Category Archives: Announcements

Step by step graphic on how to keep your world of warcraft alts private from the internet and other characters

HOWTO Keep Your Alts Private

Attention World of Warcraft players!
If you do not want the internet to automatically discover who your alts are, please follow these step by step instructions.

  • Hit ‘Escape’ or Click on the ‘Game Menu’ icon in your toolbar
  • Select the ‘Interface’ option from the Game Menu
  • Select the ‘Display’ category under the ‘Game’ tab
  • Check the last box which reads “Display Only Character Achievements to Others”
  • Rinse and Repeat for all your Characters

What this will do is restrict your account wide achievements from displaying when another player /inspects you ingame, or when they visit your character profile on the Battle.net Armory — but MOST importantly it hides that data from the API.  The API is the programming interface that other websites can use to harvest your profile data.  A few of them have started to parse through your account wide achievements to find out which alts earned the achievement, and then they are linking your alts together on their website.

WoWProgress posted about their Alt Tracking.  And WoWInsider reported on GuildOx’s addition of the feature.

For the time being it seems that if you were already refreshed on one of the tracking sites before you checked this option, your alts are permanently linked.  Hopefully the programmers of the popular sites will provide a way for people to dis-associate their toons, or even better, re-check during their refresh and if the information is no longer in the results of the API, remove the links to peoples alts.

Screenshot on how to keep your world of warcraft alts private from the internet and other characters

Update Oct 26 It seems WoWProgress has added an option under your account settings that allows for “Hide my alts (you will need to confirm at least one character)”.  So if you go through the process of registering on their site, confirming one of your characters (they’ll ask you to un-equip certain items, logout and refresh) that are linked together, then checking this box your alts can be hidden.

Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared now available on Netflix Canada

Two superb, under-appreciated, TV comedies from over a decade ago are now available on Netflix Canada and I recommend you watch them now.

Freaks and Geeks ran for most of a season in 1999-2000 and right from the opening credits with Joan Jett wailing out Bad Reputation I was hooked on the equally awkward Sam and his gaggle of geeks and the rebellious Lindsay going her own way with the fearless Freaks.  Half the main cast of teens have gone on to further stardom, thanks to their association with Judd Apatow, so that’s another reason to check out this series and see them ‘before they were stars’.

Undeclared was a 2001 follow-up from most of the creative team and a few of the actors heading off to college for the first time where Steve (Jay Baruchel) tries to re-invent himself and navigate the strange social landscape of being a Freshman.  Please note, you probably want to watch the episodes in this order, and not the order they are listed on Netflix.  Somehow Netflix knew to jump ahead to Episode 9 to be played 2nd, but after that you have to manually select the order they are played in.

Work is underway at Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre has been shut down the past month, and will remain so until at least December, but I was pleased to see work has finally started on the ‘state of good repairs’.  I’m trying to bite my tongue as to why it was closed for a month before the work commenced though.

Joe Pace & Sons Contracting is doing the work.

They’ve erected a safety fence around the pool itself, since it’s empty you don’t want anyone falling in.

There are two of these lifter trucks on deck, I assume to get up to the ceiling to do the lights and ducts.

Oh, and it turns out I was wrong in my previous post when I said the sauna would not be fixed.  Councillor Filion‘s recent column in the North York Post stated that they were able to be ‘creative’ with the budget and it will return operational (until someone throws water on it again I suppose).

Want to be my neighbour? 154 and 176 Ellerslie Ave

Want to be my neighbour?  Two houses are available atm on our street, one for purchase and one for lease.

154 Ellerslie Ave was just listed yesterday or so.  List price is $1.249 million.  This is the same list price that 221 and 223 went for this time last year, and you can compare that to 201 which was listed at $1.4million this past spring (it has a much deeper lot on the south side of the street (or is this one the few deep lots that goes beside Abbotsford Park?)).  All I know about this location is the previous occupants were smokers, and across the street at 153 Ellerslie they were planning to demolish and build a jumbo giant super-sized place this past summer but that didn’t happen (but expect construction of some sort at that location soon™).

176 Ellerslie Ave is for lease for $3000/month.  Initially the sign put up was ‘For Lease’, then switched to ‘For Sale’ two minutes later, and then the next day corrected again to ‘For Lease’.  The listing agent, Stephen McShane happens to live across the street (and has for 14 years or so) from this listing so he should be able to answer lots of your questions about the neighbourhood.

