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Paris the Publicist

The latest celeb trash talk is that Britney Spears can't find a publicist, that no one will hire her because she's such a mess. I've also heard she travels with a couple therapists. But instead of trying to clean herself up and build a better image Spears seems to have teamed up with party queen Paris Hilton and has been spotted all over town painting the town trash...oh i mean red. All that being said Britney does have a thing or two to learn from the scenster queen. Paris easily propelled herself into superstardom and it wasn't because of talent. Paris built her persona on intrigue, something that Britney is really lacking. And they say all publicity is good publicity, but Britney has even proved that wrong.

She's had a bumpy ride ever since her first video "Hit Me Baby One More Time" perfectly positioned her as an innocent schoolgirl with sex appeal. She became every man's fantasy. It was a dichotomy even Madonna couldn't nail. Problem is Britney, as much as they tried to sex her up, was still this silly little school girl doing interviews in rooms full of dolls and teddy bears - and now she's still the same immature girl giving off more of a wannabe vibe than - what worked for her in her video - the eternally appealing good girl gone to the bad side (ala Kate Moss).

Paris has never been a good girl and doesn't apologize for it. She knows trash sells - and I don't mean Britney's trailer trash style (can someone get her a stylist?). It might be too late for Britney - no one wants to see a mom of 2 kids out on the town every night - but if anyone can show Britney the ins and outs of how to get somewhere from nowhere it's Paris. Look at this silly picture of them together - Paris even looks like she's dotting on her. Paris, help her, please. No one else will.


The Cult of US Celebrity

What a funny world we live in... unless you're Michael Richards that is. Had to share this funny graphic I found on LAist with y'all. Poor guy, lost his head and now there's no going back. It's one of the funnier things about the States - they love to put people up on pedestals (honestly how did Jessica Simpson get up there?) but even more they love to rip them right off and shove dirt in their face. Case in point: Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Kanye West... With a media circus like they have in the US, and now with citizen journalists faithfully roaming the country's dirty back alleys, celebs better watch their back, or hire someone to do it for them. Mel Gibson is damn lucky there were no cameras filming his recent tirade, but our dear Kramer is not so fortunate. If you're one of the few who missed the video catch it on TMZ. Just press play.


Steve Jobs on Bill Gates

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Originally uploaded by Liam Daly.
Though Steve Jobs and Bill Gates look like the best of friends in this rare picture, I found a few good quotes at which reveal just what Jobs thinks of his competition.

"I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger."

"Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation."

So the debate continues....


Spook in the City

Four short episodes of Spook in the City are now online at blogTO. Follow John and I as we take you to the sites of high-profile hauntings in the city of Toronto. Prepare to be spooked!

The Distillery District

The Royal York's Haunted Stairwell

The Royal York's Haunted Hallway

The Royal York's Crystal Ballroom