Media

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I’d been waiting for? The day when I’d finally experience...
Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers

Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers

I’d like to designate a coloured ribbon that would be as universally recognized as the yellow or pink ribbon campaigns. See someone wearing this ribbon, and you know that they don’t want to discuss the latest grim news stories. A more elaborate version could prevent spoilers, too.

Anticipating the virtual wedding

Anticipating the virtual wedding

Today’s Globe & Mail features a story about the “iPad bridesmaid”: the woman who attended her friend’s wedding via iPad. Since Renee Armstrong couldn’t make it the wedding in person, a groomsman carried an iPad to which she was...
11 best practices for managing your social network memberships

11 best practices for managing your social network memberships

Between the WordPress.com hack, the Honda Canada hack and the Playstation hack, I feel like my favorite online identities have been seriously compromised. Nor am I the only one: the recent attack on PBS servers has also created potential identity risks for PBS...
Internet tunes: Craiglist Hookup – Missed Connections

Internet tunes: Craiglist Hookup – Missed Connections

Kate Allen has a great article in yesterday’s Toronto Star about the phenomenon that is Craigslist’s Missed Connections. It features the true story of a couple who met through MC two years ago…so yes, you can find love that way. Kate interviewed me...
Family movie night: The 2×2

Family movie night: The 2×2

For the younger generation, they are exposed to movies that are mostly computer animated. There are 3D movies that are more of a presentation than a journey into the story. Sometimes the stories do not even have to be meaningful to become a hit. This art that used to...
thirtysomething meets the Internet

thirtysomething meets the Internet

When I was sixteen I hated Jane Austen. I read Pride and Prejudice, but couldn’t get beyond the anachronism. Every plot point rested on the impossibility of speaking directly and honestly: Mr. Darcy, if you could simply explain yourself to Miss Bennet, I’m...