Month: February 2007

One week and counting

Our house is a maze of boxes, our lives in a state of flux. The truck is booked, the service calls are scheduled, and the next phase in this exciting change is about to get underway…and we can't wait to get it all behind us. Seven more days and we'll be living in London.

This week has been bitter-sweet for both Char and I. She went to her old work for one final time with Kaylin, to say good-bye to former co-workers, and to give herself some closure. She said that walking through the doors one last time that the circle finally hit her. Six years ago when she first went through them she was unmarried, living on her own in Toronto. The last time she went through them she was pushing her daughter's stroller, married, living in Ajax, and getting ready to move again.

I worked my last day in Toronto on Friday. I'll probably visit from time to time, work out of the Toronto office once every few months, I'll be in Toronto for conventions, and I will definitely visit friends. However Friday was the last time that I worked in the city I've lived in (or a 20 minute drive away from) for the last 14 years. I did it up right however, I waited until 1:30 and walked up to Salad King for a final Thai meal in the T-Dot. No complaints there.

Now it's on with the packing. Our bedroom is mostly packed. I sit in my office which has everything on the floor around me (except the computer which I will save for last). The basement is coming along, and by next Thursday everything will start appearing on the 1st floor.

Thursday we go to the Lawyer to sign the final paper work, and on Friday we go to London to take posession of the house. I'm going to quickly paint the basement floor and set up some shelving, and then Saturday we make the move, and that's it. We're done.

We'll visit Toronto, but our days of living here are over. It's sad to me because we've made a pretty good life here. At the same time I'm really excited about London. There's so much potential there, there are tons of little side-projects I want to start, and we've got a great support structure already in place there with friends and family close by.

Here's to the next adventure.

The mainstream media SUCKS!

Anna Nicole Smith is dead. She's been dead for the better part of a week. This is apparently the biggest thing happening in the United States right now. Five servicemen died in Iraq in a single day during the same week. Not front page news. Anna Nicole Smith, a lower case “c” celebrity at best is the front page news. What's wrong with America?

I swear I've seen more of Anna Nicole in the last week than I had cumulatively during the rest of her career. I barely watch mainstream media because it really does suck, it's always harping about the same thing for twelve hours in five minute blocks. One of the best things about CNN is how their footage is in 30 second bits, and you'll see the same 30 second block running continuously in the background for the entire 5 minutes that Wolf Blitzer is going over what happened during Anna Nicole's last minutes…oh CNN, you ARE America's most trusted news source.

This is a country where congress got up in arms because a sex scene was buried deep in a video game (which was rated “M” for “Mature” anyway). This scene was absolutely NO worse than anything you'd see during the 8:00 hour on any major network. There was no nudity, there was no graphic depiction of a sexual act, and to get to it, you had to jump through so many hoops it was ridiculous. This is also a video game in which through the course of normal play you use a sniper gun to blow the heads off of bad guys, civilians and police.

Sex = bad.
Violence = good.

This is a country where two years later Janet Jackson's semi-exposed boob is still talked about (and anyone who actually saw the incident would have to analyze the footage more than the Zapruder film…back, and to the left). It's the same country where last night on TV I watched a woman doctor on a TV show use a power drill to burr into a man's skull to relieve the pressure of his injuries. With no warning.

Human body = bad.
Burrowing into the brain of a man = good.

A country that's become so Xenophobic that getting into it from Canada requires a passport. A country which regularly stops the oh so terrifying comic books that we ship to it and holds them for up to a month with no reason whatsoever. A country where George W got voted in…twice.

Thank god I'm Canadian.

Seriously? Nearly two weeks? Seriously.

It's not that I didn't want to write these last two weeks. Sometimes I don't write because I have nothing to say. Sometimes I don't write because I have too much to say. Sometimes I don't write because I write and realize that what I've said is kind of dumb. Sometimes I don't write because…seriously, does it all have to be about me? Sometimes I don't write because saying something will get me “Dooced“. Then sometimes I don't write because the place that hosts our servers in Florida completely sucks, and managed to screw up an asp.NET 2.0 upgrade which put everything in a tizzy. Sometimes I don't write for any of the former reasons. This time I didn't write for the latter.

It's been a busy few weeks…but then again, when isn't it? I drive to London once a week, and spend 3 days at the InfoTech London office, then I spend 2 days a week at the InfoTech Toronto office. When I'm in London my commute is about 10 minutes. When I'm in Toronto my commute is an hour.

It's almost done though. Last Wednesday we put 5% down on our London house to seal the deal and firm things up for a March 3rd move in. This weekend we found a mover, and I'll be confirming that tomorrow. We've started packing, and I brought a load of stuff to London on Sunday night (books and comics mostly).

It's taken me a couple of months to get comfortable at InfoTech, but I finally really understand what it is that I can do for the place. I was recently promoted to the Web Team Manager, meaning I manage the group of 8 people who are the web team. I'm responsible for the prioritization of work, and I'll have a lot of input in the day-to-day running of the website. On Friday we launched a Flash ad on the home page that I incorporated some Unobtrusive Flash Object work into to allow it to downgrade to users without Flash nicely. Of course I screwed up a parameter which caused folks who had Flash 6.61 or above on their machines to see nothing but a big fat white screen thingie. For that I get the honour of the “YODA” for a couple of days.

All in all it's pretty good. Things are really falling into place, and in a couple short weeks I'll be here in London full time, ready for the next phase in our lives.