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Tuesday, August 22 2017 @ 02:40 MDT

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Home builders try to buy themselves a city council.

Calgary PoliticsA local television station acquired a video secretly taped at a meeting of some of Calgary's home builders. In it the builder speaking basically states how with the generous spread of campaign dollars, they have three councillors in their back pockets and are trying to get at least five more. Further, he states that 11 of them have ponied up $100000 each to "bring Preston onside" with his Manning Centre and its candidate school.
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The Conservative's Justin Problem

Canadian PoliticsIf you've been living under a rock for the past week, Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the federal Liberal Party. Not that big of a surprise really, but at least it wasn't the coronation that Ignatieff received. So far this has proven to be a nightmare for the ruling Harper Conservative for a couple of reasons.
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On randomness

MathematicsIn my travels on the interwebs, I often come across creationists who like to use the "randomness" argument against, well, non-creationism. The reality is that these people are really just showing their ignorance of science.
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Some more astrophotos.

AstronomyOver the past month I've acquired a new mount for my telescope, and also a new telescope. Now in addition to my 127mm (5") Maksutov I also now have a 200mm (8") Newtonian. The Newtonian is photographically quite fast so it provides a wider field of view than the Maksutov. So after many nights of waiting for quasi-clear skies I was able to give both the new mount and 'scope a test run.
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Solar storms

AstronomySome time ago I ended up on some email list of bloggers. This means I get a litany of emails from various media outlets asking me to review some book or what-have-you. Generally the topic is some crackpot theory or another (the Maya apocalypse has been a fairly constant theme of late) so I've generally just sent the emails to the bit-bucket. Now I assume other bloggers (those with readerships that require the use of more than one hand) also get these and as I do probably ignore them as well. Until today. A few days ago I received one of the review emails from someone in the publicity department of the U.S. Discovery Channel about one of the upcoming episodes of their show Curiosity about solar storms.
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...but it's my right to drive like a moron...

Jason ramblingEarlier this week, the police forces of Alberta suggested that they should be allowed to impound cars of people who are excessively speeding (going more than 50+ km/h over the speed limit). Naturally those who routinely break the law by exceeding the posted speed limit (usually by 15-20+ km/h) were out whining in force about how bad it is and how it's all the stupid people going the speed limit that are the problem. I've said about those who wish to speed that you may be able to ignore the laws of man, but you can't ignore the laws of physics. To that end this post.
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Wow- those are a loooong way away...

AstronomyAbout a week ago I took an an astrophoto of a galaxy cluster, those of you who know me on Facebook have already seen the shot (some possibly on Twitter as well). Though I provided some basic information about the photo, I didn't really do much analysis of it. So this post is to provide that analysis about my first attempt at a really deep (for me) astrophoto. There's a copy of the photo after the cut.
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Exiting to Estevan

Cross Canada AdventuresOn our second last day of travel we decided to make a run for the border. So instead of stopping in North Dakota for the night after about 7 hours of travel, we decided to make for Estevan in Saskatchewan instead. So a much longer day for us as we crossed Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota before returning to Canada at Portal.
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Wandering to Wisconsin

Cross Canada AdventuresToday saw us travelling out of Ohio, through Indiana and Illinois to Wisconsin. This was a long tough slog as travelling though Illinois on the I-90 is not advised, especially through Chicago. It took us about two and a half hours to get through Chicago at lunch time (a distance of about 20 km). The I-90 was a parking lot.
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Over to Ohio

Cross Canada AdventuresA three state hop on this day. From near Utica, NY through Pennsylvania and then into Ohio. The I-90 travels from Utica through New York state by Syracuse and Rochester then finally leaving the state into Pennsylvania near Buffalo, NY. Then through Pennsylvania just south of Erie and into Ohio through Cleavland. We finally ended up camping near Toledo, OH for the evening.