Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Year With No Winter

Hello and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. On the opposite spectrum of my entry a couple weeks ago about 1816, I’m curious to find what year didn’t have a winter?

I can’t think of a year where no snow fell and temperatures didn’t go below freezing but we have come close. The winter of 2011 and 2012 was certainly mild enough and in March of 2012 we had the heat wave. Remember? Look it up on Wikipedia.

I guess 1997/1998 and 2009/2010 could qualify but snow did fall and temperatures were below freezing most days. Although during the former winter it was milder than normal, except for the last few days of the season.

Not sure what else I can say at this point but I guess that’s it for this week.
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.

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Oh Brother, Fair Are Thou Lady

Hi and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week it will be the 24th anniversary of the Season 2 episode Oh Brother, Where Are Thou? It guest stars Danny DeVito as Herb Powell, Homer’s half brother and is the uncle to Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Like me, he doesn’t like formality in that he requests Bart to call him Unky Herb and I like that. I’m an Uncle too but I have never asked my nieces or nephews to call me Unky. Anyway, he really loves Bart and is kind to everyone in the family.

He allows Homer to help design a car for him, which is called The Homer and it consequently bankrupts Herb and he says “as far as I’m concerned, I have no brother.” Later on in Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? Herb eventually forgives Homer after becoming ritch again with his baby translator and he buys everyone in the family something they had mentioned earlier in the episode.

As I have said before, I love how kind Herb is in this episode and especially how he just finds Bart adorable. He lets Bart spit over an overpass or something and he watches Itchy And Scratchy with Bart and Lisa and enjoys it along with them. Now that is the coolest Uncle and Herb is still one of my favourite characters… after all, he is a part of the family.

On another note, about this past weeks episode My Fair Lady, what struck me at first was the video game version of the theme. It sounds like you are an expert player of a video game that you are just winning by a long shot. Then the Simpsons take on The Jetsons comes up and I think that is also cool. If you know the Jetsons theme, you know what I am talking about.

When Marge gets a job driving taxi, she has to put up with others in Springfield who are just a bit demanding at times. Well, I guess it goes with driving a cab.

Also, while Moe is at the theatre Homer decides, along with Lenny to have a night where Guys show up to drink so they can make money, with lady’s drinking for free. Unfortunately it doesn’t work and Moe looses his bar and takes a job at the nuclear plant as a janitor and he loses his friends in the process because he also gets promoted to supervisor of Sector 7G. Eventually, both Moe and Marge quit their jobs after she gives Moe a ride and Moe goes back to his bar.

That is the basics of the episode but I like it as one of the best of the season so far and I am looking forward to the episode The Kids Are All Fight, which shows us a 4-year-old Bart and a 2-year-old Lisa.

Well, that’s it for this week. 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, you can 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.

Spring Is Coming: Really?

Hello and welcom to another Weather Wednesday. First of all, I would like to say a happy belated birthday to Jim Cantore, who turned 51 on Monday. I mentioned him and the thundersnow Youtube video a couple of weeks ago and I still love it, ever since 2011.
Secondly, the latest issue of my Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter has just come out and I am always looking for new people on the mailing list. The email is at the end of this post and other Weather Wednesday entries.
Today it is a month and 4 days before spring and I am going to talk about my favourite springs in recent memory.

In 1991, spring came early, when a hi pressure area was stalled over SouthernOntario for a few days and the weather grew steadily milder. It was a warm spring over all, with a real spike in early April, which saw temperatures just hitting 30 degrees Celsius, then thunderstorms rolled in and the weather got cooler again. However, it wasn’t too bad after all, it was spring..

In 1998 after a mild winter it got warm in a hurry, around March 24th or so. It went as high as about 20 degrees and there were a few cool days after that but nothing winter-like. It just got progressively milder as the season went on and by the time summer was upon us it was hot.

In 2005 it was another warm spring and it also lead to another hot summer, which was also the summer of the gun in Toronto. However, the weather was great for the most part and even the fall wasn’t bad.

In 2010 we had an early spring starting in early March and it was warm, for the most part. The exception was a sharp cold front blowing in with unusually cold air in mid May. This caused snow to fall and frost warnings were issued for parts of Southern Ontario.

I’m sorry if these aren’t complete stories but I am only giving you what I can remember mostof all from those seasons.

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.

Simpsons Fan Fiction: Revisited

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Before I get into the meat of todays entry, I would like to talk about last weeks episode Walking Big And Tall.

At the beginning of the episode we find that Springfield’s anthem has been using the same tune as other cities, so Lisa decides to write it with the help of Bart. While discussing it with Marge and Homer, they reference Happy Birthday Lisa from Stark Raving Dad, which was written by Bart and Leon Kompowsky. They write the song, which all the children sing and they get a standing ovation.

Mean while, Homer discovers a group of overweight people who convince him that it’s okay to be big. This group consists of such characters as: Jeffrey Albertson and other portly citizens of Springfield including their founder named Albert, who is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. You may know him as the voice of one time nameless characters throughout the Simpsons recent years. He was the security guard in the episode Homer The Whopper and he voiced Jerome on the Simpsons Family Guy cross over episode Simpsons Guy, in the scene where he hands Peter Griffin a beer and Peter asks “what do I owe yoU?” Jerome answers “you already paid me, in laughs. Ha ha ha.” Unfortunately, Albert dies at the end of the episode at the age of 23 and Homer realizes this, when he reads Albert’s eulogy. Oh, thanks Al Jean for your help with this weeks entry.

