Monday, 24 October 2016

Monday musings

It's another one of those drab fall days. I woke up this morning to see that it had rained, the sky was grey and the leaves a washed out brown. Looking in the yard it doesn't seem like I mowed the lawn and mulched the leaves at all yesterday. Oh well, I'm going to do the mulch bit at least two more times of face the consequences in the spring.

Yesterday I also moved the snow blower up from the shed. When I added some fuel and tried to flash it up I found that I had made one mistake when I put it away in the spring. I had left some fuel in it and hadn't closed the fuel valve from the tank so now the line and possibly the carb are gummed up. I'm hoping some additive I put in the tank will clear this up but I know in a few days I will probable have to clear the line myself. I'm not looking forward to that.

This afternoon I have to do a little pick up because the gang is coming over tonight. Let me rephrase that, my wife's book club gang is coming over tonight. I asked my wife what the book for this month was and after she told me I looked it up. Like the other books they have read over the years this one has failed to raise any interest on my part. I guess that when it comes right down to it I'm a stick in the mud cultural infidel.

Here are a few links for you...

Have you ever felt like you were being watched? Well odds favour that you are under the microscope. While I don't have anything to hide there is the fact that 21% of the government employees who see this stuff will use it to their own advantage as will the companies who use this software.

So close and yet so far. One little province in Belgium will not back down on it's opposition to CETA so the deal is dead.  Once again the protectors of the weak and incompetent who cannot compete win.

That last major cyber attack the other day used a lot of the "Internet of things", all those devices to make your life easier by being controlled via the Internet. Well a Chinese company has stepped up and taken some of the responsibility. While they are recalling product to fix the passwords they also blame users for leaving the simple factory passwords on the devices.    

Nothing like getting into one of the toughest fights of your life and starting by leading with your face.

Once again I ask: why even lay criminal charges when with all sorts of evidence pointing to their guilt the judge let's the bad guys walk?

That's it for now from up here North of Disorder.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

A Lazy Sunday

Just finished checking the twitter feeds and I just have to say that for a quiet day there are some really upset people out there. Of course I just had to add my two cents and stoke the fire but that has become tiresome. 

Yesterday my wife and I went out for a bit of food shopping and I picked up some water softener salt. It was a nice day so the way home we stopped at the corner store and had an ice cream. Yes I know, it's almost November but in my defence the day was mild, the sun was out and it just felt right. One of the things I noticed while I was in the store was this sign for "penny candy." I have seen the sign before and each time I look at it I think of the irony: Penny Candy - 25 cents each or 10 for a buck. Talk about inflation...  

So now here I sit at the personal confuser sipping my morning... er, afternoon coffee and  wondering what to write. Well seeing it's a lazy Sunday I'm not going to write about that much. Things are progressing with the fall to-do list and will progress further this afternoon after lunch. Because of the impending rain and the fact that rain will melt me, I'm going to be working inside.

Here are some links for you to enjoy. Today in honour of it being a lazy day none of the links are political so enjoy.

Next time you are in the not so United Kingdom and want to do a pub crawl you may want to think about extending your vacation. Maybe this lady should think about doing the pub crawl, it sure looks more fun than walking across Canada on the Trans Canada Trail.

Speaking of England, I don't know who the owners of this coffee shop are but I LIKE 'EM!

Goes out has a couple of bottles, hopped into his car gets caught by the cops who do a breathalyzer. What next? The police let him go.

Remember all those B movies and third rate mystery books about secret Nazi bases in the arctic? Well those plots may not have been that far off after all. I smell "movie of the week" here. 

When I was a kid there was always the nagging about the amount of TV I watched. Now as an adult all I have to say is where the hell were these guys then?

And now a little note about firearm safety. Rule three says, and I quote: Never touch the trigger until the sights are on the target.

The question that is on everybody's lips... What do the scary clowns really want? Well not mine, per say, but...

I know what I really want and that's to get going and get some work done. Outside fall progresses as normal with the leaves falling and the sky being over cast. So it is time for me to bid you fair thee well until tomorrow. That's it from up here North of Disorder. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday agenda

This morning I fought my way back to the land of consciousness a little after nine, then it was up and get ready to face the world. Dressed and looking semi human I stumbled to the kitchen where once the cat was dealt with food wise, I put on a pot of java. Sitting down in the comfy chair as I sipped my coffee and munched on breakfast I tarted contemplating the days ahead. That was when the bold of lightning struck my thick noggin and it hit me, I need an agenda.

Right now the sky is grey and the leaves are changing to a washed out brown from their golden orange and red colours. Every time there is the slightest hint of a breeze they fall like big dirty flakes of snow. Fall is progressing down that slippery slope to winter and I have things to get done.

