… And The Final tally is:

Introduction:

Back on January 18th, 2011, I decided to share my progress of how well I was doing in keeping up with my 2011 New Years Resolutions in a series of monthly reports as a way for people including myself to gauge my progress. This is my final report which ends exactly one year for the start date. So how did I do?   Well, to make it easier to figure out, I have a list of resolutions in bold black text, if this resolution is fully (100%) completed then the Bold text colour of the resolution in question changes to red, like shown previously. However, if the resolution is only partially completed, then a percentage will be given to three decimal places (The number of decimal places comes from my interest in Baseball.) in Bold Green Text, like shown previously. Bold Blue text means that I completely missed finishing this task in the time frame given. At the conclusion of this report I will sum up my progress into an overall figure and make a few closing remarks.

Get a Better Job in 2011. (By Better I mean more take home pay). (Completed)

Well, I have made it past December 31st and approaching my first year at my new job.  I currently have two projects on the go which takes me employed until early March so we will see what happens on that front.  The next big goal is to hold on to this job until September 2013, as I could really use some fun in the summer of 2013.
 
Completed: 395.833%

Paint 731 miniatures to hopefully 3rd Generation specs. (Buttons in the right places.)

There’s currently 59 figures on the “production line”, with eight  of them being cavalry troopers. They are obviously going to take longer than normal not only because of the horse, but all the detailed leather work that goes on to a horse so that you can ride it.
 
I have five “head swap” conversions on the go, in which the head of one figure is removed and replaced on the body of another. By this method the wool hats/caps worn by British Commandos get attached to the body of a Crimean War Russian Infantryman to make a Lower Canadian (Quebec) Militiaman of the war of 1812.
 
They all need to have additional putty placed around the waist to make a sash and to convert the woolen cap of the Commandos to a torque which needs to be painted in the Quebec militia colours of dark blue (Montreal) and red or white for either Quebec City or Trois-Rivieres (or it could be the other way around)
 
Also on the go I have four colour bearers of the U.S.16th Infantry (thinking National colours for this one), the regimental colours of the 42nd (Black Watch) and 78th (Ross-shire Buffs) Highlanders and the Russian “Tchernigov” regiment.  “Tchernigov” is currently the Ukrainian city of “Chernihiv”  if you want to find it on a map 
 
The other thing that is taking a while is that I have six highland soldiers on the go.  The problem with Highlanders of this time is that all their kilts are variations of the basic “Black Watch” tartan. And the Cameron Highlanders and Sutherland Highlanders had light yellow and yellow facings respectfully.  So when you are not finished the kilt, it comes difficult to tell the two regiments apart.  As for the kilts themselves, the 42nd and 2nd/93rd both and the Black Watch tartan, Ross-shire had “MacKenzie tartan” (Black Watch with yellow and red overstripes), for Cameron tartan use Black Watch with red overstripes.
 
I have another 5 figures to add to my 65 previously painted figures.  They are:
  
1. Cuirassier, 14th Polish (Cuirassier) cavalry
2. Infantryman, Canadian Michigan Fencibles Regiment.
3. Artilleryman, Spanish Catalonian Militia Artillery
4. Infantryman, Swedish “Uppland” Infantry Regiment
5. Bugler, King’s German Legion, 1st Light Infantry Battalion.
 
For a total of 70 figures painted.
 
Completed: 9.576 %

Complete 20 dives this year.

Bah!  I have only completed three dives all year! Clearly, that needs to be fixed for next year.  Hopefully work will be nice to me during the dive season and allow me to a few work sites close to dive sites next year.  Port Dover on any Friday except a 13th would be perfect.  (On a 13th, The Bikers take over the entire town!)

Completed: 15.000 %

Catch the Canadian Grand Prix live and in-person.

Well, what I had feared has come to pass. Namely that I did not make enough money to cover my expenses occurred to see the Canadian Grand Prix. I wanted to make a proper vacation out of it, so that would have set me back a huge chunk of change for the very small amount of money that I can spare. On the bright side, by next year I should have a passport and be in a position to catch the first ever Grand Prix in New Jersey. With luck, there will be a Sidepodcast meetup.

Completed: 0%.

See 12 movies that I have not seen before.

Joining “Passchendaele” and “Tuskegee Airmen“, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “The Chinese Connection”, “The Day of the Jackal”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, “Valkyrie”, and “For Your Eyes Only” the 2009 version of “Star Trek” ,“High Plains Drifter”. is “The Adventures of Don Juan” and “Heartbreak Ridge”

Well, it is pretty bad that I have only reported 7 of the 13 movies that I have seen in 2011, but I do plan to improve Jordan’s Film Watch for next year by including films that I have already seen and love, and hopefully I will watch the ones that I saw for last years season so that I can complete the series.  Maybe I will expand a best of lists of not, but no fear, I Have future plans for Jordan on Film(s).

Just so you know, It is half marks for watching the film, and half marks for completing the review.

completed: 79.167%

Catch the Toronto Molson Indy live and in-person.

Better luck in 2012!  That’s about all I can say.

Completed: 0%

End the year at a lesser weight than I started in 2011.

I have lost almost 20 pounds since this time last year.  I guess this was a complete success.

Completed: 100%

Go on more hikes this year. (at least greater than 12 hikes).

Pretty sad here. I think I went on 7 of 12 walks in total! I would really like to find out why this was the case.

Completed: 58.333%

Relearn how to type. (Benchmark is 52 rpm)

Sadly, I never really tried to complete this goal in 2011. 

