Monday, 30 January 2017

So much for being smug

Last night before I finally packed it in my wife, who was playing her game, paused and asked me what was going on in Quebec. I looked back at her and gave a little shrug and replied "I dunno." A quick search of the on line media and I found the first reports of the attack. 

In Quebec city a Mosque had been attacked. It was shot up while people were worshipping. First reports had two dead and the shooters were on the run. Shortly the butcher's bill rose to five and this morning the total was six. Add to this five more in critical condition and fourteen who have received minor injuries. Having been through an armed confrontation I can say while those injuries may be physically minor but the mental ones probably aren't. The memories of seeing friends butchered will stay in their heads, haunting them for a long time.
May the victims of this attack rest in peace

One of the shooters was caught quickly. The other got away but for whatever reason called police from fifty kilometres away. Shooter two told the police where he was and that he wanted to cooperate. On the plus side at least two of the bad guys have been caught. I say at least because there is always the chance there will be more of these cockroaches in the shadows. 

Well so much for being all smug and condescending about how well we Canadians get along verses other countries and their religious issues. So now the media is scrambling for information. An unnamed source has said the shooters were students at Laval University in Quebec City and one was of Moroccan origin. Witnesses to the shooting have stated that while the shooters were going about there work they were yelling "Allahu Akbar". Now whether these statements are true, only time will tell.

The media are right to say there is a tolerance issue in Canada and it's not surprising the issue came to the fore in Quebec. Of all the provinces the most intolerant and arrogant of  Canadians are those who live in La Bell Province. How can I judge them? I base my feelings on the way I was treated when I lived there. As an Anglo and a Protestant I was nothing more than a second class citizen. 

To say last night's events have disturbed and offended me comes nowhere near how I feel. What I feel is raw anger that someone could, in the name of religion, choose to end a life. While I may not be a fan of the Muslim religion I respect it and those who practise it. I also firmly believe in the non aggression principal. No one individual or group has the right to initiate violence against another group or individual because aggression is inherently illegitimate. As Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote:

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,"
I just wish that more people felt this way but it looks like I am in the minority. 

Soon there will be others who will probably take up the banner and try to smite the foe (who ever that is) in an attempt to exact retribution. There will be others who will use this horrible act to promote their agendas. Plus there will be a lot of hand wringing over the next few days. The only winners in all this will be the media bean counters who will see a slight bump in the viewers/readers. As for the rest of us, the dead and wounded in last nights horrific act are not the only victims. An act like this wounds us all, it is an injury to our humanity and tolerance for our fellow man.

That's it for me from up here... no, I  just can't right North of Disorder. Last night chaos came for a visit to my home and made my closing statement a lie.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Oh my goodness it's early

Outside our home just
before pulling in.
Last night we were out bound to the wannabe city where we met a friend for dinner. The grill was turning out some real good food and dinner was great. The only issue about the meal was the size. There was enough food on our plates to feed a small village. 

All the while we were there it snowed. It snowed on the way in making the drive mildly concerning. During the meal I kept glancing out the windows at the snow. After an hour and a half, knowing how the town and township are stingy with their snow removal cash, we headed for home. The drive home wasn't too bad. It looked like a lot of folks had taken the advice of the weathertainers and stayed off the streets.

Last night, with a full belly, I hit the hay around eleven and was fast asleep by eleven oh one. Of course my body had to betray me. I was wide awake around six so after laying there cursing my body's inevitable betrayal I got up. 

In the quiet dark of the early morning I had a bite to eat then took a look around for the missing Tilley Hat. I had all but given up finding it when way back in my noggin a dim light came on. While I had checked (or thought I had checked) the main closet, this time I took a look between the coats. Sure enough there was the hat. It had fallen down from the shelf and was wedged between two coats. I know it's a little thing but finding the hat with fishing license inside means not having to replace the card.

Today's links
Have you ever been so against something that you have pledged to cut off your nuts if it happened? Well these guys have and all I can say is on the plus side if the follow through their genes will be removed from the pool. 

