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    Metric Ton of Ginger?


    2013 - 10.16

    Not everyone may know that I’ve started a Disc Golf business (retail), but I have.  As part of that I’m learning about the world of import/export and international trade.  To go with the whole international trade thing I’ve been using the website alibaba.com

    Just like Costco, you can find things which are pretty hilarious on the website.  For example:

     

    Fresh Ginger in Jinxiang China

    US$ 600.00 / Metric Ton  (seems like it could be a good price… for people who like ginger), here’s the kicker though:

    Minimum Order: 24 Metric Tons!

     

    That’s right, you too could own 24,000 KG of ginger for the low low price of US$14,400…

    Baby Pictures


    2013 - 01.25

    It probably surprises no one that we already have hundreds of pictures of Nadia.  You might have noticed their conspicuous absence on places like Facebook.  For now at least we’re keeping them off those types of sites, partly for her and our privacy but also because of their policies relating to the photos that you upload which we’re not entirely comfortable with.

    So what that means is that we’re currently only uploading them to Flickr, and that we’re restricting the viewing of those photos to our friends and family.  So what does this mean for you, if you want to see some of the photos (and videos)?

    1. You need to create a free Flickr account (you can use a Yahoo account, a Google Account, or a Facebook account if you prefer)
    2. Add both Karin and I as contacts: dcowley and Random Synapses (by screen name, or you can do it by email address)
    3. We then need to classify you as being “Friends” or “Family” and then you’ll have access to the assorted galleries featuring Nadia

    We realize that this is a bit of an inconvenience, but we figure that those of you who really want to see the pictures won’t mind jumping through the small hoop, so that we can maintain Nadia’s online privacy and security.

    Birthday Freebies


    2013 - 01.05

    Still dealing with the colds, although we seem to be improving if slower than we’d like.  This year, I got a few birthday freebies from the various lists that I’m subscribed to.  These are the ones that I remember:

    • Boston Pizza: free pasta or desert coupon (good for about 2 weeks)
    • Vera’s: $10 coupon valid on your birthday only
    • Paris Jewelers: $10 coupon

    So nothing too crazy, but it’s nice to get something for free, especially when you’re confronting your own mortality ;-)  Anyway, join their various email lists to get your own offers on your birthday.

    Protected Lakes and Rivers


    2012 - 12.12

    Last week a picture started circulating around Facebook:

    On Dec 4, 2012, Canada had 2.5 million protected rivers and lakes.  On Dec 5, 2012, Canada has 82 protected rivers and lakes.

    Turns out that the numbers are off in the image, but it’s still mostly true, to a point.  I wondered what the list of protected waterways was, and here’s what I found (from http://elizabethmaymp.ca/is-your-lake-safe, where they put the list in a drop down for no real reason):

    Alberta

    1. Athabasca River
    2. Bow River
    3. Lake Athabasca

    British Columbia

    1. Columbia River
    2. Fraser River
    3. Great Bear Lake
    4. Harrison Lake
    5. Harrison River
    6. Kamloops Lake
    7. Kinbasket Lake
    8. Kootenay Lake
    9. Kootenay River
    10. Lake Revelstoke
    11. Little Shuswap Lake
    12. Lower Arrow Lake
    13. Mara Lake
    14. Okanagan Lake
    15. Peace River
    16. Pitt Lake
    17. Pitt River
    18. Powell Lake
    19. Shuswap Lake
    20. Skeena River
    21. South Thompson River
    22. Thompson River
    23. Upper Arrow Lake
    24. Williston Lake

    Manitoba

    1. Assiniboine River
    2. Lake Manitoba
    3. Lake Winnipeg
    4. Lake Winnipegosis
    5. Red River
    6. Winnipeg River