Completed: O %.

Find out the uniforms of the New York State Militia in the year 1812. (Completed)

Back in February I received my copy of “A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags, and equipment of the United States in the War of 1812″ and sure enough the chapter about the U.S. State Militias includes New York State. Unfortunately the information at the time of creation seems to have been a little sparse, with New York State having a very economical Uniform (Shared with many other neighbouring states) whose buttons (Labelled NYS) being the only way to tell that the bearer is from New York State. As to identifying what New York State Regiment the bearer is from, Your guess is as good as mine.

As an aside, I love the uniform of the State Troops of Connecticut “1st Company, Governor-General’s Foot Guards.” The only difference between them and British Grenadiers from the American Revolution is the facings are black instead of Royal Blue!

Completed: 100%

Conclusion:

And we come to the overall completion section.

It is just the average number based on the sum of the 10 goals divided by the number of goals that I had set.  By summing the percentages of the goals completed I have  737.076.  That gives me 73.7076% of my goals completed. Not bad.

This is going to be the end of my resolutions until at least next year as I did not make any this year.  My toy soldier progress will be in the Plastic Model Section of my site and real-life F1 stuff will go into my Formula 1 section.  I am thinking about adding a diving section and a hiking section to my web site as well but we will see how it goes.  I doubt Indycar will get its own page  but I might cover a few races that interest me as a post.

So see you in 2012!

 

December: It’s Christmas once again….

Introduction:

Back on January 18th, 2011, I decided to share my progress of how well I was doing in keeping up with my 2011 New Years Resolutions in a series of monthly reports as a way for people including myself to gauge my progress. This is my twelfth report which ends on December 31st, 2011. So how am I doing so far? Well, to make it easier to figure out, I have a list of resolutions in bold black text, if this resolution is fully (100%) completed then the Bold text colour of the resolution in question changes to red, like shown previously. However, if the resolution is only partially completed, then a percentage will be given to three decimal places (The number of decimal places comes from my interest in Baseball.) in Bold Green Text, like shown previously. Bold Blue text means that I completely missed finishing this task in the time frame given. At the conclusion of this report I will sum up my progress into an overall figure and make a few closing remarks.

Get a Better Job in 2011. (By Better I mean more take home pay). (Completed)

Well, I have successfully completed my eighth month at my new job. I am very happy about that. The amount of work that I do has really picked up over the last few months, much to the demise of any hopes I have had on getting 20 dives this year. The housework and hobbies still keep me busy, and the saving money department is looking rosy at the moment to the point that I really need to consider a visit from to the taxman to project what his cut will be next year.
 
I have finally answered my question about how to calculate my time at this job and that is to divide the amount of days that I have this position by the original contract length.
 
Completed:  395.833%

Paint 731 miniatures to hopefully 3rd Generation specs. (Buttons in the right places.)

There’s currently 58 figures on the “production line”, with sixteen of them being cavalry troopers. They are obviously going to take longer than normal not only because of the horse, but all the detailed leather work that goes on to a horse so that you can ride it.
 
I have four “head swap” conversions on the go, in which the head of one figure is removed and replaced on the body of another. By this method the wool hats/caps worn by British Commandos get attached to the body of a Crimean War Russian Infantryman to make a Lower Canadian (Quebec) Militiaman of the war of 1812.
 
In addition, my newest successful conversion is an Airfix Robin Hood character with a head from a French Napoleonic French Infantryman to make him a Guerrilla from Valencia. Does anyone know what that kilt-like thing in Spanish is called? I hope to have both these figures in the Conversion corner section of my website shortly.
 
I have completed one of three British Napoleonic Infantrymen to become flag-bearers by removing the muskets and inserting some piano wire between their hands and using paper flags from the internet to complete the flag. I am in the process of detailing this venture in Conversion Corner. I am now doing the same posses to a Scottish Highlander Soldier that was formerly ramming home his musket, and a Russian soldier that I could figure out what he as doing originally.
 
Sadly, no additional figures have been completed this month. I have no idea why.
 
For a total of 65 figures painted.
 
Completed: 8.892%

Complete 20 dives this year.

Well, on July 16th, I did two dives at Centennial Beach in Barrie. The first one was excellent as it cracked my century of dives, and it was also to see the shipwreck of this old paddlewheel steamship called the Morrison. I bought along a disposable camera that is rated for 15 feet and hopefully I will have one decent shot out of 27. I did not plan to take all my pictures of one dive but it just happened that way.

The second dive I was not as a good as the first, but I have seen a few interesting toys in action that I would not mind purchasing when I have the money to do so.

Completed: 15.000 %

Catch the Canadian Grand Prix live and in-person.

Well, what I had feared has come to pass. Namely that I did not make enough money to cover my expenses occurred to see the Canadian Grand Prix. I wanted to make a proper vacation out of it, so that would have set me back a huge chunk of change for the very small amount of money that I can spare. On the bright side, by next year I should have a passport and be in a position to catch the first ever Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. With luck, there will be a Sidepodcast meetup, and with more luck, I should be able to afford the Canadian Grand Prix in two years time.

Completed: 0%.

See 12 movies that I have not seen before.

Joining “Passchendaele” and “Tuskegee Airmen“, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “The Chinese Connection”, “The Day of the Jackal”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, “Valkyrie”, and “For Your Eyes Only” the 2009 version of “Star Trek” ,“High Plains Drifter”. is “The Adventures of Don Juan”  and “Heartbreak Ridge”

I have picked up Don Juan as part of a four movie Errol Flynn box set, and as it is the only one I have yet to see, I figured that it would also be a good one to review as part of my film review section.

