ARCHIVE - February, 2007
Jen & I each had a big day lately. Yesterday was hers and today was mine. Yesterday she appeared on TV on a show called "Animal Housecalls", that aired live at 5PM on CP24. I recorded it on her computer for her using an external capture device that we use to convert her monitor into a TV. I compressed the show down to 2 MB's and have it available here in low res (2 MB) or click here for a higher res version (8MB). Sure, the quality isn't great, but you can still make it out. Besides, you may have the bandwidth for an HD version, but it doesn't mean I have the bandwidth to host a huge video! Anyway, I think she did a great job and I'm really proud of her! Enjoy!
And my big day? This morning I spoke at a VMWare Disaster Recovery seminar on how we used VMWare to leverage our DR plan. My presentation was 30 - 40 minutes and was in front of almost 200 people. And not just any people... they were my technical peers. It went really well and I had a lot of people come up and talk to me after to say I did a great job... and then of course hit me up with technical questions. I enjoyed my time in the spot light. In fact, this is the 2nd seminar I spoke at, with the first one being a year ago.
Anyway, all's going well and now that my new PC is up and running, I am itching to push it on a new game! Speaking of new games, keep your eye out for "In Crysis", a new game coming out this summer by the makers of Far Cry. This one is going to punish systems!!!! It's one of the first games to leverage directX 10 and looks AMAZING! Click here to check it out! That's all for now... see you in March ;)
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----- 02.17.2007 --------
After the car's done being worked on, my buddy Steve & I are going to hit the gym, as we've been doing quite a bit lately. If I can find it, I'm going to dust off my squash raquet and play a few games. It's been a couple years since I played. I stopped because my knees just didn't like it. Well... there's no point in "saving them for later". If I wear them out, I wear them out. I'd rather do that then save them for when I'm an old man and the rest of me doesn't have the energy to put them to good use (besides walking of course!!!). And with advancements in science & medicine, I can get new ones :) I'm excited, but at the same time, I realize how frustrating it's going to be. I haven't played in quite a while and will have some sort of expectation of how I should play, what kinds of shots I should be able to hit, and what I can't. I'm going to be a little disappointed to find out how bad I suck because I haven't had practice! But that's alright... just means I ned to play more. Similar to lifting weights. I took a few months off starting around August and never really got back into the gym until the beginning of this year. It was a little frustrating not being able to lift what I could, and even more so to find out that what was really easy warm-up material was my max load. But hey, I stuck with it and blasted through it. I've come a long way this year, but I figure I'm still a couple months away from my peak. I'm really looking forward to hitting new levels with the weights, the kinds of weight I've NEVER been able to lift :) All in good time. All in good time. Well... I got some laundry to work on before I have to take the car in so I'll end it here. Hope you're all doing well!
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Sunday Jen & I went out to Dundas (outside of Hamilton) to visit "Sally", the beagle we brought up from the Windsor Humane Society. The one that "looked" pregnant but apparently it was a "pseudo-pregnancy" (a fake one) according the the xrays the humane society did. Well... it wasn't so pseudo!! Last Thursday, she gave birth to 5 pups! All looking quite different too! Since she was a stray, there's a good chance there's more then 1 father. Shannon & Rich, members of Jen's rescue group, are foster sally & her pups. Unfortunately the runt didn't make it yesterday, but the other 4 are doing great. I took a bunch of pics, and hopefully, I'll get around to making a small album. In the interim, here's a teaser:
----- 02.06.2007 --------
So, what's new? Quick wrap up since my last post: Work, gym, work, gym, work, rest, poker, rest, gym, work, Jen's relatives over for dinner, Waterloo for Interviews, school, work, gym, update site. There.... that about covers it :) Jen's Aunt and Grandmother are in town from Vancouver for a week so we had them + her Uncle & family over for dinner. It was a nice chance to relax and catch up. It also kept me in from going out for the superbowl, a true blessing in disguise!!! I had to get up early to pick up my coworker & head down to Waterloo to interview for our summer co-op student. We had 20 interviews scheduled, and over that, only 1 no-show. Needless to say, it was a busy day! And the the drive back seemed smooth until about Mississauga, and then everything stopped. A combo of rush hour + bad weather = parking lot. I was getting worried I'd be late for class, but I ended up not too late... only about 5 - 10 minutes.
The that brings me to class. It was another fun class where we spent the whole time working with Photoshop. I've getting a lot better with it and I'm starting to amaze myself a bit. I just need a big project to work on and look out, I'll pour my all into it! I'm really excited for the outcome, I just don't have the thought yet. I do have one... but I'll keep it quiet until I decided to do it... and it's more of a matter of "when I do it", not "if I do it"... unless of course I get struck by a bus on my walk into work. Then it's a big "if" ;) Anyway, we had pictures of ourselves taken in class and then prof gave us a huge background to put them on. The background was 8000 x 6000 and in .PSD format. After a bit of work and quite a few layers later, my project was weighing in around 350 MB's!!! Needless to say, I've shrunken it down and compressed it to .jpg to show you all. And the other, the tape measure, was an exercise in patience I think. We had to take the numbers off the tape measure. There was also some writing I removed. I was pretty happy with it, even though I didn't get to the 6 in the time given. Well... that's about all. Hope you're all doing great. And if you're still reading this, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you. It doesn't have to be a long email... just a quick Hi would suffice :) Thanks! K... bye for now...
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