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  • Monday, August 25, 2014

    Et Tu, Toronto Star Editorial (Mon, Aug. 25th)

    Today's leading editorial from the Toronto Star is about urging the CRTC to further consumer choice for TV viewers.
    Too bad Torstar - which isn't majority owned by a Canadian TV/Radio comglomerate - doesn't practice what it preaches.
    How many times have I highlighted, at this blog, the staggering abundance of OVER THE AIR U.S. channels and subchannels freely receivable from Buffalo, NY, (and other border towns)? Current Examples:

    MeTv - both network (4/3) and affiliate signals in a clean blank letterbox.
    Throwback Television. (With oldtime B&W era commercials attached)
    Antenna TV.
    Cozi TV.
    This TV.
    Get TV.
    PBS - The World.
    PBS - Create.
    Daystar.
    TCT - Kids, and TCT 1 and 2.

    And how about PBS-Buffalo/Toronto in a pure widescreen display (letterboxed)? Works with my older TV and a digital converter. Ditto for every single main channel, Cdn. and U.S., btw.
    Now, go try and find the listings of any of the above within the Toronto Star's TV listings - both daily and weekend magazine. Try asking what the nightly highlight programs of the above are.
    In fact, try finding that TV Entertainment information - from any Canadian news source...
    My Mom had mentioned MacMillan and Wife as a singularly returning 70s cop show - in place of Columbo (but not the original run's 90 minute episodes). I didn't tell her that the above stations already have both. Plus dozens and dozens and more dozens more crime shows, sitcoms, etc. upon their seasonally revolving schedules!
    In fact, those U.S. Over-the-Air subchannels also carry a surprising amount of fairly recent Canadian dramas, as well.

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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Not-awesome #884

    # 884.
    Messy raw Fruits and Vegetables.
    Any fruit (or vegetable) that requires its own serviette.  Not-awesome.  Apples - great.  Bananas, pears, potatos, carrots, strawberries... all good.
    I hate tomatoes.  Yet I enjoy tomato sauce; great if used in cooking receipes.  I can't stand when tomatoes are supplied as a sliced and raw food topping.  IMO, grapefruits and oranges belong inside of a glass - as already pulped to a no-sugar(!) added liquid.
    Messy raw Fruits and Vegetables, not-awesome.

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    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Not-awesome #885

    # 885.
    Very Depressing songs.
    Are we a little weepy?  Something to be wiped away.  A lower lip's quiver and a goosebump forearm, in evidence?  So who hasn't been going about their own day-to-day activities, perhaps at a store or a workplace, and then a very depressing song appears  This happens to everyone.  And we are willing suckers for it.
    Yet it is not real.  It is just a random song.  Even for the singer, it is fictionalized (however true a creative basis may have been).  The song might even be composed by someone else entirely.
    Effective sad songs are a genuine art form.  Maybe they are also a form of genius?  I still feel very foolish as their captivated listener.
    Depressing songs, not-awesome.

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    CNE, as it really was.

    Remembering a childhood CNE.
    Walk through all the west-side buildings and pavilions, etc. all-day, gathering brochures. Then - after the Food Court - too tired for the east-side midway, lol.

    CNE central Fountain image Published by Metro Toronto News, DT-84922-C. Photo by Alex Pelett, 1972.

    Published by Metro Toronto News, DT-84922-C. Photo by Alex Pelett, 1972.
    (Sorry about some of these poor quality scanner results. I had borrowed the use of one of those all-in-the-package 'big box' consumer PCs.)

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    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Not-awesome #886

    # 886.
    Bad simple novel writing.
    It takes me a goodly while to read a novel.  It's not that I'm a slow reader; it is that I read better* written novels - as often published from before 1995.
    At some point, the simpler language novel took over.  You can always find contemporary book store shelves filled out with such modern age writings.
    Lazy plotlines. Lazy repetitive swearing dialogue. And lazy 'three dimensional' characterisms.  Those are their usual hallmarks.  Thankfully their takeover is never absolute.  Entire books shouldn't be such that they are read through inside of merely two or three half-days.
    When many reviewers boast of reading 200 plus novels a year, I know that is 200 novels that are simply not worth even their own shorten time.  Nor mine.
    Bad simple novel writing, not-awesome.

    * Better, if mystery fiction may also be referred to as such.

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    Wednesday, August 06, 2014

    Toronto's Upscale Dying Trees.

    Per a National Post article: 41% of the 134 fancy sidewalk planted - of this past decade - trees within Toronto's Yorkville area are now dying or dead.  Actually, 19 of these 134 'London Plane' trees had already been previously replaced.
    Local readers may recall that the increasingly (very) upscale roadway district of Bloor Street near Yonge Street, was repeatedly and expensively torn up and re-repaired, throughout most of the latter half of the 2000s.
    Hey, don't fault anyone!  Assumedly, every important person associated with publicly upgrading Toronto is either properly qualified via respected education, or will be of elite personage.  That is always more important than evidence of performance.  So will their additionally tax-funded pension liabilities be, for this same grand work - and its further required public / BIA-paid works of repair.

    Jeesh, couldn't anyone have simply taken a few common, native variety, saplings, or cuttings(?), from a regional park or forestry area?  BTW, I've never heard of 'London Plane' trees before neither.

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    Sunday, August 03, 2014

    Not-awesome #887

    # 887.
    Replacing Watch Batteries.
    Should this take a paid expert?  I've changed batteries elsewhere; even for a desktop computer.  I find the old battery, buy its matching replacement, and make the switch.
    Except with watches.  At least the one I have requires a special watch booth worker - with a special opener tool for the back case.
    Replacing Watch Batteries, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    Attempted anti-racist U.S. Air Force commercial.

    On Friday, while watching an episode of Flashpoint on ION Life (channel 51.3 in Buffalo, NY), an Air Force commercial celebrating its long-standing 'diversity' was aired.
    A short while ago, I had noticed another blogger's reference to the U.S. Air Force's recent appointment of its current female leader - who had never piloted an military airplane.
    Per this commercial's messaging however,  their Air Force 'isn't great because of what they do, but because... of who they are'.
    Isn't that 'who they are instead of what they do' concept racist, and/or sexist?

