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Lazy Susan Cam at Dim Sum

On 12, Mar 2007 | 7 Comments | In Food, Toronto | By Ryan Feeley

Sunday dim sum at Rol San from now on will not be complete without recording a clip of all fellow diners using a digital camera and the lazy Susan in the middle of the table.




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Body Winterization in Toronto

On 03, Mar 2007 | 2 Comments | In Toronto | By Ryan Feeley

Beyond the extra inch of blubber I accumulate each year during the holidays, I like to add layers to stay dry and warm during the winter. I don’t like bulky puffy clothing and I really dislike salt stains which in Toronto can be a challenge.

Here are some of my favourite winter products from of last few years.

Arc'Teryx Gothic Hoody

Arc’Teryx Gothic Hoody. Thin but dense laminated wool hoody that keeps you warm under the thinnest of wind-breaking shells. Hood acts as an excellent lazy man’s scarf. Price paid: too embarrassed to say at an outdoor gear store across from MEC.

Cougar Conan Boots

Cougar “Conan” Leather Boots. Waterproof, stain-proof, good to 30° below. They’ve kept my feet warm all winter and have yet to succumb to the stains of salt. The higher cut “Corvair” version is available at Sears. Cougar footwear does not appear to have a web site. Price paid: $80 on sale at The Bay.

J.B Field's Icelandic Socks

J.B. Fields Icelandic Socks. These are remarkably soft, warm and affordable considering their very high wool content. Unfortunately I can’t find these anywhere anymore. Price paid: $10 at a Surplus store on Yonge & Wellesley.

Windriver Hoody Dickie? Don’t have an image of this but picked up this neck-up warmer at Mark’s Work Wearhouse. It’s basically a dickie turtleneck with a hood. Keeps neck very warm. Price paid: $15.

Ditching the Dial Tone. VoIPing in Toronto.

On 03, Mar 2007 | 3 Comments | In Telecom, Toronto | By Ryan Feeley

For years I’ve paid the big telcos Bell, Rogers and Sprint far too much for my landline and long distance. Seeing as SkypeIn won’t be in Canada anytime soon, I decided to brave the VoIP landscape of Toronto. This is tricky because I don’t get my Internet from cable and many of the DSL providers are unable to provide dry loop DSL. My current home ISP is Magma with whom I am extremely happy. Very reliable, fast speeds, and responsive service. But they won’t let me ditch my dial tone, so I’m looking elsewhere.

The only option I have come across for far is Iristel. Their Ultimate Bundle promises very fast Internet speeds and a VoIP telephone line. It’s basically the VOiP equivalent of Primus’ phone and internet bundle.

Does anyone have any tips?

The number you are dialling is annoying

Since the great 416/647 split of 2001 most of us living in Southern Ontario have become accustomed to dialling 10 digits to make local calls. I haven’t.

While I rarely forget to dial the area code (416, 647 or 905), I often mistakenly dial 1 first as if I were dialling long distance. In either instance, I am informed of my mistake by a robot and forced to hang up and dial again.

Dear POTS head executives:

  • In the instance of a superfluous 1, why not connect me anyway? (warning optional)
  • In the instance where I neglect to include the area code, why not assume I mean my area code and proceed with the call? (warning optional)