Evil Spider Returns To Local Man's Bathtub
In a surprise turn of events, the criminal spider, believed to be an evil cleric of the Devil, returned to the bathtub of resident dweller Shawn Topp. According to unconfirmed reports, it was less than 2 days ago when the evil spider made his first appearance in the bathtub. “I was like, whoa, that spider is big. I thought he looked pretty mean, but I was more shocked than scared. By simply...
Why My Dad Beats Your Dad
Yeah, that’s my dad with Ricky The Dragon Steamboat circa 1986. Going to lengths to get me a signed Polaroid. Hard.
Lost: TTC Brand Guidelines
We all know the arguments about overcrowded streetcars, slow service and a pathetic lack of overall vision and political will for Toronto’s subway system. But you know what? There is something else that irks me to no end about our city’s transit commission: The enormous lack of brand consistency across the plethora of posters, signage, and messaging that is scattered around TTC...
This Just In: The Winter is Cold
The winter is a shrewd, stealth-like hunter with an unquenchable thirst for blood. You never really see it coming until it jumps up, bites you in the face and bleeds your soul of all hope and humanity. Even though I always just accept it when it comes, and my soul is never really bled of any hope, I still pine for those glorious days of summer when all seems right in the world. So here’s...
The Road to Great Service
The world of client services is not for the faint of heart. So if you are sensitive, have a weak stomach or prefer the quiet comfort of your own bed to the mean streets of that big bad world out there please stop here. Okay. Let’s get into it: More often than not, to get things done in an exceedingly great fashion we must simply take a step back, open our eyes, take it all in and then ask...
The Ping Pong Dream
Ping pong has recently come back into my life in a big way. My close friend Ryan Fisher will be opening SPiN Toronto this summer - a 12,000 sq. foot ping pong social club in the heart of Toronto’s swanky King West neighbourhood - a refreshing addition to the swath of restaurants and clubs. Franchised from the super successful New York establishment, SPiN is a place for players at all...
Part 1: Tarmac to Cobblestone
AA flight 2173 blasted off the rain soaked tarmac into the gusty winds of the Toronto sky and began its timidly violent ascent that bounced and shook for what seemed like an eternity. The eyebrow raised glance exchanged with the older Latino fellow who looked remarkably like Lee Travino sitting next to me required no words to interpret. I suppose it was somewhat comforting to know that he was...
Part 2: The Final Leg
If only I had brought a shirt with the phrase ‘no gracias’ across the front to point to each time I was haggled to buy something from one of the vendors, stalls, dudes/women/infants who wandered around with a basket full of cheap goods resting on their heads. But alas, it takes much more to dampen these spirits than a few pushy locals trying to make a living. It just would have been...
Apple: Cold Calculated Control. Brilliant.
It is by no means a ground-breaking assertion to say that Apple is a dominant force in today’s technology world. Surely this has been said over a billion times, or at least as many times as there have been apps downloaded. But what is interesting is how Apple approaches their branding. Controlled, calculated and downright brilliant. Never mind the beautiful design of their products, the...
I know all you photography purists out there are Instagram haters, and that’s fine. But maybe you should just accept that some of us enjoy the convenience of taking pictures that make everything you shoot look far cooler than it really is. And that is just the fun factor. When you consider the concept of personal expression it offers a pretty interesting opportunity especially for those...