I was going to include some details about past purchases of these properties for you, but the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation seems to have discontinued their service (as of Sept 11) and I won’t have access to their new AboutMyProperty until the beginning of November.

Want a pop-culture view of the street?  Read Robert J. Sawyer’s Calculating God novel, as the main character lives here too.

Thoughts on whether this post is a bit to ‘creepy’ for the neighbourhood?

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre Shut Down Sept-Dec 2012

Our local city swimming pool, Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, here in North York is shutting down for “state of good repairs” maintenance work.  We’ve known about the work for months now, but it’s still a shock to the routine we had the last 5 years.  In case you’re landing here trying to find info about the closure let’s see if I can summarize for you.

UPDATE: Jan 2 — The pool has not reopened as scheduled.  “Soon” is the time-frame given.

The pool itself has been open since 1985 and hasn’t had any major work done.  They have their twice yearly multi- week shutdown for cleaning and what not, but the larger systems need their up-keep too.  The work was first approved in the city budget back in 2004, so it’s my feeling that even some of the regular upkeep was not done with as much gusto as it could have been, knowing that the big project was eminent (in government timing anyway).

The official list of work being done is as follows:

State-of-good repair and renovation work. replacement of window seals, flashing and caulking; barrier-free upgrades to stairs and ramps in pool and recreation areas; barrier-free upgrades to reception millwork; replacement of exterior doors and hardware; replacement of acoustic panels in pool area; repair of water damage at pool area skylights; refurbishment of existing air-handling unit and controls; replacement of lighting in pool area, reception area and at exterior perimeter of building; upgrades to firm alarm and emergency lighting systems; safety equipment upgrades at filter room; removal of existing gas chlorine tanks and replacement with a liquid chlorine tank system with required sensors and exhaust.

The above is estimated to cost just a little over $1,000,000. I couldn’t find an estimate on how much revenue will be lost in the months of closure. Some of the regular pool patrons really hoped the sauna would get upgraded, but their petition to do so hasn’t seemed to change the 8-year-old budget. My big wish would be removal of the hair dryers in the change room. The decibels they pump out, not to mention the tremendous energy usage, is upsetting.

From what I’ve heard from staff, pool management will relocate to near-by offices for the interim (space available in North York Civic Centre and nearby Edithvale CC), while guard staff is left to fend for themselves.  Many have been hoping to hear from other pools in the city which require staff level adjustments but it seems most, if not none, have not heard about those positions.  I’m told they are guaranteed their positions come January, but how many people can go four months unemployed waiting for a layoff to end?  I should have inquired as to their EI eligibility.  It was unclear which category the recreation assistants fell into.  Pool maintenance staff is expected to stay involved in the repairs with the contractors.

Near by pools are:

  • Antibes CC – Located near Bathurst & Finch.  Lane swim, Senior Swim, and Lessons
  • Cummer Park CC – Located on Leslie at Cummer.  Lane swim, Preschool Swim, Aquafit, and Lessons
  • North Toronto Memorial Community Center – Located on Eglinton Ave. between Yonge & Avenue Road (probably the best option for subway user).  Lane swim, Aquafit, and Lessons.
  • Northview Heights SS – Located at Bathurst & Finch.  Lessons only.
  • North York YMCA – Located at Bayview and Sheppard.  If you want to go outside of the City’s system, this could be an option for you.

Note: People asked why I didn’t include the swimming pool at the Bathurst JCC/Prosserman Centre.  That’s because it was torn down and not rebuilt yet.

If you’re looking for the fitness classes that ran in the Multi-purpose room upstairs, they will be taking place at the Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club, across the street (west over Beecroft) and just south of the Cemetery.

All this info is from personal experience.  Always check with the city (Carol Bain) if you’re unsure of any thing and we’ll all cross our fingers they’ll stay on schedule and it won’t be April 2013 when we get back in to our favourite pool.

Personally, we’re going to try out the ‘Family Swim’ way out at Wallace Emerson CC as it’ll coincide with a homeschooler friendly drop-in program.  60mins transit vs 10minute walk is not something I look forward to.

Athenaeum — A Toronto Public Library & Goodreads.com Interface

I’ve a heavy user of the Toronto Public Library and recently started using Goodreads.com, so I decided to join them together.

For now I just automatically take my checked out items and add them to some shelves on goodreads. You can see how I did it, and do it yourself too by checking out the Athenaeum project on github.

To see all the items I’ve checked out of the library since starting using this script, review my Checked-Out Shelf at goodreads.

Thanks