El Presidente Trump's anti free trade, protect America jobs stance is nice but there are unintended consequences. He just gave the candy shop keys to the Chinese when he pulled out of TPP. 

Recently the Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday clock to two and a half minutes before midnight. One person who agrees with the Atomic Scientists is Mikhail Gorbachev who firmly believes the world is on the path to war. All this worry could be for nothing if you believe what this Russian scientist has said. The astronomer thinks the world is going to get hit with a serious sized asteroid in February.

Our Prime Minister AKA The Chosen One recently did a series of town hall meetings with the great unwashed public. The aim was to show he had their best interests at heart and to boost his ratings. It didn't work... 

That's all I got for now. Until tomorrow bye for now from up here North of Disorder.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Yippee it's Saturday

Last night when I hit the sack I was over tired. I figured that since I grabbed that two hour nap yesterday I'd have to stay awake a little longer to compensate. The theory was sound but the execution was flawed. It took a while before I entered the Land of Nod. Then there were the usual disturbances of wife coming to bed late and cat coming to bed later and wanting to play. Knowing these hurdles were ahead I didn't bother to set the alarm clock.

When I got up this morning it was the crack of ten. I looked at the honey-do list and much to my surprise there is only two things that I need to get done. I have to get off my butt and deal with the snow that came down all last night and I have to search for my Tilley Hat. I know that it's around somewhere and it's important I find it. You see inside the Tilley Hat there is a little pocket where a guy can stash things. In my case inside that little hidden pocket is my boaters card, which I don't need now and my fishing license which I do. Meh, not to worry I have time. I just don't want to get into the last minute panic and have to start ripping through things to fine it. 

Just a pretty puppy picture...
Since it's Saturday one of our friends has suggested dinner out tonight so a little later I will get rid of the seven days of facial hair on my ugly old puss and try to look more like the fine upstanding person I am than a homeless man. Not sure where we are going but I'm looking forward to it. We do need to get out more but it appears we have entered the hermit zone. Oh well spring is right around the corner and coming soon

Today's links

Have you ever been so mad at another person's parking skills that you accidentally stabbed yourself while trying to slash the other guys tires? 

And yet another "sport" is under the microscope for the possibility of participants using performance enhancing drugs.  

Looks like the era of state controlled media may be coming to Canada.

With all the bad and worse news I see day in and day out there are times when I feel like applying for a job like this

I saw this little article earlier and it reinforced the fact that when you take into account the average intelligence of the population, then 49% of the people you meet will be of lower than average intelligence.

It may take a while but you can't hide the fact that your sheep is really a dog from the law forever. 

At least there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel in Alberta. Now all they have to do is work out the details.

An interesting take on El Presidente Trump.  

Looks like the Mexicans are not the only ones who are looking over their shoulders

The last time the Liberals did a revamp like this shortly afterwords the firearms registry was brought in. A failed program that cost several billion dollars before the feds gave it up as a huge money pit that did nothing for safety. 

Things are still looking grim down east because of that ice storm. This is why you should always have a plan B, you never know how long it will be before things return to normal. 

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

Friday, 27 January 2017

The winter doldrums

This morning after a very much interrupted night I was up early because the ladies were coming by. The usual coffee injection didn't seem to help at all. Dragging my butt didn't even begin to describe the way I was feeling. After the ladies left I went for a nap... Two hours later here I am at the personal confuser, whining.

My future coffee table
While the ladies were doing their thing and I was downstairs hiding in the den I noticed the old suitcase. The old suitcase was once owned by my late Father-in-law. It's an old nineteen fifties vintage thing that's in relatively good condition and now it just sits in my den collecting dust. It's too big to use when traveling but I just don't want to let it go, it reminds me too much of my Father-in-law who I still miss very much. While I was looking at it an idea came to mind, I'm going to repurpose the old suitcase into a coffee table and as a place to store all the board games we have. 

I just can't wait until the weather is nice enough to let me get some work done outdoors in the workshop. The big issue now is the size of the work area. At 8' by 12' There's really not a lot of room when all the paraphernalia are taken into account. For the larger jobs I like to set up the saw horses outside and do the cutting their. That's a little hard to do when there's a foot and a half of snow on the ground. 