    Someone's got a misguided focal point!  The USAF does have its proud legacy of  ongoing achievement - all of which, IMO, was only accomplished 'by what they do'.  It wasn't primarily owing, instead, to 'who they are'.  Utilizing an historic presence of employment diversity, is merely a part of the USAF's overall 'get it done right' legacy.

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    Every Citizen is a Collaborator.

    In the news of the Israel - Gaza Palestine conflict, there's been a lot of discussion of "innocent civilians".  I've run out of having so-called automatic 'first-world' pity for 'helpless and innocent' Palestinians.
    They have a free choice of supporting or not supporting a terrorizing leadership.  Every individual throughout the world does.
    Stop firing hundreds and thousands of rockets at a neighbouring country.  Stop building tunnel routes for weapons and fighting, versus building more towards greater self-economic development.  Stop fuelling an all-consuming national racial hate.
    Across Canada, for example, we don't care whether some people pray at a mosque or a temple, or not at all.  We don't care, by comparison, if our Irish-Canadians are Catholic or Protestant, new immigrants or of old-time pioneers.   For the most part, we live and and let live.  Canada was developing towards this way even back while its colonizing masters, England and France were at war.  This holiday weekend in Ontario is named for one of our past leaders, Governor Simcoe, who had first ended African Slavery within the British Commonwealth - and a couple of decades before the U.S.A. did likewise, except via their murderous Civil war. 
    Every Citizen is a Collaborator - of his or her own nation*.
    Back during World War Two, the collabrators were European elites who co-operatively sided with their then-in-control German invaders.  In a sense, they were really just keeping their own bread, buttered.  They all claimed to have had 'no choice' but to go along with state matters.  After peace and freedom came back, I believe that most of those individuals were captured  - this time, by their own surviving co-citizens.
    I hope that with this active conflict, average 'innocent' Palestinians will re-consider for themselves who is really at fault for their needless tragedies.



    * Hey, we've got modern troubles too, such as Canada's own public debt levels.  Similar to Ireland and Greece, to Argentina [this week having defaulted on payments] and Japan, the United States and Ukraine: whether as corrupt and/or connected 'payrollers' or not, all of us share in our state failures.  (Yeah, besides Palestine's Gaza Strip, we'll each have our own turns for a difficult national self-reflection.)

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    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Making Brioux cry.

    I like television industry reporter, Bill Brioux!  At some point in time, his website blog took on a newer commenting system which hadn't agreed with my browser.
    Yesterday I got home and - despite a platter of Shaw Direct channels - I was jonesing for real TV!  The kind of locally available, non-carried nor listed in Toronto, U.S over-the-air channels which I've written about.

    So what was freely broadcast on my TV yesterday:
    An Abbott and Costello movie - with an old-time intermission animation before a follow-up movie.
    The Buster Keaton show.
    The Jack Benny Program - with guest Ernie Kovacs.  Canada's Giselle Mackenzie followed in a second episode.
    Columbo (original series).
    The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Rockford Files, and Kodak - part of a Sunday late-afternoon block.
    In the Heat of the Night (TV series) and SG1.
    Fantasy Island.  WKRP.  The Partridge Family maybe?
    Betty White starring in Date with the Angels.  The Alfred Hitchcock 'Hour' - with Dan Duryea.  The Bold Ones (medical episode with guest star Carl Reiner's character debating against Lloyd Nolan).
    Both, The Fugitive and Decoy, at midnight - I was too tried to watch any later overnight shows.
    And I forget the all-what-else.
    Massive old television and movie program availabilities - freely over-the-air exclusive from America.  A surprising number of former 1990s/2000s tax-funded Canadian programs find their way onto these various U.S. channels too!

    This morning included an 1953 Bob Cummings sitcom, My Hero (his other self-titled sitcom is usually in the 10:30 a.m. time spot), The Love Boat, Ozzie and Harriet, The Lone Ranger, and Bewitched.
    You know, when Three's Company is programmed on Antenna TV - they also carry its two spinoff sitcoms, The Ropers and Three's a Crowd.  And it is never for a numbing three hour tour neither!
    Recently someone had mentioned actor Harry Morgan and M*A*S*H.  I can choose between M*A*S*H  on MeTV, or either of December Bride or Pete and Gladys - at the same 7 p.m. weeknight timeframe via Throwback Television (ch. 56.2).  The Throwback TV's station scheduling at 7 p.m. often leaves in old-time commercials from the likes of Maxwell House Coffee, Goodyear Tires, Carnation Instant Milk, and Kelloggs' adult cereal variety pack.  Morgan later re-appears when Dragnet (both 50s and 60s revival) is currently scheduled three times in a row - upon three individual subchannels - 56.2, 26.3, and 67.1.
    And yes, The Dick Van Dyke Show has continously cycled upon these non-Toronto, Canada, over-the-air retro channels, too.

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    64-bit Virtual Machine Malarkey.

    Last week I made a series of attempts at installing a virtual machine operating system upon a Windows Seven Home 'Premium' 64-bit laptop.  None of it worked out.
    The Windows Seven 'Professional' o/s has an XP mode; tough noogies for the masses of unassuming customers who had been stuck with pre-installed 'Home' versions.  Per my internet awareness, Microsoft issued this feature in two parts - a virtual machine 'sandbox' which might be installable - without official company support - upon a Home o/s, and then a separate XP compatibility client/guest system installed within that very 'sandbox'.
    I have a "non-bootable" disc copy of the Windows 98SE o/s; I had previously used it briefly with a triple-boot partitioned PC.  The only point of installing any virtual o/s (for me) was to be able to run 16-bit Windows applications and maybe a few older games and screensavers.  Most of the additional capabilities such as internet and printer access, networking, portability, and/or seamless integration within the modern menu/program bar listings weren't primary concerns.  My legal compact disc copy of XP Professional (requiring an activation), plus another paid-disc of the second service pack is something I don't want to squander outside of my having my own full-time computer in the future.  I wouldn't want XP's third service pack installed.
    When reviewing Microsoft's virtual machine options, they've issued a few different versions, namely as '2004', '2007', and later a current version.  Unfortunately older operating systems can only be virtually installed upon the earlier MS 'sandboxes'; earlier MS sandboxes however can only be installed upon earlier o/s themselves.  In short - for Windows Seven, the 2004 VM couldn't be installed and Microsoft's current virtual machine doesn't accept pre-XP SP3 Windows.

