Friday, September 30, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, September 30, 2022.

 I thought I wasn't going to get in a post this month, but here we are.

Gas in Saskatoon is currently 175.9 cents a litre at most stations.  It's taken a big jump lately.

Friday, August 26, 2022


 I just broke a glass in my bathroom.  What a mess!  The glass not only shattered into large and small pieces, but into a bunch of glass grit as well.  This made cleanup a real pain, but fortunately not of the "Cut up your bare feet" kind. But it was close.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, August 19, 2022.

 It's been a while, hasn't it?  I was just too lazy in July to post about anything.

Gas in Saskatoon is currently 155.9 cents a litre at most stations.  

Friday, June 10, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, June 10, 2022.

 And the dreaded 2 dollar mark has been broken.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 206.9 cents a litre at most stations.

Friday, June 03, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, June 3, 2022.

 We're getting close to the dreaded 2 buck mark.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 195.9 cents a litre at most locations.

It will be interesting to see if stations eventually change their signs and pumps to show gas prices in dollars per litre instead of cents per litre.  It seems unlikely we'll see gas go below the dollar a litre mark again, but you never know.  A lot will depend on what happens as electric cars increasingly replace gas powered ones.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, May 6, 2022.

 This is really getting to be a bad habit.

Gas has gone up again.  It's now 178.9 cents a litre at most Saskatoon stations.  But it could be worse.  In some parts of Canada it's now 2 bucks a litre or more.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Maybe Their Lives Too.

Some heavily firepower has been taken off Edmonton's street.  Edmonton Police and ALERT, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, have seized a number of firearms.  One of them was an Ingram M10 submachine gun.  Also seized was a silencer for it.  Often referred to as the MAC 10 it's not much larger than a large frame semiautomatic pistol.  It appeared in the mid '60s and was paired with a silencer designed by the Sionics company.  The compact size and noise suppressor led to its limited adoption by various armed forces, usually for use by their special forces units.  Hollywood and other film industries became a fan, so if you've seen many '70s and '80s action films you've probably seen one on screen.

The M10 has a cyclic rate of fire of 1200 rounds a minute.  This means it can empty its 30 round magazine in 2 seconds, which makes it hard to control unless you have extensive practice, and it sometimes being derided as a "room broom."  Not that this makes enough difference if you're on the receiving end.

Looking at the photos in the Edmonton Journal article I wonder if it wasn't only the lives of possible victims that were saved.  The M10 seems to be in poor condition, with most of the bluing missing, and obvious signs of rust on the gun and its magazine.  Given that shooting it might be a danger to the shooter as well as whoever he aimed it at.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, April 15, 2022.

 Better late than never.

We got a bit of Easter relief.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 165.9 cents a litre at most stations.  It will be interesting to see which way prices go, since China is increasingly locked down due to their "zero COVID" policy, and that means a lot of driving isn't going on, pushing down demand.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, March 18, 2022,

 There's actually a bit of price relief to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is 168.9 cents a litre at most stations.  Hopefully the price will remain at that level, or better yet drop, but I wouldn't count on it.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, March 11, 2022.

 It didn't take long for the price to go up.  In fact it went up twice this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 178.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I'll be entirely unsurprised if we hit the 2 dollar mark by this time next week.

Friday, March 04, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, March 4, 2022.

 I can't imagine anyone is surprised the price went up here this week.  Someone might be surprised it took this long.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 158.9 cents a litre at most stations.  This is the highest price ever in the Saskatoon market.  But it could be worse.  Vancouver has broken the 2 dollar a litre mark.  And it's expected the Ukraine war will lead to higher prices in short order.  So you might want to reconsider that Ford F350  you were thinking of buying.

Saturday, February 05, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, February 5, 2022.

 A rather unpleasant price jump this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 147.9 cents a litre at most stations. Depending on what the previous price was at a specific station this was an 11 or 12 cent jump.

I didn't make one of these posts after January 7th because the price kept bouncing around between 135.9 and 137.9 cents a litre.  Most of the time it was at 136.9, but it would drift up or down a cent before heading back to that mark a day or two later.

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

An Odd Phrase.

 The phrase "Andrew Scheer loyalists" isn't one I expected to hear at this late date.

Friday, January 07, 2022

Gas In Saskatoon, January 7, 2022.

