Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mantracker is Fake, Part Two: Insider Photos of Camera Crews and Equipment


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

Seized G20 Weapons Donated to Next Gaza Flotilla?


What do you think?

I think it's funny that my humorous comment on a National Post story gets most votes:



Spies Like Us: Russians caught with hand in kopek jar



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

Humiliated G20 Cops Assault Peaceful Protesters in Toronto


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.

On Sunday, realizing that they had looked like ineffectual idiots, the cops were charging and arresting largely innocent people..."
It's true, just look at the video.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

G20 Toronto Protest Vandalism: Canada's Pearl Harbour?



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!

Toronto G20 Protest Turns Violent, Black Bloc Blamed


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

Walmart Employees Help Thief Steal Bikes


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".

LottoMAX Lottery Update: Random Number Theory


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.

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.

Regards,

Kestine
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.

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.

Good luck!

BP Oil Spill on Vancouver


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

LottoMAX Lottery: Quick-Pick Random Number Engine




SEE UPDATE

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!

SEE UPDATE

G20 Protester: Yes, Your Canada Does Include Sodomy



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:

Alabama
Florida
Idaho
Kansas
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Virgina

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?)

North Carolina Bigfoot Sighting: Git! Git! Git!


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

No Hidden Motors Allowed in Tour de France Bikes, LOL!


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.

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...
Here's the conspiracy video - with all such hallmarks - viewed 2.5 million times:



...Following the accusations and reports circulating at the beginning of the month, Cancellara said: "It's so stupid I'm speechless."
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.

Yawn.

Next idiot please!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

NAACP Objects to "Black Holes", Looks Really Dumb


The ignorance, it burns!



Vuvuzela Horns Ruin World Cup TV Watching


They buzz a single annoying B-flat tone at 130 decibels. Damn them, damn them all to hell!



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

MEC Bikefest 2010: Fun, thrills for the whole family


It was an awesome event! Here's my highlight video:



See you there next year!

More video of the Flowriders coming soon.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bagpipe Bike Pump




Apparently it really works. But if you try it using Amazing Grace, I will instantly explode your tire, right here from my keyboard.

Yoran van der Sloot Murder Confession - Bogus?




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:

David Milgaard
Donald Marshall, Jr.
James Driskell
CTV: "Mr. Big" coerced confessions

Are the Peru Police better or worse than Canada's RCMP, geez what do ya think eh?

U.N. - Condemn First, Investigate Later - Huh?


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.

Send Your Face to Space on NASA Shuttle




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

Interesting Video: The Most Interesting Man in the World


"His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards. Even his enemies list him as their emergency contact number."