Monday, December 13, 2010
Stars of the big screen
People in music
Figures in sports
For other galleries, see the Toronto Star article
Spinner.ca's 30 Best Albums of 2010
Twitter's Top Twitter Trends in 2010
AVClub's The Best Music of 2010
Mobile Year in review 2010 video
The Black List, Franklin Leonard’s annual compilation of the “best liked” unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
Paste Magazine's The 50 Albums of 2010
The American Film Institute's (AFI) video of their favourite films of 2010
NPR's The Best Music of 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non‑fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. A total of 1,702 eligible books were submitted for this year’s awards, an increase of 161 books over last year. At least nine of the finalists are under the age of 35 and six of the finalists are Aboriginal or from culturally diverse backgrounds.
I would like to extend a personal congratulations to friend Matt James, illustrator for I Know Here, written by Laurel Croza (Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
Read the Canada Council's press release on the announcement and the list of finalists.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Turkey! As a practicing pescetarian, I usually don't eat any poultry, but this weekend I am eating meleagris gallopavo for a 72-hour period. It is Canadian Thanksgiving, ain't it?
Mel Brooks films. If you have to ask, you'll never know!
Dusk by The The
Teaching my cousin guitar chords
Keeping track of Don Draper
In the words of my friend Ian Malone: "Sometimes I am embarrassed for my species..."
Watch the Toronto Star video below.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Fast forward to 2010. Eric finds himself on stage at a Yo Gabba Gabba tour date in Montreal, and as you can see from the following clip, Eric is a kid at heart himself.
For me personally, as an uncle to an-almost-two-year-old niece, I can tell you that Yo Gabba Gabba is a big deal nowadays. For those who haven`t watched the show, it is a kooky mix of dance party, puppet show, acid trip and a Flaming-Lips-meets-Devo-meets-Ween music video. The show features segments that include rapper Biz Markie teaching kids to beatbox, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, along with other musicians athletes and celebrities.
It`s a freakout! Checkout the theme song for the show: this clip
Kid Koala will be joining up the Yo Gabba Gabba crew for 2 more performances at the end of November as part of the “Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s a Party in My City” tour.
Nov 26 – Los Angeles, CA, USA @ Nokia Theatre LA
Nov 28 – San Diego, CA, USA @ San Diego Sports Arena
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Songs cited (I think I got them all): "Rappers Delight" by the Sugar Hillgang, "Peter Piper" by Run DMC, "Paul Revere" by Beastie Boys, "Award Tour" by A Tribe Called Quest, "Humpty Hump" by the Digital Underground, "Ain't Nuttin' but a G Thang" by Snoop Dogg, "Juicy" by The Notorious BIG, "The Seed" by the Roots, "My Name is" by Eminem, "Work it" by Missy Elliott, "Crank it" by Soulja Boy, "Live Your Life" by T.I. and Rihanna, "Gold Digga" by Kanye West, and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z/Alicia Keys.
G'damn that was good!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Dancing to Michael Jackson songs on a front stoop in Liberty Village at 2am on a Thursday.
All them fresh fruit and vegetables my sister-in-law gets from the Weston Farmer's Market.
Mad Men Season Three
Avoiding this Communications Theory paper that I need to write
The 91-year-old building a heritage site, began as a vaudeville theatre and served for many years as a second-run movie house called The Century before undergoing renovations in 2005 and reopening as a theatre venue.
I fondly remember seeing the Stray Cats in concert at the Music Hall in 1991.
Read The Toronto Star story
According to a Spin Magazine interview, Shepherd first found himself homeless following a breakup with his girlfriend earlier this year. Since then, he's been putting all of his money towards a solo album — which he isn't even sure if he'll release.
This is the culmination of more than a decade's worth of struggles for Shepherd, including the demise of a number of his bands, including Soundgarden and Hater, a breakup with his fiance and a morphine overdose.
He tells Spin: "I've been sleeping on studio couches and at friends' houses."
I have seen Soundgarden live many times I can tell you how good a bass player Ben Shepherd is. Someone get him a gig soon.
Read the exclaim.ca story
Quite appropriately, the exclaim story is accompanied by the video for the Soundgarden song Fell on Black Days, from the 1994 album Superunknown
The bowl is on sale on ebay with an asking price of a million dollars, although Rick Kohl, the owner of said commode, isn't sure how much he will be able to get for the item.
Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I don't know what to say here.
Read the komonews story
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Them Crooked Vultures (yes, still)
pizzas with whole wheat dough
my new nephew, Noah
the latest adjustments to my golf swing
writing essays while trying to watch Hell's Kitchen
Yo Gabba Gabba with my niece
Watch the TED.com video.
The week it has been:
The Globe and Mail /CTV News reports that the Niagara Region's tourist board is trying to improve their standing as a tourist attraction by taking cheap shots at Toronto. Watch the CTV clip.
This foxphilly.com article still doesn't explain my terrible luck with on-line dating sites. Perhaps I should pose as a woman...looking for women who don't mind ending up with a man?
Read this 9News article on how a Vienna church was trying to sell a used confessional on ebay. The item was described on the on-line auction site as "deal for conversion into a one-person sauna, a small bar or a children's playhouse." The Vienna Archdiocese has a few things to say about this!
The NYC soup shop that inspired the Soup Nazi on the hit sitcom Seinfeld reopens. Read the USAToday article.
According to a exclaim.ca news piece, Justin Bieber has jammed with Dr. Dre.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Knack are internationally renowned for their hits “My Sharona“ and “Good Girls Don't“ from their 1979 record Get the Knack.
After battling cancer for several years, Fieger died at his home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 57 years old
Read the L.A Times story
The 44-year-old woman claimed the doctor said the “F” word at least three times after she told him she did not like the word “diet” and preferred the term “lifestyle” instead, CBS News reports.
The doctor admitted to using bad language during the tense consultation with the woman who, afterward, lodged complaints with the Health and Disability commissioner - who suggested the doctor attend a communication skills course.
I don`t know about you, but I think gastric times call for gastric measures! It seems the doctor was just suggesting a change in the woman`s “lifestyle” or else she may die. Clearly the doctor cares more about the health of this woman than she does.
Read the APP story
Tutoring Korean students
this G.I diet
my sister-in-law's food processor
Canada men's ice hockey team
Holmes on Homes
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Winnipeg-based magazine was launched in 1920 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Hudson's Bay Company and the fur trade that led to the early exploration of Canada.
But in modern times, the term "beaver" has become slang for women's genitals.
The magazine that chronicles Canada's past will publish its last issue under the old banner in February/March. Thereafter, it will be known under the less evocative name of Canada's History
Read the Yahoo story
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The bus driver, the team's assistant manager Abalo Amelete and media officer Stanislas Ocloo were killed, with several others injured. Togo government officials have withdrawn the team from the tournament.
Read the BBC story
Clokey, who suffered from repeated bladder infections, died in his sleep at his home in Los Osos, CA.
Gumby grew out of a student project Clokey produced at the University of Southern California in the early 1950s called "Gumbasia."
That led to his making shorts featuring Gumby and his horse friend Pokey for the "Howdy Doody Show" and several series through the years.Eddie Murphy brought a surge in Gumby's popularity in the 1980s with his send-up of the character on "Saturday Night Live" as a cigar-smoking show business primadonna.
Read the Globe and Mail story
Cooks in an Arab town near Jerusalem whipped up more than four tons of hummus, which doubled the previous record for the world's biggest serving - set in October in Lebanon - and broke an earlier Israeli record.The hummus war has been simmering for some time. In 2008, a group of Lebanese businessmen announced plans to sue Israel to stop it from marketing hummus and other regional dishes as Israeli.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Steve Yzerman, Executive Director of Team Canada announced the line up for Canada's Men hockey team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games during the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Dec 30.
Among Canada shoe-ins Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla, Anehiem Ducks' Scott Niedermayer, and Philadelphia Flyers' Chris Pronger , some surprises include LA Kings' sophmore defenceman Drew Doughty and Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
Much of the talk following the announcement were of the notable omissions - Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Sstamkos; Calgary's defense corps Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr; and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.
The 2010 Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament will take place February 11 - March 1.
