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Cinco (Synko) de Mayo
Saturday, May 05, 2018      9 comments

I'm doing drywalling today, its the fifth of May holiday ... but in my case its Synko de Mayo.... Read more
Exercise and fresh air
Saturday, April 28, 2018      4 comments

I used to live in the City. About 2 years ago I moved to an acreage. I'm still working on renovations. But this evening struck me as unusual. Sports from another country, in pine trees in the praries. It was a hot day here today, + 30 C ( ... Read more
Tricking the Deer
Friday, April 20, 2018      11 comments

I live on an acreage. Its in the prairies, but due to the sandy soil and hills it was never turned into wheat fields. The deer love the area, lots of trees to hide in. I've discovered that around sunset they roam. I've put out a few scraps... Read more
Food Safety
Friday, March 02, 2018      13 comments

My wife was mixing tuna and mayonnaise for lunch, and as the is doing so she noticed that the mayonnaise had expired in the fall of last year. She tasted the mayonnaise by itself, and said it tasted fine, but she said to me you'd better fin... Read more
Three grams per inch
Sunday, February 25, 2018      5 comments

Do you weight your wallpaper? After doing the calculations, it hit me ... grams are metric, and inches are not. So how did I mix the two together? My favourite measuring tape is in inches, but my scale is metric. I'm wallpapering some ... Read more
Flushing the toilet is a luxury
Saturday, February 17, 2018      10 comments

I'm back from Europe. What a tornado of events on coming home. I knew I had a water drainage problem before I arrived. The house monitoring alarm, specifically the water sensor had gone off while we were away, and my friend came and too care of ... Read more
Eating the Evidence
Thursday, February 15, 2018      7 comments

I'm leaving Amsterdam in a few hours, and returning to Canada. The last time I retuned I had checked the "other" box because I was bringing in some packaged cheese. This "other" box immediately put me in the line for inspection. The officer... Read more
Unicode and the Olympic games
Friday, February 09, 2018      4 comments

When working in the computer field I was aware of the problems of sorting thing in "alphabetic" order, and indeed of writing computer code in a file of "letters and symbols". Initially EBCDIC, then ASCII, then ..., then unicode. Today... Read more
Diamonds are a girls best friend
Thursday, February 08, 2018      5 comments

My wife started playing the computer game "Hay Day" on her tablet. She's been working her way up in virtual prosperity, working hard on her virtual farm, but finds to make faster progress she needs diamonds as part of the transactions. ... Read more
German Electricty
Wednesday, January 31, 2018      5 comments

The other day my Canadian electric toothbrush ran out of power. I joked that I needed Canadian electricity... which really points out how the same we are. Now I have my Dutch cellphone charger plugged into the German electricity in my... Read more
Where are the toilets?
Saturday, January 20, 2018      10 comments

I'm still in Germany. I was in a children's store today shopping with my daughter and son in law. The conversation was in German, but I'm translating. Also in German one uses the word "toilet" very bluntly. Me: Where are the toilets? ... Read more
Three cellphones in my pocket...
Saturday, January 13, 2018      6 comments

I am in Europe right now. Amsterdam at the moment. I have a friend who was formerly homeless, and he "taught" me about the uses of an untraceable cell phone. Pay cash, don't register ... I have 3 cellphones in my right pocket right now... Read more
Shaving cream, USB chargers, and Cellphones
Wednesday, January 10, 2018      1 comments

You may wonder about the title. It all fits together, and here is how ... Tomorrow I fly off to Europe (France and Germany) to visit relatives in those countries. I have a 220 to 110 volt transformer so that my North American shaver can be ... Read more
NP Complete Pancakes
Thursday, January 04, 2018      5 comments

You know I have too much time on my hands when I thing about stuff like this ... I make a batch of pancakes (they are protein powder based, as I'm a low carb guy). Lets say I fry enough for about 3 days, which I typically do. Then I en... Read more
Our gift "exchange" Christmas game
Wednesday, December 20, 2017      3 comments

Besides the usual gifts at Christmas, ... you know one for your Mom, one for your Dad, one (or more) for each of your kids, and one for your spouse ... We play an engaging game that gets the personalities showing. I went to the dollar store... Read more

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