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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Glad to see some Danes standing up for Canada.

A Canadian stands up for the Danes.

The Danes stand up for themselves.

A few points have arisen as a result of this discussion, largely in defence of “car culture.” I’d like to address them if I may:

We love our cars!

That’s great. What is important, though, is having choices, and safe, affordable and convenient choices. Cars should not be the only option. In a sustainable, livable city, a citizen should have a choice to walk, cycle, run, take the bus, ride the train, get a lift with a (Read more…)

PostArctica: Sharing The Jug

PostArctica: Sharing The Jug

cartoon life: My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister is travelling again through various places in Italy again this summer. Here is the blog posting pics and notes, most writing from her friend Karen. I enjoy reading about the places she gets off to, so I’m sharing this with all of you. Its fun, it’s personal. And the pictures are quite good.

Filed under: art Tagged: italy, travel

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Tour 2014

Cowessess wind turbine. 800kW at 32mi/h Has Li-ion batteries.

Solar farm and home system of 10kW Inverter anti-islanding. Prevents electrifying the grid while grid is down. Isolation ring for the meter can be installed so you can attach a generator to the house to let the inverter keep working during a grid failure.

A Canadian report of a 2008 study of cities over 200,000 people around the world, listed Regina as sixth best in the world for solar energy generation potential.

Kelln has a system for pumping cattle water, that motion detects cattle, pumps up water to a bowl, and (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Ottawa’s taxi system is bush league…

… in what is supposed to be a big league city. A few examples… No empty cabs at 6 pm in the Market last Saturday. 6 pm. The Market. Really? Waited for 30 minutes after called for a cab to arrive a few months back to take me to the VIA station. At 9:00 am. […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Interchange a Highway

Atlanta isn’t known for being a walkable city. Florence, Italy has a better reputation.

This is kind of mind blowing, and should have people thinking about overpasses and cloverleaf highways in a different way. Auto-sprawl has many costs.

Florence Italy and a highway interchange in Atlanta at same scale. @stevemouzon— (@TreeHugger) June 12, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: All By Myself – In An Airport

Here’s a very clever music video made by a Dion fan, in Vegas airport. There is some smart use of the moving sidewalk, and escalator, along with some nice video editing.

Take a pair of Canadians, mix with @Vegas and @LASairport and magic ensues. Keep 'em coming south, @WestJet.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) June 11, 2014

Looks like the most fun you can have in an airport, without drawing unwanted attention from overzealous security.

WATCH:… > @celinedion responds to Moncton man's airport lip-synch of 'All By Myself'— Amanda Kelly (@AKellyGlobal) June 12, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Deicing a WestJet plane in Calgary, in April 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Air and Space

Walked around Balboa Park. Gave a 50 cent coin to a magician, maybe he’ll use it in his act in the future. Got lost, found my wag son after crossing a bridge. Saw another Apollo command module, this was 9 Gumdrop.

Woke at 5am to some man yelling help a few blocks away. Police were on scene, hopefully he wanted their help.

Ate supper at Guadalajara restaurant in Old Town, before returning to Mission Beach.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Baseball

Robert and I appeared on the big screen in the outfield briefly. Two clothed streakers were on the field. 8-0 for the Royals. Got our tickets on sale for $25 together.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Random grumblings for a Sunday afternoon

Why can’t I buy Yorkshire Gold tea in town? I can buy Barry’s tea, from Ireland, and Morse’s tea packaged in Nova Scotia locally. As well as other brands. Surely someone can bring in Yorkshire Gold… Barry’s tea is nice: a bit on the robust side, which we like, but the tea bags could use a […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Beach

Boogie boarded today in the Pacific. The water was very cold but I went in a couple times.

Supper last night.

Tonight was El Indio, a fish taco.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: San Diego, Newport, Santa Monica

Saturday morning at 3:50 was wakeup time to be at the airport on time for the first flight to Calgary. Everything went smoothly and we were in San Diego by lunch time.

In and Out burger for supper.

Sunday rented car and went to Santa Monica via PCH part of the way.

Ran into Darcy twice.

PostArctica: Slogans For The Interim

PostArctica: Slogans For The Interim

cmkl: Georgia spring break trip redux: Savannah, Okefenokee, Cumberland Island

A lot of Canadians think “Florida” when they think spring break. And we have done that. But this year, I was the grateful passenger on another Irene Jansen organized travel extravaganza to Georgia. Irene came through Georgia some years ago on a road trip to New Orleans and she wanted to revisit some of the […]

cmkl: Why I’d support a passenger bill of rights: two words United Airlines

It’s true there are much more serious problems in the world. Poverty, rape culture, climate change. But this morning I want to put that out of my mind and complain about a first world problem. Scene: August. My lovely partner is a planner. If ever she tired of her career in advocacy research she could […]

Mind of Dan: Dancing Booby

A Dancing Blue-footed Booby showing off his stunning blue feet

At Seymour Norte island in the Galapagos Islands

Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…

Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that!

We recently returned from Hawaii where we met up with most of Aya’s family. And wow, if their plan was to leave Japan behind, was that ever a bad choice. There was so much Japanese signage in the tourist-area stores, that I felt like a (Read more…)

Mind of Dan: Curious Sea Lions

This curious sea lion was very interested in the little blue box (camera) I was holding

Our last full day in the Galapagos ended with a swim with 4 curious young sea lions. It was all fun and games until the beachmaster showed up.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s one of the more beautiful parkades with a cell phone tower behind it.

It’s January, and the snow has retreated into puddles due to the unseasonal temperatures, but the gang activity hasn’t retreated.

The people of Saskatoon are friendly, and will accommodate you whether you’re (Read more…)

Mind of Dan: 1000 ways to die in Ecuador

Way #256: Becoming Arapaima food These carnivorous arapaima were 2.5 meters long and very hungry

Thankfully they don’t have any teeth so all their food has to fit down their throats, so we were relatively safe.

Way #512: This

No one in their right mind would ever get on a rickety rope swing 70 meters up, but you aren’t in your right mind. Or at least I wasn’t.

Bonus way to die: White water canoeing in a dugout canoe Everything is going as well as can be expected until you slam into some rocks.

Mind of Dan: Paragliding in Ecuador

Almost chickened out… glad I didn’t.

PostArctica: Courage, Neil Young, And The Future

Neil Young doesn’t have to do what he is doing, there are many, many reasons why he shouldn’t, but he is, and he is showing us courage that most of us can only dream of, can barely imagine. He is taking on the whole corporate structure that is oppressing and beating down people everywhere on the planet. He has taken a stand. And he is making things happen. We, as a nation, as a species, need to stand up too and begin to acknowledge the injustice that surrounds us if we believe at all that we are better than what (Read more…)