Monday, October 15, 2018

Leonard Cohen Roasts Kanye West

So Kanye West went for a bizarre meeting with DJTrump, the POTUS and
self-proclaimed 'very stable genius' of the White House. Leonard Cohen
would have called this 'bullshit culture'. He wrote a poem roasting
Kanye West in 2015 'Kanye West Is Not Picasso'. Cohen died in 2016 and
the poem is found in the 2018 book aptly named The Flame.  In the
poem, Cohen pretends to be more Kanye than Kanye. It is a bragging
contest and Cohen is the winner. "I am the Kanye West Kanye West
thinks he is". You can see the poem on Twitter Leonard Cohen, various
news articles, and in the book.


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Ketchup Wars

Vintage Heinz ketchup was so thick is was difficult to pour from the tall glass bottle. After tipping and shaking, I used a butter knife to get some. It seems the current recipe is much thinner so it can be squeezed from the upside down plastic bottle. There is a wide plastic cap with a small opening such that it resists squeezing until a big blob spurts out at once. Some shaking is necessary so that the sauce settles into the cap before squeezing. I tried some recently and threw it in the garbage because it was sour. Perhaps it needed more shaking to disperse the vinegar.

Heinz had a plant in Leamington until a few years ago. They moved production to Ohio. Now there is a 10 percent tariff to import back into Canada.

French's ketchup was a poor seller until Heinz moved. Now French's has a plant in Toronto so their product is marked as made in Canda with Canadian tomatoes. By Canadians, I assume.

I like the French's ketchup. Their web site has some funky recipes. For example, Meatloaf Bombs

By the way, French's is U.S. owned by McCormick, a spice company.

Monday, June 18, 2018

McIsaac Family Crest

I purchased the high resolution McIsaac Family Crest from House Of Names. Click the image to enlarge it.

The McIsaac family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McIsaac is derived from the personal name Isaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McIsaac has appeared in various documents spelled MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Vintage Photos of Stephenville, NL

Some family picture albums have been lost so I was looking for old photos of Stephenville on the WWW. Google pointed to photos at this site The top-level domain redirects to the Military Communications And Electronics Museum which does not yet have the Stephenville 1959 photos. I got permission from the museum facebook page to use them.

Most of the photos are about the military site on "table-top" mountain usually called Pinetree. There were many Pinetree sites with big dish antennas for communications and RADAR. Powerful snowstorms sometimes ripped the roofs off buildings since there was nothing to break the wind.

There are photos of the British Queen Elizabeth visiting Stephenville in 1959.

See photos here: NORAD Pinetree Site

Monday, June 04, 2018

Cod Jigging

I thought of my maternal grandparents when reading an article about the decline of Newfoundland outports and scattered villages. Little is known of my grandparents before World War II, I believe they were Acadians who made a living from fishing and farming. Many outport residents having these occupations were paid subsidies to move to urban centers for less costly, more efficient, goverement services.  But my grandparents did not need to move because modernity came to them with the construction of Harmon Air Force Base by the Americans.  See Memoriam.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Second Brain In The Gut

Scientists have discovered that animals have neuron (brain) cells in their gut. This is probably to manage the complex energy factory down there. It seems like a second brain so they call it a butt-brain.
What will those smartass scientists think of next?

Humans are living creatures that move so we are animals. Except, maybe couch-potatoes.


Friday, June 01, 2018

In The Cloud Of Google Domains

Bobmc Dot Net was hosted at the HostDime data center in Orlando for more than 10 years. It was on a server of HasWeb, a HostDime company where the bobmc site had a legacy designation. It was cheap and reliable. Now All the HasWeb services are on hold because it is merging with HostDime. My old password did not work and trouble tickets would bounce between HasWeb and HostDime such that nothing was done. In addition, Dotster was the site registrar so I had to deal with Dotster, HostDime, and HasWeb. It was too much bother for something no longer needed.

So I decided to move to Google Domains for bobmc dot net registration, G Suite for email, and Blogger for random musings. It seems more complicated than the web site admistration in my experience. I am comfortable with scripting and updating server control files. However, Google hides or abstracts all these details. There are a ton of documentation pages, some already deprecated, and there are various forms to fill out.

The idea is for all web pages in my domain to include "" as part of the URL. It is almost working. Eventually, when you search for "", you should see "" which links to this blog. I have had this blog for many years with postings here and there. It is really ""

Perhaps everyone should register their own domain to have a unique presence on the web if only for future use. With Google Domains plus Gsuite you can have aliases for your email address and for web sites, blogs and documents.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

X-Files Cat

Have you ever noticed on X-files when Mulder is nosing around peeking in dark corners a cat jumps out to startle everybody. A cat is comfortable pet but it is also an X-files creature with that unblinking stare that seems otherworldly.

2016 Mazda 3 GT Sedan

The 2016 Mazda 3 GT has an extra 30 horses and 18 inch wheels. It has 6-spd automatic with sports mode and shift paddles. The Bose sound-system has no distortion and better midrange than the 2013 version. I added side extensions from the Aero package to compensate for the extra height of the wheels. The driving dynamics are perfect.

Most cars have factory wheels in summer and ugly steel wheels in the winter. I reverse that with dark alloy wheels in summer and factory silver alloy in winter.

I wish there were fewer lumbering SUVs on the roads. An SUV is a light truck with lipstick. It rides high above the road, blocking the view of the road ahead or shining bright lights in the rear view mirror.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

R. I. P. Buffy The Cat

Buffy was the perfect pet for fourteen years until hyperthyroidism did her in. I sensed she was in her nineth life but she was fine in the morning, and ate her food during the day, but I found her sick and unable to stand last evening. She was DOA at the emergency clinic. I guess she peacefully passed away during the car ride.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Steve Jobs, The Book

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is a fascinating read. Jobs made technology beautiful and intuitive for everyone. He was an extreme perfectionist for Apple products, stores, and offices but yet, in the early days of Apple, he was a weird, barefoot hippie who believed you did not need to bathe if you ate nothing but fruit. He pushed his people to accomplish more than they thought they could. So Apple today is the greatest technology leader.

But Apple products are not for me. The Apple control freaks wish to control all aspects of the user experience but I like to know how a given technology works and use it as I please. So I have a modest Samsung Galaxy Ace SmartPhone with Android software. I can install any audio and video media files using a USB cable. No iTunes or App store for me. :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Buffy The Cat, LOL Again!

Cats are susceptible to bladder stones and Buffy, who is lucky 13, has them. They show up on Xray and there is blood in the urine probably caused by these stones. Buffy terrorized the staff at the animal hospital and the Vet called for permission to sedate. She was too stubborn to pee and had to stay overnight for a complete test. Oh, my.

Buffy did not eat for a few days but she now is feeling good again and eating her special diet to reduce the size of the stones which hopefully will pass. Twice daily I pounce on her with a towel and give her a squirt of Clavamox from the Vet to reduce infection. All's well so far.