Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Reason to walk

This morning was the first time I've taken the walk to the subway from home since my accident. Nice sunny (but cold) morning. As I approached Yonge and Eglinton I could clearly hear a familiar tune. Reaching the corner, I discovered the source - Chantal Kreviazuk playing live for a Breakfast (City) TV Maxwell House morning promotion. They we're also handing out complimentary Maclean's magazines and subway tokens. What a nice start for the day and reason to take a walk when you can, you don't know what you're missing on the street !

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Exercise those neurons

As a result of getting my news through my new RSS feed, I'm enjoying some new discoveries. A few super-geek finds of late: Resources: Exercising the human brain; what it is and how it works.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why didn't I do this sooner ?

Do you know what this symbol is ? Maybe you've seen it as you've been browsing the net. It is actually the browser feed icon used by Firefox and IE. RSS is probably one of the lesser known tech acronyms out there. I haven't paid much attention to it over the years, but I keep seeing the symbol or the RSS icon everywhere these days. So I'm thinking that it must be truly becoming ubiquitous (a word we love to use in IT), so perhaps now is the right time to leverage it. So being pretty committed to Google tools these days, I quickly found out the Google Reader is a good RSS reader, so I started using it today. Why didn't I do this sooner ? The news that I care about now comes to me ! Brilliant. I'm just getting to understand all the features, but it looks like when I share a source, it becomes publicly available, so ultimately I now have an RSS feed - cool, oh, oh, and this blog may be a feed too (but it may be hidden). I was looking for the feed for Q Music, but the link on their site wasn't working for some reason. But I noticed that the link was going to feedburner, so I went there and whammo, created an account and I was able to create my own RSS feed for Q Music - super cool.


Just my kind of movie, a good scare, a dash of the paranormal, a hint of the possible...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Get the most out of your sports viewing

Hey sports fans. Here is a little something to add some competitive excitement and side story to your sports viewing over the upcoming month and year.

Sports Fantasy Groups.

I've created one for the NCAA Final Four - just go here to sign into my personal group and see how you do against some of our friends.

I've also created one for the Formula 1 season. It's quite a bit more complicated but should be fine. Invites to known fans have gone out, let me know if you want in. I did find a great McLaren video recently that is good viewing for McLaren fans looking for something to get them revved up. All the vids on ITV F1 are pretty interesting too.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

You can't take your eyes off this for a second

I'm been having some difficulties in putting together some deeper blog content, but wanted to share this...

I heard "You can't take your eyes off this for a second" twice this week. It was in the context of watching sport and it's no surprise that with the amount of football I'm watching these days, both occurrences were during football games. I bring this up because I heard the following words from my son recently..."I don't like watching soccer very much because there's not enough scoring". I've been battling with North Americans for yeas about the merits of football, but I find my own son has now caught this affliction.

In some North American sports, you can perhaps apply this saying, maybe in the ninth inning of a world series game or in sudden death overtime in hockey. However, I think that because a football game can often turn so quickly, with one brilliant move or horrible mistake, the sport has a greater element of drama, more often. With the amount of goals, touchdowns, buckets or runs scored in North American sports, it's surprising to suggest that so few memorable events happen.

The other contributing dramatic factor in football right now is the amount of important games being played, with 3 cup championships and going into the last few months of the premier league. The next big, and oftentimes very dramatic sporting event here in North America will be the NCAA Final Four. Lots of opportunity for drama, but who am I kidding, there are so few important points scored until the last 2 minutes of the game ! Yes, the excitement builds as the minutes pass by and it's a good chance to observe highly talented and athletic youngsters show their stuff, but no worries if you miss a few quarters.

So, a quick close and mention of the highlight of the week in my books. Arsenal's defeat of AC Milan in the Champions League. Brilliant game, high drama, constant pressure and the game could turn in seconds.