Thursday, 29 December 2011

Repairing Eyesight

Cool sci-fi method to cure certain types of blindness. Next thing is a bionic eye.



Link to DreamWeaver.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Colour Coding the Human Body

Imagine the difference this is going to make in the future. It makes you wonder how difficult this job is right now.


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Friday, 16 December 2011

Merlin 444

I'm happy to say that Merlin 444 is now available everywhere.

Readers are calling it ...

- Outstanding Read!
- A Manly Man book, fast cars, war planes, action
- Definitely a Guy's book!

In small town Saskatchewan Bobby Morrison is trying to piece his life back together. Losing a father has stopped him and his mother dead still. The only thing he has going for him is his Hot Rod.

Bobby’s need for speed rips him out of his small town life and thrusts him headlong into the past. He takes on the power and history of the Rolls Royce Merlin. The ensuing insanity hurls him into the Battles of Britain, the Atlantic and the Pacific. When the past presents a mission, can he complete it? Can he find his way?

Available as a Paperback or Kindle book from Amazon.com.
Get your ebook at all top retailers


iPad
Nook
Sony
Kobo

Sunday, 11 December 2011

TURN IT UP

Put it on full screen and TURN UP THE VOLUME then wait for him to hit second gear!


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link to Merlin 444

A Christmas Gift

As a Christmas gift to all my readers, Nook, iPad and Sony owners can get a free copy of DreamWeaver throughout December. Sorry, Amazon hasn't price matched, so Kindle owners will have to download it through Smashwords.

iTunes
Nook 
Sony
Kindle

Friday, 9 December 2011

Artist With Sand

In a previous post there was a guy doing sand art on the beach with a rake here.

This woman uses her hands. Pretty cool, she makes three or four different scenes over top of each other.



Link to DreamWeaver.

Dolphin Man

Hey Jet Skier, check out the latest!

How many ways are there to feel like you're almost flying? Here's a new one.




Link to Merlin 444.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Minature Wonderland

It doesn't matter if you are a kid or an adult, the size of this project is awesome. Now this is what you call a train set.



link to Merlin 444.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Man's Best Friend

You've heard the saying "A dog is a man's best friend". Here is unparralelled loyalty and a sad story.

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Smallest V12 Engine in the World

I'm amazed at the amount of engineering, patience, skill and the sheer number of screws this guy uses. Watching the rocker arms at the end is cool.




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Link to Merlin 444

Monday, 21 November 2011

Quantum Levitation

Gotta love it. Technology and the future.

I've been checking out some pretty cool stuff lately and this is right up there with the best.
Gets the imagination going.





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Link to Merlin 444

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Feyman on Curiousity

This TED talk is a bit on the long side, but definitely worth the investment.




Thursday, 17 November 2011

eBook Winner

Today @BruceB19 was new Twitter follower 444 and won himself a free ebook copy of my newest novel Merlin 444.

Follow me at @RejeanGiguere. Click on the twitter link over there someplace ==>



Link to Merlin 444: http://amzn.to/uaIi56

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Remember Lest We Forget


I won't add much to this one, it's simple yet powerful.
A Belgian boy, the recognition of the Canadian soldiers, a new generation's acknowledgment says it all.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Free Energy

Another awesome video, the concept of free energy and sharing it (beaming it to each other). Wow.

The video's a little long but well worth it. Enjoy.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Monster Shredder


Okay,
Now everybody has seen a shredder. Large ones at the office, or smaller ones at home.
I imagined that there were bigger ones for industrial plants but... this one takes the cake.






Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Just Released - Merlin 444

Check out my new release. Merlin 444

Currently the book is only available at Smashwords in all ebook formats. It will be out on Amazon, Apple and all the others shortly.

In small town Saskatchewan Bobby Morrison is trying to piece his life back together. Losing a father has stopped him and his mother dead still. The only thing he has going for him is his Hot Rod.

