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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Addictions and Mental Illness

Watched a TED talk about addiction, and then heard the same concepts being discussed in this Regina news story about a man who committed suicide last week.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, reminding us that it’s our communities who ultimately pay the price for the poorly-thought-out election announcements from senior levels of government that we’ve seen so frequently recently.

For further reading…- CTV reported on last week’s Evraz Place expansion announcement, while the Leader-Post offered an all-too-obvious example of cheerleading for a shiny new project while paying no attention to the opportunity costs involved. – Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Party’s regular announcements and re-announcements of what proved to be an ill-thought-out scheme for new school construction have lasted from last July to last November to just last month. – And (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Senate Or Not To Senate

There will be no questions. Well, almost none, as per usual.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking with Premier Brad Wall at legislature today. #yqr #skpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/MUHNM5gbcN

— Natascia Lypny (@wordpuddle) July 24, 2015

Gluttonous child has gorged himself on the ice cream; now declares a moratorium on more ice cream. #cdnpoli #SenCA https://t.co/h3NBZKX14N

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 24, 2015

L. Lea ‏@YukonGale : “@althiaraj Basically he’s saying he won’t appoint any more senators but he can’t make that binding upon the next government, right?”

Not without a Constitutional amendment.

PM taking questions now. First (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pelicans on Wascana Lake

I never noticed Pelicans on Wascana Lake before about 3 years ago. Before that, they were common on the South Saskatchewan River through Saskatoon.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence. http://t.co/MSqET5fY0G pic.twitter.com/XHipX4zt4f

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Shared Knowledge Conference – Regina

These videos are from the second day of the Shared Knowledge Conference at the Core Ritchie Centre, the second weekend of June.

Jim Elliott with many interesting (and terrifying) facts about Regina’s watershed system.

We are on the Plaza @MarketRegina today. Find us beside @TrogiFoods #honey #salsa pic.twitter.com/wGd2bYiBVB

— Zee-Bee Honey® (@_zeebeehoney_) June 24, 2015

James and Brooke of Sound Solar Systems:

Next, I presented on Bitcoin and alternate currencies being used to build alternate economies apart from the monetary systems provided by governments.

Dan B. of Tradebank Regina

Lindsay H. wraps up with what’s in store for (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina and its citizens did fairly well responding to a water shortage – but has plenty to learn in applying the lesson to the wider collective challenge of climate change.

For further reading…- The water shortage began a month ago, with CBC’s coverage here and here largely describing the problem and the City’s initial response. And CTV reported on the end to the immediate restrictions here. – In contrast, Rob Kuznia reports on Rancho Santa Fe’s appalling response to California’s drought, which has given rise to mandatory water use reductions.- The National Resources Defence (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aurora from a sunspot explosion

Last night the rating of the solar storm was “severe” according to spaceweather.com Kp 8 is the strongest I’ve seen, unless it was 9 earlier this year for a storm I missed. The northern lights were to the south and east of Regina, which was good because I don’t have a clear view to the north.

Telephone line:

Without digital zoom, the Sun is this big in my 12X zoom camera:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Longest Dry Spell Of The Year Over

It’s the longest day of the year, and the clouds were very interesting this weekend. Our first proper rain of the year was a hail storm with pea sized hail. Today’s was just rain off and on.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CVAF Can Visualize Angry Flames

It was the Cathedral Village Arts Festival today, a crowded street fair down 13th Avenue in Regina. It was hot, and it didn’t rain (like it does many years). I saw tons of people I knew, and many stopped by to talk at the Regina Car Share Co-op booth where I was volunteering. One of the police officers who gave me CPR walked by, so I obviously introduced him to the person I was talking to, and they shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

Slightly related to the sunny day… my solar panels have had near perfect (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: All Sun

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: American and Canadian Food Waste Both Staggering

Here’s a very interesting and instructive blog post about American food waste.

See Stunning Photos of What Rob Greenfield Finds After Dumpster Diving Across America http://t.co/vXbwgqi5Is pic.twitter.com/OALsW3lT0n

— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) April 30, 2015

As my last blog entry on food waste, Rob Greenfield brought the previous link to my attention. Canada’s $31,000,000,000.00/year of wasted food has to change, as does America’s “food waste fiasco“.

Everything you need to know about #FoodWaste in 11 short films. #DonateNotDump http://t.co/cKhZ10jxSx pic.twitter.com/M7qhamxvhq

— Rob Greenfield (@RobJGreenfield) April 22, 2015

Regina lost one of (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Both Edward Keenan and the Star’s editorial board take note of Thomas Mulcair’s plan for urban renewal, with particular emphasis on its appeal across party lines: Speaking directly to Toronto city council and Mayor John Tory, who won election largely on the basis of his promised SmartTrack “surface subway,” Mulcair said he would be a partner on transit: “Together we will get the people of Toronto moving.”

