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Author: Wolfgang Leonhardt Created: 6/9/2007 5:52 PM RssIcon
This is a blog about Calgary, my meanderings on business, technology and life.
By wolf Leonhardt on 8/14/2009 10:26 AM
The Crasher Squirrel has gone viral.
By wolf Leonhardt on 7/14/2009 8:08 AM
Could not believe what I heard on the radio this morning
By wolf Leonhardt on 3/23/2009 6:10 AM
First the economy then the soccer dome and now the Golf dome!
By wolf Leonhardt on 2/9/2009 12:17 PM
Maybe I haven't posted too much lately but it is because I am keeping a close eye on the economy and on what is going on with Real Estate
By wolf Leonhardt on 12/4/2008 7:37 AM
Read between the lines and the truth will become clear. I have received a number of petitions by email so see the update by clicking on more
By wolf Leonhardt on 11/26/2008 9:19 AM
The Economy- 1 view
By wolf Leonhardt on 11/20/2008 10:43 AM
Some politicians feel secure in their jobs some don't
By wolf Leonhardt on 11/15/2008 1:45 PM
My apologies for the lack of entries this year
By wolf Leonhardt on 2/18/2008 7:44 AM
What is on your "want" list?
By wolf Leonhardt on 2/11/2008 8:05 AM

I just read about the new public toilet in Calgary. Apparently it has a ten minute time limit and once that is hit then the doors open and sirens go off. I don't know about you but sometimes ten minutes can be awfully short!

So if the automated toilet led to you being "exposed" would you be ticketed for indecent exposure?

By wolf Leonhardt on 11/16/2007 7:36 AM
The idea is floating around that perhaps with the loonie versus the greenback we should look at a common currency. Personally I really like the idea. Why? Mostly because I hated the way our standard of living suffered when the dollar was low ( ie 60 cents).

Is there a danger here? Probably, since a unified North American currency would be impacted by the ever so large US national debt. Not being an economist I can really only look at it in everyday terms. Flip over the book and there would be one price not two. There would be some comfort in knowing that the price of lettuce in Texas could be compared to the price of lettuce in Calgary without having to convert the currency. ( sidebar , now if we could just get rid of that silly metric system life would really be grand)

Of course the biggest problem is what would we call the darn thing. We can't use Euro, it's taken. Let's see ( as I begin to muse), North American currency. Could we call it the Nora. Maybe but it doesn't seem to have the same cachet...
By wolf Leonhardt on 11/11/2007 9:08 AM
Alberta government studies the idea of changing the date of Christmas.
By wolf Leonhardt on 10/26/2007 6:01 AM

The "our fair share" idea leaves me with a certain amount of uneasiness.  You could easily surmise that somehow we have been getting screwed by some evil business types, in this case BIG OIL.  Is that really the case here? I don't mean to give you a course in capitolism here but really the job of any business is to make profits. How do we make profits? It is extremely simple. You buy low and sell higher. Big Oil, medium Oil and even small Oil have been doing exactly what they are supposed to do. Negotiate their best possible deal on the supply side.

If we haven't been getting "our fair share" then to me - and I readily admit I am no expert in the O & G industry- the real blame must fall on the original supplier. Gee wonder who that was? Hint, think previous governments.

Clearly to me, this whole thing is a diversionary tactic with a nasty twist. Think election, think put the blame on someone else.

RIP Alberta Advantage

By wolf Leonhardt on 10/24/2007 9:56 AM
Here is a novel idea - any side effects?
By wolf Leonhardt on 10/21/2007 12:56 PM
In a global economy is there any way to justify the huge difference between Canadian pricing and US pricing on many goods.
By wolf Leonhardt on 8/26/2007 8:55 AM
It seems Calgary has become a raceway and yet reports lead us to believe everything is under control
By wolf Leonhardt on 8/21/2007 7:12 AM
Great Falls - Cross border Shopping - Quadruplets - Charleston Daily Mail : What do all these things have in common?
By wolf Leonhardt on 8/6/2007 2:05 PM

Is Calgary caught up in a crime wave? Is the city gripped with fear. Let us know by taking our poll.



By wolf Leonhardt on 7/23/2007 2:26 PM

Boy am I glad that the kids were gifted a copy of Harry Potter the deathly hallows. What a bore that was. I would of been mad if I had plunked down my own money.  Now I admit I am not a professional book reviewer or a super Harry Potter fan but hey I did enoy the other books.

This one however is different, yes I know it ties up lots of unanswered questions but it does so in an almost monotonous fashion. The same stuff over and over. I got to thinking the 400 or so pages describing the never ending camping trip really will get cut down to about 3 seconds when they make the inevitable movie.

In order to avoid spoiling anything or anyone, I will refrain from making suggestion on how this book could have been made more exciting, I know for sure it could have been a lot shorter and might then have been a pleasant read. Farewell HP !

By wolf Leonhardt on 7/17/2007 7:53 AM
Have you ever wandered into a casino and looked at the craps table. It looks fun, it looks exciting but it also looks really intimidating. On a recent road trip we stayed in the Sands hotel in Reno Nevada. As usual I am an early riser and so headed down to the casino floor around 6 am. As the title suggest I am not really  a gambler but I was really intrigued by the craps table.

Luckily at 6:00 AM there was no one on the table and I approached the craps dealer and asked how difficult it was to learn.  He offered to guide me and so I was willing to plunk down a $20 for this unique experience.  After about 15 minutes I was up  a whole $4.50 and figured that was enough and I could walk away a winner. Which I promptly did.

Afterwards I realized this was  a really fun game and I simply had to know more about it but I don't like learning the hard way and being an Internet junkie I soon found an answer to my quest to learn more about the game of craps.

Sapphire Software makes a craps simulator...




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