    So I tried a third-party Virtual Machine software, the VMWare's Player program - available free to individual users.

    Here is where that Win98SE non-bootable disc became a barrier.  It wouldn't install.  (The vast majority of ) Windows 98 discs were originally issued with a "floppy disc" in order to initiate their installations.  I first tried making a ISO copy - if the Cd itself wasn't readable, I tried adding in an unverified (OEM vs. retail) boot file.  I tried burning to a new CD - (as a Master format) from Windows Seven's built-in subprogram - with the missing boot file.  Some online instructions had suggested using a CD burner such as the Nero program with a floppy emulation option; there were still quite a few comments from other unsuccessul followers.
    So no dice.
    I have one 16-bit windows option left.  At some point, I might be able to re-install my (legal) copy of Windows 3.1 within the free Dosbox sandbox progam.  A early Windows GUI installed upon the Dos system emulation.  I could then also utilize another 3rd-party freeware program bar alternative for at least a slightly updated GUI imitation.  Unfortunately this method will have other limitations to overcome - such as for default sound and expanded colours' modification.  At a guess, it might(?) actually run those 16-bit applications faster than if using an entire, fuller, virtual guest operating system.
    (Even with XP, I have always preferred the Win98 visual style).  Darn-it, I didn't have the original Win3.1 floppies already copied onto my USB stick; I have installed other copied 16-bit program floppies into XP Pro and Win2000, without any extra tweaks as to floppy drive emulations.


    My other failed Windows Seven attempt... was to select recursive sub-folders with its built-in desktop wallpaper program.  It doesn't permit that basic request.  I missed running those simple pre-1994 screensavers (nowadays with widescreen).

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    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Not-awesome #888

    # 888.
    Unlucky Numbers.
    Thirteen.  Eight.  There are lots of unlucky numbers for people.  Supposedly.
    I know that this plays a part of how I occasionally pick a lottery number.  Sometimes I will use an old sports sweater number; other times I'll consider that same number never was lucky and thus avoid it.
    Maybe a number is 'running hot'.  Or 'running cold'.
    With any lottery tickets, I often think of the old Wintario machines, with a chosen audience member eventually punching the escape hatch button - after all of the numbers having been equally dropped and tumbling.  Therefore close sequences I avoid.  Then I do the same thing whenever I set an alarm clock.  49's are lucky, but 47's are jet airplane numbers.  Whooo.  48 can be divided into 24s and 12s.  39 really isn't(?) a multipled 13.   
    Unlucky Numbers, not-awesome.

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    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Not-awesome #889

    # 889.
    Physically Shaky Film transfers to DVD.
    How is this N.A. even possible?  Do you ever find old movies or TV series where their transferred images shake violently?
    The images are stored on simple frames aren't they?  Running them through in a rushed and herky-jerky fashion is next to not bothering to make a film transfer at all.
    I don't need the extended remastering treatments.  Often I greatly prefer NOT having modifications applied to an original source of material (both as to audio and video).  At least, and not requesting further, please try to set any original film copies steadily.
    Physically Shaky Film transfers to DVD, not-awesome.

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    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Now, will Rogers Cable demote Russia Today from its NewsMix 179 channel's 1st position?

    As I wrote on May 18th, I think Rogers Cable should demote Russia Today (RT) from its first default active mini-windowed position within Rogers Communication's digital channel 179's New Mix line-up.
    In-between they had swapped out their entire selective NewsMix feed during the World Cup of Soccer event.

    This week, their regular in-house NewsMix line-up - with Russia Today presiding as its priority position default channel (and while other Cdn. and fellow Free-world news stations of peacefullly co-existing countries are excluded) - was restored as usual.
    On Thursday, an international passenger jetliner was shot down by a missile attack while flying innocently across Eastern Ukraine.  There had also been another cargo plane reportedly shot down in East Ukraine earlier this same week.

    Cmon Rogers...  Make the News Mix 6-in-1 line-up change already.

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    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    World Cup's 'added time' boy from ... Canada?

    During today's World Cup match, the [UK] announcers via CBC's english language coverage had noted a disappointed boy 'from Argentina' as they assumed, soon after the overtime goal by Germany's Mario Gotze.  However, shortly before the game's conclusion their cameras again surfed across multiple crowd reactions from the stadium.
    Did anyone notice the same boy of about 11 or 12, within a wider shot, was standing next to another youth - perhaps a big brother or cousin.  That older boy was - to my eyes - wearing a shirt emblazoned with the city name of 'Toronto' right across his chest in 4-5 inch lettering.

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    Not-awesome #890

    # 890.
    Left-out Butter.
    I have a family member that does this.  They leave the butter out.  To a reverse fault, I'm a 'keep it in the fridge' and gripe when it can't be applied person.
    If you are talking about taking the butter (but, not the milk container!) out a half-hour beforehand, for meal-time; that is the ideal.  However, there are people who leave their butter platters out 24/7.
    Ditto for jars of peanut butter spreads and chocolate treats to the point of melting.  Bags of chips to grow air-staled, and food aromas to draw the insects near.
    With the butter though, it feels (to me) more like a filmy soup being applied to bread and/or cobs of corn.  What about the waiting and re-spreading of the still semi-hardened and cold butter?
    Left-out Butter, not-awesome.

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    Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Not-awesome #891

    # 891.
    Wearing out Shoes.
    Not "worn-out shoes". "Wearing out" shoes.  I'll hold on to my worn-out shoes like claimed gold.
    Wearing-out my footwear is different.  They were in good condition.  They'll never restore to the same.  I didn't foresee buying a second pair - for storage saving.  Then the era of falling apart arrives.
    Even as all qualities of shoes will wear down, a degree of comfort is built up.  Shoes that never were better than okay can somehow become reliable and thus depended upon.
    And then, oh no, my 'cherished' shoes are "wearing out".

