What's Different About This NHL Lockout? 
I was just thinking about the last time the NHL season was cancelled due to labour disputes, and for some reason it feels to me as though it were different last time.

I just can't seem to recall why that was.

I seem to recall last time thinking that the Leaf's were being put-upon by the league and that my team really just wanted to get back to playing. I feel like, during the last one, we fans were the unfortunate losers but that the people running the show actually felt bad for us or something.

That may or may not have actually been the case, but I just seem to recall feeling very differently back then than I do now.

This round feels different. This time it feels as though nobody cares about the fans while the players and owners fight it out. I feel as though we fans are just irrelevant fodder and everyone thinks our money will just flow back in when they want or need it to. I feel completely taken for granted this time, and don't remember feeling this way the last time around.

When the last lockout happened, the Leafs and Senators played up their rivalry, and gave something back to the fans, by staging AHL games between their farm teams in their NHL arenas. It was the St. John's Leafs vs. the Binghamton Senators. I went to both of them, at the ACC and travelling to the Corel Center (at the time) in Ottawa. They were some of the most exciting hockey games I've ever been to.

This time around, I haven't heard about any such events. Not that it matters. If they had them, I honestly wouldn't be the least bit interested. I just don't care anymore, and I don't expect I'm the only one that feels this way.

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Congrats to Brad and Sebastien! 
Last week's finale for the Sprint Cup at Homestead turned out to be a bit of a dud after Jimmie was pretty much out of contention, but congrats are due to Brad Keselowski for winning his first title, and sending off Dodge in as good a light as could have possibly been imagined.

Yesterday's F1 race in Brazil was a whole different story! If every season was exciting as this one was, I'm betting F1 would be a whole lot more popular than it already is. I've been watching for years now, and this was by far the best season I've ever seen.

What an amazing race for the championship! Congratulations to Sebastien Vettel for winning his third in spectacular fashion!

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NASCAR Streak to the Finish: The Mopps 2012 Final Standings 
That's two years in a row that the Hopps have been beat by the Tilfords.


Rank Overall Name Longest Streak Bonus Total
1 1031 Tilly is "the Stig" 8 530 1440
2 1536 Wild Weasel 6 400 1364
3 2623 ibuildcars 4 380 1246
4 3199 Jakob 4 340 1194
5 4196 brewsan 6 380 1109
6 4526 TriniStig 4 270 1084
7 4892 Sunraven 4 250 1056
8 6271 punkyboo 5 280 953

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Turn Off Windows 7 Guest Media Sharing 
For as long as I've been using my Windows 7 computer to share media for watching on my TV through the PS3, I've been annoyed at the fact that the computer's Guest account has it's own set of folders and shows up as a separate media server on the network. There's nothing in it. It's just annoying.

So here's how to stop it.

1. Stop the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

2. You need admin access for this step to get access to the folder. Delete the folder "Media Player" in c:\users\guest\appdata\local\microsoft

3. Restart the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service (or just reboot).

Done. Gone.

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Nissan Joining Aussie V8 Supercar Series 
So... Nissan is throwing their hat in the ring with Ford and Holden in the Australian V8 Supercar Series, which is totally awesome.

http://ca.autoblog.com/2012/11/05/watch ... ck-outing/

Now... the Aussie series is a whole lot closer to "stock" car racing than NASCAR, so this one seems a bit surprising in that they completely redesigned the Altima to compete and it's absolutely nothing like the car you can buy at a dealership, which is not the case for Ford or Holden.

That said... it makes me want a few things for the future. Firstly, Nissan should join NASCAR!!! Just freakin' do it and fill the hole left by Dodge! If Toyota can make it work, then so can Nissan. Secondly... Toyota should join the Aussie series!!

Somebody make this happen!!!

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