Monday, August 29, 2016

well on the way

At about two and a half trillion kms from Earth now, the whole solar system is but a speck in the distance in my rear view mirror. Proxima Centauri still doesn't show in the distance, it being a red dwarf and all.

Take off on Saturday went off without a hitch and I managed to get the golf cart up to top speed within mere minutes of leaving Earth's atmosphere. At the moment of this post I'm clocking just over 9.3 million km/s, doing good time.

My stores of pop-tarts are already almost done and I spilled a bit of jam from them on the seat, but the rest of my supplies are in good order.

Unless something out of the ordinary happens I won't really have much to report over the next six weeks as I travel there; once Proxima Centauri is visible I'll be sure to let you know.

Friday, August 26, 2016

it must be raining somewhere

An exoplanet was just recently discovered only 4.25 light years away. Tomorrow I will get into my light speed outer space modified golf cart which can travel at thirty-one times the speed of light which would get me there in about fifty days. So I'll get there on October 16. I guess I'll need to pack some munchies for the ride there (and back). Fortunately the golf cart has a tape deck so I can listen to some music during the trip.

As I get further from Earth my internet connection will start to lag, so my posting may become sporadic.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

the nightmare of a slouching ankle byte

The reachest brangler fletted crinhjkly mepor flan din sergoww ti.

Blok tok, flip dip, snip gip, pip.

Derangedly unkemptfully nargical, prok flo neuptiously, blar@


Monday, August 22, 2016

Olympic withdrawal

Oh well, it is over now.

I've decided I am going to do my best to get myself to Tokyo in 2020. My wife has not expressed an interest in going, so I would either go alone, or, I may see about polling some friends to see if they would come too. There isn't a lot of room for cost savings as the tickets for travel and for the events are all by unit rather than by group. The only cost savings that could happen is with shared accommodations, so whomever would come with me, we'd be sharing. I've already checked AirBNB and found there are many apartments right in the area where the Olympics will take place; a key will be to book early enough that the availability is still plentiful.

Public transit works really well in Tokyo and is not expensive, but given how many people will be there for the Olympics, in addition to how many people already live there, I've scoped out walking to the events. For the stadium that holds the ceremonies and track and field, Google says it would take about 70 minutes to walk there. Adjacent to that stadium is where the Table Tennis takes place, so it is an equivalent walk. In the opposite direction, if I walk about the same distance, I reach where the swimming is as well as other aquatic events. Even walking may prove slower if there are a lot of people, but no matter, I would always leave with plenty of time. An argument against walking is that it will be hot - Tokyo in the summer it very hot and humid. With Climate Change, who knows how much hotter it will be there in four years.

Four years is plenty of time to save up some funds, but who knows what my life situation will be like at that time. I do feel it is important for me to attend the Olympics at least once in my life, and I figure this would give me the opportunity to see a different part of the world at the same time. The Olympics came right to my own city many years ago, but as I was only 1,124 days old at the time, I wasn't really into it as I am now, at 15,770 days old.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Canada's Olympic team has earned two more Gold Medals since I last posted about Penny and Rosie.

In Track and Field, Derek won the Gold Medal for jumping highest (2.38m) in the high jump.

In Women's Freestyle Wrestling (75KG class) Erica Wiebe won 6-0 against her Kazakhstan opponent. Hers was a difficult day with three matches leading up to the final, all on the same day.

We also won the bronze in heptathlon (Brianne Theison Eaton), the bronze in decathlon (Damien Warner) and Andre de Grasse sprinted to a bronze medal finish in the men's 100m and a silver medal finish in the men's 200m. There are other Canadian medal winners but these are the ones that I followed more closely.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

warning: nitrogen levels at status quo

The reddish barn went sky diving when the fear-driven cattle played chess.

Quicksand isn't quick, it is slow. Slow isn't fast, though to fast is to not eat, so slow is to eat. Eat is something you do, usually, after having been hungry. Twice.

When a blanket baked a billionaire into bits and bytes, three thousand two hundred and twenty-one nondescript items remained exactly where they were.

Being stung by a millimetric caliper is about as pleasant as banging gently a single knuckle on the antler of a flangeless incarnation. I should know.

There is little I can say about armpits.

Monday, August 15, 2016

welt belt felt

First time so far, the driver of the bus I took in to work this morning was wearing her wrist watch on the wrist of her right hand. This is the first person I have seen since I started paying attention to who wears their watch on the same wrist that I wear mine.

Oh, and Andre de Grasse won the Bronze medal in 100m sprint last night behind Bolt (Gold) and Gatlin (US, Silver). It looks like both Bolt and Gatlin will be retired by the time the next Olympics take place and de Grasse is 21 years old, so he still has at least one more Olympics to compete in, if not two.

Friday, August 12, 2016


Rosie Maclennan won Gold today in Trampoline. It is rather amazing - their routines are only about 20 seconds long. They do two routines to qualify for the final, and then one routine in the final, and that's it. So for a total of one minute, Rosie goes to the Olympics and wins a Gold Medal.


Penny Oleksiak, a 16 year old Torontonian swimmer, has won four medals so far in the pool at the Olympics, including a Gold medal at last night's 100m freestyle final.

What was I doing when I was 16? Heh, nothing much.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

wearers of wrist watches, unite!

As I take public transit every day to and from work, I have the occasion to see many different people each and every day. This is especially true during the summer months as I take buses and the metro at very inconsistent times, whereas during the school year I take the train and am almost always on the same one.

I wear my wrist watch on the wrist of my right hand. So far, for the many dozens of random people of whom I was able to locate their wrist watch, I am the only one that wears mine on the wrist of my right hand - everyone else has it on their left.

I've heard it argued that the wrist should go on the wrist of the hand that is not the writing hand. I rarely write, usually I am at a keyboard, typing. Given this, as I type with both hands, I do not see what difference it makes which wrist the watch goes on. Since I was young I had thought about it in this way (being a typer, rather than a hand-writer) and so from a young age I started wearing my watch on the wrist of my right hand.

Do you wear a wrist watch? If so, on which wrist? How about the people around you that you notice wearing wrist watches - on which wrist do they wear theirs?

Monday, August 08, 2016

Disappointing day

The coverage of the Olympics we get here in Canada is really rather good.

The network coverage (CBC) does a great job of presenting all kinds of different events, and not just about Canadians, though there is a propensity to show them. In addition to the network coverage, streaming from their website is up to 23 additional live video feeds, mostly without commentary. Each of those feeds covers different sports, depending on what is happening in real time, so at any time you can pick which sport you want to watch.

Today, I watched our Canadian men table-tennis player get eliminated in straight games in the third round.
I also watched our Canadian women tennis player get eliminated in straight sets in the second round.

Later this afternoon our women's rugby sevens team plays Australia in the first semi-final game, the other has Great Britain vs New Zealand. Of the four teams, the Canadian team is the weakest, so it is likely we'll battle it out for the Bronze medal.

Up to now we have a bronze and silver medal in swimming, 4x100 freestyle women relay and 100m butterfly women respectively. The individual who won the silver medal also was on the relay team, so she has both a bronze and a silver Olympic medal. Quite an accomplishment for a 16 year old.

Yesterday I watched the women's team gymnastics. The Canadian team had trouble on the beam and didn't really catch up from there. I got to see a few of the others, including the American, Biles, who is a juggernaut in the gymnastics world right now.

I believe swimming will draw to a close later this week, and then track and field will begin.

Update: The Canadian women's rugby sevens team did lose to Australia and met Great Britain in the Bronze medal game and won! This is our third medal of the games, our second bronze.