Where to get cheap crystal cases at Toronto’s Pacific Mall.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’m a big, big fan of the cheap crystal case. The idea of a hard plastic shell giving its life for your mobile phone as it smashes to the ground is quite simply the stuff of genius.

Crystal cases are all over eBay, but if you live in or near Toronto and don’t want to wait for an order to be shipped from Hong Kong or the UK there are now two shops at Pacific Mall selling them for reasonable prices.

Square Mobile, Inc.

(Somebody needs a website…)

Square Mobile has hands down the best deal on cases — $5 each, no haggling required. They’re located on the aisle against the east wall of the building, near the north end.

Communication Store

Gotta hand it to the Communication Store for deviously snagging PacificMall.mobi as their URL. Their cases are offered at $10 each — a bit of a rip-off, but even a pasty white guy like yours truly can negotiate a lower price per case if more than one is purchased. They’re located on the same aisle, just a couple of stores south.

Please note that I’m not getting any special consideration from either of these vendors; I’m merely pointing them out as a public service to you. I still see a fair number of people wandering around Pacific Mall looking like they’re lost and/or overwhelmed — if you’d like me to demystify Pacific Mall any further by all means let me know!

The Pet3rs are Back!

Pet3rs Complete 3rd Season
Pet3rs: The Complete 3rd Season

I’m not making excuses here, but four things have conspired to keep me from blogging this week:

  1. A new cat (actually a kitten) who’s thrown my daily schedule into disarray;
  2. A new handset I’m waiting on from Nokia’s WOM World;
  3. A new online service, also from Nokia, that I’m trying to get working;
  4. The new Pet3rs revue!

Pet3rs: The Complete 3rd Season showcases some of what I think is the best work yet from this talented trio of Currie Conservatory Alumni. You’ve got only four chances this month to catch this show — yes, we’re well aware that the Film Festival is in town, but despite what the title suggests the Pet3rs show is not coming to DVD anytime soon, so come on out before it’s gone!

Nokia to the Rescue on AC 943

Phone Kids

Now that I’m officially a Nokia Ambassador I’m happy to report that my trusty E61i more than proved it’s worth on my three-hour return trip home to Toronto from Bermuda yesterday.

Seated beside me on that flight was a kid on his first flight ever — and he was travelling alone! I felt bad for the brave little guy for the fact that we were on an older aircraft that didn’t have an individual entertainment centre for every single seat, so I offered up my Nokia to help him pass the time.

He spent about half an hour on S-tris alone, and after he told me that he had a modded Xbox in his knapsack as carry-on I figured he could handle the Nintendo games on my emulators from Vampent. I guessed correctly.

Towards the end of the flight I even powered up Nokia Maps for a quick geography lesson (the difference between New York City and New York State).

Will this newly-crowned international jet-setter choose an S60 device for his first mobile when the day comes? Here’s hoping…

BIFF 2008 Day 3

A Winter Tale

The actors in (A Winter Tale) have lived this life and it shows. It is a powerful and intense drama – bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful – with a jolting climax that points to a possible cleansing.

… Not to totally give away the ending or anything — sheesh!

For me, any movie where Toronto doesn’t have to masquerade as some generic city in the US and A is a good thing. And while the storytelling in this urban drama is maybe a bit unsophisticated, you can’t deny that it’s a story that needs to be told.

Five Days in September

Whether or not you are a fan of classical music, you will be swept away by (conductor Peter Oundjian’s) passion for the music and his total dedication to the cause of the TSO.

Agreed. I can’t believe that Five Days in September dates back to 2005 and I’m just hearing about Peter Oundjian now… Shame on you, Toronto media!

The Perfect Pre-Show Playlist?

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So my Conservatory Class’s grad show was a big success on Sunday, and we owe it all to my expert selection of pre-show music!

Of course I’m kidding, but I do take my house tunes very seriously and thought it might be worthwhile to publish a list of the tracks with their reasons for being there. Each track name links directly to the iTunes Music Store, where available… So if nothing else, you can check out some artists you may not have heard of before!

  1. Sea World by The Phoenix Foundation. “Enter a magical realm where the rules of banality no longer apply…” As incredibly gay-tarded as that sounds it’s generally the idea here, to have the audience enter the theatre to the sounds of a slightly off-putting instrumental, letting them know that they’re in for something unusual. This track, by the way, is from Eagle vs. Shark, the perfect date movie which I haven’t yet found the perfect date for. I’m working on it.
  2. Vulture Kisses by So So Modern. Where the first track clears the air, the insane odd-time signature chorus in this synth-punk number sends the not so subtle message to the audience that they won’t be spoon fed easy laughs, but are going to be challenged. So So Modern, like The Phoenix Foundation, is another band from New Zealand. Their CD was playing in a Wellington music store when I was there last summer and I bought it on the spot.
  3. The Looks by MSTRKRFT. The subliminal message here would be something to the effect of: “How will you possibly be able to resist us when we are clearly so fucking bad-ass?” So now, with all our cards on the table, we set off down the road to build the energy for the Act One curtain call.
  4. Archaeologists by Wintersleep. A driving groove, sloppy drum fills and Canadian content, all present and accounted for.
  5. Bodysnatchers by Radiohead. You need at least one Radiohead track to appease all the rock snobs in the crowd, and this one got the nod.
  6. Away From Here by The Enemy. Nothing wrong with a tasty little anti-establishment anthem, is there?
  7. Lydia by Dog Day. A good track and my bad attempt at affirmative action. I realized at this point that the playlist was lacking in female vocalists, and this one seemed like the best fit to the mix, despite having only backing female vocals.
  8. Under the Underground Water by Telefauna. How this quirky band of Montrealers manages to rock out with a drum machine is beyond me, but it works!
  9. Nighthawks by Two Hours Traffic. A quick tempo and twangy guitars worked the audience into a fever pitch. Didn’t it?
  10. Julianna by Bend Sister. Some retro glam-rock bravura for the penultimate track before Act One.
  11. September / The Joker by Fatboy Slim. This was a last-minute choice — for me it was a defining moment of the movie Babel but on its own didn’t seem like enough of a remix to save me from dating myself. I hemmed and hawed but ended up keeping it as a schmaltzy pre-curtain tip of the hat to the time my class and I have spent together since last autumn. Awww…
  12. The Wishes Pile Up by Jim Bryson. Getting out of Act One into the intermission can be tricky — you don’t want to eclipse the energy of the closing scene but you don’t want some dirgy-ass ballad to bring things down either. I don’t really get what “roots” music is, but this roots track by Jim Bryson worked perfectly.
  13. My Moon My Man (Boyz Noise Remix) by Feist. Grrl power but not some recycled iPod TV ad music, oh no no no… The music snobs in the crowd will be having none of that!
  14. Starlight – Young Heart Attack. On it’s own this knock-off of The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again is pure cheese. But as a lead-in a CSI: Miami parody it is the stuff of genius.
  15. Someone Else’s Problem by JJ Appleton. A parting tongue-in-cheek jab at the cast. It played as the house lights came up at the end of the show. But as they were too busy getting accolades from friends and family, nobody seemed to be paying attention to the lyrics.

It’s specific enough that I couldn’t guarantee it to produce the same results anywhere else, but this very playlist got us a standing ovation at The Second City last Sunday afternoon — although I suppose a talented cast, solid material and a house packed in our favour also had something to do with it…