Marc Erickson

Marc Erickson
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 14
I'm 57 years old. I'm a Canadian with American, Estonian, Swedish, and Canadian grandparents. My tech writing can be found here:

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JANUARY 3, 2015 6:30PM

When will the next election be?

Canada will have an election this year either on October 19, 2015 or when Harper asks for one to be called (the request would be highly unlikely to be refused), whichever comes first. (Unlike in the US, our election dates - at any level of government - are notRead full post »

People did not decide to enact free trade and globalization on facts and truthful representation. They were sold a bill of propaganda starting with Thatcher in the UK, Reagan in the US, and Mulroney in Canada. They were told that free trade would increase wealth and… Read full post »

It streams on Amazon Prime in the US (I don’t know about Canada) and is available on DVD.  Amazon Prime is available on a free thirty day trial with a credit card.  Show episodes are about an hour long and there are 12 or 13 in a season - I watchedRead full post »

 Todd Snider was influenced at the beginning of his career by Jerry Jeff Walker, who wrote Mr. Bojangles while Jerry Jeff was in jail.  The delight on Todd's face when Jerry Jeff joins him on stage to perform with him is palpable!

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Although their covers of pop/rock songs are for the most part faithful renditions, they recognize the inherent silliness of playing ukuleles and do put some comedy into their performances.  One of these videos shows a National Steel ukulele – beforeRead full post »

GVWR is used in the trucking industry to denote the maximum allowed weight for a loaded truck including fuel, etc. plus driver and passengers (if any).  This is not a truck.  ;-)

It's a big truck.  ;-)

 Yup - it's a big truck.  ;-)


Oh yeah - it's big.  ;-)

Oh yeah - it's big.  ;-)


The vertical… Read full post »

@kevinolearytv #soullesssociopath #3.5billionpeopleliving inpoverty

Corus, the company that owns the classic rock station I listen to, has been running a lot of PSAs for their project to help the local food bank.  The line in it that always infuriates me when I hear it is: “BC hRead full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2013 10:46PM

A Christmas Day skate

Myself, my Mom, my sister, and my stepdad (Mom and him were married in Aug. 1995 – I was 38) went back to Red Deer, AB for Christmas 1995 to spend it with Mom’s parents.  (In Canada, Christmas is the holiday for families getting together, not Thanksgiving.)  I knew it wouldRead full post »

...because of free trade agreements.  They have been pitched by business lobbies as job creators - that may be.  But what they DO do is move manufacturing jobs that have good wages and benefits to lower cost areas.  And those areas that have lower wage costs almost always do not provid… Read full post »

Translink - the transportation authority for the Lower Mainland of British Columbia - has been lurching from one PR disaster to another recently.  First they announced among other fare changes that they would discontinue the FareSaver boooks of ten prepaid tickets in January 2014. Social service… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2013 8:57PM

House of Cards on Netflix - WATCH IT!

I just started watching this Netflix-only series last night at 10:30 PM – part way through episode 6 at 5 AM, I finally went to bed. I guess I'll have to finish this season today as my Netflix subscription is expiring.

Kevin Spacey is one of my favourite actors - I loved… Read full post »

Have you read The Inferno?  I bought an excellent translation by Robert Pinsky a while ago.  I never finished it – because it’s quite dense – it’s as much a political satire/skewering as anything else.  And of course the people he was roasting have been obscuredRead full post »

Donald Trump is coming to Vancouver next week, confirming speculation that the Holborn Group will be bringing a Trump International tower to the city.

The Holborn Group wouldn’t elaborate on the announcement, saying only that the iconic Manhattan developer is bringing his family — inclu

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JUNE 4, 2013 9:44PM

School's Out (very soon! )


 School’s Out – from Alice Cooper: Live at Montreux 2005


What they say in the comments about Cooper’s shows is correct – he has always been a showman ever since Bob Ezrin first saw him at a club in the late 60s.  This songRead full post »

JUNE 3, 2013 4:31PM

Effective advertising

Signs on West Pender street in downtown Vancouver, B.C.:

Pizza - beer


Pizza - beer: what more needs to be said?  ;-)

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MAY 15, 2013 2:40AM

Adrian Dix must go

How do you blow a 20 point lead in the polls with a record as appalling as the Liberal government's?  But Adrian Dix managed it.  Yes, he didn't want to run a negative campaign - but it's possible to point out bad decisions without running a negative campaign.

Killing the Lieberal… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2013 1:09AM

People in BC are stupid

They just re-elected a Lieberal government (yes the misspelling is intentional).

Why do conservatives (the BC Liberal Party is a conservative party) continually claim to be better money managers than liberals?  Conservatives elected nationally in both Canada and the US and in BC (as you can see… Read full post »

There have been almost 3 million views of Commander Chris Hadfield's version (he's changed the lyrics slightly) of David Bowie's Space Oddity recorded on board the International Space Station - and he appears to be really playing that guitar!  Good on you, fellow Canuck!


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The behaviour by the coach enabling the rapists is reprehensible. This person (he's not a man - men do the right thing) should be charged with aiding and abetting and this person should never work with youth again.  A petition to fire him is here.

I was a coach of teenaged athletes… Read full post »

NASA is bringing the F1 engines that powered the Saturn V booster back to life.  This is the most powerful single chamber engine ever made - and was mostly built by hand.   Firing a 40 year old engine is a technical challenge - for example, all of the seals had to… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2013 6:54PM

Rusty and the window washers

The window washers were on site today for the annual window cleaning. My cat Rusty is ever curious and sometimes sits in a chair by the window.  The cleaner's ropes were hanging down, and eventually he got close to my floor, making a bit of noise as he bumped… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2013 12:19AM

The world keeps changing

 A recent menu at a local Denny's restaurant:


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APRIL 4, 2013 7:56PM

Ingrid Cheung and Her Bass Flute

I was a musician through to the end of high school and continue to have a strong interest in many different kinds of music.  I was walking down Granville street today and saw a female busker playing the flute.

  Ingrid Cheung


A flute isn't a match for traffic noise -… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2013 7:23PM

It's Cherry Blossom Time

On Monday I came out of the Burrard Skytrain station, walked across the sunken plaza, and started climbing the stairs to street level.  I looked up and this is what I saw:

Cherry blossoms 

 The picture doesn't do the scene justice - it was like coming underneath a canopy… Read full post »

Remnants of a meteor strike over Sri Lanka on December 29, 2012 have been studied by astrobiologists at Cardiff University in the UK.  They say the stones contain fossilised biological structures fused into the rock matrix and that their tests clearly rule/

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