Bobby’s need for speed rips him out of his small town life and thrusts him headlong into the past. He takes on the power and history of the Rolls Royce Merlin. The ensuing insanity hurls him into the Battles of Britain, the Atlantic and the Pacific. When the past presents a mission, can he complete it? Can he find his way?

Link to Merlin's Smashwords page here.

UPDATE: Merlin is now live at Amazon.com for kindle here. 
Available on Apple here!

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Simple lighting

Wow,
It's amazing how something can get complicated. Lighting, wiring, electrical boxes etc.
Here's a simple way to get results. Why isn't it always this simple.


Friday, 4 November 2011

Owl Update

UPDATE: The xrays are saying the owl doesn't have any broken or dislocated bones. The injury appears to be torn muscles and other soft tissue damage. The little gal is looking at a long recovery, but thanks to the folks at the Bluewater Raptor Rehabilitation Centre, we can now hope for the best.




original post here


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Great Horned Owl Rescue

Well that was an interesting day, I was out fishing and came accross this injured owl. After a number of attempts at finding someone or somewhere to take him, Lynn got back to me from the Bluewater Raptor Rehabilitation Centre.

I went out and captured the thing and drove him down to her. It was a young six to eight month old female and unfortunately it might have a dislocated shoulder which isn't repairable. Got my fingers crossed. Happy to get it somewhere it has a chance, with some really good people who know their job.




 



Link to Merlin 444: http://amzn.to/uaIi56

Monday, 31 October 2011

Kayaking with the Whales

Ran across this video. Makes you wish you lived on the coast. Some people swim with dolphins, but this guy's got it made.


Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sand Art

Art is art. Even if it only exists for a short time. Peter Donnelly of New Zealand has quite a following for his short lived sand art. In some ways the audience gets to appreciate it more than he does.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Kindle Contest Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Free Kindle Contest. I had a lot of entries. It was a lot of fun.

Congratulations to Janice R. of New York, USA who was the big winner of the Kindle and the signed art piece.

The following people also had the correct answers, and received a free copy of DreamWeaver.
Jack H., Melbourne, Australia
Sergi S., Russia
Malcolm R., California, USA
Fedor V., Russia
Bob D., BC, Canada
Sarah S., Vermont, USA
Daryll B., Man, Canada
Chad W., Warks, England
Memau S., BC, Canada
JoAnne M., Ont, Canada
Hardy B., Surrey, England

Friday, 30 September 2011

Algonquin Park

For 14 summers I went to Algonquin Park. This video from Canadian Olympic Kayaker Adam Van Koeverden captures the peace and serenity that kept drawing me back.

The simple living recharges the basic components of your life, lets you start again with a clean slate. I once went three days without seeing or talking to anyone until I ran into a couple of Swedish kayakers who hardly spoke English.

I introduced numerous people to the park on these trips, and most went back with me again on additional trips, or later with their own crews.

Again the video reminds me I ought to get back up there for a week next spring.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fall Fishing Northern Ontario 2011

Had to get back up to those Pike on the Aguasabon River. Everyone up there was scouting for the Moose bow season and we were the only ones with a boat.

Last time I got twenty miles up the river, this time I made it up one hundred and fifty kilometers (93 miles) and found enough lakes to keep me busy for years.

Here's some photos.








Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Pechu Lake

I found the elusive Pechu Lake, Walleye and more Walleye.

Didn't have time this trip to get a line in the water but got a video to remind me why it's on my summer 2012 list.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Summer Fishing Northern Ontario

Got the 5th wheel up north this summer, camped along the Mississagi River and the Aguasabon River.
Here's a few pictures and videos, enjoy.






Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Goodreads Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the Goodreads contest. 1008 people entered at Goodreads.com to win one of 5 autographed copies of DreamWeaver. The staff over at Goodreads sent me 5 randomly selected names this morning.

