Monthly Archives: September 2017

Kamloops Municipal By-Elections

Sometimes, one gets the idea that the local Council is not doing a good job. Apparently, a lot of people in Kamloops are thinking that way. We have by-election coming up on September 30. There are six people running for mayor, and there are twenty-one people running for two councillor positions.

I wonder if the city government will catch on that they are not doing nearly as good a job as they think they are. One questionable decision that they have taken well-deserved flak for is changing the recycling program so that plastic bags are no longer accepted.

If you are a Kamloopsian eligible to vote, please be sure to.

Odd Language #224: [Not] A Laughing Matter

There is a joke about a foreign-language student in a home-stay program having trouble with a newspaper article. The student could not understand why the person was charged with what seemed to not be a crime at all.

The issue: The student was reading the crime’s name as “man’s laughter” instead of “manslaughter”. When corrected by her host, the student was quite abashed.

Playing on this same pronunciation difference, the game Smallworld by Days of Wonder has a slogan of “It’s a world of *s*laughter, AFTER ALL!”

Puzzle #227: Frozen Yummy

The yummy, chocolate-coated, ice cream thing on a stick that you – OK, OK, I – have been buying costs $4.20 at the local store near where I work.

How many ways are there to pay $4.20 with exact change using the usual Canadian coin denominations (nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, and toonie)? Wait; that would be boring. How many combinations consist of six or fewer coins?

[Hint: You can save yourself some effort if you look at the problem in the right way.]

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #225 Solution: Textbooks

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Attack-X Gaming Convention Last Weekend

The big event of the year on my social calendar happened last weekend (from Friday to Sunday, September 15-17, 2017): Attack-X, Kamloops’s own gaming convention.

I played some Dungeons & Dragons.

Once again, I played The Mutant Epoch by Will McAusland (who lives in Kamloops).

I played some board games. I bought some board games.

Oh, yeah, there was tabletop wargaming, too. (It is the main focus of Attack-X.) The wargamers had a good time, and once again, I got to see some very nice painting and game setups.

I had a great time.

Odd Language #223: Shooting at What?

“You have to spot the nerve case and get it . . . whereupon he will trot right on past you, shooting at nothing, until he crashes into a wall or something.” – Starship Troopers, p. 135

The issue: If one is shooting, one is shooting at something. Maybe, one is shooting at nothing in particular, but that is not nothing.

Think gun safety!

Puzzle #226: What is the Rule?

If red is better than blue, starting better than quitting, something better than nothing, water better than wine, failure better than success, area better than volume, fast better than slow, and fast better than rapid, which is better: math or money? Why?

[Clue: The rule has to do with the spelling of the words.]

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #224 Solution: Fauxgo

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Attack-X Gaming Convention This Weekend

The big event of the year on my social calendar is happening this weekend (from Friday to Sunday, September 15-17, 2017): Attack-X, Kamloops’s own gaming convention.

Attack-X is mainly for tabletop wargaming, but once again, I will be there upholding the boardgaming contingent. There will be other gaming, too (some RPG and historical gaming, at least).

Come see some very interesting games. Tabletop wargaming with all those painted figures and scenery is an aesthetic treat even if you do not play.

Come play some games.

Odd Language #222: Taking Advantage Of X

There it is: “taking advantage of X”. It looks so innocent. Maybe, it is, but maybe it is heinous, evil, .

The issue: Context, context, context. Use this handy scoring guide:

“take advantage of a opportunity”: good.
“take advantage of a person”: bad.
“take advantage of a woman”: really bad.

Hey, manager! If you take advantage of Ms. Smith’s availability to work late a couple hours on Wednesday on the Gregg proposal, well and good. If you take advantage of Ms. Smith to get a couple more hours of work done on the Gregg proposal – the same work as in the first example – you are vile and evil. Go figure.