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If you're in Toronto, and are looking for something awesome to do tomorrow (Saturday), there are still a few spots in the Roots Music Canada recording workshop that I'm leading.
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I'm contemplating signing up for an Aeroplan American Express just for the introductory bonus miles: http://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/aeroplan_dclp_dtw11_q2_en.shtml

In exchange for a $120 annual fee, they're offering 15,000 bonus miles. That's $0.008/mile, versus the regular Aeroplan top-up rate of ~$0.03/mile.

CIBC Visa also has a 15,000 mile, $120/year offer: http://www.cibccards.com/aeroap2007327/

I'm inclined to sign up for one (or both), because it seems like a cheap source of points for our upcoming flights to France. To be clear, I'd sign up, buy something, pay it off, then never use the card again, and cancel before year 2.

Good idea? Bad idea? Advice?
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I used to work for Aeroplan and unless you travel every week and spend $100K+ on said credit card, this is not worth it. 15K points used to get you to a neighbouring province (in your case, i think you can get to JFK and New Jersey (whatever that code is, airport code atrophy). Mileage is set to increase, if it hasn't already so more points are required. I have a large bank of points and I have about 5 1/2 years to use them up and soon as this is done, I will terminating my participation in the Aeroplan programme and looking for a cash back avenue. Just my two cents, DM.
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A real-life exchange between me and the guy at my neighbourhood Staples.

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Me: Hi. I'm looking for a TouchPad case.

Staples employee: [Pointing at the tablet kiosk] What kind of touchpad do you have?

Me: The HP TouchPad. You know, the ones that went on crazy sale last week.

Staples employee: Oh, the HP TouchPad.

Me: Yeah. Does anybody but HP make a "TouchPad?"

Staples employee: Well, no, but people keep coming in and saying, "Show me these TouchPads," when what they mean is "tablets."

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Remember when everyone starting calling all MP3 players "iPods?"

Say what you want about HP's exit from the tablet business, but the TouchPad fire sale got them at least one thing: mindshare.
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Ahh, I see, I see. Thank you for the reply, Sir. Sidenote- I'm still wrestling with whether or not I should bother with a smart phone as my personal handset (I have a blackberry through work.) I think I'm just enthralled by PDA simply because I no longer have one of my own (a work one doesn't count.)
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Blister in the Sun - A Violent Femmes Cover - PLAYED BY 65 UKULELES!

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Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes (Cover)
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Um ... that was weird. They all said "Hi Michelle!" +Neil Gnyp +Leo McKay : Did they say "Hi Neil" and "Hi Leo" to you? Cause that would be even weirder than Violent Femmes played on the Ukulele ;)
You're a man of many talents Mr Misener - cheers for the morning smile.
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For the 9/11 anniversary, I'm working on a radio piece about the role technology can play in remembering, reflecting on, and exploring the past in new ways.

I'm planning to mention:

- the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum's website and iPhone apps (w/ interactive timeline, Google Earth view, walking tour, and augmented reality functions)
- 110Stories.com
- http://wherewereyou911.net/

Have you come across any novel uses of technology for remembering and memorializing the past?
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Slightly different vein but I have been enjoying www.historypin.com

It really lets you see the way place used to be. I could see it being used to memorialize events too. Perhaps it is already being used that way.
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Here's something to ponder:

Hip hop music from Atlanta has a different sound than hip hop music from LA, or hip hop music from NYC, or hip hop music from Paris.

Does the same thing happen w/ software and tech?

Does technology designed in Silicon Valley have an intrinsically different feel than technology designed in Toronto? Berlin? Bangalore? Nairobi?

Is there value in using tech developed outside of Silicon Valley's bubble?
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An interesting TNW piece on the style of Berlin-based web apps: http://thenextweb.com/eu/2011/08/27/why-berlin-is-home-to-a-new-generation-of-beautiful-apps/
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Where is the No, and please stop bothering me about this every fifteen minutes button?
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No worries, Neil. We actually had a nice trip to Lyon this summer, where we met a ton of really nice people. So we won't be going in too cold :)
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Need a recommendation for long-ish term travel medical insurance (out of Canada for 365 days). Ontario Blue Cross seems OK. Any other suggestions?
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We leave in January, for 12 months...
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  • Ryerson University
    Sessional Instructor, 2007 - present
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    Associate Producer, 2005 - present
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CBC Radio producer and tech columnist. The star of many land and underwater adventures. Also, the 47th Prime Minister of Canada.

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  • University of King's College
    English, 2003
  • Ryerson University
    Radio and Television Arts, 2003 - 2005
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