Pre-Trip Musings

How do you start 4 weeks off work? Apparently with 10 hour of unadulterated sleep. I wonder, sometimes, if I relieve work related stress via sleep rather than anything else.

This is the first of a bunch of days in front of me that are going to be work free. Sly and I are going to spend the day grabbing odds and ends that we still haven’t acquired from our ‘stuff to bring’ list, starting with the expected visit to MEC for some stuff that seemed to escape our attention last week.

I know it sounds silly but the thought of having this much time off is a bit mind boggling. It’s good that we have a trip planned already or I’m not sure that activities, other than learning some Node.js or working on a couple of personal software projects, would come to mind.

Leaving work, forced as it was (picture the boss walking through the lab, herding us out like cattle just after 1600 🙂 ), left me feeling a bit anxious. I’ve still got a few things that are going to require my attention but due to the wonders of technology, Team Viewer and leaving my work computer powered on I’ll be able to clear it up before the end of the weekend. The ultimatum has been handed down to me: I have until the end of the weekend to clear it up, then I am to give Sly 100% of my attention. I’m going to do my best because she deserves that.

In the mean time, I’m headed out with my lovely wife for a bite to eat. Then we’ll see where the wind blows…..

Travel Itch is Getting Stronger

As we get closer to our departure date, I get more and more excited. It’s been ten years since Sly and I headed off on our honeymoon to Europe for a six-week whirlwind tour: London, Paris, Venice, Rome, Athens, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London.

Couple of notable things happened on that trip: I learned that the wife I thought I had a really good grasp on turned out to be someone who was more flexible than I thought. Sly turned into a real trooper, allowing me to put her through some experiences that may have terrified her but she came out the other side a stronger person. Made me love her even more.

Also, a bit of a wake up call: July 7, 2005, or 7/7 as the Londoners call it, occurred only two days before we returned to London. Reminded me that the world is an inordinately unsafe place and that vigilance needs to be maintained through out a person’s travels.

Sometimes that just not enough.

I’ve been wading through an assortment of videos on YouTube the past couple days, checking out scams and sharing them with our travel partners. Best to be prepared before someone attempts to hand you a ring they “found” on the ground behind you.

I just need to get out of the country for a while and absorb some culture.

My favourite picture from our trip.
My favorite picture from our trip.

Chromecast + Plex: Streaming Awesomeness!

I purchased a Chromecast a few weeks ago and managed to get in on a sale of the Plex software for Android.

The Chromecast by itself is amazing! You can push content to the TV it’s connected to and get a nice HD stream going of whatever it is you can get from Netflix or YouTube or whatever. Now the nice thing with Plex is that you can actually stream your own content from your computer or even a friends computer if they share their library with you.

My bud Bill, who’s out in Toronto area, shared his library with me the other day because he had the Fargo TV series and I wanted to see the damned thing. Loaded up Plex on my tablet, found Bill’s library, started up the first episode and sent it to my Chromecast. Bloody. AMAZING.

Course when I found out that the SDK for Chromecast had been released I was planning on building something similar. No need now I guess? 😉

(Web) Development Sucks, and It’s Not Getting Any Better

(Web) Development Sucks, and It’s Not Getting Any Better.

I’m not a web developer; theoretically (of course) anyone with a programming background can pick up Javascript and EVENTUALLY get the hang of it and become proficient.

The author of the above link talks about the stagnation that is JavaScript because it really is stagnant. We’re introducing all kinds of new tools and the like but nothing really new; eventually, when you’re programming for the browser, you’re using JavaScript.

I’ve always been quite big on the more traditional languages for code. Data Typing has always been pretty important when I’m thinking about solutions to problems. OOP has the ability, nay the flexibility, to solve almost any problem out there. So why are we all still stuck on this one scripting language for the Browser? When will someone build a better mousetrap and allow the coder to move away from this damnable scripting language?


I’ve been using a linux VPS located in Chicago for a couple years now and finally got around to installing a LAMP instance for WordPress. And here we are.

I’m not sure how much I’ll use it but it can’t hurt to have access if I’d like to write something out in regards to a project I’m working on or a problem that I might need to crowd source for a solution.

Well that and posting pictures of KITTIES!!!!