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28th February 2018

And finally, the snow jokes are falling everywhere

The rise and fall of a political force; today the Bloc dropped from seven members in their caucus to three. The others have opted for independence of a sort, by sitting as independents. A shift of monumental proportions for a group that once held the power seat of “official opposition” with a heady fifty-four seats. Seek the thorn, and you find that it sits beyond the rail; in another legislature.

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27th February 2018

Forget the ashes of this Phoenix

Could someone nudge the CBC on the elbow, and whisper in an ear that “their online app for watching their programming is a failure”. Nicely. And could you also express astonishment at how the ad content plays flawlessly.

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26th February 2018

In my lab

In my ongoing round of research in organic chemistry, I’ve “set” my third batch of yogurt. The first time, I followed protocol; scalded milk, cooled slowly to a precise temperature; added the package of prepared culture from the organic chemistry store in the city; waited the prescribed twelve hours. Result? Fair. A bit soupy. Still good to eat.

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25th February 2018

A forecast of games on the horizon

When the cauldron of fire dies out, the party is truly over.  Now the citizens of a small city in South Korea can get back to whatever they do on a regular basis. After a quick check on the web, I learned that “they do tourism”, which means that life will actually go along with little change, other than the number of new faces in town.

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24th February 2018

Watch for the rising waters

Still too early for the paperwork to be completed, but I’m going out on a limb with my estimate; Canada will finish in the Top Three at the present Olympics. We won’t have received the medals that count (for me): hockey, “real” curling, anything in speed skating, but others are impressed. Now I just have to set the alarm for tomorrow before dawn. The Closure. One of the big moments on my quadrennial approach to sports.

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23rd February 2018

Got grease?

Following the visit of the kids last summer, I received advice that (going forward) my garage door would need to be lubricated, eventually. Not sure where the kid in question picked up such knowledge, but after a quick Google consultation, I am now the proud owner of a spray can of lithium grease. Next step, find out where the door squeaks, I guess.

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22nd February 2018

DNA profiling, by another name?

Time to teach more science to the world, for oh, so many reasons. Today, I learned that the police in Calgary hired a U.S. biotech firm to assist in a murder case. The request, specifically, was to prepare a portrait of one of the parents of the victim, using DNA. And the firm complied, with a wonderful portrait of a young woman. Could this be the bleeding edge of technology?

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21st February 2018

Parallel patterns

Trash talking: an art form, for some. Recently, in the aftermath of a (yet another) school shooting in FL, the students decided that “enough was enough”. They are protesting, in the way of their forefathers. Marches, petitions, social media. And in response, some of those who most abhor change are lashing out, telling anyone who will listen that these are “paid protesters”. I’ll leave you to follow up and draw your own conclusion.

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20th February 2018

Random things to obsess about

Game on!  Even though the team didn’t win, last evening, they’re back throwing stones in the hope that some will stick. I’m torn between writing this post and watching the action; realistically, I’ll be done here before another end goes by, so there’s little stress.

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19th February 2018

Actively cautious

The literature is clear about one thing: the best time to back up your hard drive is before you need to recover data. The second paragraph warns that this will require more of your time than you wish to spend. The third paragraph refers you back to the first part. Suddenly, you realize that you are trapped in a loop.

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