 Looking to the now as opposed to the future I see that I'm going to be using the snow blower this afternoon. Much as I really don't feel like it, the white stuff have been coming down since before I got up this morning. I guess since I haven't had the snow thrower out for a while I was getting used to the mild weather.  One other thing I found out was that due to the colder weather the guy who runs the place where we are going ice fishing has put the huts back on the ice. Now hopefully the ice will not be an issue and we will all have a good time. 

The view from my side window

Looking out the front window I see that I have to go deal with the mess plow guy left a little while ago so I have to run. That's all for now from up here North of Disorder.  

Thursday, 26 January 2017

It's all good, really...

Because of various factors I haven't been sleeping well. As a chronically tired person there are times when I would like to chew someones head off. Occasionally I do but mostly I don't. Today was one of those days where I wanted to rip somebody a new a-hole but didn't. 
It's thinking of visuals like this that keeps me sane...

After finally drifting off to sleep late last night my day started with a phone call at oh-my-goodness it's early (9:18 AM). I picked up the phone and a female voice asked if would like to partake in a survey. I didn't reward the caller with a reply, I didn't rip her head off, I simply hung the phone up.  My day was started...

After being on line for a while the phone chirped again. Knowing that 99.99% of the phone calls we get are for my wife I have adopted the procedure of letting her answer it. Of course when there still is a 0.01% chance of the call being for me eventually my number will come up. My wife gave me the phone and again I spoke with a female voice. It was the assistant at the specialist's office calling as a follow-up to see if the hospital had contacted me about getting rid of the infernal kidney stone. 

Once again I was polite and answered her questions but inside I was seething. I'm coming up for the first anniversary of the start of the pain from this stone. A pain that never goes away now. A pain that increases should I exercise. A pain that, for the last year, has had me slowly going bonkers. Arrggg... Well on the plus side at least now I know that something will be done. Hopefully sooner rather than later. It's all good, really...

Today's links

Looks like the Chinese have their own Wrong Way Corrigan. This guy took his bicycle and was on the road going home for a month before finding out he was headed the wrong way.  

Mr. Trump has made good with his threat of a wall between his country and Mexico. To say the least the Mexicans are not happy with this development. Not to be outdone we up here in Canada have our own take on the wall.

OK ask yourself this: How far would you let your hairstylist go in giving you the perfect look?

There are still a few prognosticators who are looking to the year ahead and predicting things. One of those to pay attention too is this guy, having received the Nobel prize for economics he may just know a thing or two. As for Canada's future, all we have to worry about is if "Da Boss" changes his mind about us. 
This is the kind of thing that can really get out of hand, thank goodness the missile had a fail-safe

I saw this and the first thought I had was this person was the fall guy for the alleged Russian hacking. Now I wonder if it's been found out that he was the source of the American intelligence about the Russian hacks. I also find the timing of this arrest strange as it comes so close after Mr. Trump was briefed on the Russian hacks. Hummm... I know this is what happens when you have too much time on your hands.

That's about enough from up here North of Disorder.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Links day

There really isn't anything to write about just now so here are a few links for you...

It turns out that in the smarts department dog owners shouldn't be as smug as they are. Cats, as I well know, have smarts too

This is my cat who was in the process of giving me "the look."
There are always unintended consequences, take for example raising the cost of the fuel to heat homes in order to reduce pollution... 

People in Alberta are cheering that nice guy, Mr. Trump. He is going to OK a couple of new pipelines... with a few conditions attached of course. 

Looks like the folks in Quebec (Canada's answer to the 3rd world) are at it again

People in the US of A are just not learning from the past and have forgotten that what goes up must come down

Message to Mr. Trump: TIME TO MOVE ON.

In the city of Toronto there has always been a rat race and now it looks like the rats are winning

And speaking of rats, here's one that just got 4 years in jail

I guess these guys have never watched Blade Runner

Now if this was a vaccine one could inject there would be hope, but this... 

There's a cute and cuddly red panda on the loose from the Virginia Zoo. It's nice to see that it wasn't a Toronto Zoo screw up for a change. 

