How Many More Weeks of Winter?

Snowy Sand DunesFebruary ushered in a pretty brutal cold snap, which has thankfully abated for now. Our newest team member, Luke, is adjusting well and being fairly easy on his parents. He sleeps most nights and doesn’t cry continuously for no reason, which is pretty much the best you can ask for with a baby. He continues to grow very fast, and we’re kind of hoping he’ll slow down. If not, he could be walking by the time he’s nine months old! Tammie and I are hoping to take the kids for a little out-of-province trip next week. Not very far, but just enough to change the scenery. We haven’t nailed down the details yet, but we want to do something that is simple and we can all enjoy. Samantha has historically travelled pretty well, but we haven’t had Luke very far yet. He’s normally easy-going, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the same trend.

No running yet this year, which is kind of a bummer. I’m starting to get antsy to lace up the shoes and get out, but the timing just hasn’t been right yet. I walk to work every day, so I am at least getting a little bit of exercise. I was looking at my last year’s running totals and ended up with 525km for the year.  Contrasting that with 2008 where I ran 700km for the year, it isn’t my best year. If my logs can be believed, I ran almost 1400km in 2006, so definitely not getting the mileage I used to. I’m hoping to at least get out for more races this year, starting with the Freeze Your Gizzard run in Montague in a few weeks. I will be totally out of shape walking up the start line, but maybe it’ll get my butt in gear to get back into a routine.

I have been playing Dragon Age: Origins here and there, and it just gets better and better. Awesome game, harkening back to the original Neverwinter Nights. A lot of people say it’s like the rebirth of the Balder’s Gate series, but I actually like Neverwinter Nights better. Planescape: Torment is still my favourite RPG for the PC, but Dragon Age is quickly becoming something special. I’ve resisted the urge to play either the first or second Mass Effect, but it kills me not to pick them up. Can’t justify getting them when I already have two huge games to work through!

Work has been very busy, but we managed to get the latest revision of our flagship software out the door. So far it seems to be working pretty well, so that’s a relief for all of us on the team. It is shaping up to be a very packed spring and summer as well, with many different projects on the go. Yesterday I worked on tourism reservation software, an online store, a 10000 image photo library, and a Flash-powered localization of Google Maps. Variety is the spice of life, they say!

I finally got to see “Avatar“, after several attempts. It is a great movie and James Cameron is the master of making big things look BIG. It certainly isn’t my favourite movie ever, but I really enjoyed it. Tammie and I were kind of squished into the first row of the theatre, so I may go back again just to see it from a little better vantage point. There are definitely moments when you forget that 90% of the movie doesn’t exist anywhere except inside a computer. Fantastic synchronization between the cast and their digital counterparts. We saw “Inglourious Basterds” a few days ago as well. It sucked, so not much more to say on that one. I somehow also ended up in the theatre to see “Up in the Air“, which also sucked. But my faith in film was restored by watching Pixar’s “Up“. I loved that movie way more than I imagined I would, and it is probably my second favourite Pixar film after “Finding Nemo”.

Oh yeah, I suppose this is going to be the first official post on the revised DigitalWanderer.net, which makes it kinda special. Not sure what I’m going to do with the place this time around, but it was time for a fresh coat of paint. Check back for new additions as I get the place tidied up!

Randy