Against the Grain: On carrying the weight of the world

I’m tired, of a lot of different things. I’m tired of repeating myself when it comes to people expressing suspicion and denigration of trans identities. I’m tired of educating my “allies.” I’m tired of being told to hold their ignorance despite the pain it causes me, yet lamenting about their lack of initiative is met ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: These are the Rules of the Hobbit Hole

These are the Rules of the Hobbit Hole Yes there are going to be rules.  When I first started blogging back in 2005 (The Wingnuterer) I really didn’t have rules.  It was more of a free for all, but after a decade of blogging on and off, Facebook and the Twitter, I have come to ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: And I Am Back

It has been years since I blogged, I have been generally been using FaceBook and the twitters, but I have been finding that these are limited and I need a more organized approached to keep things,… well organized. So I talked to Scott at the Progressive Bloggers about rejoining again and he was “Hey no ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Need some New Year Resolutions?

This might apply more to Christmas, but I think if you want a New Year’s Resolution, this would work too: Why not give some of yourself away? – Give an hour of time to someone who needs you – Give a note of encouragement to someone feeling down – Give a hug of affirmation to ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Getting into the Christmas Spirit…

…here at the Diatribes..  Nice little theme for Christmas week, don’t you think?  

Scott's DiaTribes: Help Save The Monarch Butterfly: Plant Some Milkweed

A slightly different post today on the weekend. I’ve always loved Monarch Butterflies. When I was a kid, we picked milkweed with monarch caterpillars on them, put them into an old fish tank aquarium, kept supplying them with fresh milkweed and then made sure we hung sticks or metal rods across the top so they ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Season’s Greetings/Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year

I think I about covered the gamut in the title, but on this Christmas night, I hope your Christmas was delightful (or will be, as I know some have a Christmas on Boxing Day as well), and I wish all of you the best for this holiday season.

Scott's DiaTribes: Ice Storm 2013

As of this writing, there are still hundreds of thousands of people without power in Toronto and the GTA from the massive icestorm that hit this area between Friday and Sunday. In my particular neck of the woods, we were fortunate in that we “only” got about 12 hrs worth of freezing rain, and the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: In remembrance on Remembrance Day

This will be the first Remembrance Day where I will have to remember both of these fine gentlemen/grandparents, as both have passed on – Flying Officer Le Verne Haley on the left (passed in 2012), Sergeant Stanley Tribe (Army) on the right (passed away this year) – both in England at the time these photos ...

Scott's DiaTribes: RIP Silence. 1999-2013.

I mention this briefly since I brought it up last week… but unfortunately, my cat Silence had to be put down on Saturday. His high liver enzyme issues were actually a sign of advanced cirrhosis of the liver/liver failure, and it had been detected too late for the medication we gave him to have any ...

Scott's DiaTribes: A longer break then I wanted.

Sorry about the pause in posting, folks, but I am nursing a very sick companion of mine. My diabetic cat (named Silence) who suddenly started going moderate to heavily hypoglycemic on me last week when he had no business doing so. Vet was afraid he might have keytosis, but it turns out had a combo ...

Scott's DiaTribes: I break from a politics blog for 1 second..

…to show you what a Hobbit/LOTR geek I am. Another reason besides Christmas that I want December to get here quick

Scott's DiaTribes: A great person

I’ve been offline this week from the normal political/social stuff due to the passing of my last grandparent this past Monday. His funeral was today – someone I’m going to miss a lot, but who made something out of a difficult childhood to live a very good life Stanley Richard Tribe, 1919-2013

Scott's DiaTribes: What thousands of (Tundra) swans sound like

A slightly different blogpost today then I usually do. It’s about Swans. Tundra Swans to be exact.. and thousands of them; There may be other types of swans or geese in that gaggle, but the calls they’re making indicate this is a large flock of Tundra swans. This is in a farmer’s field just north ...

Scott's DiaTribes: ‘Just Stay’ book details couple’s last journey together against cancer.

On this Thanksgiving long weekend, I decided this was a good day to publicize a book that my cousin has just published. It is called “Just Stay”; it details the year and a half journey that she took with her husband, Rob, when he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in August 2009, to the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Non-political post – 3D printing for everyone

A slight break from politics today. I thought I’d point you to a very interesting article at the Financial Post, which features an article on Panda Robotics and 3D Printing and the effort to bring that to home users – where it was once only found in design studios and research labs. I reference it ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Olympics stuff

So as of the blogpost, Canada has got 1 medal so far in the London 2012 Games. We’re ahead of the pace in Beijing, where it took until Day 8 to get our first medal. I’ve been watching stuff here and there over the weekend, and I’ve actually not minded the TSN/CTV/Sportsnet coverage; they’ve done ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Happy after-Canada Day

I hope everyone had a good Canada Day yesterday and enjoys the day off today. I won’t be one of those, as where I work, we deal with US clients, so we’ll be in at work today. On the other hand, they’re giving us the July 4th day off for the exact same reason, and ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Blogging for a good cause/fundraiser, Part #2

The 2nd good cause I’m blogging about today (Good cause #1 is located here) is called “Watoto Wa Baraka”. Basically, they are trying to raise funds to build a rural school in Kenya. The parent organization has been working with helping orphans, and this is a new project that they’ve initiated. It’s so new it’s ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Blogging for a good cause/fundraiser, Project #1

I’ve had a couple of good causes/fundraisers brought to my attention, & I decided I’d give each one their own unique blogpost. The first one is for a project called “The Cola Road”. Claire Ward is the person who is asking for your donations. If her name is familiar, she has worked as an associate ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: I Am NOT GOING BALD!

My wife mentioned my alleged bald spot the other night, after I refused to move some furniture for her with sufficient alacrity.  She’s not the first to have made note of it.  There have been persistent rumours that I have a bald spot just a little back from the very peak of my skull, a spot which ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Season’s Greetings

I’ve been off for a few days enjoying the holidays – I’ve not gone anywhere online – don’t worry Anyhow, to all my political friends, foes, and in between, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and I wish you the best for the upcoming New Year.

Mind of Dan: Site upgrades and changes

It has been a long time since the look and feel of Mind of Dan was updated, and frankly the site as it is now is kind of ugly. That will change very soon. Also since I launched Irregular Climate and especially since Planet3.0 launched, much of what I write has been elsewhere. So to ...

Zorg Report: Why Can’t Americans Just Not Be Celebrities?

Why Can’t Americans Just Not Be Celebrities? Well, I guess it’s because they don’t have an integrated, mature society in which others care for one another.  I often have heard Obama talk about values American cherish, I’ve heard him embrace Reagan and so on, but you just know his heart isn’t in it.  You know ...

Zorg Report: Why Can’t Americans Just Not Be Celebrities?

Why Can’t Americans Just Not Be Celebrities? Well, I guess it’s because they don’t have an integrated, mature society in which others care for one another.  I often have heard Obama talk about values American cherish, I’ve heard him embrace Reagan and so on, but you just know his heart isn’t in it.  You know ...