Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Martin Lewanzick was driving on Glenmore Tr. at 84 St. S.E. about the same time when he saw the fireball that he described as white and blue in colour explode before his eyes.
“It was really low in the sky, it was really wild — it looked like a welder’s torch,” he said. "It blew up right in front of me and broke into a million pieces and fizzled.
“We went at lunch and couldn’t find anything.”
See the full article here - http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2009/03/31/8951006.html
Monday, March 30, 2009
In anticipation of the release of the newly jump-started Star Trek, I thought I would throw some interesting "info" out there. In Alberta there is a small town that has become attached at the hip to Star Trek. Why ? Because of it's name.
The town was named by a surveyor for CP Rail in 1915 after the Roman God of Fire. Apparently, all the streets were named after Roman God's and Goddesses (weird, but interesting). Young Trekkie's (trekkers now) would send mail to Vulcan so they could have their postcards or letters stamped from Vulcan. There is also a scene filmed here for the movie Trekkie's. Trying to capitalize on a bit of tourism, the town built an Enterprise and a few other attractions to get people to stop by.
Just recently Vulcan has tried to approach Paramount to see if they could hold the movie premiere in the town. I guess they came back saying it was logistically not possible (that's code for, no freakin' movie star wants to fly to butt-f**k Alberta for a movie premiere...they want to do that in L.A. where it's warm and there's tons of hot chicks and paparazzi).
Even Leonard Nimoy spoke up...but to no avail...http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/treks-leonard-nimoy-speak.php
Oh well, at least they have a cool replica of the Enterprise to keep them company.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
DON'T READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU'RE STILL GOING TO SEE THIS FLICK KNOWING IT SUCKS
Sunday, March 22, 2009
It's the end of March. It's spring. On Saturday afternoon, people were outside walking their dogs, strolling with babies, wearing shorts. There was talk of a storm warning, but the sky was clear, the temp was great. I didn't want to believe anything was on it's way. Then by 4 pm, the sky went overcast, and the temp dropped. Then it began snowing...and kept snowing. I woke up to roughly 25 cm of snow.....what a pain in the backside.
Anyway...it'll be gone soon (I hope). Couple updates: 1) the big boy has learned how to go from crawling to sitting upright. He did it once, and now it's old hat 2) he tried to get my attention when I was laying on the couch...and because I didn't respond right away, he grabbed the edge of the couch, and pulled himself up into a standing position....it shocked the hell out of me. He has yet to do it again...
No links today...I've been too lazy to look at anything online (also, I'm stuffed full of lasagna, caesar salad, garlic toast and chocolate cake...I'm just relaxin' on the couch watchin' Trump fire celebrites)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I think the bottom has been felt by the world economy. Even though many more lay-offs are still to come, in most respects these are "market corrections". In some cases, needed. Where they are needed are in places like our area that just went through a boom. Since there was a labor shortage, wages in some industries got out of hand. As did employee attitudes. For a while, many employees had a sense of entitlement as they thought, if they were to leave their current job, they would get picked up before their shoes hit the concrete (possibly at a higher rate of pay). Those days are clearly over and many employers are using this downturn as a way to 'house-clean'. Not to say this is happening in every market everywhere.
For the next few months there will be a continuing increase in the jobless rate. However, the government cash is now beginning to hit the streets. This is where the change will happen. I have already begun to see an increase in motion in 'infrastructure'. Projects will be starting as soon as next month and will continue on throughout the next few years. These will create jobs and the need for materials (which will create jobs), and in time, oil (which again, creates jobs). The market the last 8 days has surged with this in mind I think (also, some banks have turned down the government cash which leads me to believe they're not as bad off as we were lead to believe)
In some cases housing starts are up in the US. There are people who are taking advantage of this situation, buying low stocks, buying cheap property, who will be multi-millionaires at the back end. This will also help to swing the market. This lays the ground work, and other people will start to fall in line when the market trends upward. Especially in housing.
This means, that the summer months will be the valley, with the fall being a gradual incline. I don't believe it will be an exponential curve. I think a lot of industries are gun shy right now and won't go guns a blazing. It will be much slower and more controlled (not to mention the fact that the banks aren't freeing up any cash any time soon).
I believe that by the end of 2009, economists will be claiming the worst is over and the upswing is in full effect.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Top o' the morn' to ya ! Happy St. Patrick's Day. Everyone should be decked out in their best green and have their fists up for the Irish Holiday, filled with green beer, lamb stew and lots and lots of blarney.
If you're interested, here's the wikipedia info on St. Paddy's Day.
Too bad we won;t actually be in Ireland until July. I think it would be a blast to be hanging out at Temple Bar during this hallowed occasion. Oh well, I'm sure the beer will taste exactly the same in July (I'm also sure the streets will be filled with just as many drunks).
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
We haven't yet picked the place we're going to stay, however, we have decided that it will be in Temple Bar. Temple Bar is the tourist, drunkie, area of town...perfect for us.
We arrive on Thursday morning - the Sprinsteen concert is Sunday night - this gives us 3 full days to try and pack in as much sight seeing & pubbing as humanly possible.
I think we'll stick to the Lonely Planet suggestions of what can be done in this amount of time, which is, Dublin Castle, Pub, Trinity College, Pub, Temple Bar (of course), Pub, Catch a Museum, Pub, Eat Fresh Seafood, Pub, Guinness Factory Tour, Pub and so on, and so on. Here's a list of things we'll more than likely do - http://infoireland.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/top-10-things-to-do-in-dublin-before-you-die/
There seems to be an assortment of places to choose from for lodging. I'm tempted to try one of the hostels (most of the complaints are about noise...shouldn't be a problem for us...apparently I snore quite loudly after a pint of the 'black stuff'.
Even though the trip is still roughly 4 months away, I'm starting to get excited. It should be a good time.