Raps beat ‘Cats despite bad first half

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Pape Sow celebrates his first points of the seasonIf anybody gives up 53 points in a half to the Bobcats at home, things aren’t going great even if the final score is a blowout and the fans go home with pizza. The first half saw many bad things happen to the Raptors including Bosh picking… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Manchester United Highlights

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What I hoped earlier is what happened. Late header by The Great Man kills of Man Utd giving the Gunners a double over the Red Devils. Slow start to the game for Arsenal saw them get no early possession but the pace gradually escalated to the point where Arsenal were dominating the game at times…. Read more »

Writing PHP clients for XFire, Axis and .NET Web Services

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If you’re finding yourself hunting down incomplete documentation about writing a PHP client for your Java or .NET web services, you’re not alone. PHP SOAP toolkits like NuSOAP and Pear SOAP provide sub-par API’s into web service development and give a decent person a really hard time when it comes to writing clients. The best… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Blackburn: 10-men Gunners down Rovers

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Gilberto was wrongfully sent off after an altercation with Robbie Savage to reduce Arsenal to 10 men with just 13 minutes gone. Two yellows were in order but the Gunners vice-captain was shown the red by Rob Styles and it looked like this wasn’t going to be Arsenal’s day. Blackburn should’ve taken the lead early… Read more »

Carling Cup: Arsenal demolish Liverpool 6-3

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This one was so one-sided that I hoped the Gunners would stop scoring so I would have to upload less videos to YouTube. The Beast gave Arsene Wenger a little more reason to keep him with a hatrick and then one. Liverpool just couldn’t cope with the pace and skill of Aliadiere. Benitez looked like… Read more »

Wizards no match for streaking Raptors

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Based on The Score’s three minute intro to the game which consisted entirely of Gilbert Arenas hitting game winners, throwing down jams and hitting fadeaways, I thought the Raps were in for a let down. But the NBA’s second leading scorer didn’t seem to rattle anybody in a Raptors uniform this afternoon, and if anything,… Read more »

NFL Playoffs: Chiefs fall to Colts. Again.

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There was Lin Elliot and his three missed field goals, there was Steve Bono and his three interceptions, there was the Colts not punting the entire game and then there was today, a deserved 23-8 defeat in Indianapolis. If you had told me that the Colts’ high-powered offense would only score 23 points in the… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Remember Rosicky?

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It seems like the only goal Tomas Rosicky ever scored was the scorcher against Hamburg in the Champions League. Since that day the well has been pretty dry but where there’s famine, there eventually will be a feast. Arsenal held off Liverpool long enough in the first half while the Reds dominated meaningless possession which… Read more »

Pan’s Labyrinth: Best Movie Ever

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The last time a movie made an impression on me was about a decade ago when I saw Fargo which I proceeded to own and watch many times over. Since then, of all the movies I’ve seen, nothing comes close to Pan’s Labyrinth which is headed to my Hall of Fame. This is close to… Read more »

Recruiters are Nazis

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This is probably more prevalent in the IT industry than anywhere else. If you’ve ever made the mistake of posting your resume on Monster or Workopolis for too long, you’ll get calls from the lowest form of human life also known as recruiters. Be wary, they have titles that might make you think they’re something… Read more »

Raptors lose to Suns in heartbreaker

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Actually went to this affair which saw the return of Chris Bosh and the exit of TJ Ford and Jorge Garbajosa. It ended 100-98 for the Suns and more importantly, no pizza for me since the Raptors didn’t reach the 100 point plateau. The Suns jumped out to a 17 point second quarter lead at… Read more »

Saddam died brave

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Saddam Hussein was one cool cucumber when it came to dying. For a man who’s about to have his neck ripped in half, he looked composed, confident and not even a least bit scared of death in his final minutes. As he was being brought towards the gallows by what appeared to be a bunch… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Charlton Video – The Man is back

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Thierry Henry returned to spark Arsenal to a 4-0 demolition of poor Charlton Atheltic. You really have to feel sorry for Charlton, they really stink. Plus, having 10 men to contend with a motivated Arsenal squad didn’t help them much. Arsenal shouldn’t celebrate too much, after all it’s the pathetic Addicks. I thought if the… Read more »

Arsenal vs. Sheffield Utd: Baptista and Aliadiere suck

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For a guy who’s making a big deal about playing time Julio Baptista sure isn’t making most of it when he finally does get it. Same goes for Jeremie Aliadiere who managed to screw up almost every potentially fruitful possession with his diseased first touch. But it wasn’t just that that cost the Gunners the… Read more »

MapQuest vs. Google Maps

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It appears to me that MapQuest is better at directions since it seems to put a lot more thought in when dishing out directions for trips. Here’s a brief summary of how my faith Google Maps ruined my trip. I had to go to Washington DC from Toronto and despite the Mrs. Arsenalist telling me… Read more »

NBA Power Rankings

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NBA.com has taken a page out of ESPN (pretty much copied them) and started to rank teams on a weekly basis – also known as the NBA Power Rankings. This week sees NBA.com and ESPN.com rank both their top five the exact same: Phoenix San Antonio Utah Dallas Detroit No surprises or major arguments against… Read more »

JAXB2: XML to Java and vice-versa made easy

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This example has moved. Remember the old days when you used to write a 150 line method which parsed your XML file into a Java class? Well that has long since been history. The next generation version of the JAXB XML processor, appropriately named JAXB2 has taken the liberty to make XML to Java conversion… Read more »

TJ Ford guns down Clippers in Wild West Showdown

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TJ Ford brought back memories of Vince Carter in LA with a buzzer beating jumper to down the Clippers 98-96. With 15 seconds left and the score tied, Sam Mitchell called the best play: nothing. Just let TJ go one-on-one. Quentin Ross stumbled and the rest is history. Raps started this one off on positive… Read more »

The iPod is killing us

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They’re everywhere. Everyone has wires plugged into their ears where music blasts it’s way across the eardrums and into your brain, slowly stimulating and killing your being. Streetcars, buses, subways, streets are all packed with people walking around like drones paying close attention to what they’re hearing and ignoring everything else. In a world where… Read more »