Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Refresh Button.

It's time to refresh your poker lineup, GameTV.  You're playing Premier League II for about the 30th time since I first started watching poker on your network.  I'm sure there are a few viewers who have memorised every hand by now.  A lot of your other poker programming is equally tired.  You've got your money out of those progams, now it's time to move on.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Not A Sibling Act.

When Jeopardy started tonight I couldn't help but smile when I saw that two of the contestants were Carl and Chloe, and were beside each other.  This was because siblings Carl and Chloe Crashman were characters in the Canadian cartoon Carl Squared, which aired on Teletoon.  Too bad neither of the Jeopardy contestants had the last name Crashman, which would have been even cooler.  And of course neither were related, as relatives can't play against each other.  Not that the animated siblings would be happy to be on the same show anyways.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Public Service.

Annoyed that you can't figure out what the hell that music in the new Blackberry ad is?  Wondering why it sounds a bit like Queen?  That's because it is Queen, with their theme for the 1980 flop Flash Gordon.  I've  never seen the movie, and looking at the clips here I'm in no hurry to.  (Melody Anderson's acting looks pretty bad here.) One thing that's amusing to me about the Queen footage in the vid is Brian May doing piano parts on an Oberheim OBX analog synthesizer.  For those not familiar with it, an OBX cannot do realistic piano sounds.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Gas In Saskatoon, May 20, 2011.

People tend to assume gas prices go up as a holiday approaches, especially a holiday that allows for lots of travel.  But that wasn't the case this week.  The price of gas actually dropped twice, with the price now at 127.9 cents a litre at most locations.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

No Cleaner.

My street was supposed to be cleaned last night.  Didn't happen.  So, where the hell were the street sweepers?  I like watching those things.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Caitlin Wouldn't Work There.

Regular visitors of this blog will know I'm a fan of the now ended Teletoon teen sitcom 6teen.  Although an actual location is never given I've always felt that the series took place somewhere in Southern Ontario, specifically one of the cities of the Toronto region.  Via A Bit More Detail I found out that there actually is a Galleria Mall in Toronto.  Robyn Urback posted at blog.TO a report on the mall.  Unlike the animated megamall in 6teen this much smaller mall has seen better days.  Of course that's because they only share a name, with the TV version being based on Toronto's Eaton Centre and Edmonton's West Edmonton Mall, not this sad place.  It reminds me a bit of Saskatoon's Market Mall, which tends to have a vibe of being past it, but Market Mall is a powerhouse by comparison.   Interestingly in an early episode, "A Lime To Party," the owner of the Big Squeeze lemon drink stand, Big Steve, threatens to move it to a strip mall when sales drop.  I would imagine it would be a place like this real Galleria Mall. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Gas In Saskatoon, May 13, 2011.

Gas prices seem to be in flux today.  Earlier this week they rose to 136.9 cents a litre at most locations, but today many seemed to have dropped their price a cent 135.9 cents.  Beats me what difference they think a one cent drop will make.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In Case You're Wondering...

Well, you probably aren't.  But on the off chance you are, no, the results of last week's election haven't effected my desire to post.  I simply haven't had anything I wanted to post make it to postable status.  I often get ideas when I'm away from the computer, but usually by the time I get back to it they've gone away. 

Monday, May 02, 2011

I Thought There Might Be A Loophole.

Under Canadian election law radio and TV stations can't broadcast election results until the polls have closed in the area they service.  The idea is to prevent voters from being unduly influenced by election results elsewhere in the country.  As a result the national CTV and CBC news channels are currently blocked here in Saskatchewan, where the polls won't close for just over an hour.  But the thought came to mind that the Sun News Channel might be accessable, since it's a new channel, and therefore whoever arranges such things might have missed it.  But it too is currently blocked. 

Frankly it wouldn't matter to me if I knew the results elsewhere in the country before I voted.  My mind isn't going to be changed on the day of the election.

Where Did You Vote?

In my case I can actually show you.  I voted at Saint Augustine Catholic elementary school, which was the subject of a post on my photoblog last year.  You'll only get a shot of the exterior, as I didn't think it appropriate to ask if taking photos of the actual voting was possible.  As noted voting takes place in the school's gym. 

I hope you got out to vote today if you had the chance, or voted in the advanced poll last week.  As always not voting means you defacto voted for whoever wins in your riding, no matter what you think of them. 

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Where No One May Find Him.

Chances are this won't be the first place you'll find out that US forces have killed Osama bin Laden.  Although I would have prefered they captured him alive so he could be tried I'm not upset he's worm food.  But now an obvious question is what to do with his body.  I've already seen nonsense about wrapping him in pigskin or ideas along those lines.  Such ideas are childish and will simply incite violence.  The best thing to do with his remains is to dispose of them in such a way that they cannot be located again.  Bury him in an unmarked grave in a randomly chosen graveyard.  Better yet cremate him and scatter his ashes to the four winds.  This will make sure his corpse cannot become a relic, an idol,  a focus of veneration by those foolish enough to fall for his bullshit ideas.  Do all this in secret and only announce it after the fact, so that the act of disposing of his remains cannot be used by his followers, and the date it happened cannot become a day of memorial.  He doesn't deserve the attention.

Toss Trost.

Pretty simple message here.  If you're going to vote in Saskatoon-Humboldt tomorrow don't vote for Brad Trost.  It's time for this guy to go back to the 1950s or whereever it is he came from.  We don't need the kind of sexist, anti-gay, outdated mindset he represents in our government.  So send him packing.