The lucky winners were:
Julia P., Denair, California
Monica R., Franklin Square, New York
L. R., Chilliwack, British Columbia
Tyana S., Raleigh, North Carolina
Bruce E., Mesa, Arizona

The books will be in your mailbox shortly.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Hamburger Bed

Well what do you know, I think this guy likes hamburgers even more than I do. On the lighter side, I'd probably like them less after looking at that everyday. Makes you wonder if he's a one topping guy or if he fools around with different condiments.

Extra pickle please.

Smart Car big Wheeler and Smart Car Hotrod

Hey, you've got to check out these two videos. The first one is a Big Wheeled Smart Car and the second one is a Smart Car with a Hayabusa engine. The second one is unbelievable. I've often said that the smart car is cool but that I've never seen one really moving. This thing is wild.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Star Trek Replicator for Real, Awesome Machine

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome.

I can't even begin to fathom the ways this 3D replication machine could be used. Imagine if they get it down to the size of a suitcase. Or even better yet, one attached to your laptop.

This thing is right out of freakin' Star Trek, but it's really here.


I'll leave this with you to think about.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Coffeemugged Winner

Congratulations to Tonya C., winner of a free copy of DreamWeaver in the Great INDIE Summer Read Giveaway at Coffeemugged.


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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Free Kindle Contest

It's been a week, and there have been two entrants in the Kindle Contest.

Both the entrants had incorrect answers and were notified. I hope they will try again.

Good luck to those of you still reading.

See contest rules at rejeangiguere.com

Friday, 22 July 2011

Ever Had A Car That Drives You Nuts?

http://video.msn.com/?vid=e0a80536-f894-4456-be4c-cde29933c312&mkt=en-ca&src=CPSmall:shareBar:permalink:tag_recent

Check out this video. The car doesn't stand a chance. Makes you wonder what happened.

Did he just buy a used one and it dies, hence the phone call at the beginning? Which pisses him off.
Was he on his way to a big meeting or deal?
Did he just find out she gets the car in the divorce?
or
Is there a rat in the back seat that moved in over lunch?

Either way, that car's done.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Check out this great MSN video: Drunk CFL Fan Passes Out Dancing

Check out this great MSN video: Drunk CFL Fan Passes Out Dancing

You got to love the guy, sort of. But when he goes down I wonder at the reason.

Is the music not his type, and it puts him out?
Would he have kept going for some Hendrix or Zeppelin?

Is it the complicated steps and moves of his dancing that shuts him down?
Did his mind lock up trying to figure out the next ones?

It reminded me of a video I saw on goats that faint when they get scared. Obviously thus guy wasn't scared of anything, I only wish I knew if he popped right back up a few minutes later and started up again. That's what I expect.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Win a Free Kindle!

Win a Free Kindle eReader in my Summer Reading Contest.  I'll be giving away a Kindle Wifi eReader plus one signed Mosaic Tile art piece, By Me! And free books.

All you have to do is go to rejeangiguere.com and answer the six questions on the contest page. Everyone who gets all six questions right will get a free electronic version of DreamWeaver in their favorite format. All those winners will then be entered for the grand prize of a Kindle Wifi eReader (many not be exactly as pictured) and a Mosaic Tile art piece. I pay for all the shipping, etc.

While you are at it, you can enter the Goodreads draw for 5 signed paperback copies of DreamWeaver. Click over there someplace ====>

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

New eBook

Hey, it's out there. First Works is available now at Amazon and Smashwords.

First Works is a compilation of my three books of short stories, The Sportsman, Dark Choices and The Workman. Now you can get all 15 stores for just $2.49. 

This is the only one of the short story books that isn't planned for paperback, it will only be available as an eBook.

Monday, 11 July 2011

The Gunslinger

Gunslinger meets the Mafia cutout. He must been really scared of the paper badguy.

I don't know about you, but when I watched this video 2 things come to mind. 

First, of all can you imagine this guy running some kind of outdoorsman show? 

Second, imagine someone watching this guy's videos, thinking this guy is representative of North Americans? I hope this guy isn't planning to start some kind of wilderness camp for unsuspecting foreigners.

