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One of the interesting things about working in a large organization – be it industry, government or academia – is the absurdities you run across from time to time.

I have had to go into my benefits plan to change one of the categories and halfway through the process was greeted by this screen:



It took me a second to read the screen and realize what it said. Since obviously the process was not going well, I phoned our benefits people for help. We walked through the screens together and when we got to the ‘cancel’ screen, I asked about it. The reply was, “oh yes, you are not the first person to comment”. However, it would appear the magic number of people commenting has not been reached, so the screen shall remain. Cue the face palm.

The scariest thought … this makes sense to someone!


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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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I am in Michigan tonight after about 10 and a hours on the road. No dramas but I did see a billboard that intrigued me.

It read; “Do it for her … get a colonoscopy”


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This has been the trip of thunderstorms. I left Estevan Saskatachewan around 8 in the morning. For the first three hours I dodged thunderstorms and it rained from just north of Minot to almost Devil’s Lake, N.D.

I am writing this in a Super 8 in Superior Ws. in the middle of a severe thunderstorm. Lots of rain, lightning and thunder. I am on the top floor and the rain is making quite the racket.

So, some thoughts from the road:

  • This has been a very civilized drive. By contrast, the trip from Edmonton to Calgary is way more stressful. I quite enjoy the vast expanse of the prairies and once you get into the rythmn, the miles just flow by.
  • My tires, Toyo’s, don’t like some concrete roadways – they make lots of noise.
  • I was asked how many miles I expected to do in a day – never think of miles – it is all in hours. Today was a good day – about 11 hours and around 1000 kilometers and I still feel pretty good.
  • The one thing that causes stress is all the changes in speed limits – lots of mental arithmetic as I convert Imperial to metric measurements. On a Canadian speedometer, the miles per hour are in red and almost impossible to read.
  • It has obviously been a wet year on the prairies. There was one spot on Highway 39 in Saskatchewan where the water was up to each side of the road. If the water was a metre higher, it would have been over the road – never seen that before. And the red-winged blackbird population is in good shape.

So, hopefully the car will survive the storm and we have a good day tomorrow.

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In my current work situation, this is the word of the day. Nevermind that no one really knows what it means, especially when it used without context … but it makes you seem like you have deep thoughts about the environment.

From XKCD: (click to enlarge)

XKCD: Sustainable



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