may two four

May 28, 2003 under Life

Dena and I are back in Kitchener after ten days in Crystal Falls. Not as rested as we should be but all in all, a good time. The worst part is the first day back at work. Everybody and their mother had to take a crack at me. Ugh. But as I always say, as much as you’d like to believe that the place will fall apart when you leave, it probably won’t. And it didn’t, but the work piled up. Can’t get a hold of me at work this week? Go figure 😉

Here’s something to make my workload seem a little lighter…Dena’s brother Justin reported to me via a preview he saw before The Matrix: Reloaded that Freddy vs Jason. It’s about damn time!!! It probably won’t win any awards or be culturally or socially relevent, but I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. I like my beer cold, my hockey fast and my movies to include entertaining killings from Freddy Krueger. Speaking of hockey, it’s a shame that the Sens couldn’t make it into the finals. They’re an example of what hockey used to be; (relatively) modestly-paid players mostly acquired via drafts picks and matured within the team. 2003 Stanley Cup Finals = yawn.

While awaiting the release of Radiohead‘s “Hail To The Theif”, listen to the New Porngraphers‘ “Electric Version”; it’s fine catchy Canadian indie.

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get gone

May 16, 2003 under Life

Don’t expect a .plan update from me for the next ten days. Dena and I will be in Crystal Falls. That doesn’t mean that I definitely won’t post an update or two. If the wind gusts stay below 20 km/h, I just may be one crazy illin’ .plan-in mofo.

Since we’ll be gone for ten days and we used vacation days from work, this can be considered a vacation. I’ve never been too keen on vacations. I get bored easily if I’m not doing something productive and don’t really know how to be on vacation. This is probably because I’ve rarely had vacations. Life before university and the real world IS a vacation, so trips to Disney World and where ever during that time don’t count, IMO. Hockey tournaments may seem like a vacation since I got to miss school, but vacations they were not. Believe that. When home in Timmins from university for the summer, I worked…a lot. One summer at Norm Claire’s Pro Shop at the Hollinger Golf course, I worked 46 consecutive days including holidays and weekends (that has to be a Hollinger record of some sort). The summer before my last university semester, I worked two jobs, took a classes and did my senior software engineering project. It’s not that I want to be at work all the time; that’s inane on many levels. A break from the daily grind is fine with me, but I’d rather spend my free time tinkering and noodling (more OpenGL experimentation comes to mind). Like I’ve said before, different wirin’ in me noggin’ 😉

We’ll be back in Kitchener on the 27th; the day that Mogwai play Lee’s Palace, and we’re not going 🙁 Our two four-legged furballs will be taken care of in the meantime by Natalie, Dena’s boss’ daughter.

Now you’re in the know of all things Chris ‘n’ Dena. Happy May Two-Four!

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where's my money, at?

May 12, 2003 under Life

This is me last Wednesday sans cheque:

And this is me last Thursday, the following day:

I got paid from Dreamcatcher! It’s obvious that I’m shocked, right? I mean c’mon and take a look at me. Upon receiving the cheque, I lost approximately 10 centimeters of length off of my hair and I’ve become near-sighted. Well, perhaps my near-sightedness began before last Thursday. Who’s to say? 😉

Thanks to Barry for getting off his ass and greasing the wheels. Attaboy 🙂

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stiction

May 7, 2003 under Computers, Hardware

I’m back. My 60GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 died early last week. I replaced it (inexpensively through TechData, our hardware supplier at work) with a 120GB DiamondMax Plus 9. That drive died in a fury of loud clicking, because the head likely crashed into the platters, two days later. I then replaced that one with an 80GB DiamondMax Plus 9 from good ol’ Maximillion in downtown Kitchener and so far so good.

In the process of all the hard drives crashing, I had to rewrite my “stealth copy” apps for Dreamcatcher‘s (this is actually for Barry…I’m not doing anything for Dreamcatcher anymore ’cause they sux0r..still no cheque from them yet) CD to be distributed at this year’s E3 Expo in LA. I coded at a manical pace. I learned that MSVBVM60.DLL (the DLL required by any app written with Visual Basic) is not part of a clean Windows 98 install. If I was using an install program for my app such as one from InstallShield, MSVBVM60.DLL would automatically get installed. But my app is to be autorun’d from a CD so an install program is out of the question. My last-minute decision was to use Visual C++ instead. It uses MFC and thankfully so do many other app and features included with all versions of Windows, so I had no dependency worries.

I’m finding myself playing UT2K3 again. Epic released a few patches and a big bonus pack, and Digital Extremes released a bonus pack as well. UT2K3 is becoming palettable, much like the original UT 🙂 Oh, and the second round of the NHL playoffs is almost over. Go ‘Nucks!

Too exciting, isn’t it all? 😉

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