This video is a bit long, but the interesting part is at the beginning.


Saturday, 9 July 2011

New Book of Short Stories

I'm happy to say that my new book of short stories is now available as an eBook at Amazon and Smashwords

The Workman is 5 stories about people who work for a living, including a cop, an American soldier in Vietnam, a German soldier in Russia, a couple lumberjacks, and a really strange guy.

With any luck the paperback will be available on Amazon.com within the next week or so. Delivery to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony and others takes another couple weeks as well. Kobo? Your guess is as good as mine.

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Twelve Year Old with Gun

Reading the paper, and a story about this kid arrested with a gun. He's twelve, and the gun was wrapped in his PJ's, hidden under some video games in a basket or box.

None of the particulars matter, its the absolute absurdity, that makes me shake my head. I don't even care to know the story.

Asked to hold it for a gang banger? is a gang banger? Bought it? Found it? Wanted to check it out? was going to sell it? Who cares?

I guess times, "they are a changing" because we sure as hell didn't "carry" when we were kids, that was twenty years ago. What the hell kind of environment creates this scenario? Crime? Parents? Schools? Cities?

Can't imagine twelve year old kids in another twenty years from now, children of the group that grows up like this guy, living on their own and running prostitution rings? New reform systems for the "really under age"? A ten year old serial killer?

Someone better get a handle on something, their children, the law, or reality.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Canada's Womens Soccer Team

Well first, I think it's good the team is ranked in the top ten and yes I believe it's easier for the women than the men as far as the competition levels and numbers of players and caliber they face.

Second, I believe this team had potential and might have a chance to do something. Like a lot of Canadians I didn't do much background and never realized they were in the same group with Germany. Germany! Now there's a team. Never defeated in a first game of the world cup. Never. And of course the eventual winners of the last world cup.

Anyways that game was their tournament. They played well enough to get attempts but couldn't get anything home. Still a 2-1 loss was a good showing against the Germans. Sinclair's broken nose was unfortunate and although she played again, we'll never know if it bothered her. Either way they were under extra pressure now, down a game.

Its also unfortunate that a tournament like this doesn't come yearly, and as much as you want to win everything, you need to gear up for and pace for the big ones. They seemed to have a good lead up to this tournament but looked slow and a little sluggish in the France game to me. Considering the offensive side I liked about them, this was a bad time to slow down. 

Both the men's and women's teams need to find a little Canadian heart and soul, that grit and determination we see in other sports. Dive in front of the ball and block it, take a yellow card and lay the guy out, sending a message, or find a Gretzky or Lemieux and launch breakaways all day.

Mostly they need to be able to deliver, especially at the big ones.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

You Knew Someone Would Regret It.

While I was watching the Vancouver riots, seeing all those regular looking folks running around making idiots of themselves, I knew someone was going to regret it.

Recently it turned out that one of the most publicized people, a guy in a Vancouver shirt shown trying to light a cop car on fire, was an Olympic hopeful in rowing, I knew that was the guy.

People are saying he shouldn't represent Canada, or be on our team. Interesting question. He wouldn't be on any team I was responsible for. His actions show a lack of respect in human decency and a total lack of morals. lt's a good thing that crowd wasn't directing the riot at houses, because this idiot might have tried lighting one of those up instead of a car.

Talk about blowing it. Sponsorship is a huge part of the Olympic process, and I don't know about you, but this isn't where my money would go. Money and sponsorship being a big part of keeping a dream alive, this guy sure could have been thinking a little more. 

Nice addition to his resume.

Running On Water!

Have you ever tried running on water?

Me neither, but I've seen a few guys doing a pretty good job of it. It looks like some kind of new sport.

This new "catch it on video" past time is a blast to watch. I don't mean the guys running across the covers of their pools. I mean the real running on water.

I've skipped rocks for twelve, thirteen skips but this guy's good, he gets almost that many steps on the water.

