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.

Robin, No Batman.

I just saw my first robin of the year.  I'd heard a few recently, but hadn't actually seen one.

It Definitely Could Have Been Worse.

It must be a bit worrying living by a major intersection.  The thought must regularly come to mind that your building will be hit by an idiot driver.  This morning there was an example of this at Saskatoon's Acadia Drive and 14th Street intersection.  The apartment building there was hit by a minivan about 7 AM.  As you can see by the pictures the van ended up wedged into the building.  Amazingly the driver got out and ran away.  He was followed by a bystander, who tracked him all the way to the Centre Mall several blocks away, where the driver was apprehended by mall security.  Several charges have been laid, and Saskatoon Police say speed and alcohol were involved.

The accident could have been worse.  The basement apartment located where the van hit was empty.  The driver was alone in the vehicle.  And he managed not to hit any other vehicle passing through.  Potential targets could have included Saskatoon Transit buses 3 and 5, which pass through that intersection around that time, depending on how on schedule they are.(I was riding 3 several winters ago when it was t-boned there by a car unable to stop on ice in the intersection.)

This is not the first time this building has been hit.  An accident years ago led to damage to another basement suite.  Perhaps the owners are going to have to consider installing some sort of posts or other barriers so it doesn't happen again.

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Delicious on ice cream.  But a sticky problem if you pour too much on and it starts to overflow the bowl.

Dark Horses.

It's amazing how narrow the focus of the US media is regarding this year's election.  With their fixation on Bernie, the Donald, Hilary Clinton and Ted "I wanna star in a teen tit film" Cruz they're ignoring the other candidates for President.

How many, you ask?  Why, some 1669, to be exact.  (Please note that some of them have names that may be NSFW if your workplace is particularly snoopy.)  Why doesn't the media give us some more details on these guys and gals?  One of them may turn out to be the best President the US has ever had.  But you won't know unless you get to know them, and that's not happening right now.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Time To Vote.

Well, it will be in a hour.  For some reason they decided to open the polls at 9 AM.  In any case if you can vote in today's Saskatchewan provincial election please do so.  Of course you might be one of the 100 thousand some voters who've voted in advanced polls, so you've already done your duty.  And remember, if you don't vote please don't complain about the results.  Especially when you have a lot of choices this time around.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, April 1, 2016.

Some things are worth joking about.  Gas prices?  Probably not.  In any case gas dropped this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 89.4 cents a litre at most locations.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, March 25, 2016.

Many people believe that the price of gas goes up before a long weekend.  I'm not convinced, but this week would confirm such beliefs.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 92.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I doubt anyone will be surprised if we're over a buck a litre within the next month or so.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Truth Is... don't want to go to Toronto.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Nightmare Lottery Scenario.

I was just checking the numbers for the Saturday Western 6/49 draw to see if I would have won anything if I would have played my usual numbers.  I wouldn't have.(Not that I had a ticket of any sort.)  But it made me wonder if anyone has ever experience the nightmare scenario:  You look at the lottery numbers, and find out that if you had played your set of numbers that draw you would have won the grand prize.  Of course I'm thinking about a lottery like the Lotto 6/49 or the American Powerball lottery, where you have to get 5, 6, or more numbers to win millions of dollars.  Given the odds of winning such lotteries are in the millions to one the odds of not playing your numbers when they would have won should be identical.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, March 18, 2016.

A minor drop to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 84.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But with the price of oil going up I expect we'll slowly see it rise to the 90 cent mark before long.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fading Out.

If you've been paying attention to coverage of the death of Keith Emerson you probably know by now that he committed suicide.  This was apparently prompted by health problems in his hands that were increasingly effecting his ability to play.  Emerson had problems in the early '90s, but seemed to have gotten past them.  But that was 20 years ago, when he was 50.

It made me think of this Rush song, one of their lesser known pieces, from 1982's album Signals.  Ironically Rush themselves are currently trying to figure out their future as health problems make the rigours of touring hard on Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.  We're going to be seeing this hit more and more rockers in the next few years. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, March 11, 2016.

The price of oil is creeping back up, and with it the price of gas as well.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 86.9 cents a litre.  One station did try to push the price over 90 cents today, but it didn't catch on.  But if it goes up next week I won't be surprised.

Another One Passes.

Yet another rock musician from the '60s and '70s has died.  Keith Emerson was 71.  Emerson first came to public attention with the band The Nice before forming Emerson, Lake, and Palmer with bassist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer in 1970.  Although the instrument had already been used on pop recordings Emerson was an early advocate for synthesizers in rock music, touring with a Moog modular synthesizer from the band's earliest appearances. ELP were successful for a number of years, but were often the whipping boys for the excesses of the progressive rock genre they were one of the biggest bands in.  After their breakup in 1979 Emerson would go on to do a number of film soundtracks, such as for Sylvester Stallone's 1981 thriller Nighthawks.  He would reunite with Lake in Emerson, Lake, and Powell in 1986, with Palmer in 3 in 1989, and with a reunited ELP in 1991.

In tribute here's the title cut from their second album, Tarkus.