Jan 20, 2012
Mr. Mensa

I have a new home…

Toronto Photographer Events at Tequila JacksBeen to an event in Toronto recently and got my card?

Wondering where you can find the photos?

Check my new website or my new Facebook Page, they have a new home.

Nov 14, 2011
Mr. Mensa

Padmapper: Google maps powered rental search tool..and I love it!

If you’ve searched for apartments before, you know how frustrating it can be. You do the usual searches on Craigslist, Kijiji, MLS, and ViewIt, and aside from MLS and ViewIt the others aren’t map based which makes it extra fun when going through postings and weeding out the ones that people list as Toronto but are actually not in the city. Hurontario is NOT in Toronto, it’s in Mississauga.

Sadly, until people have grasped the ability to post properly we, the potential renters, need to click the “View Map” link on each potential spot and see where it’s located, until now.  In my current search for a new place (aka The Bunker v2.0) I stumbled upon PadMapper.

This useful rental search tool queries Kijiji and CL postings and overlays them on a Google Map with the same useful search options you would find on either of the aforementioned sources, soo effective and soo simple.
Padmapper Rental Search Tool

 

Once you’ve clicked on a pin you get a pop up bubble displaying more info & photos including street view as well as a “Walk Score” which rates the spot based on the variety of local businesses in the area (pretty neat feature). One of my favorite things is how it compares the price of the rental to similar places in the area, for example with the attached photo it shows “29% less than median of nearby 1 BR leases ($950 vs. $1,350), Toronto, ON M6J 2J6, Canada” which is really useful for those of you who like to price shop and are willing to try and negotiate a deal.

Padmapper Details view

So for me it’s back to the grind of finding a new spot, however I hope you found this post to be useful to those of you who may be currently looking for a place and if you did, let me know with a comment or like below!

Sep 25, 2011
Mr. Mensa

UMM… I’m baaack! Published again! Once is awesome, twice is uber nice.

On my adventures to Tim Hortons today I stopped to pick up a pack of smokes and checked out the magazine rack only to see the Fall 2011 issue of UMM…

UMM Backstreet Boys Toronto Nick Carter Howie Dorough

After thumbing through the pages briefly it was really nice to see I only had to go through 26 pages to find my photos from the Official Backstreet Boys Afterparty @ Tequila Jacks photos. So if you were at the event, be sure to take a closer look at the above photo because you just may be in it!  What a great way to start a Sunday!

Speaking of UMM, if you’re in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to attend UMM’s 13th anniversary party on Friday Oct 14th 2011, I’ve got a stack of VIP Invites available, and each invite is good for one person plus a guest!
UMM Magazine 13th Anniversary Party VIP Invite

All you need to do is click on the above photo, leave a comment on the image posted on my Facebook page, share the image on your wall, and priority will go to those with the most likes on their comment! ;)

This is a 19+, dress to impress dress code event with a performance from Mia Martina, celebrity guests, UMM photoshoot, Jean Paul Gaultier sampling & much more! Certainly will be a night you want to be talking about instead of hearing about. Plus I’ll be covering the event for the magazine, so you may end up in the Winter 2011 issue! ;)

Sep 15, 2011
Mr. Mensa

Road trip Road Warrior.

Seeing the sights & livin the life in Montreal.

It’s only been a week since the trip, but I really miss the city & the people back there.
Have no fear, I will return like the prodigal son…with a Nikon.
<insert shutter slap>

Aug 24, 2011
Mr. Mensa

Photos of Toronto’s Lightning storm (08.24.11)

Here’s a whack of images I took of the storm going on tonite.
I’ll add more to it as I’ll probably be up snapping pics all night..

Toronto Lightning Storm

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