Monthly Archives: January 2015

Missed Winter Storms

Hi folks. Todays Weather Wednesday post is about the blizzard that wasn’t as historic as predicted. I really couldn’t think of anything so I am grasping to hopefully have an idea of how things went in New York and other places with the snow and strong winds blowing it all around.

So, I have decided to try and remember some winter storms that didn’t materialize or hit us but were forecasted to do so. There was one in February 2000 which was supposed to hit Southern Ontario but it missed us by that much. There was supposed to be a whole lot of snow, wind and possibly freezing precip but, thankfully it all missed us.

In March 1991 there was a winter storm which could have given Southern Ontario significant snow or rain but a strong hi presure system kept it to the south of us.

In late January 1990 Southern Ontario was affected by a winter storm but we were on the warm side of it with a lot of wind and some rain. There were even reports of a funnel cloud some places but nothing came of it. Okay, that last one wasn’t really a missed storm but is an example of being lucky to be on the warm side of such an event. I can’t imagine what would have happened if it was 10 degrees colder that day.

Oh, here is another example of being on the warm side of a storm in winter. On March 14th 1989 a winter storm raced through Southern Ontario and we were on the warm side of it. It brought thunderstorms and showers along with warm temperatures during the overnight hours, with a cold front pushing temperatures back down to seasonable values. This came before a real winter storm to end the season moved in on Friday st. Patrick’s Day.

If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will get back to you.
Also, for more weather stuff you can subscribe to my Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter mailing list by emailing me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and I will send you all the issues so far. You will also receive the next issue when it comes out.
Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
philtheforecaster.blogspot.com
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.

Korn

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week it’s all about The nu metal band Korn. They formed in 1993 and they released their debut album entitled Korn, in October 1994. They released their second album Life Is Peachy in 1996 and their third album Follow The Leader in 1998. This album contains the single Freak On A Leash, which appeared in the Season 18 episode Stop, Or My Dog Will Shoot.

From 1999 to 2003, they released 3 more albums, with declining sails and a Greatest Hits album in 2004. Guitarist Brian Welch left the band and original drummer David Silveria left the band in 2007. Since 2004 Korn have released 5 studio albums with varying degrees of success and musical styles. Their 2011 album The Path Of Totality experimented with Dub Step, which was relatively new at the time and unheard of in rock and metal. Some fans such as myself hated this direction and most of the next and most recent album The Paradigm Shift, which saw the return of Brian Welch in 2013. Right now they are currently touring with Slipknot and writing songs for a new album. I hope it will be a return to a sound similar to the early days but I’m not holding my breath.

I actually saw Korn twice in 1999 in Hamilton and 2002 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The first show was much better than the second because by the time 2002 rolled around the band didn’t sound very united and in 1999 Korn were promoting Follow The Leader, which is probably my favourite Korn album, along with the first 2.

I should also mention that they also started their own record label Elementree Records, which no longer exists. The most prominent band was Orgy, who had a big hit with their cover of New Order’s Blue Monday in 1998. They have also periodically toured with their own Family Values Tour. This included such bands as: Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Stone Sour, Ice Cube, Orgy, Rammstein, Deftones, Trivium, Five Finger Death Punch and many others over the years. I have always liked their live sound and singer Jonathan Davis actually sounded better during live performances in the early days for some reason. This is before the band included harmonized vocals in the sound and a more melodic song structure. Of course the thing that stands out for me is the use of 7 stringed guitars and the higher tuned snare drum on the first 3 albums, especially. To me it doesn’t sound like a Korn album without that highly tuned snare drum. It’s almost a part of the sound!

Is there a chance we could see Korn guesting on The Simpsons any time soon? Hmmm, I wonder! It would be interesting, after all they did guest on South Park during their 1999 Halloween episode, premiering the new single at the time, which was Falling Away From Me from their 4th album Issues.

Last Sunday, Korn singer Jonathan Davis turned 44 years old and still sounds the same as he did back in 1994. All though, if you listen carefully you can hear the development of his voice over time. It’s not easy to hear but it has progressed from back then to now. The most striking thing about him and the rest of the band is how approachable they are offstage to the media and the fans. You would think that these guys aren’t in the band because of their contrasting personalities on and off stage. Of course, one other thing sets Korn apart from everyone else in metal, which is the use of bagpipes. On the surface it sounds silly but it really has become a part of Korn’s sound and well, it’s fine with me because I am part Scottish. Hmmm, maybe Groundskeeper Willie can learn to play them from Jonathan Davis. I’ll just leave it at that for now.

