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Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Crew Suspend Scientist For Folk Song About Prime Minister

I ran this on the blog when it first appeared back in June. Now scientist Tony Turner has been suspended.

It is OK Tony, we are going to fire Steve, no suspensions or probation for

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Learn About Conservatives

Here’s a fun way to learn about the Conservative Party of Canada.

Reminds me of how I speak of Prime Minister Harper while on Twitter, I reference this guy instead:

I have been Prime Minister for 10 years. #elxn42 #cdnpoli

— Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) August 4, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

This is great improv acting and a great concept for a video.

Cowichan Conversations: Margaret Atwood column pulled, re-posted on National Post website

One of the advantages of the second longest campaign in Canadian history is that there is more time for voters and pundits to observe and comment on the various leaders, parties and issues. What Harper

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Badge

Here’s a joke about the Boy Scouts standing behind Harper for a photo-op he arranged.

#HarperScoutBadges: The "Wipe the Logs of the Robocall Database" badge #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August 21, 2015

Scouts aren’t allowed to appear in uniform at political events.

Dead Wild Roses: Thank Goodness for Rick Mercer and the CBC – The Para-Pan Am Games

Rick Mercer reports on our Canadian para-Panam/para-Olympic athletes with a vivacious gusto and aplomb that leaves one smiling and quite pleased to be Canadian. I am very glad the CBC exists and can provide a platform for the likes of Mercer and the good, often funny, work that he does.

Filed under: Canada, Humour Tagged: Canada, CBC, Para Pan Am Games, Rick Mercer

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

It's funny but I think they left out female MPs to make it look like CPC are a bunch of old white men

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) July 30, 2015

This is hilarious. 13 Conservative MPs deliver the same PMO script. #WeAreBorg #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) July 29, 2015

Trained seals…..

— Brent Rathgeber, MP (@brentrathgeber) July 30, 2015

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective. e.g.:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Insane! Ludicrous! Plaid!

I knew this was a Spaceballs movie reference when I heard “ludicrous mode”. “Ludicrous speed” is attained by a spaceship in the Spaceballs movie.

#Tesla Roadster in my driveway on Canada Day.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 3, 2015

It leaves us wondering what comes next for Tesla. Bizarre Mode? Singularity Generator? A test track built around the Large Hadron Collider? Actually, Musk is, yet again, one step ahead.

In a statement, the billionaire hinted: “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neigbourhood

Richard HughesPolitical Blogger

So many of us check our email while still half asleep and the coffee is being made, I am no different in that regard.

It can be uplifting, depressing or hilarious.

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Dead Wild Roses: Rick’s Rant – Canadian PM either Psychotic or Lying.

Remember when the PMO was actually accountable to Canadians? I do, and I can certainly remember when it stopped…oh hello there Canadian Conservative Party…

Filed under: Canada, Ethics, Humour Tagged: PM either Psychotic or Lying, PMO, Rick Mercer Rant

mark a rayner: Fahrenheit 1600

The Amazon servers take even more heating… Alltop is hot for the funny. Cartoon via Hungry for Knowledge.

Dead Wild Roses: Canadian Road Signs Interpreted by Tourists

Ah, the wonders of travelling abroad. Signage, as much as designers would like us to believe it to be true, is hardly universal. In my own voyages, most recently Iceland, exit signs look like this:

I have to admit, from an ‘objective’ perspective, the sign makes complete sense. Person walking toward door = exit. However, not what my Canadian brain is used to. My brain was like, WTF is does that mean, green is not the colour of exit, not now and not ever!

Oh yah, that is what I’m talking about. Red and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Soylent is here, and its not green

Soylent Purple is purple people? They’d be purple people eaters.

It’s an actual meal replacement product that you make the day before, put into your fridge, and eat as liquid meals the next day.

“I wouldn’t eat you, cause you’re so tough!”

Dead Wild Roses: Birdsrightsactivist – Things that me laugh. :)

I’m a ardent fan of birdsrights..

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Birdsrightsactivism, Humour, Pithy Tweets

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I Think Pat Martin Is Swell

You heard about the woman hospitalized for wearing so called “skinny jeans”? Global didn’t seem to understand Pat Martin was joking.

From Kady’s old 2008 report comes this line:

Pat Martin, meanwhile, is playing Goldilocks. After unsuccessfully hopping up and down on his chair, he swaps it for another one – just right, apparently.

