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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Endurance Test.

Did you watch last night's Blue Jays/Angels game?  Did you watch it all the way to the end?  If you're a Jays fan the payoff was worth it, but getting there was quite the task.  Of course it was easier for those of us on the west side of the country, since it was only 8 PM or earlier when it started.  I imagine a lot of viewers in Ontario and east jumped ship pretty early, even if today is a Saturday, when they might sleep in.  Given some of what happened last night I wouldn't be surprised if the management in Buffalo got some very early phone calls today.  And hopefully today's game, besides being another Jays win, will be considerably shorter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, April 21, 2017.

A small drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 100.4 cents a litre at most locations. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Strange Combo, Yet Not.

This morning I visited one of the local Dollarama stores.  I noticed that they had some CDs, and took a quick look.  There was nothing I wanted to buy, but one did attract my attention.  It was a karaoke CD of religious songs.  That's a bit odd.  Even more unusual was the cover art, which consisted of a young woman, drawn in an anime/manga style.  Not quite the combo you might expect.

But then again maybe you would.  Christianity and anime have met in the past.  Japanese animation firm Tatsunoko Productions collaborated with the US Christian Broadcast Network in the early '80s on Superbook, a series of cartoon adventures based on the Old and New Testament.  At the same time they also produced a series called The Flying House, which also used Biblical materials as the plots for its episodes.  Some years later Osamu Tezuka, revered as one of the giants of anime and manga, created In the Beginning: The Bible Stories, an anime series that told the stories of the Old Testament.  It was co-production with Nippon TV and the Italian government broadcaster RAI.  It was one of Tezuka's last projects before his death of cancer in 1989, and was not completed until after his death.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, April 14, 2017.

A bit of a respite this week.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 102.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will drop below the one buck mark next week.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Exotic Weapon.

Just before midnight on Friday Saskatoon police were called to a break and enter at a garage on Cairns Avenue.  Although the suspect had left before they arrived the K9 unit soon tracked him down.  He was arrested and found to be carrying a firearm, switchblade, and crystal meth.  None of these by themselves are unusual, but the firearm he was carrying was.  Police say it was a 7.65 mm Skorpion machine pistol.

The Skorpion was a product of the Cold War era Czechoslovak arms industry, a weapon that could be carried in a holster, but capable of fully automatic fire.  It was intended for use by special units, vehicle crews, and others who needed a weapon more compact than a rifle, but with more firepower than a standard pistol.  It also reflected the Czechoslovak military's willingness to go its own way with weapons, not being a Soviet design and using a non Warsaw Pact caliber, 7.65 mm, aka .32 ACP.

The actual utility of such very compact automatic firearms has always been questioned.  They're bulkier than a standard pistol, yet their small size makes them hard to control on fully automatic.  Most people they've been issued to don't get the practice time to learn to use them effectively.  But the Skorpion proved popular, seeing a lot of export sales, including ending up in the hands of European terrorist groups like the Italian Red Brigades.

So where did the one seized early Saturday come from?  If it was one of the full auto originals it's a prohibited weapon in Canada, never sold legally, and not something you'd expect a street crook in Saskatoon to get his hands on in 2017.  On the other hand semi automatic only versions of the Skorpion have been produced for the civilian gun market, and apparently they have been sold in Canada as a restricted firearm.  So if it's one of those it was either stolen from someone in Canada, or imported illegally from the US, where they are also legal.

Friday, April 07, 2017

April Kaboom.

A rain shower passed through just a bit ago, and it included a bit of thunder.  Definitely not the thing you expect in Saskatoon in the first week of April.  The fact it got to 21 degrees Celsius today no doubt had something to do with it.  A bit of rain to damp down the dust will be welcome by some.

Gas In Saskatoon, April 7, 2017

A rather unpleasant surprise for Saskatoon drivers this week.  Gas in Saskatoon has jumped to 105.9 cents a litre at most locations.   Something tells me it will go up again next week.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, March 31, 2017.

I took a drive down 8th Street about half an hour ago, and some stations were at 99.9 cents a litre while  others were at 97.9 cents a litre.  So I expect the price at most stations to be 97.9 cents a litre by day's end.  The price was as low as 92.9 cents a litre at most locations to start the week.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Twist, Twist, Twist.

I was just restringing one of my guitars.  As a result I spend a lot of time twisting tuners.  No, I'm not one of those folks who uses a string winder.  I would imagine doing that for multiple guitars every night, as some guitar techs do, would be a recipe for tendonitis in your fingers. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, March 24, 2017.

We actually went past the 90 cent a litre barrier this week.  Gas reached a low of 88.4 cents a litre.  But that was followed by a big jump up.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 95.9 cents a litre at most locations.  These big jumps are not amusing.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, March 17, 2017.

Once again we approach the 90 cent barrier.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 91.9 cents a litre at most locations.  With oil prices having dropped lately I wouldn't be surprised if the price actually does drop below 90 cents next week.

No Green On Me.

Sorry, Saint Patrick's Day fans, but I'm wearing no green today.  I don't think I wore any for the last one either.  Nor will I be drinking green beer, or eating green eggs and ham.  The only green currently on my person is money.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Singularity Fan?

Then you probably shouldn't read this.  On the other hand if you aren't a fan you might find it funny.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, March 10, 2017.

Another Friday where the price of gas is dropping.  Gas in Saskatoon should be 93.4 cents a litre at most locations by the end of the day.  With the price of oil dipping below 50 dollars a barrel this week I assume the price won't be going up much for a bit.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Mocking The Clickbait 9: It Won't Help You.

These Celebrities Don't Believe In Monogamy.


Whether that's true or not you still won't be getting into their pants.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, March 3, 2017.

The first report of March sees a price drop.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 96.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However this follows a jump to 99.9 cents a litre earlier in the week.

Sunrise For Saskatoon?

As many Canadian readers will be aware HMV is going out of business in Canada.  This includes two stores in Saskatoon.  But those spaces may not stay empty for long.  Ontario based Sunrise Records has decided to take a big gamble.  They intend to take over HMV spaces across Canada.  Sunrise believes there's still a place for stores selling music in Canada, despite HMV's decision there isn't.  Will we see a Sunrise in Saskatoon?  The press statement implies so. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, February 24, 2017.

The downward trend continues.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 91.9 cents a litre at most locations.  But I wouldn't be surprised if it goes up next week, as dropping below the 90 cent mark has been a barrier of late.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lost In Translation.

Chances are that if you're reading this blog your first language, or primary language, is English.  It's written in English, so not surprisingly most visitors come from English speaking places and/or mainly speak English in their daily lives.  And chances are you've had a problem understanding what Donald Trump has said at least once, since his style of speaking can be unclear and repetitive.  Now just imagine what it's like translating Trumpspeak into other languages.  According to this article it is in fact quite the problem.   Some of his statements come out as impossible to understand if you translate them too literally, yet not doing so may not mirror the fact they're confusing in English as well.  He just doesn't speak in the way US politicians generally have spoken.  I'm glad I don't have to translate his rambling.

Gas In Saskatoon, February 17, 2017.

Good luck trying to figure out where the price of gas is going these days.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 94.4 cents a litre at most locations.  I won't hazard a guess if the next price change will be up or down.