Read the CTV Olympics story for the complete line up.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here are a few that, for one reason or another, got my attention
The Toronto Star offers: Five things we've grown to hate over the last decade
The piece's headline reads: "If they would only go away when the decade ends." The article is illustrated with a picture of Amy Winehouse and I think #4 involves someone named Hilton. You can guess where this goes...
www.t5m.com's Nicholas Deigman does much of the heavy lifting in his compilation: The Top 10 'Top 10 of the Decade list' of the Decade...List
Deigman lists include:
Top Ten Most Influential Internet Moments of the Decade
Top Ten Most Unwinnable Arguments of the Decade
Top Ten One Hit Wonders of the Decade
Top Ten Hockey Fights of the Decade
The blog artmusicfilmwhatever presents 106 Best Films of the Decade.
The list consists of the ususal suspects: Oscar-winning blockbusters (The Aviator), charming indie fare (Once), sub-titled offerings (Dare mo shiranai), whistle-blowing documentaries (Bowling for Columbine), fun animation (Finding Nemo) and the extremely overrated (Donnie Darko).
SoulBounce.com comments on Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 albums of the last ten years.
I am not too sure how I feel about a music critic - regardless of musical taste - that has never listened to Funeral by Arcade Fire.
BabyCenter's list of the most-popular baby names of the year and the decade
Some of my favourites include Kayla, Emma, Sydney and Ava for girls and Jacob, Lucas, Jackson and Ethan for boys. I assume this is an American list.
betterPropaganda present their list of their 100 Artists of the Decade, as well as their list of 100 Albums of the Decade.
The MNE's Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade as voted for by NME staff (past and present) plus a selection of musicians and industry figures that included Arctic Monkeys, Carl Barat, The Killers, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty, Elbow, Johnny Marr, MGMT, Ian Brown, The Big Pink, Snoop Dogg, Alan McGee, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Eavis and many, many more.
Rest in piece, Ms Murphy...
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The fire started when the cube van carrying the equipment to Scotiabank Place, the Senator's home arena at about 2:30 p.m. The Wild had practised at a community complex about a five-minute drive from the arena, as the building was booked for a concert that night. No one was hurt and the cause has yet to be determined.
It was initially thought that all the equipment was destroyed but the gear of nine players were recovered intact.
The Wild chartered in new equipment, including skates, pads and sticks , however some of the players decided to take matters into their own hands. Defenceman Nick Schultz spent $200 on a pair of shoulder pads at a local sports store. Left winger Andrew Brunette had to re-call a gift. A stick he had given to a friend's son after practice was retrieved and replaced with a new one.
Many NHLers are superstitious and some have used the same equipment since their days in junior. And although the Wild players had to adjustto the new gear for their 4-1 loss on December 19, they did not want to use it as an excuse.
Watch the TSN clip
Thursday, November 19, 2009
As the midway point approached in extra time, les Bleus scored the decisive goal, William Gallas heading in from close range after Henry had knocked the ball across the six-yard box. The Irish protested furiously, adamant that the Barcelona man had handled the ball, and replays proved them to be correct.
Even Henry would admit his guilt after the match. “There was a hand, but I'm not the referee,” he told the press.
The former Arsenal star's foul play spurred comparisons to the infamous "Hand of God" during the 1986 World Cup. England were knocked out of that tournament's quarter-finals after Argentina's Diego Maradona punched the ball into the net over goalkeeper Peter Shilton.The Gallas goal tied the score at 1-1. Before the goal, Ireland had been leading 1-0 and the match was level on aggregate.
I remember watching many a matinee at the Carlton while playing hooky from work or during those periods of time I was unemployed (perhaps a result of playing hooky to watch movies). The small and intimate theatres were also my cinema of choice for first dates.
Read the Globe and Mail story.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
That stand has brought Will anti-gay taunts in the lunch room, but admiration from around the gay community
The West Fork School District fifth grader clashed with a substitute teacher for his refusal to stand for the pledge, prompting a call to Will’s mother, Laura Phillips. When the principal acknowledged that Will has the right to refuse to say the pledge, Ms. Phillips asked that her son receive an apology--a request that the principal declined to honor.
Good on Will and his parents for having the guts to stick to their beliefs!
Read the Edge San Francisco story
Friday, November 13, 2009
Watch the TED.com clip
According to the maker, the Nice Cup In Bra — which is not yet for sale — was created in response to the growing popularity of golf among females in Japan, and is designed to appeal to busy working women looking for a unique and convenient way to practice their putt.
