Thursday, December 16, 2004

Happy Holidays

The company christmas party happened last night. the venue was quite nice, big daddys crab shack on elgin st. so lots of cajun cuisine, and an open bar. it was better than a lot of christmas parties ive been to, since most of them take place in some very sterile hotel conference room. this place actually had atmosphere.

I think I'm spoiled as far as christmas parties go. IT companies always have nice fancy dinners with the open bar. of course they can afford the open bar for all the cash they make off hiring consultants out. My fiances christmas party consists of them closing the shop at lunch for an hour or so to have a sandwich in the basement. thats not saying one will be more fun than the other, but obviously the logistics are quite different.

I managed to catch the beastie boys concert at the corel center, i guess its almost a full month ago now. it was a good show, with a couple of suprises. the crowd wasnt as enthusiastic as i thought it might be, unfortunately, and that kind of detracted from the show. i think id rather see them in new york or somewhere with a bigger, more energetic fanbase. i was kind of suprised though, ottawa does have a couple of bboys and bgirls, which got up on the stage to show off their stuff. id love to learn how to breakdance, but i really think im too tall and clumsy to do it. id be happy if i just learned how to do a windmill.

I got the car winterized now, so snowtires, oil change, and a couple of small things fixed up. the garage is still amazing, japan auto in ottawa. very honest people, very upfront about their work. they're not what I've come to expect out of a garage at all. the downside to this is that they are always very very busy, so i think i had to book a week and a half in advance of my appointment. well worth it though.

Speaking of automotive troubles, i had an interesting experience when the canadian tire car battery i had installed in my car died the other day. i went to pick up loralei from work, shut the car off for a minute and it wouldnt start up again. i was lucky i was at her work, so one of the receptionists there was very trusting and lent me her car to go get a new battery. i managed to install it in the dark somehow, and was on my merry way again. thanks Allison!

What else is new.. hmm. I've just been playing world of warcraft with nick. its an interesting game. very well designed UI, and nice content. sometimes we get the headsets going and talk to each other over ventrilo instead of typing, which makes things easier. and in other news, board games/card games are making a comeback! im addicted to them now. i havent played any board games for years, but nick has introduced me to the games section of fandom in downtown ottawa. its cool to get together with 5 or 6 people and be able to play together, and all have a good time. this is one of the few ways that really works, and noone is left out.

Work is humming along, and I'm starting to get settled in here. it goes till the end of march, but depending on how things work out, I might be working for HP for a long time, on other projects, or different aspects of the same project. should be good.

Monday, November 15, 2004

You Have Bad Taste in Music

This guy has an amusing schtick going.

Beer beer beer tiddily beer beer beer.. etc.

My recent excursion to europe has opened my eyes to how good beer can actually be. specifically in Germany.

I was elated to find that my local LCBO carries a wide selection of imported german and dutch beers. My new favorites are: lowenbrau and grolsch after much sampling. aside from the great taste of german beer, you may find it interesting that due to the german beer purity law of 1516, the beer brewed there contains no preservatives, and hence a better flavor, and fewer hangovers (in theory). that does however lower the shelf life, but really, drinking this stuff before it expires isn't a worry. it'll be gone before you realize it.

Apparently scientists have found that drinking a glass of beer a day has generally the same healthy effects as having a glass of wine a day. of course having more than one negates any healthy effect that may have been. but who cares really? whats the point in living a long life and not really enjoying yourself once in a while.

Cheers! Prost!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Recent recap

Well, since I haven't written here for oh.. 2 months or so, I might as well do a short recap on whats been going on in my life.

-Went to europe
-Got engaged to my gf of 3 years
-Finally got a job, after 7 months of unemployment (just in time for christmas!)

The trip to europe was really enjoyable, it was with contiki, so everyone was around my age range. there were a lot of friendly aussies, and a few people from the states, and a few south africans, which was pretty much it. oktoberfest in germany was likely the biggest highlight, getting smashed on local german beer, singing drinking songs with thousands of other people and the oompha band. riding rollercoasters and having wurst. then of course the rest of europe was almost as interesting. since it was a younger tour, everyone was very spirited (read: drunk), so it was more like frosh week at a university than a tour really. anyhow, i'd highly recommend contiki, it's a blast.

The engagement, not much to say about this one.. we're engaged now. wheee.

The job market has been crazy good in ottawa lately. lots of people planning 2003 infrastructure upgrades, which is where I come in. I think I've had 6 interviews in 2 weeks, and that's after not having any interviews in the last 6 or 7 months. when it rains it pours. hopefully this will carry me through for the forseeable future, i'm not sure i really want to spend another entire summer doing nothing at home.

Another thing I wanted to write about is how dissappointed I am at the results of the election in the US. I was really hoping for a left wing government down south so that Canada wouldn't get blown up with the rest of the continent when GWB kills one too many arabs. I also question the legitimacy of the election results. lots of claims of vote fraud coming out now. yes, i am a raging left wing michael moore fanatic.

A new beginning

Well, here I am.

After the hard drive crash, i decided not to restore my old journal, because my last backup had been too long ago, and i just lost too much.

This thing thing should work pretty good though, granted its not my own code so i cant take some sense of pride in that, but it at least shouldnt crash, deleting all my entries. and i dont have to host it on my cable.

I'll write more later on. yeah i know, sucky default template for my blog, but it'll do till i get my own.