Monday, October 16, 2017

RIP Mr. Lahey

John Dunsworth who played Mr. Lahey from the Trailer Park Boys has passed away at the age of 71. Although I never met him, friends at my last job did and said he was the nicest guy. I'm not sure what he died from, but I know I'll miss him and his acting. Nothing will beat his performance in "I am the liquor" episode. (The one where he labels the bottles after each Trailer Park Boy character).

John was anti-gambling as he was addicted to it.

RIP Mr. Lahey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Holy Shitballs

Woke up, showered, had coffee and some toast. Went out to start the car and nothing but clicks - fuck - dead battery. No problem. Head to the corner store and withdraw $20 for transit money. I boost down to the C-train station where I realize the downtown core is locked down due to track maintenance. I get off at Earlton station and boost to my customer site. I dont have my pass so I have to call security. My customer informs me they are closed. (The receptionist told me they were open last week, for fucks sake!).

I boost back to try and catch the bus and run out of power at the DT hospital. I call a taxi cab and get a cab ride home. I wait an hour for the board to charge and head to Canadian tire to buy an Eliminator battery ($150!).

Believe it or not, I managed to heft this battery while on the boosted board and make it home without injury to myself or the battery. I quickly swap the battery, head back to Canadian tire to bring back the old one ($20 refund for bringing the battery back for recycling).

Pretty damn tired. Thank goodness I had the boosted board. Peace out!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Winter is coming

Winter is approaching very soon. At the end of October I'll have to get my winter tires put on again. I might have to buy a new battery, it seems a bit weaker and I have had this thing for 5 years now. I think I'll get it changed very soon indeed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Internet

I "Upgraded" from Shaw 60/5 to their 150 "bluesky" service today. Above is the speed test I did using non-VPN. With my VPN (Nord) I get 167 MBps down and 15 up (not bad!). Shaw has a deal for $99 plus some channels which works out to half of what I was paying with the old Shaw Gateway appliance.

The new shaw bluesky was voice command on the remote which makes setting up recordings or changing channels pretty easy. To setup a recording for "Cops", all you do is hit the recording button and say: "Record COPS" and it will set it up. All you need to do is confirm it.

I'm disappointed in the lack of 4K support, and the fact the storage hasn't changed since the Shaw Gateway from 2012. The Shaw technician admitted these boxes came direct from Comcast and were re-branded for Shaw in a corporate agreement made. The remote is easy to understand and use (compared to the old 2012-series Gateway from Motorolla). The cable modem is gigantic: It's a Hitron box (as is the media center/pvr). 5-gigabit network ports, 2-usb ports, and cable input.

Since I haven't used it for even 24 hours, I can't tell you how reliable it is. I did notice the box has integrated Netflix, and I added my netflix account which does indeed work. (Although, it is slower to queue up than from my gaming computer or tablets).

I don't use the Shaw Wifi appliance, but the technician told me it was pretty good. I have my own router anyway, so I had him put the box into bridging mode. I had to call customer service 2 hours later to get a couple of cable packages added which were missing.

If it was just me, I would cut cable and only subscribe to the 150 service. The good news is there are no data caps. NONE.

Oh my God. This is great.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Calgary Stampeders and Crowds

I won 2 free tickets from a customer shortly before my vacation started. I took a bud of mine (Laszlo) to the game with me and we chilled in section D where all the crazy nutcase fans are. You know the ones: Endless cowbells, horns, and gigantic flags with the stampeders logo on it.

The crowds were insane and loud. People drinking everywhere. I wanted to stab my neighbors will a pen for ringing that loud cowbell before every play. Really, what's the fucking point of that?

Calgary was hosting the Montreal Alouettes, and they thrashed the hell out of them 51-11. I never saw a kick return turned into a touchdown until tonight. 

Snuck 2 diet pepsi's into the area, no way in hell was I buying that shitty, expensive beer or food. There was a lot of younger people there. On the way home on the C-train we were standing next to this annoying group of young women (18?) who wouldn't stop snap chatting and taking selfies.

