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    Dad’s on Facebook?


    2012 - 06.21

    Just kidding, of course dad isn’t on Facebook, that would just be weird.  According to my totally unscientific survey — which really consisted of me consulting with my gut — father’s of my generation (e.g. my father, not the father’s who are members of my generation but rather the fathers of the members of my generation) are one of the most under-represented groups on Facebook (at least of frequent computer users).

    Does this jive with your experience?  Is your father on Facebook?

    20 Years in a Row!


    2012 - 06.18

    I’ve got a good friend who no longer lives in the area and I haven’t seen her in a while.  Today is her birthday, and if I’ve done the math correctly this is 20 years in a row that I’ve wished her happy birthday on her birthday.  Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.

    Now in truth I could be wrong, it might be 21 years or maybe only 19… but we’ll go with the round number, because we all lie at least to ourselves about our ages.  Myself I always need to double and triple check the math whenever I try to remember how old I am, because the answer I get doesn’t match how old I seem to think I am.

    Passion for Pork


    2012 - 06.11

    Seems like a bit of a strange site to me, and not somewhere that I would normally think to look for something potentially awesome.  Found this gem through a link associated with Hats Off Day.

    So what makes this website special?  Well it includes some recipes – which admittedly isn’t odd – that are from local restaurants – again not odd – in particular Memphis Blues.

    “Wait, what!?!?  Did you say Memphis Blues?  Home of the meat sweats?”

    “Yes, I did!”

    So here’s some links to some Memphis Blues recipes… of course if you try these because of the links, you have to at least save me some left overs…

    Just because I still can’t eat solid food doesn’t mean I can’t be thinking about it…

    Dr. Pepper Glaze


    2012 - 06.10

    One of the things that I’m realizing going through the recovery from the wisdom teeth removal is that I’m not a big fan of liquid or soft foods in general.  That and the fact that I have a note that recommends Slurpees and Milk Shakes while the June weather is totally not cooperating doesn’t help either.

    One of the things that I’m looking forward to trying once I’m back on solid foods is a Dr. Pepper Glaze that they shared on Facebook.  To be honest I’m not familiar with all the spices in the recipe.

    The actual biggest complaint that I have about the recipe though is that it’s presented as an image (probably necessary), but that the reference to it’s source is too small.  So here’s the actual source link: http://www.restlesschipotle.com/2011/03/dr-pepper-glaze-for-chicken-ham-or-pork/

    And to be honest the little story that goes along with the recipe makes it much more interesting.

    Anyone else want to give it a try?

    Growing from Seed: Jiffy-7


    2012 - 06.09

    For Easter Karin got some seed starting kits, and she’s had pretty good success with them so far.  In fact so much success that she needed to give away a bunch of the seedlings because they all sprouted.  So that’s pretty cool, and maybe she’ll talk more about her experience herself.

    The point of this post though is to expound a little bit on the Jiffy-7 Pellets which are very interesting things.  They are an integral part of the seed starting greenhouse that Karin used, and you would think that because they are called Jiffy-7 that you could just go anywhere and buy additional pellets and refill your greenhouse.  You’d think that, right?

    Well it turns out that the pellets come in different sizes, which isn’t really that problematic, but you’d think that they might be Jiffy-1, Jiffy-2, Jiffy-5, Jiffy-7 pellets and such.  Turns out that logical system doesn’t apply to the Jiffy pellets, regardless of size, they are all called Jiffy-7 and they go from about 18mm to about 60mm.  What this really means is that it’s significantly more difficult to find the right size pellet, because they all have the same name, and the sizes are not always clearly marked or indicated either on the boxes of additional pellets, bulk pellets or on the Jiffy Greenhouses themselves.

    So the bottom line is that they are a great product, but that you need to be especially careful that you know what size you’re looking for so that you aren’t disappointed.

    Teabagged?


    2012 - 06.07

    This was one of those hazing rituals that I never went through myself, until now.  I don’t really see what the deal is.  If I understand it correctly, most people don’t even get teeth removed before hand.  Sure a teabag in your mouth isn’t perhaps the best flavour, but there are worse options.

    I think I’ve now gone through 8 tea bags after the wisdom tooth extraction, which they recommend you use instead of gauze to aid in the formation of blood clots and healing in general.  At except for the one that I apparently chewed on too much, or was otherwise defective it went well.  Unfortunately that one kind of exploded in my mouth, very unpleasant, much spitting ensued.  Unfortunately it happened while I was still forbidden from actually rinsing my mouth out.

    I suppose your milage may vary, but really I don’t see what the big deal is.

