Who wants to be a Vermilionaire?

My first purchase of Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET, NYSE:VET) shares was in the second half of 2019 at around C$27.
I was chasing yield (whoa, 15% dividends!) and didn’t read financial reports (debt, what debt?). 
Basically, I sucked at stock investments back then even more than I suck now. The timing was very bad, and COVID with lockdowns was just 8 months away. 
My 15% dividends turned into 0% and the stock price dropped to as low as ~C$3 in the middle of 2020.

VET price chart. Source: Yahoo! Finance

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Chinese Solitaire and Terrace Solitaire

Chinese Solitaire Terrace Solitaire
Just added two new Solitaire games to All-in-One Solitaire.
Only the HTML5 version is updated at the moment, but I will release updates for Android and iOS soon.
While Terrace Solitaire has been in my plans for some time already, one of the players asked to add Chinese Solitaire.
Let’s hope I’ve added the right version.
Have fun! 🙂


Alex Berenson, manipulation through omission

I was randomly surfing the Internet and stumbled upon a Substack by Alex Berenson.
It seems that Alex is a big opponent of COVID vaccines and vaccines in general.
I can’t argue about vaccines, as I’m not an expert on that topic . So my opinion is as good as everybody else’s.
To be completely truthful, I’m not an expert in anything. 🙂
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Cascades Inc., over promise and under deliver

Cascades Inc. logo

Cascades Inc. Logo

In March 2019, I purchased Cascades Inc. (TSX:CAS) stock for the first time.

Back then, I didn’t read financial reports and was just chasing yield or buying stock because I liked the company.
In general, I was doing lots of stupid things. 🙂
The company is quite well-known; you can see the Cascades logo in lots of places: on food packaging, in public bathrooms, on cardboard boxes and etc. That was a good enough reason for me to buy their shares.
So, I’ve purchased some at a price of $8.36.
Cascades Inc. is a Canadian company. All the prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
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All-in-One Mahjong, extra 20 layouts


It’s been a long time since the last update of All-in-One Mahjong, so I have a fresh release with 20 new layouts and 6 extra backgrounds.
There are certain layouts that turn out pretty interesting, like the Phoenix in the screenshot above, despite the fact that adding new layouts is generally a boring and monotonous process.

I’m also planning to add a Memory Mode. It will be something like a mix of Mahjong and Memory game, where you have to first find the pairs of tiles and only then match them.
Let’s hope it will be interesting to play. 😀


Goodfood Market, it’s getting worse

A quick update on this money-losing machine since my initial post about Goodfood.
In Q3 2022, I expected Goodfood Market (TSX: FOOD) to have a smaller loss (compared to Q2) and lower revenue.
Smaller loss because they fired some staff.
Smaller revenue, because they are losing subscribers.

Revenue was ~C$67M, compared to ~C$73M in Q2, which is lower.
The loss was ~C$21M, compared to ~C$22M, which somehow stayed almost the same.

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Canadian Real Estate and Interest Rates

Bank of Canada, yay!

July 13, 2022, another Bank of Canada meeting and a huge 1.0% (cool kids say 100 basis points) Interest Rate hike.
Four rate hikes, 2.25% in total so far, and it is still 2022 on my calendar!
Must be good for your Savings Account and bad for your Mortgage…
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Беларусь -1%

В моём посте про корону в 2021 я решил проверить статистику населения Беларуси и оказалось, что численость населения уменьшается.
В 2020 году даже население Минска сократилось на 10к человек.
Что ж, а вот и статистика на 2022:

В 2021 году население островка стабильности, только официально, уменьшмлось на ~94к!
С 9,349,645 человек до 9,255,524.
Население Минска в 2021 уменьшилось на ~13к, второй год подряд население Минска падает, хотя до этого всегда росло, бо все, кто хоть немного с мозгами, ехали в Минск.
Официальная статистика, конечно, привирает и наверняка не учитывает тысячи уехавших, которые как бы ещё в Беларуси, но уже нет.
Так что да, население Синеокой в 2021 году уменьшилось на 1%, а то и больше.



O Canada

I was thinking of going to Banff and Jasper National Parks many times, but each time I was postponing the visit and going somewhere else instead.
My thoughts were always the same, that they were here in Canada, so I could go anytime.
Finally, this “anytime” has come!
In a short 2 weeks vacation I was able to see breathtaking views of Banff and Jasper Parks, plus visit not too rainy Vancouver and Seattle along the way.

Here is a short video of me skipping a stone across Moraine Lake.


I think I had at least 5 bounces.
I could probably do better, but, you know, it was a bit windy and there were some ripples on the lake… 😀
Funny enough, only after watching the video in slow motion, I’ve realized that the stone was spinning!

🍁 Happy Canada Day! 🍁