Jon Blair on Daniel Tosh: “Don’t be all ‘first they came for the comics’”

, July 13, 2012

My brother started blogging again this week, after more than a year away from his website, and he’s already off to a great start. Check out his post on Daniel Tosh and the unfortunate rape joke debacle; it’s a terrific take on the free speech issue from a comedian’s perspective, and it’s been making the […]

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Once again, I’m the last to know that I was quoted in the Toronto Star

, July 9, 2012

While cleaning out some old feed items tonight, I discovered that back in the first week of June, the Toronto Star quoted me in an article about the city’s plastic bag ban. Mind you, when I say “quoted,” I mean they reprinted something I’d said on Twitter. Actually, if you want to get technical, they […]

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Yet another thing I should have handled a long time ago

, July 8, 2012

It’s been a very long time since I visited Google Analytics to see how this site’s been doing. When I logged in tonight, I discovered that I’ve got little to no data on file from the end of May onward. I figure a plugin update at around that time must have knocked things out of […]

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Neil Pasricha has rebooted “1000 Awesome Things” with new content and reader feedback

, July 7, 2012

As many of you know, the success of my good friend Neil Pasricha and his critically-acclaimed, bestselling Book of Awesome series is rooted in a blog called 1000 Awesome Things, which he launched in June 0f 2008. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the feed for Neil’s blog, which had been quiet since he’d […]

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An unsolicited but timely conversation with my mobile phone provider

, July 6, 2012

“For a chance to win a free mobile phone, please complete a free survey based on your most recent call to [my phone company]. Reply Yes.” Yes “What was the main reason for your call? Reply using 1 to 6 (1= Contract, 2= Phone, 3= Plan, 4= Billing, 5= Cancel, 6= Other)” 1 “Rate the […]

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Aids Walk Update: Big thanks to my first sponsors!

, July 5, 2012

It’s now been two weeks since I signed up for this year’s AIDS Walk for Life, and after a slow start, I’m grateful to be able to tell you that we’re well underway! At the time of this writing, according to my sponsorship page, people like you have generously donated a total of $145.00, which is 14% of my […]

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Free play for kids (and adults) in the digital age

, July 4, 2012

I’m currently reading a book called Under Pressure, and as much as I wish it was the definitive volume on the vast differences between that one song by Vanilla Ice and that other song by Queen, it’s actually a terrific book on parenting by Carl Honoré, the bestselling author of In Praise of Slow. It’s […]

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What to do when you lose your iPhone (and what I should have done before I lost mine)

, July 3, 2012

Today’s the day I’ll find out whether my iPhone is gone forever. I misplaced it on Saturday night, most likely on the all-night bus, and since the TTC Lost Articles Office was closed for the long weekend, they won’t get a new batch of unclaimed items until today. When I call them this afternoon, they’ll […]

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Blogging made easier with an editorial calendar

, July 2, 2012

If I’m going to develop and stick to a daily posting habit, then I’m going to need all the help I can get – and I think I may have found it in the form of an editorial calendar. As the folks at Copyblogger once explained, an editorial calendar is “just a fancy term for […]

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