Friday, April 30, 2021

My First Computer.

My dad was going through some old receipts today, and found one for our family's first computer.  It was the classic Commodore 64.  We also bought a 1541 floppy disk drive and a 1701 monitor.  Total price with tax was $1278.91.  If you think that's expensive, adjusting for inflation that's the equivalent of $3110.38 in 2021 Canadian dollars.  All for a system with 64k of RAM.  Yet talented programmers could pull all sorts of things out of that machine, including synthesized voices.  We later added a Roland DG dot matrix printer to this, but I can't provide a cost figure for that.

Saturday, April 24, 2021


I just received my first COVID 19 vaccination a bit over an hour ago.  So far so good.  It was of the Pfizer vaccine.  Since my parents also received Pfizer with little effect I assume I won't be bothered either.

Unless you've got a legitimate reason to worry, such as having a problem with your immune system, go and get your shot at the the first opportunity.  We need as many people vaccinated as possible to stop this pandemic.

Gas In Saskatoon, April 23, 2021.

This week we had a three cent drop.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 125.9 cents a litre.  I wouldn't be surprised if this price holds until closer to the Victoria Day long weekend.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Gas In Saskatoon, April 2, 2021.

 Prices have been a bit confusing the last few days.  At one point you could find at least 4 different gas prices at stations on 8th Street.  But by Friday night most stations were selling at 128.9 cents a litre.  A price rise had been expected because of changes in carbon pricing, but some people thought prices would go up 10 cents a litre.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Gas In Saskatoon, March 19, 2021.

 Rather an unpleasant surprise at the pumps this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 125.9 cents a litre at most locations.  That nine cent jump will add up pretty quickly if your tank is very big.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Gas In Saskatoon, February 26, 2021.

 A price increase to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 116.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I would imagine the recent mess in Texas will be used to justify this increase.

Friday, February 12, 2021

I Wouldn't Put It There.

 One of the serial number prefixes on current issue Canadian 20 dollar bills is FIV.  You'd think they would have used that series for the 5 dollar bill.  Given how little the average person pays attention to such things it probably wouldn't have been a problem.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Gas In Saskatoon, January 29, 2021.

As is often the case the whys of changes in gas prices escape me this week.  Despite the announcement of further decreases in air travel, which should push down petroleum prices because of lower product demand, the price of gas actually went up in Saskatoon.  It is now 109.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I doubt we'll reach the lows of last year, when prices were nearing the 60 cents a litre mark, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a drop again fairly soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Mocking The Clickbait 21: New Calendar Time.

 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020.

I know it seemed like 2020 was going to go on forever, but it finally is 2021.  I'll leave it to someone else to find out if those "cool products" actually sold out last year.

Friday, January 01, 2021

Good Riddance To 2020.

 I'm sure someone will be sad 2020 is over, because it was a terrific year for them.  But for the rest of us it's been awful.  Even if you were like me, and didn't get sick, or know anyone who did, the restrictions and general strain caused by the pandemic made 2020 such a wretched year.  And on top of that we had an  US election that could have led to 4 more years of horrible leadership.

Hopefully we'll all have a better year.  Unless you're evil of course.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, December 18, 2020.

 I had thought there might be a price change before year end, and I was right.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 103.9 cents litre at most locations.  Which in one way is strange, because pandemic restrictions will limit the amount of Christmas travel in these parts this year.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rare And Live.

 Don't worry, I'm still alive.  

Here's some rare footage for your entertainment.  It's Strange Advance in Montreal, from their 1985 tour.  In the past a couple of clips from this have been up, but subsequently disappeared.  Now you can see a hour's worth of them in action.  I think this was also aired on MuchMusic at the time.  It's rare both because it's a mid '80s TV broadcast, and because Strange Advance toured only a couple of times.

A reunited version of the group played several gigs in 2019, but any plans they might have had to go on the road this year were obviously cut short by the pandemic.  

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Bad Image.

 I just saw an online ad that I was almost going to use as a Mocking The Clickbait entry, but the actual ad isn't intended as clickbait.  It's an ad for the Canadian Armed Forces, who are looking for aerospace control operators.  Except the picture that goes along with the ad is a US Air Force enlisted man in his dress blues, standing in front of an American flag.  Oops!  I don't know how those ads are designed, but hopefully the Forces didn't pay much for this one.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Big Snow.

 If you need snow Saskatoon is the place to be.  Since Saturday I think we've had as much snow as we saw in the winter of 2019-2020.  At least 30 centimeters has fallen, a foot.  But of course it doesn't actually just fall in a nice even depth.  Roads were a complete mess today, and as a result additional hours have been added to today's Saskatoon civic election, which was held today.  Voters will get a chance Friday to cast their ballots.  Conditions kept me away from the polls.  

Saturday, October 31, 2020


 Because of COVID 19 we didn't give out candy this year. This was a personal decision, as the Saskatchewan Health Authority didn't make an official call for people not to trick and treat.  But I get the impression most people decided not to take the kids out.  We didn't get a single person at the door, and the times I looked out the window I saw maybe one group of kids going down the street.  We did have the lights off, but I would have expected someone to come along with younger children before it got dark.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, October 30, 2020.

 Another drop to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 97.9 cents a litre at most stations.  I doubt we'll see a price increase until the Christmas season comes closer, and that might still be a long shot.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, October 24, 2020.

 We finally had a price change this week, and it's a minor treat.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 100.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully we don't have a trick in store with a price increase next week.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

A Song For Mister Pence.

I know you'd prefer a flyswatter....

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Breakaway Day Greetings.

 Another year has gone by, and once again it's September 13th.  It's been 21 years since September 13, 1999.

I was recently watching bits and pieces of 2001: A Space Odyssey.   Once again the thought came to mind that if someone had done a TV series spinoff of 2001 it would have looked a lot like the first season of Space:  1999.  The visual influence of the former on the latter is pretty obvious.  I'm guessing some of the plots would have easily been transferable between the two.  

And for those who didn't know September 13th is Barbara Bain's birthday.  She turns 89 today.  I wonder if this was coincidence, or if the choice of a date for Breakaway was because she co-starred in the series.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Gas In Saskatoon, September 11, 2020.

 A price drop to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 102.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I wouldn't be surprised if we see another small drop next week.