Archive for February, 2006

Safe sex or No sex?!?!

This Yahoo News Clip showed up in my Odd news of the Day feed and I had to share it here.

TORONTO (Reuters) – Call it a sexual revolution of the virtual kind — young Canadians are practicing a new style of safe sex and the only touching required involves a keyboard.

Of more than 2,500 university and college students polled across Canada, 87 percent of them are having sex over instant messenger, webcams or the telephone, according to results of a national survey released on Monday.

“We were very surprised,” Noah Gurza, a founder of Toronto-based CampusKiss.com, an online dating community for students, which commissioned a Canadian CampusKiss & Tell Survey.

“We did realize that new technologies are always embraced by younger individuals, but we didn’t think it would’ve reached such a high number.”

Gurza said most post-secondary school students grew up using computer technology, and their lives currently revolve around technology, so it makes sense that it would extend to their sex lives.

“It’s now extended within their sexual world, whether it be as a social lubricant as a means to then engage in something that’s more real, in more real time, or if it’s just a means in itself of pleasuring here and there,” he said.

Read on for more.

Spring must be around the corner…

Spring is around the corner but it doesn’t quite feel like it today. That’s OK. We’ve been spoiled thus far. Not that I’m complaining mind you. My shovel has barely touched the driveway…

Got word that there is a new skateboard video out. A local Toronto skater production. The premiere is tonight at Adrift. From what I understand there is FOOD.

(If you come a bit earlier there will be FOOD!!! Catered by Mr. Spinners who also caters Now Magazine’s lounge for $5 a plate…)

Things get started around 8pm. If you just want to lurk around the shop you can check out local Photography by Arkan.

Check out the local skating talent!
http://www.arkanphoto.com/

Adrift Skate Shop
416-515-0550
299 Augusta Toronto Ontario
(west of Spadina, South of College)
http://www.adriftskateshop.com/

Got other plans myself tonight but I definitely fell a yearning for the Spring / Summer skateboard season…

University of Toronto-Film Festival 2006

Valentines day is the premiere day of the Uoft Film Festival 2006 which will carry through the week till friday the 18th. The film festival showcases the work of the best film makers at Uoft and around the world. Featured films include open submissions as well as award-winners from other film festivals.

The festival was started in 2002, under the management of Hart House Theatre, aiming to promote the unversity’s rich contribution to the Arts by alumni and student filmmakers. The festival has since gained popularity and is now supported by U of T agencies, student groups and community sponsors.

Come and Join the celebration of art this year at University of Toronoto(down town campus) at Innis College, Hart House or Sage Restaurant.The Map and details of the filimings and their timings are found at the website at :
http://www.uoftfilmfest.ca/

Valentines in Toronto

I received an email from Cosmo Restaurant‘s newsletter regarding Valentines day. Like most restaurants across the town (aside from the diners, pubs and franchinesd, as well as smaller, establishments) they will be having a set menu for a set price. It sounds pretty good as well… especially one of the choices for the appetizer… mussel in curry sauce! Oh my… forget a date. I’d go for just that!

However, I’m interested in other people’s Valentine dining adverntures.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this day. I always find it a tad odd trying to have a romantic dinner with a bunch of other couples doing the same thing. It’s the one day I’d rather cook a fantastic meal and open a great bottle of wine. However, I must admit the Cosmo menu for Valentines sounds mighty tempting…

The PATH Conquered

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YES! I have finally done it!

I may not have conquered Everest, or gotten a PhD, or flown solo across the world or made a million by the time I’m thirty years old, but there is ONE great thing that I have accomplished that I am extremely proud of today.

I have finally figured out how to get from Eaton Centre to Union Station using the PATH.

Planet Aid: Benefit Fundraiser

This coming Wednesday, Feb 15th our local Planet Aid stores are throwing a fundraiser / concert.

Location: Sneaky Dee’s (at the corner of Bathurst and College)
Age: 19+
Cost: $5.00 @ door
Starts: 9pm

Featuring: Man, Woman, Kids and Buffalo
Lover’s Ugly
Cornwell, Stephen
Drew Hawkins

All the proceeds of this show go to Planet Aid Canada.*
I have a personal connection with this show as my sister both manages one Planet Aid store around the Kensington area and is also singing this night.

* a registered charitable non-profit organization

TTC Tales???

Had a “interesting” transit experience yesterday (but mine was barely an inconvience compared to others on my GO Train!). There was a medical emergency on my morning trip. I was amazed that I was only 30mins late and that Paramedics arrived as quickly as they did. It was also comforting that some fellow passengers helped out while waiting for them. Good job!

Got word that there was some sort of chemical spill or issue on the TTC today. Did any one here what happened there???

So often we take transit and the good work of the TTC and GO for granted. Let’s hope that in 2006 things only get better…

Loving your city On-Line

You might have noticed that business about the motorist who got into a violent scuffle with a cyclist in a trendy Toronto neighbourhood last week. Apparently, it began as a food-fight when the motorist littered and the cyclist threw his food back at him; it ended with the motorist blowing his lid and lunging at her, a manic snarl on his face.

This being 2006, a passing blogger caught the sequence on camera and posted it to a Web forum, where tens of thousands came to gawk at the spectacle of cyclist and motorist, two natural enemies, having at it. As one blogger later wrote, it was as if the photographer “captured a fight between a killer whale and a great white shark.”

Read on for more.

Thanks for the link Sean.

Robin Williams

Well all the OT this week and no sightings. Aparently Toronto is the latest locale for a Robin Williams project. Fridaynight is to be the first night of shooting. Maybe when I stroll in to work this Saturday I may catch a glimpse of the film crews. Nah I’ll be more interested in leaving the office tower… DAMN

And now for something completely different…

Canadian operator ‘Hover Transit Services’ wants to float an idea that technically sank January 10th, but they say this will be different.

Picking up where the struggling ‘CAT’ left off, HTS dreams of beginning by moving passengers between Toronto and St. Catherines/Niagara county, a trip that they say would take 20 minutes. To save this amount of time they aren’t using a traditional ferry but a faster, hovercraft. (over 120 Kph) If this service picks up and begins to show some profitability Rochester may be next. HTS says that they can make that trip in about 1.5hrs.

Rochester has for now seemingly lost it’s sense of adventure as it comes to water transportation service between our two cities. Due to technical problems with it’s engines, high gas prices and a late season start, Rochester mayor Robert Duffy announced on January 10 that the fast ferry service between his city and Toronto had been cancelled.

About this HTS proposal the mayor said “his office has heard from Chapell and he’d like to see some sort of ferry service restored, but that service shouldn’t rely on the city to help subsidize it.”

It will take time to see if they can come up with an affordable way to do this. Hopefully by starting with an only Canadian service the company can gain a foothold and show with real numbers the success of their venture. This may be what is needed to prove that a cross border service is worth the costs of immigration staffing etc.

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