Proper posts resume…

September 5, 2011

Nice little break to get out of the big city of Saskatoon, even if the break meant a few days with dial up. The folks wound up getting themselves a new computer this weekend to replace their dud, so I had to do a bit of tech training even though I’m not overly familiar with Windows 7 yet myself. I expect a few facebook messages or phone calls will be in my future. Any questions they ask me will help me, too. There’s always a lot to know.

I got that etre the cow book read and found a list of questions at the back for discussion purposes which I’ll use for a blog post sometime this week.

But now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Doctor Who and Torchwood to catch up on…


Holiday weekend in Dial Up Land

September 2, 2011

Nothing much for posts are planned.
Instead it’s quiet time with folks
who may or may not share good jokes

So back to blogging for sure on Monday
Hope the weekend has a sun day
or three before the cold winds blow
and clouds above deliver snow


I’ve updated my pages

September 1, 2011

Those who actually read my blog at my site will notice the page that was once called “Freethinker Alert” is now called “CFI-Saskatoon News” and is finally up to date. I really fell behind on that one. The “Lit List” has also been updated, but there wasn’t a hell of a lot to add. I borrow six times as many books as I actually wind up reading — the curse of a library employee, I’m sure. Especially when I borrow just as many films…

I’m looking forward to starting a couple books this weekend, though: The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach (which I will definitely write about upon finishing) and etre the cow by Sean Kenniff, which is a book about a “simple, yet sentient farm cow” and her experiences. I may wind up writing something about that, too. Time will tell. It’s very short but looks intriguing.


Holiday over…

July 20, 2011

Was out to Peace River country for a chunk of last week to attend a wedding and get a little tourism in, too.

After that it was a trip down to Red Deer to see other relatives before heading back to Saskatchewan. It was a full few days.

Today was my first day back to work and hopefully tomorrow will mark the official reboot of my blogging. It won’t be three posts a day or anything but I have hope that new material will at least appear here with a bit more regularity.

Keep reading!


Summertime break

June 29, 2011

Regular readers will have noticed a sharp decline in updates (as in none) lately. It’s a summer thing; as weather gets nicer the urge to wile away my free time in front of a computer tends to vanish. I’d rather get out and actually enjoy the weather while it’s nice.

I’ll be home to the folks’ farm for the long weekend, and then a couple weeks after that I’ll be heading with them into Alberta for a wedding around the Peace River area. Never been north of Edmonton so it ought to be nifty. I hear it’s very beautiful up there so my camera might actually get some use for a change. I like photography but it’s never been an ambition to excel at picture taking.

After I get back from all that, hopefully the writing bug will bite again. I’m sure it will. I can never ditch this for long…


Good holiday? Mine was (mostly)

December 28, 2010

I took the bus home Thursday after work and did little on the internet over the weekend beyond checking temperatures and wind conditions. I had a serious craving to re-live my childhood. I dug out the old Krazy Karpet and zoomed down the prairie hills on it. I forgot how literally breathtaking it could be to fly down a hill at full speed.. and then belly flop over a drift onto my face…

Christmas night we had 14 or so people over for supper. There was a point in the night where a couple of my aunts were complaining about the fact that people want to take prayer out of school and references to God out of the anthem but I wasn’t in the mood to explain why that’s a worthwhile endeavour so I kept silent.

The folks drove me back to the city Sunday afternoon and we did a bit of Boxing Day shopping. Dad wanted a new shop vac and Mom wanted jeans. I wound up with a couple new pairs myself and yesterday I bought some more rooster crap for my kitchen. They left around noon and I spent the rest of the day pulling the festive stuff down and reorganizing my things while Big Bang Theory played in the background. It’s nice to have things back to normal around here.

A confession next: I’ll admit that over these past few months I’ve been less than my usual enjoyable self. I don’t blame the Man; I blame recurring thoughts of the Man and the fact that I’ve had some difficulty reconciling my dreams of a future with the reality that I likely deluded myself into thinking a future with me was something he’d seriously want. I should have just thought of it all as a meaningless fling instead of whatever the hell my brain and heart did to me instead. It would have been easier to deal with his departure and the total lack of contact that way. No promises, no demands…just “Okay, that’s done. Who’s next?” You know? Not that a next is likely anytime soon. I’m less “Sex and the City” and more pon farr, frankly. I have no idea when or if I’ll ever feel that comfortable in the arms of someone again.

Ah well, anyway. Live, learn, and lean on those you can count on, right? That’s really the best any of us can do.