Heartbreak Ridge” is from my 4 disk set called The Essential Eastwood Action Collection, the backbone of which is the class “Where Eagles Dare” and what I hear to be another classic in “Kelly’s Hero’s”.

Finally, I have decided to see another film called “The Magnificent Seven”  just so that I have tweleve filsm that I can report on,

Just so you know, It is half marks for watching the film, and half marks for completing the review.

completed: 76.923%

Catch the Toronto Molson Indy live and in-person.

Well, this is awful. Work originally wanted me to work on Saturday night, and because of that I did not buy a ticket to see the Molson Indy in Toronto. But since they had something called “Free Fridays” at indycar, I decided that I would see just the Friday.

Two days ago I found out my Saturday night job was cancelled and replaced with a Saturday morning job for a different customer. Oh, yes here’s a 35 page manual on your new job so you have an idea of what you are doing.

End result. This is going to be the second race that I miss

Completed: 0%

End the year at a lesser weight than I started in 2011.

I seem to have lost over 20 pounds from the time I started this program. I do not know if that is good or bad, and I keep cracking a “magic number.”

Completed: N/A until January 1st, 2012.

Go on more hikes this year. (at least greater than 12 hikes).

On October 9th, I went out for a two-hour hike and a half hour hike along what is called the Bruce Trail. It is a Main Trail line that is over 600 km in length with dozens of feeder trails running into it. This time I covered the section from Kerns Road in Burlington to Waterdown Road in Hamilton. The trail was very hard dirt for the most part and quite thickly wooded off trail. At Kerns Road, I found the remains of what looked like an abandoned quarry that the city of Burlington is slowly trying to convert into a city “Natural” park. I do not see too many swamps (wetlands) in the middle of a quarry in nature anymore.

Later, I managed to sneak in an extra two-hour hike from a waterfall called Grindstone Falls back along the Bruce Trail to where I left it on the previous Hike and followed the Waterdown Road side trail back to the Bruce Trail to the Snake Road exit. Then I returned along the Bruce Trail directly to Grindstone Falls. Sadly, this time I forgot to bring along my camera. It was quite a mixed hike, very urban around Waterdown road, where I was walking along three streets to follow the “trail” in a subdivision to the quite steep climbs around Snake road.

Completed: 58.333%

Relearn how to type. (Benchmark is 52 rpm)

I really, really need to get back to this. I think it has been quite a while since I last tried to do a typing test. At that time my best wpm score for a three-minute test was 34 rpm. I guess I am a horrible two-fingered typist.

Completed: O %.

Find out the uniforms of the New York State Militia in the year 1812. (Completed)

Back in February I received my copy of “A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags, and equipment of the United States in the War of 1812″ and sure enough the chapter about the U.S. State Militias includes New York State. Unfortunately the information at the time of creation seems to have been a little sparse, with New York State having a very economical Uniform (Shared with many other neighbouring states) whose buttons (Labelled NYS) being the only way to tell that the bearer is from New York State. As to identifying what New York State Regiment the bearer is from, Your guess is as good as mine.

As an aside, I love the uniform of the State Troops of Connecticut “1st Company, Governor-General’s Foot Guards.” The only difference between them and British Grenadiers from the American Revolution is the facings are black instead of Royal Blue!

Completed: 100%

Conclusion:

Well, this is the horrible part. I am over 91% of way gone for 2011, and only around 69% of my goals completed, and that’s because I have kept my job for three times longer than the original contract stated! Hopefully the fact that colder weather is finally here I can do some more activities (Watching movies and winter hikes). As to this month’s title ? Well, usually by this time, a Canadian Hockey team nicknamed the “Make-Believes” have started their annual plummet down the standings. That they are not following their usual game plan means that they are working on something far more cruel for their hopeless fans.

November: “It’s Autumn, And The Wrong Leaves Are Falling!”

Introduction:

Back on January 18th, 2011, I decided to share my progress of how well I was doing in keeping up with my 2011 New Years Resolutions in a series of monthly reports as a way for people including myself to gauge my progress. This is my eleventh report which ends on November 30th, 2011. So how am I doing so far? Well, to make it easier to figure out, I have a list of resolutions in bold black text, if this resolution is fully (100%) completed then the Bold text colour of the resolution in question changes to red, like shown previously. However, if the resolution is only partially completed, then a percentage will be given to three decimal places (The number of decimal places comes from my interest in Baseball.) in Bold Green Text, like shown previously. Bold Blue text means that I completely missed finishing this task in the time frame given. At the conclusion of this report I will sum up my progress into an overall figure and make a few closing remarks.

Get a Better Job in 2011. (By Better I mean more take home pay). (Completed)

Well, I have successfully completed my eighth month at my new job. I am very happy about that. The amount of work that I do has really picked up over the last few months, much to the demise of any hopes I have had on getting 20 dives this year. The housework and hobbies still keep me busy, and the saving money department is looking rosy at the moment to the point that I really need to consider a visit from to the taxman to project what his cut will be next year.
 
I have finally answered my question about how to calculate my time at this job and that is to divide the amount of days that I have this position by the original contract length.
 
Completed: 352.778%

Paint 731 miniatures to hopefully 3rd Generation specs. (Buttons in the right places.)

There’s currently 58  figures on the “production line”, with sixteen of them being cavalry troopers. They are obviously going to take longer than normal not only because of the horse, but all the detailed leather work that goes on to a horse so that you can ride it.
 
