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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
12:43 am
Recently I've spent some time on ebay looking for camera equipment. One of the camera makers has the same name as a company that makes industrial lasers and related equipment. This leads to some interesting results. My favourite so far was the water cooled mirror.
Monday, May 19th, 2008
11:17 pm
My new bike is a big change from what I'm used too. It'll be a few days before I'm confident taking it out into traffic. It's a good thing the skytrain allows bikes now or I'd have never gotten it home.

Also, I'm definitely going to need to buy a new seat.
1:52 am
I'm Old
I was at a bar last night with some friends and a really bad song I hadn't heard before came on. I found myself thinking, "this isn't music. It's just noise and some chick singing." It's only a matter of time before I start yelling at kids to get off my lawn.

Also, I finally bought a new bike today to replace the one that was thieved last summer. I'm looking forward to riding it.
Monday, May 5th, 2008
10:43 pm
Prawns just came into season so for the next couple of months I can buy fresh prawns a couple blocks from work. I was looking up some prawn recipes and found one for "barbequed prawns". This sounded perfect since I like prawns and have a barbeque. I was a little surprised to see that the recipe did not involve either bbqs or prawns. Instead, it was a recipe for cooking shrimp in your oven.
Monday, March 31st, 2008
8:51 pm
The weather here has been really weird lately. I didn't mind the snow and hail on Friday and Saturday while I was stuck inside working but the cold rain on Sunday when I was in Victoria sucked.
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
11:40 pm
Is it wrong to prune the mail in your inbox so that you always have 1024 emails?
Monday, March 10th, 2008
9:40 pm
busy weekend
That was the busiest weekend I've had in a while. Went to Chilliwack on Saturday morning to get fitted for a tuxedo, then back into Vancouver to pick up my drycleaning in time for the ball that night. I ended up staying later than I originally intended and smoked more cigars than I really should have. Then I had to get up stupidly early to catch a morning ferry to the island. Spent a fun day wandering around a little tourist town there.

Also, daylight savings time is a stupid idea. We should just move the clocks back twice a year.

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
11:26 pm
guitar progress
Today was the first time when finger pain didn't make me stop practicing the guitar. Today it was wrist/forearm pain from weird contorted finger positions. Yay progress.

Hopefully I'll be able to find a copy of rock band soon so I can go back to the kind of guitar I can play.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
9:53 pm
I haven't posted in a while so I figured that now was as good a time to do it as any.  I had a relaxing Christmas at my parent's place in Ontario.  They live in a small town with a big Mennonite population.  There are lots of horses and buggys driving on the side of the road.  My parents have a new puppy so I spent most of my time there playing with her.  I think that's the third "last dog we'll ever own" that my parents have had.

A couple days ago I bought myself a guitar.  I've been practicing everyday so far.  By practicing I really mean strumming a couple of chords until my fingers hurt so I quit.  That usually only takes a couple of minutes but is getting better now that I have a little bit of callus on my fingertips.

Today I finally bought a router and switch so that all of my networky type machines can actually use the internet at the same time without plugging and unplugging ethernet cables.
Friday, October 26th, 2007
12:40 am
Huzzah! I has a costume. I am almost finished converting the girly rabbit mask I bought into a darker, Frank the rabbit mask. Now I just need a fur suit.

Edit: The kind without kinky holes in it.
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
12:40 pm
I've seen many excellent Japanese TV clips but this one is definitely the best show so far:

Ninja Warrior
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
8:40 pm
Today I discovered that Costco has 8 packs of anna's ginger thins. Normally I can resist such temptations in a grocery store. However, there is no way I could resist 8 times the cookie goodness.
Monday, May 28th, 2007
9:54 pm
These crossfit people really love pullups. On the plus side I can do way more pullups than I could a week ago.
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
7:05 pm
I think I broke a lat this morning :(
Monday, May 21st, 2007
11:24 pm
I finally had my first weekend off since before Easter. The course I was teaching on ended last week. This was made even better by this being a long weekend. I didn't do much with my weekend but it was nice actually getting to sleep all night and not be awake at stupid times of day.

I got some funny looks from the checkout guy today while buying some CDs. I'm pretty sure the reason for the looks was my choice of CDs. I picked up five CDs from: Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, The Dropkick Murphys, Anti-Flag, and Manowar. I think next time I'll buy some Sarah McLachlan and Slayer just to see how they react.

I also did my second crossfit workout today. Those people are crazy. In the middle of the workout the conversation went something like this:
Me: Alright, I guess I'll see you guys again on Wednesday.
Crossfit Peoples: But we haven't done the workout yet
M: Then what did we just finish doing?
CP: The warm-up.
M: Then what was the part before that with the warming-up and stretching?
CP: That was the pre-warm-up.
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
10:45 pm
Every time I go to my parent's place I keep expecting my old dog to still be there.
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
9:40 pm
Apparently abs are more important for running than I thought. I went to the gym today and was going to run 5 miles. I almost got to 3 before my stomach was cramping so badly I thought I'd throw up. I blame yesterday's heavy ab workout and not just general weakness on my part.

Current Mood: sore
Monday, February 12th, 2007
10:33 pm
Best headline ever
Sleep your way to better grades
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
11:16 pm
There's nothing quite as annoying as an itch you can't scratch. My tattoos have been itching all day. I wish that they'd just finish healing.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
10:13 pm
I've increased my running a lot in the past month and decided it would be a good idea to take a break before a few aches and pains turned into serious problems. I was planning to take next week off for other reasons anyways so I just extended it into a two week break from running. Today I went swimming instead of my usual run. Apparently being able to run for miles with no problems doesn't translate well into swimming. I swam about 1/4 mile (with breaks) and afterward I wished I were dead. I think I'm going to need to work some swimming into my regular routine instead of one of my runs.

Current Mood: sore
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