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Happy February Holiday Day

Posted 2012.02.20 9.26 in Pointless Blather

Happy February Holiday Day everyone!

Yes it’s the first long-weekend of 2012.

Unfortunately I’m writing this post at work, because my boss is a real b*tch and made me come in today.

It’s a real outrage I tell you, having to come to the office and work, on this most-holy of holiest of February days.

You know, February Provincial Holiday Day has been celebrated here for countless generations, dating all the way back to the year 2008.

Another little-known fact of February Provincial Non-Statutory Holiday Day is that the very first one was spontaneously celebrated when everyone just collectively decided:

F*ck it, it’s too damn cold out to go to work.

Yes, over the years February Provincial Non-Statutory Phoney-Baloney Holiday Day has had a long and storied history. For instance, in 2009 many people chose to celebrate by forgetting there was a long weekend in February and going to work anyways, only to discover the doors were locked.

And who can forget the fabulous 2010 festivities, where everyone we knew celebrated by sleeping in then making pancakes or waffles for brunch? Or 2011, when… when… ok well forget 2011, it must have been so great that we can’t even remember the awesomeness!

So for all of you out there celebrating 2012’s February Provincial Non-Statutory Make-Believe Phoney-Baloney Holiday Day, please make it the absolute best February Provincial Non-Statutory Make-Believe Phoney-Baloney Long-Weekend Holiday Day ever!

And maybe enjoy an extra waffle, for those of us who were forced to come to work today.

Time Travel Hijinks

Posted 2012.02.02 21.06 in Pointless Blather

If I had a time machine, I think one of my hobbies would be to leave unmistakably modern detritus in the past, at sites that I knew were going to become archaeological digs in the present. You know, just to mess with the heads of the archaeologists, and screw up theories and stuff like that.

For instance, I’d go back to Pompeii in A.D. 79, and maybe leave an empty Coke can in Caecillius’s house. Or I’d visit Hastings in A.D. 1077 and scatter a handful of spent rifle cartridges around the former battle field.

Or if I could find out all the places that Time Team was going to visit on their next season, then I’d spend a weekend visiting all those spots in the past, and leave empty beer bottles for them to find in their trenches.

Honestly I think that would be priceless, to see Tony Robinson trying to explain how it seems like the whole medieval period found Miller High Life very popular, and that they appeared to have invented the ‘Bottom Bottle Opener’ several hundred years before the Miller Brewing Company was even formed.

The Truth About 2012

Posted 2009.11.03 9.44 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather

By now, you’ve probably heard about this 2012 thing. If not from something on the Discovery or History channel, then maybe from promos for the hollywood movie. On the off-chance you aren’t up to speed on the thing, here’s the short version. The Mayan civilization were very good with numbers and calendars and stuff, and their calendar showed a definite end – in other words, their calendar had a day that was the ‘last day’. Converting the Mayan calendar into our own system, the ‘last day’ translated to the Winter Solstace (December 21), 2012.

Now, the Mayans knew how long a year was with more accuracy than anyone else up until the last hundred years or so, and for whatever reason, people seem to think that this means they knew something that we don’t. In other words, since the Mayans didn’t bother to make a calendar that lasted beyond Dec. 21, 2012, that meant that the world would end that day and there was no point in having further days on the calendar.

Consequently, there’s lots of doom-and-gloom predictions.

I, however, propose a different theory.

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What Causes Coincidences?

Posted 2009.07.28 14.06 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather

Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, what really causes coincidences? I mean, are they really just random stuff that happens randomly but seems to have some order? Or is there really some cause and effect going on that’s just too big or too subtle for us to notice?

Yesterday I was looking for ideas to post about, and going through my photo library. (I ended up posting about winter camping, after finding a photo from Algonquin Park during a snowfall.) One of the other photos I had been looking at was this picture of the SS Noronic at the Canada Steamship Lines dock at Toronto Harbour.

SS Noronic at dock in Toronto

Obviously this is a very old photo, I believe I found it in the National Archives. I have a handful of old pics from about a century ago. I was contemplating posting about the Noronic but ultimately I didn’t have anything useful to say about it. Its story has been told already, numerous times.

History Channel ListingThe reason I’m writing about it now, isn’t specifically about the Noronic, but about coincidence. As I said, it was just yesterday that I was looking at this photo, thinking about the fire, but I couldn’t remember all the details, so finally I put it aside and did the thing about winter camping instead. But then just this morning, what do I find on TV, but the story of the Noronic’s fire. Just 24 hours after I was focusing on the photo and thinking about it, trying to remember the details. If this was a one-off thing, I wouldn’t think much of it really. But this sort of thing happens all the time. Almost weekly. I think about something for a while, trying to remember something, or just thinking about it, and within the next day or so, I get the answers delivered without having gone looking for them.

And this is my question – what makes this sort of thing happen? How does the universe know to serve up the right episode of this series, so I can find out those details I was wondering about yesterday? Does this happen to everyone else on a regular basis, or just me?