control has dissolved, and even the most powerful messengers have to fight for attention.

3. Getting informed is easy. A two-second Google search will turn up countless relief groups for any cause, each of which has four or five ways to accept donations. We know how to send our money to Haiti; we don’t need Quincy Jones to do it for us.

4. Fame isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when celebrity implied inaccessibility. Thanks to reality TV, everyone’s a star — and thanks to Twitter, we know more about stars than we could ever want. Intimacy is the norm, not the exception.

5. Collaboration is commonplace. These days, 80 pop stars in one room isn’t a milestone, it’s a Kanye West album.

The question naturally arises: How can the charity song adapt to the digital age? Can the forces that broke a once-mighty revenue model be repurposed for good?

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Top 10 Quotes of 2010 for the GTA

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 21 at 8:03 am

Thanks to Jerry Agar, Toronto Sun:

10. “I don’t wish anyone bad luck — I’m Christian.” — Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion after she was seen dancing and pumping her fists in the air at the defeat of her nemesis Carolyn Parrish in her the race for her council seat. Despite controversy, Hurricane Hazel took 76% of the vote.

9. “If I was to knock on 1,000 Ontario families’ doors and ask them for…concerns, I’d be surprised if anybody said, ‘Mixed martial arts.’” — Premier Dalton McGuinty, responding in March as to why he would not lift the ban in the province on Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts. In August he stopped fighting the fighters. The sport debuts in Toronto April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

8. “We are the Toronto public! We want to shop!” — An unnamed man captured in a YouTube video expressing his anger at the locked doors of the Eaton Centre during the G20 Summit.

7. “I have never been called upon to respond to a dominatrix before.” — Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A court struck down three key prostitution laws in Ontario but the decision was stayed pending appeal. One of the sex-trade workers who brought the challenge said Harper needed to stop hiding behind the courts and “fight like a man.” He was responding to a question from Newstalk 1010’s Katie Franzios when he visited the GTA. Harper said he disapproves of prostitution and is sure that he has never met the dominatrix.

6. “It’s 206 pages, and frankly, I haven’t read it.” — McGuinty, again, admitting he hadn’t read the proposed changes to the province’s sex-ed curriculum. But he approved of them anyway — until he didn’t, just 54 hours later — and the changes were cancelled.

5. “C’mon down, baby!” — Councillor Paula Fletcher screaming a challenge to Toronto resident John Smith to run against her. All he had done was show up at a committee meeting and ask questions of councillors. The comment exemplified the disdain many thought councillors had for the public. A number of candidates took her challenge, and while Fletcher was returned to council, she got less than 50% of the vote, beating former TV reporter Liz West by just over one percent, baby.

4. “Until the new councillor has taken office, that any inquiries you may have be placed with 311. Thank you very much.” — Sandra Bussin’s voicemail message to callers while she was still councillor but after she was defeated in the October election.

3. “I’m wearing pink for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything.” — Hockey commentator Don Cherry introducing the new mayor, Rob Ford. The mayor’s office got 200 complaints and talk show hosts and columnists were thrilled for the opportunity to be outraged over this assault on the “decorum” of City Hall.

2. “Transit City is over, ladies and gentlemen.” — Mayor Rob Ford wasted no time getting the debate rolling by immediately announcing, without consulting anyone, that outgoing mayor David Miller’s program was derailed. It remains to be seen what will happen to transit in the city.

1. “Stop the gravy train.” — Ford’s campaign slogan. Whatever happens at City Hall over the next four years, the voter-mandated mantra is burned into the minds of the councillors and the public.

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RIP Stargate Universe

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 20 at 7:12 am

After weeks of speculation, Syfy just announced that it won’t renew Stargate Universe for a third season, putting an end (for now) to the long-running Stargate franchise on the network. The upcoming 10 episodes of Stargate Universe‘s second season, which will air in the spring, will be the series’ last. The news follows the recent cancellation of another franchise Syfy series, the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica. The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1Stargate Atlantisand Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002. Syfy’s slate of returning series includes Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven, which will be joined next year by new series Being Human, which launches on January 17, the recently greenlitseries Alphas as well the Battlestar Galactica prequel movie/backdoor pilotBattlestar Galactica: Blood & ChromeStargate Universe has recently averaged a 0.5 in 18-49, below the averages for the Syfy series that have been renewed.

