Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It Never Was.

Looking around Deviantart tonight I stumbled across an anti-immigrant cartoon. (I won't link to it to avoid giving the artist hits)  It claimed that immigration only occurs to "white countries."  I checked the profile of the artist, and he lives in the United States, which I was entirely unsurprised at.  He, and anyone else with similar beliefs, needs to get a clue.  The United States was never a "white country."  Before colonists showed up those lands were the home of various indigenous peoples.  That remained the case after large scale colonisation began.  As the United States expanded it also took in territories where significant numbers of people of Spanish descent lived, many of whom also had indigenous ancestry.  Then there were all the African slaves brought in before the US Civil War finally ended that crime.  Chinese workers were brought in to build the railways, Hawaiians began to move to the mainland after the US annexed it, as did Puerto Ricans after their island met the same fate.  And on it went.  Of course the past equivalents of today's believers in this nonsense didn't always want white people immigrating either, if they came from places like Ireland, Italy, and Eastern Europe, or were European Jews.  That should come as no surprise, given that racism isn't in any way rational.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Not Professor X.

This morning I got a hit from Xavier University.  It wasn't from Charles unfortunately, since Xavier University is located in Columbus, Ohio.  And their sports teams are the Musketeers, not the X Men.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, November 20, 2016

Last week I predicted the price of gas would drop.  It has, but more than I expected.  After dropping several times this week gas is now 92.9 cents at most stations.  I doubt it will drop much further,  but I have been wrong before.

Blast From The Baseball Past.

Interesting news on the Blue Jays broadcast front.  Veteran Canadian sports broadcaster Dan Shulman will be doing play by play on 30 Toronto Blue Jays games next year, as well as appearing on other Rogers Sportsnet baseball coverage.  Shulman was Buck Martinez's broadcast partner on Blue Jays broadcasts on TSN(remember when TSN and CBC had baseball broacasts?) between 1995 to 2001 before joining ESPN.  He'll continuing working for ESPN on baseball and basketball broadcasts, ensuring he'll be a busy man next year.  I'm sure there's an interesting story on how this all came about.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Winter Is Coming."

So says the Special Weather Statement issued this morning by Environment Canada.  We're supposed to get snow in Saskatoon in the next 24 hours.  So break out the winter gear, Saskatonians, if you haven't already.  Hopefully I won't have to do any driving tomorrow, as the first few days after snow generally see everyone driving like idiots.  Yes, despite what you might think if you're from someplace where snow is rare, winter driving experience seems to make no difference those first few days.  Everyone seems to forget everything they've learned.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, November 13, 2015.

It's a nice add on for your weekend.  After dropping to 103.9 cents a litre earlier in the week the price of gas dropped again today to 101.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I wouldn't be surprised if it drops again next week.

Monday, November 09, 2015

I'm Sorry, Roughriders.

I forgot you had a game yesterday.  So I missed you beating the Alouettes to end the season on a promising note.  It does make me wonder how many other people didn't watch yesterday either.  In any case better luck next year.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Bellator Strikes Again.

But not in a good way.  If you saw Bellator 145 tonight you no doubt caught their "big announcement" that Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock will fight at Bellator 149 in Houston in February.  Shamrock will turn 52 a bit before the fight.  Gracie hasn't fought since June of 2007.  In other words Bellator will be continuing its apparent strategy of trying to promote a geezer division.  I wonder what other old and past it fighters we can expect to see in the future.  And you can bet that Dana White is shaking his head and/or laughing at the idea.

Gas In Saskatoon, November 6, 2015.

We had another week where gas prices bounced around.  Monday saw the price of gas rise around midday from 100.9 cents a litre to 107.9 cents a litre.(Fortunately I put gas in my car just before the price went up.)  Yesterday saw the price drop a little bit, leaving us with a price of 105.9 cents a litre.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Slow Patch.

No, last week's little health problem didn't do me in.  I'm just going through a bit of a slow patch.  I'm planning on things picking up a bit here soon.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Still Ill.

I'm afraid I must bore you and note I'm still not running quite right.  I'm starting to think it was something I ate, because that's the only thing I did differently from usual before I started feeling unwell.

Friday, October 30, 2015

An Illness Advantage.

If you're sick, and your appetite is low, you won't go out and buy junk food.  Of course it doesn't make up for the disadvantages.


I'm sick today.  Anyone wanna trade my sick for your healthy?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

No Idea Is Too Stupid...

...that someone won't believe it.  A good example I just came across is that stage magicians have actual magic powers, which are given to them by demons.  You can find more than one YouTube uploader who has posted a video or ten "proving" this is the case.  If that's the kind of thing demons actually do it seems they must have too much time on their hands.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, October 23, 2015.

Another pingpong week to report.  At the beginning of the week gas dropped to  99.9 cents a litre.  But today the price has rebounded upward, with the price at most locations being 105.9 cents a litre.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Vote, Canadians!

It's federal election day.  If you haven't already done so in an advanced poll get off your ass and vote.  There are legitimate reasons not to vote, but laziness and disinterest aren't.  If you don't vote,  and you could, keep your yap shut when things don't go the way you want.  By not voting you de facto vote for whoever wins your riding.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I Bet It Wasn't You.

Last night saw the biggest lottery prize drawn in Canadian history, with Lotto 6/49 reaching an estimated 64 million dollars.  Did you buy a ticket, Canadian reader?  Admit it, even if you didn't you probably thought about it.  But I feel safe in saying you weren't the person who won it if you did buy a ticket.  The winner was a single ticket in Mississagua, Ontario.  The chances the person or people that hold that ticket have ever visited this blog are slim.  Probably about the same odds of winning the big prize on Lotto 6/49, 1 in 14 some million.

Did I buy a ticket?  Yes I did.  But frankly I think if you're going to buy lottery tickets you should only buy one buck tickets.  After all three one dollar tickets are more likely to win something than one three dollar one.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

You'd Never See It Down South.

It's interesting how much difference a border can make.  Beaners is a kid's hair cut salon found mainly in Alberta.  A location opened in Saskatoon a few years ago, but it's unclear to me if it still is.

If you're an American you might be raising an eyebrow at seeing that name.  In the US beaner is a slang term for Hispanic people, and generally considered a derogatory one, although some people have tried to reclaim it.  I've never heard it used in my area, but I was well aware of its existence.  So seeing that used as a business name was odd to me.  Apparently it wasn't commonly heard in Calgary in the late '80s when the first Beaners opened. 

I wonder if they've ever had people complain about the name.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gas In Saskatoon, October 9, 2015.

(You will ignore the actual date of this post.  You will ignore the actual date of this post.)

We saw only a small decrease this week, but a decrease of any size is still better than an increase. Gas in Saskatoon is now 105.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Strange Scheduling.

The fact I'm sitting here watching the Blue Jays on a Friday, and it's not even 11 AM, is odd.  If you're a Texas Rangers fan in Texas, where it's coming up on noon, it's only slightly less odd.  A lot of the audience for both teams will be busy at work, at school etc.  It would be really interesting to know who made the scheduling decision, and what they were thinking.  I know that getting in four games in one day meant compromises, but still....