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Trashy's World: The world may be a bit crazy right now…

… but at least the weather is awesome – if you are a winter-hater like me! No white death powder in the forecast well into December! Woot! Yeah, Turkey has provoked war with Russia, the whole freaking world is freaking freaked out by what h… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: The world may be a bit crazy right now…

Dead Wild Roses: Keeping Your Home Cool – Damn Heatwave

We’re having a nasty confluence of sorts here, a heatwave combined with the smoke from forest fires in three of the cardinal directions. This is definitely a ‘first world’ complaint as the people with real problems like having your house consumed by wildfire are hundreds of kilometres away.

Professor google has come up with lists that cant be summarized like this:

1. Close blinds

2. Use Fan

3. Don’t use heat generating stuff

4. Keep your AC in the shade

5. Plant Trees

6. Turn on AC

Well, we don’t have AC and the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got Trees

We’ve only hand planted trees (and their heirs), but we also have smoke.

If "forest fires" or "smoke" isn't trending in #YQR right now, what the heck are people looking at? It's like NYC smoggy when smoke blows in

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 29, 2015

In just the last couple of hours, Regina has been enveloped in forest fire smoke from up north.

— Edward Willett (@ewillett) June 29, 2015

@GlobalRegina we're visiting friends near Wakaw and woke up to the smoke and orange light like this

— Feel The Fire Pages (@feelthefirepgs) (Read more…)

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.

centre of the universe: A letter

I wanted to write to you, to tell you that I’m trying really hard to be positive right now. That I’m trying really hard to think about the things that can go right instead of the things that have gone wrong. I wanted to write and tell you about my friend who’s had his heart […]

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…)

Dead Wild Roses: Snow Seasonal Things Considered: Clean Sidewalks

I know what you’re thinking. “Fascinating subject Arb, do tell us more!”

Okay, perhaps not as gripping the other newsy bits we we have around here but none the less a subject that shouldn’t be casually swept aside. Living in Alberta means that for three to five months of the year, snow will be on the ground. The lovely first fall of snow marks the official end of mosquito season and the transition to having ‘exposed flesh stick uncomfortably to metal season’. Some might balk at all the freezing rain, sleet and snow – but (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s So Hot Out That…

It's so hot out you can't even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about "Where's Global Warming?"…— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) August 14, 2014

Yes, it’s so hot out you can’t even hear the #climatechange Deniers making jokes about “Where’s Global Warming?”… you know, because when it’s -30 you hear the ignorant phone into radio shows and ask if the globe is warming, why is it so cold in Canada in Winter?

It’s over 30 degrees in Regina today, there was a heat warning from Environment Canada.

350 or bust: 2014: Hottest Three Months On Record, Ever

The hottest 3 months ever recorded. 2014 is on track to break a lot of records, in a bad way. * * Earth Just Finished Its Warmest Quarter-Year Ever

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: +11 Wedding

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

Trashy's World: Stuff that can influence voter turnout

(1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lying Leona Gets Out The Muzzle

I wonder when this medieval government in Ottawa will get out the real muzzles? Lying Leona will throw away the keys.

ParliamANT Hill: CanadiAnt economy’s surprise weak start to 2014 blamed on bad winter

Inspired by these headlines:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Cold

It’s cold tonight. It will be an actual -40 by morning, for the first time in a long while. The wind chill will be brutal.

Things Are Good: The Bizarre Weather of 2014 Explained Using GIFs

BuzzFeed, of all places, as a great and simple way that explains why the weather of 2014 has been so extreme. In North America it has been more cold than the new “normal,” the UK has been hit hard by flooding, and in the South Pacific there has been above average rainfall. Crazy people think this is evidence that global warming (AKA climate change) isn’t happening. Those people clearly don’t live in reality. This awful weather is a result of something that’s been predicted for quite some time: the loss of power in the jet stream.

Why is this good (Read more…)

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Future Proof: Ice Storms

Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.

You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.

If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Alberta Weather – Gloomy with a Side of Cold

Seeing that yellowish burning orb in the sky would be a nice change of pace right about now.

Lovely UofA Campus, featuring the roof of SUB and the Education Building in the distance.

Filed under: Canada Tagged: Alberta, Gloom, UofA, Weather

LeDaro: Weather and lightning strike

Weather has been erratic around the globe and has caused a lot of damage.

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: The Greater Naples, Fla., YMCA was left Monday with fire, smoke and water damage after a suspected lightning strike at the facility caused about $2 million in damage. (David Albers/Naples Daily News/Associated Press.) WSJ

LeDaro: Rain and Floods – International Dilemma

The southeastern U.S  has had unusual floods this year. Too much rain and floods have also hit other parts of the world. Here is a picture of floods in Sudan.

MAKING DO: A woman collected water from the ground Sunday in Khartoum, Sudan, after a flood hit the area. (Abd Raouf/Associated Press) WSJ.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Go To Wood Mountain #exploresask

The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills.

Is this a finger? Not photoshopped.

I looked through Limerick’s centennial garden.

If this wasn’t so far away, I’d take many more photos on this hill at Lakenheath.

Here’s a bell I hadn’t seen before, and the Melaval, Sask. inscription surprised me!

It hailed in (Read more…)

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paul McCartney Rocks Regina

*Goosebumps* I got goosebumps up the back of my head when he played Hey Jude.


A music legend played in the Queen City for the first time, and seemed to love it. The crowd sure did. What perfect weather, and a perfect night! A quick cheering poll identified most of the stadium’s audience as being from outside of Regina.

His Out There tour wrapped up.

My cell phone has pitiful audio quality, but my good camera has much better sound and some clips will be on YouTube soon.


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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Meteor and Aurora

This is my new best meteor photo, and it came with some faint aurora (northern lights) at the bottom of the frame too!

CFI had a star party for watching the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night. There should be more meteors tonight too, so head outside and look up for a few minutes and you’ll probably catch one or a few.

The group of us saw at least 2 impressive fireballs at different times. We saw the ISS make two passes overhead, and a smattering of other satellites. Some people saw an Iridium flare from a satellite. And the (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Indian Head #sask Concert

I ended up at a house concert in Indian Head. It’s interesting where life takes you when you don’t plan your day.

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are on their way down to southern California and across the USA touring very soon.

Part 2 More may be coming later if Brien remembers to find time to upload when he’s back in Toon town.

The home is among the oldest buildings in the province, having once served as a hospital.

Earlier in the day, on our way to pick raspberries, the clouds were not co-operating. The mosquitoes made up pay for (Read more…)

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LeDaro: Weather in Maritimes

It looks that mother nature is very angry. Few days ago we had a lot of thunder and rain storm. It is still cloudy and rains a lot. Some communities near the Bay of Fundy were flooded. It looks like another symptom of Global Warming.