20th November 2017

An added incentive?

Loblaws has a new incentive program. Much like the old incentive program, except… this one will really cost you money. $99.99 a year, in order to get even more points when you buy your weekly veggies.

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16th November 2017

But is it real?

Here’s a short test, for those of you with advanced academic credentials.

  • Where did you go to school?
  • What was the subject of your thesis?

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10th November 2017

When a front rolls by

Observing weather is an exercise in mathematics. Sure, most of us know that “it” is colder or warmer than at a previous point in time. We also recognize when rain falls. How about if we use a graphic to make the correlation clearer. This is data from this afternoon, just outside my kitchen.

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27th October 2017

Can you change a lightbulb?

“But can you change a lightbulb?” Silly question, really; most people can. How about “Can you rebuild the infrastructure for a small country?” Sure, with enough people. However, the firm that has been contracted to repair Puerto Rico is, nominally, two people. Well-connected people, obviously. They’ve scored a $300 million jackpot, and no matter how badly they mess up threading those lightbulbs, the money will be in the bank.

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24th October 2017

Tracking that slow boat from China

The temperature peaked at 22.4C, this afternoon. I’m under an obligation to note such things. As well, there are tomatoes growing on the vines in the garden bed, and I have more than my share of houseflies, clustered on the ceiling. That’s another story, without a proper ending (yet). My swatter can only get a few, each time, before the others swarm indecisively.

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17th October 2017

Tax fritter

Another batch of old pictures, on the web today. This set goes back to the time of my great-grandparents, so a full century ago. The local parish church, which no person alive in the area has ever seen. It tickles my fancy; particularly because the one photo is in focus and properly exposed. Score a point for a long-gone photographer.

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27th September 2017

Level the playing field

Against all odds, I ended up watching a press conference with the premier of Quebec. Actually “tuned in” early enough to watch the janitor help out with the sound check, and the focus check completed with someone’s notebook. Locally produced content.  The bilingual statement (that’s both languages at the same time) served to remind me how much my ability to “split-brain” has grown in the last few decades. Anyhow.

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22nd September 2017

Threw caution to the wind

The calendar brags about the seasonal change; the weather forecast belies the condition. Still warm outside, and we’re not ready to throw frost blankets over the garden. At least not for the next few days. Things change; usually faster than desired.

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15th September 2017

But why the delay?

I don’t know much about “product distribution networks”, given that I tend to buy retail. What I do know is that other places get access to cool stuff before we do. I’ve had my eye on some new gear for the last couple of weeks; saw the announcements, twigged that it was something I’d like to own, checked the price point, etc.

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21st August 2017

Insufficient payback will kill the print run

Call me responsible. In the good sense, as in “keeping an eye on things” rather than “to blame for what went wrong”. Language isn’t always precise. Anyhow, I decided to go and see if the weekend events had been well-received. Other than a downtick in attendance, it was. Hard to be sure if the crowds had stayed away because there was an event, or if they were just part of the end of the season.

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