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An absolutley AMAZING looking car, the New 789 Chevy   2 comments

This car was built by N2A Motors. (No two alike).

The company is planning a production run of about 100 vehicles. It sits on a Corvette C6 chassis, front styled like a 57 Chevy, side like a 58, rear like a 59.

Hence the designation “789.”  Scroll down.

Current asking price $135,000.

Posted August 31, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Polar Bear spotted deep inland at Shamattawa, Manitoba   6 comments

Shamattawa residents were shocked to discover a lone polar bear taking a dip in the town’s river on Sunday night. The bear was a “good size” youngster, RCMP Sgt. Noel Allard said in a statement  this  morning.

RCMP kept a close eye on the bear until darkness fell, when it ambled off into the night. Allard said that even elders couldn’t recall ever seeing a polar bear in the area, and that community residents were excited by the sighting.

Manitoba Conservation officials will keep an eye out for the bear, RCMP said.

Shamattawa is a First Nations community about 340 kilometres southeast of Churchill, where the bears are most famously spotted.

There currently is less ice on Hudson Bay so some bears may be going further inland to find berries and other morsels.  Is it just a matter of time before the polar bears take a dip in Lake Winnipeg?

Shamattawa is 160 kilometres inland from Hudson Bay.

Shamattawa is located in the top right corner of the map.

Posted August 31, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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What in the name of articulation are these people doing?   2 comments

There is a phenomenon on the streets that has me baffled.  Almost exclusively young people walking down the sidewalks and through the malls staring into small electronic devices.  They stare into these devices like their lives depended on it.  It appears as though all the answers to the meaning of life and the universe is being revealed on those tiny screens.

The phenomenon seems to have been adopted mainly by females 25 years and under.  The advent of text messaging has made possible new forms of interaction that were not possible before. A person may now carry out a conversation with another user without the constraint of being expected to reply within a short amount of time, and without needing to set time aside to engage in conversation. Mobile phone users can maintain communication during situations in which a voice call is impractical, impossible, or unacceptable.

But what is this conversation?  What is so important that people will walk through busy traffic intersections and crowded sidewalks without being aware of what is around them as they stare into the alluring screen.


I saw a young lady the other day crossing a busy street transfixed on the small screen, a car had to slam on the breaks and blow the horn to notify the lady that she was not aware of where she was.  I saw 2 young females walking towards each other last week oblivious to their surroundings as the medusa screen had all their attention.  They almost walked into each other.

Then there is the situation of 4 young people sitting at a table in a restaurant or coffee shop, no conversation, just eagle eyeing the devices.

And the new news about Anne’s new boyfriend is so important that these people will text while they drive.  Lets get this clear, these messages are not life and death important.  These young ladies (and many young guys as well) are sending mainly gossip, jokes, and overall useless banter back and forth.  And this becomes so addictive to these individuals that they will shoot back a text message if the house was on fire.

So the producers of this technology knew exactly what would happen.  They new young people would get addicted to the technology.  After all when you are in the 20 year old range the most important thing in the world is communication with friends.  And this text tech allows friends to stay in touch all day long.  The content of the communication is frivolous and trivial, but that is the point, young people love trivial and useless dialogue.  Who wants to worry about the real life situations when you can escape by texting a friend that you have just saw a handsome male in the mall that is a dead ringer for Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame.

The main problem with texting that I can determine is that people who constantly text are completely unaware of their surroundings.  They don’t look at architecture, street action or look friends and acquaintances in the eye and carry on a conversation.  It makes people self-centered as they are constantly looking for instant gratification by shooting back a text that they hope will get a laugh or a positive response.  And it causes texters to put way too much emphasis on meaningless communication.  They don’t have a clue as to the meaning of being succinct: being concise and showing clarity.  All the aimless and vacant conversations can drag out for hours, if not days.  But the technologists will keep developing these mind numbing machines, and the world will crawl on.♦

Here is the breakdown of average calls versus texts per month based on age group.


13-17 231 1742

18-24 265 790
25-34 239 331
35-44 223 236
45-54 193 128
55-64 145 38
65+ 99 14

Posted August 27, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Football stadiums that really mean business   3 comments

The debate in Winnipeg rages regarding whether the new football stadium should have a tarpaulin roof, or where it should be located to spending taxpayers money on the edifice.  All these noises seem pretty trite once a person takes a look at the monolith stadiums to the south.

