Today I received an email from my cousin in which he announced to various members of the family that he was shutting down his father's Internet and email account. His father, my uncle, is 94 years old and has been suffering from problems with his vision for some time now. The…

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DECEMBER 30, 2010 5:58PM

Rob Ford drops the bag... er, ball

Newspapers today are reporting that Rob Ford has plans to get rid of the plastic bag fee. This bylaw which came into effect on June 1, 2009, requires all retailers in Toronto to charge a nickel for every single-use plastic retail shopping bag. Toronto was apparently the first Canadian city to/…

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DECEMBER 29, 2010 7:33PM

Book Review: The Millionaire Next Door

The authors originally set out to study millionaires in the United States. They visited posh neighbourhoods but discovered those people driving luxury cars and living in expensive homes didn't necessarily have much wealth. They began to discover something odd which went against their preconceived not/…

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DECEMBER 28, 2010 2:03PM

Alone: My New Year's Resolution

I have an on-going joke about resolving to do something in the New Year.

Somebody: So, what's your resolution for the coming year?

Me: I'm going to quit smoking.

Somebody [frowning with a perplexed look]: Ah... but I thought you didn't smoke?

Me: I don't but I always like to start with something e… Read full post »
DECEMBER 27, 2010 3:50PM

Book Review: On Writing by Stephen King

Who on this planet doesn't know the name Stephen King? Born in 1947, this American author has written and published 49 novels including 5 nonfiction which have sold over 350 million copies. Of course, his fame has spread even further as a number of these books have been turned into successful/…

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DECEMBER 25, 2010 10:55PM

Movie Review: The King's Speech

When I first looked at Rotten Tomatoes, it had this film ranked at 95% but just now, it's ranked at 96%. A film can go up?

This British historical drama centers on King George VI played by Colin Firth and speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, who helped the king/…

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

I can't help thinking of Monty Python. In their original television sketch comedy series, they would segway from one bit to another having the narrator say, "And now for something completely different." In looking this up on the Net, I see they put together a film of their/…

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DECEMBER 25, 2010 7:45AM

Movie Review: Barney's Version

An excellent story, wonderful characters, great acting, beautifully filmed. This is a fabulous piece of entertainment which enthrals you and in the end, leaves a tear in your eye. Paul Giamatti in the title role proves himself to be a thespian of renown; you can't take your eyes away.

Based on the/…

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DECEMBER 24, 2010 6:02AM

Relationships: The power of touch

Recently I ran into an odd story about a man who has an affair and decides to divorce his wife. However his wife has an odd request that in the end; brings her husband back. According to Snopes, this story has been circulating in emails since 2004 and has undergone a/…

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Yes, folks. Mr. Anti-Semite is back and he's bringing his crazy, distorted message of genocidal hatred to the masses or at least to anybody who will listen. Filthy Jewish Terrorist is back on-line!

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DECEMBER 23, 2010 5:38AM

Movie Review: True Grit

With any remake, the first thing anybody wants to do is to compare the new film against the original. Being a strong proponent of Rotten Tomatoes as an accurate rating of a film's quality, I would like to cite the numbers. The new 2010 film True Grit has received a rating/…

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DECEMBER 22, 2010 10:27AM

Gaza: An escalation of violence

The AFP reported that since December 19, 2010 three rockets and 18 mortars were fired into parts of southern Israel from Gaza.

A letter written on Monday, December 21, 2010 from Israel to the U.N. Security Council urges it to send a message to Palestinian militants responsible.

On Tuesday, December 22,/…

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DECEMBER 21, 2010 10:24PM

Book Review: The Wealthy Barber

At the tender age of 25, a young David Chilton sits down and writes a short book which encapsulates some wisdom about financial planning in an easy going, easy to understand story. This accessible guide to becoming financially independent goes on to apparently sell over 2 million copies in North Amer/…

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Make the TTC an essential service otherwise Toronto loses $50 million a day.

For some time now, I have heard the number of $50 million being bandied about as the loss to the city for every day of a TTC strike. Considering this huge number, I am sure anyone would immediately say/…

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It's all coming together on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. We get not one but two events for those fond of astronomy. For the uninitiated, let's look at a couple of explanations.

Winter Solstice
This is the point in time when the Earth is the farthest away at its maximum tilt of 23 degrees,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 7:30PM

Honour Killings: new term, old idea

Canada has seen a number of high profile incidents involving the murder of a daughter or a sister by a male family member in South Asian or Middle Eastern communities. The term honour killing has been used to designate this particular phenomenon but just how widespread is this problem and is/…

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 5:21PM

Movie Review: Tron: Legacy

Opening day: Friday, December 17, 2010. First show: 11am, the Scotiabank IMAX theatre. I'm there; now just how nerdy is that? Well, maybe going to the midnight showing the night before?

The ticket price was $17.75 and in total there were only maybe a hundred or so people. Not a sell out/…

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I ride the subway every day. I ride it to work; I ride it home again. My impression of the service is that it is a good one. Of course it may not be perfect (see my blog The Toronto Subway: The Better Poop... er, Way for a bit of a/…

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DECEMBER 16, 2010 7:10AM

Turducken: tur-what-in (the heck)?

I think the first time I heard this word was about 7 or 8 years ago when an American woman visiting the family brought one for an outdoor patio meal. I smile at how the Americans love to mangle the English language in search for new words, new formations, and new/…

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DECEMBER 14, 2010 6:49AM

Movie Review: Love and Other Drugs

Rotten Tomatoes gave this film 45% which should be enough or should I say the least to send me scurrying to my television set. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the combination of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and in throwing good judgement out the window - Never ignore a rating from/…

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This past December 6, we marked the 21st anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre or the Montreal massacre as it has become known. While the magnitude of the event and the fanatical focus of the killer on one specific group remain both astounding and perplexing, there can be no d…

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DECEMBER 12, 2010 6:53AM

Movie Review: Tangled

I had no idea. Just another Disney animation? Wow, this film is an utter delight. I went in expecting... well, I'm not sure what; your usual Disney cartoon fare? Instead, I was greeted by a musical comedy romance which just charmed me to no end. This film would be good for/…

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DECEMBER 11, 2010 10:05AM

Movie Review: The Tourist

Good looking man, good looking woman, good looking locale. Hey, seems like a sure fire thing. Or is it?

I saw the previews and they did seem intriguing as well as showing a couple of funny bits. But before I headed off to the 4:20pm show on opening day, I glanced at/…

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DECEMBER 10, 2010 6:37AM

Sex on Facebook and Twitter

As a blogger, I am shamelessly looking for ways to promote myself. Yeah, my thoughts are important to me and maybe the rest of the world needs to find out just how important those thoughts are! ... Sorry, I do get a little self-absorbed at times. "Hi, how am I?"

I discovered/…

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"The Better Way", the slogan of the TTC, the Toronto Transit Commission, is a recommendation for anyone in town. In the city, a car is not an asset, it is a liability. Parking can be limited and if available, it can be expensive. However, given the proximity of almost anything you…

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