See the Telegraph story
Sunday, November 1, 2009
McDonald's said it had become financially prohibitive to continue operating in the island nation because of the very challenging economic climate in the country and the fact that their products were imported from Germany.
The three stores closed at midnight on October 31, but they will reopen as an independent chain called Metro, with more domestic ingredients and fewer imported products.McDonalds opened in Iceland in 1993.Burger King closed its outlets in Iceland late last year.
Read the CNN iReport
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Read the weinterrupt.com story
Read the Exclaim.ca story
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously
Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.
The book of Esther is the only book in the Bible which does not mention the name of God.
A full moon always rises at sunset.
I can say this recipe is world famous, as I have cooked it in at least eight cities on three continents.
also works well with very large zucchinis.
1 large eggplant
Tomato sauce (I recommend using your favourite homemade sauce)
mozzarella cheese (shredded)
grated parmesan cheese
all purpose flour
dried oregano and dried basil (optional)
salt and pepper
Slice your eggplant into 1/2 inch thick disks. Salt and strain for about 20 minutes or so.
Set up a breading station:
First bowl: all purpose flour, seasoned slightly with salt and pepper
Second bowl: eggs, beaten
Third bowl: bread crumbs, seasoned slightly with salt and pepper, pinches of dried oregano and dried basil
Coat the slices of the eggplant, one at a time, in the flour. Then dip the eggplant slice into the egg and let excess drip off. Then lay the slice in the breadcrumbs, covering both sides. Repeat this process, adding more breadcrumbs as needed. If you fill the bowl with too many crumbs at a time, the crumbs will get sticky and chunky.
Add oil to a medium fry pan, but just enough to coat the bottom. Brown each slice; you can brown about 4-5 slices at a time. Don't overcook; just let them get crispy on the outside. Add oil as necessary; don't let the pan dry out or burn.
Transfer slices to a paper towel. Once all are browned, place a layer in the bottom of a rectangular casserole dish (approx. 9-11 inch dish). Cover the slices with a layer of sauce. A generous portion of mozzarella and parmesan should top each slice. I have experimented with adding mushrooms, red/green peppers, and/or onions to the sauce while baking. Cover with foil and put in a 375 degree oven until slices are tender but not mushy.
Add another another layer of cheese to each slice and broil uncovered until cheese is melted and slightly brown.
Serve with pasta, tossed in tomato sauce. Top with a light sprinkle of italian parsley, extra virgin olive oil and cracked black pepper.
The rubber-faced comedian, whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, died at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York
During the early 1960s, the comic's pie-throwing schtick became his trademark, and celebrities, from Frank Sinatra to Alice Cooper, lined up to take one on the chin alongside Sales.
"The Soupy Sales Show," with co-star puppets White Fang (the meanest dog in the United States) and Black Tooth (the nicest dog in the United States) made Sales one of the best-known faces in the nation, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher.
"If President Eisenhower would have walked down the street, no one would have recognized him as much as Soupy," said Usher.
Sales is survived by his wife, Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony, a pair of musicians who backed David Bowie in the band Tin Machine.
Soupy Sales was 83.
Read the New York Times story.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
NHL regular season
Presidents Choice chips - Loaded bake potato flavor
The Nicholas brothers` Stormy Weather routine.
My niece`s seven teeth
scarves - the lingerie of winter outerwear
cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie
Fley –verb, fleyed, fley⋅ing. Chiefly Scot. to frighten; terrify.
Haar –noun Scot. and North England. a thick, wet fog along the seacoast.
1. Architecture. a. a diagonal vaulting rib. b. a pointed arch.
2. Statistics. the distribution curve of a frequency distribution.
3. Rocketry. the curved nose of a missile or rocket.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Read the L.A Times story.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Arthur died on the morning of April 25 at her home in Los Angeles with her family by her side.
In 1978 Arthur began playing Maude Findlay, an outspoken liberal living in the affluent community of Tuckahoe, New York. The revolutionary show, which won Arthur an Emmy, was a spin-off from All in the Family, on which Arthur had appeared a couple of times in the same role, playing Edith Bunker's cousin, a feminist, and antithesis to the bigoted, conservative Archie Bunker.