I have four “head swap” conversions on the go, in which the head of one figure is removed and replaced on the body of another. By this method the wool hats/caps worn by British Commandos get attached to the body of a Crimean War Russian Infantryman to make a Lower Canadian (Quebec) Militiaman of the war of 1812. 
 
In addition, my newest successful conversion is an Airfix Robin Hood character with a head from a French Napoleonic French Infantryman to make him a Guerrilla from Valencia.  Does anyone know what that kilt-like thing in Spanish is called?  I hope to have both these figures in the Conversion corner section of my website shortly.
 
I have completed one of three British Napoleonic Infantrymen to become flag-bearers by removing the muskets and inserting some piano wire between their hands and using paper flags from the internet to complete the flag. I am in the process of detailing this venture in Conversion Corner. I am now doing the same posses to a Scottish Highlander Soldier that was formerly ramming home his musket.
 
Sadly, no additional figures have been completed this month.  I have no idea why.
 
For a total of 65 figures painted.
 
Completed: 8.892%

Complete 20 dives this year.

Well, on July 16th, I did two dives at Centennial Beach in Barrie. The first one was excellent as it cracked my century of dives, and it was also to see the shipwreck of this old paddlewheel steamship called the Morrison. I bought along a disposable camera that is rated for 15 feet and hopefully I will have one decent shot out of 27. I did not plan to take all my pictures of one dive but it just happened that way.

The second dive I was not as a good as the first, but I have seen a few interesting toys in action that I would not mind purchasing when I have the money to do so.

Completed: 15.000 %

Catch the Canadian Grand Prix live and in-person.

Well, what I had feared has come to pass. Namely that I did not make enough money to cover my expenses occurred to see the Canadian Grand Prix. I wanted to make a proper vacation out of it, so that would have set me back a huge chunk of change for the very small amount of money that I can spare. On the bright side, by next year I should have a passport and be in a position to catch the first ever Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. With luck, there will be a Sidepodcast meetup, and with more luck, I should be able to afford the Canadian Grand Prix in two years time.

Completed: 0%.

See 12 movies that I have not seen before.

Joining “Passchendaele” and “Tuskegee Airmen“, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “The Chinese Connection”, “The Day of the Jackal”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, “Valkyrie”, and “For Your Eyes Only”  are two movies, the 2009 version of “Star Trek” and “High Plains Drifter”.

Both these movies where pleasant surprises for me.  You see I am not your typical Star Trek fan, as much as I like science and Technology and as much as I would like to think of my as a bit of a space buff.  Let us just say that in the 2009 version of Star Trek, A lot of the problems can be easily resolved via a trigger-happy tactical-officer on the bridge……

I had previously caught the very ending of High Plains Drifter, and it threw me for a loop.  Now that I saw the whole movie, I would say it is an excellent movie.

Just so you know, It is half marks for watching the film, and half marks for completing the review.

completed: 54.167%

Catch the Toronto Molson Indy live and in-person.

Well, this is awful. Work originally wanted me to work on Saturday night, and because of that I did not buy a ticket to see the Molson Indy in Toronto. But since they had something called “Free Fridays” at indycar, I decided that I would see just the Friday.

Two days ago I found out my Saturday night job was cancelled and replaced with a Saturday morning job for a different customer. Oh, yes here’s a 35 page manual on your new job so you have an idea of what you are doing.

End result. This is going to be the second race that I miss

Completed: 0%

End the year at a lesser weight than I started in 2011.

I seem to have lost over 20 pounds from the time I started this program. I do not know if that is good or bad, and I keep cracking a “magic number.”

Completed: N/A until January 1st, 2012.

Go on more hikes this year. (at least greater than 12 hikes).

On October 9th, I went out for a two-hour hike and a half hour hike along what is called the Bruce Trail. It is a Main Trail line that is over 600 km in length with dozens of feeder trails running into it. This time I covered the section from Kerns Road in Burlington to Waterdown Road in Hamilton. The trail was very hard dirt for the most part and quite thickly wooded off trail. At Kerns Road, I found the remains of what looked like an abandoned quarry that the city of Burlington is slowly trying to convert into a city “Natural” park. I do not see too many swamps (wetlands) in the middle of a quarry in nature anymore.

Later, I managed to sneak in an extra two-hour hike from a waterfall called Grindstone Falls back along the Bruce Trail to where I left it on the previous Hike and followed the Waterdown Road side trail back to the Bruce Trail to the Snake Road exit. Then I returned along the Bruce Trail directly to Grindstone Falls. Sadly, this time I forgot to bring along my camera. It was quite a mixed hike, very urban around Waterdown road, where I was walking along three streets to follow the “trail” in a subdivision to the quite steep climbs around Snake road.

Completed: 58.333%

Relearn how to type. (Benchmark is 52 rpm)

I really, really need to get back to this. I think it has been quite a while since I last tried to do a typing test. At that time my best wpm score for a three-minute test was 34 rpm. I guess I am a horrible two-fingered typist.

Completed: O %.

Find out the uniforms of the New York State Militia in the year 1812. (Completed)

Back in February I received my copy of “A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags, and equipment of the United States in the War of 1812″ and sure enough the chapter about the U.S. State Militias includes New York State. Unfortunately the information at the time of creation seems to have been a little sparse, with New York State having a very economical Uniform (Shared with many other neighbouring states) whose buttons (Labelled NYS) being the only way to tell that the bearer is from New York State. As to identifying what New York State Regiment the bearer is from, Your guess is as good as mine.

