Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dog Breed contest.

Hello Everyone.... Ok, to the both of you apparently.
Seems like my hiatus from the blog has diminished my readership to a couple of people, C'est la vie.

Cody's make-up is:
Level 3 Labrador retriever 20-30%
Siberian Husky 20 to 30%
Level 4 Chihuahua 10-20%
English Springer Spaniel 10-20%
Level 5 Pomeranian less than 10%
There were only three entries, one of which did not have a name and didn't win anyways. Cathy Got 2 of 5 and Betty takes the prize with three of five, by guessing the lab, husky and ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL??? Explain that one to me please. Thanks for playing along, and in the future I guess I'll remove the line, Hello Everyone, and change it to Hello Betty and Cathy. Thanks for reading. We'll post your prize just before we send it :)
Take Care

Global Warming

Hello everyone,

For about 20 years I've been hearing various environmental theories that attempt to justify a whole bunch of junk science that amount to little more than a attempt to scare the public into following a specific agenda. The thing that first drew my attention to this "theory" was attending a lecture by David Suzuki at the U of T. His topic for this lecture was the upcoming Ice Age. Two years later I went to see him again (he impressed me the first time) and his topic was essentially global warming (Greenhouse Effect). The obvious contradiction between these two apparently strongly held positions confused me greatly. Since then we all know the story, try to live a single day without hearing the words climate change or global warming.
There are a group of environmentalist wandering the north, spending lots of money, gathering information from the elders and scientific research stations supporting global warming. They don't want to hear about other opinions. With all due respect accorded to the elders, human recalled data is incredibly inaccurate, just ask a police office who spoke to someone 24 hours after a crime, there are very good odds that the description given by the witness will actually have very little resemblance to the actual perpetrator of the crime. I remember when I was young a snowstorm we received in Kincardine in the winter of '76, I've heard others recall this event as well. That year we received a snow dump of over 6 foot in a three day blizzard, I know it, I believe it, I was there. However, if you look back into the snowfall records for that region, for that year you'll see the largest 3 day accumulation of snow was 22 inches.
The elders will tell you its warmer today then when they were young. But then again they will also tell you about the year the rivers didn't freeze over till well into January, somewhere around '65, and before that in '57. My parents will tell you about walking uphill both ways to school as well, the memory of a person is a very susceptible storage device and shouldn't be trusted. If you walk into a room and everyone is told we will be discussing Global Warming, how many people do you think will stand up and say," huh, its been a lot warmer than this before and nothing happened". No one will.
True science is proven by fact, each and every time. A theory is a set of rules that apply to every occurrence of a set of parameters is going to produce a predictable result. Such as the theory of Gravity, in order for this theory to be accepted it must be right 100% of the time. It cannot be proven to be right 99.9999% of the time, if that is the case, the theory is thrown out as wrong.
Global Warming is not a fact, it is not a theory, it doesn't even qualify as a hypothesis as it, in its current state can be proven wrong on any given day. If this was a fact or a theory, it would be able to PREDICT the outcome with accuracy. These people can't even predict the weather three days from now with any better than guessing odds. They can't predict the severity of events such as El Nino, which has been known of for hundreds of years. The data they use is cherry picked, locations, days, years that do not support their theory is discarded as aberrant.
True science can predict the orbit of a star 12,000,000 km's away to within a couple of feet at any given moment. Junk science will blame a increase of certain gasses amounting to less than one quarter of one percent of our total atmosphere as being a planet ending crisis. One they can neither quantify nor explain. While I believe leaving a clean planet is important, some of the recovery efforts put forward by environmentalists border on lunacy that could very well endanger the planets ecosystem and throw off the delicate balance of nature.
In conclusion, don't worry about planet earth, one way or another she'll survive just fine, but don't just sit on the couch and accept the pablum being spoon fed to you everyday by people who are only being employed to find a single result, not to evaluate a problem.
Take Care

"A zebra does not change its spots." - Al Gore, attacking President George Bush in 1992.

''I decided I just had to call because you've printed a picture of the Earth upside down on the front page of the paper,'' Gore said.

"When my sister and I were growing up," Mr. Gore told a small audience made up mostly of women, "there was never any doubt in our minds that men and women were equal, if not more so."

"He is proposing to privatize a big part of Social Security and he's proposing to take $1 trillion, a million billion dollars out of the Social Security trust fund and give it as a tax incentive to young workers." - Al Gore

Milwaukee, WI - "I'm very familiar with the importance of dairy farming in Wisconsin. I've spent the night on a dairy farm here in Wisconsin. If I'm entrusted with the presidency, you'll have someone who is very familiar with what the Wisconsin dairy industry is all about."