No wonder Tory declared himself “gratified and pleased” with Mulcair’s approach. Other elements of the NDP’s urban agenda include: Appointing a minister responsible for urban (Read more…)

centre of the universe: Great Tracts of Land

This was another one of those yelly-at-the-radio days. Listen, it isn’t very often that I’m actually *ashamed* of the place that I choose to live. I love this place 98% of the time. But then some ninny axes a film employment tax credit or some jackass starts up a petition against frigging strip clubs and I get a little tetchy. … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fossils To Museums

I was an 8 year old awash in fossils, so I was a tad more generous than this former 9 year old PEI lad with his much more valuable fossil. I donated a lower mandible piece from a ~12,000,000 year old Saskatchewan rhino to the Sask. Natural History (now Royal Sask.) Museum in the 1980s. I too used plastic bristle brushes (AKA tooth brushes) to dust off fossils I collected from the surface of a gravel pit near Wood Mountain, SK. Many more fossils and fossil fragments from that pit have since ended up in cement in the area.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Passive House in Alaska Heated By Sun

More Canadian homes need to be built like this to survive coming fossil fuel shortages. It certainly saves a lot of money for the homeowner.

Passive House in Alaska using water insulated in a tank as a giant battery for energy.

The world would have forgotten the Saskatchewan house, too, were it not for a quirky German physicist interested in energy-saving buildings. After studying the Saskatchewan house and a handful of similar buildings, Dr. Wolfgang Feist wrote a mathematically precise — and elegantly simple — criterion for designing buildings that require less than a tenth of the energy of (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Hobbit Ends

I saw the last Hobbit [8/10] movie on Friday, with Jeri. We had food at Montana’s just before. I had the veggie feta burger and it was very good, it tasted just like a meat burger. My distant cousin ended up being seated at the table next to us.

The most exciting part of the movie was in the first ten minutes, but it was overall enjoyable. It was plain that if you hadn’t seen earlier installations of this series, you’d feel a bit left-out. The part of the plot depending upon the Dwarf king’s promise was a bit weakened (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Spill

I’m sure the company will spin this 262,000 litre oil spill in Regina as a ‘good news’ story. You decide.

You can read additional information here. Recommend this Post

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Model S Tesla Car in Regina

Last month James took me for a spin in an electric Rav 4. This week it was the sporty and futuristic Model S by independent car company Tesla.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Order Your Opportunities

My job, trying to change the world, is at least twice as hard as a conservative’s. I have to overcome others’ instinctual fear of change and new technology. Monday evening I proposed my condo board “investigate” using solar energy, if the association’s Winter expenses don’t exceed our budget. 2 Board members opposed the idea! The motion passed anyway, but why would someone oppose an investigation of saving money on electricity? They stated it was an opportunity cost. Let’s look how that claim stacks up:

They suggested raising property value by installing carpets as a competing example. If we spent $10K (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the City of Regina has learned a painful lesson about the Saskatchewan Party’s habit of accepting credit but not responsibility on P3 projects.

For further reading…- Emma Graney reports on how the province forced the City to foot the bill for immediate site development costs here.- For background on how decisions about education have been taken out of the hands of elected school boards, Joseph Garcea and Dustin Monroe examine the history of education funding in Saskatchewan (and other provinces) here (PDF).- And finally, I’ll point back to my earlier columns as to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #CBCTweetup Was Fun

Last Thursday I attended the first CBC Tweetup, which is a gathering of people who’ve connected via Twitter.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CBCtweetup

Check out our #CBCTweetup #Storify! Thanks to all who joined us for a spectacular evening! http://t.co/SB1Fnhiriz pic.twitter.com/1oX7DtaXrU

— CBC Saskatchewan (@CBCSask) November 12, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sun Country Highway in Regina

I rode around in an Electric Vehicle (EV) today in Regina, and saw a (currently) still rare Tesla Model S in the city right now.

Pick up some excellent EV tips, from a Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada perspective here, as James and I tour the city on electricity:

Find out more about charging stations at Sun Country Highway, Best Western, Delta Regina, and Peavy Mart.

@saskboy Well Assiniboia will be online soon. Stay tuned. Free for public during store hours.

— Peavey Mart (@PeaveyMart) October 28, 2014

#EVCoast2Coast in Regina this weekend with @SunCountryHwy pic.twitter.com/qqmrVOF7qs

— EVConferenceVE (@EVVEconf) (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Loves Pits

We can’t have just one!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Women’s History Month #womenhistory

October is Women’s History Month. This year I was invited to the event at the Conexus Arts Centre, and I’d suggest you check it out next October.