Sunday, February 18, 2018

Why would you play this game ?


If your idea of a good time involves squatting in the dark woods, making as less noise as possible so not to stir up the evil creatures that lurk there to kill you. Developed out of Russia, this multi-player game attracted my attention because I love survival horror games. Death comes swiftly and quick, whether from a large variety of monstrous creatures or the crazy madmen who lurk near and around the island.

Although you have a trusty flashlight, you won't be using it much, unless you enjoy attracting attention to yourself. Creatures of the night flock to it like fire to dry grass. What's interesting is the paranormal aspect of the game. It reminds me of Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, where these odd winds and paranormal-type things would attack you if you ventured too close to them. I swear the sounds are the same.

You can craft items, but to be honest my pathetic attempts at survival have not been great. I once found a sweet heavy gun which would fire gigantic shells and kill things with one shot. Very handy, but I only had 3 bullets. Items also wear out and require re-building from workshops.

I'm ashamed to admit I put over 300 hours into Dayz and this game is 2,000 times better than that trainwreck. At least you have something to do on this island. In Dayz you just wander around, fight zombies and players who (rarely now) play with you. The red sky reminds me of Darkwood, another terrifying game I play. The developers are updating this game very frequently as it's in alpha right now.

Oh. And did I mention the jump scares? Tons of them. I was walking down the railroad tracks and suddenly some bloody women appeared in front of me with menacing laughter in the air. I almost pissed myself.

I love the game.

10/10

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Major Snowfall Alert

Warnings

3:37 PM MST Wednesday 07 February 2018
Winter storm warning in effect for:
  • City of Calgary
Significant amounts of snow, with total amounts of 25 to 35 cm is expected.

An area of heavy snow, currently from Grande Cache to Medicine Hat, including the mountain parks, continues to intensify as it moves southward. Heavy snow will continue through tonight and most of the day Thursday before beginning to gradually taper off Thursday evening.

In the mountain parks and along the foothills snowfall accumulations may reach as high as 50 cm in a few localities, especially over higher terrain.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

By tomorrow morning Calgary should have accumulated 25-30 cm of snow, plus an additional 5-10 cm during Thursday will make tomorrow's commute for drivers a literal crawl drive.

Although I will be driving in the early morning to the SE Hospital, I will try to take the transit during tomorrow... I'm thinking it'll be safer in the long run. We have company coming in from PEI on Saturday @ 1AM, so I'm hopeful the roads and Deerfoot will be clear by then.

Hopefully.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Facebookistan

An insightful documentary about how much data Facebook really keeps about you.

Private video. Password is: facebookistan

https://vimeo.com/146388291

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Laptop Battery Instructions.

In Chinglish.


A customer bought a chinese battery. I told the person to never leave it unattended while charging and maybe, put it on a concrete pad in case it catches fire.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

RIP Ron Stone


My uncle Ron was a guy I was never close to. He was the youngest of the Stones and although we did get along mostly, when he was drinking he changed into a person I never recognized. I didn't find out he died until today - about 5 years after he passed away on December 4, 2012.

I invited him to my first wedding back in 1996 to kind of let him know I forgave him pulling a knife on me and my brother back in the early 90's at my Grandma's house. I remember it well, he was lementing about his life and I cockily suggested since he made his bed, he might as well lie in it.

He got angry and kicked me and my brother out of my grandma's house. Problem is my truck was stuck behind his car. We had to walk to our cousin's place and crash the night there. I didn't know, but when my brother and I were sleeping they went over and beat the crap out of him. He also got into a fight with my other uncle back in the mid 1980's right on the front lawn: He wanted a ride to some place in Portage but my uncle wasn't going anywhere. Ron stabbed the spare tire of my uncle's truck and it was on: Both fighting in the front yard, my dad in the living room. "Should we break it up?" I asked my dad. "Nah, let them fight. He needs a lesson".

The RCMP pulled my uncle Jim off Ron and took him away. Flash forward to 1997 and he called me out of the blue telling me he had some tools of my dad's. He was off his rocker and started swearing at me over the phone. I said if I ever saw him again I'd murder him.

And that was the last time I ever spoke to him.

Kind of bummed we never made up. I realize now he had serious problems with booze and drugs.

I used to joke with my brother about "his uncle Ron" as to give ownership about this guy. Cracks me up to this day - except after I heard he passed away.

RIP Uncle Ron.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Classic Trance: Saltwater by Chicane

A song about losing pain.