    The worst shoe disaster I had, was with a solid pair of leather Clark's.  These were nice!  All-black, with sturdy rubber soles.  Elegant without prissiness.  I wore them with thick McGregor Happy Foot socks.  I had a pair of all-tan dock style Clark's as well.
    What happened to the black leather pair was that I used a set of (snug) shoe trees.  A period of non-wear took place.  These weren't to be squandered by everyday usage.
    One day, I reached for my favourite shoes.  The shoe trees had burst out the entire seams of both shoes' connecting uppers from their soles.  The soles were also fractured into separate pieces.
    I looked, but it had been a few years since I purchased my last pair; the newer Clark's were unappealing and often double a former $180 price tag.
    They didn't even get a chance to wear out.
    Wearing out Shoes, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, July 05, 2014

    Worst (new) Potato Chip Flavour.

    C'mon.
    “We take our customers’ feedback, including complaints, seriously and we’re currently investigating the claim.”
    That was a statement issued by PepsiCo Foods Canada, the owner of Frito Lay (plus Canada's former Hostess chips) and the makers of Doritos, in regards to a mouse droppings news story, here in the Toronto area, involving one of their Doritos products earlier this year.

    So now, their brand new - not as yet for sell in the U.S.A. - potato chip product: PepsiCo Canada has launched 'Doritos Roulette', a new flavor edition in which most of the packaged chips are nacho cheese flavored, while others are insanely hot. Consumers are calling the chips "dangerous" and "a solid slap in the face" and hundreds of people are posting videos of themselves eating the chips on YouTube.
    BTW, PepsiCo Foods Canada is headquartered within a Toronto area suburb. A 'New Coke'?
    Usually I like Pepsi's products. However better, at least, might have been re-introducing their old Cdn. issued Hostess Grape-flavour chips into this Roulette mix. IMHO, it is just not the year, here in Ontario, for snack food roulette.


    NOTE: Pardon the MS-Office 2010 program forced foul-up. Public Library access doesn't allow for a cleaner Wordpad program to cut / paste my pre-coded Wordpad-created RTF-file entry to here. (I even tried re-saving the opened file as txt-only. Another fail :(
    Entry is reloaded from a second cut/paste (Jul 10th).

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    Thursday, July 03, 2014

    Happy 4th of July; old photos of America.

    Neat stuff of American (U.S.) History.
    The first colour (my Cdn. spelling, here) photographs of the New World (or rather, from across continental America).  The images would later have been be repeated into postcards.  These images are newly included into a book entitled, An American Odyssey.

    Wow, those photos remind me of my early youth as mesmerized by piles of 1950s era ViewMaster reels! No cartoon characters, no gimmicky 3D b-s; just places and places and places organized into their many individual reels and packaged via simple plain blue paper envelopes. (Unfortunately those reels apparently decay after 30 or 40 years. At least mine probably ended up being recycled, once more, at a neighbourhood used toy sale.)
    H/t to End of your Arm blog.

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    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    Israel - Palestine. A Healed Life and three youth Deaths.

    I first heard of these co-stories a week and a half ago, during a Sunday afternoon channel surf across Israel News Now, on Daystar (ch 67.4 in Buffalo, NY).
    While three teenaged Jewish boys were kidnapped in Palestine, the opposing Palestine leader's wife was receiving free health care at a hospital in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, last month.

    Sadly, the three young to-become-men (ages 16, 16, and 19) have been found dead.  The news show had also then reported of current rocket attacks against the Southern portion of Israel, as well.
    Here in Toronto, Canada, the annual local Pride parade (this year serving double as the 'World' Pride host) included the so-claimed Israeli Apartheid group once again.

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    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Canada; places geographically Here and Over There.

    From Maclean's magazine is a series of data maps for Canada.  I found their international cities of approximate latitudes interesting.
    Today is July 1st; enjoy Canada's national birthday.
    H/t to Quotulatiousness blog.

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    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Not-awesome #892

    # 892.
    Long Songs.
    Last year, I listened to the annual Juno Awards CD.  Rush was a winner for the nation's best rock album.  They had a new album's song included.  So did a number of other big name Canadian artists, besides a few lesser known yet also talented artists.
    Rush's inclusion to the compilation disc was a 7 minute, twenty one seconds song.  C'mon.  No wonder I hadn't heard it beforehand - via the radio or in video form.
    Prog rock has a history of admired long-play music.  So does Jazz music and Dance club genres.  I like many of these efforts, too!  More than just song duration, there is often a difference of pace plus some interesting mid-song change-ups.
    Then there is the time to just play out a tune and get down to it.  A catch-all compilation would be that time.
    Four and a half minutes and I've moved on, regardless.
    Three minutes and 15 seconds and I'm happy and not checking against my watch.
    Long Songs, not-awesome.

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    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Recent (underaged) girl-dance video should be removed.

    This week while channel surfing past Much Music I noticed a new music video that I thought should have been rejected beforehand.  It features a very young-looking girl/woman dressed in a flesh-matching leotard plus a wig that is similar to the internationally popular Lazy Town children's show's girl actor, stretching herself about in an empty apartment setting.  Probably a trained gymnast; she appears more like a young stick-figured preteen.   That's it; there's no other storyline involved.  Just the girl by herself in a flesh-mimic suit - for the entire song duration.  This same video has appeared multiple times during limited channel surfings I made this week.  Given the tiny font display - I don't know its song title nor music artist.
    I don't think I'm a complete fuddy-duddy as to pop culture trends; for example I had felt that last year's Wrecking Ball video (as I viewed it on TV) was artistic.  This new music video, however, doesn't belong upon any de facto mandatory fee charging TV-system carriage channel.

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    A Sugared Beach for Shaw.

    Apparently, the Corus Ent. (Shaw Comm.'s radio division) fancy Toronto adjacent beachfront grounds, Sugar Beach, had benefited from a million taxpayer funded dollars to enhance its appearance.
    The Star's (headquartered at One Yonge St. - northside) Christopher Hume calls it well worth it.  And continues on to berate any of its financial critics.
    I once thought that waterfront development, directly upon the shoreline was supposed to have been barred.  That a long-running public Waterfront Trail would preside - ideally from St. Cathrines clear around Lake Ontario to Cornwall - as much as possible?   That pre-existing shoreline business properties, such as the former motel strip near Etobicoke's Humber bay area would be appropriated over time and development periods.  That new business locales and/or residential towers would thus need to be developed upon the far (or northside in Toronto) of any shoreline roadways.
    Does Hume feel that Torstar's own "Martin Goodman" trail portion wasn't cheaply done?

