Monthly Archives: February 2010
On the subway today, the TTC made an announcement saying that Canada had won Women’s Hockey gold. It was a great moment, and a great gesture by the TTC.
In a recent game of mini-golf, I told someone to hit the ball “hard, but not too hard”. A stock answer, I know, but I started to wonder: What does that even mean? Like, how would you quantify it? What would the units be? (Ergs?) How many units would be hard, soft, and hard-but-not-too-hard? But really, what a meaningless answer.
…Whatever, I won at mini-golf.
I was wondering what the least safe time of day is. Almost certainly at night, of course. I’d guess close to 2AM, when people are drunk, there are fewer witnesses around, and you’re more likely to be murdered, mugged, or hit by a car. Anyway, I started wondering, when is the safest time of day? When are you least likely to be attacked, victimized, or caught in an accident?
And now I wonder if the night is, in fact, less safe. Most people sleep all night. Surely the sheer volume of people means that more crimes are committed during daytime.
Well, that got me nowhere…
In Canada, we don’t get to see many, if any, Super Bowl commercials. They override them with normal, boring commercials that we see all the time already. It’s a real disappointment to miss out on what’s considered, for good reason, a big part of the show.
Today: a new hypothesis. Is the overriding of the commercials required to satisfy CanCon? (Canadian content laws)
EDIT: Apparently, it’s not. The American companies only pay to have ads aired in the States, and the Canadian network that sim-subs the feed gets to sell their own commercial space to pay for the sim-sub, just like every other American show they air. Thanks, friends!
Maybe the Grinch should steal Groundhog Day. Then maybe we could replace it with a holiday that doesn’t suck.
Today, I phoned my cell phone provider to tell them I was cancelling my service. I had been procrastinating doing this for a while now. I’m going to switch to the new provider in Canada, WIND Mobile.
Canadians have some of the highest cell phone rates among developed countries (see links below). Prior to the release of WIND, three companies owned 90-something percent of all mobile subscriptions in the country. Rogers, Bell, and Telus. Remember: Fido, Solo, and Koodo are owned by the same three companies (respectively). The Supreme Court had to rule on whether WIND met Canadian ownership requirements (see next group of links below). Luckily, it was agreed that it did. The competition for Canadian mobile service now has the chance to open up.
WIND isn’t going to save me much money, but the message I sent my provider by switching is, “You could do better.” I chose to switch to WIND partly because of its good rates, but more because if people leave their current mobile providers, those providers will have to do something to stay competitive. Like lowering their prices. It’s about time. If WIND makes a big enough impact, expect to see radical changes in the way the other mobile companies do business.
The WIND “Always Shout” plan, $45/month
— Unlimited anytime calling to anywhere in Canada
— Unlimited incoming and outgoing texts
— Voicemail/call display/call forwarding/call waiting/etc
— No contract
— Must be in a WIND “home zone” (in the GTA, this currently stretches to Hamilton, Brampton, Newmarket, and Oshawa)
— Currently only works with a few phones
And of course:
Link: WIND Mobile