Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
These previously unreleased photos provide unprecedented insight into how the OLN TV show Mantracker is really filmed: stationary camera set-ups and scene-acting by all players involved. From one insider:
"A typical day on set includes the "prey" standing around waiting for the camera setups to be complete, then executing pre-planned scenes. Hike through the forest with crew, find a new location, setup cameras, bring in the "prey" and yell Action! and you have your show."
Camera setup films "Mantracker in the valley" scene
Director coaches prey actor during close-up scene
Terry Grant waits on his horse during camera set-up
Boom shot: "Galloping through interesting rock formation"
Mantracker Terry Grant relaxes between takes
What do you think?
I think it's funny that my humorous comment on a National Post story gets most votes:
Cool-Hand Putin: Russian Prime Minister.
Russian spies like us, they really like us!
Well, not really. They like stealing the identities of tragically deceased Canadian infants to get into the United States.
National Post: Spies posed as Canadians: FBI probe
AFP: Canada Cooperating in Russian Spy Probe
Just how easy is it to obtain a birth certificate for a deceased Canadian? I suspect it's about to get a lot more difficult, and it's a good bet Canadian government database hard-drives are humming across the country tonight while CSIS techies develop a cyber dragnet of cross-checking algorithms in search of more possible sleeper agents.
Monday, June 28, 2010
You're a day late and dollar short, lawmen. This video is disturbing to watch: G20 cops assaulting a crowd of peaceful protesters singing "Oh Canada":
"On Saturday the Police in Toronto would not defend the property of store owners and others along Younge Street in Toronto.It's true, just look at the video.
On Sunday, realizing that they had looked like ineffectual idiots, the cops were charging and arresting largely innocent people..."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tim Hortons signpost stands askew in downtown Toronto after violent G20 Black Bloc members try to topple it.
Just kidding! But this twitter is real:
(Click image to view live ongoing G20 Twitter messages)
For shame! That's a line that should never, ever be crossed!
Tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray used: Toronto Star live blog
Toronto Police vehicle burns while police move in. Video below
CBC News has a good G20 protest photogallary of events, plus video.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
One guy does the stealing while his friends - security guards at Walmart - cover for him.
Shame on Walmart! They should fire those crooked "security guards".
I posted earlier about duplicate numbers on this LottoMAX quick-pick ticket:
Full disclosure: I'm actually a member of Mensa Canada and I fully understand random number generation and lottery systems. But when I saw the numbers on that ticket I couldn't help writing a campy blog entry about the coincidence.
LottoMAX headquarters responded graciously:
...Quick Pick selections are chosen by a random generator inside the retail terminal, which mixes the numbers available for the game and prints the selections required. With random generation it is not possible to eliminate the numbers previously printed, as this would diminish the randomness of the selections. It is important to remember that every combination of numbers has the exact same chance of being drawn.Kestine is 100% correct. Every combination of numbers has the exact same chance of being drawn. Or quick-picked by the random number engine inside every lottery terminal.
I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please e-mail us again or call our OLG Support Centre toll-free at 1-800-387-0098.
The odds of any 7 number (1-49) set appearing randomly are generated thus:
1/49 × 1/48 × 1/47 × 1/46 × 1/45 × 1/44 × 1/43 = 1/432938943360
But hold on! Since the numbers are generated in any order, the 7! factorial comes into play, reducing the odds of any possible LottoMAX number set to 1/85900584.
The real chances of winning with any one number set are 1 in 8.6 million.
However, because LottoMAX tickets sell for three plays for $5, each player's chances of winning are actually closer to 1 in 2.86 million for every $5 played.
Here's the actual size and shape of the BP oil spill disaster contamination, overlaid on Vancouver, BC:
Website ifitwasmyhome.com overlays BP oil spill on Vancouver.
It's really big! A new website uses Google Earth to let visitors visualize the oil spill over any point on earth. Go to If it Was My Home, enter your city or town at the top of the screen, and click the move the spill button.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Perhaps there's a reason the LottMAX $50 million jackpot has gone unclaimed three weeks in a row. Here's a ticket I bought using "quick pick", can you spot the incredible coincidence?
Any statisticians out there care to calculate and comment? I also emailed the lottoMAX people asking for their thoughts. Stay tuned!
G20 protester's sign is bold, accurate and intimately revealing.
Toronto blogger Tomasz Bugajski has the interesting details here at blogTO.
And by the way, sodomy became legal in Canada on June 27, 1969 by royal assent:
June 27, 1969: Queen Elizabeth II gives the OK for Canadians to start sodomizing each other.
In the USA, 14 states were anti-sodomy holdouts until a 2003 Supreme Court decision overruled them. These states were:
More evidence that the Southern US is a seperate country, where ignorant uneducated rednecks form the majority.
Happy 41st anniversary, noncriminal Canadian sodomy!
And thank you Queen Elizabeth! (Ever tried it, your highness?)
I've always believed there are four countries in North America. Canada, USA, Mexico, and the Southern USA, where ignorant, uneducated rednecks form the majority:
Friday, June 18, 2010
Idiot conspiracy theory of the month: Viral video shows it's "easy" to hide a motor inside a bicycle.
From BBC News:
Scanners to help combat 'mechanical doping' are to be introduced for next month's Tour de France.Here's the conspiracy video - with all such hallmarks - viewed 2.5 million times:
Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara has been at the centre of allegations that motors were being placed in bike frames to power the pedals during a race.
The Olympic time-trial champion, 29, and his Saxo Bank team have strongly rejected these accusations.
With electronic gears permitted in bikes, the International Cycling Union feel it necessary to tighten checks...
He's right, it is stupid: "secret hidden technology" has been a traditional grist of conspiracy theorists for thousands of years, and it became boring long ago.
...Following the accusations and reports circulating at the beginning of the month, Cancellara said: "It's so stupid I'm speechless."
Next idiot please!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It was an awesome event! Here's my highlight video:
See you there next year!
More video of the Flowriders coming soon.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Although he is most likely guilty, am I the only one who suspects the Peruvian Police confession was coerced? Like, obtained through torture? Um, hello?
Lawyer Believes van der Sloot confession is false.
Here in Canada - bastion of Charter rights - even the RCMP are not immune to forced confessions and crooked dealing:
Donald Marshall, Jr.
CTV: "Mr. Big" coerced confessions
Are the Peru Police better or worse than Canada's RCMP, geez what do ya think eh?
If you've already condemned something, why bother to investigate it? What evidence would cause you to reverse your position? If the answer is none, you've already made up your mind so there's no sense engaging you or pandering to debate you. You live in your own echo-chamber.
H/T Rex Murphy, excellent piece in the National Post.
The New York Times has another great piece on the dysfunctional U.N.
BulletproofCourier rides the Space Shuttle to immortality
This is cool! NASA is offering the public an opportunity to send their face into space on board the last two shuttle missions. Participate at the NASA Face in Space homepage.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
"His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards. Even his enemies list him as their emergency contact number."