Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Novel Long Distance services heat up again

Hiya, these are those services I was talking about.
Both websites are horrendously terrible. But hell, at least it works.

Vbuzzer Callback
The first is completely free (for now) at least and requires no sign up or credit card information at all.
Call 416-273-8883. It will ring busy, costing you no outgoing minutes. Vbuzzer will call you back, asking you to tap in a number, which it then dials and connects you. The downside is it will call you back, but you'll need to then type in the number you wish to dial manually.
Great if you've memorized the number, otherwise you'll need to look it up before the process

Requires a signup, but no creditcard unless you need to top up your minutes.
This service gives you 8 callback numbers that you match to frequently dialed numbers.
You dial the number paired to your friend, you'll get a busy tone and it calls you back as Vbuzzer does.
The difference is the service then calls you, and immediately after you pick up, begins ringing your friend.
Whether they are in Canada or the United States, minutes are 4.9cents. You get 40 minutes free (2.00 credit)
if you add the "secret word" miser.

For dead cheap traditional long distance using traditional outgoing minutes, I use both http://Callzone.ca and http://644free.com/.
Onlinetel (Callzone's parent company) ran the hugely successful "Labatt Blueline" service in 2002/3, and now has a yearly flat rate for most southern Ontario for $37.50.

http://644free.com/ began around the same time as BlueLine, and follows a similar model, listen to a 15 second ad, get access to an expanded local calling area.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Beatbox souffle

Here's Brighton's Darren Foreman, also known as Beardy Man, also known as the beatbox champion of the United Kingdom.
He's not a real woman, but all the sounds are real and they're made with his real mouth.
Hopefully this will distract you for another six days while I get round to writing something bloggy.
Look at the funny man in a wig. Look at the funny man in a wig...
*Types frantically.*
clever text stolen from fatroland

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Hug Day Jan 27th at Nathan Phillips Share the Love - Hug Day Jan 27th

On Saturday January 27th, Torontonians from of all walks of life are invited to spontaneously hug by the thousands at 3 pm at Nathan Phillips Square. The amazing candy pop band, the Bicycles will be on stage and at 3
and will ask for a mass hug.

Mass hugging is becoming an international trend some say in response to a gloomy world state of affairs. Hug Day is being put on by the Toronto Hug Coalition which also points that hugging has incredible health benefits including stress reduction and boosting the immune system as well as
improving your outlook.

Saturday January 27th, Share the Love in Nathan Phillips Square, at 3pm for
Hug Day.

Get tickets now.

The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tue, Apr 17, 2007 08:00 PM
The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
Mon, Mar 5, 2007 08:00 PM
TV On the Radio
Kool Haus, Toronto
Sun, Mar 4, 2007 08:00 PM

Shout Out Out Out Out
Lee's Palace, Toronto,
Sat, Mar 3, 2007 09:00 PM



Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lang Lang please give me your tickets

If you have tickets for Saturday, please get sick and give them to me.

Paramount Silvercity 1999-2007

Paramount Silvercity downtown is now the Scotiabank Theatre.

Saw them putting the sign up this morning. Tomorrow is the big red-carpet gala featuring breakers from around Toronto.

Gist: some sort of Scotiabank "entertainment" rewards program called "Scene" reeeally.

Scotiabank will be advertising its products in Cineplex lobbies. The agreement also includes installing automated banking machines in the five flagship theatres.Rick White, vice-president of brand and marketing programs at Scotiabank, said the bank's deal is aimed at younger customers, who are the dominant moviegoers."The 18- to 30 year-olds are the sweet spot in this program," Mr. White said. "There is a very captive audience inside the theatres so it makes for a great opportunity to express our brand, bring messages to the audiences on the screen [before shows] and relate to them in a way that we have never done before."Ken Wong, who teaches marketing at Queen's School of Business, said Scotiabank's play for youth makes sense. "If the youth take their credit card with you, they will stay with you for the remainder of their lives," Mr. Wong said.

