Friday, 30 September 2016

Links Day

Today started late as it normally does. After breakfast and coffee I sat down at the personal confuser and started looking around. The news I'm seeing these days is a little on the depressing side and after reading a few of the stories I stopped looking. Once again the media is starting to get a grip on my soul. 

Shamelessly stolen from
Living Freedom
Being subjected to that disaster of an election south of the boarder, I think what ever the result the world is in for a very rough ride. Heck even the UN is calling for "someone to end Trump" whatever that means. Well at least I'm not the only one who is afraid. On the plus side looks like Johnson is getting an endorsement. Will this endorsement be too little, too late, probably.

Across the pond Russia is moving missiles around like chess pieces in a effort to make a point that they are still a big player. India and Pakistan are slowly moving towards armed conflict. In Germany Deutsche Bank looks like it's experiencing a possible bank run

Here at home a little common sense actually prevailed. An illegal immigrant was hit by a car an tried to get compensation from the government. The judge said... no. This will probably send the do-gooder take a punk out to lunch, bunch into seizures. 

Then there is the assault on free speech not by government but by offended groups. This makes me think about what I blog about. If I get too political then what? Heck it's getting so a guy can't even take a picture without putting his life at risk.

OK it's time to step back from the abyss. here is something that just might cheer you up, a possible life extension in the form of nanobots. Just think being able to eat/drink/smoke anything you want and be constantly repaired on the inside. I just hope this arrives sooner rather than later. 

One of the places on my bucket list is Iceland. The rugged beauty of the place simply calls to me. Then there's also the fact that when a government is cool enough to turns off the lights so citizens can watch an aurora, it just may be a cool place to live too. 

And last but never least it looks like the Romans may have traveled farther than was thought. 

Well that's the end of today's blog post from up here North of Disorder.


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Progress, well a little anyway

Last night was one of those where the old brain with it's two rapid firing neurons would not shut down and let me sleep. I finally faded to black around two in the morning. The end result was my rolling out at ten this wonderful overcast, calling for rain morning.  It's not like I had anything planned... Oh hang on, I was going to head out for some range time bu now with this late start and the impending rain that ain't happening. Well I'm at the very least going to head in to the small town and pick up my medications. Gotta keep the citizens safe from this mad man you know. Relax, just kidding... the meds are for my heart.  

Well at least yesterday wasn't a complete write off. I did get some work on the new/old trailer done. This time I got smart, when I took the wood off the red scourge I used the sawzall. As for the bolts/screws/nuts that would not budge I used the sawzall on them too. After the rain ends this afternoon or tomorrow (he I'm retired, no rush) I will get some sanding and prep work done. Next week I will go get some 1/4 inch plywood and 1x3 and start on the construction part of the project. I suspect that in the end this trailer will be a heck of a lot lighter with the 1/4 inch plywood that the 1 inch stuff the original builder used.  

While the new/old trailer project may seem like a major undertaking for me, it's really not. I could have finished it weeks ago but why? This gives me something to putter away at when I'm looking for a project and there is just enough challenge involved to make it interesting. 

So here are some links to enjoy. 

Let me get this straight, the folks who run this loony bin we live in are totally against citizens who want to be able to protect themselves. meanwhile there are guys like this o the streets. Don't they realise their stance against self protection only enables the wolves who attack the sheep?

Well at least there is a little good news on the American election front... Now if people only pay attention to this. 

Having used contractors in the past and in once case even fired a guy I can see how somebody would get upset, but this

First is was Samsung phones that went boom up real good and now its washing machines?

I was looking forward to pumpkin pie in a few weeks for Canadian thanksgiving. Then I read this and got all depressed. Well at least for now I can go grill a burger on the BBQ. I just don't know how much longer I will be able to do that. It's all good though, at least there will always be a nice cold coke to wash it down with.

I saw this and being a guy who likes whiskey, the first thought that came to mind was why bother. This is a product, like decaf coffee that  I will never ever have in my home.

I saw this article about police complaints and  the wearing of body cameras and wasn't surprised. What did surprise me was there are still hold outs against police using body cameras.

Why? Once again because they are Liberals...

A quick check has reviled that the links bag is empty so that's it for me today from up here North of Disorder.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Random thoughts

Just got back from the little town where my wife's truck was in the truck hospital. Her truck is all better now and a small world is off my shoulders. I thought the bill for the work was going to be an arm, leg and a torso and it ended up being just an arm and a leg. 

After the truck was picked up we went out for a little lunch at an old fifties style diner. Every time I walk into that place it's like going through a portal and ending up a long time ago. After lunch my wife and I parted ways and I visited the druggist to, wait for it, get some drugs. Ah better living via better chemistry. Then it was time to head for the barn. The day was all bright, sunny and warm so I chose to go home the long way. I figured the rain/snow/ice would be upon us soon enough so why not take the opportunity to enjoy day.  

