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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Alberta

I spent the last week touring around Alberta. Gull Lake Campground, Dinosaur Provincial Park then Drumheller. Stettler, Camrose, Wetaskawin’s Reynolds Museum, and WEM. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Alberta

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

When I was ten, my family picked up an exchange student from the Regina airport. It was Winter. As the South American boy rode with me on the van bench, across an open prairie between Regina and Moose Jaw, he asked how many people lived in Wood Mountain. I replied proudly, “Forty people live in […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain: Population 21

cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

A 100km ride into the countryside west of Manhattan was the finale to a perfect week in New York City. And I couldn’t have done it without the Domestique. My family and I had the perfect convergence – a work gig was bringing Irene to New Yo… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

We hadn’t been back to Mexico for at least six years and we missed it. We missed the climate, the culture, the food, the people, the music… Mexico has a dear place in our hearts from more than three decades of visiting it. For more than a d… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hyperloop vs. High Speed Train

The California high speed train won’t arrive until 2029 at present estimates from the designers. So, Musk has a better idea for less money, that can be built faster. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Hyperloop vs. High Speed Train

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Shutting out CTF would help Saskatchewan people tackle moral deficit

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation may not seem to consume many resources, but that’s an illusion. They occupy our newspapers. They occupy our newscasts. The amount of public time put into debating their hair brained theories has been significant over the decades. “Governments routinely increase spending by a percentage point or two. Shouldn’t they be able […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Shutting out CTF would help Saskatchewan people tackle moral deficit

Dead Wild Roses: Common Physics Misconceptions.

Ah, Minute Physics, one of my favorite ytube channels. Explain away :)  Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Travel . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Common Physics Misconceptions.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Taking a Risk For the Sake of Love and Family

Making dreams come true for people we love who can’t get out easily is tricky.  Take my Mom – she’s a 93-year old contrarian full of youthful energy contained in a frail and unforgiving body.   Mom has a dream that she won’t let go: to visit our son in another city about two hours away.  Our Nicholas has severe cerebral palsy and suffers from chronic pain.  It’s sitting that hurts most, so travel for him is challenging.  Mom wants to visit her ‘treasure’ badly, so at first we decided to try Skype to connect them. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

On our Amtrak trip through southern and central California, I watched the dry and irrigated fields fly by me at 133km/h. We stopped for the night in Bakersfield (the most conservative city in America, some figures show), and it was 41 degrees even with the sun down. The cement around the pool at night warmed my feet as if the hot sun was beating down on it only a moment earlier.

This large solar farm appears to be the one mentioned in this story about a Hanford Dairy.

Los Angeles oil production. You can see how dry it is there.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Coming Home

Spent  couple weeks in America. Flying home today.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Be Left On The Moon

Some of these items found in Armstrong’s closet, were to be abandoned on the surface of the Moon.

More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon and Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.

That camera “took one of the most significant sets of images in the 20th century,” said Allan Needell, a curator in space history at the National (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pelly Museum Fire

I was last in Pelly in 2007 and never got into the museum there.

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Today it lost that museum to a fire.

I also was outside it in 2006.

Dead Wild Roses: Mantle Passing – Arbourist out on a Lark

Greetings and good day fair readership!

I have the very good fortune of being able to travel to Iceland on a trip with my choir. Thus, my regular blogular activities shall not be pursued by myself. However, the rest of the DWR team is stepping up to fill the gap. The Intransigent One, Mystrox and Bleatmop will take the mantle of convivial hosting in my absence so expect minimal disruption in the coming week.


I endeavor to do my best representing Alberta’s amateur choral community. Take care everyone, and play nice with the (Read more…)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What Next! What Best Laid Plans Fall Through

Sometimes, even the best laid plans fall apart.  And life feels very, very unfair.  Every caregiver has a story about a high school reunion or an anniversary dinner that had to be cancelled at the last minute because of a loved one’s illness or worse, bad weather.  Sometimes, the Gods just don’t want us to have a break.

Caring over time requires patience and resilience.  We must reconcile the fact that we are not in control of our agenda and that our primary task is one of service.  We must find a way to be OK when plans are cancelled (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: All Sun

Rob Maguire: Touring Turkey with 18 litres of luxury

I’m sitting in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Istanbul with my carry-on bag resting on my lap.

When I arrive at the Ataturk airport later today, I’ll pass through customs, stroll past the baggage area, and jump onto the metro. That carry-on bag — the Boreas Larkin 18L backpack — is all I have.

One small daypack contains everything I’m bringing on a five week trip across Turkey.

While planning this journey, my mild minimalist tendencies kept pecking away at my Boy Scout instincts. I first humoured them for practical reasons — a single checked bag (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Travel For a Better Brain

I just booked a flight to London and coincidentally came across an article that says that our brains can benefit greatly from exploring the world. A good way to start the day!

It turns out that the ability of the brain to handle new information is connected to well-being and that travel can get your bring working in new ways. It is also beneficial to step out of your comfort zone, which travelling general encourages. So you should book that trip you’ve been thinking about!

In recent years, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun examining more closely what many people have (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Travel to Become a Better Person

When friends ask for life advice tell them to leave. Over at BBC Travel they have an article about how travelling can make you a better person. So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore the world!

You’ll gain a broader perspective

As Twain’s quote emphasises, travel can open people’s minds and allow them to see things from a new perspective.

“When you travel, you are faced with alternative cultures that have a different way of doing, thinking and believing,” said Simon Huggins. “It challenges your assumptions and makes you shift your way of looking at things. When (Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: WWF Offer Free Tools for Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

Need some help driving your office’s green initiatives? WWF Canada offers free downloadable tools including getting-started guides, spreadsheets, benchmarks, campaign poster templates for green initiatives on energy reduction, paper reduction, waste reduction, travel, procurement, and green team building. I find some of the tools very useful.

As mentioned in an earlier article Employee Engagement Drives Sustainability Strategy, World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet @ Work program aims to make it easier for businesses to make greener choices. The program helps businesses large and small with strategic guidance on green business ideas and best practices and offers tools to (Read more…) Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted them, keyworded most of them and fixed the color balance on some of them. But I haven’t yet finished editing or exporting any photographs. So I’m not quite ready to blog about all the wonderful things GC, Ernesto and I did and saw in Italy.

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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.

PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

What happens when a major corporation wants to build an oil pipeline over land to the west coast where it will be loaded on to supertankers that have to navigate some very narrow inlets to pick up their loads? They put out publicity pictures and graphic videos that magically remove the obstacles and make the west coast of British Columbia look extremely accessible. It’s not. Richard Boyce’s film, Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands, demonstrates how a supertanker carrying tar sands oil from Alberta will inevitably lead to a major oil spill in waters near some of (Read more…) Ciao!

GC and I are off to Italy tomorrow, for two weeks of exploring, eating and drinking wine! We’re starting in Venice, then going to Florence, followed by a few days in the Tuscan countryside, and finishing up in Rome.

We’re going to the San Michelle’s cemetery in Venice, the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, the Tuscan hill towns, the Catacombs, the Vatican! We’re going to geocache! We’re going to see the Sistine Chapel! We’re taking a 4-hour eating tour of Rome! We’re staying on an agriturismo farm in Pescina, Seggiano! We’re going to bathe in the hot springs of Saturnia! I’m (Read more…)

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

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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…)