Saturday, July 31, 2010
bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Goddard said:
"It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to."
Thursday, July 29, 2010
OMFG. Did I just hear a rip in the space time continuum? OMF#d2.+~~:&%@@
Sorry. My keyboard just shorted from all of the drool that dripped into it.
To the person who thought this up...... you are a Goddess.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I have a better idea. Alberta could spend that money initiating a maintenance program that requires us to turn the flow of oil through the pipeline to the US off for a few weeks. When they start missing our oil real bad, then we explain that if they want the tap turned back on, they should STFU.
I thought about that for a while, then realized that this strategy would just motivate the US to consider invading Canada. They might even hunt down Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a ‘dangerous dictator’. Hmmmm.......
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
You see, back in the day, we could have used thorium for nuclear fuel instead of uranium, but America needed the byproduct for nuclear weapons. Today, thorium could be the key to a safe, cheap, efficient nuclear future. Read the Wired article here. Visit the site that promotes thorium as a nuclear solution here.
Monday, July 26, 2010
She thinks we need a Bacon-Fest. A festival all about bacon designed for people who love or are curious about bacon. She wants to organize and run it. It would sell food showcasing the power of bacon. We think Prince's Island Park would be a good venue. You'd smell the bacon from miles away.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
[What's this obsession Karl has with salt and pepper shakers? Doesn't he post about them fairly often?]
I guess I get it from my mom. She collected quirky salt and pepper sets most of her life.
Courtesy of the local rag The City Palate, a newsprint style (free) magazine that focuses on nothing but food and restaurants, we were alerted to the existence of a new (to us) breakfast place called Overeasy Breakfast. It's at 824 Edmonton Trail NE, just up a bit from the renowned Diner Deluxe. Speaking of The City Palate, the whole magazine is now available for reading online at their website. But back to the breakfast place.
Overeasy Breakfast is not a big place and they try to cram as many people inside as possible. There's a long table going the length of the joint with a wall bench booth seat and assorted table configurations against one wall with pairs of tables on the other wall. Spacing is tight, so if you're someone who values privacy and elbow room, this place is going to make you feel intruded upon. If you can get past that thought, their menu carries everything a person could want for the first meal of the day. Waffles, pancakes, brioche french toast, crepes, omelettes, eggs benedict and more. For the lunch crowd, they have sandwiches and burgers too.
They food was good. Not spectacular, but good. The coffee was decent. Would I line up for 30 minutes to eat here (as some are want to do)? Probably not. But we'll probably go here once in a while to get some variety, just because there aren't enough places for breakfast.
Other places that we've been known to frequent for their breakfast in Calgary (in no particular order):
- Diner Deluxe (Edmonton Trail)
- Dairy Lane (Kensington)
- Thompson's Grill (Hyatt downtown)
- Grey Eagle Casino
- Eat Eat (Inglewood)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Well, their next entry into the fray is the Model S sedan. It won't be out until 2012, but you can put a deposit down now if you want. They haven't said yet what the price will be (but it's estimated at US$57,000) and yet they do indeed have over 2200 orders reserved.
The specs are next generation electric to be sure. 300 mile (483km) range (with the biggest battery option). 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds. 120mph (193km/h) top speed. Even the base battery has a range of 160 miles (260km). 3 hours to recharge the base model. If you can get a 480 volt plug installed in your garage, that drops to 45 minutes for a quick charge.
They learn a lot building their $100,000 roadster and much of that technology went into the new sedan. Tesla's next goal is to have their next car, a $20-30,000 electric, out by 2016.
I heart the future......
An Ernest contribution.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Little did you know, you just happened to grab the one iPhone that was being tested with a new software GPS application that makes the phone hard to steal, because it tracks the phone's every movement to within metres of its location on a live map. That's exactly what happened in this story.
