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Michael Ireland
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Sucks to Be In Calgary Today
Seriously ..... A few days ago it was +30C

I live only a couple of hours worth of driving SE of Calgary, but it might as well be a different world. Sure, it's dreary and cool here today, but as you can see, it's positively depressing in Calgary.

Ping +Gizmo the Sane : remember that conversation we had about extreme weather changes? /shiver ⛄❄
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And 60 kph winds, too! 
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Something funny to start your day ...
 
NEW FILM! - 'Pizza Cat!'
'A hungry cat gets the last slice!'
Does your cat have a fascination with pizza, or, are they more interested in the box? 
www.simonscat.com
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Selfies
I kinda hate them, but here I am

I'm not known to take very many self portraits, so I had to consciously make the effort during our recent trip to Drumheller. The only way I felt comfortable doing so was with someone. And so, here I am with all of my favourite people in the whole world: My son +Torin Ireland , my daughter +* , my son Quinlan, and of course the love of my life, +Rochelle Ireland .
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+fil smyth yeah, I've long been of the same mind.  Back when I was a teen, I got to wondering why my parents always said that time goes by too fast, and so on.  So then I got to thinking, each subsequent year is a much smaller fraction of one's total lifespan, so someone at 100 might feel time goes by at twice the speed of someone at 50.
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Bwahahaha!
This tickles my geek funny-bone

How much jump would a jumpshark jump if a jumpshark could shark jump?

Ping to my Google-buddy +Bruce Shark​ and our mutual buddy +Gizmo the Sane​ and someone who I think might be mildly entertained +Sandy B​ and my genius physics-loving son +Torin Ireland
 
Normal humans think this is cool, but a physicist sees a projectile motion problem.
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Yet another fabulous article by +Brian Koberlein . If you're even remotely interested in physics at all, you simply must read this short article. Smart, concise, and (to me) interesting and engaging.
In the history of science you can see how theoretical ideas rise and fall based upon the evidence. One such idea is that of the luminiferous Aether.
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My son is a genius, so I have to do my best to stay one step ahead of him. So I am very glad I took an interest in the sciences as a kid. And English. I can still catch him on grammatical errors ... But I digress ... Lol!
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Welcome To Southern Alberta

I snapped this little specimin on Aug 9th at a rest stop during our travels from Drumheller back home to Medicine Hat. Too bad about the power pole in the backdrop, but it is a pretty standard Southern Alberta scene: Arid desert prairie; small, prickly cacti; clear blue skies; and power poles! Haha.
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Thanks! I can't take credit for the cypress hills one .... Although I do have a few. I'll tag you when I finally post my little Google Story, and maybe one or two diverse Alberta photos from previous day-trips. It's a really unique part of the world.
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What To Do, What To Do
Really happy with my tiny garden this year!

I guess Pepper Poppers are gonna be on the menu! Or something that makes use of a pile of really spicy peppers. I am open to suggestion. I might stuff them with the tomatoes diced together with basil from the garden and Asiago cheese.

I have never grown peppers before, though. The yellow ones are Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers, and the green are Jalapeños. The tomatoes are a couple of early ripened Roma tomatoes (one of my plants is ripening much faster than the rest).

The thing is, I've already harvested a few hot peppers prior to now .... These 3 little Hungarian Wax plants really produce. My soil is bad (high pH, high sand & clay content), but our weather is quite hot (+30c most days from mid June 'til just a few days ago), and my sprinkler system keeps the soil damp. I had some extra tomato fertilizer spikes, so I stuck them near the pepper plants. I'm thinking that was a good idea.

The thing that gets me is just how spicy these are. I normally don't find store-bought Jalapeños to be very spicy, but holy shamole ... I used 2 green ones in a large pot (about 16 servings) of chilli and it was almost too hot for my family. The Hungarian Wax Peppers are even spicier! Based on my One experience with the Scoville rating, I'd put these things around 12000 (not that I've done the actual Scoville test in this case). Sure, nowhere close to a Habanero, but still hot.

