WHAT YOU MISSED: My Moment on CTV News’ Tech Tuesday!

Don’t let ’em see you sweat!

Life is full of happy surprises — like the time where a friend dropped my name to a CTV producer, which landed me a spot on the CTV News talking tech news on a Tuesday!

To Scarberia and Beyond

It’ll take a lot to get a kid from Mississauga to step into Scarborough. To a Mississaugan, Scarborough is a place mentioned in hushed whispers at night, meant to scare young children into behaving. You might think you’re the meanest thing on the streets in the ‘Saug, but they’d eat you up for breakfast on the east side of Toronto. And even though I’d spent a little time there when I dated a Scarborough girl in my teens, I hadn’t had much reason to return since that relationship ended.

So when I got the opportunity for a CTV News appearance, it was probably about time that I made my way back east of Victoria Park Ave.

Getting on TV BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

The next time I’m asked to go somewhere unfamiliar, I’ll make sure I do aerial recon on Google Maps first so I don’t end up jumping a chain-link perimeter fence in my good clothes (yes, it really happened!)

After some waiting time in the green room (I was really early…) and quick banter with host Marcia MacMillan, it was go time. We went right into it and I rambled off a number of facts from the notes I’d made earlier (note: I impressed Marcia in that I hadn’t brought any speaking notes on-stage with me — I didn’t even know it was an option).

It was over as quickly as it started, and my minutes of fame gone to the next would-be-superstar, but for a moment there, I had a lot of fun on a news set at 9 Channel Nine Court in Scarborough.

Apparently I don’t watch enough TV

Had I known that there was more than one CTV channel, I’d have asked which one I’d appear on. Sorry to anyone I led to the wrong channel, but the clip’s right here for anyone who still wants to see it:

GO SEE: Casey Palmer on CTV News’ Tech Tuesday

Looking at myself with a critical eye, I could’ve been better prepared, but it was a decent effort for a first time doing TV in a live studio!

Overall, I was very happy with the experience and all the love I received from family and friends about my performance — and even happier that they told me to keep my mind open to future opportunities in coming weeks!

Keep your eyes peeled, everyone. This isn’t over!

Thanks for reading,

–case p.

TV — Why Can’t I Quit You?!

To be fair, I think “Space Ranger 2” had done this ride before. At least a few times!

I did it again, didn’t I? I pulled the entire “holier than thou” routine again, and now it’s come back to bite me in the ass.

I used to be a staunch agnostic in my high school days, only to end up being baptized in 2008.

I used to be firmly against drinking until the age of 20, and now have no problem with having a beer with dinner.

And for a few years recently, I was firmly against the idea of TV and anything it had to offer, but that too would soon find me being a hypocrite….

TV, the Greatest Frienemy I’ve Ever Had

I spent the better part of my childhood in front of a TV: Saturday Morning Cartoons, afterschool video games with my friends, and growing up on the sitcom gold that the 90s had to offer.

But growing up brought the Internet. YouTube. Every possible reason to be out of the house and not keeping up with what the major networks had to offer. (Though, with comic books having been a huge part of my upbringing, cartoons and anime still found their way into the mix — even ’til today!)

It wasn’t until only recently that I got too busy for TV! Living in Mississauga. Dating in Toronto. Hanging out at tweetups and working my day job when I wasn’t doing everything else — who had time for TV?

That is… until Netflix made its way into my life….

The Netflix Fix — I’m a Slave to the Screen!

I can’t remember how it happened — one day I was on a week-long free trial at my parents’ place in Mississauga, and the next thing I know, I’m married, living in Toronto, and using my iPad as a second monitor to watch the massive list of shows that people have recommended to me! Don’t get me wrong, there’s some amazing stuff out there (you have not lived until you’ve seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock!), but I can’t help but feel that I’m only filling my life with more distractions and trying to justify them by consuming them very efficiently.

With that said, it’s not so bad. I only have these shows left to get through:

  • The West Wing
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Dr. Who (Series 3 on)
  • Torchwood
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Downton Abbey
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • The Mighty Boosh
  • Little Britain
  • Life on Mars
  • The Young Ones
  • Black Adder
  • Scandal
  • The IT Crowd
  • Kings
  • Vikings
  • Misfits
  • The Newsroom

…okay. Maybe it’s a little bad.

–case p.

The 2K11 24/7 CCII: The Terror of Television

I’m the LAST person you want in a conversation about television. The only times I tned to watch any TV is when I’m on vacation, or if someone’s lent me some seasons of a show, since I feel obliged to have watched them before returning the DVDs.

And such was the case with Scrubs (despite it having come out in 2001.) My cousin (if it’s Sarah’s cousin’s fiancé, I can still call him cousin, right?) had lent it to me about a year ago, and I just never got around to watching it — until Sarah told me that we wanted to invite them over for dinner earlier this month.

Uh oh.