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o canada photo

a note for Rob (and others in Waikato) to say that it’s rather cold here

It may be a drought for you, but we’re shovelling it here …

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

cold in toronto

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cars suck

objects, but also a sentence

Winter tires.

They are fitted now, but it happened to be chucking it down when I was changing them. No fun.

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o canada photo

the discarded galosh

discarded galosh, king and university, toronto

Winter is nearly over …

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goatee-stroking musing, or something o canada WAGDAIYF

Energy Saving Tips for Canadians, #1: a name thing

Canadians are remarkably profligate in their energy use, and I think I know why. It’s not to do with the oft-cited scale of the country, the size of our houses, our cold winters or our hot summers, it’s something simpler than that; it’s what we call our electricity.

Power here is generally known as hydro, and with it comes images of tree-lined rivers with bears happily fishing for salmon. Local electricity companies tend to have that watery thing in their name: Toronto Hydro, Hamilton Hydro, London Hydro (Crieff Hydro is something quite different, though). Some happy green images, eh?

I propose that we stop using the term hydro, and replace it with the snappier smog belching, nuke leaking, only fractionally hydro. It’d certainly make yer average Kathy or Doug drop their double-double (or donut, or dumaurier) when they got their smog belching, nuke leaking, only fractionally hydro bill in. Energy use would plummet, and at no cost to anyone!

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sheesh!

the mighty elocom

I’d been suffering from some winter eczema on the blade of my right hand. It meant (like, if I wanted to) I couldn’t karate chop, but I could probably give someone a pretty good karate sandpapering.

It got worse recently, and beyond the control of over-the-counter meds. The doctor gave me a wee pottie of Elocom, a fearsome skin ointment, on Friday. The eczema’s almost gone; it’s just a tiny bit of dry skin now.

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o canada

endangered snow

Snow looks like it’ll go away soon. But it’s been a weird winter.

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cars suck

idle thought

Walking past the Ford dealer today, I saw that they had all the used cars idling. While the swirls of exhaust were quite pretty in the winter morning sun, I had to wonder what they were achieving.

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Wind Things

really winter

Further to winter, we’ve just had our first anemometer icing event in Alberta. Let it snow, etc.

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o canada Wind Things

winter

We’ve had our first frost at a measuring site out in Alberta. From now on, it’s data censoring for frozen anemometers until April next year …

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o canada

Notice of Winter Smog Watch

Good work, you polluters: Notice of Winter Smog Watch. It’s February, and they’re talking about smog …

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General

icicles in ma nose

Today was the first “freezing nose” experience of the winter. Combined with my pre-work swim, this has resulted in the unpleasant experience of only being able to smell chlorinated meat all day…