Anyhoo, if anyone you know wants to grow hot peppers, get them some Hungarian Wax. They grow fast, are tolerant of abuse and bad soil, and produce positively prolific pretty profusely piquant pleasing peppers.
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Stuffed Pepper Poppers
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Dice & freeze in ice cube trays.
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Pickle them.
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Blister sear and pack in oil.
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Something else (please suggest!)
9%
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Well, I had a handful of early ripened tomatoes, so I had to add them. And the basil is going bananas, so I had to add that. I can never just do the simple things lol!
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This is really amazing! I wonder what it will lead to. Some neat optical properties, if nothing else.
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Maybe this is how Star Trek's "Transparent Aluminium" will come from. They already have a ceramic material that almost fits the bill ... But maybe vacuum deposition of aluminum glass will get us closer?!
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Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux
With Windows 10 snooping on your every keystroke, it's time to consider an alternative: the Linux desktop.
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B-)
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The #Perseids #MeteorShower is tonight, and you don’t want to miss it! If it’s cloudy in your area, you can tune into our live NASA TV broadcast from 10 p.m. ET – 2 a.m. Use #askNASA for questions during our TweetChat! http://go.nasa.gov/1J52jJv
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+Gizmo the Sane thanks!!!!!!
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Controvercies in Canada.
 
A really good ending to the episode. Own up, apologize properly - show you understand why you need to apologize - and things get resolved. Everyone makes mistakes. This guy has learned (hopefully) from his. Kudos all around.
Squamish RCMP say they will not pursue charges against a 17-year-old boy who kissed a CBC-TV reporter during a live broadcast at the Squamish Valley Music Festival.
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The throne room will never be the same again. 
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Process Operator. Think Homer Simpson meets Fred Flintstone.
Skills
Being Awesome, of course.
Employment
  • Methanex
    Process Operator, 2010 - present
    I operate the process.
  • Jacos
    Operator
    I used to operate the process.
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Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Previously
Redwater, Alberta, Canada - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada - Gibbons, Alberta, Canada
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Pure, distilled awesomeness.
Introduction
UPDATE:
If you post attack-ads (memes) on religion, you will be removed from my circles and eventually blocked.

Summary
I work at Methanex, my family and I moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada from Redwater, Alberta, Canada in 2010.  I am married to +Rochelle Ireland who is a singer/songwriter, and have 3 kids.

Overall, I am very friendly, I try to be good mannered, and I tend to use nearly-correct spelling and grammar as often as possible.  Add me! 

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Pretty much everything, really.  Technology; Space; Genetics; Sociology; Psychology; Neurology; Medicine; English; History; Historical Fiction; Science Fiction; Fantasty Fiction; Non-Fiction; ... well, the list is endless.  You name it, I might be interested.

Of Particular note, I like to discuss:

Linux & Ubuntu (and Android)
Science (Space, Technology, Biology, etc)
Photography
Carpentry
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There are a few things that will cause me to put you on my block list.  It's nothing personal, you must understand, it's simply my preference.

· The athiesm tag.  It makes you look like a flaming idiot.  It will get you blocked.
· Hate speech.
· Bigotry
· iPorn (Those stupid memes made to inspire you to "be better, the power is in you" BS)
· Patent stupidity
· Unsubstantiated crap.
· Pictures of cats doing something that you think is pretty awesome but is, in fact, just going to be bloody annoying to me.