As an aside, I love the uniform of the State Troops of Connecticut “1st Company, Governor-General’s Foot Guards.”  The only difference between them and British Grenadiers from the American Revolution is the facings are black instead of Royal Blue! 

Completed: 100%

Conclusion:

Well, this is the horrible part. I am over 91% of way gone for 2011, and only around 67% of my goals completed, and that’s because I have kept my job for three times longer than the original contract stated! Hopefully the fact that colder weather is finally here I can do some more activities (Watching movies and winter hikes). As to this month’s title ? Well, usually by this time, a Canadian Hockey team nicknamed the “Make-Believes”  have started their annual plummet down the standings.  That they are not following their usual game plan means that they are working on something far more cruel for their hopeless fans.  

Friday Fun: “Shall We Play A Game?”

 

 Introduction:  The Game is really a foot.

 As you are aware, Not only has the Sidepodcast Daily has been eliminated from Sidepodcast, but the sidepodcast site itself will be down for at least the month of December.  Looks like it is going to be the darkest december since that rumour about some well-meaning guy in a miliary base decided to offer up venison around Christmas,  and some kids drew the proper conclusions as to where the meat came from.  Well, Comet and Dancer and the rest the nine of them survived, but poor Olive, the other reindeer, will not be playing any more reindeer games… :P.   

Sorry about the sick pun.  Go ahead and cry foul if you want, but seeing as it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think “fowl” might be the correct spelling, and meaning, but enough puns.  You want to find out how to play Sidepodcastclue so here it is:

 With the addition of a Controller (who sadly, replaces the envelope containing the weapon, killer and place committed in the cellar) we can play Sidepodclue via Google+ or something like.  The Controller needs to respond by private E-mail to any suggestion and a broadcast for any accusations by the players.  Hopefully the following example will clear the matter up further.

 Sidepodclue:  Who killed the daily?

 Suspects:

  • Ms Christine
  • Mr. C
  • Giggles
  • Bibendum
  • Steven Roy
  • The Panda

Weapons:

  • A plug-in Radio
  • A Williams Cog  (Used as a throwing star)
  • An Airgun
  • A poisoned “unnamed energy drink”
  • The Sidepodcast Owl. (Sidepodcast’s version of falconry)
  • A Kitchen Knife

 Rooms:

  •  Bathroom
  • The Studio
  • Kitchen
  • The Panda’s Den
  • The Garage
  • The Bedroom
  •  The armory
  •  The server room 
  • The Television Room.

 Here’s where I toss in the Holy Hand Grenade, otherwise know as the Rules:

 Players:  3 people are needed. 

 (1 is the controller, 2 to 6 actual players playing).

 The controller needs to roll three dice for each game to determine the following parameters. 

 1 six-sided die (preferably loaded so it’s always the Panda (6 is faced up)) to determine the killer

1 six-sided die to determine the weapon used to kill the daily.

1 nine-sided die to determine the place the murder was committed.

 The controller will then roll a die (nine sided, not loaded), to determine the order the players will play in.  The player with the highest number goes first following in order from highest to lowest.  If there are any rolls with numbers matching, then those players with matching numbers will be the last players in the sorted order.  Again the controller will roll dice again to find the sort order between players with matched numbers. 

 At this point a player can make a suggestion or a declaration.  If the suggestion has anything that is correct – a suspect, a weapon or a room correct then the controller says how many things are correct – like two things correct. (S/he does not say you have room and a suspect correct for example) and on it goes.

 For example  Player one broadcasts to the group that: “I suggest the Panda killed  the Daily with the airgun in the garage”….

 The controller might reply with a private message that “you are right on one count.”  Now this player has to figure out which of these things is correct, the suspect, the room or the weapon, just like clue.

 On the next attempt, Player one might get lucky and broadcast:  “I suggest Steven Roy killed the Daily with the airgun in the garage”….

 ..And the controller might reply in private “You are wrong on all counts”.  With this information, and a bit of logic, Player one should know that the only thing s/he changed in the suggestion was Panda to Steven, and the result was that from one correct suggestion the player now has none.  It follows then, the Panda was the murderer.  For Player one, it is a matter of determining where and with what did the Panda kill the Daily. 

 If a player thinks s/he has the solution. Then the player has to broadcast that they have the solution.  “I accuse the (Panda) of killing the daily with the (Williams Cog) in the (Panda’s Den).”

 The Controller checks to see that player is right or wrong.  If wrong the player is out of the game and if right the player wins.   Either way the Controller broadcasts the correct message to the Group.

 That is correct.  The Panda did it with the Williams Cog in the Den.”

Thursday Thought: And In Keeping Up With Current Events (OTT Shakespearean Version…..)

Introduction:  The Game is a foot.

 Whilst something may or may be rotten in Denmark the foul stench of death emits from Sidepodland.  As you are aware, The Sidepodcast Daily has been eliminated from Sidepodcast.  Although I, like many other fans, mourn the loss of a very popular segment of the site, I realize that they have created a “Frankenstein’s Monster” that has consumed most of whatever little spare time they did have.  At least unlike the famous “Creature” from the book and countless films, they managed to name their creation before disposing of it.

 As to us, loyal fans – what do we do?  Yes we are complicit in its demise as well, in that we did nothing to save the daily. For that I blame us rather than wrong an honourable Panda.