 Oscail mo shuile
Nios mo eist e sin
Ar an tsaile snamha

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day

Open my eyes saltwater rain
Oscail mo shuil in that way
Eist tu in that way
Eist tu in that way

Missing part in that way
Eist tu oscail mo shuil

Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day
Fol lol the doh fol the day

Open my eyes, saltwater rain
Oscail mo shùil, no more inside
Saltwater rain, oscail mo shùil
English translation, open my eyes

Bigger, listen to us
Swimming in saltwater
Open my eyes, saltwater rain
Open my eyes in that way
You listen in that way
You listen in that way

Missing part, in that way
You listen open my eyes
No more inside, saltwater rain
Open my eyes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Curbing the Urge to Share


The doctor is in and will see you now. I've noticed that since I've removed myself from Twitter there is still an urge to share interesting links, videos, etc. with friends. I'll stop myself and say "No. You only have this shitty blog now. No more twitter". 


Oh I've ran blogs before - as far back as 1998 to be exact. I won't spoil anyone with the extremely boring details, but I basically hand-edited my web page using hotdog and even Notepad and uploaded the files with a free FTP program. Blogging back then was a huge pain in the ass. Limited space, no easy templates.... I ripped off a local ISP's web site and made it into my own.

Today I don't have time for that shit. I just need a quick editor and post with decent controls - and I'm done. Maybe one day I'll get rid of this blog too. Maybe.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Deleted Twitter


Back in the 1980's we didn't have snapchat, twitter, powerful smartphones, high speed communications, tinder, craigslist...you name it. I am the last of the generation who grew up without Facebook. Back then, the computer nerds like me owned things like Commodore 64's with 1200 baud modems, Amiga 500's with 2400 baud ones... hell my buddy Dave had a hayes HST modem, then a 56K bitch.

We'd gather together with other guys and gals to illegally copy software amongst us. Games were expensive back then, averaging 40$ per title in 1980's money ($91.71 in today's cash). We'd pirate until 3 in the goddamn morning, using hardware and software tools to copy everything and anything. Software protection wheel? We'd copy that bitch. Special glasses to read the codes? Photocopied with a filter. I don't think there was any game that we couldn't copy illegally. At one point I think  I had 500 goddamn floppy disks full of porn, games, and programs.

There were no singles ads except the ones where they sound like this:

Single White Male seeking fit woman aged 20-30 with no kids and must love bdsm play.

Life was not simpler back then. It took more work to communicate with people. I couldn't snapchat or text a buddy when I was bored. I'd actually have to go drive or phone them.

I joined Twitter in 2010 of July. I was never into social media very much, and I found facebook and linkedin to be equally annoying & useless.

A couple of years ago I deleted all 12,000 tweets and likes from Twitter. Then last year I decided to go thermo nuclear and completely annihilate my tweets. No history. No images. Replies are gone.

I deactivated Twitter and don't really give a flying fuck.

 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Entering the year of Cannabis legalization

Image, 80 years of prohibition nonsense and police brutality over a simple herb - a plant if you will. Now coming to an end in Canada and already in some parts of the US. It was the same with Alcohol during that period but for a much shorter duration. In Canada you have 2 ways to obtain weed:

1. Illegally through your local drug dealer or mail order marijuana site. Currently the cheapest and easiest way to get weed right now. Even if you don't have "that guy" you can always find a MOM online that will sell for as little as 3$ per gram for weed. (Mind you at that price it's bagged scraps).

2. Legally through the Canada Medical Marijuana system and licensed provider's (LP). Once you sign up and pick an LP, you're locked in for about a year. Inventory for some LP's is not great as there have been many stories of people seeking low-THC and high-CBD strains - only to see them sold out.

I have mixed feelings about legalization of Cannabis. First, it can be a truly wonderful medicine when taken responsibily and only by adults. I have first hand felt the effects of going to sleep and waking up very rested. However for some who cannot control their usage, it can become a full-time unending habit. It's easy to get into the relaxed confines of a cerebrial high. Your stress is down, your heart rate and blood pressure lowered. Life is good. Who wouldn't want that? My view is, with moderation and occaisional tolerance breaks. The T breaks can provide excellent time to reflect and think about the past month or so.

But enough of this. If I were to offer anyone advice when legalization kicks in and you're tempted to try edibles: Don't go higher than a 50 mg does, otherwise you will have a mind blowing high that may scare you. Trust me.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas 2017 is over


Christmas has come and gone without major incidents. This time of year always makes me sad because I remember the people who past away just a few years ago when I lived in Nova Scotia back in 2012. 


This is the home of the boosted board until spring time. The roads are covered in snow and ice, it's far too cold to skateboard anyways.

Monday, December 18, 2017

[ Weather Alert ]

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.

A Pacific low pressure system moving into Washington State Tuesday morning will bring heavy snow to parts of southern Alberta. Snow will begin Tuesday morning in western regions and spread eastward in the Lethbridge and Brooks regions in the afternoon. In the Brooks region, heavier amounts will fall in western areas like Strathmore and Vulcan. Heavy snow will continue through Wednesday before it tapers off Wednesday evening.

