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Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead passed away today. Not really surprised that many of the artists I grew up listening to have passed since many of them have a lot of hard years on their frames but still. Makes one feel old, it does.

Thanks for the memories Lemmy. Have fun jamming with Philthy. :-)

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I have a small confession to make. I love anything to do with aviation. Most of the time its great learning about the history and performance of various planes, pilots and systems. Unfortunately sometimes its not so great like the recent plane crash at Shoreham.

As I always do I'll wait for the official report but from the video it looks like he started the loop too low and just ran out of altitude. What's pushes this to the next level is that he hit the motorway directly killing at least 7 people.

Amazingly the pilot is still alive but in critical condition. Don't ask me how.

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So far today I've read two stories on CBC that have ended with people missing and presumed dead, so here's my rant. I'll keep it short and sweet.

People, its spring time. STAY. OFF. THE. ICE!!!!!

You go through the ice into a river and you are dead. If you don't get pulled out quickly you've got maybe five-ten minutes tops before you lose the ability to get out, and in 15 you're probably drowned.

Jesus what a lousy way to go.


And again I realize that for many of you the only ice you'll stand on is either a skating rink or an ice cube that fell out of your drink. Still this type of senseless loss drives me batty every single year.
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100,000 people in Calgary, Alberta, have been told to gather their items and leave immediately.  I don't know if this is a record for the most people ordered to evacuate in Canada but if it isn't, I'm not sure I'd want to know what topped it.

This pretty much looks like a 100 year flood, and if so, it could be pretty bad.

Here's some video of a house breaking on a bridge:



Oh, and just to clarify I'm in Ontario, so I'm a long way from this disaster.
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So here is the week that was:

1. Sens defenceman Eric Gryba has received a two game suspension for his hit on Lars Eller. Now I do think this was more of a legitimate hockey play gone terribly bad (they do call this type of pass a "suicide pass" for exactly this reason) but given the concern over headshots I can understand and support a suspension. That being said is consistency in the rulings too much to ask? Some plays seem to get nothing, while similar plays result in multiple game suspensions. I sure I'm not the only one who's confused by this.

If anyone is curious about what the hit looked like you can watch it on youtube here. It's not the raw video but rather the analysis the TSN panel did on it, so no blood.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83qHq-RgEGM

2. Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is dead at 49, apparently from liver failure from a spider bite over a year ago. That's a sad end to what was starting to look like a feel good story, since it appeared he was coming back from a bought of necrotizing fasciitis in his arm that forced him to take time off.  At their best he and Kerry King were one of the best guitar partnerships in metal, I thought.

Here's the first Slayer tune I ever heard back in high school "Seasons in the Abyss". Hanneman's solo runs from 4:28 to 4:54 and has some rather nice tapping in it, I think.



3. I'm happy to report that Canada's Conservative government has announced that they have awarded a ship designing contract to a company for the bargain price of $288 million dollars. These ships will be based on a Norwegian patrol boat design Canada bought for $5 million dollars that cost the Norwegian government approximately $100 million dollars to design...and build.  When asked why Canada is overpaying for ships other countries design and build for a fraction of that cost Defence Minister Peter MacKay simply said "other shipyards are wrong".

Now I don't expect anyone to tell me why my elected representatives have decided to bankrupt my country but I will ask that if anyone has a spare defibrillator to let me know. Considering I get massive chest pains and shortness of breath from just the thought that this might make the F-35 purchase fiasco look cheap...well, I have no words.

You know, I've always voted but I've never joined a party or worked on a campaign. But with this being the type of leadership the Conservatives are becoming known for I think I might. Don't get me wrong. I'm not voting FOR the NDP or Liberals, I'm voting against incompetence.

Here's the link to the story if interested.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/02/pol-milewski-shipbuilding-design-mystery.html
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All I can say is that I'm surprised she lived that long.
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All I can say is that I'm surprised she lived that long.
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All I can say is that I'm surprised she lived that long.
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Today Jack Layton, Canada's Leader of the Official Opposition, passed away after a second battle with cancer. He was 61.

His final letter to Canada and the world can be read here:

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3267932
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html


It's some pretty inspirational reading. I rather like to think I might have this chiselled on my own headstone when my time comes:

"My friends, love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

And we'll change the world."


-Jack Layton


RIP Jack. As one of the best Prime Ministers Canada Never Had you've certainly earned it.
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
Today Jack Layton, Canada's Leader of the Official Opposition, passed away after a second battle with cancer. He was 61.

His final letter to Canada and the world can be read here:

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3267932
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html


It's some pretty inspirational reading. I rather like to think I might have this chiselled on my own headstone when my time comes:

"My friends, love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

And we'll change the world."


-Jack Layton


RIP Jack. As one of the best Prime Ministers Canada Never Had you've certainly earned it.
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
Today Jack Layton, Canada's Leader of the Official Opposition, passed away after a second battle with cancer. He was 61.

His final letter to Canada and the world can be read here:

http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3267932
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html


It's some pretty inspirational reading. I rather like to think I might have this chiselled on my own headstone when my time comes:

"My friends, love is better than anger.
Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

And we'll change the world."


-Jack Layton


RIP Jack. As one of the best Prime Ministers Canada Never Had you've certainly earned it.
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Day 4 are songs that make you sad so here are two songs I make a point of never listening to because it would be too easy to just slip into the abyss.  I listen to music to get me through my life, not because I want to end it.



snowywolfowl: (Beer!)
Day 4 are songs that make you sad so here are two songs I make a point of never listening to because it would be too easy to just slip into the abyss.  I listen to music to get me through my life, not because I want to end it.



snowywolfowl: (Beer!)
Day 4 are songs that make you sad so here are two songs I make a point of never listening to because it would be too easy to just slip into the abyss.  I listen to music to get me through my life, not because I want to end it.



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