Archive | March, 2010

The Price Of Non-human Life

31 Mar

How can you say no to this face?

This story was brought to my attention today. A man takes his six month old puppy  to the vet, afraid something is seriously wrong with her. The puppy is assessed, and the man was told he had to pay a $1600 deposit in order for procedures to take place. He said he did not have the money upfront, but would pay when the procedure was completed.

The vet refused his offer, and the puppy subsequently died. Continue reading

Hello Beautiful

30 Mar

Look! Look! Look!!!!

What’s with all this crappy content on Romi Says?

I will post some thoughtful goodness soon….after my nap.


29 Mar

I got the WordPress application for my phone and it won’t send the post to the interwebs. Funny because the post praises technology to a T, especially the synchronization of phone and computer yet it can’t sync a simple blog post.

No point in being all dramatic though. Maybe technology isn’t as advanced as I had hoped…..

Sunday Haiku

28 Mar

I got my rain boots

They are from Joe Fresh, yellow.

Time to puddle jump.

I Want You So Bad

27 Mar

In a quest to fill my blog with wonderful goodness everyday, I realised it’s a hard task to do on your lonesome.

In light of this, and because there are so many talented writers on the interwebs, I’m opening up my blog to you, potential guest poster. If you are interested in getting published online and have something cool to say, email me at with a post idea. This could be a written piece, a poem, a video, photography, anything.

This blog is your oyster.

And on top of all of this, I will pay you…

….in high fives.

I Can Has Social Media?

26 Mar

Check out the vid I made for My City Lives covering last week’s Toronto Blog Stars event (and last week’s blog post on the event if you’ve missed it).

And Fiddler on The Roof in Japanese…because why not?!?!

Crazies In The News

25 Mar

In light of the republican crazy currently touring our country, I figured I’d introduce you to some other newsworthy lunatics.

Robbers FAIL – two would-be robbers decided to call a bank ahead of time giving them a heads up of their arrival. Too bad they didn’t realise that heads up also went to the police.

Drug mix-up – Melbourne customs mistook Nestea powder for 2.44 kg of methamphetamines. The poor owner of the drink powder had to spend 5 days in custody while the substance was tested. She at least was awarded $5,000 for the inconvenience. To be honest, I would spend 5 days in custody if I could get that much money in compensation.

Layman’s Twilight – A vampire copycat decided not to intimidate a cab driver with the gun that was in his possession, but instead thought it was a great idea to bite the man.

Home is wear the bars are – In a reverse prison escape, a man gets 15 years for breaking into a jail, in violation of his probation terms. A desperate man calls for desperate measures – he only did this because the jail wouldn’t take him back when he asked nicely.

Snail snot – A Miami man who claims he practices a traditional African religion made his devotees drink giant African snail mucus…because he can. There are two problems with this: 1) Giant African snails are prohibited in the U.S. without permission. 2) Snail boogers made people violently ill causing weight loss and stomach lumps.

Dear Canada

24 Mar

burning a hole through your soul

What did you expect?


23 Mar

What? He was on sale!

Capitalism: 1      Romi: 0

I read the news a million times a day (literally), I read other things (books, Playboy for the articles etc…), I’ve taken business courses, I’m well aware of what companies are doing to try and get me to by stuff, and yet, I still have the urge to buy sale items for the sake of them being on sale. Continue reading

What A Rip Off

22 Mar

Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence[1] is the process of a product becoming obsolete or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is planned or designed by the manufacturer.[1] Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because the product fails and the consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor which might also rely on planned obsolescence. [1] The purpose of planned obsolescence is to hide the real cost per use from the consumer, and charge a higher price than they would otherwise be willing to pay (or would be unwilling to spend all at once).

I don’t like it.

In university, I seriously considered going into marketing but some practices I could not wrap my head around. I know it’s important to sell products to as many consumers as possible, and I know it’s important to have those consumers come back for more, but purposefully creating products that don’t last the amount of time they’re expected to is far below the moral standards for customer retention.

Take cell phones for example. How many people have had their phone (especially smart phones) for the full three-year plan without having to replace it or get it fixed? Also keeping in mind, most cell phones have a one year warranty, that doesn’t leave much of an advantage for the consumer. Continue reading

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