Check out the video and good luck trying this one out.


Saturday, 25 June 2011

New Book On Its Way

You've probably read a few of my comments lately about some short stories I've been writing, and a new book that's on its way. I put aside the writing and editing today to put together the cover. Expect 'The Workman' in July.


Facebook comments on DreamWeaver

Wow, just had some comments on my book DreamWeaver from a reader.

Hi, I checked it out, yes enthralling, exciting, strange, mind blowing, still trying to capture the essence of this unique thriller, will be back with review. Thank you for the opportunity to read something totally surreal. Definitely an escape from reality and stimulating reading right before bed. Watching the Simpsons to relax my mind, still twisted into the story. Pleasant dreams and good night. Thanks again. Susan on Facebook.

Friday, 24 June 2011

New Video Story

I'm having a great time learning how to do videos so that I can record some more of my short stories for you. A Man and His Castle was the first one. Drop Phone is even better. I've figured out how to add titles, book covers and captions.

Check out the Video Story page for Drop Phone, a short story from Dark Choices.

More video stories to come from The Sportsman, and my new book of short stories The Workman, which is going to production soon.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Monday, 13 June 2011

Bike and Vette

Had a few questions asked about them so here's a few pictures.

72 Vette 406 small block manual 

2004 VMAX 1200


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Wildlife encounters

On the trip up north last week to Terrace Bay, Ontario, we had a continuous stream of wildlife sightings.

Day 1 (going north)  3 Moose, 4 bears.

Day 2 (early morning golf) watched and heard a bald eagle dive on, and attack, another bald eagle. They turned their claws at each other and struck. As they disappeared over the tree line one of them was squealing.
Day 2 (dusk) saw foxes working a road kill and wandering down the road side with chunks of meat hanging from their mouth.

Day 3 (morning) saw a lone deer, first I've ever up that far north (been told they're moving north and I guess that's proof).
Day 3 (Afternoon) strange as it sounds, came up on a white owl (looked like a hawk) cruising the roadside and we slowed down to his speed, cruising side by side for a nice stretch.

Day 4 saw a few moose and a four month old Alaskan malamute that was a big 100 pounds. The owner just put down his old dog who was 180! Not wildlife, but he might as well be.

Day 5 (coming back south) 4 more moose, 6 bear.

Gotta love it. Here's a few photos and a video.





Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Fishing the Aguasabon River, Terrace Bay Ontario.

I was up north for the past week. Tried out the Aguasabon River while I was there. Fished the mouth and worked my way 20 miles up. It's a river that empties into a series of small lakes as it goes. Only did the bottom end, but the river goes on for miles. There are pickerel and pike and rainbow and specks, and who knows what else.

I only got Pike, lost a few up-river, but landed this nice one in the morning fog, off the dock. 

Here's some pictures of the river, and the fish.




 

Fishing the Maitland River

Another year on the Maitland. Love the Rainbow running in the spring and then the big Bass.

Here's a few pictures.



Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The 72 Vette

Spring time,

Back in a hot rod after a number of years. Forgot what it feels like to feel the four barrels kick in. The bored out 400 small block, now a 406 stroker is running just fine.

Had the T roof off today, first time this spring, awesome.

Lets not talk about the gas used or my hair that's wind blown straight back and stuck there. These are problems I can deal with.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Fishing Season!

One week into fishing season and its been great.

Maitland River, Huron County, Ontario. The river is high and the rain this spring has been frequent enough to keep it there, but its still "Fish On".

Landed a nice 4 pound rainbow the other day, lost a much bigger one that rolled in the rapids and broke the line off.

The bass I keep letting go are all above average size, the river is full of them. Saw a Bald Eagle yesterday.

I usually fished in the Meaford area and on Georgian Bay, but the last few seasons have been on the Maitland. Its such a long river, winding through farm land, I almost never see another fisherman. Now I just need the water levels to come down so I can get into the nice holes behind the rapids.

