Sunday, July 20, 2014

Like Father, Like Son?

Prince George, third in line to the British throne, will turn one in a couple of days.  Thinking about how long his great great and great grandmothers have lived I found myself wondering how old he might be when he takes the throne.  And then the thought came to mind about whether the American tabloids will be writing the same kind of things about George and William they currently write about William and Charles years from now.  Namely that the succession should go to the son, instead of the horrible father no one likes.  Yeah, people like William now, but the same could have been said about his father Charles at the same age.  Not that it matters, the reigning monarch has no say in who replaces them. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, July 18, 2014.

The downward trend continues.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 125.4 cents a litre at most locations.  It will be interesting to see if the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and Israel will have any effect on prices over the next week.

Lucky Me.

Several thunderstorms passed through Saskatoon last night.  One knocked out the power here in East College Park around 8 o'clock.  Fortunately it wasn't out for more than 10 minutes or so.  Other folks aren't so lucky.  Power is apparently still out as I write this in some areas, going out at 10:30 last night.

Besides having to reset several clocks I was a bit worried about the oldest computer in the house having problems, as it was on when the power went out.  Fortunately it booted up normally this morning.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's Cassette, July 13, 2014.

It's been a long time since I've done one of these.  Whirring away in the player today is Primeval, the fifth album by Canadian Celtic fusion band Rare Air, released in 1989.  Primarily an instrumental group, they combined various instruments, including bagpipes.  I actually saw them play in Place Riel on the University of Saskatchewan one lunch hour, probably circa 1987.  Quite funky.

A quick look on Amazon indicates this one may still be in print, along with their albums Hard to Beat and Space Piper.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Watch It Now!

Before Big Brother declares it doubleplusungood!.

(Warning, ads are put in annoying places.)

Gas In Saskatoon, July 11, 2014.

A bit of a price drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 127.9 cents a litre at most locations, a drop of three cents. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Be Careful.

Today I got a hit from the United Arab Emirates from someone looking for gay material of some sort.  I hope whoever it is won't face problems as a result.  The UAE isn't the most gay friendly place in the world, as a Wikipedia article makes clear.  There's nothing on here that is in any way explicit, but when has that stopped bigots from taking action?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Filling A Niche.

A lot of people in the West are into anime and manga, Japanese cartoons and comic books respectively.  Apparently there's enough of them that cosmetics maker L'Oreal thinks it's worth marketing Miss Manga mascara. Yeah, they're selling a product to help you get the big eyes people associate with manga and anime.  It would be interesting to know what age range they're hoping to reach with this product.  Teenagers, perhaps?  Older manga readers who use makeup probably aren't going to be interested in such a gimmicky idea, but perhaps I'm being unfair to younger folks.  Is it a case of cultural appropriation?  I'll leave that for others to decide, although the great anime and manga artist/creator Osamu Tezuka, who helped popularise the big eyes look for anime and manga characters, said the concept was taken from the eyes of Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

What The Hell?

Does anyone have a clue what B.J. Penn thought he was doing in his fight tonight against Frankie Edgar?  Whatever he was trying to do by laying on the ground waiting for Edgar to attack didn't work, and you'd think any fighter with his experience would quickly change tactics.  Towards the end I found myself wondering if he was deliberately trying to throw the fight for some reason.  I suspect we'll soon have Dana White saying Penn won't be fighting in the UFC again.

Gone Except For The Ads.

In the past I've mentioned Blip, a webcomic by Sage Leaves, a couple of times.  Unfortunately Sage Leaves stopped updating, and a few months ago the webcomic itself disappeared when its account was suspended.  But oddly enough it's still being advertised online.  You'd think word would have gotten back to whoever runs the advertising to stop the ads.  Wherever Sage Leaves has vanished to they apparently haven't been in a position to do so, but you'd think the Rampage Network, which had been hosting Blip, would let them know.  Then again they still have Blip listed as one of their member webcomics.

It makes you wonder how many other ads for things that no longer exist are floating around the web.  Not that some of the advertising providers probably care, as they presumably have already been paid for the advertising.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Hey, Flickr!

Please stop screwing around with your website.  You've made a mess of things again.

Gas In Saskatoon, July 4, 2014.

As in the US this was a holiday week in Canada.  But instead of going up, as people often expect it do just before a holiday, the price of gas went down.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently 130.4 cents a litre at most locations.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I Had An Idea For A Post...

...but the title sounded like a bad come on or something.  No, I won't tell you what that title was.  To do so would result in the crime against taste I'm trying to avoid by not posting it.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Still Here.

Yeah, not much going on here of late.  I just haven't been finding things to write about.  I suppose I should force myself to write something to keep traffic up.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Even There.

People in some very surprising places play online poker.  Tonight I'm playing in an Omaha Hi/Lo freeroll on PokerStars, and one of the players on my table is listed as being in the Palestinian Territories.  I wonder how many customers PokerStars has there.  You'd think that there wouldn't be many.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, June 20, 2014.

Well, here we are, back to doing these on Fridays.  The current price of gas at most Saskatoon locations is 132.9 cents a litre.  Given the current mess in Iraq I doubt we'll see it below the 125.9 cents mark for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


I was just looking at CKOM's  website, and they have an animated ad for, an online job site.  "Free job postings are worth every cent!" it flashes, with the "are worth every cent!" bit accompanied by an image of a couple of pennies.  But whoops, not only are they pennies, which are no longer produced and circulated in Canada, they're American pennies.  If you're going to use obsolete money, at least use an image of obsolete Canadian money.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Return To The Past.

Just a note that my price of gas posts are moving back to Fridays.  It seems that the price changes on Tuesdays or later most times, so posting on Friday makes more sense.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Geez, I'm Writing It Wrong.

It seems I should have been writing about fashion all these years.  Apparently some fashion bloggers are making a million bucks a year.  In a lucky month I might make 10 bucks in ad clicks on here.  Of course there's the little problem that I'm as fashionable as a Model A Ford.  So I guess I'll just stick with my vague, write whatever the hell I feel like concept.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ooooh, It's Friday The 13th!

And if you seriously think it's an unlucky day, I  will likely laugh at you.

Of course if you're not from certain parts of the world you likely don't have a clue that you're supposed to worry about it being Friday the 13th.