Sunday, July 30, 2006

Law & Order & Muppets

Gothamist: Law & Order & Muppets

Sometimes it is interesting to see if you were to throw two television shows into a blender what you would get.

Click here to see what happens.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Finally I have found Ontario strawberries!

Since May I have been looking at my local No Frills store for fresh Ontario strawberries. Sure year round they stock Ontario Apples and other produce. But I wanted strawberries from Ontario!

I could find strawberries flown from California, but not a short haul basket from a local Ontario strawberry patch.

I also have visited a local Loblaws store in Richmond Hill and struck out there as well.

But thank goodness for the Aurora Farmer's Market where, this morning, I picked up a basket of fresh Ontario strawberries!

Why did I want the Ontario strawberries as opposed to the California ones? Simply the fresh juiciness of strawberries is lost once you start refrigerating them and transporting them miles upon miles.

Sure I am all for free trade, but sometimes free trade just doesn't work. In this case fresh Ontario strawberries is required and nothing else will do.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

2nd Blogiversary!

Michael Suddard's Homepage - Michael's Blog

So I missed my Blog's birthday (or is it anniversary?). July 20th 2004 I started what you are reading as an experiment.

I initially wanted it to allow friends and family in Aurora and other places to be able to keep up with me while I was teaching in New York City.

Then I added, when I felt like it, opinion pieces on events of the day both local and international. Some of these opinion pieces even were shared with "The Art of the Rant" (Bill Arend's Blog) where I am also a contributing editor.

Lately the blog has changed again, as I have now been back in Aurora for almost a year. It continues to document the happenings in my life but the New Yorkness has left simply because I don't live there anymore.

The opinion pieces do contain New York issues as I continue to read their online media. Opinion pieces tend to bubble up within me as I think about things going on around me. Hence, they tend to be either local or Canadian in nature. The opinions I have also can be found at The Art of Rant as well.

Pictures? Where are the pictures? The pictures I have taken will continue to be posted on the blog as I wander around the world. I am always continously uploading my picture collection to my main website (see scrapbook section) as I go on.

The main website is almost done receiving a complete overhaul (which has taken over a year to reformat all the content into new font and layout).

So to the blog, you will continue on your evolution of wherever I want to take to. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Lost in History? - Tesla's theories remain current

Sometimes a people get lost over time. Nikola Tesla is one of those people whose name has gotten lost in time over the past one hundred and fifty years. Before you go and click on the link above about who Tesla is and what he invented, consider these hints:

1. J.P. Morgan (yes the same banker who helped to launch the J.P. Morgan bank that eventually merged with Chase financial to form J.P. Morgan Chase bank in the United States) and George Westinghouse (the founder of the Westinghouse appliance company) both thought Tesla's invention would change the future.

2. Niagara Falls would not be the same today without Tesla.

3. Thomas Edison was a competitor to Tesla, but eventually Tesla's invention won out over Tesla.

4. Unless your Amish, you use Tesla's invention everyday one way or another.

Any guesses?

Click here to find out via today's Toronto Star article for a full history on Tesla and his invention that changed the world.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Italy wins the World Cup - Italy outkicks France in shootout

Who cares about soccer (football)? The Italians won in a penalty shootout after a full game and an overtime period. One missed penalty kick meant the French lost.

I watched maybe a quarter of the game and was sadely dissappointed in the game. Soccer to me is watching a mass of players kicking the ball back and forth to each other in their opponents end. The defensive team basically creates a wall around their goal, the defense rarely charges at an offensive player at centre field. Basically the offense, once they get possession of the ball in their own end are allowed to kick the ball down the field uninterrupted by the defensive team and making the odd pass. Once in the defensive end, the offensive team passes the ball around and sometimes back to centre field and then a little further towards the goal. But usually the ball, if still in control of the offense, is past back away from the goal. Besides this boring style of play, the games are usually decided in either penalty kicks or one goal leads more than 95% of the time. What gives?

Now add up to the diving and other stuff that the players seem to get away with and the game looks like a sham to me.

How to improve the game?

Have the two teams remove one or two players per team from the field to give more space to the players. Currently the two teams seem congested in defensive end. This has worked for hockey in overtime when four players play instead of five. Could this work for overtime in soccer? Could it work for the whole game in soccer? This change might open up scoring more likely. So instead of 1 zip, two zip or two to one final scores in soccer games there might be 4-3 or 3-0 games. More scoring means more fan appreciation of the game. But this change is unlikely to happen because of the uforia coming from European cities over the past couple of weeks the World Cup has been going on.

In other news, pizza delivery in Canada is not going on right now as the drivers are on strike in favour of dancing in the streets because a foreign soccer team one a world cup soccer game.

Good thing I ordered pizza on Friday, because right now (Sunday evening) the Italians have taken over Yonge Street in Aurora with their horn honkin' and flag waving.

I just don't get it.... I just don't get it....

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Feeling Old

I took in another Blue Jay game this past Friday evening. The Blue Jays beat up on the Philadephia Phillies 8-1 in this game. The game was far from interesting.

What I found interesting was the ages of the players. I watched the player descriptions on the jumbo tron as each of the Blue Jays came to bat. Back in the 1990s and earlier most of these players seemed much older than me. Not this time around though.

When Vernon Wells came to bat in the first inning I noticed something strange. He was younger than me! Mind you Wells was not that much younger than me though. But nonetheless Wells and another Blue Jays player, Aaron Hill are both younger than me and played that day.

But not all was lost on myself in the age department. Earlier that same week the CN Tower turned thirty years old. So I didn't feel that old. I am younger than the CN Tower at least. I also noted that most of the people in my place of employment never saw Toronto without the CN Tower completed. Yes, I work with a lot of young people around my age which is great!

I notice that older generations tend to figure out where they were and how old they were during world events. People reminisce about the old times of the past and how great they were. At the Blue Jay game there were four boys who were around ten years old talking to one of the other fans behind me. I got thinking of the past Blue Jay games I had been to. Fridays at the Blue Jay games are "flashback Fridays" where, during the game, they show past Blue Jay accomplishments on the jumbotron before the game and between innings during the game.

I realized, during my own reminising of past Blue Jay games I had been too, that these four boys sitting behind me would never know the experience of sitting in Exhibition Stadium to watch a baseball game. I remember the lake breezes blowing through the stadium as players like Ernie Whitt and Willie Upshaw threw the ball around. I also remember my father explaining to me what was going on on the field. I also remember Fred McGriff hitting homeruns into the outfield. These boys will never experience this great baseball of Blue Jay yesteryear.

I also am more cognizant of how I seem to compare my own age against the world events. The above is are just examples of local events that I compare my own and others ages to. I find that I am comparing my age more and more to the events and things going on around me than I have ever before.

Does this mean I'm getting older?

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