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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Back From Beyond.

It seems my Googlefu needs some work.  After a long, long absence webcomic artist Sage Leaves has returned from parts unknown.  Blip is once more being updated, although very slowly, and the archive of past strips is reappearing.  So if you were reading the series go over there and take a look around.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 20, 2016.

This afternoon was not a good time to fill up your car in Saskatoon.  Gas jumped to 101.9 cents a litre after having dropped to 94.4 cents a litre at the beginning of the week.  Since it's Victoria Day weekend people are not surprisingly blaming this for the price increase.

Monday, May 16, 2016

New Toasters...

...are kind of a pain in the ass.  You have to tinker with them to figure out how to cook stuff to the level you like.  And modern toasters tend to make that a bit more complicated than the old ones.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Waterloo, Ontario Region Cat Fans...

...there's an older cat looking for a home in your area.  Maybe you can help out.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 13, 2016.

Another pingpong week to report, and not in a good way.  At the beginning of the week gas dropped to 89.4 cents a litre.  But Thursday it took a large jump to 98.9 cents a litre at most locations.  A further increase to past the one dollar mark next week won't be much of a surprise. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One Simple Thing Not To Do.

There's a recipe floating around at the moment for making "Bernie Sanders glowsticks."  If you've actually seen this do NOT attempt it.  The result won't be a homemade glowstick, but a chlorine bomb.  Chlorine gas can kill.  Don't make it.

Whoever posted it originally should be charged with something.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

More Competition.

Last year it was announced that Save-On-Foods would be entering the Saskatoon market.  At the time I speculated the first one might be in Saskatoon's new Brighton neighbourhood.  These week signs advertising Brighton went up along the far end of College Drive, with one listing businesses that will be built within.  One of them is Save-On-Foods.

It will be nice to have some more competition in the market.  Safeway and Sobeys now have their sales prices synchronised, so products they both offer are on sale at the same time, reducing the change of finding a specific product on sale when you might go shopping.  Perhaps Save-On will carry some products the existing chains in the Saskatoon market don't, and it will be interesting to compare things like bakery products to what can be found here at the moment. 

But don't go running out to check it out just yet.  A Regina Leader Post article covering the opening of the first Regina Save-On-Foods on April 1 states the first Saskatoon location won't open until 2017.  That seems likely, since Brighton is in the early stages of things like roads being put in.  I suspect even opening for the Christmas 2016 season isn't likely, and probably we'll have to wait until March or April of 2017.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, May 6, 2016.

A small tick down to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 92.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However, I suspect the price will soon be going up due to the ongoing forest fire crisis in the Fort McMurray, Alberta  region.  Even if most oil production is unaffected the gas companies will probably use the fires as an excuse for raising prices.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Heavy Sleeper?

I don't think of myself as one, but apparently I was last night.  There was a brief shower sometime overnight, including at least one crack of thunder, but it didn't wake me up.  Too bad, as I would have liked to see if there was any lightning.

We need more than a short shower, however.  Conditions here are dry, leading to grass fires and poor conditions for planting crops.  The current forecast calls for a 60 percent chances of showers on Monday, but even that could do with improvement.  Got any rain to spare?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ted Quits.

Too bad he couldn't drag The Donald away with him.

(And in case you visit, no, Ted, I'm not giving you a tag.)

Monday, May 02, 2016

Get Filling Those Forms!

In case you've forgotten it's tax time in Canada.  The deadline for most of us is midnight tonight.  They even gave us an extra two days this year, since April 30 was a Saturday.  So if you haven't done so  yet, you'd better break out the forms and get scribbling.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Song For Today.

Here is a song appropriate for today.  Well, the title is at least.  Warning, it mentions cat kicking.



I'm sure most of you can figure out who Ronnie is. But Connie? That would be Konstantin Chernenko. If you remember who he is you're old like me.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, April 29, 2016.

Back over the 90 cent mark.  Gas in Saskatoon jumped to 96.9 cents a litre earlier this week before dropping to 94.4 cents a litre at most locations today.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a jump to just over the one buck mark within the next month or so.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, April 22, 2016.

The price of gas continues to wander around.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 89.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Monday, April 18, 2016

How They Got There.

One of the TV broadcasts on my current slate is Masterchef Canada.  While trying to find out who won last night's episode(CTV started airing Quantico early and cut off the end) I came across the application requirements for the currently running season.  Talk about a lot of work, and you might not even get close to being on the show.  I assume other reality competition shows have similar requirements.  After all the last thing you want is your winner to turn out to be a career criminal who ends up in jail, or learn that they're a wringer with an unfair advantage over other contestants.  The process is probably also intended to discourage people from applying on a whim, and causing the producers trouble when they decide they really don't want to take part.  It would be interesting to know how many entries they get, and how many of them are rejected without ever getting near being seen on TV.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rabbit Time.

It had been a while since I saw a rabbit in Saskatoon.  But my stretch of not seeing any was broken when I was on East Drive today.  He still had a bit of white on his behind from his winter coat.  Hopefully he didn't run into the cat I saw soon after.  A patient enough cat might catch a rabbit, and I'm not sure a rabbit would recognise one as an enemy without experience.  On the other hand a jackrabbit might be able to injure a cat.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, April 15, 2016.

Gas has passed the 90 cents mark again.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 91.4 cents a litre at most locations. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

It Never Ends.

I'm just about to go out and buy a few grocery items.  This whole eating thing sure requires time and money, doesn't it?  And you can never get away from it.

I'm Not At My Physical Best, But.

I've got some annoyances that come with being a bit overweight and getting older.  But sometimes my body surprises me in a good way. 

(This one gets labelled as a cryptic statement because I probably won't remember the specific reason I wrote this a couple years down the line.)

Friday, April 08, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, April 8, 2016.

A small drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 85.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I won't make a guess at what direction it will go next, as I can see it going either way.