That's all for today from up here North of Disorder.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ice fishing may not be what it's cracked up to be...

When ice huts are going to be on the
ice, this is not a good thing.
Another grey overcast day, ho hum... The weather is still way to mild for this time of year and that's a little disturbing. I found out yesterday via the magic of email (hey I'm old, everything electronic is magic to me) that the ice hut operator of the place where we are supposed to go fishing has pulled the huts off the lake. Considering the loss of revenue for him, to pull the huts means it really isn't safe because of the conditions. While I'm not happy about this the alternative of sleeping with the fishes in their habitat isn't something I am inclined to favor.

Well the ice fishing trip is something to worry about in a few weeks. As for today I'm going to hitch a ride with my lovely wife to the semi big city. When she is safely ensconced at the place where she needs to be I'm planning to head over to Princess Auto to pick up a few things. As a man I like this store because it's a man's store full of manly stuff. While there are a few things I actually want I enjoy the simply pleasure of walking the aisles looking at stuff meant for my gender. 

Today's links

News of an oil spill that took place a few days ago out west has surfaced. Of the two hundred thousand liters spilled roughly one hundred and seventy have been recovered. I guess it could have been a lot worse

It looks like the Trump administration has taken a page from the Hugo Chávez play book about dealing with the press

I understand that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has a job to do but targeting a child in a sting is a little much. 

Looks like another step in partially getting Canada out from under the American elephant has been made in Europe and this is a good thing.

Looks like the Americans are thinking about leaving the United nations. At first I thought this was a classic false news story until I started checking the links. I wonder if this will turn out the same as when the Americans declined to join the League of Nations. Without the Americans the League of Nations failed in it's primary task of preventing war with the end result being WW2.

One last thing to think about... What do these guys know that the rest of us don't?

That the end of today's meandering from up here, North of Disorder.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Roared into action...

The sun's up and so am I
It was 9 in the morning when the alarm went off. I leapt out of bed and roared into action, looking left and right for the source of the commotion... That's how things happened in my mind this morning. In reality the alarm went off as my wife was in the shower. Before I could muster the energy to turn off the infernal noise it had run trough a minute and stopped. I had made the decision (hey I'm a guy and I can make decisions as required you know.) to start using the alarm for 9 AM. Recently I've found that my day has been starting later and later with me still in a bath robe around noon. Well that ends now, today, this very instant. 

After a little sustenance I went into town picked up and replaced the blade on my wife's truck. While I was at the store, blades in hand, I had an epiphany. When I returned to the truck I swapped out the old blades right there in the lot and tossed the packaging, old blades and other trash into their garbage can. I figured since I don't have a nice warm cozy garage to work in so why not do it there and let them take care of the refuse. As far as refuse goes I have managed to get our trash load down to 1 measly bag every 2 weeks. Everything else goes to recycling so take that you environazis!

Today's links

Marshall McLuhan once wrote "The medium is the message" meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in any message it would transmit or convey. I wonder what the message these folks were trying to convey was on the weekend. From the looks of some of these photos I suspect the message was that they are useful idiots. Then there was Dion Bews who on the weekend while protesting in favor of women's rights sucker punched a female reporter. I wonder what the message was there... Um, do as I say not as I do?

Go granny, go granny, go granny go

Looks like Arlene Dickinson has Kevin O'Leary's number all right. Personally I think if he becomes leader of the Conservative Party the party is doomed. 

Looks like there may be some hope for me after all. Hey if this guy can do Pakour then...

Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks fellows in my country are too sensitive.  

I thought it was a little strange that The Donald kept coming up on my twitter feed and now I know why. Well at least for the folks who actually like Trump have a place to go and find that special Trump loving person just for them. 

Speaking of Trump... so it begins...

The land of Oz where everything tries to kill you is making it easier for travelers to visit. Could this be because they are running out of victims? Or... Could it be they are looking to track and control people in a more efficient way?

