Month: July 2007

Technology we need right now

There's a host of technology that would make lives easier, better, and just generally more pleasant. The world has made great strides in the last 10 years, our cars are more gas efficient, our appliances more energy efficient, and generally speaking technology has made life more enjoyable for me, but what about better? Here's a few thoughts on some technology that could really revolutionize the world.

Induction charging for everything
I have an iPod, I have a cell phone, I have a laptop. I also have a laptop charger, a cell phone charger, and an iPod charger (not to mention a remote charger, and a few battery chargers for cameras and other devices). Charlene has an iPod and a cell phone, both of which have seperate chargers so that they don't bogart my charge time. Why hasn't someone come up with a flat surface that just charges stuff when it's placed on it? This technology exists in some limited forms. My remote goes into a dock that kind of uses induction charging (a couple of electrodes touch a couple other electrodes), there are those LED balls that you put on a stand to charge. The trick would be adding the doohicky's to the electronics to make them do the power conversion.

The electric car
It gets 180 miles (nearly 300km) on a single charge, can be fully charged in 4 hours or partially charged in 1 hour, and costs the equivalent of .50 a gallon to fuel. It has no grease or oil, few moving parts, and the major replacable parts are batteries (about 5 years) or the engine (about 1 million miles). Oh yeah, it exists today…in Norway. According to the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” It existed about 10 years ago in the US too.

Better batteries
Batteries are better than they were 5 years ago, but if I make my laptop do anything harder than input text, the juice drains with the quickness.

A music download service that frigging works
You heard me iTunes. Give me everything I have with my CD's including freedom and nice liner notes (pdf's are good), and you have me at hello. Oh, and why can't I sync up my iPod at home AND at work?

A video download service that's good
Rogers on Demand is okay, but if I could download movies in HD, I would never go to BlockBuster again (have you heard about our rewards program? Yes, have you heard about my “just ring it the heck up” program?). iTunes, I'm looking at you and your stupid iTV crap which isn't in HD, and in most cases isn't even in widescreen (which is also moot because movies and TV aren't available in the third world country that is Canada). XBox is supposedly moving their marketplace up here, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Electronic paper
This one might put me out of business, but if I could have something that would allow me to download the Saturday Star, and flatten it out at the breakfast table, plunk it on the floor, and laze out on my patio chairs electronically…I would do it in a minute. I hate driving to the store to find out the Star is sold out (and I refuse to read the London Free Press on Saturday, I'm sorry but we live in a society here). LG has something that looks promising.

Fast commuter trains
London to Toronto in 1 hour? I'm there, just tell me where to sign up.

Flying cars
Seriously, it's 2007 and where's my flying car? Do you realize that Blade Runner is set in 2014? That's 7 years off. We don't have lifelike androids, and we don't have flying cars. Well played Ridley Scott. Well played indeed!

Comicon Geekyness

Has there ever been a better pure teaser trailer than this? Not that I can think of. It was the San Diego Comicon this weekend, and the announcements were fast and furious. Iron Man was revealed, Kevin Smith's next gig got announced, and there were plenty of comics related news.

Newsarama has a really big index of the news that happend, go ahead and read it…I'll wait.

There, all better.

The big things that I think are super cool.

The Dark Knight trailer is awesome. Part of me wishes we could see some Joker, but I have such faith in this franchise that I just don't care. I'll wait until next summer if that's what it takes. The viral marketing stuff they're doing is a fanboy's wet dream. Check out Why So Serious for the example.

The Iron Man Mark I Armour looks frigging COOL!

Kevin Smith helming the new Heroes Origins 6 Episode mini-series that takes place during the mid-season hiatus? As they'd say on Battlestar, “Frak Yeah”!

Lots of regular comics news, including Final Crisis by Grant Morrison and JG Jones which I'm sure will be a stellar seller for All New Comics, new creative teams for the thrice monthly Amazing Spider-Man, some cool Teen Titans news, and something I'm really looking forward to, the “unaired sixth season” of Angel called Angel: After the Fall.

The news coming out of San Diego actually makes me excited about CottageCon next weekend.

At the Beach!

This weekend the Garside family had loads of fun. There was some shopping, loads of playing, an anniversary, and some hijinks at the beach. All of the ingredients for a perfect summer weekend of sun, sand, and happy times.

Saturday Kaylin and I hopped in the car and headed out to give Char some “cake time”. We went shopping (to Staples for a laserjet printer cartridge), and then over to Angelos for a snack. I was going to take Kaylin to a park nearby, but on the way out of Angelos I asked her “Hey Kaylin, do you want to go to the Library?” “Pay trains read books?” She asked excitedly! “Sure, want to go to the library?” “Yup!” was her enthusiastic response. We went across the parking lot to the Westmount Library, where she engaged in some hardcore train action, tearing apart the track, and racing the train along the rubble. I read her a couple of stories, and then she said “Come on daddy, wets go.”, she wanted to walk around the library, and see what else there was, babbling in her little toddler way the whole time.

we left the library, and got outside the door where she pointed across the park at Adventures on Wonderland, which is kind of an indoor playground. “This one?” She asked, pointing at the door. “You want to go in there?” “Yup!” she again enthusiastically replied. We went and paid the admission, and she ran around playing in the ball pit and sliding down the slides. I lost track of time, and suddenly realized it was 1:00, well past nap time.

we headed back home, and after nap we all went over to Grandma and Grandpa's for my sister Annette and brother-in-law Chris' anniversary dinner. Kaylin had a blast running around, playing with everyone, and playing in Grandma's inflatable pool in the back yard (my mom brought out some blankets and Kaylin, Char and I played fort in the pool for a while).