If I had a gun, I'd probably take my own head off right there. Annoying. Yep, I'm pretty old and although it was a nice night out, I won't be doing that for a while. I hate crowds.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why Highway Driving is Ludicrous

I'm getting older now and after this last trip doing 2,800 kilometers in 7 days, I can't do it anymore. Each way is almost 1338 km, not including inner-city Winnipeg driving. I find my nighttime vision to be poorer now.

Speed Challenge

Even with cruise control (my car doesn't have it), not speeding is almost impossible. First, you end up passing slow cars. Then cars who pass you invariably end up slowing down and you end up passing them. Then they pass you again. And it repeats. So instead of this bullshit, I tend to drive +20 on the highway just outside of city limits. There are very few police in the rural areas of Canada. Although I did push 100 MPH, it was a burst speed and would be suicidal to sustain in my car.

Idiots, Idiots Everywhere

People deciding to cross the road when high speed traffic is clearly coming to them. Hitchhikers standing along side the road. Wild animals charging across your lanes. Lazy assholes who camp in the left lane (!!). I usually pass them on the right side if they don't get the hints.

Flying is Safer

It also saves time. You don't need to mentally strong to fly. With driving it requires all your attention for over 10 hours (in my case, 12.5 - 13 hours). Ridiculous. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Brink of War, Trump, and Boosting

What a time to be alive. It's not every day you see the most powerful man in the world simulatenously threaten to reduce North Korea to ashes and push his own vigilante justice over NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Hate him or love him, Donald Trump has succeeded in driving up his agenda and brand tremendously. Back in the 80's I had a friend who managed to work me up about impending nuclear war "was almost guaranteed between Russia and USA". I think he was a little nuts to say the least.

People forget this man is not a politician. He is a brash bully-type leader. He demands results and high levels of respect. This is a guy who never got his hands dirty on any type of manual labour. He was brought up in a world of excess and lived the 1% life since birth. His narcissistic behavior and unrealistic expectations are a result of his spoiled upbringing. I miss Barack Obama.

I do admire the balls of his behavior on some items. When he walked up to Putin he didn't show any weakness. The same could be said when he met Angela Merkle. When Trump met Justin Trudeau, he met his match on handshake dominance. Whenever Donald shakes hands he consistently looks to gain the top-hand and use his other arm to brace the person's arm - a total show of dominance.

Whether or not North Korea is stupid enough to launch a nuclear warhead into the pacific ocean is something to be seen. All it would take is one errant missle hitting Japan and it would be game over fo the Kim Regime and potentially hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

Do yourself a favour and go to youtube and search for Donald Trump Body Language. It is something to watch.

Since I'm on vacation I have been boosting still. I lost a guard screw on my skateboard and haven't had to change any belts yet. Mainly because when I was in Winnipeg for 7 days I had 4 solid days of rain.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Winnipeg Trip 2017

I left Calgary on September 16th at 8:30 AM and arrived in Wininpeg 12.5 hours later at 9:30 PM (adjusted for time change). I averaged 120-130 km/hour but managed to get across 3 provinces without getting  a ticket or accident. The window above had fallen into it's frame 2-3 inches and I had to fix it on day 3: Remove the rotted wood, replace the rotten plywood, add plastic wrap, new insulation, and support beams. Re-create part of the "frame" for the window, and boom... back in business. (My bud Dave helped with this part, I'm not great at framing shit).

My mom's neighbor's dog. Very friendly.

 My mom's neighbor trying out my boosted board.

Pretty clouds when driving around.

Went to value-village in Winnipeg and found these ancient Heathkit devices. 

A shrink-wrapped, never-used PC Commander from 1996 (21 years old!).

The bad window in question.

My grandma's old house in Portage La Prairie. She's RIP now.

Pretty sunlight going through the clouds.

Downtown Winnipeg, under-car tunnel.

Driving down main street.

The most likely place to be stabbed in Winnipeg, the Bell Hotel.

Random street shot.

One of my bud's cats (John). Can't remember the cat's name).

Another cat, this one is a little more outgoing.

This is what wood looks like after a few years of rotting.