 But friends, Sidepodlanders, humans – I come not to praise the daily but to bury it.  The noble Panda says the Daily died because it was too ambitious. If, – if so, it was a grievous fault, and grievously hath he answered it. But what seemed so ambitious of the daily?  And yet, the Panda is an honourable animal….   The daily was my friend,  perchance yours as well? –  but the Panda says the Daily was ambitious, and the daily is an honourable animal…  When we all came to Sidepodcastland to seek comfort, did not the daily provide?  Ambition,  should be made of sterner stuff, yet the Panda says that the Daily was ambitions, and the Panda is an honourable animal….

 Whilst I shall not recite more of Mark Antony’s burial speech lest I insight you to riot against the poor Honourable Panda:   let us instead celebrate its everlasting slumber with a Sidepodcast spin to a proper board game called “Clue”.   For details please, see tomorrow’s post, my heart is in the coffin with the daily, and I must pause till it come back to me.

“I have nothing to offer but turkeys, sweets and overused sound bites…”

Introduction:

Back on January 18th, 2011, I decided to share my progress of how well I was doing in keeping up with my 2011 New Years Resolutions in a series of monthly reports as a way for people including myself to gauge my progress. This is my tenth report which ends on October 31st, 2011. So how am I doing so far? Well, to make it easier to figure out, I have a list of resolutions in bold black text, if this resolution is fully (100%) completed then the Bold text colour of the resolution in question changes to red, like shown previously. However, if the resolution is only partially completed, then a percentage will be given to three decimal places (The number of decimal places comes from my interest in Baseball.) in Bold Green Text, like shown previously. Bold Blue text means that I completely missed finishing this task in the time frame given. At the conclusion of this report I will sum up my progress into an overall figure and make a few closing remarks.

Get a Better Job in 2011. (By Better I mean more take home pay). (Completed)

Well, I have successfully completed my seventh month at my new job. I am very happy about that. The amount of work that I do has really picked up over the last few months, much to the demise of any hopes I have had on getting 20 dives this year.  The housework and hobbies still keep me busy, and the saving money department is looking rosy at the moment to the point that I really need to consider a visit from to the taxman to project what his cut will be next year.
 
I have finally answered my question about how to calculate my time at this job and that is to divide the amount of days that I have this position by the original contract length.
 
Completed:  306.901%

Paint 731 miniatures to hopefully 3rd Generation specs. (Buttons in the right places.)

 There’s currently 39  figures on the “production line”, with five of them being cavalry troopers.  They are obviously going to take longer than normal not only because of the horse, but all the detailed leather work that goes on to a horse so that you can ride it.
 
I have three “head swap” conversions on the go, in which the head of one figure is removed and replaced on the body of another.  By this method the wool hats/caps worn by British Commandos get attached to the body of a Crimean War Russian Infantryman to make a Lower Canadian (Quebec) Militiaman of the war of 1812.  The other is a forage cap mounted French Infantryman who does not have his proper shako on him at that moment.  I hope to have both these figures in the Conversion corner section of my website shortly.
 
I have completed one of three British Napoleonic Infantrymen to become flag-bearers by removing the muskets and inserting some piano wire between their hands and using paper flags from the internet to complete the flag.  I am in the process of detailing this venture in Conversion Corner. I am now doing the same posses to a Scottish Highlander Soldier that was formerly ramming home his musket.
 
As shown on Sidepodcast, I have removed the musket of a marching infantry figure and replaced it with a piece of piano wire to make a pike. He will soon be a member of the U. S. 15th Infantry Regiment.
 
I have another 11 figures to add to my 54 previously painted figures.  They are:
 
1. Jaeger, Saxon 1st Light Infantry Regiment
2. Grenadier, 2nd French Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard
3. Grenaider, 3rd (Dutch) Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard
4. Grenadier, 78th (Ross-shire) (Highland) Regiment of Foot
5. Infantryman, 79th (Cameron) Highlanders  
6. Ensign, 2nd Battalion, 89th Regiment of Foot.
7. Pike-NCO, 15th U. S. Infantry Regiment, 1813
8. Pikeman, 15th U. S. Infantry Regiment, 1813
9. Regimental Colour-Bearer, 16th U. S. Infantry Regiment, 1813
10. Infantryman, 16th U. S. Infantry Regiment, 1813.
11. Carabinier, Carabinier Company, Italian Regiment of Grenadiers of the Guard. 
 
For a total of 65  figures painted.
 
Completed:  8.892%

Complete 20 dives this year.

Well, on July 16th, I did two dives at Centennial Beach in Barrie. The first one was excellent as it cracked my century of dives, and it was also to see the shipwreck of this old paddlewheel steamship called the Morrison. I bought along a disposable camera that is rated for 15 feet and hopefully I will have one decent shot out of 27. I did not plan to take all my pictures of one dive but it just happened that way.

The second dive I was not as a good as the first, but I have seen a few interesting toys in action that I would not mind purchasing when I have the money to do so.

Completed: 15.000 %

Catch the Canadian Grand Prix live and in-person.

Well, what I had feared has come to pass. Namely that I did not make enough money to cover my expenses occurred to see the Canadian Grand Prix. I wanted to make a proper vacation out of it, so that would have set me back a huge chunk of change for the very small amount of money that I can spare. On the bright side, by next year I should have a passport and be in a position to catch the first ever Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. With luck, there will be a Sidepocast meetup, and with more luck, I should be able to afford the Canadian Grand Prix in two years time.

Completed: 0%.

See 12 movies that I have not seen before.