When you're on the river alone does anybody hear you say "Fish On"?

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Honeymoon From Hell

True story reported in the Toronto city newspapers.

Newly weds Stefan and Erika Svanstrom left Sweden on Dec 6 for a four month honeymoon. They got caught up in six natural disasters.

1 Caught in Europe's worst winter storm on record in Munich Germany.
2 Headed to Cairns, Australia where they encountered a cyclone and were evacuated.
3 Next up Brisbane, Australia which was ravaged by floods.
4 Next to Perth, Australia where they escaped wild bush fires.
5 The 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand just before they arrived.
6 Then they were off to Tokyo where they were in  the quake and tsunami.

Truly unrepeatable. Life should be easy from here on you'd think for this couple, can't be much worst.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

What Do You Call That?

I like to golf, I get out there and bang the ball around. I usually take one more stroke than is expected on each hole which is called a bogey. Sometimes two extra which is called a double bogey.
What I never want to see is an 8, two little circles on top of each other, which we call a snowman.
That never looks good on the card, wrecks havoc on the score, and is always hard to come back from.

So I was amazed to see a professional golfer get a 16 on a hole that should have taken 4 the other day in a professional tournament. I got to thinking, what do you call that?

One over is a bogey
Two over is a double bogey, three a triple, four a quad, five a quint, six a sext, seven a sept, eight an oct and nine a ????????
I don't know what's next, nor for ten or above so again what is 16?

When i realized it was a double snowman I cringed, imagine how that would look on the card ! Two 8"s for one hole.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Contest results

The contest is over. It ran from last Wednesday to this Wednesday.

I was happy with the emails that were entered. They came from around the world and the winners were spread out from Russia to Trinidad and Tobago.

To the winners, I hope you enjoy the book and look forward to the next.

Again thanks for the entries.

Wednesday Contest Winner!

Vince from St.Louis.


Congrats on winning an e-book of DreamWeaver.


Enjoy the reading!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Monday Contest Winner!

Claire from the U.K.

Congratulations on winning an ebook.

Enjoy the reading Claire!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Sunday Contest Winner!

Sue from Ohio

Congratulations on winning a copy of DreamWeaver.

Enjoy the reading!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Saturday Contest Winner!

Myra from Georgia

Congratulations on winning the eBook DreamWeaver.

Enjoy the reading.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Friday, 8 April 2011

Thursday Contest Winner

Malmo from Moscow


Congratulations Malmo. Enjoy the book!


Malmo is the winner from Day 2 Thur Apr 7.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Wednesday Contest Winner!

Andrea from Michigan,


Congratulations on your free eBook


Andrea's email was picked from Wednesdays emails entries.

Monday, 4 April 2011

DreamWeaver Book Trailer

The Reverend

What a story,

First some reverend in the U.S. burns a holy book from another country.

Then some people in the other country kill some foreigners in retaliation.

Now we find out the Reverend has a following of four and is a totally irrelevant guy. Today's media will getcha killed. How does this nobody influence someone else's execution?

Most of us don't have to worry, we're not about to do some idiotic thing. But if you are, better make sure there's no video camera around.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Where's My Money Going?

We all pay taxes adding up to billions. I've always wondered, where does it all go? We know there's schools, roads, maintenance, future planning and a bag full of other areas you would expect the money to go to.

Then every once in a while we hear about some million going to a feasibility study for this and that, or some art project or sports team which just makes us shake our head.

The recent campaign by the Harper government to show us the things he has spent money on, advertising completed projects or initiatives, at a ridiculous cost, is an absurd waste of money. My money.

I don't think this should be allowed. My money should be used for essential services and stuff that is relevant to moving forward and improvement. If there was a box on some form asking if they could use my money for self promotion and to pump their political party I'm sure I would of said NO.

Imagine if businesses put millions into glossy reports of past results instead of into sales development and product production and improvement. There is an expectation that the government is using some kind of common sense with our money, has some kind of responsibility.