Now that I'm here at the personal confuser and thinking ahead this afternoon I'm going to get some work on the new/old trailer done. All I'm going to do is remove the side walls and with the sawzall that shouldn't be too big of a chore. Mind you having written it and knowing the fates have a wild sense of humour who the heck knows how much trouble this is going to be. 

Here is the links portion of the blog for you to enjoy responsibly. 

Whenever I see things like this story I wonder what it is that these guys know that I don't. Maybe it's all the clowns that are out there lurking in the woods...

Leave it to the Germans to come up with a reasonable explanation for The Donald's rise to prominence.  

One of the things that worry me is the state of the economy and when I see thing like this, my state of mind isn't helped.  The biggest issue here is people forgetting what the four types of currency are. Gold is the currency of kings. Silver is the currency of gentlemen. Barter is the currency of peasants. Debt is the currency of slaves and by the looks of things there are a lot of slaves in Canada.  

I see that the rural folks out west are coming to the conclusion that they are on their own when the police are needed. It's all well and good for city dwellers to want guns taken away but when the police are a half hour away and something happens it's serious. Police not wanting people to protect themselves plays into the criminal's hands. Without adequate police response, if people are not permitted to protect themselves we have a situation where it's the bully/thief/robber who holds all the cards.

Finally after three years of regulatory wrangling the federal and BC provincial governments have given the official okay for Petronas to proceed with their $27 billion LNG project. Now if it were not for the 190 stipulations attached to the environmental approval and price for LNG that has tanked this would be a good thing.  Now is decision time with the issue being whether to move forward with the project or not. Personally I suspect the decision will fall in the not category.

With the amount of people I have known over the years who are police officers this is not that surprising.

Every now and again I see a story about politics that makes me smile. This is one of those stories

Here's a nice story about a dog that managed to cover a lot of miles to get home and made it, and here is another story about a dog that gave it a good try. If it hadn't have been for the CCTV/motion sensors and alarm system...  Well at least he's going to a good home.

On that happy note I leave you for the day. Until tomorrow that's it from me up here north of disorder.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The call...

This morning I was woke up at the ungodly hour of eight forty five with the phone chirping away. Before my wife could cover the distance and grab the receiver downstairs (being an early riser she was up around eight), I had the phone to my ear. It was the call I was dreading from M the owner of the car fix it place.

M regaled me with a good news, bad news story. The bad news, there were issues getting the parts from Hyundai so the car would not be ready until tomorrow. Lucky for us I had decided to keep the grey monster so this really wasn't that big an issue. Then the other shoe dropped... The ball park price was going to be around $200 for the fix. The issue was a hose that had rotted out and needed to be replaced. Of course this type of hose "never rots out" so it was hard to get one.  While he wasn't too happy with the price I took it as good news. In my mind I had placed the parts and labour at $250 for a power steering pump (that's what I thought the issue was) and another $100 for the labour. Added to this would be the addition of 13% Danegeld to the province and the feds. The total I was thinking was going to be around $400 give or take. 

Once again I was delightfuly surprised. In the past when I would take the truck into the dealer (back when I had real income) where the bills were a little higher in quantity and the work a little low in quality. I dealt with the dealer because I was looking for potential resale value. One of my former coworkers, a friend who once worked at a dealer, told me all about and the games that dealers play. Now I just look for value in the work that gets done and these guys deliver in spades. 

On to the links portion of the broadcast... 

So did ya watch the debate last night? I'm going to admit right off that I didn't watch that particular dog and pony show. Looks like Mrs. Clinton did the pit bull thing and went right after The Donald. I'm not sure that her performance made that much of an impact on the voters though. I guess it all depends upon your political bent in the end. 

If I was an American this is how I would vote.

The CAW or UNIFOR or whatever they are calling themselves these days just won a deal with GM Canada, and good for them. The spin on the deal is aside from the raises GM is going to "very generously" spend $500 million for manufacturing upgrades. In reality it's the Ontario Government AKA Ontario tax payers that will be doing a lot of the spending.

There is always one who will try to cut a line up thinking nobody will do anything. Then there are those who are tired of those guys trying to cut a line up and will do something.

I wonder how long it will be until we are all stuck in our little boxes afraid to interact with each other for fear of offending the other person.

While I do think this is a tempest in a tea cup I also understand the reality of the situation. The big difference between this person and the run of the mill immigrant is that she can afford a lawyer if the government tries anything stupid.   

The next time someone offers you a chip think about your response, think about it very carefully.  

I think that's about enough from up here North of Disorder, don't you? Bye for now...

Monday, 26 September 2016


Well for better or worse my wife's truck is in the shop. Yesterday when I checked the fluid levels once again I saw that the power steering fluid was down. I took the keys and hung them up and asked my wife to refrain from driving the beast. Then we went to town for a few things. 

Last night I could not get the sick truck issue out of my feeble little mind. Along with the truck issue it was windy last night. It was a cold howling sort of wind. The kind of cold wind that makes you glad to be inside. The kind of wind that make you hope the outside stays outside, that no trees fall on your roof trying to get in from the cold wind.