Before I move on to other things I had a dream yesterday that Seth MacFarlane was visiting where I live and talking with us about acting and voice work, for some weird reason. I have always wanted to ask him in regards to Peter Griffin, which came first: the voice or the picture? Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to ask him anything because I woke up before I had a chance to go down to hear him speak, using his character voices such as Stewie Griffin or which ever one would provoke laughs the most. Okay, this has nothing to do with The Simpsons but I just wanted to put this in so I didn’t forget it.
One other thing that just crossed my mind is another episode where Homer goes into space. Maybe this time he could be part of a probe that doesn’t even go to its Target destination but ends up right back in Springfield. What made this thought possible was downloading the song Beagle 2, which is a rare instrumental track from the Brit Pop band Blur. Remember the Beagle 2 probe around 2003? This track was composed especially for it and is probably one of the most interesting tracks in the bands catalog. You can find this track on the deluxe version of their album 13. This may not have anything to do with The Simpsons either but once again, I just wanted to put it in here so I didn’t forget about it.
As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
It is new so, give it time to grow.You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Stay Safe And Warm

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. So, we have gone through another week and no major cold snaps have touched North America this week, that I know of. It seems that we are getting off easy in some parts of the continent this year, in regards to winter. In Southern Ontario we haven’t had a lot of snow to deal with and the cold weather didn’t really get going until January 4th or 5th. It is still cold but not dangerously cold like it was last year at this time and hopefully this milder trend will continue.

As for Weather Radio, we seem to have no problems reported to me about any outages or other things that are out of sorts. I hope this is a prolonged trend too.

I also hope that you aren’t sick because of this weather. Apparently the vaccine for this years flu virus isn’t compatible to it and this years version of the flu virus is quite nasty. Well, thankfully I don’t have influenza yet and I hope I don’t get it ever again in my life.

It’s not much but that is all I have for this Wednesday. I hope you are well and are keeping warm.

If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will get back to you.
Also, for more weather stuff you can subscribe to my Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter mailing list by emailing me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and I will send you all the issues so far. You will also receive the next issue when it comes out.
Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
philtheforecaster.blogspot.com
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.

Barts New Friend

Hi all and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday entry in the blog. This week is my review of the latest Simpsons episode Barts New Friend. As mentioned last week, it was a reworked script written by Judd Apatow, way back in 1990 before he became big.

This time the Simpson family are at The circus, where Homer is hypnotized to have the mind of a 10-year-old. He obviously bonds well with Bart and later on he is switched back to his normal self. Earlier internet sourses said that the hypnotist dies and Homer would remain in this state, which is what Bart wanted.

I think the story is quite interesting in that Homer becomes a 10-year-old and becomes Bart’s new friend and thankfully, the bullies leave Bart alone because of Homer. All though it is not really that much of a stretch to see and hear Homer in this state, because he sometimes has the maturity of a child, even though he is a fully grow’n adult.

one thing I didn’t expect is to see Chief Wiggum hipnotized to be the hypnotist and the hypnotist as Chief Wiggum. I thought that was a bit odd but okay. Another thing I didn’t find out about untill after I had watched the episode is a tribute to those who died in last weeks terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Check this link out for more. http://time.com/3663501/charlie-hebdo-the-simpsons-paris-terror-attack/ On Twitter, Simpsons writer Stephanie Gillis, wife of fellow Simpsons writer and Executive Producer Al Jean, said it best when she tweeted ” Maggie speaks for all of us at The Simpsons on tonights show.” I think Maggie speaks for all of us, period, with her actions and tribute to those who died last week in the attack. There is a bit more to this episode but I’ll leave that up to you to watch it.

As for the next episode, it will air on the 25th and it guest stars Elon musk and is called The musk Who Fell To Earth. I’m not sure what to make of it but I’ll let you watch this one.

As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, there is a new site which just came online yesterday at http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
It is new so, give it time to grow.You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Cold, Cold, Cold

Hi there and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week it was cold, cold, cold. It seemed like we return to “the polar vortex “but not quite. However, it was really cold here in Southern Ontario and cold enough to issue an extreme cold warning for the Breater Toronto Area.

This was a problem for me because I had the misfortune of my handheld ham radio take a static hit, when I took it with me to an appointment last Tuesday. It was working fine in the morning and when I got back home it had been killed by static. Thankfully I replaced it on Thursday and everything is alright again.

This week it was cold as it was last week, yesterday but is forecasted to be mostly near seasonal temperatures throughout the week.

Another problem in this bitterly cold weather is that your iPhone will die, soon after it is exposed to the cold, even if you have a very hi charge on it. Just get it into a relatively warn place and it will work again.

Well, it isn’t much but that’s all I have for this weeks Weather Wednesday post.

If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will get back to you.
Also, for more weather stuff you can subscribe to my Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter mailing list by emailing me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and I will send you all the issues so far. You will also receive the next issue when it comes out.
Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
philtheforecaster.blogspot.com
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.

The Man Who Came To Be Dinner?