As usual it makes me wonder what other boondoggles are going on just below the surface, just deep enough so my money disappears from sight.

Wait a minute, there are businesses like this, investment firms. They send you glossy reports every six months or whenever you want. They try to show your investment growth as fancy as possible and keep you interested and keep your business.

Well investment firms know I have a choice of who manages my money. Maybe Harper should be thinking it's the same with my taxes. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Online Robots

I put $20.00 in an online account a year ago and did it again just two months ago to take a chance at online poker.
I don't play enough to have big expectations but like getting into some $2.00 tournaments every once in a while. Its entertainment mostly. The twenty bucks I won one time was a bonus.

The story that caught my attention was about online gambling sites getting taken by robot programmes. Guys would sign on and then start a program that would play in their place. They would have the same program playing every game possible. The program was working on the mathematical odds of every hand and other than with bluffs would make all the right moves. Awesome.

At least the idea is anyways, bad for poker though and gambling sites. I like knowing its a person I'm playing but it does raise some questions, especially like, where else could this be going on?

Do bidding sites throw in a program to keep the bidding on the rise. Vacations, cars, auctions, ebay etc.

Is it just poker for all the online gamblers, how about bingo, roulette and slots.

I let you think of somewhere else.

Monday, 21 March 2011

March Madness

Every year there's an upset team or feel good story to latch on to.

That's what I love about this tournament. I don't watch any college basketball during the year just some of this one when it comes around.

This year the Texas team with the two guys from Canada was one of them stories for me. The way they got eliminated was rough.

The Canadian named Joseph has to inbound with 11 seconds left under his basket, the teams up by 2 points. All they have to do is inbound the ball to anyone and then probably get fouled. Go to the line and end up ahead by 3 or 4, or at the least be up by 2 when the other team gets the ball back with around 5 or 6 seconds left. An excellent place to be.

For some reason and I assume it's because Joseph wanted to put into the right guys hands on the inbound, someone who would be good at the free throw line, he wasted time trying to find the right guy. realizing he was going to run out of time he goes for a time out and makes the time out signal with his hands.

The replays then and on the news later, in slow motion, show he made the signal at 3.9 seconds. The ref never acknowledged it and called a foul for going over a 5 second rule for time you have to get it in play.
Probably a really bad call. Two things Joseph is stuck thinking about.

Should have inbounded to anyone, they were2 points ahead and wanted to waste the clock, they also knew they would be fouled.
If he'd of known that the ref would not give him the timeout and felt no one was open, he should of air balled it over the group and let it bounce to the other end, anywhere, instead disaster.

The other team gets the ball and goes in and scores 2 to tie and it should of ended there and been overtime. But the guy got fouled himself on the way in, went to the line, and put it away. 2 seconds left.

End of a nice story.  
 

Gotta see video

Not my type of music, but a really good laugh.
The guy does this Jackson one and also does a YMCA that's funny too.


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Book Update

Dream Weaver is close to wrapping up! A bizarre tale of the occult taking place with Zeke using all measures to find his sister. Set against the back drop of NewYork's Bronx,  the shanty towns of South Africa and the deep jungles of South East Asia.

March Madness

Gotta love it! same time every year, games down to the wire and upsets. Half the games I've watched were close or down to the last shot.

Something about watching these guys who are still amateurs, and not getting a cent, playing for everything and laying it on the line.The stage is there for someone to step up and someone always does.

The two guys from the GTA who are at Texas are winning and looking pretty good.
Nothing like dreams being made and broken.

Nothing like another chance

Reading about this guy Bruce Carson and the investigation by the RCMP.

Here's a guy who did time for taking law firm money and managed to come back from that and work for three Premiers, Mulroney, Clark and Harper. How he got into those positions is beyond me, it might be a comment on who those premiers were willing to work with more than anything.

The fact Harper distanced himself as soon as he took power says another think. I want your help when I'm in the opposition and need someone to get dirty and dig up support but don't want you around now that I'm in the lime light. 

