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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: +11 Wedding

Three large tents in the backyard and a propane heater saved the day. Real rain stayed away too.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: People Are Not Pigeons

You needn’t go farther than the comment section of a UK rag to find the sort of people who are okay with torture devices beging designed into their buildings.

Is that where we are now in Britain? "How can we rid ourselves of the problem of homelessness?" – "Little spikes in the ground?" – "Genius!"— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 07, 2014

“Now I’m lying on the cold, hard ground.”

Some sick cities are dealing with homeless people as if they were pigeons crapping from the roof of Wrigley Field.

Now there may be a municipality crazy (Read more…)

cmkl: Bad neighbours and too much money

This is astounding. Too much time on their hands, too much money and yet too little spent on therapy. At least the judge had a sense of humour about it. For their part, the Defendants have not been entirely innocent. They appear to have learned that the Plaintiffs – and especially Ms. Morland-Jones – have […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flaherty Dies, Canada’s Contemptible Finance Minister

Canada's finance minister Jim Flaherty vows to stay in job till 2015… #cdnpoli #FlahertyJobs— Truth Mashup (@truthmashup) November 30, 2012

Most people are quite cautious about what they say, but a few people have said to me, ‘Do you have cancer? … What’s going on? Are you going to die?’ That kind of thing,” he told the Globe. “And, obviously, I am not. I mean, I will die eventually, but not over a dermatological issue.” – Flaherty 2013

“The treatment involved taking a strong steroid called prednisone, which is often accompanied by serious side-effects. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hard To Survive

We think of population control as unethical, but is it ethical to not respond to reality?

cartoon life: Insomnia



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cartoon life: Hey, Starbuck’s…

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PostArctica: Slogans For The Interim

cmkl: A minor tear in my right, outer meniscus

We expect. We hope. We being me and the awesome physiotherapist I saw today at the Carleton Sports Therapy Clinic. The meniscus is the donut-shaped bit of padding between the ends of the upper and lower leg bones that join at the knee.

cmkl: Wiped out skating – there is an upside

At least you won’t have to put up with any more annoying running posts for a while.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fix for Windows XP not updating on Windows Update

I recently reinstalled Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Vostro laptop, and Windows Update wouldn’t work. I knew malware wasn’t the cause, it’s a bug in Microsoft’s Windows Update and how it refuses to interact with older Internet Explorer 6 or 7, and if you try to update to IE8, it hangs if you let the install file check for updates before installing the browser.

In summary: I had to update to IE8 without checking for updates at time of install, then manually apply IE8-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe and reboot, then it finally began updating automatically.

This is a clean install of (Read more…)

cmkl: Edgar: 2000 – 2014

My cat Edgar has died of acute kidney failure. He was 14. I think. Too soon, poor thing. I’m still quite upset because I didn’t get to say good bye to him. I’m in London, looking after my sister who’s been ill recently.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How to Meet your Resolution Goal

Have you made a financial or fitness resolution to meet this year?

Meeting a goal isn’t like buying something. You don’t have to shop around for it, and you can’t buy it anyway. It takes time, and a little bit of effort added up. The effort only seems like a lot, when you’ve reached the goal, but it’s small in the moment.

Start so small, you will crave doing more. The first effort will be so small that you don’t feel like bragging about it once complete, but this is okay. As the steps in Lifehacker point out, remaining positive (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Shoplifter busted ; Sundog ; Bugs

A shoplifter stealing hair dye among other things was nabbed at the Extra Foods at Golden Mile. 2 cop cars. Ladies, dyeing your hair is a gateway to a life of crime.


I saw a huge sundog a couple days ago south of Moose Jaw. It had a secondary rainbow to the west of it, as far away from the right side sundog as the sundog was from the Sun. The Sundogs extended to the horizon, as did the rainbow. They didn’t meet over the Sun though.


It’s extremely cold out right now. Someone moving out piled their (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Food Over 3 Decades Old

Yesterday I ate fruit cake my Mum made for her wedding, and it still tasted good. Few people get to eat food older than they are, and can say they enjoyed it.

One of the greatest things to come out of the 70s was me. Another of those great things was this cake. Both made, in part, by my Mum.

I learned more about the 1970s too by looking in a photo album. Here’s Bengough’s water tower accident. Mum said a vehicle was crushed, and the rink got clipped, but no one was hurt.

350 or bust: Sunday At The Movies

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2013-11-12 19:39:07

Even “the wastes” of nature are never wasted, and never a waste. Time spent among chandeliers and caviar may be a waste; time spent chasing money or seeking status may be a waste; devoting one’s precious, short life to the accumulation of material things may be a waste; but it is never a waste of […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Blog Action Day 2013 – Human Rights #BAD13

On Friday I was invited to talk about blogging, on Regina’s community radio station CJTR. The show was Human Rights Radio by Jim and Gord, and we spent the hour going over what a blog is, why it’s useful to have one, and how it could be used to promote human rights. You can give a listen to it!

The second half of the show is on YouTube too, if you want to look at the ceiling for most of it:

Also, if you’re in Saskatchewan, check out the “Get Active with Amnesty” 2013 conference. I was a guest speaker (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. […]

350 or bust: “It’s About Love”: Life Advice From Star Trek Star

At a convention full of nerds, a new mom got up and asked supreme galactic ruler of geeks and former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast member Wil Wheaton to offer her infant daughter some advice. He obliged in a most awesome way.

LeDaro: Life lessons: Inspirational

Very interesting video. You judge it for yourself.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Commit Sociology When It Makes Sense

Don’t talk about the dark if it’s still night. Don’t talk about the oil while it’s spilling. Don’t mention a war that’s still being fought.

Don’t talk about a drought while it’s still dry. Don’t talk about a flood if it’s still wet. Don’t talk about the day if it’s still light.

Don’t mention guns while children are shot. Don’t look at famine when food is wasted. Don’t mention fires while they’re still hot.

That’s all I’ve got.

Remember: yr not allowed to talk abt climate change after floods or corrupt regs after industrial accidents. Save it 4 when no1 (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Mountain

I found a new way to appreciate my home town through the eyes of astronomers this weekend. Also, I used the astronomers’ telescopes, which is a great way to look from their perspective on the universe. Wood Mountain is the gateway to the East Block of the Grasslands National Park which is designated as a Dark Sky Preserve. The Park and the RASC Regina branch had Peter McMahon from SkyNews Magazine come out to check out the park and give a presentation.

As the presentation ended, uncommon noctilucent clouds lit up on the northern horizon, illuminated by the set Sun.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Thawing Out

The world’s deep freeze in the north is thawing out quickly. As a result we’re making interesting discoveries as bodies get uncovered. There are two big problems. We’re losing thousands of years of preservation in short years, giving scientists only in our time period and before access to direct collection of this unique and precious data. Two, it’s an indicator of climate change being well underway.

As I explained to a friend the other day, if you’re not at least a little worried about climate change, you betray ignorance of the subject. I contend there’s no way an educated, and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mars As Inspiration

Here’s an excellent space exploration mission: Orbit Mars, and return two humans safely in under 2 years. It can be done. Us humans could have several missions launching in 2018, but we just have to decide to do it. Besides the Mars One mission, this is how we expand pride in human growth. Let’s do it!