What I Post About
Pretty much anything that interests me.  Anything from music I like to major science advancements; from contentious subjects like Climate-Change©® to panoramic photos that I have taken.
Bragging rights
Married at 21 and still going strong; I have 3 kids.
Education
  • School of Awesome
    Awesomeness, 1977 - present
    The Intricate World of Awesome
  • Sturgeon Composite High School
    1992 - 1995
    Everything. Graduated with Honours!
  • University of Alberta
    Genetics, 2000
    I was in the BSc program for 4 years, so I took a lot of courses. My favourites were actually from my minor studies: Philosophy!
  • NAIT
    Power Engineering, 2004
    Power Engineering
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The Awesome One, Eiron
TERRIBLE (that word doesn't do it justice) I took my wife and two of my kids for what _should_ have been a nice dinner on a weekday evening around 6:30 pm. We absolutely regret eating at Top's. We regretfully chose to eat at their $18 per-person "all you can eat buffet," but that wasn't the only thing that was bad ... there was more. The food _was_ horrid. Like, seriously ... horrid. It was really really really bad. Like, when I say bad, I mean, when I try to think about how bad it was, I can't because it defies comprehension ... they should have thrown it _all_ back into the dumpster in the alley. I wouldn't even feed that disgusting fare to a starving person for fear of putting them off food forever. Also, the service was abysmal (the place was only maybe 1/3 full, but they wanted to seat us by the front door? Really? Seriously? I had a glowing rainbow WTF sign floating above my head at that point), the iced-tea tasted old ... as if it was in an open jug in a refrigerator for a week. The service ... uh. There's that WTF sign again. It was so disorganized, I think we would have had better service from a herd of intoxicated cats. Pros: Plenty of tables were open. They had water to drink. Cons: 1. $18 for a buffet is pretty expensive. Even our 5 year old cost $18. 2. The potato salad on the buffet was rancid. 3. The mini-pizzas on the buffet were dry, bad, and there was only a couple of them. 4. There were no main-courses on the buffet. 5. The bean salad on the buffet was obviously just Costco bulk bean salad. 6. There were only the dregs of soup left in the soup pot. 7. Okay, this list could go on for a long time. 8. Did I say that my 5 year old cost $18? Yeah. Seriously. He ate one piece of dry crappy sorry-excuse for pizza. And a cherry tomato. And a tiny glass of iced tea. $18. Yeah ... there's that flashing sign over my head again ... 9. The serving girls were distracted, obviously improperly trained, and confused. 10. Other customers were using expletives and demanding the manager. Not a good sign. You may be asking why we stayed, and suffered through. It was a case of "watching a train wreck," in a sense. We couldn't take our eyes of just how bad everything was ... it was beyond comprehension! I kept thinking that maybe some Big Redeem might occur. But nope. I still have that glowing WTF sign. We will NEVER EVER EVER eat there again. I mean it. You're better off going to ... anywhere! Heck, maybe swing around back to their dumpster ... guaranteed to be cheaper, and probably just as good. You have been warned.
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Great service, good pizza. The pizza sauce is a little too mild, but they put the right amount on, and all the toppings are good quality in the right amount. I have always had excellent service from these guys.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Great spray park for the kids, lovely picnic benches, and great cycling and walking paths. This is one of The Hat's best ... Even despite having been heavily flooded a few times.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
It's a home depot, the same as every other home depot. I prefer not to shop there, but will stop in for sales on things that I want, or if no one else in town has the item. I prefer Crappy Tire for tools, Rona for furniture stain and bulk wood, Windsor Plywood for cabinet-wood, flooring, doors, etc, any of the local greenhouses for landscape stuff. But sometimes ya just can't get something, and that's when HD comes in handy.
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Amazing gardens, wonderful old trees, and lovely greenspace. This is an old park, but it's been well manicured. It's probably one of the best little hidden gems for people who just want to relax and read a book, or want to get some lovely wedding photos. It has a certain romance about it, despite being quite small. The only detractor is its proximity to a busy road.
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reviewed 10 months ago
Super friendly evangelical church, with _tons_ of young families. This is a great church for people who don't really like stuffy old churches but want an authentic and inclusive fellowship experience. These folks are not ostentatious, and they return everything back to the community through all sorts of neat programs. You can choose your level of involvement ... You are not obligated to volunteer for anything, but you'll find yourself _wanting_ to work shoulder-to-shoulder with these truly amazing people. Plus, their worship music is almost always really entertaining and without any kind of ego. If you're into music (especially if you want to participate), then this is really the place for you.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
This is the nicest Windsor Plywood that I have ever been to. Clean, modern, and with some amazing selection including exotic woods. The sales people are friendly, professional, and patient. Their prices on power tools aren't always the best, but everything else is reasonable. I love when they have sales on exotic woods.
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