Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a very difficult decision to make in the next few weeks. No it is not about COVID-19 vaccinations, or how to get the country out of a pandemic-ravaged recession/depression. Trudeau has to pick who will be the next Governor General. Like many Canadians, I am disappointed that Julie Payette did not work out as GG. Selecting an astronaut who speaks multiple languages, and has had a distinguished career should have been a no-brainer. Maybe she was overqualified for the job and that is why things went sideways. The job does not look difficult. Preside over some ceremonies, sign some bills,Read More →

Being stuck at home for 11 months, I have had a lot of time to think about many things. That thinking time has led me to the conclusion that I have too many tools. After purchasing Casa del Blancher nearly 16 years ago, buying tools to begin a project or two was a natural extension. It was harmless. Need a screwdriver, OK go buy one. A circular saw for another project, sure why not. Years later, I have two large tool boxes full of tools plus half a shed stuffed with power tools, hand tools, and odd tools. Many of the tools I bought, aRead More →

Maybe I am showing my age a bit here, but I just don’t get it. What is it with kids watching videos of people playing video games? I really don’t get it. Three teenage sons live in our house: two of them constantly have Youtube.com videos running, watching other people play video games. Videos have a “host” who I assume is the game player, in a little window at the top of the screen. Whatever game they are playing takes up the rest of the frame. There is commentary, and more commentary. It doesn’t even seem to be tutorial-like. Watching a video of this wasRead More →