Joining “Passchendaele” and “Tuskegee Airmen“, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “The Chinese Connection”, “The Day of the Jackal”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”, and “Valkyrie” is the Roger Moore as James Bond Movie, “For Your Eyes Only”.

Okay, before you start freaking out on me, Unless it is an absolutely kick, kick butt James Bond movie, I like a decent part of the James Bond film to be shot underwater.  Barring that, I like Flying stuff to be a major part of the plotline. Barring that I want super cool villains for bad guys.  No surprises that “Thunderball”  rates right up there…

Just so you know, It is half marks for watching the film, and half marks for completing the review.

completed: 54.167%

Catch the Toronto Molson Indy live and in-person.

Well, this is awful. Work originally wanted me to work on Saturday night, and because of that I did not buy a ticket to see the Molson Indy in Toronto. But since they had something called “Free Fridays” at indycar, I decided that I would see just the Friday.

Two days ago I found out my Saturday night job was cancelled and replaced with a Saturday morning job for a different customer. Oh, yes here’s a 35 page manual on your new job so you have an idea of what you are doing.

End result. This is going to be the second race that I miss

Completed: 0%

End the year at a lesser weight than I started in 2011.

I seem to have lost over 20 pounds from the time I started this program. I do not know if that is good or bad, and I keep cracking a “magic number.”

Completed: N/A until January 1st, 2012.

Go on more hikes this year. (at least greater than 12 hikes).

On October 9th, I went out for a two-hour hike and a half hour hike along what is called the Bruce Trail.  It is a Main Trail line that is over 600 km in length with dozens of feeder trails running into it.  This time I covered the section from Kerns Road in Burlington to Waterdown Road in Hamilton.  The trail was very hard dirt for the most part and quite thickly wooded off trail.  At Kerns Road, I found the remains of what looked like an abandoned quarry that the city of Burlington is slowly trying to convert into a city “Natural” park.  I do not see too many swamps (wetlands) in the middle of abanded quarries in nature anymore.

Later, I managed to sneak in an extra two-hour hike  from a waterfall called Grindstone Falls back along the Bruce Trail to where I left it on the previous Hike and followed the Waterdown Road side trail back to the Bruce Trail to the Snake Road exit.  Then I returned along the Bruce Trail directly to Grindstone Falls.  Sadly, this time I forgot to bring along my camera.  It was quite a mixed hike, very urban around Waterdown road, where I was walking along three streets to follow the “trail” in a subdivision to the quite steep climbs around Snake road.

Completed:  58.333%

Relearn how to type. (Benchmark is 52 rpm)

I really, really need to get back to this. I think it has been quite a while since I last tried to do a typing test. At that time my best wpm score for a three-minute test was 34 rpm. I guess I am a horrible two-fingered typist.

Completed: O %.

Find out the uniforms of the New York State Militia in the year 1812. (Completed)

Back in February I received my copy of “A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags, and equipment of the United States in the War of 1812″ and sure enough the chapter about the U.S. State Militias includes New York State. Unfortunately the information at the time of creation seems to have been a little sparse, with New York State having a very economical Uniform (Shared with many other neighbouring states) whose buttons (Labelled NYS) being the only way to tell that the bearer is from New York State. As to identifying what New York State Regiment the bearer is from, Your guess is as good as mine.

Completed: 100%

Conclusion:

Well, this is the horrible part. I am over 83% of way gone for 2011, and only around 61% of my goals completed, and that’s because I have kept my job for three times longer than the original contract stated!   Hopefully the fact that colder weather is finally here I can do some more activities (Watching movies and winter hikes). As to this month’s title ? Well, It does sound like something that Sir Winston S. Churchill would say, but this titile comes from the fact that I have had too much Turkey (from Thanksgiving),  Choclates (From Hallowe’en) and Overused Sound Bites.  (When was the last time that you heard a clause of three items like this that did not sound like a Churchillian spreech? :P)

September, and the Man in the Hat is back!

Introduction:

Back on January 18th, 2011, I decided to share my progress of how well I was doing in keeping up with my 2011 New Years Resolutions in a series of monthly reports as a way for people including myself to gauge my progress. This is my ninth report which ends on September 30th, 2011. So how am I doing so far? Well, to make it easier to figure out, I have a list of resolutions in bold black text, if this resolution is fully (100%) completed then the Bold text colour of the resolution in question changes to red, like shown previously. However, if the resolution is only partially completed, then a percentage will be given to three decimal places (The number of decimal places comes from my interest in Baseball.) in Bold Green Text, like shown previously. Bold Blue text means that I completely missed finishing this task in the time frame given. At the conclusion of this report I will sum up my progress into an overall figure and make a few closing remarks.

Get a Better Job in 2011. (By Better I mean more take home pay).

 
Well, I have successfully completed my sixth month at my new job. I am very happy about that. On the flip side, it is only an on-call job, so if you look at my hours worked, well – it is not that great. I am getting part-time hours with a good pay per hour compared to the thousands that are out there working retail, so I really can not complain that much. The list of major expenses continues to grow, as I have just had to purchase a replacement car, so that, gas, and the cell phone eat up into my revenues, but I think now I am finally starting to make money from this job. The races have been killed and I think my diving is going to suffer, but I think I can dig up 50 000 pennies needed to send me to the Canadian Grand Prix in 2013….
 
I have finally answered my question about how to calculate my time at this job, and that is to divide the number of days I worked by the original contract length. I think that is fair as I have almost worked double the length of the original contract.
 
