Ticks: Threat or Menace?

| March 14, 2017

Today, for your squirming pleasure, I’m revisiting material that first appeared in an article published to the Golden Mountain Dog Solutions blog back in 2008. If you live or travel in suburban, rural, or forested areas (the latter including town or city parks), this might help expunge the misunderstandings surrounding Ticks that even highly accredited […]

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

| March 11, 2017

Inspecting fire alarm systems isn’t the drudgery you’d think. Nay! As I wrote here back on 28 June 2010, the endeavour is fraught with perils and pitfalls, frustrations and farce! Today, I’d like you to look at this heat detector documented in the course of a recent fire alarm inspection at a local inn. Every […]

Of Borders and Bullshit, Immigrants and Idiots

| March 10, 2017

Earlier this week, CBC News posted a piece with the title Tory leadership candidate Kellie Leitch wants immigrants to be asked: ‘Are men and women equal?’, and the subtext “‘Outraged’ rival candidate Deepak Obhrai says values test targets Muslims”. For the sake of non-Canadians, as well as actual Canadians labouring under the kind of illumination […]

A Long Winter’s Night 2016 – Day 7: Ice Capades

| December 27, 2016

“There’s an old joke about a Boy Scout who, one bright Saturday morning, puts on his uniform and declares to his Mother that he’s off to do good deeds all day long. When he returns a few hours later, with a black eye and looking like he just escaped from a dude ranch by being […]

An Election Needs a Soundtrack

| August 3, 2016

As a Canadian bystander witnessing the bizarre train wreck that’s slowly and painfully morphed into what is now supposed to be the really serious part of the 2016 US Presidential Election, I’m reminded of a few things. The first is an article I posted here on 20 January 2013 that highlighted one published to The […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 20: The Year in Zealotry – Part 2 of 2

| October 20, 2015

Darkness, as it inspires me, isn’t limited to expressions of evil, mayhem, and bad outcomes. Something can also be considered “dark” if it is unknown, misunderstood, or incorrectly interpreted. ~ Dark Sentiments 2012 – Day 1: Another Harvest 2015 has so far been a year characterized by action, reaction, inadequate and inappropriate action, attacks on […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 5: Thomas the Zanti Tank Engine

| October 5, 2015

The Thomas The Tank Engine series has the creepiest, most awful method of vehicle anthropomorphization in the history of human culture. ~ Thomas The Tank Engine Is Destroying All Cartoon Vehicles And Creeping Me The Hell Out I put being “creeped out” behind me a long, long time ago, but as a writer of the […]

It’s Results that Count

| February 22, 2015

The involvement of Canada’s military services in the open warfare that has flourished since the events of 11 September 2001 has led to an unsurprising and historically inevitable outcome: Healthy people are dispatched on the mission. Some come back fine, some die before the end of their tour, while still others come back broken. Wars […]

Whither I Wentest?

| February 7, 2015

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that I’ve been more than a little sparse in my utterances of late. Let me tell you a little about that. We of the LFM Clan are a healthy and robust lot, descended from a bunch of tough nuts. When we catch a cold or flu, we take the […]

Plenty o’ Fish

| September 1, 2014

On one sunny Summer’s day about ten years ago, the bountifully beauteous Mrs. LFM and I were shopping in the Halifax area when we decided a cup of coffee was in order. And so it came to pass that we pulled up in front of a coffee shop in the Bayer’s Lake district, facing the […]