    “Waiting Sucks”, True Blood Season 5


    2012 - 06.06

    Just a reminder that True Blood season 5 starts on June 10th, so you have very little time to catch up, order HBO or find a friend who will let you visit them every Sunday night for 12 weeks…

    We are currently accepting applications…

    Summer Movies, who’s in?


    2012 - 06.05

    So it’s summer movie season and we’re already behind.  We’ve seen The Avengers, but we haven’t seen Battleship or Men In Black 3 as of yet, and I suppose we might not see either of them in the theatre.  Sometimes it just seems like more work than it’s worth… but then again we do have a bunch of SCENE points we could use this month, so maybe.

    Here’s some other upcoming movies that look good, anyone want to see them:

    • Jun 08: Prometheus
    • Jun 22: Brave
    • Jun 22: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    • Jul 03: The Amazing Spider-Man
    • Jul 06: Savages
    • Jul 20: The Dark Knight Rises
    • Aug 03: The Bourne Legacy
    • Aug 03: Total Recall
    • Aug 17: The Expendables 2
    • Oct 26: Alex Cross
    • Nov 09: Skyfall (James Bond)
    • Dec 14: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    There will probably be a few others of interest in there, but sometimes you don’t know you’re interested until you catch a commercial or get a recommendation.

    The Problem with Crows…


    2012 - 06.04

    My sister has a problem with crows, and in truth it’s not that many, it’s not like it’s a murder.  But she’s had a bad experience where they were aggressive and attacked her.  You would think that after something like that it would be easy to get the powers that be to take action.  Sadly not so much.  The evil masked arch-nemesis known only as “Strata Council” has been totally ineffectual, and incommunicado.

    Some people are wrongly under the belief that you can’t mess with birds, and that’s simply not true.  It is true that birds fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment (here in BC anyway), so your local city is unlikely (and in some cases unable) to do anything about them.

    Here’s the quick summary:

    BIRDS

    • All birds are considered wildlife and are afforded full protection under the BC Wildlife Act.  A person commits an offence if the person except as provided by regulation or by an issued permit, possesses, takes, injures, molests or destroys a bird or its eggs.
    • Under the Wildlife Act Designation and Exemption Regulation 253/2000 Schedule C, point 2, the following species of birds and their nests or eggs can be destroyed without a permit: crows (except common ravens), black-billed magpies, European starlings, house sparrows, rock doves and brown-headed cowbirds.
    • Some species of birds are classified as game birds.  Hunting seasons and bag limits for game birds are published in the annual Hunting Regulation Synopsis.  This synopsis is available via a link on the Ministry of Environment’s website.
    • For injured birds phone the nearest animal rehabilitation centre.

    If you want to read more you can read the actual Wildlife Act: Designation and Exemption Regulation or just Schedule C.

    It’s always important to know the rules…

    So what do these exempt species look like?

    Crows except for the common raven:

    Wikipedia: Common Raven

    Wikipedia: Common Raven

    So this one you can’t touch, but all other “crows” are ok.

    The Black-billed Magpie:

    Wikipedia: Black-billed Magpie

    Wikipedia: Black-billed Magpie

    The Common Starling/European Starling:

    Wikipedia: Common Starling/European Starling

    Wikipedia: Common Starling/European Starling

    The House Sparrow:

    Wikipedia: House Sparrow

    Wikipedia: House Sparrow by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos under the GFDL

    The Rock Dove (aka: pigeon):

    Wikipedia: Blue Rock Pigeon

    Wikipedia: Blue Rock Pigeon

    And finally the Brown-headed Cowbird (not to be confused with the brown-haired Cowbel [which would be me]):

    Wikipedia: Brown-headed Cowbird (Male)

    Wikipedia: Brown-headed Cowbird (Male)

    Best make sure you double check the regulations before doing anything about the birds, but as of this writing it was legal to destroy their nests or eggs without a permit in BC.

    Now this is just cool: QR “Art”?


    2012 - 06.03

    I think I found this one because of a tweet, but it could have been Facebook.  Regardless I thought these were kinda cool, and if nothing else some interesting out of the box thinking.

    In Seoul, retailer uses 3D QR codes and the sun to deliver discounts only during its quiet times

    You can read the article for more details, but essentially it’s a combination sundial, modern art, QR code.

    I’m actually most impressed by the fact that it only works for an hour a day.  I suppose though that might not have been the hard part, not knowing enough about how sensitive QR codes are and such, it seems impressive, but it might have been harder to make a sculpture that worked for a longer period of time.  When you don’t know enough about something, you don’t know if it’s actually hard, or just seems like it should have been.

    Regardless it’s kinda neat.