Monday, December 26, 2011

Starbucks Cards in High Resolution

Remember when you enjoyed your doppio espresso or caffe latte? Here is the assortment of your favorite Starbucks Cards you may have used to order those spectacular coffees. Now, you can have those cards as a wallpaper on your computer desktop or anywhere you want. You can also download the highest resolution, with really exceptional detail, for your viewing pleasure, from here.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What Can Be Improved in Toronto Emergency Medical Services Response

There is something that really have caught my attention these months. Many times I see City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services, EMS, vehicles responding to the emergency. But, what I found wrong is that the driver drives fast through the downtown, midtown streets without lights and sirens on. Only when the vehicle approaches an intersection, the driver turns the sirens and lights on. But, it should not be like that. The sirens are designed to have intensity that can be heard at least one block around and ahead, so the other traffic participants can adjust their speeds and be ready to give the approaching EMS vehicle much needed space and right of way to go through. It is wrong to silently drive EMS vehicle with speeds much greater than the surrounding traffic when responding to emergencies, just because there seem to be no cars ahead. That's double mistake. First, the EMS driver does not warn in advance the other drivers who also approach next intersection, hence making it dangerous and possibly wasting precious time necessary for the emergency. Second mistake is, driving at higher speeds in the city, without emergency lights and sirens on, endangers other traffic participants who have no advance warning that dangerously accelerating vehicle is approaching.

The drivers of EMS vehicles should follow the rules, as simple as that. Otherwise they are greatly endangering lives of persons in emergency and of traffic participants. The rules are simple. Put the emergency lights and sirens on, all the time when responding to an emergency, and not only when you are approaching intersections.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Upcoming movies in December 2011, premiere, release dates, showtimes - Toronto Theaters

December 16, 2011

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows
Young Adult 

December 21, 2011
The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn 

December 23, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
We Bought a Zoo

December 25, 2011

The Darkest Hour
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
War Horse

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Novel Burglar Deterrent Methods

On December 15, 2011, Toronto Police released details about rush of burglaries (CP24) here. In addition to releasing details about the investigation dubbed Prybar, police has discussed a new crime-prevention initiative for businesses to protect themselves from burglaries and thefts. If you want to prevent burglaries of your apartment, one of the novel method is Burglar Deterrent CD, Anti-theft Home Occupancy Sounds on CD.

Washington Post: Every 14.6 seconds a burglary takes place in the U. S. 

Toronto company Super Deterrent is distributing its product, burglar deterrent CD, since 2009. Read more about the benefits of home occupancy sounds in the battle against opportunistic burglars.

Do you plan to travel next month? Or, next week? Do you want your home to be safer while you are away?

An apartment or a house that presents itself as unoccupied is far more likely to be targeted by burglars than one which is properly secured. Absence of noise will attract burglars. While you cannot be home all of the time, you can use a home security solution that works for you around the clock. It is easy to use burglar deterrent CD, with recorded household sounds, that fills in your home with everyday noises and instantly alarms the burglar that someone is in. If you remove opportunity, you will prevent the burglary.

This innovative device, that greatly reduces chance of burglary, has been on the market for sometime. Several manufacturers already sell product online and in home security stores (just Google the phrase “burglar deterrent CD”).

The main advantage of this audio recording is that it’s capable of creating a realistic impression that your home is occupied. It works best for apartments and condominiums. It is one of the most convincing things you can do to make your home unattractive to opportunistic burglars when you are away. The sounds are nonintrusive, crisp, random household sounds that come from kitchen, bathroom, living room. There are also well designed silence intervals  that effectively contrast with, and accentuate sounds that come after. Moreover, CD lasts one hour (obviously, a CD Player option “Continuous Play” will be chosen for non stop run), with variety of noises selected, so burglar doesn’t have even the slightest chance to notice any pattern.