Football in the United States isn’t just a sport, it is a religion.  And that religion has some of the biggest temples in the world.  Here is a list of the ten biggest football stadiums in America.  Remember, the new Blue Bombers stadium at the University of Manitoba will have a regular seating capacity of 33,000.

Stadium Capacity City State Home teams


Michigan Stadium 109,901 Ann Arbor Michigan Michigan Michigan Wolverines

Beaver Stadium 107,282 State College Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Penn State Nittany Lions


Neyland Stadium 102,459 Knoxville Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Volunteers
107,282 State College Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Penn State Nittany Lions


Ohio Stadium 102,329 Columbus Ohio Ohio Ohio State Buckeyes

Bryant-Denny Stadium 101,821 Tuscaloosa Alabama Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium 100,119 Austin Texas Texas Texas Longhorns

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 93,607 Los Angeles California California USC Trojans

Sanford Stadium 92,746 Athens Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Georgia Bulldogs

Rose Bowl 92,542 Pasadena California California UCLA Bruins

Tiger Stadium 92,400 Baton Rouge Louisiana Louisiana LSU Tigers

Posted August 26, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Mambo dancing dog and pigeon hunting cats   Leave a comment

Some animals can be trained to do the most absurd things.  While other animals are totally submissive to their powerful instincts.  The dog in this video is doing something that a dog just shouldn’t be doing.

While on the other hand these cats are being controlled by their inherent predatory nature.

Posted August 23, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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World Hockey Association: exceedingly good fun   Leave a comment

In the 1970’s there was a second major hockey league in North America named the World Hockey Association.  The WHA existed for only 7 years but it allowed hockey starved fans in non NHL regions to watch very good professional hockey.  And the league was very quirky.  The referees initially had red stripes on their jerseys instead of the traditional black.  And during the first 2 years the league used blue pucks.

The league signed away superstars from the NHL such as Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Bernie Parent.  The WHA was the first North American league to import Europeans en masse.  Many of these Europeans became top stars in the league.  And the league stayed in tune with the rough and rumble hockey mindset of the 1970’s by having teams that consisted of almost nothing but goons and thugs.

Bernie Parent

WHA brawls were brutal and bloody affairs where almost anything went.  The problem was that each team had 10-12 tough goon fighters, so when there was a bench emptying brawl it was like a pro wrestling cage battle royal that was definitely not fake.

But if you lived in Winnipeg during the 70’s and were old enough to remember the Jets they provided great joy.  With the likes of Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson, Lars-Erik Sjoberg and goalie Joe Daley the Jets won 3 Avco Cups and the City rejoiced to no end.♦

The Jets playing the despised goon laden Birmingham Bulls.

The World Hockey Association  was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League (NHL) since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926. Although the WHA was not the first league since that time to attempt to challenge the NHL’s supremacy, it was by far the most successful.


Teams in bold were absorbed into the NHL.
  • Alberta Oilers (1972–79, renamed Edmonton Oilers in 1973)
  • Chicago Cougars (1972–75)
  • Cincinnati Stingers (1975–79)
  • Calgary Broncos (never played) / Cleveland Crusaders (1972–76) / Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77)
  • Denver Spurs (1975–76) / Ottawa Civics (1976)
  • Dayton Arrows (never played) / Houston Aeros (1972–78)
  • Indianapolis Racers (1974–78)
  • Los Angeles Sharks (1972–74) / Michigan Stags (1974–75) / Baltimore Blades (1975)
  • Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–76)
  • New England Whalers (1972–79)
  • New York Raiders (1972–73, renamed New York Golden Blades in 1973) / New Jersey Knights (1973–74) / San Diego Mariners (1974–77)
  • Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) / Toronto Toros (1973–76) / Birmingham Bulls (1976–79)
  • Miami Screaming Eagles (never played) / Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) / Vancouver Blazers (1973–75) / Calgary Cowboys (1975–77)
  • Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–77)
  • San Francisco Sharks (never played) / Quebec Nordiques (1972–79)
  • Winnipeg Jets (1972–79)

Los Angeles Sharks

Jets playing the Minnesota Fighting Saints

Former Bruins superstar goalie Gerry Cheevers playing for the Cleveland Crusaders.  A very politically incorrect team name in the 21st century.

