journalism, media, work

One year anniversary at Sun News Network

I usually don’t talk about work online but I just wanted to put a little something out there. On this day one year ago (January 3, 2012), I began my time working at Sun News Network here in Toronto. And what can I say… It’s been nothing but a wonderful experience.

It’s been a fantastic year of many firsts and several opportunities. The experience without question, has been better than I expected.

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Current Events, media, USA

Imagine if smart phones, Twitter & Facebook were around when 9/11 happened…

So I was listening to the radio this morning and like everyone else, the DJ’s were talking about the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11. Not that talking about 9/11 is nothing special to talk about (that would just be insensitive), but it’s pretty much the hot topic in the news right now. And that obviously means that every question, sound bite and memory gets regurgitated and repeated to the enth degree and just becomes boring. It’s pretty much things any media-based dude can just skim over and look or wait for the goods that make a piece unique.

That unique piece was heard this morning when one of the DJ’s randomly threw out the question of what would’ve it been like had the technologies and innovations of smart phones, Twitter and Facebook were around when 9/11 was going on? Continue reading “Imagine if smart phones, Twitter & Facebook were around when 9/11 happened…”

Current Events, Frum Judaism, Loser List, media

Loser List #18: Hasidic newspaper cuts out Hillary Clinton & Audrey Tomason from “Situation Room” picture

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So I know there’s a thing called “modesty,” but this is just ridiculous. Sure it may be a standard practice as noted in the report below (which is something for the sake of modesty I am totally in favour of), but no one in their right mind can believe that there’s any rational reason under the guise of modesty necessary to completely remove the two women from the photo. Continue reading “Loser List #18: Hasidic newspaper cuts out Hillary Clinton & Audrey Tomason from “Situation Room” picture”

Judaism, life, media, Opinion, YouTube

On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You”

Another ditty of a Jewish parody of a popular song is making its rounds of viral fame, and this time it’s Cee-Lo’s Green‘s “Forget You” (or should I say F**k You) becoming “Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew):

So at first I was just gonna make fun of video, I kinda liked it. But just kinda… Continue reading “On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You””

media, Toronto, Uncategorized, YouTube

Toronto & Ontario Commercial Jingles

In honour of the Super Bowl, and specifically the unnecessary madness that ensues over the commercials, I’ve decided to publish a little something I’ve had in mind of posting for a while…

Every city has its own companies and businesses, which usually results in several jingles and commercials that are somewhat exclusive to that surrounding area. And as you’ll eventually see (and hear) below, Toronto is a perfect example of this. And if you were brought up watching television or listening to the radio in Toronto, you’d be surprised to realize just how many of these jingles have become so ingrained in your memory…. Continue reading “Toronto & Ontario Commercial Jingles”

Awesome, Israel, media, YouTube

Jerusalem 2111: Whoa…

I came across a video the other day that really captivated me. It wasn’t because of what message it was trying to deliver, but rather I was taken back by the thrilling drama in a very unlikely and unfamiliar setting. And than… before I could say whoa, the climax/twist had me thinking “What?!”

Turns out the video was one of many entries for Jerusalem 2111, an international animation competition, which took place from July 2010 until the end of the calendar year. This above video took home third place. How I never came across any of these videos is a complete shock to me.

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antisemitism, Awesome, blog stuff, common sense, Current Events, Frum Judaism, Funny, holidays, Israel, Judaism, life, Loser List, media, News, Opinion, Random, rants, Thoughts about Life

10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering

When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”

media, Sports, Toronto

Cabbie On The Street leaving The Score – a big loss for sports fans

Playing with Mike Green's hair: Typical Cabbie interaction with the athletes

I was saddened this week to hear that Cabral “Cabbie” Richards will be leaving The Score (a 24-hour sports channel in Canada) after nearly a decade of service. He was one of my favourite interviewers and he will be sorely missed.

Richards was known for his popular “Cabbie On The Street” segments where he got real up and close with athletes and fans, posing unusual questions, which usually resulted in unusually entertaining responses. Continue reading “Cabbie On The Street leaving The Score – a big loss for sports fans”

Hanukkah, holidays, Judaism, media, YouTube

Hanukkah: It’s all about the music

Music is appropriate for a ton of things, like having a good time (or getting through a bad time…) and holidays are no different in this matter. And while everyone knows the famous X-mas songs (whether they like them or not), for Hanukkah, one might think the chosen people certainly don’t have much to choose from when it comes to serenading one another amongst the holiday season. Sure everyone knows Maos Tzur and whatever tune they have for Haneiriot Hallalu, but after those two, the traditional options of song become much limited in genre (and in overall quality).

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Current Events, Loser List, media, News, USA

Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Indonesian Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, as the Obamas arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday. Yes… that’s what I’m calling it. I obviously know he’s not Jewish and wouldn’t know a thing about the term, but to this observant Jew, what happened here is clear demonstration of Shomer Negiah failure.

Here’s what happened: On a trip to Indonesia, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met with various foreign diplomats and representatives of said country. One of those individuals was Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring. Continue reading “Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama”