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35.50 + 11.84 > 47.09 … sigh

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Ford wants to tear up streetcar tracks. I say, don't get rid of them, but whenever track is replaced, can't they move them to the curb lane? It would help traffic flow immensly.

Rob Ford: 47.09

George Smitherman: 35.50

Joe Pantalone: 11.84%

53.2% of eligible voters actually voted. Apparently this is a good voter turnout for a municipal election.

Not sure if this was just a coincidence, but Seth Godin’s blog post today is very timely:

“When attention is scarce and there are many choices, media costs something other than money. It costs interesting. If you are angry or remarkable or an outlier, you’re interesting, and your idea can spread. People who are dull and merely aligned with powerful interests have a harder time earning attention, because money isn’t sufficient.”

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October 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Voting Day

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Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase vote!


I have a bad feeling that Rob Ford is going to become Toronto’s next mayor because Joe Pantalone will eat away at George Smitherman’s numbers even though the majority do not want Ford as mayor. Toronto needs to update its archaic ‘first-past-the-post’ voting system. ‘Instant runoff voting’ where voters rank all candidates would remove the need for strategic voting and prevent vote splitting. 8 cities in the US use instant runoff voting already and 5 more have approved it for their next election.

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October 25, 2010 at 10:18 am

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Remember Alan Turing on Spirit Day

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This video is from earlier this year, but a good example of why we need Spirit Day. I love the vlog brothers.

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October 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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Purple for spirit day

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I wonder what other colours I'm devoid of...

Apparently, I don’t own any purple clothes to wear for spirit day in support of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) youth. Sounds like a job for photoshop.

“Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks as a result of anti-LGBT bullying. But just as importantly, it’s also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.”

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October 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

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Pumpkins are out in full force…

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...I agree...these pumpkins do look like they have a skin disorder...


Imagine all the jack-o-lanterns/pumpkin pie that they will grow into.

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October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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I think I’m a cylon

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This has all happened before...

Me: Do you hear that music?

Tonya: No…what music?

Me: Listen…

Tonya: I still don’t hear anything.

Me: I think I might be a cylon.

Fortunately, we figured out there was a brass band playing on Yonge street for the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon. We decided to tag along and walked the equivalent of 1/4 of the marathon cheering on the runners. A beautiful day for a marathon.

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October 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Fall Tree

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"Time to make like a tree and get outta here..."I love it when trees look sunburnt like this in the fall. Only the outer/upper leaves have changed colour.

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October 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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Red Sunset

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What conditions make for good sunsets?

A woman at a tourist info booth near Bala told us to go check out Bala falls because it was going to be a spectacular sunset. How the heck did she know?

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October 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

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The corridor outside our room in the morning.

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October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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I think I'm addicted to the taste of champagne now...We’re married! Both Tonya and I had a fantastic time celebrating with our friends and family. Thanks to everyone who helped make the weekend the complete success it was. My only regret is we should have remembered to get the glow-sticks out earlier.  The glow-stick limbo bar was pure genius. Who ever it was that came up it: kudos.

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October 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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