Archive for May, 2010
Monday, May 31st, 2010
Here we go again. The next effort by oil company B-P to contain the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico involves a series of undersea robot manoeuvres. What? Really?
So B-P is now planning to try to cap its blown out well — since its top kill strategy failed. The one that looked so promising for the first few hours. But it, like all the other plans… failed.
And now marine scientists say what happens in the deep Gulf can “ripple across the food chain as creatures that inhabit the depths make forays to shallower waters to eat and be eaten.”
AND, president Obama says we likely won’t see any real progress, until August. This is going great!!
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Edmonton residents will soon be hearing the blues when they open recycling bins outside their apartment buildings or condos. The City has installed systems, so when the lids are opened, it sensors a trigger, to play a 30-second blues tune about the importance of recycling. Why? Will that really help you recycle? I have a feeling that if that was installed on our “Tarleck-tubs”… there’d be a lot of unhappy people.
Edmonton city council says its their response to a reduction in the number of apartment and condo dwellers who recycle, and the campaign will hopefully reduce that.
The 160-thousand dollar campaign is expected to run through June.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Story this week of authorities in Massachusetts, who say a man offered to give his 3-month-old daughter to a maintenance man outside a gas station convenience store… in exchange for a pair of beers.
What? Yeah. Police say a 24-year-old made an offer, to swap the child for two 40 ounce bottles of beer. The maintenance man called police, and police found the man hiding with the girl behind a trash container. He faces a charge of reckless endangerment of a child.
State child welfare officials took the baby into custody.
Then we learn… the child’s mother was in the store at the time buying cigarettes. She has not been charged.
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
University of Victoria meusic education professor Mary Kennedy recently completed a study… and found a disturbing trend… about our National Anthem.
275 high-school choir students were surveyed… and 33% of the students didn’t know all the lyrics. And 54% didn’t know the entire melody. Do you? I do. But maybe I’m being judgemental and this is just because I watch wayyyy to much sports on TV, and therefore hear the National Anthem lots. I remember Grade 10, when my social studies teacher asked who knew all the words to O’ Canada. No one raised their hand. Yet when he asked about the U.S. National Anthem… I nailed it. Recited all the words. Again likely from watching too much sports.
So what do we do? Is this a concern? Maybe not. Who cares? Do we all HAVE to know the words to O’Canada? No. Would it be nice, sure.
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Whats the worst thing about camping? Is is the drinking… the drunks? Well someone from the Alberta Parks Department thinks so because so campgrounds in Banff National Parks this year… are going to have a ban on liquor on long weekends.
Is that fair? If George and Mildred wanna bring scotch into a campground to have a totty before bed time… shouldn’t they be allowed too? Well not anymore. Its not banning liquor that campgrounds need… its more staff patrolling campsites at night to “police” the drunks. No one wants to get kicked out of their $45/night site. Tell them to shut-up, keep the paryting down, and there SHOULDN’T be a big problem.
I drink when I’m camping… I HATE camping so that helps with pain of actual camping. Don’t punish people like me, and George and Mildred, because of a group of drunks. Start doing a better job of controlling the campsites, and their won’t be a problem.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
I don’t normally watch NHL hockey, regular season or playoffs, but I seem to be a little more “into it” this year. Being in a hockey draft always helps that, but I think its because the hockey has been so good. 2 years ago… everygame it seemed was 2-1 or 3-1. Now games are ending 6-3, 6-5 and 4-3. There are more goals… thus its more entertaining.
Also with that, is the fact teams are coming back in 3rd periods to win games. Vancouver blew a 2-0 lead the other night to Chicago and lost 4-2. Last night, San Jose was down 3-1, but came back in the 3rd and won 4-3. That NEVER used to happen. It does now, and its wonderful.
So get out, or stay in, and watch some playoff hockey because its been great. Unless the Blue Jays are playing… watch them, but if THEIR not… watch some NHL playoff hockey.
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
As the wind is expected to pick up again today, poses the question… which is worse, wind or snow?
Last week we had a winter storm warning in our area and the worst part wasn’t the snow, eventhough we didn’t get much, but rather the wind. I hate the wind. Hate it. Maybe its from growing up in Red Deer where we didn’t get much wind and DID get lots of snow. I’m used to the snow… I like it.
Vince’s argument is always “well you don’t have to shovel wind.” I’m fine with shoveling. Wind is hateful. Who likes the wind? Kite flyers… I think thats it.
Give me the snow anyday