Seeing that sleep just wasn't a happening thing I finally crawled out and start getting things ready for the day. Cat fed, trash to the curb and coffee ready for my wife's return to the land of the conscious. 

While my wife was getting ready for the day I called the car fix it place. That's one of the nice things about being in a small town, when I spoke with the owner I didn't have to tell him who I was just what the issue is. My wife and I went into town and dropped off her truck. Hopefully it will not cost and arm, leg and a torso, most likely just and arm and a leg. Oh well, it's still a lot cheaper then buying a new truck. 

So now I sit at the personal confuser sipping my coffee and looking at the phone... waiting. 

Here are a few links for you. Some are political as always. 

Yesterday there was a ripple in the force. One of golf's greats passed on. Arnold Palmer, commander of Arnie's Army at age 87 has shuffled of this earth. I will only say one thing about him, he was an inspiration to me and a lot of others.

I know that it is a hard thing to do but sometimes there is a need for tough love. This time it's not against a child, it's being forced upon the country of Haiti.  

Here is a story that surprised me. I guess the media has more sway here than I thought.

have you ever wondered what keeps spies awake at night. Forget Edward Snowden, here's the real threat

Well that's about all I got for no. See you tomorrow, God willing and it the creek don't rise.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

It's the little things...

So far today has been rather uneventful. My wife and I made a trip into town a little while ago to pick up a few things and now my wife has settled in for the duration of the day. We had to use the grey beast since her truck is bleeding power steering fluid. Note to self, call repair shop in the morning.

As for me the thing that was first up this afternoon was dealing with the meat we purchased after we got home. I have just finished repacking and storing it in the freezer. Now that the meat thing is over with there is some outside stuff that calls to me. Well kinda murmurs in my ear in a very low volume that's easily ignored.

Ah decisions, decisions... Once this blog is out I'm not sure what shall be the focus of my outside attention. The two candidates are the new/old trailer or repairing a stock from an old Winchester 94 Trapper. The issue with the trapper is one of two parts, my ham handedness and gravity. I dropped the darn thing and cracked the stock a while ago and I've been putting off repairing/replacing it. To replace the stock it would cost a hundred plus and the time to stain the new wood. To fix it is the cost of some epoxy and the time to sand and stain the wood. The epoxy is a heck of a lot cheaper so that's the way I'm going. I just haven't gotten around to it. 

The other candidate is the new/old trailer. I have to take the rest of the side wood off. The original plan was to add plywood to the walls that are already there. After engaging the two or three still working neurons in that grey fog called a brain, I came to the conclusion that the extra weight could be avoided. The new and revised game plan is to keep  the metal uprights that are already welded to the base and connect the plywood to them. 

I see time's a wasting so here are a few links for you. 

A lot of folks are not happy with the latest edition of the iPhone. They are annoyed that folks at Apple didn't include a ear bud jack. So somebody came up with this workaround that a lot of iPhone owners have tried. FYI it doesn't work.

I saw that and wondered is this the shape of things to come? Will we be at war with the robots sooner rather than later? Is it robot game on time?

Looks like we have a police officer with Munchhausen syndrome. Personally, I thought these people had to under go screening and testing. 

The other day I wrote about how the California government was a little bit silly with their war on cow flatulence.  Well it looks like Alaska doesn't want to be out done when it comes to silly laws

Speaking of cats... have you ever wondered how cats came to be in so many far flung parts of the world? Well you can thank the Vikings and other sea faring peoples for that

Oh Mrs. Clinton it may be time to stop mucking about and be a little more open and honest because the Donald looks to be leaving you in the dust. Just saying... 

Well at least the military like this guy over Trump and Clinton. Now if more Americans would get in the band wagon...

Stonehenge, meh that ain't got nothing on this place

Are you one of the Sad Sack types who, if it were not for bad luck, would have no luck at all? Well here is your answer to change things. 

Oh crap, I see by the clock on my personal confuser I have managed to, once again, let the day slip through my fingers. Oh well there is always tomorrow to get thing done. As for me that's all from up here North of Disorder. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016


It's Saturday, I'm sitting here at my personal confuser wondering what scribbles to put down for the fool's journal that I keep. Outside it's a wonderful fall kinda day and after this entry is done, I'm planning on getting out there to enjoy it. After all one never knows when it will be that last perfect day.

The choices are limited since I don't really want to go and blow money and there are things to get done (damn honey-do list) around here. So I will probably get the lawn, with the grass growing like crazy, cut then go for a walk. Today I'm mot going to work out because it's the weekend and these two days are ones where I let my tired old broken down body recover from the abuses of the week. 

So without any further delay here are a few links for you. Looking at the list for today here is a spoiler alert, most are political. 