Well that's all I got for now. Have as good a day as you can. From up here North of Disorder, see you tomorrow.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

01-22-2017... Earth abides

Sun is sort of up. Actually this morning the sun never really rose the light went from very dark grey to a grey fog outside. I know, you're thinking how does he know this. Well as it turned out I woke up around five thirty and after laying there for a half hour I finally thought to myself "Self you are not going back to slumber land." and with that admission I got quietly up. 

I checked the news after sitting down to the personal confuser and sure enough down south the vibrations from Trumps win are still reverberating. By the looks of thing there are those who will simply not let it go. I wonder what these folks would do if faced with real issues.

Meh... it's all good, at least it is for me since I don't have to be involved in the snowflake fabricated nonsense. My worldly concerns these days are going into town today to pick up a pair of windshield wiper blades. This is what happens when you are ham fisted by the way. I cracked the plastic on one the other day when I was trying to get it unstuck from the windshield it was frozen to. I know I should have been patient. Well if I had patients I'd be a doctor. 😁  Other concerns for me are taking a look a the air cleaner in our truck to make sure no mice have made a home. Then on the list is an oil change for the generator. This I shall do sometime during the next week or two. But for now, for right this instant I am content with sitting here and watching the world go by as the snowflakes go into their version of apoplectic seizures. 

That's all from me up here North of Disorder

Saturday, 21 January 2017

No boom today...

The left's punishment of an inanimate object
for Trump's win
Since the American election it's been rather interesting as an outsider watching the snowflakes on the left go through their tantrums. For them Trump is unworthy to be in the oval office. 

Lets not forget the left's prognostications of doom and gloom. To listen and read some of the stuff written one would think his arrival was the opening phase of Armageddon. The left forgets two things, he came to be in office via the democratic process and people rise to the occasion.

Yes, yes I know all about the suspected Russian involvement. Well it looks like they are as afraid of Trump as the left wing snowflakes are although not in the same way.

It's been twenty four hours since Donald Trump was sworn in and the world is still intact, there has been no boom. As Susan Inanova* once said "No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow"

Like the fictional space station Babylon 5, here on this big old rock we all live on there's always a boom tomorrow. But until that boom effects me I will be here North of Disorder enjoying today. 

* Fictional character on a TV show called Babylon 5.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Butt draging...

I've been rather lethargic so far today, not sure if it's from external or internal issues. Internally, I had to take some melatonin last night and that could (but probably isn't) still be working it's way out. Externally it could be the effect of how I feel about what's going on south of the border. Today marks the turning of the first page of the second chapter in the dystopian novel we are living right now thanks to the American voters.   

Here's a pretty sunrise for you to show that things aren't that bad...
I managed to get the basement squared away late yesterday and now that it's all cleaned up there's the little matter of dragging out my ice fishing gear. Silly, silly me I wasn't even thinking about it when I put the stuff away. Why am I thinking about it now? A little earlier I got an email from my bro W about some of the logistics for the up coming "Boys politically incorrect get away." Looks like the trip is shaping up to be a good time. Personally I still would rather spend the time in Vagas where the only ice to worry about is in our drinks, but hey that's just me.  

Today's Links

All I have to say about this is it's a good thing the British cops don't generally carry guns... 

I never did like that Hitchcock movie called The Birds so I shall not be visiting Ottawa any time in the near future.

Ah WW2, the gift the keeps on giving. But meanwhile at the film shoot, the show must go on.

The more people agitate to raise the minimum wage the more of this we will see

I guess this guy thought he had checked in at the Ritz Carlton

One small step for man, one little high for mankind.   

Having had the experience of working in the military I think the reports are greatly exaggerated. The most likely reason for this was so they could have a pee break.  

Looks like somebody is finally getting a handle on our Prime Minister of sunny ways. 

Once again we see that is just is not possible to fix stupid

A long time ago when I was a kid there was a TV show called the Littlest Hobo starring a dog named London. Well it looks like London's legacy continues... 

Well it's time for me to get my butt in gear so that's it from up here, North of Disorder.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A shiny or two

Just got back from the semi big city. It was one of those kill "several birds with one stone" trips. My lovely wife had an appointment and I wanted to get an item in town so we merged our resources and took the drive.

