mostlyharmless's Diaries
Print Story HuSiStock 2: the reawesoming
"Oh, I'm going to go and camp in the backyard of some folks I met on the internet"

*blank stare*

That was how most of my real world & not so real world friends reacted. It's kind of weird that despite how pervasive Teh Internets and Social Meteors have become, it's still seen as a little bizarre that one would fly across a continent to see people whom you have mostly interacted with via pixels.

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Print Story Why an election would be undemocratic
So, we have the Governor General flying back from Europe to decide what to do with this Parliament. Here is one of the few times the real duties of the Governor General come out, and as always there is no lack of opinion on what she should do. One of the primary opinions coming from a lot of people, both CPC supporters and others, is that the only democratic solution is to dissolve parliament and have another election. That only elected governments have legitimacy. Hell, some of the CPC guys are going so far as to call the coalition "illegal".

They're wrong.

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Print Story Canning
By MostlyHarmless (Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:21:35 PM EST) canning, fish, family, memories, comments that became diaries (all tags)
September always meant the same thing to me: the return to school and the inevitable frenetic week of canning that resulted after my cousin's ex Michel appeared out of the blue.

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Print Story THusiStock: Day 1
Husi Stock
By MostlyHarmless (Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 05:07:25 AM EST) HuSiStock, Toronto, drunken tomfoolery (all tags)
Things to strike off my bucket list:
  • Get soundly clocked on the jaw by misstrish
  • Get soundly humiliated while drunkenly arm-wrestling ni
  • Get soundly hungover in oppressive Torontonian heat and humidity
So far Toronto has been a wild success!

I fear there may be pictures...

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Print Story ATTN: Vancouver Infidels
Husi Stock
By MostlyHarmless (Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 09:32:03 PM EST) vusimeet, theboz, janra, mh, Vancouver (all tags)
and anyone else who happens to be nearby and want to meet theboz, janra and me.

proposition inside... [editor's note, by MostlyHarmless] now starting at ~7pm

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Print Story A few quick snaps
By MostlyHarmless (Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 10:35:55 PM EST) wedding, pictures, LFT, nstenz, LoppEar (all tags)
A few pics of L'ilFlightTest and nstenz's wedding

They did an awesome job, anything that looks bad in these is entirely my fault. They pulled the whole thing off like the kick-ass couple they are.

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Print Story The Solo
By MostlyHarmless (Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 08:05:06 PM EST) flying, solo, hirez proof (all tags)
This is Boundary Bay ATIS information Delta.
Weather at zero two four zero Zulu:
Winds are two six zero at five to ten. CaV OK.
Altimeter is two nine eight nine.
Active runway is two five. Takeoffs are runway two five, landings runway two five and three zero. Land and hold short operations are in effect for runway three zero, three three zero zero feet are available. Outer tower is in operation, aircraft entering or transiting the Boundary Bay control zone are asked to contact the outer tower on one two seven decimal six.
This is Boundary Bay information Delta

"Bay Ground this is Cessna one five two Golf Quebec Sierra Sierra on the west apron. Request taxi instructions for circuits, with information delta"

"Cessna Golf Quebec Sierra Sierra, this is Bay Ground. Altimeter is two nine eight five, taxi to runway two five via Charlie. Squawk two four seven zero."

"two four seven zero, thanks. Golf Quebec Sierra Sierra."

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Print Story Pilot's Blog: The Medical
By MostlyHarmless (Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 10:34:10 PM EST) pilot, medical (all tags)
"Ewww, it's warm! I didn't want it to be warm!"

Amongst the pieces of paperwork you have to file to become a pilot is one from a Doctor saying "Yes, I don't believe this person suffers from any serious medical problems". Today I had my appointment to obtain said paper work.

What I hadn't expected, but in hindsight it's obvious, was that the first thing I was expected to do was provide a "sample".

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Print Story Pilot's Blog: The Familiarization Flight
By MostlyHarmless (Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 07:40:33 PM EST) flying, flying lessons, up in the air junior birdpeople (all tags)
So, after some poking around, and getting a recommendation or two, we settled on giving these folks a whirl. I booked a "Fam" flight for janra and I for this morning at 11am, and showed up to meet a friendly, smiling instructor by the name of Jeff. He led us to a briefing room, and gave us a run-down on what we were going to be doing today.

To both our surprise, it included doing the actual take-off and landing!

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Print Story How hard could it be? Birds do it...
I repeat: Attention FlightTest and webwench infidels

also, cooking, work, other dreck.

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Print Story ATTENTION Torontonian Infidels!
Funny stuff
By MostlyHarmless (Tue Jan 31, 2006 at 08:55:49 PM EST) (all tags)
Thou shalt see this, as I can't fly to Toronto to see it myself.

Why? Because Tom Lehrer is the most brilliant satirist of the modern era, and while he hasn't written anything since the 60s his work is still stunningly accurate. ("Send in the Marines" comes to mind much too frequently these days)

Plus, you may get clues as to where Joh3n gets his nickname from.

Go. See it. Now!

That is all.

Print Story I'll think of a title later
By MostlyHarmless (Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 07:28:54 PM EST) (all tags)
Why is it that when I'm busy doing chores, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, sweeping the floors, etc. I can think  up the most interesting, intelligent and stimulating diaries, but when I actually sit down at the keyboard, I draw a complete blank on what to write?

This occurs even if I sit down immediately after finishing said chores. It's like my mind mimics what's in front of me, if I'm busy and active, it's busy and active; if I have a blank page in front of me, it follows suit.

Inside: Surround Sound System bay-bie! Also, work is going well, but really, it's mostly bragging about new toys.

Not inside: ostentatious opining on the overall outlook in Ottawa. Olé!

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Print Story Attention D.C./Boston Infidels
Husi Stock
By MostlyHarmless (Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 07:33:23 PM EST) (all tags)
I'm on your side of the continent this week, and will be in your general areas.


(Pacific Northwest infidels may want to read as well)

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Print Story Quickie Update
By MostlyHarmless (Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 12:24:09 AM EST) (all tags)
It's 1:45 am, and I really aught to be fast asleep by now, but the insomniac in me persuaded me to write a quick diary about the fair amount of stuff that's happened since my last real non-HuSiStock diary.

Dad update - how he's doing
Wife update - what she's doing
Apartment update - Gigantic mountains of debt, here we come!
Work update - I got sick of coding, so I stopped doing it

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