Back again, did you miss me ;-)

Well, a long overdue post after a crazy summer. Thankfully everything is mostly under control again. Like it ever was, ha ha ;-)

Big news in the last couple of days:

This was supposed to be Dad's last day at Finning Tractor! In the eleventh hour, however, they announced a buyout for early retirees. Luckily his official notice hadn't been submitted so he can work Nov and Dec and now get the buyout!

Our friends Harold and Kathy are having a baby. The announcement is hilarious, so I'm including it below:

And lastly, one of my favourite pieces of real estate is now up for sale!!! Chris Czajkowski located the spot by topo map and managed to get a lease from the BC government. She build the cabins by herself with a chainsaw and a come-along. It is hard to describe the remoteness of this place and the stunning beauty!!

Her website:
The real estate posting:
Google map satellite image showing location:

All for now!



Farrah and Michael

Both dead. Farrah from cancer, Michael from apparent heart failure, though the autopsy is still in progress. She was only 62, while he was only 50.





Quote Collection

Thanks to a word limit on Facebook I'm continuing my quote collection here on my blog.

"If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying “Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday”, that’s advertising. If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that’s promotion. If the elephant walks through the mayor’s flower bed, that’s publicity. And if you get the mayor to laugh about it, that’s public relations. If the town’s citizens go to the circus, you show them the many entertainment booths, explain how much fun they’ll have spending money at the booths, answer their questions and ultimately, they spend a lot at the circus, that’s sales. And, if you planned the whole thing, that’s Marketing!"
(this one brazenly stolen from the website of the company my cousin Jeff works for)

Confusion is always the most honest response.
- Marty Indik

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
- Iris Murdoch

"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood."
- Karl Popper

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
- W. H. Auden

I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.
- Dave Barry

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
- Chinese Proverb

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Confusion is always the most honest response.
- Marty Indik

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
- George F. Will

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
- T. S. Eliot

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
- Dave Barry

The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary.
- Dave Kellett

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
- Jonathan Swift

"Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."
- Ruby Bridges

This is science: the process of playing with rules that enables one to reveal previously unseen patterns of relationships that extend our collective understanding of nature and human nature.

- Blackawton bees
P. S. Blackawton1, S. Airzee1, A. Allen1, S. Baker1,
A. Berrow1, C. Blair1, M. Churchill1, J. Coles1, R. F.-
J. Cumming1, L. Fraquelli1, C. Hackford1, A. Hinton
Mellor1, M. Hutchcroft1, B. Ireland1, D. Jewsbury1,
A. Littlejohns1, G. M. Littlejohns1, M. Lotto1,
J. McKeown1, A. O’Toole1, H. Richards1,
L. Robbins-Davey1, S. Roblyn1, H. Rodwell-Lynn1,
D. Schenck1, J. Springer1, A. Wishy1,
T. Rodwell-Lynn1, D. Strudwick1 and R. B. Lotto2,*
1Blackawton Primary School, Blackawton, Devon, UK
2Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London,
11-43 Bath Street, London EC1V 9EL, UK

I am nobody, nobody is perfect, therefore I am perfect.
- Bumper sticker on way to work

On the right project, some bad rust looks better than some good paint.
- imakeprojects.com

More to come as I find worthy quotes!



Testing, testing...

Posting via my new HTC Magic. So far I'm quite impressed! Lots to learn yet.



No more crunches!!

Ha ha ha.


Guess what I'll be getting for Christmas!!



White roofs and PPA electricity

Noticed a couple of green ideas that are interesting.

The first is painting your roof white or at least making it as light a colour as possible. Simple, and supposedly if everyone did it, it would help counteract global warming. But that seems to be debatable and the likelihood of everyone doing it is pretty slim. Still, it makes a lot of sense that a white roof should reflect the UV and keep your house cooler.


The second idea has a clear benefit. There are a couple of companies in the US setting up residential solar power purchasing agreement. Basically you get solar panels on your roof for zero down. The power generated offsets up to 90% of your utility power. When you send watts into the grid you pay the company for that amount. This is how they make money on the deal, after 15-18 years you own the panels free and clear. Unfortunately, I haven't seen anything like this in Canada.




First US face transplant

Absolutely amazing!


The before and after photos are absolutely incredible:

Yahoo News Photos

The fact she survived the gunshot is astounding.



Feel like some Tetris?

Got some time to kill? This should take you awhile:


Ha ha!


Oh, the good old days!!!

Dug out this gem over the weekend! The plan was for both of us to look like we were bored but I copped out while Kelly stuck to plan!!

This was taken at the PNE on the old wooden rollercoaster. Built in 1958 it reaches speeds of 45 mph. The cars are pulled to the highest point and then the rest of the ride is all gravity driven. The beauty of the coaster is the noise it makes plus the rough and unpredictable ride.


All-terrain skateboard

Wow, this thing looks pretty amazing!!!

Scarpar Prototype 3