It’s officially less than a month until the wee one arrives. That’s assuming, of course, that El Bebe arrives on the due date (29 August, updated from the doctor). The odds are about 6% that it’ll happen.
We’re already bribing the kid to come early to lessen Alex’s discomfort.
Continue reading “T-30 days and counting”
Friday was a slow day at Critical Mass, being the “day after” the Town Hall. These sorts of Fridays are often plagued with low productivity, lots of bleary eyes and headaches, lots of greasy food, and more than a few “Oh god, I did that?” realisations.
But every now and then, there’s a little surprise. Like when Clay called and told me to come and take possession of the iPhone. Yes, that iPhone.
Continue reading “I have an iPhone … sort of”
About two and a half weeks ago, [[The piping is in|the heating pipes went in]]. The theory that we’ve been holding to all along is that the pipes would go in mere days before concrete would permanently seal them in place. This was done to ensure a minimum of opportunity for pipes to be crushed or otherwise damaged.
The problem is that all of this hinged on the concrete supplier delivering on time. Which they’re not. Not by a long shot.
Continue reading “More delays in the basement”
There are parties, and there are parties. Then there’s a Critical Mass party.
There’s usually a recovery period afterwards, too.
Continue reading “Critical Mass Summer Event 2007, Day 3”
It’s Town Hall week ([[Critical Mass Summer Event 2007, Day 1|but you already know that]]), and that means another installment of BeerCamp. We don’t do these nearly as frequently as we should, but they’re always a welcome addition to our regular cycle of meetings and reading emails.
And as an added bonus, there’s beer. (Well, except for those of us unable to currently drink it, anyway.)
Continue reading “Critical Mass Summer Event 2007, Day 2”
Neil just showed me his iPhone. He’s from Chicago, so it’s fully functional. (We’ll have some in the office shortly, but no voice service.)
It’s soooooooooo nice. The videos you see on Apple.com don’t lie — that’s what it’s actually like. Neil calls it a “game changer”, and it’s not an understatement.
Dammit. I really want one.
It’s that time of the year again — the annual Critical Mass Summer Event. Unlike last year’s events, this year we’ve had to take a slightly different approach.
Frankly, we’ve officially become too big to ship everyone out to Calgary for one big family reunion. So the three major offices (Toronto, Chicago, and Calgary) have their own events. Toronto was first two weeks ago, Chicago was last week, and now it’s our turn.
Continue reading “Critical Mass Summer Event 2007, Day 1”
There are times when your very existence is effectively controlled by someone else. And when that someone else pays you no attention, you start to feel very neglected.
Such is my case with Google. But for the record, I’m not actually complaining.
Continue reading “Caught in the Google Dance”
As y’all already know, I was in the Lower Mainland on the weekend. As always, I took my camera with me to capture … well, pretty much anything that happened to cross my path.
Particularly important since the CP main line is a 10 minute walk from the house (2 minutes if I cut across a field).
Continue reading “Pictures from the West Coast”
Allen organised a family reunion, mostly for the local folks. The family is scattered far and wide, but it’s not easy for everyone to come out.
I think Alex and I came from the furthest distance away.
Continue reading “Family reunion in Ruskin”
We flew out from Calgary this morning to Abbotsford, to attend Alex’s family reunion (hosted by Allen at the family “farm”). I haven’t been here since sometime last year, and I’m struggling to remember exactly when that was. Thanksgiving comes to mind…
There’s a certain amount of stereotypical weather. We’re on the West Coast. And it’s raining.
Continue reading “Raining in Ruskin”
This definitely falls into “WTF” territory. Tim found this and had us all saying basically the same thing:
What the heck?
A giant yellow rubber duck in France.
We’ve been going to the Calgary Farmers Market for a very long time now. Not quite since it opened, but I think not long afterwards. When we lived in Garrison Woods, it was a weekend ritual (it was a five-minute walk from our house) for breakfast. It was nice, unique, and homey.
But I fear it’s turning political and greedy, and the ultimate sufferers are regulars to the Market.
Continue reading “Problems at Calgary Farmers Market?”
It’s hot in Calgary. Hit 33.5 degrees on the Mini’s thermometer. That’s pretty darn warm for Cowtown.
And for some reason, it brings out the dragonflies.