Jets team picture

Season Champions Finalists Games
1973 New England Whalers Winnipeg Jets 4–1
1974 Houston Aeros Chicago Cougars 4–0
1975 Houston Aeros Quebec Nordiques 4–0
1976 Winnipeg Jets Houston Aeros 4–0
1977 Quebec Nordiques Winnipeg Jets 4–2
1978 Winnipeg Jets New England Whalers 4–0
1979 Winnipeg Jets Edmonton Oilers 4–2

Jets and Bulls

The Chicago Cougars had a very cool looking uniform.




Posted August 22, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Lethargic bears guard pot crop   Leave a comment

The Canadian Press 

CHRISTINA LAKE, B.C.—Marijuana growers in the B.C. Interior are using a new kind of bear trap, but its not bears they’re trapping.

Police uncovered two separate outdoor marijuana crops of about 2,300 plants near Christina Lake, just a few kilometres from the Canada-U.S. border.

When officers arrived in the area two weeks ago, they found 13 black bears wandering around the crops and then discovered the bears had been fed dog food.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the officers were a little nervous to say the least, and cautiously went about making the seizure.

“As the members are conducting the search of the house, at one point in time the (home owner) has to shoo a bear out of the residence and out of the way, coming out of the basement,” he said.

“The owner tried to assure, ‘Don’t worry, they won’t become aggressive towards you, just don’t approach them and things will be fine. Certainly it’s a little bit of an odd situation to be in.”

He said the bears were very docile and it was obvious they were habituated to humans, acting unconcerned by the officers’ presence.

Moskaluk said it appears the alleged growers either liked having the animals around, or were using the bears to protect their grow operations.

During their search, the officers also stumbled across a roaming pot-bellied pig and a raccoon napping in one of the bedrooms.

“The pig was a little frantic at the sight of police, but the raccoon was pretty laid back about the bust and took it all in stride,” said Moskaluk.

Two adults in their 40s, both from the Christina Lake area, have been arrested and face charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.

No people or animals were harmed during the arrests, Moskaluk added.

Area conservation officers have been notified about the situation and Moskaluk said the bears may face an unhappy outcome if they are deemed too habituated.

Posted August 21, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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CF-18 crash   Leave a comment

The Canadian Forces pilot who ejected from a fighter jet just moments before it crashed and exploded suffered back injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

“I feel extremely lucky considering the magnitude of the accident — Martin Baker is my new best friend!” said Capt. Brian Bews, 36, in his first public statement since Friday’s crash in Lethbridge, Alta.

Martin Baker is the brand name of the ejection seat in the CF-18 Hornet that Bews was piloting. He was making a low-speed pass at low altitude on a practice run for the Alberta International Airshow when he had to eject from the jet seconds before it smashed into the airstrip at the Lethbridge airport.

Posted August 6, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Amazing new skyscraper in Chicago   1 comment

Aqua is an 82-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago designed in the Modern architectural style.

Aqua is designed by Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, and it is her first skyscraper project.  This is the largest project ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.  Loewenberg & Associates are the architects of record, led by James Loewenberg.

The building will contain 55,000 square feet (5,100 square meters) of retail and office space, in addition to 215 hotel rooms (floors 1-18), 476 rental residential units (floors 19-52), and 263 condominium units & Penthouses (floors 53-80).  Aqua will also be the first downtown building to combine condos, apartments and a hotel.

The name ‘Aqua’ was assigned to the building by Magellan Development Group LLC. It fits the nautical theme of the other buildings in the Lakeshore East development, and is derived from the wave-like forms of the balconies; the tower’s proximity to nearby Lake Michigan also influenced the name.

Sustainability was also an important factor in Aqua’s design. Gang and her team refined the terrace extensions to maximize solar shading, and other sustainable features will include rainwater collection systems and energy-efficient lighting. The green roof on top of the tower base will be the largest in Chicago.

