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Friday, September 22, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, September 22, 2017.

The price of gas will seem like deja vu this week.  Prices reached 90.4 cents a litre by midweek at some of the big chains, while others fell to 90.9 cents.  But today gas jumped to 97.9 cents a litre at most locations.  So it's no cheaper today than it was last Friday.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, September 15, 2017.

This week we're back below the dollar a litre mark.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 97.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully we'll get closer to the 90 cent mark before things go up again.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Breakaway Day Greetings!

Yep,  another September 13th has rolled around, and as tradition here we acknowledge that today is Breakaway Day.  The big news in the Space: 1999 fandom this year was of course the death of Martin Landau on July 15th.  Hopefully the rest of the cast is around for many years to come.

Of course it's not just the cast that is ageing.  The fandom itself is ageing.  Most people who are fans were fans when the series first aired in the '70s.  Even younger fans, who caught on to the show via reruns in the '80s and '90s aren't that young either.  I'm sure the occasional newcomer picks up on the series, but it doesn't have the same kind of footprint as other older fandoms, and a new TV series or movie is increasingly unlikely.  So, barring some surprise, the fandom is slowly going to decline as the years go on.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary, David.

20 years ago David Willis first became a published webcomic artist.  He's come a long way since then.  If you haven't, go check out Dumbing of Age. 

Hopefully this blog will still be being updated when it reaches its 20th anniversary.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, September 8, 2017.

After last week's big price jump we saw a bit of relief this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 106.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But with Hurricane Irma at work in the Caribbean, and threatening the US mainland, I wouldn't be surprised if gas prices jump up again soon.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Signal Boost.

You probably didn't know that today is International Vulture Awareness Day.  But now you do.

Of course if there are vultures around your area you probably don't need to have your awareness boosted.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, September 1, 2017.

If you heard an odd sound in Saskatoon this week it may have been the sound of gas prices shooting past the one dollar a litre mark.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 109.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Hurricane Harvey is no doubt the excuse for this, despite stations in Saskatoon not getting their supplies from refineries effected by Harvey. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Hundred Bucks.

So, did you spend 100 bucks US, or your local equivalent, on the Mayweather-McGregor fight?  If you did do you feel it was worth that 100 bucks?   I could vaguely imagine paying 100 bucks to see something like that live.  After all there's nothing like the atmosphere of actually being there.  But 100 bucks to watch a TV show?  No thanks.

It will be interesting to see what the final take for the whole thing is.  Did they sell as many views as they expected.?  Whatever the sales it will be a lot of money.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, August 25, 2017.

The last entry for August sees another big jump, following the pattern that's been going on for a while now.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 99.9 cents a litre at most locations.  With next weekend being a long weekend it will be interesting to see if prices get above the buck a litre mark over the next 7 days.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I Hope You Were Safe.

Yesterday's solar eclipse didn't seem all that spectacular from a Saskatoon vantage point.  Nonetheless I didn't look at the Sun, not having any equipment handy to do so safely.  I hope you didn't either.  Apparently there is nothing they can do to repair eye damage caused by improper eclipse viewing.  Interestingly I had an optometry appointment Friday(with the conclusion I need new glasses), but neither I nor the optometrist brought up the eclipse.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, August 18, 2017.

Prices have dropped a little bit more this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 92.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will drop below 90 cents next week.

Hey, Jack 96.9 FM!

Those ads currently airing during the Blue Jays games are really annoying.  I find it hard to believe those two guys are your top on air talent.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Please!"

I just went to look at a website I regularly visit, and got a bit of a surprise.  It was a Sears Canada ad, advertising shopping for the upcoming school year. As is the case with its American counterpart Sears Canada is in major trouble, suffering from changes in the Canadian consumer market.  In June it was announced that 59 stores would close after the company was granted protection from its creditors.  This included 4 stores in Saskatchewan, although this didn't include the store in Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza.  So of course they`re really hoping that you`ll shop at the stores that are left.  But it seems their online advertising efforts hadn`t been reaching me until now.

The Midtown Plaza store is a large 2 storey outlet, so losing it would be a big hit for Midtown Plaza.  It`s hard to think of something that might replace it, as potential tenants who`d want a space that size have tended to build in Saskatoon`s `big box` areas.  So Sears Canada isn`t the only company hoping you`ll visit, it`s all the companies that have Sears as a tenant as well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, August 11, 2017.

A bit of price relief to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 95.4 cents a litre at most locations.  I wouldn't expect it to go down much further however.  90 cents seems to be the low barrier at the moment.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Even More Paper.

Last month I mentioned receiving a paper Canadian ten dollar bill.  To my pleased surprise I received yet another one this morning.  I wonder if someone had a bunch of them they'd kept in a drawer or something, and are now spending them in Saskatoon.  So if you're in Saskatoon you might want to keep your eyes open for them.  I've already spent this one, and I hope like the one I had last month it continues in circulation for a long time to come.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Today's Cassette, August 7, 2017.

This morning I found another box of cassettes that had been misplaced.  So out came the player and the self titled album by Max Q.  The band was a collaboration between eclectic Australian musician Ollie Olsen and Michael Hutchence of INXS.  Max Q was released in 1989 and was the band's sole release.  It's out of print, which surprises me a bit given Hutchence's fame.  And some of the lyrics from the song "Ghost of the Year" are disturbing in retrospect:

I'm counting on you
To count the fingers on my hands
That's the amount of time I've got.

Hutchence died in 1997, his death ruled a suicide.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, August 4, 2017.

If you've been following gas price changes of late this week's change will be no surprise.  Gas in Saskatoon has jumped to 98.9 cents a litre at most locations.  It would be nice if it would stabilise for a while, but that seems unlikely at this point.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I Hope You Stayed.

If you were at Rogers Centre this afternoon I hope you didn't leave the Blue Jays game early.  Seeing Steve Pearce hit his second walk off grand slam in 4 games on TV was amazing.  I'm sure it was even more amazing to see it in person.  I suspect that no one will be throwing anything hittable to Pearce if the bases are loaded for a good while to come.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, July 28, 2017.

What has gone up, has come down.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 92.9 cents a litre at most locations.  But don't be surprised if it goes up again next week.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

More Paper.

Back in October of 2016 I received a 5 dollar paper bill as part of my change.  I speculated at the time I might not see another paper Canadian bill again.  I was wrong, as I received a paper ten dollar bill in change today.  Somehow it's managed to stay in circulation years after it was decided to pull all Canadian paper currency.  Presumably it simply hasn't ended up in a bank in a long time, as banks will send old bills like this back to the Bank of Canada for destruction.  I know I won't be putting it in a bank, but instead will spend it to help it continue its journey.