Hi all and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week I’m going to try and talk about the most recent episode The Man Who Came To Be Dinner. I say try because, all though the dialog gives me all I need to know, there are still things I don’t quite get about this episode.

One of my favourite moments in this episode is when Homer eats potato chips to the tune of The Blue Danube and says “d’oh” after each crunch, out of time with the music. At one time we two d’oh’s right after each other. Sometimes my phone does that because that is also my email ringtone for my main email account. Why is it out of sink with the music? I would think that the crunches and the “d’oh’s” would have worked better if they were in time with the music….oh, well! I guess it had to do with the visual timing of the animation. I’m not sure but it’s just my guess.

If you havent watched this episode yet, basically, the Simpson family go to a Disneyland type of amusement park, where all the rides are either very terrible or busy and one ride just happens to be available, which takes the family to Rigel VII, the home planet of Kang and Kodos. They are taken prisoner by the inhabitents and later on Homer is to be eaten in a giant fondue. However, the queen says that humans are not edible, after taking a bight of Homer’s ass. Thus, the family is taken back home with The theme to Star Trek playing in the background and Homer missing a piece of his but.

My question is why take a bite out of Homer spot? Why not somewhere else? I guess the answer is because it’s a frequent but of comedy, pertaining to Homer. At first it isn’t funny but if you think about it the joke grows on you, when the queen takes that bight out of Homer’s rear. I guess the other reason could be for scatological humor. I will not further elaborate because there’s just no need.

Another thing I thought was cool was the Star Trek references, such as the theme and the sound affects from the original show being played on the rocket. I haven’t looked if any guest stars have been listed but now that I think about it, why wasn’t: Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner or any other Star Trek alumni who have guested on the Simpsons in the past guest starred in this episode? Not that there is anything wrong with it but now that I know there are Star Trek references in there it begs those questions.

As for tonights episode, I am looking forward to it, especially since it is a reworked old script from Judd Apatow written 24 years ago, before he became big. I hope it will have some of the old Simpsons zany spirit from the first few seasons, which has been missing in the last few seasons. Not that the last few years worth of episodes aren’t funny, they just aren’t the same as the early days.

On the birthday front, Simpsons executive producer and current show runner Al Jean turned 54 on Friday. He has ran the show by himself since Season 13 and ran it with Mike Reiss during seasons 3 and 4. As an aside, if you have an iPhone or an iPod touch and you use Voice Over to read Mike’s name, it pronounces his last name as Rice. I actually have met someone named Mike Rice, who worked at a Toronto radio station and for a record company, the last I heard.. Anyway, happy birthday Al and I’m glad you like the blog and of course, I made sure to remember your birthday.

As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Happy 2015

Hi folks and welcome to the first Weather Wednesday post in the blog for 2015. How was your Christmas and new years? Here in Southern Ontario we had some thunderstorms on December 24th in some parts and a mild but windy Christmas day. We were lucky to have it and now that we are into January, it is cold, almost like last year at this time but not as bad.

On the Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio side, Toronto XMJ225 went into watchdog mode on January 4th and came back either later that night or very early January 5th. This occurred on the 17th anniversary of the North American ice storm, which affected parts of Ontario and Quebec, among parts of the North-Eastern US. I had been reporting as usual and it was not any different from any other outage, except that Weatheradio Canada in Ontario went down with one station in North Bay going first then all others on Sunday January 4th. They all tried to right themselves on Sunday evening but the first attempt to bring it back failed and the alerts for watchdog were sent out again at 9:12 in Toronto and around that time elsewhere.

I went to sleep and woke up to hear Toronto XMJ225 working as-if nothing had happened and everything else was also back to normal.

In closing I had been thinking about this for a while, “what if Weatheradio Canada goes down during the holidays?” Well, it happened in Alberta on or around Christmas Day and in Ontario just after new years day. This has sparked some discussion on chat groups and such about how Weatheradio Canada as a whole across Canada is doing? I have been wondering about that too and hopefully some day I will get an answer. However, I’m not holding my breath because I only know a few people on the inside and not enough to really find out everything I need to know. I grant that I can make it known about an outage or something odd on the network but not as a whole, despite my connections. This year could be an important one because people are predicting that streaming could be more and more ubiquitous this year, almost replacing a.m. and FM radio. However, Weatheradio Canada is primarily a VHF network and may not be in danger of going under because of the many models of scanners and ham radios which also receive the weather radio broadcast, besides standalone models of Weather Alert Radios. We will see how it all shakes down by December 31st and hopefully Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio will have less problems this year. The key word is hopefully!

If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will get back to you.
Also, for more weather stuff you can subscribe to my Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter mailing list by emailing me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and I will send you all the issues so far. You will also receive the next issue when it comes out.
Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
philtheforecaster.blogspot.com
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.