Friday, June 23, 2017

Best Buy–Consumer Unfriendly Adverts on Facebook

I’ve seen this bait at least three times today:

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$299 for a complete three piece polycarbonate Samsonite luggage set is a steal. I would buy in a heartbeat. Yet every time I click through, the real price is double or triple …

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That is one scum bag maneuver, leaving their ads running to bait you into clicking. Unworthy of a major chain like that.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Published in the Ottawa Citizen two weeks in a row …

Once again I am thanking Robbi Hay, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen Ourtown section, for using my work.

As Father’s Day approaches (this coming Sunday), this image is a reminder of what matters more to fathers than anything else …

So grab a copy of this Thursday’s paper and see what’s coming up in early summer!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Jokes and Fundamentalism

A strange juxtaposition, but bear with me.

I was watching an interesting video of Jimmy Carr interviewing Frankie Boyle (two of my favourite comedians) and Jimmy mentioned that “people are not offended by a joke, but rather by who’s telling it”. I thought that was an interesting observation and that it had a lot of truth to it.

But Frankie had an incredibly perceptive take on it that really sharpened my thoughts on fundamentalism, religious mostly, but anything with a narrow fundamentalist view.

Frankie said that “A joke is a thing that people laugh at in a room – a contract between people. As soon as you have to defend it, then it is simply something inappropriate that someone said”.

Now, it is easy to say then that the comedian is responsible for what he or she says and that he or she must be aware at all times of who is listening. But the reality is that the joke simply floating in the air and it is a choice to be offended by it.

The problem with the vast majority of fundamentalists is that they choose to be offended by everything. Vocally and often violently.

That has to be one of the world’s biggest problems these days – that 2/3 of the people on the planet have no sense of humor and scream about almost everything that happens in the free world.

Windows 10 Prescience

This is real. I did not fake it.

It was right.

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Anyone care to guess how this happened?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Butterfly Shot in the Ottawa Citizen this Thursday

Thanks once again to Robbi Hay, the Ourtown section editor for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, for using one of my favourite images as summer approaches.

The Monarch population is in decline and we all need to celebrate these beautiful insects. I wish I were a better gardener as I’d fill my property with Butterfly Bushes like the one this Monarch is feeding on.

Check it out this Thursday 8 June for the scoop on what’s happening over the next few weeks as we swing fully into summer.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Purolator … do they ever knock or ring?

I must say that lately I have cringed when I saw Purolator come up as the shipper for something I ordered on one site or another. This because recent experiences with them have been that I never seem to hear a knock or ring, so lately I end up having to wait to get my goods and am forced to drive to some location or other. It’s annoying and frustrating.

Now, before you go and say that I must have been distracted, we have a Pug that goes insane when someone is at the door, to the point that she has to be isolated in the bathroom before we answer it.

Obviously, this did not happen this morning and so I know with near perfect certainty that the card was attached to the door without an actual attempt.

Sigh … this completely spoils their super fast “attempted” delivery in this case.

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