Yes, the series is back after an absence caused by laziness.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 137.9 cents a litre at most stations.  At some stations this was a price jump of 11 cents a litre.  I haven't heard the excuse for it, but I doubt I'd be impressed.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Way Up North.

 I got a nice surprise this afternoon.  It's my first Where's Willy hit in the Yukon.    Now all I need is a hit in PEI and Nunavut to have hits in all Canadian provinces and territories.  Unfortunately money spent in Saskatchewan doesn't seem to go that far east very often.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Welcome To 2022.

 It a way it's odd to say that.  I'm in a future that seems ever increasingly like a dystopia in a bad '80s sci fi film.  Two years of COVID 19, an increasingly unstable international situation, the growing dangers from climate change, and a United States that seems destined for major problems. What a weird place to be.  But at least we made it through 2021, when so many didn't.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Mocking The Clickbait 22: News From The Future

 At 111, Linda Gray Lives So Modestly.

So, how are things in 2051?  Did we get over COVID 19 yet?

Linda Gray, best known for her years on the classic nighttime soap Dallas, is 81.  

Friday, October 08, 2021

Gas In Saskatoon, October 8, 2021.

 I doubt you'll be surprised to hear gas prices took a big jump in Saskatoon this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is  now 143.9 cents a litre at most stations.  It hasn't been this high since 2008.  The all time high was 145.9 cents a litre the week of September 12 that year, and now I'm wondering if it will reach the 150 cents a litre mark soon.  Let's hope not.

Saturday, September 18, 2021


 I've finally had my 1000th bill hit at Where's Willy.  Despite the pandemic I've continued to get hits, in the same scattershot way I always have.  The last one was more than a month ago, so don't expect to see my 2000th bill hit anytime soon.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Bad Format.

 Last night I decided to listen to the B.C. Lions-Edmonton Elks game online.  I picked the Lions radio feed to listen to.  While finding out what station to listen to I learned that the TSN station in Vancouver, 1040 khz AM, had switched formats and branding.  It's now Funny 1040, a comedy station.

I think it's possible to have a good comedy format on a radio station.  After all CBC has presented radio comedy shows forever.  But the Funny 1040 format isn't.  It consists of clips taken from the acts of various stand up comedians.  The longest seems to be about 2 minutes.  They're preceded, and sometimes followed, by the name of the comedian.  "Joe Rogan," the canned identification will say.  When the next clip comes along the canned ID will say something like "And here's Bob Newhart."  It's a presentation that strikes me as rather amateurish.  

Other than the requisite station IDs, and commercials, there is apparently no other programming other than these clips.  There isn't even an hourly newscast or indication of weather conditions.  Bell Media, the owners of the station, and the owners of TSN, have gone for as cheap a production as possible.  Once someone chopped enough bits out of recordings of those comedians all they had to do is make sure their randomiser doesn't repeat anything too frequently, which probably isn't hard with enough clips on the library.

I'm not familiar enough with the current comedy scene to confirm this, but one commenter noted that there seemed to be no Canadian comedians in their initial offerings, bringing up the questions of how they meet Canadian comment requirements.  I can think of ways around this, as much of the material may count as "industrially Canadian" depending on the source, even if the comedians aren't Canadians.

How this went down certainly wasn't funny.  Staff at TSN 1040 were given no warning of the switchover.  They, and the rest of their listeners, found out when head office in Toronto remotely cut off the morning show at 9 AM on February 9th.  It was replaced with half an hour of an ESPN feed, before a recorded announcement stated the demise of TSN 1040 due to supposed market conditions, and announcing a new format was imminent.  To add insult to injury Green Day's "Good Riddance(Time of Your Life)" played immediately after the announcement.  The staff was then given 30 minutes to clean out their stuff and leave.  Everyone was let go, not even apparently being given a chance to work at other Bell Media stations in Vancouver and area.

The responses from former TSN 1040 listeners was largely negative.  And it\s probably telling that the official Funny 1040 Twitter account hasn't been updated since April.  Bell Media seem to have little interest in the station themselves.  Perhaps that's because the format been a ratings loser elsewhere.  1060 khz in Calgary has been Funny 1060 since 2013, and consistently sits at the bottom of the ratings. 

The Winnipeg TSN station also suffered the same fate, and is now airing as Funny 1290.