Canada is looking at new fighter jets and the big boys are pushing for the F-35, aside from the fact it can be detected with infrared it's pretty much invisible to radar... wait what?  Well at least it's running like a charm except for the occasional fire... Fire? Just think the proposal is to buy 65 of these at a cost of 29 billion over the life of the project. 

Looks like Sweden has become so violent that some of the massive influx of refugees want to return to their war torn countries because those countries are safer

You knew that it was bound to happen with all the Pokemon Go creatures on the loose that one of those creatures would commit rape. This Pokemon Go creature needs to be caught and brought to justice. 

Here is another move that HP has done to really annoy buyers of their printers. This can't help being anything but good for business, not. 

One thing that people who oppose carrying guns for protection forget, in any confrontation between an armed assailant and someone who is unarmed those who are unarmed get killed with monotonous regularity

Looking South at those two who are running for the top job in the not so United States, if these are the best the Americans can come up with for leaders we're all doomed. In the one corner wearing the black trunks is The Donald with all his issues about lies and misinformation. Then in the other corner wearing the red trunks is Mrs. Clinton who is covered with the blood of thousands because of her actions as the Secretary of State. Did I mention the thought that we are all doomed?

I drive a nice 8 year old Toyota with a big dent in the driver's side rear door. Several times I've wondered if it was worth fixing. Well here's a guy who had the same problem and made it work

I had to read this story twice. Canadians at odds with their Liberal government? Say it ain't so. 

Last, but never least, it looks like the Pope is catching on to how the media operates. Took him ling enough. 

Well that's it for me. Coffee's all gone so it's time to make myself presentable and get some work done. Bye for now from up here North of Disorder.

Friday, 23 September 2016

The object of the game

Yesterday was a good day with several items in the to-do list ticked off. Of course I wasted time before getting on top of things so just as I was walking out the door it started to rain. This necessitated a stop at the corner mom & pop for a bit of jawing and some coffee while the rain fell in sheets. In the end perseverance won the day and I got the running around that I needed to get done, done. 

In this, the twenty third day of September in the year two thousand and sixteen you would think the wizards at Apple would design a little longevity into their products. I see I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. My wife has an Ipad and once again we are faced with replacing the power cord AKA  lighting cable. Seriously, who calls a USB power cord a lighting cable? Oh, right... the bone heads at Apple do

Yesterday my wife mentioned to me there was a problem with the USB power cable. I took a look and sure enough the plastic casing was self destructing. So I attempted a quick fix which lasted about as long as you would think. This morning's second attempt was to cover the damaged area of the cable with some heat shrink tubing. That done I went on line and ordered a replacement cable from the good folks at Amazon. 

Normally I would have gone to an electronics store in town however the last cable we replaced cost an arm, leg and a hunk of torso. Well this time I looked on line for a replacement. With shipping included I ordered a lighting cable that is cloth wrapped not plastic which should last a little longer. The cost of the Apple lighting cable at the electronics store $24.95. The cost of a replacement from with shipping 11.99 and I don't even have to drive into town and waste gas. 

Don't get me wrong I am all for supporting local businesses, but... As I have said over the years to others, the object of the game is to shear the sheep, not skin them alive. Not only did I not shop locally, I bought a product with (I hope) a more extended life span at 50% of the cost of an apple product. Mind you part of this problem lies with Apple and their exclusivity. They work very diligently to make sure the only place one can get anything for apple is at apple. Kinda like the wall I have hit in the past trying to get parts for my Toyota. Oh well we shall over come, eventually. 

Here are your links for the day. Read responsibly.

You can call this ironic but when a Black Lives Matter leader asks for police protection, I call it karma biting him in the ass funny.

And yet another caltrop gets tossed under the wheels of the Clinton juggernaut.

Here is yet another example of Australia being a contemporary version of Harry Harrison's Death World.    

Ah the new enhancements to Canada's Pension Plan. On the down side, higher deductions from employees and companies. On the up side, whoa, looks like there isn't an up side.

I love those gun amnesties, you see some of the strangest things turned in.

Well that's all for now from me up here North of Disorder.  

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Settling in

Looks like I'm settling in to the new morning routine. Have to say that the sit-ups are are not as easy as they once were. Right now the coffee is almost gone and breakfast is done so once this is finis I will start tackling some of the to do list.  Fall is now upon us so it's time to start on the winter preps in earnest. 

The list isn't that long and the list items aren't that life and death critical but they are things that have to be done. Today I will be putting away the lawn furniture, going into town for propane and POL* stuff and booking the furnace cleaning and I have been trying to come up with a plan to deal with a dryer issue. 

Our washer and dryer are Maytag and they work real well. The only problem has been with the filter that is in the from of the dryer. There is a felt strip that has come off and now lint gets behind the screen and I'm worried that sometime in the near future, probably over the winter, it will catch fire. Living out here in the country means we are protected by a volunteer fire department. Volunteers fire fighters are also known as basement fire fighters and that's for a very good reason. By the time they arrive on scene and are set up all that's left of the building on fire usually is the basement. 

