Month: November 2006

Our house is officially on the market

Our house is on the market, yesterday saw about 14 real estate agents come through, today was supposed to be our first showing (although I don't think they ever came), and the pictures that were taken on Tuesday morning are now up on MLS.

Our agent (Rick Menary of Sutton Heritage Realty Inc), has a great little listing up on his own website for our little house at 96 Tansley Crescent, soon available at 96Tansley.com. The MLS listing is also online, we're listing E1034835.

We were supposed to have a showing today from 10-11, but I don't think the agent showed up, we've got another showing on Saturday from 11:30-12:30 as well.

Hopefully something will happen quickly and we can move on with the next phase in “the big plan”.

Oh crap! We own two houses!!!

This week has been pretty busy so far. We painted on the weekend, re-organized the house, bought and installed nearly a dozen light fixtures, took care of a sick baby, and bought a new house…and so far it's only Tuesday!

On Saturday and Sunday my parents came down and along with Char's brother Dennis, sister-in-law Tina, and sister Sharon, we painted and cleaned the house top to bottom. Dennis, dad and I painted the Master bedroom, ensuite, 2nd bathroom, hallway and office.

I re-painted the 2nd bathroom Sunday night (because the blue we painted it was just totally wrong, so I repainted it green).

Char and I “edited” all of the rooms to have just basics, our basement is now practically FILLED with stuff, which will take us a few more days to edit down (not to mention a few dozen trips to the dump).

Sunday night Kaylin got sick, vomiting and running a fever, so she stayed with me on Monday, and I only got 2 light fixtures up (Living room and hallway).

Monday was mostly spent with Kaylin sleeping on my chest. Not that I'm complaining, I love that little munchkin, and it was actually kind of relaxing to be stuck on the couch with her sleeping on me.

This morning I put up the kitchen light fixture, and threw out a bunch more stuff, the photographer came by and took some photos, and we packed Kaylin up and headed out to London.

In London we went to Oakridge Crossing, and looked at a pair of houses by Reid's Heritage homes. After about an hour of comparing and contrasting, we chose to put a down payment on the Rosewood model, and if all goes according to plan, we'll be moving into it in late January.

Wednesday there will be a realtor's showing of our house by our agent Rick, and we're hoping that it will drum up some interest. We've put our house a bit under the market in the hopes that we can have a quick sale, and I have to say, sitting in our ridiculously clean office, I want to buy our house…and I freakin' live here already!

Web 2.0 and you

This post is part of my new resolution to post at least once a week, every week on this site. Sometimes I'll write about purely personal things, sometimes I'll write about things that interest me, who knows what it will be? The point is, there will always be something here, every week, by Wednesday. This week: Web 2.0, and how it impacts you.

Web 2.0 is a big buzzword, it's all about AJAX, Ruby on Rails, social networking, vertical integration, and mass adoption of web technologies as tools. It's marketingspeak for “the same old crap we've been doing forever”.

Jeffery Zeldman on “A List Apart” says of Web 3.0:

In addition to favoring simpler solutions built by leaner teams, the stuff labeled “Web 2.0” tends to have technological commonalities.

On the back end, it is most often powered by open source technologies like PHP or (especially) Ruby on Rails.

On the front end, it is mainly built with web standards—CSS for layout, XML for data, XHTML for markup, JavaScript and the DOM for behavior—with a little Microsoft stuff thrown in.

When web standards with a little Microsoft stuff thrown in are used to create pages that can interact with the server without refreshing, the result is web apps that feel peppy and, dare we say it, Flash-like. In a white paper that actually got read, writer/consultant Jesse James Garrett named what I’ve just described. He called it AJAX, and the acronym not only took, it helped interactivity powered by these technologies gain traction in the marketplace.

The thing I find kind of interesting is that a lot of these sites are starting to look similar. Del.Icio.US looks very similar to Flikr. Ma.Gnolia and BoxCloud have similar looks. The UI of newer upstarts like FileMobile and VOX share looks. Digg, the new “Social Networked” Netscape, and ShoutWire all look very similar.

