Thursday, September 30, 2010

Put It Back.

Today's tip:  Don't just shove your credit card/debit card/loyalty card/etc. in your pocket after you use it.  Actually put it in your wallet.  That way you won't have a panic attack when you notice it's not there.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oh Those Lovely Double Standards.

I've been seeing this Irish Spring ad a lot lately.  It strikes me as a good example of the double standards that continue to exist in society.  You would never see an ad like this where two random men are watching a woman bathe without her knowing it.  It would be considered weird and creepy.  But it's apparently okay for women to do it.  The implication is not only are women not dangerous to men, but that a man wouldn't be upset about being seen by female voyeurs.  After all a man is supposed to always want sexual attention from women, so of course it's all right for then to do something like this and no real man would be upset by it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Gas In Saskatoon, September 24, 2010.

It's been a while since I've had back to back Fridays with one of these posts.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 100.9 cents a litre, down 3 cents from last week.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

That Trick Never Works.

Some advice for people who don't want to play in an online poker tournament anymore, but still have lots of chips:  Please, just sit out.  Don't try dumping your chips by doing things like going all in with bad hands.  Ignoring the fact that it's probably against the rules on many poker sites all too often it backfires, resulting in not only you winning the hand and getting even more chips, but some poor player who thought he was going to get a bunch of easy chip getting knocked out because your 3-5 offsuit connects with the flop hard.  Frankly I can't understand why you think you need to do anything but sit out.  Your chips will get blinded off soon enough, so there's no need to disrupt things by trying to get knocked out.

(If you guessed I was playing in a poker tournament while I wrote this, you're right.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Great 48.

Hopefully if you're a Blue Jays fan you watched tonight's game.  I'm writing this just after Jose Bautista hit his 48th home run this year.  He now holds the Jays record for most home runs in a season, surpassing George Bell's 47 home runs.  And it's almost a given  he'll hit 50.  Last year he hit a mere 13, so it's an amazing improvement.

Gas In Saskatoon, September 17, 2010.

It's ironic that earlier this week I was thinking about writing a post about how stable gas prices have been here of late.  Good thing I didn't.  It's been almost two months since I've done one of these, but finally the price of gas changed this week in Saskatoon.  It is now 103.9 cents a litre at most locations, a rise of 4 cents from the previous price of 99.9 cents a litre.

Monday, September 13, 2010


It was eleven years ago today that the Moon started its uncontrolled journey across the Universe.  Well, a Universe, just not ours.  In other words, unhappy Breakaway Day!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Most people will know this as a Blondie tune.  But this is actually the original from 1976 by the Nerves.  Hopefully they've made some money from the Blondie version over the years, but you never know with the kind of contracts some young bands signed in those days.

Kevin Costner In Saskatoon?

Given the amount of rain we've had in the last couple of days, and the amount of rain in general we've had this year, I can't help but wonder if Kevin Costner is out there trying to turn Southern Saskatchewan into a set for Waterworld 2.  Please, Kevin, if you're out there with a rain making machine please turn it off, okay?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Woe Is Me.

I ate too much for supper, and I'm sure feeling it.  This shows the perils of all you can eat restaurants.  Good boy that I am I did finish off everything I took.


I'm a considerable way from being one of those people that are the focus of certain TV shows these days.  But I do have lots of stuff lying around collecting dust for no go reason.  I've been thinking about getting rid of it for a long time, and today I finally got around to at least making a start.  I took a bunch of magazines to the local recyling spot after thumbing through them to see if I wanted to keep any.  I didn't, because the material in them is either very dated or available online these days.  Still, it was interesting looking through old issues of Air International to see what was going on with various air forces and military procurement programs in the '80s.  There were things like the Chinese wanting to buy US F16s, this of course being before the events of 1989 soured Western attitudes towards selling the "good" Communists in China weapons.

Some might ask if I considered trying to make some money off of these.  I did, briefly, but realised it wouldn't be worth the time and effort to say try and sell the good condition ones eBay, while others weren't in sellable condition.  Still, it's fair to say that one of the reasons I have kept so much of what I kept is that I paid for it in the first place, making it seem like a waste to throw things out. 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rode The Big Rig.

I finally got a chance to ride one of Saskatoon Transit's new articulated buses this morning.  I rode in the back to get a full impression.  It was funny looking out the window and seeing the equivalent of a whole bus across from me as the bus made a sharp turn.  I picked up on a couple of things that I suspect may cause complaints from some riders.  Firstly the rubber accordion section between the two sections of the bus squeeks a lot as the bus moves, which may annoy some.  Further if you're sitting in the rear half you can see the front end of the foward section move up and down as it passes over high and low points in the road, and I wonder if this might not bother some folks prone to car sickness or other motion sickness problems. 

With the new buses going into service and due to other changes with various routes they've altered the 23rd Street bus mall stops a bit.  This includes taking out some parking spaces at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 23rd Street to make space for new bus stalls, which may annoy some people becuase it will reduce parking for what is a busy area, namely the Sturdy Stone Centre and the main branch of the Saskatoon Public Library on 23rd Street.

The bus I rode today was 1006.  You can see some external pictures I took of bus 1007 here.  The third articulated bus is labelled 1005.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Galleria Mall Closes.

No, it's not the one in Regina, or anyplace else.  Rather this is a heads up to any 6teen fans who didn't already know that your last chance to see the series on Teletoon is here.  Tonight will be the final Thursday airing at 8:30 PM ET/PT, with tonight's episode "Bye Bye Nikki? Part 2" being repeated Sunday at the same time.  After than 6teen will leave Teletoon after 6 years.  It's all but certainly not gone for good, but for now its run has ended. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Oh That Globe.

If you bother to look at the tabloids as you stand in the checkout line you've probably noticed that the Globe seems very fond these days of printing anti Barack Obama stories.  The latest issue I've seen has as its cover story another "shocking revelation" that Obama is secretly a Muslim.  I wonder if anyone at the publication actually believes this nonsense or if such stories are simply to suck in more readers on the fringe.  If the latter it must be working or they'd find someone else to concentrate on. 

A Month Of Spam.

I use Gmail as my primary e-mail account, and it has a good spam filter.  Out of curiosity I decided to not delete the spam as it arrived but leave it in the spam box to see how much I received in a month.  During August I received 18 messages that the filter considered spam.  A pretty light load compared to what some folks get I'm sure.