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Honest Officer, I Have No Idea How It Got In There

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 19 at 7:35 am

Jessi Clark was riding in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac Wednesday night when Florida cops pulled over the vehicle after spotting the 29-year-old without a seatbelt.

As the driver spoke with cops, Clark allegedly “pulled out a piece of paper towel from her crotch” that had three Oxycodone pills and three Xanax tablets. Clark, pictured in the mug shot at right, then denied that the drugs she fished from the vicinity of her private parts were her property, according to a police report excerpted here.

She pointed the finger at the driver, alleging that he “told her to put it down her pants.” The driver denied Clark’s claim, stating “he has no idea what was down her pants.”

Clark’s disavowal of the stash in her drawers was rejected by cops, who charged her with two felony drug possession counts. She is being held in the Manatee County jail in lieu of $2000 bond.

In late-September, a Florida man gave police a similar story when they discovered a bag of cocaine hidden inside his buttocks. Strangely, the suspect admitted ownership of a bag of pot that was also wedged in the same place.

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Best Geek Dress You’ll See Today

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 18 at 7:32 am

Chenoa, a hairdresser at The Beehive in Vancouver, BC, made this amazing Star Wars text-crawl dress with matching headband.

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Photoshop Epic Fail

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 17 at 7:00 am

Take one vain girl.

Add a copy of Photoshop and an inability to use it correctly.

Equals Epic Fail!!

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Trust Issues Dunkin’ Donuts? I Certainly Think So!

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 16 at 7:55 am

The workers at this Dunkin’ Donuts hope that you’ll be happy enough with their service that you’ll leave a tip. But doesn’t trust you not to run off with the tip jar.

Consumerist reader Chris snapped this photo of the bottomless tip cup at his local Dunkin’. You can see in the picture that there is a hole in the cup and this hole continues through the counter and, presumably, down to a larger tip jar below.

Do you think this encourages or discourages tips?

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2010 Filmography

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 15 at 8:04 am

270 movies released this year in 1 video.

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Better Than The Actual Movie

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 14 at 8:03 am

From what I have seen, and heard, this parody is infinitely better than the actual film.

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Not Sure About This One

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 13 at 11:48 am

The Shogun Bros. Chameleon X-1 Mouse is just like a regular mouse with 7 buttons and a scroll wheel. Well, until it’s not. Once you flip the mouse over, there’s a full-fledged, Playstation-like game controller underneath. Best of both worlds?

I’m not so sure. The controller’s analog sticks look frighteningly PSP-nubbish, the triggers would probably be horrible to use and that odd mouse shape could prove uncomfortable, but in a quick flash where you’d like to use a controller over a mouse (and when is that, again?), I’m sure the X-1 could be manageable. But if you’re a controller nerd or mouse man, it looks like it’d probably be the worst of both worlds.

But! Interesting idea Shogun Bros. There’s no price or shipping date yet (which screams vaporware), so we’ll just have to wait and see if there’s a chance for a hybrid like this to succeed.

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That’s What She Said

Blog - No Comments » - Posted on December, 12 at 7:27 am

Here are 30 random movie titles, where the response, “That’s what she said” would be an appropriate response:

  • The Wettest County in the World
  • Free Willy
  • Double Impact
  • Whale Rider
  • Blow
  • Morning Glory
  • Good Luck, Chuck
  • GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Johnson Family Vacation
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • I’m Not There
  • Oh, God!
  • Yes, Man!
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • Tora, Tora, Tora!
  • Scream
  • Ride
  • Big
  • Bring It On
  • Sideways
  • I Know Where I’m Going
  • That Thing You Do!
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Back Door to Hell
  • Fast and Furious
  • Go!
  • Super Size Me
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Goal!(Well, 29 actually, but who counted?)
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