The volume intensity of the tracks on these CDs is chosen so that it does not disturb your neighbors. These recorded sounds can not be heard through the walls in the same manner your neighbor can not hear your spoon or fork hitting the plate during the dinner. Yet, these sounds can be easily and clearly heard if someone listens outside the front door.

Playing burglar deterrent CD is easy. Just put it into your favorite CD player and chose the volume intensity between 30% and 40% of the maximum value. Then select “Repeat All” or “Continuous Play” so it plays non stop. You can test it in front of the door to hear and see the effect and chose the best speaker orientation and sound volume.

Before you go on vacation, and after you review your home security checklist (many excellent checklists can be found online), do what all police departments recommend. Make your home look and sound occupied. By playing a burglar deterrent CD you will achieve a lot in increasing the level of security of your home.

You can always use burglar deterrent CD in combination with other devices. The most effective combination is burglar deterrent CD and automatic light switch timer that turns lights on and off throughout the day and night.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Regis Philbin is signing his new book "How I Got This Way" at Toronto's Indigo bookstore, on December 6, 2011

Regis Philbin is signing his new book "How I Got This Way" at Toronto's Indigo Chapters bookstore, on December 6, 2011.

Regis Philbin (Regis Francis Xavier Philbin, born August 25, 1931)  (compiled from Wikipedia) is an American media personality, actor and singer. He is most widely known for Live with Regis and Kelly (which rose to fame as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password.

Pictures brought to you buy Burglar Deterrent CD, a Canadian Own company.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws Opens in Downtown Toronto

Maple Leaf Gardens is now home of Loblaws. The gourmet grocery store is huge, but considering how many new condominiums are built in the neighborhood, I think the size is justified.

The store has everything, and, of course everything is big. Many shelves, excellent selection of cheese, since there is a Wall of Cheese, six meters, or 18 feet, high glass tower holding huge variety of cheese, available by the full wheel, half wheel, or chunk.

The main entrance to the store is from the corner of Church and Carlton Street. The address is 60 Carlton Street, Toronto. Store hours are

Mon-Sun 7:00am - 11:00pm.

Photos of Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws brought to you by Toronto owned Burglar Deterrent CD - Home Occupancy Sounds that make your home looks occupied while you are away.

 Pic 1.  Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws.

Pic 2.  Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws Wall of Cheese.

Here is the Loblaws' website:

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Printing Company Advertisement Motivated by Bank Robbers Notes

That's the most original ad I have seen in a while. Crocodile Copy & Print company on Bloor Street, between Jarvis and Yonge, in Toronto, has the following poster in its windows:

The printing advertisement reads:

Do not panic
Do not scream and please
Do not hit the silent alarm.
Just hand over all the money and
I will walk out of here and
We won't have a problem...
Thank you

Quality Printing
whatever your business

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

William Shatner Promotes His Book "Shatner Rules" at Indigo Manulife Center, Toronto

William Shatner promoting and signing his book "Shatner Rules" at Indigo Manulife Center, Toronto, tonight, November 2, 2011. Photos brought to you by

A huge, enthusiastic crowd frantically greeted cultural icon who portrayed James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series Star Trek, at Indigo's flagship bookstore downtown Toronto.

From TV crews only CBC News were present.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, October 1, 2011, Toronto

Enthusiastic, art appreciating crowd fills the streets of downtown Toronto during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, October 1, 2011.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Canadian Air and Space Museum, at Downsview, is closed

Canadian Air and Space Museum, at Downsview, is closed, and it will be replaced by hockey rinks, reports CP24 ().

I have visited the Museum this year. Here are the pictures of its collection, on my Flickr pages.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Arlene Dickinson, from Dragon's Den, is Promoting Her New Book, "Persuasion", at Indigo Bookstore

Tonight at Chapters Indigo bookstore, Bay and Bloor, Arlene Dickinson, from Dragon's Den, is promoting her new book, "Persuasion, A New Approach to Changing Minds".

