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December 23, 2003 02:06 +0000  |  Personal Life 2

so what do you think of the winter theme?

...it would appear that i'm going to be with jeanie and the extended fam for new years this year... come to think of it, i can't remember the last vancouver new years i had that i didn't spend with mom #2 and the sorta-sister. so yeah, chris, noreen, quinn and all: that's where i'm thinking i'll be doing my big thing, and as you can see in her comment from earlier today you're all invited. quinn, if you wanna come, you wanna do the meat?

i'm currently fighting off a semi-violent strain of the flu and a debilitating case of jet-lag as i type this into my dad's windows98 box (ew). apparently, my knoppix cd didn't like this box... actually no bootable cds seem to work dispite bios settings... must be this flakey cdrom. so yeah, windows it is.... for now ;-)

as foggy as my head is, i keep thinking back to this past weekend and how crazy it was... and oddly enough, about the amazing vegetable soup i consumed at the elgin street diner in ottawa. really excellent stuff -- i do reccomend.

i'm rather scattered though, so i'm going to stop now. happy christmas to all... or yule, or ramadahn (sp?) ...whatever floats your boat i suppose.

December 22, 2003 05:17 +0000  |  Personal Life 2

i'm just now back from ottawa after a somewhat trying bus ride home. see, as a native bc'er, i'm not used to having more than one option for moving between points "a" & b", so when the driver deviated from the only course home i knew i started to panic. but after a few daydream fantasies of having to incite a mutiny, bind & gag the driver and take control of the bus, i calmed down and actually asked the guy:

"so... are we going to toronto?"

"yes".

"but, isn't this highway 7? that goes west doesn't it? isn't toronto south?" <panic>

"yes. this is highway 7. it goes to belville, then to toronto"

i didn't want to push, but didn't see the map in my head. so i remined somewhat panicked until i saw the lights of home.

that's a funny statement i think. thinking of toronto as "home". i never saw ottawa that way, and while vancouver is still my real home, toronto and i just sorta groove well. i just like the "hum" i guess.

but yes, i still hate ottawa, but angela is there, so i guess i'll be visiting quite often. any suggestions for mp3 players? i'm thinking i'd like to get one that'll double is a nifty pda that i can put linux on.

anyway vancouver's next. can't wait to see the fam. i'm really quite excited.

December 19, 2003 20:18 +0000  |  Miscellaneous Nifty Links 0

this is absolutely priceless....

http://omwh.gloria-mundi.net/

if you're a buffy fan and dig lord of the rings, do go there. ...personally, i'm waiting for the mp3s.

December 19, 2003 20:15 +0000  |  Geek Stuff Personal Life 0

i had originally planned to be in with angela right now, having hopped a bus last night, but i just didn't have the time & energy to be ready to leave last night. so instead i elected to take today off and kill some time just relaxing on my own -- something i haven't been able to do really since i moved in.

but much of my day's been spent fixing a bug and adding a feature to this blogger here. jeanie, thanks for the mentioning of there not being any line breaks in the comments. it's fixt now, and i've edited your post to compensate (hope you don't mind). i also built a new module into the blogger that lets me edit/delete posts in the comments arena. this isn't a democracy after all ;-)

i'm off to pack and get my stuff together. i'll be with angela in a little over 24hours ;-)

December 19, 2003 00:47 +0000  |  Employment 5

i no longer work for the porn company that was cool enough to take a chance on me when i moved to this city. oddly enough though, my reasons for leaving had to do with just how much they were willing to risk... see, they offered me this job, with miserable pay, an hourly wage from which someone else was forever taking a cut, and absolutely no job security. the official position being "temporary full time" so they could can me whenever they pleased without notice or severance. i need more than that -- and i don't think that's unreasonable.

which brings me to my first rant (yay!) geeks are selling themselves way to short lately. sure the .com bubble burst, and sure you can't walk into an interview expecting them to buy you a new car just for signing on anymore (personally, i think that's insane anyway). but people have got to show some respect for themselves or they wind up with lousy pay, no security and zero respect. we have skills people. wake up and realise that this is an equal partnership -- your skills and time for their money and respect. they're not doing you a favour, you're co-benefitting.

alright, i'm done ranting. i'll miss the people there, but i know i'll be happier where i'm going. they're offering better pay, reasonable security and a good amount of stuff to learn and play with. 'course it's advertising, but hey -- everyone has to pick their battles and i'm gonna lay off the ads... for now.

December 18, 2003 05:18 +0000  |  Geek Stuff Personal Life 2

it's 12:06et as i begin writing this, my first entry in my shiny new blogger. and as late as it is, i'm not going to write much -- i still have work in the morning... for the time being. the theme engine is done, complete with a new style setup for winter so i don't have to worry about that for a good long time. i think most of the bugs are worked out and all that's left is some good old fashioned "putting it live and watching it break". i just hope there isn't too much breakage, as i just don't have the patience required to fix it.

i'm going to see the girlfriend this weekend. and to say that i'm excited would really not be doing it justice. long distance relationships are hard... but i think that maybe this time, it just might be worth it....

alright, to bed now. enjoy the blogging ;-)