In 1978 She then went on to play Dorothy Zbornak in the hit sitcom The Golden Girls, co starring Estelle Getty, Betty White and Rue McClanahan as four older women sharing a home in Miami Florida
She is survived by her sons Matthew and Daniel and grandchildren Kyra and Violet, he said.
She was 86.
Read the Post-Gazette story
My veggie hummus/provolone wraps at work
Junction neighbours -- I'm meeting a whole bunch of them
sinking 30-foot chip shots
my new bike seat
the start of golf and bocce season
watching three Japanese girls with stilettos trying to play keep-ups in a parking lot
no sleep, no sleep
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Read the Associated Press story
Watch the AP video story
Thursday, April 9, 2009
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eyes."
On Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably after the actor Lyle Talbot.
You would have to count to one thousand to use the letter "A" in the English language to spell a whole number.
Read the Exclaim.ca story
In my personal opinion, BBT should be grateful that he has a successful acting and directing career, because if he hadn't, his band would probably not get the exposure the get. If any other bottom-to-mid-level band (which The Boxcars are, essentially) did this on CBC radio, they would have gotten cut off as soon as BBT started acting like a spoiled brat.
Get over it!
Read the Canadian Press article
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Analysts say the 137-year-old Globe, which was bought by the New York Times Co. in 1993, has been a money-loser in recent years and the Times, now $1.1 billion in debt, is threatening to shut down the Globe unless it gets $20 million in union concessions. The company was in negotiations with the union as of April 6.
The threat to the Globe, announced April 3 on the Globe’s website, has shocked some industry insiders, who say it shows no one is safe in the troubled economic times.
Read the Marketing Magazine story
Monday, April 6, 2009
Anna Nobili, 38, spent two decades dancing for men in Milan but then decided she wanted more from life and joined the Sister Workers of the Holy House of Nazareth order. And now she is putting her past life as a dancer to use as a 'ballerina for God' in a show for cardinals and bishops called Holy Dance dedicated to episodes from the Bible. She turned to a life of spirituality in 2002 after being 'inspired' during a visit to the shrine of St Francis at Assisi.
The dance programme is called La Bibbia Giorno e Notte (The Bible Night and Day).
Among the guests expected to attend will be Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, who is in charge of the Vatican's Cultural Department.
Read the Daily Mail story.
Induction is Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Read the TSN story.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The U.S state with the longest coastline is Michigan.
King Kong is the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) released the same year (1933).
The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannon balls were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off
Only two countries border three oceans -- the United States & Canada.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Read the Smoking Gun story
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007, Bondi Digital Publishing, scanned and re-typed each of the issue of Playboy.
Playboy was never really my cup of tea, but I am sure this is much easier than rifling through your uncle's ratty collection, yeah?
Read the Technologyexpert blog entry.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A member of the Redgrave acting family, she was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and producer Tony Richardson.
Survived by her husband Liam Neeson and their sons Micheál and Daniel, Natasha Richardson was 45 years old.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Minor Threat's label Dischord says the use of the logo is unauthorized and falls under the “‘unacceptable’ category.” The label went on to say it was looking into the matter and would be asking Forever 21 to cease and desist.
This is not the first time the seminal DC-based punk band has been involved with copyright infringement. In 2005 Nike copied the cover of the band’s first EP in its campaign “Major Threat,” and was forced to issue an apology following a backlash from fans and the group’s Ian MacKaye. Also in 2005, Fox ran into trouble with Dischord after using a snippet of Minor Threat’s “Salad Days” during an NFL broadcast, again without the band’s permission.
Read the exclaim.ca story.
Bonus: Lovely Sarah Silverman sits in.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
my three-month old niece
Season Five of Hell's Kitchen
3-2-1 dodge ball!
french vanilla ice cream with peanuts
This time around, a healthy Buendia, drummer Raimund Marasigan, bassist Buddy Zabala and guitarist Marcus Adoro performed over 30 songs spanning their career, including their very first hit "Pare Ko", which made them national celebrities, and "Superproxy", which they performed in memory of the band's friend and collaborator on the track, rapper and TV host Francis Magalona, who passed away the day before, losing losing his battle with cancer.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Read Toronto Star article
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 4 in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Hall of Fame and Museum are located. The show marks the first time since 1997 that it will be staged in Cleveland after several years in New York.
Read the ABC News story.
