February 26, 2014

Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations

After trying to read a document on making regulations under Canada's new Fisheries Act, I have come to the following conclusion:

We need Plain English Regulations to Establish Standards to Regulate Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations.

And yes, the title of this post is the title of the document that I was attempting to read.

Posted by Paul at 10:17 PM

Exports Must Replace Consumer Spending in Canada

I recently read an article in Business in Vancouver that said exports must replace consumer spending to drive growth in Canada. Here's the first para from the story:

When it comes to the engine powering future economic growth in Canada, prepare for a fuel switch: the indebted Canadian consumer is tapped out and will have to be replaced by an increase in exports, especially to emerging markets in Asia.

I have a few questions about this. Haven't Canadian consumers been driving massive imports from Asia? So if we start consuming less and exporting more to those Asian consumers, who will consume all those former Asian exports? Won't those Asian countries be expecting their own consumers to step up domestic consumption?

I also wonder why we intelligent humans still can't seem to figure out a way to have healthy economies that are not dependent on continuous pyramid schemes of endless growth.

Posted by Paul at 11:44 AM

February 25, 2014

Snowy Photo Ramble in Ron McLean Park, Byrne Creek

I took a 1-1/2 hour walk through the snow this afternoon in SE Burnaby. Lovely day!

Photos here.

Posted by Paul at 08:37 PM

February 23, 2014

Testing MarsEdit 3

I just downloaded MarsEdit 3 to my Mac Mini and am trying it out. I used Windows Live Writer for years with this blog, but recently it's not been working very well, so I've been back to the old MT interface. Curious to see what MarsEdit can do.

Hmm, apostrophes are coming out with weird characters.

Switched the editor to HTML mode and that seems to have corrected the problem. Let's see...

Yup

Posted by Paul at 04:05 PM

February 22, 2014

#Ukraine on Twitter Serves Up Tons of Idiocy, Moments of Truth

Watching ‪#‎Ukraine‬ on Twitter is fascinating, and depressing. 90% of it is crap from moldy socialists/communists hoping for "revolutions" in "dictatorial" countries like, um the US, conspiracy theorists, US/CIA coup tinfoil hat wearers, Putin/Russia apologists, etc.

Thankfully the other 10% is about dictatorship vs democracy, and the rule of law vs unbridled corruption and cronyism.

Posted by Paul at 08:02 PM

February 21, 2014

Replacing Brother HL-5250DN Printer Drum

Just replaced my Brother HL-5250DN laser printer drum with a refurbished one. I usually go with official Brother parts, but a Brother drum would have been around $190, while the refurbished one was $47. For $190 you might as well buy a new printer! But I recently installed a new high-capacity toner and still have two high-capacity toners in the closet, so I didn't want to recycle the printer.

When I installed the refurbished drum, the drum light wouldn't go out, and accessing the printer's admin interface over the network still showed "0%" drum life. To Brother's credit, they did provide a workaround on their own website for resetting the drum count, while suggesting one ought to use official Brother parts. The manual reset worked like a charm.

Now will see how long the refurb'ed drum lasts (an OEM one should go 25,000 pages), but as long as it gets me through the fairly new toner installed recently and those 2 additional toners of around 7,000 pages each, for a total of around 20,000 pages, that'll be fine by me.

I figure that will be a couple of years out, and by that time, I will likely need a new printer, as other parts start wearing out.

Posted by Paul at 02:48 PM

February 08, 2014

Missed My 10-Year Blog Anniversary!

Just realized tonight that I'd missed my 10-year blogging anniversary. The first post to this blog was Jan. 24, 2004. My blogging ardour has decreased over the years, but I aim to rectify that! :-).

Posted by Paul at 09:35 PM

February 07, 2014

Best Wishes to Sochi and a Happy, Proud Russia

I suspect more than a few of us are snickering at the assorted little disasters heading into the Sochi Olympics. And many of us are appalled at the gay issue, the dog massacre issue, the. . . And the construction was a mess of corruption and cronyism. Yet for all that, I hope these Olympics shine and make Russians happy and proud.

It would be really nice to have a happy and proud Russia. Not just for Russians, but for the world.

A Russia that was not still stuck in trying to "catch up to Europe and the West" as it has for centuries. A Russia that could be content with itself. A content Russia may lose some of its imperialistic urge. In a content Russia, dictators would not be rattling sabers and distracting an unhappy populace with tales of foreign threats and evils, as has been the pattern for centuries. A content Russia might even dump its dictators that have been ruling for centuries, be they tsars, or communist gods, or current oligarchs. A content Russia would likely be content with democracy, and wouldn't see a need for rulers with iron fists.

So here's to a happy, fulfilling, uplifting Sochi Games.

Posted by Paul at 12:37 PM

February 06, 2014

Run of River Studies

I recently ran across a press release by the Wilderness Committee highlighting that the State of California has excluded British Columbia run-of-river (ROR) hydro projects as qualifying under its environmental standards:

"On January 15th, 2014, the California Energy Commission adopted a final report that excludes private run-of-river hydro projects in BC from the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Basically, the report confirms what we have known all along: that BC river diversion projects don’t meet California’s environmental standards when it comes to producing electricity, because of British Columbia’s lax environmental laws and the significant impacts the projects have on our rivers, streams and fish."

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/id/31861/

There have also been a couple of other ROR reports released recently.

A review done by the Pacific Salmon Foundation (download PDF).

And a review by Watershed Watch Salmon Society (download PDF).

Trying to sort it all out, but my gut tells me ROR is death by a thousand cuts.

Posted by Paul at 02:13 PM