Now this guy is trying to take care of some babe and using his political ties to influence deals and contracts. He tried to get it that every sale done between these two companies would result in a 20% cut going to the babe because they had her name inserted into the ownership or some other scam, it doesn't matter which scam, just that they're doing one.

How many contracts out there have cuts going to people for the wrong reasons. Really makes you wonder. 

Nothing like another look at the men behind the scene.  

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

On a More Positive Note

The tragedy is enormous and there is much to be sad for with this disaster that has come to Japan.

The survivors and tales of rescue are hope in the midst of it all. The story and picture in the Sun newspaper showing the Japanese navy rowing up to  a senior citizen, a gentleman who had been washed 15 km's out to sea was remarkable. They found him floating on a piece of building or house wall or piece of roof.

Anyways the man seems defiant and strong willed. Ready to go many more days if necessary, stick in hand planted beside him and a material on his head covering him from the sun. Hope there are hundreds more of these miracles.

Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear reactors are something we live with and I personally haven't paid much attention to. I live within fifty km's of one and was thinking about it today.

The one in Russia that melted down was an accident or result of bad design and the damage is still unclear many years later. The zone set aside and considered uninhabitable still exists today, it surrounding the site and other contaminated areas. In places it's sixty miles wide
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The reactor unfortunately close to meltdown in Japan was of good construction and damaged by nature.
This should raise questions about others and their risk to natural causes. Especially if we continue to see mass upheaval of the oceans, volcanoes, flooding and whatever else comes our way.

I don't imagine any of them are engineered or built to withstand the ground moving underneath them but they will have think about this going forward. But back to my reactor.

I have never seen any literature about the reactor or anything from it and wonder why. This close there should be something coming yearly with I don't know what in it, but something. Or am i to assume if there's a problem there's nothing I can do, To close, so therefore don't bother.

How far do you move away from one to really be sure that with wind and days of spreading a disaster won't get you.  A little over the top? Give it another ten or twenty years and get back to me.

I feel extremely for the people of this tragedy, wish them all the help they need, and that things get somehow better and not worse from here.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

You Got To Wonder

Is it spring yet? and I thought you said this was the best way!
It is, I know where I'm going, there's a green field here somewhere. Nothing like a back seat driver.


The State of Hockey

Wow,
The coverage is endless and the state of the game in question. Injuries, concussions and head shots. Where does it come from and how do we fix it?

I actually heard these guys on the radio saying they'd like to see it go back to the clutch and grab of that we finally just got rid of. They said its slower and has no injuries. Ya well its boring as hell and promotes more 3rd and 4th liners instead of play making stars.

Some say it's the size and speed of the game today. Ya I agree they're big and fast but not that that's the problem.

There are two solutions here that I would have no problem with.
First, the grassroots level training and coaching has to move away from the "finish your check" concept. When I was playing the game the hits were in pursuit  of the puck and a level of control was required to be in position to capitalize on the loose puck. Open ice hits usually were chest to chest or with a hip. A lot of the hits today were interference back then as they continue into someone who no longer has the puck and finish that check.
 
Second, the equipment is a factor. In the old days and we see pictures of the thin pads and no helmets, guys only went as fast as they could afford to based on running into the boards and not wanting to get hurt. The equipment offered some protection but not enough and so the contact with boards or players was expected but taken into all considerations. Now its rock hard molded plastic, reinforced and stronger than boards. Definitely stronger than bones. Guys will still slam each other, they do in other sports like rugby but lets set aside the sports manufacturers and millions in sales. Lets put some 1920's shin pads and shoulder pads on these guys, give them a good helmet for errant shots(which only makes sense) and let them loose. They won't want to go quite so crazy on each other or even tangle with the boards as much. 

That might just speed up the game!    

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Just like a number of people I have an opinion on some things. I plan to express those ideas, opinions and observations in the blog.
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