Stop one was to let my lovely lady off at where her appointment was and carry on my merry way. Stop two was to visit Cabela's and pick up a new shiny for "Da boys politically incorrect weekend" a trip I will be on in a few weeks. I'll be heading north to the middle of nowhere Ontario where I will spend four glorious days pretending to ice fish. 

Being the rough outdoors type I am, I'm bringing my personal confuser, a DVD player and a thirty two inch TV. To power all this I will also be bringing my little 98 pound Yamaha 2600 watt generator. The easiest way to move the generator around will be on my new shiny, an ice sled. Last year my bro-in-law P brought his generator and an ice sled so I already know how well this combo works. 

I've been meaning to pick a sled up for a while now but the cost held me back. At Cabela's the cheapest one was listed at $49.99 plus tax and I figured for a hunk of plastic this was a little much. My game plan was to hold off till February and if the sleds were not on sale by then I would forget about buying and go to plan be, borrow one. 

This morning I just happened to get the email flyer and sure enough there was the sled at $29.99 and  I could even hitch a ride with my wife. Once I was at the cash the lady rand up the price as $49.99 which I quickly corrected with the use of my smart phone and then internet.  Then I was off to refresh our stock of coffee and pick up my wife. 

On the way home there was one other stop to make and that was to pick up an item I ordered from Amazon, a bipod for my MVP. Of course the ten year old took control of me when I entered our domicile. I just had to mount the bipod on the rifle even though it will be a few more months until I get to the range. 

Today's links
It is going to be interesting when the reality of the kind of job losses in the not so United States becomes clear to The Donald. It really isn't jobs going to other countries, it's automation.

In Chicago only the bad guys and the police have guns, but I repeat myself... 

Here is a suggestion that is just to smart so of course it will not be done. 

With the protectionist attitude of the new folks in Washington this brought a smile to my face for the the irony. 

You know maybe if the price does come down buying these could be a good deal. 

Maybe we have hit peak oil... 

Well until tomorrow that's all from me North of Disorder.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The sound of ice...

Earlier I stepped outside to look at the extent of the ice on the trees. The first this that struck me was not the visual effect of trees covered in ice but rather the sound. With ever little breeze the tree limbs move and with that movement come a crinkling sound. As sounds go this almost feel ominous. 

The weathertainers had predicted the temp would rise a bit and the freezing rain would turn to simple rain. The weathertainer's prognostication didn't happen. The temp stayed constant and the freezing rain turned to freezing drizzle. 

Lucky for us there is nothing on the agenda which calls for our leaving the nest. The important things on my list are to have a bit of lunch then get to resume my work cleaning out the basement. Who knows, since the plow guy has been by and put some sand on the street I may just slide on down to our mail box. Today may just be the day I get a letter saying when the rock in my kidney will be taken care of.

Today's links
Life imitating art? Art predicting the future? You be the judge... 

The Central Intelligence Agency just managed to up stage wikileaks by making a data dump of it's own. Twelve million files on line for your viewing pleasure.

One of the places in the not so United States that an armed robber is ill advised to rob is a gun shop

Another step on the way to having Doctors armed with a Star Trek style medical Tricorder. Add in this little function and now we're talking some pretty cool stuff. 

In a little more than one day Mr. Obama will be gone.  It turns out that Obama's legacy isn't "Yes we can" it's more the twilight of American power

Now the American Republicans under Ryan on the other hand are just full of surprises and this has the gang in the Alberta oil patch worried. Paul Ryan's proposal should be worrying everybody but never fear, according to the Conference Board of Canada everything's fine. 

So far as Trump's coming reign I think the only one who actually has a handle on what may happen is Gwynne Dyer who says we all should take a Valium.

That's it for now, I'm off to resume my duties as a seller dweller cleaning up the mess I made.  So long from up here North of Disorder.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ice, a pretty cool thing

I finally got to see a movie I was wanting to see called The Arrival last night. Lucky for me the movie lives up to it's expectations. Funny thing about it was noticing some of the scenes that were in the promos but not in the flick. It was a... ahem... thought provoking movie nevertheless. 

