Intruders & Prowlers

Yes­ter­day I saw this great pho­to of two Lego jets, the A‑6 Intrud­er and the EA-6B Prowler:

Grumman A-6E Intruder and EA-6B Prowler updated

…which remind­ed me of my hal­cy­on days as an Air Cadet, attend­ing Air Stud­ies1 Camp in Pen­hold, Alber­ta. My Air Stud­ies flight2 was named “Prowler Flight” for the EA-6B Prowler, which was the Elec­tron­ic War­fare ver­sion of the A‑6 Intruder.

Back then I did­n’t think any­thing of the nomen­cla­ture, but now it strikes me as a lit­tle… creepy. I have to won­der, is there a plane out there code-named “Stalk­er”?

  1. Think “Flight School Lite”. 
  2. A flight is pret­ty much the Air Force equiv­a­lent of a pla­toon

August Aurora

I head­ed out of town, hop­ing to catch Mars and Sat­urn before they set. I did­n’t have a lot of time, and when I got to a decent dark spot, the view was­n’t great, and high­way traf­fic to the south would have out­shined the plan­ets in any event.

Then I turned around, to face the north.

One of those nights

My dis­ap­point­ment fad­ed away.

Scent and memory

They’re tar­ring the roof of the West­man Cen­ten­ni­al Audi­to­ri­um. I bike past it every day on my way to work, and again on my way home. It’s actu­al­ly on cam­pus, so it’s near enough that I can smell the tar from my office if the win­dows are open.


I don’t like the smell of tar. I don’t think I’m alone in this. But I’ve noticed, the last cou­ple days, that when I’m still about a block away, it does­n’t quite smell like tar. It smells like the grease my gram­pa Hrushowy used on his tractors.

Which makes me think of the farm, and about my grand­par­ents, and all the hap­py mem­o­ries well up.

Grandpa and Grandma

Stars and leaves

I went in to the Win­nipeg Word­Press meet­up last night and talked about what to do when you hit a Codex page that has the dread­ed There is currently no text in this page. (The slides from the pre­sen­ta­tion are at the end of this page.)

On the way home, I stopped in at the halfway tree for some star shots. I can’t decide which one I like best:

The halfway tree


The halfway tree