269.444% (Completed)
 

Paint 731 miniatures to hopefully 3rd Generation specs. (Buttons in the right places.)

There’s currently 39 figures on the “production” line as of September 8th, with two  of them being  cavalry troopers.

I have completed two Head Swap conversions, in which the head of one figure is removed and replacd on the body of another figure.  Another three figures await conversion.

By this method the wool hats/caps worn by British Commandos get attahced to the body of a Crimean War Russian Infantrymand to make a Lower Canadian (Quehec) Militiaman of the War of 1812.  The other is a forage cap mounted French Infantryman instead of the proper shako.  I hope to have both thiese figures in Conversion Corner soon.

I am also planning to convert three British Napoleonic Infantrymen to American War of 1812 Standard Bearers of the War of 1812 by removing the muskets and threading a needle pin between their hands to use as a flagstaff. Paper Flags from the Internet will complete these conversions.

I have another 10 figures to add to my 44 previously painted figures. They are:

  1. Infantryman, U.S. 16th Infantry Regiment, 1813.
  2. Infantryman, U.S. 16th Infantry Regiment, 1813
  3. Infantryman, U. S. 16th Infantry Regiment’s National Stanard Bearer, 1813.
  4. Infantryman, U.S. Infantry Regiment, 1814.
  5. Musketeer, Russian 1st Divisional Regiment, 1812.
  6. Musketeer, Russian 2nd Divisional Regiment, 1812.
  7. Jaeger, Russian 5th Divisional Regiment, 1813.
  8. Musketeer, Sweidsh Uppland Regiment, 1813.
  9. French 1st Cuirassiers Eagle Bearer.
  10. Fusilier, Austrian 17th Infantry Regiment.

For a total of 54 figures painted.

Completed: 7.387%

Complete 20 dives this year.

Well, on July 16th, I did two dives at Centennial Beach in Barrie. The first one was excellent as it cracked my century of dives, and it was also to see the shipwreck of this old paddlewheel steamship called the Morrison. I bought along a disposable camera that is rated for 15 feet and hopefully I will have one decent shot out of 27. I did not plan to take all my pictures of one dive but it just happened that way.

The second dive I was not as a good as the first, but I have seen a few interesting toys in action that I would not mind purchasing when I have the money to do so.

Completed: 15.000 %

Catch the Canadian Grand Prix live and in-person.

Well, what I had feared has come to pass. Namely that I did not make enough money to cover my expenses occurred to see the Canadian Grand Prix. I wanted to make a proper vacation out of it, so that would have set me back a huge chunk of change for the very small amount of money that I can spare. On the bright side, by next year I should have a passport and be in a position to catch the first ever Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. With luck, there will be a Sidepocast meetup, and with more luck, I should be able to afford the Canadian Grand Prix in two years time.

Completed: 0%.

See 12 movies that I have not seen before.

Joining “Passchendaele”, “Tuskegee Airmen” , “The Eagle Has Landed“, “The Chinese Connection” ,The Day of the Jackal” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” is the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie.  For me, I would call this a political thriller along the same lines as “The Day of the Jackal”. rather than a War Movie.  Splitting Hairs?  Maybe.

completed:  54.167%

Catch the Toronto Molson Indy live and in-person.

Well, this is awful. Work originally wanted me to work on Saturday night, and because of that I did not buy a ticket to see the Molson Indy in Toronto. But since they had something called “Free Fridays” at indycar, I decided that I would see just the Friday.

Two days ago I found out my Saturday night job was cancelled and replaced with a Saturday morning job for a different customer. Oh, yes here’s a 35 page manual on your new job so you have an idea of what you are doing.

End result. This is going to be the second race that I miss

Completed: 0%

End the year at a lesser weight than I started in 2011.

I seem to have lost just 11 pounds from the time I started this program. I do not know if that is good or bad.

Completed: N/A until January 1st, 2012.

Go on more hikes this year. (at least greater than 12 hikes).

On September 24th, I went out for a two hour hike to the North Shore trails of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Dundas, Ontario.  For a wooded area the trails where for the most part, gravelled and very easy to walk on.  In the middle of the forest I found it to be strangely quiet.  There was some nice views of Cootes Paradise and I really did feel my muscles in my legs when I was done, which is what I set out to do.

Completed: 41.667%.

Relearn how to type. (Benchmark is 52 rpm)

I really, really need to get back to this. I think it has been a month since I tried to do a typing test. At that time my best wpm score for a three-minute test was 34 rpm. I guess I am a horrible two-fingered typist.

Completed: O %.

Find out the uniforms of the New York State Militia in the year 1812. (Completed)

 

Back in February I received my copy of “A Most Warlike Appearance: Uniforms, Flags, and equipment of the United States in the War of 1812″ and sure enough the chapter about the U.S. State Militias includes New York State. Unfortunately the information at the time of creation seems to have been a little sparse, with New York State having a very economical Uniform (Shared with many other neighbouring states) whose buttons (Labelled NYS) being the only way to tell that the bearer is from New York State. As to identifying what New York State Regiment the bearer is from, Your guess is as good as mine.

Conclusion:

Well, this is the horrible part. I am over 75% of way gone for 2011, and only around 54% of my goals completed. The end of warmer weather might mean that my dive gear will not get wet until next season but maybe the Queenston Heights walk might be in order.  As to this month’s title?  Well, I have a baseball cap that I really like, and it got lost, and it finally returned back home.  What?  you where expecting a broiwn fedora? 😛