Imagine having cocktails on the 75th floor balcony.  One hell of a view.  And drinking a few cocktails is the only way I would walk onto that balcony.♦

Posted August 4, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Markosun’s 10 funniest movies of all time   1 comment

There are many funny movies out there that I have never seen.  Therefore this is a very biased list.  Also I am not a movie aficionado, in other words I basically don’t have a clue as to what makes a good movie.  But these are the movies that made me laugh the hardest.

#10- Dumb & Dumber – Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two unbelievable morons who somehow manage to outwit a gang of criminals.

#9-This is Spinal Tap – Rob Reiner, best known for his directorial work, stars in this rockumentary about the world’s loudest heavy metal band. A fantastic parody of the rock music scene with consistent laughs throughout. If you like spoofs then I guarantee you will love this film.

#8- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad – Another Canadian comedian tickles our funny bones in this cop movie spoof. Leslie Nielsen of Airplane! fame stars as Lt. Frank Drebin, a bumbling cop who must somehow foil an assassination plot against Queen Elizabeth II. OJ Simpson, Ricardo Montalban and Priscilla Presley co-star.

#7-Blazing Saddles – Arguably the best comedy film of the 1970s Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles could easily make a list of the best western movies of all time. No surprise that Gene Wilder is involved again, and Slim Pickens and Cleavon Little also star. Blazing Saddles is undeniably funny, but there are many who may be offended by the racial epithets in the film. Be warned that this is not the politically correct comedy you’ve grown used to in this day and age.

#6-Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Canadian funnyman Mike Myers stars as a British secret agent in this spoof of the James Bond movies. He works double time, also filling the role of Dr. Evil, Austin Powers’ nemesis. Elizabeth Hurley plays Austin’s love interest, the indescribably hot Vanessa Kensington. Sorry, no Mini Me in this one.

#5-Airplane! – The ultimate spoof movie gets the runner-up prize on this list of the greatest comedy films ever made. Airplane! pokes fun at the sub-genre of airline disaster movies and Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and the legendary Lloyd Bridges keep the puns and the one liners flying throughout the film. Even basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets into the act. Perhaps no movie before or since is more quotable. If you love parodies and you’ve somehow missed this one be sure you rectify that immediately.

#4-Monty Python’s: Life of Brian – If this were a list of the top 10 British comedy movies of all time this legendary troupe would be all over it. Graham Chapman stars as Brian, who is mistaken for the Messiah. Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and the rest of the crew are in top form in this religious spoof.

#3- Young Frankenstein – Director Mel Brooks and comedian Gene Wilder team up to deliver one of the funniest horror movies ever made. Plenty of monster movie hijinx from this legendary comedic pair.

 #2-Monty Python and the Holy Grail – It’s no surprise that the Monty Python gang would top the list of the top 50 best comedy movies of all time. Graham Chapman stars in the lead role in this hilarious take on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Colorful characters abound, from Arthur himself to the Black Knight, the rude Frenchman, Brave Sir Robin, and the Knights Who Say Nii. If you really want a laughfest rent Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Meaning of Life and watch them all back to back. I promise your stomach will be aching the next day from all the laughing you did the night before.

#1- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Before Mike Myers was working overtime as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil Peter Sellers was doing the same, playing three roles in this bizarre comedy that pokes a little fun at the Cold War that was brewing between the United States and the Soviet Union at the time film was released. One of the best comedies of all time, and perhaps Peter Sellers’ greatest achievement as an actor.

One of the greatest movies of all time had one of the best equiped survival kits in the history of cinema.  Slim Pickens as Major T. J. “King” Kong was the B-52 pilot who was on a mission to finish off those Russkies.  Kong opened a pilots survival kit and read the contents.

Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one .45 caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing: antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair a nylon stockings. Shoot, a fellah could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

As it turned out Kong’s crew never got a chance to bail out and utilize the contents of the survival kit.  They were going to finish the mission and trigger the Doomsday device.

As Kong’s B-52 approached the target site his Nuke bombs became stuck  in the bomb bay.  He finally stomped the stuck A-bomb out of the bomb bay and rode on its back like a bronco busting cowboy down to the final blast.  ♦

Posted August 4, 2010 by markosun in Uncategorized

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