Friday, January 30, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, January 30, 2015,

The last Friday of January sees the upwards trend continue.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 89.9 cents a litre at most locations. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paging..., maybe?  Chances are you aren't one of those people who still has a pager.  But they actually still exist.   Via Randy McDonald here's a CBC article on the persistence of pagers in Canada.  They're primarily used by those in emergency services and medical personnel, as they're perceived to be more reliable in certain conditions.  However Telus has announced it will end its pager service, and industry watchers figure the other providers in Canada will follow suit. 

I can't think of the last time I heard a beeping pager.  Perhaps if I lived in a more rural area, or spent a lot of time around someone in medicine, I might be more likely to hear one.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Edgar Froese, 1944-2015.

Tangerine Dream founder, and sole consistent member, Edgar Froese has died at 70 of a pulmonary embolism.  In memoriam here's "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" from Tangerine Dream's 1979 album Force Majeure.  That's Froese on guitar.

Appropriately I was listening to a live version of "Choronzon" when I read he died.

Gas In Saskatoon, January 23, 2015.

It was a bit of a surprise this week when the price of gas actually went up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 85.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Around this time in 2014 gas was 114.9 cents a litre.  So  a 30 litre fill today is roughly 9 bucks less than it was then.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lovely January.

Seriously, can you get a better January forecast for Saskatoon than this one?  Daytime temps around or above zero into next week.  Sure makes up for the bitterly cold stretch around Christmas.  Of course if you're a fan of outdoor skating, skiing etcetera it isn't so good.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, January 16, 2015.

I doubt you'll have any trouble guessing what direction prices went this week.  Gas in Saskatoon dropped to 78.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Will it hit 70 cents or lower?  Stay tuned.

The Interview... now playing at the Rainbow Cinemas in the Centre Mall.  Does that mean I should stay away from the mall for a while, in case North Korean commandos decide to attack?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Zero can be a nice number.  One example is when you wake up just before 7 on a January morning and your outdoor thermometer says 0 Celsius.  Especially when just a few days ago it was -30 with very stiff winds.  Such is the variability of winter weather in Saskatoon.  Temperatures are expected to be nice into next week.  Of course it's a case of enjoy it while you can, because really cold temps will return.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I Have A Bankroll Again.

I've  won $1.10 over at PokerStars.  So look out, I may soon be at a table near you.

Well, probably not.  It's not hard to go through a puny bankroll like that in short order.

Friday, January 09, 2015

When I Rule The World 25.

All radio stations will have to play "The Spirit of Radio" at least once a day, regardless of format.

Gas In Saskatoon, January 9, 2015.

I doubt you're surprised that the first of these posts for 2015 involves a price drop.  In fact it's a double dip week.  Gas in Saskatoon dropped to 85.9 cents a litre at the start of the week, and today dropped again, to 83.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Funny how the drops came after the holidays ended, when fewer people are making long trips.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Indoor Tent.

I just about need one right now.  It's below -30 Celsius tonight, and my bedroom tends to one of the colder rooms in the house.  I'm almost tempted to go buy an old style 60 or 100 watt bulb, which can still be found in places.  Unlike the LED bulb currently in my bedside lamp those generate some excess heat to warm things up.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Welcome To 2015.

You made it and I made it. 

Still, I kind of wish it was still 2005.  Of course for some of you reading this that would put you in the early years of grade school.  You're probably glad it's not 2005.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I Doubt Anyone's Keeping Track.

There is all sorts of information that no one is keeping track of.  For a lot of it there probably isn't a practical way of doing so.  One example is the average life span of a webcomic.  Anyone who has read more than a couple has been a reader of a series that has gone silent, or stumbled across one after it has.  Long running series like Questionable Content must keep the number higher that it might, given that a lot of webcomics make it a year, or less, before the creators realise they're in over their heads, or lose interest. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

A Possible Solution.

The mess prompted by the revelation that Jian Ghomeshi is apparently a giant creep continues to have effects.  One of them is that CBC has pulled the video versions of his various interviews off of YouTube, and won't use them on Q.  But perhaps there's a solution.  Re-edit the material to remove Ghomeshi.  It would be an audio and video equivalent of Garfield Minus Garfield, where strips are edited to remove the titular cat.  It would be a lot of work, and might not work with some interviews, but it would make for an interesting listening experience.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Are You Out There?

I hope not.  I hope you aren't one of those people who are going to sit out in the cold all night so you can buy some supposed door crasher at 6 AM on Boxing Day.  It's silly.  Especially if you live in a place like Saskatoon, where it will be -23 Celsius overnight.  If you haven't left already stay home, and save yourself the pain.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Google Likes Me.

Seriously, I've received quite a few hits of late attributed to Googlebot-image for various random posts here.  They must be doing some sort of archive updating or something.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, December 19, 2014.

The week of December12th saw no change in prices in Saskatoon.  This week made up for it with a double dip.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 89.9 cents a litre at most locations.  At this point it's probably pointless to speculate how low prices will go, as they just keep dropping.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Yes, I have beaten some of you.  I'm all done my Christmas shopping.

Of course when you're only buying for three people it's kind of easy, isn't it?

Remember, you have less than seven days left, depending on the shopping hours where you live.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Generic Can Be A Problem.

I've been on a bit of an '80s and early '90s nostalgia kick of late, having spent a lot of time looking at old TV commercials on YouTube.  And this morning I was thinking of the days when music videos were the hot thing, and there were who knows how many video shows on both network and local TV.  But one I remember is kind of hard to look up.  To the best of my knowledge the title, or partial title, was Rock and Roll Video.  As you can imagine it's pretty hard to find something like that when it's such a generic phrase.  Of course CBC's long running daytime video show was Video Hits, another generic title, but it's much easier to find when you know the broadcaster.