Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rethink Your Priorities.

I regularly watch Global's supper hour news, but there are times I wonder at their lineup editor.  The opening story tonight?  The firing of NBC TV personality Matt Lauer over sexual harassment and assault allegations.  Why was this the lead story on a Canadian newscast?  They didn't even have the excuse that Lauer's an expat Canadian, as are a number of US media personalities.  So why was this the opening story?  Why not the much more important story to Canadians, the appointment of Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada, replacing retiring Justice Beverley McLachlin?  I'm sure some Canadian celeb will turn out to be a creep in due order, and give them their required sleeze quotient.

Good For 100,000 More Blinks.

Yesterday I had an appointment with an ophthalmologist, as the optometrist who issued my new prescription thought my eye pressure was a bit high.  But the verdict was that I don't have anything to worry about in the near future, although I do have a very small risk of glaucoma due to family history.  Now if only I could be that sure about the rest of me.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Material.

The rumours have finally been confirmed.  Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle will wed next year.  This should give the writers at the American tabloids new material to use to create clueless headlines.  I'm sure it won't be long before we see some variation on Queen Tells Tearful Kate, "Meghan Will Be Queen!"  Not that it works that way.  UK law determines the line of succession, which currently puts Harry in fifth place, after Prince Charles, Prince William, and William's children.  He'll be in sixth place next spring when the third child of William and the Duchess of Cambridge is born.  We're also sure to see more general headlines about infighting between Markle and her new in-laws, and ongoing rumours about whether she's pregnant or not.

Unfortunately you're also likely to see some really nasty headlines if you visit the nastier parts of the Internet and small press.  Markle's mother is African-American, which should get some racists foaming at the mouth.

Of course Harry's place in the line of succession may not matter.  If Charles is anything like his parents and grandmother he may end up being King into his 90s or later, and who knows what status the monarchy will have by then?

And if you were a fan of Markle's work, you're probably out of luck seeing any more.  I doubt she'll keep acting once she's married.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Today will be a day when I spend no money.  I honestly can't think of the last time that happened.  There always seems to be something to spend money on, even something like a donut or chocolate bar, especially on a Saturday.  If only I could  do this more often.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, November 24, 2017.

The price of gas continues to creep down in Saskatoon.  It's now 101.4 cents a litre at most stations.  Hopefully it will drop below the dollar a litre mark in the next few days.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Look Is Gone.

The other night I saw a drawing of a character that reminded me of Christina Applegate.  So I ended up looking at a few clips of Married With Children(or Married...with Children as some sources render it) on YouTube.  One thing that struck me was how it was a multi camera show filmed to video, a format that has disappeared from sitcoms, and the rest of North American scripted TV as well, other than the remaining US soaps.  In the '80s it was incredibly common, but looking at those clips in 2017 it was just one of the things that made them look dated.  Current productions all look like they're filmed now, whatever the actual equipment used to capture them is.   But I'm kind of surprised that I didn't notice the change, even though it happened a good while ago already.

Of course filming to video isn't completely gone.  It's still very common for reality TV, and shows like Saturday Night Live.   It still works for those formats, giving them the appearance of happening as we watch them.  I suppose sooner or later someone will try it with a sitcom again, but it will probably be used deliberately to make it look like a '70s or '80s sitcom.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

When I Rule The World 30.

I will veto anyone wearing a cowboy hat I don't think should be.  So no more pictures from the Calgary Stampede of some politician or celebrity looking uncomfortable and/or ridiculous in a cowboy hat.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, Novenber 17, 2017.

Another small trickle down to report.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 109.4 cents a litre at most locations.  But something tells me it will remain above the dollar a litre mark until the Christmas season is over.

Mocking The Clickbait 10: You're From The Future!

Jenna Jameson's Final Net Worth Left Us Without words.

So, what year are you from, and how did you time travel back to 2017?  In this time period Jenna Jameson is alive and well.  And apparently has fallen for a bunch of hard right bullshit.

(The headline being mocked actually was written with a small W in words, and is not something I did.)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, November 10, 2017.

A little bit of price relief to report after last week's big jump.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 113.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will continue to drop, however slowly.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Who Likes Vodka?

Someone in my neighbourhood apparently.  I run into empty vodka bottles near my house every month or so, including several that have been dumped in pretty much the same place in one alley.  I assume it's some kid who goes into the local park to drink.

You won't catch me drinking booze of any sort.  I don't like the stuff.  And I don't write about it either, since this is the first post that will have an alcohol tag.

Addenda:  Having a shiny new tag I added it to some old posts that did mention booze.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Gas In Saskatoon, November 3, 2017.

This was not a good week for Saskatoon drivers.  Gas in Saskatoon has jumped to 116.9 cents a litre at most locations.  It's been a good while since the price has been this high, and that big a jump in one week is not something most drivers were expecting.