Friday, December 25, 2009

Another Sign Of Aging.

You're happy to get clothing for Christmas instead of being annoyed you didn't get something cool, like music, games, etcetera.

Have a happy and safe holiday season, even if it isn't holiday season where you are.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Apparently someone out there can't read. I declared this Draw the Pope Week, not Attack the Pope Week. Drawing is much more fun than attacking, and in most places much less likely to get you thrown in jail.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Balloon Boy Is Number One.

Well, the producers at Global TV's supperhour national news program think so. Falcon Henne's parents being given jail sentences was their lead story tonight. Why they thought it was a more important story than the crash of an American Airlines Boeing 737 in Jamaica is something I'd like to know. I think I'll forego asking, as I've got a pretty good idea that the answer beings with r and ends in atings. Hopefully other Canadian national newscasts today put that story where it belongs, towards the end of the program.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Draw The Pope Week.

I was just reading this post over at Pharyngula and it got me thinking. Let's have a Draw the Pope Week! After all we might not get a chance soon if we have to shell out licensing fees to do so. The angry looking Pope is by PZ Myers, while the smiling Pope is my version via MS Paint. (Yes, I know, stick to photos and writing, I hear ya.)

Dance To This.

Another fun little find from YouTube. I hadn't imagined that I'd find actual video footage of the League of Gentlemen, Robert Fripp's 1980 combo. Better yet is that it's good footage, with reasonable sound and good quality video. Too bad there isn't more of it, and too bad you can't see more of the band. The fellow behind the organ is Barry Andrews, member of the early lineup of XTC and later leader of Shriekback.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hey Don and Glenn.

In his autobiography Heaven and Hell Don Felder claims that you wanted to leave "Journey of the Sorcerer" off of One of These Nights.

Seriously, what the hell were you thinking? The song is a classic.

Friday, December 18, 2009

What's YOUR List?

Salon has released a list of the top 10 crazy people of the year, with Glenn Beck in the number one spot. Of course the list is American-centric given that Salon is an American production, so the choices are actually pretty narrow. The world is full of noteable crazies, and the majority of people outside North America have never heard of Beck, let alone former Growing Pains star turned Creationist ninny Kirk Cameron. I'm not sure Jon and Kate Gosselin count as crazy, just immature, and there are a lot of people like them who aren't famous. So, who is on your list of the top crazies of the year, assuming you have one? I don't have such a list floating around in the ole noggin, so feel free to post yours in the comment section to this post.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Comments Are Welcome...

...spam is not. Since I've started to get some comment spam I've enabled keyword verification. As for the spammers, may their computers be infected with the most nasty of viruses.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

No Withdrawal Symptoms.

One of the places I regularly visit online is Harmony Central's web forums. Unfortunately the whole site has been offline since Tuesday due to an intrusion by unauthorised visitors who managed to get access to some of the adminstration functions. Fortunately I haven't experienced any physical symptoms because of their absense. But it's still rather annoying that its offline. And I have to wonder about the seriousness of the situation given that they have been offline for several days, with no indication when they'll be active again.

Friday, December 11, 2009

You'll Need A Big Scale.

Browsing through a bookstore today I spotted yet another JFK assassination book. Like many this one claims it was the Mafia that offed him. It got me wondering how much the weight of all the JFK books is. How much would a pile with a single example of every book written on the assassination weigh? Even if you only collected the English language titles I suspect the resulting mass would weigh several tonnes. I doubt there's anyone with a complete collection they could weigh to find out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Where's My Traffic?

I know, I commented that Tiger Woods is getting too much Canadian press attention. But I couldn't help but post a Woods related post again given the stories floating around the last day or so. Specifically Yahoo has reported a big traffic increase associated with his recent problems. Meanwhile, British scientist Doctor John Gribbin has had a spike in interest in his book Get a Grip on Physics because it was visible in Tiger's car after the crash. So where's my traffic uptick? After all I did make a post mentioning his name. Then again this isn't the first time this has happened. I've mentioned Harry Potter at least a half dozen times on here, yet I don't think I've had a single hit based on those mentions. On the other hand the Stewie Griffin traffic I've mentioned before continues.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Zero For Zero.

I actually managed to go through Saturday and Sunday without spending a cent. I wonder when the last time that happened was. Probably not since I was a kid. It's just too easy to find things to spend money on given the chance, but since I didn't leave the house over the weekend, having no reason to, I wasn't tempted.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Gimme Some Heat!

As you can see from the Saskatoon forecast it's gonna be cold this week. So send me your excess heat. Surely you have some lying around you aren't using.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Gas In Saskatoon, December 4, 2009.

Just about forgot to get this in today. There's no confusion this time. Gas in Saskatoon is currently 94.9 cents a litre.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I'm Famous.

Okay, not really. But I am visible in Google's newly activated Google Street View of Saskatoon. Specifically that's me visible on the scan of Bourgonje Crescent. I happened to be there the day the Google mapping vehicle drove down Bourgonje, and since then I've wondered if I might turn up in the images when they were posted. And yep, there I am. So now anyone who decides to take a scan around Bourgonje will see me standing there by the car I was driving that day. Of course per Google's privacy policy my face has been blurred, so you aren't likely to be calling out my name if we walk past each other on the street and we haven't already met in person, but it's still cool anyways.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Too Much Tiger.

Canadian newsmedia, you're spending too much time on Tiger Woods and his apparent fooling around. Especially you, Global. His problems did not belong in the opening slot of your supper hour newscast, or indeed in the first half of the broadcast. Important things belong there, like Harper in China and the US troop surge for Afghanistan. The failings of celebs should be left mainly to the entertainment news shows unless they do something extremely bad like cause a death.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A Rapid Weight Loss Tip.

If your scale is set to read out in pounds switch it to read out in kilograms if you can. Step on the scale and it will suddenly seem like you've lost a large amount of weight. Of course if anyone thinks it's still reading in pounds they might think you've come down with anorexia, so perhaps not the best idea.