VIDEO – Don’t get your knickers in a a twist, but Pat Martin says tight underwear led him to leave seat during vote

— CBC News (@CBCNews) February 19, 2015

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I’m On A Streetcar

@vickersty I'm on a streetcar, taking rides and shit, the ride is thrashing, getting everybody all sick, but this the TTC yo, it's real 1/2

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 22, 2015

as it gets, I’m on a streetcar, don’t you ever forget! Eff walking, I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, eff cars I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, the steetcar’s wheels make noise mothereffer!

I really enjoy the Lonely Island song, “I’m on a boat”. I eve found a t-shirt for it while traveling in PEI.

What if it was adapted for streetcars?

Dead Wild Roses: Font Snobbery!

Who knew that fonts could create so much hate?

Filed under: Humour Tagged: fonts, Humour

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Dead Wild Roses: The horror… the horror…

I’ll admit it up front, I tend to dress like an unfashionable frump of at least 20 years beyond my chronological age. But I actually really love clothes! Which is how I got hooked on Zulily. More pretty clothes to look at every day? Steeply discounted? Sign me right up!

While I do find things there that I love and neeeeeed, it appears I simply lack the constitution for the world of cutting-edge fashion. There is probably a feminist statement to be made somewhere, about how runway fashion for men is weird too but the real monstrosities don’t turn up in (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: O Canada! Noticed by John Oliver for our Senate Fuss.

It must be a slow news week for JO and the Last Week Tonight Show as they spend a segment describing our Senate expense scandal. Is it surprising that people with access to public funds are behaving irresponsibly, not really – but unlike JO, I think the money spent documenting our free-wheeling senators is a good thing. I believe it sends a small message to our elected public officials that they, like the rest of Canadians, are responsible for their actions.

The clip in question:

Filed under: Canada, Humour Tagged: Canada, John Oliver, Senate Scandal

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Susan on the Soapbox: Road Trip!!!

There is so much we could talk about: the G7 “support” for a fossil fuel free world by 2100, Mr Harper’s visit with the Pope, the Senate’s secret arbitration process, but today we’re going to talk about road trips.

Ms Soapbox and her daughter (let’s call her Missy) are going on a road trip to Victoria where Missy will start her first nursing job.

The trip will take two days because Ms Soapbox loathes being stuck in a car for more than two hours. This is likely a holdover from her childhood when she and her sisters would be trapped (Read more…)

Scripturient: Creating a New Citizens’ Group

Recently, I’ve been told that what this town needs is a new citizen’s action group. I imagine it will be a group of residents concerned that the precedents set by the last council might spread to this one. That’s clearly a worrisome trend to some folks. Like progress, good ideas must be nipped in the bud. What this town needs, it seems, […]

Scripturient: The Story of Chicken Little

Chicken Little was out one morning walking around town. It was a fine morning, and he decided he wanted a cup of coffee. He wanted one so much could even smell the coffee in the air. So he walked into a local restaurant. But then he stopped and his mouth fell open in horror. He saw […]

centre of the universe: A step to the right, hands on your hips, pull your knees in tight

This workout combines the best of yoga flexibility, a little bit of cardio, and core strength workouts. You don’t even need to leave your own bedroom. In fact, you probably don’t want to. And unlike other workouts, with this one, you shower first, and it’s done before you even get into your car to head to the office.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Just Not Ready To Debate

Who's not ready??? #cdnpoli #GPC

— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) May 29, 2015


Also, Goodbye Peter MacKay:

Good news everyone! Peter MacKay or Conservative polling indicated that MacKay wouldn’t have held his seat! And/Or he’s got a cushy private job lined up with a bank.

And I wish Peter MacKay the success Jim Prentice enjoyed after leaving the effing Federal Cabinet.

Marco thinks MacKay will run for Conservative leader when Harper leaves after the election. We’ll see, I guess.

Robotics continues to make stunning advancements #cdnpoli

— Andrew Tumilty (@AndrewTumilty) May 29, 2015

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Dead Wild Roses: I Hate Passwords – Here are Even More Reasons to Hate Them.

Don’t let someone who “leet speaks” onto your computer. Ever.

I’m such a non-fan of passwords. Keeping track of all that shite is tedious. So here I am doing my best when along comes the CBC to make life even more difficult.

“If your password is on the list below you had better change it.

Among the 25 most common passwords among 3.3 million that were leaked online last year, the top two were once again “123456” and “password,” according to a company that provides password management software.”

Based on its analysis, SplashData recommends that when (Read more…)