Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Donald Trump's Theme Song.

If this isn't his theme song, it should be.  Not that Trump would probably get that it's supposed to be sarcastic and self-deprecating.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, September 23, 2016.

It's another week where a post will come during the middle of a price change.  Since the previous post gas had jumped to 99.9 cents a litre.  However today saw a number of stations drop the price to 97.4 cents a litre.  I would imagine most will follow suit before the day is done.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Traffic Crash.

My posting has slowed down of late.  But what's even slowed down more is my blog traffic.  This has never been the world's most viewed blog, but it's really gone down the past while.  I've been getting days with no blog traffic several times in a week, which is weird even for my traditional traffic levels. 

Of course knowing the way things go I'll get a day over the next week where it jumps up a whole bunch for some weird reason.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, September 16, 2016.

Yes, this week's entry is on time.  And it's good news as well.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 93.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it will drop below the 90 cent a litre mark before the next one of these posts.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Probably A Drop.

The Blue Jays are over on the West Coast at the moment.  They just won the first of 4 games against the Los Angeles Angels, and then will head to Seattle to take on the Mariners.  It would be interesting to see the ratings for the evening games during this road trip.  I suspect they probably drop some.  After all it's after 1:30 AM in Toronto as I write this, and even later further east.  Some eastern viewers probably skip the games entirely, knowing they can't stay up to watch the whole thing.  Others probably watch the first few innings before going to bed.  Even here in Saskatchewan the late innings of these games probably get skipped by a few viewers, since they take place around 11 PM.

I wonder if TV ratings might be an issue for anyone considering a MLB team for Vancouver.  Regular viewership for evening games might be pretty low for such a team in much of the country, compared to the Blue Jays.  Of course the lack of a suitable stadium, and potential opposition from the Mariners, are probably bigger concerns before the issue of TV broadcast revenue comes up.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Once more it's September 13th, and as is tradition here on the blog we commemorate Breakaway Day.  On this day in 1999 the Moon was blown out of Earth orbit by a massive explosion of nuclear waste on the far side.  By an unknown process this led to the Moon being flung across the Universe, taking with it the crew of Moonbase Alpha.

The title to this post is a callback to last year's Breakaway Day post.  This year is the 40th anniversary of the second and final season of Space: 1999.  CBC in Canada aired the first episode of year 2, "The Metamorph," on Saturday, September 18, 1976.  I remember CBC advertising the upcoming season with a clip from "The Metamorph" some time before that date, although I can't remember how far beforehand it was. 

The second season did well enough that further episodes were considered, but ultimately series producers ITC/ATV decided that the lack of a major US network order didn't make future episodes viable. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, September 9, 2016.

Better late than never.

A small tick down to report this week.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 96.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully a further price drop is on the horizon.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Already Gone.

It's great when your favourite team is in the running for the playoffs, like the Toronto Blue Jays are.  But for fans of other baseball teams they already know their teams won't make it, despite there being just a bit less than a month left in the season.  The teams we already know won't win their divisions are the Minnesota Twins, the Atlanta Braves, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Cincinnati Reds.  The Oakland As will join the out of it gang either tonight or tomorrow, and several other teams aren't far behind.  The National League Central may have the most anti-climatic ending of all, with the utterly dominant Chicago Clubs having a 15 and a half game lead on the second place St. Louis Cardinals, although the Cards continue to be leading contenders for the National League Wild Card.  The Twins were the first team eliminated from Wild Card contention, and the Braves are probably the next ones out. 

Unintentional Luddite?

Could I actually be considered that?  After all I don't have a cell phone.  Not even a cheapy from a place like 7/11, let alone a fancy smartphone.  So I don't sit on the bus playing games, or texting, which I don't see much point in anyway.  I don't have a Facebook account, although I quite obviously do have sorts of accounts that could fall under the social networking banner.   Can one in fact be a Luddite without deliberate action or philosophical stance?  I don't have some grand opposition to cell phones, just no need to spend the resources needed for one at the moment. 

Friday, September 02, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, September 2, 2016.

Despite the common expectation that gas prices go up just before a holiday the opposite was the case this week.  Gas in Saskatoon has dropped to 99.4 cents a litre at most locations.  Hopefully it drops some more next week.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, August 26, 2016.

This week saw us go over the one dollar mark.  Gas dropped to 98.9 cents a litre over the weekend, only to rebound to 103.9 cents a litre.  With a long weekend coming up next week, along with the school year starting, it will be interesting to see if the price goes up again.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Geography Lesson Shouldn't Be Needed.

This morning I went into an Affinity Credit Union to use the ATM.  As I was going about my business I briefly looked at one of the monitors they have that presents news stories and current stock market information.  It had an Associated Press article about the Olympics, with the location given as Rio de Janeiro, Argentina.   Whoops.  You'd think after all the Olympic reporting it would be pretty hard for anyone to think Rio is Argentina.  Especially someone writing material for a press service. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, August 12, 2016.

A mixed bag to  report this week.  At the beginning of the week gas had dropped to 94.4 cents a litre at most locations.  However prices rebounded, and now the price is 100.9 cents a litre at most locations.  Will next week see a similar pingpong?  Stay tuned, or tooned if you prefer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Ultimate Betrayal.

For many if not most of us the ultimate betrayal is from our bodies.  No matter how well you treat it sooner or later something will go wrong with it, and there are just so many things that can go wrong..  Even if you're very lucky aging will ultimately do you in.  So if you're health enjoy it while you can.

Monday, August 08, 2016

The Big Money Rolls In.

Serisouly, I'm going to be rich soon.  Yesterday I made a whole one cent from advertising on the blog.  With revenue like that I'll soon be rolling in it.

Seriously though, if you're thinking blogging is the way to massive riches, it isn't.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, August 5, 2016.

Not a good week for gas prices in Saskatoon.  The price jumped 10 cents, with most locations now  selling at 98.9 cents a litre. 

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Come And Gone.

It rained a lot yesterday in Saskatoon.  It got heavy enough in the evening that a severe rainfall warning was issued.  Yet when I looked out the window this morning after I got up the sidewalks were already pretty much dry, as were the streets.  Chalk it up to this being summer.  If this was fall the water wouldn't be gone anywhere near as quickly, and of course in winter it would have been snow instead of rain, and wouldn't be going anywhere quickly.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I Didn't Install Windows 10.

Yep, last night's deadline came without me putting on my computer.  I didn't see the point of doing so when my computer runs very well with Windows 7.  I also heard more than a few stories of people trying to install it and having major problems with their computers, not something that inspires confidence. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft tries another campaign at a future point to get people to install Windows 10.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gas In Saskatoon, July 29, 2016.

Despite this being a holiday long weekend the slow downward trend continues.  Gas in Saskatoon is now 88.9 cents a litre at most locations.  I suspect we won't go much longer without a price increase, but I've been wrong before.

Monday, July 25, 2016

An Odd Desire.

For some reason this morning I got the urge to hear the Three's Company theme.  I did see multiple episodes of it when it ran, but it wasn't exactly a favourite of mine. 

The show was a big hit in the '70s and '80s, but by today's standards the premise seems a bit weird.  A man pretends to be gay so he can share a Santa Monica apartment with two women, because the landlord doesn't approve of co-ed living arrangements.  If it had been set in a small town in a more conservative part of the country it would have seemed a bit more believable, but in a city in Los Angeles County? Not to me at least.