So THIS happened this week…

September 27, 2014

I just don’t get it… Why do people still make decisions like this?

A mall in Guildford, BC, completely removed their physical playground for kids and replaced it wiiiith…. iPads.  I just don’t understand… With all the publicity out there, all the articles, all the journals saying that our society is getting too fat, our kids imaginations are crumbling, and our overall brain power is essentially dwindling to nothing… STILL companies do things like this; the complete opposite of every journal, every article, every news story.

What a nice camping theme.... There's a waterfall, a tent, a tree.  It's almost like you're outside!  Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture...

What a nice camping theme…. There’s a waterfall, a tent, a tree. It’s almost like you’re outside! Now keep in mind, this is the BEFORE picture…

This seems like the typical playground… Kids playing, just overall ridiculously excited to be just… climbing.  I wish I could still get excited over simple things like that (even though sometimes I do), but I think it’s the fact that’s just so easy for kids to enjoy the little things, that they should be encouraged to do it!  Seeing as all the parents are sitting on the sidelines… Which, again, is typical, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that.  They’re tired.  So why the mall completely overhaul this playground…?

... And the AFTER.  No more climbing, jumping, romping... unless there's a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

… And the AFTER. No more climbing, jumping, romping… unless there’s a sweet climbing/jumping/romping app on those iPads.

Liability.  We live in a world where everyone, everywhere is afraid of getting sued.  A kid’s not allowed to get a couple bumps.  A worker isn’t allowed to lift a heavy box without permission.  A coffee joint isn’t allowed to sell coffee without a warning to the drinker that the hot coffee is indeed…. hot.  Every action by a company and government, is to protect them from being sued.  And rightly so….. why?  Because there are people out there who wait like sharks for the chance TO SUE.  Because then all of their financial troubles will be over at the expense of someone else.  But they don’t care…. They slightly burned their hand with coffee, so they deserve it.

Seeing as I’m essentially leading into a subject that I’ll probably be writing about separately (and believe me, it’ll be long…), I’m going to leave it there.  However, there’s another blog written by a man who actually took his kids to this playground (before the transformation), and he wrote a pretty good post about it, more geared towards stupid parents, which I like.

Now, apparently a volcano has gone oofff in Japan….

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Chinese Traffic Finger Jam Trap

August 26, 2010

So I heard of this traffic jam a couple days ago, which is kind of random because you shouldn’t ‘hear’ news of a traffic jam WHEN IT’S IN ITS NINTH DAY!

This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve witnessed secondhand.  If you haven’t gathered the jist from the title, there is (was) a massive traffic jam spanning 100km, or 9 days within China.  The jam is more-or-less over now but……………… come on.  This is ridiculous.  If this isn’t a sign that your country is getting a little ahead of itself, then holy shit, I don’t know what is.

“Drive topwise…. TOPWISE!”

Seriously, I cannot wait for China to explode.  It may not be until I’m in my 50’s, when they’ve got away with so much bullshit that I won’t even care, but oh man that’s gonna be some birthday.  Really though, this traffic jam is a sign of self-destruction.  Keep in mind that China is new to vehicles…. like very new, relatively.  And being new to vehicles means having the driving skill of someone driving a Model T…. in the 20’s.  Just instead of of driving a Model T on your way to eat crumpets at your cousin/sister-in-laws, you’re driving a lorry full of coal from Mongolia.  There are no driving schools, and needless to say no common sense or courtesy.

I actually randomly (and unrelated) found a YouTube video showing a very frustrating video of a traffic jam in a city in China.  Frustrating in the sense, that you know exactly how to resolve the traffic issue in this specific intersection, and it drives you crazy because eventually they figure it out, then 10 seconds later some other dumbass steps in and effs it all up again.  Alas, I’m way too lazy right now to post the video, so go find it yourself.

