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In The News

Posted 2010.01.13 11.35 in Sports

So I was listening to the radio news the other day, and they were saying that the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was worried that their fan base among young people was shrinking. A representative was saying how  young people are more interested these days in technology and electronics, and so the Maple Leafs were moving to embrace some of these new ways to get and keep fans.

Now, I enjoy technical jiggery-pokery just as much as the next geek. Yes, I do in fact have the Maple Leafs’ app on my iPhone. As apps go, it’s well-made, was free, and does what it’s supposed to. So yay for that. However, an iPhone or Blueberry app is not going to make me back into a Leafs fan. Yes, I used to watch all the games, I used to know who the players were, used to know where they were in the standings.

I do believe that embracing technology and electronics is a good thing, and it’s one of those chicken-soup things; whether it helps or not, at least it can’t hurt.

However, speaking strictly as an outsider, someone who doesn’t do sports, I do have a tiny suggestion for them. Maybe I’m way off the mark on this, but maybe they’d be able to attract more fans if, like, they could just try and suck less?

I mean, it’s great that the TML app now gives me game times and tv channels for every game, and instant updates on scores, and lets me read box-scores of past games, and shows me up-to-the-minute standings, and all that stuff. It’s just, I have no desire to actually tune in and watch them suck all over the ice. I don’t need instant updates on how bad they suck. And up-to-the-minute is overkill, when I can just look once a month or so, to see that yes, they’re still hovering around last place. (Ok so last night they were 2nd worst in the east, 3rd worst overall.)

So, Toronto Maple Leafs – nice iPhone app. But if you want me to actually tune in and watch, or even just care slightly, maybe try and play better hockey?

Oh and – you’re worried about young fans? I’m not young (though sometimes I act immature) and infact I’m entering middle age, but you guys haven’t won a Stanley Cup in my entire life. My generation is having children now – there’s two generations of fans who have never seen a Stanley Cup won by Toronto. Yeah. Suck less.

Maple Leaf Forever

Posted 2009.11.17 8.09 in Music/Movies/TV

Back on Rememberance day, the best version of Maple Leaf Forever that I could find was a crummy synthesizer midi file that just didn’t cut it.

Here’s a clip of a better version. It’s an m4a (aka AAC) file, so if you have trouble playing it you may need to add another codec or whatever to your music playing software.

Maple Leaf Forever

This clip is the right size to make into a ringtone, by the way… if you download the file and change the suffix from m4a to m4r then drop it into iTunes, you can copy it to your iPhone and use it as a ringtone. Just sayin’ is all.

Autumn Colours

Posted 2009.11.01 20.37 in Photography, Pointless Blather

Blah blah blah it’s Autumn not Fall blah blah.

I wanted to get some more pictures before the leaves have all autumned from the trees. These ones are a particularily bright yellow this year, I didn’t really get any red or brown ones. Just yellow.

See?

Autumn Leaves

All yellow.

Black, White, and Processing

Posted 2009.09.05 19.03 in Hobbies, Photography

So, when was the last time you developed your own film? I haven’t done it in at least a decade, but today I picked up some Tri-X 400 Pro film, some chemicals, and took a walk around the neighborhood. It didn’t take too long to shoot a roll of 36 frames through my trusty Minolta X370. I’ve got a ‘new’ old lens on there, a Rokkor 45mm f/2 that I bought through eeeebay.

Processing was pretty simple and didn’t take long, and I can’t tell you just how rewarding and exciting it is to open up that tank and see the images on the film. It’s almost like magic, really.

Anyhow, below are some of the shots from today. They’re nothing terribly special, just shots that caught my eye between my walk and getting home.

RIP Bob of Sugar Shack Fame

Posted 2009.03.27 19.10 in Pointless Blather

Update: Bob’s not dead, he’s just retired.  Yay!

So I went through my old links archive to try and find the Bob’s Sugar Shack link.  Found it, clicked it, found an empty directory.  Huh?

Then I googled for Bob’s Sugar Shack,figured maybe he just moved to a different ISP or whatever.  The first two links were just generic business directories, nothing new, nothing informative.

The third link though… Appearantly Bob has passed on, and his Sugar Shack is no more.

This makes me sad.  I think it’s been 2 years since me and the folks were there.  But it was a good place and Bob was a good guy.  The breakfast buffet was awesome.  And Bob’s singing was….  something best experienced in person. 🙂

Tonight, I say a prayer for Bob and hope that wherever he is, the maple trees are tapped and the sap is running.  RIP Bob.