Friday, December 09, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, December 9, 2016.

Not good news to report this week.  Today gas in Saskatoon jumped to 97.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I wouldn't be surprised if it goes up more next week.  Definitely not an early Christmas present.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mocking The Clickbait 4: Where Did You Go, Puppy?

20 Most Loyal Dog Breeds.  #6 Surprised Us!

On the other hand they weren't surprised that the Armenian Short Haired Disloyalhound wasn't included on that list.

(Is there actually such a thing as a disloyal dog breed?)

Another Voice Goes Silent.

In a year that has seen many musicians pass yet another one is gone.  Greg Lake has died at age 69 after a long battle with cancer.  Lake came out of the Bournemouth, England music scene that produced numerous musicians.  In 1969 his friend Robert Fripp recruited Lake as vocalist for his new band, King Crimson, and asked Lake to be the band's bassist as well, although Lake had been a guitarist.  The group's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King was a critical success, but tensions in the band led Lake to decide to leave in 1970.  He soon teamed up with keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.  With their complicated music and often bombastic image ELP, along with Yes, was the band that came to represent what most people though of '70s progressive rock, and against which the punk movement claimed to rebel. 

Although ELP originally broke up in 1979 Lake and Emerson would work together again in the mid '80s with the late drummer Cozy Powell as Emerson, Lake, and Powell, and reunite with Palmer as ELP in the '90s.  Lake also did solo albums, and a duo tour with Emerson in 2012.  His best known solo work was the 1975 single "I Believe in Father Christmas."

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


I'm sorry.  Your existence ended all too soon.  You were wonderful.  Golden.  And now you're gone.

I really wish you'd been bigger, cake, because another few pieces of you would have been nice.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Maybe I Shouldn't.

Recently I stumbled across the Stingray Retro channel on my cable box.  All they do is play old videos from the '80s and '90s, with the occasional early 2000s vid thrown in for variety.  But I'm starting to wonder if I should be watching it.  I'll be sitting there, see a video from the '80s, and suddenly find myself filled with a mix of nostalgia and melancholy.  I remember a bunch of those videos, having watched them when I was a teenager, and it just reminds me the late '80s were 30 years ago already.  It's also sad seeing someone like Michael Hutchence, knowing he died too young.

One thing that's odd is the poor quality of some of the oldest videos.  They look like they were taken off someone's old VHS cassettes.  Did they come out of the vault at Muchmusic or something? 

Friday, December 02, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, December 2, 2016.

The first report for December sees prices down a tiny bit.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 89.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However with the recent announcement OPEC may cut oil production prices may soon be on the rise here.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mister Versatile.

Last night I watched a mid '70s Italian crime film  on YouTube, A Special Cop in Action, or to use its original Italian title, Italia a mano armata.  It was the final film of a trilogy about Italian police commissioner Betti, played by the late Maurizio Merli.  His main opponent in the film is gangster Alberteli, played by American actor John Saxon.  Watching the film got me thinking that there probably isn't a genre, other than porn, that Saxon hasn't done. Crime, westerns, martial arts(Enter the Dragon, supporting Bruce Lee),  horror, science fiction, prime time soaps, and more.  All in a career that began in the mid '50s, and which continues to today.

You can watch A Special Cop in Action below.  Be warned that besides the general violence you'll find in a crime film there's a sexual assault scene, so some viewers may want avoid this one.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, November 25, 2016.

The drop has stopped.  Gas in Saskatoon leapt to 93.9 cents a litre early this week.  This afternoon most stations had dropped back down a bit, to 90.4 cents a litre, but you're still paying 6 cents more today than you were last Friday.  And the obvious question is whether this was a Black Friday bonus or not, soon to be followed by another increase.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tom And Jennifer Would Approve.

I had a nice surprise this morning.  I had to brave the icy streets that resulted from last night's snow and freezing rain.  As I was about to turn onto McKercher Drive I stopped behind a car that had the custom Saskatchewan license plate 6teen.  It probably had some other meaning, but I couldn't help but speculate the driver might be a fan of the cartoon series 6teen.  Hopefully I'll see it again at some point.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, November 18, 2016.

The price keeps trickling down.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 84.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Could we see the price drop below 80 cents a litre before year's end?  There has to be a limit to how low it can go.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hello, Baltimore.

For some reason I dreamed last night I was moving to Baltimore to live with relatives, even though as far as I know I have no relatives in Baltimore.  Frankly any relative would find me a horror to live with.  I got the impression I was back in high school again.  And my relatives were very messy.  Oddly someone was coming to visit at the end, presumably to meet me, and she looked like one of my aunts. 

Of course I've had odder dreams.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, November 11, 2016.

My prediction from last week was correct.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 86.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Since the first week of October the price of gas has dropped 16 cents a litre here.  So if your typical fillup is 30 litres you're paying $4.80 less than you were then.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Today's Theme Song.

Sorry, but it's what a lot of us are thinking after the election.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mocking The Clickbait 3: Rare Or Well Done, There's No Difference.

15 Rare Photos That They Don't Show You In History Class.

Well, yeah,  I wouldn't expect them to show that photo of your cousin Mike wearing his wife's bikini at that pool party a few years back.  Sure, it's rare, but it's not quite of historical significance. 

Vote, Americans!

Of course if you've already done so don't do it again, that's kind of illegal.  And if you're thinking about voting for Trump you should probably bang your head against the nearest concrete object over and over again instead.  That way you'll be probably be in a coma for the next six months, and won't have to deal with realising just how badly you've helped screw things up if Trump wins.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Too Late Or Too Early?

On a webpage I'm looking at there's an ad for Long and McQuade's free guitar setup day, giving the date as October 15th.  Of course I found myself wondering if that was an ad for last month's edition, or if it's for next year's edition.  Clicking on the ad brings up a page that says the event has expired.  Too late is it is then.  L&M might want to get in touch with their ad provider since it's presenting out of date content.

Friday, November 04, 2016

You Know It's Nice November Weather...

...when you see someone riding their motorcycle.  It's 14 degrees Celsius(50 degrees Fahrenheit), a temperature a bit warmer than usual for November in Saskatchewan.  And it's supposed to be 16 tomorrow.

Gas In Saskatoon, November 4, 2016.

Another tiny dip down to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 90.4 cents a litre at most locations.  A dip below 90 cents seems pretty likely at this point.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

You Just Know It Will Happen.

Now that the Cubs have won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, they won't win it for another 108 years. 

Of course no one reading this in 2016 will be around to know I'm right if I am right. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

One More Long Week.

Just one more week and the seemingly endless US election campaign will be over.  Unfortunately the aftermath may be pretty awful.  The rhetoric from Trump and his surrogates could lead to some violence if he loses.  If he wins I suspect it will be a complete mess, and I still suspect Trump won't last long as President one way or another. 

And I'm just an observer from another country.  Imagine how long it's seemed if you live in the US.