Attention youth market: prepare to have your wallets targetted (for the next 5 years) with super sick loyalty points programs and youthy credit products. Mmmm thats so youthy.
And yes, I'm crashing the party, and signing my (living) goldfish up for some serious credit.



Introducing the Heroes 360 Experience

Introducing the Heroes 360 Experience
As dark forces gather to spell doom for the city of New York, it's become clear that the Heroes universe is missing one more person who can help stop this terrible disaster.
That person is you.
Each week, immerse yourself in the Heroes 360 Experience where you become part of this season's biggest hit. Through original content created specifically for TV, online, and mobile, the Heroes 360 Experience lets you explore, interact, and discover exciting new characters, sneak peaks, new and expanded storylines and much more.
So be sure to log on each week to NBC.com (and mobile WAP site) to participate in the Heroes 360 Experience where you become part of the show that everyone is talking about.

-I totally missed this, I know video archives of the full shows don't work in Canada (100miles outside of North America) without some "finesse" but it'll be interesting to see if they make the extra content region free.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Heroes Returns

Are you ready?

edit: "In Sudbury, about 100miles outside of Ontario..." c'mon heroes
uhh durr? Try 237 miles outside of Toronto maybe? Sudbury is in Ontario, but I'm sure our provincial bredren enjoyed the nod.

Other than the broken geography, an awesome episode thus far.
in other news:
Panda is now sick too, the circle is complete.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jan 20-Make It Funky-Legends of Funk-John E DJ Czech Big League Chu B2B2B @FEZ - TRIBE - tribe.ca

legends of funk
missed this... was sickly and catatonic by 10:00. rock on.
Reviews here:http://www.tribemagazine.com/board/showthread.php?t=128891
Freddy Fresh and King Sunshine next month?

City of Toronto: WinterCity 2007

Free concert series coming up @ Nathan Phillips Square
The Philosopher Kings Friday, January 26 8 pm
Sloan Saturday, January27 8 pm
Mobile Friday, February 2 8 pm
The New Pornographers Saturday, February 3 8 pm

see more at: City of Toronto: WinterCity 2007

Still illin' after all these days....

Acute bronchitis usually lasts approximately 10 or 11 days. It may accompany or closely follow a cold or the flu, or it may arrive unaccompanied by any other condition. It is contagious, and it starts out with a dry cough, frequently waking the sufferer up at night. After a few days, it progresses to a wetter, productive cough, which may be accompanied by a low grade fever, fatigue, and headache. The fever, fatigue, and malaise may last only a few days, but the wet cough may last up to several weeks. For some people, the cough may last as long as a few months as the bronchial tubes heal slowly.
Jaysay:7 days and counting/suffering. I have to respect the timely irony though, I got this the weekend after I was mentioning that I havent been sick in quite a while (other than my snuey allergies) and when I do I'm down for a day and back to normal the next. No so with this beast.
P-anda is exhibiting the first of my initial symptoms, dispite my avid hand washery. Will you be the next to join? If yes... I recommend the Advil NeoCitran cocktail, and something with Expectorant. Decongestants are supposedly out, as you need the chest goo to heal your bronchiolios

Monday, January 15, 2007

NewMindSpace Documentary on GoogleVideo

From the newmindspace bulletin I got today. It took me an hour to read, because I am sick.
Im sick.

If you haven't seen our excellent documentary by Atomic Penguin (Laura Dittmann and Meg Spevak), now you can for free! :)
You can also download a higher-quality version. (here)
PS - If you liked the documentary, consider making a small donation, which will be used to support the filmmakers (who traveled to New York with us out of their own pockets to film our pillow fight there!)

Um sik

After about a month of being around people in various forms of unwellness I have finally succumbed to some sort of chestular phlemitis. I was out of commision all weekend, missing the Bassbin Twins make up night and free dinner with Panda parents. Lame.