--- Yeah right, I trust this guy to know what he's talking about.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thor the mighty

Its all in the eyes.

Donkey Kong relived

Best friends


   Hello everyone,
     Christopher won $50.00 for having the best homemade costume in todays halloween party.  Thanks for the late night making this Melissa.
   Take Care


Friday, October 15, 2010

Dog Breed Guessing Game (win a prize, step right up)

Melissa and I have been wondering what exactly we invited into our home. So we found a company that will do a DNA sequence on you dog and match it against know breeds, then provide you the results.
The results are in, So take your guess.
This is a except from the DNA report explaining how they judge the %'s of a dog. Cody has NO level one or two properties. The winner or closest will get either a piece of hand carved woolly mammoth ivory jewelery or something else representative of the north of the boys. Another hint is that he has 5 breeds represented in his make-up. We'll decide the winner on Halloween. Please include your name in your reply so we know who gets the right answer, Thanks.

What your dogs breed composition means
Level 1
This category is intended to help owners recognize when their pet's DNA contains a majority of a specific breed (75% or greater). If your dog has a strong match to one of our validated breeds, then it is categorized as Level 1. Most mixed breed dogs will not usually have a breed in this category unless one or both of their parents are purebred.

Level 2
This category reports breeds that are easily recognizable within your dog. While these breeds may have a strong influence on your pet, each breed listed makes up less than the majority of your dog's DNA, between 37%-74%. This usually means one of the parents was a purebred.

Level 3
This category identifies breeds that have between 20%-36% of the listed breed(s), usually coming from a grandparent.

Level 4
Represents 10%-20% of the breed DNA, usually coming from a great grandparent

Level 5
This level represents the lowest level of breed in your dog occurring at 9% or less. However, they still appear at a low and measurable amount in your pet's DNA.

Good Luck

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

To whitehorse

Waiting for dinner.

The river around Dawson

40 miles from Dawson heading south

Road to Nowhere


The other side of nowhere.

Overlooking nowhere.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Some guys cool house

Robert Service's house

Yukon Order Of Pioneers cemetery

Overview of Dawson

Some guys interesting car

Learning how to pan for gold.

Entering the wilderness

One wrong turn lead to a hour of driving around the countryside on some wild mining roads

A couple of interesting derelict buildings

Fall colors

Fall colors in the area of Dawson.

Dawson area

Hello Everyone,
Theses are some photo's from Dawson City and area. Dawson was a fascinating place, gold was found there in 1896, by that fall the population had risen from under 100 to 40,000. The rush was over two years later and everyone left.
Take Care

5 Years in the Arctic

  Hello Everyone,
    Melissa, Christopher and I have now been in the Arctic for over five years and over the last few months I've been ruminating on what that has meant to us as a family and as individuals.  Its lead to some interesting insights but those are fodder for personal rumination rather than fuel for the blog.  One thing I recently realized is that it takes a long time to know the Arctic, its not like a city where you can get a feel for the community by showing up to a few scheduled events because life in the Arctic does not have a schedule.  Many people ask about or visit the Arctic but they can never really know it because the people and life of the north does not follow a schedule, it follows seasons, it follows years but doesn't follow hours or days.
  You can fly to Repluse Bay in the summer and maybe you'll meet a carver and watch him work or maybe he'll be on the land for a month hunting, maybe you'll see a narwhal harvested, most likely though you'll wander around town as a outsider as amazing things happen around you without realizing what is occurring.  The people of the north are timeless and do not adhere to any timetable.
  Anyways, enough rambling.  Hope you like the photo's of our vacation this year where we drove to Dawson City, then to Whitehorse and return.
   Take Care.

  P.S. Apparently I take too may photo's.  This is just the first leg of the journey, Tsiigehtchic To Dawson, more tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2010


 Hello Everyone,
   Just a few of our photo's from vacation.  Tsiigehtchic to dawson to Whitehorse and back.  Lots more to come.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Its Hot... Damn Hot

Hello everyone,

I had a couple questions on FB examining the veracity of my claim yesterday that it was 42.9 C here in the frozen North. Seems Enviroment Canada believes it to be 24. And this thermometer is in the shade for crying out loud (this ia one of three thermometers giving the same reading including a digital calibrated infrared thermometer). Someone please kill me. Welcome to the Arctic.
Since my wife was inquiring after reading this post, when you add the current 44% humidity that works out to 57.7 C or 136 F.
Take Care
P.S. We are currently cooking a egg on the balcony, literally.
P.P.S. The cooking failed, it evaporated faster than it cooked. And I think a raven or two might have had some dinner.