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    Monday, June 23, 2014

    A local CQ(?) exhibit, of old Television sets.

    Smile of the day.
    H/t to TV feeds my Family's Bill Brioux.

    Note: recent new favourite (U.S. sub) broadcast TV channels include:
    67.1 WBBZ's blankly letterboxed Me-TV affiliate.
    56.2 Throwback TV (nearly all of this is black and white era stuff.)
    26.3 TCT-Kids (its prime time / late night B&W TV and 1940s B-movie era programming)
    67.2 The full Me-TV schedule (although it's shown in 4/3, the original filmings appear just a little wider via letterbox.)
    56.3, and 56.5, ... soon to air.
    2.3 Antenna TV
    56.1 Cozi TV (although its imaging is a little bit zoomed in.)


    Although who am I kidding? I won't be spending time and limited money at any museum. My old timey set still has a 'Three' on its side panel. Although I really like never having any Volume Bar display running across the screen!
    It does make watching this month's 2014 World Cup seemingly impossible, with current Sports Text graphics more designed towards high definition and much larger screens as well.

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    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Not-awesome #893

    # 893.
    Plastic foodwraps that require Scissors to be opened.
    When I was young, apparently I had teeth.  Real teeth.  And nimble hands, too.
    So if I had a Mr. Freezy ice treat or a bag of chips, I didn't think twice about directly tearing those packages open.
    Now I default to searching for a pair of scissors.  If I get all he-man in thinking, sure enough that is when a modest package won't tear open.  Or worse, it will except only to splurt the contents everywhere.
    Maybe it is me.  Those good childhood teeth got replaced, the hands grew less nimble... Reliable kitchen scissors win the contest.
    Plastic foodwraps that require Scissors to be opened, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Hideaway from those other Songs of the Summer

    Today's Star newspaper happens to contain an article from the USA Today's Patrick Ryan. "Get ready for the song-of-summer smackdown".  In this are four main challengers with five added contender songs.
    I'm gonna stick with Kiesza's Hideaway.  Her video is killer 1987-1991 dance stuff!  Does anyone else recall the old NRG genre of the late 1980s?   It's also nice to find another young Canadian music artist.

    Another Canadian singer I've recently noticed is Lexi Tellings.  Only from hearing a couple of solo piano performances via a community cable program, I'd like to find out whether her finished product EP has a 'smoother than today's pop music' instrumental backing.

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    Well biased, Toronto Star.

    Nah, newspapers etc., don't have political biases.
    Enjoy today's Letters page of the Toronto Star.
    Their print edition's headline, "Well done, Ontario voters". The page contains a gathering of joyous pro-Liberal responses from its readers.
    Onliners will (as of currently) alternately need to make do with "Ontario votes wisely" page, as led by an supportive editorial blurb.

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Worst Cookbook Ever.

    During a visit to my parent's place, I took notice of some of the cookbooks collected by my mom.  Following are the cover scans of (IMHO) a worst ever cookbook:
    frontcover image:

    That's right. Kellogg's Corn Flakes Break'n Bake Recipes (volume 2) little 107 pages paperback cookbook. From Kellogg Salada Canada Inc., in 1983.
    Now, typically I really admire the American Kellogg's cereal company.  (Its founders were pioneers of their industry.)  Except for its flagship standard Corn Flakes product - and of course - any of the modern day sugar treats as food products; I prefer my cereal choices solid and plain.
    Why single out Corn Flakes? Because I didn't trust its processed food colouring effect upon my urine stream. Virtual neonized(?) glow.  I'll stick with Special K, Bran Flakes, and/or Rice Krispies, please.
    And now I've found an all-meals inspired cookbook of recipes - each one featuring Corn Flakes brand product.
    backcover image:

    Maybe next time I'll look around for a Jell-O cookbook instead, lol.

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    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Blogging Tories group worse than Hudak.

    Sure Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader Hudak lost last week's election.  As it might have been pre-expected. The 'official' conservatives - as a social media presence - are worse.
    For years I've been a blogger and blogosphere commenter. Despite any preferred urban, and non-partisan, leanings, I've been consistently drawn towards the (genuine) fiscally conservative side of politics. Remember Spendlicious gum? Numerous entries can be randomly rediscovered with the search results for "spend". Any commentings received... Virtual zip. C'mon.
    At some point don't people ask themselves why they participate within social media? It seems worse whenever I've commented, or attempted to comment, at some of the Blogging Tories' websites. I've been often ignored and/or unapproved into deletion. Sometimes if/when an independent opinion isn't in their assumed lockstep I've been griped for repeating 'Liberal taking points' and not understanding the issues.
    This recent provincial election was a Conservative disaster. Hudak is still only one person. We had a new young candidate, in a lost cause riding of Parkdale - High Park, sure, who shouldn't have been. And for seemingly most previous elections we've only had a cycling (if never a cyclist) of complete two/three hours' out-of-towner or non-representative ballot box choices. Instead, I was telephoned repeatedly by another riding association from the other side of town (Willowdale). At least they existed. As during with every election and in-between elections' cycle of the past decade, where were the Ontario/GTA areas BT's.
    2014's local MPP map is virtually [AND even MORESO than ever] 100% Liberal Red as between Hamilton, Kitchener, and through across to Oshawa. It's not really a surprise.

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    Hoarding Pennies, converting (2nd car) Beemer to cash.

    Monday morning personal financial troubles.  Courtesy of the National Post:
    'Hoarding as investment strategy: Why one [Cdn] man stockpiled 3M pennies'.
    And...
    Retirement. Can I keep my house and my BMV Convertible after taking a $60,000 pay cut?.  Age 59, a Quebec woman adjusts to a new job paying only $48,000 a year.
    Remind me to adjust, financially, to not having a [Shaw's] newspaper subscription nor cable/satellite subscription, nor radio plugged into a wall outlet.

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    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Not-awesome #894

    # 894.
    Hot pavement [bad in Summer, good in Fall Winter Spring].
    This is a mixed N.A.  Warm pavement is great, outside of Summer.  The snow and the rain dry out quickly, making the roads safer to drive on.  In the Summer, pavement can be lousy for walking upon.
    Even that isn't a full season effect.  And night-time pavement temperatures are reasonable, too.
    Maybe, instead, it is a worthy trade-off?  At least... until one gets the ol' summertime hot-foot.
    Hot pavement [bad in Summer, good in Fall Winter Spring], not-awesome?

