Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Soon, the blue, so soon

Camping season is coming up fast, and we'll be out of this freezing rain crap and into the blue, blue waters.

Ontario Parks has a list of alternatives today - for when the popular park you're trying to get into is full.

They suggest Murphys Point Provincial Park, instead of Bon Echo or Charleston Lake Provincial Parks.  I loved all three.

Arrowhead or Samuel de Champlain Provincial Parks instead of Algonquin Provincial Park.  These three are quite different.  Nothing compares to Algonquin, but Arrowhead is so close you can drive into Algonquin to hike or canoe.  Samuel de Champlain is a nice place, but not in the same category.

Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Brighton, instead of Sandbanks Provincial Park.  I haven't been to Sandbanks - the campsites don't look that great, and I suspect it's full of the Toronto crowd (no offense, Toronto).  Presqu'ile is a nice beach park, but the hiking and wildlife are scarce.

Grundy Lake Provincial Park, instead of Killbear Provincial ParkGrundy is one of my favourites, and I much prefer it to Killbear.  We'll be there in August!

Inverhuron Provincial Park, instead of The Pinery Provincial ParkInverhuron wins, hands down.  Beautiful sandy beach at Inverhuron, and great biking, with none of the crowds of The Pinery.  See you there Labour Day weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Things I have learned the hard way

If you have sunburned your lips, ordering the spicy hot and sour soup is a delicious terrible mistake.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The award for "Best 2nd Date Idea" goes to...

The Elmira Curling Club has been offering free "learn to curl" clinics for the past month or so.  We've had a great response, with many people coming out for a second and third night to get the hang of it.  Last night we had a few of the returning people get into a game with the league regulars.

Over on another sheet last night was a younger couple.  They were working together with one of our club instructors, and seemed to be having a great time.  At some point during the evening, someone leaned over to me and said, "They're on their second date!"  Apparently the fella decided to find something unique to do for a second date in Waterloo Region, and curling was the winner.

Good for him.  It takes real stones to try something like that.

Can't keep my mind from the circling sky

During the Air Canada web check-in process, this question came up:

Do any of your bags include the following sports equipment or special items?

Bicycles
Hunting bounty (antlers / horns)
Hunting firearms
Surfboards

I can see why they might like to know if I'm packing a firearm, but if I can somehow wedge antlers into my suitcase, it should be none of their business.

Quote of the day

One's sentiment toward JavaScript flips between elegance and disgust without transiting intermediate states.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

First timer

Smallest daughter curled in her first bonspiel yesterday.  Her team won both games, and finished second overall!  Maybe I could get her to give me a few tips...

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Recently found

You can tell a lot about someone by taking a peek at their GPS.  I was looking through our "Recent destinations" a couple of weeks ago, trying to find the Brampton Curling Club.

From the past year, among many others, I found:

Brampton Curling Club
Acton Curling Club
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Murphys Point Provincial Park
Restoule Provincial Park
Museum of Civilization

Since then we've added another curling club to the list, and this summer two new Provincial Parks will go in there.

EMR for urologists goes mobile

Here's a press release about an iPhone app specifically targeted towards urologists.

No word in the press release about streaming data, but I'm sure it does that.  Information just whizzes in...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

If they try to break down your disguise with their questions...


From the government that brought you a fake lake comes the newest is classless theatre - a fake citizenship ceremony.

"Let's do it. We can fake the Oath," reads an email from a @sunmedia.ca email address
One staff member from Kenney's office who appeared in the email chain about the event requested their name be blacked out before release under the Access to Information Act.