All is right with the world
When I finally turned out the lights last night the weathertainers were prognosticating a TEOTWAWKI ice event. The warnings were serious enough that my wife had even rescheduled two appointments she had for today. When I woke up this morning I was happy to see that, aside from a little ice on some of the tree branches and the windows of our truck, it was life as normal. The heat was working, the power was on and life was good. 

What didn't happen today
Funny thing about the weathertainers they are caught between a rock and a hard place. On one side if they don't put out the warnings and something happens they are crucified. One the other side when the do put out the warnings and nothing happens they are crucified. Add to this that as a part of the news organization which the bean counters have decreed shall make a profit and you have the perfect storm (pun intended) of media embellishment.

Today's links

A while ago a person at a Gay Pride parade was taken out by a drone that crashed into her. Time passes... Latest word is that the drone operator has been smacked in court for his incompetence. 

If you are a science fiction geek like me I'm sure you have heard the command "deflectors up." Well the command "deflectors up" might not be in the realm of science fiction for too much longer. 

I read this and was surprised Washington DC wasn't on the top of the list

Good news for farmers in California who, under law, have to reduce the amount of methane created by their cows.  

And this is what the Canadian military wanted to buy? Overpriced junk

The British wants a simple out from the EU while the folks in Germany say good luck with that. 

Here at home the natural ruling party is seeing a downwards trend in support

I have often wondered how a little thing like making a tweet can make such an impact. Well I guess if the twit doing the tweet is Trump it's self explanatory. 

I'm going to really have to get out and check my lottery tickets, who knows I might win just enough to make a bid on one of these.  

Say... isn't this the way one of the planet of the apes movies started

So you really don't like the way your boss meters out punishment? Well it could always be worse

And here we have one last link that I dedicate to my big bro W who is a computer Luddite.

That's enough for me from up here North of Disorder.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Curtain of Death

Cover art shamelessly stolen
Yesterday was a nice peaceful time that started with my getting up late. When I say late I mean even later than normal, sometime way after 11 to be exact. Even with getting up as late as that I had only managed to get around 5 hours of sleep. I know you are asking yourself what's up with that old night owl?  Well the blame squarely falls on the shoulders of one W. E. B. Griffin

A few days ago I started to read the third book in his Clandestine Operations Series, Curtain of Death. This series takes place at the end of the second world war, at the very beginning of the CIA. It was around midnight when I found myself wide awake with only two hundred or so pages to go so I thought the hell with it and plowed on. I finished the last page at sixteen minutes to four then, of course, I had to lay there a while until my brain shut off and I could go to sleep. 

Yesterday getting up as late as I did plus being as lethargic as I was, very little got done. The only thing of note was getting some info on the up coming ice fishing adventure. Jeez getting that info was like pulling teeth. I had forgotten to write down the dates of the trip so I sent an email to friend F who replies with a non reply. Then I texted my bro W who says I should already know and "who are you anyway?". So I established my bonafides, gave him a lame story (admit I screwed up? I don't think so.) and he gave me the information. Now the only thing on my mind about the trip is the inevitable unintended consequences. One thing I learned a long time ago is if toy want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.  Oh well, we shall overcome.

Today's Links
Looks like the snitch line Crime Stoppers may be dealt a serious blow. Just remember kids, if you're gonna snitch there could be repercussions and if you are not willing to face then then don't snitch.

Not only is Big Brother watching you it looks like Little Brother is all set to get in on the action

Looks like Little Trump wants Canada to take another step towards having the best government money can buy

Adding these three things together: minding your own business, plus trying to get into your own car, plus being black,  yep that's a beating and an arrest

 Seeing things like this and this makes me wonder what's coming next. Time to go get the tinfoil hat and think about this.

Since I already have my tinfoil hat on I can say that this doesn't surprise me at all.

If it had not been for the fact I know how they train their animals (how do you get an elephant to kneel? With backhoes.) I would have been sorry to see these guys go. As I have said before, if you want to go see animals live without the expense of flying to the far coroners of the world, visit here.  

