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Spring is sprung
Wednesday, April 10, 2019      7 comments

My Dad has been gone for 5 years now, but it feels like about a year to me. I do remember part of a poem that he said once: "Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is?" I look it up on the internet, and ther... Read more
Warming drawer in my kitchen but only in the winter
Wednesday, March 20, 2019      10 comments

One of my friends put in a new kitchen. He's an electrician, but very handy with all sorts of construction things. He did a great job. Afterwards his wife wanted a warming drawer. I didn't know what one was ... typically the drawer at the b... Read more
Animal charity
Sunday, March 17, 2019      6 comments

When I look at myself, even I think that I have a strange way of thinking. I had some old food in the fridge, not mouldy or unhealthy, but limp celery, and things like that. I could have thrown it in the garbage, and at some point bact... Read more
Pi day
Thursday, March 14, 2019      7 comments

There are a number of fascinating constants, ... well, fascinating in you like mathematics. If you have a circle on a perfectly flat plain, and it has a radius of one, then the area of that circle is some number, and that number is given a ... Read more
Squirrel pressure
Wednesday, March 13, 2019      9 comments

I remember going to an undergraduate physics conference when I was 18, and the keynote speaker was Freeman Dyson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
/Freeman_Dyson At the time he would have been about 54 years old. The one thing that really ... Read more
My grade 10 math teacher had a dry sense of humour
Tuesday, February 26, 2019      8 comments

Decades ago, back in grade 10 I was writing a geometry test One square had vertices labeled with the letters L,P,H,E and some questions about sides and angles. As I looked at the picture, going around the square I realized that it spelled ... Read more
My wife ... the foreigner
Sunday, February 24, 2019      13 comments

Another installment of "My wife the foreigner" ... my wife is German, and I'm not. We don't live in Germany. So she is the foreigner. But she has a certain wit in English, something a native speaker just can't buy. Today we are watchin... Read more
Quote of the day
Thursday, December 13, 2018      4 comments

Every now and then when watching TV my wife and I hear something that is memorable, causes us both to laugh, and is worth repeating. So when I hear on of those, I'm going to repeat it. I sort of wish I had a time machine to go back and give... Read more
Freezing rain
Monday, December 10, 2018      9 comments

As I was leaving the house today there was a delivery truck at the end of my long driveway, sort of stuck on the icy road. Spinning its rear wheels. I have a 4 wheel drive and decide if he would just get out of the way I'd be off. I opened ... Read more
We have a verbal agreement on file
Saturday, November 24, 2018      7 comments

A number of years ago my wife started working for a small wine importing company. In her first week on the job she got a call from a company that was about to ship the scheduled printer ink, telling her that they had a verbal agreement on f... Read more
The old fashioned way
Wednesday, November 14, 2018      6 comments

I can't find my iPhone this morning. I go to the Apple website on my MacBook, log in with my apple-id, a little radar map appears, and a pop-up window with a 6 digit code I'm supposed to enter somewhere, but where, on my iPhone? I don't kno... Read more
World ends at midnight, 12:30 in Newfoundland
Tuesday, October 16, 2018      8 comments

Most provinces in Canada jump by hourly time zones. Newfoundland is on the east coast, and for some reason has a time zone that jumps by 30 minutes, not a full hour. Hence the old joke that the world ends at 12:30 in Newfoundland. Today mar... Read more
What are the odds that there are two bombs on your next flight?
Monday, October 15, 2018      7 comments

The odds of a bomb on a plane flight are extremely low. The odds of two bombs on a flight are much lower. Then a crazy idea occurred. If I packed my own bomb in my suitcase, the chances of having yet another one on the plane would be super ... Read more
Feel the burn
Friday, September 28, 2018      7 comments

The expression "feel the burn" usually applies to exercise and working your muscles to exhaustion. If you know me, you know I have a memory issues, and I also do home renovations. So at supper yesterday I happen to look down at my stom... Read more
With our technology we can only get to 80%
Saturday, August 04, 2018      6 comments

At the car repair shop, and I hear the mechanic on the phone talking with a customer and he says "With our technology we can only get to 80%, is that OK?", and apparently the customer said yes. So I asked him about that 80% thing, and he sa... Read more

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