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Canadian local over-the-air television stations in certain areas stopped broadcasting in analog and started broadcasting digital signals

On August 31, 2011, Canadian local over-the-air television stations in certain areas stopped broadcasting in analog and started broadcasting digital signals.

If you have rabbit ears antenna and HD TV, like Sony Bravia, or any other brand, and if you are in Toronto, you can watch, mostly in High Definition (HD), the following TV stations and programmes:

1. Global TV, Channel 41.1
2. CityTV, Channel 44.2
3. OMNI 1, Channel 47.2
4. CTV, Channel 9.1
5. CBC, Channel 5.1
6. SunTV, Channel 66.1 but stopped as of November 1, 2011. Please see below for the updates.
7. OMNI 2, Channel 57.3

Find Sun News on your TV

Sun News Network can currently be found on:
Shaw Digital - Channel 177
Shaw Direct - Channels 149 and 517 (HD) 
Rogers - Channels 142 & 567 (HD) - As of November 1, 2011!
Shaw Cable Hamilton - Channel 21
Cogeco Cable - Channels 195 & 705 (HD) - As of November 1, 2011!
Videotron - Channels 79 and 679
Bell Fibe - Channel 213
Access Communications - Channel 253
Eastlink - Channel 610 (HD)
Sasktel - Channel 69 (coming Nov. 15, 2011)

Here is the Sun News web site:

Here is the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) web site.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Germany-Greece in Talks Over Massive $29 billion Solar Project

Here is the article from Renewable Energy World

The project aims to reach 10 GW of capacity, which would rival it with the 10.2 GW produced by Public Power Corporation, Greece's main electricity company.

Germany-Greece $29 billion dollar project should benefit many solar firms, of course. Ontario R&D based ARISE Technologies (TSX:APV, also trades on Frankfurt Exchange), with the actual manufacturing plants in Germany, may be in an excellent position to benefit from the Germany-Greece project.

The Company has three divisions: Photovoltaic (PV) Cell, PV Silicon and PV Systems. The PV Cell Division manufactures PV cells. The PV Silicon Division is using a method to produce silicon at 7N+ high-purity (99.99999 % purity) for PV cell applications, based on a chemical vapor deposition process. The PV Systems Division provides PV solutions for solar farms and rooftop installations. The PV Cell division is developing a high-efficiency (20%+) thin-film on silicon wafer heterojunction PV solar cell based on its process technology. ARISE owns a United States manufacturing process patent (DC saddle-field deposition) related to depositing thin-films on substrates.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

On Location! Rookie Blue filming in Toronto

Rookie Blue filming takes place in Toronto, on August 23, 24, 2011. Location is the corner of Howard Street and Bleecker Street, just east of Sherbourne Street.

Rookie Blue is a Canadian police drama television series starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith. It was created by Morwyn Brebner, Tassie Cameron, and Ellen Vanstone. The police drama airs simultaneously on Global in Canada and on ABC in the United States.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

New TTC's subway trains on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway

Had a chance today to ride the new TTC Rocket from Dundas to Bloor station.
The cars are clean, more spacious, but I think it's because of less seats. Bright inside, clear warning announcements, although I've found door chimes a bit too loud. Passengers can move between cars freely (see the pics).

The TTC electronic info map inside cars did not work. It should show where the train is, i.e. which station. Also, the audio announcements, what station is next did not work either. However, the train is quieter, and the ride is smoother.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Total Recall filming in Toronto, CIBC Commerce Court

"Total Recall", a new sci-fi action film, scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on August 3, 2012, is filming now in Toronto. Location is CIBC Courtyard, Financial District, downtown Toronto. Total Recall cast: Colin Farrell as Doug Quaid, Kate Beckinsale as Lori, Bryan Cranston as Vilos Cohaagen, Jessica Biel as Melina, Bill Nighy as Quatto, John Cho as McClane, Ethan Hawke in a cameo role. Directed by Len Wiseman.

Total Recall filming today at CIBC Commerce Court, Melinda St., downtown Toronto.

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