Nintendo taps Steel Diver franchise for its first free-to-play game
Nintendo was coy when it announced that its first free-to-play game will launch before the end of next March, divulging only that it wouldn't belong to the Mario or Pokemon franchises. However, the firm's Shigeru Miyamoto revealed to IGN that its first gratis title would be a Steel Diver game -- yes, as in the 3DS launch title -- featuring four-person multiplayer. Don't expect a rehash though, as the pricing model will change the game's design. Kyoto's gaming powerhouse hasn't settled on what business model they'll lean on quite yet, but CEO Satoru Iwata mentioned during an E3 analyst Q&A that its unpaid games would be "balanced and reasonable." The Big N noted that "free-to-play games, if unbalanced, could result in some consumers paying extremely large amounts of money, and we can certainly not expect to build a good relationship with our consumers in this fashion." There's still no word regarding which consoles this free installment of Steel Diver will grace, but Miyamoto teases that it's something they're hoping to show "relatively soon."
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 10:53 pm
Residents warm up to western LRT route
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 1:48 am
CFIA Suspends License of Establishment 720 Aliya's Foods Ltd.
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 7:17 pm
Gorging Gudea style
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:11 pm
London road one of worst in Ontario: CAA survey
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:39 pm
Trade activists light up the Vancouver sky with anti-TPP messages
Last week, we told you that an intersessional meeting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was quietly taking place in Vancouver. At the time, the Canadian government had not told the public or the media that any such negotiation was happening. We only learned about the meeting via Peruvian media. Despite the short notice, trade justice activists from across North America hit the town to express how they feel about this secretive agreement.
You don't have to light up the night sky with messages against the secretive agreement to have your voice heard. Speak out at http://OurFairDeal.org & share this image:
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 12:23 am
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:00 pm
QP Live: Parliamentarians are counting the days till summer
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:29 pm
David Dodge: How Distributed Generation is Revolutionizing Energy in Canada
Posted on 17 June 2013 | 9:33 pm
#743 Taking your high heels off at the end of the night and walking home in bare feet
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 4:01 am
Well-wishers gather outside Nelson Mandela’s home to pray for a speedy recovery
Posted on 15 June 2013 | 5:03 pm
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Posted on 15 May 2013 | 2:55 pm
Radar: Evening Illuminations, Soiree Quebec, Female Eye Film Festival, Method Man & Redman
Toronto events on June 17th, 2013
DANCE | Luminato Presents: Evening Illuminations - A Conversation with Mark Morris
The Luminato Festival continues its Evening Illuminations series tonight with a special live conversation with Mark Morris. Morris is an American choreographer and director who began his career as a dancer, and has received a Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and many other accolades. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, and created many works for different ballet companies, most notably the San Francisco Ballet. He will discuss the different productions he is bringing to Luminato this year: L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and L'Allegro Movement Project with an old colleague from early in his career, Gerard Mortier.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) $20
CULTURE | Soirée Québec
The Bureau du Québec à Toronto presents Soirée Québec, tonight at Roy Thomson Hall. This event celebrates Québec's National Day, and will feature a performance of the modern circus troupe Flip FabriQue's show Attrape Moi. Flip FabriQue is a young performance group made up of international calibre talent, with members who have worked previously with Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. There will also be over twenty exhibitors, providing samples of amazing culinary delights, as well as promoting and educating attendees about Québec's landmarks and tourist attractions.
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) 7PM $8
FILM | Female Eye Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival begins its five day run tonight. This is an Ontario festival showcasing the work of female directors, and celebrating independent cinema created through the "female eye" since 2001. Over the course of five days, the festival will showcase films from a wide spectrum of genres, and include a question and answer segment with the directors at the conclusion of every screening. There will also be artist talks, a photography exhibit, and award ceremony, and both opening and closing night galas. Tonight's opening night and reception takes places at the WARC Gallery. The festival runs until June 23rd.
WARC Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Suite #122) 7PM
BOOKS & LIT | Book launch for Lisa Moore's novel Caught
Newfoundland author, Lisa Moore, launches her new novel, Caught this evening at Ben McNally Books. Moore's first novel, Alligator, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as was her earlier short story collection, Open. Moore is known for incorporating Newfoundland in to her work. Caught is an adventure story, and is being compared by critics to the tradition of the earliest narratives, such as The Odyssey, with the hero in this case being a young Newfoundland drug dealer, on the run and traveling to find an ex-partner.
Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street) 6PM
Also Of Note
Lead image from Mighty Fine, screening at the Female Eye Film Festival
Posted on 19 June 2013 | 5:02 am
Wall Street little changed ahead of Fed meeting
U.S. stocks edged up in morning trading on Tuesday ahead of the start of a highly-anticipated Federal Reserve meeting.