I think it's time to start pre-programming my dreams like a PVR or Tivo. Enough of the stupid, bad situational dreams. I want fun, happy dreams only from now on. Tonight, I'm going flying with John Travolta in his personal jet. He's going to let me fly it too.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A simple investment in some security FOBs for all of their customers could dramatically reduce fraudulent activity, online, over the phone and even at the teller's wicket.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"You asked me what I think of "Iggy". Well, first of all, he is great in small groups. Looks you straight in the eye, listens attentively to what you are saying, and answers with long explanations which are very understandable. He does not impose or does he bully you into his ways. He explains, then is not afraid to say "you are right, I will look into it". He does not assume that everyone knows all the details when answering a question in public; he makes the questioner clearly give a background to the question, by asking another question before he answers. I found out many things because of this manner of questioning. Also, he takes the time to fully answer all questions. No brushing you off, or giving the standard party answer.
He kept telling me while we were eating at the table that he is working with a team. He had 10 of his cabinet ministers with him. All of which sat at different tables with the crowd. None of this keeping all of them together at one table. Even "Iggy's" wife sat at table next to us. It was intimate with a table of four only. This impressed me.
He told me that once the "baby boomers" retire, Canada is going to have difficulty filling the jobs that will be needed; therefore, it is imperative that federal monies be available for education and overseas programs for post-secondary students. The world is global now and we need expertise for our youth. Also, he mentioned privately that educational day-care centres funded by gov't be available for all. He does not agree with the $100 to families, as most of that money goes into family funds and is not spend on education.
Another topic brought up at lunch was the aboriginal island called Victoria Island in middle of
Ottawa River between Quebec and Ontario who want to have a National Cultural Centre built. This Federal Visitor's Attraction would enhance the two cultures of French Quebec, English Canada and Aboriginal in middle. The Liberal Party is looking into helping this come into being. The Liberal Party seems to be centralist in its thinking and includes everyone with dignity, respect and rule of law. I am proud to be a member of the Liberal Party and all it stands for. I think Michael would make a great Prime Minister and do great things for this country. He is not the arrogant, elitist person that the media presents. He told me of his struggles when younger. He was a freelance journalist who did not know when his next paycheque would be; no pension plan, and he struggled to pay his bills."
Seriously NSFW - major poop and dick references. Who am I kidding, this ad has something to offend just about everyone.
But it is funny.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
BABYCON 5: This condition is used to designate normal non-pregnancy activity. Conditions may be adequate for conception. No storks.
BABYCON 4: This condition is used to designate an actual pregnancy or the possibility of a pregnancy. No storks.
BABYCON 3: This refers to an increase of alertness and readiness above pregnancy where a delivery is probable. Storks are resting but not fuelled.
BABYCON 2: This refers to a further increase in readiness just below maximum readiness. Legitimate contractions occur at this point. Storks are fuelled and ready.
BABYCON 1: Maximum readiness. Birth imminent. Storks are 'in the air'.
I'm just sayin'....
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The fundamental question for me is this: Do we need a car? The obvious answer to most people is 'yes', but we often forget that there are many people who although they would like to own a car, cannot for a variety of reasons, the biggest one likely being a lack of a budget for such a luxury. Did I say luxury? Yes, I did. In most circumstances many of us could get along just fine without a car. Yet if you talk to a car owner, they'll come up with a dozen reasons why they could not live without a car. "How will I get my furniture from IKEA home? How will I get my kids to their sporting events? How will I get to work? How will I get my groceries home?" To you I say delivery, transit, transit, and transit. I see the eyes rolling already.
If I were to ask everyone who reads this post and also owns a car or other type of vehicle, "what would it take for you to give up your car?", I'm guessing most of you would suggest that public transportation must get much better. Could you get to work and back using only public transit? Would it save you money versus the cost of ownership of the vehicle you drive to work plus
parking costs? In most cases I think the answer is yes. So why don't more people do it? It usually boils down to extra time and the comfort factor. It's hard to justify spending twice as much time commuting by transit while also being in close quarters with strangers of varying hygiene standards. I know people who literally scoff at the idea of taking a bus anywhere. Add to the problem that, in North America at least, we spend much more money on roads, overpasses and expressways than we do on transit infrastructure. We purposely make it easier and more convenient (albeit more expensive) to drive everywhere. Cars have become an extension of our personalities. But could the balance of transportation choices be tilted in favour of public transit by spending more money on transit resources than on roads?
