Yearly Archive: 2012

Call me Ishmael

What ever happened to the great nicknames in sports? Think about baseball players: Dizzy Dean, Pee Wee Reese, Satchel Paige, Charlie Hustle and Babe Ruth. From basketball there was Air Jordan, Wilt the Stilt, Dr. J., Hakeem the Dream, Earl the Pearl and Magic Johnson. Football offers Nobby Wirkowski and Bibbles Bawel.¬†Hockey had The Golden Jet, Rocket Richard, Teeder Kennedy and Turk Broda. In golf, there was The Golden Bear; in boxing, Smokin’ Joe Frazier. In the modern era, everything comes up short. A-Rod? A non-starter. Joey Bats? An abomination. The Kid? Every neighbourhood has one. Maybe the problem is...

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Las Vegas losers

I’m saddened to read reports from attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Announcements from Research In Motion are not causing any buzz. While the updated PlayBook will have fully integrated email, calendar and social media feeds, T. Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, wrote in a report yesterday that sales “could continue to struggle versus improving Android and iOS tablet offerings.” As for RIM’s next batch of smartphones, not expected to be available for months, they “will launch into an even more competitive smartphone market” against Android LTE, Windows offerings from Nokia, and a...

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The future is now

Here are my seven fearless predictions for 2012: 1. The problems in Europe are not over, but they will muddle along. Fear will subside. 2. Mitt Romney will defeat Barack Obama for the presidency. 3. The Bank of Canada will raise interest rates. 4. Kate and Wills will be pregnant. 5. The Canadian dollar will end the year about where it is now, 98 cents U.S. 6. Rob Ford will be charged with an offence. 7. The S&P/TSX Composite index, down 11 per cent in 2011, will rise by at least that amount in 2012.

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