Oh well, we shall over come... Here are a few links for you. 

A few days ago on a farm out west near Saskatoon a farmer encountered three gentlemen with masks and hand guns. Now the area farmers are rightfully concerned about this armed trio so they have started carrying firearms (shotguns, hunting rifles) in the cabs of their vehicles. The area police (RCMP) don't like this. There is only one problem with the police response "when seconds count, police are minutes away." I suspect this could be a group of bad guys looking for fertilizer to make something go boom. 

The good old Liberals are at it again. Not only do they get moving expenses but these expenses include paying legal fees to sell homes. "Baby Doc" Trudeau doesn't see a problem that his staffers  made $500,000 plus profits on the home sales yet took government money for legal fees. Personally I would have thought if a home sale was at a loss this deduction would be OK but when there is a half million profit?  What was it George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm?

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

In California the war on cow generated methane continues...   

Oh, and while we are on the subject of governments being stupid... 

Canada is looking for a new fighter aircraft. While there are several good ones out there the push is on for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F-35 has three things, it's over priced ($300 million plus per fighter), it's stealthy against radar but not infrared and it may be a flying  Edsel

According to the not so United Nations we are going to experience a little bit of economic turbulence in the next few years. 

Looks like the British are going to be on a bit of a learning curve when the first Tim Hortons opens up over there. 

Well coffee is all gone and the clouds have moved in. The weathertainers are calling for rain in the afternoon, but that's OK. I've been wet before. As for me it's time to hit the road. From up here north of disorder I'm signing off. 

* POL Petrol Oil & Lubricants, old military term.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Hey, what happend yesterday?

Yesterday started out as a normal average day around 8 AM. I said to my self, self you are getting into a rut, time to change things up. So as opposed to doing things the way I normally do, I got dressed, went down to the basement and worked out for around a half hour. Then it was breakfast and finally a shower. When all that was done, being the twit I am I went on twitter for a while. Other things got in he way (I started reading a new/old novel) and suddenly it was time for bed. It was only then that I came to the realisation that I had forgotten to blog about my meaningless life. 

Today started much the same as yesterday with the exception that I haven't forgotten the blog. My work out and breakfast done, here I sit tapping away at the personal confuser. After this is put to bed I'm planning on going out for a while. Not sure where exactly but I have to get out, I'm starting to get cabin fever. The only thing I am planning on doing is a visit to the local hobby shop where I'm going to buy a model. 

Well that about it for catching up so here are a few links and yes some are political. 

I will just put this out there... Christmas is coming and every year I get asked what I want and every year I tell people to use their imagination. Well this year I'm changing that. If you feel inclined to get me a gift this is what you can pick up for me. I promise to enjoy it responsibly. 

It looks like the start of the slippery slope for "Baby Doc" Trudeau, slowly the electorate are starting to turn on him. Is it any wonder that he needs this

It also doesn't look to good for the Canadian legal system. Is it any wonder that some people are taking Shakespeare's advice to heart?

I read this earlier and soooo very many puns came to mind. For example "this guy's job became a pain in the ass." or " I guess he just got a little behind in his work." OK enough, I can just see your eyes rolling. 

Have you ever thought about the way we are governed? One of the pillars that any government rests upon is they govern with the consent of the governed. When I see things like this and this I can't help but wonder if that consent is being partially revoked.

When you look at how little money Mrs. Clinton actually has it's not surprising to see her spend like this given what is happening.   

Why? because it was made in China.

Well at least some of the mystery has been solved. Now if they could only figure out where the rest of the billions to First Nations go that would be good. 

I leave you with one last story for you to read and to think about.

The folks at Microsoft recently announced the formation of a task force to cure cancer withing 10 years. The way it has been described the goal is to treat human cancers the same way one would treat a computer virus.

While this goal is a noble one I just wonder, if they are successful, how long it will be until they try the next step and attempt to pacify humanity? It would be for our own good of course.

Well that's all for me today from up here North of Disorder

Monday, 19 September 2016

The sun is up and so am I

This morning I was up and at 'em around 6:45 in the AM (don't ask). Once in the washroom, I managed to make myself look like a reasonable interpretation of what a human being of the male variety should look like. Next up was going downstairs to get the crap to the curb in plenty of time, I might add. 

When I stepped outside for the first time today it smacked my up side the head, there was a stillness to the air. Aside from the occasional bird chirping all was quiet, no frog in the pond singing, no buzz of insects, all was quiet. The air was crisp, clean and still. The sky was an azure blue and it felt cool, it felt like fall.

Here are a few links for you. Please read responsibly...

A lot of friends like to travel this time of the year. Being that it is 2016 they also like to post the fact they are traveling on social media with various pictures of travel stuff. Here's why that ain't such a hot idea

Just in case you thought Zeka wasn't bad enough now there's this

When I see things like this I tend to reconsider my travel wants. I guess these fools will not be happy until we are all flying nude and have to under go cavity searches before getting on a plane.