Continue reading “Hunting dragonflies”
Part of the renovations include some changes to the electrical system. As you’ve probably already read, I’ve torn out large chunks of the wiring in the basement. I had to — it was quite the mess.
The electrical panel also needs moving. It’s in the middle of what will become the shower. Realistically-speaking, not a good place for high-voltage.
Continue reading “Some new electrical”
Well, good news. The heating pipes are now ready. At least the inspectors says so. The heat is a long way from being done, but a least a bit of it is good to go.
The inspector left the papers behind, including a note about how final approval will require heating restored to the upstairs. That’s also part of the renovations — we need an air exchanger.
Continue reading “Heating pipes are approved”
If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you’ve probably come across a rant or two of mine about all the garbage surrounding things like [[Disbelieving DRM and copy protection|DRM]] and the [[What is that irritating whine?|MPAA saying stupid things]].
Recently, Canada passed additional legislation to strengthen existing laws to curtail the supposed rampant piracy north of the border. This was after countless articles that claimed Canada was virtually the centre of all piracy.
All I asked was: Where’s the beef?
Continue reading “Movie and Music Piracy in Canada all wrong?”
Canyon works quickly! I got a call from them yesterday saying they were getting started with the heat piping, and would take 1-2 days to get it all in.
I came home last night, and it was all in. Almost.
Continue reading “The piping is in”
Okay, yes, I’ve been busy. And I’ve been far too lax with all the photographs thus far. Thankfully, Alex has been very good at filling in the blanks.
So, from the top, here’s what we’ve got so far…
Continue reading “Renovation catchup, with pictures!”
One of the great things about the Calgary Stampede is all the pancake breakfasts (a Calgary tradition) that go on during the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.
One of the worst things is when you eat too much. I think I need to lie down. Ugh.
Today, Canyon starts the process of installing the heating pipes for the floor. (With luck, it’s also the day our electrician starts moving the service and installing the new box.)
We’re one step closer to having a completed basement, but it came at the expense of my poor finger…
Man, does my finger hurt
In a previous life, I worked for Radical Entertainment, maker of video games. Very fun company, very fun job. Well, when I wasn’t writing technical documents, which is about the most boring job I think I’ve ever done.
Even though it’s been almost 7.5 years, I do still miss working there. But I know that today, Radical’s a very different place.
Continue reading “Great Canadian Video Game Contest”
My friend Kathryn got married this weekend. A truly wonderful event that forced my hand to leave the comfort of my familiar Cowtown (and miss the opening of the Calgary Stampede) to visit rural Ontario and experience the joyous event.
I gotta say, probably the most relaxful weekend I’ve had in … well, a really long time.
Continue reading “A Middle Ontario wedding”
Over the weekend, I had the chance to go stay with my sister and brother-in-law’s cottage near Huntsville, ON. It’s been a long time since I was last there, and it was good to see my family one last time before it expands again by one.
I really need to get out there more often.
Continue reading “Up at the cottage”
Tonight, we went to see the Transformers movie. I got three words for you:
Giant. Robot. Mayhem.
Continue reading “More than meets the eye”
And a whole lotta frustration!
Tonight, I put together another section of framing. A four-foot section. In two hours. Doesn’t seem like a lot, does it? Nor should it — other much longer sections went together a lot quicker. I think I invented a few new swear words.
Continue reading “Some assembly required”
Ever asked yourself what’s inside a 50 year-old furnace? Yeah, me neither. And yet, the answer to this very question was provided to me as I continued with the renovations in the basement.
Namely, taking the 50 year-old furnace apart so I could get the bugger out. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Thank God for that!
Continue reading “What is inside a 50 year-old furnace?”
Every time that I’ve chased CP 2816, it’s been eastbound. Never before have I had the chance to actually do a westbound chase.
Today, I finally got that chance.
Continue reading “Chasing CPR Empress 2816 from Calgary to Canmore”
It’s not every day you get to celebrate someone’s 140th birthday, and they’re pretty happy about the whole affair. I got to spend it what I’ve done for several years now, helping out with the Rocky Mountain Rail Society at the Alstom Yards (former CP Ogden) holding a little show-and-ride.
We also attempted to see fireworks. With emphasis on “attempted”. You’ll see why in a moment.
Continue reading “Canada Day 2007”