Friday, October 31, 2008

A Slow Night.

Tonight was of course Halloween. We did get trick or treaters, but I get the impression that we had somewhat less than last year. This unfortunately means there's more left over candy around than last year, and hence that many more calories to potentially end up around my middle. Good thing I'll most likely be getting some extra exercise next week.

Gas In Saskatoon, October 31, 2008.

Gas dropped another couple of cents this week to 102.9 cents a litre. However as I understand it oil prices rebounded a bit this week, so perhaps this will be the last drop for a while. I've decided I'll only do these posts if the price of gas changes, so at some point I will probably skip a week or two.
The photo this week was far more heavily cropped than the previous ones, hence the lower quality.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One More Week.

Just think. One more week and the pain in the ass we call the US Presidential Election will be over. No, it won't stop the more paranoid whiners from ranting that W. will find some excuse to use martial law to hold onto power, or their opposite numbers ranting that Obama will introduce Sharia law and have Chinese tanks on the Beltway a day after he takes office. But at least the most annoying aspects will come to an end, like the ads and the incessant campaigning that's been going on for a year and a half. The "campaign that never ends" aspect of the process is one of the reasons I'm not in favour of fixed election dates.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Inspiration For Stewie Griffin?

If your only exposure to Superman was a carefully put together selection of some of his comic stories from the '50s to the early '70s you'd be forgiven for thinking that the various Superman titles were intended as some sort of surrealist commentary on society rather than superhero comic books. A typical example from 1970 can be found in a post to Scans Daily by Doop. (And of course I shamelessly stole a bit of Doop's scan for the picture above.) In the "imaginary story"(as a lot of the crackiest offenders were) "Beware the Super-Genius Baby!" Superman and Lois Lane have married, and soon Lois is pregnant. But a supervillain, Professor Ulvo, uses a ray to make the fetus develop into a superbaby, and within a week of his birth he has adult level intelligence. He also has an evil streak, and Supes eventually has to fight his own son to keep him from taking over the world.
The story is bizarre enough, and the little details don't help. Note for example that Lois is married to Superman, and not his secret identity Clark Kent, and they live togetber as Mr. and Mrs. Superman in a typical suburban neighbourhood. I wonder how much the property values dropped given the potential for supervillain attacks and so forth. And the poor kid has no name, simply being refered to as "Superman's baby." No wonder he goes villainous so easily!
Regular Scans Daily poster icon_uk notes that the baby in this story is very much like Stewie Griffin from the cartoon Family Guy. As I'm sure most readers will know Stewie is basically the mind of a crotchety adult in the body of a one year old, and has tried and failed at such schemes as doing in his mother Lois and taking over the world. So the obvious question is whether Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was inspired by this old Superman story when he created Stewie. The answer is most certainly no. Stewie was obviously intended to be a play on/inversion of the typical TV and cartoon baby, who generally is there simply to be cute and do cute baby things. Still, the similarities, including both nasty tikes having a mother named Lois, are interesting.
If you find the material in the post I linked to interesting there's a lot more to be found on Scans Daily. You might also want to check out Superdickery for various bizarre comic covers, Superman and otherwise.

Free Cold.

Anyone want the cold I appear to be coming down with? Free to the first customer.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Gas In Saskatoon, October 24, 2008

Despite an announcement by OPEC that it will cut oil production in an effort to boost prices the price of oil actually dropped today, and once again gas prices in Saskatoon fell. Gas is now 105.9 cents a litre. The price has dropped 40 cents a litre since the first of these posts.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Gas In Saskatoon, October 18, 2008.

A day late this time, and once again no photo. Today gas in Saskatoon was 109.9 cents a litre. Since the price of oil actually went up on Friday I wouldn't be surprised if the price of gas bounces back up a bit before next Friday.

I have no idea if this ongoing idea is of interest to anyone, but I think I'll keep it up for a while yet.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

House Guest.

Once again Dudley the English Springer Spaniel is a house guest here. Here's a shot of him looking comtemplative. Or maybe it's annoyed, since I wasn't paying utmost attention to him. Dudley is his happiest when he's the centre of attention.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Something In The Water?

One of the odder events in yesterday's Canadian federal election was the re-election of Conservative Maxine Bernier in his riding of Beauce. He won with a commanding 62 percent of the vote. The obvious question is why. The man is, to be blunt, an idiot. You'd think his constituents would want someone less embarrassing as their MP.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Don't Forget...

...that if you're an adult Canadian tomorrow is the federal election. So get out there and vote. Those of you who don't vote without legitimate reason, please refrain from complaining about whoever gets elected until you actually vote.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Famous Moose Reported Dead.

Hard as it may be to believe, there are reports that Bullwinkle has been assassinated. Hmmm, I wonder how the US press will cover this important story.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gas In Saskatoon, October 10, 2008

After missing a week here we are again. The falling price of oil as a result of the current market panic sure has driven down the price since I first made one of these posts just a bit less than a month ago. How long this will last is another question. Given that some industries benefit from lower oil prices you'd think this would offset the decline in oil related stocks, but this apparently hasn't been the case.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Power of Habit.

Last night I forgot to set my alarm. But I still woke up at about the time I needed to wake up anyways. But given the weather in Saskatoon today if I had the choice I'd probably go back to bed.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


I renewed my Saskatoon Public Library card today for another year. It cost me nothing. You can't beat that, especially when you have to pay for a library card in other places. Given the amount of stuff I've taken out over the years I'd probably shell out the money if I did have to pay for one.