Month: October 2006

October means…brains!

October is not only the month that Halloween falls in, (hence the new look on my site for this month), but it also means a ton of stuff for Char and I. The 13th is our anniversary, 15th my birthday, and the 26th her birthday. October was originally supposed to be the month that we moved into this house, but that got bumped to the much less hectic December.

So what do we do this month? Well Char and I decided to celebrate this last year in a little bit of style last night.

Since Friday was our 5 year anniversary, and since we haven't really been out on our own since Kaylin was born, we decided to get a hotel in downtown Toronto and have a wild and crazy free night in the T-Dot.

My mom and dad came to Ajax to take care of the Kegger, and we headed in to the big smoke, but first, we made a brief pit-stop at the slots of Ajax Downs. The slot machines have been there for almost a year now, but we haven't made the long two minute commute to them until yesterday. The place is tiny, but the parking lot is packed and nearly every machine had someone in front of it. Char and I managed to find a couple of free machines and did $10.00 each of gambling. It was fun, but uneventful with neither of us recouping our money (though I was up about $5.00 at one point).

We went downtown to our hotel and then walked over to the Paramount Theatre, where we watched The Departed, which was an amazing, albeit bloody, movie with a terrific ending. By the time the movie was over it was 10:30, and we went out for a very late dinner.

Strolling down Queen Street, we headed over to Tortialla Flats, only to find out that the building it had occupied has been torn down (and replaced with what looks like 5 or 6 stories of something or other). Not knowing what to do, we headed down Queen and finally stopped in at Peter Pan, which is something of a Queen Street institution (and which was once upon a time the home of master chef Suser Lee). I had the steak, Charlene had the Pasta Primavera, we were both delightfully gorged when we walked back down Queen Street and up Yonge to our hotel.

It was so nice to remember what life was like 14 short months ago, but as we strolled, most of our conversations strayed to things Kaylin does that we love, or funny little things she did this past week. They say having a child changes your perspective, and it's very true. She is truly our everything, the centre of our worlds, and the light of our lives.

She's pretty special, and we like her a lot.

This morning we woke up, and headed down to Front Street looking for breakfast. We decided on the Marche, and had a delicious breakfast of waffles, Rosti Potatoes, and sausages, not to mention the Marche's awesome coffee (which is my favourite coffee in all the world). After breakfast we bought some magazines, popped into a shop on The Esplenade and bought Kaylin a little gift, and headed back home.

Our mouse was pretty happy to see us, though she was feeling quite under the weather, she's developed a bit of a cold, and I seem to have picked some of it up as well.

Kaylin was in great spirits though, and she toddled around all afternoon chasing my mom's dog Cera, and playing with her books, toys, and animals.

Today's my 35th birthday. I spent the morning in Toronto, and the afternoon with my little girl, my wife, and my mom and dad. Yup, I'd say that was just about the perfect way to end a pretty perfect weekend.

Holy craptastic reporting, Batman!

The Toronto Star had an article in yesterday's paper about how comics are losing their value. Of course no actual figures were given on how comics are losing their value, the article was horribly written and incredibly disjointed, and had no merit other than a pithy title that cashes in on a failed TV show which is now 40 years old. The Toronto Star…why ask why when you can just be dumb?

It's stuff like this that makes me question everything that a newspaper puts out. When they write a horrible piece about something I actually know a lot about, what does that say about the stuff that I depend on the paper for? How biased, wrongheaded, and downright out of context is the crime problem in Toronto? How accurate is their reporting of what's going on in the middle east? Heck, are the movie listings even accurate?

The article (which can be read on the CGC Message boards under the title of “Old comics losing their value??“) is an example of shoddy reporting at its finest.

What boggles my mind is the mainstream acceptance that comic books and comic book themes are getting these days, and how a newspaper can be so mired in the past as to simply not “get it”.

Two of the top 10 box office records of all time go to comic book inspired movies. Comic inspired movies are nominated for Academy Awards (see Ghost World, American Splendour and A History of Violence). Comic themes dominate the TV screen these days (See Heroes, and pretty much any JJ Abrams or Joss Whedon produced series such as Lost, Alias, Buffy or Angel).

Yet the Toronto Star is stuck in 1967.

Congratulations Toronto Star, you made me ask why.

A total lack of writing ability

So Ryan recently pointed out to me how lax I've been in updating my site of late. It's sad when he's posted 8 times in the time since my last post. There's no good reason for it either. I'm busy of course, but not busier than normal. I've got a couple of projects on the go, but nothing huge that's monopolizing all of my time. I'm actually in a little bit of a rut with a lot of big things on the horizon, but nothing big happening right now.

Let's go down the list shall we?
Ryan McFadden – October 20th he's set as his date to release his latest short story. So October 20th is now the date that I'll be launching his new e-store/website which will allow him to publish his stories through an e-store, which will in turn build him a mailing list, which he will use to cultivate a market, which will then make him a published author.

All New Comics – A couple of fairly major updates are on the horizon, I'm thinking about ways of tweaking the site and maybe doing a major update in the new year. We need to come up with a major marketing plan, because we've hit a little bit of a plateau, but it's a good plateau right now (the trick is to rise above these plateaus and move on).

TSN.ca – Firing on all cylinders. I actually spend a lot of time managing projects lately, and I'm very busy doing that.

HeadsDown – has hit a plateau, but it's a “where do we go from here” plateau. It's a good question, and one that both Ryan and I need to consider. I know where I'd like to go, but it's kind of a 5 year plan, and I don't think that much of it's in his 5 year plan. Maybe if “The Plan” comes to fruition I can start getting back into coding and just work on this full time.

Kaylin – Non stop fun. She's a blast all the time, but she doesn't require THAT much effort. The one thing I'm having a hard time with is figuring out when to do certain things. I don't like making a lot of noise in the office when she's sleeping because she's in the room next to the office. I don't like working in the garage when she's sleeping because it's right under her, so that leaves the main floor or the basement.

Then there's “The Plan”. I'd talk about that here…but then what would tease you into coming back? Check back later in the week and I'll discuss some of “The Plan” here.