Topical posts will resume New Year’s day. I don’t know if I want to make any resolutions for next year, but I’ll try to promise not to abandon my posts at least. I’ve got to do something to justify spending money on an internet connection. I think next year I might actually upgrade to a portable machine and wireless, although not right away. I’ll need to do some research first and find out what will suit me best. I think I’m also going to figure out how to string my guitar and learn how to play it properly. I’ll never take it on stage or busk, but it’d be nice to at least be able to honestly say I know how to use it. heh. Maybe try my hand at some songwriting for something different, too.

Well, that’s all for today. Have fun with whatever you’re doing. If you’re still on holidays, lucky you. If your work week resumes today like mine does, good luck playing catch-up.


I don’t feel like writing today

October 28, 2010

Have a comic.

funny puns-Church Mice
see more So Much Pun


Based on results, we know this isn’t accurate

October 14, 2010

Godlessgirl played with it yesterday and I gave it a try myself: this site, urlia.com, takes a portion of your blog (or any site) and rates its writing style and perceived “mood” of the author. I came across as a female between 66 and 100 years old and “personal and upset most of the time.” Bummer.

It rates based on merely 10 posts with “enough English words,” but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to jolly things up a little more sometimes. It does get a little dark and dreary in here so I’ll see if I can work on that.


What did I miss?

October 12, 2010

Six days without topical posts seems too long to leave a little blog sit. But since I made a point of noting the need to wear purple on October 20th before I left on holiday, I wasn’t without hits.

But, what else was worth a mention while I was away from high speed? A quick tour through my usual “sources” finds more than a few interesting things, in no particular order:

The Christian right within Michigan is appalled that bullying is taking place, but adamant that being gay is still one hell of a damnable sin and they don’t want educators promoting “it’s okay to be gay” in schools in case properly heterosexual kids want to try it on like a dress and never take it off again.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino went so far as to call that education brainwashing right there on the television (at least three times) as he defended comments he made during a speech to a Brooklyn Hasidic congregation.

Camels With Hammers quotes comments made by Ratzinger regarding his opinion of gays and gay-right groups and the governments that condone their actions like they aren’t the the biggest damn sinners on the planet. Heaven forbids it so why don’t presidents, was his apparent beef at the time.

But enough about that for today.

A few of the local Freethinkers went down to Los Angeles to partake in the Council for Secular Humanism conference this past weekend. I’m sure that was a good time. From the LA Times:

Such a debate “would have been incomprehensible 10 years ago,” said Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, which held its 30th anniversary meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. But the 9/11 attacks and a growing interest in atheism have emboldened the in-your-face wing of the movement and led to internal debate and dissension.

There was also a convention in Montreal recently, that more of our Freethinkers flew down to attend. All I wound up seeing written about that was something P.Z. Myers wrote about some oddball that’s been pestering him and was seen there. Odd to find no news write ups about what actually went on. Is it weird that journalists in a city the size of Montreal can’t be bothered to write up anything about it?

Churches wish to take credit for the rescue of the Chilean miners, but which one ought to win the right to call it their miracle and advertise it? Who gives a crap? At least they’re getting saved earlier than experts were suggesting in the first place. How about three cheers for a stellar drill team instead, and top notch help keeping the guys as healthy down there as was possible?

In other news, a Kentucky group is crying about the slapdown they got after wanting their state to approve an “In God We Trust” license plate. Their religious intentions were obvious based on their website, and that was enough to deny their request. They claim they just want to improve “decency.” No answer is forthcoming about how a religious motto on a license plate improves that.

A man who thought he was god (and “the smartest guy in the world,”) thought it was a good enough reason not to expect to get in trouble with the law after his reckless driving wrecked several vehicles.


Edit Oct 13/2010: Secular News Daily offers up an even more interesting list of links to stories I missed. Stories probably a lot of people missed. Check those out, too.

same day, later: done more reading on Planet Atheism and found out about Walmart selling an religiously inspired anti-gay book likening the whole gay movement to an elephant stampede. Or something. And several sites have mocked Insane Clown Posse that recently came out as fundamentalist Christians in spite of their horrible violent lyrics (here’s PZ’s take). Fucking fundamentalist Christians! How do they work!?


One more day…

October 11, 2010

and I’ll be back in the land of high speed.

I can’t say I didn’t need the break though. I find it relaxing to be out of town and mostly disconnected. I took a lot of walks down empty roads and listened to my iPod. I got two books finished (both of which deserve blog posts later) and got one session of kite flying in, although the wind was too gusty for that to be very enjoyable. Maybe it’ll work better today.


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