Though the individual tasks which need to be done over the next two weeks are simple, there are enough of them that I can space them out one a day. The down side to all this is the need for some organization so I don't end up like a team of horses pulling a wagon in several directions at once. Once this blog is put to bed for the day I will start planning my course of attack on the tasks at hand.

Without further adieu here are some links to look at. 

On several occasions my wife and I have received calls from people claiming to be working for the Canada Revenue Agency. When I was getting the calls I would keep the caller on the phone and play with him for a while. I even called them back to chuck the brown stuff at them Well sadly those days may be coming to an end since the police in India have caught up with them.   

Speaking of scams... During the time that Stephen Harper was Prime Minister he initiated a program when First nations Band Counsels would submit financial filings of where the money they were given went to. Things like this came to light. There was a major cry against the practice by First Nations so under Justin Trudeau the practice stopped and now we see this.

Here it is Halloween night. Kids walk up to the house and one of them presses the door bell. The homeowner opens the door to a chorus of "Trick or treat" only to answer the children by asking for proof of age.  

And then there were none...

What a difference, in other countries people who are angry with the political leaders tend to use firearms. Up here North of Disorder, not so much.

Speaking of North of Disorder that's all I got from up here on this cold overcast fall day.  Things to do, places to go.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Links day

It's Friday and here I sit in the cellar as the ladies toil away up stairs. Last night sleep was elusive due to that old regular pain in the side. I think sleep would have been better if I had been on a spit and continually tuned. If I lay on my left side the cat's happy but I hurt. I flip over to the right side and the cat is pissed and starts to walk on me and my wife., Compromise and lay on my back, there's breathing issues aka snoring with the obligatory elbow to the ribs. 

OK whining mode is off. 

Today my wife is hitting the road with a neighbour to spook and gack so I will be on my own for a few hours. Ah what mischief... 'er good shall I do this day? The outside options are limited, it'd overcast with rain and I'm not a big get out of the house and get soaked kinda guy. It's OK I'm a big boy we shall over come and figure it out. 

Here are a few links for you to look at and, I hope, enjoy. 

Working between the two most likely causes for this being incompetence or Machiavellian duplicity, I'm just going to go with incompetence.

First it was driverless cars that are going to put taxi drivers out of work. Then it's was AI's like Watson doing the job of doctors. Now it's the sex workers who should be looking over their shoulders.  

Recently there have been a flood of sensitive data thrown onto the web for anyone to look at.  Now here for you is the who and how of this big hack. 

I never knew that being a swim wear model could be so dangerous

Looking at the rest of the links that I have gathered up I see they are all political, and right now I am tired of political. Thus ends today's post not with a bang but with a whimper. So until the morrow bye-bye from here, North of Disorder.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Close encounters of the strange kind

Today is one of those lazy fall days. It started this morning being overcast and morphed into rain. I awoke to one of those phone calls that nobody likes to get, the dreaded "We are in your area, would you like the ducts in your home cleaned?" After hanging up on this intrusion into my peace and quiet the phone rang again. This time it was a caller from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons about the email I sent. "Was it a complaint?" "No." "Would I testify?" "Yes." "Your email will be passed on to the investigators, thank you for your time." So with no chance of returning to the Land of Nod I was up for the day. 

Contrast this to the events of yesterday. Where today is overcast and the clouds weep upon the countryside yesterday was mild, sunny and overall simply beautiful. After I finished the blog it was fish or cut bait time. I was going to head off to the range but with the way the outdoors was I chose to head over to Scout valley for a long walk.


After around an hour and a half I figured it was time to head for the barn. Since I'm still learning the trail system and I'm easily turned around I carried a compass. I dragged it out and found north then I started to head that way. After around fifteen minutes I started to hear construction noise. I knew there was construction going on having driven by it before getting to the parking lot. Not being that concerned I kept going and because I really was just enjoying the day and not paying that close attention to my surroundings before I knew it I was at the construction site.  

I stood there taking in the action as any four year old would when the area supervisor sees me and comes over. "May I help you?" he says by way of introduction. I looked at this taller than me, able to mop the floor with my broken body, guy and simply said "No, I'm fine." Then the man ape asked me how I had come to be at his construction side and I explained about the Scout Valley trails. Next the ape who looks like a man, says that I must leave. I simply said "OK" and continued to watch the action. "Right now!" Mr. Man Ape says, so seeing that the fun from this encounter was quickly evaporating I smiled at the guy and sauntered back into the forest. Before being totally enveloped by the woods I stopped, turned and took the above photo. Later I texted my wife and told here about the encounter. She asked why I didn't stay on the trail, to which I answered "where's the fun in that?"

Here are a few links for you.