As the system develops, warnings may be extended to surrounding regions.

Snowfall warnings are issued when snowfall accumulations of great than 10 cm fall in 12 hours.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.
_______________________________________________________________________

Finally - Calgary will get a snowy Christmas. Put away the boosted board, there will be no more boosting until the roads are completely dry and clear. And true to my spirit, I haven't bought much gifts yet. I save Christmas shopping for the last minute, mainly because I really hate shopping, and I love to procrastinate. It's a win-win.



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Some Real Shit [NSFW Warning]


NSFW warning: I will be using raw language and sexually explicit text here.

What I'm about to share has never been told to anyone in my immediate circle of friends and family. Back when I lived in Nova Scotia, before the old apartment building on Arthur Street burned to the ground years ago, we had some .... unique characters living in the building.

Besides the usual pot smokers who normally kept quiet and to themselves, we had a few people that were into the more dangerous drugs: Cocaine, crack, barbituates, and any opiod they could get their hands on.

For anonymous reasons, we'll call this character "Wendy" because I'd rather not give their first name and have that person identified. Wendy was a true addict in all sense of the word: She'd hustle continuously for money to feed her crack addition. Before meeting her I never knew what Cocaine psychosis is. I remember one fucking time I was dropping off some food she needed to borrow and I saw her busy digging around the cupboards and crawling on the floors looking for something.

"They're here, the bugs. Don' you see them?" she said. Wendy was frantically digging into imaginary objects on the floor, walls, and cupboard. I searched with my eyes but could see nothing. She was completely nuts and in deep Cocaine psychosis.

Cocaine psychosis is basically an overdose in your mind. The condition usually befalls unfortunate souls with a history of cocaine or crack abuse. Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances on earth, and as with other drugs, your body builds up a tolerance against it. Over time, addicts need to consume more and more cocaine to get high. Cocaine gives a boost to your sympathetic nervous system filling your body with good vibrations, but while in that supercharged state, things can get ugly.

 Months later I saw her on the street in a tiny red dress. She was very skinny and out looking for tricks to support her habit. She would pawn anything that wasn't bolted down for crack money. I don't know how she stayed in the building, but I suspect she was gifting blowjobs to the superintendant. She was caught giving blowjobs to clients outside the building using plastic sobeys bags. (ughh).

Her boyfriend was an abusive alcoholic asshole to actually broke her leg one year. He never went to jail.  My advice to anyone thinking about doing Cocaine or crack: Don't even think about it. Although its' unlikely you'll get addicted to it after 2-3 tries, it could actually kill you by stressing out your cadiovasular system (heart attack).

During this time of year some people get in over their heads doing lines of Coke, meth, or other types of drugs. My advice is to stay away from these:

Meth
Cocaine
Barbituates
Opiates
Alcohol
Depressants
Spice/K2/artificial weed
Man-made psychadelics such as 2C-B

Safe with moderation:

Marijuana
Magic Truffles and Mushrooms

I am not advocating drug use. In fact I gave up weed for over 10 months this year. Even now I am wary about smoking a joint or taking a vape hit that could lead to a psychological dependence. Use in moderation and in the appropriate setting and time.

Friday, December 8, 2017

I forgot my own rules


Above: An office flooded due to a faulty heating pipe in a downtown office. I almost stepped completely into it. The air smelled musty and I'm glad there wasn't power otherwise I might have been dead.


Most of the pictures I take are lucky. 99% of my pictures are random and I'm in the right spot at the right time. Just like above.


Sunsets are easy. Even the iphone 6s can take a half decent shot. My Ricoh GR2 will be coming out next week. 


We had  a anonymous gift exchange at work. This is what I received (I wanted anything with cats). Perfect!


Boosting 101

- Don't ever go full blast down runs you don't know 100%
- Don't trust drivers
- Be ready to jump
- Wear your gear


So in doing this list I broke the very first rule. I was blasting downtown on the pedestrian/bike path in Calgary and immediately came upon a brick-sized depression in the road. I woudl say 2 inches deep (yikes!!!). Instead of jumping off the board, I decided to go for it and resist panic.

I actually managed to get over it. But then another one literally 2 seconds afterwards. I made it again. After that I decided I would no longer go full blast down unknown roads. Too risky. I managed to carry a gigantic take-out box through downtown and weaving around pedestrians. Good times.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Be Careful in December


Calgary has been in a warm spot for about 2 weeks now. Temperatures are going to hit +14 & +16 next Friday and Saturday. This is uncharted territory for me. I'm used to living in Winnipeg or Halifax, where the temps are pretty reliable: Cool or cold. The warming of the environment has been incredible.