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    Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Not-awesome #895

    # 895.
    Fans that Leave Early.
    This happens with every city's sports' venues.  Here in Toronto, our ticket prices are often steep.  Maybe it matters less elsewhere.
    Still, unless a 'sad sack' home team is completely being demolished; fans leaving early are no fans at all.  What about the comeback?  Worse are those attendees who leave early during a tight or reasonably close game.  Is the post-game traffic really that too much for them?  If so, maybe the game itself was too excitable for their peace of mind(s).
    Fans that Leave Early, not-awesome.

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    Friday, June 06, 2014

    June 6th - day of determination.

    Northern France. The D-day invasion across five beaches, June 6th, 1944. Canada would take Juno beach; British and American armed forces separately invaded the other four during that allied mission.

    BTW, consider listening to a few post-war 1940s radio broadcasts (approx. 13 minutes each) of Danny Marsdon and Gisele MacKenzie for a sampled tone of Canada's national-international identity of that time.

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    Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    June 4th - day of denial.

    China. Democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, June 4th, 1989.

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    Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    forever freeware(s) - May 2014 [reposted].

    Yes, after a long-running series of noting freeware programs here, during 2012 and 2013, after the roll-outs of Windows RT, 8, and 8.1, XP's official support retirement, after my own fall back to a Windows 2000 machine... a few worthy additions of mention!

    Esc Close v2.0 by Anand K Gupta. Maybe there's an overall hotkey program capable of this item's trick. I like it. Classify it with a trusty 1998's restored context-menu's New Folder option tweak. (Hey hey, don't knock old-school.) The time setting adjustment for double/triple clicks completes it IMO.

    Magnifixer v4.0 by BlackSun Software. Customizable small viewing window magnifying program. (Unlike a few others, this works readily in Win 2000, btw.)
    Spews v1.03 by Jody Holmes. Part of the NANY 2014 event. A wallpaper change scheduler with an exclusion feature for when user-listed programs are also running.

    ToDo Reminder by JM Falcao. A basic version of this type of program. (Sometimes I don't care to 'learn' excess programs without end.)
    Pic Viewer by JM Falcao. Useful for me and a Win2000 machine (or it would be - if that older machine could more quickly load 2MB+ JPG photos.)
    MP3 Quality Modifer v2.53 by Kevin Schneider. Downsizes audio files; such as to lowered bit rates and/or stereo to mono. Creates a file copy by default.

    Others: A pair of context menu programs were discovered. Untested by myself however. Easy Context Menu v1.1 by BlueLife and Velociraptor. Context Menu Manager by Fahmy Corporation (linkage lost).
    Run Blocker v1.1 by BlueLife. Untested (by CQ) as yet.

    Process Piglet v1.0114. Part of the NANY 2014 event. XP+ tray area notifier to point out programs (processes) which take up resources. Calculatormatik v1.91 by Mustafa Bugra AKTAS. An extensive conversion calculator.
    BK ReplaceEm (Ecobyte Replace Text v2.2) by Bill Klein. A (2009) multiple text-search-replace(s) program.
    Added: Clipboard Magic v5.02 by CyberMatrix.com. A basic version of this program type.

    BTW, this is 64bit Win7Home reposting, of last Tues' entry(s) - using an initial Wordpad document* as its copy/paste 'from' program! *Re-fixed for Office 2010's fancy quotation mark replacements and a line break code added in manually (as opposed to the Sat. entry - from Wordpad - which pasted with untyped line break codes added.

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    Monday, June 02, 2014

    Vote with Father Jerzy and young Madi etc., or vote with the Cops and Liberals?

    Here's a political sequence.
    Last night I found myself watching a 2014 documentary about Poland's Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  He was a catholic priest assigned to serve Poland's steel worker community during the early 1980s when Soviet Communism was still in force.  Speaking out for basic freedom and truth - to a massively growing (and impovished) audience - he was later brutually murdered by a politically corrupt police force.
    This 90-minute documentary was broadcast on channel 17.2, PBS's The World subchannel, from Buffalo, NY.  This channel is just one of all U.S. border station subchannels which have zero Canadian cable /satellite carriage nor local newspaper listings for regional (free, over-the-air) antenna users.
    This morning I hear that Ontario's own police force have now asserted themselves into our June 12th provincial election.  They are openly campaigning directly against voting for the Progressive Conservative party and its leader Tim Hudak!

    Hudak is calling for a public sector rollback towards 2009's level to be achieved, over a few years, primarily by not replacing any upcoming retirees.  He is also suggesting a real pay freeze in order to help re-contain Ontario's massive yearly deficits of over-spending its annual taxation revenues by [currently more than 14] billions of dollars.  All this, while multiple children have gone begging in public for advanced medicines and surgeries denied by our "free" public healthcare provincial governance.

    In the past year, we have witnessed as our Toronto cops spoofed being a stranded GO Train passenger, after a sudden riverside flood, upon an unwitting TV news' interview.  We have viewed the independent surveillance tape of a troubled and entirely alone streetcar passenger being gunned down (eight out of nine kill shots) and then tasered twice - while another immediately on-the-scene dozen or more cops stood by.  There was also a Hamilton police officer who quickly took his fully pensioned retirement after being suspended with pay(!) - for four years(!) once his gov't employment hearing was... finally... about to take place. 


    Now our own highly paid, $100,000+ Sunshine List, cops are telling us who NOT to vote for??  Should the 3rd place NDP's Parkdale - High Park incumbent candidate need an independent bodyguard?  Did citizen 'Adam Nobody' and many others during Toronto's G20 event, require personal protection - from our police?
    Note:  Although I am generally supportive of the PCs (and previously for the police as well) - I wasn't going to vote for the PC's local candidate nor Hudak this time around.  Now I will be voting for the PC's.