Once again we see how it's all fun and games until a leg is broken and the lawyers get involved.

The federal Liberals in last year's election campaign said they wanted to change the way we vote. Well it looks like of all the systems the way we already vote is fine. The alternatives being pushed will have less accountability for those in power and will cost more.  

Looks like I missed a great debate between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton last night... Just kidding.  One thing that did come out last night is once again Mr. Trump has managed to put a scare into the GOP

Here is another indication the inmates are running the asylum. I just hope the people who demand others pay for their babysitting aka day care on this side of the pond don't catch on to this. 

Ah North Korea... another day, another missile launch and another failure.

Libya, after interference from a whole lot of countries and the death of Moammar Gadhafi five years ago... mission accomplished.

One last poke at the Clinton team... It must be hard for them to be living under the sword of Damocles

There it is, my contribution to the clutter that is the Internet for today. Bye for for now from up here North of Disorder.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

What a difference 24 hours make

Taken yesterday during a "sunny" period.
Taken this morning.
What a difference 24 hrs
Hello and welcome to today's blog entry. Unlike the last few days today started with actual sunny blue skies making the fall colours of the leaves spectacular. After this blog is put out there I'm planning on heading out to the range to bust some caps. With the way the weather had been it's just too lovely a day to sit at the personal confuser.  So for your entertainment here are a few links. 

Being someone who likes classic designs I looked at this and my first thought was ... count me out. These designs do nothing for me.

Earlier I was reading this story about the Clinton emails and why there isn't a greater outcry. While it is a good article there is one thing missing, the fact that the media are in her corner

Looks like somebody in the Customer Service department was having a bad day

While I agree this is a threat, I'm not sure that right now the threat is as big as this person wants it to be. 

I may not agree with it but I do understand the need for emotional support animals. I have a cat that I sometimes lean on and I'm sure there are dogs that fill this role as well. But a duck on an airplane?

Remember those old WW2 movies where the sonar guy looks at an officer and says "Sir, I think we have a sonar contact." Well this ain't no movie and it looks like the contact is real.

Aside from the inevitable day when a voice from a speaker says something about humanity being the disease, I think this is a good thing.  

Looks like Singapore is on the right track about public transit with these tests. The folks in the Philippines, specifically the police, should take note about these driver-less transports.  

After all these years somebody in a religious position in Malaysia noticed an issue with the name Hot Dog so now the name has to be changed. 

Well that's about all I have for the wonderful day with one exception. Back when I was still working one of the things I used to enjoy on Sundays was listening to The Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. I had not listened to the show since I retired because of the time it was on, so I didn't know that July 2nd was his last show. While he has passed the reins on to a younger chap, I'm sure he will be greatly missed. 

From up here North of Disorder I bid you good day.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

I'll huff, and I'll puff...

A short time after the last post I made yesterday Mother Nature tried the "I'll huff, and I'll puff" bit. I must admit when the storm struck it was a little disconcerting to see the wind blowing things past the windows at a right angle.


By the way I shot this little snippet when it was safe enough to go outside on the front porch. The wind had died down a bit and it was just starting to clear, but the hail and rain were still coming down. 

Soon the worst was over and done with. Turned out it wasn't as bad as the weathertainers said it was going to be. While it wasn't so bad here, they got hammered with a down burst over in collingwood Ontario,

All this has reminded me of one thing I have forgotten to do, get the chainsaw sharpened and pick up some chain oil and two stroke oil for the gas/oil mix. One more thing for the to-do list.  

Here are a few links for you to enjoy...

Here is a Halloween vacation you would never, ever, no matter the perks see me doing. I have watched way to many horror movies to even think of doing this.

Adding to the Halloween hijinx are the clowns dresses as... clowns who go out and frighten people. They are here, they are there, they are everywhere. They are even causing a marketing conundrum for retailers. If the powers that be would only place a bounty on these fools like the way coyotes are dealt with, things would get straightened out real fast.

 Looks like the bloom is off the rose for our illustrious leader Justin "Baby Doc" Trudeau. It took a while, however there are now signs the unions have caught on to his political wiles. 

The Chicago police chief recently made the claim this police officer in this story didn't shoot the bad guy who beat her up because she was afraid of the bad press. I watched the video in this story a number of times and after rereading the article I call bull sh*t. With any potentially bad situation one doesn't start off by escalating, which is just what she did.

Here's a question about judges, how do they decide how long a person found guilty should be locked up for? No worries, there an app for that.   

I just could not go without posting at least one link about the forthcoming American train wreak of an election. Here is one question to think about, who does ISIS want to win in November?

When I read this I thought this was a flash mob that I really would have liked to have been be part of

And so ends today's blog entry. I hope you enjoyed the links and that's it from me up here North of Disorder.