I like this episode because it didn’t jump back-and-forth from one scene to the next. Also, I noticed that both songs Happy Birthday Lisa and the new Springfield anthem are in the same key of c natural. Not that it’s a bad thing but it is just interesting. I think that both Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith sound great together as Bart and Lisa, while singing in two part harmony in character. It was also nice to hear other kids such as: Milhouse, Nelson, Dolph and Wralph Wiggum singing the song together, without anyone getting hurt. I just wished that Bart and Lisa hugged instead of fist bumping with towels over their hands.

This week I am going to talk about the fan fiction. Over the past few weeks, while being either sick or bored at home, I havde been reading some of the Simpsons Fan Fiction stories and I find that Simpsons fans have a great imagination and well, I’m impressed.

Some of the stories and scenarios I like are as follows:

Bart, Lisa and Maggie moving in with Ruth Powers after Homer and Marge are charged with child abuse,
Wralph Wiggum actually being a Genius helping Prof. Frink and Dr. colossus,
Bart telling the truth to his family about how he feels he has been treated by them and everyone else in Springfield and thus coming unglued and Wralph Wiggum finds himself a new girlfriend and oh, it’s not Lisa.

You can check out these stories and more by clicking this link. https://m.fanfiction.net/cartoon/Simpsons/

Okay, I hate to do this but we have to acknowledge the death of a legendary DJ. Remember Gary Owens? He was a real DJ and a voice actor. He was also a good friend of Dick Clark. He talked about their friendship in interviews, such as an interview with a Toronto radio station back in 1987. Gary Owens was 80 years old. Check out this link for more. http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/another-legendary-dj-passed/

On the birthday front, happy 61st birthday to: the man, the myth, the legend, the creator himself, Matt Groening. Of course we also know that he has created Futurama but did you know he was also a rock critic? I found this out through an audiobook on iTunes, where he talks about his favorite album of all time, Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart. If you are into outsider music that is way outside the box, you know what I’m talking about and what it sounds like. I’ve heard a couple of tracks and well, it sounds like partially controlled chaos to me.

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, you can 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.

1816

Hello and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week I am wondering if there could be another year like 1816. If you don’t know what I am talking about, that was the year without a summer and it had a massive affect on the economy.

I think that 1992 was close in some parts of the world, after the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which certainly screwed up the weather throughout the world until some time in 1993. I wonder how we would be able to manage if another summerless year hits us again? Back then there wasn’t the technology we have today and this includes all the ways we have to get around. I recently read up on 1816 and it made me question how things would be different now if we had this thrust upon us.

Well, that’s all I have for today.
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.

Favorites

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week I’m going to ask a question to all who are reading this. What season of The Simpsons is your favourite?

I would imagine that the majority of answers to this question would probably be any of the seasons from 3 to 8 and maybe to Season 10 or 11.

To be honest, I think that every season has good episodes and unfortunately not all are available to us, if we want them for ourselves on our iOS devices. However some episodes from Seasons 4 through 19 do appear on iTunes collections and of course you can always find the scripts and the story of each episode on line, if you know where to look. I have mentioned them here in past entries and you can probably find the information in the archives.

If I really had to choose a favourite season it would probably have to be either season 4 or 5. This is out of the ones that aren’t available on iTunes yet. Most of my favourite episodes are from seasons 3 to 5 but ther are some from seasons 6 to 10 that I like.

I have mentioned the episode Homers Enemy as one of my favourites and Lisas First Word as another one from that period. I also like Bart Gets Famous, as it is also a Krusty episode and includes Bart saying “I didn’t do it” as his catch fraise.

Another one I like that I haven’t mentioned before is Bart The Mother. We see how devoted he can be to animals that need love and attention, even if they turn out to be lizards. Of course we know that he didn’t mean to kill the bird when he shot at it with the BB gun and I actually felt sorry for Bart when the bird died at his hands.

I can probably name more episodes that I like from the first few seasons but I would have to think about it because there are so many. As for tonight, I am looking forward to Walking Big And Tall because Lisa is set to write Springfield its own anthem.

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, you can 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.

Groundhog Day Blizzard Of 2011

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This weeks entry is all about the groundhog Day blizzard of 2011 and how it affected not just me but brought new people into my life. This was the first time that a blizzard warning was issued for somewhere close to where I live, in the GTA and it wasn’t as cold as it was last winter during the day. It came over my Weather Radio and as much as I want to be entertained by warnings like this and storms such as this, it did make me a bit worried about doing my grocery shopping and how much of a problem I would have getting there and back home.

On the weather front, I actually heard the word thundersnow for the first time and well, that was also my first time hearing the voice of Jim Cantore, all be it in a Youtube video of him being surprised by the thundersnow. It actually made me laugh and it still does when ever I watch it. I guess it made him sort of a household name, at least for me. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=POsOJTfBIs4

Oh, here is the Wikipedia article on it for more on this storm. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_31%E2%80%93February_2,_2011_North_American_winter_storm

As for Weatheradio Canada, well, it was working just fine and all the alerts went out as they should. This weekend the Toronto WXR went down on Saturday and wasn’t up for another couple of days. This also happened during another winter storm, which wasn’t as bad but what if it was?

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.