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by Mats
Mon 29 Sep, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Saying "thank you"
Replies: 6
Views: 15063

Saying "thank you"

In my career as a municipal planner I once found a note on my desk from my immediate boss, the Commissioner of Planning, which said "Good job Mats". That note was to be the one and only "thanks" which I received in the 18 years that I worked in that career. That's why this short ...
by Mats
Fri 26 Sep, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Dispute Resolution - strikes in the public sector
Replies: 1
Views: 6442

Transit strike

I should add that my posting my views on public sector strikes was prompted by yet another transit strike in the Toronto area.
by Mats
Thu 25 Sep, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Dispute Resolution - strikes in the public sector
Replies: 1
Views: 6442

Dispute Resolution - strikes in the public sector

I think that jobs in the public sector are different from private sector jobs. In the former, you sign on to provide an essential service. When you enter this sphere, it is my opinion that you surrender the ability to withdraw your services in any contract negotiations. If that option is odious to y...
by Mats
Mon 22 Sep, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Music By Which To Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 18691

Paint roller in hand

David, you will get all the harmonies right if you sing this chorus from "My Old School" :

Well I did not think the girl
Could be so cruel
And I'm never going back
To my old school

You can just hear the beat, right?!
by Mats
Fri 19 Sep, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Music By Which To Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 18691

Sujective Choices

I thought about this thread today as I had some longish tasks ahead (cleaning kitchen and braising lamb shanks). I still have a large LP collection (which doesn't get played as much as in days of yore) and I decided to play the double album "Steely Dan/Greatest Hits". If you were listening...
by Mats
Fri 19 Sep, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: "The Bank Job" - won't disappoint
Replies: 1
Views: 6297

"The Bank Job" - won't disappoint

The film "The Bank Job" is a well made thriller. Good story, acting and direction - just add popcorn and serve!

Tomatometer 90% http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1189844 ... =creamcrop
by Mats
Wed 17 Sep, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Live Concerts - Price Point
Replies: 1
Views: 6324

Live Concerts - Price Point

Am I alone in resisting $200 - $400 CAD ticket prices for big name concert acts? In browsing Toronto upcoming concerts, I noticed that Neil Young will be playing here in Toronto in November. Should be a cool concert. But, paying $500 CAD for two just stops me dead. Still, I'm sure that the arena wil...
by Mats
Wed 17 Sep, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Removing Chewing Gum - True Story
Replies: 3
Views: 9367

Removing Chewing Gum - True Story

Until the universal ban on chewing gum is enacted, wads of it will be found everywhere. Yesterday I found some on my clothes and on an upholstered chair. Game over, I thought. But, I found a tip that actually works. I took my compressed air duster (used to clean computer), held it upside down, and s...
by Mats
Mon 15 Sep, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Canadian Federal Election
Replies: 8
Views: 16581

Canadian Federal Election

Here in Canada we are facing a federal election on Oct 14. The main rivals are the incumbent Conservatives who have governed for the past few years with a minority, but no formal alliance with any of the other parties. The Conservatives are led by a very controlling right wing leader. The Liberals (...
by Mats
Mon 15 Sep, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Music By Which To Paint
Replies: 11
Views: 18691

Solution

Mrs. Brown, consider wireless headphones http://www.thesource.ca/estore/category.aspx?langauage=en-ca&category=Wireless%20Headphones I vacuum all the time while Ms. MEF is watching television. She simply does not hear the noise of the vacuum. As well, this device lets me read when the television...
by Mats
Mon 15 Sep, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Animated Cartoons from the New Yorker
Replies: 1
Views: 6613

Animated Cartoons from the New Yorker

Much like Mrs. Brown's memory gap, I cannot remember if I have posted a comment about the delightful 10 second animated cartoons featured on the New Yorker website. They provide a daily delight!

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/cartoons ... animations
by Mats
Mon 15 Sep, 2008 8:48 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: putting things away carefully
Replies: 13
Views: 23744

OOPS!

OK, so I just read about presbyopia and now understand PALs.
by Mats
Mon 15 Sep, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: putting things away carefully
Replies: 13
Views: 23744

Confused

I, like David, have worn glasses to see distant objects since my teens. In my dotage, I've had to switch to bi-focals to read clearly as well. One pair of glasses does both. In reading this thread I'm confused by the term "varifocal" ; googling this term was no help at all. Next, ejm refer...
by Mats
Fri 12 Sep, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: "In Bruges" - funny&scary
Replies: 12
Views: 68657

"In Bruges" - funny&scary

We recently saw "In Bruges", a stunning debut film by Martin McDonagh. Bruges, a medieval city in Belgium, provides an amazing setting for the film. The acting is very strong and the plot riveting. The violence may put some off. Here is Ebert http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...
by Mats
Thu 04 Sep, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Google's new browser - different
Replies: 5
Views: 14086

A little early

Having used Chrome for only one day is, for me, not enough for a real evaluation. Still, my first impressions were positive. I like the tabbed display with all pages on the desktop. I like the way each window is opened by itself without dragging along all the previous stuff and filling the memory; b...