Listen up, for your next party you are going to need lots of these, they are the hottest new trend in cocktail making

Looks like the plan of action for bringing the economy back on track are not doing as well as we are meant to believe. But in Ontario at least there is some hope

I guess a lot of the folks who run the court system have never been told that not only has justice to be done, it must be seen to be done.

This court case will be interesting to watch given that under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms there is no right to own property physical or intellectual. 

So what could go wrong with being drunk, climbing a wall and playing vertical pong?  

I leave you with this one last link. This is one article that you should actually read, think about and talk to some friends about. I have read it and it scares the hell out of me.

Well look at that, it's just after nine and I'm done with the blog. You should mark that one down in your day-timer. Until the morrow that's it from up here north of disorder.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Make or mend day

Today is one of those slow ones where I tend to get caught up with little projects around the house. The weather outside is overcast and if there were a deity in control I would say he/she isn't sure if it should rain or not. I was going to mow de lawn but I'm not a fan of driving around on my lawn tractor in the rain. Sorry to disappoint you, I'm just not that hard core anymore. That's one of the nice things about being retired, there's always tomorrow. 

Beans go in
Select what you want
One of the jobs I have been putting off because it is a pain in the derrière is the cleaning of the coffee maker. 

Let me explain... 

One of the very few luxuries that my dear wife and share is the love of good coffee. To that end we have a super duper golly gee whiz bang coffee maker. This puppy does just about everything a person would want short of bringing coffee to you in bed and drinking it for you. The beans are loaded into a hopper. You set the number of cups or, if you want a single cup set it for that. With the single cup setting you can even select how big a cup you want. In addition to the other settings you can also select how strong the coffee should be. It can be as weak as a kitten up to strong enough to peel paint, it's all your choice. 

Field stripped
Sadly there comes a time when the unit has to be detail stripped and cleaned. I noticed over the last few days the grinding wasn't as effective as it once was. This is usually a good indicator that the grinder is getting clogged. Like a detailed cleaning of a firearm a detailed cleaning usually takes around a half hour. While I may bitch and moan about the tediousness of the work the end result is well worth it. One of these days it will fail just like any other coffee maker and for me that will be a sad day. We acquired the unit via points on our charge card back in the days when we were still employed and making real coin. Today while the cash is there, we are much more frugal than we used to be. When the unit finally dies and goes to coffee maker heaven, we will be in a state of mourning until we can figure out a strategy to make coffee as good. 

Well it looks like it ain't going to rain after all and I have a lawn with grass sooooo tall you could hide in it, I'm going to go a lop it down. Until tomorrow that's all I got from up here north of disorder. 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Links day...

Yesterday I went to take my wife's truck into town so I could get some stamps and mail a letter. I got into the truck, started the internal combustion engine and started to back the beast out of it's parking spot. That's when the beast "spoke" to me. I shut the beast down and popped the hood for a look. That's when I discovered the power steering fluid reservoir was low, about an inch low. Turns out that inanimate objects can communicate after all. Lucky for us we have the grey beast as a back up. So into town I went in the grey beast, got the stamps, mailed the letter and picked up some power steering fluid.  After returning home I topped up the fluid but the pump is still talking, not as loud but...

Now starts the waiting game. In the near future at the most inopportune time that pump is going to go. The big question is how long to hold off before getting it replaced or do we just ride on a wing and a prayer? The game plan was to start seriously looking at replacing the two vehicles with one new or newer one in the spring/summer of two thousand and seventeen.

That brings us up to today. It's overcast, raining, damp and miserable outside. There is nothing pressing going on so I'm staying inside today where it's warm and dry. So here are a few links for you to mull over. Politics will be involved so be advised. 

This first link I post as a public service. If you have a Galaxy note 7 that hasn't blown up real good here's what you can do.

Not that I'm looking for another reason not to visit the (not so) United States of America, here is a  another reason. Please don't get me wrong these are wonderful people, I just don't trust their judgement when deadly force is involved and there is no requirement for training to exercise that force safely.

It's a good thing that NASA finds planets that are possibly habitable. Sooner or later because of things like this we, as a species, are going to have to leave the nest in order to survive. 

Earlier I read this and three words came to mind: human growth hormone

It's starting to look like the folks who support Mrs. Clinton are starting to get desperate. It's OK, the Clinton Foundation has a lot of bucks squirrelled away.

Meanwhile over at the Donald"s camp he has been playing the media for chumps and the media ain't too happy about it. The Donald's answer to Mrs. Clinton's call to disarm the population is, as you would expect, rather controversial

Looks like some Black Cops think not only do Black Lives Matter, cop's lives matter too. Oh well looks like this is a discussion for the courts to decide.

I have always been of the opinion in politics there are no friends just interests and here is a good example of this. Turns out all the birther hoopla that was raised to depose Obama back in 2008 was started and fostered by Mrs. Clinton.

Remember way back when you were in school and had to take math and wondered if there would ever be a need for this skill? Well here's your answer

I know the odds are slim but in case you ever wondered why I call Vancouver granola country (the land of fruits, nuts and flakes), wonder no more

I can't help but think the world is a little bit more scary than it was before I saw this.

Kinda make a guy wonder how many bad guys are now in country. On the plus side the odds are still low  on being involved in a terrorist dust up.

So it looks like the gang at Marvel were just a little ahead of their time.

Sadly it appears household debt wise my wife and I are in the minority. The only debt we have is on our visa and that's paid off in it's entirety ever month. Oh there is also our part of the provincial and federal debt, but I really don't count that.

Personally I'm a single malt kinda guy but as a public service I offer you this tidbit

And with that last entry I go away now. That's it from up here North of Disorder.

Friday, 16 September 2016


Well done? Sure, no problem
Being the kind of guy I am (OK wipe that smirk off you face and hold on to see where I'm going with this) last night I happily complied with my wife's request to make dinner. Yesterday we went sustenance shopping so the pantry wasn't as bare as it normally is. One of the things we picked up was some freshly made burgers so I tossed them on the grill. My lovely wive only had one request, cook 'em well done. Being the kind of guy I am I was only too happy to oblige. 

This morning I was up early. I had to get my wife on the road (page 2, para 4, duties of husband: serve as alarm clock) for an early appointment. I was awake before my alarm because some bone head in a big diesel powered truck arrived on the street outside my house and parked there. The idling engine sound was loud enough to wake the dead. This idiot was there, truck idling, for almost an hour. Sadly aside from the fact people would talk, the driver looked to be a lot younger and more fit than me so I was deterred from going down there and having a stern word with him.

After having some coffee and a little breakfast I did some work on the new/old trailer. I removed some of the walls to shorten the box. Of course the issue of non conformity of the screws/bolts/nuts came into play. 

This time out came the sawzall with new blades. After a short length of time the bits of wall I wanted gone were gone. Later today, or maybe Monday (the weather is supposed to be crappy tomorrow) I will make up a lumber/parts list and head head into town and pickup what I need. On Monday I will start the work on the box portion of the trailer. It may not look like much but when you have all the time you want to do something you can take it slow. Yep things are finally progressing.God willing and if the creek don't rise I should have this done by the end of next week.

Well that's about all I got for now from up here North of Disorder.


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Brace yourself, winter is coming...

The days are getting shorter as the long nights of winter approach. Like somebody flipping a switch gone are the super hot, hazy and humid days of summer. In the morning the furnace has been coming one because the nights are getting cooler. The sun's rays have been reaching further into the house as the sun tracks lower and lower across the sky. I guess it time to start facing the fact we are on the slippery slope to winter. 

Yesterday I put a little work in on the new/old trailer. I'm not rushing things because I have the time to get it done right. Yesterday it took the better part of an hour to remove the front wall and the top lip. Once again I ran into the issue of the original builder using whatever nut/bolt/screw/nail combination that was at hand.

I'm planning on doing some more work on it this afternoon but first I have to go into town and pick up some sawzall blades that will cut wood and metal. I'm tired of fooling around and being genteel with this thing. I was going to salvage as much of the wood as I could but now I'm thinking to heck with it. I'm simply going to cut the metal and wood away from where I don't want it to be. 

The original idea came from this drawing
I finally have a handle on the way I want to have the project look upon completion. The game plan is for the box to be shortened to four feet. The last two feet will have a chuck box arrangement installed where I can keep my camp chef and other assorted cooking gear. 

The walls of the trailer at present are eighteen inches high. The trailer will have three feet high walls. The plan is to use half inch plywood on the inside of the walls that are already there and cut slots to fit the shelves. The top of the chuck box portion will have a lid made of quarter inch plywood. I'm going to leave the floor at the front of the trailer alone and use that area to store a spare tire and propane bottle and run a line back to the camp chef. It should be good when it's done

Here are some links for you. Today's links are mostly political so be warned and please read responsibly.

But he was such a good kid...  Good kids don't pull out fake badges and kick in doors while being armed and wearing a mask. When doing this sort of this one never knows if an armed home owner may just take exception to this behavior.

Kati Couric's new career isn't going so well. She did a documentary against gun ownership a while ago and did some rather creative editing. Now the people in the documentary are a little upset with her, the producers and the production company.

Just in case you were wondering, yes this is my favorite car.  If you have to ask why, I suspect you have no soul. In this cat it's not the destination that counts, it's the journey.

The next time you go camping one of the things you will need if you are going with a group is one of these just in case it rains. You could be one of the most popular persons on the trip. 

The CAW is in talks now with the big three and it ain't looking too good. Thanks Bob White... 

As I have said time and again to anyone with a computer, change your pass word. There are some like Colin Powell who don't bother and this is what they get.  Being the ever inquisitive guy I am, I just  had to read this. All I have to say isit's too bad that Mr. Powell chose not to run for the top job.

