On Wednesday, February 5 I was given the opportunity to taste the new creations from the brilliant minds over at The Macallan distillery in Scotland, their brand new 1824 Series. The series was named after the founding year of The Macallan distillery.
When I got to #RaiseTheMacallan which was at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto I was given a wristband to prove I was legit and, because I had run a bit late, I went straight into the tasting room as opposed to the cocktail time which had preceded the tasting session. (Wish I had made it for that! That’ll teach me to leave really super early when there’s a snowstorm!) I was riding solo because of the snowstorm so I was lucky that my friend Carly-Anne aka @carlyannedotcom was there to hang out with…because no one wants to drink, er taste, alone!
The Macallan Scotch Whisky Tasting was hosted by Marc Laverdiere, a Scotch Ambassador for The Macallan and a man who knows his whisky…interestingly enough though, he has a French accent!
When we sat down it was a very similar setup to the previous time at an event hosted by The Macallan, #MacallanTO. There are 4 new types of The Macallan in the 1824 Series. Going from lowest to highest price point they are: Gold, Amber, Sienna, and Ruby. They were, as expected, each delicious in their own ways but my favorite was the Sienna. It was also interesting how the folks over at The Macallan are now moving away from telling us ages of the single malt scotches and instead are referring to them by color.
Because I am a helpful guy, I have included links to all of the 1824 Series listings on the LCBO’s website below along with the price as of March 19, 2014.
- The Macallan Gold (750mL) at the LCBO for $64.95
- The Macallan Amber (750mL) at the LCBO for $99.95
- The Macallan Sienna (750mL) at the LCBO for $174.95
- The Macallan Ruby (750mL) at the LCBO for $299.95
Have you tried the 1824 Series yet? If so, which was your favorite?
Today, Facebook celebrated 10 years of its existence and because of this august occasion they have decided to set up a program which compiles a personalized video which they call “A Look Back” and what others have been simply calling a “Lookback.” The Lookback shows you a highlight reel of your Facebook life. If you’d like to check it out you can go to Facebook.com/lookback. (Sidenote: In 4 days I will be celebrating 8 years on Facebook. Woah!)
The only problem with the video is, cool as it is, I don’t necessarily want to drive everyone to my Facebook page in order to see the video and I would like to be able to keep a copy for myself. Luckily, someone on the interwebs figured it out so I thought I would share it you, my readers. Below you’ll find my video uploaded onto YouTube and instructions for downloading your own video using Google Chrome.
(Note: The video it downloads is NOT the HD version just the 480p. If you know how to force it to grab the HD one let me know and I can add the info in here.)
And now, the instructions for how to do it for yourself!
- Open the link http://www.facebook.com/lookback
- Press Ctrl+Shift+J to open the Console.
- Copy the whole code at http://textuploader.com/14qr and paste into the Console then press Enter.
- The Console dialog will gives you a link to the video for download.
- Right click the link and select “Save Link As” to download and save it.
- Do whatever you’d like with it! Upload it anywhere!
- Enjoy :)
In case you’re wondering, according to TIME Magazine Tech I have wasted this much of my life on Facebook assuming I have spent an average of 37 minutes per day on it since I joined. (An average person spends 17 minutes per day so I just increased it a lot.)
There is a whole bunch of news today about how the TTC has unveiled a pilot program of new signage which is supposed to make everything clearer and easier to understand because they’ll be using numbers as well as names for each of the subway and streetcar lines. What the folks at the TTC don’t seem to get is that people – especially those who aren’t from the city – is that the U shaped Yonge-University-Spadina Line is in of itself confusing to people. As I mentioned in a post in March of 2011 “Spotted: TTC Referring To Subway Lines By Color!” I think that this would end up making navigating the system way easier. Read more…
Quick and dirty contest for my fans and lovers of electronic music. I was approached by the folks over at Fiction Productions to do a giveaway for a pair of tickets to the Sander van Doorn (SVD) show on Thursday, October 24 in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the beautiful and intimate Dragonfly Nightclub.
If you’ve never been to the Dragonfly it is a very nice club located inside the Fallsview Casino. The show is going to be super intimate because the place is pretty small and this is a pretty huge international DJ so if I were you I wouldn’t miss out on his set. In fact, SVD just got named Number 39 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs for 2013 and you’re going to get to see him up close and personal.
Here is SVD’s most recent of his weekly radio shows also available directly here: https://soundcloud.com/sandervandoorn/sander-van-doorn-identity-203
In case you don’t win, you can still grab your tickets at www.wantickets.com/sandervandoorndragonfly
You can also get yourself a hotel package at www.fictionproduction.com/packages
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
REMEMBER: If you don’t follow the instructions on how to enter, you won’t have entered so read them carefully. (This line was originally only on the bottom of the post under Terms & Conditions but since people seem to have ignored it I am adding it here too.)
To enter the contest you MUST:
1. Like Fiction Productions on Facebook. Their page is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiction-Productions/628446607199857
2. Share this blog post. Share it on Twitter or Facebook (your call which but extra entry if you share it to both) and tell me the URL(s) of the post(s) in the comment section below. [NOTE: You can put both URLs in one comment. However, if you haven't set the posts to PUBLIC and I cannot see them they do not count as entries.]
Here’s an example of a tweet you can use:
Hey @TheDanLevy & @FictionPro send us to @Dragonfly_Club to see @SandervanDoorn! Contest deets @ http://bit.ly/1893Bwf
3. Tell me in the same comment as the one you’ve used for the URLs of your social media posts what your favorite Sander van Doorn track is (remixes of other artist’s music counts).
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Contest is open from the time of this writing until 6pm Toronto time, October 23, 2013 at which point a winner will be chosen.
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements and accommodations (if necessary).
The winner will have 30 minutes to reply to their notification of winning which will be via the email you use with your comment. If you don’t reply, a new winner will be chosen. I don’t care how you reply as long as I receive the reply.
If you don’t follow the instructions on how to enter, you won’t have entered so read them carefully.
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED:
CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNA-LEE POLLARD ON HER WIN. HOPE SHE HAS A GREAT NIGHT!!!
This is my library card which I use every time I visit the Toronto Public Library to take out a book or 3. It looks nothing like the current Toronto Public Library card and is from the early 1990s when North York was technically a city unto itself and a part of Metropolitan Toronto. I am pretty sure this meant that I could use any library in Metropolitan Toronto but never really tried to because when Toronto amalgamated into the “megacity” and North York became fully a part of the city of Toronto it was 1997 and I was 15-16 years old. Still, I have kept this library card because Read more…