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:21 pm
How the Electoral College Works
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Italy's high court explains Amanda Knox reversal, says victim died in possible 'erotic game'
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:26 pm
Pina Colada Granola (Vegan, Sugar-Free &Gluten-Free)
If it isn't feeling like summer yet where you live (frankly I'm happy, I'm dreading the extreme heat and humidity), this granola is sure to get you feeling like you're in the tropics. Who says you can't have a cocktail for breakfast? Okay, it's not a great idea...but this granola at least tastes like one! That's a sure way to getting the day off to a good start, right?
Super crispy, crunchy, and flavourful, this one's a definite winner!
Pina Colada Granola
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2-3 ripe bananas
1 tbls lemon juice
1 tsp pure coconut extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
Coconut or plain liquid stevia, 2 droppers full or to taste
1 kg large flake, gluten-free oats
1 cup uncooked millet
1 cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
1 tbls chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened, freeze dried pineapple, crumbled
1 cup unsweetened banana chips, crumbled
Place bananas in blender or food processor with lemon juice, extract, stevia and salt. Puree until very smooth. Pour into a large bowl and whisk together with coconut oil. Stir in oats, millet, coconut and chia seeds. Spread evenly on 2 large baking sheets. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes, stirring and rotating pans every 10 minutes, until golden. Let cool. Stir in pineapple and banana chips. Keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
Big A thought it was so yummy, she insisted I take a shot of her enjoying it on top of her yogurt!
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 11:25 am
Health care for all: Actions against refugee health cuts send clear message to government
Posted on 19 June 2013 | 12:55 am
Green Trends Bring Red Ink When Flipping Houses
Posted on 17 June 2013 | 1:50 pm
A Guide to Toronto’s 2013 Summer Beers, at the LCBO and Beyond
With bustling patios, warm and sunny evenings, and plenty of long weekends, summer is the season most conducive to putting one’s responsibilities aside, heading down to the pub or liquor store, and dedicating a few hours to the pursuit of flavour and fun at the bottom of a glass. And while it’s not generally considered [...]
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:30 pm
Quirks & Quarks Question Road Show From Halifax - 2013/06/15 - Pt. 2
Posted on 14 June 2013 | 4:00 am
Wise not to arm anti-Assad rebels
Posted on 19 June 2013 | 12:24 am
C-377: A Chance for the Senate to Prove Its Worth
Posted on 17 June 2013 | 9:12 pm
Pastor’s lawsuit against ‘Rain God’ license plate approved
The court said that Keith Cressman's suite contains a "plausible compelled speech claim.”
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 10:42 am
Rihanna hit a fan with her microphone at her concert
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 9:49 pm
Going to Disappear Soon!
If you want to keep up with the reviews, interviews and giveaways of Interviews & Reviews please make sure to go to this link http://www.interviewsandreviews.com because that is where you will find me now.
I see that I have about 91 followers on this site from Google, and about 39 from Networked blogs, so I hope you will follow me over to my new site. I would hate to see you go. As an added incentive, there is a contest going on right now, for a chance to win a signed copy of my book Come to Me. Also, next week author Carol Stratton will drop by for an interview and she is giving copies of her book, Changing Zip Codes away.
We have a lot of book giveaways coming up and author interviews, so don't miss out! Bookmark http://www.interviewsandreviews.com today, so you will not miss anything!
Posted on 8 March 2013 | 3:40 am
Energy Export Databrowser Updated to BP 2013 data
The Energy Export Databrowser has been updated to the latest version of the BP Statistical Review. A few charts are provided below the fold that help illuminate the following stories evident in the data:
- The US is less reliant on imports from across the globe
- UK energy production from all sources continues its decline
- Brazil is unlikely to become a major oil exporter
The databrowser is available in the following languages:
A few of the stories found in the data include:
1) The US is less reliant on imports from across the globe
North American oil production (including natural gas liquids) is up while consumption is steady, leading to reduced imports from overseas. Individual components include
- Increased production of Canadian tar sands.
- Increased production of US tight oil and gas.
- Minimal declines in Mexican oil fields.
- Reduced consumption in the US.
2) UK energy production from all sources continues its decline
Excluding alternative fuels, the United Kingdom now produces only 40% of the energy it did in 2000. This is energy poverty on a national scale!
3) Brazil is unlikely to become a major oil exporter
Despite the hoopla a few years a go about Brazil’s offshore, sub-salt discoveries, Brazil looks unlikely to become an oil exporter any time soon.