    New Brunswick

    1. Saint John River

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    1. Lake Melville

    Nova Scotia

    1. Bras d’Or Lake
    2. Great Bras d’Or Lake
    3. LaHave River

    Northwest Territories

    1. Great Slave Lake
    2. Mackenzie River

    Nunavut

    1. Baker Lake

    Ontario

    1. Adams Lake
    2. Balsam Lake
    3. Benson Lake
    4. Big Bald Lake
    5. Big Duck Pond
    6. Big Rideau Lake
    7. Buckhorn Lake
    8. Cain Lake
    9. Cameron Lake
    10. Canal Lake
    11. Cataraqui River
    12. Chemong Lake
    13. Clear Lake
    14. Colonel By Lake
    15. Cranberry Lake
    16. Cranesnest Lake
    17. Detroit River
    18. Dog Lake
    19. Dows Lake
    20. Duck Pond
    21. Eagle Lake
    22. Fairy Lake
    23. Fenelon River
    24. French River
    25. Gloucester Pool
    26. Grand River
    27. Holland River
    28. Holland River East
    29. Humber River
    30. Indian Lake
    31. Joseph Lake
    32. Katchewanooka Lake
    33. Kemptville Creek
    34. Lake Couchiching
    35. Lake Erie
    36. Lake Huron
    37. Lake of Bays
    38. Lake of the Woods
    39. Lake Ontario
    40. Lake Scugog
    41. Lake Simcoe
    42. Lake St. Clair
    43. Lake Superior
    44. Little Bald Lake
    45. Little Cranberry Lake
    46. Little Lake
    47. Long Island Lake
    48. Loon Lake
    49. Lost Lake
    50. Lovesick Lake
    51. Lower Buckhorn Lake
    52. Lower Rideau Lake
    53. Mary Lake
    54. Mitchell Lake
    55. Moose River
    56. Mosquito Lake
    57. Murray Canal
    58. Muskoka Lake
    59. Newboro Lake
    60. Niagara River
    61. Nipigon Lake
    62. Nipissing Lake
    63. North Branch of Muskoka River
    64. Opinicon Lake
    65. Otonabee River
    66. Ottawa River
    67. Peninsula Lake
    68. Petawawa River
    69. Pigeon Lake
    70. Pigeon River
    71. Pollywog Lake
    72. Rainy Lake
    73. Rainy River
    74. Rice Lake
    75. Rideau Canal
    76. Rideau River
    77. River Styx
    78. Rosedale River
    79. Rosseau Lake
    80. Sand Lake
    81. Scugog River
    82. Severn River
    83. Seymour Lake
    84. Sparrow Lake
    85. St. Clair River
    86. St. Marys River
    87. Stevens Creek
    88. Stony Lake
    89. Sturgeon Lake
    90. Talbot River / Trent Canal
    91. Tay River / Canal
    92. The Canal
    93. Timiskaming Lake
    94. Trent Canal
    95. Trent River / Canal
    96. Upper Chemong Lake
    97. Upper Rideau Lake
    98. Vernon Lake
    99. Welland Canal
    100. Whitefish Lake

    Quebec

    1. Canal de Beauharnois
    2. Lac des Deux Montagnes
    3. Lac Memphremagog
    4. Lac Saint-Jean
    5. Lachine Canal
    6. Richelieu River
    7. Riviere des Mille-Iles
    8. Riviere des Prairies
    9. Riviere Saint-Maurice
    10. Saguenay River

    Saskatchewan

    1. North Saskatchewan River
    2. South Saskatchewan

    Yukon

    1. Yukon River

    Other

    1. Arctic Ocean
    2. Atlantic Ocean
    3. Pacific Ocean
    4. Saint Lawrence River

    I’m not really sure personally how I feel about it.  To some degree I’m inclined to oppose it on principle, but I haven’t done any research to see if I actually think that this change is dumb, and just because the conservatives did it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s stupid.  That said, it definitely seems like a step in the wrong direction when you just look at the numbers.  Must say that I don’t feel motivated to look into it further however, because if I find that it I disagree, then I’m left opposing a majority government which will continue to do what it wants…

    Anti-Virus: what do you use?


    2012 - 12.08

    We’ve got a couple of subscriptions of various anti-virus products which are expiring and I thought rather than simply renew what we have, I’d consider switching to something else.  So I’m curious what people are using now, and whether they are happy with it (and would recommend it).  Our requirements are pretty straightforward:

    • anti-virus that works and which doesn’t make your computer unusable due to the amount of processing the AV does
    • we’ve got at least 2 desktops (Win XP, Win 7), 1 laptop (Win 7) which I’d probably install the same software on
    • additionally we have a desktop (Win ME), and an iPhone which could potentially make use of an appropriate product as well
    • anti-virus is the only feature which is critical, but most of them these days include additional features so we’re not adverse to having those too, although none of them have leapt out at us as being necessary
    • cost is not a significant concern, but it would be nice to get reasonable value

    Opinions?

     

    Amusing Costco item of the week


    2012 - 11.14

    It definitely used to be the case that Costco only sold huge quantities of things, but that really hasn’t been true for a lot of years now.  Sometimes you still need to buy more than you really want, but usually it’s not by an order of magnitude any more.

    That’s what made this item amusing: Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid.  Okay, not that amusing yet.  It comes in 3.78L jugs, and you need to buy 208 of them!  So that’s 786.24 L in total, because who doesn’t leave there windshield wipers on continuously?

    On the bright side it’s currently on sale for only $395.99 (which is $104 off the regular price of $499.99).

    Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid 208 x 3.78-litre Jugs

    Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid 208 x 3.78-litre Jugs

    The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting


    2012 - 10.24

    I’ve been using good reads for a while now to find new books to read.  It’s the disadvantage of out reading most of your friends and running out of word of mouth recommendations.  This book (which is the first in a series, currently 3 are published, with a 4th coming) “The Body Finder” was recommended because I liked the John Wayne Cleaver series (trilogy) by Dan Wells.  The target age group is similar, as is the book length.  It’s a good recommendation, as I did like both books.

    One of the interesting things about the book (and perhaps the series, although I don’t know that yet) is that there is a supernatural element to the story, but just one.  It is introduced early and as long as you can accept that particular premise it is otherwise a fairly normal mystery story.  Definitely worth checking out, if you’re looking for something new and don’t mind reading young adult fiction.  Oh, and for those of you who don’t like vampires and werewolves and such, the supernatural premise in the books is not a typical supernatural premise and there are as far as I can tell no vampires or werewolves or what have you.

    The Passenger


    2012 - 10.23

    Karin got so excited about this particular post that she made it somewhere else entirely.  Sometimes managing an online identity can be a lot of work.  Without further ado here’s her post from www.keabel.com (Random Synapses):

    So, Dave and I are expecting a baby in January. :)

    This is kind of a weird post for me to write. I’ve spent the better part of six months not talking about The Passenger online. We’ve only just told people on Facebook and Twitter, although anyone I’ve talked to for more than 30 seconds knows. Beyond the fact that my abdomen has expanded significantly, I tend to have conversations like “Hey, how’s it going?” “Good, I was just heading to the grocery store.” “Oh, yeah, I went to the grocery store the other day to get food BECAUSE I’M PREGNANT.”

    I don’t want to become the person who only talks about pregnancy and babies and so on, so I don’t know how much I’ll post on here, but I’ll preemptively answer the main questions that I’ve been getting. :)

    We don’t know the sex, but the ultrasound tech wrote it down and put it into an envelope for us. We’ve had it for about two and a half months and haven’t really been tempted to look. I think Dave’s got it in his wallet, but I couldn’t actually tell you exactly. :)

    We’ve got a couple names we’re thinking about but haven’t decided on any yet. Dave and I are both really picky about names, so we might have an unnamed child for a while. Does anyone happen to know the time limit for naming a kid? (I’m not entirely joking…)

    Nope, we aren’t getting married right now. Maybe in a while.

    I’ve been feeling surprisingly good. Almost no nausea…just a smidge of queasiness a couple days early on. I’ve mostly been exhausted and wound up sleeping away most of the summer. My worst complaint is some hip/joint/pelvic pain that’s been slowly getting more intense. I’ve got a support belt I wear that seems to help a lot.

    I’m feeling a TON of movement. There’s certain times or things that The Passenger is particularly active around…right when I wake up, around 11 pm, around dinner and when I’m about to go to bed. I didn’t feel much until around 18 weeks, but s/he is making up for it now. The funniest thing is when it seems like The Passenger is jumping on the bed. I’ll be lying on my side and will feel a twitch on the side touching the bed, then another one a split second later on the side that’s toward the ceiling. I’ve heard that regular kick patterns may indicate sleep cycles when the baby is born, so I’m kinda hoping that’s true, since I haven’t felt much at 0300 or anything. :)

    Hopefully I’ll be able to work right up until the winter break. My plan is to go on maternity leave then, so that it’s a nice break point.

    We’re planning to move in the next little while. We aren’t sure exactly when or where, but ideally we want a bigger place that’s cheaper than what we have now, so wish us luck with that…hehe.

    I think that’s about it. :) Now that this big news is out, I think I’ll be able to blog more since I won’t need to watch what I’m writing.

    I Sit Corrected


    2012 - 08.21

    A little while back, I made a joke about the father’s of our generation not being on Facebook.  Well that was the 2012 of two months ago, since then everything has shifted.  Karin’s dad is now on Facebook, and we’re all a little frightened… more for him than for us though…

    CSA: Community Supported Agriculture


    2012 - 08.20

    Stumbled across this the other day, and there’s at least one member of the audience who will find it interesting.  It’s the SFU: Local Food Project, and one of the things they talk about is Community Supported Agriculture.

    C.S.A. stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA’s are a  commitment between a farm and a community of supporters. Supports pay up for their share of the harvest at the beginning of the season, so farmers have a source of income at their time of highest expenses. The farm provides the supporters with fresh high quality produce throughout the season, usually in a weekly box.

    They have a nice list of different CSA related organizations: http://sfulocalfood.ca/resources/where-to-get-local/community-supported-agriculture

    Who knows you might even find the rest of the site interesting too.