With the holiday parties starting up, it would be easy to be caught up in the moment and get into a situation nobody would want. DWI or even driving while high, should always be avoided. Use a cab.  Last year I decided to drink a lot of liquor and get pretty drunk. This year I'll be off the booze and *might* have a toke or two - but that's about it.

Spend time with family and loved ones. They are the ones that count.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


 The ipod takes good pictures in well lit scenes.


From the iphone 6s, it takes pictrues a little bit more accurately and with less noise.


The ipod's sensor has trouble dealing with the powerful lights that show a construction scene. Noise everywhere.


Underexposed, the ipod picture lacks low-light sensitivity. 

 A decent shot with the ipod, take during lunchtime in downtown Calgary.


Kitty loves those goddman glow sticks.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A History of Mp3 Players I've Used


The Sansa 1G Express with OLED and FM radio. Oh, the futureshop special I bought for $40 back when these were the cheapest mp3 players out there. It worked intermittently, randomly rebooting and would lose your station presets. It did have a microSD port to allow more MP3's, and it did play them sometimes. After the 20th reset I lost my shit and destroyed it under my boot one afternoon. A real piece of shit. 


The Zune 30G work horse. I bought this for $70 in Truo, Nova Scotia back in mid 2000's. It was solid, heavy, used a tiny physical hard drive and the software was buggy as shit. The games were laughable. No wifi. Compared to the ipod this thing was a real clunker - except for the audio quality. It used really good DAC's and the sound was phenomenal. Sadly, in 2012 I ended up dropping it on the pavement and destroyed the fragile hard drive. RIP. 


So the tiny zune 4GB I found on Kijiji for $50 and it actually worked nicely for about 3 months before the display went completely blank. I don't know what the hell happened but it stopped working and I had to ditch it.


Back to the Zune HD. Found one again on Kijij and picked it up & used it for about 3 years. The problem is the flimsy audio jacks - breaking, I could not replace it. I managed to jerry-rig the audio jack but one day the last of the plastic completey broke on me. So long.


I picked up the apple ipod touch gen 7 and don't use the shitty ear buds. I have Sennheiser over the ear studio phones which work pretty good. I hope it lasts a while. I don't use my phone for music because it's not my phone. It belongs to work. I don't need my MP3's and shit on a work phone.

Friday, November 3, 2017

No more longboarding


Calgary received 25 cm of snow in 3 days so far. The temperature dipped to -13C and it's cold as hell. Immediately, drivers began moving around like idiots and accidents were everywhere. It's like that movie Groundhog day and every year the same traffic bullshit happens during the first major snow storm. Snowpocalypse. The boosted board has been put against the wall for the season, I don't see this being used again until next year - unless we get a massive chinook warm stretch...

I managed to get the Nitto SN2's fitted on my car again for the winter season; I figure I have 1 last season with these bad boys and I'll have to get new ones next year. 

 I found the dollar store was selling glow sticks for $1.25 for a bundle of 10. Great deal. I love them.

Kitty loves them.



Even a slurpee looks better witha glow stick.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Samsung S2 Tab Charging Issues ?





Own a Samsung tablet or smart phone? Tired of the battery draining even if you have the 2A charger plugged into it? It's a common problem for many owners of the S2 tablet series. First, the charger is a piece of crap. Many other people have reported that this charger often is unable to supply even half the stated capacity of 2A. When plugged in, the tablet said it would take over 19 hours to charge (!). Unbelievable.

Quite frankly, I went out and bought a 40W multi-charger USB block and hooked it up to my 7 inch tablet - works great. I use the 60W multi-charger for the 9.7 inch tablet.

Both tablets have applications set to sleep mode when not in use (important). If you don't set this the applications will continue to run and drain the battery even when your tablet is shut to low power. Very rarely this problem can be caused by a damaged or faulty charging cable - usually the cheap chinese copies you can buy of DX are good enough. Sometimes you do get shit cables.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall's Last Gasp


Its getting cold out in the mornings. A fine matrix of ice weaved into random and complex patterns on the hood of my car. It almost looks like a planet from the distance.



A bud of mine drinks this stuff. I never tried it and considering the 15% alcohol I'd probably be on my ass in no time. Instead, I bought an 8-pack of Irish beers.


While boosting downtown I discovered this interesting enclosed pathway with a mural of graffiti on the side. Very neat photo, kind of lucked into it. Enjoy this week of warm weather while it lasts. Next week I have to get my winter tires mounted and get ready for the onsalught of cold and wintery weather. Brrr.

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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/john-dunsworth-beloved-actor-best-known-as-mr-lahey-has-died-1.4357370

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.