Although a charismatic actor who was a star of stage and screen, the Montalban was probably best known as the White suite-wearing Mr. Roarke on the popular television series Fantasy Island (1978-1984)50's,
Montalban died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88.
Read the bloomberg.com article.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The iconic model known for her provocative poses was credited for helping to pave the way for the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
She was admitted to hospital last month suffering from pnuemonia, and last week suffered a heart attack and never regained consciousness.
Read the New York Times article.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
1. Chinatown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Little India, Portuguese Village, Greektown
2. Ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square
3. More live music venues than the province of Manitoba
4. Escaping to the island on a lazy Sunday afternoon
5. The centre of the hockey universe
Congratulations to Matthew Blackett and the whole Spacing staff for a wonderful five years. Up 'em irons!
Visit Spacing Magazine on-line.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Abdul Sani Doli, 23, was apparently attacked and killed by a group of angry customers at the bar in Sandakan town on eastern Borneo island.
Read the Washington Post story
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Canadian media magnate Ted Rogers, founder and CEO of Rogers Communications, has died.
Rogers, 75, died at his Toronto home on December 2, surrounded by loved ones, said a statement from the company's board of directors. He had recently been admitted to hospital for an existing cardiac condition.
In 1960, Rogers laid the foundation for his company while studying law with the purchase of CHFI, a Toronto FM radio station. At the time, the FM format was considered obscure.
Rogers went on to dominate the cable television provider market, leading the way for cellular and wireless communications. He flirted with bankruptcy when he decided to invest in high-speed internet making Rogers one of the first cable companies in the world to do so.Along with the Rogers media conglomerate, including over 50 magazines, a number of television and radio station, Rogers bought the the Toronto Blue Jays and the Skydome, renaming it Rogers Centre.
Rogers Communications hasn't named a successor. The company said its board will form a special committee to search for candidates. Alan Horn, currently chairman of Rogers Communications, will take on the role of acting CEO in the meantime.
Ted Rogers is survived by his wife, Loretta, whom he married in 1963, and their four children - Edward, Lisa, Melinda and Martha.
Read the Canoe.ca story
Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
Benedict was found dead at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was 70 years old
Read the L.A Times obituary
Watch the "4" episode of the Number Painter, co-starring a very cute Stockard Channing
Dr. EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL, of the National Institutes of Health, on a Dec. 2 study linking kids' bad television habits with obesity, smoking and early sexual activity
"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," he said. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds..."
Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert is dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf; she had also been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens. Avery also dated model Rachel Hunter, who is now the girlfriend of Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll.
"I completely support the league's decision to suspend Sean Avery," Stars owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. "Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so."
Avery's a jackass. Plain and simple.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
So, in his memory, from my travel blog Big in Japan, here is an encore presentation of (my twin brother) The Doods' Top 7 Jesus references from back in November, 2005, when I went to the Philippines to celebrate his 100th birthday :
7) "Jesus, Mary and Joseph...Let the boy marry your grandmother!"- Chris Farley
6) Jesus Christ Pose -Soundgarden
5) (Big Baby Jesus) I Can't Wait - Ol' Dirty Bastard
4) The Jesus Lizard.
3) "Plastic Jesus" from Cool Hand Luke.
2) Jesus, Etc. by Wilco.
1) "DON"T FUCK WITH THE JESUS!"- Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski
- BALDERDASH, n.:
- "a rapidly receding hairline." (cafe-grendel.blogspot.com)
- PROCRASTIBAKING, v.:
- using baking to postpone a necessary task, such as studying. (Tara Debicki, Niagara Falls, Ont.)
- PRECEDAUNT, n.:
- the knowledge that everyone who preceded you in your new job failed miserably. (karengphelan.com/Business/Neologisms.html)
- CO³, n.:
- "a volatile gas produced by filtering 'carbon dioxide issues' through a windbag." (www.architectsjournal.co.uk)
- HANDESTINE, adj.:
- making an expressive gesture in "the belief that the person it is directed at can't see it. Occurs during phone conversations, email discourses, and behind people's backs." (verbotomy.com)
- COSMERGENCY, n.:
- when you run out of makeup, lipstick, mascara, shampoo and conditioner all at the same time. (Kathy Martin, Peterborough)
- CORPORATE INERTIATIVES, n.:
- self-explanatory (karengphelan.com/Business/Neologisms.html)
Read the Star story
His interview on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos proves to be the first time he says "bullshit" on the air.