Anyways, what gets me about this is how driving reflects attitude, and I’ve been thinking about this ever since I’ve been able to drive.  Not only reflecting the attitude of the driver (which every can see and is pretty obvious), but the attitude from a political and social aspect.  It goes to show that driving is not related to common sense, it’s related to what people are exposed to.  If someone who just bought a car (i.e. in China) starts up a driving school in China, not that one actually exists, based on driving laws created by a bunch of other people who have never driven, then everyone’s going to follow their example.  Thinking their example is correct, no one would stop to think “Hey, maybe if I didn’t pull out in front of this guy, he would be able to turn left, and the one hundred cars behind him would be able to drive straight through…. but I need to get to my ex-boss’ cousins sons birthday party, so I don’t have time for thit shit”.  Really?

There’s actually a science based on traffic behaviour.  I read an article about a specialist on the subject, and he’s supposed to be the best in civil engineering (something that many towns and cities could use).  However, I think I’ll save that for a later post.

UPDATE:  I changed my mind about the video, here you go.


Dubai: You’re just so crazy…!

January 11, 2010

I’ve been meaning to write about Dubai for probably the better part of a year now, but now so much has happened since then, that I can’t fit it all into one post!  So there’s going to have to be…. MORE THAN ONE!!

The Burj Dubai..... best Wi-Fi hotspot in town.

If you haven’t been following the news at all, the Burj Dubai finally opened it’s doors last week, officially becoming the tallest building in the world.  Now, I honestly don’t know how I feel about Dubai.  Here you have a city that, over the past decade, has built itself up into one of the greatest, and definitely expensive and posh, cities in the world, completely built on oil.  And while I’m not a big fan of such luxuries being created due to this, I can’t ignore the other side of the coin.  That is, that this bizarrely successful city presents a number of opportunities for the creative types to put their creations on the map.  The Burj Dubai being one of them.

The Burj Al Arab... your retirement wouldn't last 2 days.

The first being the Burj Al Arab, the famous ‘sail’ hotel off the coast of Dubai, becoming the first 7-star hotel in the world.  And it’s a hotel alright… I think I heard just to have lunch there (without booking a room) is somewhere in the range of $2500, which is freaking ridiculous, but so is Dubai itself.

To get an idea of just how huge the Burj Dubai tower is, the video below is a fly-by of the now famous building, which still blows my mind.

That’s about all for now, but maybe I’ll actually write about something interesting next time, who knows!


Stop embarrassing yourselves…

October 5, 2009

I understand the whole activist thing, and I don’t mind it at all,  but Greenpeace… really.

Yet again they attack the Tar Sands of Alberta.  Now, I’m a little torn to be completely honest.  I’m in the geology business, but I refuse to work for oil.  Not because I think it’s wrong, and the Earth is being destroyed yada yada, but because why would I want to work anywhere near the root of all current controversy?  No thanks… keep me out of Alberta.  But on the other side of the coin, in current times oil is pretty essential.  It’s too bad that it has become essential, but we’re in too deep now, and until we’re able to weasle our way of it, we’re going to have to keep using it.

Impressive...... the truck, I mean.

At least they're wearing protective gear.

Ok wait, I forgot to mention how I got to this.  The other day, 12 Greenpeace activists stormed an upgrader (a giant building where they break down oil for other uses… like say, gas for your car to drive to a Greenpeace rally).  The upgrader is located in the Alberta tar sands, and this is apparently the 4th time they’ve done this.  The first three must not have worked, because nobody cared.  Regardless, they’re protesting the ‘dirtiness’ of retrieving oil from the sands, and the energy it uses, and all the environmental implications.  Yes, it’s a dirty job… yes, it mostly revolves around giant corporations making money, and that’s a total downside to the system, and most people end up getting the shaft.  But, this will never change… again, we’re in too deep, and whether we like it or not, we rely on oil.

I hate to say it, but taking over factories, and chaining yourselves to trucks is not going to do a whole lot.  I’m glad you’re taking interest, but you’d have more chance of making a difference if you became a politician.  In fact, you’d have more chance of making a difference if you wrote a letter to a politician.  In case you’re wondering, there isn’t much of a chance… point is, aggressive activism such as Greenpeace demonstrations, do so much less than other forms of activism.