On Sunday we decided to go for a drive out to Grand Bend. The 40 minute drive took about an hour and a half due to some wrong turning on my part (and perhaps a little misdirection on my lovely wife's part?). Still, Kaylin was such a good sport about the trip, singing in the back seat and generally having a good time. We eventually made it to Grand Bend, but the traffic was really heavy, so we got off a block or so before the main drag, and parked on a side street near the beach.

We went down and played on the beach for a little while, and then headed off for something to eat. A little perch and chips was on the menu at a local chip shop, so we ate, and then got in the car so Kaylin could have a nap.

We drove down the main strip of Grand Bend, and I realized that Grand Bend is now just an all day/all night keg party. Not really our scene. We left “the Bend” and headed down to Bayfield which I remember going to with Ryan and Rich once upon a time (where we rented rollerblades for our first time). Now Bayfield was what I was hoping for. A sleepy little town with tons of great cute shops, and a really sweet looking downtown.

Kaylin woke up from her nap, and the three of us cruised the shops, popping in to some, and sadly not buying anything, even though there was one store that Char said she wanted “everything” in.

After a couple hours of strolling and sightseeing, we piled back in the car and headed back to London. Again on the trip back, Kaylin was good as gold, being incredibly cute in her car seat, and reading her books, singing her songs, and just generally being a good kid.

It's weekends like that which make it so hard to go into work on Monday morning.

My Mouse

It's been a while since I've written exclusively about Kaylin on my site, which is odd because in real life I'm constantly telling little stories about her, so much so that I'm sure the rest of the world is bored silly by my antics. Why bore people ONLY in person though? I can ALSO bore you all virtually on my fancy little web-log-site here!

Okay, schmultzy crap out of the way first. I can't imagine my life without Kaylin, she's one of my favourite people in the world, and even though I've only known her for a little under two years, I can honestly say that she's made me laugh more than anyone else on the planet (on a pro-rated basis of course). There's pretty much nothing better in the world than when she runs up to me and throws her arms around my neck, or when she reaches down to give me one of her ever so sweet kisses.

Ryan just puked.

A couple of my favourite things just happened this week. She's really started putting sentences together. She's been speaking for quite a few months now, but it's usually word, word, connecting sound, word, connecting sound word. Like mumblemumblemumble Mommy mumblemumblemumble eat ice keem.

In this last week though, she's started puting together these great little sentences that totally show you how her brain works. Last night I made one of my silly muppet sounds, imitating Cookie Monster trying to eat her dinner. She suddenly looks at me and says “Sometimes cookie monster eats paper.”

Okay, seriously, where did that come from? Sometimes Cookie Monster eats paper? She's not a huge watcher of Seseme Street, she gets a bit of TV in the morning (Peep and Hi 5), but doesn't get a ton of other TV. Well it turns out that a couple of weeks ago Char and Kaylin were watching some afternoon TV, and Cookie Monster was eating pictures of cookies.

“Sometimes Cookie Monster eats paper.”

That's just the latest one of course. There's a ton of other little things she does that just make you amazed that she has such a great memory. She talks about the Sheep that was loud at Storybook Gardens a month ago to this day, “sheep wouwd.”, even though there's no sheep nearby. She still remembers that uncle Ryan gives her marshmallows, although since our most recent visit with him resulted in no marshmallow consumption, she's kind of fallen off the Uncle Ryan bandwagon, and “Jacoba throws toys” though he hasn't in a few weeks.

She's fast too! Tonight she was running around the island in our kitchen, and I was surprised how fast those little legs were taking her.

Oh, and she's tough. A couple of weeks ago she was running around the cul-de-sac around the corner (it's a construction zone, so it's abandoned after 5), and she must have run the 200 or so meters at least 5 times (yeah, that's a kilometer). As she got more and more tired (but was having too much fun to stop), she fell twice. Both times she skinned her knee. Both times she literally picked herself up, dusted her knees off, and kept on running. On our way back to the house, she did a total face plant that made me shriek like a little girl. She picked herself up, pressed on her knee that was bleeding, and kept walking home.

…and talk about funny. She'll say things that just aren't right to get me to react. If I do react, she'll say it again and laugh. The other morning when I came in to get her out of bed she said to me “Daddy, Quack and squirrel are kissing”, and I was all like “Kid, I don't know WHAT TV show you're watching, but Quack and squirrel have never kissed.” (which came out as “Quack and squirrel are kissing?”) “Yeah daddy. Quack and squirrel are kissing.”…umm, okay.

So there's my mouse. That picture above is of me tickling her until she squeals. As soon as I took my hands away she'd pull them back and squeal “tickle”.

She's awesome, and I love her loads.