That spring feeling.

I can tell when spring is in the air. it’s not because we are walking about like zombies due to the daylight savings time change. Nope it’s because the roads are drying up and the street sweepers are awaiting their assault. My mind turns to motorcycles and how I can get tooling down the road on two wheels again. Last year I traded my perfectly good and working 1981 Honda CM400 for a 2000 CBR 600. A racing machine. A crotch rocket. Unfortunately for me I lost interest and it sat not rocketing anything. Until today when I finally brought the beast to life.
Oh street sweeper, where are you!?


If you’re reading this, you can see I changed the blog theme.  I was doing some admin work and noticed that this blog was hacked.  Cleaning that up made me finally switch from the default WP theme circa 2006.  You’re all welcome.  :)


No Fly Zone

July 28, 2012.  That is the date associated with the line in my pilot logbook that marks the last flight I have made as PIC.  I’m ashamed to admit that.  Me, the guy who blogged all about the challenges of flight training.  The guy who painstakingly broke down concepts and posted them here like I was some sort of expert and I don’t even use them any more.

07/28/2012  PA28  FZJO  SELF   BUYER   “Demo flight for sale”  0.7 Day         Total Time:   173.3

That’s it.  My entire career as a pilot, broken down line by line in a logbook and brought to life in this very blog has become paralyzed.  I could give plenty of reasons for this.  I sold the airplane immediately after that demo flight.  A mere seven thousand Canadian dollars in trade for the freedom and joy that little Piper Cherokee provided.  It was also a trade from the upcoming mechanical issues that always occur with old machines.  I would say that I was not using it so I should let it go on to someone who would. Continue reading

Unable to add folders to your favorites using IE? Here is why!

As per the article here You can fix unable to create folders in IE, or being unable to create a folder in your favorites by running the command below.  Relates to the security level of IE being run in protected mode not having the correct permissions to create folders under the user profile.

The actual permissions available in explorer do not cover the needed change but this elevated command does!
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Lost Document Scanning in Office 2010

If you lost the ability to scan images into documents when you changed to Office 2010 worry no longer, the solution is near.



I found a video posted online recently that was made back in 1959.  Consider that just over 50 years ago the automobile was still somewhat novel yet the way people used them to kill one another remain mostly the same.  This video is impressive to me in many ways.  Firstly I am amazed at how sincere the highway police force was back then in attempting to enhance safety and perhaps serve the public.  I do not believe this to be the case any longer.  It appears that all highway enforcement today is made on the basis of revenue while quoting “Safety”.  I call bullshit on you police forces that hide behind this mantra.  If police cared about safety over revenue then they would set up speed traps in SCHOOL ZONES and not on the highway.  There is no safer place to travel at high speed but on a high way, there are few places more dangerous to speed in than a school zone.  Why is this backwards?  I assume it’s because most people are prudent and don’t generally speed in school zones therefore no way to make $$.  Don’t even ask me to get started on red light cameras!

Secondly I am impressed by the attitude of the commentator in the film, he is able to deliver a sincere message while not getting caught up in all of the politics of “correctness” that have invaded our modern times.  Sure he blames some of the deaths caused on the drivers who were at fault, but isn’t that the way it should be?!

Go ahead and watch the video yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.  I’ll pre-warn you, it is somewhat graphic.  As is real life, get over it.


4 years and counting.

Pink Roses4 years ago today, (after 7 years of courtship) I married the greatest woman EVER!  Since then we have travelled the earth, climbed mountains, witnessed avalanches and even managed to have some arguments.  I guess we were simply made for each other.  I’m really happy that we met and have achieved so much since.  I can’t imagine life without you.

Rica, you are amazing and lovely and I hope that the next 4 years are just as much fun.  I promise to do my best to be exciting yet reliable and to only piss you off when I really need to.  :)



Saving money or just having fun?

Today I fired up the motorcycle to go for a ride. Why not, it’s only -1 outside and the roads are bare and dry, if not covered in sand and crap from all winter they could be considered pristine! My steed is a 1984 Honda Elite 150. Yup just like the ones from MTV in the 80′s :) The ugly side of bike ownership in Ottawa is that you have to pre-pay the insurance for the entire year yet they know you won’t be riding in January. This is why you’ll see nut jobs like me, riding in minus 1 in March! Continue reading