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 6:31 am
DIY home staging
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 5:00 pm
Sufiy.: TNR Gold Corp. Files Technical Report on Shotgun Gold Project, Alaska TNR.v
Posted on 31 May 2013 | 2:06 pm
Botched surgery fueled attack at Vancouver 7-11: Judge
A hostage-taking at a downtown Vancouver 7-11 last year, in which a woman was nearly set on fire, was motivated by a call for justice after surgery was performed on the wrong leg, B.C. Provincial Court heard Tuesday.
Posted on 19 June 2013 | 3:52 am
Memo to Stephen Harper in 2007 downplayed a Canadian casualty rate in Afghanistan up to 10 times higher than allies
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 9:50 pm
Thinking of Home Makes it Harder to Learn a Foreign Language
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 3:00 pm
Taliban, U.S. to open peace talks to end Afghanistan war
KABUL—American officials say U.S. representatives will begin formal meetings with the Taliban in a few days at the group’s new office opening in Qatar.
Senior Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, described the Taliban’s move to open a political office Tuesday in Doha as a stepping stone to full Taliban renouncement of Al Qaeda.
In Doha, a Qatari official confirmed that the Taliban office was open.
The administration officials say the U.S. and Taliban representatives will hold bilateral meetings, then it is expected that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s High Peace Council will follow up with its own talks a few days later.
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:38 pm
Tuesday Morning Links
- George Monbiot writes about the dangers of allowing wealthy and privileged individuals to speak as the voice of the poor and downtrodden:
As the UK chairs the G8 summit again, a campaign that Bono founded, with which Geldof works closely, appears to be whitewashing the G8's policies in Africa.- And Murray Dobbin likewise opines that progressive politics can't be oriented solely around formal party structures:
Last week I drew attention to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, launched in the US when it chaired the G8 meeting last year. The alliance is pushing African countries into agreements that allow foreign companies to grab their land, patent their seeds and monopolise their food markets. Ignoring the voices of their own people, six African governments have struck deals with companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Dupont, Syngenta, Nestlé and Unilever, in return for promises of aid by the UK and other G8 nations.
A wide range of activists, both African and European, is furious about the New Alliance. But the ONE campaign, co-founded by Bono, stepped up to defend it. The article it wrote last week was remarkable in several respects: in its elision of the interests of African leaders and those of their people, in its exaggeration of the role of small African companies, but above all in failing even to mention the injustice at the heart of the New Alliance – its promotion of a new wave of land grabbing. My curiosity was piqued.
Bono claims to be "representing the poorest and most vulnerable people". But talking to a wide range of activists from both the poor and rich worlds since ONE published its article last week, I have heard the same complaint again and again: that Bono and others like him have seized the political space which might otherwise have been occupied by the Africans about whom they are talking. Because Bono is seen by world leaders as the representative of the poor, the poor are not invited to speak. This works very well for everyone – except them.
The ONE campaign looks to me like the sort of organisation that John le Carré or Robert Harris might have invented. It claims to work on behalf of the extremely poor. But its board is largely composed of multimillionaires, corporate aristocrats and US enforcers.
(T)he remnants of what were once robust and effective social movements are (with some important exceptions) increasingly weak, demoralized and isolated. Small wonder. The context for the creation of these single-issue movements was the early Trudeau era when governments actually listened to citizens' groups while expanding the social and economic role of governments. The efficacy of this kind of civil society organizing has however been in a steady decline since the signing of the FTA with the U.S. What is now needed is a broad social movement which incorporates all of the issues now dealt with by hundreds of disconnected organizations.- The Barrie Advance reveals one right-wing smear gone horribly wrong, as Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office is on the record using public resources to attack Justin Trudeau. And Susan Delacourt goes into detail about the Star's process in dealing with media manipulation.
It all has to do with recovering community and the commons. The destruction of community has been the great success of the right. When Margaret Thatcher stated there was "no such thing as society" she was not describing current reality -- she was describing her goal. It has been largely achieved in English speaking developed countries. If we are to even begin to address our share of the global crises we will have to do it by creating a political culture that reinvents the commons and ends people's isolation from each other.
- Margaret Flowers notes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will serve largely to enshrine in an international treaty all kinds of corporate goodies which could never pass muster in a democratic process - which is why its contents are being kept secret until after they're binding on member states. But Stuart Trew points out one twist on the Cons' efforts to sell out Canadian interests abroad, as the constitutional duty to consult with First Nations seems to offer a rather promising basis for challenging treaties which exclude First Nations from the table.
- Finally, David Dayen discusses the lesson U.S. banks look to have learned from the 2008 financial crisis: that they can get away with large-scale fraud to access public money so long as they scare their employees into going along with the scheme.
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:54 pm
Minuum beta for Android available today for supporters
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:35 pm
Galaxy Starbursts Triggered by Dark Matter --A Herschel Space Observatory Discovery
Posted on 18 June 2013 | 2:38 pm