Watch the Hour interview here.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The comment by Lennon to Maureen Cleave of the Evening Standard in March 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles' albums in huge pyres.
But it seems, it's time to forgive and forget.
Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said:
"The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll.
The fact remains that 38 years after breaking up, the songs of the Lennon-McCartney brand have shown an extraordinary resistance to the passage of time, becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop musicians."
The Vatican only took 42 years to forgive this "sin" - a relatively short time in the vindictive memory span of Catholics. Is this the church's idea of being modern? C'mon now, there are more important shit to deal with like A.I.D.S relief, allowing female priests, sanctioning gay marriage, do need to go on, or as usual, are times going a bit too quickly for the church's liking?
Read the Montreal Gazette article from faceoff.com
Even I, a die-hard, 30-something Leaf fan who loves everything Wendel stood for, was very upset that the network decided to show a brutal and needless display of Wendel's mediocre career rather than staying with the retiring of Hall-of-Famer and the highly decorated Roy.
The CBC is slowly losing my support - from the changing of the HNIC anthem, to the decision to keep P.J Stock and Al Strachan on the air - they have made one bad choice after another. Even Don Cherry may be wearing out his welcome.
By no means do I want the Saturday night tradition to end, although it really does need a facelift. And I consider myself a bit of a HNIC purist.
Get your head out of your ass, CBC.
Read the exclaim.ca story
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright, of Dublin, Georgia, to spend the next 20 years in prison on two counts of aggravated assault, and the next 20 on probation after his victim, Chad Blue, mentioned the of the shooting to police.
Read the National Examainer story.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by Bayer.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named afte Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."
The abbreviation for pound, "lb.," comes from the astrological sign Libra, meaning balance, and symbolized by scales.
The Leafs have coveted the American-born hockey exec since the firing of John Fergeson Jr. in January of 2008 and replaced him with interim GM Cliff Fletcher.
Burke, seemingly, would relish coming to hockey-mad Toronto, as he has made it clear he would like to work in the Eastern conference and preferably in Canada, so his wife - a Canadian not able to work in the U.S - can resume her journalism career.
The turn of events has me excited on two fronts. First, as a die-hard Leaf fan, I think Burke could be a great GM and President for the Leafs, perhaps turning them into a Stanley Cup contender after 41 years of losing. But the kicker in the deal is Burke's wife Jennifer Mather.
When I lived in Vancouver in 1994-95, I fell for Jennifer Mather, then a news reader on BCTV. I even wrote a little pop song about her called "Jen-Jen." I don't remember much of the song, only that the final lyric went something like: "I wish I was Squire Barnes so I could sit beside her every night on the TV."
Squire Barnes is a geeky sportscaster, that co-hosted the news program with Mather on BCTV.
Read the faceoff.com story.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A jazz-influenced snare drum madman, Mitchell was responsible for the unforgettable beats on Experience tracks "Crosstown Traffic", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Fire".
Mitchell was found dead in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon, apparently of natural causes. He was 61.
Without a doubt, one of my favourite drummers. God damn!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Also to be inducted is former linesman Ray Scapinello and Ed Chynoweth in the builder category.
Watch Jim Hughson's video blog entry from CBC Sports, where he discusses Anderson and Larionov.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Prison Break Season Four (it's so bad, it's good!)
Bronto Burger's veggie burger combo
Circus by Eraserheads
Preparing to be an uncle who changes diapers
Trying to find Hi8 video decks to watch ten-year-old footage
Window shopping for a new imac
"Yes we can!"
Quoting bad nineties movies at extremely inappropriate times (happened at least twice this week)
A male Japanese air force major caught naked while shopping for women's underwear has been suspended from his duties for 10 days, a spokeswoman at Matsushima air base in Miyagi said.
The incident follows a series of scandals for Japan's military. The air force's top general was sacked last week for saying Japan was not an aggressor in World War Two, angering China and South Korea where bitter memories remain over Tokyo's past military aggression.
Read the uk.reuters.com story.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Obama was the first Democrat since 1976 to win more than 50 percent of the popular vote, netting at least 62,748,399 to Sen. John McCain's 55,596,984.