Moses Znaimer’s ideacity – Rethinking Democracy

Very interesting discussion on Democracy

What I was most suprised about was Conrad Black’s portion of the discussion and his take on the political discourse in the United States and the current state of the news media in that country.

“(In the Unites States) As of now, public discourse, is essentially idiots on the right and left shrieking at each other making no sense at all, and you don’t get the best candidates running for president…”

Moses Znaimer’s ideacity – Rethinking Democracy

There’s no point wearing a poppy if you just want to be popular | David Mitchell

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/17/david-mitchell-remembrance-poppies-television

Retro PC Game Nostalgia

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Hey there retro games,

Recently I decided to play a game from my past that had always put a smile on my face when I was young.  Doom II…  I purchased this game during a family trip to Saskatoon and may I say, I was totally pumped to play it.  When I got home I rushed upstairs to play this thing.  After 4 hours of being enthralled with the graphics, sound, and game play, my mom came upstairs and knocked on the door. 

“Are you coming out for supper?”

I reluctantly paused the game, ate supper and came back to a game I will never forget. 

Wolfenstein (on a 3.5″) had nothing on this, though that was a great game too.  But that is another story.

Hope it sparks some memories. 

Take care,

CC.

P.S.  Finding this game in with a “Made in Canada” sticker on the back made me smile…

Saskatoon band wins Rolling Stone cover contest!

Saskatoon band wins Rolling Stone cover contest – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News.

I was very nervous if this wonderful band would win this contest…  But I was confident that they would make a mark on the music community regardless of the contest.  Being a humble homegrown farm kid from Saskatchewan, it truly made me smile that they won this!  I was on Lake Diefenbaker for the long weekend having a blast and finding out that The Sheepdogs won the contest made it even better!

Take care and listen to The Sheepdogs, they’re a hard working band.

CC.

 

Atlas of Canada 1st Edition

I was snooping around the Government of Canada’s website the other day and stumbled upon the Atlas of Canada site. They have the full Atlas (Editions 1 through 5) available free for download. It’s very cool to look at what the country looked like in the early 1900’s. Some of the maps have disputed Canadian and American Borders, Explorer Routes, etc.

It’s worth a look if you’re into Canadian history or just like old maps.

BRITISH COLUMBIA & YUKON-ALASKA BORDER DISPUTES EARLY 1900'S

Here’s the official Government of Canada’s Website if you want to look at all the Atlas of Canada Editions

Government of Canada Atlas Archives

CC.

“Saskatchewan” The Movie (1954). It’s Old School.

Saskatchewan Movie

Saskatchewan Movie

Where oh where is this movie?  I have to find it, watch it, and comment on how bad and/or good it is. Have you seen it Julie?

EDIT – Some of the comments on IMDB ARE PRICELESS….. check it out at

Saskatchewan @ IMDB

This is from someone who was actually on the set during shooting of “Saskatchewan” in the comment section on IMDB. I have not edited this any way.

Sasketchewan, 16 January 2006
Author: ddroesch from United States
I was there on location for this film and it was filmed mostly in Alberta in the vicinity of Lake Louise and Banff. It rained a lot during the filming and a lot had to be redone at the studio. I was an extra and mostly rode horses and was a dead man in several scenes. As a kid it was a great experience.

Alan Ladd was wonderful as was Carrol, Shelly and Raoul. They fed us well and we stayed in small out buildings, like motel buildings, near the Banff Springs Hotel.

I had to leave early to do a film with Jeff Chandler and I had a commitment at the Pasadena Playhouse at that time also. My last theatre work was in 1960 when I had to give up show business for health reasons — I needed to eat!

Hope this clears up the question of where it was filmed.

Don Alan (Droesch)

Take it Easy,

CC