That's all I got for now from up here North of Disorder.    

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Blog resums tomorrow

I had a very late night so the blog will resume publication on Monday. Until then here's a pretty picture.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The path...

This wonderful day found me all slept out after 11 hours in la la land. Yesterday I found that I was really tired so I headed off to the land of nod around 11:30 last night. Next thing I know there's the house mistress in my face meowing at me. My wife had gotten up earlier and let me sleep so when I got downstairs a pot of java was on and I started to wake up.  

The carved path. Note, path is 28
inches wide
Today I wish I had one of these
After the java and some breakfast I got cleaned up and dresses then went out to do a job I had been dreading, I had to cut a path through snow. Snow that had been warmed and rained upon and frozen to almost a  cement texture. The path was to go from the driveway out to my workshop. The snow wasn't that deep, maybe a foot and a bit but it was hard. The job was done in around 20 minutes but the 20 minutes was a test of machine and me. Lucky for me the machine was up to the task. As for me, I'm taking a few minutes off before going to work in the basement to finish what I started yesterday. 

Today's links
If you are one of the folks like me who uses WhatsApp well it looks like it may not be as secure as you have been told. The gang over at Facebook have known about this flaw for a while but don't really care.

A single mother to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Trudeau, "Please help me..." Prime Minister Trudeau to the single mother... "No..."  

Seeing this court ruling, I wonder if it means a person can go firebomb city hall as an act of criticizing government

It's nice to see the good guys win one for a change even though the bad guys will not pay any attention to this ruling. 

Sadly Mr. Murphy is right about what's happening at city hall. It's not just Toronto it's most if not all major cities. This is called social entropy.

Here is a story from our esteemed reporter Chicken Little about the future with Trump at the helm. One thing I have found over the years is that predicting the future isn't as easy as one would think.

I would dare to say the majority of my friends are petrified with fear thinking about firearms. personally I'm OK with them since I understand they are inanimate objects that can be used for evil or, as in this case, good.

Well the basement calls so I must go. That's it from up here North of Disorder.  

Friday, 13 January 2017


Good morning and happy Friday the 13 to you. For those who suffer from Triskaidekaphobia you have my sympathies now get over it.

Today will be one of those up and down days. The weather has been a little strange (so what's new?) with us being located in "the hole." This means the snow has been missing us for the time being but that could change in a heartbeat.
Today's task
One of the things that tends to happen in December is all the Christmas stuff gets dragged out and put up. No thought is given by me regarding future access so the maintenance room tends to look like a bomb went off. Usually mid way through January after everything has been taken down I get t reassemble things. Well that day is now upon me. I know that I could save myself a lot of grief but being a guy that's not my style.  

Today's links

Well here's a group of hearty souls who do not suffer from Triskaidekaphobia.

They may give five good reasons to go back to an MS browser but I will counter those five reasons with one, and that reason is... it's Microsoft.

What can one actually say about goat yoga that hasn't been said before? Goat yoga... wait, what?

Just for you, the Aussies now have their own version of the taco. Of course not to be outdone Taco Bell makes their counter move. Who knows where this will all end? Maybe this person does...

I remember having a conversation with cousin P from Germany when the VW emissions scandal broke. One thing that he said, which I found a little hard to swallow, was all the manufactures were doing it. Well  looks like his statement wasn't that far off base.

Would somebody please tell me how someone could actually think something like this was a good idea,
While the folks at Tesla Motors are making some progress. The issues in my mind are: a range of only 170 miles (273 Kilometers) on a flat surface, a minimum charging time of half an hour, questionable battery lifespan when subjected to the cold and what to do with a worn out battery pack. So this is not for me right now.

If you listen carefully you will be able to hear the faint sobs from Obama.

Meanwhile on the Conservative leadership battle ground we have another marksman who has successfully shot himself in the foot.

Yesterday was a good day in El Salvador where no murders were committed over a twenty four hour period. I figure they were awaiting the next shipment of ammo.

On that upbeat note I shall end today's post from up here North of Disorder.

New shiny

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...