Friday, June 29, 2012

Who beats the funeral drum?

A RIM job doesn't sound so appealing now, does it?

Note to self: What am I going to do when that joke can't be told anymore?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This is a picture I did not take


This is a picture I did not take... of a 50-ish guy on a 10-speed bike of the same vintage, wearing a once-white wife beater, hauling ass down the road as fast as humanly possible, with a lit cigarette dangling from his lips.

Participaction in action.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I... [state your name]...

Nice personal touch in the alumni email I received from Conestoga College today:
"Dear(Contact First Name),"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sooner than wait for a break in the weather...

Good thing Dear Leader assures us that climate change is a myth. Otherwise things like this might worry me. Then again, we couldn't make jokes like "it was so hot today the Maple Leafs fans are taking the paper bags off their heads."

Special Weather Statements for Ontario


Smog advisory Issued jointly by Environment Canada and the Ontario ministry of the environment at 10:46 AM EDT Wednesday 20 June 2012.


Wednesday will be a day of elevated air pollution. The air quality index is expected to exceed the poor threshold of 50 due to ground level ozone. Pollutants from U.S. and Ontario sources will accumulate and react with sunlight to form photochemical smog.


Humidex advisory Updated by Environment Canada at 10:42 AM EDT Wednesday 20 June 2012.


Humidex advisory for: Southern Ontario.


Hot, humid and hazy conditions will persist into Thursday. Humidex values expected to reach the low forties today.

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Peter Gabriel's best?  Discuss...


Monday, June 18, 2012

MacGregor Point Provincial Park, June 2012


We spent the Father's Day weekend at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, in what has become an annual tradition for our first trip of the summer.

Not too much was new at MacGregor this year, except for the bear trap we saw on the road down to the rocky beach.  We've seen plenty of bear traps on our travels, and a few bears, but this was a first for MacGregor.  No sign of any bears this weekend though, just lots of deer and raccoons as usual.

Smallest daughter was out of commission as far as biking goes, with her broken wrist, but we still managed to hit the trails for a couple of long rides.  Hopefully she'll be back on two wheels for the next trip in a couple of weeks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Things I have learned the hard way


It's time for another episode of "Things I have learned the hard way".

Today's lesson:  Frogs and lawn mowing equipment do not mix.

Actually, they do mix, but only very briefly, and in a fine pink mist.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Emergency department wait times


There's been plenty of news coverage lately of 12-hour (or more) wait times in the emergency departments at local hospitals.  Let me just say, your mileage may vary.  I walked into Grand River's ER this morning at 11:15 and walked out exactly two hours later, with a sniffly eight-year-old sporting a shiny cast on her arm.  Let's just say her "Cirque du Soleil" audition has been postponed. She swears she made the leap onto the monkey bars six times last week, and didn't fall once.  This time she didn't stick the landing.  But, I digress...

Two hours, not twelve.  And the "self-pay" parking station was under repair, so the gates were up and parking was free.

The only thing they need to change is their PACS system...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Canada's other winter sport

Watching this morning's TV coverage of the LA Kings Stanley Cup win last night, I couldn't help feel that something was missing.

Then it hit me - there was no rioting in Vancouver or Montreal.  What is this world coming to?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Hollywood lies at the end of the rainbow


There I am last night, lying on the couch reading Boing Boing on the BlackBerry (yes, I still have a BlackBerry, but I'm looking for something new.  Suggestions?  Don't you dare say iPhone...) and I come across two articles of interest.

Interesting because they concern my two favourite movies of all time, Brazil and Blade Runner.

If you haven't seen these movies, you are really missing out.  Best not to watch them back-to-back though...

Conversation of the day, bonus edition


Me: What did you do at school today?

F: We did a play in science, about plants.  I was... uh... chlorosil, or something.

V: Chlor-o-phyll.

F: Whatever...

V: We did a play in science too, about electricity.  I was "positive".

F: You should have been negative.  'Cause, you know, you're negative.

V: Yeah, I get it.

Conversation of the day


J: [digging in the freezer] We should have a rotisserie chicken this weekend.  What about the one you got at the turkey shoot?

F: Yay!

J: Here it is.

F: It's a ROOSTER!

J: That says "roaster".

F: No!  It says ROOSTER!  I SAW THE LABEL!

J: It's a roaster.

F: Whatever...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Happiness is...

Closing the sunroof on the car five minutes before the severe thunderstorm watch becomes a warning.


Monday, June 04, 2012

Things they teach in MBA school


It's been a while since the last MBA lesson.  This one has to do with communicating organizational change.

In a word, Don't.

Let the individual contributors spread the news amongst themselves. They love going out for lunch, so let the news of a colleague's departure be met with a salivary response when they see the invitation to the goodbye lunch.

If you're getting hassled in employee survey after employee survey for poor communication, tuck these gems into an "internal announcement" email, along with news about seven different people changing jobs, complete with biographical information and a lengthy work history.  At the very bottom, toss in something like "oh, and by the way, Haywood Jablome has been future endeavoured."

Now nobody can accuse you of poor communication.

One of these things is not like the other


Innovate! Innovate! Innovate!

But first... complete a mandatory six-part training course on the new Travel and Entertainment policy.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Things that make my head hurt


Tripped over this one in the comments today...

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