Then we get into a conceptual discussion of cars themselves. Cars, even to this day, are based upon an outmoded system. They were not designed for the reality of today. Today's roads experience volumes never dreamt of decades ago. We can't build smart roads because we don't have smart cars and vice versa. Humans aren't equipped to handle the added stresses and risks we have enabled by adding more cars to the same kind of road infrastructure that was designed decades ago. We build cars designed to protect us in situations that need not happen in the first place, which make them bigger and heavier than they need to be. Think about how big a car is. Why does it have to be so big? Partly to make them safer. People will buy a truck just so that they can haul something 6 times or less per year. Doesn't that seem inefficient?
Then there's a concept I've brought up a few times lately, the idea that we don't necessarily have to own a car. Why not join a co-op that lends you a car when you need it? Even lends you the type of car you need for the task at hand. In case that's too much of a paradigm shift, how about keeping your car, but lending it out when you don't need it? Most cars spend 80% of the day parked anyway. maybe it`s time to stop thinking of the car as a status symbol and more like a tool.
When a new road technology is invented, you can't adapt your car to that technology, you have to buy a new car. When you want to add a capability to your computing experience, you simply buy new software and perhaps the hardware to support it. Imagine if every time a new capability came out you had to but a new computer and all new software. But with your car, this is exactly what happens. Nobody would be able to take advantage of smart roads that can manage large road volumes until everyone bought a new car. By the time that happened, technology would have already rendered the improvement obsolete.
What we need are car platforms that can be upgraded. Upgraded to perform specific tasks. Upgraded to support new road, vehicle and navigation technologies. Imagine if you could add a feature, upgrade an existing one, improve the intelligence of the car's on board computer and more in the same way you can add more RAM or a better video card in a PC. The price of parts should in theory also come down significantly if standard interface connections were designed for easy swapping of parts and part styles.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I'd say that's a freaking significant milestone.
To all of my readers, thank you for sticking with me. Now go tell your friends you know a prolific blogger who is in the top percentile of all living bloggers. I made that up - I have no idea. But I bet I'm in the top percentile.......
Most people know about the unique language situation, the culinary specialties and the European flair and architecture that sets Quebec apart. But one thing that snuck up on me as I have returned to visit my original homeland (listen to me - homeland) is the unique way Quebecers greet each other. Greetings in Quebec usually take the form of a kiss on each cheek (except men to men.... unless perhaps I missed something). This tradition isn't common in other parts of Canada. I imagine French Quebecers have greeted each other like this forever. Now Anglophones seem to do it as well. I did not notice this among the English community growing up. I like it. It's very....... chic.
Other Quebec differences:
- Poutine. Nay nay...... I'm talking about the real deal.
- Beer and wine is sold in grocery and convenience stores.
- Montreal Smoked Meat. Again, the real deal folks - keep your counterfeit meat away.
- Montreal bagels. On par with New York bagels I'd say.
- They're mad about pate.
- Cabane a sucres. Maple syrup lover`s paradise.
- The huge artistic community.
- The festivals.
- The hockey.
- The history (Quebec doesn't look like it was erected this decade).
- The white elephants (Mirabel airport, Olympic Stadium).
- The fashion.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I never did open them until after we got home, but what a surprise when I opened the box. Inside the box was a teeny bag making it it obvious that I was definitely not getting the gummie bang for my buck that I had assumed. Then I opened the bag and of course the bag wasn`t even full of gummies.
I decided to place the box, bag and the amount of gummies in both beside each other for comparison.
Click to create at least two circles. Listen to the tunes they make. When you want to start over, press the Spacebar to clear them all. I found that the key is not just where you place them, but when.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Last night, we headed for a restaurant we hadn't been to in a while and en route, Darlene wondered aloud how much longer the place would stay open (it hadn't ever been jam packed). Well, it turns out she might have sensed something because alas, the lace was closed.
On our way to an area where there is a cluster of restaurants, I took a somewhat scenic route past the airport and we came across a new restaurant, attached to a new airport area hotel. The hotel is called Acclaim. The restaurant is called Pacini. We turned in. Darlene was excited to finally get to try a new place and after we walked in, her face got all excited. It turns out this is the place with the bread bar that we were talking about days ago. Calgary finally has a Pacini.
It was great.