Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jays To The World Series!

Well, probably not.  It's way too early to make that claim.  But the Jays are currently leading the American League East with their 8 and 6 record.  It's been a while since that happened.  And the Jays might not actually be the utter disaster many were expecting this year.  Yeah, still a bit early to decide that, but if they can remain around .500 this year it will be a better year that last year's finish at 14 games under .500.

Time Warp.

Waking up in Saskatoon today it may seem like you were sucked into one.  The snow had just about vanished, but now it looks like it's November with all the snow we've had in the last 18 hours.  Unfortunately that's one of the perils of April in Saskatchewan.  Even more unfortunate is that the current weather system looks set to stay around for a while, with snow or rain, or the chance of snow or rain, into at least Saturday.

Gets really annoying, doesn't it?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, April 14, 2014.

The price is up yet again.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 129.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Of course given the way things have been going of late the price will probably change tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trouble For Phil.

It seems pro poker players just can't avoid trouble.  The latest facing problems is Phil Ivey.  The Borgata Casino and Spa in Atlantic City is suing Ivey for cheating them out of 9.6 million dollars.  But not for cheating at poker, rather for cheating at baccarat.   The lawsuit claims Ivey and a companion used a flaw in cards to arrange them so they could tell which card was being dealt, and hence enhance their chances of winning.  The company that made the cards, New Jersey based Gemaco Inc, is being sued by the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, who claim card problems led to gamblers defrauding them of 1.5 million dollars.  And on top of that Ivey is being sued by Malaysia's Genting Group in the UK for cheating at baccarat, alleging he and an accomplice cheated them out of 12 million dollars.

If Ivey did cheat both of these casinos for the amounts they alleged that's a hell of a lot of money.  You'd think someone running that lucky at baccarat would have been spotted fairly quickly, given that baccarat, like most casino games, is supposed to favour the house quite heavily. (It seems that in the UK case the staff at Crockford's Club casino did spot something odd, as they refused to pay out Ivey's winnings.) You also have to wonder why someone like Ivey would engage in such extensive cheating given the damage it would do to his reputation if discovered.  On the other hand we've seen multiple examples in the past of how the big sums of money involved in gambling seem to cloud the judgement of the pros, the most notorious example probably being the goings on at Full Tilt Poker before the US crackdown on online poker. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

What? There Are Two Of Them?

What do you think of when you see the phrase Dennis the Menace?

I think of a little blond haired kid who causes trouble for Mr. Wilson, and has friends named Margaret and Joey.  But that's because I live in Canada, which is saturated with US culture.  If you live in the UK you're likely to think of a small boy with black, spikey hair, who has a small dog as a companion.

Yep, there are two cartoon characters called Dennis the Menace, one from the United States, and one from the United Kingdom.  Even more interesting is that they debuted within a few days of each other way back in March of 1951, and continue to be active in the 21st Century.  The UK Dennis strip is often known as Dennis and Gnasher outside the UK, Gnasher being Dennis's dog.  Conversely the American character's adventures have been simply titled Dennis when they've been offered in the UK. 

It's a bit hard to imagine such co-existence happening these days.   Given the internationalisation of media properties if two creations came out with the same name at about the same time a major legal battle would likely result, with whoever had the most resources winning in the end.

I only found out this interesting fact this morning.  Given how long the UK version has been around you'd think I would have run across him someplace before.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, April 7, 2014.

A tiny tick down this week to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 124.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Boy, just think of what you can buy with the 50 cents or what have you extra you'll have filling up your tank, compared to last week.

Sunday, April 06, 2014


Yesterday I made no posts.  Yesterday I had no visits to the blog.  Quite appropriate, don't you think?  I'm pretty sure this may be the only day, other than perhaps the first couple of days this blog existed, that I never had a hit.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, March 31, 2014.

And so March ends.  And it ends with gas at 125.4 cents a litre at most locations, a slight tick down from last Monday.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In The Original Japanese.

