Month: December 2002

Merry Christmas to all!

If you’re reading this, it’s after Christmas, so it’s a belated holiday wish, but it comes from the heart none-the-less.

My new year’s resolutions are:

More HeadsDown, less TSN.ca

This past summer I spent a whole lot of time on TSN.ca, and no time on HeadsDown, as a result, I’m claiming exactly $175.00 in HeadsDown revenue this year, as opposed to last year which was almost 40 times that amount. Not good.

Get in shape

2002 was a bad year for me and my weight. I stopped going to the gym, lost a lot of muscle tone, and did very little cardio. This year, I want to get back to a gym and get back in shape.

Save save save

We did a great job last year, and our house fund is nearly half complete, considering we only started in March, I’m quite impressed. Moreover, we’re saving, but not seriously feeling the pinch. More of the same for this year, with an added emphasis on squirrelling away all those little extra nuggets.

Go somewhere cool

We’re going to Vegas in February, but I’d like to take some day trips in the summer to some cool places like Chicago and New York, two places I’ve always wanted to see.

Love my wife more than I did this year

Mushy, and more than a little annoying, but hey, who cares? It’s my blog!

Finally, re-designs for Tales, HeadsDown, and any other sites I own. They’ve been a long time in coming!

It’s not easy having no car

Ya know, I lived for years without a car. Last year when we bought the new Accord, I inherited Char’s 89 Accord (it was deemed no longer fit for long distance travel, but more than good enough for the 30k both way trips I take daily). Other than a new battery a couple of months ago, and an oil change in May, we haven’t done anything to is since June of last year (new brakes).

When the muffler went earlier this week, I decided it was time for some fixes.

In addition to the new muffler, I knew the car needed a tune up, an oil change, and a transmission service. What I didn’t know was that the CV boots were shot…again, and that the fuel injector housing was leaking. I’m not fixing the damn CV boots (too much cash, they’ve been fixed once before and busted almost immediately), and there are a couple of leaks that aren’t getting fixed without a major re-build (slow leak in the oil pan, and some sweat in the tranny), but the rest of the stuff needed taking care of. The sucky thing is that I’ve been without a car since Monday.

The good news? Transit isn’t that much of a pain in the @$$…oh don’t get me wrong, it’s far from pleasant, I need to do 3 transfers (bus from my place to the subway, subway to RT, RT to bus), but it only took an extra 20 minutes.

However, when I picked my car up at lunch, I was so friggin’ elated. It runs way smoother now, and doesn’t make any of the strange noises it was making.

Hopefully it will last one more year. I’m just not ready to let go yet, in another year I’m sure I’ll be sick of it though.

Optimistic again

I don’t know if it’s because it’s the end of another year that most people didn’t think we’d get through relatively unscathed, or if it’s just general optimism, but the future looks bright indeed. Well, the rest of the world may be going to hell in a hand basket, but the world of high-tech has never looked so bright!

I’ve already wrote about Time’s 2002 greatest inventions, but this month I picked up a copy of Wired Magazine. This is a mag I haven’t even looked at in about three years. Finally their layout appeals to me, their stories are relevant to things I’m concerned about (Cloning, the 5 billion dollar video games industry, and Google just to name a few), it’s mostly positive news, and everything seems to be fairly optimistic…

Maybe I’m not in the wrong industry after all!

I’m tired of movie theatres

The unthinkable has finally happened…I don’t want to go to the movies anymore.

It’s not that the movies out aren’t compelling, far from it, I would love to see Adaption, Bowling for Columbine, Comedian, Die Another Day, Femme Fatale, I Spy, Personal Velocity, or Treasure Planet, but the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

The price is the #1 reason why movie theatres suck. Even with our membership, movies at Alliance Atlantis cost us $10.75 each. Go to a Silver City or Cineplex, and you’re looking at $13.50 each. Two people, that’s $21.50-$27.00 before popcorn and pop. Add in $10.00 (that’s being generous, it’s more like $12-14.00) for two medium pops and a popcorn, now you’re at almost $40.00.

In comparison, the Lord of the Rings Extended DVD is $37.00, four discs, over 3 hours of bonus material.

The second reason theatres suck is the variations in quality you can experience. You can go to a theatre, have the best sound experience in the world, go back two nights later and have the worst sound experience, get the picture out of focus, etc…why? It’s because trained projectionists are a thing of the past…these days theatre managers also unspool pictures, often doing 4 movies nearly simutaneously.

Then there’s the crowds. Movie crowds are just obnoxious these days. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie that I didn’t have to tell someone to shut the hell up…it’s not your frigging living room folks!

It’s just so much more convenient, and so much less of a hassle to watch a movie at home now. I can rent out a movie at Blockbuster for two nights for $6.50…nuke up some popcorn and grab a litre of Coke all for another two bucks. We can still go out for dinner, we don’t have to put up with the idiots in theatres, the incompetent projection, and we can watch the movie when we want to.

Now, what will I do with the $2400.00 that I’m gonna save in movie admissions a year?

Rounded IDE cables

Rounded IDE cables

How lame am I? This is what I did this weekend…I built freaking rounded cables for my PC. Of course we helped Tiffany and Jeff move in the last of their stuff, went out for some Sushi and cheesecake, and there was the obligatory Sunday afternoon laundry day.

I finally wrote out the HeadsDown site map tonight, I built the colour scheme, and the next step is to build the Style Guide (which will be tomorrow night).

Char and I are gonna go see Solaris or the new Bond film tomorrow night (I believe it’s called “Die Die Die” or something equally iterative). Solaris looks like it could be really good, although I’ve heard mixed reviews. We’ll see.