On the up side having the business empire he has shows The Donald can manage things. On the down side having a big international business empire it looks like The Donald may have some conflicts of interest and security issues to deal with.

While I'm not a big fan every now and again Kevin O'leary actually makes sense

Well it's time to get cracking, things to to and places to go and all that. That's all I have for you today from up here North of Disorder.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

So far it's been a bit of a lazy day. There was a bit of conflict between the weathertainers who run the Weather Network and reality. When I woke up this morning the sky was a grey and overcast yet my weather network app said it was sunny. I guess the grey overcast cloud filled sky was a simple optical illusion. 
I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
                                                                                - Joni Mitchell
                                                                                Both Sides Now
Today we are going out to spend a couple of bucks on food. Unlike all the other expenditures food is a serious one. You can give up smoking or drinking but if you give up food, well there may be some issues later down the rode like starvation. 

Yesterday I slapped on some paint remover over the nuts/bolts on the new/old trailer. So today on the agenda is a follow-up where I get to see how well, or not so well, the paint remover worked. Personally I'm voting for not so well because of the way this project has developed unexpected issues at every turn. I know a good worker doesn't blame his project for his short comings.

So to sum up... there ain't really a heck of a lot going on up here North of Disorder. Until tomorrow, à la prochaine.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Venturing south to the land of disorder

Yesterday I went down to the big city, Toronto, to see an old friend for some lunch. The trip was a little surprising with the first surprise being the traffic. I had girded up my loins for the impending max max road war but it all came to nothing. Where I planned on two hours it only took an hour and a half which left me plenty of time to find parking. 

My first parking attempt was at a large mall called York Dale. I found a spot and had exited the grey monster when I noticed a parking enforcement guy stepping out of his truck, ticket book in hand. I stopped and looked at him, he stopped and looked at me... I turned around got in the grey beast smiled at the parking guy, who returned the smile, and I drove away.  

My next attempt at finding a parking spot proved to be more fruitful, I actually found a spot outside the deli where we were doing lunch. Once parked I did the only thing I could being as early as I was, I took a nap. My eyelids had barely closed when there was the touch of a hand on my shoulder.  Looking up there was a do-gooder of the female persuasion with concern stamped all over her face. I smiled and explained to her that I was a little early for a lunch meeting with a friend and was simply taking a nap. The  do-gooder of the female persuasion smiled at me, apologized for interrupting my nap and walked away. 

Lunch with my friend R was better sweet. The food at the deli was very good as I expected having eaten there before. The conversation with my friend was good, we regaled ourselves with tails of summer past. But, ah there it is that damned "but," we are getting a little older. R has ten years on my sixty two and like a majority of septuagenarians the warranty has expired. We see each other every few months so the gap in time makes the changes more evident. I'm sure he sees the changes in me as well and feels kinda the way I do. Oh well, as they say "life, no getting out of it alive." 

When we left the deli I dropped him off at the subway and I went to a hobby shop where I had learned the prices were real cheap. I was looking at getting a new kit to work on. Sadly the majority of the kits were already open thus the reason for the low prices. I learned years ago that an open box usually meant missing parts and major frustration later on. 

I took the back roads home seeing there was no real rush. With the windows down and the music turned up I enjoyed the drive. Aside from being cut off twice and getting stuck behind a big truck doing twenty kilometers per hour under the posted speed limit, there was no real issues going home. All in all it was a good day. As I drove along in the sunshine with the wind whistling through the stubbly remains of my hair listening to seventies music, I couldn't help but remember something Carl Segan once said... "And then there will be one last perfect day." 

Here are some links for you. Please remember some of these may be political in nature, so be warned. 

 This is a tragic tail of death by stupidity. A Florida guy says "I wonder if this bullet proof vest still works?" So his cousin says "Hey let's find out!" Yes friends Florida still reigns supreme in  the stupid category. 

Looking at the news last night I noticed a rash of cop screw up stories. I can understand street cops getting busted  but when it comes to the military police I have to think, what the fu*k?

Now the story comes out... First he was having an affair with one of his "young enough to be his daughter" staffers. Then he took up with the mother of his staffer and decided to dump the kid, that's when things took a turn for the worst. Personally I see a movie script in the making here. 

Now police want to use AI to predict when crime will happen so they can be proactive. Sure, what could go wrong with this idea?

Ah The Donald, it looks like Mr Trump is giving Mrs. Clinton a run for her money. I'm starting to suspect Mrs. Clinton's obfuscation is catching up with her. While Mrs. Clinton can't fool all the people all the time she needs to start fooling a majority of the people most of the time.  

Speaking of not being able to fool all the people all the time, looks like little Leonardo DiCaprio has been caught out. Note to Leo... People aren't as dumb as you think they are. 

That all for today from up here North of Disorder.

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I was going to get my blood work done this morning, so I was up at the crack of nine thirty(ish). After doing the shower thing and making...