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    Sunday, June 01, 2014

    Not-awesome #896

    # 896.
    No Cats, No Clotheslines bylaws.
    Since I was kid, growing up in the spaciousness of surburbia - many of us had outdoor cats and clotheslines.  What happened?  (Besides a tightening of townhouse uniformity developments.)
    We had a cat.  No litterbox; it went outside, year-round.  A few dead birds and critters would appear at our front step; but there were plenty of others living strong each year.  Self-built nests could be noticed within the neighbourhood trees.  And that was all with now-outlawed chemical lawn care products as applied.
    Bed sheets, undies and t-shirts and towels often dried under the backyard seasonal sun.
    Boys, by the thousands and millions, also rode banana seat U-bar bicycles freely and skateboarded, etc.  But that's another N.A. of its own merit.
    We also had an antenna - on a tower with a rotator motor.  Now you can readily find the eyesores of corporate aligned satellite dishes, legal and grey market.  But the once common free-tv antenna?  Heavens' mercy.  Better to disallow that with another(!) bylaw.
    No Cats, No Clotheslines bylaws, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    Ballmer slights Mrs. Gates?

    Thursday was a big news charity announcement day for Melinda Gates, spouse of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.  She appeared publicly here in Canada - a part of North America - for the news coverage issue of spending 3.5 billion dollars, via the Canadian government, towards international maternal healthcare.
    An exact same day item, as reported via the CBS Evening News program, was that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is bidding to purchase the hot-issue NBA basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers.


    That's right, buying the 'Clippers'.
    If you want to know what is wrong with Microsoft (both Windows and its Office suite) for the past decade...
    Recall that, according to generalized reports, it was the future Mrs. Gates who was a key project leader for the short-lived MS-Bob program in 1994.  One of its most notable 'newbie' user-level components, however, was a selection of animated assistants.  "Clippit" or Clippy would next appear, disfavourably to many, within Microsoft's 1998 Office suite.
    Ballmer couldn't have issued his own potential sports acquisition news (about the Clippers, of all things) upon any other business day?

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Empress quasi-remembered.

    I suppose it is a good thing that the Empress of Ireland passenger ship is now being remembered. It was accidentally struck by a freighter and sank, 100 years ago - today - May 29th, 1914. The ship sank in mere minutes; over a thousand persons died. There are estimates that from its prior eight years of service, 1 in 30 Canadians can still trace their ancestry to this ship. That's a possibility for me, as well. (I know that one of my grandmothers and her family would have emigrated from England at around that timeframe.)
    Until this week, honestly, I had never heard of this Canadian disaster.

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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    forever freeware(s) - May 2014.

    Yes, after a long-running series of noting freeware programs here, during 2012 and 2013, after the roll-outs of Windows RT, 8, and  8.1, XP's official support retirement, after my own fall back to a Windows 2000 machine... a few worthy additions of mention!

    Esc Close v2.0 by Anand K Gupta.  Maybe there's an overall hotkey program capable of this item's trick.  I like it.  Classify it with a trusty 1998's restored context-menu's New Folder option tweak.  (Hey hey, don't knock old-school.)  The time setting adjustment for double/triple clicks completes it IMO.

    Magnifixer v4.0 by BlackSun Software.  Customizable small viewing window magnifying program.  (Unlike a few others, this works readily in Win 2000, btw.)
    Spews v1.03 by Jody Holmes.  Part of the NANY 2014 event.  A wallpaper change scheduler with an exclusion feature for when user-listed programs are also running.

    ToDo Reminder by JM Falcao.  A basic version of this type of program.  (Sometimes I don't care to 'learn' excess programs without end.)
    Pic Viewer by JM Falcao.  Useful for me and a Win2000 machine (or it would be - if that older machine could more quickly load 2MB+ JPG photos.) 
    MP3 Quality Modifer v2.53 by Kevin Schneider.  Downsizes audio files; such as to lowered bit rates and/or stereo to mono.  Creates a file copy by default.


    Others:
    A pair of context menu programs were discovered.  Untested by myself however.  Easy Context Menu v1.1 by BlueLife and Velociraptor.  Context Menu Manager by Fahmy Corporation (linkage lost).
    Run Blocker v1.1 by BlueLife.  Untested (by CQ) as yet.

    Process Piglet v1.0114.  Part of the NANY 2014 event.  XP+ tray area notifier to point out programs (processes) which take up resources.
    Calculatormatik v1.91 by Mustafa Bugra AKTAS.  An extensive conversion calculator.
    BK ReplaceEm (Ecobyte Replace Text v2.2) by Bill Klein.  A (2009) multiple text-search-replace(s) program.\


    BTW - THIS ENTRY was Fucked Up either by Copy Paste from Microsoft Office (2010 or 07, or Google's Blogger when taking my originally self-edited linkage post as cleanly pre-written in Wordpad.  It took about three tries, then a complete new copy paste out of a first Blogger posting entry - omitted title in frustration.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

    An 8-hour trip to visit hospital.

    Sometimes I believe there's got to be a better way...
    Needed/wanted to visit an ailing parent recently.  It took me eight hours to acquire a one-hour stopover.
    Basically my time added into this:

    3 hours' walking.  (To/from Islington Station, saving the initial Toronto system's fare price.)
    Then I commited a felony of hopping through the - extra Friday afternoon manned - TTC stations's ticket gates in order to purchase five Mississauga bus tickets via a MissTransit-only vendor booth.  Last year, btw, a new Shoppers Drug Mart official ticket seller ($10/hour clerk and her $12(?) manager) - within Miss. - refused to sell me a common strip of five tickets ($14) instead of the 10-pack ($28).  Still cheaper than the cash fare.  I also used the public washrooms - across the street - at the Sun Life Centre; Islington station's amenities were shuttered as of 1979.
    2 hours' suburban bus ride  (Bumpy as heck upon the return route.  Accessed an independently unsheltered transit-hub adjoining mini-mall's washroom ahead of an expected 9 p.m. weekday closing time).
    3 hours' of getting an outside GTA car ride - listening, naturally, to other people's music.  And being a cost of gas freeloader, etc.
    I did add 30 minutes as well for checking in online at a public library branch with empty e-mail, jobboards, and social media.  'Ate defensively' for the day as well.  (Took along an apple; planned my pre-lunch leftovers and the night before's meal.)
    Combined altogether; this both tired and temporarily demoralizes me.

    This was actually a lucky break in a way; just having the attainable option to visit a relative in the hospital, etc.  (The parent is getting better; I fell ill during the next couple of days.)

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    Was news media too predetermined in O.J. Simpson's guilt?