I'm out of bed now, and from what I understand it's snowing outside. How lame. Back to bed. Iron Eagle is on, and the sequel is on tomorrow. Louis Gossett Jr's spazziness will be awesome on Nyquil

I'm sick.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

One Laptop per Child Justification

One Laptop per Child

Video URL: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid79489195/bclid60818931/bctid336122058

Video Description:
The creators of a cheap, networked, rugged laptop want to change the world.

From MIT's: Technology Review

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Friday Jan 12 - Promise Skating Night at Harbourfront Centre

Friday January 12th, 8 - 11pm
Promise Dj Skating Party at Harbourfront Centre

Ever let a whole winter slip by without going skating? You should go at least once a year and so you should come to this. Children are totally welcome, or bring a date, or even a bunch of rowdy friends for fresh air before going out clubbing. This was an awesome evening last year so really make a point of coming out. Here's the information:

Violet (deep dub)
Benjamin Boles (funk and disco)
Jonny White (techno and house)

We've again been invited by Harbourfront Centre to host a skating night down at the Natrel rink. It's a truly gorgeous venue with a stunning view right beside the water. The rink is outdoors and there's an indoor bar service, snack shop, and complimentary hot chocolate supplied by the rink sponsor Natrel, which is nice.
If you don't have skates, rentals are available at the rink as well as lockers and a sharpening service for your old blades. Owing to the high romantic quotient of this event we recommend you bring someone to snuggle.
And, as it's Irving birthday that weekend, we'll be celebrating it at the rink on friday. If you have a birthday coming up and would like to celebrate it there too that would be great, let us know and please come down. The music ends at 11pm sharpish, so come down nice and early.

Info on Harbourfront Centre events:

Update and strategy on summer Cherry Beach parties.


Thanks to Now magazine and Spacing and others who have taken notice about the changing situation down at Cherry Beach this year and are supporting our intentions. We are currently embarking on a strategy to find out how to continue our Sunday Afternoon Soundsystems as an ongoing part of the city. There are numerous examples of similar events all over the civilized world - so for Toronto it's an obvious match.
If you have tips or suggestions or moral support to offer us, we would very much appreciate it. If you are in a local arts or political or business organization and would like to offer a few official words of local support for these events, that will serve to help our case as a community. As well, if you have any interested contacts in City Council, these are the people who decide on all our behalf the type of city we live in, so pass on any contacts who will help us. Thanks recently for advice from Yvonne of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington market, Alex D from Tribe, Mike Layton from Environmental Defense, Ari from the drumming circle group and Frances from Moog Audio.

Thanks, and see you at the rink on friday!
David and Irving

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Uh what?

1. go to any website
2. delete everything in the address bar
3. paste the following code in the address bar:

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.images; DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5; DIS.top=Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0);

from digg.com ->http://www.destructoid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1271

basically takes every graphic on the page, ranks them by size, then sends them spiraling around the page in a set pattern. crazy.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Jtronforce Media Room sent you a video!

a word from Amon Tobin:
"for the past eight months I've been collecting field recordings for work on a new album. it's the first time I've ever done this. the process is completely at odds with how I normally do things (strictly from vinyl) and involves machines and animals as well as people, none of which I can claim to fully understand."

Trailer 1: from the upcoming documentary "Foley Room" to be released in March, 2007 along with his new album.

Trailer #2

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year! Trentemoller

jaysay: Just back from Montreal.
A quick one compliments of the ChrisBiscuit whilst we detox.

BBC 1 listeners voted Trentemoller as the essential mix of the year,
I've been listening this morning (by this morning, I mean "when I got
up" not actual morning) and it's awesome.
80% of it is his own mixes including:
Chris Isaak 'Wicked Games (Trentemoller's Unofficial Remake)' (White Label)
Which (I guess) means: "please don't sue me". Tracklisting

Starts off, as Pete Tong says, "down tempo", and he isn't kidding. I'm
guessing this guy must make wicked use of really long sets. He works
his way up to Techno.

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