And unless these people that came from all over the world to protest, came by sailboat, or Davinci’s peddal-bird, and used bacon grease to run their trucks to storm the place, I’m calling them hipocrites.  I’m guessing they didn’t, since they’re probably vegetarians too, and don’t eat bacon.  It’s a humdinger if I ever dinged a hum…

(I’d say hummed a ding, but that just doesn’t seem right…)


Giant tool makes $35 Million trip to space

September 30, 2009

What a fail, in my books anyways.  This morning, the Soyuz spacecraft took off towards the ISS (International Space Station).  It’s passengers consisted of a Russian cosmonaut/scientist, an American astronaut/scientist, and finally, a Canadian entertainer/f#@%ing moron…

I want to punch this man in the face...

I want to punch this man in the face...

Yes, Guy Laliberte, founder of the famous Cirque du Soleil acrobatics show(s), took off into space as the first Canadian space tourist.  This seriously drives me nuts… not so much that he’s up there, but the fact that he spent a cool $35 million to do it.  $35 million smackers to go to a place where your presense in no way benefits anybody… anywhere.  If it does, for the love of god someone explain it to me.

He’s a billionaire… great… and yes, I’m sure he’s donated to several charities, and helped out a lot of people, sure… But this seems like a pretty smug move, I mean, look at his smug face!!  In one article, he said he’s going to “tickle the astronauts [on the ISS] while they sleep”.  Really…??

Guy Laliberte’s Space Itinerary

9:45am – Lift off

10:30am – Tell jokes while pilots are trying to fly billion dollar machine.

11:00am – Dock with ISS, see how happy people are to see me.

11:01am – Begin doing nothing, because I’m useless.

1:30pm – Bedazzle space suits.

4:45pm – Decorate science lab!

6:00pm – Eat alone.

9:45pm-Midnight – Tickle astronauts.

Next day – repeat.

Really, I hate this man, and I’m embarassed to be even remotely associated with him as a Canadian… yes, I’m judging a book by it’s cover, but I don’t care.  You would think $35 million dollars could buy him a better reputation, but I guess that would be a waste of money.  Alright, I’m done…


Neverending climate change…

May 26, 2009

I’m in the midst of reading a really good article following 4 experts (I hate using that word) discussing the up-to-date ‘what’s going on’ with climate change.

… And I came across a wicked quote.  First off, there are so many different opinions with climate change, I probably shouldn’t even bother writing about it.  There are so many steps, it seems, into doing anything about climate change, or any global change for that matter.  Having people believe it’s actually happening, is step one.  Having governments to believe it’s happening is step two.  Having governments believe in what their people are believing, is yet another step.

gordon-brown-sleeping-6-17-08Personally, I think climate change is a total lost cause… Yes, I believe it is happening, but do I think we’re going to end up doing anything about it?  Definitely not… most ‘solutions’ that we hear about in the news, are very quick and very local fixes that basically put the public mind at ease.  Those will last for a few years, until people realize that nothing has really been done because the global effect is still occurring.  This is the reason I completely agree with this quote:

“… I’m also optimistic about our abilities.  Unfortunately I’m pessimistic about our wisdom.  We have the capability to do amazing things in a short amount of time, but it takes a political decision with follow-through.  I’m not confident we’ll get it.”

Ken Caldeira

While there are definitely a lot of skeptics out there, there are also many people who want to do big things, and yes if they have the motivation and drive to do it, then they’ll succeed and get scholaships and recommendations, and publish their work in journals and magazines.  Unfortunately, when it comes to contributing to a global society, you have to go through the politicians, and they’re most likely not as interested as you are.

So, my personal conclusion is that, yes, things will be done to help with climate change… will it change anything on a global scale?

Definitely not…


Obama’s mustard………… what?

May 9, 2009

Alright, this has so little to do with science, it’s not funny, unless someone wants to do a study on why people feel the need to publish stupid crap like this.  I came across this article yesterday, and I just…. like, what?!…. was a reporter sent out on assignment to do this?!

Obama 2008

Really…?  I don’t have any mustard on my hot dog, does this mean I can’t even run a breadmaker let alone a country?  I’m just boggled by this story… anyways, I’m perturbed.