    Recently I came across an alternate 'theory' of the Simpson/Goldman murder case.  Regardless of any merits; I was surprised by not knowing had there legitimately may have been any other adult - one allegedly documented as troubled with drugs and weapon violence - besides O.J. himself, potentially on hand.  O.J. and O.J. only(!) was my open and shut core armchair follower's opinion.  Everything after that was a basic gloss-over to my own level of attention.

    That aligns to mind with this year's mega-news story of the lost 787 Malaysian Airplane.  Weeks of non-stop absolute expert analysis opinions, targetted search team efforts, etc.  Then came requestioned doubts towards any or all of its preceding facts.

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    Finland's 2014 IIHF failure.

    It's not that they lost, or won.  Finland had the opportunity to send Russia a clear international message as to Russia's hostile, undemocratic, taken during the Para-Olympics Games, with undeclared military aggression threatened, land grab(s) against its fellow peaceful neighbour nation Ukraine.
    Finland could have refused to play in Sunday's gold medal hockey game versus Russia, being held this spring in Belarus.  There are political matters more important than any one game or tournament.
    Next time around maybe it will be Finland against whom Russia annexes for itself (and a re-asserted geopolitical Baltic sea regional wish).  And maybe it should be?

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    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    Not-awesome #897

    # 897.
    Over-Perfume.
    "Hey Brut!"
    Once, when in high school, I was fairly new to the world of deodorants.  I slathered some on - one early morning.  Hours later - yes, that was the friendly tease from a girl sitting behind me in class.
    She knew, having an older brother, exactly the brand I had applied towards myself.  I was lightly embarassed.  My aroma, however, stayed acutely oblivious.  It was a life onto itself, lol.
    It wasn't long before I switched, permanently, to using unscented products.  Soaps included.
    For some people, allergies to perfumes and smells are a real health issue.  Trapped into a confined, if temporary, space with any Mr., (or Ms.) aroma is just a real nuisance problem for everyone else.
    Over-Perfume, not-awesome.

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    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    Memorable celebrity commercials

    Recently I found the online time to notice the MeTV network's website.  Besides their seasonally updated programming changes, they have a webpage of long ago television commercials.  The audio video quality - of the few that I watched - was poor.  However, their retro flashback / early TV-celebrity quality was top-notch.
    I can recall that MeTV had actually aired a couple of such spots directly within their television broadcasting - when I first discovered it a couple of years ago.
    For (primarily) Southern Ontario viewers of the 1980s-90s, I will also mention the YouTube channel belonging to RetrontarioFrom Buffalo NY, MeTV broadcasts from channel 67.1 (local affiliate station presented in black letterboxing) and also channel 67.3.

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Indy cars rule again.

    A thankful change of pace, with this entry.
    The open-air Indianapolis 500 speedway cars have been a life long sporting favourite of mine.  During its unfortunate split era, I sided with the CHAMP - CART series - that excluded the fabled speedway oval itself.  However, for a few years now, Indy is back!
    Meanwhile I dislike NASCAR.  For whatever reason, I just can't enjoy stockcar racing.  Its night-time and/or pickup truck races have (IMO) an initial novelty about themselves.  But so does a variety of other styles of motorized racing events.  And I prefer the (non-stadium) off-road races over NASCAR as well.
    I would still wish to follow an extended Indy "500".  A car race shouldn't take less apparent time than a typical big city commute.  That's really about the only drawback I can think of.
    Too often, last year, I settled in to watch (quite a number of) its different races, only to find myself feeling like a boxing fan after a one or two round fight.  And yet I still enjoyed all of those 2012 races.
    One of my so-called bucket list items was visiting that historical speedway.  That was some years back, for me (not the race itself, though).  An additional F1 'road course' track modification was in place at the time.  So was a great on-site museum featuring a number of its past era(s) championship cars.

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    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Tatham's is tops.

    As I first discovered a year ago, Simon Tatham's freeware coffee break games are great.  Simply massive fun.
    There's Unruly (also known as Binario), Filling (Number Clusters) Keen (KenKen), SameGame (with customizable sizings as all many others), Towers (a 5x5 number grid), a dominos' set pairs on a grid game, Unequal (aka Futoshiki), Loopy (once around a numbers grid uninterrupted), Mines, Guess (mastermind), Solo (Sudoku), etc.  Approximately three dozen such primarily paper and pen'ish games in all.  A tiny file(s) footprint.  No goofy children's level animation trinkets neither.  Coffee break games that any 11+ aged person wouldn't mind displayed over their shoulder.
    After some usage, I finally then noticed the extra ability of entering (multiple different coloured) tiny pencil check numbers into individual cells - as well as full size numbers.  This really does make this collection a world's greatest.  Keyboard navigation is a breeze as well.  Written and playable upon a variety of computer operating systems.

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    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Good is bad and worse is good?

    U.S. CO2 emissions are at a 20 year low.  H/t to Ezra Levant via Sun Media.

    Madi Vanstone, 12 years old, living with cystic fibrosis and a refusal of Ontario's FREE GOVERMENT medical coverage, got no-showed (again) by Liberal Health Minister Deb Matthews.

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    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    Rogers' 6-in-1 NewsMix ch. 179 - today

    I was surfing across a Rogers digital cable lineup last night.  Up around 176-190 were a cluster of news channels; some will appear upon other, lower, cable numbers.  Anyway, the accessible channels "started" with Russia Today - 177 (unavailable Al-Jazeera - 176).
    Then an unavailable CNN-I - 178.

    Then a six-in-one screen at channel 1"79".  Uh huh*.
    The selected group of six, in order of left to right, top row then bottom row, were:
    RT, CTV Newschannel, SunNews, and BNN, CNN, BBC World News.  With this channel a viewer can click across each live mini-screen box of the above listed news channels.

    Why is Russia TV the default 'active' news channel (with both a running feed of audio and video)?
    Alphabetical?  No.
    Canadian or more locally targeted?  No.
    Geographical?  No.
    Highest rated?  No.
    Worthy of being Rogers' channel 179 default active mini-screen?

    FoxNews isn't carried within 179's grouping; neither are a pair of NBC news channels.  Nor is good ol' CBC Newsworld part of their six-in-one selection channel.
    *  CityTV in Toronto (decades ago) began its over-the-air broadcasting at channel number 79.

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