The clever naming schemes like Del.Icio.US really annoy me, and make me long for the old days of Web 1.0.

Now how does Web 2.0 impact you? Simple, small, dedicated teams are creating tons of useful tools every day that allow you, the user, to do everything from host a photo gallery, to upload your personal videos, to easily set up a web log.

Web 2.0 is about useful applications which are web based, and therefore easily update able. There are still tons of applications waiting to be built. Where's the Web 2.0 version of iTunes (where my account is associated with my device, not the computer which I use to upload my music from)? Where's my easy to use web interface that ties into my Media Centre?

I find all of this stuff interesting because the web has suddenly come back in vogue (although in reality it never left) and it's largely because of stuff that's been around for a number of years, but now has a buzz word attached to it.

UPDATE: I just stumbled across a really cool article on Pixel Acres called “The Visual Design of Web 2.0“.

PS3 Insanity!!!

The Playstation 3 went for sale today, people lined up for days, and the action was fast and furious. Stores got 15 units, people lined up since Tuesday, and in the aftermath the eBay sales are just stupid.

A quick check on eBay sees that a PS3 sold online for $15,000.00.

That's just plain silly.

Meanwhile, I popped by Future Shop this morning and grabbed an Xbox 360 with Gears of War, Ridge Racer 6, Ghost Recon, and Xbox Live Arcade, all for $449.00.

Now I just have to sell my regular Xbox and all of my Xbox games, and it should net out to zero.

Of course the “Wah wah wah” part of this story is that I don't have time to actually play the darned thing until after we move to London.

Le Sigh.

The plan begins

A couple of months ago I mentioned “the plan” and how I would be working on “The plan”, and how just having “the plan” made me feel better about my future. Well I'm pleased to say that after quite a bit of thought, a little bit of negotiation, and a lot of soul searching, “the plan” has begun and we initiated the first phase of it this week. Yesterday, for the second time in my life I quit TSN.ca.

I've accepted a position with Info Tech, an IT research group based in my home town of London Ontario.

Char and I have been talking about this for a couple of months, I had two head hunters working for me, but it was my London friend John who came up with the contact at Info Tech which led to the job.

Info Tech looks like a really cool place to work, and because they have an office in Toronto, I'll be able to transition nicely to our eventual London base.

Moving to London will put us closer to family, give us a smaller mortgage, and most importantly reduce our expenses to a level that will allow Charlene to stay at home with Kaylin.

For the last week or so we've been putting the finishing touches on “the plan” getting things in place just in case everything came to pass, which it now has. We're in great shape now.

Last night we found a real estate agent in Ajax, and our house should be on the market in the next couple of weeks. We found some painters who should be able to paint up our house this weekend or next week. We're going to hang pictures, make the joint look more pretty.

Ryan suggested a real estate agent in London, who we're going to speak to this weekend, and we've found 4 places we'd like to take a look at as well.

Yep, “the plan” is in effect.

Psst, wanna see something REALLY scary?

Halloween is a time for the creepy crawlies, the things that go bump in the night, and the truly scary. Scary stuff like…SCARECROWS!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEK! That's what Kaylin was this year, a really scary scarecrow.

That's right, our little kegger was a scarecrow this year. Mommy whipped up this costume which consisted of the cutest little overalls and shirt from Value Village, little patches, an attached crow (because let's face it, she's too darned cute for the birds to REALLY be scared of her), and lots of felt “straw” sticking out of her clothes.

Pictured with Kaylin is her stuffed Owly figure, available soon from All New Comics. Owly is featured in three awesome kid-friendly graphic novels from Top Shelf Press. The Owly stories have no words in them, Owly and his friends speak in pictograms, which is awesome for little ones to read.

Okay, the comic pimping is over…honestly. I'm just trying to help build Kaylin a good college fund though.

It's hard to believe that a year ago she looked like this.

Since Halloween is over, I'm going to throw together a Christmas themed design for this site, something I had started on a couple of years ago, but then got sidetracked. Check out the original design, and tell me what you think.