Japanese actor Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba has had a career lasting more than 50 years.  But he is best known in the West, besides his appearance in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 1, for his role in the movie Gekitotsu! Satsujin Ken, released in North America as The Street Fighter.  Last night while looking at various things on YouTube I can across something I was hoping to find at some point, The Street Fighter with its original Japanese language track intact, and with English subtitles. 

I have no idea how truly accurate the English subtitles are in this version, but they definitely improve on the old US dub.  Certain things make a bit more sense than the mangled results in some places in the dub, like Tsurugi's motivations and exactly who the Hong Kong gang are.  It's also interesting to see some plot elements found in the English version, such as Tsurugi's mother being Chinese, may not be part of the original Japanese script.  Other bits are pretty much identical.  Of course it's still a '70s martial arts B movie, so don't expect this to suddenly be elevated to the lofty heights of Akira Kurosawa.

It's a common belief that North American moviegoers don't like subtitles.  I have no idea how correct that is, but I'm one person they don't bug.  I prefer to hear the actors as they originally sounded.  You also get a chance to pick up certain cultural things that a dub might ignore, such as the use of honourifics in Japanese. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gas In Saskatoon, March 24, 2014.

No doubt about the price of gas at the moment.  Gas in Saskatoon is currently 126.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I won't be surprised if the price changes again in the next couple of days.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oh No, It's Too Late!!!

I can't make myself that grilled cheese sandwich I was gonna make.  To do so now would just lead to a night of internal upset.  Oh well, just have to wait until tomorrow.

Heh, and you thought you needed a text account or Twitter to write stuff like this.

Did You Do This?

I'd love to know who did this version of the Space: 1999 year one theme.  The guy who posted it would like to know too.  It's a good one.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Better Than Expected.

It seems walking was actually a good thing for my sore knee.  I did take a Tylenol before I went out, but I think just walking around did the most good.  It didn't bother me enough to effect my pace today.

And here's a bit of walking music.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Not Looking Like My Week.

Not only do I have a cold, although it might be a short one, now  I have to worry about my knee.  I slipped on some ice this morning and banged it into the ground.  It's aching right now, and I have to do a bunch of walking this week.  Too bad I just can't stay in bed.

Gas In Saskatoon, March 17, 2014.

As I write this the price of gas may be going up. It had been 122.4 cents a litre at most locations for he past few days, but when I went out for a bit this afternoon a couple of places had their prices at 128.9 cents a litre.  It will be interesting to see if this holds up.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ugh, Again.

I'm coming down with a cold, again.  I had one last month.  So, here's a semi-appropriate tune for my current state.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Another Try.

Haven't done this in a while.  Anyways, here's some shameless hit mongering.  Today's phrase: Rebecca Watson.  It will be interesting to see if this is any indication the nasties spend any time looking for any mention of her name to pounce on.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Rare One.

I just had a 8 to Queen clubs straight flush on PokerStars.  It's been a good while since I've had a straight flush.  I'm playing Omaha Hi/Lo, and luckily for me there was no low hand, so I took the whole pot.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

You May Not Have To Wait.

You've probably heard that a big budget Noah movie is about to come out, starring Russell Crowe as Noah.  But if you're really in a hurry to see lots of water you may not have to wait, at least if you're in Saskatoon.  The sudden appearance of warm, sunny weather, with daytime temps above freezing, has already melted quite a bit of snow, and it's only going to get wetter.  Hard to imagine it's not all that long ago that we had a low of -39.  Hopefully if you do live here you won't be one of the unlucky people have water in your basement.  The Environment Canada 7 day forecast even shows a 30 percent chance of showers on Monday, to give the Biblical comparison even a bit more weight. 

But if you do try to build an ark, remember that you'll likely need construction permits to build that big of a boat in your backyard.

Monday, March 10, 2014


In fact I do have something to write about besides gas prices.  Looking at my hits for the day I see I received one from Europe.  Yep, just Europe.  Apparently all of Europe actually has become one country, and no one bothered to tell me.